Packing & Storing Valuables

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Moving BoxesFor most everyone, at some point, 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 items--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 concern for the details.

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

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

Even if you are not moving, you might need to store items--if you have inherited some things, if you've got a fledgling who is moving back home—numerous things can happen that necessitates more space for a while. Or, if you are pondering moving and organize your home, you will want to create the appearance of hardly-lived in space, so everything on the counters, small furniture you fall over at night, and the items you need to generally live your life, all must 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 everything for safe storage. The technique to packing crystal, dishes, and other delicate stuff is to wrap everything separately. You could 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 realize that mixing and matching contingent upon the individual item works best. Use small, heavy duty boxes for fragile items. Take care that you do not wrap too tightly; items need a bit of air space inside the wrap.

Some more 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 treasured they are, and if you're a casual listener who likes listening on a turntable you recognize 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 with a few exceptions it comes out similarly to how it went in. Wool and wool blends need to be packed with a decent amount of mothballs, cedar blocks, or both so you do not unpack sweaters full of holes. 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 place, especially in an area 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're going to be as deliberate of your kid's pre-school drawings as the curator at the Met is of his on-loan Picassos. For the kiddo's art projects, buy a large 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 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. Secure 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 are aware that you have great intentions of sorting through all those piles of college papers and junk mail from 1995 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.