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Benefits to packing with plastic storage bins

Belongings’ safety is the primary concern of everyone looking to move. Funny enough, the vast majority still opts for cardboard boxes. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with this. Cardboard boxes are a valid choice, especially price-wise. However, they are not the only, nor the most versatile ones. Enter plastic storage bins. Sturdy, long-lasting, and reliable, they offer far more options than cardboard boxes. Both for before, and after the move. And the fact that more and more professional packers start to use them only reinforces this standpoint. So, let’s see why there are so many benefits to packing with plastic storage bins, and why should you use them for your upcoming move.

Plastic bins offer superior durability…

Let’s start with the obvious, shall we? Plastic storage bins are made of, well – plastic. Shocking, we know! The specific type of plastic used to make them is, in most cases, polypropylene (PP) or high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Yes, that’s quite a mouthful. Therefore, we won’t go in-depth on technicalities nor production processes. The important thing to note is that both of these materials are quite durable. So, they can provide better protection for your items, both in storage and during transport. And, since the safety of your belongings is a top priority, packing with plastic storage bins definitely takes the spotlight from cardboard boxes.

A woman holding a cardboard box.
You won’t have to go out of your way to strengthen plastic bins. They already offer superior durability.

… and longevity

Another amazing trait of the materials mentioned above is: they are long-lasting. Plastic storage bins can last you upwards of 10 years. With proper care – even more. Now, that’s quite useful! Just imagine how many things you can safely store after you move house. Even better – how much storage space you’ll save with them. This brings us to the next point.

Plastic storage bins perfectly double-up as storage containers

Keeping your home or office neat and tidy is essential for your well-being. Yet again, we all tend to collect and pile up clutter over the years. Especially today, when everything is within arms reach. So, we have to find ways to free our space from clutter, without throwing possessions away. To this end, plastic storage bins can be godsent. They can be a perfect choice for long-term storage because they are:

  • Waterproof – Unlike cardboard boxes, plastic bins won’t allow moisture to reach packed items. Therefore, they are ideal for storing in basements, garages, or tool shacks. You know, all the places notorious for moisture buildup.
  • Easy to carry – Most plastic bins have concave edges or some sort of handles built-in. This allows for a sure grip and even easier transportation. Unless you overfill them, of course.
  • Stackable – The vast majority of plastic storage bins are designed to fit cozily atop and next to one another. So, you won’t have any trouble finding a happy place or devising convoluted plans to store them away. Just fill ‘em, seal ‘em, stack ‘em, and you’re good.

Everything mentioned makes packing with plastic storage bins a great way to keep your home neat and tidy. All while keeping your possessions safe and sound.

Easy to load/unload and stack in the moving truck

The same traits that make plastic bins so handy for storage, makes them an amazing choice for moving locally or long distance. Loading and unloading require a lot of back-and-forths. At the start, it won’t be too difficult carrying boxes around. But, after a while, you will begin to feel tired. However, if you have bins that are easy to carry, you’ll be able to last quite a bit longer.

Screws in plastic storage bins.
You can find plastic storage bins fit for any and every purpose.

Variety of shapes and sizes

You can find plastic storage bins fit for anything and everything. There are miniature ones, great for storing bits and baubles, small mementos, or precious collectibles. Mid-sized bins, about the size of the normal cardboard box. These can be perfect for packing most household items. There are even huge ones, that can fit a fully grown person or two inside. Although, we wouldn’t recommend this. They would be really uncomfortable. And we’re pretty sure it’s illegal.

Variety of colors

Professional movers always recommend labeling the boxes as you pack. And they are right to do it. Labeling saves an enormous amount of time when loading, unloading, and unpacking. However, this adds another tedious chore to a list of already tedious chores. But, with plastic bins, you can avoid it.

Plastic bins don’t only come in a variety of shapes and sizes – but colors, too. And this makes it so easy to label them – because you don’t have to label them at all. Simply assign a color to a specific area of the house, and that’s it. You’re good to go.

For added convenience, you can even opt for transparent ones. These are excellent as essential boxes, as you can easily see what’s inside. Therefore, you won’t have to rummage through dozens of colored ones, just to find a thing you need.

Persons holding transparent plastic bins.
Transparent plastic bins are ideal for “after-move-survival-kits” (a.k.a. “essentials boxes”).

But, what about the price?

Packing with plastic storage bins does have one downside. They are more expensive than cardboard boxes. Then again, are they? Let’s recapitulate for a second:

  • Plastic bins last quite a bit longer than cardboard boxes.
  • There’s no need to reinforce plastic bins.
  • You can reuse them many times, without the fear they’ll tear.
  • You don’t have to keep them away from moisture.
  • No need to waste time labeling

So, in the long run, plastic bins will pay themselves over. And many times, at that. But, if you still don’t want to buy, or don’t need them, moving companies offer another solution. You can rent plastic storage bins for your move. Which is super convenient.

Follow the pro’s example

Over the past few years, more and more moving companies switch from cardboard boxes to plastic bins. And that’s saying something. After all, the benefits of packing with plastic storage bins are numerous and easy to see. And since moving professionals such as Simplify Valet Storage & Moving chose them, it’s wise to follow their example. After all, they certainly know what they’re doing.

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