How to pack for moving or storage

moving or storage
Multiple carton boxes with household stuff and furniture in empty room of new apartment


To store and protect clothes the best way when moving, you should:

  • Wash the clothes. Surface stains and dirt will set into the clothing over time and when you do finally get them out of storage to use again the stain will be difficult to remove. Wash all items as per their washing instructions, and any dry-cleanable items should be dry-cleaned prior to storing. By following these steps, you can guarantee that your clothes will be clean and ready to wear when you take them back.

Don’t vacuum seal, because most natural fibre cloth needs air to maintain its structure and integrity and by sucking all the air out of the bag, you are compressing the garments and the fibres.

  • No plastic bags and cardboard boxes. The best way to pack your clothes is the airtight plastic containers with a lid. They will keep your clothes dry and stop the growth of mould and mildew. If using plastic containers, ensure they are extremely clean and dry, then line them with old (but clean) cotton sheets. Avoid plastic bags as these can trap moisture, cause mildew to form, or cause the yellowing of fabrics.
  • Packing your clothing in a cardboard box will not protect them against vermin. Maybe you know that rats and mice can easily chew through much harder materials than cardboard.
  • Be aware of the atmospheric conditions. They can cause damage if extreme. Ideally, it’s suggested that clothing should be stored in conditions that do not exceed 23 °C with a relative humidity of 55%. However, I would only follow this guideline if I was storing any heirlooms or expensive sentimental items. As long as the space is clean from the cleaning products and protects the box the items are stored in from the elements, they should be safe.

Breakable items

Fragile items require some particular packing materials that provide cushion during transportation, and protect areas that are especially susceptible to breaking or cracking:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Dish and glass packers
  • Markers
  • Newspaper or packing paper
  • Packing peanuts
  • Plastic furniture covers
  • Tape
  • Towels or rags

Once you have your supplies ready to go, follow the steps below to safely and securely pack your breakable items:

  • Secure the bottom of your box by taping all open seams and corners.
  • Build a cushion base by lining the inside of the box with bubble wrap or packing peanuts.
  • Individually wrap each item with bubble wrap, packing paper, newspaper, or towels. Add additional material around thin areas, such as stems on wine glasses or handles on mugs. Secure with tape to ensure the protective material stays intact.
  • Carefully place wrapped items in the box, starting with the heaviest on the bottom and the lightest at the top. If you have pre-divided boxes, insert items in their appropriate compartments.
  • Fill any empty space in the box with packing peanuts, towels, or paper to prevent breakables from moving around. This includes adding a layer to the top prior to sealing the box.

Seal the top of the box with tape and label each box as “fragile.” This will remind anyone handling the boxes to be careful when transporting or stacking.

Sentimental Items

Well, the best way to pack sentimental for storage is not to pack them at all. If they are really sentimental to you, keep them by your side, or another thing you can do is to give them away to valuable people in your life.


Paper documents should be stored in acid-free boxes or containers with exterior labels identifying the contents of each box. The proper way to properly pack a box of letter-sized folders would be to place the files perpendicular to the front of the box, and the remaining space is filled with paper documents placed parallel to the back handle. It’s important to pack the container densely with paper records, which provides added safety and a greater chance that your documents will be salvageable in case of fire, air or water damage.


Like any fragile item, it’s important to take extra care when storing these types of items.

  • Clean according to manufacturer instructions. Do not take measures on your own.
  • It would be best if you pack it into the original packaging. This ensures it is protected and packed as securely as possible.
  • If not! If you no longer have original packaging, pack it in a moving-grade box, surrounded by plenty of crushed paper.
  • Label the box. Write down what’s in it, and FRAGILE.



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