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The Best Ways to Store Those Extra-Special Belongings


Are you moving, redecorating, or remodeling your home? Moving delicate furniture, artwork, and family heirlooms to a self storage unit can be a great way to help keep them safe during the transition. For your most fragile items, a few extra steps can help extend their lives and give you extra peace of mind. Check out the StayLock guide to storing those extra-special items.

Preclean & Dry Your Belongings

Not only does precleaning your belongings mean they are ready to be enjoyed as soon as you take them out of storage, but cleaning and drying them ahead of time will reduce the likelihood that they’re affected by mold or mildew. It will also reduce the chance of them developing an odor or being damaged or scratched by dirt or rock fragments during the moving process.

Properly Pack Your Items

An easy way to help protect your items is buying sturdy, high-quality boxes. Used boxes may seem fine, but it’s hard to know how they’ll hold up over time and whether they will retain their structural integrity. By buying new boxes, you can have a higher degree of certainty that the box won’t lose its shape when stacked. Plastic bins are an even better option. You should also use plenty of Bubble Wrap around delicate items, and fill any open space with packing peanuts or clean packing paper. All StayLock Storage leasing offices sell packing supplies onsite.

Add Desiccants to Your Boxes

Moisture really is the enemy when storing fragile items and materials like wooden antiques and photographs. Desiccants – the little moisture-absorbing packets you find in vitamin bottles and shoe boxes – offer an extra layer of protection. Purchase a bag and toss a few in each of your boxes.

Bring in the Professionals

It’s never a bad idea to double-check with an antiques, art, or jewelry professional. Technology is always changing and someone who works in the industry may have hands-on experience with storing your particular item that could be invaluable. If certain items are especially delicate, locate an expert and ask their advice before sealing your items up for a long period and moving them.

Use Climate-Controlled Storage

Climate-controlled storage can add an extra layer of protection, helping to prevent delicate wooden antiques from warping or cracking. Other materials that may benefit from this type of storage include old photographs, artwork, musical instruments, and sensitive electronics. However, it’s important to keep in mind that even with a climate-controlled unit, properly packing your belongings is essential.

For more tips on getting the most out of your self storage unit, visit the StayLock Storage blog.