There is a strategy behind packing self-storage units. Here are six essential storage tips to help you pack your belongings safely and securely.
There is a method to storing your items optimally; just throwing items in haphazardly may cause issues down the line. It’s best to stack bulky, heavy items such as large appliances at the back of the storage unit because chances are, you’re not going to need to access them on a regular basis. Conversely, store items that you’ll need often in the front of the unit.
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- Make an inventory of your items
You would make a list of all the items in a luggage bag just in case it was lost, right?
It’s important to take an inventory list of all the items that you store away. Label them clearly and document at the same time. It’s a good idea to visit the storage unit periodically and go through the inventory for peace of mind.
- Cover furniture with a dust cover or sheet
The reality is that furniture will attract dust (did you know that dust particles expand, contract and harden due to humidity and therefore investing in thick plastic dust covers will protect your sofas and chairs. Are you storing antique furniture? A dust cover or sheet will help preserve its value.
- Clean all items meticulously
Make sure that all the items that you’re planning to store are cleaned thoroughly. Also, ensure that all items, but appliances are especially, are dried because they’re prone to accumulating mold and mildew which can cause health problems. Here’s a list of facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the dangers of mold and mildew
Leave doors slightly ajar to prevent mold build up; If you pack items inside your fridges and freezers you scratch the insides or damage the shelving, best to leave them empty.
- Don’t store perishable foods
It’s never a good idea to store perishable foods for a long period of time. Perishable foods include fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and dairy products and will eventually rot due to the growth of bacteria, moulds, and yeasts.
- Before you store electronic goods…
Ensure that you’ve backed up any files or data
Removed batteries because they can corrode over time and damage the product
Detach wires and accessories but prolonged metal-to-metal contact can cause problems, especially in storage without climate control.
Items that you shouldn’t store: inflammable, explosive, items that are harmful to the environment and objects that are a risk to the property of any person. This includes items such as petrol tins, paint thinner and full gas bottles.
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