Moving in Day
 

Are you and your partner finally ready to take that big step and move in together? You’ve thought it over, talked through all the emotional aspects and now you’ve decided it’s the right time.

But have you thought about the logistics? Combining all your possessions is going to create a mountain of belongings. What will you do with all your books and prized collectables that won’t fit in your new home? Take a look at our helpful tips for making the moving in process as easy as possible and take the stress out of the move.

Where Are You Moving?

First things first, where exactly are you moving? Are you moving into your partner’s home, are they coming into yours or are you picking out a new place together? It’s a crucial decision, but once made you’ll have a better idea of which belongings you want to bring with you – and what you’ll need to buy.

Talk it out together and make a list of pros and cons for each option. Your place might have excellent transport links, but your partner’s home might be larger or more affordable. It’s a tough decision but one you need to make together!

Couple Planning a House

Declutter Your Home

It’s always best to start the moving process with a good declutter. Assess your belongings. It’s normal to accumulate stuff over time, but it’s unlikely you will be able to take every little thing with you when you move in together. So, this is a fantastic opportunity to declutter and sort out what you want to keep.

If you both live in your own homes currently, you’ll inevitably have at least a few pieces of the same items of furniture, such as kitchen tables and sofas, and you’ll end up with a mountain of cutlery. However, it’s understandable that you might not want to throw your possessions away or donate everything, especially if you have expensive furniture or things with sentimental value.

Work together to figure out what you need from both current homes and pack accordingly. You might be tempted to leave this until you’ve already moved in, but you’ll create more work and it will be harder to get organised if you’re trying to manoeuvre around a living room with two sofas, three armchairs and two coffee tables! Additionally, if you’re paying someone to move your things, you’ll end up paying more.

So, instead of having to let go of what you might want in the future, why not put some of it into storage?

In the future, if your family grows, you can move to a bigger place and take your stuff out of storage. And, of course, if things don’t work out with your partner, you’ll still have all your own belongings too.

Packed Belongings

Make Sure You Both Have Your Own Space

Personal space is essential in any relationship. No matter how much you enjoy someone’s company and they enjoy yours, it’s healthy to have some time apart to enjoy your own company and interests. If your new place is too small to create a space for yourself, try an activity out of the home. Compromise is essential, especially as you will now need to get used to sharing communal areas on a daily basis.

It might be something you need to talk about and come to an arrangement if the two of you have different ideas about personal space.

Woman Relaxing with a Book

Choose the Interior Décor Ahead of Time

Talk about how you want your future home to look together before moving in. It’s something you may have to find compromises on if you both have different ideas of how you want your home to look. It can be particularly hard, especially if one person is moving into their partner’s already established home; if you’re going to live together, it’s important you both have something you like, whether it’s artwork, furniture or wallpaper. It will help you both appreciate your new living situation more.

Decorating House

Tidy Up or Don’t Tidy Up?

Cleanliness and messiness can cause friction in a relationship. Some people have very different ideas of what clean and tidy is, and you both must decide what you’re comfortable with and are willing to tolerate. It doesn’t matter if the entire place is completely spotless, so long as you’re both happy with it.

Discuss your expectations before moving in together. Hopefully, you already have an idea of what your partner is like from dating them, but if you’re a clean freak and your partner is more relaxed, you may need to compromise to keep the peace, and vice-versa. If there are habits you just wouldn’t be able to live with, get it out in the open before the big move!

House Cleaning Products

If you’re looking for storage in Glasgow, storage in Edinburgh or storage in Dundee, contact Kangaroo Self Storage today. We can offer you clean, safe and secure storage for your belongings for as long as you need. Kangaroo is here for you during those important milestones in life; whether you’re a student; you’re starting a family or just beginning your life together with your partner. Contact us today, and one of our friendly team members will be more than happy to help.

Older Couple Embracing
 

Scotland is a beautiful country in the United Kingdom with a population of around five and a half million. It has a vibrant, rich history that is both fascinating and complex, dating back as far as the arrival of the Roman Empire. Today, Scotland is known for many things including its stunning countryside, incredible castles, wild beaches, lochs, walks and its many, many islands.

Not only that, but together with wonderful food and hospitality, beautiful architecture, good public services and friendly people make Scotland an attractive place for retirement. There is so much to experience in Scotland, and it offers so many benefits. Here are just some of the reasons why Scotland could make a great retirement destination.

Loch Shiel, Glenfinnan, Scotland

The Beautiful Scenery

Scotland is full of lush countryside that is overflowing with green spaces, not to mention all the towering mountains and the vast lochs. The country can be divided into three areas; the Lowlands, the Highlands and the Islands. The Lowlands are full of farmland and woodlands; the Highlands have their huge mountains, sweeping moorland and lochs; and the Islands have compact, wild landscapes and are surrounded by stunning beaches with beautiful sea views.

Aside from the incredible scenery, Scotland is also home to some fascinating habitats that are teeming with wildlife. You can find river dwellers like otters and salmon, or land dwellers like red squirrels and birds. In the mountains or moorlands, you could catch a glimpse of the majestic red deer or mountain hare, and on the islands, you’ll find the perfect place to go seal spotting.

If you want to spend your retirement years relaxing in nature, wildlife spotting, taking part in some country sports or practising photography, then Scotland is certainly a place where you will never run out of opportunity and stunning views.

Wonderful Walks

As Scotland is full of such wild and varied landscapes, hiking is a popular pastime. There’s a walk in Scotland for every level of fitness and some truly challenging walks for the more experienced hiker. There’s the West Highland Way, the country’s most popular long-distance trail that stretches for 96 miles through the most spectacular scenery, from Milngavie at the north-western edge of Glasgow up to Fort William.

There are also fantastic coastal trails where you can breathe in the refreshing salt air and immerse yourself in the dramatic landscapes as you discover the coves, bays and spot some incredible marine wildlife.  From just a few miles for a leisurely stroll to something a little longer, there’s a beautiful walk for all.  Longer coastal walks include the likes of the Mull of Galloway trail, which runs through Stranraer to Glenapp, and the Berwickshire Coastal Path, which runs from Cockburnspath south to Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland.

Mountain Walking in Scotland

So Much to Do and See

If walks and wildlife aren’t your thing then don’t worry, there is plenty of other things to see and do. Scotland has been home to thousands of castles for nearly a millennia, with many of them still standing. From the famous Edinburgh Castle to the lesser known Kilchurn Castle near Dalmally in Argyll, these buildings are sure to delight any history fans.

And if you just can’t get enough of history, Scotland is home to hundreds of museums, from tiny heritage museums to museums large enough to house Concorde – and you can even visit the Concorde in the National Museum of Flight in East Lothian.

In locations across Scotland, you can see (or even take part in) the spectacle of the Highland Games to watch the tug o’war, the hammer throw and enjoy the delights of the dancing and music. Near the city of Inverness, you can visit Loch Ness and try to catch a glimpse of the famed monster, or in St Andrews, you can visit the home of golf at The Royal and Ancient Golf Club. And in August, you just can’t miss the Edinburgh Fringe International Festival, the world’s largest festival that features thousands of performances for the entire month across the City. You’ll never tire of things to do and places to go in Scotland.

Edinburgh Fringe festival on the Royal Mile

Bustling Cities and Cosy Countryside

Perhaps one of the best things about Scotland is that you get the best of both worlds. Are you a fan of the quiet countryside but your partner loves the vibrant city? Well, Scotland has something to suit everyone.

With busy cities like Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness, Scotland truly caters to all. You can head out for an evening of drinks and dancing, visit one of the many theatres or music venues in the centre of the vibrant city, then take a train at the weekend for a relaxing trip in the countryside – it’s all very accessible.

You don’t have to restrict yourself to one kind of retirement activity in Scotland; you can have it all.

Edinburgh, Scotland

Easy Commuting

Scotland is well connected to other parts of the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. It has five international airports flying to over 150 destinations. The rail service provides effortless travel, which links coast to coast as well as with the rest of the UK, and buses connect the network of small towns and villages to the cities and ferry ports.

So, if you do want to leave the car at home, getting across Scotland and beyond is a breeze. Scotland truly is a beautiful country with so much going on; you’ll wonder why you never moved there in the first place.

Glenfinnan Viaduct and The Jacobite Steam Train

If you do decide to make the move, Kangaroo Self Storage can help. We have self storage in Edinburgh, self storage in Dundee and self storage in Glasgow. You can store your belongings with us for as long as you need in our safe, clean and secure storage units. Contact us today to find out more.

Older Couple with an Estate Agent
 

There are many reasons why you might decide to downsize as you head into retirement. You might want to move closer to your family and friends; your children are now independent adults, and you no longer need a house big enough to accommodate them; you like the idea of having a smaller house to take care of, or you want to live somewhere more convenient that will benefit your health and well-being.

Whatever the reason, downsizing can be a big undertaking.  However, with the right planning and preparation in place, it can be a productive and life-changing adventure. Here are some of the considerations you will need to think about when planning to downsize your home.

Older Couple Embracing

Decide Where to Move

There is a lot to think about when picking an area to move to. You might be very ambitious and want to move to a warmer, far away country, or you might only want to move down the road from your current address. It will depend on a lot of factors such as:

  • Your financial situation.
  • Your state of health.
  • Your attachment to your community.
  • Your desire to be close to your children/grandchildren.
  • Your need to be close to shops/amenities.
  • Public transport links.

And many more. Before you start deciding where to move to, you should think about what your goals are for downsizing. Are you trying to release equity to help your children buy their own homes? Do you want to travel in your retirement? Do you want to be closer to your children because there’s the potential of grandchildren on the horizon? Or do you just want to relax and spend your time indulging yourself in leisure activities?

Once you’ve established your retirement goals, you will have a better idea of where to move. Moving somewhere new, even somewhere not very far from where you currently live, can drastically change your daily routine and current way of living. Make a note of everything you like and dislike about your current living situation and think about what’s most important to you to help guide your downsizing move.

What Kind of Home?

Downsizing usually means moving into a smaller home, the clue is in the name, but you don’t necessarily have to move into a bungalow, there are plenty of options to consider.

From smaller houses, flats, houseboats, caravans and even retirement communities, there are a multitude of options for downsizing. Accessibility could be a significant factor in the decision; you may need to start considering your health and how physically strenuous certain living situations may be. You may want to consider how you can live independently for as long as possible, or you may prefer the benefits associated with living in a community with other retired residents.

Consider what kind of home would be right for you now and for the future.

Consider All the Costs

When people think of downsizing, you could be forgiven for automatically assuming you stand to save lots of money, but this may not necessarily be the case. Like moving to any new home, there are some hefty upfront costs.

The housing market has changed drastically over the last few decades and house prices in most parts of the country have risen quite a bit. While this means that the value of your home has likely increased to similar levels, don’t assume that you will necessarily be able to sell at a high price. Get some reasonable estimates from a solicitor or estate agent and take a look at house prices in the area you intend to move to.

Don’t forget all the other costs that come alongside moving, such as tidying up your current home so it’s sale-ready, as well as the costs of hiring movers and all those admin fees and taxes.

House Prices

Explore Alternatives

Downsizing is a big undertaking, so maybe you would be better off with an alternative. You could consider renting rather than buying, it can be a cheaper option, and you will have a more significant cash flow from the sale of your house to spend during your retirement years.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to move, but your current home is too big to manage, consider renovations or alterations that could make it more manageable to live in. If you or your partner are struggling to use the stairs, could you have a stairlift installed or some railings? Or, could you convert a downstairs room into a bedroom, so you don’t need to go upstairs as often?

If you want to make some extra cash, you could even consider renting out a bedroom to a tenant to bring in some additional income.

Downsize Your Belongings

Downsizing your home will inevitably mean you have less space for your belongings. Before you start packing up for your big move you should start deciding what belongings you want to keep, what you want to donate or get rid of, and what you want to put into storage.

Getting rid of sentimental items can be difficult, and if you have nowhere to put them in your new home, you can keep them safe and sound in a self-storage unit. Or you may even want to hold on to some pieces of furniture for your children to have in their future homes. Whatever you want to keep, with self-storage from Kangaroo Self Storage, you can store as much or as little as you like in our clean, secure storage units.

Consider the Emotional Aspect

Downsizing can be an emotional experience, especially if you have many happy memories in your home. Whilst this is no reason to avoid downsizing – if you know it’s the best thing for your retirement – it’s important to consider how you might be impacted emotionally.

Consider getting all the family together to help sort through your belongings so you can relive those memories.  You might decide to throw a leaving party so you and your family and friends can celebrate all the good times you’ve shared in that house.

Older Couple Celebrating

If you’re hoping to downsize in the future, Kangaroo Self Storage can help you keep your belongings safe. Whether it’s storing your things during your move, or keeping those special items safe for later use by family members, Kangaroo has an affordable storage solution for you. We have self storage in Edinburgh, self storage in Dundee and self storage in Glasgow. Contact us today for more information.

Taping up a Moving Box
 

When you look around your home at the sheer number of belongings you own that need to be packed away for a move, it can be incredibly daunting. Suddenly you notice just how much stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. Did you always have four kitchen stools? You could have sworn you only bought three. Where has all this miscellaneous junk come from that’s cluttering up your drawers? Well, all of it needs to be sorted out and packed away for that big move.

If you’re dreading the thought of packing boxes and shifting furniture, don’t worry. Here’s our very own handy guide to making the moving process as smooth as possible.

Get Your Boxes and Packaging

Always opt for robust, high-quality boxes that will be able to withstand the weight of your things. You will also need things like bubble wrap for delicate objects and tape to keep everything together. At Kangaroo, our Box Shop sells a wide range of packaging materials and accessories, including different sized boxes, boxes for particular items, various tape, rope, bubble wrap, tissue paper and furniture covers.

Label Your Boxes

Once everything is boxed up, it will be a nightmare trying to figure out what’s inside everything if you’ve not written it on the box. Make sure you label the box with the room it is destined for, whether it contains fragile items and which way up the box should be. Also make a note if the box contains any hazardous items, such as knives or cleaning supplies.

Packing Tips

  • Pack heavy items in small boxes to avoid large boxes becoming too heavy.
  • You can use tea towels and blankets for padding if you run out of bubble wrap.
  • Keep heavy items at the bottom of the box.
  • Tape an “X” onto any mirrors to protect it from shattering.
  • Vacuum pack your clothes to save space

Check out our previous post on our tips for packing up your belongings.

Packed Suitcase

Declutter Your House

Start by decluttering all your rooms. Now is a great time to throw out/donate all those things you won’t be needing in your new house. There’s no point going to the hassle of packing something you know you won’t need. Take a box or a bag and remove everything you no longer need and get it out of the way.

Create an Inventory

An inventory will help you keep an eye on everything you’re moving, so nothing gets lost or misplaced. Create a list for each room to break it all down.

Start with the Least Important Rooms

There’s no point packing away your bedroom if you’re still going to be there for another week or so. Start with unused rooms like the guest room and the garage and leave the everyday items until the day before your move.

Take Photos of Electronics

Come move in day you’ll regret not taking a photo of the wires at the back of your TV or computer. It’ll make setting everything back up the way you had it before a lot easier, especially if you’re not much of a tech wiz.

Save Copies of Important Documents

No matter how careful you are, things could still go missing in the moving process. Essential documents should be put away in files and kept safe, but it pays to have a digital backup copy. Scan all those important documents onto the computer, so you have a copy if needed.

A Stack of Documents

Tips for Individual Rooms

Bedroom

When packing clothes, you can save time with a wardrobe box (which you can get from Kangaroo) that allows you to move your hanging clothes over and then put back into the wardrobe in your new house – simple!

When dismantling furniture, keep all the screws and bolts together in a sandwich bag that had been labelled, and tape to a piece of the furniture. Wrap up your mattress in a dust sheet to protect it; blankets and pillows can be placed in a box or a suitcase for transportation.

Living Room

Similar to the bedroom, dismantle furniture carefully and keep all the screws safe and labelled. If something can’t be dismantled or it’s too difficult, you may need to hire professional removers to take care of this.

For the TV, moving it in its original box is the best solution as the box will be designed to keep it safe. If you don’t have it, Kangaroo can provide a specialised TV box for moving. Rugs should be cleaned before moving; roll them up and tie each end to secure them.

Kitchen

To avoid chipping the plates, either stack them with polystyrene plates between each one or stack them sideways like records. Make a cushion in the bottom of the boxes to protect them. Get a knife protector for knives to avoid injury and wrap it up securely.

Tape all your cabinets closed to avoid swinging doors during the moving process. Make sure you’ve defrosted your fridge and freezer before moving day so you can give everything a thorough clean. Don’t stack anything heavy on top of glasses and mugs and don’t overload one box with too much crockery, as it can be incredibly heavy.

Bathroom

Clear out any out of date products you won’t be needing or use up anything half empty so that it doesn’t take up space during the move. Wrap open products around the lid to avoid spills during the move and put them in a sandwich bag as a precaution. If you have medicine you need to take daily, you’re better off keeping this on you in a personal bag.

Towels can be used to pad fragile items, but make sure you have some handy for the first days in the new house. Keep appliances like hairdryers and hair straighteners together in their own labelled box.

Packed Belongings

Survival Box

During those first few days in your new home, you’ll no doubt be living amongst unpacked boxes as you get everything sorted. Make sure you pack a separate box or bag of first-day essentials:

  • Clothes
  • Essential toiletries
  • Towels
  • A kettle, mugs and some tea bags
  • Cooking equipment (or takeaway menus)
  • Gadgets to keep the children entertained
  • Phone chargers
  • Toilet paper
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Basic tools
  • Torch
  • Snacks
  • Pet food
  • Bedding
  • Some booksMoving in Day

We hope your move is as smooth and as hassle-free as possible. If you’d like any further help, at Kangaroo Self Storage we can offer you a wide variety of storage units for your belongings while you’re moving, or for that furniture that just doesn’t work in your new home but you want to store it for the time being until you figure out what to do with it.

At Kangaroo we provide self storage in Glasgow, self storage in Edinburgh and self storage in Dundee. Contact us today, and a friendly member of our team would be more than happy to help.

 

Moving to a new house comes with many stresses, headaches and inconveniences; there’s so much to sort out and prepare for. Whether you’re upsizing, downsizing or switching from rental to becoming a first-time buyer, moving home is a big undertaking.

In addition to letting all the relative authorities know about your move and changing your address on all the paperwork, you’ll need to hire a removal company to shift everything you own to your new home. It’s the perfect opportunity to have a de-clutter of all the belongings you’ve uncovered after years of collecting dust.

However, not everyone moves into their new home on the same day they leave their old one. So, what happens in the interim period where you’re not in your old property, nor have access to your new home?

Taping up a Moving Box

Finding Your Short-Term Housing

Some people may be fortunate enough to have family and friends able to put them up for a few weeks or even months whilst they’re waiting for the property purchase to go through. But others may not have this option, especially if they’re moving to a new location, with no friends or family close by.

Here’s some options for temporary accommodation:

  • Short-term rentals – can be found through property sites.
  • Holiday rentals – if only planning a stay of a week or two, these are especially good as they’re furnished properties, so you won’t need to unpack and repack. Airbnb have a host of listings across the country.
  • Hotels and B&Bs are an option for those needing a place to stay for a few days. They can be cheap if you’re flexible about the area you choose to stay in.

Once you’ve established where you’ll be staying during the interim, you’ll need to think about where you’re going to keep all your stuff – unless you’re lucky enough to have a friend with the space to keep your three-piece-suite, dining table, king sized bed, wardrobe and everything else!

Where to Store Your Belongings

A cost-effective and convenient option is to hire a storage unit for the period of time you need. With a range of different options available, you’ll be surprised how easy and trouble-free storage with Kangaroo Self Storage can be.

We have a range of storage units available for both short-term and long-term storage. Our price guarantee ensures great value for money and our flexible terms mean that if you need to stay a little longer than anticipated, it’s no trouble.

Packed Belongings

How Much Storage Space Do You Need?

For a rough idea of how much space you will need for storage, these are some of the following sizes of units we have available and an example of the type of application they would be suited to:

  • 35 sqft – small one bedroom flat
  • 50 sqft – large one bedroom flat
  • 100 sqft – three bedroom flat/house
  • 125 sqft – large three bedroom flat/house
  • 150 sqft – four-bedroom house
  • 200 sqft – large 4- or 5-bedroom house
  • 250 sqft – large 5- or 6-bedroom house
  • 300 sqft – large 5- or 6-bedroom house
  • 500 sqft – large 6-bedroom house or business stock

What to Look for From Your Storage Provider

If you’ve never used storage before, you may not know what to expect. When storing your items with a storage provider, you want to ensure your belongings are safe and secure at all times with accessibility and storage options tailored to your needs.

Here at Kangaroo Self Storage, our household self-storage provides the following:

  • Affordable prices and price match guarantee
  • Free collection or transport service*terms apply
  • 24-hour CCTV monitoring-site
  • Exclusive access to your unit
  • Short- or long-term storage from as little as a fortnight
  • A friendly and reliable team on-site to answer any questions

Booking Your Storage Unit

Once you’ve decided on a storage provider, you simply need to decide on the right location of their facilities and book the right amount of space.

At Kangaroo Self Storage, we have facilities in Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow. So, if you’re planning a move to or in Scotland, our self-storage service is ideal for giving you the peace of mind that your belongings are safe and secure whilst you prepare to move into your new home.

You can request a quote online for our storage in Glasgow, storage in Edinburgh or storage in Dundee today.

Packed Belongings
 

So, you’re planning to put your belongings into storage for a big move. Whilst no doubt there’s a huge relief that comes with knowing your things are safely stored away, you still need to deal with packing all your stuff into storage in the first place, and this can seem incredibly daunting.

Packing away an entire house or student accommodation into a storage unit requires careful planning, organisation and patience. But don’t worry, we’ve put together twenty handy tips to help make this process a little less stressful:

1. Get Rid of What You Don’t Need

The first step to packing your stuff is to make sure you’re not packing anything you don’t actually want (or need). Take a box and some bags and start collecting anything you don’t think you’ll need in your new home. Clothes you don’t wear anymore can go to a charity shop, along with any games, books, DVDs and crockery you have no use for. See this as an opportunity to clear out your house of unwanted items so you can start fresh in your new home.

Donation box with clothes.

2. Do a Spring Clean

It’s not a good idea to pack a storage unit with anything that’s mouldy or dirty. When you’re sorting through your items, make sure anything you’re going to pack away is cleaned, especially if it has any food debris on it. You don’t want to come back to your storage unit in a month’s time and find that your belongings have grown their own eco-system.

3. Label Those Boxes

When you pack your belongings, you’ll need boxes, lots of them. You can get storage boxes from us at Kangaroo Self Storage. The most efficient way to sort those boxes is to label them as you pack them, either by writing on the side of them with a marker pen or attaching a label.

Include things like the box’s contents and the room that the box needs to be unpacked into in your new home. If you think you won’t be able to write it all on, allocate the boxes a number instead and make yourself a list of what’s in each box against each number.

Labelled Moving Boxes

4. Categorise Items

Throwing anything in any box may save time whilst packing, but it’ll be a nightmare to sort out come time to unpack. The best thing you can do is keep items together. A box for books, a box for clothes, a box for kitchen utensils…you get the idea. You’ll have a better sense of where to put the boxes in storage and where to open them up in your new home to unpack.

5. Dismantle Furniture

If your home is made up of an Ikea catalogue, you can dismantle your furniture to make transporting it a breeze. If you know the make and model you can look up the build instructions online if you don’t have the paper copy anymore, and simply follow the steps in reverse. Pack the pieces away into a box, tape it up and you’ll be able to save on space in your storage unit too! You’ll also minimize the chances of knocks to the walls and doorframes as you will not have to manoeuvre bed frames or desks out of your home.

Dismantling Furniture

6. Create an Inventory List

For those wanting to be truly organised, you can’t go wrong with an inventory list. Make a note of everything that goes into your unit, so you know exactly where everything is. Create labels for every box, bag or crate and list every item inside. When it comes time to unpack you can consult your list to locate any specific item you’re looking for.

7. Utilise Suitcases

Boxes aren’t the only thing great for storing items, suitcases are perfect for moving things like clothes during a move. If you’re not going to need them for a trip away any time soon, use your suitcases to help pack away your things.

Packed Suitcase

8. Vacuum Seal Unneeded Bulky Items

Blankets and duvets can be bulky to move, especially if you have way too many. If you’re not purging your linen cupboard before you move, vacuum pack the blankets, towels and seasonal duvet you know you won’t need any time soon to save on space.

9. Use the Original Box for Electronics

If you’re moving TVs or game consoles, it’s a good idea to transport them in their original boxes if you still have them. Those boxes will be the right size for them and will provide better protection. If you don’t have them, try and find a box that will fit the device snugly, and pad out any space with bubble wrap or blankets.  We sell bespoke boxes for TVs, mirrors and pictures as well as void fill and bubble wrap in our box shop.

Boxing a TV

10. Tubs are Your Friend

Food tubs come in handy for moving things into storage. Smaller items that don’t have their own box or container can be put into tubs and taped closed to keep them all together.

11. Keep Heavy Items in Small Boxes

If you’re moving a lot of books or bulky items, don’t pack them all into one giant box. It’ll be incredibly heavy and a nightmare to move if you’re going to need an extra pair of hands every time you want to shift it. Split them up over smaller boxes so they’re easier to carry or consider using a suitcase with a handle and wheels for easier transportation of heavier items.

12. Tape Up Open Bottles

Toiletries can be a hazard for packing, always at risk of spilling and getting everywhere. It’s a good idea to use up what toiletries you can before you move so you don’t need to pack them. But if this isn’t possible, make sure you tape the bottle caps closed so they don’t open during transport. It’s also a good idea to then put them in sandwich bags, to protect your other items from spillage.

13. Pack Up Unessential Items Early

Some things can be packed away weeks before you need to store them. Things like pieces of artwork and rugs can be packed and ready to go as early as you like, they’re not going to be missed or needed. And packing them up early will mean less work for you in the busy days leading up to storage day.

Rolling a Rug

14. Store Jewellery Carefully

Jewellery can be a hazard to store, it’s liable to get lost or broken. If you don’t have a safe jewellery box to keep it all in, pack chained necklaces through a straw to avoid tangling. Pack other jewellery into an egg carton so it doesn’t get damaged (don’t forget to tape it closed) and keep the likes of earrings inside pill boxes to keep them all together and prevent any going missing. If you have a special piece of jewellery you couldn’t bear to lose, it might be best to keep it with you, so it doesn’t get misplaced.

15. Wrap Shoes in Tissue Paper

Wrap your shoes up in tissue paper to protect them, and pack them together into a box. You can stuff each shoe with some socks to prevent them from losing their shape. Don’t use newspaper to wrap them, as there’s a danger of the ink running and transferring onto your shoes.

Shoes in Tissue Paper

16. Pack Plates Vertically

There’s always a temptation to stack plates on top of each other, but don’t do this when packing them away. They’ll be much safer packed vertically in a box like records, it’ll reduce the chance of them chipping or breaking.

17. Cotton Pads for Make-Up

If you’re moving the likes of compressed powders or eye shadows, place a cotton wool pad between the pressed powder and the lid. This will help to prevent them from cracking during the move.

18. Socks and Towels for Wrapping Breakables

You don’t need to buy rolls and rolls of bubble wrap for all your delicate belongings, clean socks and towels work just as well. Simply wedge them between delicate items, like between your vertically stacked plates, and they’ll be cushioned from movement during transportation.

Tea Towels

19. Sandwich Bags for Small Bits and Pieces

Sandwich bags are handy to have around for little bits and pieces that are likely to get lost. Things like screws and nails that have come from dismantled furniture, or miscellaneous items that don’t have a place can be popped into a sandwich bag, labelled and put away in a box.

20. Have a Box of Essentials Ready

When it comes time to unpack, you may not be able to do it all in one day. If boxes are likely to stay unpacked in your new home for a while, make sure you have one box of essentials that you can use for the first few days in your new home. A few changes of clothes, some toiletries, tea bags, a kettle…keep a small bag or box of things you know you will need as soon as you get to your new home and keep it near the front of the storage unit so you can grab it straight away.

Moving in Day

We hope these handy tips help you when you’re packing. If you need any boxes, protective wrapping or padlocks, you can get Kangaroo storage boxes and other packing accessories from us. At Kangaroo Self Storage, we offer storage in Glasgow, storage in Edinburgh and storage in Dundee.

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