Preparing your stuff for long-term storage doesn't have to be complicated, but it does require thoughtful planning. Whether you're boxing up the things your grown-up children leave behind when they move out or packing the contents of a spare room that's being transformed into something else, be sure to do these essential things before putting your stuff in long-term storage.

Gather Supplies to Protect Your Stuff

To effectively protect your possessions while they're in storage, they need to be packed with care using the right supplies. What you will need to buy depends on what you're storing. The following items generally aid in preparing items for storage:

  • Boxes of various sizes
  • Packing tape for sealing boxes
  • Strapping tape for reinforcing boxes
  • Scissors
  • Labels for boxes
  • Tissue for protecting delicate surfaces
  • Packaging material
  • Markers and pens
  • Notebook for inventorying your stuff
  • Trash bags for getting rid of excess things
  • Hand truck to transport your stuff to and from the car

You may not need everything on the list, or you may need things that aren't listed here. Assess your unique situation and make a list of all the supplies that are necessary to fulfill your packing and storage needs. Try to obtain all the necessary supplies before you start the packing process to avoid delays when you're making repeated trips to get more supplies.

Keep a Master Inventory List of Your Possessions

Packing your things for storage can seem a little daunting. Some people get worried that they'll lose track of their stuff. However, it just takes a little extra effort to stay in the know about your possessions. Make a master inventory list as you pack. Include every single item you decide to store on the list. If you decide to donate an item or throw it away, don't include it on the list.

Choose an inventory notebook, and then designate one page of the notebook for each box you're packing. As you pack a box, jot down a brief description of each item you pack. Try to keep your description to two lines per item for practical purposes. Otherwise, things could get complicated, and it could defeat the purpose of easily assessing what you own and where your things are later.

Seal and Label Every Box As Soon As It's Packed

When you're packing your stuff for storage, try to fill it to capacity. That way, it won't collapse under its weight if a heavier box is placed on top of it. It also won't leave an unsteady surface on top from being overfilled. As soon as your box is packed, seal it up carefully. The reasons you need to seal your box as soon as you finish packing it are as follows:

  • Sealing your box helps you feel a sense of accomplishment because packing that entire box is one chore off your list.
  • An open box is vulnerable to roaches, insects, or even vermin that may find their way into unsealed boxes.
  • When you label the box as soon as you finish packing it, you're less likely to forget what you included in the box.

When you seal and label each box, try to start a stack for boxes that share similarities for storage. For example, if you are packing up an entire home, try to stack boxes for each individual room together.

Finally, self-storage allows you to have easy access to your belongings at any time. Storage units are available in a variety of different sizes, so you can choose one that's just the right size for the things you need to store. Contact Pier 40 Self Storage for all your storage needs.