You may be faced with packing for a cross-country move, or maybe you need to conserve space at home and must choose what goes into a storage rental unit. The idea of placing personal belongings, especially fragile and treasured items, may inspire worry. Out of sight, out of mind for some, but occasionally your mind could wander back to your grandmother’s antique china and you’ll wonder how it’s holding up in a box. What would it take to make you feel better about the items you have packed and stored? For one, knowing that you packed them well could be enough for your peace of mind.
If you visit home and do-it-yourself blogs, you’ll find a variety of tips and trick that make life a bit easier. You may slap your forehead and wonder why you didn’t think of them yourself! Next time you are faced with a move or major event that involves clearing a room of stuff, here are some amazing tips that will help keep your belongings secure in storage or transit.
1) Use foam plates. Every time I have moved, I worry about the dishes. While we do get specific boxes for them, I worry about scratches and chipping while the packages are on the road. I recently learned, though, that inserting a foam picnic plate in between each dish in your stack creates a nice, protective buffer. Best of all, these plates don’t cost much, and you can stash them away and use them for another move.
2) Colored duct tape. Of course, you’ll label all of your boxes, but if you pack them in a unit labels may be difficult to see right off the bat. For a bolder, color-coordinated organization, get rolls of colored duct tape and place a strip on each box. Assign a specific color for a room – kitchen, bedroom, etc. – and this way you’ll find your things more quickly.
3) Rubber bands. Used to be with silverware, I just kept them in their tray and put the tray in a box. Next time, I’ll use rubber bands to better secure forks and spoons and other utensils. Sounds like a good way to keep some from slipping through a box.
4) Free boxes. One of our first stops during packing day is the liquor store. We know, moving a home is enough to make you want to drink, but if you call ahead some store manager will let you have emptied boxes. Liquor boxes in particular are sturdy and good for some heavy items. Best of all, they’re free!
Hopefully these handy tips will get you through packing and storage much easier. Good luck!
Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on Norfolk storage units and Chesapeake storage units.