Moving used to be a long and arduous task but times have changed and it is now much easier to pack up and move homes and offices. Using a shipping container is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to move and store your belongings – and it’s hassle-free. Here are five tips on packing a 10ft shipping container.

Declutter and Plan What to Pack

Firstly, forget the container. The first step in moving is to make sure you have everything organised before you start to pack. Make a list of all household items you want to keep, toss, or give away. Start with the largest items and work your way down to items you might not want to keep.

Container Placement

The most important thing about packing a shipping container is to ensure that it’s on a level surface. You don’t want it tilting and possibly causing harm to your items and yourself. A concrete slab, wood slab or concrete footings are ideal foundations for your shipping container.

Pack and Package

Once your container is on a level surface, it’s time to ensure that all items are wrapped correctly. Fragile items should be wrapped in bubble wrap, newspaper and placed in boxes. Make sure the boxes are moving boxes and not just flimsy cardboard boxes. Items like glass can get really heavy once the box is filled. Use tape and bold letters to label each box for easy unpacking.

Heavier Items First

When packing the container, place your largest items first. This will give an idea of how much space you will have for the remaining items. You’ll also have the advantage of fitting smaller boxes in the spaces between large items. Be sure to fit sheets or cardboard between furniture to prevent scratching.

Closing the Hatch

Now, that everything is packed, recheck your list and do any final adjustments. Use ropes, straps, and pulleys to secure your belongings. Keep a spare key to the padlock of your 10ft shipping container just in case you lose one!

Make packing and moving your home or office easier with a shipping container. Shipping Containers Adelaide can help you with a huge range of containers to meet your needs.