Planning for your children's future is about more than making sure they get a college education and teaching them morals and values. There will come a time where every child will need to go out on their own. This may be before or after college, but your child will still need tangible items in order to make their new life living alone work. Planning for the day that your children move out means gathering the household items that they need to start a life.
If you are about to put things in storage for a long time, or if your short-term storage solution has suddenly stretched out over several months and shows no sign of ending, you need to make some specific moves to keep your belongings safe. The biggest move is to ensure your belongings are in a reputable storage facility -- that goes a long, long way toward keeping your belongings safe. Still, there are things that even the best facility can't control, so take a few more steps to keep your stuff safe.
If you are planning on taking a long trip and want to store your personal belongings for the time being, you might want to consider getting a storage unit. However, the last thing that you want is for you to come back from your amazing trip only to find that your personal belongings have been damaged due to the way that you stored them. You also don't want to pay for heated storage if you don't have to.