Quick tip: Protecting your items from pests
First, clean items before storing to remove any residue that may attract pests. This is especially true for rugs or furniture that may have food remnants.
Use sealed plastic containers instead of bags or cardboard. This is important because cardboard boxes can be very inviting to rodents. They are easily chewed through and can provide material for nests. For long term storage, plastic bins will deny them these opportunities.
Finally, place boxes on raised pallets to prevent rodents and insects from hiding underneath.