How to Safeguard Your Books in Long-Term Storage

How to Safeguard Your Books in Long-Term Storage

Safeguard Your Books in Long-Term Storage

Books are not just items on a shelf; they are treasured possessions that tell stories, capture memories, and sometimes even define our identities. Whether you’re moving house, decluttering, or simply need to store a collection for the long term, it’s essential to take steps to ensure your books remain in pristine condition.

Here’s a comprehensive guide for homeowners on how to pack and store books safely in boxes for long-term storage.

Cleaning books for storage

Step 1: Clean Your Books

Before packing, make sure your books are clean. Dust each book gently with a soft cloth to remove any dirt or debris. This helps prevent any potential damage during storage.

Step 2: Choose the Right Boxes

Opt for sturdy, acid-free boxes to prevent damage to your books. Avoid using boxes that have previously stored food or other perishable items, as these can attract pests.

Stand books upright for storage
don't overpack books

Step 3: Pack Books Correctly

Stand Upright

Place books upright in the box, as if they were on a bookshelf. This position helps maintain the structural integrity of the book and prevents warping.

Use Padding

Fill any empty spaces with acid-free packing paper or bubble wrap to ensure the books don’t shift during transport. This padding will help absorb any shock and protect the books from damage.

Avoid Overpacking

Ensure that the box isn’t overpacked. This can make the boxes too heavy to lift safely and increase the risk of the books getting crushed.

Step 4: Label and Seal the Boxes

Clearly label each box with its contents and the date you packed it. This makes it easier to find specific books later on. Use high-quality packing tape to seal the boxes securely.

lable and seal boxes with books

Step 5: Storage Environment

Temperature Control

Store your boxes in a climate-controlled environment. Extreme temperatures and humidity can cause considerable damage to books. Aim for a cool, dry place to keep your books safe.

Elevate Boxes

Place the boxes on shelves or pallets off the ground, particularly if you’re storing them in a basement or garage. This helps protect them from potential water damage.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

Keep the boxes away from direct sunlight as UV rays can fade and deteriorate book covers and pages over time.


By following these steps, you can ensure your beloved books are well-protected during their time in storage. Remember, the key is to prevent exposure to elements that could cause damage, such as dirt, moisture, and extreme temperatures.

For more expert tips on safeguarding your home items, stay tuned to our blog or contact us directly. Happy reading!

Preparing Items for Storage (2023 Tips)

Preparing Items for Storage (2023 Tips)

Preparing household items for storage involves several important steps to ensure they remain in good condition while in storage.

Here are some general steps you can follow to prepare household items for storage:

Sort through your items

Start by sorting through your items and deciding which ones you want to keep and which ones you can discard or donate. This will make it easier to organize your items for storage.

Clean your items

Before packing your items, make sure they are clean and dry. This will help prevent mould, mildew, and other damage while in storage. Clean items such as clothing, linens, and fabrics should be laundered or dry-cleaned before storage.

disamble items when preparing for storage

Disassemble large items

Large items such as furniture and appliances should be disassembled before storage. This will make it easier to pack and transport these items.

Use appropriate packing materials

Use appropriate packing materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and packing tape to protect your items from damage during transportation and storage. Use boxes that are sturdy and of the appropriate size for your items.


Label your boxes

Label your boxes with a description of the contents and the room they belong in. This will make it easier to find items later and when unpacking them in the correct room.

Store items in a dry, cool place

Store your items in a dry, cool place, away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Consider using climate-controlled storage if necessary.

Check on your items regularly

Check on them regularly to ensure they are in good condition and to address any issues that may arise, such as pest infestations or water damage.

When hiring a storage unit, there are several factors to consider to ensure that you choose a unit that meets your needs and offers a secure and convenient storage solution. Here are some things to look for:

Size: The size of the storage unit you choose should be based on how much you need to store. It’s important to choose a unit that is large enough to hold your items comfortably without being too big, which can result in wasted space. You can use our storage calculator to help with this.

Location: The location of the storage unit should be convenient for you to access whenever you need to. Consider factors such as proximity to your home or workplace, ease of access, and security in the area.

Security: Look for a storage facility that has good security measures in place, such as surveillance cameras, secure gates, and on-site security personnel. This will give you peace of mind that your belongings are safe and secure.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your household items remain in good condition while in storage and are ready for use when you need them again.

Car Storage – How to prep your baby!

Car Storage – How to prep your baby!

Looking into Car Storage? Here at EeziSpace we are asked to store vehicles, from time to time. From long overseas trips to sentimental collectibles, whatever the reason is, it is a great idea to prep your car before it goes into storage.


Preparing your vehicle for storage is certainly not complicated. It does require some attention to detail and a faithfulness to common practices. First, you should decide where the vehicle will be stored, indoors or outdoors. Indoors is the preferred method and will go a long way in safeguarding the vehicle, though outdoor storage can work well too.

The trick to proper storage is prep work. We’ll discuss cleaning, battery storage, engine bay prep, rust prevention, keeping the critters out, tires, car covers, and vehicle wake-up.


First you should wash and polish the car thoroughly. Ensure you remove all dirt from the chassis and wheel wells because dirt can hold humidity. Thoroughly clean your inside and boot. Use a powerful vacuum with attachments to remove food, long lost sweeties, and dirt from all the nooks and crannies. Allow the vehicle to air-dry thoroughly.

car-storage-old-antique-vehiclesBattery Storage

You need to disconnect your battery cables starting with the ground cable (usually the black one). Thoroughly clean the battery, both on the top and sides. Place the battery on a block of wood or on top of a thick piece of polystyrene. Connect a batter-keeper or float charger to the battery to maintain its charge during storage. Place it where it will be out of the way. Don’t create a trip hazard.

Engine Bay Prep

Remove each spark plug and spray some oil into each cylinder. You can use regular oil with a spray-type squirt can. Turn the crankshaft pulley using a wrench or ratchet-socket combination a few times to circulate the oil that was sprayed into each cylinder. This process will keep moisture out of the cylinders. Reinstall your spark plugs and reconnect the spark plug wires.

Since brake fluid absorbs moisture, replace your brake fluid if it is more than 2 years old. If you don’t, it could wear away the insides of your brake lines. Also, check the condition of your engine coolant. You can check it with a hydrometer. If the freeze point is not correct, change the coolant.

Rust Protection

Some of the key things that you can do to extend the life of your vehicle’s body is rust prevention. Rust has been referred to as automotive cancer. It will gnaw at your investment. You need to keep moisture away. To keep moisture away from your chassis, you should create a moisture or vapor barrier. A moisture barrier is recommended whether you’re storing the vehicle indoors or outdoors.

If storing indoors place heavy duty plastic sheeting on top of the cement. Place strips of plywood measuring 1 1/2 ft wide on top of the plastic and drive the vehicle up on them length-wise as if you were making a driving path. If storing outdoors, use full sheets of plywood placed on top of heavy duty plastic sheeting.

Also, lubricate your bonnet latch, boot latch, and all door hinges to keep moisture away.


We don’t let critters take a holiday in your stuff

Keeping the Critters Out

It is important to ward off the efforts of rodents and other pests that may up residence inside your ride. They love to create nests inside “cozy” areas. They also love to chew on spark plug wires as well as other wires.  Not that you need to worry when you store with us, but hey… maybe you choose to store your vehicle elsewhere.

Place mothballs underneath the vehicle. Put more mothballs inside the passenger cabin by placing them on sheets of aluminum foil. Stuff heavy rags inside your tailpipe, engine air intake, and fresh air intake located at the bottom of the windshield. You may need to use aluminum foil if you have rodents in your area that would love to use your rags as nesting material.



If the vehicle will be stored for more than six months, you need address tire flat-spots. Just place the vehicle on jack stands that are in the lowest position. Just enough to raise the tyres off the floor. If storing outdoors, use plywood squares under the jack stands to prevent sinking.


Car Covers

When it comes to covers, you have lots of choices. Spend as much as you can afford because you’ll find that the higher the price, the better the protection and quality of the fit. Use a cover that is designed to fit your vehicle snuggly. This will help keep the elements out. If you live in a particularly sunny area, make sure your cover provides UV protection.

Vehicle Wake-Up


How NOT to store your car – eeck!

After a long storage you need to do a few things to get your ride ready to drive again. Remove the cover and remove the rags that were stuffed into various places. Remove all the mothballs from underneath the vehicle and inside the passenger cabin. Refit and re-install your battery. Sand off most of the rust that has accumulated on your brake rotors with some 100-120 grit sand paper using a rubber sanding block. Change your engine oil and filter. That’s it!

Properly preparing your vehicle for winter storage or just long-term storage will help preserve your investment and ensure many years of driving enjoyment. It will also allow you to get back behind the wheel sooner after a bit of winter cabin fever!

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