The Best Ways to Prep Your Kitchen Items for Long-Term Storage

November 15th, 2018

When you are packing your items for long-term storage in a Maricopa County storage unit, a few steps on the front end can save you a lot of frustration when you pick up your items for use once more. Self storage units in Mesa are great options for those who need to have their items stored safely for an extended amount of time.

Preparing to pack

Storage units give piece of mind in that your items can be packed up and you don’t need to worry about them. You can take steps to reduce the likelihood that common pests will not seek refuge in your kitchen boxes. The biggest thing that you can do to prevent this occurrence is to properly clean and pack your items.

Pests are nature’s freeloaders; they follow the food. You should avoid packing any food items in your Mesa area storage unit. If you have food items that you can’t take with you, it is better to donate them to a local food pantry than to store them long-term. Food donations can be tax deductible if the donation is made to a qualified charitable organization. It is important to remember that you can only deduct donations to a charitable organization if you itemize your deductions on your tax return.

The next step in packing your kitchen goods is to make certain that you clean all of your small appliances, etc. to remove food residue or crumbs. One of the most commonly overlooked items when packing is the toaster. Make sure to thoroughly clean the crumb tray so that your leftover toast crumbs don’t draw pests into your unit.

Use the proper storage containers

Everyone has their favorite source for cardboard boxes – common ones include diaper boxes, apple or other fruit boxes, and my personal go-to – McDonald’s French Fry boxes. However, there are other, and more recommended ways to pack for your long term storage, rather than for a move across town.

It is important to make sure that you properly pack the items that will be stored in your storage unit. Since pests can easily find their way into cardboard boxes, it is highly recommended that you pack you items in plastic sealed storage bins. This investment in proper storage bins will protect you from the invasion of the creepy-crawlies during its stay in a self storage facility.