Packing for storage and for a move; differences

Packing guideDecember 22, 2020

Ah, the art of packing! It seems so easy but yet always appears to be somehow complicated. There is quite a difference when it comes to packing for storage and for a move… Or is there? As you may know, our storage pods Columbus Ohio are perfect for keeping your items nearby, but you still need to know what to pack where. So, let’s see how and where to pack what.

Packing for storage and for a move 101

Is there any difference when it comes to packing for storage and for a move? Well, not that much but there is some. Here are some tips that can help you with the trouble of packing for both storage and relocation.

couple Packing for storage and for a move
There is quite a difference when it comes to packing for storage and for a move… Or is there?

Make two lists. And double-check those lists.

You certainly don’t hear this for the first time, and it may seem like advice that parents give to elementary school kids before going on a school trip in nature, but still, listen to it. In this way, you do need to make two separate lists. This is truly a golden rule for any packing preparation. So, when looking for moving and storage Columbus Ohio keep in mind that you have to pack two times. The rule is: if you pack for a move, think about the things you need. If you pack for storage, think about things you don’t really need.

What is interesting is that even those who make lists forget to check them while there is still time to add or take something out of the boxes. You can put together a flawless list, but if you don’t check item by item while the boxes are not closed, you risk wasting your own effort and forgetting something from the list.

Don’t pack everything you have. In both cases.

When you pack for local moving you may think you can take everything with you. Still, think again. People usually say “when you’re done packing, take everything out, and leave one half to give someone.” This may sound radical, but it is really just an attempt to differentiate between the necessary and the unnecessary. Or, in this case, things for storage and things for relocation.

However, we prefer a slightly milder version of this advice. Put everything you want to pack for your move in one pile that you are not even sure you will need. How big is that pile? In relation to what you estimated that you would really need right away? If there are duplicate things, make it easy for yourself, and leave them. This other pile will be the one for storage.

Differ what you really need and what you don’t really need – at least soon

The idea of writing a list may seem like too much work to you because you already have planned in your head what you will take and what you will not. However, accurately recording how many T-shirts, pairs of pants, and different types of shoes you want to pack for a move will help you draw the line between the things you really need and the ones you probably won’t wear soon.

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Draw the line between the things you really need and the ones you probably won’t wear soon.

We hope that we have helped you with these tips and that the next move will be easier for you. As we said at the beginning, feel free to start from the list – either for storage or relocation. When selecting things for relocation, it seems to us that you need to put the whole house in one box because you never know what you may need. At the end of the day, you never know what can happen. Still, you need to be practical.

Choose seasonal items and leave others in storage

When packing for storage, you might want to pack seasonal items. For example, you might be storing winter clothes if it’s summertime and vice versa. The main rule of effective seasonal packaging is to choose clothes or items you don’t really need right now. When you pack for moving, take only the things you need right away.

Pack in advance

Many people leave the packaging at the last minute and then occasionally put everything that comes to hand in the moving boxes. Be smarter. You can always get a free estimate and plan your budget in advance both for storage and relocation. The chaos begins when they need to separate things for storage and all things are mixed up. If you pack at least one day before moving, you won’t have enough time to estimate what you will need and how to pack those things most efficiently.

couple Packing for storage and for a move
If you pack at least one day before moving, you won’t have enough time to estimate what you will need and how to pack those things most efficiently.

Learn tricks for effective packaging

You need to learn how to pack and what to pack. For example, items that you pack in storage may be in a cold, dark, and moist environment so you need to pack them carefully. That is – if you don’t opt for climate-controlled storage units. If it is necessary to pack a bulky item that takes up a lot of space, put it in a compression bag.

Leave the tiniest items for the end

Things that take up the most space are always put in the moving boxes first. For example, you first put shoes and then larger pieces of clothing. Smaller things are put on top, like cosmetics. However, just because they do not take up much space, does not mean that you should overdo it with cosmetics. Be rational and objectively separate what you need and what you don’t right away. Good luck!

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