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10 Tips for How To Store Electronics

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October 28, 2014

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Storing Electronics

At some point in our lives, our many types of technology including computers, large screen televisions and tablets will need to be stored or moved. As these can be large purchases, it is important to protect your investment by understanding the best electronics storage methods for the long term without damaging them in the process. Understanding electronics storage solutions best practices like planning ahead and keeping all the components together will help protect your items in storage.

Understanding electronics storage involves also having the proper electronics storage solutions, like moving and packing supplies, readily available. Those items include sturdy cartons, newsprint, bubble wrap, packaging tape, scissors and markers to label your storage boxes. As with any home storage solution, in order to keep your belongings safe and ready to be used in the future, you should follow some of the electronics storage tips below for storing computers, TVs, and other electronics the right way.

Things you’ll need to get started: Foam padding, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, silica gel, marker, moving and packing supplies, tape and labels.

How to Store Electronics

1. Check Owner’s Manual

Before putting your electronics into storage, always consult the owner’s manual or brand website for specific information for packing and storing.

2. Use Original Packaging

If possible, use the original electronic storage boxes with the original packing material for storing. This is the optimal electronics packing solution, as the items will already fit perfectly in the specially designed product boxes.

3. No Original Box? Wrap Electronics in Anti-Static Foam

If you can’t store computer monitor or TV screens in the original box, use your moving and packing supplies to wrap them in anti-static foam to keep the screens protected. Doing so will also help limit the electronic items from bumping against each other. Add additional filler material in the box for added protection. Seal the boxes completely with packing tape.

4. Take a Picture of the Electronic Connections

Before detaching any connections, take a picture of the back of the electronic items so you know which wire goes in which outlet. Use this as a reference when you are setting up the TV or computer in your new home.

5. Label Accessories and Keep Them Together

Detach the wires and other accessories that go along with your electronics (keyboard, mouse, speakers). Bundle the wires together. Label each wire with a specific color sticker that coincides with its equipment. Keep electronic components together in a plastic bag attached to the electronic item.

6. Check Electronics for Insertable Materials

Remove CDs, DVDs, ink jet cartridges and other materials from the electronic equipment before you prepare for storage.

7. Create a List of All Items Inside of Electronic Box

Make a list of everything within the electronic box. Put this in the box for reference when you are unpacking. Also, keep an inventory list of all the items that you are storing.

8. Store All Electronics in a Climate Controlled Storage Unit

In order to protect your items from dangerous fluctuations in temperature, it is essential to rent a climate controlled storage unit to store your electronics.

9. Keep Electronics Towards the Back for Extra Protection

Store the electronic items towards the back of the storage unit for added protection.

Avoid Placing Items on Electronics

Do not store large screen TV’s flat on the floor. Store these larger electronic items leaning against the wall of the storage unit with a blanket or sheet over them. Do not store anything on top of the electronics, as that could damage the items.

It is critical to protect your electronics while moving or in storage so you will be able to use the items for many years to come. Self storage is a great home storage solution to keep these types of items protected until you need them again.

Are You Ready to Find a Storage Location Near You?

ezStorage has storage facilities in Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD, Columbia, MD and Virginia.

Storing Electronics in a Storage Unit

When preparing to store your electronic items in a storage unit, be sure to contact our friendly and knowledgeable staff at ezStorage for any questions along the way. We can help you find the moving and packing supplies you need to stay organized as well as the right size unit for the items you’re planning to store. If you have questions on how to store electronics in our climate controlled units, we can help with that too.

For the convenience of our customers, we’ve recently added a contactless rental option. This allows our customers to rent a storage unit from the convenience of their own homes. Stop by any of our locations in Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland today!

Start Storing Your Belongings Today!

ezStorage has storage facilities all throughout Washington, DC, Baltimore, MD and Northern Virginia. Find a location near you and reserve your unit from ezStorage today.

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5' x 5' (25 Sq. Ft.) (standard closet size)

How big is a 5x5? A 5x5 will hold personal items, clothes, boxes, small furniture items, business records and sales rep materials.

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5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) (walk-in closet size)

Will hold small amounts of furniture, boxspring and mattress, business records and other small items.

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Will hold a 1 bedroom apartment w/major appliances, other furniture and supplies.

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10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) (1/2 standard one-car garage size)

What will fit in a 10x15? This size storage-unit will hold contents of a 2 bedroom apartment or house including appliances and boxes, or commercial storage inventory.

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10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) (standard one-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 3 bedroom apartment or house plus major appliances and lots of boxes. Business storage, ideal for storage racks.

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10' x 30' (300 Sq. Ft.) (standard two-car garage size)

Will hold contents of a 4 to 5 bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Business storage for files, equipment and permanent records.

Renting Online is Simple

  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!