XTRA Space Prescott: Storage Starting Tips

  • Do not store food items which could attract rodents or pests.
  • Try to use boxes that are the same dimensions for the best way to utilize space and will stack easier too.
  • Try to place heaviest boxes at the bottom when stacking boxes.
  • When storing electronics, remove the batteries so they don’t corrode.
  • Pack books flat, not standing on end. This will protect the spines, which will bend and warp over time if packed standing upright. Books are very heavy, so pack them in small boxes and don’t put them in boxes with other more fragile items.
  • Wrap the wooden legs of furniture in a piece of cardboard and secure with packing tape to keep it from getting scratched while moving and storing.
  • Give your wood furniture a good polish before storing. It keeps the dust from eating at the clear coat.
  • Cover stuffed furniture with dust cover to protect against dust and insects.
  • Store large pieces of furniture vertically to save space. Cushions should be wrapped and placed on top.
  • Mattresses are best stored on the long end and should be ideally raised above floor level or laid on protective sheeting.
    Be sure to securely prop them up so they stand straight to avoid them bending out of shape or becoming lumpy.
  • Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be bundled together with shrink/stretch wrap or stored together in empty trash cans.
  • Stack extra cans inside one another. Do not store brooms or brushes resting on their bristles.
  • Store your largest items first.
  • Assess items you may need access to and keep them at the front area.

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