Self Storage Tips & Stories

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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So You’re Getting Deployed

Deployment often comes suddenly and unexpected. Now, you are being forced to box up all of your possessions, and choose where you will need store all of your belongings for the following months. For many, self-storage is the most appropriate solution, and determining your needs beforehand can make this task less stressful. Here you will find items to consider when planning for your deployment.

Make a Checklist
Doing this can simplify your storage process. No one wants to remember that one thing that was not done, after they are already long gone. Write it down, you’ll be glad you did!

Space Requirements
Decisions here will often make a huge difference on your pocketbook. Getting too much storage space will drain your wallet. Decide how many boxes and what size unit you require before you start seeking out a self-storage solution, you will thank yourself for it later.

Packing Supplies
Boxes need to be taped shut and labeled, making packing tape and permanent markers almost a necessity. Adding packing mediums such as ‘packing peanuts’ and bubble wrap to your list, as well as, furniture wrap will help protect everything from getting damaged in route or while you’re away.

Vehicle Storage
Often the same business will have storage dedicated for vehicles, finding a storage solution that can cater to all your needs will make your deployment that much simpler.

Making Payments
You can find self-storage facilities that offer online payments, or even better, automatic payments. Locating Specials and Discounts in your area is another way to save a few dollars, thus keeping your wallet fat for your return home.

Moving It All
You can choose to hire a moving company, or you can just rent a vehicle and the equipment to handle the move by yourself. If taking on the packing and hauling on your own, you might consider a furniture dolly or an appliance dolly for your move, using either of these will exponentially speed up your loading and unloading process, and most are readily available for renting at the storage facility of your choice. Don’t forget about securing the load on the way to storage, at this point, losing or breaking an item will only cause more time and money.

Moves and deployments are stressful times for everyone, let self-storage de-stress the situation for you.

Check out the Military Storage Discount from Neighborhood Self Storage.

Give us a call today at (303) 785-7578 to get a tour and discuss your  storage requirements with one of our storage professionals.

 

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Storage for Business

When a business needs extra space to store inventory, paperwork and other commercial equipment, help is needed. Storage units provide a fantastic opportunity for a business to store their items in a safe and secure environment. And best of all, businesses can pay monthly with no long-term commitment. It truly is business storage made easy.

More Than Just Space
While storage units provide a vast amount of space for businesses to organize and keep their items, there are also many other fantastic features. In case a business is worried about the changing temperature throughout the seasons, the storage units are equipped with climate-control settings for any time of the year. This great feature will protect items from the heat or freezing temperatures. The storage units are conveniently located so that a business can pull right up and drop off items quickly. And best of all, the storage facilities are kept clean and in good shape.

For Different Industries
A storage facility is not exclusive to only one type of industry; many different industries can benefit greatly from having this extra space to store items. In the hospitality and restaurant industry, extra tables and non-perishable food can be stored inside one of these units, which will help free more space at the business. Retail businesses can use the extra space in their store by putting inventory in the units. Contractors can use the storage units to hold important paperwork and equipment. Event professional sales workers can store their business products and samples safely inside of the storage units.

Ultimate Customer Service
In addition to receiving the storage units, all businesses also receive outstanding service from the storage facilities company. The professional staff at the storage facility are courteous and experts in proper storing methods. If a business utilizes the help of the friendly staff, they will be able to efficiently use their storage unit. Businesses can access their storage units conveniently on their schedule. In addition, the facility is equipped with 24/7 security so that a business can be assured that their items will be safe and protected through multiple layers of security. The security features include video surveillance, fencing and gates that require an entry code.

Give us a call today at (303) 785-7578 to get a tour and discuss your  storage requirements with one of our storage professionals.

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Handy Supplies for Your Self Storage Move In Day

Moving your belongings into a self storage unit can be a challenge, especially if you have a lot of stuff to organize. The last thing you want to do is rush to the store to purchase supplies that you forgot to get. These tips can help you organize your storage quickly and includes everything that you will need for your self storage move in day.

Don’t Forget the Basics

Basic packing supplies such as tape, markers, and scissors are always useful to have on hand while moving your belongings. Avoid losing or misplacing these essential items by keeping them together in a sturdy clear vinyl bag.

Develop an Organizational Plan

Instead of organizing as you go, consider developing a plan that you can follow. It will only take a few minutes of your time and will serve as a helpful guide for your self storage unit. Consider your needs while creating a plan. For example, if you will be accessing your self storage unit frequently and need easy access to certain things, you may want to invest in clear plastic storage bins or drawers and place them near the front of your storage unit.

Don’t Forget Your Toolbox

You may need to disassemble items such as furniture to fit your belongings into your self storage unit neatly. This is why it is a great idea to have a complete toolbox or kit on hand.

Bring a Few Cleaning Supplies

Accidents happen, which is why it is important to have some cleaning supplies on your move in day. A broom, pair of gloves, trash bags, dust pan, paper towels, rags, and mild cleaning agents are handy items to bring with you in case of spills and other accidents.

Labels Serve a Purpose

Labels, particularly ones with a sticky side, serve an invaluable purpose. They allow you to easily identify your belongings that are packed in boxes or bags. Place labels near the top where they can easily be seen.

Purchase Your Own Lock

Some storage units come with locks, but it is always a good idea to purchase your own. This can help you feel more secure about leaving your belongings at a storage unit.

Moving your items into a self storage unit can feel challenging, but with a few simple tips, you can accomplish this task quickly and easily. Use these tips to help make you storage unit organized, clean, and easy to access.

Give us a call today at (303) 785-7578 to get a tour and discuss your  storage requirements with one of our storage professionals.

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4 Steps for Organizing Your Storage Unit

Whether you’re moving across the country or just looking to free up some space in the attic, storing your belongings can be a difficult, drawn-out endeavor. There are certain steps you can take, however, to simplify the process and keep everything organized. Before you throw everything into random boxes, take a look at the four “S”s.

1: Sift

Your first step should be deciding what exactly is worth storing. Old clothes can be thrown away or donated to charity, but you’ll probably want to keep school records for nostalgia and holiday decorations for the upcoming year. You should also consider storing items that you only use periodically, like skis in the winter and inflatable pools in the summer.

2: Sort

Once you’ve weeded through the junk and figured out what’s going into your unit, it’s time to start cataloging. Make lists of which items were put into what boxes; label everything clearly by room, theme or fragility. Pictures can be useful here as well. They’ll help you remember where certain things were packed and how exactly those wires connected to the TV before you unplugged everything.

3: Store

When fitting all your belongings into the storage unit, understand that you’ll eventually come back and need room to navigate. Larger items should go in the back of the unit, against the wall, with medium-sized items and boxes stacked together in the remaining space. Leave yourself a path for future visits. It should be exactly large enough to accommodate your biggest item, just in case you need to dig it out before anything else.

4: Secure

Invest in a professional, high-quality lock to protect your belongings from theft. You may or may not be satisfied with the one the storage facility provides; if it doesn’t look safe, it’s perfectly legal to buy your own and attach it to the unit. You should also get in touch with your insurance company to see if your homeowners policy will cover any damages incurred by off-premises self-storage. Sometimes it won’t, and if that’s the case, you’ll need to look into tenant or property insurance.

These are the four basic principles of prepping and organizing a storage unit. At the end of the day, the efficacy of your process comes down to the effort you’re willing to put into it, so don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and break out the sticky labels to ensure that your belongings are well stored until you need them again.

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