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Moving 101: Supplies Come First

by NW Storages on 08/11/17

Moving is not a fun time. It’s a lot of stress and a lot of work and it’s never easy.  But even a do-it-yourself move can be more organized, streamlined, and doable than you might imagine, if you have the right information. You’ll want to get the best prices on moving supplies like boxes and packing material. You’re probably going to need a self storage unit, especially if you’re  downsizing or moving into temporary digs for some reason. What about the pets in all of this? There is so much to know when you’re moving yourself, and it’s hard to keep track of all the information.

We’re here to help. We’ve got all the information you need to know to have a smooth DIY change of home, and we’re happy to share it with you. We’ll be bringing our experience and expertise to you in upcoming blog posts, so that when the time comes, you can  make your move more quickly and with less stress than you’d imagine.


Let’s start this series with the most basic unit of  moving:  Supplies. You’re going to need more than you might think, and it’s a good idea to get these together before you start packing and moving. You can often find most of these items at local stores; your local self storage facility may even offer them at a discount.


Most of the things you’re moving that isn’t furniture is going to end up in boxes. Clothes, toys, books, and most household items will need to be properly and securely boxed up to protect them during your move. Sturdy cardboard boxes are the best choice here.  Uniform sizes make loading your truck easier and faster, too.

  • For hanging clothing, wardrobe boxes are a great choice. They’re large, and they have a bar for hanging the clothes, instead of folding them flat. This will eliminate the need for ironing when you unpack your clothing; everything can go straight into your new closet. If there is room, you can pack blankets, bedding, or even coats on the bottom of the box.

  • Book boxes are specially designed to hold your books, and balance their weight. Smaller than other boxes, these containers keep you from lifting too much weight at one time. These boxes are good for other small, heavy items, such as tools and home decorations.

  • Mirror and picture boxes are important to have on hand, too. Large mirrors and framed artwork fit easily into these boxes and, add a little cushioning, and your items are well protected from damages. Remember that, even for items like this, boxes are easier to pack in your moving truck for maximum space usage.

  • Dishes and glassware have their own special boxes, too. You can find double-wall boxes with cushioning and separators to keep your things safe, from your everyday dishes to your grandmother’s china. Same goes for your barware, wine glasses, and other drinkware.

  • Don’t forget the electronics boxes. Double-walled and able to hold in excess of a hundred pounds, you’ll want these for your computers, televisions, microwaves, and game systems, among other things. These boxes come in a couple of different sizes to accommodate your needs. Electronics boxes are a must have for your flatscreen televisions.

  • Lamp boxes are what you need for those standing lamps you’ve got all over the place. Awkward to load, these lights become much more manageable when packed into a tall, narrow box made specifically to hold them. Boxed up means easier to carry and easier to pack in the truck.

  • Packing boxes from small to extra large. Again, uniformity of size helps, so sticking to, say, large and medium boxes is going to make packing and stacking much easier. Everything that doesn’t have a special type of box can go into these. If you’re not sure how many boxes you’ll need, try a packing calculator to help figure it out.

  • Items like rugs, floor mats, throw pillows, and small blankets don’t need to be boxed on their own. They are great for insulating and protecting other items, and can be used to fill gaps in the moving van as you pack it.

Other Supplies

  • Tape. Wide, strong packing tape his best for this. You want your boxes sealed completely and securely to prevent them from opening in transit and spilling their contents everywhere.

  • Labels.  Yes, you could just write on the sides of the boxes, but placing two labels - white or brightly colored - in two different places on your container will make it easier to identify the contents of a box without having to dig through it. Label as you pack, placing one label on one side of the box, and one on the opposite side.

  • Markers. At least two, and probably black. Large, chisel type tips make lettering stand out, but smaller nibs are easier to write with. Make sure not to use washable markers; you don’t want something to cause the writing to run and become unreadable.

  • Furniture covers, moving blankets and paper packing, bubble wrap, or other protective materials. Your blankets, sheets, towels, and decorative pillows can serve as insulation and furniture covers, as well.

  • Stretch wrap, in large and small rolls. Useful to keep your boxes tightly packed, to keep items like brooms and mops together, and to help secure your load in the truck. Similar to the plastic wrap you use in the kitchen, stretch wrap is extremely helpful when packing.

  • Tarps or drop cloths. These can be used to cover couches, chairs, and mattresses. They also serve as floor covering in the truck; lay them out on the bottom of the cargo area to protect your belongings and boxes from dirt, dust, and spills that may be there.

  • Working equipment. You’ll want work gloves, a step ladder or step stool, paper towels, cleaning spray, scissors, and maybe a box knife. If you’ll be packing in areas where chemicals are stored (the garage, for instance) you may want to wear a breathing mask, too.

  • Lifting straps, load bars, rope, ratchet straps, bungee cords, or other types of tie-downs.  You’re going to want to secure your load at various stages of the truck packing process. The more you are able to tighten your load and keep it restrained, the safer your belongings will be while you’re on the road.

Once you’ve assembled all the supplies you’ll need, you’re ready to get ready to pack.  Check back here later for tips on how to clean and cull for packing.

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