Storage packing is considered both an art and a science of sorts. Making the effort to conduct it right can ensure not only a smooth move but also avoidance of damage and injury. In addition to everything, good packing will help have all your things sorted out and accessible. And most importantly, proper storage packing and organization will keep them preserved and longer lasting - without suffering any damages due to mold, dust etc. So in case you are at a loss as to how to go about doing this, Big Apple Movers are here to help guide you.
Tips and tricks on how to best conduct Big Apple storage packing
To start things off, take a deep breath and relax. When you know that you have a whole lot of stuff that needs to be moved, your first instinct will be simply packing — but don't. Before you undergo your storage packing process, it would be smart to take a step back and do some planning. Taking inventory of everything you plan to store is a great first step. Simply walk your mind through all the items that you plan on putting into your public storage New York unit for easy access later. If it's easier, you can put it all down on a piece of paper. Once you've done that, you can move on to the storage tips and tricks detailed below.
New York storage packing preparations
Given how frantic life in the big city can be, the organization is a life-saver. So here are some sound steps to follow when preparing items for storage:
- Organize and pack in a systematic and practical manner, so that you can easily locate whichever of them you may need at a given moment. This should also ensure easy access to any items or boxes if done properly.
- Proofing and protection against dust, dirt, moisture and any other eventual harm. Given that we are talking about valuables here, it never hurts to take that extra mile to ensure safety. This especially goes for long-term storage (more on that later).
Achieving this might look bothersome and hard, but it can be quite easy. Not sure? Just follow some simple yet highly effective storage packing tips:
- make sure the items you pack for storage are thoroughly cleaned.
- larger things should be dissembled and packed in single boxes to better protect each individual part and keep everything organized.
- use quality packing materials,
- provide sufficient padding,
- fill the boxes completely and seal them nice and tight.
*In addition to the general rules mentioned above, bear in mind that each and every item has its own specifics you should take into account before preparing it for storage.
How to go about packing boxes for storage
The time has come to start packing for storage. Remember, the goal is to maximize the use of your storage space while at the same time protecting your valuables.
- So why don't you start by grouping all your frequently-used items together? You will want to pack these items last and keep them together in the front of your storage unit.
- Utilize empty spaces in dresser drawers and appliances. Cleaning the appliances out first goes without saying. Dresser drawers are a great place to store things like linens, bedding, clothing or even books and CDs. Remember to leave that drawer open a little so that air can circulate. Also, put all your garden tools together in empty trash cans.
- Disassemble furniture and appliances. Don't forget to put a blanket or sheet between surfaces so they do not get scratched or damaged. In case a table can't be broken down, don't forget to store items underneath and on top.
By following these self-storage tips you can avoid clutter and maximize space. And once you've done this, it comes down to filling out the storage.
Storage packing - how to organize your storage unit
“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail!” Before all else, make a general plan of how you will place the boxes and furniture inside your storage unit:
- Cover the floor of your storage unit with canvas tarp or plastic sheeting to keep moisture away from your belongings.
- Leave some air space between your stored items and the walls of the storage unit to ensure good ventilation.
- Leave a passage through the middle of the stored items for easier access to your belongings.
- Pack heavier boxes nearer to walls and on the bottom.
Remember - the goal is to ensure your possessions will be in perfect condition when you decide to take them out of storage.
Short-term vs. long-term storage packing
Even though the self-storage principle is quite wide-ranged in New York and you can't really go wrong, there are things to consider. For starters, you need to identify personal goals and objectives - primarily to ensure proper and organized storage packing. Storing stuff for one month and one year are two very different things, not to mention storing for a decade or two. And this goes double in case we are talking about sensitive and potentially expensive belongings. Long-term storage packing is different from short-term storage packing, and knowing the difference before you load everything up can save you time, money, and potentially damaged possessions.
This would be a term used when your items will be kept in a storage unit for less than three months at a time. These would be some basic guidelines to follow when opting for short-term storage packing:
- Dust covers can act as a good replacement for more intensive packing for short-term storage. Given that there isn’t as much time for dirt to settle and moisture to seep in, you may be able to cover large pieces of furniture with a cloth and you're in the safe zone.
- Leave an aisle in the middle of your storage unit. The fact of the matter is that you'll be coming and going within a short space of time. So you want to be able to get in and out quickly enough, without moving boxes to find your way through. Pack and arrange items against the wall and use the vertical space, leaving a walk-through clear. This way you'll have whatever you might need at your disposal.
- Treating fragile items with care. No matter if we're talking short-term storage or long-term storage; fragile items always need extra care. In fact, they may just need more when it comes to short-term storage. Given they are being moved around more often, it’s important to protect them against breaking or shifting.
A way to go with when you need to keep items safely stored for any length of time beyond three months. So make the most out of long-term storage packing by following these simple guidelines:
- Avoid plastic bags. Even though you might think plastic is effective against water, the truth is quite the opposite. By trapping humidity and moisture, plastic can actually speed up the molding process.
- Acquire sturdy boxes. We know, we know - free stuff is awesome, and why waste money on buying sturdy and single size moving boxes New York City? Well, they will be easier to stack and access for one. And your items will be safer over longer periods of time for two.
- Treating fragile items with care. Not to repeat ourselves, but this is an important step, no matter the type of storage. And the best way of doing this would be with the help of bubble wrap and/or newspaper. Another thing - make sure to mark these boxes and store them separately from the others.
- Seal clothes and fabrics. Vacuum-sealed bags are great for storing wardrobe—and can help protect against damages. If you plan on keeping clothes in storage, investing in these would be the smart way to go.
- Long-term appliance storage. Make sure to always wipe down the interiors well (we advise using baking soda or bleach). Mold on appliances can spread to other items in storage easily, so make sure that everything is wrapped up tight.
- Use storage pallets (which you can often get for free from home improvement stores). Getting boxes and furniture off the ground helps prevent against damages and keeps the air moving.