Storage units offer a safe and reliable place to keep your belongings. Whether you’re moving or need extra space, a storage unit can be a viable option. Popular storage rental items include out-of-season decorations, clothes, home appliances, documents and books. Here a few tips on how to properly store your items.
Holiday decorations are one of the most commonly stored items. Keep fragile decorations like ornaments and bulbs toward the top of the boxes to ensure they don’t break during the transition. Wrap your lights around empty wrapping paper tubes to avoid a tangled mess. Stay organized, and label your boxes accurately or use transparent bins to see what’s inside each box.
A professional, climate-controlled unit is the most reliable place to store your clothing. Air circulation is vital in increasing the lifespan of your clothes. Always wash and dry them thoroughly before packing them up. Plastic containers or self-hanging boxes are ideal. Avoid sharp folds and wire hangers, which can damage your clothes over time. If you’re worried about moths, use cedarwood balls or chips to repel these pesky bugs from messing with your clothing.
Appliances and Extra Furniture
Saving appliances and furniture can come in handy later on, so you want to make sure you appropriately store them for future use. For large appliances like washers, run an empty final cycle with a cup of bleach or white vinegar, and drain all of the liquid to prevent mold. Clean and cover your item, and tape up any loose parts. Always load appliances and larger furniture first in the storage unit. This will allow easier access to smaller items when you open it up.
Safety is your number one priority when storing personal or business documents. Make sure you look for cameras, onsite management and security guards to guarantee your documents are protected. Also, look for facilities that offer climate and pest control so that your important papers are safe from outside elements.
Store your books using plastic containers to keep them safe from leaks and unwanted pests. Try not to overpack your books because too much weight on top of a book can damage their fibers. Keeping your books in a climate-controlled facility will help prevent them from forming mildew and deteriorating.
Noah’s Ark Self Storage offers a wide range of storage options, including climate-controlled units. Contact us today, and let us help you find the perfect unit for your storage needs.