While many of us consider the ins and outs of our self storage situation and carefully consider how best to pack a self storage unit, most of us fail to think about the ramifications of packing up the moving truck that will get us to the self storage unit. After all, don’t you have to consider the condition in which your items will be transferred? If you start packing your moving truck the wrong way you will just end up with a bunch of broken or damaged goods in your self storage unit by the time you get back to your unit, which defeats the entire purpose of having a self storage unit in the first place. For all these reasons it is just critical that you are thoughtful about the way you pack up your moving truck before you even begin to think about your self storage unit. Indeed, packing your moving truck well is good practice for packing your self storage unit as well, as the techniques you use to pack the boxes securely for the trip are the same techniques that will keep them in good shape while in storage. Here are a few tips for making the most out of your moving truck packing experience:
- Start packing earlier rather than later, and have plenty of boxes to pack in. If you start packing at the last minute and don’t have enough boxes, you will end up rushing and cramming everything into fewer boxes than you should, causing damage in the long run. Do yourself a favor and be prepared earlier rather than later.
- Pack in sections. If you are packing your whole house, pack things step by step so that there are a few different sections in your moving truck and your self storage unit based on the different areas in your house. This will make it easier to navigate within your self storage unit and give a sense of organization to the packing process.
- Load your furniture into the moving truck first. By doing this, you ensure that it will all fit in the moving truck; doing this first saves you from having to fight later on to squeeze the furniture into the truck. Abide by this same logic when packing up your storage rental, as your large upholstered furniture will be tricky to fit in as an after thought.
- Stack your boxes in tiers with the heaviest items at the bottom as your base, such as washers and dryers, dressers, and other heavy furniture. You should also tie every few tiers off with rope in order to secure the items on the top and preventing shifting during the drive.
- Disassemble as many things as you can as you prepare for your move. Loading your moving truck and your mini storage rental with tables and bed frames all set up will make your life more difficult. Instead, disassemble what you can and put all the screws in a baggie that is kept in an easily accessible drawer so that you don’t forget where they are!