Packing Supplies in Calgary
The right packing supplies make your move that much easier. At Downtown Self Storage we have everything you'll need to keep your valuables safe and sound during transportation with our moving supplies in Calgary. Visit us in Calgary for mattress covers, boxes, tape and more.
Pack Smart, Save Space
Before you start, gather your boxes, bubble pack, white packing paper, tape, marking pens, drop cloths (old sheets work well), mattress and furniture covers (available on-site).
Begin packing seldom used articles ahead of time so you won't have to pack everything at the last minute. Remember to keep needed medication, keys, phone numbers and other important documents in a separate overnight case or something accessible to keep with you.
- Plan the use of your space. Place items or boxes you will need access to near the front. Allow for a path to the rear of the unit.
- Make an inventory of items as you pack. Label boxes with numbers on all four sides and the room it belongs to. Keep content lists in a safe place.
- A uniform box size makes stacking easier. Be sure to use strong boxes. Don't over pack, you want to get a lot in a box but in such a way that nothing gets crushed. Come moving day you will be lifting lots of boxes, 20 to 25 lbs. is the limit. Try to use a box for all your items—keeps your valuables clean and less likely to be damaged.
- Stack lighter more fragile items on top. Make sure to mark boxes "FRAGILE", especially if you are having friends help you move.
- Dishes and glassware should be wrapped in white packing paper (newspaper is very dirty to work with). Cushion each box with crumpled paper on top, bottom and between layers. Mark the boxes "FRAGILE"
- Store mattress and box spring on long edges. "Prop" if necessary so they stand straight. Mattresses should be wrapped for protection.
- Sofas and loveseats can be stored on end to save floor space. Cover with old sheets or blankets. Do not place heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture. Loose cushions should be removed and stacked alone and covered with sheets or blankets.
- Pictures, mirrors and tabletop glass should be wrapped with bubble paper or moving blankets and crated. Mark the boxes "FRAGILE". Stand straight up - NEVER flat.
- Appliances should be thoroughly cleaned and dried prior to going into storage. Freezer and refrigerator doors should be propped open - you can use a magazine or empty paper towel roll taped to the door.
- Furniture with drawers offer you a place to store linens, blankets and towels.
- Furniture with legs like kitchen tables can be disassembled to save space. Put the screws in a small zip lock bag and tape it to the bottom of the item.
- Brooms, mops, long handled garden tools (rakes, shovels, etc.) can be tied or taped in bundles. Clean, empty garbage cans make excellent storage holders for this type of item.
- If possible, store electronic equipment in their original boxes. If you can't, pack each item separately. Coding wires with tape will make re-installation a lot easier. Back up important diskettes. We advise checking the manual for any special moving instructions.
- Lamp bases should be wrapped in padding. Place lampshades in separate cartons and remove bulbs.
- Clothes should be hung loosely in wardrobe boxes.
- Records - pack vertically in small boxes to keep weight down. Albums should be separated with corrugated paper or cardboard to cushion.
- Books should be packed flat - once again do not overload boxes.
DO NOT STORE ANYTHING COMBUSTIBLE: Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, etc. Some local fire stations accept hazardous goods from homeowners. They do not accept commercial hazardous goods.
DO NOT STORE PRESSURIZED OR TOXIC MATERIALS NOR LIQUIDS OR AEROSOLS THAT MIGHT SPILL OR BURST.
DRAIN OIL OR GAS FROM ALL MACHINES, LARGE OR SMALL, PRIOR TO STORAGE.
STORAGE OF FRAGRANT ITEMS OR AROMATICS IS PROHIBITED. STORAGE OF FOOD, PLANTS OR LIVING THINGS IS PROHIBITED.