Whenever you find yourself needing to store some of your belongings for whatever reason and whatever length of time, one of the things you need to remember is that there is a right and wrong way to pack your things for storage. Learning how to pack your things right is important because it helps keep your belongings safe and damage-free while they’re in storage.
Here are some packing tips to help you along:
1. Devise a Plan
Packing without a plan is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without any idea what the finished product is supposed to look like. You’d likely be wasting your time arranging and rearranging your belongings several times. Having a plan includes making an inventory of everything that’s supposed to go into storage and a list of what each box contains. This way, it becomes easier for you to map out the arrangement of your things in the storage unit. Your list will also make it easier to find things in case you need to take something out in the future.
2. Wrap Delicate Items Carefully
If you plan to store breakables, make sure they’re wrapped with plenty of wrapping paper to prevent breakage. To save on cost, you may also wrap them in newsprint; just make sure you use unprinted paper so as not to get ink on your precious China and crystal figurines. Be sure to wrap these items individually so they don’t bump against each other and crack. And don’t forget to line the box with crumpled paper before storing the breakables in them.
Aside from breakable items, electronics can also be considered delicate items, since they are susceptible to corrosion and moisture. Since you cannot clean corrosion off of your electronic items, you need to make sure they don’t suffer from corrosion at all. Wrapping them in bubble wrap isn’t enough; you need to throw in a few desiccant packets as well. And make sure appliances are properly cleaned and dried before they are stored.
3. Label Boxes Accordingly
Use markers to label each box clearly and accurately. The larger your labels are, the better. This helps you identify your belongings immediately, thereby making the storage process a lot smoother and more efficient. This also makes it easier to find specific items in case you need to get them out of storage in the future.
Other than labelling, it is also advisable to fill each of the boxes to capacity to ensure that they remain structurally sound throughout the stacking process and for the entire duration of storage.
4. Heaviest at the Bottom and Towards the Back
Bulky items like furniture are best placed towards the back so as to maximize storage space. If there are items that are awkwardly shaped, you may set them aside to be stored last. And when stacking boxes, be sure to place the heaviest ones at the bottom to prevent damage to lighter items. Make sure you don’t stack anything on top of your breakables.
The same principle holds true when filling boxes. The heaviest items should be placed at the bottom; lighter items on top. It is also advisable to place the first item against one side of the box and then work your way around the box until all the space is filled. In case there are gaps, you can stuff them with towels or any non-breakable item.
5. Odds and Ends Out Front
Other than the awkwardly-shaped items mentioned earlier, it is also advisable to store your odds and ends towards the front. They could go with the items you feel you’re going to take out of storage sooner than the rest. Maximizing storage space in this manner helps you ensure that you pay only for as much space as you really need.
By following these packing and storage tips, you should be able to enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your things are safe from damage while they are being held in storage. You may also want to consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit, particularly if you live in an area that regularly experiences extreme temperatures. Even when your things are being stored, they should still be kept in excellent condition.