Storing away your everyday household goods could be the result of many different situations. It could be because you want to declutter your home, redecorate a room or because your kids have moved out. Whatever it may be, inStore Storage has advice to hand.
Choosing the right Container.
Cardboard or Plastic?
Cardboard boxes are cheaper and easier to get hold of, easier to carry. If you go to your local Storage store, they will be pretty durable, have handles and you can pretty much stack them wherever you choose.
Yet, the downsides of cardboard simply outdo the pros. They are susceptible to heat and humidity and break down quickly. Thus, as a long-term option, your items could end up ruined and mildew or mould will start growing in the box.
This leaves plastic containers as probably the best option for long-term storage and yes, they cost a little more, but they will save your items from moths and mould.
Clean your Garage and Organise your Space.
Any garage is often the go to place to store all your unwanted stuff, so, when it comes to moving your goods out of your home and into your garage, you might find that it is already full.
Cleaning your garage is also a great way to get rid of any rubbish, unused or unwanted items that have just been lying around. Once the garage, or the space in your garage, is clean, you might find that you can store much more than you originally thought, which can always be a bonus.
Avoid Hazardous Areas
So, don’t cover up drains with boxes – don’t block access to fuse boxes or ventilation systems – don’t forget to make space for doorways. Simple really.
Stacking and Storing
The first thing to do is to make sure your boxes, whether cardboard or plastic, are labelled properly. This can make it a lot easier to find your precious belongings.
When stacking shelves, create an order – items frequently used should be stored towards the front – stored at eye level – large and heavy boxes should be stored at the bottom – items rarely used stored at the top – try to avoid storing goods directly on the floor.
If you want to store anything valuable, make sure that it is stored in a secure and lockable cabinet.
However, if after you have cleaned your garage and found that you have even less space than you thought – because you wanted to keep everything in it – then why not use one of inStore’s Storage Units as an alternative? We make it so easy for you.