Preparing for a big move can be overwhelming, but with the help of self storage it doesn’t have to be. The knowledgeable professionals at Superior Storage are equipped with helpful tips on staying organized while packing your belongings to make your transition smooth and hassle-free.
Create a Plan and Gather Supplies
Before starting the packing process, make a checklist of the items you’ll be packing and create a timeline to spread out the process. Be sure to start your plan by packing the items you use less often since you won’t be able to access them until you’re ready to unpack.
Along with your packing plan, you should collect supplies like boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, markers, and labels. Gathering your supplies before starting the packing process is essential to staying organized and prepared through your move.
Packing Supplies Best Practices
For packing supplies, opt for new or gently used boxes that are in good condition and avoid overloading boxes to prevent them from breaking. Whenever possible, use the original boxes for electronics and appliances, as they have been designed to give the best protection.
Wrap all fragile items in bubble wrap or packing paper and place them in boxes with padding to prevent damage during your move. Seal boxes with strong packing tape to keep them from opening during transportation.
Sort and Declutter
Before you start packing, take time to sort through your belongings and decide what to keep, donate, or throw away. This can be the hardest part of the process—it’s difficult to decide what is important enough to keep or if some of your things have served their purpose and it’s time to leave them behind. However, condensing your things by deciding what to keep or get rid of will save you both space and packing time through the process.
During your move, it is crucial to be organized so you can stay on top of the process and make it easier on yourself. You can do things like pack a separate box with essentials you’ll need upon arrival to the new place, like toiletries, a change of clothes, and important documents. Pack items from one room at a time to make unpacking easier. This will also help when unloading your belongings from the moving truck or trailer.
Organization can be hard with the numerous moving parts that packing involves, but it is an essential part of making the packing process smooth and trouble-free.
Label Boxes & Items
While packing up your things, clearly label each box with its contents and the room it belongs to, this will help you find items more efficiently when unpacking. Also, mark all boxes containing fragile items as “fragile” to make sure they are handled with care. If stacking boxes, you’ll want to make sure these items are on the top of the stack to avoid getting crushed during the moving or storage process. Before disconnecting any electronics, you can take photos of their setup to make reassembly easier.
Use Ziploc Bags and Wrap Liquid Containers
Use resealable plastic bags for small items like screws, bolts, and cords to keep them organized. Attach these bags to the larger items they belong to or label them clearly so they aren’t misplaced and so they stay together. Any liquid containers, such as toiletries, should be sealed in plastic bags to prevent leaks during transit.
Protect Fragile Items & Fill Empty Spaces
In addition to labeling fragile boxes, place heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter items on top. This practice helps maintain the stability of your boxes and prevent breakage during your move. Fill any gaps in boxes with packing paper, clothing, or towels to keep items from shifting while you move.
Rent Self Storage From Superior Storage for Your Move
Now that you know how to pack like a pro, consider renting a self storage unit to keep items organized and out of the way during your transition. At Superior Storage, we offer short or long-term storage rentals to keep your belongings secure and out of your way while you move.