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Storing Your Items Long-Term? Keep Them In Mint Condition With These Packing Tips

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Storing your items in a dedicated unit can be a great way to get everything ready for a move, particularly if you're downsizing your living arrangements. But before you roll down the door on your unit for the time being, you should be sure that everything is protected from the dangers long-term storage can present.

Protecting Fragile Items

If you're also planning to put away linens or clothes in your storage unit, you can kill two birds with one stone by using them to protect valuable glassware or other fragile items. Dishes and cups are especially easy to store this way since they can be wrapped individually with an article of clothing and stored all together in a single box.

Cardboard scraps may also be used to provide cushioning between small items and prevent them from scraping together when the box is moved. Remember though, if you use natural materials of any kind, you should include moth balls and other bug repellants in each box. 

You can also increase the safety of your smaller fragile items by storing them in available wooden or metal containers, such as the drawers of a wardrobe or nightstand that you also intend to place into storage. Filing cabinets can also provide sturdy outward protection for more lightweight items.

Be sure that containers with fragile items inside them are placed only on large, sturdy surfaces. Nothing heavy should ever be placed on top of a box with breakable items inside. Storing them on the floor itself or inside freestanding furniture is the best way to ensure nothing falls down when you aren't around to catch it.

Getting Furniture Ready To Store

While furniture may seem sturdy at first glance, long-term storage can still be unfriendly to it if it is not properly protected. The first step should be to disassemble any furniture that can be taken apart and separate the pieces by material. 

Taking apart furniture reduces strain on the hinges, screws, and other weak areas that might be damaged by standing for long periods of time. Wood, fabrics, and other organic materials should be wrapped in plastic sheeting to protect them from bugs and bacteria that might cause rot over time. Be sure to tape the plastic securely shut: this will also help safeguard against humidity damage.

You should place any small pieces like screws or latches in labeled plastic bags and tape them to the plastic sheeting on their respective pieces of furniture. That way, no matter how long your goods are in storage, you'll never lose the little pieces you need to reassemble everything.

When To Opt For Climate-Controlled Storage

While you can go to great lengths to protect your items, sometimes it's best to save yourself the trouble and pay for a little extra care in your storage unit. Climate-controlled facilities may cost a little more, but they offer advanced protection from poor weather, humidity, bacteria, insects, and all manner of other natural troubles.

Some items can withstand these threats with the protection of bug repellents and plastic, but other belongings are too sensitive. Climate-controlled storage is necessary if you plan to store any of the following items in your unit:

  • Important documents
  • Photographs
  • Electronic devices like computers and televisions
  • Appliances with exposed wires or workings
  • Antiques and valuable furniture

These items may be protected without climate controlled storage for a short period of time, but it's a good idea to spring for a higher quality unit if you plan to store your belongings long-term.

Dedicated storage facilities can provide a great place for your extra belongings, but it's a good idea to be sure everything is well protected before you leave it there. By packing things carefully and considering climate-controlled arrangements, you can ensure that all of your possessions are just the way you left them when you get back.

For more information, contact a company like Target Storage Ltd.