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5 Tips for Storing Your Valuables During Renovations

YourWay Storage | January 15, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Your home is your sanctuary, but sometimes it needs a little TLC to truly shine. Whether you're planning a small renovation or a major overhaul, one thing's for sure: you'll need to find a temporary home for your belongings. This is where self-storage comes in handy. By opting for a self-storage unit, you can keep your valuables safe and accessible during the renovation process. To make the most of your storage experience, here are five tips to consider:

1. Evaluate Your Storage Needs

Before embarking on the renovation journey, take stock of the items you'll need to store. Categorize your belongings into groups like furniture, appliances, and personal items. This will help you determine the size and type of storage unit you'll require. Don't forget to consider any special requirements like temperature control or drive-up access. By having a clear understanding of your storage needs, you can choose the right unit that caters to your requirements.

2. Pack and Label Strategically

Packing is an essential part of the storage process, and doing it right can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run. Start by gathering high-quality packing materials like sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, and packing tape. Wrap fragile items individually and use dividers to prevent breakage. Labelling each box with its contents will make it easier to locate specific items later. Consider creating an inventory list or taking pictures of your belongings as an additional organizational tool. Remember to disassemble any large furniture pieces to optimize space.

3. Prepare Your Items for Storage

Before placing your items in storage, take some time to prepare them properly. Clean and dry everything thoroughly to avoid mold or mildew growth. Disassemble furniture and wrap individual pieces in moving blankets or furniture covers. Consider using furniture sliders to protect your floors and make moving easier. For appliances, defrost and clean them thoroughly, leaving the doors slightly ajar to prevent odors. Taking these steps will ensure that your items remain in top condition throughout their stay in storage.

4. Utilize Storage Space Efficiently

Make the most of your storage unit by utilizing the available space efficiently. Start by placing larger, heavier items at the back and stack lighter, smaller items in front. Leave a clear pathway in the middle to access items easily. Utilize vertical space by stacking boxes and using shelving units. Consider using furniture as storage containers too. For example, you can fill dressers and wardrobes with smaller items to maximize space. Remember to leave some room for ventilation and airflow to prevent any potential issues.

5. Create an Accessible System

During the renovation process, you may need to retrieve certain items from storage. To avoid any unnecessary hassle, create an organized and accessible system. Group similar items together and keep frequently needed items near the front. Maintain a clear aisle to navigate your storage unit with ease. If you're storing for an extended period, consider creating a diagram or map of your unit to quickly locate items. By implementing an organized system, you can save valuable time and effort throughout the renovation process.

Renovations can be exciting yet challenging endeavors. With proper planning and the right self-storage solution, you can ensure that your valuables remain safe and accessible during this time. YourWay Storage offers a wide range of storage options to cater to your unique needs. Contact us today to find the perfect storage unit for your renovation journey. 

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