1. Cut Back
Are you the type of a person that holds on to something for too long, even when it serves no purpose anymore? If you are, then chances are you have tons of items in your possession that will need to be sorted out and only keep what you need. Decluttering will not only help create more space and is economical too. Take time to sift through everything, take a good look, go over these long term storage tips, then decide whether your stuff belongs in the self-storage unit or is subject to donation. You could also make some money selling off items you no longer need. Decluttering and donating some of these items will make it easier to find a small enough storage unit to keep the remaining items.
2. Take Advantage Of Climate Control
Storage companies use several factors to determine a unit’s street rate. Some of the factors considered include location, size, and climate control. Some units will have precise climate control whereby the humidity level is kept relatively low and temperatures between 55- and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperature control is important and necessary for delicate items, including valuable books, photographs, clothes, and documents. Musical instruments, antique furniture, etc., may also be affected by extreme climate conditions, a reason they, too, need to be kept in a controlled environment. Climate control is also essential when looking to store items enclosed for extended periods, say more than three months.
3. Choose The Right Storage Container(s)
It is imperative that you choose the right storage equipment for your valuables. Although old boxes and bags may come in handy, choosing the most appropriate container for the job is always advisable. New cardboard storage boxes, for example, are good enough for storing stainless appliances, plastic toys, and other non-perishables. Sealable plastic boxes, on the other hand, are more durable, stronger, and help keep moisture out compared to cardboard boxes. Plastic boxes can not only be stacked but also come in a wide range of sizes and proportions. You can also choose specially designed boxes for mirrors, clothes, glassware, and crockery.
4. Be Smart
You’ll want to think and act smart when packing and organizing your storage unit. Regardless of the size of the storage container (probably 8’ high), organizing it properly through stacking and careful selection of what items go where can see you save lots of space and probably money. Using stackable plastic boxes, for example, can help store as many items as possible in very little space. Dismantling furniture and some appliances can also help save on space as well.
Glassware, shoes, and porcelain may also need to be stuffed up with crumpled paper or encased in bubble wrap to prevent them from damage. Any expensive dresses, suits, and other attire should be hung in a wardrobe to ensure they don’t crease up or grow mould.
5. Check on Security
Most self-storage companies employ top-notch security systems to keep their premises safe. Surveillance cameras, electronic entry systems, and security guards on site are some of the measures these companies take to guarantee safety. Infrared detection and biometric scanners are slowly becoming standard in storage facilities too. Although you might trust your lock and key better, it is always good to know the self-storage company has put security measures to ensure your items are safe. It might also be best to bring a disk lock with you, on top of the company-provided one, for additional peace of mind. This will ensure on you can access the unit, not even the storage company personnel.
These are just a few tips and tricks on preparing your items for long-term storage. These tips will come in handy if you are looking to travel for several months or go on vacation.