5 Essential Long-Term Storage Safety Tips

While everyone has different reasons for using long-term storage, the actual processes and methods for storing your items remain the same no matter what.

So, whether you’re heading overseas for a few years, transitioning between cities, downsizing your home, or any other scenario life has thrown at you, there are a few key steps you can take to make sure your valuables and belongings remain just as you left them the day you first placed them in your new storage unit.

Here are five crucial long-term tips you can follow for most any item, large or small.

Make Sure Items are Properly Packed

The main priority for any item being stored for an extended period is to ensure it’s packed the right way. This obviously means different things for different items, but there are some general guidelines you can follow.

For instance, when placing items into a container or box, always put the heavier items on the bottom, otherwise lighter or more fragile items could end up getting broken over time.

You’ll also want to wrap fragile items in bubble wrap, adding some extra protection if any items shift in the future (they will). Storing clothing? It’s best to avoid folding items. Instead, roll them up and place them inside vacuum-sealed packs. Larger garments can be hung on a rack with a zipped liner.

Disassemble and Clean Your Furniture

Taking furniture apart can not only save some space inside your unit, it may also reduce stress on certain components. If you do end up disassembling your furniture prior to storage, make sure to place any small screws, bolts, nuts, and other parts into a plastic bag, and then tape it to the furniture.

If you have any wood parts on your furniture, spray some oil or polish to prevent any drying and cracking. As for fabric surfaces, give them a thorough vacuuming right before you move them to the unit.

Use Sturdy Containers and Boxes

Using worn-down boxes and flimsy containers can lead to problems down the road. The boxes can eventually break open or fall over — a surprise you definitely don’t want when it’s time to retrieve your stuff!

Always use new boxes and sturdy containers for long-term storage. Keeping the sizes consistent is a big advantage too.

Prepare Appliances

Properly storing electric appliances can be a bit tricky, and often overlooked. Your appliances are susceptible to mold and bacteria growth over time, so you’ll need to spend a little time getting them cleaned up beforehand. Wipe the insides with a little baking soda, which will help absorb any moisture.

For washing machines and dishwashers, be sure to empty the hoses completely, and give them time to dry before storing. Tie the hose up as well. Leave the doors to refrigerators, microwaves, and ovens open just a tad.

Use Climate-Controlled Storage

For optimal storage conditions, opting for a climate-controlled unit will make a huge difference for the long term, and give your belongings the best environment to retain their current condition. With climate-controlled units, you’ll never have to worry about heat damage, or frigid temperatures causing your furniture and appliances to crack and become brittle. Think of it like a cozy second home for your stuff!

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