If you're going to be packing up your belongings, and placing everything in storage, you want to make sure you do it right the first time. That means you should take your time when planning your packing. Taking the effort to plan ahead will help you avoid mistakes that could cost you time, space, and money. Here are three steps you should take when placing your belongings in storage.
Label Your Boxes
When it comes to packing your belongings for storage, you don't want to forget about the unpacking. Eventually you're going to be taking your things out of storage, which means you'll want to know what's in your boxes before you unpack them. Not only that, but you might need find something that you have in storage. The best way to prepare for both situations is to label your boxes.
One way to label your boxes would be to use a permanent marker to label the boxes with the room that the items came from, such as "master bedroom" or "kitchen." Another way to label your boxes is to create an inventory list for each box. Print out each inventory list and attach them to the appropriate boxes. The inventory lists will allow you see exactly what you have in each box.
Use the Right Packing Material
If you have fragile items that will need protective wrapping, be sure to use the right packing material. While newspaper is easy to come by, it's not necessarily the best material for your belongings. First, it doesn't provide long-term protection. Second, the ink can rub off on your valuables, especially in a moist environment. For best protection, use packing popcorn or bubble wrap for your fragile belongings.
Use Space Efficiently
When it comes time to move things into your storage unit, make sure you use your space efficiently. Begin by moving your large items in first, especially large pieces of furniture or appliances. Next, use furniture as storage space, including table tops and dresser drawers. Finally, be sure to leave walking paths between your boxes so that you can get to the back of the storage unit, if necessary. It's also important to remember that you can use the rafters of your storage unit for extra space. This is particularly beneficial if you have bikes and lawn equipment that could be hung from hooks. Using the rafters will allow you to maximize the storage space.
Don't waste your space. If you're going to be renting a storage unit, like one from Foothills Storage, use the tips provided here to avoid storage mistakes.
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