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Packing Boxes 101

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May 8, 2013

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5 min

Packing Boxes

How to Pack Your Belongings

Packing is a dreaded word. But, it doesn’t have to be! If you are packing to move across the city or packing items to place temporarily in a storage unit, you need to be prepared with proper moving and packing supplies. Here is a good reference list of items that you will need as you begin to pack your belongings:

  • Non-printed, clean newsprint paper (regular newspapers will leave ink on your items) for wrapping items and using as box filler.
  • Bubble wrap, tissue paper, paper towels, clothes and linens to wrap delicate items.
  • Packaging Tape to seal boxes and scotch tape to tape paper packaged items.
  • Good sturdy boxes of different sizes.
  • Scissors or box cutters.
  • Markers to label boxes.
  • Notepad for you to keep an inventory list of the content of the boxes.

It is important to invest in good sturdy moving boxes. ezStorage offers moving and packing supplies  at all of our 46 locations. While it might be cheaper to get free boxes from the grocery store, these boxes could be unstable and have food remnants in the boxes. These boxes also come in different shapes than regular moving boxes, which make it difficult to stack correctly in a storage unit. Also, do not use plastic bags to store your items, especially clothes and books. Plastic bags don’t allow for adequate air-flow and coud potentially ruin stored items. Here are a few tips on how to properly pack your boxes for moving day or to place in storage:

  1. Make sure the bottom of the boxes are firmly sealed with packing tape.
  2. Pack like items together in boxes.
  3. Line the boxes that you are using for breakable items such as glasses, dishes and collectible items with bubble wrap or newsprint.
  4. Roll glasses onto the newsprint paper and tuck in the ends of the paper as you roll for a tight package. Tape the package to prevent the paper from unraveling.
  5. Place heavier items at the bottom of the boxes, then place filler protection between the pieces and place another layer of items. Put the lightest item at the top of the boxes, while leaving about 3 inches of space from the top for filler paper.
  6. Make sure that the box is completely full. If not the box could collapse in a stack in storage.
  7. Completely seal the top of the box with packing tape to prevent dust or dirt from getting into the box.
  8. Hang clothing, heavy drapery, heavy blankets and quilts in wardrobe boxes.
  9. Pack lampshades, linens, pillow and larger lighter items in larger boxes.
  10. Label each box with the contents on multiple sides of the box.

Keep an inventory list of the boxes on a separate notepad to use as a reference after moving day. When moving your boxes into a storage unit , stack all of the like-sized boxes together with the heaviest boxes on the bottom and the lighter boxes on top. Do not stack boxes too high in the storage unit. If the stacks are too high, the bottom boxes might not be able to withstand the weight and topple over. Also, do not have boxes that weigh more than 30 pounds. Anything heavier could be hard for a person to move. Make sure to leave enough space around the exterior of the storage unit for ventilation. Having the boxes stacked properly will give you added room to store more items in your storage unit.

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