Helping Keep Items Safe In Storage

Newsflash: it’s 2014. You have a lot of stuff. I have a lot of stuff. Americans have a lot stuff. That stuff, whether it’s customized cat furniture or a collection of soon-to-be vintage compact disc, accumulates. It accumulates at a sometimes alarming rate, and sometimes after a move you find that you just don’t have enough room for it all.

That’s ok. At this point, everyone has a lot of stuff. That’s why you’ll find storage complexes peppered throughout the metro area.

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Storage units are a great way to make a little extra room for your extra stuff. Pretty simple: you rent out a space, lock it up, and voila, your spatial issue is fixed (at least temporarily.)  But is there anything special you should know before you lock up?

Yes and no. Storage units are quite safe. Storage units that can’t protect the things they’re storing don’t stick around for long. But if there is a minor issue (mold in your grandpa’s old couch,a leak in the ceiling) it’s likely that you won’t notice it until you go back to pick up your stuff, especially if you’re planning on using storage for a long time.

Here are steps you can take to help help ward off any minor inconveniences in the future.

Elevate

Minneapolis and St. Paul are not known for their gentle winters. If you’re using climate-controlled indoor storage, this won’t be a problem. If you’re outdoors, however, moisture has a way of finding it’s way through crevices until it can collect and pool under your furniture. You can help ameliorate this by keeping your belongings elevated. This doesn’t require any special equipment. Just keep any fabrics (couches, chairs, rugs) up and off the floor, so that if any moisture collects, it won’t get trapped and ruin something nice. If you’re using a moving service, make sure you request this: the risk is so minimal that most services won’t do it automatically.

Cover It Up

You’ll also want to factor in dust. This one is more to save yourself time if you’re planning on leaving your things in storage for a long time. After you’ve made sure your stuff is safely elevated off the ground, the next step is to wrap it. At College Muscle Movers, we use stretch wrap for this. Stretch wrap sticks to nothing but itself, with no adhesives or sticky residues, and no damage when removed. You can wrap pretty much anything in it. If you don’t have any wrap on hand, you can improvise with tarps, or large plastic bags. Even sheets and blankets can help provide an extra layer of protection for wood or leather. Use your imagination!

Traps

Last (and probably least): rodents. A lot of storage complexes will provide traps themselves in all the units, just to be on the safe side. It’s also fairly rare for people to store large quantities of perishable food, so it ain’t easy finding a square meal if you’re a mouse in a storage unit. However, if there aren’t any traps in your unit, it’s not a bad idea just to go out and buy one. It’s not going to hurt, and it might save that quilt your grandmother made.

So remember— even if you’re low on space at home, you can always go out and get more.
If you’re looking, here are a few possible options to get you started:
Lake Region Storage
Public Storage
U-Haul