There are so many reasons to look to long-term storage options. Whether you are decluttering, downsizing or moving away for a bit, you want to hold on to your belongings so they will still be there for you in the future. However, preserving your belongings is much more than just tossing them in a storage unit. There is an art to packing for long-term storage. Here are a few tips to help ensure your items stay in the best condition.
Assess What You’ll Be Packing
Before you begin the actual act of packing, you need to first assess exactly what it is you’ll be putting in long-term storage. First, ask yourself some of these questions.
- When will I need this again?
- It is expensive/breakable?
- Does it have sentimental value?
The answers to these questions will help you to make the final decision on if that item should go into long-term storage or not. After you have determined what you will be packing, this will give you a better idea of what supplies you’ll need to purchase to help preserve your belongings.
Organization is Key
When it comes to packing for the long-term, it is highly unlikely that you’ll remember what items you packed in what box and in what section of the storage unit. We suggest you number your boxes and keep an organized list of what is inside each box. This will save you hours of digging in the future and act as a table of context for anyone else that has access to the storage unit.
Think Sturdy and Resistant
Here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for – let’s talk about packing itself. When it comes to packing and storing away your belongings, you don’t want to put them in any old container. For example, do not use plastic bags or recycled moving boxes. You want to find a container that will be sturdy enough to stack.
Choose the Right Self-Storage Facility
Lastly, it’s all about choosing the right self-storage facility for your needs. You will want to find a climate-controlled unit that can hold all of your belongings, that has security and is in good condition.
Visit Noah’s Ark Self-Storage today to find the new home for your belongings!