How to Prepare for Long-Term Storage with Go Mini's

Do you have items you need to store for a while? No problem! Go Mini's portable storage containers are here to make your life easier. Perfect for moving, remodeling, or even just freeing up some space, Go Mini’s storage containers offer a reliable solution. But before you start packing, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make sure that your items stay safe and secure for the long haul.

Preparing for Long-Term Storage

Planning to keep items stored in your Go Mini for 3+ months? Consider these packing tips:

Make an Inventory

The first step in preparing for long-term storage is to make an inventory of all the items you plan to store. This will not only help you keep track of what you have, but it will also come in handy when it's time to retrieve your items.

Pack Strategically

When packing your items into the portable storage container, be sure to pack strategically. Start with heavier and sturdier items at the bottom, followed by lighter and more fragile items on top. This will help distribute weight evenly and prevent any damage to fragile items.

Protect Your Items

To ensure the safety of your items, it's important to properly protect them before placing them in the container. This includes wrapping breakable items in bubble wrap or packing paper and covering furniture with blankets or plastic covers. Make sure all of your items are clean and dry before packing them to prevent mold or mildew, and avoid storing items like important documents, jewelry, or cash.

Label Everything

Labeling is key when it comes to long-term storage. Be sure to label each box with its contents and which room they belong to. This will make it much easier when it's time to retrieve your items, especially if you need a specific item from one of the boxes.

Mind the Humidity

If you plan on storing items that are sensitive to extreme temperatures, be mindful of what you pack. Go Mini's ventilated storage containers offer comprehensive protection from humidity and sun damage, but it's still important to avoid storing items that need more intensive climate control, like antiques, wine, paintings, electronics, and instruments.

Use Heavy-Duty Boxes

When packing for long-term storage, it's key to use sturdy and durable boxes that can withstand the test of time. Avoid using old or worn-out boxes as they may not hold up well over months of storage. Invest in high-quality, heavy-duty boxes for added protection.

Item-by-Item Storage Tips

In addition to these packing tips, here are some specific things to keep in mind when preparing for long-term storage:


  • Disassemble large furniture pieces whenever possible. Remove legs from tables and sofas and keep the hardware in labeled plastic bags. Cover furniture with blankets or padded covers to prevent scratches and damage.

  • Wrap wood furniture with padded covers and use bubble wrap for glass components. Place glass items vertically in a sturdy box and label them as fragile.

  • Clean upholstered furniture before storage. Use furniture covers to protect against dust and moisture. Consider using moisture absorbers to prevent mildew.

Dishes and China

  • Pack dishes and china individually using bubble wrap or packing paper.

  • Place them in small, sturdy boxes and fill any gaps with packing peanuts or crumpled paper.

  • Label boxes as fragile and ensure they are stacked on top to avoid being crushed.

Clothes and Shoes

  • Store clothes in vacuum-sealed bags to save space and protect from moisture.

  • Use wardrobe boxes for hanging clothes to prevent wrinkles.

  • Pack shoes in their original boxes or in clear plastic bins to maintain their shape.

Bedding / Mattresses

  • Clean bedding and mattresses thoroughly before storage.

  • Use mattress covers to protect against dust and dirt.

  • Store bedding in vacuum-sealed bags or plastic bins to save space and keep them fresh.

Books and Documents

  • Pack books in small, sturdy boxes to prevent them from becoming too heavy.

  • Place documents in waterproof containers to protect them from moisture.

  • Store boxes off the ground to avoid potential water damage.

Accessing Your Belongings

Need to access your items? No problem! You can access your unit once it's in storage at the Go Mini’s facility. While it’s not your typical self-storage setup, you can access your units with 48 hours' notice. The first visit is free, but any extra visits are $25. Need the container at your place? We can deliver it for $65 and pick it back up for a $65 fee when you're done. You can get to your container Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm, giving us enough time to restock and secure your items properly.

Get a Free Quote with Go Mini's

With these tips in mind, you can confidently pack and store your items with Go Mini's portable containers for as long as needed. Our secure storage solutions are here to make your life easier and give you peace of mind.

Ready to store with confidence? Contact us today to learn more about our long-term storage and get a free quote.

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