As you prepare to move, we know that there are a lot of things on your mind and the move itself is top most in the list. There’s so much information online about moving: websites offering tips and pointers but also companies providing services for relocation.
You will find that there are a lot of moving related articles on the web, but not many focus on storage. Here are 10 storage tips to consider when moving to your new location.
Storage Tips for Your Personal Belongings
·Before you start packing, walk through each room and get rid of items you no longer use or need. Make sure that what you pack will last you until you’ve settled in your new home. That means no packing chipped or cracked dishes or dishes that don’t fit together well, to prevent damages during transit. Also, make sure you have the proper size boxes to wrap each item properly.
·If you are hiring professional movers to do the relocation for you, ask them beforehand how they will pack your belongings. If you are packing on your own, make sure that all fragile items are wrapped well.
·Make sure that the room you’re storing the boxes inside is dry and free from moisture. Moisture can damage what’s inside of the boxes, especially the paper boxes.
·If you have a lot of books then consider wrapping them in plastic to keep away dampness and dust.
·Some people tend to put everything inside a box and close it tight, but this is a big mistake as moisture can still get it which can damage your belongings. If possible, leave the boxes open so that they can breathe.
·If you plan to store your items for a long time it’s recommended not to stack too many boxes on top of each other, as this will create pressure and it might collapse under its own weight.
Storage Tips for Your Electronics
·If you are storing your appliances you should remove any food inside before doing so. Don’t forget to wipe the device clean to avoid dust build up while it is in storage. Also, check its cords and cables, make sure you have all of them with the appliance itself.
·While storing electronic devices make sure they are dry and free from dust. You can use a duster to wipe the surface clean.
·If you feel like your belongings might get wet, don’t store them near any windows or ventilation openings that will allow water in. If there’s water leaking from windows then cover them with plastic sheets to prevent it from going inside the boxes.
Storage Tips for Your Kitchenware
·Don’t leave your kitchen boxes until the last day, as the dishes inside them might get broken. Make sure you pack them in a way that they won’t slide or move around when it’s being transported.
·Wrap each dish with paper to avoid damages and breakage during transport. This will also keep them safe from stains. Make sure you label the boxes properly in order to avoid confusion when unpacking.
·If you have a lot of kitchenware, consider using a wardrobe for storing them. This will help you save space and time unpacking each box at your new home.
Storage Tips for Your Clothes
·Make sure you store your clothes in clean, dry area. If possible use wardrobe boxes rather than cardboard ones as it will offer the items more protection.
·It’s important not to stuff too many clothes into one box or move them around too much as this can cause damages that are hard to fix.
·Pack winter clothes last, so that they don’t get damaged during storage. And make sure you leave them in the wardrobe box and not in a cardboard one, as it will crumble and destroy your clothes.
·Go through your wardrobe before packing to make sure you don’t pack items that are too worn out, since they might break while moving.