Got so much junk it won’t fit in your trunk? No worries! Throw some of it in a self-storage room. Maybe you’re downsizing from a house to an apartment, or you’re moving to a new town and need a temporary place to stow your belongings until you find a permanent home. Whatever your reason for needing a self-storage room, you’ll want to be prepared to pack without making multiple trips to your local moving supplies store.
When you’re ready to move your belongings out of your self-storage room, most of these packing supplies will come in handy again.
If you’re unsure of how much self-storage space you’re going to need, grab a tape measure and add up the dimensions of the items you are planning to store. Keep in mind that you can stack boxes on some surfaces. You may want to overestimate the size room you’ll need if you plan to access your belongings during the course of your self-storage stay.
Boxes, Tape & Protective Moving Supplies
Overestimate how many boxes and rolls of tape you’ll need. Purchase various sizes of boxes or invest in a box kit. U-Haul Stores will buy back any unused boxes as long as you keep your receipt, so buy plenty to avoid having to return to the store multiple times. Packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and wrapping paper will help protect your items during transport. It can be pretty upsetting to open a box of broken items, so splurge on the big roll of bubble wrap.
Here’s a professional packing tip that will save you so much time. Rather than removing items from drawers and packing them in boxes, use moving-strength plastic wrap. Remove the drawers and wrap them in plastic, then stack them in your moving truck or van. Once you’ve arrived at your location, simply remove the plastic wrap and return the drawers to their rightful place.
Furniture Pads and Dollies
Even the most gentle moving trucks aren’t bounce proof. Your belongings will shift slightly. Furniture pads will help insulate your household goods. And, don’t underestimate the need for a dolly. This is a huge labor-saving tool that can shave hours off your move.
Discus Lock and Self Storage Room Insurance
Once you’ve secured a room, you’ll want to keep your belongings safe and secure. Discus locks are generally more difficult to cut than traditional padlocks. Also, investing in self-storage insurance is absolutely worth it. Think of the added cost as purchasing peace of mind.
Snacks and Water
It’s important to eat and stay hydrated during your move. The physical demands of a move can be strenuous, so bring protein-filled snacks and plenty of water to keep your energy levels up.
What advice would you give to someone who is about to move in or out of a self- storage room? Leave it in the comments.