Self storage requires careful preparations and thoughtful planning if you want it done right. If you don’t follow some common sense guidelines, while working on that you risk damage to your belongings. It will also make it significantly difficult to find anything within the unit itself. Dust can also build up in time and you will need to make sure what you have stored there will be easy to clean as well as organized. These tips will help you get things ready as you move forward:
Make a list of all boxes and their contents, an inventory will serve you a great deal when keeping track of your belongings. You should make labels for each individual box, listing what’s inside as well as the estimated value of each item. This will help you when you decide to insure their contents, as companies need a rough estimated value of all items being insured.
Use a limited number of box sizes as this will make stacking easier. All boxes should be strong enough to withstand the pressure of stacking without collapsing.
Box everything and leave nothing out, as this will only make it exposed to the dust and grime bound to build up during storage.
When you’re packing you should make sure each box is properly filled. Gaps and half-empty boxes can easily collapse, so they will need to be properly filled. Avoid putting too many heavy items in a single box as this will make it impossible to carry without breaking. Also, remember to place heavy boxes on the bottom and lighter ones on top to avoid collapse.
Don’t place any items in sealed bags made of plastic, such as Ziploc bags. This may sound like a good idea at first, but in reality it will only allow condensation and the forming of mildew.
Use small boxes for books, so they can be more manageable. Lay the books flat in their boxes to protect their spines from wear and tear.
If you’re storing any refrigerators or freezers make sure you leave them inside with their doors slightly ajar. Make sure they are completely dried out and drained to prevent mold and mildew outbreaks.
Bubble wrap any breakables in boxes and seal them well. Alternately you can use packing peanuts or paper. Make sure mirrors, picture frames and other similar objects are wrapped in bubble wrap and that their corners are protected from impacts.
Stack boxes in such a fashion that you won’t struggle with opening them. Place the boxes you access most often in an easy location where you won’t have to move anything out of the way.
Dismantle any furniture which allows that so you can save space. Make sure you don’t lose any bits and pieces, bolts and screws by keeping them in a labeled container.
For any furniture you can’t dismantle you should consider placing boxes within instead. This will save you space as well as adding an extra layer of protection to any items you place inside. That way you will also minimize the moving stress that usually is rather unpleasant.