Packing & Storing Valuables
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
One important detail that must be attended to is a place to store your things. If your storage needs go along with with a move, when you're meandering down the road wondering which storage facility is best for you, continue driving. You have already hired a mover for hauling your stuff to a new house, why not verify with them to see if they offer storage, also? Many professional moving companies have warehouse storage--with the same experienced employees to help you organize your stored boxes and furniture that loads the moving van for your move.
If you are moving internationally, or your move is not long-term, you will want a plan for any boats, jet skis, or motor homes that are too large to go with you. You can store those vehicles with your moving company, and again, you can simply park them on the premises or store them inside—it is your decision.
Even if you're not moving, you might benefit from putting items in storage--if you have inherited some things, if you've got a fledgling who is boomeranging back to your houseback in the nest—lots of things can happen that requires more space for a while. Or, if you're thinking of moving and organize your home, you'll want to form the appearance of hardly-lived in space, so out of season clothes, small furniture you fall over at night, and the stuff you need to essentially live your life, all should go into storage until after your move in Wichita Falls.
After you have figured out where to store your items, the next chore you need to think about is how to pack them for safe storage. The secret to packing crystal, glass, and other fragile stuff is to wrap everything individually. You can do that with several kinds of supplies or insulation, it is really your call which you prefer—as long as plates and glasses are sufficiently protected against bumping against each other, use what you like best. Newsprint (different from newspaper, newsprint is the plain off-whiteish paper that is in large sheets at any moving supply or big box store), bubble wrap, packing peanuts, foam padding--any and all will work, but you will realize that mixing and matching determined by the individual item works best. Use small, heavy duty boxes for breakable items. Beware that you do not wrap too tightly; things must have some air space inside the wrap.
Some additional things that must have special care when moving into storage are not always things that you would realize.
Here is a short list:
- Albums--Yes, they are making a comeback. If you are a collector you are aware how valuable they are, and if you are a casual listener who likes listening on a turntable you recognize how hard it is to locate replacements. Albums that are going to storage for any length of time in the spring or fall should be in a climate and humidity controlled facility.
- Clothing--Cotton clothing and most synthetic blends are hard to damage. You will need to wash and iron the items that you store, but for the most part it comes out in the same condition it went in. Wool and wool blends need to be packed with some mothballs, cedar blocks, or both so you do not unpack sweaters full of holes. Moths aren't as huge of a presence in colder climates, but putting in a few mothballs is still a good idea.
- Shoes--Leather shoes should be in a humidity controlled location, especially in an area where humidity is high. They'll mildew when it is damp or humid, and when it's dry and cold the leather cracks.
- Art--Art is in the eye of the beholder, so you are going to be as deliberate of your child's kindergarten paintings as the curator at the Met is of his on-loan Picassos. For the kiddo's art projects, obtain a big flat plastic crate, and layer the pages between acid-free paper. (You can get it at a craft store.) For framed prints, you can either stand them up against the wall and cover them with sheets, beach towels, or moving blankets, and they will be okay. When your art is the real thing, have the paintings professionally crated and packed, and use climate and humidity controlled storage. Since the frames of many older pieces are as valuable as the paintings themselves, protecting them is imperative.
- Mirrors--Like art, many older mirrors are in very valuable frames. Treat them like the works of art that they are.
- Chandeliers—Take off the crystals, and wrap them in a big zip lock bag. Place the hanging hardware and crystals in a box, and either have the fixture itself crated, or secured for transit and then hang it in storage--most units have hangars across the ceiling to hang light fixtures and other things from.
And of course, we recognize that you have great intentions of sorting through all those piles of college papers and junk mail from 1997 and getting rid of all the junk. Fortunately, A-1 Freeman Moving Group will always have storage in Wichita Falls for you, until you can get that done.