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Three Ways To Keep Your Storage Unit Properly Organized

Posted by on Jan 29th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Keep Your Storage Unit Properly Organized

When you visit a self-storage center (like Guardian Self Storage) and rent a unit that’s of a suitable size for storing your extra possessions, it’s important that you take care to ensure that this extra storage space is properly organized. If you load the space in a hurried fashion, you won’t likely have much of an idea where specific things are located, which will discourage you from visiting the storage facility in the future to retrieve what you need. It’s a better idea to take a slow, methodical approach to how you load the storage unit to ensure that it’s expertly organized. Here are three ways to make this goal a reality. Keep Track Of Where You Put Things While it might seem simplistic, it’s important to have an idea where you place each of your items—especially if you’ve rented a large storage unit. You can often accomplish this goal by keeping a notebook with you while you load the unit. Whether you draw a quick overhead sketch of the unit or simply break the space down into groups—for example, back left corner, back right corner, etc.—you’ll be able to note the location of each item as you store it. Give Certain Items A Place Of Prominence It’s valuable to give consideration to the location of each item based on how often you plan to retrieve it. Items that you don’t anticipate needing shouldn’t be inaccessible, but it’s sufficient for them to be at the rear of the unit or at the bottom of a stack of boxes. Things that you’ll use more consistently, such as seasonal decorations, should be placed in easier-to-reach locations to make your future visits to the storage facility as smooth as possible. Work Around The Outside Don’t make the mistake of loading your boxes and other possessions into the storage unit by piling everything against the far wall and then moving forward toward the door. When it comes time to visit the unit to retrieve something, you’ll have a difficult time accessing items at the rear of the space. It’s more effective to work around the outside of the unit. This means piling boxes along the three walls as high as you can without risking safety. You can then add larger items that don’t stack effectively to the center of the unit. When you’re done, you should ideally have a narrow path that you can easily walk, located between the boxes piled against the walls and the larger materials in the...

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3 Tips To Keep Your Belongings Safe In A Storage Unit

Posted by on Dec 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Keep Your Belongings Safe In A Storage Unit

Many people end up turning to a storage unit to keep their items safely tucked away and out of their home. Whether it be because you ran out of room inside of your home or you had to move to a smaller location to make ends meet, storage units are a great option to create the extra space you need. You can choose from any number of different sizes and locations to better suit your needs. However, you want to make sure your belongings are safely tucked away inside of the unit and out of harm’s way. To keep your items safe and secure, follow the tips below. Use a disc lock Since most facilities allow you to choose whatever lock you like, you might want to consider going with a disc lock to keep your property safe. These locks aren’t as easy to break into as some of the others out there. Thieves aren’t able to swoop in with their bolt cutters and take your belongings like they can with some of the other locks. Consider looking for one that also has an anti-pick mechanism on it. This will give you an added layer of protection. Store items in totes Many people simply throw everything inside of boxes and put them into the storage unit. Unfortunately, this could be one of the worst mistakes you can make. During the warm, summer months, storage units tend to accumulate moisture and humidity. The concrete could wind up getting damp from all the moisture. Your boxes end up saturated and the items inside ruined. If that happens, you are out a lot of money. Consider storing all of your items inside regular plastic storage totes to prevent any possible damage. They protect against water and humidity. Cover items with a plastic tarp Another way to protect your items is to cover them with plastic. This will prevent moisture from settling into your items and growing mold. Wooden pallets on the ground can also help to prevent all of your items from being saturated in the event of water flooding into your unit. In doing the three things above, you can minimize damage to your items. Instead of having to deal with a bunch of damaged items, you can rest assured that your items are going to be safe and secure inside of your self storage units. If you ever have questions, speak to the rental professional...

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Need More Space? 4 Budget-Friendly Storage Solutions

Posted by on Nov 11th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need More Space? 4 Budget-Friendly Storage Solutions

Many people feel the need for more space, especially those living in smaller homes. If this sounds like you and you want to figure out storage on a budget, here are four solutions that will be nice to your bank account: 1. Egg Cartons and Cupcake Liners. Drawer dividers can be expensive, and there’s really no reason to spend a fortune on them when you have things around the house that can easily be transformed into your own creative dividers. Make use of your egg cartons when you’ve used all the eggs to hold scissors, pencils, and little odds and ends. Egg cartons can also be used to store small Christmas ornaments, doll accessories, jacks, bouncy balls, etc. You can also utilize silicone cupcake liners as a storage solution for change, keys, paperclips, etc. 2. Plastic Cups in a Large Storage Bin. Another option for Christmas ornaments, especially the larger bulbs that you don’t have the original packaging for any longer, are plastic cups placed strategically inside a large bin. In a large, plastic bin, you can place the cups at the bottom of the bin (or glue them so they don’t move around). Place the ornament—with the hook—inside the cup. You can then place another layer of cups directly on top or in a brick-laying pattern. This reduces the hassle of having to untangle the hooks each year. 3.  Curtain Rods. If you have some extra curtain rods around the house or can get your hands on some cheap ones, you can utilize these to organize your gift wrapping paper or craft fabric. You can put the rods through the cardboard rolls of the wrapping paper or fabric bolts and install several of these from top to bottom on a wall, in the closet, or on the back of a door. If you know exactly how much paper or fabric you need, you can just pull and cut without even having to take the tube off of the rod. 4. Office File Boxes. Although file boxes are of good use in the office, they can also help create more space in the bathroom. If you have a drawer that could be used for something much better than your curling item, blow dryer and hair straightener, then you may want to consider mounting a file box to the side of your vanity or the back of the vanity cabinet door for these items. These items will still be easily accessible for you, but they’ll be out of the way and will open up more space for other items. If you still need more room for storage, consider contacting a local self-storage facility, like Pearl Street Self Storage. You can get your items out of your way while keeping them where they’re easily accessible whenever you need...

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Storing Your Toy Collections: How To Protect And Preserve Potentially Priceless Items From Damage

Posted by on Oct 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Storing Your Toy Collections: How To Protect And Preserve Potentially Priceless Items From Damage

There is a big market out there for toy collectors. Some collect vintage toys and keep them “as is”, while others collect vintage toys and have them professionally restored. There are also toy collectors that collect newer toys and amass so much that they have no place to keep them. If any of these descriptions of toy collectors fits you, then you probably want and need more ways to store, protect and preserve your collection from all of the things that could potentially damage it. Here are a few suggestions. Display Cases Made of UV Glass or Plastic Protective Glass Shadow boxes made of UV glass or plastic protective glass have long been used to protect valuable collectibles. You may even find some custom frame shops that can fabricate display boxes to fit the sizes and shapes of the toys you want to preserve while putting them on display or placing them in storage. If you choose this option and really want some solid protection for your toy collection, many of the display cases and boxes can also be outfitted with hinges, hinged doors or hinged lids and padlocks that only you can open with a key or with your own code. Plastic Storage Totes If you do not do this already, plastic storage totes can help keep the toys in your collection safe. However, there is a “right” way and a “wrong” way to use storage totes for potentially priceless items. If you buy the basic totes with snap on lids, these generally do not seal out water or bugs. Ergo, use duct tape or heavy duty packing tape and tape all around the edges of the totes before you place them in storage. That way everything you put into them will be protected against floods and against insects that like to eat wood, flocking materials and/or doll hair. Self Storage Units Since collections have a way of growing beyond the boundaries of your home sometimes, you will eventually need separate storage. Self-storage units can be very economical, especially if you only need a little extra space (e.g., something the size of a garden shed or small garage). Some self-storage companies also offer additional services in the form of environmentally controlled units, entirely enclosed indoor units, extra insurance against flood, theft, fire and pest destruction, as well as beefed up, around-the-clock security if you have some especially rare and valuable toys. For more information, contact companies like Tysons Self...

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Four Ways To Maximize Space In Your Storage Unit

Posted by on Aug 19th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Ways To Maximize Space In Your Storage Unit

Public storage units are great places to keep everything from Christmas decorations to family heirlooms. They help you to eliminate clutter from your home without having to give up the items that mean the most to you. Sometimes, however, even your storage unit can become too full and disorganized. Use these storage tips to maximize your space and keep everything easily accessible. Build Shelving Units Your public storage unit can be customized in any number of ways. Bakers racks or metal shelving units can be anchored to the wall to hold boxes and storage containers, letting you stack your boxes neatly and out of the way of the main storage space. Consider painting the shelving units different colors so you can color-code your belongings. This makes it easier to look in the right area for holiday decorations, seasonal clothing or other items without having to shuffle boxes around the storage unit. You can also take pictures of the items stored in boxes on the shelves and attach the images to the corresponding boxes for an even faster way to find your items. Ditch The Brown Boxes Moving boxes might be the best way to transport items to your storage unit, but they are big and bulky. Instead of letting these large boxes fill up the space in your unit, opt for containers of varying sizes and organize the items you want to store. Vacuum-sealed bags can be stacked on top of each other to reduce the space you need to store your clothes, and portable wardrobes let you hang wedding dresses, tuxedos and gowns, protecting them from wrinkles and other damage. Use the space on top of the wardrobe to store smaller boxes of shoes or other personal items. Check with your local discount store to find specially designed containers for items such as ornaments, wrapping paper, dinnerware and footwear. Repurpose Old Furniture If you are storing old armoires, dressers or cabinets, make these items do double duty for you as storage spaces. Dressers can provide great storage for smaller items, and cabinets can be used to hold clothing, dinnerware or random items. Make use of the space on top of the furniture by adding wire shelving, which lets you store more items on top of the dresser without making it look cluttered. Hang Clothesline From The Ceiling Clothesline can be used for more than just hanging your clothes out to dry. Hang clothesline in your storage unit and use it to hang garland and holiday wreathes. You won’t have to store these items in large boxes, and you’ll get them off the floor in your storage space, leaving you more room for other items. You can also use the clothesline to hang coats and clothing, but be sure you store them in garment bags to keep them protected from dirt. Get the most out of every square inch of your public storage unit using these ideas and a few of your own. Your unit can be clean, tidy and organized with simple changes to the way you store your...

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How To Pack Your Storage Trailer So That Your Personal Possessions Are Easy To Access

Posted by on Aug 10th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Pack Your Storage Trailer So That Your Personal Possessions Are Easy To Access

When you are packing a storage trailer, you might feel the need to simply pack everything and be done with it. You might be hot and sweaty from moving all of the boxes from your house into the car, and you might not want to deal with putting the boxes away in any meaningful order. This is a mistake because when you go back to your unit to look for your dress clothes or a beloved family heirloom, you are going to find yourself lifting and shifting boxes for hours before you are able to get what you need. Here are some tips to make sure that the shifting box nightmare does not happen to you. 1. Label Your Boxes on All Sides Take a permanent marker and label your boxes on all sides. This is incredibly important because it results in you being able to see what is in the boxes without having to turn them around or crane your neck. You’ll be able to see the box that you want in the shortest time possible, allowing easier access to the personal possessions that you need. 2. Leave an Aisle The next step is to leave an aisle for every five square feet of floor space. This is critical because it allows you to be able to see all of the boxes and increases the chances that you will be able to reach all of the boxes as well. If you have a storage unit that has five square feet of floor space, try to have your aisle be located at the point where you are two and a half feet away from one of the walls that is perpendicular with the wall that contains a door. If you have a larger storage unit, try to have an aisle every three to four feet in order to allow you to access all of your boxes. 3. Make a Pile of Boxes You’ll Need Soon Think about your life. If you are storing your winter clothes in a unit and it’s June, then you’re going to need those clothes in a few short months. It’s going to be smarter for you to put these clothes near the doorway of the storage unit so that you can just grab them and go. If you are going to need to access your teaching materials or craft materials because you plan to start a project during the break, make sure that you store these close to the door. Try to plan ahead. For more information, contact Mar-Rube Trailer Rental or a similar...

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What To Look For In A Storage Facility

Posted by on Jul 16th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Look For In A Storage Facility

Many people want to invest in self storage so they can make more room in their homes. A mini storage building  is a great place to store those things you only need every once in a while. For instance, it is a great place for seasonal sporting goods, antiques, important documents, furniture and baby clothes.  This article will explain what you need to look for if you want to invest in a self storage unit. Temperature Control Having climate controlled air conditioning and heating in your storage building might be very important if you live in an extreme climate. Extreme temperature changes can warp furniture and damage paper. It is important to remember that air conditioners help regulate the moisture content in the air. This is especially important if you plan on storing photos or important documents. Cinder block and modular metal buildings can heat up, making your storage room very hot. You will need to worry about how warm it will be in your unit, because excessive heat can damage furniture. This is why you should avoid putting your stuff in a basic storage unit without any air conditioning. On-site Management The best storage units will have an on-site management team. This is always a good idea because you will never know what problems might arise with your unit or billing account. Also, you will have a much greater sense of security if there is a trustworthy management team that is always on the property. You may also want to meet the management before you sign any contracts to make sure you feel comfortable. Long Term Contract Discounts If you want the best deal on your storage unit, you should commit to a long term contract. Most managers will offer a discount for long term renters. Offering to pay a full year or six months in advance will get you an even better rate. Not all storage facilities are the same. Keep these things in mind before you invest in a storage unit. You might also want to make sure you choose a unit that is on the ground level. Having to lug your stuff up stairs or in elevators is very inconvenient and tiring. This is especially important if you plan on visiting your unit on a regular basis. If your unit is conveniently located, you will be able enjoy it and access it as often as you...

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Why A Climate Controlled Self-Storage Unit Is Ideal For Wooden Crafts

Posted by on Jul 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why A Climate Controlled Self-Storage Unit Is Ideal For Wooden Crafts

Do you enjoy crafting wooden objects that you intend to sell in your own shop one day? You need to be careful that your wooden crafts don’t end up getting damaged before they are sold if not stored correctly. Opting to keep them in a self-storage unit that is climate controlled is in your best interest. In this article, discover how a climate controlled self-storage unit can be beneficial for wooden crafts and what you will pay for the rental each month. Why Will Wooden Crafts Be Safer in a Storage Unit? There are multiple things that can lead to wood getting damaged, including exposure to a lot of sunlight. Keeping your crafts stored in a self-storage unit is the best way to avoid too much light. The sun can also expose your crafts to excessive heat and cause damage. There will be no windows in the unit, so your crafts won’t end up fading from the sun. It is also important to make sure your crafts are kept in an environment that is not overly cold or hot. You can set the temperature inside of a climate controlled storage unit to a level that is good for the wood. Storing wood in too much heat can lead to damage from moisture that is created from humidity. The moisture can lead to the wood expanding and causing your crafts to look bad. The wood can also suffer from mold and rot from moisture. Another great thing about a climate controlled unit is that they are located inside buildings. Rainwater won’t be able to seep under the door as it can with a regular storage unit. The buildings sometimes have security guards on foot and controlled access entry to keep your items safe in the unit. What is the Estimated Price of a Storage Unit? The price for your storage unit will depend on the square footage that you choose and whether or not it is climate controlled. Keep in mind that you don’t want to invest in a unit that is only large enough for the crafts that you already have. You need a unit that can accommodate all of your future wooden crafts as well. You are looking to spend at least $170 or more per month for a climate controlled unit that is 10×20 feet. Don’t allow improper storage to destroy all of the hard work that you spent on your wooden crafts. Stop by a self-storage rental facility, such as National Self Storage – Denver, to explore your storage unit options for your crafts as soon as...

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Maximizing Security In Your Self Storage Unit

Posted by on Jun 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Maximizing Security In Your Self Storage Unit

Storage facilities are sometimes targets for burglars and thieves. So if you’re thinking about renting out a self storage unit as a means of storing your extra belongings, then of course you want to make sure that your stuff will be as safe as possible. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to keep your belongings as secure as possible in a storage unit. Look for Added Security Features Finding the most secure storage facility in your area is a good place to start. Specifically, there are some features you’ll want to look for that indicate a secure facility. For starters, look for a facility that is completely gated around its perimeter, and that has a manager who lives on-site. Furthermore, look for a facility that has plenty of surveillance cameras (at least one per building), along with a hired security staff that patrols the premises (at least) during non-operating hours. Finally, consider looking for a unit that’s located inside rather than being exposed to the outdoors, as this will provide an additional layer of protection between your unit and possible thieves. See About Supplying Your Own Lock Most storage facilities will provide renters with their own locks that are either opened with a key or a combination code. However, for added security, you might want to see whether or not the manager will allow you to provide your own lock. This way, you don’t have to worry about the possibility that there’s a copy of your key floating around in the wrong hands. Furthermore, by selecting your own lock, you can be sure to find one that’s as secure as possible. Place Valuable Items Towards the Back Often times, when burglars break into a storage unit, they quickly grab whatever looks valuable and run. They don’t have time to rummage through all of a unit’s belongings because they’re worried about being caught. Therefore, by placing your more valuable items towards the back of your storage unit, they’re less likely to be spotted and grabbed during a break-in. This way, even if your unit is somehow broken into, you can at least reduce your damages. Having a comprehensive insurance policy in place for your valuables can also give you greater peace of mind. Taking these simple steps will help to increase security at your storage unit rental and could save you a lot of hassle down the road. Talk to a professional self storage unit, like North Star Mini Storage, for more information about the security features they...

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Tips For Keeping Your Self Storage Unit Nice And Organized

Posted by on Apr 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

There are a lot of people that will simply pile everything into their storage unit any way that it will fit. While this might seem like a time saver at first, it will prove to be detrimental should you ever need to retrieve anything from within the unit. To help make things a little easier on yourself, you might want to take a moment to review the following helpful tips for keeping your self storage unit nice and organized.  Store Your Couches On Their Ends Instead of allowing your couches to take up a lot of room, you might want to find a way to safety store them vertically in the corner of the storage unit. This is the best way to make sure that they are taking up as little space as possible. Do not make the mistake of assuming that if you lay your couches flat, that you will be able to make use of the room by stacking boxes and bags on the cushions. Not only are couch cushions not stable enough to securely hold everything in place, but you might find that the couch cushions would become destroyed in a very little amount of time. The cushion itself can become deformed and the fabric can rip apart. Use The Interior Of Your Appliances Are you storing any washers, dryers, ovens, dishwashers, or refrigerators? If so, then you might want to make use of the interior of those appliances. By storing some things inside of the appliances, you will not only free up a lot of room in the unit, but you will have an extra amount of protection for those things. For example, you can store trophies, pictures, jewelry, vases, artwork, or just about anything that is small enough to fit and that you would be worried about it breaking elsewhere. Even if something in the storage unit fell over onto the oven, everything inside of it will be well protected. Line The Walls With Free Standing Shelves It is important to make sure that you are giving yourself plenty of space to store the smaller boxes or the things that simply will not properly fit into a box. Having a few shelving options will make that a much easier task. Just make sure that you are steering clear of the thin plastic shelving units, as they can easily break with too much weight. It is best to stick with a metal unit, as it will hold the most weight and you do not have to worry about any warping of the shelves should the unit suddenly have an increase in humidity levels. As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make sure that you are able to keep your stuff nice and organized while it has to stay in a self storage...

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