As winter approaches, there are many reasons someone might look for portable storage containers. For example, you may want to put some of your summer items into self-storage, remodel, or need extra storage space. While MI-BOX storage containers are weather-proof, it may not always be ideal to go in and move items if it’s snowing outside. Ensure your belongings are prepared for storage this winter with tips from our local MI-BOX moving and storage experts.
7 Ways to Prepare Your Items in Self-Storage for the Winter
If you’re planning to store your items for the winter, it’s essential to take some time to prepare your belongings for your self-storage container. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
1. Clean belongings going into your self-storage container
Just like you would before putting away any other seasonal items, you’ll want to ensure that everything going into self-storage is clean. MI-BOX containers provide airflow to prevent mold and mildew. However, if you store dirty items, there is always the potential of developing mold or other damage. So take the extra step to ensure everything is clean and ready to be stored for the winter, so they are in good condition when you take them out again.
2. Look into insurance on valuables
It may be a good idea to look into insurance on some of your valuables prior to storing them. MI-BOX containers are secure storage options kept under lock and key. However, if you’re planning on storing anything of high value, it can be worth the extra precaution to give you peace of mind.
3. Pack valuables you may need in the front
When packing up your self-storage container for the winter, be sure to put any items that you may need easy access to towards the front of the unit. This will save you from digging through boxes in the cold weather. Additionally, if you’re packing yourself, take the time to do it right. Use high-quality packing materials, such as bubble wrap and packing peanuts, to cushion your belongings and prevent them from shifting during transport to and from your container. Use foam wrap or double-wall corrugated boxes for extra protection for fragile items.
4. Label everything
Labeling all your boxes will make it easier to find things when you need them. Keep inventory and label each box with its contents and the room it’s going in. For extra precaution, you can label boxes containing fragile items as “fragile.”
5. Flammable items
It’s best practice not to store flammable liquids or materials in your self-storage container. However, if you need to, ensure they are kept in a tightly closed container and meet our guidelines. This includes gasoline, propane tanks, cleaning fluids, etc.
6. Packing clothing
Be sure to wash and dry all clothing before placing it into your self-storage container, as wet clothing can mildew and cause damage over time. Store clothes in an airtight, lidded container or bag to protect them from moisture and insects.
7. Think seasonal
During the winter months, if you’re storing items that are only used seasonally (like holiday decorations or summer sports equipment), pack them accordingly so that they’re easy to find when you need them again. Think about Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Valentine’s Day, etc., to which you may need access.
More About MI-BOX Portable Moving & Storage Solutions
Experience the MI-BOX difference with portable container solutions that allow flexibility and efficiency for your move or storage needs. We offer a variety of container storage solutions and sizes delivered right to your door. Your storage container and contents are always kept level, protecting them from damage. MI-BOX uses the longest-lasting, most durable storage containers available, ensuring your valuables are always protected, no matter the season. Get a quote: https://getmibox.com