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How to Pack For Self Storage & Moving House

You should always take the smart approach when packing for self-storage, whether you’re moving house, storing away valuables or just having a bit of a de-clutter. Getting yourself familiar with the best space conservation tips will save you time, effort, and also money, preventing you from forking out for more storage space than you actually need.

In this easy guide, we’ve put together the key things you need to consider when packing and organising your items for self storage.


How To Prepare For Moving House


  • Start by gathering your materials together; boxes, tape, bubble wrap, dust sheets, protective coverings, and marker pens.

  • Avoid using plastic bags as they can attract mildew.

  • Pack everything in similar sized boxes to make stacking easier and to prevent toppling.


How To Organise Your Boxes


  • Avoid the frustration of hunting through boxes to find what you need.

  • Label boxes with the following key information: the box contents, which room they belong in, how accessible they need to be when being loaded into the storage unit.

  • Write this information on all sides so it can be viewed no matter which way it’s placed into the storage unit.


How To Pack Boxes


  • When packing up your boxes, always think about weight. Books, for example, are an item that can quickly make a box very hefty which makes it more time-consuming to load.

  • We suggest that for heavy boxes a maximum of 10kg so one man can lift easily.

  • Heavy items should be placed at the bottom of a box, with lighter items placed on top.

  • Make sure to fit items together as compactly as you can so the boxes can be sealed so the top of the box is flat.

  • Protective wrapping should be used for delicate objects.

  • Plates and glass objects should be packed vertically to avoid breakage.


How To Keep Storage Items Safe


  • Using masking or duct tape, place an ‘X’ symbol over all mirrors. This enhances safety by reducing the likelihood of shattering if the mirror breaks during transit.

  • Things that contain fuel, such as garden equipment, must be drained of their fuel.

  • For hygiene purposes, give items a clean before storing them to ensure they are in the best possible condition when the time comes to collect them.

  • Dismantle all the pieces you can to make it easier and less space-consuming to transport them.

  • Once dismantled, put any bolts or screws into a sealable bag and label which item of furniture they correspond to.

  • Wrap up any delicate parts, and tape down any loose elements.

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