Here at A&A Self Storage we understand that packing up your items for long term or short term storage is not a very enjoyable task at the best of times. However these items that you are preparing for storage are precious and we thought we’d compile a list of tips and tricks to make the process as quick and painless as possible.
So whether you’re packing up some belongings to make space in your home, moving offices and need short term business storage or storing items for other reasons, it’s important to make sure you pack everything away properly. After all, some of these items may be in storage a long time, so it’s best to make sure you pack them away properly.
Before you start to actually pack anything make sure you have all the right supplies to hand. Boxes of various sizes, packing peanuts, packing tape, furniture covers, marker pens, bubble wrap, newspaper and decent pair of sharp scissors.
Make sure all the boxes you choose are of a good quality - they may need to last a year or more so make sure they aren’t ripped or used too many times before. We wouldn’t recommend using plastic bags to store your items as they are likely to rip or attract mildew.
Grouping items by type or room will really help when the time comes that you may need to locate an item or even unpack after storage. You’ll thanks yourself we promise! It’ll save yourself time and effort from having to open and hunt through box after box to find an item.
It’s simple to pack things this way, for example: once you have packed your kitchen items you can grab your marker and label the box kitchen. Then when the time comes and you need to find that trusty spatula, you’ll locate it in a matter of minutes!
Don’t just throw random items into the same box – try and keep similar possessions together. That way, you can easily find all your kitchen items, clothing and favourite books without having to open box after box. Get a marker and write on the box what’s in it. You may think you’ll be able to remember which items went where, but we promise you that by the time you move into your new home or office, you will have forgotten.
This may sound a little bit obvious but actually if you have delicate items you really need to be prepared to put a little more time and effort into preparing it for storage. Use plenty of bubble wrap for glass, crockery and similarly delicate items. Put an extra tag on the box to remind anyone who handles the box that it contains fragile items, and also make a note of which way up the box should be carried and stored.
Clothing items and books, whilst not breakable in the same way as the other items listed above, are prone to damage if stored incorrectly. Clothes and materials can be stored in vacuum air tight bags, a clever way to reduce the amount of space they take up and also protects them from damp and damage. Books should be placed flat on top of eachother to avoid damaging the spines and covers.
Don’t be tempted to stuff things into an already almost full box. When you see it is reaching the point where the sides may start buckling or splitting, fill the remaining space with filler packing and continue the job on a fresh box. Heavy and overloaded boxes will not be easy to carry and will tend to break when transported. Another good tip is to place the heavier items at the bottom and lighter items at the top of your box, this balance and distribute the weight in the box evenly. Conversely if you don’t have enough items to fill the box simply add light packaging materials to fill the space so that the items will not bounce about inside the box during transportation.
A good rule of thumb is to pack heavier items in smaller boxes and lighter items such as clothing or bedding in larger boxes.
If you take apart your furniture as much as possible so it’s nice and compact. This will help you avoid paying for more storage space than if you left it fully assembled. Large items like bed frames usually easily come apart, we recommend you store all the screws and nuts in a little plastic bag and attach it to the frame, so when it is time to put it back together again you have all the parts ready to hand for the job.
Making sure all your stored items are clean will prevent nasty smells and mould developing over time in storage. Clothes, dishes, utensils and even furniture, if clean and properly dried will store better this way. It will prevent any mould or mildew developing that could ruin your items over time.
So there you have it - our ninja pro life tips on packing up your precious items for storage. We hope you found them really useful.
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