If you don’t have room in your existing space then consider the self-storage for storing home or office items. Though most storage units are safe, dark and remote, you need to take extra precautions to protect them inside by properly wrapping and packing them. This will decrease their chances of shifting or breaking during shifting and also protect from dust, heat and humidity during long periods of storage.
Make an inventory of items before you start shifting. By using the list, outline the type and amount of packing supplies that would be needed. You should also know the size of the storage unit that you will be renting. This enables you to visualize the items to be placed where and how they are stacked together. Purchase enough boxes and tape – rolls so that you can save shopping trips while packing diligently. Usually, merchants allow one to return unused or not opened supplies with relevant receipt. Make sure you read the return policy.
Note that the items can be kept in self—storage more than you can expect. For long-term protection, use quality products. There are some common household items that save money but could be problematic. For instance, people often use newspapers to wrap fragile items but they can scratch delicate things, smudge inks onto items and also attract insects and rodents. Then, plastic trash bags are often used which retains moisture and ruin items within it.
The following is the inventory for common and not-so-common packaging supplies available at local home improvement stores, shifting companies and storage facilities.
1. Boxes (Various Sizes)
Advantages to buying cardboard boxes are that they’re sturdy and clean. These boxes are new and haven’t been broken or weakened by moisture, heat, dust, age, or different things previously kept in them. By stating this, it’s forever best practice to avoid wasting and utilize the [undamaged] box that an item originally came in. Besides the advantages of the setting, custom-designed packaging is going to be a better safeguard for any item.
2. Special Boxes for Dishes
These cuboidal cardboard boxes are nice for stacking dishes, china, glasswork and different fragile things.
3. Mini China Boxes
Small cuboidal boxes could go along with handles. They’re designed for holding smaller plates, fine china and different fragile things.
4. Lamp Boxes
Various sizes are tall and slim, specially designed for holding each lamp and lampshades.
5. Wardrobe Boxes
These boxes are tall or short, with a bar for hanging garments to stay them safely spaced for air circulation, and wrinkle-free. Lay-down wardrobe boxes are used for pleated garments, Christmas trees, wreaths and accessories.
6. TV Boxes
Various sizes are doubled in thickness for side sturdiness. These boxes may also be used for storing microwaves, computers, stereos and different electronic devices.
7. Mirror/ image Boxes
These boxes can vary in size. Some boxes are all one piece whereas others are two-part boxes designed so one box slides over the opposite box for side sturdiness.
8. File Boxes
Small cuboidal boxes with flat removable lids would simply be the appropriate size for storing documents.
9. Mattress Boxes
While it should appear extra to place a mattress in a box, mattresses are extremely at risk of mildew, microscopic insects, and structural damage. Ideally, mattresses and box springs are going to be kept flat (not on their sides), wrapped in cloth fabric and guarded in cardboard.
10. Utility Boxes
Tall slim boxes designed to carry brooms, mops and vacuum cleaners.
11. Furrowed Boxes
Affordable, however, sturdy for heavier things, resist breakage while carrying.
12. Furrowed Wrap
Single-face furrowed rolls are made of sleek fiberboard on one side. The opposite side has raised furrowed flutes. This offers nice protection for irregularly formed things. Interweave protects against scratches. Furrowed wrap conforms to any form and absorbs shock.
13. White Tissue wrapping paper
It is ideal, for wrapping, fragile things that break. Since the coloured papers tend to bleed and damage things, they’re not suggested for future storage. Tissue Paper is soft and can forestall scratches. Rummage around for acid-free paper once storing vintage textiles, scrapbooks, a marriage dress, and similar precious things.
14. Bubble Wrap
Use it to wrap fragile things and electronics. Bubble wraps aids in removing dust and static. Confirm that the item is enclosed entirely in bubble wrap. For side security, wrap the item more than once thus tiny movable objects are certain to stay stationary. Secure the plastic bubble wrap in its place with string or packaging tape.
15. Shrink Wrap
Use it to wrap boxes along for side protection throughout a move. Shrink-wrap may also facilitate shield things from moisture, dirt and felony.
A good, durable pair of scissors is must-have for each packing and unpacking.
17. Packaging Tape
Seal boxes for storage. Tape is offered in many shapes, sizes and makes. For sealing boxes, any robust tape can do (except masking paper, that doesn’t age well). However, if you choose to apply tape to it, say, appliance door, you’ll need to decide on one thing that comes off simply while not an excessive amount of residue, like blue painter’s tape.
Use permanent markers to put in writing on boxes and labels. Use code words to label expensive or precious things. It’s an extra precaution on the terrible off-chance that a troublemaker breaks in.
Use to put in writing on the surface of a box the name of the owner of the box and what’s within.
All of the above will help you have hassle-free shifting which otherwise is quite tedious when you actually have to do it.