When you are downsizing to a smaller home or apartment, engaging in a renovation project or getting your home ready to sell, a storage center is a great idea. Putting your extra belongings into self storage provides you with more space and a tidier living environment. Consider these four tips for packing up your hobby supplies and putting them into nearby storage units.

1. Protect Fibers from Insects

It is important to protect fibers from insects such as carpet beetles and moths. If you will not be accessing your storage units for a while, consider washing and drying your fabrics and then sealing them in a vacuum-sealed bag. The vacuum sealing process removes the air that the insects would need in order to hatch or develop into larvae. If you are putting yarn into storage, use vacuum-sealing bags. They compress the skeins or hanks of yarn, which will also help you to maximize your storage space.

2. Seal Organic Materials from Insects and Rodents

Fabric and yarn are not the only organic materials that are interesting to insects and rodents. They will also go after cardboard, paper, stickers, canvas and other materials. There are many home remedies for discouraging insects and rodents from accessing these materials. Moth balls are a good deterrent. Vacuum-sealed bags are another good choice. Keep in mind that rodents can chew through plastic, so you will need more than one type of barrier.

3. Remove Moisture from Papers and Fabrics

Even a low level of moisture could cause your scrapbook, card making, sewing and quilting supplies to grow mold or develop a musty smell while they are stored. If possible, pack them with silica gel packets. The silica gel absorbs moisture from small, enclosed spaces. The papers or fabrics should also be sealed so that no new moisture can get into the box or bin where they are stored.

4. Drain or Dispose of Any Combustible or Pressurized Fluids

If you have leftover paint thinners, mineral spirits, glues, spray paints or other products that are under pressure or combustible, do not store them in self storage centers. Even in a climate-controlled unit, these products could burst, damaging the things that you have stored. It is best to dispose of such products safely at a specialized hazardous waste collection center. These products often have a short shelf life anyway, and would be unlikely to be in a usable condition after they have been stored for many months or years. Similar items, such as oil or water-based paints, oil pastels or embossing powders may also not store well for more than 6 to 12 months. For more information, there are some helpful resources on the Storage City website.