SELF-STORAGE INSURANCE – WHAT TO KNOW

Insurance


Choosing self-storage will be the best decision you’ll ever make yet, leaving your valuables behind, we realize, can be difficult. In fact, for most people every belonging has value, including those that are purely sentimental. This is why storage unit insurance is important.  Most storage companies require you to provide proof of insurance at the time of rental, and if you do not have homeowner’s coverage, they will offer their own when you lease your unit. Self-storage insurance is absolutely necessary, and proof of coverage is required by your storage company. Realize that insurance for your storage unit contents is that added peace of mind to assure you that you’ll be properly reimbursed, if the unthinkable happens like, fire, flood, or theft. So, take a deep breath and relax. You’re covered. GET COVERED Insurance for self-storage units is often available through many homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies. If you have it, you will want to use it however, the additional coverage offered by most storage companies will be in addition to your homeowner’s policy and will typically cover a large portion of your homeowner’s deductible. Regardless of whether you purchase insurance on your own or through your storage company, we strongly recommend it. Here is a list of what you should know. Know what’s covered – If you live in a part of the country prone to hurricanes, tornadoes or excess flooding, coverage against these types of disasters will be important. Because not all things are covered by insurance, you’ll want to be careful to determine what items are covered before leaving them in your unit. Appraisals – Policies have a limit on the amount of damage covered. You’ll have options at the time of purchase. Once a claim is established as valid, the policy will pay up to its coverage limit. It’s a good idea to know how much your items are worth. A general estimate is easy if you still have a receipt or remember how much you paid. Photograph all the items ...



March 20th, 2021


TIPS FOR WINTER CLOTHES STORAGE

Storage Tips


Finally, it’s time to break out your spring and summer clothing. Warm weather means you can safety tuck away your sweaters and jackets for another year but, what will you do with closets overflowing with winter clothing? Unable to part with them, you’ll likely stuff them into whatever space you can find whether it’s the attic, garage, basement or hall closet.  This dilemma is all too real for most of us. Though it’s natural to want to keep all our belongings regardless of how overcrowded our space becomes, it would be a lot easier if we had an extra room or two. Here’s the thing about self-storage – it’s a safe, economical solution for getting the extra space you need to store everything safely under one roof, just like home. Units are available in sizes as small as closets and as large as oversized garages. The bonus is that you’ll free up your closet for a new, spring wardrobe or at the very least, have a more organized space.  The best way to store winter clothes There are three important things to remember before placing your winter clothes into storage to ensure they remain in their best condition. Pack with care, use appropriate storage containers and determine which items require special handling. Here are a few tips and storage ideas for winter clothes. Packing winter clothing – Everyday winter wear from sweaters, to coats can be kept in storage with very little worry. Textiles such as leather, cashmere, mohair or wool will require special handling. To ensure everything remains damage free while they’re stored, check the label. It’s your first clue on how to pack them away, then do a little research and ask your dry cleaner for instructions on storing garments that require special care. Remember, hanging items may make them lose their shape so, folding is recommended for sweaters, jackets and even items made from the fibers mentioned above.  Packing winter shoes and boots – Shoes will need to be packed separately, and ...



March 19th, 2021


5 WAYS YOUR HOME BENEFITS FROM SELF-STORAGE

Self-Storage Benefits


Whether you are moving or have been in your home for longer than you can remember, self-storage can help you organize, declutter, and refresh your living space, making it feel brand new.  Here are examples of ways self-storage can give you the freedom you need to revamp your living space: Stop Organizing What You Can Declutter Spring is in the air, and with it, a lot of us partake in annual spring cleaning, a time to roll up our sleeves and get to work organizing our living spaces. It’s about more than just vacuuming sweeping out the garage, and cleaning out a refrigerator with expired food. Spring cleaning is all about making those hidden areas feel organized and clean again – the space under your bed, the closet in the hallway, the bedroom you use to keep everything you don’t currently need. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you keep organizing these spaces over and over again when you barely touch them throughout the year? Is there a better solution?  We are all hoarders at heart. We attach memories or value to the things we purchase or acquire, making it hard to just let go. That’s what those secret storage areas in our homes are for, but shoving boxes under the bed or in that closet in the hallway can become a pain, and eventually, you run out of room. So, why not store the things you use occasionally, seasonally, or are just holding onto, and use the spaces in your home for things you use everyday or can’t live without? Make Room for Guests Living spaces are expensive, so if you have an extra bedroom, it makes sense that you would use it to store your things when it is being unused, but don’t you get tired of having to quickly clean and declutter that space when guests come? Are you ready to decorate that space but just can’t justify it because you have too many things in there? By self-storing your items, ...



March 18th, 2021


READY TO MOVE IN WITH YOUR PARTNER? STORE YOUR STUFF!

Storage Tips


When the time comes, many of us will choose to commit and move in with someone who means everything to us. It’s a momentous occasion, and we couldn’t be happier, but it’s not a decision that comes stress-free. You’re bringing your couch; they have a couch. You’re bringing your bed; they have their own bed. It’s likely that you have similar stuff and will end up with two of everything.  We have an answer! Check out these simple solutions for creating more space in your home when it’s time for two lives to come together. Declutter your living area Have too much stuff? The first step to creating more space is parting with items that don’t fit your lifestyle. A huge weight will be lifted off your shoulders once you get rid of that extra clutter. Tidying your home can also be a relaxing activity that you and your new roommate do together.  When you’re done decluttering and don’t know what to do with excess items, you can always donate them to your local shelter. Choose furniture that doubles as storage From headboards to ottomans, there are plenty of furniture options that include compartments for extra storage. This type of purchase is a great investment if you don’t want to sacrifice storage for style. Use organizers in your bedroom closet Closet organizers and dividers will help reduce any confusion about where you’ve placed your stuff. Removable hooks can be hung inside your closet to store purses, hats, belts or smaller items.  Be sure to use labels on your storage containers to organize your belongings. Install shelving Optimize space by adding shelving on your walls. You can use this opportunity to highlight your favorite books and collectibles while adding personality and charm to the room. Hang a pegboard in your kitchen to sort pots, pans, and tools or add small trinkets such as picture frames, a small plant, or anything that holds a special place in your heart. Consider installing additional shelves or sliding drawers in your kitchen pantry and cabinets to maximize storage in ...



March 17th, 2021


STORAGE TIPS FOR CATERING BUSINESSES

Storage Tips


The catering industry is without a doubt an industry experiencing rapid growth, especially as the concept of pop-up events has grown in larger metro areas. With $11 billion in total revenue as of 2019 and a 4.6% annual growth since 2014, it seems like business will continue to grow into the foreseeable future. A study from IBIS World shows that in 2019 there were more than 68,000 catering businesses, all ranging in size. However, a growing market also means an oversaturated market. So what does that mean for someone interested in starting a catering business, or someone who wants their existing catering business to stand out from the rest of the market? It starts with the principle of being organized and efficient. Since a catering business is always on the go, you will need someplace to store all of your food equipment and tools.  Too often you see restaurants offering their services via a catering opportunity for weddings, meetings, etc. Those tend to be very cookie-cutter, and while the menu might be slightly different than what is offered at the restaurant there is no real unique differentiation between catering and restaurant, but smaller catering companies that focus on custom menus, and truly trying to match what the customers preferences are, have an opportunity to win the day here. But as stated before, organization and efficiency are key to come out on top. Here are a few tips on how using self-storage can help your catering business run smoothly while providing you peace of mind that your materials are safe and secure. The Basics First, let’s start with what you need to be a functional catering business. Now we realize the equipment you use depends on your type of catering business. However, if you are pretty serious about catering long term, it will likely mean purchasing additional equipment. Here are a few examples: Cookware (pots, pans, frypans, woks, saucepans, crockpots, cauldrons, blenders, mixers, Thermomix®, coffee pots, cooktops, ovens, bratt pans, bain-maries) Tableware and utensils (silverware, plates, glasses, cups, ...



March 16th, 2021


PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR A NEW YEAR

Downsizing Tips


The new year is right around the corner. What better time to update the look of your home than now? Think of this opportunity like spring cleaning, but in winter.  Everyone has the best of intentions of starting off the new year strong. We think of things like health, organization, family and relationships. While we can’t help you reconnect with family or stick to healthy resolutions, we can help you with decluttering your space so that you can create even more good energy in your home. Five common reasons homes tend to get cluttered: Recreational shopping – because we always say we need more “stuff” Clutter “creep” – the accumulation of stuff Monday through Friday Emotional attachment – this makes it hard to let things go Mail, magazines, books and papers – easily overlooked, they tend to get stockpiled in drawers and even on floors  Keeping what you never use – the “someday” syndrome Where do you begin? We’ve got you covered. Here are some organizational tips to start the new year off right. Time to declutter People tend to save things for later, which is the main cause of clutter, because “later” never comes. Do a thorough walkthrough of your entire home to find all those things you intended to use but never did. Now is the time to throw away that stack of junk mail and fold those blankets on your couch. If you have a pile of possessions accumulating in your bedroom or living room, take a few minutes to put everything back in its original place. Now that you’ve decluttered, you’re ready to get organized.  Find a home for everything From the picture frames on your wall, to the shoes in the back of your closet, start top to bottom and begin organizing, straightening, and cleaning. Designate a home for everything so they’ll be easier to find when you need them. It’s also a good idea to set aside a few dollars for bins, storage containers, and totes in different sizes. They’re essential for organizing and will ...



March 15th, 2021


TIPS FOR STORING FURNITURE

Storage Tips


Getting new furniture can be an exciting new chapter for your home. Out with the old and in with the new! But maybe you just aren’t quite ready to get rid of your old furniture. Maybe those pieces of furniture hold too many memories. Or, maybe you’re hoping to hand it down to someone who’s college-bound or moving out on their own. It may be impossible to bring yourself to sell or donate it so, what do you do?You could try storing it all in your garage, but it’ll most likely get damaged over time because let’s be honest, the garage is where everything gets dumped. Self-storage is quite possibly the best place to store what matters to you most but, before you do, we have some useful tips that will help you store it all more efficiently and safely.Here are 4 useful tips to remember when storing your furniture.   Find the right size self-storage unit First thing’s first, before you store your old furniture, find the right storage size to fit all your stuff. The worst thing you can do is rent a unit that is too small. People tend to underestimate the size they’ll need. A good rule of thumb is to choose one slightly larger, so you’ll have just a little extra space. Check out our storage sizes in advance of your reservation or schedule a visit with one of our managers to ensure you get the right size.If you are trying to preserve your furniture or are storing antiques, it would be best to choose a unit that is climate-controlled. Fortunately, most units these days are; however, in cases where they’re not, consider wrapping your furniture with old sheets, drop cloths or store-bought wraps for long-term protection. Store correctly, don’t cram When it comes to storing things in a self-storage unit, the worst thing you can do is cram. Whether you are storing furniture or boxes, always arrange them in a way where they’re easy to access to prevent ...



March 14th, 2021


BUSINESS STORAGE FOR HOLIDAY OVERSTOCK

Self-Storage Benefits


The holidays are here! It’s a time of joy, cheer, and lots of shopping which means many businesses will be stocking up on seasonal inventory to meet holiday demand. If you’re one of those businesses, you’re likely concerned about space.  It is always top of mind for businesses to be fully stocked for the holiday season especially since many people begin shopping as early as October and in 2018, spending reached nearly 1 trillion dollars. Managing and storing the extra inventory may become a challenge. This is why self-storage is the perfect solution for business owners. Let’s explore the benefits of using self-storage units for holiday inventory. How a business can use self-storage Store records and filesIf you’ve been in business awhile, chances are you have a few filing cabinets filled with everything from employee records and human resource documents, to accounting and payroll files. Truth is, you could use the extra space. Boxing up old documents and storing them in a climate controlled, self-storage unit is a great way to reclaim your office.  Manage retail overflow Does your business have a peak season? If you answered yes, then chances are you are familiar with having more inventory than space to store it. Whether it’s anticipation of holiday shoppers or peak time for your business, you not only need to be fully stocked but need to have extra inventory on hand. If you find that you’re out of space in your office, self-storage units are a great investment for storing those extra items. We’ll touch more on this later in the article. Store extra equipment Many professions require equipment and many times employees are responsible for housing that equipment. If you don’t have a garage or shed, chances are you’re already short on space. Self-storage units are a great resource for storing equipment you don’t have room for. Plus, if your job changes with the seasons, you’ll have a space to store your equipment for extended periods of time.  Use it for temporary storage Are you in the home ...



March 13th, 2021


MAKE ROOM FOR HOLIDAY VISITORS WITH THESE USEFUL TIPS

Downsizing Tips


The holidays are a time of joy and celebration. While having your family together may warm your heart, it can also cause holiday stress when figuring out how everyone will fit under one roof.  With approximately 112 million Americans traveling last season, we can only expect an increase this year. Chances are that your family and friends will be part of the over 101 million people taking road trips, 7 million flying, or 4 million traveling by train or bus. Whether your guests stay for a few hours or a few days, it’s a good idea to prepare ahead of their visit. Here are a few ideas on how to create space in your home and make it extra inviting for holiday guests. Make room for holiday visitors First impressions When your guests arrive, they should immediately feel relaxed in your home. Spend time creating the perfect entryway for your guests. Declutter the coat closet to make space for luggage. Find a temporary place for your shoes, coats, and other belongings so your guests will have space. Lastly, spruce up the ambiance with your favorite holiday scent. Cozy and comfortable  For those who have overnight guests, you’ll want to create a cozy, comfortable environment. If you’re using air mattresses, sleeping bags, or futons, make sure they are positioned safely out of the way and in a place that’s quiet. It’s also a good idea to have extra pillows and blankets on hand should your guests not have their own.   Multi-purpose furniture Regardless of how much space you have in your home, it is best to invest in furniture that serves a dual purpose or can be put away easily. Here are some of our favorite pieces of furniture that have multiple functions: Ottomans/benches with hideaway storage double as extra seating for your guests but also a place for them to store their belongings while visiting Extendable dining tables allow everyone to sit together for a meal and can be condensed to open up more space Expandable couch/futons provide space for ...



March 12th, 2021


ORGANIZE YOUR HOME OFFICE WITH THESE 5 TIPS

Organization


We all have that one drawer, that one closet, even that one room, in our house that is the catch all. Need a highlighter? It’s in the drawer. Looking for an old pair of shoes? It’s in the junk closet. Looking for a piece of mail? It’s in the stack of papers moved to the spare bedroom when guests came over. Places we think are out of sight tend to collect the things we don’t need.This becomes especially dangerous for those who work from home. A cluttered home office makes it difficult to get things done, yet the market for working from home is growing.The top industries seeing more work from home teams are: Healthcare Education Sales Information Technology Administrative Benefits of a home office Having a home office is perfect for those in positions that require it, and in the long run, could be extremely beneficial in certain stages of life. It can significantly lower expenses compared to a leased office space, saving money that can be reinvested or saved for a rainy day. Working for yourself and having access to a home office increases your availability and is more convenient for you as you set your appointments.Imagine a world where you didn’t have to fight morning traffic. The environmental benefits alone could be worth it; no commute, no emissions, you control the temperature, and you can fully decorate however you like. Additionally, time saved from battling traffic is time you can spend with family and friends. Of course, having a home office will truly test your discipline. Can you be as productive as you are in an actual office? A home office, just like any other office, should be organized, clutter-free, and a reflection of who you are as a professional. A messy office can impact: Quality of work Your health Client relationships Productivity Clear the clutter If you’re at the point where you’re needing to organize your home office, then chances are you’ve collected a lot of clutter. What about those souvenirs your friends brought you from their travels, way too ...



March 11th, 2021


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