Packing & Storing Valuables

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Moving BoxesFor most everyone, sooner or later, you are going to have to pack and move or pack and store, all or a portion of your household. If that day comes, it's imperative that you've mastered the packing valuables and breakable belongings--you do not want your wedding china arriving back smashed, or your cashmere sweaters destroyed by moths. Packing for storage in Wichita Falls, even for not very long, requires some attention to detail.

One important detail that must be attended to is a place to store your items. If your storage needs correspond with a move, when you're drifting down the road contemplating which storage facility is right for you, keep driving. You have already picked a mover for hauling your stuff to a new home, why don’t you check with them to see if they can provide storage, also? Most professional moving companies provide warehouse storage--with the same professional staff to help you organize your stored boxes and furniture that loads the moving truck for your move.

If you're moving out of the country, or your move is not long-term, you will need a place for any boats, jet skis, or motor homes that are too large to move with you. You can store those large items with your moving company, and again, you can usually park them on the premises or park them in the warehouse—it is your decision.

Even if you are not moving, you might need to store items--if you have inherited some things, if you've got an adult child who is moving back home—any number of things can happen that necessitates more space for a while. Or, if you are contemplating moving and trying to declutter your home, you will want to create the image of hardly-lived in space, so pictures of the family, small furniture you fall over at night, and the items you need to basically live your life, all should go into storage until after your move in Wichita Falls.

Moving - Moving BoxesOnce you have picked where to store your stuff, the next task you need to consider is how to pack all of your things for safe storage. The technique to packing crystal, dishes, and other delicate stuff is to wrap everything by itself. You may do that with a couple different kinds of supplies or insulation, it is really up to you which you prefer—as long as plates and glasses are appropriately secured from bumping against each other, use what you like best. Newsprint (different from newspaper, newsprint is the plain tan paper that comes in large sheets at any moving supply or big box store), bubble wrap, Styrofoam peanuts, foam padding--any and all will work, but you will discover that mixing and matching contingent upon the individual item works best. Select small, heavy duty boxes for fragile items. Beware that you do not wrap too tightly; items need a bit of air space inside the wrap.

Some further items that need special consideration when going to storage are not always things that you would think about.

Here is a short list:

  • Albums--Yes, they are making a comeback. If you are a collector you are aware how prized they are, and if you're a casual listener who likes listening on a turntable you are aware how difficult it is to locate replacements. Albums that are going to storage for more than a few weeks in the spring or fall need to 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 similarly to how it went in. Wool and wool blends need to be packed with an overabundance of mothballs, cedar blocks, or both so you do not unpack more hole than sweater. Moths are not as much of a presence in cooler climates, but putting in a few mothballs is still a good idea.
  • Shoes--Leather shoes need to be in a humidity controlled location, especially in a locale where humidity is high. They will mildew when it gets damp or humid, and when it is dry and cold the leather cracks.
  • Art--Art is in the eye of the beholder, so you are going to be as cautious of your kid's kindergarten drawings as the curator at the Met is of his on-loan Picassos. For the kiddo's art projects, obtain a big flat plastic tub, 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 real, have the paintings professionally crated and packed, and use climate and humidity controlled storage. Since the frames of many heirloom pieces are as valuable as the paintings themselves, protecting them is imperative.
  • Mirrors--Like art, a lot of antique mirrors are in extraordinarily 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 light itself crated, or wrapped for transit and then hang it in storage--most units have hangars across the ceiling to hang light fixtures and other things from.

And indeed, we recognize that you have great intentions of going through all those piles of college papers and credit card offers from 1997 and shredding all the junk. Fortunately, A-1 Freeman Moving Group will always have storage in Wichita Falls for you, until you can get that done.