It’s almost Mother’s Day, and we have some helpful tips for moms. Whether you’re storing clothes for that second baby or putting toys away for keepsakes, there are right ways and wrong ways to store baby and kiddie items.

CLOTHES

When it comes to hand-me-downs, it’s important to pack clothing safely and securely.

  • Make sure you launder the clothes, as mold and mildew might take hold otherwise.
  • Use unscented detergent to keep away unwanted bugs or rodents.
  • Place the clothes in a plastic bin with a lid. Avoid vacuum-sealed storage bags, as they also might lead to mold or mildew.
  • Fortunately, Manhattan Mini Storage is climate controlled, so you probably won’t have issues with mold or mildew.

BIG GEAR

You might need to store high chairs, cribs, or swings, so break those down and follow these tips.

  • Use plastic bins, if you can. Otherwise, pack them away in boxes.
  • Make sure you pack the hardware in plastic bags that go into the container.
  • Wash and dry all items thoroughly. Fabric in the laundry with unscented detergent. Hard surfaces with child-safe cleaner. Air dry is best for both.
  • If you’re waiting a while to have your second child, you may just want to sell the item. Styles and safety regulations change.
  • And car seats expire after five years, so only keep if you expect to use it again soon.
  • A final piece of advice is to take a picture of how items—especially cribs—look before you break them down. Pictures are worth 1000 words.

TOYS

Of course, you may be keeping toys, and it’s important to clean and pack them as well.

  • You can disinfect with a simple bleach/water solution.
  • Hard toys, put in a small mesh bag and run through the dishwasher’s top rack.
  • Look for cracks where your baby might have chewed and toss it out if you see any damage.
  • Many stuffed toys can be machine washed and dried on low or in the sun.
  • Some stuffed toys can’t go in the washer. Put it in a plastic bag in your freezer for 24 hours to sanitize it.

AT MANHATTAN MINI STORAGE

The final step is to bring your child’s items to us for safe keeping. When you arrive, there are a few things to remember.

  • Store similar items together.
  • Make an inventory list with notes of where you stored it, like “front-left corner.”
  • Keep items you’ll need sooner toward the front of your unit.
  • Use a blanket or sheet to cover furniture. It’ll protect from dust and dings.
  • Leave a few feet in the middle and front of the unit (so you can get in!)

 

Happy storing and a happy Mother’s Day!