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Choosing Boxes

Selecting the right storage location is an important step in the moving process. However, one can’t overlook the importance of making sure your items are safe and properly protected both during and after the move. Having the peace of mind that comes with knowing your furniture, household goods, and valuables are properly protected is dependent upon the boxes and packaging materials that you choose. While old, “second hand” boxes may be cheap and easily accessible, many storage renters find that it wasn’t worth saving money on inexpensive supplies after their items get damaged or destroyed due to cheap or improper packing material.

After selecting your storage facility, your next step is ensuring that your items are packed safely to prevent damage while they’re in storage. Most people who are moving will simply use old boxes from grocery or liquor stores, which is fine for a quick move door to door. Be cautious, however, because the integrity of many of these boxes are weak from having been broken down already. Most of these boxes have some kind of compromising issue from water damage or contamination from bugs or food. Additionally, the varying sizes of these boxes can make effective storage more difficult for the average renter. Purchasing new boxes may seem like an unnecessary expense, but in the end, buying higher-quality boxes can be a great investment in protecting your valuable items. After all, if it’s important enough to store it, shouldn’t it be important enough to protect it?

Purchasing boxes has many advantages, including saving time since you’ll be getting all your packing material in one trip rather than having to hunt down boxes at multiple stores. Additionally, when you purchase boxes, the sizes you need are easier to find and are standardized (Small to Extra-Large). If you have special items that require a specialty purpose storage container, you will be able to purchase or order specialty boxes from your local storage facility. All of the My Austin Storage locations have many box sizes to choose from to help our customers get the right fit for their move. We recommend using boxes that are of similar size and shape to make stacking and organizing your storage unit easier.

Stacking your boxes effectively and taking advantage of the vertical space in your unit will allow you to make the best use of your space. New boxes tend to be sturdier with less risk of collapse, thus keeping your fragile and valuable items safer. If you’re using a moving company, they can sometimes require the use of high-quality and properly sealed boxes. Subsequently, if yours are flimsy, they may decide to repack your boxes for you and charge you for this additional service. Make the best use of the space inside your boxes — fill them so as not to waste space but be careful about overfilling or trying to “stuff” boxes. If you attempt to utilize every last inch inside a box, you can create boxes that are too heavy to be stored safely and you risk crushing other boxes and items around them.

Make use of packing material like Styrofoam and tissue paper to fill empty space — this helps prevent unnecessary movement within the boxes and shifting. Shrink-wrap is also a popular packing accessory used when moving furniture to keep cabinets, doors, and drawers closed and secure during your move. It’s also good at preventing water or dust damage to desk tops. Canvas sheets are also recommended for covering furniture, and long term storage of upholstery items such as mattresses, couches, and chairs. Plastic covers are good for short term storage but if left for long periods can promote mold growth by trapping moisture.

Self storage facilities like Pond Springs Mini Storage and Ben White Mini Storage, as well as packing and shipping stores, have a large selection of materials you can utilize to safely store your items. Ask the manager at your Self Storage Unit to recommend places to get supplies, as well as unique ways to organize your unit to maximize your space.