It's important to gather plenty of cardboard boxes of various sizes, packing tape, packing paper, bubble wrap, scissors, and easy to read markers.
You may also want to purchase covers to protect your sofa and mattresses.
LABEL YOUR BOXES
Boxes will get moved around from one place to the next. Be sure to label all sides of the box.
Be specific. Labels like "Bedroom 3" rather than "Bedroom Decorations" will be easier to keep all together during the move and when you get to your next place.
Also, be specific about your kitchen items. Be sure to distinguish whether the box of kitchen "stuff" has utensils, the coffee maker, cookbooks, or disposable paper goods. When you're tired and hungry, the last thing you want is to be opening the box with the toaster when you're just looking for some paper plates for your family to have a quick bite to eat!
PREVENT FURNITURE FROM BEING SCRATCHED
Use bubble wrap, towels, or blankets to wrap around furniture including the legs.
Use packing tape to securely wrap the packing material to the furniture.
USE YOUR EMPTY SPACE
Fill your dresser drawers and appliances with linens and other small items.
BE CREATIVE WITH PACKING MATERIALS
Your move doesn't need to break the bank! Be creative with the materials you already have. Use linens and clothing to help cushion your fragile items.
Visit the local post office and have them put aside expired newsprint ads.
Visit your local businesses and ask them to put aside some of their left over boxes from stocking their shelves. Sometimes they'll have boxes that glass bottles were shipped in that are perfect for separating glassware!
PLAN YOUR SPACE
Allow for air flow. Do not place boxes directly on the concrete floor. Use pallets or blocks of wood under your boxes and belongings.
Put items that you'll need soonest or most often closer to the door.
Put expensive items like electronics and flat screen TV's towards the back of the unit behind heavy furniture.
Don't lean boxes against the walls of your unit.
Create a center aisle to easily access your items in the storage unit.
Consider putting boxes on one side of the aisle and heavy furniture on the other.
Save space by putting dressers and tables top to top.
Put drapery rods, shower curtain rods, rakes, shovels, or anything else you can think of in your trash cans.
CREATE A MAP
Plan where you are going to place items in your storage unit before moving day comes.
Draw and label a map of where things are in your storage unit. When you come back to your storage space at a later date you'll know right where to find what you are looking for!
USE A HIGH QUALITY LOCK
We've got you covered on this one! We offer a free lock with every new unit rented! We have chosen one of the best disc locks on the market for all our tenants. These locks are ALL STAINLESS STEEL and designed for extreme weather. The interior of the locks are composed of solid brass, stainless steel and post-plated E-coat steel. They have a durable nylon weather cover and stainless steel welded body and shackle. All locks are keyed differently and you get a brand new, unopened package. You keep all your keys!
Central MA Self Storage LLC 390 Stetson Road
Barre, MA 01005