Tips for Packing

Most people usually have a lot of stuff that they don’t use on a regular basis. Often, these are the items that usually end up in the garage in order to free up some space in the house. Some end up in worse places. However, there are items that you may not want to part with although you don’t use them on a daily basis.

The best thing to do to protect the items that you value, is to store them safely. To store them safely, you first have to package them in an organized manner. Here are 7 tips for packing things for storage;

1. Find boxes and packing materials:
Before you do anything else, find sturdy boxes of similar sizes, and packing materials (e.g. newspapers, bubble wrap). The boxes need to be of the same size to simplify the packing process and to make it easy for you stack them or move them around.

2. Label all the boxes which you intend to pack fragile materials in, as fragile:
It is important to label all the boxes that you are going to put fragile and other sensitive material in so that anyone who handles them does so with care. Make sure that labels can be easily seen by anyone, i.e. don't put the label on the bottom!

3. Wrap all the fragile items in newspapers:
Bubble wraps can also be used to wrap fragile items. Make sure that each of the fragile items has been securely wrapped. Carefully arrange all of them in the boxes you labeled fragile. This should also be done for pictures and mirrors to protect the frames and the glass.

4. Label the rest of the boxes:
You don’t have to use a label that is specific to each box. You can use a label that gives an idea of what is in a given box. For example, if you pack old trousers and shirts in different boxes, you label all the boxes as 'clothes'. However, if you can go an extra mile to give specific details, good for you. Labeling each box is important because it will make it easy for you to retrieve what you need in the future.

5. Put the heavier items at the bottom and the lighter ones at the top:
When putting items in boxes it important to put heavier items at the bottom to prevent them from damaging the lighter ones. It also makes it easy to handle the boxes. The same method should be used when stacking boxes.

6. Don’t make the boxes too heavy:
You probably feel that the best option is to pack as much as you can into as fewer boxes as possible. However, this is something that will work against you. This is because when boxes are too heavy, they become difficult to handle and move. If you don’t want the items in a half full box to shake, or if you don’t want them to collapse while being stacked, fill them up with the packaging material.

7. Don’t package anything that is wet:
Anything that is wet will cause problems with mildew and damp later. Anything that has water should be dried up first. Defrost your freezers and fridges before storing them.

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