Packing Tips to Protect Your Storage Unit Belongings
After choosing the right storage facility that fits your needs, now you need to consider how to protect your storage unit belongings in the best way. While you can easily throw all of your things into your unit, this can become a big hassle and may end up damaging some items that are too expensive to replace, or even priceless. Here are some tips to help you protect your valuable possessions and belongings in your storage unit.
The Right Container for the Right Item
Determine whether the goods you are storing will be better protected by placing them in boxes, totes, or other containers. You may need to purchase specialized boxes and other packing supplies to protect your items during the move and while they are stowed away in storage.
Clean Clean Clean
Thoroughly clean, disinfect and dry refrigerators, freezers, stoves and other appliances. Prevent possible injury during moving by using packaging tape to make sure that appliance doors are securely shut. Also make sure that all appliances are thoroughly dry before storing in order to prevent mold or rust overtime. For other machines that may be placed in storage for an extended period of time, use a few drops of machine oil to lightly coat any items in order to prevent rust.
Store Clothes and Linen the Right Way
Use wardrobe boxes to store any clothing that is usually placed on a hanger at home. Another option is to use space-saver bags or totes for clothes. We would highly recommend space-saver bags because they protect your clothing and they help to maximize storage space in your unit. An added note is to clean and launder all drapes, curtains, linens and clothing items before they are placed in storage.
Use Bubble Wrap and Packing Materials
Take care when packing your fragile items such as dishes or glassware. Use bubble wrap and other packing materials to protect your storage unit belongings, and especially when storing delicate items. Pack similar items in the same box and fill empty spaces with packing peanuts, bubble wrap or newspaper.
Prevent Damage to TVs and Computer Screens
Cover computer screens and large television screens with dust covers and wrap in bubble wrap if you are storing these items next to furniture and other equipment. You can also use the original packaging to protect your storage unit belongings if you still have them at home. As an alternative, there are also TV packaging boxes, which you can purchase online, that are specifically made to protect TVs during a move or while in storage.
We at hope that you have found these tips to protect your storage unit belongings helpful and informative. We have some other great articles about self-storage and storage organization on Mr. SmartLock’s Blog. If you are looking for storage around Radford, Christiansburg, Blacksburg, Fairlawn or the rest of the Montgomery County area, give us a shout and we’ll be happy to assist you. You can also read more about us on our homepage here.