Many rely on self-storage for a wide variety of reasons. There are many purposes for getting a storage unit. If you have not yet evaluated your storage needs check out our blog, Choosing The Right Storage Unit. Once you evaluate your storage needs, you can address how to pack. The key factor in deciding how to pack depends on how long you plan on storing your items.

Short Term storage

Storing items for a short period of time is generally defined as anything less than three months. Short term storage is a solution often used by college students, travelers, and families in transition. Individuals using short term storage tend to use drive-up storage units. Drive-up storage in most facilities will be affected by temperatures. If your goods consist of artwork, photographs, antiques, or electronics, consider using a climate-controlled unit.

Long Term Storage

Individuals planning on storing for longer than three months will need to take extra care while packing. Here are some tips and tricks for storing the long term. As you address what items to pack up for the long term, ask yourself a few questions about the items:

  • Is it functional and convenient?
  • How is the condition of the item?
  • Is it expensive?
  • Is it difficult to replace?

By asking these questions you can better address how to pack your items.