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How to declutter your books ready for Happy self storage.

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Decluttering your books for self-storage can be a practical solution when you need to free up space at home without getting rid of your cherished collection. Here are some streamlined steps to help you effectively declutter and prepare your books for self-storage.


1. Assess and Sort Your Collection


Begin by gathering all your books in one place. This step provides a comprehensive view of the volume of your collection. Sort your books into categories such as:


- Keep at Home: Books you frequently use or deeply cherish.

- Store: Books you want to keep but don't need immediate access to.

- Donate/Sell: Books you no longer want or need.

- Recycle: Books that are damaged or no longer useful.


 2. Evaluate Each Book


Decide which books to store by asking:


- Have I read this book   If not, will I realistically read it soon?

- Will I read it again?  Books not intended for rereading may not need to take up storage space.

- Is it valuable or sentimental?   Keep books with significant personal or monetary value.

- Is it a reference book I might need?   Ensure you store reference books that may be useful in the future.


3. Prepare Books for Storage


Once you've decided which books to store, it’s important to prepare them properly to ensure they remain in good condition:


- Clean: Dust off your books to remove any dirt or debris.

- Repair: Fix any minor damages, such as torn covers or pages, to prevent further deterioration.

- Wrap: Use acid-free paper or bubble wrap to protect delicate or valuable books.


4. Choose the Right Storage Containers


Select suitable storage containers to protect your books:


- Plastic Bins: These are ideal for protecting against moisture and pests. Ensure they are airtight but have small ventilation holes to prevent mold.

- Sturdy Cardboard Boxes: Use heavy-duty, acid-free boxes for less expensive books. Reinforce the boxes with packing tape to ensure they are secure.

- Labeling: Clearly label each box with its contents and the category (e.g., fiction, non-fiction, reference).


5. Optimize Storage Space


Efficient use of space can maximize the number of books you can store:


- Flat and Upright: Store larger, heavier books flat to prevent warping and lighter books upright to save space.

- Fill Gaps: Use smaller books or packing materials to fill any gaps, preventing shifting during transportation.

- Avoid Overpacking: Do not overfill boxes, as this can cause damage to the books and make the boxes difficult to handle.


Decluttering your books for self-storage can help you maintain a well-organized home while keeping your cherished collection safe and accessible. By following these steps, you can ensure your books are well-preserved and easy to retrieve when needed.

About Happy Storage

Happy Self Storage offer very competitive and cost effective rates for self storage units from £12 per week based just outside Haverhill close to Saffron Walden and Cambridge.

Clean, dry and secure self storage units are available for short or long term rent.

How to contact us:

Happy Storage
Bulls Bridge Farm
Bumpstead Road
Essex CB10 2PP

 01440 899 511
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