Basements can be utilized for many different uses including storage areas. Although It is convenient to store some of your possessions in your basement, certain items are safer stored in a storage unit. This way you can use your basement for other things such as a gym, man cave, or entertainment area. Here is a list of five articles better stored in a conditioned storage unit instead of your basement.
Expensive electronics should not be stored in basements that are predictably humid. The damp air can cause moisture to slowly accumulate in electronic devices and cause damage or ruin them. Some examples of items that are at risk include TVs, expensive computers, and game consoles.
A temperature controlled storage unit is a better choice and will keep these items dry.
Books have the same danger with humidity in basements. Books accumulate over time and can be moved into your basement to make room for newer books. But if books are left in a humid environment, they can become damp and possibly grow mildew and mold.
Books can be sentimental and valuable to you. Unless you are considering donating or selling them, it is a much safer idea to keep them in a climate-controlled storage unit.
Basements might seem like an ideal place to store rugs. They are after all built to be walked on, wouldn’t they be fine?
Even rugs can face major damage being stored in basements. Pests like bugs and mice can gather and find good hiding spots in your rugs. Also, if left on the floor, moisture can absorb into the rugs. This once again can lead to mold and mildew.
Even if you leave your rugs unrolled, they can still trap moisture underneath and grow mildew and mold.
Wooden and upholstered furniture can also get damp in your basement, this can lead to warping and cracking.
These items also can just take up a lot of usable space if they are just sitting there for storage purposes.
If the furniture is playing a functional role – such as a second living room then this is not a problem, but if not consider placing these items into storage. Furniture you especially don’t want to get damaged would be family heirlooms or other valuable pieces.
Basements are not ideal places to store anything delicate- including fabrics. This includes clothing, cloth napkins, pillowcases, etc. These items can become damp and dirty, leading to mildew and mold growth. Pests can further damage these items.
A climate-controlled storage unit is a better idea to store your delicate fabrics.