Whether you’re moving locally, over state lines, or across the country, one thing is a constant: packing. In many moving scenarios, there may also be a time where some or all your belongings may be in storage. Regardless of whether this solution is long-term or short-term, it’s important to ensure you understand how best to pack and store your things to keep them safe, accessible, and free from damage.
While cardboard boxes are the most commonly used item for moving, it’s important to take a critical look at your belongings and ensure that what you’re packing away is in the right container. Take a look at our packing checklist to make sure you’re making the most of your materials:
- Before you begin packing boxes, take a few minutes to inventory what you have and how your items should be organized. Designing a system at the beginning is easier than trying to figure out an organizational strategy as you go.
- Important documents, files, and photographs may be better suited to a plastic tote to eliminate any chance of water damage. Breakables should be protected with bubble wrap or padded with packing paper (newspaper will do in a pinch, or even towels and sheets).
- Start packing boxes by placing heavy items in first, then filling the container with lighter items at the top. A box should be full enough that it can easily retain its shape. You’ll need to resist the temptation to fill boxes with more weight than can be reasonably lifted and carried.
- Close full boxes with packing tape to keep dust out.
- To save space, you can take apart large pieces of furniture (e.g., remove the legs from a dining table), and store items inside the concave spaces of wardrobes or large dressers.
When it comes to storing possessions in a space such as a garage or storage unit, have a plan ahead of time for how best to utilize the space. As you do so, remember that accessibility is key. Think through which boxes contain items you may need more frequently and place them closer to the front and center. Having a wide variety of container shapes and sizes will make it more difficult to efficiently stack and store your belongings, so try to stick to 2 or 3 sizes of boxes if possible.
Protecting your belongings is also paramount. To reduce the risk of damage, you can lay wooden pallets down on the floor before setting down any boxes or items. Protect against mildew and mold by making sure any items stored in the space are thoroughly dried and by using moisture absorbers. Avoid using regular plastic bags for long-term storage as these can trap moisture, allowing mildew to form and damaging your possessions.
Here are some useful tips when it comes to storing your boxes and possessions:
- Keep an inventory of where things are. This can be as simple as writing on the outside of the box or as detailed as a spreadsheet with in-depth content and location information. It’s helpful to find which box things are in and also to keep track in case anything goes missing during the move.
- If you’re storing anything which uses fuel, remember to drain it out before storage. This can include things like gardening equipment, for example. Draining liquids out removes the possibility of them leaking and causing damage.
- On the same note, fully defrost and drain freezers and refrigerators if they’re going into storage. To prevent bad smells and mildew forming, give them a thorough cleaning first.
- Make use of other items that you’re storing. If you’re going to be packing away clothes, put them in a suitcase to save room.
- To save even more room in your storage space, use vacuum bags to shrink down bulky material items such as clothes, bedding, towels and other soft furnishings.
- Don’t forget to check up on your boxes. Whether they’re in one of Dixie Moving & Storage’s warehouses or just sitting in your new garage, a periodic check of your stored items will catch any potential issues before they become big problems.
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