Self-Storage Packing Tips

If you’re packing things up to store in your attic, storage shed, or self-storage unit, you want to make certain they’re packed safely and securely. This means you need to think ahead before you start putting items into boxes. Here are a few things that will make your self-storage packing tasks much easier.

  • Use boxes that are the same size when you can so it’s easier to stack them.
  • Don’t stack things in plastic bags. They’re not as sturdy as boxes, plus they can trap moisture inside.
  • Fill up each box completely whenever possible so that the top or the sides won’t crush down or inward. If you have oddly shaped items in a box, fill it with packing material.
  • Don’t over-fill your boxes. This can cause them to come open or burst.
  • Don’t pack boxes so full that they’re too heavy for you to move. Put heavy items in small boxes and lighter things in larger boxes.
  • Use the correct box for the job. For example, books will need to be packed in boxes that are more heavy-duty than towels. Wardrobe boxes are useful for storing your clothing.
  • Stack books in boxes instead of standing them on their end. That can damage their spines.
  • Stack plates as well. Wrap each dish and pack like-sized pieces together. Wrap cups individually and nest them.
  • Wrap framed pieces of art in bubble wrap. You can find protective sleeves or corner pieces at a packing store.
  • For mirrors or frames with glass, make a criss-cross pattern with masking tape across the front.
  • Store anything with glass vertically, not horizontally.
  • Label all of your boxes clearly and on multiple sides so you can see the label, no matter how the box is placed. Use a general description such as the room the items belong in, then add a more detailed listing of what’s in the box.
  • Make certain all boxes that contain breakable items are marked as fragile.
  • Before packing them, wash all blankets, clothing, draperies, and any other fabrics so that they don’t trap dirt, germs, and odors in the box with them.
  • Clean furniture before moving it so that you don’t bring debris into your storage unit and then into your home.
  • Polish wooden furniture and other items to add a protective layer to it.
  • Treat your leather clothing and furniture with special conditioners before putting them in storage.
  • Likewise, wipe down your metal items with a rust preventative.
  • Take your bed frames, tables, and other furniture apart whenever possible. Take the lampshades off of your lamps, too. This will making moving them easier and protect them while in storage.
  • Place sheets over your furniture to keep it from getting stained or torn during the move.
  • Always place the heavier boxes or items on the floor and then stack upwards. This is important in both your storage unit and when packing your vehicle to move the items.
  • Put your valuable objects behind other, less valuable items or boxes for extra security.
  • Put fragile items and boxes on top of a stable stack of other items rather than on the bottom.
  • When packing your vehicle to take items to storage, load the items you won’t need to get to last. That way, they’re the first things that go into the storage unit. The items you need to get to regularly will be the last things you put into storage, so they will be at the front of the unit.
  • Don’t forget to consider the environment. Will the items in storage get extremely hot or cold? If so, you may need a climate-controlled storage unit to protect them from damage. Clothing, electronics, paper, and other items could be damaged from the humidity. Even if you don’t want climate control, you may want to use a dehumidifier in your storage unit.
  • Make sure you leave some space for you to walk into your storage unit. You don’t want to fill up every inch of it. Doing so will leave no space for air flow. You want to make sure you have some ventilation throughout the space.
  • Take time to organize as your packing and placing items in storage. This will make it easier to find what you want later.

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