How to prepare your items before storing them

Moving day is approaching. You have found your temporary storage solution and are ready to put everything away. But where do you start? And how will you proceed? The answer to these two questions may well define your experience. So how do you properly prepare your items before storing them?

Make an inventory before packing your items

Drawing up a list of all the items to be stored can be very useful. However, many people neglect this step before moving. For example, taking stock of the items you store can make your packaging process easier. In addition, having a checklist on hand will help you track priority tasks and objectives. Moreover, you will be able to group all the items you want to store. Keep a copy for yourself and one that you can leave in the storage unit.

What to store, what to give

Do not pack any unnecessary items. If you are in too much of a hurry, you will tend to keep everything. So get a head start and decide what you really want to keep and what you no longer use. Charities will be grateful to you for this.

Optimize your storage space

If a piece of furniture disassembles, take it apart. Desks, tables and other large items will be much easier to move. They will also take up less space in the storage unit. This will help you make better use of the available storage space. However, here’s a tip: leave your dressers assembled. This way, you can leave items inside to further optimize your storage space and save on the number of boxes required.

Don’t store your items without cleaning them

Avoid packing dirty furniture. This will prevent dust and other residues from penetrating their surfaces, which could create rust or other deterioration during storage. Also, to prevent condensation and mould from forming, dry all damp items. Don’t store a cushion that isn’t dry and empty your dishwasher or washing machine hoses.

Clearly labelled storage boxes

Properly label the boxes to be stored in your temporary space. Mark them on more than one side. This will make it easier for you to identify them when you store them and when you remove them from the cube. Don’t just write “kitchen utensils”. Instead, write “plates, glasses and utensils” if that is what the box contains. Also, consider using transparent boxes that let you see what’s inside.

Think about loading and unloading

Strategically place your content in your storage space. Put heavy items, furniture and other belongings in the back. Place the heavy boxes at the bottom. Also make sure you leave enough space for easy circulation when it comes time to unload. Stack your chairs on top of each other. Remember to place the most frequently used items you might need at a moment’s notice closer to the entrance. They will be more easily and quickly accessible when you need them.

Store your belongings with an expert

A fair share of questions arise when moving. Many people don’t know how to proceed but you can have a positive experience if you remember and apply our simple tips. Now that you know how to plan your move, all you have to do is find your storage space.