If you’re planning on keeping some books in storage, the top precaution you can take is making sure those books stay dry. Like clothes and furniture, books are made of organic material and so are susceptible to damage from mold and mildew. If you live in an area where the humidity is liable to climb to 55 RH or above (and that would include almost everywhere in the U.S.) you should probably rent storage with climate control.
Storage Accepted Items
Another common category of items found in storage is clothing. Clothing should be stored in a box, a bin or in the shelves of a dresser. Items that can’t be folded or rolled up like suits, dresses and gowns can be kept safe under a plastic cover or in a bag. Pests and humidity are the biggest threats to clothing in storage, so if you have apparel that you greatly value, then you should look for interior, climate-controlled storage.
Similar to furniture, electronics are mostly vulnerable to the elements: Extreme hot and cold can damage their materials, while humidity can destroy their internal components. Dust is an additional concern, particularly to electronics with screens, which can be scratched by dust. Dust will also clog vents and can cause problems later on once you remove the units from storage. Climate controlled storage is also the best solution for keeping your electronics safe.
Easily one of the most commonly stored category of items, storage almost seems to have been invented for the purpose of keeping furniture. With the right size unit, almost any piece of furniture can go into storage. There are, however, some important considerations that go along with furniture storage.
The first is humidity: Unless you live in the desert, you should seriously consider keeping your furniture in climate-controlled storage. That’s because almost every piece of furniture has sort of organic material on it, like wood or cloth. When there’s humidity within a contained area like a storage unit, mold and mildew can easily begin to flourish and spread. At the least damaging this will leave your furniture with an unfortunate smell, at the most it will eat through the organic materials are ruin your furniture.
In addition to climate control, it’s a good idea to keep your furniture up off the ground while in storage, which increase airflow and ventilation. Furniture can also be vulnerable to pests, which are best avoided inside interior storage facilities. Other good ideas for storing furniture include removing the legs from tables so that you can make more efficient use of space and covering furniture with a tarp to prevent scratching.