When it comes time to move your items into storage, there are some specific things you can do that will make a huge difference, we will show you how to prepare items for storage. Planning ahead can help you avoid headache and aggravation down the road and can make it so much easier to remove items when needed. Here’s some ideas we’ve picked up over the years:
Related: Tips for Downsizing
· Protect your dishes by using special dish packing boxes.
· Wrap each glass, dish, and cup in its own packing paper or bubble wrap – you might also use socks for glasses.
· Plates and bowls should also be wrapped individually and stacked in boxes on their sides.
· Be sure to use plenty of cushioning at the bottom of boxes containing dishes or glasses.
· Mark boxes clearly with “fragile” and be sure to stack these boxes at the top of your storage unit.
· Take the time to wrap big pieces of furniture such as sofas and loveseats with plastic or blankets. This will keep them clean and make them easier to move.
· Stack chairs seat to seat and be sure to put a piece of cloth or paper in between the cushions.
· Be sure to cover other valuable furniture carefully with plastic or blankets.
· Store couches on end if possible to conserve space.
· Separate the legs of a table from the table when possible to save space. Wrap each leg in paper, plastic or a towel.
· Put all hardware (such as nuts, bolts, screws) into a plastic bag and tape the bag to the piece of furniture it belongs to.
Books, Files, Documents
· Careful not to overload boxes with books – you don’t want them to be too heavy.
· Use file storage boxes and hanging folders for documents.
· Be sure to label boxes accurately.
Appliances and Electronics
· First be sure that all appliances are clean and dry before storing – they can be ruined when stored with even the smallest amount of moisture inside.
· When possible, store electronics in original packaging.
· Leave refrigerator door open slightly for circulation.
· Be sure that when filling a box, you fill it completely so it doesn’t collapse.
· Use empty spaces between chairs and in the tops of dressers to store small items.
· Mattresses should be wrapped in plastic and stored on their sides.
· When storing metal items, run a few drops of oil on them to prevent rusting.
· Artwork and mirrors should be carefully wrapped in plastic or packing paper and then placed in heavy duty cardboard boxes.
Be sure to give us a call at Jones Moving & Storage if you have any questions regarding specific items. We’ve been in the moving and storing business for years and know a thing or two about prepping for storage.
For better or for worse, downsizing continues to be a fact of life for families across the Phoenix, AZ metro area. Whether you’re facing a major change in life that is forcing you to cut back and make adjustments, or whether you’re at a stage in life when you just don’t need as much as before, downsizing can actually be a refreshing new start.
Ask anyone who has downsized before and they’ll tell you…it’s not so easy! Making decisions about what stays and goes can lead to stress, sadness and even anger. One person’s treasure might literally be considered trash by someone else.
We’ve put together some helpful hints and tips for downsizing that might make some decisions easier and help you avoid a fight.
Start Early – Some people know that downsizing is coming down the road, which gives them an advantage. Now they have time to sort through their possessions and make careful decisions about what’s important and what isn’t. Others may not have that luxury. They may be under the gun to downsize immediately. We suggest you start as early as possible when it comes to deciding what stays and what goes. You’ll feel better about your decisions in the long run. Jones also provides temporary storage for their customers, so your moving process can be seamless and not overwhelming.
Room by Room – Take it one room at a time. Start with one room – take a look at everything that is in it and consider where those items will end up at your new home. This will help you put things into perspective. If you realize that all of the items in your current room won’t fit in a comparable room at your future home, you have some letting go to do.
Get Rid of Clutter – Let’s face it, we’re all guilty of having clutter in at least one space in our homes. Clutter might be one of the easiest things to let go of when downsizing. If you’ve held onto something for years hoping that you’ll someday have the time to really give it the attention it needs, downsizing is the perfect time to let that item go. The last thing you want to do when downsizing is bring clutter along for the ride. If you are planning on getting rid of any items, Jones Moving and Storage will also pick up your items to be donated, so that you will not have to worry about the extra stress of finding how to properly donate your unwanted items.
Identify What’s Most Important – It’s understandable that parting with certain items like furniture, dishes and antiques can be challenging. Stop and ask yourself what is most important in your life. This might be a good time to break out a pen and paper and make a list. When you can truly identify what is most important, you’ll find it easier to let things go that just aren’t.
Consider the Move – This is especially appropriate in long distance moves. As you look around your current home, think about what things you actually want to prepare for moving. What things do you trust will make it to your new home safely? Do you need a lawnmower if you’re moving to a house with desert landscaping? Will the heavy winter coats become clutter if you’re moving to the southwest? Now that kids have moved out, do we need to lug that old sectional across town?
Hopefully, downsizing can be a liberating experience that helps you focus on what’s most important in life. If you ever have concerns about how to safely transport a valuable item or the best way to prepare items for a long move, give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.
In a previous blog, we covered why hiring a moving company is a smart choice; now we’re going to talk about how to hire a moving company, specifically, what types of questions to ask movers to ensure you’re working with the best moving company in your area.
Question 1: How long has the moving company been in business?
This question will give you an idea of their expertise and track record. It’s important to hire a moving company that has been in the business more than a year and knows how to deal with all sorts of belongings.
Question 2: Can they provide client testimonials?
Testimonials and reviews are a great way to evaluate a business. A company that can’t provide any positive reviews, either online or on paper, is a company you should be wary of.
Question 3: Are they licensed?
All licensed moving companies that travel long distance should have a US DOT number which is issued by the Department of Transportation. This shows that they’re a reputable moving company.
Question 4: Are they insured?
Knowing that your moving company is insured will give you peace of mind. Not only should your moving company have car insurance, they should also offer some sort of moving insurance, both of which are extremely important to have.
While there are other considerations to take into account, these four questions are the most important. They will give you an idea about the company’s reputation and character. Hiring a moving company that you feel confident in and can trust to handle your most precious belongings is absolutely crucial. Don’t settle for a company that’s cheap. Spend a little extra for a company that you can be sure will get the job done right.
For licensed, qualified movers in Phoenix and the surrounding area, call Jones Moving & Storage at 602-944-1413.