Storage Checklist and Helpful Storage Guide | PODS

Easy Storage Tips and Helpful Storage Guide from PODS


  • Create an inventory list of all items.
  • Protect items with moving pads, sheets or light blankets.
  • Label boxes or containers on all sides.
  • Consider clear plastic containers. Clear plastic containers allow you to see contents.
  • Pack lighter boxes on top of heavier ones.
  • Do not store any toxins or flammables.
  • Do not store any food items.
  • Always secure a contents protection program.


  • Apply furniture oil to wooden pieces before storing for added protection.
  • Disassemble larger items such as tables, bed frames, etc. to save space.
  • Put all hardware in bags and label accordingly.
  • Use paper pads when stacking furniture to prevent scratching.


  • Original boxes for electronics are best. Otherwise packing items separately in bubble wrap, cushion foam, and even wadded up newspaper will help.
  • Label corresponding cords and components by using color coded stickers.


  • Clean appliances well prior to storing.
  • Leave doors opened slightly, to prevent mildew.

Pictures and Mirrors

  • Wrap pictures that are small and stand them on end in boxes.
  • For larger ones, buy special picture moving boxes.
  • Always store mirrors or framed pieces on end, not flat.

Crystal, China, and Glassware

  • Buy boxes designed for this with dividers.
  • Wrap each item with paper or foam.
  • Label these boxes as FRAGILE.

Clothing, Curtains, Drapes

  • Use special wardrobe boxes or garment bags to hang items.
  • Hang items on non-rusting hangers.
  • Dresser drawers can be used to save space for storing smaller items.
  • If storing wool items, use cedar chips and/or mothballs to prevent moth damage.

On-site storage with PODS

(Remember PODS Containers may be kept on-site at your location, or in one of our Storage Centers)

  • If storing your container in a deed-restricted community, review your home-owner association's guidelines for container placement.
  • When storing your container on a street, please remember to adhere to local ordinances.

For more information on available packing supplies, please visit our Packing Supplies Section.