Packing isn’t fun—there’s no getting around that. Have you considered how many items in your house require special accommodations to keep them safe while in storage? There’s more than you think.
Here is a list of 5 items you’ll want to think twice about before packing for storage as they require special packaging to protect both your items and the people who handle them.
Fragile, Valuable, or Rare Items
Do you have a collection of tiny figurines? Maybe action figures you’ve convinced your significant other will eventually be worth a lot of money? You’ll want to package them safely, wrapping each small item in tissue paper or bubble wrap, then store them in smaller boxes to keep them as safe as possible. Heaven forbid Boba Fett loses an arm or Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber breaks.
Guns and Ammunition
Not every storage facility allows you to store guns or ammunition, so it’s a good idea to contact the facility and ask directly. If allowed, make sure you abide by any company, local, or state laws regarding storage to be sure you’re packing these items safely.
Grandfather clocks are one of the most difficult items to prepare for storage. These beautiful clocks are pretty high maintenance, requiring anyone handling the internal workings to wear special gloves. Make sure you know what you’re doing prior to even thinking about moving your grandfather clock to storage, or call a professional.
Antique or Heirloom Furniture
Furniture of any kind should be handled with care, but that especially goes for pieces that are irreplaceable: whether they’re one-of-a-kind, or a priceless family heirloom. Wrap these pieces well with furniture wrap and make sure anyone helping move them knows how serious you are about avoiding any scratches or dings.
China: most of us have it, but does anyone ever really use it? Prior to placing it in your storage unit, make sure it’s packed properly to avoid any damage—the last thing you want is to finally find an occasion for it and be unable to use it because it’s broken. Use sturdy boxes and wrap each piece with packing paper, storing each plate vertically rather than horizontally to prevent the weight of the top dishes from cracking or breaking dishes on the bottom.