3 Self Storage Tips For Protecting Your Electronics

Self Storage is a wondrous invention. With it, we can store almost anything our little hearts desire, from furniture to tools to electronics. As with all things, it’s not wise to just throw our belongings into a self storage without taking the time to prepare our items for a stint in a storage unit be it long-term or short-term. Certain items need extra care and it’s often wise to go over and check your storage unit to make sure it will be fit enough to store those more valuable and fragile items. Electronics are some of the more fragile of items. As we all know, things like moisture or extreme temperatures are not at all healthy for electronics and there are many tips and tricks out there to help you in storing several different categories of items. In this article, we’ll be going over how to protect your electronic items in storage.

3 Self Storage Tips For Protecting Your Electronics

  1. Take Inventory: Whether you are putting work electronics in storage or just your personal computer and Blu-Ray player, it’s wise to make a list of every electronic item you are placing in storage. This can also help in organization considering most electronics have any number of cords to go with them. Making an inventory of anything will help ensure you don’t miss something and remind you of what you stored later on down the road.
  2. Remove and Label all Removable media and accessories: This step is especially important. While taking inventory, be sure to remove all accessories and/or removable media such as external hard drives, flash drives, etc. Take note of all cords and label them along with the removable media accordingly. It is also wise to make a note as to which cords and media belong to which device so as to avoid confusion later. As a side note, place all of the smaller sized items such as cords and jacks into a plastic bag that you can later store in a drawer.
  3. Use Original Packaging: When packing your electronic items, it’s incredibly helpful to use the original packaging the items were delivered in. Original packaging has the foam pads designed to fit the items in without extra effort. It’s also helpful considering that the packaging was made for moving and storage of the item in mind. If the original packaging is not available then use boxes of roughly the same size then line the box with something soft, like old cotton towels or bubble wrap. You want to keep your electronic item from bouncing around or being damaged from moisture.
  4. Do Not Store on Ground: When placing your electronics into your storage unit, keep elevation in mind. Moisture tends to collect on the floor, so placing your electronics somewhere high, like a shelf, is advisable . In the absence of shelves, you can stack up a few unused pallets to achieve the same effect. Keeping your electronic items off the ground will keep moisture from seeping into the packaging and ruining your electronics.

These are only a few of the tips and tricks you can use to protect your electronics in storage. Using the above tips will help keep your electronics protected during their stint in storage. If you have any questions or would like more information in regards to self storage, please feel free to contact us.

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