Relocation Storage and Relocation Tips at Extra Space Storage
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Preparing to relocate can be extremely stressful. Using temporary storage for items not needed during moving or the process of selling a home, can help! A safe, secure storage facility can make a relocation from household to another a smoother transition.
If you plan carefully, you can minimize the stress involved in packing, moving, and storing household items for a relocation.
Tips for Using Storage During a Relocation
- Use an online moving and relocation planning guide, calculator, or checklist to help you stay organized.
Alternatively, you may want to make a moving planner out of an old three-ring binder with a countdown of the tasks that must be accomplished prior to moving day.
- Plan for each wave of relocation storage.
A common mistake is to plan the amount of relocation storage needed to move an entire household, and rent that amount of space from the very beginning. Instead, save money by renting several smaller units so that you use only the amount of space you need at a given stage in the moving and storage process. You may want to plan for the following waves of moving and storage:
- Items that will remain in semi-permanent storage.
You may want one unit to hold just those items that you might leave in storage indefinitely, such as family heirlooms and photos. It is usually easier to do the moving and storage of these items first, so that they will not be in your way during the rest of the relocation.
- Items that will be placed in temporary storage.
In this wave of storage and moving, include everything that you do not use everyday and that you can do without for at least two or three weeks (or months, if, for example, you are a military family moving overseas).
- Items that you will keep with you during the relocation and storage process.
In this wave, you will set aside the belongings that you use every day or every week. What you include in this wave of household moving and storage is unique to every family, but you might want to set aside the following: a basic kitchen kit, sheets and towels, clothing, toiletries, items needed for work or school, and personal items. It usually makes sense to set these items aside during stage three of your move, even though these are the items that you do NOT plan to put into temporary storage.
- Everything else.
In the last stage of relocation, most families are starting to run out of time before their move date. This is the stage when you go through your home room by room and pack everything.
- Pack one room at a time, if possible.
This will reduce your stress by helping you to see how much you have accomplished.
- Reduce the stress of relocation for children.
Allowing children to personalize their own boxes by decorating them with markers. Allow young children to pack at least some of their own clothes, toys and stuffed animals, giving them some leeway to make stuffed animals "comfortable" by tucking them in under blankets or sheets of bubble wrap. If you have very young children, you may need to set up a safe, childproofed moving and storage-free zone.
Tools to Help You Get Started
- Locate the closest Extra Space Storage facility.
- Check out our Storage Tips for valuable information.
- Use our Size Estimator to determine the storage unit size you need.
- Have a question? We have the answer in our FAQ section.