The ultimate guide to storing valuables

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    If you are looking to store some of your valuable items, it is very important to know how to do it properly. These items need to have the best protection available, whether you are storing them at home or inside a storage unit. As one of the best storage companies NYC has to offer, Simplify Valet Storage & Moving presents to you the ultimate guide to storing valuables! We will go over everything you need to make sure that your most precious belongings are safe and sound.

    Guide to storing valuables part 1 – Preparation

    The first part of this guide will cover what you need to do to prepare various types of valuable items for storage. We will be covering:

    • Clothing
    • Artwork
    • Fine Flatware/Dishware
    • Jewelry
    • Media items (Photos, Vinyl, etc.)

    Antique items are an exception from our list, as they all but require professional help to store properly. You will not want to utilize any short term storage NYC solution for these items. These items belong in your home, after all. All other types you can safely prepare on your own, and have your storage provider pick them up once they are ready.

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    You may want to prepare accordingly.

    How to prepare clothing for storage

    The first thing you will want to do is thoroughly wash your clothes. Take note of which items need to be dry-cleaned instead. Unwashed clothing can produce mold and mildew and can ruin your valuable pieces. Furthermore, if there’s any residual perfume, oil, or even a lotion, on the clothes, washing and dry cleaning will get rid of them.

    The best way to store clothing is inside plastic bins. They will keep the items inside safe from dust, water, and pests. If you are planning on storing your clothes in a place that gets a lot of sunlight, you will want to get darker containers. If possible, you will want a dry, cool, and dark environment for your clothing. Something like one of our moving storage NYC options. Lastly, you will not want to vacuum pack your expensive pieces, as this may lead to wrinkles and creasing. And that can make your items deteriorate much faster.

    Artwork needs to be handled carefully

    When storing artwork, you need to keep several things in mind. First of all, you want to avoid any temperature extremes such as one present in most attics and basements. Ideally, you will store your valuable pieces inside one of the professionally-maintained storage units.

    The easiest way to store artwork safely is through Valet storage. This means that you only need to pack your items once and we will take care of storing them properly. Our team knows very well how to provide maximum protection for your belongings. All you need to do is arrange for storage NYC pickup, pack your items inside protective containers and we will take care of all the rest! Our storage unit will keep your valuables well-protected and you will be able to get any individual item back with a simple phone call or through an app.

    a woman in the middle of painting pictures
    Art is delicate, take good care of it.

    Fine Flatware/Dishware requires additional precautions

    This would not be the ultimate guide to storing valuables without mentioning how to properly store Fine China, Sterling Silver, and similar dishware/flatware. You will need plenty of bubble wrapping for storing these items, as they are extremely fragile. Wrap each piece with a generous amount of bubble wrapping before placing them inside a sturdy container. Again, plastic containers are better than cardboard boxes as they are much more resilient.

    If you are using cardboard boxes, however, you may want to purchase and utilize inserts. They will provide an additional layer of protection, as well as avoid packing your items too tightly. Tightly-packed dishware can experience more pressure, which puts it in danger.

    For sterling silver pieces, you are going to need acid-free tissue, as well. Use that instead of bubble wrapping for anything out of sterling silver. After wrapping, place the pieces inside a plastic bag to prevent any condensation. Finally, put them inside a secure container.

    How to pack Jewelry

    The absolute best way to pack jewelry is inside its original box. In case that you did not keep those boxes, you will want to find containers that have a soft interior and rugged exterior. You can also look at some of the alternative ways to store jewelry. The ruggedness of the exterior will protect your items from most surrounding elements while the soft interior will keep the luster of the jewelry intact.

    You will also want to categorize your jewelry by type. This will make it a lot easier to find the pieces you want when you want them. Of course, if you choose to utilize our Valet Storage, you will not have to worry about most of the things above. Our storage units will protect your valuables from the elements and you will be able to request any piece you want to be brought back to you.

    a few jewelry pieces
    You will want to take good care of your jewelry.

    Make sure your media items are well-protected

    Your most valuable documents deserve to be protected with an acid-free folder, or even an archival plastic enclosure. Of course, you will still want to store the folders inside a sturdy container before storing them.

    When it comes to most media items, you will want to store them upright, rather than stacking them. This is true for all books, vinyl records, and the like. All of these items can experience warping if excess weight is being placed upon them. For vinyl records, you may also want to invest in slipcovers.

    Guide to storing valuables part 2 – Things to keep in mind

    There are three most important things to always keep in mind whenever storing anything valuable. You want to:

    • Avoid extreme temperatures
    • Avoid storing your items in direct sunlight
    • Consider buying additional storage insurance

    The best way to ensure that your belongings are safe and sound is to entrust them to a reputable storage company such as Simplify Valet Storage NYC. Aside from this guide to storing valuables, we can also provide you with clean and secure storage facilities and unrivaled convenience. All you need to do is get in touch with us and we will help you store your most valued belongings without any issues!

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