Using Storage Long-Term

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Clean Your Items

We all know that dust and debris can cause damage when left for too long. Electronics that gather dust can stop working after a while, and metal that sits unprotected can start to rust. So, before you put anything into your storage unit, make sure it’s clean and dry. If you’re going to store fabric or paper items, be sure they’re free of lint and dust as well. You may need to wash or dry clean certain clothing before packing them for storage. Taking extra time can make a big difference in the long run.

Packing Materials

Let’s talk about packing things for storage. It’s always a good idea to have the right materials on hand. Cardboard boxes and plastic totes can be the best options. You’ll want to choose sturdy options that can be stacked easily when in storage. Make sure to have some bubble wrap and packaging tape so that you can wrap your fragile items to secure each item before putting it into a box. If you have the original packaging for your electronics, that can be the best option, provided the box isn’t damaged and you still have the padding materials that came with the box. You may have to modify packing materials to keep your electronics vulnerable to damage. You don’t want to open your storage unit in several months and find your flat screen TV damaged.

Label Everything

When putting things into long-term storage, you’re likely not going to look at those boxes and tubs for several months. When you finally come back to your storage space, the last thing you want to do is sort through everything just to find those one or two boxes you need. By labeling the outside of each box, you can find your kitchen or documents quickly and easily. It can also be beneficial to make an inventory list of what’s in each box or tub. You don’t have to get specific with each item, but writing down “sheets” on your box can be helpful. Instead of moving dozens of boxes around just to find one thing, you can know exactly where everything is.

Find Storage

If you need long-term storage for some of your belongings, call LINCOLN SELF STORAGE in Lincolnton today. With multiple choices, we can help you find a unit that’s right for you. Once you’ve rented a space, you can access it on any day of the year, so if you decide you need something out of your unit, you won’t have to wait. We make renting storage easy!

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