Everyone looks forward to new beginnings in a new home but rarely do people love the process of having to pack and move their belongings. It’s can be a stressful time and it can also take a lot toll on your body. Unless you train with heavy weights, it’s not every day that you have to lift or push up to 50 lb. boxes and heavy furniture. Moving is a physically demanding task to be done. If you don’t practice safety tips for moving, you could find yourself waking up the next day with a sore back, legs, and shoulders. Or worse, you could sustain an injury. For some people, it might be beneficial to hire a professional moving company who has the experience and tools to safely move heavy objects. However, if you’re trying to keep the budget low and have reserved help from your family and friends, you can practice these safety moving tips to ensure everything goes smoothly on the day of the big move:
Wear proper clothing
This might be an obvious one, but it’s still worth mentioning as it is a common thing that could easily be overlooked by accident. Don’t wear clothing that poses a risk such as loose sleeves, flowy shirts, or pants that drag on the floor. Pants that aren’t fitted well can be a tripping hazard especially when climbing up and down the stairs. Loose clothing can get snagged on sharp edges. Also, make sure that your clothing is made of thicker materials like denim to avoid cuts and scrapes when heavy objects are pressed against your legs or body.
In addition to wearing protective clothing, wear gloves with grips when lifting heavy objects and boxes. This will help prevent calluses from developing as well as cuts and scrapes to your hands. It will also help you get a better grip on larger pieces of furniture.
Wear durable and supportive footwear
Proper footwear is important to ensure you have proper support when carrying heavy objects. Particularly a rubber sole or something with a good grip in case the ground gets wet. There’s no question that you should avoid sandals or flip-flops, no matter how easy they are to slip on and off if you are required to take your shoes off and on while inside the house. Closed-toe shoes are a must. You probably know how much it hurts when you stub your toe around your living room. Well, when you’re moving furniture, that could happen countless times plus the risk of heavy furniture falling directly onto your foot. Consider using shoe covers in the house so you won’t have to keep removing your shoes.
Get plenty of rest prior to moving
Again, moving is a physically demanding task. You’ll need plenty of rest the night prior to moving to ensure you’ve got all your strength for the big day of the move.
Use proper lifting techniques to avoid putting too much strain on your back
You’d think that with all the furniture being all over the place that a stubbed toe is the most common injury while moving. It does happen often, but it’s not really an injury, more like annoying. The real leading cause of moving injuries are injury due to the back due to poor lifting techniques. With that being said, you should always be mindful of exercising proper lifting techniques when lifting heavy boxes or objects off the ground.
- Use a dolly or cart to move objects as much as possible.
- When bent down to lift an object from the ground, use your knees rather than your back to get back into a standing position.
- Lift items in a controlled manner. Don’t twist and turn while lifting, keep your body straight.
- You shouldn’t lift heavy items over your head.
- Stand on solid ground and keep your footing secure before taking heavy objects into your arms.
For objects too heavy to carry, do not strain your body. Ask for help when you can.
Reserve help in advance
Speaking of help…if you have some favours to call in from your family and friends, now would be a good time to call them in. Let them know in advance so you can really count on their help. Having the strength of more people can help the whole moving process go a little quicker and easier.
If you’re moving some or all of your belongings into a self-storage unit, most storage facilities will provide basic packing supplies you might need with your rental unit. If you’d like more information on storage units near you, contact Jiffy Storage. Jiffy is one of the most reliable and trusted self-storage facilities in the GTA. Some clients have even been choosing to store their trusted belongings with Jiffy for over 20 years. The main reason people prefer Jiffy Storage is because they are so flexible in the way they accommodate everyone’s storage needs, particularly with how long they will need it. If you only need storage for 24 hours, Jiffy can help. If you need long-term climate controlled storage, it is available at Jiffy at competitive prices.
It is usually recommended to secure a self-storage space for one month regardless if you need it for a shorter period of time. There are times where space is limited due to high-demand and since life can be unexpected, having your storage space reserved for at least a month will ensure you have a backup plan if needed and it is the most cost-efficient way to go.
For more information, call Jiffy Storage at 416 74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here.