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  • Fill Boxes to Capacity: If you’re going to stack boxes containing household items, fill them all to capacity. Otherwise, the boxes are likely to be crushed, which can cause damage to their contents.
  • Buy Boxes that are the Same Size: Using a hodgepodge of different cardboard boxes isn’t conducive to safely and effectively storing household goods. Matching boxes can be stacked easily onto one another, and they are less likely to topple over at unexpectedly.
  • Keep Space Around Items: It’s tempting to cram as many things together as possible, but this creates a perfect environment for humidity and moisture to run rampant. Remember that the best way to ward off high levels of humidity and moisture is by keeping air circulating. Avoid pushing furniture, boxes and other items directly against walls. Don’t push items directly next to one another. Finally, store items on pallets to allow air to flow beneath them too.
  • Clean Items Prior to Storing Them: From wiping down appliances to washing clothes, it pays to store items that are nice and clean. The biggest advantage to doing so is keeping pests at bay, but it can also prevent stains from setting in permanently.
  • Disassemble Things First: You’ll be able to maximize space and minimize the risk of damage by disassembling large pieces of furniture and other items prior to storing them.