Whether you're moving to a new area,
scaling down, or just trying to unclutter
your life, packing your belongings into
boxes can seem like a daunting task.  
You may be nervous that your personal
possessions will break if not properly
packed.  

You may worry that you won't be able
to find what you need when you need
it.  You may even be concerned that
someone might steal something
irreplaceable should you store it away
from you.

There are, however, a few tricks that
can be implemented to help avoid some
of these events.  Below are several tips
to make organizing and packing easier,
and to help put your mind at ease
during this time of transition.
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Write everything down! You'll thank yourself later. Before you pack even one box,
create a simple record keeping system.

Create a computer-printed list of numbers with a space to write the contents. Or have a
spiral-bound notebook for the job. Then place a number on EVERY box you pack and list the
contents on your list. Don't put the list down unless it's in a place you'll call Packing Central. This
is where you'll find your labels, marking pens, box tape, and other supplies. When describing the
box contents, be specific: "
Files A-C" is better than "files", and "silverware" rather than "kitchen".
Make a List
You'll need LOTS of boxes; more boxes than you think, and having enough boxes will
make your packing much easier.

The more boxes you have, the better off you'll be.  If you buy your boxes from a moving company, you can always return unused boxes for a refund. If
you got them free from the grocery store, just recycle any leftovers.

Have about 10 boxes set aside to use for last minute items on moving day, such as bedding, clothing, and cleaning supplies. You'll need strong plastic
packing tape to close up the boxes securely. Use unprinted newsprint (newspaper can stain your items) or packing paper or bubble wrap to wrap and
cushion household good.

Again, you'll need more supplies than you think, so get extra, and the packing will go smoothly. Return any unused supplies
after the truck is packed.
Have Plenty of Supplies
Boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Make sure to use the right size box for all of your items.

When packing, keep in mind the following rule: the heavier the items, the smaller the box.  For items such as clothing or bedding large boxes will
work just fine.  For heavier items such as books or dishes, it would be wise to keep the box size to no larger than standard file box.  This will save
your back on moving day, and it will prevent some boxes from crushing others should you accidentally stack the heavier items on top of the lighter
ones.

It is also important to keep in mind that if your items are too heavy, stability of the box will be compromised and you may end up with those items on
your toes come moving day.
Don't Over-Pack Your Boxes
Color Coordinate
For every room use a different color.

Designate a color for each room in the new home, such as yellow for kitchen, orange for dining room, etc. Apply colored stickers on the box near the
box number. In your new home. Put a matching sticker on the door to each room. The movers will know where to put everything when they arrive at
the destination. It's also helpful to post a big sign on the wall in the room where you want boxes stacked, "
Boxes here please" to keep them out of
furniture and traffic areas.
Insist on keeping things together when you or the movers are packing boxes.
Keep it Together
Keep bookends with books, light bulbs with lamps, and extension cords with appliances. Small, loose
parts can be attached to the item they belong to with tape or placed in small envelopes
.   Keep larger
corresponding items (such as a cable TV cord) in Ziplock bags, and tape these to the underside or back of the item.

As a backup, have a "Parts Box" open and fill it with cables, cords, parts, pieces, brackets, or nails that are removed
from any items of furniture. Keep this box with you, or mark it well with a rainbow of colored stickers so it can be
easily located on move-in day.
Fill luggage and duffel bags with clothing, sheets, towels, and paper goods.

Even for local moves you'll be able to quickly spot your navy suitcase holding your
favorite sweaters, whereas "
Box #189" might remain elusive for days.  Don't forget to
place the color coded label on any of your luggage so you or the movers know which
room to place it in.
Use Your Luggage
Give one box to each family member.

Use brightly colored storage tote boxes, one for each person. Let each family member fill theirs with items they'll want 'right away' in the new home:
a set of sheets, a towel, a couple of extension cords, a phone, night lights, address book, pens and paper, keys, kleenex, toiletries, a couple of sets
of extra clothing, etc.
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Plan your storage space. Place items in front that will be accessed frequently. Allow for walkways.

On all sides of each storage item, write down what it contains and to what kind of room it belongs. Do not write just on
one side. This way, no matter what side is showing, you will know the contents of each box.

Before placing any kind of wooden furniture into self storage, wax them well with wood varnish. This prevents moisture
from affecting the wood. Likewise, if your furniture can be dismantled easily, do so. It will prolong the life of that piece.
If you dismantle furniture, collect the nuts and bolts of each item into a plastic bag and tape it firmly to the dismantled
set. In addition, place thick cloth such as old carpets between wooden pieces to prevent one scratching the other.

Wrap your mattresses in the special bags available at any hardware store.
This will prevent them from absorbing moisture and from losing shape.

Store all you electronic equipment in their original boxes. You can try
and pass by electronic stores and look for similar size boxes if you do not
have yours. Otherwise, wrap them as if you were wrapping glass or crystal.

Cupboards are generally bulky and take up a lot of room. Organize it so that
you can place linen and other clothes in them for storage.

Try to keep your boxes in uniform sizes: they are much easier to stack.

Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place
at home or in a safe deposit box.

Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in mirror crates marked
"
FRAGILE" and stacked on end.

A refrigerator or freezer should be thoroughly dry and stored with its door slightly ajar. Larger appliances make excellent
packing cases for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes. Make sure that stoves and cooking equipment are cleaned
before they are stored.  

Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside one another.

Sofas and love-seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Always place a protective waterproof cover under the end
on the floor. Cushions should be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.

When packing toys or smaller objects, remember to fill boxes completely, stuffing open areas with plain newspaper to
prevent collapsing when stacked.

When storing lawn and garden equipment, drain any fluids prior to storage in order to avoid corrosive damage.

When storing delicate heirlooms, use specially constructed boxes, such as wardrobe boxes, and utilize dehumidifiers to
prevent mildew build up.

When storing business files, label all boxes and construct aisles so files are easily seen and accessible.
STORAGE FACILITY LINGO
This is a storage unit that is located so that you can pull up to its door -
just as if it was your own garage. Drive Up units allow you to load and
unload your items very easily.



A swing door unit is similar to a walk-in closet. It provides an effortless
motion to access your belongings. A rollup door opens like a garage
door, and allows you to maximize the usage of your space.



This type of lock has a round housing that covers most of the dead bolt,
giving it the highest level of security.



The office hours are the facility’s hours of operation, during which
there will be a Storage Consultant ready to assist you with your storage
needs. The gate hours determine the time frame in which you may
access the facility. Consult the Manager for information about 24hr
access.



Allows only customers of the ministorage facility to access the storage
units.



These handy tools facilitate the loading and unloading of your
belongings. You will find these at most facilities. Just ask your Storage
Consultant and they will be happy to assist you.



This means that an employee has an apartment on the facility. Facilities
with “On site” Personnel are generally safer and cleaner than those
without one.
Drive Up
Roll Up vs. Swing Door
Disc Lock
Office Hours vs. Gate Hours
On Site Personnel
Dollies/Push Carts
Gate Coded Access