How to get your belongings ready for short,
or long term storage
Preparing Your Items For Storage
Renting a storage unit can be a great solution for storing items temporarily. A growing number of people are using this option when they need a place for their belongings.
Common Reasons To Use A Self-Storage Unit
How To Prepare Items For Storage
Whether you have simple furniture, antiques, books, or appliances, whatever is to be stored, you will want to retain and protect the condition of these items. This means detail and precision will need to be taken when packing and storing the items. Although storage is often intended for short term, you should also consider long term. Renovations on your home might take longer, your work contract got extended etc. If you have properly prepared your items prior to going into storage, you will not have to worry, should they need to stay stored for any additional amount of time.
Firstly, make sure you have all the Packing Supplies and Materials needed for each item that is to be stored. This includes any tools needed to disassemble any appliances or furniture.
Items should be protected against dust, dirt and moisture. Make sure to:
Note: Furniture is not designed to be moved with the drawers filled. Make sure to empty drawers while furniture is being transported to the storage unit.
It is not advised to use plastic wrap directly on wooden or leather furniture. Moisture and heat can get trapped, which can cause mold or warping to occur on the wood or leather. Upholstered furniture should be covered with white cotton sheets or fabric. If the humidity level in the storage unit is too high, any dark colored fabrics being used could run, causing discoloration.
Preparing A Mattress
Leaving the door of each appliance slightly open is recommended, avoiding any possible condensation or odors from occurring.
It is important that any electronic equipment is clean and dust free before being packed and stored. If you have the original box, this is always the best packing option. If you do not have the original box, make sure to pack the item securely in a box of the same size and pad any empty spaces making sure it cannot move around. Ensure the box is sealed, preventing any moisture from entering.
When storing clothing, it is best that each item is clean before being packed. Using an insect repellent such as mothballs among the clothing is recommended.
Using wardrobe boxes and clothing rails is advised, if you have the space. It allows the clothing to receive air, which helps prevent mold. If you need to store you’re clothing in boxes, placing them in large Ziploc bags is a god idea. You could also use the plastic bags that comforters and sheets come in, as they are heavier.
Preparing Fragile Items
Anything you consider fragile, wrap individually with appropriate packing material. Packing paper, bubble wrap, or material of your choice, to ensure the safety of the item. Line the base of the boxes with sufficient padding, again, bubble wrap, or crumpled paper could be used. You can also use towels. Fill any empty spaces so there is no movement in the boxes and make sure to mark the box as FRAGILE.
Taking the time to prepare your belongings for storage allows you to enjoy them when the time arrives to take them out, as they will have been preserved with great care.