What are the most common items to put in storage during a move? Learn more in this guide to how to store items and what to pick to store.
About 1 out of 11 people rent a personal storage space outside of their home.
But why do people use storage?
First, it’s a great way to de-clutter your home without having to part with valuable or sentimental items. These units also allow you to store things like china, clothing, furniture and more while you’re in the process of moving into and arranging your new home.
But what’s the best way to safely store items when you’re moving or decluttering, and what should you store?
Read on to find out.
Tips for Maximizing Storage Space
So, what’s the best way to get the most out of your storage space?
First, disassemble everything you possibly can, like furniture or shelving units. Always place heavier items on the bottom and lighter, more fragile things on the top.
Also, consider what you’re the most likely to use/need frequent access to, and place those things at the front of your unit.
Protect valuable items by using mildew-resistant dress bags or tarps.
Additionally, make sure that you label all the containers and boxes you use — and think hard about whether or not what you’re storing truly needs a box at all.
Above all, be ruthless about what you decide to store vs. what you decide to sell or donate. Look up the resale value of items you’re on the fence about, and consider if you’d rather have the cash.
What Belongs in Storage
First, let’s talk about what you should and shouldn’t put in a storage unit.
Most people gravitate towards furniture storage units that allow them to store larger pieces like mattresses, bed frames, patio furniture, and extra couches/chairs.
Seasonal items like summer or winter clothes, holiday decorations, and sports equipment are also popular things to put in storage.
Some even put artwork, documents, and parts of their collections of art, figurines, or other knick-knacks into storage.
That being said, sometimes it’s not wise to store items of a certain nature in your unit.
Things like weapons of any kind, fuel, chemicals, paints, and even liquor usually aren’t allowed in storage units at all. You should never leave plants or food in storage, even if you’re renting temporary storage space.
Ensure that all items are completely dry before putting them in the unit, and never store anything with a strong scent — it will transfer to other items!
Store Items Safely When Moving Thanks to These Tips
We hope this post has taught you the best ways to store items you’re still finding space for in your home when you’re in the process of moving.
To pick the best possible unit, make sure you’re allowed 24/7 access, that units are climate-controlled, and that security is on the premises at all times.
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