How to Prepare Your Item for Storage

By · March 9 2021
How to Prepare Your Item for Storage

There are a lot of reasons why people choose to rent a storage unit. Whatever your reasons may be, renting a storage unit is an easier and cost-efficient solution if you are moving home or if you just want to create more space in your apartment. However, before tossing any of your belongings inside your storage unit, making sure of the proper ways to prepare and pack all your things is a must. Here are some tips on how to properly pack your household items for a storage unit.

Research what you can and can't store

Not everything is safe for storage. Be sure to do your research about what can and can't be stored inside your storage unit. The storage facility will provide you with a list of prohibited items but in case they don't, make sure to ask for all the rules and restrictions. In general, items that can't be kept in a storage unit are petrol, explosives, perishable food, plants and medicine. 

Create an inventory list

Many people neglect this step but making an inventory list of all the things to be stored can be very useful. From large items down to the smallest, You'll be able to keep up with everything in an organized way. It will also make it a lot easier for you to remember what belongings are in the storage unit. Keeping a copy for yourself and one that you can leave inside the storage unit is recommended so you have it ready. 

Use the right packing materials 

Depending on what kind of items you are storing, make sure to collect the proper packing supplies when preparing your items for storage. Use sturdy cardboard boxes to pack your items. The boxes will allow for easy stacking and packing of your unit. Wrap your items with packing paper and moving blankets as well,  to protect them from any harmful elements while in storage. For long term storage, using plastic boxes or moving containers is much better protection. Moving blankets will protect fragile items such as TVs, PCs and anything breakable that is too large to fit in the box. 

Clean your storage unit and belongings

The storage facility may have cleaned your unit before renting it out to you, but be sure to wipe it again using an all-purpose cleaner. There's no need to make them shine or anything, you just want them to be clean to avoid a musty, mildewy scent when you receive it and bring it to your new home. Make sure to wipe down all surface with an all-purpose cleaning spray, vacuum your furniture thoroughly especially your couches and air cushions as well as cleaning some of your appliances with disinfectant wipes 

Disassemble large items

Moving large items or appliances such as dining tables, beds and couches need some additional work. That's why these items should be disassembled before placed into storage. 

Not only can you save space by disassembling them but also can protect those items from wear and tear too. 

Label boxes clearly

Properly label the boxes to be stored in your storage unit so that you can easily figure out which items are in which box. When doing so, be sure to list out specific items you have in the box. Instead of labelling a box as "kitchen" be more specific like "cutlery" or "pots and pans."

Protect your items from outside conditions

It is possible your storage unit won't be climate controlled and you need to take matters into your own hands to make sure your belongings are safe from elements such as dust, mildew moisture and moulds. Firstly, make sure that all your belongings are dry. Then apply a protective spray to furniture and leather goods. Make sure to close the boxes tightly to prevent moisture damage. Electronic appliances should be stored in plastic baggies with a pack of silica gel to keep them free from moisture. 

When you are storing your belongings,  it is your goal to ensure that your items are protected and will stay in the same condition.  And following these tips can help you prepare your items for storage. 

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