Tips for Moving and Packing
If you’re looking to store your possessions in a short- or long-term storage facility, then here are some tips and techniques that can help you save time and avoid unnecessary stress and hassle.
Having the correct supplies is an essential part of any job, and packing your belongings, even if it’s just for short-term storage, is no exception.
Here’s a basic list of some of the things you’ll need for most packing jobs:
- Boxes (it’s always smart to have extras, just in case)
- Heavy-duty packing tape
- A wide-tip permanent marker
- Insulation/ cushioning material (such as newspaper/ bubble wrap)
- Some easily-identifiable labels (such as color-coded stickers, or index cards)
One great system for organized packing works like this:
As you put each item into a box, you write down what that item is (index cards work best for this).
Continue doing this for each item, and when one of the boxes is full, label it consecutively (A-1, A-2, etc.), and remember to label boxes containing fragile items accordingly.
You can even take this system one step further by assigning a specific letter or color to a specific room (i.e. “K” for kitchen, blue for bedroom, etc.).
This way, you have a catalog you can easily refer to if you need to find something, simply by looking at a box’s corresponding card.
To some, this system may seem like it takes too long to implement, and while it’s true that labeling the contents of every box does take longer than quickly writing something simple like “Closet” or “Bedroom”, the time saved in not having to search through every box when you need something more than makes up for it.
Since the exact amount of storage space (and boxes) is unique to each individual, it’s difficult to give any specific advice on how to best go about organizing said storage space.
However, there are a few simple guides to follow when organizing your storage container:
Try to place any furniture (and other large items) in the back, and important boxes near the front, so that they’re more accessible.
If your boxes are labeled by room (as suggested above), then you should stack all the boxes with one kind of label in one row, and boxes with another label in a different row, leaving some walking space in between each row (like aisles in a grocery store).
Put heavier boxes on the bottom of a stack; don’t stack boxes too high. Use common sense.
And there you have it!
By following these simple steps, you’ll be:
- more organized, and
- able to store your belongings much more efficiently.
Do you have any tips to add? I’d love if you shared below.
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