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15 Reasons To Use Short-Term Storage

Adele MacGregor

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

14th Jan 2022 (Last updated on 28th Mar 2022) 6 minute read

Short-term storage is the process of using a temporary storage unit for a specific period of time. This could be a few days, a few weeks or during seasons where the items are not needed.

Life events such as moving house, divorce, a death in the family, travel or home renovations are among the most common reasons why you’d need short-term self-storage.

This article will cover the following:
  1. 1. Moving House
  2. 2. Travelling
  3. 3. Left Luggage
  4. 4. Business Storage
  5. 5. Student Storage
  6. 6. Death of a Relative
  7. 7. During a Divorce
  8. 8. During Renovations
  9. 9. Downsizing Your Home
  10. 10. Decluttering Your Home
  11. 11. Seasonal Items
  12. 12. Camping Gear
  13. 13. Collectable Items
  14. 14. Hobbyist Gear
  15. 15. Furniture Storage
  16. Short Term Storage FAQS

1. Moving House

According to the SSA’s Annual Industry Report 2021, 29% of self-storage customers are involved in moving house.

If you’ve sold your previous home before moving into a new property, a storage unit will allow you to keep your items safely if you’re in between homes temporarily.

To learn more, read moving house storage.

2. Travelling

If you’re travelling for a few months, you may want to consider using short term storage for the items you’re not taking with you. This is perhaps most useful for students and anyone who rents their accommodation, as items can be stored during the time you are not renting.

3. Left Luggage

Useful for short city breaks, various companies will offer short-term storage for your luggage, allowing you to enjoy your break without the added worry of taking your suitcase everywhere with you. You'll know your personal belongings will be protected in the secure units.

4. Business Storage

Short-term storage can be a perfect solution for business storage. Whether you are in the process of upscaling your business, just starting out or between offices, a storage unit can be used to store everything from office supplies and equipment to stock for an Etsy store or eBay business.

To learn more, read business storage.

5. Student Storage

Whether you're in between accommodation, heading home for the holidays or studying abroad, short term storage is ideal for students. As student rooms have typically a single bed, you'll roughly need a 50 sq.ft size unit.

To learn more, read student self storage.

6. Death of a Relative

According to recent data from SSA, a death in the family is the most common life event that people use storage for.

Following the death of someone close, it can often feel too soon to sort through their belongings. Eventually, you will need to decide what can be done with them but in the immediate aftermath, a storage unit will make sure the items are kept safe until you are ready to face them.

7. During a Divorce

Divorced or separated people are twice as likely to use self-storage, according to SSA’s 2021 report. Keeping your belongings in storage during the divorce proceedings can at least take the pressure off organising possessions, allowing you to take your time during this difficult period.

8. During Renovations

The SSA found that people renovating their home are 3 times more likely to use self-storage. When renovating part of your house, it very often isn’t practical to keep furniture and other possessions in other rooms whilst the work is being done. Short-term storage is ideal for keeping your items off-site and protected.

9. Downsizing Your Home

When downsizing your home and belongings, organising years of possessions can be emotional as well as time-consuming. Keeping items in short-term storage allows you to take your time sorting through your possessions.

To learn more, read downsizing your home.

10. Decluttering Your Home

Short-term self-storage allows you to keep your belongings safe and out of your home until you have the time to decide what you are and aren’t keeping. Keeping your items in storage can make you realise what you actually use regularly and what you miss having in your home. Once you return to the unit, the items you haven’t thought about or needed can then be sold or donated.

To learn more, read decluttering your home

11. Seasonal Items

Seasonal items such as Christmas decorations or garden furniture are often used for a short period of the year. Storing seasonal items in short term storage is an ideal way to free up some space in your home.

12. Camping Gear

If you’re an avid camper, it’s likely you will have a large amount of camping equipment. If your home is too small to store your equipment, you may want to consider keeping these items in storage between camping trips.

13. Collectable Items

Items such as toys, figurines, music paraphernalia and sports memorabilia can take up a lot of room in your flat or house. Short-term storage can be ideal for these items until you find a home for them long term. You’ll also have peace of mind that your collectables are safe and secure with 24/7 CCTV too.

14. Hobbyist Gear

Hobby gear can very often take up a lot of room and if it’s currently not being used, it can become a hindrance in the home. From painting supplies to large pieces of equipment, these are very often items that can take over in your home, especially if you live in a small house or flat.

15. Furniture Storage

Large items such as furniture are difficult to store in your attic and many people will donate or sell these items if they don’t have the room. Hiring a unit for short term furniture storage allows you to keep these items safe until you have found a place for them.

To learn more, read furniture storage.

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Short Term Storage FAQS

We've answered commonly asked questions to help choose short term storage.

Why Use Compare My Move to Find Short Term Storage?

We work with storage companies across the UK to help with your short term storage. Here’s why you should use us for your short term storage needs.


Our storage partners offer flexibility with their storage facilities, with many offering both short and long term storage options. They all have a range of size units to facilitate a variety of items with the flexibility of accessing or collecting your items at any time.

Storage insurance

Rest assured, our storage companies are all insured with Public Liability insurance, with some offering additional insurance for peace of mind. You’ll also have the opportunity to get your own insurance for your items if required.


Our storage companies offer safe and secure short term storage solutions for your personal belongings. Their units will be monitored with a 24/7 CCTV security system.

Collection service

When you receive a quote for storage, this will just be the price of the storage unit and won’t include the removals of the items. Many of our storage partners are removal companies also, so some will offer a safe collection and drop off service for your items for that extra bit of help.

How Much Does Short Term Storage Cost?

The average cost of storage in the UK is £23.94 per sq.ft per annum. The amount that your storage unit costs will depend on the number of items you are storing.

Below we’ve listed the average costs for a range of time periods and storage unit sizes to get an idea of how much you’ll pay for your short term storage.

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To learn more, read our guide on storage costs.

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Adele MacGregor

Having worked at Compare My Move for over four years, Adele covers topics such as the conveyancing process across the UK, property surveys, home moves and storage.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Owner & Managing Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the owner and managing director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.