TIPS FOR WINTER CLOTHES STORAGE

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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


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

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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

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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


TIPS FOR STORING FURNITURE

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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


HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SELF-STORAGE ITEMS & UNIT

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TIP #1 Gather all the supplies that you will need to pack and protect your valuables. This includes: boxes, tape, markers, bubble wrap, furniture covers, wardrobe boxes, etc. You can purchase all these materials from us, on site, if you like. Our team can provide great recommendations based on what you’re moving. TIP #2 Pack items in strong, same-size boxes so they are easier to stack in your unit. This maximizes the floor space. Place heavier boxes on the bottom of a stack, and with each box stacked on top, it should progressively get lighter in weight. Our ceilings are typically 9-10 feet tall which offers plenty of room to stack. TIP #3 When you store a table, remove the legs so that you can stand the table top vertically. This takes up a lot less room! TIP #4 Store sofas, couches, and tables on their ends (not recommended for sofa beds). Cover the floor underneath with an old sheet or plastic tarp to protect the upholstery or wood from getting scratched. TIP #5 If you’re storing a dresser, or chest of drawers, use the drawers as additional storage space for lightweight items. This is another amazing space saving tip! TIP #6 Boxes of records or documents will be easier to access if you place them on shelving. We also provide top quality shelves for purchase or rent, on site. We’re not kidding when we say we have it all! TIP #7 Remove or fold the handles of lawnmowers and other garden equipment. Don’t forget to drain all gasoline before storing equipment! TIP #8 If you plan to keep certain items in storage on a regular basis, place them in the front of the unit, this will allow you to access them easier. TIP #9 Use wardrobe boxes to hang clothing, draperies and other fabrics so that they can breathe while in storage. TIP #10 Draw a simple map of your storage unit floor showing where everything is located. Keep the map and a written inventory with your lease. ...



March 10th, 2021


ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY STORAGE TIPS

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Have you gone green? We’re not talking about a green thumb or going green in the face. We’re talking about being environmentally friendly. For many of our customers, going green is the way to go. Did you know that you can go green when you store your items? It’s super easy to get started. Here are some ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Sustainable food storage Mason jars make excellent containers for herbs, spices and everyday kitchen staples. There are also plenty of online tutorials that show how to transform ordinary items into unique works of art. Burlap bags are another option for keeping produce fresh in the fridge without having to use disposable plastic bags. You can find them online for a reasonable price. Repurposing everyday items Egg cartons can be used to store multiple small items around the home such as batteries, knick-knacks and crafts. Shoeboxes are a great resource for putting away any goods that you’re not ready to part with. Wooden pallets that are often disposed at hardware stores can be upcycled into a side accent table, a bed headboard and much more. You can even choose to leave it bare or stain it with whatever wash you admire. Paper or Plastic? In this case, plastic is the way to go for storing delicate items. The great thing about clear plastic containers is that they have a longer lifespan than cardboard boxes. Most cardboard materials wear over time and can’t be stacked without breaking from the weight of its contents. Recycling Whether you’re moving spaces or trying to move some items from your space, you’re bound to get rid of a few things. Luckily, many objects are recyclable. You can also give your items a second home by hosting a garage sale. Nowadays being green is not only easy but super affordable. Need more help on making your home environmentally friendly? We’re here to help. Ask a AAA-Key Mini Storage / Key Storage representative on what options are available at your nearest location. ...



March 3rd, 2021


5 STORAGE IDEAS FOR APARTMENT HUNTERS

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Apartment hunting season will soon be here and before you go out looking for the perfect place to call home our team wanted to share some ideas for those looking to get the most out of their space. Never fear, we’ve got your back!Whether you’re seeking a one bedroom or sharing a space with a roomie in a two bedroom, all of these tips apply. Storage Ideas for All of Your Things 1. Kitchen: If storage is at a minimum, then try a hanging rack for all of your pots and pans. It saves from one or two cabinets being cluttered and can create a nice look in the kitchen when done right. Who knows, you might even impress the person your dating by showing them you can cook. 2. Closets: When it comes to space, closets can be the most sacred for many of us. If you’re having trouble finding space for all your stuff, think of building UP! That’s right, there’s lots of space under your clothes, behind your hanging clothes, and if you have shelves, maximize space by getting racks for that go up. Shoes, bags, folded clothes, you name it, can all be stored here. 3. Living Room: Don’t invest in clunky entertainment sets or stands, mount your TV and free up that floor space to keep the living room open. This can give the impression of a bigger space than you might have. Need a coffee table? If it’s a must, then find one that doubles as storage for all your important things like magazines, remotes, extra pillows or throw blankets. 4. Bathroom: Some apartments don’t have closets to hold towels and bed sheets, so if there is space above your toilet, consider getting a standing cabinet or floating shelves that goes behind the toilet and up to the ceiling. It creates the shelving you’re looking for without making your restroom feel like you can’t move. 5. Entryway: If you love plants but don’t have space to put them in your apartment, ...



February 23rd, 2021


5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SELF-STORAGE EXPERIENCE EASY

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Self-storage companies have made it easy to store the things you need in safe keeping for any amount of time. If you’re renovating your home, self-storage is a great idea to store extra furniture to prevent damage. If you find yourself moving, then self-storage is a reliable way to put the things that matter to you most in place where you can take them out later. Even if you just need a place for your collectibles, hobby overflow, business inventory, or somewhere to store the memories of the things you love, then self-storage is the way to go. BEWARE! Not all self-storage companies are the same. You’ll need to do your homework to find the right storage facility for you. There are many things you should take into consideration when storing your treasured items such as security, climate control, and accessibility. Once you’ve done your homework, it’s time to store your stuff. Self-Storage Made Easy Here are a couple of things you should keep in mind to keep your self-storage experience as easy as it can be. These tips come from our experienced A-aaaKey Mini Storage customers! Dryer sheets for the win! Drop in a few dryer sheets with your stored items to keep them smelling fresh, especially if you are storing fabrics such as clothing or quilts. Aisles make things easy If you have a larger unit, keep in mind that you may need to reach things in the back, and making small aisles to move through can make it easy to reach those items. Store smarter Stack boxes of the same size straight to the ceiling and turn furniture to the side to make more room. Filling spaces like drawers is also a great space saving tip to get everything you can from your unit. Label everything It may go without saying, but label everything. You’ll thank us when you’re in a hurry. Drip, Drip, Dry If you’re storing appliances, it’s important to apply one simple rule if they use water…DRAIN THEM! Unless you just love that musty swamp smell all ...



February 22nd, 2021


5 KEY TIPS TO PACKING SMARTER

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Packing may seem overwhelming at first, but with careful planning, it can be quick and easy. Putting in extra effort during packing can make unpacking a breeze – no more fights on which box the dinner plates were placed in! Take note of these 5 tips to help you pack smarter and keep you sane during the big move. Get your boxes ahead of time First things first, make sure you have your packing supplies in order. The last thing you need is to be dumpster diving for boxes. Try your best to steer clear of extra-large boxes as they are oftentimes too heavy to carry and bulky for storage. If you are using large boxes, place lighter items like clothing and sheets in those boxes. Place small heavy items like books and home decor in small boxes. It’s also important to not overly rely on small boxes because that will mean you need to be coming in and out to place them in your vehicle fairly often. Label each box with the room and content Set out your boxes in each room and label them with their general contents before you start filling. Try to keep items together to avoid any confusion. This way, you can easily find out which boxes goes where in your new place and your boxes will not contain random bits of everything causing trouble when it’s time to unpack. Securely seal your packages It’s easy to assume your boxes won’t fall over or bust open during a quick walk from your home to the car or vice versa, but the truth is accidents happen. Make sure your boxes are not weak and damaged (if used boxes), and tape them closed several times over on the top and bottom. Have a tool box We don’t mean a traditional tool box – we mean a box for the tools used to reassemble the pieces you are moving (ex. Ikea’s everything tool). Having your moving tool box, can help you to pack up your items ...



February 19th, 2021


10 THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER PUT IN YOUR PUBLIC STORAGE

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We use our public storage places for all kinds of things. They are helpful to keep things safe when we don’t have room for them in our homes or office. However, there are some things that you should never put in your public storage. Here’s a list of 10 things: Perishable Items These items have an expiration or shelf date. Once they expire, they could cause foul odors which could attract unwanted pests. Pets/Animals A storage unit is not a home for a pet. It is not safe and would be considered inhumane. People Working or living (even temporarily) out of a storage unit is not okay. For everyone’s safety, do not set up any sort of living or work space in a unit. Plants First, plants need light, water, and air in order to grow. These things aren’t going to be in a storage unit. Second, plants attract unwanted pests and bugs. Scented Items Strongly scented items can attract unwanted pests or insects. This would include anything wet. Wet items will begin to smell. Valuable Items What is considered valuable to each person will vary. Any item that you believe couldn’t be replaced would be valuable to you. Hazardous Items Any item that could cause damage if it were opened or began to leak is generally considered hazardous. This could include (but is not limited to) propane, gasoline, fireworks, bio-medical waste, and ammunition. Guns or Weapons It’s just not safe to keep any kind of weapon in a public storage unit. A gun could accidentally go off. These items could potentially get into the wrong hands. Illegal Items This one may be obvious. Still, if you suspect anything you are storing may be illegal, don’t do it. You risk being reported to the police.If you have any of the items listed above, reconsider why you want to store them. Make alternate plans to keep them safe. ...



February 15th, 2021


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