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How to Properly Prepare Items for Storage

How to Properly Prepare Items for Storage

Renting a self-storage unit is one of the best decisions you can make. With this simple step, you will free up areas that you have unintentionally turned into a closet or your in-home storage space.

Making the decision to rent a storage space in Campbelltown is also another way you can be certain that your most valuable possessions will be safe from burglars, flooding, fire, and pests.

Preparing the Items You Will Store

Making sure your belongings won’t be damaged while they are in storage will greatly depend on how well you prepare these items. To ensure your belongings will maintain their good quality and get the most out of your self-storage unit, follow the prep tips and hacks below:

1. Choose which items will go to the storage unit

If you haven’t decided yet which items you will place in storage, do so before you rent a unit. Keep in mind that the more you store, the bigger the unit you will have to rent. And this means you will have to spend more on the monthly rent.

To reduce your list of possession to store, prioritise storing furniture that you don’t want to sell but aren’t using yet. Storing them in a facility will help maintain their condition until the time comes when you will use them.

Next, choose items that you don’t use regularly. These could be decorative items which you haven’t displayed on tables or paintings you haven’t hung up on the wall for some time now. You can also store plates, glassware, gardening tools and equipment which you haven’t used for years, and have no idea when you will use them again.

In case you still have a lot of items at home that you don’t use and they do not hold any sentimental value, consider selling or donating them instead of putting them in the storage unit.

2. Prepare your packing materials

Once you have chosen your items for storage and the unit to rent, make sure you have all the packing materials you need. These should include:

  • Good-quality cardboard boxes or storage bins of various sizes
  • Packing paper
  • Bubble wrap
  • Packaging and masking tape
  • Permanent markers for labelling

3. Clean and/or vacuum all items to be stored

Make sure you thoroughly clean all items you intend to place in storage. Vacuum and use a cleaning spray to wipe down furniture, chair cushions, small appliances, power tools, and other equipment.

Wash and clean all plates, kitchenware, and breakable décor as well. Make sure they are completely dry before covering them with packing paper or bubble wrap.

By doing so, you will prevent the furniture from developing moulds and a musty smell. You will ensure your items won’t attract pests as well.

4. Use boxes and containers smartly

To make the most out of box or container space, place heavier items at the bottom and the lighter ones on top.

To give the removalists or moving crew an easier time moving and carrying your packed items, use smaller boxes or containers to store heavier items. Place lighter items, such as curtains and beddings, in larger containers.

Fill up carton boxes entirely to prevent them from collapsing. However, avoid overfilling or weighing down boxes and containers since they will become too heavy to carry.

Lastly, write the content of each box and container on a paper and tape it on top or on the side. You can also write the content directly onto the box itself. This will come in handy if you need to get something from the storage unit.

5. Be careful when packing breakables

When packing breakables such as plates, glasses, and cups, wrap each item individually using packing paper or bubble wrap.

Once you are ready to pack them, place a cushion at the bottom of the box. You can use newsprint, curtains, or towels for this purpose. Don’t forget to add cushion at the top when you’re done placing items in the container and before taping up the box.

Avoid placing heavy items on top of these fragile things even if everything is well-packed and well-protected. There is still a chance they can damage your breakables.

6. Use drawers as additional storage containers

If you will be storing dressers, cabinets, wardrobes, and other furniture that have drawers in the storage unit, place items in these drawers, too. Place items that are light and do not break such as clothes, curtains, stuffed toys on the bottom drawer.

You can also place silverware and small, fragile items such as picture frames and breakable trinkets in these drawers. However, put them in their original packaging or keep them wrapped in protective layers first.

Make sure you lock the drawers so that they don’t accidentally open and allow the contents to spill out.

7. Disassemble furniture

Save space in your storage unit by disassembling large furniture pieces such as bed frames, tables, and chairs. Following this tip will also give the removalists an easier time moving and placing them in the storage unit as well.

You will also protect your furniture better from potential wear and tear by disassembling them before putting them in storage.

Choosing a reputable removals and storage company in Campbelltown will give you an assurance that your valuable possessions will be placed in a secure unit.

Moreover, a professional removal team can offer packing services which will allow you to bypass all the hard work and stress that comes with the process of preparing and moving your items to a storage unit.

If you are looking to rent a self-storage unit in Campbelltown and need help with packing, get in touch with us today.

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