If you are getting ready for a big move or leaving town for an extended period of time, you might need to consider how to store your possessions so they remain in prime condition until you can get to them again. Simply Self Storage knows a thing or two about storage and has put together a list of how NOT to store the following 50 common household items to help you out.
Don’t just assume that all your personal items will be fine shoved away in a box or drawer. You’ll want to make sure that every product is closed or sealed and stored in an airtight container. You should also consider discarding any items that will expire while you are away—and keep in mind that most of these items should be kept at 75 degrees F or lower.
- Hair products
- Facial creams
- Powdered makeup
- Lipstick and lip glosses
Foods and Drinks
Don’t leave foods in the refrigerator or cabinets. Make sure everything that is perishable is eaten or tossed before you leave. Anything that has been opened, whether in your refrigerator or cabinet, should be taken care of.
This is also the perfect opportunity to go through your fridge and freezer to throw out older items or foods that have expired (or will expire while you are gone). Any liquor should be kept in a cool room and corked wine should be stored on its side.
- Meats and poultry
- Breads and grains
- Fruits and vegetables
- Fresh herbs
- Spices and ground herbs
- Juices and other drinks
Clothing and Jewelry
While clothing and jewelry are probably one of the easiest things to store, don’t just toss them in any old box. Nothing is worse than opening a box of clothing filled with moths and mildew! Clothes should be kept at 66-70 degrees F and placed in garment bags or new cardboard boxes to ensure freshness.
If you aren’t taking all of your electronics with you, don’t forget to remove batteries! The following electronics can also be damaged if stored without padding or extra space in boxes, and should be kept in a space that is between 50-70 degrees F.
- Tablets and iPads
- MP3 players
- Cell Phones
- Blu-Ray and DVD Player
- Speaker Systems
Furniture, Rugs, and Other Home Items
Don’t assume furniture is fine as is. You may want to consider disassembling furniture to prevent breakage and protect fabrics by wrapping in plastic. Remove drawers from desks and dressers and wrap or put any home goods or décor items in plastic as well.
- Upholstered couches and chairs
- Leather couches and chairs
- Coffee tables
- End tables
- TV stands
- Area rugs
- Throw pillows and blankets
- Bedroom furniture
Don’t store dishes or glassware without something between each piece. Any fragile dishware should be wrapped individually or stacked with a fabric like fleece or felt between each item. If everything is cushioned and protected, they’ll be safe for as long as you need.
- China and Other Ceramic Dishes
Regardless of your situation, we promise that if you take the time to store everything properly, you’ll be a much happier person on return!