How to Store 5 Common Items in Portable Storage

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There’s a lot to consider if you’re planning to move your things into portable storage. As much as we like to say it’s as easy as us dropping off a storage container and you filling it up, there are a few things you should do on your end to ensure your things are kept at their best. And, that you remember what you even put in your container.

The Box Portable Storage strives to make putting your things in storage as easy as possible. You can schedule your container’s delivery on your time, whenever it’s convenient. And, we can store it at one of our facilities or you can leave on your own property. Fill out our online form to request a free quote and one of our local customer service representatives will get back to you within 24 hours to answer all of your questions.

Once you decide on the right portable storage container for you, you’ll need a little preparation on your end.

First, when you’re packing things up, it helps to store them in clear, plastic bins, rather than cardboard boxes. This way, when you open up the container, you can better see where you’ve put things and which containers hold what. Plastic is also better at keeping out any potential pests or moisture.

It also helps to make an inventory list of exactly what you’ve put in your storage container. The next time you’re looking for your lawn equipment or those old documents, you can check your list to see if they’re in your unit or hidden away somewhere else at home.

When it comes to storing your items, here’s a few other pointers for storing everything from furniture and mattresses to electronics and decor in one of our units.

1. Furniture 

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Vacuum any upholstered furniture and give everything a good clean. Then, pack furniture, especially corners, with bubble wrap or thick blankets. If your furniture has cushions, you can put those into vacuum-sealed space bags. But, just make sure you don’t put anything on top of your cushioned furniture so it doesn’t lose its shape.

2. Mattresses

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Like your upholstered furniture, you’ll want to give your mattress a good clean (and here’s how). Then, wrap it in a plastic mattress bag or two. Whether you have a spring or memory foam mattress, you’ll want to lay it horizontally and with nothing on top of it. Storing it vertically may seem more convenient, but by doing that, you can ruin its shape. 

3. Decor

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Of course, there are all kinds of decor. For anything especially valuable, you’ll want to dust it and cover it in bubble wrap or thick blankets.

Picture frames should never be stacked on top of each other nor touch anything else without some sort of covering, or they will get scratched.

When it comes to throw pillows, you can save space and preserve their condition by keeping them in vacuum-sealed bags.

For any smaller knick knacks, wrap them up and store them in clear plastic bins, organized by room. 

4. Electronics

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Before you unplug your TV or desktop computer, take a picture of where the chords go. Then, print them out, put them in an envelope, and tape them to the back of the device. This way, when you want to set it back up, you know exactly how to. You can also wrap up any chords and tape them to their devices as well, so they don’t get misplaced.

To store a TV or a speaker, wrap it in thick blankets and put it in a plastic container. If you’re concerned about moisture, you can put a little rice in the bottom of the container to soak it up. Anything with a screen should be stored screen-side up with nothing on top of it — just don’t leave it between heavy items that could crush it.

5. Tools and Outdoor Equipment

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If you’re storing tools, clean them, let them dry completely and put them in their original container if you have them. This will keep them protected and the label will make it easy to see what it is. You can also use a little lubricant on some tools before storing.

Keep in mind, you’ll need to use a fuel stabilizer in power tools to keep fuel from going bad if you plan to store them long-term.

And, any long-handled lawn equipment can be bundled together with zip ties.

When In Doubt, Pack and Protect

For everything else, pack things tightly in sealed containers or bags. A good rule of thumb is that it’s better to pack something up, whether that be in bubble wrap or in a container, than to not pack it at all. That means, the coffee machine or the pillows you decide to toss in at the last minute shouldn’t be stored without something protecting it.

But, don’t feel like you need to worry. Your things will be safe and secure in our portable storage containers. They’re made with the best quality, durable steel, which means your things will be safe on the road and protected from any and all weather elements. Not to mention, they have strapping for keeping your items in place during transport.

The hardest part about using a portable storage container is packing it up. The rest, well, we make the storing easy. 

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