What to Put in Storage

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What to Put in Storage

 

What to Put in Storage

Storage space can be very useful for anyone looking to free up a little bit of room in their home while keeping their valued possessions. Sometimes, it’s unclear what things can or should go in storage, and what things should stay out of your unit. We talked to our Ori Siri-Princz from our storage department’s team to get a better view of how someone can optimize their storage unit for its best use.

 

What can you put in storage?

“Basically you can put everything in storage: you can store TVs, sofas, refrigerators, pianos, etc.” says Ori. Difficulty only really comes with much larger and heavier items such as cars. “So to answer these question you really need to understand what the client needs are.” What often matters here is the conditions of your personal storage unit.

 

Important Storage Factors

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Climate Control

“The most common questions I run into are: Is it climate controlled? And is it secured?” Ori continues. Some items, like paper documents, vinyl records or antique furniture often need a bit of climate stability in order to remain in pristine condition. But as Ori says, “The majority of storage clients do not really need climate controlled storage.” They simply need space that doesn’t get very hot or very cold; “clients are simply scared that the temperatures will rise or fall uncontrollably”, and storage units like Oz’s often have climate stability that ensures average temperatures are not too high or low. “In our facility, there is a heating system for the winter and because of the structure of the building the average temperature in the summer is a comfortable 72 Fahrenheit.”

 

Security

Storage users are often worried about how their items will be looked after. Some users concerned on security are planning to store items they can’t replace; others worry much less about losing some of their stored items. “As far as security, in our particular location there is an alarm system , security cameras and sensors to ensure maximum security.” Any good storage unit should have some security to ensure break-ins or thefts do not occur.

 

Space & Organization

One of the most obvious concerns should be the size of the room that the user will need, and how this space will be organized. Some storage providers will group users together, while others, like Oz keep all users’ inventories separated. You can use Public Storage’s Unit Size Guide to get a clear visual demonstration of what a certain unit size can fit. 

 

Access to Storage Units

There is a significant difference between “full service” storage and “self-storage” units that people are often unaware of: access. Self storage allows its users the freedom to access their unit and leave or take items as they please. Most full service storage users don’t have the same amount of access: they likely need to set up an appointment to come to the facility. Full service storage offers its users the ease of mind that their items will be stored by employees at the facility; they won’t have to deal with bringing the items to the facility, dragging them to the unit, organizing them meticulously so everything fits, and digging through the unit when they need something (after which they repeat the process, vice versa.) Make sure you’re aware of if your storage options are “self” or “full service” storage, and what that means for your storage access.

What You Should Put in Storage

 

What You Should Put In Storage

Just because you can put something in storage doesn’t mean you should. Some items are better suited for sitting in a unit for long periods of time. Like these:

 

Holiday Items

Christmas wreaths, Easter eggs, and Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns are better off out of sight during the rest of the year. Red and green Christmas lights really stand out in August. A lot of these items can take up a ton of space; by putting them in storage, you free up additional space and rid yourself of the eyesores. Use our holiday storage tips to put away your festive items.

 

Baby Items

When your little ones grow up, there’s no more need to have their things around the house. A storage unit gives you the chance to hold onto these items in case your family (or maybe a friend) is blessed with another “gift”. Use your storage unit to hold onto that infant’s inventory and turn your nursery into a guest bedroom, game room or whatever your heart desires.

 

Memorabilia

Sometimes you want to hold onto the past. That’s part of the reason we have storage units in the first place! You may not want to get rid of your sports trophies, old clothes/furniture, or other items that help you reminisce. Storage is a great way to get these unused items out of sight while keeping them in your possession.

 

Fixer-Uppers

Holding onto that partially operational or broken bike, computer, wheelbarrow, vacuum cleaner, etc. and waiting to get around to fix it? If you’re not using it in the meantime, and you’re not likely going to get around to fixing it soon, you might want to put in storage for a little while. When you’re ready to work on fixing your item, come pick it up and get crackin’.

 

Boxes & Packing Materials

When you visit your storage facility, it might be helpful to have a few boxes around to help you move around certain items. Plus, there’s no real reason to have these boxes around the house unless you’re moving out soon (when you’ll be using the boxes to take things out of storage anyway.)

 

What You Shouldn’t Put in Storage

What you shouldn't put in storage

 
Perishables / Malleable Items

Anything that might go bad, deteriorate, or break in a storage unit probably shouldn’t go there. Perishable items like food or drinks definitely do not belong in storage. These items are likely going to be idle for a fairly long time and should be able to last in various climates. The challenges of organizing some storage space can put pressure on certain items. Think twice about storing anything malleable or easily breakable, like vinyl records.

 

Leaky Materials

If you’re going to store any liquids or viscous matter like paint, be 100% sure there is no chance it will leak onto the rest of your inventory. Anything that may alter the state of your other items is a bad idea to store.

 

Important / Emergency Items

If you’re likely going to need something at a moment’s notice, don’t take the chance on leaving it in storage. If it’s an important item that can’t be replaced, you might not want to take the chance that you may have trouble finding it, lose it, or damage it in storage.

 

Outdoor Furniture

Outdoor furniture can become infested with larvae or other insects, which may in turn wreak havoc on the rest of your inventory. If you’re set on storing old outdoor furniture in your unit, make completely sure these items are not infested. This advice comes from our Long Distance Moving Tips post.

 

High Value Items

Storage units will often have a certain level of security, but it’s highly recommended that you hold onto any valuables to make sure nothing bad happens to them. This way you can make sure you are personally responsible for them and prevent any miscommunications or mishaps. After all, the person you should be able to trust the most is yourself.

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