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5 Ways To Maximize Your Space In A Self Storage Unit

Getting the most out of a self storage space is something that requires a mixture of planning, organization, hard work and know-how. Lucky for you, we at least have the know-how part down, but the rest is up to you! The following 5 tips will help you to truly utilize the entire space of your self storage unit. Who knows, by using these tips you may even be able to opt for that small self storage unit that you were considering, and these tips could actually save you tons of money. We sure hope so!

Without further ado here are those five promised tips:

1. Small Items And Furniture In Stacking Bins

Stacking is one of the best ways to utilize the floor to ceiling space you have in a self storage unit. While most people know to box most things, sometimes they exclude odds and ends like lamps, small pieces of furniture and other items that could fit in large storage bins. Utilizing storage bins to save space is a great way to save money even if you do have to invest in the plastic bins from your local Target, Walmart or whatever. If you know that you’ll be moving items into a self storage unit sometimes soon, keep an eye out for sales on these bins. They are frequently on sale after major decorating holidays. As a bonus, after you move everything out of self storage, these bins can come in handy in lots of different ways.

2. Put Things Inside Of Furniture And Appliances 

Anything you can stuff inside of another item is a great way to use space. Put bedding inside of washers and driers. Fill bookshelves up with books, boxes or other smaller items. Empty drawer space should be fully utilized as well. Basically anywhere that just has air filling it needs to have items inside of it if you want to get the most out of your self storage unit!

3. Organize And Cluster Long Handled Tools

Just throwing long handle tools into a self storage unit is a great way to waste a lot of space. Instead tie the handles together to create clusters of tools that will not topple over with time. Alternatively, you could use an empty trash can to store all  of your long handled tool inside of, and as a bonus, this method makes it a lot more efficient to move all the tool inside and out of storage.

4. Get Some Extra Hands (Strong Ones) For Stacking Heavy Items

A major space saver that requires heavy lifting that most people don’t know about is the fact that washers and driers can be stacked on top of one another. There are a myriad of other heavy objects that can be stacked, but you need someone strong around to do the heavy lifting.

5. Break Furniture Down  

Break down larger furniture as much as possible to maximize your space. It also makes the furniture infinitely easier to move out of your home into the self storage unit.

5 Tips for Self Storage Security

Keeping all of your items in self storage is a great way to get them temporarily out of the way, so that you have more room at your home, office or commercial space; however, it does come with some minor security risks to the belonging- especially theft. With just a couple of preventative measures, most of the security issues that can come up can easily be avoided. Check out the following five tips to ensure that your items are kept as safe as possible during their stay at a self storage facility.

1. Choose a Storage Facility with Security

Self storage facilities that offer security gates, alarms, guards, etc. cost a little bit more up front, but in the end, if it prevents a burglary it is a lot cheaper than having to spend the time and money to replace any stolen items. Make sure that if you do decide to go with a storage facility with security to inquire to what sort of security they have to make sure they have all the features you want.

2. Pack Valuable Items in the Back 

Anything that is visibly valuable, electronics, antiques, tools, etc., should go in the back of the self storage unit. The simple reason for this is that obviously if someone tries to steal from your unit, they are going to need to work quickly. If they just see a bunch of boxes and other cheap items, chances are that they will move on to another target.  If you need to have valuable items at the front for accessibility, at the very least try to cover them up with a row of boxes in front or tarp/drop cloth/sheet.

3. Choose a Heavy Duty Lock 

Like anything else, there are a wide variety of quality of locks. Some of the locks out there are a lot easier to break into than others. When picking out a lock keep in mind that it is the only thing between a potential robber and the items inside of the storage facility, so don’t cheap out on this extremely valuable tool. Ask the storage facility director for the specific type of lock they would recommend for you unit, so that you can choose what best matches your setup.

4. Consider Insurance

Self storage insurance sometimes comes with the unit, so you may want to check out to see if your storage facility includes or offers the insurance before shopping around too much. There are tons of options for self storage insurance out there, so that the value of your items inside of the unit would be protected in the event of theft or some other disaster. If you have a bunch of valuable items in the self storage unit, it is definitely worth considering the cost vs. benefit of getting self storage insurance.

5. Don’t Pack Anything Irreplaceable 

The fact of the matter is that if you can’t replace an item, it is probably not a good idea to keep it in self storage in the first place. Besides theft, damage from mildew, flooding, dust, etc. are a matter of concern. Unless you absolutely have to put an item in storage, try not to put it in self storage in the first place.

Tips for Moving to a Bigger Home

Moving to a bigger home or apartment is exciting- one gets the sense of stretching their legs AND moving up in the world. The transformation from a small residence to a larger one can cause some growing pains. Here are give tips  that’ll help guide you through the process of moving to a bigger home.

1. Hold off on New Furniture, Decoration, Etc.

You finally have space for more furniture, decorations, etc! It can be tempting to want to fill all the space up at once with new items, but there are two big problems with filling up the space asap. One, if you buy a bunch of stuff before your moving day, it can add on a large cost for moving charges and fees. Not to mention it adds no extra stress and work for yourself due to the fact you have to worry about even more stuff! The second problem is that it can be hard to gauge exactly what you need until you are unpacked and settled in. Although it can be tempting to buy a bunch of items, it is wise to wait for a little bit if at all possible.

2. Calculate Utilities and other Expenses

A bigger house=bigger utilities. Sometimes a bigger house also means moving to an area with higher cost of living. Research and calculate how much extra you may be spending a month, so that you can budget accordingly.

3. Don’t Spread Out for the Sake of Spreading Out

Having naked rooms feels somewhat strange, but we don’t want to end up like a sprawling suburb within our home. It is okay to leave some space empty until you figure out how to utilize it. Heck,

4. Sketch Out How you Want the Rooms to be Laid Out (Eventually)

Plan out exactly how you want to fill out the rooms with things you have and don’t have. This will help you decide what you can actually fit into all this extra space that you now have! If you have to wait to get new items, it will give you a fun activity to feed the excitement (and impatience!).

5. Plan on How/When you Want to Take Items Out of Storage

If you have items that are in storage that you can finally get out of there, if at all possible wait until after everything is unpacked to do so. Moving is a lot of work, so you don’t want to put too much on your plate if at all possible. If you have to take self storage items out immediately plan what you are going to do with them in your new home. We recommend just putting everything in one area until you have time to deal with these excess items.

How to Clean Out and Organize Your Self Storage Unit

Self storage units can easily get disorderly if we are not careful about organizing them. If the clutter and mess of your self storage unit is giving you a headache, it is time to re-organize and clean things up. The following are some guidelines to help you figure out exactly how to approach sprucing up a self storage unit. Not all of these tips apply to everyone, but we hope you find something useful in this blog.

Consider Emptying the Whole Thing Out 

Sometimes when we move all of our stuff into a self storage unit we are in a rush, or we just don’t plan out exactly how everything should fit in. The results can look like a  nightmare. If your self storage unit looks absolutely terrible, it may be time to empty the whole thing out and start over. This time when you put everything in make sure to organize it carefully. Put furniture against the walls, stack boxes neatly and leave an aisle in the middle. This task may seem like a lot of work, but in the end it will save you a lot of time.

Toss, Donate or Sell 

Purging a self storage unit of unneeded and/or unwanted items can feel liberating. Consider carefully what things you need to hold onto versus things you don’t want/need anymore. Next just toss, sell or donate the unwanted item. This can free up a lot of room in a self storage unit, so that you can have more room to organize the stuff that you still desire to keep. If you are a bit of a pack rat, make sure to set a certain goal for the amount of stuff you want to get rid of. Even just removing a box full or garbage bag full of stuff can make a huge difference.

Consolidate 

Try to figure out if there are ways that you can consolidate the items that you already have in self storage. Any loose items not in boxes should go in boxes. Putting things in an orderly manner, sort of like an adult game of Tetris, can free up a whole lot of space.  Stack anything that can be stacked. Taking small steps to fit everything together more precisely really is a great way to help organize your self storage unit.

Add Labels, Drapes, Boxes 

Lastly, make sure any steps that you may have skipped to create a self storage unit that you take now. Put any loose items in boxes. Label any unlabeled boxes. Cover furniture with blankets to protect them from dust. By upgrading the materials used in your self storage unit, it’ll be a lot more organized for future use.

What to Keep, What to Store, What to Chuck and More

Eliminating clutter is an important and necessary whether you’re moving, remodeling or just realize that you need to get rid of the clutter. The problem is, many people have trouble deciding what to keep, what’s actually valuable, and what’s just plain trash. If you’re one of said individuals, it’s probably a good idea to get someone with an objective opinion to help you out and be rational. Not only will you get some extra space in your home, but it is also a great way to find inventory for a garage sale, to donate, or to be sold online.

Helpful Techniques

Now, I know the decision making process for reducing clutter can be difficult, but here are a few helpful techniques to move the process along swiftly and smoothly. Remain standing when organizing clutter, if one sits down, one tends to dwell on items, get distracted, or grow tired and call it quits. Each item should be analyzed using a three-second rule, because if it’s truly of value or trash, it should take no longer than three seconds to determine what pile to put an item in. This will encourage the decision making process and ensure the operation moves swiftly. There should be a separate category for items that a decision can’t be made about, so revisit this category after every item has been looked over, that way, you will feel like you’re on a roll, and you don’t want to stop now, because you’re havin’ such a good time. You might be surprised by how quickly decision making will come to you by that point, so keep that blood flowing and your hands moving.

What To Do When Everything is Organized

Items that are not being kept can go into one of three categories; one category is for items of value that can be sold online or at a yard sale, another category is for items that can be donated, and finally, the rest should be thrown out with the garbage. If you’re then faces with a sub-category of items you’re unsure whether or not are of value, a quick eBay search can determine that for you. Large items like furniture should always be sold in person at a garage sale or have an ad placed in a local paper, it would be impractical to ship something so large. Clean articles of clothing are always great items to donate, but just be sure that everything is donated the day it’s sorted, otherwise you might find yourself going through the items again, and try to tell yourself that you want to keep them after all. Finally, everything left should be thrown away, and again, thrown away in the same day. No dumpster diving allowed.

There are some items that will be kept even though they are used very little, like holiday decorations or your baby’s first onezie, these items are given a thumbs up to keep, but if you have several onezies, choose one, and get rid of the rest. Be rational, you can do it! Organizing all of these nostalgic items is necessary and can be fun, just don’t get too emotionally involved, keep your eyes on the prize. When everything is sorted, and what is trash is in the trash, start deciding what items that are being kept can be packed safely away in boxes and stored in a storage unit, for instance, storage units in Huntington Beach. These items should be revisited every 3-6 months to ensure everything is totally necessary.

After you’ve cut down on the clutter, take a look at your home. Look what you accomplished. Do you not relish in the feeling of relief knowing that you did an awesome job? If you have young children, they should also be encouraged to go through their belongings, this ensures healthy habits for years to come.

Author Bio

Mike has been a freelance writer for a number of years, but one of his true passions is home-improvement. Mike is currently promoting self storage in Bloomington CA, and wants to wish everyone a stress-free and easy de-cluttering.

Advice for Packing Your Self Storage Unit

Self storage is a simple, cost effective and safe way of storing your belongings. You deliver your belongings and place them in a unit of a specific size to accommodate your stuff. Usually you must provide your own padlock to secure the door to the unit. Of course you should find a self storage unit near you, visit the facility to inspect the storage units for yourself, and sign a rental agreement. Usually there is no deposit or minimum length of rental necessary. Be sure to check the open hours of the facility to make sure it meets your needs.

Next you simply deliver your belongings by using a rental truck or car. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to unload initially. Also not all the rooms will be on the ground floor or outside. So keep this in mind for the most convenient load/unload be sure to get a unit that you can pull up to. Multi-story self storage companies have large lifts, but also be prepared to have to carry items upstairs. They will loan you the use of carts to assist with your unload and load. You can not store any flammable goods, explosives, perishable food or goods or materials of a dangerous or illegal nature.

* Metal equipment and tools can be prevented from rusting if they are to be in storage for a long time by wiping with an oily rag before storing.
* Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry and empty.
* Make sure that freezers/fridges are completely defrosted.
* If you have a large storage unit be sure to leave a walkway either down the side or the middle so you can gain access to all of your items if you needed.
* Try to pack the storage unit high to the ceiling by placing heavier items like drawers and wardrobes on the floor and lighter items on top.
* Fill all the spaces that appear with small items or soft items like bedding.