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Packing Your Boxes – Part 2

Last week we talked a little bit about materials you should use for packing for self storage.  Here’s the basic overview: use high-quality, sturdy boxes, and always use the proper packing material for safety and protection. Now we are going to talk about how to properly pack your boxes in practice.

Do not overfill your boxes

When you’re packing for self storage, you’ll be tempted to stuff everything you can into every box.  If you do this, you will run into a few problems.  First of all, when you shove too many things into one box, you will have a difficult time finding things and getting to them when you need to retrieve them from self storage.  If you load boxes to the point of overflow, you are going to have a task when you open a box to get one item out.  Second, if you pack a box too tightly, you run the risk of breaking items that are fragile.  If you are boxing breakable items, make sure there is plenty of padding between items and the side and bottom of the box. That way, if a box is dropped or bumped, your fragile items will be better protected.

Do not fill boxes with heavy items

If you have heavy items like books, do not fill up a box with them. A box full of books will be almost impossible to move.  It’s better to spread out a collection of books amongst many boxes instead of concentrating them into a few boxes.  Your back will thank you.  A good rule of thumb is to keep boxes light enough to move without a great deal of struggle or effort.

Keep an inventory

We’ve mentioned this before, but we can’t stress it enough. Make a list of each item that’s going into the box and tape the list to the outside.  This will be invaluable when you are seeking an item in self storage later on. Organization is key to making your self storage experience a good one.

Questions or concerns?  Let’s just say we’re experts at packing and storing.  If you have any questions about how to pack and organize your items for self-storage, contact us today at Hollywood Self-Storage. We’re Augusta, Georgia’s favorite self-storage facility, and we’re proud to serve all the communities of the CSRA.