When using a storage unit for your valuables in St. Charles, it’s important to property pack and stack to prevent accidents and damage. According to an article by The Korea Herald, Spring is the traditional time for cleaning, organizing and cleaning up life’s clutter. But anytime of the year is a good time to put extra things in a climate-controlled storage unit. The article points out the physical and psychological benefits of decluttering as a lifestyle trend. In fact, one of the most popular books in Japan is “Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism.” So, as part of “organization therapy,” consider the best ways to place your possessions into a storage unit. After packing them carefully and labeling your items, take extra steps to avoid damaging clothing, glassware, antiques and sports equipment as well as holiday décor such as fragile ornaments.

Making sure boxes are full

When packing, make every attempt to fill up the boxes. If there is any extra space in the box or a lot of empty space, use crushed newspaper or packing peanuts as filler. Filling up the box gives you greater peace of mind if you are worried about items getting crushed or smooshed.

Buying uniform boxes

When buying or collecting boxes for storage, try to use uniform sizes. Although reusing old boxes is tempting, older boxes often have roach infestations. If you find boxes at grocery stores, it’s possible the boxes held produce along with bugs. Buying boxes that are the same size means the corners will line up.

Stacking your boxes right

When stacking your boxes, make every attempt to put the heavier boxes at the bottom of the pile. The lighter boxes can lay on top. It makes common sense, but sometimes people are in such a hurry to move that they don’t take the time to create a support system with boxes. You don’t want your stack of boxes to collapse.

Putting only a few boxes on top of each other

Instead of creating a stack of boxes that reaches the ceiling, aim for shorter stacks. Don’t put so much weight in a single stack that you crush boxes with shoes and other wardrobe items. Also, it’s not smart to put heavy furniture on top of boxes because of the excessive weight.

Other tips include protecting your boxes from any sources of moisture. So, never pack liquid items that could leak such as shampoo bottles or old soda cans. If you do need to pack liquid items, place them in tightly sealed plastic containers.

Tolstoy, the famous Russian writer, once said, “Spring is the time of plans and projects.” But don’t wait until spring to finish your spring cleaning and decluttering. At Storage Masters, we assist customers in St. Charles, MO, as they declutter their lives. For more tips on how to pack and stack, please call us today.