Commonly Stored Items

Books & Documents

  • When packing books, pack them in small cartons that weigh no more than 30 lbs.
  • Pack books flat to protect their spines. Alternate bindings and cushion them with wadded packing paper.
  • Use packing to fill all empty pockets in the boxes.
  • Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.


  • Place a pallet, corrugated cardboard mat, or plastic sheet on the floor and stand sofas and mattresses on end.
  • If your sofa is a hide-a-bed, make sure to secure the bed by tying it closed. Sofas can be stored on end to save space. We recommend plastic sofa covers be used.
  • Dissemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. Place the nuts, bolts and screws in a small zip lock bag and tape to the underside of the furniture.
  • Wax wood furniture before storing it.
  • Most lightweight chairs can be stacked "seat to seat" or placed upside down on tables which cannot be disassembled. Stack chairs seat to seat with cloth or white non-printed paper to separate them. There's usually space between the legs for small, lightweight items.
  • Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small, delicate items. Take advantage of drawers for packing many light household items such as photos and clocks. If the items are fragile, be sure to use towels or other padding to protect them from breakage.
  • Finally, place a light cotton (e.g. a bed sheet) dust cover on your furniture.
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