Storage Mistakes You Should Avoid

Storage Mistakes You Should Avoid

To pack and store away things can be a tedious task. Some people try and stuff all their items into cartons even if it is not logically possible. These overloaded cartons bulge out, leading to dust and tiny insects to enter and destroy your items. It also becomes difficult to stack your items in the storage facility. Packing your goods in the right way extends the shelf life of the product when not in use.

So instead of going through all that drama, below are easy to remember sound packing tips.

  • Use Old Newspaper.

We’ve all done it or watched our parents do it. When packing your items, remember to wrap them with old newspaper. It is important to do so as it keeps the dirt and other natural elements from harming it.

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(Image credits: Wikihow)

  • Label is a must.

You’re not going to remember where you’ve kept your favourite winter sweater. You’ve just packed, sealed and ready to store quite a large number of cartons. So before you rush into storing these cartons, label them. Also a protip, when packing fragile items, stick a label reading, “This Way Up”, so when handling or reopening your items, it is done with utmost care. Avoid the unpacking drama and extra cleaning hours. (We have all been there at some point).

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(Image source: Manvanmove)

  • This way up.

Your mother’s crockery set, or that beautiful painting from Germany – all of these items are fragile in nature. Therefore packing these items needs to be protected with layers of bubble wrap. Many a times, people to sooth their egos, assume packing it in tight spaces won’t damage the goods, but in fact they are wrong. For e.g. When you try and make space to push in one more pair of shoes, you might end up scratching the others with the belt. Over a period of time, it will become unusable.

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(Image source: Flickr)

  • Cramming in.

How many times have we just tried to fit in one more extra pair of jeans, or few books in an already filled box? Admit it, almost every time. The human mind is so arrogant to save space. We WILL try and find the tiniest space to store things. Instead of all the madness, we can avoid this by storing it comfortably in another box.

  • Time and tide wait for no man.

All of us pray while moving homes or storing items that it runs smoothly without a hic cup. Storing your goods at a secured warehouse is always stressful as you need to be vigilant, so that you don’t miss out on anything. Rushing to pack a storage unit tends to leave things unorganized and could cause damage. Find out if transport is available by the storage company.

  • Space availability.

Everyone dislikes math. It’s a universal issue that no one seems to solve. So get a fair picture of the unit space you decide to rent out. There is a vast difference between 10ft x 10ft storage and 20ft x 20ft storage. Your space is not doubled but it has gone up by 4 times the original plan.

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(Image source: Kootenaimoving)

  • Are you insured?

So you’ve meticulously gone through every step in packaging process. All things are a go, when it suddenly the Insurance bug hits you straight on the face. Most storage facilities refrain from providing insurance cover of your goods. It is always a big plus to insure your goods in case of external unforeseen circumstances.

We think we have covered all the bases with regard to storage.

Till the next time, HAPPY BOXING!

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