Storing and Packing Tips


A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Some goods can be stored inside large appliances and boxes can be stacked on top of stoves, refrigerators and freezers. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment is cleaned before they are stored.

Books and Documents:

Pack books flat to protect their spines. Use packing material to fill out empty pockets in boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box as books and do not overload the box.

Dishes and Glassware:

Place a layer of packing material inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing glassware. All glass items should be individually wrapped. Wrapped glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. Again, fill all pockets with packing material. Label all boxes containing glassware, and do not place heavy items on boxes containing glassware.


Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. If a table will not disassemble, place padding on the floor and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and drawers for linens or small delicate items. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked "seat to seat" or placed upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled. Finally, place a lightweight dust cover on your furniture.