With all the work that goes into packing and moving houses, it’s no surprise that the kind of boxes you’ll be using to store items is the last thing on your mind. You may feel the urge to simply throw all your belongings into the biggest cardboard boxes available without much thought into what goes where and how you’ll be organizing them.
However, when packing anything into storage, it’s definitely wise to consider what type of bins and boxes you’ll be using. Otherwise, you could risk damaging valuables and sentimental items in flimsy boxes that easily become damaged.
If you are planning a move sometime in the near future or are in the process of packing items into storage, then read our guide below to find out what boxes you should be using for your storage needs.
Ditch the Cardboard Boxes
Your first thought when it comes to storage boxes may be the typical cardboard containers that you can find anywhere. These boxes can be convenient and readily available. They’re also usually the cheapest option. However, cardboard boxes may not be the best option for your storage needs in the long run because they are easily damaged by heat, humidity, and fluctuating temperatures.
These types of boxes can also easily attract rodents and pests, which can lead to an annoying invasion of your personal stuff. If you are absolutely sure the storage unit you are using is climate controlled, then you may be able to get away with cardboard boxes. However, to be on the safe side, it’s better to invest in plastic bins—they’ll also last longer!
Use Clear Plastic Bins
As previously stated, plastic bins are better for long-term storage use, since they won’t be easily damaged. Not only are they more durable, but they will offer more protection against the outside elements and last for multiple uses. While the cheaper options may be more tempting, plastic bins will give you the most bang for your buck, making them a more economical choice.
Make Them Stackable
Another great advantage with most plastic bins is that they are easily stackable so that you can maximize storage space. This will be especially important if you are tight on space or hoping to get more room out of your storage unit. Remember that although it isn’t good to pile boxes up too high in a storage unit, a reasonable amount of stacking can save you money and increase the space you have to work with.
When storing different items, keep in mind that certain things will be best kept in the boxes they came with or in special packaging to preserve their longevity. Items such as electronics (TVs, computers, etc.) should be stored in original packaging to prevent damage.
If no original packaging is available, you may opt for special packaging that is designed for whatever type of items you are storing. Of course, this feature will be more expensive than traditional boxes, but is well worth it to have your things protected during their time in extended storage.
Another top tip for keeping organized and economical when it comes to storage is to create labels for each bin. This makes it easier when you’re trying to find an item so that you don’t waste unnecessary time scanning each box or making a mess unpacking things to find what you’re looking for. Creating labels can be as easy as printing them from your computer or as fancy as creating custom labels with a label maker.
If you plan on storing clothing, then you may want to invest in a wardrobe with a rack so that you can hang your items. This is primarily so that they don’t crinkle, crease, and become damaged. Wardrobe boxes come in various sizes to accommodate anything from shoes and handbags to dresses and formal wear.
Consider Box Sizes
Of course, before you buy any type of boxes, you need to have size in mind. Consider what you are storing and how much room each item needs to be placed safely into a box. For example, small boxes generally hold 50 pounds worth of items, while large boxes can hold 65 pounds. When stacking, always stack lighter boxes on top of heavier ones.
While it may not seem too important which kinds of storage bins you use, it can directly impact the lifespan of your belongings. Also, when it comes to important documents, pricey furniture, expensive jewellery, and other valuables, you won’t want to risk these items becoming damaged or unusable. Don’t only choose the right storage conditions; choose the right storage boxes as well.
For more information on utilizing storage space in Toronto and the GTA, please call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here. Our representatives are experts in the storage industry and would be happy to help you in making your storage dreams come true.