PackingTip # 1
1 Planning beforehand will make packing easier.Strong boxes, packing paper, bubble wrap, sealing tape, markers, and furniture covers also should be gathered before also.
Sealing boxes firmly with packing tape will stop dust from coming into them.
Wrap furniture legs with protective bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads to prevent scratching. Protect furniture legs from scratching by covering them with bubble wrap, furniture covers or pads. Use plastic chair covers and slipcovers over upholstered chairs. Tape bed rails or tie them together after all the pieces are marked for easier assembly. Cover mattresses to keep them clean with plastic bags and/or covers.
Label boxes on all sides for easy identification. Put labels on all sides of boxes, and state whether or not they are fragile. Place fragile ones atop others that are heavier or are less delicate. Make a reference list to be kept at your home or workplace including pictures and descriptions.
All space inside dresser drawers and large appliances is valuable and can be used. Fill them up with small and/or fragile items them stuff them with towels or packing paper to secure them.
Pack as much as you can in the same size boxes. Boxes should be filled to the brim. Not over packed to reduce bulging and overturning, and not under packed so they don’t entirely breakdown. Then secure them by filling the empty spaces and sealing with tape.
Pack heavy items such as books and tools in small boxes. Store heavy objects in small boxes weighing no more than 30 lbs. Limiting the weight of boxes simplifies handling.
Clean and dry appliances before storing. Clean appliances then dry them before storing. After securing their moving parts with paper or a paper pad, wedge and wrap an additional pad around them, to avoid damage. During transit their doors should be taped but open and wedge them for storage.
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Protect book’s spines by packing them flat into cartons lined with plastic then place packing paper on top to fill empty spaces.
Use lots of paper to pack dishes and glassware.Use plenty paper when packing dishes and glassware. Layer the bottom and top of the carton with packing paper. Wrap each item individually and cushion them with crumpled paper. Stack plates on the edge.
Your clothes and drapes can be stored in wardrobe boxes.
Pack lamps and lampshades in individual boxes.Lamps and their shades should be packed in separate boxes. Pad them with plenty of clean paper or clothing.
Pad mirrors and paintings with paper. Mirrors and paintings should be padded with paper and placed in special marked mirror packs or cartons.
Most frequently used items should be stored at the unit’s front.
When stacking up your storage unit, construct a center aisle to make it easier for you to access your things.
It’s best that you use pallets or skids to place boxes on to allow air to flow under and around them.
After remove furniture and table legs store at the back in order to save space.
Store photographs flat between cardboard then tape them together to avoid curling overtime.
Take gas and oil out lawn mowers and other small engines.
Use common sense and state laws to guide you as to what should be stored. Although you alone have access to your storage space, don’t store things such as animals, explosive, firearms etc. which need a controlled environment.
Use your garbage to store garden tools.
Mattresses should be covered and stored leveled.
Treat wood surfaces and place protective covers on them before storing.
Rub machine oil on metals using a cloth to prevent rusting.
Use your wardrobe as extra storage by placing blankets, drapes, and clothing inside them.
Use only high quality locks to secure your unit. These may be bought on site, just ask the manager for recommendations.
Whenever possible, place dressers and tables top-to-top to save space.