Interior vs. Exterior Storage Units – What’s the Difference?

Trying to choose between an interior storage unit or an exterior one may seem complicated at first, but it doesn’t need to be. Interior storage units are built and designed for more particular applications while the exterior units are more commonly used and typically easier to access when you want. Abba Self & RV Storage provides a variety of storage options to fit every need, from RV lot storage to exterior units to our climate controlled interior spaces.

Interior vs. Exterior Storage Units - What's the Difference - Abba Self & RV Storage

Storage Space For Every Need

Some people need one type of storage, some need the other. Similarly, you can pick the size of your unit based on how much stuff you need to store. For some, a storage unit is the best place to keep important documents and family heirlooms, while others use the exterior units to store lawn equipment between mowings. For private contractors, the spaces available make an excellent place to store equipment and materials to reduce job site theft.

Benefits of Interior Units

Every family has photographs and heirlooms which could never be replaced. Storing those items in a climate controlled interior storage unit keeps them safe from weather, temperature, and decay, but keeps them close enough to relive memories whenever you wish. Interior units have been used to temporarily store everything from Girl Scout Cookies to Grandma’s wedding dress. At Abba Self & RV Storage, your precious items are secure inside or out, but only the climate control units remain at a constant temperature around the clock.

Advantages of Exterior Units

Exterior storage units are handy for loading and unloading. Just pull your truck or trailer up to the door and load whatever you need for the day. Large units have enough room to store a houseful of furniture, or all of the tools for a variety of applications. Contractors use exterior units for storing materials and equipment for everything from foundations to roofing, and it is all under secure access so you know who is coming and going.

Mix and Match Storage

Another option is to use a mix of both interior and exterior storage units. A smaller interior unit is great for storing important heirlooms, while the larger exterior unit can assist with everything from tool storage to doing a major remodel job on your home. With so many sizes available, you will be able to scale your storage to meet your needs.

Abba Self & RV Storage is conveniently located in Concord, California. We also have a moving truck available to assist you in transporting your belongings to or from our location. For more rental information, contact us today.

This article was originally posted on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: https://www.abbastorage.com/interior-vs-exterior-storage-units-whats-the-difference/.

Unique Uses for Storage Units

storage unit can be used for all sorts of things – if you are willing to be a little creative. From an accountant’s office to warehousing, storage units are perfect for many tasks. Keep in mind, however, that the storage unit owner may have specific rules about how their units can be used, including things such limitations as marks on the floors or paint on the walls.

Accountant’s Office

If your work entails going to someone’s else’s property to crunch numbers, balance books, or simply do a little data input, a storage unit might provide you with all the office you need. With plenty of room for a desk and a file cabinet, your smartphone, a laptop, and a wireless broadband connection are all you need to stay connected and get your work done in relative solitude.

Arts and Crafts

Hobbies always seem to require more and more space for the supplies and projects you want to get started on. With a storage unit from Abba Self Storage, you can organize your supplies any way you wish and still have plenty of room to work on larger tasks. From drawing and painting to furniture building and woodworking, having the room to get started may be the only thing holding you back, and a storage unit is the solution you are looking for.

Gatherings and Meetings

From book clubs to wildlife lovers, having a place for like-minded people to get together and share experiences is always a great idea. Storage units can be selected for their centralized location, or simply as a neutral location for members to meet, share notes and photos, or maintain a collection of items for display. If your organization also holds fundraisers and other events, a storage unit could double as actual storage for your gear between events.

Dance and Fitness

With the right storage unit, your health and fitness regime can take place when you want. Units with 24 hour access give you the opportunity and privacy for dance lessons, practicing a new cheer team routine, or getting together with friends for yoga and other exercise programs. After practice, storing your gear is as easy as designating a storage place inside the unit, and the beauty of individual access codes means you will always know who has been coming and going.

Mini Warehousing

Small business and online sales may require you to have a minimal amount of warehouse space available. Abba Self Storage units are perfect for storing landscaping equipment, building up an inventory for eBay or Amazon sales, and more.  Our storage units can be applied however they best suit the customer, so long as the unit is used for legal and legitimate purposes. If you have a non-standard use in mind, contact us, and we will certainly assist you as we are able to do so.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/unique-uses-storage-units/.

Start the Year off right by Getting Organized!

Now that the New Year has begun, it is a great time to start getting organized. If you get organized now, you can be clutter free in 2018. If you have never been much of an organizer, don’t worry. There are a few simple ways that you can declutter your home, and you don’t need to be a professional organizer.

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Clean Your Closets and Cabinets

The first thing that you should do is clean out your cabinets and closets. When you start cleaning, create two piles. One should be for any items that are broken or damaged that you intend to throw away. The second pile should be for things that are in great shape but you no longer use. These are items that can be donated to charity. One great way to get rid of your charitable donations is through Give Back Box. This website makes donating your items simple. You simply pack up your belongings in a shippable box. Next, go toGiveBackBox.com to download, print, and attach your prepaid shipping label. Finally, ship your boxes out. Since your donation is tax deductible, after your box is received, you receive a tax receipt via email.

Try Some DIY Organizing Projects

There are plenty of clever ways that you can organize. Pinterest has plenty of great ideas. For example, placing multicolored bins in the kid’s room is a great way to organize their toys and books while giving it a pop of color. There are also ways that you can organize your kitchen cabinets. For example, hanging your pan lids on the cabinet door will save space and keep your pans neatly stacked. The internet is loaded with articles containing DIY organizing tips that can help with your project.

Rent a Storage Unit

It is not uncommon for your belongings to outgrow your home. When this happens, your basement, closets, and your garage can become cluttered with things that you don’t want to part with. If you are in this situation, you should consider moving your things to a storage unit. Storage facilities are secure. Most facilities have a staff member working during the day. At night, most facilities are monitored by closed-circuit television. A storage facility is also very convenient. If you need something that you have stored, you can go to the facility to remove whatever you need. After you are done with that item, you can put it back in the unit if necessary. Finally, you can be sure that your items won’t be damaged in the unit. If you store your items in the basement or the attic, they can be damaged if there is a leak or flood in the home. This wouldn’t be an issue if you were to store your belongings in a storage facility. Abba Self & RV Storage is a secure and inexpensive place to keep your belongings.

Decluttering your home will take time; however, when it is done, you will be happy and feel more comfortable in your home, realizing space you never knew you had.  Abba Self & RV Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes available, from small enough for a closet cleanout to large enough to hold an entire house worth of belongings – we’ve got you covered.  Stop by today and tour our state-of-the-art secured self storage facility.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at http://www.abbastorage.com/start-year-off-right-getting-organized/.

Thanksgiving Food Storage Tips for a Safe Holiday

When most people think about storage, large spacious units to keep mementos and other important belongings come to mind. Let’s consider a different type of storage for this time of year: food. Thanksgiving and the holiday season bring numerous gatherings, parties, and other festive outings. A major part of spending time with family, friends, and co-workers is preparing and serving food. Correctly storing food is crucial for a safe, healthy eating environment.

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Food Storage Tips for a Healthy Holiday

  1. Clean Work Area

Proper food storage starts at the time of preparation. Consider implementing extra cleaning measures prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Prior to purchasing your holiday food, spend time cleaning your refrigerator and wiping down counters, cutting boards, and other spaces for preparing food. During the food preparation and cooking process, keep these general rules in mind.

  • Keep your preparation and cooking area clean.
  • Practice proper hand washing especially after handling fish and poultry.
  • Use an antibacterial spray to wipe down counters and other cooking areas.
  • When handling the turkey, use separate (or wash between uses) cutting boards, plates, and other cooking utensils.
  • Cook all food items as directed.
  • Do not thaw the turkey or other poultry on the counter. Use the refrigerator to thaw the meat.
  • Using warm water, attempt to keep your dishes washed as you progress through the cooking process. Unclean dishes, utensils, or cooking ware may harbor bacteria.

Implementing basic precautionary measures in the kitchen will help you maintain a healthy holiday.

  1. Watch the Temperatures

Another crucial component of proper food storage is temperature. When serving food, keep in mind, hot foods need to stay hot. Cold foods need to stay cold.

  • Using warming plates or slow cookers to keep food around 140°F.
  • Place ice in larger bowls than set your colder dish down into the bowl. The ice will help maintain the proper temperature.
  • Use a food thermometer. Checking temperatures help in keeping the food safe from forming bacteria.
  • Do not leave food set out for long periods of time.
  1. Storing Food Properly

After eating the Thanksgiving feast, storing food properly is vital for healthy, edible leftovers. Plastic containers, bowls with lids, freezer bags, tin foil, and plastic wrap are all valuable items for storing food.

  • Use shallow bowls or containers for warmer food storage. Once placed in the refrigerator, the food will cool down at a faster rate.
  • If applicable, remove the stuffing from inside the turkey prior to storage.
  • Cut turkey into smaller pieces or remove from the bone for easier storage.
  • Remove food from cooking dishes. Place food into smaller, easier to store containers.
  • Limit food storage in the refrigerator to up to four days.
  • Placing turkey in high-quality freezer containers or bags provide a longer storage time. Consume frozen turkey within four months to maintain flavor.

Proper food handling, preparation, and storage is a vital part of the Thanksgiving meal. Failure to implement basic guidelines may result in illness from bacteria.  At Abba Self & RV Storage, we have a variety of storage unit sizes available to meet your needs, including storing any leftover holiday decorations.  Stop by today to tour our storage units in Concord, CA and find the one that will work best for you.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at http://www.abbastorage.com/thanksgiving-food-storage-tips-safe-holiday/.

Business Storage Needs

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There are many reasons business storage can come up this time of the year. This time of year many businesses are busy getting ready to file their end of year reports.  On top of that if your business is seasonal you may also be surrounded by inventory right now and wondering how you can keep it all organized and out on time.

November and December are great months to start carving out time to prepare and get organized for the following year. Business storage can help many businesses get through the year end and start a new year organized.

Business Storage Needs

If you are running out of space in your office there are things you may be able to store away to help you stay organized and uncluttered, these may include the following:

  • Boxes of Files
  • Filing Cabinets
  • Office Furniture
  • Inventory
  • Large Equipment
  • Work Vehicles
  • Seasonal Items
  • Seasonal Giving

The good news is you don’t have to spend a whole lot of cash obtaining the extra space you need.

Affordable Business Storage Solutions

If you are looking for business storage that is easily accessible yet also affordable, self-storage is one of the best solutions. From monthly rent prices to size, you can customize a storage solution to fit your needs and easily change that solution as your business grows.

Self storage gives you the flexibility that you won’t get when you are paying for commercial or office space. As the season’s change and your storage needs decrease or increase so can your storage options. If something goes wrong and you need the extra money you are putting into storage, you are not locked into a long-term contract. This can be important especially when you are running a small business.

Size and price are not the only options you have when it comes to self storage. If you need to protect documents, wood furnishing or other precious items you may want to look into a climate controlled unit. This gives you the ability to control the climate inside your storage unit, keeping items protected from warm and cold spells as well as humidity.

As you can see self storage is a great option for your business storage needs.

Would You Like to Know More about Business Storage?

The team at Abba Storage can help you with any questions you have relating to your storage needs. Let us help you work out a storage solution that fits your businesses unique needs.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at http://www.abbastorage.com/business-storage-needs/.

WSI Connect Expands Partnership with Local Storage Company

There are a large number of options for storage in Concord, California. Abba Self & RV Storage is a locally owned and operated self-storage business with easy access to Highways 680, 4 and 242. Abba’s facilities offer numerous storage units in varying sizes to meet the needs of any potential self-storage customer. Abba’s pricing is competitive, but their facilities and customer service are unparalleled.

Given the heavy competition in the area from both locally owned businesses as well as larger conglomerates, the owners at Abba wondered what they could do to set their business apart from the rest. They entered into a partnership with local Internet marketing agency, WSI Connect. WSI was initially brought in for SEO work. They conducted keyword research and competitive analysis to determine the best search terms to incorporate into their website. WSI also created local listings for Abba as well as a Google+ page.

Soon Abba was happy to extend the partnership to include development of a quality pay-per-click (PPC) program to supplement the SEO efforts. WSI developed ads and campaigns tailored to the most relevant keywords and search terms.

Again pleased with continued performance, Abba engaged WSI Connect to deliver a responsive website. You may or may not know that Google is set to make a significant change to its algorithm on April 21st. A mobile-friendly site will be highly favored in the new algorithm and WSI did not want Abba to be left behind.

The site showcases various uses for self-storage units such as:

  • Self Storage Concord

 http://www.abbastorage.com/abba-self-storage-concord-ca/

  • Contractor Storage Units

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The site also focuses on geo-specific pages for storage:

  • Concord Storage Units

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  • Pleasant Hill Storage Units

http://www.abbastorage.com/pleasant-hill-storage-needs-abba-variety-options/

Abba’s new site also includes fresh content by way of a new blog. WSI utilizes Google Analytics to monitor Abba’s website traffic as well as the on-site behavior of its customers. This helps them see what on the site is working and what is not so WSI can make changes accordingly and encourage the continued success of the site. WSI uses Google AdWords to monitor the PPC campaigns, ensuring the most value for Abba’s paid search dollars.

There are a lot of storage options in Concord, California, but WSI Connect is helping Abba to advertise their unique value to the local community.

This was originally posted on the WS Connect blog at: http://info.wsi-connect.com/blog/wsi-connect-expands-partnership-with-local-storage-company

Local SEO Report

Who do you go to for local search engine optimization? WSI Connect.

The team has taken on local storage client, ABBA Self & RV Storage and is diligently working on increasing site visits. Utilizing choice keywords that garner over 5,600 monthly searches, on-page optimization is nearly complete.

Similar to many local businesses, ABBA’s challenge was to show up in online search results for the many communities they serve.  To solve this problem, the team utilized geographic keywords so that the local service area of the business was highlighted.  Below are the keywords utilized with links to the optimized pages.

Once everything is complete, monthly Google Analytic reports and third-party programs will track entry sources to confirm the positive impact a SEO program imparts.