Pack books flat to save spines. Line cartons with plastic, and fill with paper.
Wrap every dish and glass separately. Layer paper on bottom, sides, and top.
For draperies and clothing, use dedicated wardrobe boxes.
Keep photographs flat by storing them between clean cardboard.
Use packing tape to seal boxes and keep out dust and dirt.
Label boxes in large print on all four sides, and create a master list.
Clearly mark boxes with fragile items, and stack them on top of heavier boxes.
Drain oil and gas from all machines with small engines.
To deter rust, wipe metallic surfaces with a few drops of machine oil.
To prevent scratches, protect wood furniture with pads or bubble wrap.
Wrap mattresses, upholstered chairs, and sofas in protective plastic covers.
Save space by storing small items inside dresser drawers or appliances.
Use climate controls to protect items that may be sensitive to humidity.
Store heavily-used items at the unit's front, and leave an aisle for easy access.