The first step you’ll want to take is to get in your time travel machine and save the original packaging that came with your TV. (Where else will you find a box that shape and size?)
If that’s not an option, then keep reading.
Ditch the Dust
To do that, you’ll want to get a can of compressed air or a soft microfiber cloth. Don’t have one? Then hop back in your time travel machine and don’t throw away the one that came with your TV.
You may be thinking that you’re going to skip this step as it may require a trip to the store (or 60 seconds on Amazon). Don’t do that! Dust is a slow killer of electronics. What’s more, once you start packing your TV up, the dust can become trapped between your TV and packing materials and actually scratch your screen.
Baby Your TV When Packing
Today’s TVs are large and heavy, yet fragile. Like we said before, if you have all your original packaging (including the protective cover) you’re set.
If not, you can go back to Amazon (or the electronics store near your house) and buy a protective cover for between $20 and $30. You could also wrap your TV, like a baby, in a soft blanket, making sure there are no zippers or buttons to scratch your TV.
You’ll still need to put your TV in a box. You can buy one at a moving supplies store or (we swear we’re not getting paid by them) buy one on Amazon.
Storing Your TV
So, your TV is all packed up and ready to go. Don’t waste all your hard work (and time travel) by just throwing the box in your basement, attic or storage unit.
The most important thing is to store your box upright—never lying flat on the ground.
You’ll also need to make sure your baby isn’t exposed to extreme temperatures or humidity which, unlike dust, is actually a pretty fast killer of electronics.
Self Storage Options
If you’re out of room in your home and are planning to put your TV in a storage unit, you’re wasting your time—unless you choose a climate-controlled unit (or live in a place without temperature swings or humidity).
At StorageMart, you can rent a climate-controlled self-storage unit
as small as 25 square feet or so—or as large as a garage. Check out our storage unit guide
or rent a unit online
At the end of the day, anything worth storing is worth storing right, especially pricey items like electronics.