Packing can be a pain to everyone. No matter how organized you are, it’s always time consuming and it requires a certain amount of strength. That’s why it’s important to start with a plan.
In the long run, it pays to purchase the right packing materials. Sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts can be purchased at moving companies and truck-rental firms. If you don’t have these, or can’t purchase them, be sure to use plenty of crumpled paper, blankets and pillows; even clothing can serve as a buffer between breakable objects. Then, pack with a plan.
Pack one room at a time, labeling each box with a description of its contents and its destination (e.g., kitchen, bathroom). Be as specific as you can; it will make unpacking that much easier.
Keep the weight of your boxes reasonable. If possible, put heavy items in small boxes to make them easier to carry.
Don’t apply tape directly to polished or painted wood finishes. Removing the tape could ruin the surface.
Double-box fragile items and add plenty of cushioning.
These tips may not make packing any more fun, but it will make the process more efficient so you settle into your new home or apartment sooner.
While those who are rolling in money probably won’t have a difficult time deciding whether or not to hire movers, the rest of us are stuck with the same choice every time we relocate. Of course, picking up and settling in will produce fewer backaches if you hire movers, but the price tag and the added worry of whether or not your movers will be careful with your belongings can sure add to the headaches.
If keeping your move affordable is your only concern, than renting a truck and moving your own possessions is by far the best option. However, long distance moves are stressful; though hiring movers is often double or triple the cost of renting a truck, those who have gotten a good moving company and report a good experience will tell you that it is well worth every penny. On the other hand, those who hire movers that are careless or less than reliable will have a very different take on the matter. The bottom line: moving yourself is significantly cheaper for long distances, so if you’re going to pay for movers, it is in your best interests to find a reputable company.
Redondo Torrance Mini Storage welcomed community members to their first Mini Storage Art Walk on Saturday, April 11th.
Visitors admired art work from various local illustrators, graphic designers and painters. The highlight of the art walk was an original piece by Bobby Rodriguez, who created a 10’ x 18’ mural inside a storage unit.
Guests were also treated to tacos from Tacos Los 2 Amigos and a live music performance from the Barefoot Bandits.
This family friendly event had several children activities and Mini Storage also raffled off a tablet computer. The proceeds from the raffle was donated to the South Bay Children’s Health Center, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide high-quality dental and mental health services to low income children and their families.
Spring Cleaning Tips from Mini Storage
The first day of spring has come and passed. With the weather starting to get warmer and days lasting longer, it’s time to get some spring cleaning done! We at Mini Storage understand the importance of your personal items and want to help you sort and store these items safely. Below some organization tips to help make spring cleaning easier.
- Start Small
While looking at all your furniture and personal items, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have. Don’t let this scare you. Break down each room and remember that spring cleaning is not meant to be done in a day. Make this a weekend or week long project, depending on your schedule.
When breaking down the rooms, we recommend starting with your closets. These spaces are generally small and easy to tackle. Go through the items and determine if you want to keep, store or get rid of them. Have some boxes ready for the items you choose to store or get rid of and label each box appropriately.
- Prep for Warmer Months
You may think the goal of spring cleaning is to have a cleaner home. But there is more to spring cleaning than just… cleaning. Remember the seasons are changing and you’ll want to make sure your home is ready for the upcoming months. Fall and winter is hibernation season, so start by storing your blankets, holiday décor and dark colored items and add some items to brighten up your home. These include plants and décor with bright colors or patterns.
- Store your Items Safely
Don’t toss your favorite winter outfit into a garbage bag or your ornaments into a paper box. There are storage supplies for any type of item you want to keep safe. For nice clothes that need to be hung, try a wardrobe box. These boxes are tall and have a rod at the top to hang your clothes on. For more fragile items, try a plastic tote. These totes are sturdier than card board and there is a wide selection to choose from for decorations that have unique shapes. There are even file boxes if you’re looking to store some old paperwork, newspapers or magazines.
These three great tips will help make spring cleaning easier and make room for your spring items. For more information and storage advice, please visit our blog at MiniStorage.net.