March 17, 2011

Think Inside the Box: Great Tips for Packing

  MARCH 17, 2011

  • Think Inside the Box
    • Packing your valuables
    • Choosing the right materials
    • Preventing damage
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      Think Inside the Box: Great Packing Tips

      Managers urge their employees to think outside the box when they need fresh, new ideas.

      But when it's time to move, forget the outside of the box. Whether you're moving across the country or across the street, what really matters is what is inside the box!

       1-800-PACK-RAT knows the best way to pack your valuable belongings, and we've got the packing materials you need. For a safe, successful move, follow our packing tips, shown below. 

      Protecting Your Valuables and Fragile Items

      • Pack breakables and non-breakables separately. That collection of porcelain birds will travel better if it's not boxed with hardcover books.

      • Use clean newsprint to wrap your items. The ink from used newspapers can damage belongings if it rubs off on them.  

      • Fill each box completely, and pack the contents tightly, so things don't shift in transit.

      • Stuff plenty of paper at the bottom and top of each box. These layers will provide a cushion if you're stacking things.

      • Ask 1-800-PACK-RAT about our special boxes for dishes, fine china, and glassware. Our cardboard dividers can help protect your grandmother's fragile tea cups or your grandfather's antique beer steins. 

      • Wrap mirrors and pictures in thick layers of clean paper. Then secure them in a flat carton and stand them on edge. 

      • Mark "fragile" on boxes containing delicate items. You may also want to write "top" and "bottom" on some containers. Always indicate where the box should go when it's unpacked—for example, "kitchen" or "bath."

      Pack Smartly and Efficiently

      • Use wardrobe cartons so you can keep your clothing on hangers during the move. This reduces the need for ironing and pressing later. 

      • Wrap lampshades in layers of paper and nest the shades together, to save space. Ask us about sturdy boxes for lamp bases, garden tools, and other heavy items.

      • Did you save the box and foam packing materials that your computer came in? Whenever possible, use original shipping cartons to re-pack electronics. Note: some computers need special handling to protect their sensitive internal components. Check with the manufacturer if you have questions.

      • Use professional packing tape.  Masking tape isn't strong enough to do the job. We have the supplies you need, including Bubble Wrap, packing blankets, and much more.
      1-800-PACK-RAT is here to help if and when severe weather strikes. In the meantime, stay safe and vigilant!


      Our Facebook community is well over 33K PACK-RATs strong and we have a lot of fun! From trivia to family photos and great tips on moving & storing.  It's a place to visit, chat and get valuable 1-800-PACK-RAT info, too! Won't you join us? The Facebook community also received a super-secret St. Patrick's day code to receive 10% off of their storage costs. Here are a few snippets from the group:

      Our Pack Rat unit #2 has just arrived when i took this picture ~ Joie via Facebook


      I'm sure you guys are AWESOME movers.........I have seen a lot of positive stuff about you guys :) ~ Emily, via Facebook

      Our swell Twitter stream (@1800PACKRAT) gives you tips you can use today and up-to-the-minute info:

      @JKWgrowth @JillDillenburg & @RalphPlumb Welcome to the Pack Rat community. We look forward to getting to know you better.

      If you are facing a #move, drafting a moving house house check list will help keep you organized #selfstorage

      @StorageLocator Keep us posted on how things go. Have a nice weekend.