Storing your belongings while you move can be a pain. You have to pack them, then unpack them, then repack them. The process is time consuming and annoying. But the old saying “If you love something, put it in a box” applies here. You may want to keep things in their original packaging, but if it isn’t easy for you to make a decision about how long something should stay in its box, or if it’s just too much of a hassle for you to open up a package even once every few years, then it might be better for you to store that item somewhere else until after your move is complete.
If you’re moving into an apartment or dorm room, there are some things that should definitely remain in their original packaging (like kitchen appliances) because they could break during the move process. Other than that, though, most objects can be stored at home until after your move is over.
Before you start packing up your belongings, you’ll need to figure out how much space you have in storage. Once you have this information, it’s time to start moving things around.
For example, if you’re moving across the country and plan on storing everything at your new house, then storage is going to be a major concern. If you’re moving across town and plan on storing everything at a friend’s house, then your storage needs will be less significant.
If you’re planning on staying in the same place for a while, don’t bring too many things with you and fill your apartment up with stuff that won’t fit in storage units or garages or closets (or even hallways). You’ll want to keep some items at home so that when people come over they can see your new space and feel like they’re visiting friends instead of strangers living across town. But try not to bring any more than necessary — especially if you’ll be moving around a lot during the following few months (especially if it’s an extended stay).
If you’re still in need of tips, here are a few more to help you out on your next trip:
- Use boxes or bins that can be easily stacked, like Rubbermaid containers or cardboard boxes. If they’re too heavy, they could tip over and break something.
- Use tape to secure boxes together or place them on pallets so they don’t fall over or slide around during transit.
- Label the boxes with their contents so you know what’s inside when unpacking everything at the new place. This is especially important if you have delicate items like glassware, art and electronics that could be damaged if not handled properly during transit.
- If possible, use packing tape instead of duct tape to keep your belongings from shifting during transit (duct tape can leave residue behind).