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Packing Tips for a Relocation

Packing for relocation is best approached with a plan, as it can be a challenge to fit everything in a limited storage space. Packing and stacking your possessions carefully will prevent damage as well as minimize the storage space needed. Here are five great packing tips that will help you get the most out of your storage unit.

1. Store smaller items inside large appliances.

Clean and dry you appliances before they are put away for storage. Nothing should be left behind that will attract pests. For optimum efficiency, store smaller items inside larger appliances such as a refrigerator or stove.

2. Store clothes, bed linen, curtains and drapes on hangers and in chest of drawers.

If you have furniture such as a chest of drawers or cabinet in storage, make use of the drawers and hanging space by storing your clothes, bed linen, curtains and drapes in the compartments. This will eliminate using extra boxes for storing items.

3. Disassemble furniture that can be easily taken apart.

It makes sense to store furniture in as little space as possible. If practical, disassemble the unit, and wrap components such as legs in paper to protect them. Additionally, it is advisable to store larger furniture pieces in boxes. For tables that cannot be disassembled, pad the area where it will be stored and place it upside down on its top. Lightweight chairs can be stored on top of it and minimize space used..

4. Stand sofas and mattresses in an upright position.

Store your sofa and mattress in a standing position. This will help conserve space and save you money.

5. Store your largest items first and stack the heavier items at the bottom. This will allow you to store lightweight items on top and minimize damage.

If you follow these tips you will save yourself time, money and a lot of backaches.

Don’t Pay for More than You Need: Picking the Right Size

Picking the Right Size Storage Unit

If you are considering buying a public storage unit, make sure you are getting the most for your money. Many people overestimate the space they need and buy a storage unit which is far too large for their needs. This ends up costing them money every month that could have been saved with some careful planning.

Plan and Make a List

If you are planning on getting a storage unit, the first thing you should do is make a list of all the items you plan on storing. After you draft your initial list, organize all the items into groups. For example, if you are putting items in the same box, group them together on your list. Also, if there are particular items that you will need to get access to more often, make a note of that as well as you will need to store these close to the front of the unit. It is also a good idea to use boxes that are all the same size so they can be easily stacked on top of one another.

Common Sizes

After your list is finished, you should have a fairly good idea on how large of a storage unit you will need. If you still are not sure, there are some guidelines that can help. The smallest unit available at most lots is 5′ x 5′ which is perfect for small seasonal items, files or a few pieces of small furniture. Other common uses for small units are storage for garden tools and other rarely used items. If you need more space, the next size up is 10′ x 10′. This will hold the furniture of two whole bedrooms or a large living room. If used for office storage instead, it can hold the contents of a medium to large home office. If you have a large amount of things to store, go for the biggest option, which is 10′ x 30′. This is large enough for five rooms worth of furniture, many file cabinets and large bookcases. Double check to make sure you need this much space before you sign the agreement, as these units cost a considerable sum and most people who have them do not fill them up.

Purging Before a Move: Tossing Old Items Can Save you Money in the Long Run

You will need to purge before you move so that you do not take along unnecessary items with you. Remember the movers charge by the box and you do not want to have to pay for an extra box of items you will not need. Purging makes moving an easier, more efficient task. Moving can be quite a hassle if you are not organized. Here are the top five things you should consider throwing out.

1. Clothes and shoes that have not been worn for over a year.

Chances are, the clothes and shoes you have tucked away for more than a year will not be worn again. There is no need to take these along with you as they will only add clutter to your new home.

2. Items in the junk drawer.

Everyone tends to have a junk drawer full of odds and ends, this and that, which we found it hard to throw out over time. These things never get reused and therefore have no place in your new home.

3. Unread books.

A shelf stocked with unread books can be donated instead of trying to take them along with you.

4. Old cups, mugs and plastic containers.

There is usually an array of old chipped, mismatched cups, mugs and plastic containers in everyone’s pantry. There may even be some you never used because you never really liked them. Give away what you can and throw out the old chipped cups and mugs, and plastic containers without lids.

5. Old mis-matched linen.

You may have accumulated a number of old, worn, mismatched linen over the years that you keep as what-if items. Only take along what is needed and leave these behind or throw them out.

Parting with things we have hoarded because we consider them as valuables, or because we find it hard to part with them can be a difficult task. It is necessary to purge before you move so that you can get rid of the unnecessary items. Purging will save you space, time and money.

How To Organize Your Unit so You Can Find What You Need

Top Five Ways to Organize Your Storage Unit

1. Using shelves is the top way to organize your storage unit so you can find exactly what you need. Storing things on shelves prevents the need to stack things on top of each other, which results in burying things so that they are difficult or impossible to retrieve. Arrange floor to ceiling shelves along one or two sides of your unit for maximum storage space and accessibility.

2. Storing things in boxes is nearly as important as storing things on shelves. In fact, these two methods work best when used in tandem. Store items in clearly labeled boxes, and neatly place those boxes on your shelves with the labels prominently displayed.

3. Using color coding is a clever way to organize your storage unit so you can quickly and easily retrieve the items you want. One good way to color code your items is by using plastic tubs in different colors. For example, use blue storage boxes for clothing, green for shoes and clear for accessories.

4. Sheets, tarps and blankets are important when it comes to arranging your storage unit. Larger items like furniture or motorcycles will not fit in boxes or on shelves. Arrange larger items against one wall, and cover each item with a protective sheet, tarp or blanket. To prevent confusion, avoid stacking smaller items on top of them. These smaller items belong on the shelves.

5. Using bags to organize your storage unit is last on the list for a reason. Placing items in bags typically hides them from view, makes them more difficult to store on shelves and makes them nearly impossible to stack. However, bags still deserve a place on this list because they keep air, dust and debris away from your items. Just be sure to label each bag with its contents for easy retrieval.

Moving to Arizona: What You Need to Know Before You Pack Up

There are several things to keep in mind that will make a move to Arizona easier.

Change in climate

Arizona is a dry desert climate that gets extremely hot in the summer months. When choosing a storage location it is essential to consider one that has climate control. It will invariably surprise people when items are irreparably damaged by exposure to excessive heat. In selecting a a storage company, make sure to determine how they monitor the climate of the storage units. Ideally, the system should have more than one thermostat for redundancy and an alarm that alerts staff when temperature and humidity are at unacceptable levels.

Climate control is crucial for preserving certain objects, such as wicker furniture. While you might not plan to keep the furniture in storage for a long period, you might grow accustomed to the convenience of self storage and elect to retain your possessions in storage for an extended time. In such a scenario, climate control is of paramount concern.

Some of the common items that will need climate controlled storage to preserve their original condition include wood furniture, furs, electronics, documents, photos and musical instruments.

Access to your belongings

Access hours are commonly overlooked when deciding on a storage unit. However, during a move it is important to have access to your possessions at odd hours without the added worry and stress of being locked out. Even after you are settled in your new place having extended hour’s access to your belongings allows for convenience and peace of mind that everything is accessible at short notice.