We are in the middle of moving season right now. Whether you are relocating, upsizing, downsizing, or simply desiring a new environment good luck with your move.  It can be exciting and stressful!  Lots of videos can be found online sharing tips on how to properly pack to minimize risk of damage.  Be sure to stretch before tackling all those boxes and furniture, and drink plenty of fluids.

Same as with moving there are certain steps to take to have a successful storing experience.

One of the biggest challenges with using a conventional storage unit is the humidity and moisture that can arise inside.  Here are few tips to avoid moisture and mold on your belongings:

  • Prior to moving your items into the storage unit, make sure they are thoroughly dry. Any moist items put into storage will raise the humidity level, making other items prone to damage.
    • Clothing: put items in the dryer for ten minutes before folding them and putting them into boxes and bins.
    • Water activity items: scuba gear, fishing equipment, boating items, etc… should be left out in the sun to dry for several hours before putting them into storage to help remove any moisture that is trapped within the materials.
  • Avoid storing items directly on the concrete floor that can absorb moisture such as cardboard and wood furniture. Concrete is porous and can generate moisture. Utilize 2X4s, shelving and pallets.
  • Utilize a moisture absorbing product:
    • Off the shelf: Many hardware stores and home centers sell products designed to absorb excess moisture or humidity from the air. These products may be toxic so keep them out of reach of children and pets.
    • Charcoal briquettes: There is a good reason why manufacturers warn you to keep your charcoal briquettes in a dry location; they absorb water from the air. By placing a bucket of plain, inexpensive briquettes in your storage unit, you can reduce the humidity. You should replace the briquettes every 30 to 60 days to keep the air fresh and dry.
    • Kitty litter: This is effective at absorbing the humidity in a storage facility (as well as oil and gas spills). Simply tear open a bag or open a bucket of kitty litter and place it in the middle of the unit. The clay will absorb the moisture in the air, keeping your possessions safer from mold and mildew.
    • Cedar wood blocks: They can help keep away moisture while leaving a fragrant scent in the unit.
  • Wrap items in plastic especially mattresses and cloth furniture. Never place plain plastic over wood furniture, as it can trap moisture underneath, making damage even worse.

One final comment on successful storing recommendations. Purchase insurance especially from a carrier that specializes in self storage insurance.  Few if any storage facilities insure your belongings.  If you care enough to store your items, spending a few extra bucks on insurance is well worth it!  We offer Storesmart Insurance but there are other providers as well.

Looking for a storage unit? Call us at 262-236-0612 or email mystoragehome@gmail.com.