Making the most of your storage space requires some thought and careful planning. Sure, you can just see how much fits into your new space and then throw the rest into some random storage facility. But when it comes time to find your things again, it can be a real headache to locate what you are looking for. Taking the time on the front end can make it easy to avoid these kinds of hassles and utilize your space in the most efficient way.
When considering storage rental, several factors come quickly into play. How much do you have that needs stored? How often will you need to access these things? But once you have selected the appropriate sized facility there are some simple ways to make the most of your space.
Think Future. Pack your boxes not only by room but also by potential future use. If you are packing birthday decorations, put the candles and the streamers and the balloons all in the same place, even if they lived in different rooms before they were packed.
Avoid Excuses. Try not to keep things “because I may use it someday”. It is easy to fill a storage space with useless items. If it’s not a keepsake for family memory or it will be used within the year, it may be time to let it go.
Create a Solid System. Number as well as color code your boxes. The number allows you to use the box again without crossed-out markings all over the box. Keep an indexed list of what is in each numbered box. The more detailed the indexed list, the more you will appreciate it when you need to find that kitchen mixer 2 months from now.
Pack Light. Fill the majority of your boxes in a size of box and to a maximum weight that you can comfortably move by yourself. This will help you to avoid having to recruit friends to help out when you need to get something out of your storage.
Give Yourself Some Room. Part of fully utilizing space is the ability to actually move within it. Select a storage unit that is not only big enough for your things but also large enough to leave an aisle between rows to be able to get to that box you need in the back without climbing over other boxes.
Anyone who has ever moved a valuable collection of anything knows it can be both problematic and anxiety ridden. But when it comes to getting your wine collection from point A to point B, there are some simple and effective ways to insure that your beautiful bottles and their delicious contents arrive in perfect order.
Calculate the Value. The best way to figure out the monetary value of your collection is by working with an appraiser. If you haven’t used one before, we recommend checking with your favorite local wine merchant, insurance company or realtors. It is also good to take a few photos of your more precious vintages.
Check the Laws. Some states have “dry laws” and or restrictions on how much alcohol can be brought into their state for personal consumption. Finding this information out on the front end can help to avoid hassles when crossing state lines.
Think Temperature. Many experts argue that the most important aspect of wine transport is temperature. A fluctuation of more than approx 5 ?F can pull air into the bottle and compromise its integrity. Ideally, wine should be stored at 55 ?F at a 70% humidity level. This is an important aspect to consider during transit. While avoiding moving your collection during the hottest and coldest seasons of the year is valuable, you may also consider scheduling a climate controlled van.
Package Properly. Corked wine should be packed on its side or upside down during your move. It is also recommended to allow it a few weeks to sit so that the sediment can re-adjust and the wine can return to its natural pre-moving state of grape filled glory.
Dish Packs are boxes that are specially reinforced for packing china, breakables and other fragile items. These constructs are made of stronger and thicker cardboard specifically designed to absorb the shock of travel. Often they include cell dividers within the compartments and foam pouches to protect your glassware. At Exodus we are proud to stock these special boxes for your convenience.
Please don’t forget to tape and close all of your boxes completely and securely. This makes for easy stacking and quick loading when the moving team arrives. Another good idea is to color code boxes when labeling them such as blue for bathroom, red for kitchen etc. This allows for quick location identification when it comes time to unpack.
No matter what the circumstances or situation moving can be tough and always seem to be at a bad time. There are a number of factors to consider when it comes to making a move and getting out of dodge. Before you hastily pack up some boxes and get into a new place, make sure that you are moving the best time for you and/or your family.
When we are talking about kids we are talking about a school schedule: their life. Kids do really well on schedules and given expectations and routines. Taking them straight out of their routine at school and then tossing them into a completely new schedule can be daunting and painful for a child. If this sounds like you, consider planning your move around the school calendar so that your kiddos can have the least amount of pain and transition with ease. Summertime is a great opportunity to move with kids, as for the most part there is good weather nationwide and they are out of school.
A time NOT to move would be on holidays. Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving or Ramadan is all holidays that include family. Use them to spend time with family, not to pick up your life and shift. Not to mention that resources and people are just not readily available these dates. Instead, why not move right after a holiday to make the holiday itself a time of goodbyes and farewells to family and friends. It is important to plan this special time for yourself and the people in your life that you care for most.
Another less ideal time to move would be wintertime. Besides the obvious: snow storms and blizzards, hail and wind, wintertime has a slew of other issues when moving. Factors like your items freezing/getting damaged because of the weather are a large risk when moving at this time. Also, when you consider what kind of freezing and thawing process may happen as a result of climate change from one location to the next, ultimately resulting in water damage.
No matter where you move or what you have to take with you, taking the time to consider the dates of your move could be the breaking point between a successful move and a disastrous attempt.
Many people like to either move before their things arrive to their new destination or have no choice-they must be out and their things have their own time schedule. If this is you, it is incredibly important to have what I like to call an essentials box packed away just for you, that you bring along in the initial trip. This will save you money, headache and time—bring your essential home items with you!
This is an unofficial list. If you find that there are things on this list that are missing, please feel free to comment , as people all have different ideas of what essentials are.
I can’t leave my old home to my NEW home without:
- Toilet Paper
- Dish soap
- Dishtowel and dishcloth
- All-purpose cleaner
- Garbage bags
- Portable tool kit
- Instant coffee
- Paper Towels
- Mug, plate, fork, knife, spoon for each member of the family
- Toaster or small toaster oven
- Jar of pasta sauce and pasta (or some easy food item for one dinner and lunch)
- Unopened small jar of jam/peanut butter
- Snacks (healthy preferable—less stress!)
- Beverages (water, juice)
- Pet food and dishes
- All-purpose cutting knife
- Scissors/box cutter
- Small emergency kit
- Shower curtain
- Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothbrush, floss, and paste
- A change of clothing and towel for each member of the family.
- Important records such as medical records, passports, leases, financial information, etc.
What you know from moving in the past or from reading this blog, is that moving can be daunting, and has a big need for organization. The minute that you decide that you are going to move, is the minute that you can begin the process. Below are a few key elements to remember and to implement in your moving process.
Talk talk talk. Talk to your moving company, talk to your family, talk to your friends, talk to your job (whether relocating or moving to a new job). Communication keeps relationships with people open flowing and healthy, use this element the same here. Treat your move like a relationship. When the people in your life know exactly what, where, when, who and why the process becomes free flowing and much easier to transition in and out of.
Talk to your new and old electric companies, your new and old landlords, make sure that everyone that you are financially obligated to has a full understanding of your payment plan, day of shut off or turn on, etc. You don’t want to be paying for utilities you are not using….or to not have them when you arrive from a long arduous trip.
Make a moving checklist that you hand out to all family members. This list will have individual tasks and overall goals and deadlines that the family will need to abide by. Organization is the key to a successful and stress free move. If you have young children you can have them begin sorting toys and books out at this stage, to help you pack them up when moving day approaches.
The key rule in packing? It’s never too early to start packing. Continue packing each day if you are moving yourself, or readying your house for the movers.
Having everyone that will be impacted by this move in full understanding of the agenda and timeline will not only save you stress, but save you money. Pack and organize early, to fully prepare yourself for the big day.
1. Think about location when selecting your storage. Where, how easily must it be accessed, how often will you need to access?
2. Try to fill the boxes to the top when packing, even if it’s just with padding and old, crumpled newspapers. Boxes that are only half-filled tend to collapse if anything’s placed on them.
3. If you’re storing a refrigerator in your unit leave the door ajar. This will prevent mold from growing inside.
4. If loading your own unit – leave walk ways in the middle and near the walls of the unit, for access and air flow.
5. Putting pallets, milk crates, or plastic storage bins on the floor of the unit will eliminate the risk of water damage.
6. Full service storage options allows for the unit to be packed professionally; with the blankets, plastic wrap, straps, and all the protection in place during storage.
7. Ask about climate controlled storage. This is best for leather furniture, candles, oil paintings, sensitive electronics, plasma or LCD televisions, records, or any highly sensitive antiques that could be damaged with humidity and heat.
8. Always keep your personal / high value items with you. Don’t store expensive jewelry, identification / personal documents, weaponry (guns and ammo), etc.
9. Empty any gas run equipment before storing, including lawn mowers, trimmers, etc. Just let them run until they are out of juice the last time you use the tools.
10. Don’t store liquids (especially cleaning supplies with harsh chemicals). In the changing temperatures, liquids have the opportunity to freeze, heat, and spill on your keepsakes. If you MUST store liquids like shampoo or lotion (non hazardous) be sure to put them in a zip lock bag and store in a plastic bin.
11. Self Storage? Ask about security measures at the location; cameras? Security guards? Gated area? Code and Key access?
12. Might need to get to it? Put these items closest to the door for easy access.
13. Label. Label. Label. Know what is in each box, in case you need to get to it during storage and so you know where the box goes when you move into your new residence.
14. Use blankets, sheets, and tarps to protect your goods from dust in storage.
15. You are better off renting a smaller unit that is filled or packed to near the top (”high and tight” as they say in the industry), rather than renting a larger unit and only filling the floor area (”floating” per indsustry lingo).
16. Let Exodus Help you do the rest…