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How to Store Desktop Computers and TVs

tv storageAlthough desktop computers are less common these days with the rise of laptops and tablets, many people still own and use them. You may find yourself needing to move or place a desktop computer in storage, especially if you have a home office or business. You once invested a lot of money in it, so it’s understandable you want to keep it around. Plus, it still serves its purpose even if it is outdated. Televisions, however, remain a staple in our homes even with the easy access of online viewing. TVs just keep getting thinner and thinner, which is good news for those moving and storing them. Here are instructions on how to store desktop computers and televisions without damage:

Step One: Check the Manual

Check out the owner’s manual or manufacturer’s instructions if you still have them around for moving and storage information specific to each product. If not, the brand website will often offer some relevant instructions.

Step Two: Gather Materials

If you still have the original owner’s manual in your possession, it’s more likely you have the original packaging as well. Use this box for moving and storage because it’s specifically designed to fit the product and will provide appropriate packing materials. Your next best option is to wrap the product in foam, bubble wrap, or newspapers and find a sturdy box it can fit in. Be sure to fill in any space with packing material and seal the box with tape to avoid shifting and damage in transit.

Step Three: Organize Cords

First, remove any CDs or DVDs and properly power down the device. Next, grab your phone and snap a pic of the back or side (wherever the wires are plugged into) of each electronic before unplugging anything. This will serve as your handy guide when you need to set it back up again. You won’t waste time trying to figure out which plugs go where. Lastly, unplug everything and keep accessories and wires together in a plastic bag.

Step Four: Label

Be sure to label the bag in case it gets separated from the product. Labeling tip: Use a color coding system to simplify the process. Choose two sticky notes of the same color (or color in plain sticky notes with marker) for each electronic. Place one sticky note inside the plastic bag and one inside or affixed to  the product box. You can make a list of any accessories and wires and place this in the bag to minimize confusion when unpacking. Also, it is recommended you always keep an inventory list of items placed in storage.

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Step Five: Place in Storage

Keep electronics upright and against a wall, covered with a blanket or sheet for protection. Never place these items on their sides or back and don’t put anything on top. Use discretion when choosing between a regular storage unit or a climate controlled storage unit for electronics like computers and televisions. Most of these items will be perfectly fine in a regular storage unit, especially when covered and placed towards the back of the unit. However, as with any item, if it is particularly valuable or will be stored for an extended amount of time, climate controlled storage is recommended.

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