Simplifying Your Storage Unit

After I started using my storage unit year-round, I realized that I needed to clean the place up. There were boxes everywhere, which made it really frustrating to find the things that I needed. My disorganized space also caused damage, since things got crushed and stepped on whenever I tried to find things. It took a lot of work, but I decided to take an entire weekend and simplify my space. I removed all of my belongings and then sorted, labeled, and reorganized all of my boxes. When I was finished, my space was clean, tidy, and easy to use. Read here to learn how to simplify your storage unit.

Four Items That Must Have Climate-Controlled Storage


It is no big secret that clearing clutter at home is made easy with self storage facilities. But before you whisk away loads of household gear and furnishings to your chosen storage facility, you should make sure that what you are taking can withstand the change in climate. There are some items that must have climate control when they go in storage. Otherwise, what you retrieve when you are ready to bring your items back home could be in pretty rough shape, no matter how well it was wrapped, packed, or protected. 

1. Pianos - So you managed to nab that baby grand at an estate sale only to realize you don't have the space for it at home. Before you whisk this instrument off for storage, make sure you invest in a climate-controlled unit. Variations in temperature and humidity levels can wreak havoc on the strings, internal components, and even wooden frame of this instrument. In some cases, the changes can be impossible to repair. 

2. Photos - Any time you place photos in storage, they should be well-preserved in waterproof containers, but they should also be in a climate-controlled atmosphere. Photographs do not fare well at all when they are exposed to high levels of heat and especially when exposed to high moisture levels because of humidity. Photos may stick together, melt, or even become discolored if they are left in a regular unit. 

3. Wooden Furniture - When stored in a regular storage unit with little-to-no ventilation, the temperatures inside the space can get pretty steamy through the summer and this is definitely no good for wooden furniture. Wooden furniture is known to expand with heat. Expanding can cause cracks, loosened joints, and a whole host of problems with wooden furniture, especially anything that is considered to be an antique, because these pieces will not have as-durable finishing. 

4. Leather Clothing - Leather clothing, such as jackets and even real leather shoes, should never be exposed to excessive levels of heat or humidity. When leather is not kept in a fairly even climate, it can greatly deteriorate and quickly. You may see leather discolor if it is exposed to high humidity levels and even start to break down under the stress of heat by cracking or wearing thin. Leather is a natural product and must be appropriately handled to prolong its lifetime. 

Speak with self storage professionals for more advice.


20 January 2016