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Packing for Storage

April 24th, 2017 8:15 pm by

Packing is a very tedious and time consuming task. To make a move go as smooth as possible, it is ideal to have all small items packing into a box. This is the same with packing items that are going into storage. Whether you are putting your stuff into self-storage or a moving company is loading you into their storage, you want to ensure that everything can be stacked easily so that it loads as efficiently as possible. Here are some of Highland’s tips on packing for storage.

  • All boxes should have lids and taped on both bottom and top of the box. Plastic totes can also be used for packing.
  • Put the proper items in the proper sized boxes. Heavy items such as books should go in smaller boxes like 2 cubes. Light items such as linens should go in large boxes such as 5 cubes.
  • Make sure you fill the boxes with as many items as possible. If there are gaps or spaces, use towels and the like as they need to be packed as well and this is a good way to use them. If you run out of towels, use paper.
  • Clearly mark each box with its location, as well as some of the items that are in it. For example: Family Room – Stereo Equipment, Power Cables, CDs.
  • Pack pictures, mirrors and paintings into flat picture/mirror cartons. Stuff both sides with paper.
  • Always double check with the storage or moving company what they do not allow to be stored on the premises. This often includes any flammable substances, propane, firearms, perishable food etc.
  • Any furniture that can be disassembles easily should be. This will ensure it stores easier and doesn’t take up as much space. For example taking the beds apart, or the legs off the kitchen table.
  • If you are going to store appliances make sure you drain all water and clean them first. Keep refrigerator and freezer doors slightly ajar to prevent mildew