Moving is never easy. Unfortunately, it becomes even more difficult when the home you're selling closes faster than the home you're buying. When that happens, you can find yourself without a place to live for a few days – or weeks. If you're going to be between houses for a while, you'll need a place to store your belongings. Before you pack up your belongings and place them in storage, you'll need to take a few precautionary measures. Here are some simple steps that will protect your possessions while they're in storage.
Photographs and Memories
If you've got lots of photographs and memories, you'll need to take some extra steps to get them ready for storage. While you could save time by simply loading them into boxes, that practice wouldn't protect them from damage. To avoid damage to your precious memories, be sure that your photographs are in photo albums prior to storage. The acid-free pages will protect your photos from temperature changes and humidity. If you just don't have time to place all your photos in albums, use photo storage boxes and place a desiccant packet in with the pictures. The desiccant packets will remove moisture and protect your photographs during storage.
If your home is filled with fragile collectibles and accent pieces, you'll need to protect them against breaking while you have them in storage. Now that you're preparing for storage – and an eventual move into your new home – be prepared for both scenarios. While you're packing your fragile items, be sure to wrap them in bubble or foam wrap. Once you've placed the individually-wrapped pieces into the boxes, fill the spaces with foam packing peanuts. Not only will your fragile items be protected during storage, they'll be ready for moving into your new home once it's ready.
Your Best Dress
If you're planning on packing your good clothing in boxes for storage, don't. Once you're ready to move into your home, you won't want to waste valuable time ironing all the clothing that you'd stuffed into boxes. To protect your clothing, purchase several portable clothing racks and set them up in your storage unit. Place your clothing on hangers, and store them on the clothing racks until you're ready for the final move into your home. To keep dust off your clothing, place white sheets over the racks.
If there's going to be an escrow delay between your old and new homes, the tips provided here will help you protect your belongings while they're in storage.
I have never been the kind of person who loves to go through and eliminate clutter, but about six months ago, I realized that my storage space was a complete nightmare. It was really difficult to figure out what I needed to do and where I needed to put things, but the more I cleaned, the more I realized how much I had left to tidy up. It was amazing to see how far things progressed, and before I knew it, my space looked and felt a lot better. This blog is all about understanding proper storage practices and keeping your unit immaculate.