Packing & Storing Valuables

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Moving - Moving BoxesFor almost everyone, sooner or later, you're going to need to pack and move or pack and store, all or a portion of your things. When that time comes, it's crucial that you have mastered the art of packing valuables and fragile belongings--you do not need your favorite mug arriving back smashed, or your winter coats destroyed by moths. Packing for storage in Killeen, even for a short while, requires some care for the specifics.

One important detail that must be thought about is the location to store your possessions. If your storage needs correspond with a household move, if you are meandering down the road contemplating which storage facility is best for you, continue driving. You've already hired a mover for trucking your stuff to a new residence, why don’t you confirm with them to see if they can provide storage, also? Many professional moving companies offer warehouse storage--with the same experienced employees to assist you in organizing your stored boxes and furniture that packs and loads the moving truck for your move.

If you're moving out of the country, or your move is not long-term, you'll want a spot for any boats, jet skis, or motor homes that are too big to go with you. You can store those big things with your moving company, and again, you can usually park them on the premises or park them in the warehouse—it's your decision.

Even if you're not moving, you may still need to store items--if you've inherited some things, if you have a fledgling who is moving back home—numerous things can happen that necessitates more space for a while. Or, if you are pondering moving and trying to declutter your house, you'll need to create the illusion of hardly-lived in space, so out of season clothes, small furniture you fall over in the dark, and the things you need to generally live your life, all should go into storage until you move in Killeen.

Moving - Moving BoxesAfter you have picked where to store your belongings, the next thing you should think about is how to pack everything for safe storage. The trick to packing crystal, dishes, and other easily breakable items is to wrap each piece individually. You may do that with several types of packing supplies or insulation, it's really for you to decide which you want to use—as long as each piece is sufficiently protected against bumping against each other, use what you like best. Newsprint (different from newspaper, newsprint is the plain brownish paper that comes in large sheets at any moving supply or big box store), bubble wrap, packing peanuts, foam padding--any and all will work, but you will discover that mixing and matching contingent upon the individual item works best. Choose small, heavy duty boxes for fragile items. Be careful that you don't wrap too tightly; things must have a little air space inside the wrap.

Some further things that need special care when going to storage aren't always things that you would think about.

Here is a short list:

  • Albums--Yes, they are making a rebound. If you are a collector you are aware how valuable they are, and if you're a casual listener who likes listening on a record player you are aware how difficult it is to secure replacements. Albums that are going to storage for any length of time in the spring or fall should be in a climate and humidity controlled facility.
  • Clothing--Cotton clothing and most synthetic blends are hard to damage. You will need to wash and iron the items that you store, but for the most part it comes out the same way it went in. Wool and wool blends need to be packed with a decent amount of mothballs, cedar blocks, or both so you do not unpack hole-filled sweaters and coats. Moths are not as huge of a problem in colder climates, but putting in a few mothballs is still a good idea.
  • Shoes--Leather shoes must be in a humidity controlled place, particularly in a climate where humidity is high. They'll mildew when it gets damp or humid, and when it's dry and cold the leather cracks.
  • Art--Art is in the eye of the beholder, so you will be as deliberate of your kid's 1st grade paintings as the curator at the Met is of his on-loan Picassos. For the kiddo's art projects, get a big flat plastic box, and layer the pages between acid-free paper. (You can get it at a craft store.) For framed prints, you can either stand them up against the wall and wrap them with sheets, beach towels, or moving blankets, and they will be okay. When your art is real, get the paintings professionally crated and packed, and use climate and humidity controlled storage. Since the frames of a lot of antique pieces are as valuable as the paintings themselves, protecting them is vital.
  • Mirrors--Like art, lots of antique mirrors are in extraordinarily valuable frames. Treat them like the works of art that they are.
  • Chandeliers—Remove the crystals, and wrap them in a big zip lock bag. Secure the hanging hardware and crystals in a box, and either have the lighting itself crated, or wrapped for transit and then hang it in storage--most units have bars across the ceiling specifically for that.

And by all means, we are aware that you have great intentions of sorting through all those boxes of college papers and cancelled checks from 1996 and throwing out all the junk. However, A-1 Freeman Moving Group will always have storage in Killeen for you, until you can get that done.