Moving is almost universally renowned as being a pretty stressful experience. The prospect of moving to a new place can be exciting and exhilarating, but the process of moving itself, siphoning through all your old junk, and deciding what you want to keep and what you want to discard; that’s the part people dread the most. Luckily, services such as Self Storage Wollongong can help make the moving experience a little more manageable by offering safe, accessible storage options for those few items you want to keep but may not have room for.

Here at Self Storage Wollongong, we are committed to ensuring you have the best self-storage experience possible, so here are a few tips for how to go about using our services:

Pack Heavy Items in Smaller Boxes

a person stacking hardcover books inside a cardboard box

Be sure to pack heavier items such as books or vinyl records in smaller boxes. This might seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how many times people forget to account for the cumulative weight of thirty to forty books in a single box.

Handle the Boxes with Care

a couple moving cardboard boxes as they move home

When handling heavier boxes, always bend at the knees and keep your back straight. If you are familiar with the deadlift weightlifting exercise, the same principles used in deadlifting should be applied here. If you are not familiar with this technique, a good visual representation of proper box lifting form should be offered on YouTube or Google.

Pack Lighter

a woman making a list of things to pack for moving

Pack lighter, more cumbersome items in bigger boxes. A good general rule of thumb is to pack boxes in such a way that the smaller, heavier items are packed in the smaller boxes, and the larger, lighter items are packed in larger boxes. This allows for an optimum box-to-weight ratio so that you can pack the most into a box without making it too heavy.

Use Sturdier Boxes for your Furniture

boxes prepared for packing the furniture in a living room

When packing your storage unit, use heavier boxes and solid furniture items such as dressers as “base” and stack your lighter items on top of that. The reason for this is that it saves space, because while you can stack lighter items on top of larger, heavier items such as dressers, obviously you will not be able to stack the heavier items on top of the lighter boxes. For this reason, when packing your unit, it may be helpful to set aside your lighter items and wait until you have a stack that is relatively high and place your lighter items on top of that.

Use Bubble Wrap

person wrapping up glasses

When packing fragile items, larger boxes may not be ideal, especially if you will be packing heavier non-fragiles along with them. The best way to pack fragiles is to pack them with other fragiles, using materials such as white paper or bubble wrap to ensure their safety.

To expedite the moving process, you may want to think through what you want to have access to in the near future before your arrival to your storage unit at Self Storage Wollongong, keeping those items toward the front of the unit.