If you require some extra space or just love to stay organized, consider using a storage unit at some point. While storage units can be a lifesaver, there are also some essential dos and don'ts that you need to be aware of in order to make the most out of your storage experience. Circle Storage covers some vital tips and tricks to help you use your storage unit effectively and avoid potential pitfalls.
Don't Store Items Without Proper Preparation
Storing items without proper preparation can lead to damages and losses. Before you even think of transporting your items to the storage unit, ensure they are correctly packed and prepared. Always clean your items thoroughly to remove any dirt or moisture which can cause mold or mildew. Furniture, for example, should be disassembled if possible, and all parts should be wrapped individually. For electronics, it's ideal to use the original packaging or similar protective materials. Fragile items need to be wrapped in bubble wrap or newspaper and placed in sturdy boxes. Clothes should be washed and dried thoroughly before being stored, preferably in vacuum-sealed bags. It’s also wise to label all your boxes so you can easily identify your items later. Remember, haphazard storage can lead to unnecessary damage and stress, so always take the time to prepare your belongings properly.
Do Invest in Quality Packing Supplies
When it comes to storing your items, cutting corners on packing supplies should be avoided. High-quality packing supplies are an investment in the safety and security of your belongings. Start with sturdy boxes in a variety of sizes to accommodate your different items. Make sure you have plenty of bubble wrap, packing paper, or foam peanuts to protect fragile items from shifting or breaking. Heavy-duty packing tape is essential for securing boxes and preventing them from falling apart during transit or storage. Consider purchasing mattress bags, furniture covers, or plastic wrap for extra protection against dust, moisture, and pests. For valuable or sensitive items like documents or electronics, consider investing in specialty boxes designed for their specific needs. Circle Storage has packing items available for purchase at most locations.
Don't Store Hazardous or Perishable Items
It's crucial to understand that not everything belongs in a storage unit. As a general rule, hazardous or perishable items should never be kept in a storage unit and are prohibited per the terms of the rental agreement. This includes flammable, explosive, or toxic substances like gasoline, paint, chemicals, or cleaning fluids. Storing these can pose serious risks of fire, explosion, or chemical leaks, which can harm your belongings and others in the facility. Similarly, perishable goods like food or plant matter can attract pests and cause unpleasant odors or mold. Even canned food, which might seem safe, can burst or spoil in extreme temperatures. Also, remember that storage units are not designed for living creatures, so pets and plants are a definite no-no. Before you decide to store something, think about whether it could pose a risk. When in doubt, check with the storage facility or refer to their policies.
Do Regularly Visit and Check Your Storage Unit
Maintaining a frequent check-in schedule for your storage unit is an absolute must. Even with all the right preparation, unforeseen issues can occur over time. A regular visit allows you to address any potential issues before they become serious problems. When checking your unit, look out for signs of moisture, pests, or any damage to your items. While you're there, it's also a good opportunity to reorganize, ensuring that your frequently needed items are easily accessible.
Storage Hacks: Dos and Don'ts You Need to Know
If your storage unit seems to be getting cramped, take the time to assess what you have stored. You may find items you no longer need or forgot you even had. Regularly visiting your unit not only keeps your belongings safer it also helps you stay organized and get the most out of your storage space.
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