Storage and Packing Tips
Packing up all your belongings to move to a new home can be a rather daunting task. What if something valuable breaks in the move, or you have trouble locating important items once you’re ready to unpack? With the help of our useful storage tips, you can begin the packing process with confidence, knowing that your possessions will be safe, well organized, and ready for a new home.
Before You Pack
Before you begin loading your books, clothes, or kitchen supplies into boxes, you’ll need to spend some time planning ahead. First, it is a good idea to create a comprehensive inventory of the items you will be moving to your new home. This inventory should include the serial numbers on all your electronic equipment, as well as visual documentation, such as photographs or video recordings, of any valuable possessions.
Next, you will want to make sure you have all your packing materials in order. To ensure the most secure and effective method of packing possible, you’ll need sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap or newspaper, plastic bags, and markers.
When wrapping your fragile items, keep in mind that newspaper pages may leave behind ink smudges, so it is best to use newspaper only as extra cushioning for items that have already been protected. For your most fragile belongings, try using sheets, blankets, or towels to provide secure padding before placing them in a box. You can then use your smaller plastic bags for the various knick-knacks you find in drawers, on shelves, and scattered about your house.
As You Pack
Because people often underestimate just how long it will take to pack up an entire house—or even just one single room—one of the most important tips we can give you is this: start early and don’t get overwhelmed! Work on packing up one room at a time and make sure that you label each box according to its contents and location in the house. Also, remember to check the heaviness of your boxes as you fill them. Just because you can easily fit fifty books into one box doesn’t mean it will be so easy to lift the box once it’s sealed. After each box is filled, move it to a convenient location, such as near the front door.
Always begin by packing items that are not essential to your daily routine. Items that are of financial or sentimental importance to you should be packed separately and carried with you on the day of the move. When packing up your fragile belongings, do not put too many items into one box, and remember to clearly label them with “FRAGILE.” For small appliances and electronic equipment, it is a good idea, if possible, to pack them in their original boxes.
When packing some of your bulkier items, it is important to make sure that everything is secure. For example, when taking your bed apart, bind the frames together with rope, and when moving your washing machine, try filling the tub with soft items, such as blankets, towels, or stuffed animals. Check that all loose drawers in your refrigerator are secure and seal any nuts and bolts from furniture into a plastic bag that you will then tape to the pieces from which they came. Be sure to cover all tables with sheets or blankets so that they do not become damaged in the moving process. Similarly, use cardboard to cover large mirrors or pieces of art. For bulky carpets or rugs, simply roll them up and wrap them with tape or rope. When packing up power tools, remember to use ample cushioning and wrap any sharp or dangerous edges.
After the Move
When moving your belongings into your new home, do not place boxes in locations at random, but instead, use the labeling system that you created during packing to ensure more methodical and efficient unpacking. For example, put all the boxes labeled “KITCHEN” in the kitchen and all the boxes labeled “MASTER BEDROOM” in the master bedroom. Then, once all the boxes are in their respective rooms, begin the process of unpacking the same way you began the process of packing: one room at a time.
Even with all your careful planning, there may be many items that you just don’t know where to put in your new home or space. You may not want to get rid of them entirely, but you also may not want them around for the time being. That’s where we come in. You can store your excess furniture, shelving, or personal items in our state of the art storage facility for an affordable monthly fee! Visit our Storage Units page for more information and prices.