Summer Storage: How to Keep Your Items Safe
Well, Summer has officially arrived and THE HEAT IS ON!!!
Here in Florida, we have entered our two month annual journey of 90 + degree-days and 90+% Humidity. To say it is a bit Soupy is an understatement!
But, just like Northerners during a Blizzard, you stay inside, keep the blinds tilted so direct sunlight doesn't come in and simply relax in the air conditioning. If we have to go out, we run through the stickiness, start the car, run back into the house to wait for the car to cool down and then when the vehicle is the right temperature, we speed off to the air conditioned store or theatre or office. The big difference between this kind of racing through the heat is that we don’t have to bundle up in 30 layers of clothes!!! NICE!!
When the heat descends, there is another issue that needs to be confronted BEFORE temperatures rise. That issue is the heat inside a storage unit. Many Storage Facilities are NOT climate controlled and the items you have in storage during the summer months are BAKING!!!
You may have things in your storage unit that are very near and dear to your heart!! Possessions like family heirlooms, antiques, books, paintings and other collectibles make up a large percentage of what we store these days. But, there are also computers, bicycles, photo albums, vinyl record albums, and wines. Before you rent a storage unit, you may need to consider whether or not a “climate controlled” unit will more appropriately fit your needs.
According to a blog written by SpareFoot Storage Finder who quotes Tim Dietz, a spokesman for the Self Storage Association, “Temperature and humidity control can prevent damage when items are stored for a lengthy period of time.”
The article continues by quoting Diane Peigza, vice president of corporate communications at Sovran Self Storage Inc.:
“Climate control in the self-storage industry can be defined in various ways. It’s everything from temperature control to humidity control. In some cases, it’s the best of both worlds.”
As for humidity control, the experts seem to agree the 55 percent is the "sweet-spot" for items that may be especially sensitive to moisture and especially during the summer months. And it seems like climate/humidity control has become more common in self-storage in recent years. Peigza estimates three-fourths of newly built facilities now offer this feature.
Often, before I make a trip to the storage unit, I put items that are to be taken there in the garage to get it out of my way. Here in Florida, our garages can get pretty heated up in the summertime. So, I figure, if an item can survive my garage in July, it can survive a storage unit all year!! I call this the “Garage Test”.
List of Items Unsuitable for Summer Storage
I found a list that I have printed out and saved for MY storage unit inventory. I double check to make sure that I have taken care of my stored items properly.
This list comes from Extra Space Storage Facilities:
- Artwork (paintings, drawings, posters, etc.)
- Classic Cars
- Audio equipment
- Cameras and other photography equipment.
Household Items and Personal Belongings:
- Family heirlooms and history records
- Cassettes, CDs, DVDs, etc.
- Photos/Photo Albums
General Self Storage Tips
There is another helpful list I use that can be found at Pack and Stack Self Storage that talks about actually how to store your items to avoid breakage, misplacing things, and general make-your-life easier storage tips.
If you print out this entire Blog, I think you will have an EXCELLENT List to refer for SUCCESSFUL Summer Storage!!!
And if you want to find the next Storage Unit Auction near you, register with Storage Unit Auction List and you will get instant access to that information and more - and for tips on bidding at them, check out this blog; or this one about keeping your outdoor furniture looking good in the summer sun!
Until Next Time!
Keep on Junkin’