The lovely Carrie Underwood said, “If you’re not nervous about it, then you don’t care about it,” or something to that general effect this morning on Good Morning America. I can’t quite remember her precise wording, but I liked what she said. Then it got me to thinking about packing and storage (obviously) and how the same rings true about moving and storing your stuff. Then I took it a step farther (yes, I have had a lot of coffee this morning so deep thinking is a must) and thought that if you pack well enough, then you can eliminate the “nervous” factor and take your worries down to a generic state of cautiousness. Remembering to do certain packing basics should go a long way when packing up to move or load your storage unit.
Some box packing basics to remember:
-It’s fantastic to reuse boxes, but make sure they are still clean and of a good quality.
-Use lots of tape when putting boxes together. Having to buy more tape is a much better problem to have than needing to repair whatever fell out of a busted box.
-Put heavier items on the bottom of boxes.
-Fill boxes completely–even if you just use crumpled packing paper.
-Label fragile boxes as “fragile” several times on the box with bold lettering.
-Individually wrap each glass or fragile item.
Some storage unit packing basics to remember:
-Leave aisles down the middle and/or down the walls of your storage unit for good air flow and easier access to your stuff.
-Put items you’re most likely to need to get to in the front of the unit.
-Break down large items whenever possible to make them more space efficient.
-Rent a climate-controlled storage unit when storing electronics, antiques, wooden furniture, or any other sensitive items.
Safety tips are part of packing basics:
-Stack boxes with the largest, heaviest boxes on the bottom.
-Use hand trucks to move heavy items.
-Access your storage unit during cooler parts of the day.
-Put a secure lock on the door of your storage unit.
-Organize boxes so you can easily walk around to avoid tripping hazards.
Even though Carrie Underwood was talking about hosting an awards show and being nervous means you care, I think the same can sort of be applied to the packing and storage process. If you follow some packing basics, you should be able to dial down your nervousness a little to a lesser level.