Self Storage Tips & Stories

Aurora Storage Tips: 6 Things to Consider Before Making A Decision To Move

A lot of families prefer moving homes during summer. But deciding to move is a major life decision and there are different factors you need to consider when deciding where to live. It requires all the more consideration when you have a family to think of. There are factors like budget, schools, neighborhood, security, commute, and family-friendly features to weigh on when relocating. Your dream job may fall through, you may not get along with colleagues in your new workplace or you may even end up feeling homesick. Before you follow through with the decision to move to a new location or not, go over the reasons behind wanting to move and the practicality of doing so.

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Aurora Storage:Tips To Clean And Store Outdoor Gear

If you are an outdoor person and enjoy hiking, camping, hunting or canoeing then you are likely to have lots of gear. There are different gears to go with each outdoor activity you pick up. It all adds up fast and before you know it, outdoor gear can end up taking up a lot of your precious space at home. You can free up space in your home by storing outdoor gear in a storage unit! A storage unit close to your home provides the best solution for safe storage of your gear when you are not using it. Most facilities also offer ease of access anytime of the day or night, so that you can get your gear out quickly, if needed! Do enquire about 24 hour access when looking to rent a self storage unit.

Outdoor activities can not only be rough on your body but also on the backpacking kit, sleeping bag, boots and the rest of your camping gear too. You need to clean your dirty gear before putting them in storage. Follow these simple cleaning and storage tips to keep your gear in top condition.
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Protect Your Furniture When Moving Home

There is a lot of excitement about moving to a new home but most people dread having to move their stuff into the new home. There is a lot of stress attached with moving, whether you are working with professional movers or taking on the job yourself. Once you settle in on a move-in date, you can start organizing your stuff for the big day. The most hectic and difficult job is moving your furniture pieces to its new home, primarily because of its size, bulk, shape and number. This article will help you plan and prepare for moving your furniture to your new home safely, while protecting your belongings.

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Items You Should Not Store In Self Storage

Self storage offers different size units for all kinds of unique storage needs and items. But self storage facilities have restrictions too on what is appropriate for storage on their premises because some items can pose a risk to the safety of the facility, staff, tenants and their goods. Whether for business or personal purposes, your storage unit provides the extra space needed for many different types of items but do look up the items allowed on premises before signing the lease. Follow the rules and restrictions and as a general rule, do not store any item that may be considered ‘dangerous.’ But even some everyday items can be unsafe for storage, so audit your belongings before organizing it for storage. Ask the facility manager for a list of prohibited items onsite but here is a list of items that are not permitted for storage at most self storage units-

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Simple Ways of Cutting Clutter in Your Kitchen Space

Did you know that a cluttered kitchen can make you eat mindlessly on sugary, fatty snacks, but cleaning up and getting your kitchen organized may help you slim down. Cornell University released a study report in the journal “Environment and Behavior,” analyzing the effects of the environment on human behavior. Women were made to wait in a messy kitchen with newspapers and mail scattered, dishes piled up in the sink and a choice of snacks within easy reach. More than half the women in a cluttered kitchen opted for the cookies instead of carrots. Researchers found that women in a cluttered kitchen ate 53 more calories from cookies than the other half in an organized kitchen, who refused the same snacks.

Clutter in the kitchen gets in the way of healthy eating goals. Junk the mess in your kitchen to keep inches off your waistline. Adopt these habits for a clutter-free kitchen.

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Self Storage For ebay and Etsy Shops

Small businesses, even ones that begin in the garage or living room, need space for office documents, supplies and inventory. As your business grows, so does the demand for space. There is limited space in your home and if your office project crowds up your living room, it can quickly build up stress in the household along with clutter. The trend of selling high quality, handmade and unique products, from furniture to fashion clothing, is picking up in online marketplaces like Etsy and eBay shops. With increasing success the people running these small online businesses often grow out of space in their homes. Many Etsy shop owners struggle to manage their inventory with rising demand from customers and have turned to self storage units for storing inventory, materials, tools and other office supplies safely.

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Tips on Moving and Storage for A Job Relocation

Switching jobs may mark the beginning of an exciting new life but if it involves moving outside of your current city of residence, it may quickly become a stress trigger. Every year, thousands across the U.S. relocate to new homes, when switching jobs. Moving for your job may prove a challenge unless your make smart moves, stay organized, plan ahead and collaborate with your employer. Read on to pick up a few tips to ensure a smooth moving and storage experience when relocating for a job.

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How To Select the Right Storage Solution For You

You have to put away the old stuff to bring in the new and since your belongings are important to you, you need an effective storage solution. The general misconception is that storage space is needed only when you run out of space in your home or office but self storage can be a big help in many other instances too. There are a lot of considerations that go into selecting the right storage solution for you.

Self storage solutions can address specific and unique challenges in the different choices and options available.

  1. Temporary Storage

A lot of the time you may need a self storage solution to temporarily house your goods and possessions safely, like while you are shifting home or expecting guests over the holidays. If you need to make some room temporarily in your home, there is a self storage solution to address your specific requirement.

  1. Long-term Storage

Many self storage solutions are designed specifically for long-term use, like facilities that individuals and businesses can use, not only to stow away possessions and other materials, but also to preserve them until they are needed. In other words, you can use them to keep items in storage indefinitely, knowing they are there for you in the event that you ever need them.

  1. Type of Possessions to be Stored

There are certain items that may require storage space that fulfills specific conditions, for example, a service company might require an outdoor space to store large, industrial trucks when not in use. Owners of possessions like heavy steel cabinets, strong furniture or large crates of parts and components might want to look for facilities that have adequate logistical arrangements to make storing and retrieving goods easier.

Most self-storage companies offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor spaces to accommodate even the most unique storage needs. If you are storing items commonly kept in a garage, such as yard equipment, or more fragile items such as furniture, documents or electronics then conventional storage will suffice but if your items are susceptible to temperature changes, dust, or humidity fluctuations then you should select climate controlled storage. This includes furniture, clothing, electronics, documents and artwork.

  1. Quantity of Items Stored

You’ll want to be sure to select a unit size that not only fits your belongings, but also allows some extra room to maneuver through your items, and store additional items, as needed. From the equivalent of a small walk-in closet to a two-car garage, storage facilities offer a variety of unit sizes to accommodate both large and small loads.

  1. Business versus Household Storage solutions

Commercial entities have storage requirements that are different than residential needs, characterized by larger area, greater accessibility needs and more robust loading/unloading requirements. Households will usually not be concerned about 24×7 access, but convenience and security may also be part of their solution requirements.

The Right Choice

By the time you make your choice you should be confident that the self storage facility has the following:

  • Adequate security measures.
  • Accessibility.
  • Right size for your current and future needs.
  • The climate control in the self-storage facility is adequate for your needs and will not do untold damage to your items.
  • The storage units are tidy and well-maintained
  • If you’re planning on storing a large amount, check that the self-storage facility has the space or access for large removal trucks.

When in doubt, always speak with our facility manager at Neighborhood Self Storage about your needs, whether it is consumer, business or industrial self storage. Call today at (303) 647-5374 and we will work with you to establish a storage plan that fits your specific circumstances.

 

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5 Items to Protect from the Cold with Climate-Controlled Storage

Many of our household items are prone to deteriorating in the cold. They are no match for winter’s mix of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Can you leave your favorite item’s condition up to chance? Maintain control of storage temperatures via climate-controlled units, and enjoy use for years to come. But it’s not as simple as renting storage and moving everything to a unit.

There are several items that need special attention in storage, particularly those sensitive to temperature fluctuations and humidity. They need climate-controlled storage that keeps a unit’s indoor temperature between 55-85°F year-round and maintains a consistent humidity level. Basically, it’s a heater, air conditioner, humidifier, and dehumidifier all in one.

Take a look at these five common items that will need extra care to preserve against cold conditions and should be kept in a climate-controlled storage unit

Batteries

The chemical reaction in batteries work on an electric current being passed between positive and negative terminals, which thrive in warmer temperatures. Out in the cold, the electrons that power the reaction move at a slower pace, which subsequently slows down the speed of the current and makes your batteries less powerful. The optimal storage temperature for batteries is as close to 59 degrees Fahrenheit as possible. As the temperature drops, batteries have to work twice as hard to run currents in everything from your electronic devices to your car.

Electronic Devices 

Electronic devices don’t perform well in extreme cold weather. In addition to battery issues, the chill can crack or damage the effectiveness of internal components, making the device inoperable. As with other item types, keep electronics at room temperature to protect them. Washers and dryers, dishwashers, ovens, microwaves, and refrigerators all need climate-controlled storage in regions that experience extreme heat or cold. That’s because climate control protects electronic and mechanical parts from cracking and rust that could cause permanent damage.

Climate controlled storage is recommended for TVs, especially when they’re being stored in areas prone to major temperature shifts. The screens and internal components of plasma’s in particular don’t do well with temperatures on the extreme ends of the thermometer. From TVs and computers to recording equipment, you might be filling your storage unit with some expensive electronics. With climate control, you can reduce the chance of damage to your electronics while they sit in storage.

Camera Equipment

Beautiful snowy winter landscapes provide the perfect setting for your seasonal pictures. Just make sure that you store your camera correctly for your photo shoot. Cameras thrive on temperature consistency. If you move from the cold outdoors to a warm room afterward, condensation can build up on your lens, destroying your camera.

Instead, store in a consistent environment that keeps your camera as close to room temperature at all times, 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit at 20-80% humidity is considered safe. When you’re on the go, keep your camera safe, snug and warm in a camera bag. Even when storing photos be careful to store them facing away from each other, even in albums, as they can get stuck together and deteriorate in extreme temperatures.

Wine

Fluctuating temperatures can accelerate wine aging and can give wine an oxidized, metallic taste. For collectors who’ve invested a lot of time and money in growing their wine collections, spoiling due to improper storage would be a nightmare. The best way to wine storage is to have it in a place that does not have a consistent, cool temperature, instead somewhere between 55-57°F is good.

Recreational Vehicles

Cars kept outside of your garage become subject to ice, snow and freezing temperatures. These aren’t exactly ideal conditions for your engine! The cold makes the engine work harder and oil thicker. It can even impact tire pressure. If you don’t have room to pull your car into the garage, consider housing at room temperature in a climate-controlled self-storage unit.

While these are only five groups of items that need climate control, the truth is that climate-controlled storage is beneficial for almost all self storage ventures. Though more necessary in some cases than others, a quick chat with a storage facility operator will help you determine exactly what kind of storage is right for you.

Give Neighborhood Self Storage a call today at (303) 647-5374 to get a tour of our Aurora climate-controlled self storage units. We offer climate controlled storage units in a clean, secure environment, with drive up access, 24 hour video monitoring and free use of moving truck with rental and all ground floor units.

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Top Self Storage Mistakes

Whether you are in the process of relocation or are looking to  reduce the clutter in your home, self-storage is arguably the most preferred option for many. However, due to the lack of experience and sufficient know-how, you may end up making certain self-storage mistakes, which can potentially ruin the items or make you lose track of them. Below are some of the most common self-storage mistakes.

Failing to insure your items

This could result in you having sleepless nights when a disaster strikes such as a natural calamity or an accident which could damage your items beyond repair. Generally, many of us do not give enough thought to insuring our possessions — especially the ones of high value. So, if you are planning to store your household stuff, make sure to insure them in order to protect the items from any possible catastrophic event.

Using newspaper to wrap items

Wrapping up the items only in newspaper is not a clever idea. Certain household items, which are made up of glass, porcelain etc. could easily end up breaking into pieces if wrapped only with a layer of paper. So always make it a point to bubble wrap the items first and then perhaps cover with paper. This will protect your items from preventable breakage.

Storing food

This is one of the biggest self-storage mistakes of all. Generally, food is perishable and so when not refrigerated properly, will rot, and possibly damage surrounding items. And even though, non-perishable foods can be stored in air-tight containers for extended periods, it is best to avoid the storage of food in storage units altogether.

Not having enough time or help

Leaving everything to the eleventh hour could eventually make you lose track of certain items or mishandle items that need utmost care while storing. At the same time, although self-storage is a great choice, trying to manage this task single-handedly could be daunting. Storing of items require proper planning, time and a helping hand so as to avoid last minute glitches.

Not labeling boxes

Unfortunately, many of us ignore the labeling of boxes after having stored the items. Avoid this practice! It is this kind of mistake that could give rise to confusion and chaos when you start searching for a specific item of importance. You might end up unpacking all the items in the process, which could lead to a big mess! Therefore, always make it a point to write down the list of items being stored in the box and label it accordingly.

Choosing the wrong sized unit

This self-storage mistake commonly occurs when there is inadequate planning on your part. In some cases, it also results in the wasted storage unit space, causing you to pay more.  Although choosing the size of the storage unit may seem to be a tricky decision, the calculations are really not so difficult. All you need is to chalk out the items that are stackable and the ones which are not. This would help you systematically plan for storage of the items and to save money by utilizing the space of your storage unit appropriately. Also, Neighborhood Self Storage has a planning calculator that could help you make this decision.

Still wondering how to avoid these self-storage mistakes? Give us a call at (303) 785-7578 to get valuable storage tips and ideas from our expert storage professionals.

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