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Packing for storage – all you need to know

Use appropriate boxes when packing for storage

There are several reasons why people store things away. Some of them are moving out and they need a place to store their belongings until they have moved in into a new home. Others use storage facilities because they rotate their belongings seasonally and, in this way, they stay organized. Still, others need additional storage units since their closets are not enough. Whatever the reason, you should be familiar with how packing for storage should be like. Of course, there is no right or wrong way to do this, but there are some tips and tricks you should know in order to make it more efficient.

Get the boxes of the right size

This is quite a common mistake when people are packing for storage, in general. It is advisable not to use large boxes since there is a possibility you will overpack it and you will not be able to carry it. So, it would be best if you go for the small- to medium-size free moving boxes. You can use the small ones for heavier items, such as books and dishes. You should use the medium ones for lighter items, like blankets, beddings, linens, etc. Maybe you will be tempted to use garbage bags, but you should be aware of the fact that they tear easily. Because of this, it is a good idea to get more boxes than you think you will need.

Pack your boxes the right amount

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Make sure you neither overpack nor underpack the boxes

Pay attention to the weight and type of your packed boxes– they should be neither too heavy, not too light. First of all, make sure that their shape remains the same. They should not bulge at the top or sides. The reason for this is that the boxes need to be stable when being stacked. On the other hand, it is also important not to underpack them either. This will only lead to having even more boxes to carry and there is also the possibility that something breaks during the transport. This scenario can easily happen if you put heavier boxes above the underpacked ones. In case there is some extra space when you are packing fragile things, you should fill it with foam packing peanuts.

Label and close your boxes properly

You should make sure there is a black marker near you while you are packing. In this way, you will label each and every box and there will be no need to open them to see what is inside. You should pay special attention when fragile items are in question. Boxes containing them should be put on the top and this is something you should point out. Also, it is of great importance that the boxes are properly closed. By using a professional packing tape, you will make sure all the items are protected. These are some things that will be helpful to your movers. They will know what to put where once everything is packed and labeled. In case you are thinking about what moving company to hire, be careful. There are many moving scams, so bear in mind that there are some cheap movers to consider.

Duck tape
Use a professional packing tape when packing for storage

Make items as small as possible when packing for storage

When you need to store some belongings, try to make them smaller, if possible. For example, when you need to pack a bed frame, there is a possibility to reduce its size. You can unscrew the frame and wrap the pieces together by using tape. Then, it would be a good idea to take all the screws, put them in a plastic bag and tape it to the frame. Another piece of advice would be to use the non-sticky side when wrapping the frame and avoid tape residue in that way. In addition to this, it is advisable to pad and cover your furniture with protective materials. By doing this, you will ensure that it stays in good condition during the transport or while it is stored.

What to pay attention to while making a long-term storage

In case you need to store some of your items for a period longer than three months, it is advisable to keep them safely stowed and well organized. For example, you should avoid packing things in plastic bags. It maybe seems like plastic will protect your belongings better, but this is not the case. Namely, plastic bags trap moisture and humidity and, in that way, speed up the mold/mildew process. That is why you should buy sturdy boxes- your items will be much safer there. In addition to this, you should take a good care of the fragile items.  Wrap them individually in bubble wrap or newspaper and put them in a box. Make sure the boxes are not too heavy and make sure you put them away from other stored items.

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Take a good care of your fragile items- make sure they are safely stored

Tips for a short-term storage

Although this means that your home will be decluttered for less than three months, it is not the reason not to be careful with your possessions. First of all, since there is not much time for dirt to settle, you can simply use dust covers when packing for storage. In that way, you can simply cover large pieces of furniture with a piece of cloth which will be easily removed later. Also, it is advisable to leave a path between your packed units. You will be probably walking along quite often, so it is better to avoid breaking some of your valuables.

It does not matter for what kind of storage you are packing your belongings. The most important thing you need to pay attention to is that all of the items are safe. This means that you need to ensure that each box is appropriately stored for its contents. So, when you are packing for storage, take your time and do it properly- you may even be in a situation to cut some costs in the process.