Home electronics and appliances are a part of the life of most people in the U.S., but all too often, these appliances can get in the way, creating clutter and even danger. These can clutter up surfaces across the home, in the kitchen, bathroom, on side tables, and everywhere in between. If you are trying to store home electronics and appliances, then you need a few ideas for how to take charge of your home’s space.
Long-term storage of appliances and electronics
Step 1: Use boxes or other padding. If you are storing small or large appliances and electronics, you’ll want to use some sort of padding or boxes.
This will help keep the appliances safe from any external damage when you are moving and will protect it during the storage time as well. Original boxes should be fine, if you have kept them, but you can always go out and purchase a few for cheap. This is probably a good idea, especially if you are dealing with an expensive item or if there is glass used in an electronic device or appliance.
Step 2: Find a dry place. It is important that you are not storing an electronic item in a damp or humid area or that is in anyway exposed to the elements.
This will cause permanent and perhaps irreversible damage to the sensitive mechanisms that make an electronic device or appliance function.
Step 3: Store the items in a safe manner. Above all, use common sense when storing items that are fragile and potentially dangerous.
Wrap power cords around the appliances if possible and protect the power cord from any possible damage to the prongs or the wires.
Stack items in a stable way so that you are not putting yourself or anyone else in danger should the storage space need to be accessed for another reason. Don’t leave items teetering on edges, especially if they are made of glass in any way.
Storage for temporary purposes
Sometimes, you don’t want to store items for long periods of time but you use them frequently, in which case it is wise to access them easily even if they don’t need to be out all the time.
Step 1: Find empty cabinet or closet space. Use any available space you have as a place for storing your loose appliances and electronics.
Don’t leave storage areas empty because you think something better might fit there. You can always move items if necessary, and there’s no point of causing extra trouble for yourself. If you think a lazy susan is not a good use of space, but you don’t have anything else to put there, don’t leave the space empty on principle.
Step 2: Organize items by size to fit spaces you have. You can sometimes make better use of available space if you organize items by size.
For example, you may able to fit a medium sized appliance in a smaller space and fit a lot more smaller appliances in a cabinet where the old, medium appliance was so that every inch is used for storage.
Step 3: Install shelves for making use of vertical space. Making use of vertical space is a great way to use all the square footage in your home.
You can have shelves installed in a closet so that you can safely stack items higher, for example. Or you could attach hooks underneath an existing cabinet shelf to allow you store small appliances. Think outside the box.
Learning how to store home electronics is an important part of managing the available space in your home. Whether it is for long-term or short-term storage, you can easily make the best of your situation and store home electronics and appliances with ease.