Whether you’re moving, renovating or decluttering – or perhaps getting ready to have visitors over the festive period – and are getting ready to pack up some of your belongings here are a few tips to help.  Whether you’ve made room in your garage, up in the attic – or you want a bit more space and peace of mind with a self-storage unit – packing well will ensure your belongings are safe and you make the best use of the space.

However, packing can feel daunting but, with careful planning and consideration, and with the help of our top packing tips and domestic storage services, you can make the process a lot smoother.

Choose the Right Box

It’s important that you choose good quality boxes to keep your possessions safe and sound. A durable and sturdy box will help you to make the most of your storage space as well, since you will be able to stack the boxes safely on top of each other.

In addition, you will want to choose the right box sizes. At Smart Storage, we offer a variety of boxes and packaging materials and our friendly staff can help you too, so you can pick the best size box for your belongings. We also have specialised boxes for fragile items such as TVs and mirrors.

Put the Heavy Items on the Bottom

This is one of the most important storage tips. Putting heavy items on the bottom of boxes means that you make a stable base and can then place your lighter or more delicate possessions on top of them without damaging anything.

Use Vacuum-Sealed Bags

If you’re storing bulky items, such as blankets or towels, vacuum seal them to ensure they’re not taking up too much space. By doing this, you can store several items in the same box and free up space in the unit, garage or attic for more of your belongings.

Vacuum pack for clothes

Don’t Overload the Boxes

Your boxes shouldn’t be so full that you can’t lift them comfortably; in fact, they should retain their square shape and be able to easily close without using force. Equally important is to make sure you’re not underfilling the boxes, since that will make it difficult to stack them (they can get crushed under the weight of heavier boxes if this is the case).

Close All Boxes with Tape

Instead of just folding the boxes close, tape them to ensure they remain secure. Good quality tape is also crucial, because it will keep the structure of your boxes intact and protect your belongings.

Use Small Boxes for Heavy Items

If you have many heavy items to store, make sure you’re not packing them into one big box. Otherwise, the box will too heavy for you to carry and of course, it could break as you move it. Split your possessions over small boxes that are easy to carry.

Protect Your Furniture

To keep your furniture in top condition, cover and pad every piece with protective materials. This will keep them safe from scratches, breakages and other damages, as well as free from dust.

Make Note of the Stacking Direction

If you’re packing delicate items such as glasses or picture frames, the last thing you want is to, accidentally, open the box the wrong way around or store it incorrectly. To prevent this, mark the stacking direction of the boxes, so you know how to store them.

putting books into boxes

If you’re moving or your attic or garage aren’t an option, Smart Storage has many units available across the North West, perfect for your storage needs – however big or small. At each of our stores, we provide a full range of boxes and packing materials – we deliver them too; 24/7 security system; clean, private storage units, free use of trollies to make moving in easy and very flexible contracts. With self-storage in Liverpool, self-storage in Preston, self-storage in the Wirral, self-storage in Warrington, self-storage in Widnes and self-storage in Altrincham, we’re confident we can help you find what you’re looking for.