Simple Moves & Storage

The Best Way to Pack a Storage Pod

When it comes to moving, the process can be daunting and stressful. When you get your moving container, it all comes down to how you pack it.

Using the tips below, you can make the packing and moving process a lot easier for yourself. Plus, at Simple Moves, we’re here to help! We can assist with all parts of your moving journey.

Maximize container space

When using pod moving containers, begin packing from the back (and pack vertically as opposed to horizontally). This may seem counterintuitive, but you will be able to safely maximize the space because you won’t be stacking items on top of each other to achieve the same effect.

Packing vertically is especially effective for larger items such as mattresses and sofas, which would take up much more room packed horizontally or flat.

Not only does effective packing and maximizing your container space help with your storage organization, but it can also lower your costs if you find that you’re able to downsize your pod moving containers (in effect, paying less).

Distribute the weight

When packing your pods for moving and storage, it’s very important to distribute the weight evenly. This goes for all sides of the container, from end-to-end and side-to-side. The best way to do this is to pack your largest and heaviest furniture/boxes first, placing them on each side of the pods moving container.

If you don’t have enough to evenly offset heavier items, pack them in the middle of the container and place items around it as you continue filling the pods moving and storage bin.

Pack your valuables and essentials separately

The last thing you want to do is be scrambling for your essential items when you get to your destination. Chances are, you will be living with boxes for at least a few days, if not a week or two as you settle into your new space.

Having your essentials right at the forefront of the container (or at least easily accessible) will do wonders for you when it comes time to unpack. Moving is stressful enough as it is; make it easier on yourself by packing essentials separately.

For your valuables, keeping them protected is a must. Pack them carefully and ensure they are in a spot that is out of sight, but not being crushed under other, heavier boxes.

Cover and protect your items

Valuables or not, all of your items should be covered and protected using plastic wrap or covers (particularly for your furniture), storage boxes and containers, packing peanuts or styrofoam, and more.

Keeping your items safe during transport – either to your new destination or to storage – will keep them protected from not only damage, but also dust, mold, mildew, rodents, and more.

The last thing you want is for your personal belongings to become damaged or ruined after they are transported or stored.

Document what goes where

Organization is key when it comes to moving. Taking the first step of renting pods moving container is great, but to make the process even easier, create an organizational flow that works for you.

It can be anything from color-coded stickers to a packing layout or anything in between. Do what works for you, will make sense to you, and that you understand.

If you’re ready to start planning, packing, and getting ready for your relocation, call Simple Moves. We are experts in moving and will help you with the process.

Give us a call at (604) 243-9646 or book an appointment online for either a local or long-distance move. We’ve got your back!