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Tips For Long Term and Short Term Storage

In the storage industry, there are a lot of questions on the packing and packaging. The queries range from the type of boxes that should be used for storage to the best packing material as well as type of tape that should be used for securing boxes and how to stack the boxes properly in storage units like Blue Box Storage. While the materials used for packing your belongings for storage is important but the way you pack are those belongings is as important. The belongings should be packaged differently depending on whether they are going into short-term or long-term storage. Also, they should be put inside the storage unit in different order. It will keep things organised and keep your belongings safe, and help you save a lot of time and money.

Short-Term Storage

If you’re storing anything for a few days to around 3 months, it is for short-term storage. Short-term storage is a stopgap measure which means you get that extra storage space for short-term use. Many people use short-term storage for various purposes such as when they need extra space due to relatives staying with them, when they are renovating their house or when they are moving house. It is designed for people who need storage space quickly but for a relatively short period of time.

If you’re trying to keep your belongings in short-term storage, here is what you need to know:

Make an aisle in the middle of the storage unit. It will allow you to quickly move in and out of the unit. Keep in mind that you will need to frequently access your storage unit when you are putting things in for the short-term. Put the storage boxes and other items against the wall of the unit and keep stacking them. Make complete use of the vertical space available to you.

Take special care of the fragile items. While intense protection and packaging isn’t really needed for short-term storage but you still want to make sure your fragile belongings remain safe. In fact, fragile items become more vulnerable in short-term storage as you will be moving them quite frequently which increases the risk of breakage. Therefore, you need to ensure that all the fragile items are well wrapped and protected. You should also put them somewhere where you won’t need to move them frequently which will lower the risk of damage.

Long-Term Storage

As the name suggests, it is designed to help you keep items stored away safely for a long period of time. It usually refers to anything above 3 months. When you are storing items for the long term, here are a few things you need to keep in mind:

Don’t use plastic bags for storage. Many people use plastic as it offers excellent protection against moisture damage but you also need to keep in mind that it also traps moisture which will spur the growth of mould and mildew.

Buy sturdy boxes. Reusing boxes collected from other people’s house moves or boxes from delivery packages or your glossary trips is fine for short-term usage, but these are not really designed for long-term use. Choose similar sized boxes with corrugated cardboard lining in order to make stacking simpler. Plastic stacking boxes are also an option but you need to ensure their quality.

Take great care of fragile items. Use bubble wrap and/or newspaper to individually wrap all the fragile items. Don’t forget to mark the boxes. Keep them somewhere safe.

All the fabrics or clothes should be sealed. Vacuum sealed bags are easily available and are great for storing curtains, clothes as well as soft furnishings. These bags offer excellent protection against insects and other kinds of damage.

One thing that applies to both short-term and long-term storage is clear labelling. You should label things even when you’re going to put them in storage for only a week. It is also recommended to have an inventory list of the things you have kept in your unit. You can keep it on your mobile or on a clipboard hanging on the inside of the door which will make it easy for you to find whenever you need things from the storage unit.