Now that we’ve covered self-storage, it’s time to think about HOW TO PACK UP THOSE BELONGINGS AND KEEP THEM PROTECTED. Also, tips on how to organize your unit to get the maximum amount of room for your contents.
How to Pack a Storage Unit
Use this guide to keep the packing process simple and stress-free. We cover how to box items, moving truck tips, how to maximize your space in the self-storage unit, and more!
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Packing Tips for Common Household Items
Use the resources below to effectively pack items around your home:
Packing & Moving Supplies
If you’re in need, WE HAVE YOU COVERED! We offer a wide variety of moving supplies and packing materials to make this job easier. This includes all size boxes, specialty boxes (wardrobe, mirror, book boxes, etc.). we also have tapes and tape dispensers, ropes, tow hitches (some sites), bubble wrap, ties, wrapping paper and more! We can also special order you items with advance notice.
Holiday Storage Tips & Tricks
You Will Need:
- Plastic storage bins (eyeball your decorations to determine how many you’ll need)
- Heavy-duty storage bags or garbage bags
- Permanent marker
- Small plastic bags (grocery bags work well)
- Cardboard tubes, squares, or light holders
- Garbage can
- Tissue paper
- Small cardboard boxes (or original ornament boxes)
Steps to Organize Decorations:
- Before you start packing the decorations, take a good long look at the items that never left the box. If it’s broken, hasn’t been used in a year or two, or you don’t like it, toss it. If you can’t throw it away, pass it along to someone else who may want it.
- Next, designate plastic storage bins (or sturdy cardboard boxes) for distinct purposes. Use one or two solely for tree ornaments and another for tree lights and garland or beads. Write the contents on the side with a marker.
- Begin to fill the bins so they are full, but not stuffed. If you no longer have the original ornament boxes, wrap each one in tissue paper and pack them in smaller cardboard boxes with similar items. Arrange these cardboard boxes into the larger storage bins, making sure to leave a one-inch gap at the top to allow a cushion if the top gets pushed down. Make sure the contents are labeled.
- After the ornaments are off of the tree and put away, remove the lights and garland from the tree in the reverse order that you put them on. If the lights went on before the garland, remove the garland before the lights.
- Wind it up around a piece of cardboard. Cardboard tubes from paper towels work well, as do stiff squares of cardboard. There are also special light holders available that can be purchased where holiday items are sold. Wrap one strand of lights or garland on each piece of cardboard and slip each one individually into a plastic bag. This will prevent tangles later on when items get shifted around in storage. Put all of the plastic bags together in a labeled storage bin.
- For household decorations, continue along the same lines. Wrap fragile items in tissue paper and store them in smaller cardboard boxes for extra protection.
- Write the contents on the cardboard boxes so you can easily identify them next year.
- Place the decorations in storage containers labeled by room.
- Once the inside is finished, you’re ready to move outdoors. Wrap each individual strand of lights around a piece of cardboard and store in plastic bags.
- Place in bins labeled for outdoor lighting.
- Place remaining outdoor décor back in the original boxes or in storage bins. Items that are too big to fit in storage bins can be stored with large plastic (storage or garbage) bags over them. Label the bags with a marker so you’ll know the contents at a glance.
- Once you’ve collected all of the decorations, store them so the first items you decorate with are the easiest to access. If you always start with outdoor lights, put them in last so they are on the top of the pile and easiest to pull out first next year. If the tree comes first, arrange the bins so the tree decorations are the first ones you’ll pull out.