U Store It Lafayette

Packing Tips

Moving To Or From Lafayette, IN? Learn Some Packing Tips

U Store It Lafayette knows packing can be exhausting! Check out a few of our favorite moving and packing tips to help make your transition a little easier.

Packing Supplies

For your convenience, U Store It Lafayette provides packing supplies that are available in our Lafayette, IN store. View a complete list of our packing & moving supplies, or stop in today and speak with a storage professional!

Preparing

Organizing and efficiently packing your items will take time and concentration. However, the up-front effort will be well worth it when you're able to easily unload and organize your items in the storage unit.

Here are some tips for packing:

Invest in Supplies

We recommend that you use boxes and avoid plastic bags. Boxes are sturdier and stack better, allowing you to use your space more efficiently. Many moving companies require that goods be packed in boxes for transport. Why not save yourself the extra trouble and stow away your possessions in boxes right off the bat? If this isn't enough reason, sealed plastic bags can trap humidity and cause damaging mildew to develop on your belongings. 

Invest in quality, sturdy boxes and packing materials. Boxes should be sturdy enough to hold up for years under the weight of the stack. You may be tempted to get free boxes from supermarkets and other stores; however, the mismatched shapes and sizes will impede your ability to organize effectively. You can buy standard-sized boxes and specialty boxes for items such as TVs, videotapes, and pictures.

For wrapping breakables, paper will do, but bubble wrap can be used repeatedly, is cleaner, and because it is transparent, makes identifying contents easier.

As for tape, most people underestimate the amount of tape they will need. Your self-storage manager can help you estimate how much tape you'll need based on the number of boxes you'll be packing. 

Packing in Boxes

Some people believe storing items is an easy task. However, if done improperly, your belongings can be permanently damaged. Below, we have some tips and tricks that can help you pack more efficiently.

  • When packing items in boxes, try your best to distribute the weight evenly. Make sure the boxes are not too heavy for you and others who may be lifting them.
  • Ensure that all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, ornaments, etc. are wrapped separately.
  • Filling boxes to their capacity is also important. The contents of half-empty boxes can shift during transport or lifting. Corners and sides can collapse if there's nothing to support them. Want to fill the gaps in your boxes? Try using foam packing peanuts!
  • Make sure you label your boxes on more than one side. This will help you identify the contents of each box faster!
Packing Other Items

People store all sorts of items within our storage areas. Check out the following information to learn more about how to most efficiently stow away your belongings!

Large Appliances: 

These bulky items often prove to be more of a challenge to store. The following tips can make the process a tad more manageable. 

  • Be sure to allow refrigerators and freezers to completely return to room temperatures so as to avoid water damage and mildew growth. Tie down the appliance doors during transport, leaving them slightly ajar once in storage. This promotes air circulation throughout the appliance. 
  • Washing machines should be thoroughly drained. Tying down hoses and cords allows for safe transport and storage. 
  • By wiping down the insides of appliances with baking soda, dryness and mildew prevention is promoted.

Fragile Possessions:

Many people fear the thought of packing away delicate items due to the increased risk of damages. The tips below can help ensure that your belongings are kept at the same quality as when you first stowed them away.

  • By wrapping up mirrors and pictures in cushioning material like bubble wrap you are significantly increasing the security of your selected item. Marking items with the word "Fragile" can also serve as a reminder to you and others to be extra careful when dealing with that specific item.
  • Cardboard corners can be purchased to protect the sharpest, as well as weakest areas of items like mirrors or portraits.
  • If storing photographs, consider a climate controlled unit where temperature fluctuations will not damage your photos. If you do store loose photographs, place them between pieces of clean cardboard. Consider taping the cardboard together to prevent curling of the photographs. 
  • When storing lamps, separate the shade and base for safe storage. 

Furniture and Electric Equipment:

Some of the more frequently seen items in storage units, furniture, and electrical equipment require proper storage too. By following the advice below, your furniture will be kept in shape and ready to use whenever it is needed.

  • Upholstered belongings like mattresses and sofas are well-protected in covers, bags, or sheeting. These materials serve as additional layers of protection from items that may be set on top of your furniture.
  • If possible, be sure to disassemble belongings like bed frames and tables. After taking this precautionary step, cover the separate sections, clearly marking them and storing them near each other. If assembly components are utilized, like screws and bolts, keep them together in a bag, marking them, and taping the bag to the appropriate piece of furniture. Ensure that the tape you are using is furniture safe, or simply tape the bag to an inconspicuous place on the furniture. 
  • Cover chair legs with bubble wrap for extra protection during both transport and storage. 
  • By spraying wooden furniture with polish, an extra layer of security is added to your possessions. 
  • Treating leather items with leather conditioner helps ensure that they will maintain their current quality. 
  • In order to help avoid rust, wipe down metal objects and tools with item-specific oil, before storing them.

  • If available, store items like TVs, stereos, and computers in their original boxes. If new boxes are used, try to fit the box as close to the size of the item as possible, filling any gaps with paper. 

As you go, keep an inventory of every item you've packed. Ideally, include an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store. Maybe even consider taking pictures of your more valuable items. These steps will help you make accurate insurance claims in case of unforeseen damage or loss!

Contact Us

U Store It Lafayette
3828 State Road 38 E
Lafayette IN 47905
United States
P: +1-765-447-4012

office@ustoreitlafayette.com

 

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