Helpful Packing Tips for Moving in Chula Vista, CA

We want to ensure your storage experience is a positive one, so here are a few storage tips from our storage experts. Please feel free to ask us about specific concerns you may have.

Also, please do not store anything live, flammable, toxic or hazardous, as well as no weapons, drugs or alcohol. You can store food only if it’s in sealed jars.

Small appliances

Pack small appliances in original container or a carton cushioned with packing paper. (Do not used shredded paper, it can clog the appliance.)

Large appliances

Check with appliance dealer for any special instructions. For all large appliances, remove loose fittings and accessories and pack separately. Tie down, tape or wedge all movable parts and doors.

Dishwasher/Washing Machine

Stuff towels between machine sides and tub to keep tub from rotating. Pad exterior well. Disconnect hoses, put in plastic bag, and place in tub.


Defrost and dry interiors well. Fill interior spaces with light-weight linens, clothing or stuffed toys. If you want to lay your refrigerator down for moving, check first with the local dealer to determine if your brand can be moved like this. If so, make sure refrigerator stands upright for at least 24 hours before plugging in.

Gas Dryer

Have a gas company disconnect this for you.

Bicycles, tricycles, and baby strollers

Loosen, lower, and turn handlebars at right angels to save space. Clean and cover chains and pedal to protect other items from being snagged or soiled.


Dresses, coats, suits (anything hanging in closets) travel best in special, reusable wardrobe cartons. These can be used seasonably as ‘extra closets’ for wardrobe storage. Other clothes can remain folded in their regular dresser drawers.


Disassemble the bed frame. Tie rails and crosspieces together with rope or tape. Be sure to mark on tape to show where pieces fit together for reassembly. Use mattress protection bags to keep mattresses clean.


They’re heavy, so use small, sturdy cartons. Pack books flat, alternating bindings, and fill empty spaces with packing paper.


Fill drawers with small breakable items and cushion well with loose clothes. Secure drawers with furniture pads (tape can remove the finish) and tie with rope. Do not overload drawers with heavy items.


Wrap arms and legs with furniture pads to prevent scratches. Bundle armless chairs in pairs, seat to seat, with a folded pad between and tie seat together.

Curtain Rod Hardware

Put the hardware in a plastic bag and tape to rod or pack in dresser drawers.


Individually wrap each piece in a dish pack. Place saucers, plates and platters on edge. DO NOT STACK FLAT! Cups and bowl may be placed inside each other and wrapped three or four in a bundle.


Wrap each glass separately in a Pense packing paper or bubble wrap (remember to wrap first in a plastic bag to save washing later). Pack in sturdy carton (dish packs are perfect for glassware as well as dishes).


Pots, pans, etc., can be stacked in a carton with a sheet of packing paper between them.


After disassembling lamps, pack small bases in dresser drawers surrounded by loose clothing and large bases in carton stuffed with packing paper. Box shades individually in cartons with plenty of tissue paper for stuffing. Don’t use newspaper because it smudges.

Lawn Mowers

Drain fuel and oil before loading. Removing handle from hand mowers and place blade end in sturdy carton. Mark properly.


Small mirrors can be well wrapped in packing paper and packed in cartons. For a large mirror, make a cardboard case by cutting pieces of corrugated cardboard. Mark GLASS on the outside to prevent mishandling. Always pack and store on end.


Set aside jewelry, important papers and safe deposit box contents to be packed in a small container you can keep with you throughout the move.


The general rule when moving plants is to store them in plastic bags with holes punches for air. If possible, they should be place in cartons.

Temperature is the most critical factor. Temperatures below 34F or above 94F for much over an hour can be fatal. Plants are susceptible to shock when moving. The distance or time in transit doesn’t make the shock greater – it will just take longer for the plant to recover.

Plants should be moist when loaded into the truck. Check with your local Department of Agriculture office regarding what state or federal plant regulations may be in effect throughout your journey that prohibit the transportation of your plants to your destination.


Your pet should NEVER ride in the back of the truck.
Be sure your pet is on a leash, in a kennel or cage when outside your truck and that it is always wearing an ID tag with its name, your name, a destination address, and phone number (or a friend’s or relative’s)
If you must leave your pet in the truck, park in the shade, making sure there is enough air. (Temperatures in a closed vehicle can reach 175F very quickly, causing death of a pet in a few minutes.)
Check with your pet’s veterinarian to see if a mild sedative is recommended for the move.

Paint and Flammables

Don’t move it. The same goes for other flammables such as alcohol, solvents, lighter fluid, and greasy mops or rags. These can be dangerous items and must be disposed of properly before moving.


Place in mirror cartons, wrap individually in corrugated cardboard, or wrap in cardboard cushioned with furniture pads and tie bundles with rope. Stand on sides.


Box upright in carton well padded on all sides. For console-size equipment, surround with furniture pads, and then move and load upright.

Rugs and Pads

After vacuuming rugs and pads, sprinkle with moth flakes. Roll up and tie with rope.

Stereos, CDs, and Cassettes

Separately pack components and pack in well-padded carton marked FRAGILE. Pack CDs upright in the cases in a sturdy carton with tape-reinforced bottom. Tie CDs in small bundles before packing, then fill air space with packing paper. Mark FRAGILE. Cassettes can be packed in a similar manner although you can group them in larger bundles.


For large tables, remove legs and tie together. Put hardware in small sealed envelope tape to underside of tabletop. For small tables, pad top and wrap legs to prevent scratching.

Tools and Gardening Equipment

Drain hoses, coil and pack in carton. Fill remaining space with lawn sprinklers, small garden hand tools, etc. Tie rakes, shovels, and other long-handles tools together with rope or tape.