Pulling together all your knickknacks may seem stressful, but let’s take the stress out of it. With a few good organizing techniques and the right boxes, your packing will be done in no time and take the confusion out of the dreaded unpack.
Use Moving Boxes
Buying new, extra duty boxes is definitely a must for packing your most fragile items. Boxes that have already been through the trials of a previous move could be more prone to collapsing or tearing. Hardware stores, professional movers, and self storage companies all should have a good selection of boxes right for your moving needs. If you are looking to get technical, ask for Heavy Duty, Double Walled, ECT 44 boxes. A tank of cardboard.
Keep Similar Items Together
Boxing up items together seems like a no brainer, but for good measure lets discuss. Start in one location. Your bedroom. Kitchen. Garage. Wherever. Focus on this area until you can check it off your list. Try your best not to mix in items from other rooms. Group together items of similar sizes and shapes. (Blu-Rays and DVDs are a great place to start, since they all have the same general shape).
“A trick to protecting smaller items or preventing them from being thrown away is wrapping them in bright colored tissue paper or Christmas wrapping paper. No doubt they will stand out and be an easy reminder to handle with care.”
-Gloria, Assistant Manager of U-Stor-It Self Storage South Loop
Wrap it Up
This is probably one of the most tedious tasks, but you’ll be thanking yourself later after you have a mishap or two. “At least we wrapped Nona’s fine China!”
For plates, packing individually is definitely the route you should take. Wrap each one in packing paper, and then you can take the opportunity to wrap bundles of plates and dishes (5-6) together with more paper).
“When placing them in your boxes, vertically is recommended, never flat, while using plenty of paper as cushion.”
-Phillip, Manager of U-Stor-It Self Storage Lisle / Naperville
Cups and bowls can be wrapped in a much simpler fashion. These can be placed inside of one another (with paper in between), and then wrapped in your packing paper with 3-4 per bundle.
For extra protection, boxes with insertable or built-in dividers can be purchased from your local self storage facility. These are best used for stemware and your best glasses. If you choose to go this route, definitely invest in bubble wrap to wrap each glass. These cups you typically do not want to place inside of one another.
Seal and Label Clearly
Nothing is more annoying than not knowing where your copy of your wedding tape is (or maybe your prized 1911 Ty Cobb baseball card, you swear is in mint condition), so why not take the time to label your boxes. It’s easiest to label each boxes specifically for its future destination, with a short list of its contents.
“A step ahead of this would be numbering each box and keeping an inventory in a notebook. It’s a simple trick to make sure nothing goes missing in a large move.”
-Paola, Manager of U-Stor-It Self Storage San Diego
A box is useless in storage without the proper sealing technique. You are going to want to make sure everything is sealed tight, and strong enough to prevent collapses. First tape across the top flaps of your box, making sure to cover everything, then tape across the flaps.
“Taping across the flaps helps to prevent the box from collapsing when stacked in storage, ultimately accomplishing your main goal -protecting your belongings.”
-Julio, Manager of U-Stor-It Self Storage Melrose Park
We hope that these tidbits about boxes have been at least a little helpful. When you have the right materials and with the right organization, packing, wrapping, and stacking you know your things will be safe. Good luck with your move!