When you pack removal boxes to store in self storage containers or units, you need to consider several factors. Often when people move, the boxes are unpacked relatively quickly, but when you are packing boxes for storage, the boxes will remain packed for a long time. Goods can settle in the box and some goods could become damaged. You need to pay attention to the way you pack, close, and store the boxes.
Consider the weight
You need to consider the weight of each individual box. A box of books will weigh more than a box of soft toys. Try to pack each box so that the total weight of the box is light enough for one person to easily pick up and carry the box. Never put heavy items on top of light items in the same box, as the heavy items will settle and sink to the bottom of the box over time, possibly damaging your goods.
Take care of your fragile items
Invest in some bubble wrap and use newspapers to pack your fragile items into boxes. You may need to allow extra boxes to give your fragile items plenty of packing space. Use soft packaging to protect any breakable items. You may like to put soft towels on all sides of the box to protect a particularly fragile vase, for example. Remember, you don’t want to open your box after it has been in a storage container for several months to find you have paid to store broken vases and pieces of crockery that you can never use again.
Avoid packing perishables
It sounds logical, but you would be surprised at how many people pack some perishable items into storage containers. Don’t pack any food or pantry items into boxes you intend to store. Rotting food or perishable items that could leak and cause damage to other item are not things you really want to store. Candles can melt and batteries can leak acid if stored, so don’t pack these items into your storage boxes.
Use strong packing tape
Before you pack a box, use strong packing tape to secure the box together. You may like to reinforce the bottom of boxes that you want to pack heavy items in, such as books. Use good packing tape to secure each box closed.
Label boxes clearly
You do not want to spend hours in your storage unit searching for that important piece of paper you suddenly need for your tax accountant. Get a good marker pen and label each box clearly. Don’t just write “kitchen” or “bathroom”, but write details like “bowls and plates”. Otherwise, you will end up with 10 boxes, all saying “kitchen” and you will not know what each box has in it when you come to unpack your boxes after storing the boxes for months.
Stack the boxes with a plan
When you do stack the boxes in your storage unit, you should consider where each box goes. It may be a good idea to draw a quick plan, with heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on the top. Think about what items you are more likely to need first, and pack those at the front of the storage unit. That way, if you do need that important piece of paper, you won’t have to unpack the entire storage unit to find the right box. Create a copy of the plan to keep with your important papers (outside of the storage unit), and have a copy of the plan inside the storage unit where you can find it quickly.
Following these simple tips will help you to pack and store your valuable items in removal boxes in your storage unit. You will be able to find what you need quickly when you access your storage containers.
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