Moving and Storage Tips for The Smart, Modern Family

Do It yourself moving tips from BigSteelBox When getting ready to pack up your whole life and relocate your family, even the most up to date family can use some helpful moving and storage tips.

You are one of thousands of people who pick up and move their families into a new home or to a new city and the do it yourself moving process can be both frustrating and exciting.

There are many ways for you to make your household more prepared and organized during a DIY move. Whether you are moving long distance or to a new community in your current city, staying organized and planning early are key to having a peaceful and efficient moving day.

We have collected our best tips, tricks, and resources to help you get a jump-start on your home relocation, decide on better ways to store, and pack your belongings.

Moving and Storage Tips for a Stress-free Move

Sort And Purge Before Moving

The fewer belongings you are moving to a new house, the easier your moving day will be.

The minute you have decided to relocate your family is the moment you need to start sorting your personal items.

  • Keep aside bins or create areas in your home to sort items you want to keep, donate, sell, and recycle.

  • Set a date for a yard sale.

  • Set aside important bank records, personal documents, contracts, warranties, etc.

  • Donate old or unused clothing to a local shelter or to the Salvation Army

  • Recycle or sell old appliances, computers, and other electronics.


Set a Moving Timeline

Moving Tip: Set a Moving Timeline | BigSteelBoxOnce you have set your moving date, you should have a good idea of how long you have to complete all your moving tasks.

Create a timeline or moving to do list with monthly, weekly, and daily tasks and deadlines. Make sure to include:

  • Moving date and time

  • Deadline to collect multiple quotes from moving companies

  • Deadline to notify your service providers, post office, schools, doctors, etc. of your move

  • Date of yard sale

  • Start packing date

  • Set plans for young children and pets for moving day


Organized Packing for Your Move

Organized packing tips for Your Move | BigSteelBoxIf you do not keep yourself organized while you are packing up your stuff, it will only make things more difficult for you when you finally unpack.

Especially when moving a family, keeping track of where everything is packed and making sure valuables and important items are kept together is a hard task.

  • Start packing as soon as possible; no procrastinating!

  • Make a full inventory with value, weight, and unpacking location

  • Get the proper supplies; you will need more than you think

  • Keep similar items together

  • Keep one box of IMMEDIATE ITEMS including:

    • Hand tools

    • Cleaning supplies

    • Shower curtain and towels

    • Toilet paper and toiletries

    • Coffee maker

    • Remote controls, batteries, and extra chargers

Here are more ways to pack efficiently and keep your boxes organized.

Last Minute Moving Checklist

With all of the stress of moving day it can be easy to forget the backyard shed or to pick up the clothes from the dry cleaner's.

Make sure you are fully prepared for your trip, especially if you are moving long distance.

Remember to pack things like pillows, snacks, and games for the drive. You’ll also want to clean out your safety deposit box and keep your passports and other important documents with you.

Storage Tips and Tricks

Choose The Right Size Storage Container or Portable Storage Unit

If you need to renovate before your move or need somewhere to put your things once they are packed, make sure you get the right size storage unit for your needs. Learn more about how to choose the right sized storage container.

BigSteelBox portable storage units offer mobility (on/off site storage) and usually lower monthly rates per square foot than local storage units.

Be sure to read our blog post: Portable Storage Containers: The Way Smart People Store Stuff

What Are You Storing?

Keep in mind if you need your items to be stored in a special environment. Will your belongings be damaged if stored somewhere too hot or too cold?

Ask to make sure items like clothing, electronics, or important documents can’t be damaged if stored in the wrong environment.

When Will You Access The Storage Unit?

If you want access to your unit 24 hours a day you may need to pay extra. Consider a BigSteelBox portable storage container that can stay on your property. That way you can access the unit whenever you want and pack and repack it however you like.

Know What You Can Store

Some items you may want to store are unsafe when kept in a storage unit. Make sure you consider what limitations your storage company may have and know exactly what you are allowed to store.

Never put a questionable item in your portable storage unit and assume it is okay. Always check with the portable storage company beforehand. Learn more about storage container safety.

BigSteelBox Makes Storage Simple.

If you think BigSteelBox might have the perfect mobile storage solution to help with your local or long distance move you can easily request a quote online or give us a quick call at 1-800-373-1187. We are happy to help you!

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