How to Store Common Household Items
When storing items in your house, or in a storage unit, it is important to properly store the item to make sure it is preserved and remains damage-free. Here are some tips on how to properly store common household to make sure the items are not ruined.
- Vinyl Records
Vinyl records should be stored in a record sleeve standing vertically. Records should be stored indoor on a shelf or bookcase. For storage, records should be packed loosely and vertically away from moisture. Failing to properly store vinyl records can cause them to get scratched or warped.
If available, electronics should always be stored in their original packaging. If not, they should be stored in a cardboard box sitting upright, surrounded by packing peanuts or padding. Batteries should be removed from all devices. Electronics should be stored in a cool dry place to avoid damage.
Makeup should be storage in a dry cabinet or drawer, or air tight container. Liquid products, like mascara or foundation should only be stored for three months. Powdered makeup and lipstick are good for up to 18 months. All makeup brushes should be kept in a clean dry location. If makeup is not properly stored, there is a risk of melting, discoloration, and bacterial growth.
To avoid scratching or tangling jewelry, items should be stored in an individual compartment of a jewelry box or container, or wrapped in tissue paper to separate each piece. Jewelry should be stored in velvet or silk lined containers to prevent scratching. Store in a cool dry place to prevent gems from losing their shine and metals from tarnishing.
Furniture should be disassembled when being stored to avoid damage. It is important to keep all hardware in a labeled plastic bag for easy location when it is time to put furniture back together. Before storage, furniture should always be cleaned and dry to avoid moisture. It is also a good idea to wrap furniture in plastic wrap to help protect the pieces.
Following these simple tips will help ensure that your stored items are safe and sound while being stored.