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Tucson, AZ Packing Tips

Below are a list of packing tips to help you throughout your moving process. Use these as a guide to prepare your belongings and to organize your items within your unit.

 

 

  •  Rent the smallest amount of space you will need and pack the unit full in order to save money.
  • Start by gathering as many boxes as you think you will need, as well as tape, markers, and packing material like foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper, and towels.
  • If possible, try to use uniform sized boxes for easy stacking.
  • Make an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place, like at home or in a safe deposit box away from the unit.
  • Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.
  • Place your items on 2’x4’ boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor has the possibility of becoming cold and damp.
  • Plan your storage space. Place items that you may need to access often in the front of your storage unit.
  • Caution! Do not store anything combustible, like paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.
  • Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.
  • Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top.
  • Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. It’s best to not put too much in each box.
  • List contents of boxes on all four sides. Then number the boxes and seal with tape.
  • Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack these boxes on top.
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “fragile,” then stacked on end.
  • Furniture with drawers can be utilized as storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, and more. Wrap them in tablecloths, towels, or blankets to prevent breakage.
  • Larger appliances make excellent packing cases for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.
  • Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit.
  • Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other to save space.
  • Table that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.
  • Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Wrap cushions in plastic and place on top of sofas.
  • Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.
  • Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.
  • If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. Otherwise they tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.
  • Wipe any items made of metal (like bikes, metal tables, and tools) with machine oil to prevent rusting.

 

 

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