Packing Tips for Self-Stroage

Packing Up

Are you about to move?  Maybe you’ve found a nice place in Park City that’s just right for your needs.  You’re getting ready to move in, but you haven’t worked out where everything should go yet and you don’t want to have a bunch of boxes cluttering up your new home. You decide to rent a storage unit to hold your extra things until you’re ready to completely unpack.  Better make sure you’ve got all your items packed properly. Proper packing can reduce the amount of storage space, which can save you a lot of money.  In our last article we talked about how to make your storage safe and convenient.  This time, the folks at Vernon Storage are have some helpful tips on how to pack things up to save space.


Before Packing

Clean items before packing.  If you don’t, you’ll be spreading germs and dust from your old home to your new location.  Polish wood items to give them extra protection from the elements.  Wipe down metal objects with oil to prevent rust and treat leather items with special conditioners.  You want to be sure that your things don’t get damaged while in storage.


Use the Right Kind of Boxes

Different kinds of items will need different items to store them.  Heavy duty boxes are good for books, as they are less likely to break, either from things stacked on them, or from the weight of the books inside them.  For glasses and ornaments, cell kits work best. The dividers prevent items from bumping each other while you move them.  For clothes, you can buy wardrobe boxes that are designed for hanging items up.  This will help avoid wrinkling in the fabric.

Avoid using plastic bags.  Plastic bags fill up with air and pop when put under pressure.  If the bags pop, anything inside will be damaged.  They also trap moisture and bacteria, which will lead to mold problems.

Try to use boxes that are the same size as much as possible.  This will make it easier to stack them.


Filling The Boxes

You know you’ll need boxes, but how you fill them is important.  Be careful not to make the boxes too heavy.  The more heavy they are, the harder they will be to lift and the more likely it is that the bottom can fall out when you try to lift them.  To avoid making boxes too heavy, consider using larger boxes for lighter things and smaller boxes for heavier ones.  This may require you to use more boxes, but it will help make sure that you can lift each one.

Try to fill each box completely.  to prevent it from being crushed by boxes stacked on top of it.  If the box is filled with odd-shaped or lose items, like glassware or toys, fill the extra space with crumpled paper or bubble wrap.

Remember to label each box as you fill it so you know what’s in each box.  It’s a real pain to have to unstack and open boxes just to see what’s in them while they’re in storage.

Certain items should be stored in specific ways. For example, always stack books on their side, never on their spines.  Framed art, mirrors, and photographs should be stored vertically rather than flat.  For mirrors and frames, criss-cross masking tape across them.


Planning for Storage

Before you actually start packing things into a storage unit, you should take some time to plan things out.  This will save you time and make it easier to find things later. While you want to get the smallest unit necessary, remember to plan for aisle space.  Get a unit that is slightly bigger than your needs so you have plenty of room to move around when you want to come back to remove the items.  Pick up sheets and tarps to cover furniture with so they don’t gather dust.


Storing the Boxes

Once you’ve got all your boxes filled and ready for storage, it’s time to pack them up.  Stack the boxes so that the heaviest items are on the bottom and the most fragile items are on the top.  Place valuable items behind others so that they are more difficult to see.  This will make it less likely they will be stolen on the off-chance that someone breaks into your unit.  Anything that you intend to retrieve first should be near the front, while things you plan to store longer should be near the back.  Once again, remember to leave yourself alleys to walk through.  It’s no good putting things in storage if you can’t get them out later.


A Little Planning Goes A Long Way

These are all simple tips, but they save a lot of time and headache later.  If you follow these tips and those provided in our previous article, you’ll find your possessions are stored safer and take up less space.  When it comes time to unpack, you’ll be able to get to them faster and easier.  That way, you’ll be able to move out of your storage space as soon as it’s no longer needed, saving you money.  In the end, you’ll enjoy your home all the more for the effort taken.