If you’re planning a move, you’re likely wondering whether it’s best to pack your belongings in cardboard boxes or reusable plastic containers. The truth is, the best choice depends on your situation. Consider the temperatures, distance, and how long you’ll need to store your items before you invest in any boxes.
Here are a few moving day tips to help you make that decision.
Consider the Move Distance
Those who are moving within the same town or just a few cities away will find cardboard boxes the most comfortable, cheapest, and most readily available solution. Cardboard is also an environmentally friendly option since they are recyclable. Look for heavy-duty boxes in similar sizes so that you can stack and organize them easily.
If you’re moving to another state, you may want the added protection of plastic totes. Keep in mind that this is a more expensive option and the boxes will need to be stored or reused when you reach your destination.
How are you moving?
If you’re hiring movers instead of doing the dirty work by renting a moving truck, find out how they charge. If it’s by the pound, you should opt for lighter cardboard rather than heavier plastic that will drive up the price of the moving service. Luckily, a moving company guarantees minimal damage to your items, so you won’t have to worry about making sure the containers are sturdy. As long as your items are packed tight, the movers will take care of the rest, so you can skip on the plastic.
Calculate Storage Time
Those who will be storing belongings in a garage or storage unit for several weeks before unpacking should opt for plastic. These containers are effortless to stack and organize, more durable, and do a better job of keeping your items secure. Use shelves in your storage unit to elevate boxes from the floor.
You can also use cardboard only for the items that will be going straight to your new home and rely on plastic for the rest.
Consider the Temperature and Environment
If you’re moving to a humid environment, think carefully about where you should store your boxes. Moisture can ruin cardboard and create mold growth in plastic. Look for plastic containers with locking lids if you’ll be storing them in a basement or attic. They will also keep insects and other pests out.
Stay Organized and on Budget
Make a list of your most expensive and fragile belongings. By figuring out how many items need to be packed away with extra security, you can start to estimate how many boxes you’ll need, and which belongings will go in them. On the one hand, cardboard boxes are readily available and are probably even free, but you’ll have to get tape, scissors, and packing materials to effectively stash your household items in them. You’ll also spend valuable time packing cardboard boxes the right way. Plastic may be more of an initial investment but are a lot less hassle while you pack.
Consider Renting a Temporary Storage Unit
If you find yourself with belongings that you don’t want to get rid of, but don’t quite have the room for in your new space, think about renting a storage unit to store them for the time being. With amenities like climate-controlled storage units and 24/7 surveillance, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing your possessions are in a safe and controlled environment, regardless of how they are packaged.
Treasure Island Storage supplies easily accessible and reasonably priced self-storage solutions all over the New York City Metro. Contact us today at (347) 454-7455 to learn more about our available locations and additional services.