The Morningstar Storage Guide to Smooth Moves

Let’s face facts: moving can sometimes feel like an overwhelming, impossible task. But it shouldn’t have to! If you take the time to prepare and plan, moving can actually be a pretty reasonable experience.

At Morningstar Storage, we’d like to think we’re pretty good at helping people move and store their belongings. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past 40 years, it’s that you should always help your neighbor. So with that in mind, here’s some advice on moving that will help you avoid rookie mistakes—no matter how many times you’ve moved in the past.

Draw Up Plans and Timetables for Your Move

Before you even put together your first moving box, sit down and draw up a timetable for your move. The earlier you do this, the better. Ask yourself several questions about the move as well as your new home, such as:

  • How long do I have until I have to be out of my current place?
  • When will I need to shut off current utilities and transfer them to my new home?
  • How will I know when a room is completely packed?
  • Am I paying movers, asking friends, or renting a truck and doing it myself?
  • How long will it take to get internet/cable TV/utilities hooked up?
  • When should I start having mail forwarded?

Moving is a big logistical undertaking, even if you’re just going down the street. By planning out your move, you’ll save yourself a lot of headache later on.

Create A List and Check It Twice (Or More)

Whether you’re moving out of a studio apartment or a four-bedroom house with a full, finished basement, the basics of moving are the same: Put things in boxes, tape boxes up, and set them aside. But true moving professionals understand that keeping an inventory while packing and moving is the best way to stay organized. When buying supplies for your move, pick up a pack of permanent markers.

As you go through each room, keep a running total of what items are in which boxes. Clearly label the box with the original room the box’s contents are from and where it’ll be going in your new place. If the box is temporarily going into self storage, make sure that’s listed as well. If you want to get really detailed, you can make a spreadsheet listing the boxes and their contents.

Pack As You Go—Not The Night Before

Just like planning, packing early is a great way to help eliminate moving stress. Think about things in your closet, kitchen, and even living room that you don’t plan on using anytime soon. If you’re moving in the middle of summer and the weather has already warmed up, you should probably go ahead and put sweaters in boxes. Ditto for anything you haven’t used to cook for a while.

In fact, if you’re trying to sell your home, it may make sense to go ahead and pack up the kitchen to avoid daily cleaning. And while most people love movies, there’s a pretty good chance you won’t get the itch to watch Step Brothers before you move. Go ahead and pack up those books, DVDs, and video games. You’ll be too busy to play them, anyway.

Consider Self Storage to Help Smooth Things Even More

As you pack, you may start to feel like the amount of boxes is crowding you out of your living space. That’s where self storage comes in. In addition to helping you with your move by offering all the supplies you need, Morningstar Storage provides ample space to house your belongings during the moving process. Visit us today to learn more about how we can help you with a smooth move, or reserve a space online.

Ready to Get Started?

Our Morningstar managers are ready to help you with your storage needs. Find the location nearest you!

Find a Location

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I pay? Can I pay online?

    We have several ways that you can pay, and they are all FEE FREE! Online, by phone, in- person, or auto-pay. We strongly suggest using the ACH Autopay method. It safely and automatically transfers your payment directly to us for an always on time payment from your checking account on the first of every month. If you wish to pay online, you will need to create an account with the original email you used to reserve your unit, as well as your unit number.
  • Do you prorate in and out?

    Absolutely! We do not want you to have to pay for any days in the month that you’re not storing with us! For instance, if you sign your lease on the 11th of the month, your first payment is only for the 11th through the end of the month. On your move-out, we only ask that you give us a 10 day notice and that you vacate no later than the 15th. If you abide by those two easy rules, we will refund you for the entire second half of the month!
  • Do I have to stay a certain amount of time?

    At Morningstar you are never locked in to a long term lease. Stay as long or as little as your needs apply. We offer month to month leases with prorating in and out.
  • Do I need Insurance?

    If it’s worth storing then it must be worth protecting! We offer low-cost coverage for most of life’s mishaps for as little as 40 cents a day. So, even in the unlikely event that you will ever have a claim, it’s comforting to know that the coverage that we can offer protects your belongings in transit on the way to our facility, and there is never a deductible.
  • Do you require a deposit to hold a unit?

    We do not require a deposit to hold a unit for you.

This website uses cookies to optimize your experience on our website & help us analyze website usage.