How to Properly Store Electronics in a Storage Unit

Published on 11/23/2020

It’s a great idea to store your larger electronics inside a storage unit in order to free up space within your home. Keeping them, rather than selling, allows you to have a backup in case your current device breaks or you can give it to a friend or family member. TV’s, computers, and music devices need to be properly stored in order to ensure they will work properly in the future. Follow these tips for electronic storage:

Take Photos

Prior to disconnecting all cords, take a quick photo of your electronic device. Then, print out the photo and place it inside the box in which that particular electronic will be stored. This will help you know which cord goes where after years (or decades) of the item being in storage. It eliminates all the guesswork and will make your life much easier. Additionally, make a list of all accessories that go with the electronic device and what is in the box. This way, if something is missing you will know exactly what to look for!

Stay Away From Plastic

It may seem like a good idea to put cords and other devices inside plastic bags in order to organize everything and keep it separated; however, this will cause more damage in the end. Plastic will trap heat and moisture which will in return ruin your electronic devices. If you feel the need to place cords and the like in specific containers to separate, consider putting them inside paper bags which will allow the devices to breath and not trap heat.

Place Items Near the Back of the Unit

Putting items in the front of the unit opens them up to be weathered first. Place all electronic devices in the back of your unit, preferably not on the ground, in order to further protect them from heat, cold, and moisture. 

Keep Original Boxes

When buying a new electronic device, keep the original packaging! This will be the best way to repackage your items to put into storage because the box was purposely created for that specific item. 

Allow Airflow for Appliances

For larger appliances, such as refrigerators and freezers, it is important to maintain airflow to prevent mold and mildew. Leave these appliances slightly cracked open and consider removing shelves to avoid damaging fragile parts.

Use Moisture-Absorbers

Placing moisture absorbers around your unit, especially at the front near the door, will help trap moisture before it gets to your items. These can be found at any hardware store, just remember to replace them as the months go on!