Packing Your Wine Collection to Move

Packing Your Wine Collection to Move

If you count yourself among the 84 million wine drinkers in the US (according to Forbes Magazine), then you may be wondering how you are going to ship your collection of wine bottles in your upcoming move. Whether you are a casual wine drinker or an enthusiastic wine collector, the first thing you need to do is take inventory of what you have before packing your wine collection.

Inventory Your Wine Collection

Before you can start packing up your wine bottles for shipping, make a detailed inventory of your wine collection. Unless you’re moving just a handful of bottles, a wine inventory will help you keep track of your bottles in case something happens to any of them during transportation.

Wine bottles are heavy – a case of 12 weighs about 40 pounds, so you don’t want to ship them unless you really want them. You may want to sell particular bottles, give them away, or throw yourself a “moving away wine tasting party” for your friends and relatives!”

Use a wine inventory sheet you can download from the Internet and take a photo of each wine bottle, noting any rare or vintage wine bottles in the collection.

Appraise Your Wine

If you’re moving a small wine collection that is not too valuable, then you should be able to pack up those wine bottles safely and transport them either in your own car or on the moving van. However, in case you’re moving a wine collection that’s worth a lot of money, you will need to know its current market value so you can purchase an adequate type of insurance.

Obtain the Proper Materials for Packing your Wine Collection

Using the proper wine shipping boxes for your wine bottles will diminish the risk of breakage during a move. There are wine shipping kits that include a protective Styrofoam insert that fits into a cardboard box. The insert has holes designed to fit a single bottle of wine. Other boxes have cardboard inserts to keep the bottles upright and apart. There are also inflatable bags in which to pack single bottles that can then be stacked in a sturdy carton. These options  vary in cost and may be available from your local wine store or on Amazon.

You can also visit your local wine store and ask them to give you any empty wine cartons they have on hand.

In addition to sturdy shipping boxes, you will need unprinted newsprint paper and packing tape.

Check Regulations of Your Destination State

If you are moving out of state, you will want to know if your destination state has regulations regarding how much alcohol an individual can bring into that state for personal use. To avoid legal troubles, check with the alcohol beverage authority to be sure it is OK to bring your wine collection to your new home.

Whether you are a casual wine collector or one with a serious investment in your collection, the goal is to pack and move your wine in a way that is safe and secure.

If you have questions about moving your wine collection or anything else related to an upcoming move, call our Ayer Moving and Storage Relocation Specialists at 800-233-6683.

Storage Space in Your New Home

Storage Space in Your New Home

Tips for Finding Storage Space in Your New Home

Your new home may be larger than your last, but it may have fewer closets … or you may have downsized and storage space in your new home may be scarce. Where can you find storage space for all your things?

Take a Second Look at Decluttering

You may have cleared your former home of clutter before moving to your new location, but before you begin putting things away, take another look at each item. Do you use it often enough to warrant storing it? Do you love it enough to justify displaying it? Are you holding it simply for sentimental reasons? Now that you are in your new home, does the item “fit” the style and color scheme?

Think Creatively

There are places where you can display certain items that may not be immediately apparent as storage areas. Whether it’s adding kitchen organizers or utilizing unusual storage space, think creatively about the space outside of “prime real estate” – the areas between your knees and shoulders … the areas easiest to reach.

Storage Space In the Kitchen

You can save counter and cabinet space if you arrange your pots and pans on the wall. There are decorative hangers you can purchase to make the display attractive and easily accessible.

If you have a narrow space between the refrigerator and the wall, you can purchase a sliding pantry unit. This is ideal for storing canned goods and keeps your most often used utensils, spices and cooking ingredients close-at-hand.

Storage Space In the Bathroom

Free up counter space in the bathrooms by adding shelves to the bathroom cabinets under the sink or vanity. Make use of decorative baskets to store shampoos, lotions, and makeup, and hair dryers. Available in many sizes and styles, storage baskets can be removed easily when searching for a particular product. They can be color coded for husband/wife or for each of the children to keep their items in separate containers.

Up and Over

Use the space above windows and doors by adding shelves to display décor or collections. In the kitchen, this area can be used for displaying teapots or coffee mugs. In the living room, a treasured collection of figurines can be featured. There are endless possibilities for this technique in children’s rooms for dolls, trophies, or sports memorabilia.

Under and Out of Sight

Use the space under beds for storing out-of-season clothing or holiday ornaments, or hobby supplies.  In the absence of an attic or cellar, under the bed storage is a good solution. There are bed risers that are positioned under each of the bed legs to raise the bed four to six inches higher, thereby providing additional space for storage.

There are plastic storage bins especially sized to fit under beds and are perfect for storing items that you want nearby, but out of sight.

In the Closet

There are professional closet designers that will create a closet with space for clothing, shoes, jewelry, and more, but these closets come with a considerable price tag. Before you embark on a closet redesign project, try some of these ideas to use the space you have wisely.

A shoe rack that attaches to a wall saves the floor space that the shoes would otherwise take up. It can be installed on the back wall of a closet or room.

Use the area over the clothes poles to install shelving for boxes or with the use of dividers, you can stack sweaters, sweatshirts, bins with pocketbooks, or hatboxes.

The floor of the closet, under the hanging clothing can be used for bins with items that don’t otherwise have a home. Use plastic see-through bins and label them so you can easily find what you are looking for. Games, musical instruments, financial papers, belts and scarves can be safely stored in bins or stacked drawers.

Storage Space with an Ottoman

An ottoman or footstool is a desirable and functional piece of furniture, but it can be more than just a place to rest your feet. You can conveniently store items within an ottoman or footstool:

  • a knitted or crocheted throw,
  • extra pillows;
  • books,
  • magazines;
  • or whatever you need and use but don’t necessarily want to have out and about when guests arrive!

Having more storage space in our homes is an often-expressed wish. We would all like to have a home without clutter and hopefully one or more of these storage tips will be helpful. If you need significantly more storage space than your home provides, an off-site storage solution may be the answer. Here are some other creative ways to create storage space in your home.

The relocation experts at Ayer Moving and Storage can help you decide which type of storage is right for you. Call us at (800) 233-6683 or visit our Storage Services Page.