Self Storage Tips & Stories

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.

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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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Get More Space With a Self Storage Facility

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By renting your own self-storage unit, you can once again make your home look cozy and inviting rather than cluttered. Today, self-storage facilities come with excellent rates and the units themselves can also be climate-controlled. For those that are paranoid about their personal belongings, there is even round the clock security. Below are some additional benefits of renting a self-storage unit:

Drive In Loading Docks

Another benefit of using a self storage unit is that many of these facilities offer a drive in loading dock where you can drive up and load your items so that they will be placed in the storage unit. This is a great choice if you have large items to store.

Car and Boat Storage

For those who have more than one car or even a boat or RV, some self-storage facilities even offer storage for large vehicles. You may be charged extra for this storage, but it certainly beats blocking your home drive way. If you just moved to a new city and are still home shopping, you can put one car in storage, while using the other one for everyday use.

You Can Also Rent Mailboxes

Depending on where you rent from, self-storage facilities may also offer mailbox rentals in the event you want a second home for certain pieces of mail. This is also a good idea if you want to reduce the amount of junk mail and catalogs you receive in your home mailbox.

You Can Create A Home Away From Home

Another benefit of self storage facilities is that you can save space in your home while creating a home away from home. For example, if you need space for your baseball memorabilia, you can take these items to your storage unit and then create a TV room inside the unit for watching baseball with your buddies. The greatest benefit of renting a self-storage unit is creating additional space in your home. Let’s face it. Space is limited in your home, so why clog it up with items you only use once or twice a year? For a small price, you can get additional space in your home without having to throw things away.

Contact us a call today at (303) 785-7578 to get self-storage facility for more information on a unit that fits your specific needs.

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Why you Should Consider a Heated Storage Unit

When you are looking into renting a storage unit, you have many options at your disposal. Most units are simply large storage lockers with an overhead door that allows for easy access. Also, most people who store items are not storing anything that is going to perish in extreme weather conditions. They simply need to clear some space in their home.

However, if you are looking to store items that are valuable, perishable, or that need extra care, it would be wise to rent a heated storage unit to protect those valuables.

Storing Artwork and Musical Instruments

Artwork and musical instruments are especially sensitive to extreme weather conditions. Instruments will seize up and crack when the weather gets too cold. Paint on old paintings will begin to dry and crack irreparably if left in the cold for too long.

Moreover, heat will cause paintings to begin to smear and fade while it could cause musical instruments to loosen up to the point that they begin to fall apart slowly.

Automobiles, RV’s and Machinery

Any type of car, motorcycle, or RV is going to susceptible to the cold and heat if it is not being driven regularly. Instead of leaving the car in your driveway or just renting a standard storage unit, it is best to find a heated unit that will keep the temperature even during the course of the year. There is nothing worse than going to start a car you’ve had in storage and realizing everything froze up over the winter.

Machinery acts in much the same way. Computers, copiers, milling equipment, and power tools can only stay in the cold for so long before their internal workings begin to freeze up. Keeping them in a heated unit allows for them to rest comfortably until you need to use them again.

Paperwork and Documents

Valuable documents and paperwork respond to the cold and ice just as artwork will. Frozen documents will stick to each other possibly blur the print on each page. This could render very important documents useless when you need to use them.

After the documents thaw, there could be leakage in the ink and that could smudge the pages even further. A heated storage unit keeps the temperature the same all the time so that your documents can remain useable until they are needed.

Investing in a heated storage unit is a wise decision for anyone who has sensitive items to store. Artwork, musical instruments, cars, and sensitive documents need to be protected in a heated storage unit that will shield them from the elements until you need to use them again.

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

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Using A Self Storage Facility As A Man Cave

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Believe it or not, but men are not just using self-storage facilities for storing items. According to many reports, an increasing number of men are turning these self-storage units into personalized and fun man caves. Men are placing decked out pool tables, bookcases, flat screen TVs, computer workstations that is stocked with stationery and small office gadgets and comfortable chairs and sofas. Other men may decide to install a dart board, a refrigerator stocked with snacks and drinks, posters of athletes and masculine images on the wall, and even stylish floor mats or carpet. Here are tips on creating a man cave inside a self-storage unit that suits your specific personality.

Have A Theme For Your Man Cave

You can make your man cave more exciting if you come up with a theme that best describes your personality and interests. If you love to watch the NFL, you could place a flat screen TV on the wall and you can purchase a large throw blanket that is football-themed on the leather sofa you have in the unit. Place posters of popular quotes from legendary and current football coaches and players around the room and you can buy a few football-themed figurines for display.

Include Fitness Equipment

Maybe you want to create a gym inside the self storage unit and in order to do this you could purchase a few pieces of fitness equipment such as a treadmill, weightlifting equipment, exercise mats, balance beam and an exercise bike. Also include a refrigerator filled with healthy foods and drinks and put some towels and exercise DVDs inside the unit.

Add Stylish Furniture

Perhaps you are not heavily into sports and you do not want to turn your man cave into a gym. If you want sophisticated masculinity in your man cave, add some stylish furniture such as an antique chair and sofa, art Deco table lamp in several colors, oriental rugs, or oak bookcases to store your classic literature books and journals.

Self storage facilities are no longer just for storage; they can be used to create the ultimate man cave for yourself and possibly your buddies. From hobby items to storing your car parts or using it as a mechanic work shop, self-storage facilities have outgrown their traditional use. You may not decide to spend much time in the man cave, but instead see it as a decorative outlet without the scrutinizing eyes of a loved one. Whatever the case, there is no doubt that the man cave has gone beyond the house basement. Discover your man cave by visiting a local neighborhood self-storage facility and rent a unit today.

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Various Sizes Available in Self Storage Facilities

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One of the main benefits of self-storage facilities is that the units inside the facilities are available in a variety of sizes. If you do not need a lot of space for your belongings, you can rent a small unit, but if you have large items such as TVs, stereos and bookcases, you would probably need a larger unit. Not all self-storage facilities have the same size units so before you sign a contract, you should tour some of the units to get an idea of the sizes that exist at the facility. Below are some typical sizes available in your everyday storage facilities.

5×5 Storage Units

This is a common size that you find at most self-storage units and this is a basic size for those who do not have many heavy items to place in a storage unit. This size resembles a home closet and is good for putting bags of clothes, medium-sized boxes of items and possibly one or two small coffee tables. If you just sold most of your larger items and only have boxes filled with documents or heirlooms, this unit will satisfy your needs.

10×10

This unit size is large enough to fit items from one room of your house and this is convenient for those who have one-bedroom apartments, but are in the process of moving to another apartment. A 10×10 can hold a medium-sized bed, boxes of items from your current bedroom and a few minor items from other rooms in the house such as your desktop computer, portable refrigerator or baby’s crib.

5×15

If you have large or medium-sized appliances such as a washer and dryer, this is the ideal size for you if you want to rent a storage unit. Other items that would fit in this type of unit include a futon, coffee table, flat screen TV, headboards and microwave.

10×30

This size generally has up to 300 square feet of space and it can hold just about anything. If you need space for your stove, refrigerator, kitchen table, boxes of silverware, outdoor chairs, bags of clothing and all of the desktop computers in the home, this is the right size for you.

No matter what your storage requirements are, your neighborhood self-storage facility will have the right unit to fit your needs. Call a location nearest to your home. A customer representative can generally help you over the phone, so you do not need to wait around once you arrive at the facility.

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Evaluating A Storage Facility

What to look for in a quality self-storage provider

Choose a storage unit on more than simply the storage prices.There are tons of different storage facilities out there. But, how do you know which one is best for you and how do you evaluate a storage facility? There are some things you can grade to get a good idea of how good the storage facility will work for your needs.  Let’s take a look at the location, price, accessibility and the security.

Self Storage Location

Location is the very first thing to consider when evaluating a storage facility. If a storage facility is in your price range, has all the bells and whistles you want, and has a good price, but is 150 miles away from you, it’s probably not going to work.

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It’s Moving Time – 5 Tips for a Successful Stress Free Moving

It’s time for the big move and suddenly all of your friends have stopped answering your calls.  Not to worry a couple of your friends will mysteriously show up as you’re loading your last box and of course everyone will be available for the house warming party.  While in reality your friends may not be this bad, moving can be daunting if you are not prepared.  Here are just a few tips to make your move as stress free and successful as possible.

Find Your Self Storage Location First

Storage can become a big mess if you don't organize your space effectively.The last thing you want to do is look for a storage facility after you’ve already started moving. You will have enough on your plate with everything else, so find and choose a Centennial self-storage location that is safe and convenient for you.  A few things to consider are location, indoor or outdoor, and access. Of course there are many more but you need to think about the features you need before you pack a single box. Continue reading

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Getting The Most From Your Storage Unit – Boxes

Your storage unit doesn’t have to be an overwhelming place with random boxes, bags and “stuff” everywhere. If you plan out your move and put boxes to good use, you can have an organized clean storage space that is easy to move in and out of without hassle. Here are a few box related things to consider:

Box Everything In Your Storage Unit

If at all possible, box everything. Boxes make it easier to organize your storage unit and maximize the space. Often times by properly boxing your items you will save money on your storage unit because you’ll be able to rent a smaller one.

You may be surprised to learn that are a big variety of available boxes. There are boxes for dishes, mirrors, pictures, clothes and more.  If you’re not a packaging expert it may be beneficial to just speak with a storage professional and he help you determine an affordable centennial self-storage solution.

Use High Quality Storage Boxes

Good packing boxes can me the difference between effective storage and a huge mess.Make sure that you invest in good quality boxes. Quality boxes will help protect your personal items from damage while the boxes are stacked on each other. A quality box is durable and sturdy and will last for years. Cheap or free alternatives may seem like a good idea, but beat up old boxes are more likely to break or rip from the weight of your personal items. Continue reading

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