When it comes down to packing to store things away, you have options regarding the vessel that will hold your belongings. Will you choose traditional, cheap cardboard boxes or more expensive, but heavier duty plastic ones? Here are a few tips to help you determine whether cardboard or plastic will be best in your storage situation.
There are advantages to using plastic boxes, but there are also a couple of disadvantages. Part of your decision is to determine if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
- Durability—They are much more durable than cardboard. Your fragile items will be protected against crushing. You can stack other boxes and items on top of them without them buckling. If you happen to accidentally bang them against something, they aren't likely to be damaged or fall apart.
- Protection—It is difficult for water, sharp objects, and dirt to penetrate, damage, or get into plastic as it does cardboard. More importantly, plastic is more likely to keep rodents and insects out of your belongings.
- Reusable—You can reuse them for years to come.
- Convenient—Some plastic boxes are see through, allowing you to search for items you need without having to rummage through the box or taking everything out to find one item that might not even be in there.
- Cost—Although investing in plastic boxes for all of your items might seem expensive, it is offset by the fact that you can reuse them.
- Inflexible—These boxes don't give at the seams, so when you've packed as much as you can in one, it is time to move on to the next one. It's also difficult to stack them on other boxes and vice versa.
Although cardboard boxes aren't as durable and don't provide as much protection for your items as plastic boxes do, they still offer advantages that are perfect for certain moves.
- Flexible—You can push the limits to how much you pack in cardboard boxes. The seams will expand, but only so far. If this is temporary, this isn't a problem.
- Inexpensive—You can find broken down cardboard boxes for free at many stores in your area. If you do have to purchase them, they are very inexpensive.
- Convenient—There are many different sizes of cardboard boxes available, they can be stacked into tight spaces, and you can write directly on their surface. They can easily be broken down and stored flat under a bed when you have unpacked them.
- Recyclable—Recycle when done.
So whether you are storing your items long term or short term, you do need to think about your box needs. You may find that you can get away with using just cardboard boxes, but more than likely plastic boxes or a mix of both will be best. If you have a climate controlled storage unit that has pest control or is located indoors, you are safer choosing cardboard as long as you stack and pack carefully. Plastic is the best option if you have an outdoor storage unit as it offers the most protection. No matter what you choose, pack it right!
For professional self-storage, contact a company such as Magnum Self Storage.