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November 1, 2017

Top Tips for Packing for Your Move

Here at Elite Self Storage, we know that moving can be stressful. There’s so many things to pack and so much to do, and it never seems like there’s enough time. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to make packing for a move far easier and a less stressful endeavor.

Label Your Boxes

Many people do this, but there’s an extra step that you can take to make your move even smoother. Most people will write out BOOKS or DISHES on a box, but they don’t label it with which room it’s going into. Writing down what room a box is going into can actually provide some benefits too. First, it makes the move in a bit easier and more organized. Second, you can unpack by room once you’re settled in. If you’re not in the mood to unpack your kitchen supplies and cook, order some takeout and tackle another room. It will make the room seem more manageable. Some people even use a color coding system. Use pink tape for the bedroom or blue tape for the kitchen to make it easy to see where everything needs to go at a glance. If you’re looking for boxes, remember that we have the moving supplies you need here at Elite Self Storage.

Handle Toiletries Carefully

You get to your new house or apartment, start to unpack, and what do you find? One of your cosmetics or toiletries has leaked all over your other stuff. If you’re transporting open bottles of shampoo, face cream, or anything else like that, we recommend covering the tops with plastic wrap and then screwing the tops back on. This will prevent any irritating spills.

Cover Your Furniture

Before putting your furniture in the moving van, make sure it’s wrapped up properly. It’s easy to damage furniture during the moving process, so take care when packing it up and use some of our supplies to secure dressers, television stands, and other expensive objects. If you take some extra time here, you won’t have to worry about unsightly scratches and scuffs.

Think About The Type of Move

Some moves are just temporary in nature. Maybe you need to relocate to another city or state for just a few months to a year. In that case, there’s no compelling reason to take everything you own with you. If it’s an especially far move, it may make more sense to deposit larger items in a storage unit that can store your furniture, books, and more safely. It’s easy enough to take them out again once you come back.

Get Rid Of Clutter

Take this move as an opportunity to get rid of clutter. As you pack, it will be obvious what kinds of things you no longer need. Donate or sell stuff you don’t have a use for anymore. You might also notice that you have some things that you like but don’t use every day. They could be perfect candidates for storage in one of our units.

Create A To-Do List

Create a to-do list and check off tasks as you go. Realizing that you’ve taken care of things like packing up the dishes can make you realize how much you’re accomplishing and put your mind at ease.