The 5 Top Tools You Need for Smart Storage
Moving is exhausting, it’s time-consuming, and it’s emotionally draining. Packing all your possessions into boxes or bins and moving the stacks of stuff out of your domicile and into a new home or into a storage unit isn’t on anyone’s list of Fun Things to Do. But going into it prepared with the right tools for the job makes it easier and far less stressful, and that will let you check off one very important item on your to-do list with satisfaction at a job well done. As with any job done well, the more thoroughly you prepare, the more smoothly everything goes overall. Before moving day, make sure you have access to these top tools for smart storage.
The right tools are essential in packing and storing. These tools help you keep your stuff safe and allow you to locate needed items quickly and efficiently. Let’s talk about the top tools you need to have on hand before you start packing for a move.
- Boxes, Bins, and More Boxes. Different types of household items benefit from different types of boxes. Packing the kinds of items you’ll need right away—like toiletries, toilet paper, bath towels, and cleaning supplies—into clear plastic bins means you can locate what you need at a glance (caveat: do not use clear plastic bins if your stuff will be in a sunny storage area for longer than a week, as sunlight and heat could damage your possessions). Beer boxes, built out of wood and equipped with handles, work perfectly for heavy books. Apple boxes from local grocery stores, sturdy cardboard liquor boxes from liquor stores, and opaque plastic storage bins from Walmart or container stores are also the most useful. Begin collecting boxes and bins as far before your move date as you can. Enlist friends to also start collecting boxes anywhere they can find them.
- Labels and/or a Permanent Marker. You’ll sincerely hate yourself later if you are too lazy to label boxes now. No matter how rushed you are, label each box with the general contents and the room from which it came, such as “Serving Dishes, KITCHEN,” and apply that label to at least one of the sides and the top of the box. If you have more time, label each box more specifically, such as “Blue Platter, Turkey Platter, Glass Mixing Bowl, Red Kitchen Towels, KITCHEN.”
- Bubble Wrap, Towels, Newspaper, or Paper Towels. All of these items help prevent breakage for delicate items such as dishes or knick-knacks. Layering bubble wrap between delicate items is the safest way to move breakable items, but kitchen or bath towels, newspaper, and paper towels are also acceptable.
- Vacuum Storage Bags. They don’t cost too much, and they’re useful for years to come. Vacuum storage bags allow you to pack large and bulky items like comforters, quilts, pillows, and sweaters into small spaces. Simply fill the bag, attach the hose of a vacuum cleaner, and suck out all the air. You’ll protect your clothing and textiles from pests and water during long-term storage, as well.
- A Written Plan. Writing out a plan to map out where each of your boxes and articles of furniture will end up in a moving truck will save you tears and headaches later. In a moving truck distribute heavy boxes and furniture evenly throughout the space. In a storage unit, put least-used or –needed items toward the back and most-used items toward the front for easy access.
Don’t skimp on the preparation. Collect the top tools before you start packing, and your job will be much easier both in the short term and the long term. At Value Store It, you can rent storage space when you need it—on demand. Contact us for affordable self storage in in Florida, New York, and Connecticut.