A self-storage unit is an excellent option for when you need to store your belongings for a move to a new home, a longer trip, or for when you just have too many things in your home and need to keep some of them off the premises. Choosing a self-storage company isn't always easy. Self-storage prices can be very different depending on the firm, and you'll need to make sure it fulfils all safety arrangements that you want present to protect your things. You also need to protect your belongings of the more common dangers of moisture and dirt. To do this, you don't just have to find the right storage company; you also need to use the right materials.
Tape is important to use for all of your boxes. Keeping the boxes closed minimises the risk of moisture penetrating the cardboard and ruining your belongings. It also keeps dirt out. Another way to use tape is to use it to tape little bags with screws to dissembled furniture so that you'll know which screw goes to what furniture.
Except your standard cardboard boxes, you should also invest in a couple of transparent boxes. This will allow you to see what's in them and provide an even better protection against moisture and dirt. Use transparent boxes to store your small, sensitive items that might disappear and break otherwise.
Dust sheets provide excellent protection for your furniture. It keeps moisture out of the padding and can also provide a protection against pests, like moths, that would like to eat off your furniture. Dust sheets can also help you during the move itself by protecting your furniture from the dust and dirt that they might have to come in contact with in the moving truck.
Blankets are ideal for protecting your furniture and boxes from the possibly harsh conditions in the self-storage unit. They also help by protecting the walls and floors of the unit, which will help you keep down the self-storage price by not having to pay because you've scratched or gotten paint on anything in the unit.
To protect your most fragile belongings that are made of glass or ceramics, you should use bubble wrap. The plastic protects the items, even if it makes it less efficient when it comes to usage of space. Lamp shades and fragile furniture might only need to be wrapped around once with the bubble wrap to be able to withstand any hits and bumps they might get, but for cups and glasses, you should also pack them in rigid boxes to make sure they don't break.