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What to Do Before You Move Stuff into Storage

June 13th, 2012 | Categories: Moving Tips | Tags: , ,

If moving and storing is on your agenda, you may be looking around and trying to decide where to even begin. If you have sat in the middle of the room and felt defeated before you even got started, you are certainly not alone. Putting items in storage requires careful planning. You want to make sure that you have everything that you need, but at the same time, you don’t want to keep out extra things that will simply get in the way.

Make a List

Before you even start tossing things in boxes, you should make a list of everything that you absolutely need to keep out. Do not make this list the day that you are packing either. There is a good chance that you will forget a few things.  Give yourself a few days so you can add to this list as you think of things that you need to leave out.

Research the Storage Company

Where you store your belongings is as important as anything else. Take the time to research their reputation with the Better Business Bureau. Larger real estate companies will often recommend the best ones in your local area. Remember that bigger is not always better. Sometimes a small, private storage business will be more attentive than larger franchises that have many units to rent out.

If you are moving to a new city and putting your belongings in storage for a while, but you are not familiar with the area, you can always contact the police department and ask about the crime rate in the area.

Create Sections

You do not want to simply pack everything. This is a good opportunity to get rid of a lot of old stuff you do not need anymore. The easiest way to do this is to get four large boxes and put them somewhere out of the way. Label them as:

  • Trash
  • Recycle
  • Donate
  • Sell

As you go through everything, you will place it in the appropriate box. Obviously, the “sell” box will only apply if you actually have the time to list something for sale or have a yard sale.

Packaging

The better job you do packing things up the greater the chance that everything will be in good shape when you take it out of storage.  Taking a couple extra minutes to wrap breakables will ensure that they will all be in one piece later. You also want to label everything according to room or category, and mark boxes that are fragile. You do want to take care not to use words that could trigger theft, such as jewelry, gaming consoles, etc. You should come up with code words for them.

Many people look at moving as a huge chore, but it really is not bad at all, when you make an organized plan and stick with it. After all, the opportunity to get rid of old belongings and eventually start over fresh and get organized in your new home is pretty appealing.

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