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Posted by Adrian
March 8th, 2017
Storage Tips to Simplify your Renovations
Whether you are undertaking major renovations or simply redecorating a single room, there is bound to be some upheaval. You will need to move furniture, and pack up some items to clear out the area being worked on.
Clearing space for renovations means figuring out areas where you can store items to keep them clean and safe. The kind of storage you choose will depend on how extensive your renovation is.
When decorating a single room yourself, you can probably get away with storing items at home in a separate room. However if the renovation or work being undertaken is more extensive or is likely to make more mess (if you’re building an extension, for instance, or completely refitting the kitchen), you might want to think about storing items away from home.
Storing Items at Home
Even if you’re just decorating a single room, the job will go much smoother and quicker if you can completely clear the room before you start. Don’t be tempted to pile items and possessions in the centre of the room. It may seem like a good idea and a quicker option to start with, but invariably paint splatters will damage items or you’ll be constantly moving things to make room for ladders or pasting tables.
Pack up all your breakables into sturdy boxes and storage tubs, wrapping delicate items in bubble wrap (or blankets and tea towels if these are all you have to hand), and pack them carefully so they don’t roll around and cause damage to each other.
With larger items of furniture, such as dining tables or desks, try to remove the legs to save space.
If you’re storing items at home during larger, messier jobs, it’s best if you can dedicate a room for storage where you can put everything, then thoroughly seal the room off. Simply closing the door won’t stop dust getting in, so seal all around the doorframe with heavy duty tape, not forgetting the gap beneath. Keep this room out of bounds during the renovation, since dust will fly in whenever the door is open.
Alternative Storage Options
The other option, and one that is especially useful if you’re decorating several rooms at the same time, is to take out a short contract on a self storage unit. Some of the advantages include:
- Contracts that run from just a week. A good idea is to allow plenty of time by over estimating how long the job will take. They nearly always take longer than you originally think.
- Many different room sizes from large lockers up to storage spaces that will hold your entire collection of possessions and furnishings.
- Trolleys and pallet trucks that will help get heavy items from your vehicle to your storage room.
- A secure environment, with easy access in town locations.
As when you’re packing things to keep at home, use sturdy storage boxes and remember to label everything clearly so you know what’s inside each one.
Once you have your possessions in storage, the area to be worked on will be free and clear, but remember to put protection down on carpets to guard them against muddy boots or paint spills.
Preparation, as they say, is half the battle. Give some thought about your work area, plan your storage ahead of time, and any renovation will be completed faster and with less stress.
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