Self Storage Tips & Stories

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


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.


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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Room For New Baby Accessories — Get Organized With A Storage Unit

As you prepare for a new baby, you’ll notice that baby supplies take up a fair amount of space. First, are the immediate needs for a newborn: a crib or bassinette, a changing table with storage drawers, a comfortable rocking chair and a dresser to store baby’s clothes. Within a year, you’ll also need room for a playpen and toy box. Additional helpful items include a windup swing, a playpen and a stroller, most of which don’t wear out with one child’s use.

For many new parents, extra space is a luxury they just don’t have. Therefore, moving out some unused or unneeded furnishings is a practical goal. Growing families may find that renting an economical storage space is the perfect answer. Moreover, when your baby reaches the stage where a child’s bed is called for, you may prefer to store all your infant furnishings for future bundles of joy.

Once a baby begins taking a few steps, it’s no time at all before the inquisitive toddler will want to explore everywhere he can reach. Prior to this stage, baby proofing your home is crucial. You may find tables or furniture with sharp edges or that topple over easily, which should be stored away for a few years. Don’t forget to look for any items made from breakable glass or with small pieces that could come off and cause choking. Many parents wind up with lots of children’s accessories that are too good to go to the dump. With a storage unit, you can amass reusable children’s items to stage a future garage sale – right out of your storage unit.

Rented storage space can pull multi-duty as well; storage units can hold holiday decorations, winter or summer wardrobes for the entire family, automotive supplies or even provide an additional room or living space. As children grow, they acquire sporting equipment and homemade projects from school that are too priceless to throw away. Cycling decorative items and artwork from your storage unit is also a fun way to keep your home décor interesting.

Today, it’s common to find people using their storage unit for hobbies, and some individuals even work inside their unit. When storing your child’s outgrown items, save a corner of your unit for a mini artist’s workbench or easel. Furthermore, a storage space makes an ideal exercise room, and you can gradually add new equipment as you go. Heat, electrical outlets and more are available at select units, so call ahead for information about your specific needs.

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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How to Pack Awkward items for Storage

Awkward items come in all variety of shapes and sizes, and not all of these items come in perfect geometrical shapes. Some items like pianos, pool tables, artwork, statues, standing clocks, curved sofa units, round tables, chaise lounges, ceiling lamps, china ware and kitchen appliances can be gaunt, angular or heavy. Awkwardness not only applies to shape and mass. Delicate and fragile items such as computer monitors and hard drives need to be stored with caution. Several solutions can mend this problem including using bubble wrap, stretch wrap, moving pads or even creating handles to go on the packages.

Bubble Wrap and Packing Tape
Arm yourself with some packing tape and some bubble wrap. These are the basic essentials for any move. Using bubble tape will at least provide a cushion against damage no matter the size or shape of the item. Bubble wrap is normally used for fragile items like chinaware and framed pictures. However, you can use the bubble tape as a buffer against collision with other objects to deter scratching or abrasions on furniture.

Stretch Wrap
Use stretch tape to mend awkward items together like parts of a lamp or any object that has complex parts attached to it but would be cumbersome to disassemble.

Moving pads
Use moving pads to push and pull heavy, cumbersome objects. The moving pads function as pseudo-wheels, so you can push the heavy object like a shopping cart. The moving pads are cushioned, smooth and rounded on one side for easy gliding. The other side is made of a non-slippery surface so that it adheres to the object. If you are moving a huge dresser, place each moving pad on the bottom four corners.

Create Handles
Create handles made of rope, electrical tape and other materials. You want to do this if no other human help is available. Place it on the object where you can get enough slack to carry it or drag it.

Other Methods
If the movable item is too awkward or heavy, and you can disassemble it, by all means take it apart. Disassembling may create more work for you later, but you will have more room.
If you have the original packaging, you can place the item back in its original box. This works well with electronics. Use a transit blanket to cushion it against damage instead if you do not have the original box. Transit blankets usually come with a moving truck.

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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Holiday Storage Tips


The holidays means decorations displayed inside and outside the home, an abundance of gift-wrapping materials and more gifts than you may know what to do with. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the amount of potential holiday clutter you could be facing, you should employ some good holiday storage tips and save yourself space and aggravation.

Get A Separate Storage Spot

When you store your holiday decorations in the attic or the basement, it can be cumbersome to get them up and down the stairs as you put them into place. The garage seems like a good place to store holiday clutter, but it can lose it luster when you realize that your inexpensive holiday decorations are preventing you from putting your expensive car in the garage.

The best solution is to get a separate spot at a self-storage facility and make holiday storage easy and convenient. You can get a storage spot that is at ground-level and never have to worry about hauling decorations up and down stairs again. When you put your holiday storage items in a self-storage spot, you free up room in your garage to park your car and protect it from the elements.

Preserve Your Wrapping PaperHoliday-Storage-Containers

Wrapping paper is much more delicate than most people realize. If you store wrapping paper in your moist basement, the ink from the paper will start to run and the paper itself will start to fall apart. The environmental controls in your attic are not nearly as reliable as a climate-controlled self-storage spot and the heat from summer could dry out your wrapping paper and make it useless.

If you want to get the most out of those rolls of wrapping paper you bought on sale the day after Christmas, then rent a self-storage space and store them securely. Put your wrapping paper in a plastic container and put the container in storage to make sure that your paper is available to be used when it is time to wrap gifts next year.

Make Room For Those New Holiday Gifts

We have already discussed the environmental challenges that come with storing items in your basement or your attic, and those challenges apply to every item in your home. When you get new holiday gifts that you want to use in your home, you do not need to get rid of the things you already have just to make room. Instead of getting rid of family heirlooms to make way for new holiday gifts, you can pack those items up and store them securely in a self-storage facility.

The holidays are a great time for family, fun and clutter. You can clear away the clutter, while preserving your holiday gifts and decorations, when you rent a secure space from your local self-storage facility.


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

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