The logistics of the moving preparation may be difficult to balance, especially in unpredictable times. Social research has found moving to be in the top five life stressors because of the physical and emotional stress you experience during this huge undertaking of organizing your tasks and being ready for the move. Packing is a whole operation on its own, choosing what to take and what to leave and finding things you hid away in the back of the attic. Starting the process in advance will help you think more clearly and get through this cathartic experience.
There is light at the end of the tunnel. Make a list of the steps to take from highest priority to least important. Let’s look at some of the primary reasons people utilize storage and relocation services and how this can help you prioritize:
Progressing gradually rather than immediately helps reduce stress and maintain flexibility. Store furniture, appliances, and other items while refurbishing your new house. But ask yourself if something is truly worth the space it will take up:
More clutter means more anxiety to deal with. Don’t fall for the temptation to just chuck it into boxes and make it part of the move, think of the extra costs, time, and space you may lose. Moving gives you the opportunity to start a new chapter in your life so make good choices about what you will store. Here’s a list of what NOT to pack or store:
You might want to live a more simplified life by minimizing, and the whole point is to first think of donating, selling, or throwing away any unnecessary items. Some people make the mistake of throwing away important documents because who wants to keep a box filled with paper, right? Before you do, here’s a list of what to NEVER get rid of:
In all these circumstances (and many more), you’ll want an effective approach to store your not-needed-right-now but possibly beneficial or highly loved possessions out of your way without having to say goodbye to them. Select a suitable storage facility to maximize the space available. Carefully preparing and packing your valuables before storing them needs planning. Let’s give you a few tips to make it a little easier:
Storage Unit Selection
Before storing anything, there are various measures to follow. Choose the correct storage type first by looking at the location of the self-storage unit, if you may need frequent access to your things you should choose a self-storage that is nearby. However, if you do not need your items every other day, consider using a unit a bit further away, bear in mind that some self-storage units outside the urban areas are more affordable than those within. Search for online reviews to check what other customers have said about the company. Read all the contracts and agreements carefully before signing and compare prices before you make your choice, so you don’t overpay. Traditional storage is good for most products, but if you’re keeping temperature- or humidity-sensitive items, consider climate-controlled storage.
Preparing your items
Never just move your things without cleaning them first. Most furniture is not cleaned properly while standing in a spot for years. Empty the drawers, wipe and vacuum all surfaces from top to bottom, and air-dry furniture in the sun. Wax all wooden furniture to prevent mold and oil all metal parts to prevent corrosion and tarnishing. Disassemble heavy and bulky furniture. Use quality packing materials, provide sufficient padding, and pack all the boxes to the top and seal them tightly. You can opt to cover furniture with old sheets or blankets and use rubber bands, cinch straps, or plastic wrap to keep them in place. Fasten wires and hoses. and keep smaller accessories by keeping it inside the appliance. Drain domestic appliances particularly dishwashers and washing machines as water harms the device in winter or causes mildew in summer. Store home appliances with their doors slightly ajar for adequate ventilation to prevent condensation and bad smells.
Clean Before Storing
Before storing, clean your goods, particularly upholstered ones. Unused furniture, clothes, and kitchen items may introduce bugs, mildew, and other contaminants into a storage container. Microscopic storage intruders may pose issues over time. Cleaning your storage container as well as all your items before storing them helps.
When in Doubt, Seek Assistance.
It is not the simplest duty to do on your own and may be a good idea to try to stay on task. Since moving will be difficult in an already difficult time, staying focused on what you’re doing can help you to move with a clear head. Don’t hesitate to reach out and get assistance as this is one of those times that you need it most.