Packing Tips

  • Take a few precautions to help prevent damage and make it easier to find things later.
  • Wood pallets are provided at the Budget Storage office for extra protection of your goods. They are especially good for storing your cloth items on, i.e., box spring and mattress, etc.
  • Add bay leaves to boxes to ward off most insects and household pests.
  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors slightly ajar and clean before storing. Use the space inside for storing other kitchen items.
  • If storing your fridge or freezer empty, place several charcoal briquettes in a pair of pantyhose to absorb any odors. Be sure to prop the door open and secure it with tape.
  • Don’t pack items into sealed plastic bags, as humidity can cause mildew to form.
  • Spray your wood furniture with a good quality furniture spray before storing it in the facility to give it some added protection.
  • Plan to use furniture drawers as an extra box (they are especially good for fragile items) and you can use the inside of wardrobes to store boxes. Kitchen appliances such as stove and fridges can also be used in this way.
  • It is against the law in Idaho to store materials that are hazardous or combustible such as gasoline, cleaning fluids, paint, etc. Drain all gasoline from lawnmowers, power tools, boats and snowmobiles. Only empty propane tanks are allowed. Do not forget the tank on your grill.
  • Store mattresses and box springs on long edges. Purchase storage bags that are made specifically for mattresses so that they can breathe to prevent mildew from forming.
  • Do not use newspaper to pack with. The ink may leave smudges on certain items.
  • Do not fill boxes too full. This may cause them to burst.
  • Store framed mirrors, photographs and artwork vertically rather than flat.
  • Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them from stains, tears, scratches or moisture.
  • Place least used items at the rear of the moving van so they can easily be placed first in the back of your unit. Now you can place frequently accessed items towards the front of your unit.
  • Do not store food in open containers or any item which could attract rodents or pests. Why risk your possessions just to keep a few cents worth of leftovers?