Take your move as an opportunity to organize your belongings. You might think you’ll remember where you put things, but it’s likely that over time you’ll forget. It can be very time consuming if you need a stored item but don’t remember where you packed it.

  • A box for everything and everything in a box, is the best protection of your goods. The use of boxes of uniform sizes will allow you to stack and minimize the amount of storage space you need. Minimizing your storage space saves you money.
  • Fill drawers and appliances with small items to conserve space.
  • Pack your items in a way that works best for you. For example, group items by the room they came from or by item category. This will be a substantial help when the time comes to unpack, or if you need to find something while still in storage.
  • Make yourself a list of items you will need first when it comes time to unpack, and clearly label these boxes in some fashion. Items in this group might include bedding, dishes and flatware, cleaning products, medications, first aid kit, radio, alarm clock, and important papers.
  • Label and/or color-code all containers and boxes.
  • Label light, fragile, or otherwise crushable containers as “Top of Load”; this will give you easy identification of boxes that you want to ship and store at the top of any stacking.
  • Fill your boxes and use packing material to fill empty spaces.
  • Use the largest boxes for lighter items such as pillows, bedspreads, etc.
  • Pack heavy items into smaller boxes.
  • If possible, store clothing in wardrobe boxes that permit you to hang the items. These boxes are usually available at the storage facility and are reusable later for such things as seasonal clothing storage.
  • Pack items such as large pictures and mirrors in such a way that they are stacked upright.
  • When possible, disassembly of items can save you space and minimize possible damage. Place assembly hardware for these items in plastic bags and secure the bags to the item.
  • Protect wooden items such as table and chair legs by wrapping them.
  • Protect mattresses, sofas, chairs, etc. with plastic covers.
  • Use dressers or tables as stacking surfaces, but cover them with plastic or other material to protect the surface.
  • Dishes and other fragile items should be wrapped individually in boxes; be sure to pad the insides of the box.

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