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Packing Tips

1. Choose the Right Box

We offer a wide assortment of box sizes and specialties, so you can have just the right box for the job. Using the proper box type goes a long way to ensuring that your items are safely packed and protected from potential damage. Our product range in this category includes boxes to pack dishes, wardrobe, electronics, lamps, and more. Remember to pack heavy items like books in small boxes and lightweight items like household linens in bigger boxes. We also offer packing kits for fragile items such as glassware and chinaware.

2. Pack Your Boxes

When it comes to packing, it’s a good idea to group similar items together, such as kitchenware or children’s toys, and organize your contents by room, e.g. master bedroom, living room, etc. This makes it easier to find your items when it’s time to unpack. It’s also a wise idea to pack a separate box of belongings that you may need the night before and morning of a big move, such as your alarm clock, phone charger, and some toilet paper, along with other necessary toiletries.

3. Label Your Boxes

To avoid confusion during your move, labelling your boxes is a crucial step. Box labels should include information such as a brief description of the box contents and what room they’re from. In addition, numbering each box on the top and the side will help to identify it later. For tracking purposes, make sure to keep a master list of all boxes that are a part of your move. Any boxes containing breakable items should be labelled “FRAGILE”.

4. Secure Boxes with Tape

Don’t just fold the flaps in! Instead, take time to adequately seal both the bottom and tops of boxes. Give extra attention to heavy boxes and give them a few extra seals of tape. Make sure the tape you are using has sufficient strength and quality to secure even the heftiest items.

5. Don’t Overload Boxes

Limit each box weight to a maximum of 50 lbs. Remember: if it’s difficult to lift, it’s too heavy to carry. Carrying boxes that are overloaded can cause a potential injury, as well as damage to the box contents. Avoid making the task difficult by packing only what both you and the box itself can effectively handle. When moving heavier boxes or objects, consider using a pair of gloves or a forearm forklift to make your move easier and safer.

6. Disassemble Your Furniture

When disassembling furniture, keep the accompanying hardware (nuts, screws, hex key, etc.) in labelled, sealable bags. Use our moving blankets to protect your furniture from scratches and marks while transporting. The more compact you can make your furniture, the easier it will fit into both the moving truck and your storage unit, saving space and money.

7. Load Your Truck

When arranging your moving boxes for transit, place heavier boxes in first on the bottom with lighter boxes stacked on top. Weight distribution is an important factor to consider when loading your belongings. Place heavy items such as your major appliances, couches and solid hardwood furnishings towards the front near the cab, rather than to the back by the door. Take the time to ensure that fragile items are safely positioned within the vehicle. When moving, if there are any items you’ll need first as soon as you start unloading, make sure they’re loaded into the truck last for easy access. If you’re moving your belongings to a storage unit, don’t forget to keep your unit lock handy!

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Public Storage boxes are 100% recyclable, and are made with 45-60% recycled materials.