Quality sleep is imperative to your health and happiness. You are certainly more likely to sleep well if you invest in a good bed frame, bed springs, and mattress. These don’t come cheap, so it’s important to take care when moving and storing them because they can last you years and years if properly maintained. Here are some tips on how to keep your bed in good condition while moving and storing:
Before and After Storage Care
Always be sure to thoroughly clean your mattress before storing. You can first use a vacuum to pick up any crumbs and then upholstery cleaner on the stains. It’s a good idea to do a quick cleaning of the entire mattress, even if there are no visible stains. Any leftover body oils can spread and cause odor while in storage.
Next, clean the bed frame with a soap and water solution if needed. If you need to use a cleanser, make sure you find one made specifically for the type of material your bed frame is made out of. Wooden bed frames especially are prone to damage by using the wrong (or too strong of a) cleanser.
Wash with a cleaning brush or rag and let it soak for a few minutes, then wipe it down again with just water. Allow it to dry completely in an open area because any leftover moisture can cause residue and mold.
If you need to disassemble the bed frame, make sure to keep all screws, nuts, and bolts together in a plastic bag for safe keeping.
After storage, you can freshen up the mattress by sprinkling baking soda to absorb odor and then remove it with a vacuum.
How to Avoid Damage
- Don’t store anything on top
- Avoid basement or damp locations
- Keep away from sharp objects and pets
Avoid the basement or any storage location with a damp environment or high humidity. Too much moisture can easily seep into the mattress and damage it. Also, don’t store it near any sharp objects or in the reach of pets. Keep other items (especially heavy items) off of the mattress while in storage.
Long Term Storage
- Store mattress in a flat position
- Use a mattress cover
Mattresses can be moved and stored on their sides temporarily, but leaving it like that too long can cause the coils to shift inside. Keep it lying flat if it will be in storage for more than a week or so.
Cover everything with a blanket to protect from dust. Or, if you are storing your mattress long term, you may want to invest in a mattress cover. These are made of light, breathable plastic and will offer better protection from the elements and potential pests. You can get a quality one for around $20 at home goods stores. You may still have the original plastic cover if you recently purchased your mattress. This will be sufficient, as long as put tape over any holes or tears that developed.
If you’ve set a New Year’s resolution to get organized, DAK Self Storage is here to help. Here are our best tips for clearing clutter and getting organized in 2015:
Set Organizational Goals
One way to approach the decluttering process is to make a list of project goals and take it one room at a time. Prioritize the areas that cause you the most frustration.
An Example Goal List
- Kitchen: Declutter and organize the junk drawer
- Bedroom: Reorganize closet
- Living Room: Keep it looking neat everyday
Seeing the most important tasks on paper will help you get them done. Cross off each one as you finish for a sense of accomplishment.
Clear the Clutter
Taking care of clutter is an important step to getting organized. It’s helpful to remove outdated, unused, and excess items from your home to make way for an new year.
Sort through your items and decide if you should place them in storage or find a good location to keep them in the house. You may also want to designate items to donate, sell, or recycle.
A good rule of thumb is to get rid of anything that has not been used during the past year. Keep everything that is used frequently or that you may need immediate access to. Place in self storage anything used only a couple times a year, anything that is not currently used but will be in the future, and sentimental items that you don’t have space for.
Remove excess items from your home quickly so you can see your progress. If you don’t have a self storage unit, the new year is a great time to rent one. It can help you start you 2015 off decluttered and organized.
Give Everything a Space
As you declutter, take a mental inventory of what you have so you can figure out if you’ll need any organizational tools. Shelves, containers, drawers, hooks, bins, boxes, and baskets can all come in handy to hold things around the house. These do not need to be expensive; You can repurpose containers and boxes or even shop at a local dollar store for items. While it’d be a great help to get an ultimate organization shelving unit for the bedroom closet, these may not fit in the budget, or even be necessary.
Create an accessible spot for shoes, keys, and other things so they don’t end up scattered all over the house. This will keep the place looking neater, less clutter, and prevent things from being lost. Once you get in the habit of placing everything in a certain spot, you’ll stay organized and find things more easily.
Prevent Paper Piles
Paper is the common household clutter. We can easily add dozens of papers to our home daily with mail, newspapers, magazines, and school or work projects. You can quickly make any space look more visually appealing by simply removing paper from the counters.
Make a goal for 2015 to keep paper around as little as possible. When you check the mail, immediately recycle the pieces you don’t need, and file the rest. Keep a few folders for important documents you will need in the future. Try and keep paper from lingering around the counter space because it can create clutter and easily become misplaced.
Involve the Family
Keep up after your clutter and you will be off to a neat and organized year. Ask your family to pitch in and make sure they know where everything now belongs. If everyone takes a few minutes to straighten up each night it will lessen the load on one person. Have everyone pick up any random items that were left in the wrong place and return them to where they belong. Do this each night to effortlessly keep the place decluttered. If you put it off for even a few days, the clutter can pile up and may take hours to clear again.
Whether you’re a student, amateur, professional musician, or just play as a hobby you’ll want to ensure you instruments stay in the best shape possible. Musical instruments can hold sentimental and monetary value and should be stored the right way. The wrong storage conditions can cause instruments to stop working properly. Here are few tips to follow when placing clarinets, flutes, violins, guitars, or other instruments in self storage.
First, consider having your instrument appraised and insured if it particularly valuable. As a general precaution, you should always keep a record of items you place in storage, including a photo and description.
Preparing Musical Instruments for Storage
- Clean, polish, and inspect it as needed
- Be sure to remove any accessories and mouthpieces and loosen any strings
- Place tissue paper in any openings to keep out dirt and insects.
- Find the proper case and/or cover
If you are storing this instrument for a family member, it’s best to have them complete this step. It’s easy to damage an instrument when cleaning if you don’t have adequate knowledge of how it works. If you need to store a large instrument such as a piano or harp, it is recommended to consult with a professional.
Once you’ve found the original case or purchased a new one specifically designed for the instrument, make sure it’s in good condition. For an added layer of protection, you can also cover string instruments with a cloth inside the case. Other instruments can be placed inside a polyethylene bag as a barrier to humidity. Large instruments should be covered with sheet or tarp to keep off dust.
Proper Storage Conditions for Musical Instruments
- Climate controlled indoor storage
- Steady temperature and humidity
- Store away from windows, doorways, and off the floor
- Avoid placing anything on top
- Take precautions against dust
All musical instruments are sensitive to environmental factors such as extreme hot and cold temperatures, dust, or too much humidity. Brass instruments will expand and contract excessively when exposed to frequently changing temperatures. Wood instruments can be warped and dried out by too much humidity. Electric instruments are negatively affected by dust.
Climate controlled indoor storage is recommended for musical instruments because these tend to be valuable and easily damaged. Even when storing at home, it’s best to keep these away from windows and open vents. Always keep small instruments off the floor and refrain from placing anything on top of large ones.
When removing your musical instrument from self storage, remember to clean and tune it.
You probably spent a ton of time, effort, and money in finding the perfect wedding dress, so of course you want to keep it around. Read on for tips on how to store your wedding (or any other formal) gown.
Wedding Dress Storage Conditions
Too much sunlight can damage the gown, yellowing lighter fabrics and fading darker ones. However, avoid attics or basements because too much humidity can cause mold and mildew. If storing at home, the best options are under a bed or in a dry closet. Plastic or padded hangers are okay for transport, but the gown should not be kept on a hanger long term. The fabric can easily become stretched and distorted from the hanging weight. Avoid plastic covers because these can trap moisture and lead to mold and mildew. It’s best to find a wedding chest, which is a box specifically designed to store the dress in. It will probably come with a viewing window, so you can see the dress without opening the box.
- Cool, dark, and dry environment
- Relative humidity of 50 percent at all times
- Keep out of direct sunlight
- Ensure all storage materials are acid-free
- When covering, choose a cloth cover over plastic
- Climate controlled storage recommended
Preparing Your Wedding Dress for Storage
Proper cleaning is of utmost importance when preparing your gown for storage. When left untreated, visible stains, hidden stains, and body oils from normal wear will expand and set over time. While you can clean your dress on your own if you’d prefer, it is highly recommended you take your dress to a preservationist. They will expertly clean and prepare the dress for storage. This can cost roughly $250-$500, depending on dress fabric, decoration, ornamentation, and visible staining. It’s worth the cost to have your dress professionally cleaned and prepped for storage. Plus, a wedding chest and storage materials will likely be included in the cost.
If you are reading this before the wedding, research preservationists in your area ahead of time. Ask your bridal shop, wedding consultant, or recent brides for recommendations. If possible (and especially if there are any visible stains), have someone from the wedding party take the dress to the preservationist while you are on your honeymoon. Stains can be most thoroughly removed when they are fresh.
Though most dry cleaners will clean wedding dresses, they usually don’t specialize in this area. Avoid taking your dress to a dry cleaners unless the clean upwards of 100 gowns a year. If you choose to clean the gown on your own, don’t do so without thoroughly researching proper methods for the specific fabric of your dress. After cleaning, wash your hands before or wear cotton gloves when handling the gown.