When approaching a move many people tend to underestimate the complexity of the work that goes into making it as smooth as possible. I work in the self storage industry and see so many people almost on a daily basis who could save a lot of money of storage costs simply by packing better and more efficiently. Here are some tips from me, picking up on things I’ve seen over the years.
What You Will Need
- Large and small cartons (always go for cardboard)
- Old newspapers
- Bubble wrap
- A marker and coloured pens
- A knife and scissors
The Steps Involved
Before going into the details of sorting and packaging for storage, here are some quick tips to keep in mind:
- Define a colour for each room in your home, and highlight the colour of each box so when it comes to unpacking after storage, you can do it a lot quicker.
- Write out the entire contents of each box with your marker on the cardboard box top.
- Line the bottom of all your boxes with bubble wrap – will help with damage reduction as well as dampness getting in the box.
- Start by packing the items that you use the least (if you move in June, you can start by packing your ski wear).
OK, so with those tips hopefully clear and understood, this is what you need to do.
How to Pack for Storage
First off always keep your smaller fragile items in smaller boxes, ideally a box for each item which can then get placed into a larger box – don’t let anything become loose to avoid damage in storage. Also bear in mind that heavy items in large boxes can break the smaller ones so attempt some degree of separation if possible.
One set of items that people always seem to struggle with are dishes and china. The amount of times I have seen smashed items in my self storage facilities is ridiculous – yet it is avoidable.
The ultimate rule is to pack each glass and plate bubble wrap, or paper so there is no contact between them at the time of transport. I recommend that you plug any holes with newspaper so that everything is secure and does not move in the boxes.
If you wish, you can purchase special boxes for glasses or plates, but they will cost more than a box so just take my advice and everything should be a lot more secure.
When it comes to clothing try to have them all I bags, then placed into boxes. Ultimately you want them wrapped as well as possible, because some self storage facilities can attract vermin which like nothing more than chewing through fabrics. For business clothing such as ironed shirts you can buy boxes which are like a wardrobe in which you can hang hangers.
For bulky items such as furniture you should dismantle items as much as possible to make the best use of space. When you take apart a piece of furniture, put all the screws and parts in an envelope and note which item it is for. For cables, plugs and other electrical type leads, group them by appliance and then place them into a box – try to separate them out at the very least so they do not become entangled.
One item which always causes issues is the washing machine. Make sure that you drain it before moving it if you want to avoid a flood in your truck. Similarly with a refrigerator and freezer: empty them, and carry them upright as much as possible.
By following these short tips, you should find that you optimise the amount of self storage space that you need to rent, thus you will reduce your costs significantly.Continue reading →