If possible, save the original boxes and packing materials for your electronics. Otherwise, you won't find packing materials that fit as well.
Sensitive electronics such as computers and TVs may need to be stored in climate-controlled units. Seek advice from the management of your storage facility.
To reduce the chance of attracting unwanted attention from potential thieves, place small expensive items such as stereo equipment, TVs and camcorders in unmarked boxes. At your storage facility, you can place these items out of view towards the back of the storage unit.
Use new, high-quality packing materials specifically designed for moving to better ensure your items will safely arrive.
Before packing each carton, line the bottom with a few inches of wadded paper for padding. Then place large, heavy items on the bottom and lighter, more fragile items on the top.
Plates, books and things of a similar shape, should be loaded vertically to utilize their own maximum structural strength.
When you start packing, begin with out-of-season items. Next, pack things used infrequently. Leave until the last minute things you'll need until moving day.
Empty drawers of breakables, spillables, non-transportable items and anything that would puncture or damage other items.
Pack similar items together. For example, don't pack a delicate china figurine in the same carton with cast-iron frying pans.
Keep all parts or pairs of things together. For example, curtain rod hangers, mirror bolts and other small hardware items should be placed in plastic bags and taped or tied securely to the article to which they belong.
Colored wrapping paper draws attention to very small things that might otherwise get lost in a carton.
Use newspapers for cushioning only. The ink can rub off and embed itself onto fine china.
Limit carton weight to about 50 pounds. Avoid overloading cartons but strive for a firm pack that will prevent items from shifting; the cover should close easily without force, but should not bend inward.
As you finish with each carton, list the contents on the side of the carton (for easy viewing while stacked) and in a special notebook.
You might want to number and/or code the cartons as well. Indicate the room to which each carton should be delivered at destination.