When you are looking to store your household items, whether it’s all or some of them, you may be looking to pack up your kitchen and get things cleared out. But, if you’ve never used a self-storage unit before, you might find yourself unsure of how to make sure everything is not only ready to store but also stored properly.
Whether you’re renovating your kitchen, moving into a new home, or something else — good news! We can help. Here are a few quick and simple tips to help you store your kitchen items, so you can start getting things moved to your storage unit as soon as possible.
Start with a Clean Slate
First, you want to be sure that you start your storage experience with a clean slate, and this means ensuring that every kitchen item you put into storage is as clean as possible.
This is easy with smaller items like silverware and dishes but may be more involved when it comes to appliances and the like. Even if your appliances appear to be clean, you’ll want to scrub them down thoroughly before you put them in storage. This includes microwaves, dishwashers, and refrigerators, plus smaller countertop appliances like coffee makers and grinders or blenders.
Clean everything and then and let it dry out thoroughly before you pack it away for storage — and with items like refrigerators and dishwashers, you’ll want to store them open rather than closed to prevent moisture damage.
Use Clear Plastic Tubs Instead of Boxes
If you want to easily find certain items at a later time or want to make unpacking easier when you are done storing your kitchen items, skip the cardboard boxes and use clear plastic tubs or bins instead.
Clear bins help you easily identify what’s inside every container. They also protect your possessions from damage while in storage. These containers are sturdier than cardboard boxes and also are more resistant to water and moisture damage, making them ideal for longer-term storage.
Don’t Skimp on the Storage Unit
When you are planning to store your kitchen items, you want to ensure they are in the best possible condition after you are done storing them so don’t skimp when it comes to picking out your storage unit.
Climate-controlled units are more expensive than other storage units but they are often well worth the extra spend, preventing moisture damage and offering security against pests. Look at it this way: The cost of your storage unit is far less than the cost of replacing major appliances or treasured dinnerware.
What size storage unit do you need? That depends. If you’re storing kitchen items plus major appliances, a 5′ x 10′ unit may be your best choice. If you just need to store what’s in cabinets, on shelves, and on the counter a 5′ x 5′ may suffice. And of course, if you’re moving you’ll need to factor in the rest of the stuff in your household and size up accordingly. Check out our size guide if you need more help choosing.
Storing your kitchen items doesn’t have to be a difficult task. With these tips, you can ensure that all of your kitchen items stay in the best shape possible while in storage.