When packing possessions for long term storage, there are many factors you should be aware of regarding how to pack and organize your belongings as well as how much space you will need. Following these tips can help ensure that your belongings are safely packed away for as long as they need to be without sustaining damage or being difficult to find when you want them.
The first thing to consider is how much space you will need for all of the items you wish to store. Pack your items carefully in similarly sized boxes for ease of stacking. Calculate how much space you will need and then consider how easily you want to access various items. Plan to place these items closer to the front of your storage space.
Consider how often you will access the items in storage. Do you need easy access to most of your stored belongings? If so, consider a larger space to give yourself room to move around and between the boxes. If you are not going to require easy access to much, you can save on money by renting a smaller space and leaving yourself less room in maneuver inside the locker.
Remember to use larger boxes for lighter items and smaller boxes for heavy items to make them more manageable to move. Stack boxes of the same size together to ensure the stability of the stack and label each box.
Alternatively you can use clear plastic bins with snap on lids in various colours to colour code your belongings and easily see the contents of each box. Although more expensive, plastic bins are stronger as well as being reusable. When moving this type of container, you may wish to wrap them top to bottom in a couple layers of plastic wrap to prevent the lids from becoming dislodged.
Engines and Tools
Drain all fluids from engines in lawnmowers and snow blowers before storing and oil bike chains and tools to prevent rust. Non-breakable items can be stored inside of larger items like stoves and fridges so make sure to maximize the use of your storage space.
Use protective covers on mattresses and sofas but do not leave sealed covers on for longer than a week. The closed environment inside will encourage the growth of mold and mildew. Instead, cover upholstered items with canvas clothes which will absorb moisture instead of trapping it on the surface.
Finally, create a map of your space, labelling each section and its contents so you can easily find things in the future. If you have colour-coded your belongings in matching plastic bins, be sure to record the colour key so you remember what they mean!