The Life of a Military Family

The Life of a Military Family

Tips For Using Self Storage When Moving House

Edwin Howard

When moving house, you have two options after sorting through your belongings. The first would be to donate or throw some stuff out to lessen your load. The second option would be to consider self storage until you figure out what to do with your excess stuff. This is especially pertinent if you are moving into a smaller space than your previous residence. Here are some handy tips for packing for self storage when moving house.

Begin the packing process as soon as you can

Packing should begin early as this enables you to organize your stuff and ensure you are leasing the right amount of self storage space. When packing, have an inventory list of your items. Moving tends to be a tedious process. More often than not people lose things simply by not remembering where they placed them. For every item that will be going into storage, ensure you have enumerated it in an inventory list. Keep in mind that the longer you have lived in one place, the more stuff you will have accumulated over the years. Keeping track of your belongings as you pack them will help you stay aware of where everything is.

Pack for self storage, not just for moving house

Packing for self storage entails different aspects as compared to packing for a new residence. There are a number of things that you need to have on the ready and techniques to follow to ensure that your items do not get compromised while they are away. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when packing to keep your belongings in storage:

  1. Ensure everything that can be disassembled is pulled apart. This makes it easier to save on the storage space of your unit.
  2. Ensure all boxes that will be in the unit are labelled with the content as well as their room of origin. This will make it easier to pinpoint items later on when sifting through your storage.
  3. Use Styrofoam peanuts to fill up all the boxes once you are done packing. This adds an extra layer of protection to your items in the event they are jarred out of place.
  4. Take off the wheels from any items that may have them. This measure helps in making the most of the space available to you.
  5. Heavy boxes should be marked as such to avoid any injuries. The heaviest ones should be stacked at the bottom of the self storage space.


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The Life of a Military Family

Hello! My name is Maggie Thompson. My husband James has been in the military for our entire married life. We have two children; he was deployed at the time of both of their births. We have moved five times in nine years. James plans to remain in the military for many more years, and I know this means many more moves for us. I feel as if I’m becoming a professional in the area of moving. I've learned some very handy ways to pack, load trucks, and unpack. I’ve also learned how to pack a storage unit. You see, not every house we move into is the same size. A few times we haven’t been able to fit all of our belongings into a new home. Rather than sell them, we have stored them. I’m going to share some of my moving tips with you. Enjoy!