Here are helpful storage hints for storing your belongings safely while minimizing your storage space costs.
- Try to use uniform sized boxes when possible. They are easier to stack and reduce the chances of toppling. Remember to keep the heavy ones on the bottom, and the light ones on top.
- Do not stack your boxes higher than eye level.
- Leave yourself walking space to get to all your things. Shelving units can really make a difference when accessing your belongings.
- A refrigerator or freezer should be completely dry and stored with the door slightly ajar.
- You can store things on top of stoves, dishwasher and freezers.
- Always disassemble beds and tables in order to save space.
- Use chair cover, sofa covers, mattress covers in order to keep these items clean during transit.
- You can use the tops of tables and dressers to stack boxes.
Dishes and Glassware:
- Make sure to carefully pack boxes containing dishes and glassware. All dishes should be individually wrapped.
- Using newsprint to fill any unused space minimizes the risk of breakage during transit.
- Make sure to identify boxes containing dishes as “FRAGILE”.
- Fold your clothes properly to and store them in dressers to minimize space usage.
- Use wardrobe boxes to hang your clothing.
Motorcycles and Small Engine Tools:
- Ensure that you drain the gas tank on lawnmowers, chainsaws, snow blower or motorcycles. Flammable and combustible materials are strictly prohibited.
Label your boxes
- When you pack your boxes, label them clearly with a marker and indicate the contents on the side of the box so that it is clearly visible. This makes it easy to find your items when you are looking for them.
Avoid lifting heavy boxes
- Remember that books and papers can be heavy. Packing these items in several smaller boxes can prevent possible injuries from lifting.
Use sturdy packaging
- Package your items with sturdy packaging so that you can stack items on top of each other. This ensures that you use your storage space efficiently and minimize the amount of storage space you need.
Prevent your boxes from tipping
- To prevent tipping, fill your boxes to capacity. Of course this will likely increase the weight of large boxes so it is best to use smaller boxes to prevent injury.
Don’t Forget Helpful Moving Supplies to Make Your Job Easier!
- Marker or pen – remind yourself of the contents of your boxes!
- Fragile tape – remind your helpers that a box needs to be handled with care
- Gripper gloves – to protect your hands and give extra grip when moving boxes and items
- Appliance rollers – slip these under heavier items to wheel them around
- Miscellaneous supplies such as a disposable knife, scissors, tape measure, plastic storage boxes, sticky labels, string, elastic bungees are always useful to have on hand!
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