Regardless of how seasoned a traveller, or mover you are, it is often not possible, amidst the chaos of a picking up and leaving somewhere, to be 100% effective when gathering your belongings, or putting them in storage. The overwhelming stress of the macro details – flights, rentals, money etc. – can cloud your judgment when it comes to the smaller minutiae. Below is a list of some of the most common packing mistakes and how to ensure that you avoid them.
Over-packing is probably the most common problem people face when deciding what to bring with them or what to store. Space is finite and a good way to protect yourself against packers remorse is to lay out everything that you think you want to pack and then pack half of it. Chances are you will remove a bunch of items that are non-essential.
If you are storing anything that has the potential to break open and leak out onto the surrounding items, the best way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is to open any container and release a bit of air inside before putting it away. This will allow for any changes in pressure which will likely occur over time to happen without forcing any liquid out of the container and into the rest of the items you have packed with them.
Not leaving a path
Many people who are inexperienced with self-storage units tend to haphazardly throw everything they are storing into the unit without considering how they are going to go about retrieving things when they need them. Pack back to front and make sure to leave a pathway in and out of the storage unit so that you can access your belongings easily.
This is especially problematic if you are packing a many and/or varied items. There is a tendency to want to get in and out of a self-storage unit as quickly as possible and that means packing or boxing up as many items as you possibly can, as fast as you possibly can, and shoving them into an empty storage unit. In order to be able to efficiently locate your belongings when you need to take them out, categorize and label boxes for easy access.
It is always wise to have a pre laid-out plan before you place anything in self-storage. Draw a quick sketch of how you think you would like the storage unit to look and make sure to stack heavy items on the bottom and delicate items on top. Removing items from your unit should not be like a game of Jenga.
Packing is a hassle, but items improperly packed are even more so when it comes time to unpack. Follow the above tips to avoid common packing mistakes and make your self-storage experience a pleasant one.