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10 Tips for Moving for College Students


May 15, 2014

College Students
Finals are over and it’s time to head home for the summer. After you’ve celebrated the end of the school year, it’s time to pack up your belongings and all of the stuff that you have accumulated throughout the school year. It’s not a fun task, but it has to be done. ezStorage has created the “Ultimate College Moving Guide” to provide you with tips on how you should pack your storage unit, what you should place in storage as well as some general moving tips. Self storage is a great solution for college students to conveniently store their belongings during the summer break. It is much easier to move items into a storage unit close to your college or university than to haul everything back home and then back to school 3 months later! ezStorage has a great self storage student and faculty discount available now through June 30, 2014 to student and faculty presenting school ID. When you rent a self storage unit, receive your first month’s rent free, 10% off your rent through September 30, 2014 and a free 2GB flash drive. You’ll also be automatically be entered into the ezStorage sweepstakes to possible wine one of three iPad Airs. ezStorage also has packing and moving supplies  such as boxes, packing tape, newsprint and furniture covers at every location.

10 Easy College Packing and Moving Tips

Once you have picked up the packing supplies and boxes that you need and have determined what you need to take home with you or pack for storage, it is now time to focus on how to properly pack your items for storage in order to optimize all of the space in your self storage unit. Here are 10 easy tips to follow when you are packing your belongings.

  1. Books should be packed horizontally in smaller strong, sturdy boxes. Packing books vertically could damage the spines.
  2. Do not pack clothing in plastic bags for storage. Using plastic bags to cover hanging items is great for moving from one place to another, but not for short or long-term storage. Moisture can build-up inside the plastic bag, which can end up developing into mold and mildew which damage the clothing.
  3. Make sure to wash the clothing before it is packed and placed in storage.
  4. Hang heavier clothing, winter coats, quilts and heavy blankets in wardrobe boxes.
  5. Roll glasses onto newsprint and tuck-in the ends as you roll the glass for a tight package.
  6. Place heavier items, such as dishes at the bottom of a box, then add filler material, add more items and more filler material until you are about 1 inch from the top of the box. Put filler material at the top of the box and then seal tightly with packing tape.
  7. Place comforters, pillows and blankets in larger boxes, do not place them in plastic bags. (See Tip #2)
  8. Label every box on every side and the top with the contents of the box.
  9. Keep a running inventory list of the boxes and items that you are placing in storage or taking home. This is a handy reference when you need to access the items again in the fall.
  10. Use all available space in your storage unit. Each storage unit has 8 feet ceilings, so stack your couches, mattresses and chairs vertically.

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