At some point in your life, you may find yourself in need of extra storage space. Whether you need the extra space due to downsizing or simply as a place to safely store your gardening equipment during the winter, you have an abundance of storage options at your disposal. The USA alone is home to over 88 million square miles of self-storage space. While renting a storage unit for your treasures is a handy solution to combat a lack of space, you need to ensure that your belongings survive being stored for any length time.
Choosing a storage unit will take a bit of research. Decisions you will need to make concerning a unit include:
Assess how many things you will need to store, and choose a unit size accordingly. You will want a unit that is large enough to allow air circulation around your items.
Electronics and other sensitive items, such as musical instruments, will need climate control for safe keeping.
Will you need to access your items often? A nearby storage facility will be your best option. Do you just need extra space to store items that you will rarely be using? A facility farther afield may work for you. Not only will you want to consider the location of the storage facility itself, you want to choose a unit within the storage facility that will be the most convenient for your needs. A unit on the top floor of a multistory facility may not be the most convenient if you have large and heavy items to store.
Pack for success
Once you have your unit chosen, you will want to make sure your items come out of storage in the same condition that they were in when you stored them. Ensuring the survival of your items will include how you pack the items into your boxes, as well as how you pack the boxes into your unit.
- Are you storing a refrigerator or freezer? Opening a box of baking soda and placing the box inside the fridge or freezer will help keep odors at bay.
- Placing a bucket of charcoal in your storage unit will help keep moisture levels in check.
- Cover furniture to protect it from dust. This includes mattresses and sofas, as well as any other furniture that could be harmed by dust or moisture.
- To keep the items in your boxes smelling fresh, add a fabric softener sheet or a sachet of scented herbs, such as lavender, among the items.
With a little careful planning, you can store your items and have the peace of mind that they will stay in top shape in your storage unit. For more information, contact a local storage company like AA All American Airborne Self-Storage.