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Avoid Plastic Bags

Avoid packing in plastic bags. Although it might seem easier and like plastic is more protective, the opposite is true. Plastic can trap humidity and moisture creating an unwanted mildew problem.

Buy Sturdy Boxes

Buy sturdy boxes. It is best to purchase boxes that are similar in size and in good repair rather than recycled boxes of different sizes, shapes and condition. Boxes of the same size will be easier to stack and access—and your items will be safer over the long term.


Clearly label each box on more than one side.


Treat fragile items well. Individually wrap fragile items in bubble wrap and/or newspaper.

Clothes and Fabrics

These should always be stored separate from other stored items. Seal clothes and fabrics.

Vacuum-Sealed Bags

Vacuum-sealed bags are great for storing a wardrobe or valued curtains.

Appliance Storage

For long-term appliance storage, always wipe down the interiors well (and with an item like baking soda or bleach). Leave the doors ajar and the cords carefully wrapped. Mold brought in on appliances can spread to other items in storage.

Arranging Items

Leave an aisle in the middle of your storage unit. You’ll be coming and going within and you will want to be able to get in and get out quickly. Arrange items against the wall and use the vertical space, leaving a walk-through clear.

List Contents

Clearly and carefully labeling your boxes and keeping a solid inventory using a mobile moving app or a checklist can help prevent loss and ensure that each box is stored appropriately for its contents. It also makes finding and unpacking much easier.