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Whether you are moving or storing your own items, cardboard is a better material than plastic to pack your items. Keep this in mind when preparing for a move, as you want your items to come out of storage in the same condition as when they entered. Cardboard has proven to keep your items in better condition, especially over longer periods of time, and remains the material of choice for moving jobs.


At OneStorage Premier Mini Storage, we provide tenants with the space they need to move, organize, travel and complete a range of other storage projects, knowing that their success depends on every step of the moving process, including the materials they use for storage. Here, we examine the pros and cons of using cardboard and plastic to pack your belongings for storage.


What's best for transportation?


The best way to transport many items in a moving van is to pack the items as tightly as possible. The tighter the items are packed, the less movement is allowed, and subsequently, the less likely the goods will roll over during transport.


Cartons come in all sizes, but if you buy from a supplier, then they should all remain the same basic size - only the height will change to allow for more stuff to fit in the box. By keeping the basic dimensions, the cardboard boxes are very suitable for stacking closely together. Each box is square, which means there are no gaps between boxes.


We can't say the same for plastic boxes. Plastic boxes usually have an angle on their exterior, or a bump and groove, or a lip on the lid, or some combination of these, which can leave gaps in your goods. Gaps not only waste space, but also make the goods easy to move.


The situation is worse with plastic bags, because they do not have a stable shape, making them very difficult to stack together. In addition, plastic bags can easily tear, leaving their contents exposed to potential damage.


What is more versatile?


It is possible to use cardboard to protect the top of the table. Instead of turning the cardboard into a box, keep it flat and place it on top of the table to protect the surface of the table and stack more items on it. Again, a flat box can be used between glass or stone tops, or under terracotta planters or concrete statues so that these items are also protected.


In addition, cardboard boxes are malleable in a way that plastic boxes are not. The versatility of cardboard allows for the accommodation of oddly shaped objects. The top of the cardboard box can be folded at an angle to provide additional space for oddly shaped items to poke their heads out of the box. Cardboard can also be cut into new shapes to accommodate even more odd-shaped items. The versatility that cardboard offers gives it an advantage over plastic.


What is best for maximizing space?


As we mentioned above, cardboard boxes fit together more snugly in a truck load, and this is true for your self mini storage as well. Plastic containers tend to have protruding lips, angles, ribs, etc., making your loads uneven and messy with gaps between items. When you try to maximize the space in your unit, factors like these will quickly add up and take up a lot of space.


Cardboard boxes are designed to be stacked tightly and securely together with space efficiency in mind; plastic boxes do not have the same success rate, and plastic bags are very inefficient at saving space and protecting their contents. If you want to maximize your mini storage space for storage, then cardboard is the way to go.


What is best for the items?


A definite drawback to using plastic bins or bags is the material itself: plastic is impervious to air. If anything, even the slightest bit of moisture, is stored in plastic, then condensation will cause mold. This is the single most important reason, in most cases, to avoid plastic mini storage storage storage.


Of course, there are some specific items for which plastic is a better choice, but this is mainly limited to mattresses and box springs. Some items, such as gardening tools, can be covered in plastic (to avoid spreading dirt from the tools throughout the storage cabinet), but even then, it's just a matter of covering the items and having some space for airflow through.


Most of your storage items should be placed in cardboard boxes, as they allow the contents to breathe more, greatly reducing the likelihood of mold growth and increasing the likelihood that your items will come out of storage in the same condition as when they entered storage.


What's best after moving into mini storage?


After its use, cardboard is again superior to plastic. Plastic boxes come in one shape and one shape only. Whether they are full or empty, they take up the same amount of space. Cardboard boxes, on the other hand, can be broken down and made flat again. If you are storing these things for future use, the cardboard boxes take up a fraction of the space of plastic bins because they can be flattened.


On the other hand, if you are not storing these things for future use, then cardboard still proves to be superior: cardboard is recyclable and much easier to handle than plastic bins.


When it comes to mini storage for moving your stored items, loading them in your unit, and protecting them in storage for life, cardboard is a better choice than plastic almost all the time. Even after use during your move and mini storage, cardboard has proven to hold up better than plastic for future use or even disposal.


OneStorage introduces you to all types of mini storage moving and storage supplies, from boxes and packing tape to bubble wrap and paper to mattress covers and more. We are happy to help you make the right choice for your storage project, including advice on the best packing materials for your move.

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