Whether you need storage for one season or you’re looking for a quick solution, self-storage can work for you. When it’s time to store your belongings, do you know what the best materials and containers for storage are? What about larger items like furniture?
Noah’s Ark Self Storage has the answers. Follow this guide to learn the ins and outs of using self storage
Why Choose Self Storage
Self storage is helpful with the “4-Ds” of life: dislocation, divorce, downsizing or death. Renting a unit can help simplify your moving process, help you stay organized during a transition or offer a respite from having a home full of stuff.
As helpful as a storage unit can be, storing your belongings is not as simple as stacking your items inside and closing the door.
The Best Containers for Self Storage
Cardboard Storage Boxes
Cardboard boxes are a good option to store items that are not vulnerable to moisture. It is safe to store plastic toys, outdoor items or melamine dishware in cardboard boxes. While it is savvy to acquire free, pre-owned boxes, you should buy new boxes for long-term storage.
Storage boxes are often corrugated, created with hand-holes and come in various sizes. Some storage and moving companies offer box “kits” that contain a collection of sizes.
Plastic Storage Bins
Plastic tubs are more durable than cardboard and don’t decompose over time. They are a great option for storing fabric items, books and items that may rust. Plastic bins often pair with lids that can seal the contents away from moisture and pests.
Choose clear plastic to easily identify your belongings. Buy multiples of the same style for easy stacking. If you have large or heavier items, store those items in rolling, heavy-duty plastic bins.
Vacuum-Seal Storage Bags
To store bedding, clothing or other textiles, consider using vacuum seal bags. Removing air from your fabrics ensures they take up less space. The plastic bag also repels water and pests.
Be aware that tight compression can damage natural fabrics. Do not store silk, leather or cashmere for too long in vacuum storage.
Vacuum seal bags are ideal for short-term storage. Remember to air out your items seasonally and choose climate-controlled storage if possible. Climate control prevents your storage bags from melting and sticking to one another.
When storing furniture pieces, consider how to best protect your items from the elements. If it’s a viable option, choose climate-controlled storage. Before storing your furniture, disassemble the pieces and clean them. Never store dirty or dusty items.
Do not lay upholstered furniture on a bare storage unit floor. Remember to cover the floor with a drop cloth first. Also, cover wooden pieces with fabric instead of plastic to let them breathe.
For large or fragile items like framed artwork or mirrors, choose mirror boxes. Mirror boxes are designed to hold them securely. You can purchase wardrobe boxes with hanging bars to store your clothing on hangers.
Store dishware in “dish packs” that contain cells and double-layered corrugated cardboard. Add bubble wrap or other material to hold your items safely while they’re moved.
Noah’s Ark Self Storage
Renting a self storage unit can help you through life’s transitions. Keep your belongings in pristine condition by packing them the right way.
Whatever the reason, if it’s time to store your items, trust the pros at Noah’s Ark Self Storage. Contact us to reserve your unit today!