Have you ever started a project only for it to take you twice as long because you forgot half the supplies you needed? It happens to the best of us. Packing is just one of those occasions where this might happen. Partially due to procrastination and partially due to forgetfulness, we may not have all the supplies needed to pack up our belonging correctly and securely.
Why is it important to have proper packing supplies? Well, the guy who’s bedroom contents were spilled all over the sidewalk for everyone to see didn’t have the right kind of packing tape. The bottom of the box just collapsed, thank goodness there wasn’t anything fragile in there! So, if you’re planning on moving and are trying to map out the best way to start, you’ll need to gather these 10 must-have packing supplies:
Boxes (of course) in various sizes
Having boxes is an obvious one, but it is also important to have boxes of various sizes for even weight distribution. There’s no sense in packing moving boxes if they are way too heavy for any human person to lift it. Use smaller boxes to pack heavier items like books or kitchen appliances and use larger boxes to pack lighter items like pillows and sheets. This will provide better weight distribution and handling to those having to lift and carry the moving boxes.
Many people underestimate the importance of taking the time to bubble wrap fragile items. Throwing them in with clothing and sheets is not good enough protection for fragile items. They can still get crushed by heavier boxes, get rattled up during transport, and break. Taking the time to bubble wrap your fragile items could just mean the difference between your beautiful vase making it or breaking it.
Plastic shrink wrap
Wrapping your furniture with plastic shrink wrap can be that extra layer of protection against dings, scratches, or tears.
Kraft wrapping paper
You’ve probably resorted to a newspaper to wrap or separate kitchenware. Well kraft wrapping paper is used for the same purpose except it is cleaner and you won’t have to wash black smudges off your dishes once you’re moved in. The strategic thinking is probably starting to set in. Especially if you’ve moved before and it wound up a disaster, things all over the place, things broken or lost. Taking the extra time and effort, in the beginning, can really save you a lot of headaches throughout the process. Alright, on to the next tip!
Permanent marker for labelling
Talking about organization, right? It doesn’t matter if you’re moving into a small size condo or a three-story townhouse, it’s a major benefit to label your boxes room by room. The last thing you need is dishware in your bathroom when you’re scrambling for towels.
Moving blankets are super important for moving large pieces of furniture, whether it is to slide them out and protect the floor beneath it. And also to protect it from scratching when squeezing through tight quarters and door frames.
Furniture cushions can be used to stack furniture in the moving truck and providing that layer of cushion so that the furniture is not scratching against each other.
Heavy-duty packaging tape
You’ll need a roll or two or three of heavy duty packing tape to really seal and secure those boxes. Test it out before actually packing the boxes to check the durability. If you can, use a tape dispenser to make it go a lot easier and faster, it can be frustrating to keep track of the end of the roll with clear tape.
Large size ziplock bags
Use ziplock bags to keep your knick knacks and other loose items secured so that they’re not rolling about and spilling while they are being moved.
Large plastic trash bags
Never take any junk with you to your new home. Packing is the perfect opportunity to sort through things that you no longer need. Use large plastic trash bags to collect garbage or to collect items for donations. You’ll be glad you have them when you need them! They can really help to keep the area organized while your packing up all of your things.
If you’re moving some or all of your belongings into a self-storage unit, most storage facilities will provide basic packing supplies 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.