Packing Tips for Efficient Storage

It comes as no surprise things you only use occasionally spend more time in storage than on display. Holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, and the odd heirloom can be stored for months or even years before it’s taken out of its container, and sometimes what comes out isn’t exactly in the shape that you put it in. Prolonged storage can often lead to damage, especially if you don’t pack your items correctly. To avoid such mishaps from happening, we offer a few tips you should keep in mind when packing your valuable items for storage.

One of the first things you should do before doing any sort of packing is to plan ahead. You don’t want to just haphazardly throw a bunch of items into a box, and doing so is a sure fire way of damaging your stuff. Separate your items into categories, like a group with only books versus one with only clothing. Doing this gives you a visual cue, allowing you to plan how each item is going to fit into your container.

The next thing you will need to do is to get the right containers for the job. For heavy items such as books, it is always better to place them into smaller containers, as this makes them easier to transport. Lighter objects like clothes or foam decors, can be packed into larger boxes as they are easy to lift even in bulk. Also, remember to choose containers you know will be able to withstand prolonged storage. Cardboard boxes, though cheap and easy to come by, are easily damaged by water and by household pests like insects and rodents. Getting an airtight plastic container reduces the chances of water or mold damage, and helps protect against common house pests.

It’s always a good idea to pack your items tightly, especially if you’re dealing with fragile items that can break if they are bumped around. This, of course, doesn’t mean you can overload the containers you’re using. Load only as much as you think you’ll be able to lift, and fill any empty spaces with either newspaper or foam pellets to keep fragile items safe.

After you’ve got your items packed, label them correctly and legibly. The last thing you want is to rummage through the boxes looking for a specific item. This will also help greatly if you’re using rented mini self storage units which will probably contain a whole lot of boxes, as you can easily tell by a glance which boxes have what you need. Proper labeling also helps reduce the possibility of clutter and disorganization, as you won’t have to open each and every single box when you’re trying to find a certain item.

Seasonal items, although only in use during specific times of the year, may spend the majority of their useful lives in storage, but that doesn’t mean they should be neglected. Packing things properly minimizes the amount of damage your stuff may experience, and helps ensure they will be intact when you need them.

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