Packing Tips for Household Items — Self Storage in Canton Ohio
Packing your household items can be a nightmare if it is left until the last minute. The job can seem so overwhelming that you tend to put it off, but this will only create more problems in the long run. The best packing tip you can get for household items is never to leave it to the last minute. If you do, unless you live in a tiny cabin or a caravan, you are likely to have things go missing or broken and it will actually take longer to get everything ready than if you had started much earlier and broke the whole process up into smaller steps.
Start with a plan
Packing your goods will depend on where they are going and how long it will be until they are unpacked again. You may be just moving down the road, or putting your goods in self storage for a time while you go overseas or sell your house. The longer you are going to have your items packed up, the better they need to be packed. You will need to start thinking about how many items you have and what you are going to use to pack them. Many smaller items can be packed together in boxes or crates, while large items like furniture will have to be packed separately, although well protected by some sort of padding.
Start collecting packing materials
You will need a number of boxes, crates or other suitable containers that will house your household items while being moved or stored. Many supermarkets or grocery stores can provide boxes of different sizes, ether for free or for a small fee. Think what you are going to pack and approach a company that sells that sort of item. They will probably be able to give away packing material that will suit the size and item you want to pack.
You will also need plenty of paper for padding, bubble wrap or even clean, soft rags, old clothes or bedding for wrapping more delicate items up.
Pack non essentials early
Moving house and home is very disruptive, not least because you will want to use many items almost until the last minute. However, many non-essential items can be packed first, then gradually pack the rest of your items, leaving the most used things until last. Work out a packing schedule which will fit with the date that you have fixed for the final move. If you are moving to another home and this is not too far away, it may be easier using your storage unit as a base, so that you are not dependent on the items you have to pack from your old home.
Pack like with like
It is best to pack all the items of a similar sort into a single box, so that it is easier to locate them when you unpack. For instance, pack all the electrical cables together in one box. Put books and magazines together, crockery and other fragile items together and so on.
Keep your boxes as light as possible
It is better to have a larger number of smaller boxes or cartons than a smaller number of larger ones. Think of how they are going to be moved and who is going to do it. Smaller boxes are easier to move and also they are easier to stack up, saving space in a self storage facility, for instance. Also, if a box or carton is too large, the temptation is to fill it up to the brim and then you risk the box falling apart during the move.
Pack according to how fragile the items are
The more fragile or valuable the item, the more carefully it will need to be wrapped and padded before being put into a box or carton. Less fragile or valuable items will fit into an individual box compared to more robust items like books. All items should be secured in such a way that they cannot move around inside the container they are packed in, but this is more important for fragile or valuable items than others.
If in doubt – use a company to do the job
If you doubt your capabilities to pack or simply don’t have time, it may be best to leave the packing to a specialist packing or moving company. Although it may seem to cost more at first, it will save you time in the long run and often time is money! If you have to get time off work, for instance, to pack up your household items it may be actually cheaper to employ a packing company to do it for you!
The right self storage in Canton, Ohio is in your own back yard. Contact us today at (330) 875-4237 or (330) 875-8030 to learn more.