General Packing and Storage Tips
The first thing to remember when you are packing your belongings is to pack in such a way that you can find things at a later date quickly and without unloading absolutely everything you have put away.
Let's start with some basic packing tips.
There are two things to consider before you begin.
If you will be moving your belongings directly into a new home, all you need to do is make sure you have a few days' worth of belongings set aside and packed separately from the rest. This way, you will have all your necessary items available in one area for immediate use. Think of it as going on a short 3 or 4 day trip.
Pack a bag for each person with clothes, prescription medications, and personal toiletries; a folder with any necessary or urgent paperwork; a bag or box with toilet paper, towels, kitchen items such as a couple pans, utensils and table settings.
Be sure to set aside some bed linens, sleeping bags or extra blankets; and food items if you wish. (Using paper products and plastic utensils is a big space saver.)
You should have everything you need until you have the rest of your belongings unpacked and put away. Feel free to contact All About Storage for a complimentary list of common items to pack.
If you will be placing all your belongings into a storage unit, determine how long your items will be in storage. Pack items you will be using often in separate boxes and place these items in the front of your storage unit for easy access.
Now it's time to pack everything up
Moving and relocating can be a highly stressful time in our lives. By planning ahead you can make your move smooth and problem free.
After you have made your short list of necessary items to set aside for immediate use, it's time to pack the remainder. If you are like the rest of us, you have accumulated a great amount of stuff. Some of this stuff is not needed and has been collecting dust or taking up space.
By planning ahead, you will not only have time to sort your stuff, you will have time to properly inventory and label your belongings for easy storage or unpacking.
Air Circulation Considerations
If you will be storing your belongings in a storage unit, consider placing wooden pallets on the floor of the unit to keep boxes and other items up off the concrete and promote air circulation. Used pallets are usually available free from such places as grocery stores, hardware stores, etc. Always ask first before you take them. Check for exposed nails and remove them.
You can use the pallets in your moving truck and stack some extras in the back of the truck to place in the storage unit first. If your storage unit is in a humid area or you will be storing over the winter or rainy season and are not in a humidity controlled facility, pick up a bucket of "DampRid", "DryAir", "Dry-Z-Air" or what you have locally. This product absorbs moisture in the air and helps protect your belongings.
Pack one room at a time. Inventory everything as you go, noting serial and model numbers of bigger items. Be sure to note an estimated replacement value of each item. By doing this, you will have accurate information immediately available in case something unforeseen happens to your belongings during transit or while in storage. Be extra safe and give a copy of your inventory to a trusted relative or friend for safekeeping.
Following are more helpful hints and ideas to make your move as stress free as possible.
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