storage for kids' stuff

My kids are pretty spaced out in age. I have two teenage boys, a 7 year old boy and a sweet toddler for a girl. I spend a small fortune buying the kids the things that they want so I want to be sure to get as much use out of it all as possible. My blog is all about using a storage unit to keep things around the house organized and keep your kids interested in the toys that you have spent your money on. You will find tips for storing clothes to be handed down to the younger kids and so much more.

3 Tips To Move And Store Expensive Leather Furniture Pieces


From finding boxes and your new residence to packing and transporting belongings, the challenges of moving are easy to see. 14.19 percent of the United States' population will move each year, so you may become part of this percentage moving to a new home or a completely new state. Your relocation may require placing furniture and other belongings into a storage facility or transportable storage pod. Unfortunately, placing certain items into storage for a longer period of time can be challenging due to the possibility of damage. Using these tips, you can move valuable leather furniture into storage in a safe, effective manner.


Spend some time cleaning off your leather sofas, loveseats, recliners, ottomans, and headboards before moving them into storage. Dirt, dust, and other debris will not only discolor your furniture over time, but it can also damage the leather material.

To clean off surface debris efficiently, connect a soft-bristled brush attachment to your vacuum. Run the brush attachment across the entire leather surface of your furniture pieces. This will remove dirt, dust, hair, crumbs, and other debris.

Vacuum in between cushions, cracks, and crevices, as well. Vacuum underneath cushions by removing them from sofas, loveseats, and chairs.

If you notice stubborn patches of dirt or residue left over from food or beverages, create a cleaning solution by adding the following ingredients to a bowl:

  • 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons of linseed oil

After mixing, add a generous amount of the solution to a soft microfiber cloth. Run the dampened cloth over the dirty or sticky areas of your leather. Use a clean towel to remove any leftover solution, ensuring there is no moisture left on the leather.

The vinegar will eat through any stubborn buildup while the linseed oil conditions the leather of your furniture.


Once your leather furniture is clean, you can begin preparing it for the move into storage. Since the furniture may be heavy and bulky, there is a risk of damaging your leather while moving it by walls and through doorways. Thankfully, wrapping the furniture in heavy blankets and plastic wrap will prevent damage to your leather.

Once the furniture is wrapped with blankets and then secured with plastic wrap, you can move it onto your moving truck for transport to storage.


Excessively hot and cold temperatures will increase humidity levels, causing moisture to build up inside your storage unit. This moisture will discolor your leather while causing mildew and mold to grow on your belongings inside the storage unit.

To protect your leather furniture from exposure to extreme temperatures and moisture, make sure to store your items in a climate-controlled unit. Climate-controlled facilities allow you to store your belongings in a unit with temperatures between 55 and 85 degrees. In addition, these units maintain a safe level of humidity, which will prevent damage to wood and leather furniture pieces.

Make sure your leather pieces remain covered with blankets and plastic wrap while moving into your storage unit. Place your furniture pieces on top of a few pallets inside your unit, since this will protect the bottom of your pieces. In case any moisture seeps through the front door, store the furniture towards the back of the unit.

Depending on the size of your unit, you may want to store boxes and other belongings on top of your leather furniture. While your furniture will be covered with blankets and plastic wrap, heavy boxes can place too much stress on the leather over time. If possible, avoid storing boxes and heavier items on the leather furniture.

Whether heading to a new home in the same city or relocating to a completely new state, moving can be overwhelming. Fortunately, you do not need to damage your furniture and belongings during the process. With these tips, you can clean, move, and store your valuable leather furniture in a safe, effective manner. For more tips, contact your local furniture storage facility.


14 June 2016