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How to pack your precious items for storage

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The thing about valuable items is that…well, they’re precious. Fine china can easily be cracked, vases can be shattered, mirrors can be reduced to bits of glassornaments are delicate, and heirlooms can be quickly turned into dust. Since you probably want to preserve these delicate possessions and the possibility of breaking always exists, you are in the right place. You will have to follow these tips from our Purple Heart Moving Group experts to be proactive and protect your breakable belongings properly. Here are a couple of tips on how you can pack your precious items for storage in the safest possible way.

Man and a woman packing
When packing, place the heaviest, sturdiest breakables at the bottom and the most fragile at the top.

1. First, save the best for last

First of all, you should pack up everything else before you start to pack your precious items for cheap storage Florida. Packing valuable items generally take a longer time than packing less delicate items. To ensure that you have enough time to properly care for your most important belongings, pack up everything else first. Only then you will be able to properly focus on these high-quality items.

2. Use the correct packing supplies

Make sure you pack your precious items for storage into the appropriate sized box. Don’t try to stuff these important items into a large moving box that could easily become overloaded and heavy. When packing kitchen items like dishes, cups, and other small items, put them into a dish pack. Dish packs are boxes that are specially made for packing your precious items for storage. They consist of thicker cardboard and often contain divider inserts to help absorb the shock of any sudden movements.

3. How to pack your precious items for storage like a pro?

When people load boxes into a moving truck or storage unit, they usually stack them several boxes high. However, by doing this, you could easily damage your belongings if you don’t hire Florida movers who can properly protect them. Start to pack your valuable items for storage by filling each box with a soft bed of newspaper, tissue paper, or packing paper to cushion everything. We recommend lining each side of the box with the paper you’ll crumple to increase shock absorption.

  • Firstly, the top and bottom of the box, in particular, should each have about 6 inches of that paper.
  • Secondly, you should also place an additional layer of cardboard on the top and sides.
  • Try to slightly overfill the box with cushioning so that you can’t easily push it down after taping it closed.
  • If you can hear the items clunking or rattling in the box when it’s full, you haven’t put in enough packing paper to prevent damage.
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Nobody will take care of your valuable, breakable property as you will.

4. When you pack your precious items for storage make sure you fill up empty spaces

Make sure to pack the box tightly and fill empty spaces with packing paper or other items to absorb shock. You can nest smaller wrapped items within larger items to offer more support and pack the box tighter. You can also use other items such as 2-liter plastic bottles, packing peanuts, or rigid Styrofoam to help support breakable items and increase shock absorption.

5. Wrap it up

  • The key to protecting your valuables is to wrap each piece individually.
  • Place items in an upright position on a sheet of paper.
  • Thoroughly wrap the item in cushioning and put another sheet of crumpled paper inside.
  • Items such as jars or vases should be tightly packed with paper to keep them safe.
  • You can wrap thin glassware or very delicate items in several layers of bubble wrapping to offer increased protection.
  • Dish packs often come with dividers inserts that separate item and also offer greater protection.

6. Bring on the tape when packing your precious items for storage

Only use packing tape to tape up boxes as it is wider and stronger than other types of tape. Ensure that your boxes are set up and taped properly. You should tape the bottom of the box and up the sides to about 1/3 of the distance to the top of the box. You can use additional tape to make sure the ends are securely shut and the box is square.

7. Try to move and pack your precious items for storage yourself

While you should always make sure to advise moving professionals on which items are fragile and properly marking each box, there is no better way to make sure that your important items stay in one piece than to move them and/or store them yourself. If you are moving locally and decide that you don’t have the time to pack or money to hire someone to move them, then you can always move them yourself. Depending on your needs, you will have to have decided what items to pack for long-term or short-term storage. But you should create an inventory list either way:

  • Create a detailed list of all the belongings you plan to store.
  • Remember, it’s easy to forget what you have in your storage space in the middle of a stressful and chaotic relocation.
  • Make a few copies of this list and keep them in various safe places. You can also keep an electronic copy of the inventory list online for quick reference.
  • A detailed inventory list becomes quite useful in case your possessions got damaged by a natural disaster. If that ever happened, the contents list would help you file an insurance claim.
Cardboard box on a bed for you to pack your precious items for storage
In most cases, clean plastic bins are the best storage containers you can get.

Get proper storage containers

To be able to pack your items for storage, you’re going to need the right types of supplies! Get proper packing boxes to keep your things protected for the duration of the storage period:

  • Consider getting brand-new cardboard boxes that are strong enough to keep your things safer for longer. Purchase sturdy boxes of similar sizes. They will be easier to stack up which means you’ll utilize better the vertical space of your storage unit.
  • Inspect your supplies carefully for any signs of damage, especially if you plan to use second-hand boxes.
  • All storage boxes must be completely dry and sturdy, with zero signs of infestation.
  • Whenever possible, you need to use strong plastic bins to store your things. They are more expensive than standard cardboard boxes but will last you for many years. They also provide a much better level of protection for your belongings.
  • Never pack your items in plastic bags. Plastic traps moisture and humidity and can cause mold and mildew to grow with time.