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Part 2 - The Process Of Moving All Your Questions Answered

Pack Up Your Goods

Before you start packing you may want to know that now is the time to get rid of all the extra clutter around the house that you don’t need or don’t often use. This will ensure that you don’t pay for packaging, transport and storage that you don’t need. It’s time to be honest with yourself and get rid of the clutter you are no longer going to use:

  • Be ruthless; if there is an item that you had forgotten about or have not used in more than a year, chances are you are not going to need it again. It is time to sell it, throw it away or donate to charity. For those items you really do not want to part with, putting them in a self storage unit is a great solution

  • Many charities need items for those less privileged and would be delighted to receive what you don't need. And think of the benefit of knowing you have helped someone else

  • Be disciplined and begin a "one-in-one-out" policy. For each pair of shoes or item of clothing you add to your collection make sure you take one out

  • Have a yard sale or sell your goods online. Not only will this generate extra cash but it will free up space in your home/office for packing the items you do want to keep


Now that you have removed some of the unwanted materials it is time to get packing. Packing all your possessions into boxes for storage can be a strenuous activity and getting them back out even more so. Here are a few tips to make sure your packing goes smoothly.



  • Pack heavy items into smaller boxes. This will ensure that your boxes are not too heavy to move and your valuables don't fall out of the bottom. For example books should go into smaller boxes and you can pack your linen or seasonal clothes into larger boxes

  • Stack boxes of the same size together with the heaviest boxes at the bottom. By putting heavy items on top your boxes will bend and damage your goods

  • Mark each box by room, this will make it easier to identify what you want when you are unpacking your unit. You should label all four sides for easy identification. Another helpful tool is to create a basic map of how your self storage unit is packed so you can get to the box you want quickly

  • Don't leave any space in the box. If you are packing crockery then fill the spaces with foam chips or bubblewrap. This prevents movement and thus avoids breakages

  • Choose sturdy boxes of a uniform size. This will ensure your valuables are protected and allow you to stack them correctly. Click here to visit our packaging page for the boxes available to you

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If you are finding all of the packing too daunting don’t forget you have other options available to you. Most removals companies offer a full packing service for a fee. You can also contact the Professional Organiser Association Africa. This is a group of people dedicated to simplifying your space and life.

Michelle Williams from Sorted is a professional organiser for home and business and is well aware of the benefits of sorting out your clutter. "SORTED, Professional Organising, is here to assist you in the process of de-cluttering, introducing systems that are tailor made to suit your lifestyle and increase the flow and balance in your home or business. And if you have things that you really can't get rid of, then SORTED will find practical and efficient ways to store your goods."

Posted by Stor-Age Self Storage - 28 April 2011 | Tips And Hints