Prepping Items for Storage (in 8 Simple Steps)
So, it’s come time for you to take some of your items out of commission, but you still want to preserve them for future use. Keeping items fresh and protected in storage can be tricky. If you follow these simple tips, you can have your furniture, wall art, or sentimental belongings packed away safely for a few months down the road — or for generations to come.
1 – CLEAN YOUR ITEMS
This seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of times people will throw old, dusty pieces in containers without thinking twice. Give your items a thorough clean and ensure they are fully dried out before you begin to pack.
2 – USE PROTECTIVE SPRAYS
Most large stores carry furniture protection sprays and leather conditioner. You can apply those to wood and leather furniture to help them maintain their appearance over extended periods of time in storage. Wood finishes will typically need some sort of polish or wax.
3 – PACK SYSTEMICALLY
When you start filling boxes with smaller items, you’ll need to be careful not to just shove them down into the bottom. Stack in tightly-compacted layers so you can minimize the odds of them breaking during transport. That will also cut down on storage space.
4 – DETACH AND COLLAPSE
If you have belongings that have detachable pieces or that are capable of collapsing, go ahead and knock that out. That will save you some space when you show up at the storage unit. You can use small sandwich bags to hold any small pieces of hardware that need to come off such as screws, bolts, and hinges.
5 – DRAIN APPLIANCES
Washers, dishwashers, washing machines, and other appliances will need to be drained before you put them away. So take the time to get all of the water out first. It could save you from having a hefty cleanup when you decide to reuse or sell those items.
6 – WRAP IT UP
For larger items like furniture, it’s best to give them at least one layer of protection. Shrink wrap is ideal for keeping dust and mildew off of furniture, especially if it’s made of cloth. You can also use old blankets as base layer for wrapping, which protects against bumps and scrapes.
7 – PACK DISHES CAREFULLY
When you move Grandmother’s China or any other assortment of fragile items, it’s best to follow a few simple steps: Place plates, bowls, and saucers on their side to prevent cracks and breaks. Place cups and glasses with the rims down. Use plenty of cushioning inside the container you’re using. That can be a blanket, newspaper clippings, or packing peanuts.
8 – WARDROBE BOXES
Keeping clothes from becoming tattered is much easier when you have a wardrobe box. These handy boxes keep your clothes upright and wrinkle-free. They also create a barrier to protect from dust and aging. Placing a pesticide inside the box will keep insects from preying on your clothes as well.
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