Taping Box for Storage

Ok, you’ve made the big decision… time to pack up some of your belongings and put them in storage. Now, no matter your reasons – downsizing, decluttering, moving, getting ready for a renovation – there are some tried and true tips to smart packing.

First, be prepared in advance of your container delivery:

Portable Storage Packing Checklist

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  • Give yourself lots of time: we suggest making a comprehensive list and starting to pack 2-4 weeks prior to the container being delivered
  • Measure and sketch out how your possessions will be configured in the container
  • Plan for a balanced load: distribute heavy items throughout the container rather than placing them all on one side or end
  • Mind your health: if you have heavy items, put these in smaller boxes, and rent our dollies, hand trucks and lift straps for your convenience.
  • Secure items in the container using straps and/or ropes
  • Use moving blankets and furniture padding to protect items from damage
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  • Pack fragile items last
  • Use wardrobe boxes to store clothing
  • Don’t use newspaper to wrap fine china or other delicate items. It can stain. Use bubble wrap or appropriate packing paper
  • Always stack dishes upwards when packing.
  • Avoid used boxes. You don’t know if the box will be strong enough to support your possessions.
  • Use packing tape. Avoid duct tape
  • Clearly label all boxes on top and sides
  • As you take apart furniture and other items, make sure to tape all parts to the main base.
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  • Use labelled ziplock bags for furniture hardware
  • Try to pack all electronic equipment, like stereos in their original boxes. Otherwise use bubble wrap when packing these items
  • With electronics, be sure to bag and label all accessories such as remote controls and cables
  • Always pack breakables over a padded surface.
  • Always tape boxes. Don’t interlock the tops.
  • Don’t use boxes without tops. No tops make it impossible to stack properly in the container.
  • Use speciality boxes when packing fine china and clothing.