Wrap Fragile Items
Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
Use All Space
Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels or blankets to prevent breakage.
Leave Appliance Doors Open
Larger appliances such as refrigerators should be thoroughly cleaned and the doors left slightly open.
Break Down Tables
Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
Sofas and loveseats with flat sides can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust. If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight.
Wipe any items made of metal - bikes, metal tables, tools, etc. - with machine oil to prevent rusting.