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Packing for Long-Term Storage compared to Short-Term Storage

Packing for Long-Term Storage compared to Short-Term Storage

While the expert staff at Allstate Self-Storage can help guide you in choosing the right storage unit for your specific needs, packing is solely your responsibility. When packing items to be stored in a storage unit it is important to consider whether items will be stored long-term or short-term. This is an important consideration because the length of time items will be stored must be taken into account when preparing to pack those items. It is also important to consider that proper packing will help preserve and maintain the integrity of personal belongings and other related items throughout the duration of their being stored. .

Stored Towards the Back of a Storage Unit

Items that will be packed long-term should be well protected and in the case of fragile items they should also be well padded. Long-term storage often means sealing certain items that are prone to rust and corrosion. Always seal items that are susceptible to rust and corrosion in plastic and label each box accordingly. In addition, these items should be stored towards the back of a storage unit because they will likely be accessed far less frequently than short-term storage items. It is equally important to carefully label long-term storage items and even date items that may be stored for many years.

Labeled Correctly for Quick Retrieval

Finally, the short-term storage of personal belongings and items should be approached differently than long-term stored items. For example, when storing personal belongings or other items for a short period of time it is important to not over pack. The heavy packing and padding of items may be expected with long-term stored items but may become wasteful and expensive for short-term storage. Pack short-term storage items lightly but yet well enough to prevent damage or breakage. These items should be stored towards the front of the storage unit where they are easily accessible and should be labeled correctly for quick retrieval when necessary. Ultimately, only the consumer can decide which items to store for long or short term and how to store them. Taking the time to plan for short and long-term storage can make overall storage easier, more convenient and more enjoyable.