How Long Can I Store It? Affordable Storage Advice

March 1, 2018

Affordable storage and item shelf life.

Affordable Storage Advice on Shelflife

If you’re looking for affordable storage, there’s a good chance you’re looking to store items for a while. While the majority of furniture, appliances, and other household items are fine in a good quality, temperature-controlled storage unit, there are some cases in which you need to think about shelf life.

How long can certain items last in storage? How long can they go unattended or without maintenance? Affordable Family Storage doesn’t just provide high-quality affordable storage in Council Bluff, IA – we also provide advice. In this blog, we’re going to look at a few items that mine be more susceptible to the passage of time than others, and how you can protect them.

Storing Food

Food storage is important, and having at least a couple of weeks of supplies stocked safely away in your home is a great idea. This is especially true if you live somewhere more rural or isolated. Not only does it cut down on grocery trips, but also means you’ll be fine should the weather keep you from traveling. But what about using a storage unit as an emergency food store? Typically, this isn’t the best idea.

While certain canned, dried, and powdered foods are designed to have a long shelf-life, the majority of edible products don’t have enough staying power to be kept in a standard storage unit. Not only that but even if you’re storing dehydrated food that’s meant to last, you’re increasing the chances of pests and infestations.

Pet Food and Animal Products

Just like your own food, it’s usually a bad idea to store pet food of any kind in your storage unit. While it might be tempting to use affordable storage to store bulk amounts of dry dog food, it’ll cause the same problems that we mentioned above. The smell of food is likely to attract pests, and a lot of pet foods are especially pungent.

The shelf life of pet food also varies greatly depending on what kind of food it is, how it’s packaged, how it’s prepared and how well it’s preserved. If you really wanted to store it using affordable storage facilities, you’d have to be prepared to take regular inventory and know exactly what you’re keeping, where and for how long.

Scented Candles, Wax, Diffusers and More

While not quite as drastic as food, scented or wet items are also not ideally suited for a storage unit. The shelf life of scented candles, or the wax for bulb burners, is really dependent on room temperature. Even in a temperature controlled storage unit, they’re likely to lose their distinctive smell faster.

Not only that but in the time they do retain their smell, it’s very likely to bleed into anything else you have stored with them. Diffusers and the oil capsules that come with them are also likely to leak if they’re stored over long periods. Not only will this leave that once-pleasant scent all over your belongings, but it’s also going to cause damage and encourage mold.

Get In Touch About Affordable Storage

Whatever you’re looking to store, and for however long, Affordable Family Storage is here to help. We can offer you the best in modern, secure and affordable storage from a few household items to full living room sets and more.

We pride ourselves on our customer service, so you’ll know you can always trust our staff to help you and keep your belongings safe. Contact our 24-hour storage rental team today.

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