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Packing Tips

  • Boxes
  • Utility knife
  • Packing tape
  • Masking tape
  • Permanent Marker
  • Clear plastic bags. Great for small stuff, pillows, cushions, etc.
  • Twine or sturdy cord for tying up boxes
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Stack of Boxes — Self Storage in Reno, NV
  • Use uniform-size boxes for easy stacking. Be sure they're strong enough to hold 25-30 lbs. but avoid putting too much in each box (never more than 40-50 lbs.)
  • Label all containers and boxes.
  • Fill containers to capacity and fill in space with packing material.
  • Pack heavier items in small boxes.
  • Secure mirrors, paintings and pictures in mirror boxes and pack them on edge.
  • Disassemble lamps, tables, barstools and other furnishings as applicable. Wrap pieces individually and store securely in boxes.
  • Wrap wooden table legs and chairs to avoid scratches.
  • Cover sofas with sheets so that they do not gather dust, and stack them on end.
  • Cover dressers with sheets or plastic wrap so you can stack boxes on top.
  • Fill drawers and appliances with small items to conserve space.
  • Pack books flat and avoid placing them directly on the unit floor (place on a pallet or sheet).
  • Wrap dishes and other breakables individually, layering padding at the top and bottom of the box.
  • Clothing is best stored clean and in hanging cartons. These may be available through the storage company or can be purchased at a moving supply store.
  • Make an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
  • Place items in the order that you will need to access them---those that will be readily used should be placed in the front of the storage unit.
  • Before moving in pieces of large furniture, cover the ground with blankets or sheets.
  • Do not lean furniture against outside walls.
  • Place tabletops face down on the floor (remember to lay the blanket or sheet on the ground to avoid scratching).
  • Leave appliance doors cracked open so that moisture does not build within.
  • Do not store food-this will attract mice and other pests.
  • Arrange boxes so that the labels are facing out and easily read.
  • Stack boxes in a manageable manner. Put large, heavy boxes on the bottom.
  • Leave a walkway so that you can access your items as needed.
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