Nine Nifty Tips To Pack Boxes Like The Experts
If you are planning to move or store your items whilst you are in-between properties, you cannot avoid the fact that you will have to pack away all the belongings in your home. Packing is a time-consuming and exhausting process, but if it's done right, then you can save time and money on a move. The main goal of packing is to make sure all your belongings arrive at their destination safe and sound. So here are some key tips to ensure you can get the job done right the first time.
1. Boxes are not a one-size-fits-all
Choosing the right sized box might seem like a daunting task, especially when you’re packing up to move. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the thought of going out and getting a box of the right size, but really, it’s not that bad.
If you can remember one thing, that is the key to finding your box size. There are three standard sizes for moving boxes: small, medium and large. The smallest size box comes in at 457x330x330mm. This means that the box is forty-five point seven cm long, thirty-three cm wide and thirty-three cm tall. These are great to pack glassware, small decorations and cutlery. The Medium Box is the ideal solution for storing bulkier household items. With a height of 50cm and a depth of 45cm, it's big enough to hold multiple bed pillows or several soft toys yet compact enough to fit on any flat surface. Our medium boxes are designed to stack with other easyStorage medium boxes, making them perfect for storing and transporting various household items such as bed sheets, blankets, kitchenware, desk lamps, and more.
Our large box, 450x450x750mm, is a versatile box that is perfect for various uses. It is the perfect size and weight for moving around large items. A heavy-duty cardboard box, perfect for storing household items such as books, bedding, pillows, camping equipment, heavy pots and pans, office files and other large items. It is a strong, extra-strong, extra-sturdy box. To protect the items in your wardrobe whilst moving home or storing belongings. The wardrobe boxes will help protect fragile clothing and contain all your small items such as shoes or accessories. Wardrobe box storage is ideal if you're storing your wardrobe and need to clean the home, as you can easily move the wardrobe boxes and store them. The wardrobe boxes can also be used when you're moving home to protect your clothing, towels, bedding, and other delicate items from dust and dirt.
2. Be cautious when choosing a moving box
When you move, you usually need to use moving boxes. But which ones are worth your money? It’s hard to tell the difference between high-quality and low-quality boxes. You can get a good idea of their quality by checking out the box’s label and features. If you want to save money on moving boxes without compromising on quality, you should look out for boxes that are heavy duty! This will make sure that they will hold and protect the items properly, even in bad weather. Even then, if you are concerned you can use high-quality packing tape to reinforce the bottoms and corners of the boxes to be extra careful.
3. Line your boxes for protection
The worst part about moving is lost or damaged items. Packing up the delicate stuff can be aggravating because it’s hard to wrap all of your belongings in bubble wrap and packing paper. So one thing you can do quickly and easily is to line the bottom of your boxes. You can use old paper, or else you can use crushed brown paper or bubble wrap for cushioning. We also recommend putting extra lining materials on top of the items in your box for some further protection whilst stacking boxes.
4. Wrap items individually
Even if it is a pain and time consuming to do, the best way to protect your items is to wrap them individually in bubble wrap or packing paper, then place them inside a moving box. This way you won’t have to move everything from one location to another at once. Instead, you can keep each item wrapped securely until you are ready to unpack it. Some people think that wrapping items individually wastes a lot of space. However, with this method, the boxes will be easier to carry and stack when moving day arrives. Just be careful if you use newspaper because sometimes ink can rub off onto clothing or delicate crockery and cause permanent damage, therefore we recommend it should only be used for cushioning.
5. Weight distribution is a balanced matter
The larger and heavier items should always go at the bottom of a box. This shows you how much space you have left in the box so you can choose other appropriate items to place in there. It also means more delicate and smaller items are less likely to be damaged. This is the reason why the heaviest items in your house go to the bottom of a storage pod. They can withstand the heavier weight and are less likely to collapse on themselves if they are full of bigger heavier items.
6. Mind the gaps
Once you have filled a level of items, make sure you look for any gaps. These empty spaces should be filled with paper or any cushioning you have on hand. This will stop items from knocking into each other and causing damage. It will also create a safe solid base layer to put other items on top.
7. Fill cardboard boxes to the brim
Make sure you fill those boxes up as much as possible, solidly filled boxes are better for stacking others on top. Half-filled boxes could collapse on themselves under any weight. But make sure they are not too full, if you overload items into cardboard you could cause rips or tears. So fill them to the top but do not allow them to bulge or stop the box from closing.
8. Give it a shake
Before sealing, try lifting up your box and giving it a little shake. You should be able to feel or hear if items move at all, roll about or rattle. If they do, you may want to put in some more cushioning just to be safe.
9. Seal tightlyAfter all your hard work, you want to be sure your items are properly protected so never forget the last step. Make sure you seal up your boxes with good quality tape. Professional movers or storage loaders will be super careful with your items always, but there can always be accidents. So make sure that even if your box tips over, your box won't open and this will help ensure there's minimal opportunity for any damage.
Packing boxes is probably not your idea of fun, but it can be made a lot easier if you follow these tips. If you want to find out more about how we can make the whole process easier for you, just purchase our packing materials and boxes or book our self storage services at easyStorage today!