How to pack for storage

In the past, storages were used only by big companies. But nowadays, everybody has that privilege. Families use them when moving; Students use them for storing things that can not fit into their dorms; People living in small apartments use them for storing the things they can not get rid of. Storages facilities have many uses and they are extremely helpful. However, before you rent one, you must know how to pack for storage, and what can you store in there. But do not worry, it is not complicated, as long as you follow some rules. Keep on reading if you want to know how to pack for storage.

Know the Restrictions

Each storage unit has a different set of rules and laws. That is why, before you start packing your things for storage, you must know what is allowed and what is not. The best way to find out is to talk to the owner. He or she will give you the list of the prohibited items.  But, one thing is for sure, you can not store hazardous materials like chemicals, acids, gases, gasoline, propane tanks, paints, paint thinners, cleaners, pesticides, weed killers, car batteries, fireworks, liquor, charcoal, and more. All these things can easily be set on fire. Moreover, you can not store plants, food or anything that is extremely valuable.

’No fire sign’’ that shows us how to pack for storage.
Talk to the owner about the things you plan on storing.

Buy Proper Packing Materials

The best way to pack for storage is to do it with proper packing materials.  You will need cardboard boxes, plastic bins, bubble wrap, lots of tape, and markers. All your items should be properly packed inside the boxes and bins. This is necessary if you want to find them in the same way you left them. Pack everything safely, and make sure that each box and bin is labeled. You can find cheap packing materials at your local supermarket, stationery shop or hardware store.

securing the box with bubble wrap
When you pack for storage, make sure that each item is secured properly.

Clean the Items Before Packing

If you do not want that moldy and dusty smell on all your belongings, you must make sure that each item is cleaned before placed into the box. So, take a day off, buy some chemicals for cleaning and start. If you have some larger pieces of furniture with fabrics, you can simply vacuum them and then cover them with some blankets or packing papers. And, when it comes to items that have plastic or wooden surfaces, clean them with some chemicals to remove the dust and dirt. All of this will prevent the items inside the storage from rusting and molding. 

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