Easy Home Storage Tips and Helpful Home Organization Ideas from PODS

A storage checklist for making sure your belongings are well-stored.

A successful storage project begins well before you start loading your belongings into your storage container. Here are some tips to help the packing and loading process go much smoother!

General

  • Make an inventory list of all items that will be going in your storage unit.
  • Collect moving blankets to protect your items from damage during storage. Moving blankets can be rented or purchased from most PODS locations, and they can be purchased online at www.PODSBoxes.com. Ask your PODS Customer Care Associate about moving blankets when you schedule your container for delivery.
  • Order packing supplies such as boxes and tape from www.PODSBoxes.com.
  • Review PODS’ packing and loading instructions.
  • Label boxes and containers on all sides.
  • Consider clear plastic containers, which allow you to see contents.
  • Do not store any toxins or flammables.
  • Do not store any food items.
  • Consider PODS’ Contents Protection option.
  • Wrap fragile items with packing materials or towels and blankets.
  • Fill empty spots in boxes with packing paper or peanuts to keep items from shifting and to protect the box from getting damaged if it’s stacked.
  • Strategically group like items.
 

Furniture

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

Electronics

  • Original boxes for electronics are best. If these aren’t available, pack items separately in bubble wrap, cushion foam, or wadded-up newspaper.
  • Label corresponding cords and components by using color-coded stickers.
 

Appliances

  • Clean appliances well prior to storing.
  • Leave doors opened slightly, to prevent mildew.
  • Protect appliances from damage with moving blankets.
 

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 specialty boxes, designed with dividers, for these types of items.
  • Wrap each item with paper or foam.
  • Label these boxes, “FRAGILE.”
 

Clothing, Curtains, and Drapes

  • Keep clothes on their hangers to save time, and bind them in easy-to-manage groups with zip ties. Pack them in garment bags or create your own with a garbage bag.
  • 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 or mothballs to prevent moth damage.
 

Storing Your Container on Your Property

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

Loading

  • If there are items you anticipate needing to access while the PODS container is at your property or in a PODS Storage Center, pack them last. Load items you won’t need first.
  • Leave some space between your boxes for air circulation.
  • Pack furniture vertically, if possible, to conserve space.
  • Pack lighter boxes on top of heavier ones.
  • Create a diagram that indicates what’s where in your PODS container to make items easier to access and unload.

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