A temporary relocation for work, or simply for a change of scenery can be a great energy boost to your life, but it also inevitably means making plans to store anything that you won’t, or can’t bring with you. A temporary relocation is not the same as a permanent one and requires that you tailor your packing and planning to account for the shorter time period. Below are some tips for storing your items during a temporary relocation.
Find out what’s included in your new accommodation. Before you decide to pack or store anything, you will need to find out what your new space includes in terms of furniture and space to store anything that you consider vital and would like to bring with you. If your new temporary space is fully furnished, consider keeping your old furniture that you would like to come back to in a storage unit for the time being.
Consider the climate. Whatever you end up storing while you are away will need to be amply protected from whatever climate you are leaving. This could mean plastic wrapping anything you would like to protect from the humidity, or making sure that a storage unit is temperature controlled to protect from extreme cold temperatures.
Place the most important items where they are easiest to reach. Make a list of the items that you will immediately need when you move into your permanent space but will not need for the temporary relocation. Box and store those items where they are easiest to reach so that you can quickly get your life back on track when you have found more permanent accommodation.
Don’t forget the essentials and valuables. You will want to take all of your vital documentation with you, as well as important electronics, toiletries, anything that your kids, family or pets will need and store the rest.
Keep what you can in the car. If you are driving to your new temporary location, try and keep as much of what you need stored in the car. If you have a van, or truck with a decent amount of storage space that you won’t be using any time soon, keeping things tucked away in the vehicle will eliminate the amount of loading and unloading you have to do while you figure out your more permanent living situation. Make sure that nothing valuable remains in plain sight.
Temporary moves come with their own set of moving, packing and storage considerations. If you are moving somewhere temporarily, whether it be for work, for school, or during a home renovation, keep the above temporary relocation tips in mind and minimize the amount of packing and unpacking that you will need to do.