Rancho Storage Center Packing Tips

To have a successful move, both organization and planning ahead are key. In need of packing inspiration? Consult our packing tips and suggestions below.

Tip #1 | Round up tools you will need before hand

Gather plenty of sturdy cardboard boxes, cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, packing tape and marker pens, along with any furniture covers. You can find everything you will need at our office in our packing & Moving supply store.

Tip #2 | Tightly seal boxes with packing tape

Boxes that are tightly sealed will prevent dust from entering. Efficient taping can also add sturdiness and support to full, heavy boxes.

Tip #3 | Cover and protect furniture legs, chairs and mattresses

Wrap furniture legs with bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching. Leave slipcovers on upholstered chairs and cover them with plastic chair covers. Secure bed rails together and mark the pieces for easier assembly later; cover mattresses to keep them clean during storage.

Tip #4 | Label and take inventory of boxes as you store them.

Label boxes on all sides for easy identification, clearly marking fragile items. Ensure fragile boxes are stored atop heavier, less delicate boxes. Consider making a list accompanied with descriptions or pictures of all of your stored items as a reference tool.

Tip #5 | Utilize empty spaces in stored furniture and appliances

Dresser drawers and larger appliances, such as stoves and refrigerators, can be used to store small items such as towels and linens or small, fragile items. Use padding material, such as bubble wrap, newspaper or linens to secure items.

Tip #6 | When possible, pack in similar sized boxes.

Fill boxes tightly but do not over pack nor under pack boxes, it can cause the box to tip over when stacked or to collapse under the weight of another box. Use clean newsprint, bubble wrap, towels or blankets to fill empty space. Always seal carton with tape.

Tip #7 | Distribute heavy items across many boxes

For easier handling, limit the weight of all cartons to 25 lbs. or less. Do not pack large boxes with heavy items such as book or magazines, use several small boxes for heavy items. Place light items like comforters and pillows.

Tip #8 | Clean and dry appliances before storing.

Secure all movable parts with paper and wrap a paper pad around each item. During transport tape all doors shut, but remember to wedge the appliance doors open during storage for air circulation.

Tip #9 | Use a generous amount of packing paper to pack dishes and glassware.

Place packing paper inside the bottom and top of boxes. Wrap each dish and glass separately and cushion them with more packing paper. Clearly mark the boxes "Fragile" and make sure these boxes are stored on top of other sturdy items.

Tip #10 | Hang clothes and draperies in wardrobe boxes.

The easiest way to store hanging clothes is in a wardrobe box. Move clothes directly from your closet to the wardrobe box, sometimes there is room at the bottom of the wardrobe box for items like pillows and blankets. You can also hang draperies on a hanger in the wardrobe box to avoid wrinkles.

Tip #11 | Pack lamps and

Do not scrimp on clean newsprint or bubble wrap when packing lamps and lampshades. Mark these boxes fragile and make sure nothing heavy is stacked on top of them.

Tip #12 | Pad mirror and paintings with paper

The most secure place to store mirrors and paintings is in appropriately sized mirror boxes. Use plenty of packing paper, mark these items fragile and store on top of other sturdy items,