It makes sense to keep baby things and childhood toys. Not only can you use them down the road if you are planning to have more children, your own children may also want some of their things back later when they begin having babies of their own. Preparing and packaging everything properly ensures they survive a stint in your personal storage unit, at a location like Econo Storage, unscathed and in good condition. The following tips can help.
Tip #1: Wash All Fabrics
Baby clothes and blankets often have milk or formula stains on them. While these may not seem like a big deal now, they can darken over time and become nearly impossible to remove. Treat all stains and launder all items before storing them. For milk and formula, an enzyme stain remover works best to remove all milk proteins from the fabric. Another reason to remove stains is even the smallest hint of a food particle can attract pests.
Tip #2: Clean Toys
Toys also need cleaned before you store them. The main issue here is pests. Kids have a tendency to ignore sticky fingers, so toys often end up with food residue on them. You can place small water-safe toys in mesh bags and run them through the dishwasher on the top rack. Just skip the drying cycle, since this can melt the items. Other toys can be wiped down with disinfecting cloths. The same treatment is also handy for children's items like high chairs, strollers, and cribs.
Tip #3: Package for Safety and Convenience
Plastic storage tubs are far superior to boxes for packing things away. Not only are they water and pest proof, they are also easier to stack due to their uniform size. Pack like items together in a tub. For example, reserve each tub for a specific size clothing, or keep all toys for a certain developmental stage or age together. Then, label the outside of the bin on all four sides. Once stacked, you will be sure to see the label so it will be easy to find what you want when you need it.
Tip #4: Stay Organized
Finally, keep the storage unit organized. The best way to do this is to first stack items around the perimeter of the unit. Then, create aisles down the center so you can easily walk in to access everything. Another option is to place furniture and bulky items in the center, leaving the edges open so you can reach tubs stacked along the perimeter. The key is to just come up with a plan that allows easy access.