How To Pack For Storage: Long And Short Term Packing Tips

storage packing tips

Monday 17th June, 2019

Whether you’ve downsized to the perfect cozy house, you’re making a little more space in your current home or you’re off travelling the world you’ll have to face the dreaded task of packing your belongings for storage. This doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal, consider the handy tips below when thinking about how to pack for storage.

Short Term Tips

There are many reasons you may need to store your items for a short space of time. If that’s the case for you it’s important to think about where you store items within your container. If you store more frequently used items near the door you will be able to access them on the off chance that you’ll need them. Larger and less frequently used items should be stored at the back as you’re far less likely to need access to these before you empty your storage unit.

It’s also a good idea to protect your property when packing, transporting and storing. There’s a range of different protective packaging that you can purchase that protects from the elements. For example, you can use waterproof furniture pads that protect from the rain when moving and will protect from damp when in your container. It’s also a good idea to strap down your furniture when moving so nothing falls or gets damaged in transit.

Long Term Tips

Long term storage units are prone to pest infestations. This doesn’t have to be the case for you if you take preventative measures when packing for long term storage. You shouldn’t store food unless it’s in air tight containers. If unwanted critters detect a food source they will stop at nothing to get access to it and then you’ve really got a problem on your hands.

When it comes to storing your clothes or bed linen make sure you wash them before they’re stored so the scent and other debris such as crumbs doesn’t attract pesky bugs that can live within your clothes and breed. It’s also a good idea to use vacuum sealed bags, this way you’ll make more space for other items and they won’t get damaged by damp or mould.

Another way to help reduce the risk of your items getting damaged in any way in long term storage facilities is to store them off the floor. Using pallets or shelving is a good way to store valuables safely. This will prevent them from getting dirty and wet. You’re also preventing them from getting damaged should there be a flood or any other spoilage to your storage unit.

Summary

Takinging these handy tips into consideration when getting ready to place your gear in storage will preserve your goods and make the process easier to manage. You will be able to sleep at night knowing your belongings are safe and that you’ll get them back in one piece.