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Moving & Storage Tips

Embarking on a move or seeking to declutter your space requires not just effort but strategic planning to ensure a smooth transition. Whether it’s a temporary need during a home renovation or a long-term solution for excess belongings, effective storage strategies can make all the difference. The following tips are designed to maximize your storage space, protect your items, and streamline the moving process, ensuring that your belongings are safe, accessible, and well-organized.

Streamlining Your Move

  • Rent the smallest size storage unit necessary, making good use of vertical space for stacking.
  • Compile a detailed list of your belongings and store it securely either at home or in a safe deposit box, separate from your storage unit.
  • Clearly label each box on every side with a marker, assign a number to each, and ensure they’re securely taped.

Smart Packing Strategies

  • Begin by collecting all the boxes, tape, markers, and protective materials (such as bubble wrapping, foam peanuts, packing paper, or even towels) you think you’ll need.
  • Aim for uniform box sizes when possible to ensure stable stacking. Avoid overfilling boxes to prevent them from breaking under the weight.
  • Wrap dishes and glassware individually in packing paper and place them in durable boxes. Check out our competitive prices on packing supplies like packing paper, glass pack kits, and dish packs.
  • For pictures and mirrors, secure them in cardboard and label them as “FRAGILE”.
  • Use mirror-pak boxes for a perfect fit, and adjust the size by combining boxes if necessary.
  • Wipe any items made of metal: bikes, metal tables, tools, etc, with machine oil to prevent rusting.

Efficient Storage Unit Layout

  • Use dresser drawers and similar furniture as storage spaces for fragile items like pictures and small kitchenware, cushioning them with textiles or paper.
  • Disassemble tables to conserve space, storing legs and flat surfaces separately.
  • Group long-handled tools like rakes and shovels in empty bins, nesting additional bins when available.
  • Keep frequently used items near the front of your unit for quick access.
  • Design a walkway down the middle to easily reach items at the back.
  • Organize your boxes by weight, with heavier ones on the bottom and lighter ones above. You may want to consider laying down 2×4 boards or pallets to guard against dampness.
  • Store couches and loveseats vertically to maximize ground space.

Protective Measures for Storage

  • Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects atop upholstered pieces.
  • Use furniture covers or blankets to shield soft furnishings during transit and storage.
  • If storing mattresses vertically, ensure they’re supported to prevent warping or unevenness.
  • Do not store anything flammable including items such as solvents, gasoline, paint thinner, or paint.

By adopting these smart packing and storage techniques, you can safeguard your belongings and optimize your storage space for a hassle-free moving experience.