Perhaps you are moving houses, offices, or just need a place to safely store your unused belongings. Whatever the reason, putting your items into storage is often the best solution for your needs. Before you get started, there are a few things you should take into consideration to make your storage experience even easier. Here are 15 valuable tips on how to prepare your items for storage.
1. Gather Materials Packing paper, strong cardboard boxes of various sizes, and cutting utensils are the main items you will need.
2. Find the Right Boxes
Purchasing good quality and sturdy boxes will be the best investment you can make. Cheap boxes decay over time, or worse, won’t make it from your space to storage.
3. Heavy items in small boxes
Heavy items are best suited for smaller boxes, which can hold the weight and are easy to transfer.
4. Light items in larger boxes
Lighter and larger items such as bed sheets or pillows can be stored in larger boxes.
5. Storing Valuable Clothes
Valuable clothes can be stored in portable wardrobe boxes to ensure they’re not crumpled.
6. Individually Wrap Breakables
Breakable items such as wine glasses should be wrapped individually in bubble wrap or paper.
7. Boxing Breakables
When packing glassware and china always use a lot of cushioning at the bottom of the box and above the items.
8. Store heavy items at the bottom
An obvious one, but not always thought of when storing. Store heavy items such as ovens and books on the ground, and store glassware and delicate items on top.
9. Leave no space unused
Furniture such as draws and cupboards can fill a lot of ‘dead space’ if not filled. Place your delicate or smaller items in the drawers to save space.
9. Disassemble large Items
Save yourself both storage room and money by breaking down larger items such as bed frames.
10. Keep White Appliances Clean
Appliances like a fridge or freezer should be stored clean and dry – keep the doors open to allow the circulation of air and stop mould from growing.
11. Keep the Bits and Pieces
Remember to keep bolts and screws that come with hardware such as bed frames. Keep the screws in a small plastic bag and tape it to the item.
12. Fill Up Your Boxes
You might have the sturdiest boxes in the market, but if you aren’t filling your boxes entirely, they may eventually collapse under the weight from above.
13. Label Your Boxes
Not the funniest job in the world, but it will save you a lot of time when you need to unpack them.
14. Leave Space!
We all want to get the most out of the space we pay for – but it can be useful in the long run to leave some space to make removing items and leaving others that bit easier.
15. When In Doubt, Store it
It can be hard to throw away items – particularly if they have sentimental value. So, when in doubt, it’s best to store it away safely. You never know when you may need that wedding dress again…