There comes a time when you have to take note of what needs to stay in your home and what is taking up too much space. After all, you may have items that would fare better in other conditions, such as the climate controlled setting of a self-storage facility rather than a lean-to in your backyard. A storage unit is a great solution for many items that have outlived their welcome in your home. Here is a list of the top five items that should be moved to self-storage.
There are many times when large items are taking up too much space in your home. By putting these large items in self-storage, you’ll free up some space.
Whether for home or office, storing furniture is an option if you are moving to a smaller space, selling property, trying to get rid of clutter, or making room for more family or bigger business.
The best ways to store furniture is:
- Place plastic “bedding” or wooden pallets on the ground beneath furniture to keep moisture or mold from reaching them.
- Disassemble large furniture, if possible; apply wax to wooden furniture to protect finish.
- Polish metallic furniture to prevent oxidation that would damage the finish.
- Wrap some form of cushioning around areas to prevent scratching and denting (bubble wrap, newspaper, towels, or blankets).
- Use end tables and dresser drawers as “boxes.”
- To prevent breaking, protect glass and mirrors by using masking tape to make an “X” on the surface.
- If you are worried about certain fabrics, store the furniture in a climate controlled unit.
You may need a safe and secure place to put perfectly good and useful appliances that you may not be using right now. Microwaves, ovens, fridges, stoves, washers, and dryers can all be properly stored with good packing practices.
The best way to store appliances is:
- Wash and clean appliances to prevent buildups, and to avoid rot, rust, or pests while in a self-storage unit.
- Keep appliances upright against the wall; leave doors slightly open to allow air to pass through the appliance, avoiding musty smells.
- Cushion and wrap fragile parts, such as glass panels if you don’t end up removing them.
- Cover appliances with sheet or other breathable cover.
You may need to store your car or vehicle if you are going on a vacation or another long trip. Or, perhaps you have a car that you want to keep but are not currently using or don’t have parking space for. This especially runs true if the car is a classic that you are trying to keep out of the elements. You have the option of storing your vehicle in a secure place.
Car storage tips:
- Humidity can create rust; consider climate controlled storage.
- For lengthy storage periods more than two months, put gas in your tank to prevent internal rust.
- Add a stabilizer to preserve the gas and fuel system.
- Change to fresh oil; dirty oil can get too thick over a long period of time and make it difficult to start your car when you are ready to retrieve it.
- Use tire jacks to raise weight off tires and prevent flattening.
- Clean your car thoroughly; clean and vacuum inside, wash and wax the outside. This will prevent rot, corrosion, mold, and pests.
- Disconnect the car battery to prevent acid leakage.
- Use a car cover for extra comfort and protection.
Some occasions call for storage of extremely valuable items, whether an heirloom from the past five generations of your family, or a piece of exotic art. Storage might present an avenue of security not currently available to people in their homes or workplaces. People on the move may need somewhere to put their valuables until they return or settle down. For collectors, a self storage unit might just be a more secure and organized alternative to keeping collections at home.
Valuables storage tips:
- Temperature and humidity control is important to prevent damage to some valuable items.
- Wrap wall art in storage tissue, allowing ventilation.
- Keep artwork from direct contact with the ground.
- Don’t lean canvases against the wall for long periods, as the canvas will get distorted.
- You can use acid-free tubes or cardboard tubes for rolled preservation.
- Use boxes for smaller items such as mirrors or lamps.
- Take professional precautions, such as appraisals and insurance, whenever possible when storing valuable items like antique furniture or art.
Christmas comes only once a year, but many families spend a great deal of money, time, and energy preparing for and enjoying this precious season with extravagant flair. When the season is over, self-storage is one storage solution to put away all those dear-to-your-heart seasonal items and holiday decorations that you can reuse year after year.
Holiday storage tips:
- Box small items.
- Keep boxes well padded.
- Shred used wrapping paper and use it as packing material.
- Use egg cartons for very small ornaments.
- Keep most fragile and delicate ornaments at the top of a box.
- Stuff garlands into a large box.
- Avoid entangling lights. Wrap them neatly around paper tubes and secure the ends.
- Put extra bulbs and fuses in a small bag secured to the light’s packaging.
- Label your garlands and lights so that you won’t have to re-measure everything next year and will know exactly what will fit where.
- Store large lawn holiday statues in padded or filled boxes, or wrap them up securely.When looking to store your items in Jackson, Tennessee, contact Markham Self Storage. We specialize in all of your self-storage needs and offer affordable storage units.