Check Out Our Helpful Packing Tips

As you get ready to pack your storage or moving container, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Start with a plan. Packing can be overwhelming, but try to keep items you may need access to at the front of the storage unit and leave walkways just in case.
  • Keep an inventory. Making an inventory of the items you pack in the storage container is important for your own peace of mind and for insurance purposes. Keep your list in a safe place like a safe deposit box or other secure location.
  • Make use of 2×4 boards or pallets. Although our storage containers are designed and built to keep moisture out, placing your storage items on pallets or 2x4s will provide added protection.
  • Cover the floor of your storage space. Protect your belongings by covering the floor of the storage space.
  • Leave combustibles out. Any combustible items such as paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc. should be left out of your storage unit.
  • Leave food items out. Keep bug and rodent problems at bay by leaving food and food items out of your storage unit. If you must include them, be sure to store non-perishable items in zip locks and double-bag.
  • Use strong, sturdy boxes that are uniform in size. To maximize space and protect your belongings, we recommend using sturdy boxes that are all about the same size. Try not to over-pack boxes as this will make lifting and moving the boxes after the move much harder. It’s best to keep the weight of each box to 25-30 lbs.
  • List contents on all sides. We’ve all done it – written the contents of a box on the top where it can’t be seen. Be sure to label each side of the box to ensure that you can find what you need when you need it. Numbering the boxes is also helpful, and be sure to always seal them with quality packing tape.
  • Put the heavy boxes on the bottom. To protect your belongings, be sure to stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes and not the other way around.
  • Wrap dishes & glasses. Protect fragile dishes and glasses by wrapping them in paper and placing them in sturdy, strong boxes. Place these boxes on top to prevent crushing.
  • Wrap mirrors & pictures. Wrap your mirrors and pictures in cardboard and label them “Fragile”. Stack these items end to end.
  • Make use of drawers. A great tip for maximizing space and keeping your breakable items protected is to wrap pictures, silverware, knick-knacks, and other small breakable items in towels, blankets or tablecloths and keep them in drawers.
  • Make use of larger appliances. Pack any blankets, towels, tablecloths, or other soft items inside of larger appliances to maximize storage space.
  • Make use of empty trashcans. Any empty trashcans can be stored inside of each other or used to store shovels, rakes, hoes, hoses and other utility items.
  • Break down tables. If a table has removable or collapsible legs, be sure to break it down to make the most use of your storage space.
  • Cover furniture. To protect against dust and other damage, be sure to cover plush furniture with blankets, cardboard or other protective materials. Additionally, be sure to keep heavy and sharp objects away from upholstered furniture like couches and chairs.
  • Prop mattresses. To prevent your mattresses from becoming lumpy or misshapen, be sure to prop them up so that they stand straight (if storing them on their side).
  • Don’t rent too much space. To prevent your items from shifting, be sure to rent the smallest space needed and pack it full.
  • Place TVs and electronics at the rear. Protect your TVs and electronics by keeping them at the rear of your storage unit.
  • Use a quality lock. Although our storage containers are designed to protect, be sure to use a quality lock to help secure your belongings.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (877) 423-2055. We’re here to help in any way we can!

 

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