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organizing your next move

As a military spouse, I have a lot of experience packing and moving. I have learned what to leave out until the very last minute and what can be put away long before the move. I have learned what will be needed the first night in the new home and what can wait several days or even weeks to be unpacked. My blog can help you get through the organizational aspects of your move. Once you are organized, everything else will fall into place and the rest of the move will be nothing more than moving boxes here and there.

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Tips For Packing Your Things For Storage

Packing your household items to put them in a storage unit can be a trying chore. However, there are ways you can make the process easier and make it so your items can be quickly and easily located in storage if you need to get to something. The tips below will make packing, storing and finding your belongings easier on you.

Make a packing chart and label boxes

List the contents of every box on a piece of paper and give each box a number. Write that same number on the corresponding boxes. This will help you know exactly where to go in order to find something after you have it packed.

It's also a good idea to label the boxes according to the rooms, so you can locate the section of the unit the box you are looking for is in. For example, kitchen boxes can be K-1, K-2, etc.

Pack boxes by function

The items you aren't going to need and don't normally touch can be packed in boxes that will go in the back of the storage unit.  Therefore, it may be easier if you label them with the last numbers on your chart.

Priority boxes can be the 1 and 2 boxes with the ones you need the least being more like 9 and 10. Try to pack the unit in a way that puts all your most needed items toward the front

Try to use boxes that are all the same size

By using boxes of the same size and shape, you will have an easier time packing the storage unit. If it's possible, you may want to pack everything in plastic storage bins. These bins will help to protect your items better while they are being stored.

The bins have tightly sealed lids that go on them and this helps to protect your items from damage. Also, they are easier to stack and have less risk of collapsing, which can damage your belongings. You can find clear storage bins that can be good for miscellaneous items because you can see right into them.

If you don't feel that you are up to packing your own items, you can hire a professional moving company to come out and do it for you. They can even supply you with the boxes, tape and moving blankets so you don't have to worry about taking care of anything.