Whether you’re always traveling for business, away at university, living in a smaller space, or simply don’t want to be tied down to a permanent address, there’s a solution to your storage needs: Long-term storage. Long-term storage gives you the accessibility to your belongings you want, when you want it, while also affording you a higher level of flexibility when it comes to living arrangements.
Follow these six long-term storage tips to get the most out of your investment:
- Just Say No to Plastic Bags- Contrary to popular belief, loose-plastic bags don’t protect your belongings from moisture. In fact, they encourage moisture-building properties that can damage or destroy your possessions, especially over long-term use.
- Prep Furniture Properly- Before going into long-term storage, all furniture should be properly cleaned and, if applicable, treated with polish. Disassemble any furniture you can, like tables and chairs, to get the most out of your space, and then drape a clean, 100% cotton, white sheet over it to keep it clean while also avoiding color transfer stains.
- Invest in Quality Totes or Boxes- It may cost a little now, but in the long run, you’ll be glad that you spent the extra money to keep your belongings safe and organized. This will not only make things easily stackable, but you’ll also be able to label everything for accessibility.
- Elevate or Create a Layer of Protection- Laying a tarp or sheet on the floor or using pallets to elevate your belongings will encourage airflow in your unit and also protect your things from potential moisture. Want even better moisture protection? Consider climate-controlled storage.
- Vacuum-Seal Fabric- Keep your wardrobe, curtains, and other fabrics in top shape and save valuable space with vacuum-sealed bags. These affordable packing solutions are simple to use and make a big difference.
- Be Mindful of Placement- When it comes to packing your belongings in your unit, take the time to consider what you’ll need regular access to—like clothes and important documents—and what will remain there until you take it out once and for all—like furniture. Keep important things upfront to avoid digging through all your belongings for your birth certificate or favorite sweater.
Now that you understand how to properly utilize long-term storage, it’s time to find the storage company you can trust to keep your belongings safe while you’re away from them. Contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage to give them a climate-controlled, secure and affordable home.