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Packing & Storing Tips

Over the years we've collected some great advice and tips to insure the best packing and storing of your items. Please take a look at these helpful hints before you get started:


Packing Tips

  • Completely fill each box with your heaviest items on the bottom and lighter items on top.
  • CAUTION: It is against the law to store materials that are HAZARDOUS or COMBUSTIBLE such as gasoline, solvents, paint, etc. Drain out all remaining gasoline from lawn mowers, power tools, boats, snowmobiles, etc.
  • Label ALL boxes for easy identification.
  • Use uniform or similar size boxes for easy stacking. They are much easier to stack that way. BE SURE they're strong enough to hold 25-30 lbs. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)
  • Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in packing paper and placed in dish pack boxes.
  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for knickknacks, china, silverware and small items. Wrap in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
  • Larger appliances make excellent "packing cases" for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.
  • Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be packed together in empty trashcans. Stack extra cans inside one another.
  • Spray wood furniture with a good polish and cover with a drop cloth or sheeting.
  • Apply a light coat of oil to exposed metals to prevent rusting.
    Wedge all appliance doors open to allow free circulation of air. Also make sure all appliances are cleaned and thoroughly dry before storing.
  • List contents of boxes on all four sides, number the boxes, seal with masking tape or glued paper tape. Make a list of the labeled boxes for easy reference when you need to locate your property.


Storing Tips

  • Plan your storage space. Place those items that you need to get to often in the front. Allow for walkways.
  • Insure your goods while in storage. If your homeowner's/ business insurance does not cover items in storage, ask the manager about self storage insurance at reasonable rates.
  • Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
  • Leave a small space between the wall and your storage items to allow air to circulate freely.
  • Pack your boxes and other items as close together as possible to avoid moisture accumulating between them.
  • Use a HIGH QUALITY lock, for your unit. They are much harder to break or cut keeping your valuables as safe as possible.
  • Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.
Moving or packing up for storage is a good time to sort out what you no longer want to keep. No point in carting stuff you don't really want anymore. Start a pile of anything you want to get rid of. You can add to it as you go along. Throw out garbage, recycle recyclables, and dispose properly of any hazardous household chemicals. For the rest, you can...have a garage sale, sell it by online pass it on to a friend give it away to a stranger or donate it to a local charity.

Clothing and Household Item Donations
Super Supplements-43rd and Meridian Puyallup
Summit Rite Aid-11220 Canyon Rd Puyallup

Thrift Store
12904 Meridian E,
Rainier Archery
10113 213th St. E. (Graham)
213th Street East
 Meridian Ave. E

Attended Station Donation Center

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