Packing and Self Storage Tips to Help You Move
Planning ahead can help reduce the stress that comes with moving. Be selective by deciding what to take with you and what to put into a self-storage unit. To help make your move more enjoyable and stress free, check out these packing and storage tips.
Don't Pack Anything You Don't Need
If you don't need it, then there is no sense in packing it. Take a good, hard look at all your belongings and decide whether you want to keep it, donate/sell it, or toss it.
Sort Things by Category
Instead of cleaning out one room at a time, spend your time by grouping your things into categories and then sorting through them. Group things such as clothes, books, shoes, papers, and kitchen utensils. This way, you can look at all the "like" items that you own and sort much more easily.
Gather Packing Materials
Collect as many boxes as you think you'll need, along with tape, markers and packing materials (bubble wrap, packing paper, etc).
Use smaller boxes for your heavier items as you will want to avoid having boxes too heavy to lift and move.
Make sure to get a mattress bag. If you've ever moved before, you know how much of a pain it is to move a mattress and keep it clean.
Label Your Boxes
Label every box with the destination room and as many contents as you can to make it easier to find when needed.
Put Priority Items in Clear Bins
You will want to easily find the things you will need right away after you move into your new place. Things such as toilet paper, toiletries, garbage bags, cleaning products, kitchen utensils and cookware. If you do not have clear bins, different coloured tape on the boxes with these items will make them easily identifiable.
Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked FRAGILE. Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in bubble wrap or packing paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Pack plates vertically as this will make them less likely to break. Newspaper is a good alternative, however, newspaper is dirty which may result in additional cleaning when unpacking. Do not pack fragile items and heavy items in the same box.
Electronics and Small Kitchen Appliances
Make sure to remove all batteries from electronic devices before putting them in storage, especially for extended periods of time.
Tape the cords to the units they belong to so they do not get lost and can easily be found.
Always try to pack any electronics or small kitchen appliances in the same box they came in. This will keep them better protected and easy to identify.
Use stretch wrap to group items together, such as, rakes, brooms, curtain rods, etc.
It can also be used to protect your furniture from getting scuffed and scratched.
In the Bag
Put any small parts for things that you have taken apart, such as screws, into a sandwich bag and tape it to the back of the item they belong to.
Packing Your Storage Unit
If you are going to be putting your belongings into a self-storage unit, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Keep Your Items Clean and Dry
Prepare your unit by placing a tarp on the floor under your things. Place your items on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp, especially with temperature change. Leave some space between the walls and boxes to allow the air to circulate.
Before you put any of your items into the storage unit, plan your space. Place items that you may need access to on a regular basis, in the front of the unit. Try to leave an aisle down the centre of the storage unit so you can easily get in and out when accessing items.
Start with the heavy items first. These items should be placed in the back of the unit to help with saving space, as well as, accessibility to other items down the road. Make sure to put heavier items on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
Many items can be broken down to store more easily. Look for ways to reduce the size of bed frames, couches, shelving, tables, etc. This will give you much more room to work with in your storage unit. If you choose not to breakdown your bookcases/wall units, these are great to store smaller items or things you would like to keep handy.
Refrigerators and Freezers
When storing your fridge or freezer, you want to keep them dry and free of mold. Always make sure you prop the doors open, as closing them can lead to a build up of moisture and mold.
Never store food or perishables in your storage unit. These items will attract bugs and rodents.