Learn how to Self Storage; A few tips
The advantages and uses of self storage are numerous. It can be used to store things when moving home, to store items in added security when on holiday, and even can be used to house small businesses if the architecture is right. However, if you don’t store your things correctly, they could start looking worse for wear once it’s time to take them out. Here are a few storage tips.
When storing the boxes, the most efficient way is to stack similarly shaped ones on top of each other. In order to do this safely, you shouldn’t stack them too high, and make sure the heaviest ones are at the bottom and the lightest ones at the top, with valuables being stored safely away from the stacks. This ensures that in the event of them toppling, there’s less threat of injury or breakage, seeing as the lighter items tend to be clothes and other fabric goods. Think about whether there are any items that will be in storage for longer than others, and put them in first, so they’re at the back. That way, if they’re not going anywhere for a while they will be out of the way when moving other things in and out. This is doubly useful if they’re large – it will save a lot of headaches.
Consider leaving some empty space between each of the stacks, and don’t put them up against the wall. This aids air circulation, which in turn reduces the likelihood of moisture getting in. This will stop any flimsy objects from rotting – doubly so if the storage room has heat regulation facilities. Another reason for keeping them away from the wall is to stop them from getting squashed up – this preserves the life of the boxes and paper based items such as magazines.
When packing your items for storage, you still shouldn’t skimp on quality materials. Sturdy boxes will come in useful especially for those goods that will be coming in and out of storage on a regular basis. So, that box of drill bits will stay in the box on the first time you take them out, and on the tenth time. If you’re planning to store upholstered furniture, it’s a smart idea wrap them up in plastic. If you do this, and as long as the plastic isn’t torn (don’t try to over stretch it) it keeps moisture, dust and creepy crawlies off them. That way, the dust won’t stain the fabric, the water won’t make them smell horrible, and there will be no insect infestation to give you a nasty shock. The same goes for mattresses and blankets – wrap them up tight!
Even though these firms usually tout high security, and any self storage firm worth your time will be keeping an eye on your storage room, it’s a good idea to have your own padlock. Get a secure one, and change the combination or the lock itself every few months. It’s something to consider for added piece of mind.
So, there you have it, everything in your self storage room or container will remain as fresh as the day you put it there, as long as you bear these tips in mind. Now, you too can clear the clutter out in your own home, store the Christmas lights without fear of them being broken (they’ll still be tangled, though), or whatever other use you have for these excellent services and facilities.