A Few Tips for Packing
Lock Tite Storage in Flat Rock, MI provides storage units in different sizes for your short and long term storage needs. Here we give you tips to pack your things better when you want to opt for a self-storage.
How to Pack Better:
- Box up everything that you can. Anything left unboxed in a self-storage facility can get dusty.
- Clearly label all boxes on more than one side so you can easily identify the contents.
- Distribute the weight in packed boxes evenly. Make sure they are not too heavy for you and others who may be lifting them.
- Fill boxes to capacity. The contents in half-empty boxes can shift during transport or lifting. Corners and sides can collapse if there’s nothing to support them. Foam peanuts are handy for filling in the gaps in boxes.
- For wrapping breakables, paper will do, but bubble wrap can be used repeatedly, is cleaner and because it is transparent, makes identifying contents easier.
- Invest in good quality, sturdy boxes and packing materials. Boxes should be sturdy enough to hold up for years under the weight of the stack. You may be tempted to get boxes for free from supermarkets and liquor stores; however, the mismatched shapes and sizes will impede your ability to organize most effectively. You can buy standard-sized boxes and specialty boxes for items such as TVs, videotapes and pictures.
- Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines.
- Use boxes, not plastic bags. Boxes are sturdier and stack well, taking up less space. Many moving companies require that goods be packed in boxes for transport. Also, sealed plastic bags can trap humidity which can cause damaging mildew.
- Wrap all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, ornaments, etc. separately. Pack these items tightly into strong or reinforced boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Mark “Fragile” on any boxes containing breakable items.
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