10 Tips for Short Term Affordable Storage in NYC


New York City apartments, as most of us know, are not the most spacious. And while we can come up with creative storage solutions for our homes, sometimes we need some help. That’s when we call the professionals. A great option for people looking to free up some space to look into hiring storage services. Storage units are also ideal for many of us who are leaving the city for some time and don’t have anywhere to leave their belongings while they are gone.

There are plenty of storage facilities throughout the NYC area, so it’s important to do your research. Oz Moving has compiled a list of storage types and tips for those looking to put their belongings in storage in New York.


There are many types of storage services, which can vary widely in price and amenities. For instance -- decide if you need self-storage or full-service storage. Self-storage is a more affordable storage facility option, but also means that you have to deliver your belongings into the unit and retrieve them on your own. (Think of the storage unit in season 2 of Netflix’s YOU!).

If you are not interested in self-storage, you can hire a company to do full-service storage. In this case, you do not have to go in and out of the unit. Instead, a moving & storage company will come to your door and valet your belongings to the unit. They will also have to be contacted when you are retrieving your belongings.

Another thing to consider is how long you need your storage unit: short-term or long-term. Typically short term storage, refers to a period of 90 days or less. Long term storage, then, is utilized for any period longer than 90 days.

Another option is to rent a Moving Storage Container-- such as a U-Haul. These mobile storage containers are portable options for when you need to transport your belongings, or if you do not want to store your belongings at an onsite facility -- you can get a mobile unit and park it on your own property.

Finally, consider the storage unit size. Storage spaces can range in price and square footage. Of course, smaller units tend to be more affordable. Be sure you are getting the right size for your storage needs.

  1. If you are going the self-storage route, clean and sterilize the unit. Be sure to wipe down everything before you put your stuff in. Some of your belongings may have sentimental value and you want to make sure that your stuff remains clean and intact.
  2. Make sure you get a climate-controlled storage unit, which monitors the temperature and humidity in the unit. Things can get funky in there if the temperature is not being properly monitored! This is particularly important if you are storing bedding, furniture and art.
  3. Get a good lock! If you are going the self-storage route, be sure to lock your unit with a durable and safe padlock. Also, make sure the storage unit has a good surveillance system. Self-Storage units are far more accessible than full-service storage, where only facility employees can have access.
  4. Pack efficiently. If you are looking for an affordable storage unit, chances are it won’t be super spacious. Use Vacuum Packs when necessary to save space. Think of creative ways to pack your belongings. Use your items in a multi-purpose way to maximize space. Consider wrapping fragile items in bedding/clothing. This saves space and allows you to utilize your items for packing materials.
  5. Instead of using cardboard moving boxes, consider using plastic crates or a more durable material that won’t break down over time and wear. (Moreover, crates are reusable and thus, more environmentally friendly!)
  6. De-assemble furniture. If you need to store some big clunky items, see if there is a way to take them apart before you put them in storage. A great way to save space in a storage unit, is to take your belongings and make everything more compact.
  7. Make sure that all of your items are dry. You don’t want to ruin your possessions with mildew. If you are storing appliances, make sure they have been defrosted or turned off for a long time before you put them into the unit. Some people suggest buying silica packets to absorb extra moisture. Another tip for ensuring that your storage unit stays fresh is by purchasing deodorizer. Some people suggest using Charcoal Deodorizer Packets that you can purchase on Amazon.
  8. Read reviews of the facility. If you are putting some prized possessions into storage, you want to make sure you can trust the facility to keep good care of your belongings.
  9. Put your important things in front. If you are going to be accessing your storage unit frequently. Be sure to organize accordingly, by putting the items you may need access to in the front of the unit.
  10. Find a storage unit close to where you live! If you live in the Bronx, you may not want your storage unit to be located deep in Brooklyn. Look up storage units that are located near you, to have easy access to them when needed-- especially if you are going the self-storage route. However, storage units in Manhattan may be pricer than other areas of NYC.

Finally, be sure to declutter your belongings before you put them away. You don’t want to be paying for a storage unit full of stuff you never needed in the first place!


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