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tips for packingIf you are moving yourself, you probably want to save as much time as possible. Furthermore, you often don’t have much space. Perhaps you are renting a truck, borrowing a pickup from a friend or using your SUV to haul furniture to your new place. Here are some strategic tips for packing for a move when you don’t have a lot of space.

  1. Before packing, get rid of anything that you won’t use again. Decluttering before you move will save space while you are moving.

  2. If your new place is smaller than your old one, consider renting a storage unit from Storage West. Multiple sizes, multiple locations, and winning customer service are three reasons that renting a storage unit can help you. With our move in truck, you can quickly get your extra belongings into storage and out of the way. This leaves you to concentrate on what you are moving to the new place.

  3. When packing, use vacuum-sealed bags for items like clothing. Vacuum sealing can take bulky items like bedding and winter coats and compress them to a fraction of their former size. Often, these bags can then slide between boxes, thus helping you to make use of every inch of available space. Alternatively, try packing items into trash bags. While they won’t compress your items, their flexibility means that you can put them just about anywhere.

  4. Another important packing tip is to choose small boxes over large ones. Choosing small boxes, whenever possible, gives you some real versatility when it comes to packing. A small box is far more likely to fit into an awkward space than a large one, and it’s often possible to fit small boxes together like a puzzle. The bonus is that they will also be easy to carry on the other end of your trip.

  5. Empty space is wasted space so fill every box up. One good way to fill in those empty spaces is to pack a towel or sheet into a box to fill it to the top. That way you won’t have to use an extra box for your towels and you’ll be sure that every box you pack is being fully utilized. Plus, the box may be lighter if you mix your linens with heavier objects.

  6. Better moving boxes are available at Storage West, and the Here for You Guarantee entitles the renter to some free boxes.

  7. If you are moving items in your car, consider getting an overhead rack to help you make the most of your space. Overhead racks are relatively inexpensive to buy, and they can help you transport large items that would not otherwise fit in your car.

  8. Another tip for packing your car is to make use of the spaces you might otherwise not think of as storage space. Examples include the wheel wells, under the front seats, and even around the spare tire – although you should make sure that you can easily get to the spare tire if you need it.

  9. When packing items into a moving truck, make use of the space inside furniture and appliances. If you are moving a dresser, put things inside the drawers and then secure them so they won’t open during the move. You can even store things inside clean appliances. For example, small items like kitchen gadgets could fit easily inside your microwave.

  10. Any furniture that can be disassembled before packing should be. Removing legs from tables will allow you to stack tabletops together. To ensure the hardware doesn’t get lost in the shuffle, put it in plastic bags and secure it to the furniture with tape – that way everything will be together when you get to your new home.

Packing for a move can be challenging, but if you use these tips to ensure that every inch that’s available to you is used, you will be amazed at how much you can fit into the space you have.

 

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