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Storage Solutions for Important Documents

My husband and I are complete opposites. While I’m extremely organized, my spouse isn’t. He regularly scatters important documents such as credit card statements, car insurance bills, and pay stubs around our home. Because I worry about losing important papers, I’m constantly developing smart storage solutions for our documents. I keep some of our papers in a safe. I keep other items in a handy storage folder complete with tabs. I’ve labeled some of the tabs with the types of mail my husband and I receive regularly such as bills, retirement information, healthcare documentation, and sales papers. Another great option for storing mountains of paperwork is a rented storage unit. By housing important documentation in this type of storage facility, you can keep it out of your home. On this blog, I hope you will discover some ingenious ways to store your pertinent documents.

Storage Solutions for Important Documents

How To Prepare Your Furniture For Storage In A Storage Facility

Alicia Rodriguez

One of the best ways to store furniture for which you have no room but cannot stand to part with, or on a temporary basis during a big move, is in a storage facility. However, it should be said that you simply cannot through your furniture into such a unit willy nilly. Rather, you will need to plan to store your furniture in such a unit. Read on and discover just how to best go about storing your furniture in a storage facility.

Clean The Furniture

When storing your furniture in a unit, make sure it is clean. Clean furniture will ensure that it will attract no potential pests and that you won't have to worry about the furniture itself being the source of any unpleasant or musty smells in the unit. Using a dry cloth, wipe down the furniture from top to bottom; this is especially easy if the furniture in wood is mainly wood or metal. Then, give it a good once over using the appropriate cleaner. For example, you can use an all purpose cleaner on metal furniture, while furniture with a wooden frame will most likely require that you use a specific wood friendly cleaner. Then, wipe the furniture down again with a dry cloth, leaving no moisture behind. Excess moisture on your furniture can create mold, or in the case of metal furniture, create conditions for rust to form.

Disassemble The Furniture

If the furniture can be broken down into pieces, do so after cleaning it. There are a number of reasons that you will want to do this before storing it in a storage unit. First and foremost, this will save space in the unit, allowing you to stack pieces atop one another and potentially store pieces of the furniture in tighter spaces – or even cabinet spaces – that are present in your unit. You should always keep a written note of where pieces of your disassembled furniture are stored so that you don't forget about them when it comes time to move your furniture out of storage.

Cover Your Furniture

Cover your furniture after it has been safely stored in the unit, but never use plastic to cover up the pieces. Plastic can cause furniture – especially furniture with a wooden frame – to be unable to "breathe." This will eventually cause your furniture to become quite brittle and easily breakable in the move to come.

For more information, contact Pearl Street Self Storage or a similar company.