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Moving to a New Apartment? Here are Some Smart Packing Tips to Consider

Packing is an art but SMART packing is surely a blessing unless you want to rummage through a pile of unnecessary articles in a storage unit before you actually get what you really want! By smart packing, we don’t simply mean that you randomly fill up every inch of the available space in a container or you forcefully accommodate things just to ensure that you are finally done for the day. By doing so, you are only inviting trouble in form of either damage to the contents or wasting an entire day looking up a wrong box only to find that the bed lamp is somewhere stuck in between your kitchen dishes. So, here are a few suggestions that might help you ace this art in the least time possible!

 

Choose Your Pick
The most essential part of packing is choosing the right box for putting your things into. Take this decision based on not just the items you want to store but also on how long you plan to keep them packed and where would they be stored at.

Boxes And Spaces

A lot you think of cardboard boxes when you think of storage units and why not?! They’re inexpensive, light, and easy to pack, stack, and label. Also, when no longer required, they can be easily recycled or discarded but for longer-term storage situations, it isn’t necessarily the best fit.
They are susceptible to vulnerable climatic conditions, such as heat and humidity. Moreover, they are also attacked by bugs and rodents. In such a case you are not just risking the box but also its contents. These cardboard boxes are meant for storing items at a defined, temperature controlled storage facility.

So, what about moist or humid places of storage like a garage or shed? Plastic bins are ideal boxes in such conditions. They don’t just protect your belongings from moisture, heat, or rodent attacks but are they’re easily stack-able and self-seal-able thereby helping you save your time that you would have otherwise spent in finding a pair of scissors every time you’d plaster a box.
But unfortunately, these are expensive than cardboard boxes and are relatively indestructible even though you to get use them for a longer time. Moreover, they might not be much of help in short-term storing since you can’t dismantle them if they’re not in use or if the contents themselves would be placed in a climate controlled environment.

So far, our emphasis on choosing a box was totally dependent on the climate in which the storage units would be placed. But what about the nature of its contents? Not every article can be treated the same way as we pack it into the containers. Delicate or valuable items are stored in units which are specifically designed to safely store a particular type of item called the speciality boxes. These storage containers can hold onto everything from dishes to home decorations and from art pieces to television screens. As a matter of fact, they are available in both cardboard and plastic material. The biggest advantage of using speciality boxes for storage is that they make it easy to pack difficult things and that keeps them from moving around while shifting through the provision of inserts in them.

Although they’re a tad bit expensive in comparison to traditional boxes, they come handy while securing the contents of the box.

Dimensions And Decisions

The right size of a box is much more than its length, breadth and height. It is also about how much weight it can withstand and not to forget where it would be put to use.  Well, here are a few ways to decide how one should make their pick!

Small boxesA regular size of these boxes is 16 x 12.5 x 12.5, or 1.5 cubic feet and can hold up to 60 pounds in weight ( but it is not recommended to pack them a little heavier than 50 pounds) They’re the best choice for storing not just small items but also the heavy ones that might add more weight to a larger box with more items in it, such as books, as well as fragile items like dishes and vases.

Medium boxesWith dimensions of about 18 x 18 x 16, or 3 cubic feet, these boxes can store bigger items which don’t need to be tightly-packed as tightly such as clothing, pots and pans etc. A medium box can withstand a weight of nearly 65 pounds.

Large boxes

A standard large box is about 18 x 18 x 24, or 4.5 cubic feet. They’re good for things like linens and blankets, lamps, and small kitchen appliances. And while they’re bigger than medium boxes, they have about the same weight capacity at 65 pounds, so don’t over pack them.

Extra-large boxes

These are the sturdy ones measuring 24 x 18 x 24, or 6.1 cubic feet and carry up to about 70 pounds, but stocking them up too much will make them extremely difficult to move around. So, it is better to constitute them with items that don’t fit as readily in smaller boxes, like pillows and comforters, winter coats, and larger kitchen appliances.

Wardrobe boxes

Wardrobe boxes, as the name says, are specifically designed to store clothing. They vary in sizes depending on the amount and size of the clothing you’ll be packing.

It does not just have a bar across the top where you can hang items instead of having to fold them, but even the bottom of the wardrobe box can be useful into storing shoes, purses, sweatshirts, or anything else that doesn’t add on too much weight.

Well, since we are done with discussing from the material of the box to be used to the dimensions, here are few general pieces of advice that might make you a smart packer!
1) Ensure that the box is of high quality which means no cracks or tears and no Pre-existing water damage. Start with boxes that are strong and in good shape.2) Stack the lighter boxes on top of heavier ones, yet resist piling it all the way to the ceiling.

3) Label the contents so you know what’s inside since it’s very unlikely you’ll remember where everything is when it’s time to go unload the unit or when you need to find a specific item.

4) Filling up gaps between your stacked boxes with packing material or towels, or linens will avoid things from unnecessary movement or shifting here and there.

So, now what are you waiting for? GET, SET and PACK!

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