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Helpful tips on packing and storing that can save you space, time, and money


Refrigerators and freezers should be thoroughly dry and stored with the doors 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 are cleaned before they are stored.

Bicycles and other metal items

To retard rust, wipe all metal surfaces with a rag containing a few drops of machine oil.

Books and documents

Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on concrete floors. Use pallets or skids to prevent moisture absorption. Use packing to fill out empty pockets in the boxes. Do not pack fragile items in the same box with books and do not overload.

Bedding, clothing, curtains, drapes and linens

Clothing, curtains and drapes should be stored on hangers. If the items are too large for a box or cannot be hung, such items should be carefully folded and stored in dresser drawers, cedar chests or wardrobe style cardboard cartons along with bedding and linens. Food crumbs or stains should be removed before storing. Avoid storing anything that may attract pests. Wardrobe boxes may be purchased in our office.

Dishes and glassware

Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and at the top of boxes containing glassware. Ideally these items should be stored in a specifically designed dish pack box (available in the office). All glass items should be individually wrapped. Glasses should be placed near the top of cartons. 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 mattresses on end. Disassemble beds and tables and wrap table legs in paper. Use dresser tops for stacking cartons and dresser drawers for linens or small fragile items. Keep upholstery off the floor. Most lightweight chairs can be stacked “seat to seat” or placed upside-down on tables. Place a light cotton (e.g. bed sheet) dust cover on your furniture or dust covers can be purchased at the office.

Holiday Decorations

Save original cartons that contain delicate ornaments and pad ornaments with packing paper or newsprint. Wrap strings of lights around a piece of cardboard before placing in a carton lined with packing paper.


Wrap large lamps and place them in boxes and pack delicate lamp shades separately. Do not use newsprint to wrap lamp shades or any other goods that may be damages by ink stains. Do not store heavy items on cartons containing lamp shades.

Mirrors & Windows

These items should be stored on edge and not flat.


Metal tools should be cleaned and wiped with rag containing a few drops of machine oil to retard rust. Long-handled tools such as rakes, shovels and hoes should be clean, lightly oiled and ties in bundles.

Insure your goods in storage

The items you place in GET Storage space are the sole responsibility of you, their owner. Items are not insured by GET Storage. Check with your insurance carrier for coverage. Remember if it’s worth storing, it’s worth insuring.

Prohibited storage goods

Common sense and state laws determine what may be store. You alone control access to your storage space, therefore never store live animals, perishables, liquids, explosives, flammable liquids and fuels, toxic material or other items that need a controlled environment. Remember to drain the fuel from gasoline engines before storage.

Pack your storage space carefully

Pack and stack carefully. This will minimize the amount of space you’ll need and will prevent damage. Place frequently used items near the door and valuables in the rear of the unit. Pack heavy items in small boxes to make the easier to carry and place them on the bottom of stacks to prevent any damage to your belongings.