There are times in your life when you need to downsize your home. You can use moving companies for relocating but when you need a place to temporarily store your household items, using a storage facility is your best bet. While it seems like an easy task, there is more to consider. Here are 6 tips for packing your things for storage.
1. Start with an Inventory List
As you decide what you want to pack up for storage, make a detailed list of all items. This is a good opportunity to decide if you want to keep things rather than store them. Make a digital copy for easy access to it.
2. Invest in Good Containers
Plastic bins are the best type of container to use for storage. They seal tightly and are stackable. If you can only use cardboard boxes, make sure they are in good condition. Don’t use plastic bags as they can tear easily and trap moisture in humid conditions.
3. Label Every Container
Make sure you label each box or bin you store. It’s impossible to remember every item in your bins so mark each one. Label both sides and stack them according to groups. This will make it easier when you need to find something.
4. Don’t Pack Hazardous Goods
Hazardous goods should never be stored in a regular storage facility. This includes fuel, plants, food, and any flammable or corrosive material.
5. Properly Prepare Items
Make sure everything is clean before boxing it up. Wash clothes and wipe down household items. Your possessions need to be dry so there is no chance of musty smells building up. Any parts that can be taken off and stored separately might benefit you when loading into your unit. Table legs and large furniture will store better if they are more compact.
6. Different Items Pack Differently
Prepare your items for storage in the best way possible. Clothes can be hung up in a wardrobe box, while electronics are best packed in their original boxes. Make sure books are stored in a wet proof container and fragile items are secured with packing paper and bubble wrap.
Following these pro tips will keep your possessions safe for as long as you need to store them. Master Movers can store your items safely and securely in their storage facilities in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban. Contact us today for more information.