Top Tools for Self-Storage
Moving or storing things takes effort and requires the right tools. However, if done the right way, you can minimize effort by picking the right tools and materials for the job. This could include boxes, tape, labels, storage shelving, dollies, and more! Making sure you are properly equipped to move things and store them will save you time, money, and hair!
Today we will cover not only the tools and materials you need to get things done the right way, but we will also share some tips and tricks to help the process become smooth and easy. This can thankfully be applied to most scenarios. For instance, you may be downsizing, moving homes entirely, or simply storing some excess belongings in your self-storage unit.
So let’s get started.
What Are You Moving and Storing Your Belongings In?
Before you lift a finger, you should make sure you are prepared. Do you have enough boxes? Are they sturdy enough? Will they properly protect your valuables? Are they big enough? You should ask yourself questions like this so you don’t find yourself stuck halfway through a process only to find out you don’t have what you truly need.
Moving boxes can be purchased at a number of different places, or may already have some. Be sure to double-check their integrity to ensure they are strong enough to handle what you throw in them. Old boxes used from years ago may already have tears and weak points in them from prolonged use. If this is the case, be sure to get yourself some new ones.
Additionally, most boxes meant for moving will come with handles on the sides for extra help carrying them around. Remember to use packing tape as well since it will reinforce the strength of every box. Don’t overfill them, especially if valuables are inside. You may be the person that refuses to take no more than one trip from the car to bring in groceries. While this may seem ambitious and efficient, it will only lead to more problems.
If you are moving these items from one place to another such as a storage unit, you could consider installing shelving, rather than stacking boxes. If you must stack boxes, be sure to of course put the heaviest boxes on the bottom and the lightest ones on top. This improves structural integrity and avoids a problem of everything toppling over.
You could also consider plastic shelving bins to help organize smaller items. When you are moving, storing, or organizing, be sure to focus on making things easy to find and easy to access as well.
Speaking of Organization
When moving, especially if it is an entire home, the organization is king. Not only will it help you move things efficiently and effectively, but it will allow you to make sure that the destination for everything will be similarly organized.
Just tossing things randomly into boxes will make the unpacking process a nightmare. Additionally, if you don’t organize your belongings in a storage unit, it will be a grueling process to find something when you need it.
Most people take advantage of label makers or sharpies to label every single box to tell you what is inside. We recommend organizing things by individual rooms or genres. For example, you may separate your boxes by bedroom 1, bedroom 2, bedroom 3, kitchen, bathroom 1, bathroom 2, etc. This will make the unpacking process run smoothly. Additionally, locating the items you need will be as simple as just seeing the outside of the boxes, rather than rifling through every one to find what you need.
When storing boxes away into a room or storage unit, be sure to have the labeled side of the boxes facing out and leave enough room for yourself to traverse the room/unit. This way you can safely navigate through your storage area and easily find what you need. Don’t over-stack or create clutter. This risks you injuring yourself and your belongings.
If you have the luxury of color-coding, all the better! You want to take your time with this and consider how your future-self will have to deal with it. Treat yourself kindly and make things as easy as possible for yourself.
For the Larger Items Such as Furniture
When moving larger items, it isn’t as easy as simply throwing things into boxes. This requires more effort and careful attention. The dangers of moving large furniture apply to you and your furniture’s well being. Not only could dropping a large cabinet injure you and the cabinet, but additionally those around you and your home’s walls/floors. So take this seriously.
Preparation is key here. You want to make sure you have fit and capable people ready to help you since it will be impossible to do alone. You will also want to consider how you will be transporting things as well. Do you have a truck, a moving van, a dolly, straps, and blankets?
Renting a moving truck such as a U-haul is a great idea. These are affordable and can accommodate most moves. Either way, just make sure you have something that can handle what you need. You don’t want a mattress tied down to the top of a Honda Civic. Additionally having a dolly for the in-between moves will help you greatly!
Moreover, having straps and blankets will ensure security and safety for everything and everyone involved. Having a sofa fly out of a truck on the highway is extremely dangerous, so be sure to have these items to secure things while avoiding damages to your items as well. The movements in traffic will make things shift around, blankets add an extra barrier to aid in this.
To Wrap Things Up
Preparation is your best friend, and so is the preemptive organization for future reference. Before you start, make sure you have the right boxes, organization tools, moving supplies, transport, straps, and protection. On top of this, you just need a plan.
Hopefully, with these tips and tricks, we made storage and moving much less of a hassle for you. Let us know what you think. Do you have any other suggestions or tips you would like us to expand upon in further articles?