Electronic storage isn’t that difficult, but you’ll need to know how to do it correctly. It is important you take the time to research the features your local storage facilities offer and purchase the right supplies for what you are planning to store. By choosing the correct storage company and using the proper tools, you can ensure your valuable electronics are safe and sound while inside your self storage unit.
Make the Choice; Keep or Donate?
Before you do ant electronic storage, ask yourself one question: Should I keep it or donate it? That goes for everything from an older iPhone to a video game console, laptop, tablet, and more. If the answer is “nope,” but the device still works (mostly), donate it to a local charity like Goodwill. You’ll get rid of it, and someone else will enjoy it.
Choose a Safe & Dry Location for Your Electronic Storage
Storing electronics isn’t tricky, but you need to choose the best location in your home (or outside). Below are a few good rules to follow so that your electronic storage is successful and your electronics stay safe while stored.
- Your attic isn’t a good place for electronic storage. It’s far too hot and can damage these delicate devices.
- If your home is prone to flooding, the basement may not be the best location to store electronics.
- Choose a location that’s dry, dark, and doesn’t go through extreme temperature changes. For example, your shed out back is probably a bad idea. The garage is out for the same reasons.
- If you have delicate and expensive electronics, a temperature controlled storage unit is a good choice. That way, the cold or heat won’t affect them.
Organize Everything Well for Easier Access
If you use your electronics relatively often, having easy access to your electronic storage is a must. The best way to do that, at home or in a storage unit, is to organize everything well. We recommend:
- Clear plastic bins. That way, you can see what’s inside, making it much easier and faster to find a particular device.
- Choose medium or small bins. Sure, you have a lot; we get it. The problem is that, when filled, a large plastic bin can get dangerously heavy.
- Use metal shelving units. This will help you organize even better. Plus, metal shelves can take the weight of electronic storage, which can get heavy. That’s especially true if you have an extensive collection of devices to store.
- Stack things carefully. Stacking is great because it saves precious floor space. One caveat: be careful that your stacks are stable. If they fall over on you, it could be physically (and financially) devastating.
Inventory While You Organize Your Electronic Storage
If you really want to be well organized, keep a running inventory of your electronic storage as you go. Several apps can help you with this time-consuming but future energy-saving task. When you’re done, you’ll have a complete list of what you own, electronics-wise. Depending on what you do with your devices, this could be a great energy and time saver.
Maintain Your Electronic Storage Occassionally
Here’s the thing; electronics, well kept in electronic storage, have a certain shelf-life. That shelf-life can shorten if, for example, you don’t use the device for a long time. Batteries can take a beating for the same reason. Many folks try to use something that’s been stored long-term only to find the battery completely dead. In short, maintaining and checking them every so often is a good idea.
Store Your Electronics With Moove In Self Storage
Picking the right storage facility is the real first step in safely storing your electronics. Security is key when it comes to storing what can be expensive game consoles, televisions, stereos and computers. With the right supplies, a plan of action, and choosing the correct self storage company, you can ensure the safety of your electronics. If you have other questions about using self storage for your electronics, you can contact us online today.
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This was originally published on 2/20/20. It was updated on 8/30/21/