1. Store items you will most often in the front of the unit.
  2. When packing the storage unit, create a center aisle for access to all items.  Stack larger items in back of unit and fill in with boxes and odd shaped items.
  3. Disassemble tables and shelves and store on their legs. Mark pieces for easier reassembly.
  4. Thououghly clean refrigerators and freezers. Keep doors open or slightly ajar. Use space inside for extra storage.
  5. If possible, place dressers, etc. top-to-top to save space.
  6. Drain gasoline and oil from lawn mowers and other items with small engines.
  7. Use trash cans to store items such as shovels, rakes, and hoes.
  8. Use a small amount of machine oil on metal surfaces to retard rust.


  1. Make packing easier by planning aheas. Gather plenty of sturdy corrugated cartons, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape, marker pens, and furniture covers. We suggest clean new boxes, as old ones tend to be a breeding ground for insects.
  2. If you must store irreplaceable items use plastic bins.
  3. Boxs that are tightly sealed with packing tape will help prevent dust from entering.
  4. Cover couches with clothe covers. Vacuum chairs and couches thoroughly before storing to remove any crumbs of food.
  5. Use space in dressers and appliances to store items such as towels, linens, and small fragile items.. Secure items in drawers by filling empty spaces with towels or wrapping paper.
  6. Pack as much as you can in same size boxes. Bulging cartons tip when stacked and half full boxes tend to collapse.. Use wadded newspaper, bubble wrap, rags, towels, or blankets to fill empty spaces.
  7. Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes.  For easier handling limit the weight of all cartons, regardless of size, to thirty pounds.
  8. Pack books flat to protect their spines.
  9. Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware. Plates are best stacked on edge.
  10. Hang clothes and draperies in wardrobe boxes.
  11. Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes. Use plenty of clean paper or clothes for padding.
  12. Pad mirrors and paintings with paper. Place them in special mirror packs or large boxes.
  13. Label all boxes on top and several sides for easier identificaton.

4408 N IL ROUTE 31
(815) 728 1666

Serving Illinois - McHenry, Lake, and Kane Counties
Algonquin, Barrington, Bull Valley, Cary, Crystal Lake, Fox Lake, Fox River Grove, Hebron, Huntley, Island Lake, Lake in the Hills, Lakemoor, Marengo, McHenry, Richmond, Ringwood, Spring Grove, Wonder Lake, Woodstock
Wisconsin - Kenosha and Randall Counties
Genoa City, Lake Geneva, Fontana

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