Self Storage Packing Tips
Whether you need to pack a few items to put in the attic or pack everything you own in order to move, you want to do it right. If you’ve invested in portable storage in Orlando FL in order to clear the house of clutter, you need to pack carefully and think ahead in order to get the best use of the space. Taking a few precautions now can help to prevent damage and make it easier to find things later. When summer rolls around, you want to be able to find the other half of your wardrobe without having to open and move stacks of boxes that weren’t clearly labeled.
As a well-established Orlando portable storage company, we have a few words of advice you should take into account when considering the optimal size, location, and uses for your portable storage unit:
- When choosing a storage unit, factor in a little more room than you expect your belongings will take up in order to allow space for you to walk between stacks of items. This will help you to find what you need more easily after you store it.
- Leave a little room between the walls and the stored goods to improve ventilation.
- Take extra time to plan and organize as you pack. This should increase your chances of finding stored items again when you need them, and decrease the chances that anything will be damaged during a move or while in storage.
- If the valuables that you plan to store might be susceptible to damage from a very hot, cold, or damp environment, you may wish to consider renting an off-site climate controlled storage room or unit instead of a portable storage unit. Items that could be damaged by extreme temperatures or humidity include software, paper, electronics or clothing.
- Some items, such as wine and furs, do best in cold storage. In self storage units without climate control consider using a dehumidifier.
Getting the Most out of Portable Storage Options
Want to get the most value possible out of portable storage units in Orlando? Keep the following guidelines in mind as you pack up items to be stowed away in your dedicated portable storage container:
Boxes and Bags
- To aid in stacking, use boxes of the same or similar size when possible.
- Avoid storing items in plastic bags as they are less sturdy and can trap moisture.
- Fill each box completely to prevent the top or sides from crushing. If your box is filled with odd-shaped or loose items like glassware or toys, fill the open spaces with crumpled paper, bubble wrap or other packing material.
- Don’t fill boxes too full. This may cause them to burst.
- Don’t make boxes too heavy to move. Use larger boxes for things that don’t weigh much and smaller ones for the heavy stuff.
- Use the right type of box or packing crate. For instance, use a heavy-duty box for your books as this is less likely to break than a standard box. (You still need to be careful not to overfill it, though.) Cell kits may work best for stemware or knick-knacks. Wardrobe boxes allow you to hang up clothing and fabrics while in storage.
- Label boxes clearly and on more than one side for easy identification inside your portable storage container. Consider providing a general description like ‘kitchen goods’ and then an additional inventory list such as “potholders, towels, aprons, silverware” etc. so that no one opens the kitchen box with canned goods when they need the pots and pans. Be sure to mark boxes full of breakables as “This Way Up” and “Fragile.”
- Stack books; don’t stand them on end as this could damage their spines.
Breakables & Glass-Covered Art
- Stack plates on end. Wrap dishes individually and place like-sized items together. Nest individually wrapped cups together.
- Wrap framed art in bubble wrap. Look for protective cardboard or plastic corners at your packing supply store.
- Criss-cross masking tape across the face of mirrors or glass-covered art.
- Store framed mirrors, photographs and artwork vertically rather than flat.
Bedding, Clothing & Fabrics
- Launder or dry-clean items like clothing, blankets, drapery or furniture before packing to prevent germs and dirt from spreading throughout your storage unit.
Wood, Leather & Metal
- Polish wood before you pack to provide a little extra protection from the elements.
- Treat leather items with a specially made conditioner before placing them in storage.
- Wipe metal objects with machine oil or another type of rust preventative.
- Take apart items like bed frames and tables, and remove lampshades from lamps. This will help protect them from breaking and make them easier to move.
- Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect it from stains, tears and scratches.
First Things First
- Place heavy items on the bottom of your moving van or self storage unit.
- Place least-used items in front of the van so they can easily be placed behind other items in your new garage or self storage unit.
- Place valuable items like your television behind other items so that they will be more difficult to see and to steal.
- Place boxes of fragile items on top of other boxes.
Request a Precise Estimate on Portable Storage Units in Orlando
When you’re in need of versatile and affordable portable storage options, you’ll be glad to learn more about the offerings of our Orlando moving company. Simply give us a call to speak to one of our courteous representatives about your storage needs, or take a moment to fill out our quick online form to request a free, no-obligation quote.