Newspaper, Bubble Wrap and Packing Peanuts, Oh My!

By Storbox Self-Storage on November 9, 2011 - Comments off

So you’re set to move. You have a moving truck ready to go and moving boxes ready to be filled with all of your belongings. Your possessions cannot all be packed the same way, however.

There are three general classes of belongings. There is the “just throw it in” class for items that are not fragile and that do not need folding (a preference to fold is different) or an immovable location. Sturdy children’s toys, blankets, towels, tablecloths, most shoes, and most clothing could fall under this class. Then there is the “not fragile, but needs to be organized” class for items that requires proper placement, stacking, and/or folding. Nicer clothing, books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, and most office materials and products could fall under this class. Finally, we have the “guard with your life” class for items that are very fragile, valuable, and/or sentimental that you, very grudgingly, even place in a box. Now, what to pack with?

Newspaper or Packing Paper

It is always best to fill in empty spots, even for “just throw it in” type belongings. For these possessions, newspaper or packing paper is perfectly suitable. Crumple it up and fill up the empty areas. Depending on what is in the box, packing paper may be the better option as the newspaper ink may stain.

Packing Peanuts

Packing peanuts are small, peanut-sized (but not necessarily peanut-shaped) pieces of Styrofoam that may be poured into a box to fill in empty spots. The best part of packing peanuts is that they move to fill in needed areas. If a box experiences some moving truck turbulence and the contents shifts slightly, so do the peanuts. Packing peanuts are great for any class of belonging, but are great in combination with bubble wrap for “guard with your life” belongings.

Bubble Wrap

First, you must fight the urge to pop the bubbles! Once that battle is won, use bubble wrap to protect and provide extra cushioning for your fragile and/or valuable items. Small bubble wrap is best for smaller items, and large bubble wrap is best for larger items or groups of items (which may also be individually wrapped in small bubble wrap). Just because it has bubble wrap around it doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t move, however. So, for extra safety, throw some packing peanuts in with them.

At STORBOX, we carry all the Pasadena moving and storage supplies you will need for an easy move, including packing paper, bubble wrap, and “peanuts.” If you have any concerns about moving or questions about storage, contact our friendly and professional staff today at (626) 793-9888. We are available 7-days a week for your convenience.

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