Fragile items such as china plates, videogame systems, and jewelry are all potential hazards when it comes to moving them into storage and keeping them safe while they’re there. You want to keep them safe because they have value, but the process is literally a bumpy ride.
No matter how many times you write ‘handle with care’ or ‘fragile’ on a box, something bumpy is always going to happen to it – even when it’s in a storage unit. The reason most items get scuffed or broken is due to impacts and being jostled around.
This is why packing is so important. If you follow these tips, then everything will survive the trip to the storage units Hesperia facility intact, and stay that way!
The Proper Way to Pack
Not just everything can be wrapped up into paper or cloth and be called protected. Packing items is something that needs to be done with care. Wrapping your expensive items in cloth seems like a good idea, but those old towels and napkins really can’t negate impacts very well.
Instead, most people use bubble wrap, which is designed so the compressed air inside the bubbles takes the impact of any drop. Crumpled up balls of paper also serve the purpose well, as they keep the item still and absorb hits.
As long as your packing implement of choice keeps the item still and resists impacts, then it’s a good bet to put your fragile items with them.
The Meaning of Being Fragile
Marking the boxes that hold your items as ‘fragile’ or ‘handle with care’ doesn’t just keep everyone aware of what’s in the boxes, but they also help with the arrangement of the boxes in the storage unit. Having all the durable packing material in the world won’t do you any good if the box of fine china falls off the top of a stack in the storage unit.
Be sure to clearly label the boxes as fragile as well as marking the contents of the box on all four sides. That way there’s less chance that it will be mishandled when moving it around the unit.
Plastic Tubs Instead of Boxes
Large plastic containers often work better for storage than boxes. The hard plastic won’t weaken in damp, moist conditions like cardboard boxes, plus you can see what’s inside. Plastic storage bins also stack more securely than boxes. Don’t put fragile containers on the top of a stack though!
So, when it comes to storing the fragile items that you want to be protected, make sure to have the boxes or containers filled with enough packing material to keep the items still and defended. Then be sure to take weight into consideration. Don’t overload a box that sooner or later you’ll moving around in the storage unit. And remember, heavy boxes or containers should always be at the bottom of the stack.
Negating as many possible impact hazards as you can will help you keep your items safe until it’s time to bring them home again.
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