Read our helpful guide to make packing for your move or storage a breeze.
Before you make the big move, it's a good idea to spend some time planning all your packing so moving day goes as smoothly as possible. Here is some packing advice that we hope will help you be as ready as possible. With the right preparation your move will be fast and easy.
One of the best parts of moving is that you get to organize all your belongings and get rid of things you no longer need. A good rule of thumb to follow is that if you haven't used it in a couple of years, you probably won't ever use it again. Take those old items to the Salvation Army or donate them to a needy organization.
Packing Materials You'll Need
Before you start packing, take some time to get all the tools and materials you'll need. A little advanced preparation will save you from having to run to the hardware store on moving day. Here's what you'll likely need:
- Moving boxes (It's a good idea to get a uniform size to make stacking neater.)
- Packing tape (Don't forget the tape gun.)
- Bubble wrap or packing foam
- Newspapers, old towels or other wrapping materials
- Mattress covers
- Work gloves for everyone helping
- Cardboard (Have extra on hand to separate items in boxes.)
- Scissors/box cutter knives
- Tools (You'll need some basic tools to take furniture apart, take down curtain rods, etc.)
- Sandwich bags (for appliance/furniture hardware, nuts and bolts, etc.)
- Garbage bags (To get rid of stuff you no longer want)
General Packing Tips for Calgary Mobile Storage
Although you’ll want to approach each room differently, we recommend a few general packing tips to keep in mind throughout your Calgary storage preparation. These include:
- Begin packing QuikPak storage containers as soon as soon as possible. The faster you start the faster you'll be finished.
- Reinforce boxes by taping the bottoms.
- Pack boxes tightly to avoid stacking damage.
- Make unloading easier by packing one room at a time.
- Don’t overload moving boxes. You don't want to hurt yourself or your moving companions.
- Clearly label the contents of each box to simplify organization.
- Save one or two boxes for your family essentials. Load this last for easy access.
- Store frequently used, room-specific items at the front of each QuikPak.
- Carefully wrap fragile/sensitive belongings with an appropriate protective layer.
QuikPak User Guidelines
We provide QuikPak user guidelines to prevent unexpected disasters when moving Calgary homeowners. Remember to:
- Limit each QuikPak container to its 2,000 lbs. maximum capacity.
- Distribute weight evenly inside each QuikPak storage container. Heavier items should be placed in the center.
Packing Your Den or Living Room
Larger items like living room furniture and décor often slow down the moving process. Take your time and ensure you’ve completed all necessary disassembly and protective wrapping steps. It's a good idea to prepare all your things prior to moving day.
- Save QuikPak container space by disassembling desks, shelving units and other large furniture items.
- Make sure electrical, plumbing and gas fixtures are properly disconnected by a professional.
- Unscrew light bulbs from all lamps and fixtures.
- Pack and wrap lampshades in separate boxes.
- Carefully pack wall-mounted TVs, stereos and other electronics in their original boxes if possible.
- It is best to move houseplants, fine art and other delicate or valuable items in your own vehicle.
Packing Your Bedrooms
Scrutinize each bedroom to downsize effectively. You’ll be amazed at what you can throw away or gather for donation. Those clothes and shoes at the back of the closet are perfect to finally give away. Here is some more advice that might be helpful:
- Save container space by disassembling large furniture, including:
- Bed frames
- Mattresses take a lot of space so try to get these into the container early.
- Hang all formal clothing in wardrobe moving boxes.
- Pack blankets and soft toys in the largest boxes.
- Use protective mattress covers to keep your mattresses clean.
- Never use black garbage bags for protective wrapping. You don’t want someone to accidentally trash your belongings.
- Remove drawers to make dressers lighter to carry.
- Secure furniture pads or old bed sheets around all couches, armoires, etc.
- Never lay mirrors, glass or other breakable items on QuikPak container floors.
Packing Your Kitchen
Lightweight utensils and accessories make packing kitchens a piece of cake. But, precious breakables and antique dining sets make it equally nerve-wracking. To protect your items, follow the Pak-n-Stor kitchen instructions for mobile storage in Calgary:
- Place individually wrapped plates, glasses and china inside smaller boxes. Make sure these are labeled as fragile. Keep these set aside and load them near the end.
- Stack chairs with towels or furniture pads in between the seats. Don't let wood touch wood in your packing.
- Canned goods and cookbooks are very heavy so pack them in multiple, smaller boxes.
- Pots, pans and linens can go in larger boxes.
Packing Kitchen Appliances
Appliances are often left in your old residence, if you need to move them, here is some advice to follow:
- Transfer all fridge and freezer contents into portable coolers.
- Properly disconnect all appliances. Gas stoves should be disconnected by a professional.
- Never leave trays or shelves in fridges, freezers and stoves. They may slide around, damaging the interior of your appliances.
- Defrost and dry refrigerators and freezers 24 hours before packing. If you are going to store a freezer or fridge for an extended time, leave the door slightly open to allow air inside.
- Firmly pack small kitchen appliances into boxes.
Packing Your Sensitive Documents
Protect your personal and confidential information. Pak-n-Stor advises all customers on the importance of safe, organized file storage.
- Never store personal or financial records in QuikPaks.
- Organize files and important documents in specified file boxes. A secure metal filing cabinet is your best choice.
- Clearly label the contents of each file box.
Packing Your Outdoor Items
Take caution when packing outdoor appliances and/or home and garden accessories. Chemical containers and heavy tools must be taken into primary consideration. In addition, ensure you:
- Group garage and outdoor furniture to simplify unloading.
- Drain garden hoses to prevent leaks in storage.
- Pack tools in separate small boxes.
- Make sure you lock the wheels of barbecues, tool boxes or other rolling equipment.
- Do not put propane tanks, gasoline or other hazardous materials in the storage containers.
No Hazardous Material in Calgary Storage
Don’t risk the safety of your possessions. By law, poisonous, corrosive and flammable items/liquids cannot be delivered in Pak-n-Stor storage containers. These include:
- Propane tanks
- Old paint
- Cleaning fluids
Additional Packing Tips for Calgary Mobile Storage
Review the following list for item-specific packing precautions. Properly securing your belongings will ensure they will be safe through the entire packing, storing and unpacking process.
- Photos / Lightweight Memorabilia: Pack lightweight or fragile items such as photos and clocks inside sturdy drawers. Linens
and towels provide ideal protective wrapping.
- Plates / Glassware: Individually wrap plates with newspaper or bubblewrap and ensure significant cushioning around all breakable
- Curtains / Drapes: Carefully fold drapes. Hang in a moving wardrobe box or pack neatly in dresser drawers.
- Lamps / Lamp Shades / Décor:
- Individually wrap each item and place in it's own box.
- Use packing tape and cardboard to cover both sides of large mirrors or framed décor.
- Label “fragile” on all light bulb and lampshade packing boxes.
- Nest several lampshades inside a separate box.
- Desks / Tables: Remove table legs and wrap each leg individually. Place table hardware in small sandwich bags taped to the
underside of the table.
- Bedding: Store blankets, pillows and sheets inside dresser drawers or large boxes.
- Books / Magazines: Pack books and magazines in many small boxes. They will be some of the heaviest items you'll carry.
- Outdoor Tools: Clean and bind all rakes, hoes and shovels. They can be dangerous is randomly placed in the containers.
- Appliances: Thoroughly dry all refrigerators and freezers. Leave doors ajar so air will circulate. Other appliance doors must
be shut securely.
- Wiring / Electronics: Use original shipping boxes for packing/organizing computers, printers and additional electronics when
possible. Remove all cables and wiring.