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Nov 27, 2014

Packing Efficiently For Self - Storage

It can be tempting to dump all the items you do not need in a box and put them in self-storage.  This way, you de-clutter your house and you do not have to worry about the box in storage for a while.

But there is a better way to store items in storage.

If you plan and pack efficiently, you can find and access your stored items at will, whenever you need them.

Here is how you can go about planning and packing items you are going to put in self-storage.

Plan What Goes In Storage:

1) Keep aside the items you plan to put in storage.
2) Prioritize by items that you want to access frequently and those that you might not access that frequently.
3) Pack fragile items separately.
4) Pack heavier and sturdier items at the bottom of the boxes. Lighter and more delicate items can go on top.

In The Storage Unit:

1) If you are storing furniture, then place protection on the floor.
2) Store longer items along the wall of the storage units. Longer items could include: Tabletops, mattresses, and beds.
3) Use vertical space efficiently. Stack boxes of same heights on top of each other. Make sure they are stable when they are stacked so they do not topple.
4) Place heavier items in the boxes that are lower in the stack and more fragile items in the boxes higher up in the stack.
5) Place items you will access frequently near the door.

Moving Items Into Storage:

1) Put items that you will frequently use in the truck first so that they will be stored into the unit last and closest to the door.
2) Empty cupboards, beds, drawers when you are moving the items to storage.
3) Cover bigger furniture items with blankets to protect them from scratching when moving. Keep the blankets on while in storage.

Other Things To Keep In Mind:

1) Use packing boxes and not plastic bags
2) Protect fragile items by wrapping them in bubble wrap. It is better and safer than wrapping then in paper.
3) Wrap fragile items separately and mark them as fragile.
4) Label the boxes on the exterior. Write down which contents you've put inside.
5) Distribute the weight evenly in the boxes.

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