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Whether planning to store your things temporarily or for a considerable length of time, self-storage packing tips can make your self-storage unit more organized and efficient. If you want your storage unit to be a truly functional space, rather than just a dumping ground for boxes and seldom-used items, you will have to make a plan in advance. Use these self-storage packing tips to help you create a space that is easily accessible and highly organized, and protect your belongings from damage.
Organization and Protection Tips
- Label and prioritize. Decide which items you want to store, label boxes clearly, and plan to store them in order of priority. In other words, place items you will need more frequently toward the front of the unit, where they will be easily accessible.
- Clean before you pack. Wash clothes, wipe items, and polish furniture. If you are storing a vacuum, make sure to empty it first. Storing clean items that are free of dust will protect them from damage while they are not in use.
- Use boxes, not bags. Plastic bags can trap moisture, causing mildew. Boxes, on the other hand, keep items clean and dry, and they stack easily, making the most of your storage space. Use uniform boxes, rather than the kind you can get from a liquor store, because the investment you make will be worth it when your items are better protected. Also, you can fit more boxes into the storage unit.
- Consider bubble wrap instead of paper. Paper will protect your valuables, but bubble wrap is cleaner and can be reused. Further, because it is transparent, it makes easier to identify items.
- Box everything you can. Items are more likely to incur damage and get dusty when they are not boxed. Fill your boxes to capacity, because otherwise, contents can shift and break. Packing materials like foam peanuts can help fill gaps.
- Keep it lightweight. Packing boxes too full of heavy items can cause back strain when it comes to lifting them, and boxes can burst if filled to maximum capacity. Use common sense when packing and pack heavy items in small boxes.
- Protect and clearly label breakable items. Fragile items like dishes, glasses, and knickknacks should be packed into sturdy boxes, with paper or filler occupying any gaps. If you are storing towels or dishcloths, they make excellent padding for dishes.
Using these self-storage packing tips will help ensure that your items are safe during transit and storage. For more helpful information, visit the Storage Choice website. With secure, easily accessible facilities, climate-controlled units, and excellent customer service, Storage Choice provides self-storage to residents of Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. Once you’ve checked out the website, be sure to visit the online community on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.