End of Summer Clean Out: Storing your Summer Gear

One day soon, summer will begin to wind to a close and all of your summer gear will need to be stored away. Using a self storage unit is probably the most convenient way to store your seasonal toys and decorations, both for the simplicity and to reduce clutter at home.

End of Summer Clean Out: Storing your Summer Gear

Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall

Getting ready for seasonal events is easier when all you have to do is call up a buddy with a truck to swap out your holiday items. You will be needing a leaf blower more than a lawn blower in the coming weeks, and you can trade in your summer toys for the traditional tools of autumn. With the right size storage unit, you can rotate your seasonal tools and toys as you go, keeping all of it safe until you need it again.

Room for Everything

The end of summer means that you probably have a lot of stuff around the house you are not going to be using much for a while. Pool cleaning equipment, the BBQ grill, floats, noodles, and snorkels, lawn and garden equipment; these are only a few of the many things that can be stored away from the house to reduce clutter and increase safety. Make sure you get a large enough storage unit for everything you need to store and fill it up at your leisure.

Easy Access Storage

No matter how well you plan out your needs, there is going to be a weekend project which calls for something you have in storage. With Abba Self & RV Storage, you can drop by and pick up whatever you need whenever you would like, without having to find a place to keep things in the garage. The end of summer cuts down on the things you need outside, but having them within easy reach year-round is still important.

Abba Self & RV Storage has a storage unit perfect for every need, from climate controlled units to outdoor RV and trailer slots. We are conveniently located near Buchanan Field, just past the curve on Solano Way. Contact us today!

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: https://www.abbastorage.com/end-of-summer-clean-out-storing-your-summer-gear/.

Using a Storage Unit for your Business

Everyone knows that renting a storage unit from Abba Self & RV Storage is a great way to store household items. But you also need to understand how a storage unit can be beneficial for small and large business as well. From automotive to warehousing, our selection of inside and outside storage units are designed to fit your company’s needs and applications.

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Contractor Advantages

A storage unit may be the best solution for contractors working on a job in the area. The unit can be used to store materials and equipment, and individual subcontractors can be provided with secure access. Whether you are doing a job from out of town or simply trying to reduce the morning commute for a specific project, we have storage units in an assortment of sizes.

Landscaping and Lawn

It takes a lot of equipment to be successful in the lawn care business, and keeping your investment safe is a major concern. With a storage unit, you can keep your mowers, weed whackers, and hand tools safe and dry without unloading it from the trailer. Instead of having to load up your equipment every morning, your job prep could be as easy as backing up to the unit and hitching up a trailer.

Mini Warehousing

Home-based entrepreneurs are often faced with the dilemma of needing to have stock on hand, but limited space around the house for storage. A climate controlled storage unit is perfect for keeping packages safe, and choosing a slightly larger unit that would allow you to handle repackaging, labeling, and more. More than a miniature warehouse, your storage unit could be a secondary office during peak demand or business expansion. Abba Self & RV Storage can help you choose the right unit size for your specific applications.

Data Storage

No matter what kind of business you have, the records and receipts are going to accumulate and have to be protected. An outside storage unit would work for storing boxes full of papers, but you want to consider a climate control inside unit if you plan on storing office furniture or equipment with your data. A smaller storage unit will probably do fine for private records storage, but we also have larger units available for corporations and other commercial enterprises.

There are plenty of reasons for leasing a storage unit, including security, convenience, and proximity to the job. No matter why you need a unit or how long you need it, Abba Self & RV Storage has units ranging from small enough for a few boxes to large enough for a full-sized vehicle or equipment trailer. You can reduce your office clutter, feel safer about your equipment, and have easier access for your subcontractors. To learn more or reserve a unit today, please call or stop in.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: https://www.abbastorage.com/using-a-storage-unit-for-your-business/

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.

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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/.

Spring Cleaning? Organize your Home and Storage Unit

Clutter just seems to appear during the year. No matter what you try, as winter ends, suddenly it seems like a tornado came through your home. Especially during the short winter days, things seem to collect everywhere.  Shedding that built up clutter and restoring some order is a great feeling. That is why spring cleaning is so important. At some point, we must either fix the clutter or watch it get completely out of hand, and getting yourself ready for the bright, sunny days of summer is a great time to tackle organizing both your home and storage unit head on.

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Prioritize your summer items

It’s important to include your storage unit in your spring cleaning. Just like your home, a storage unit needs to be cleaned and reorganized occasionally to keep its content relevant and easy to use. One way to approach organizing your home and storage unit is to revisit what items you want accessible over the summer. For example, do you have summer gear in the storage unit that you might want to replace with winter clothes from your house? Or there may be a renovation project that you’ve been planning that could be facilitated by moving some items to your storage unit.

Identify infrequently used items at home

Are their items in your home that you can’t remember the last time you used but are not ready to let go of yet? Moving rarely used items from your home during spring cleaning can really help reduce clutter.  On the other hand, if you’ve found that you’ve been accessing your storage unit more frequently than you planned, there might be some stored items that you do want to move back to your house.

Organizing your storage unit

If you are moving several items in or out of your storage unit, you may need to find a storage unit configuration where everything fits. The first step is to categorize items by how often you want to use them. Are there some items, such as outdoor equipment, that would be best be stored but you want to use a few times over the summer? Place items you will use less frequently furthest from the door, and frequently used items closer. Make sure that you leave a path through your storage unit to be able to reach all the items you plan on using in the coming months.

Finally, set yourself up for success. Spring cleaning is a big project. Once you’ve created an organizational strategy, make sure that you give yourself enough time to finish. Split up your spring cleaning across a few weekend sessions. Start with moving items to their final location, then working through each area cleaning and organizing.

At Abba Self & RV Storage, we have a variety of storage units to fit your needs.  If you find that you need a larger unit or have moved items back into your home and need a smaller unit, our friendly staff is here to help.  Plus, we can work with you to determine the best way to organize your storage unit.  Contact us today!

This blog was originally posted on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/spring-cleaning-organize-home-storage-unit/.

5 Points to Consider when Choosing a Storage Unit

Once you’ve decided to purchase a storage unit, it’s time to find one that’s right for you. Choosing a storage unit that’s right for you is important for keeping your belongings safe, in the right condition, and available when you need them. Here are 5 things to consider that will help you find a great storage unit.

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Choosing the Size of Space You Need

Begin by visualizing how much space you’ll need in storage with what you’re planning to store and additional items you may store in the future.  For example, a 5 ft x 10 ft space can fit a dresser, couch, chair, and still have space for a few stacks of boxes. Not having enough space might require you to upgrade, but most storage facilities make the process as simple as possible.

Determine if Climate Control is Right for You

Are you storing documents, antiques, photographs, electronic equipment, or musical instruments? If so, you should consider a climate controlled storage unit. This keeps the space within a specified temperature range, helping to keep your sensitive items in ideal condition.

Facility Condition

The facility should be clean, well-kept, and maintained. It’s important for the condition of your storage unit that the entire facility be maintained. Failing equipment can leave your materials exposed to the elements and lead to damage.

Facility Security

The two most important components for storage facility security are a gated fence and surveillance system. The fence should surround the entire perimeter and the gate should either require a code for entry or be staffed during business hours. Second is a surveillance system that covers the entire facility. This security combination helps keep the facility and your belongings safe day and night.

Facility Access & Location

Consider how frequently you think you’ll need to access your storage unit. Are you storing business or household documents that you may need throughout the year? If so, think about locations you visit as frequently as you anticipate visiting the storage unit and which of those places felt a bit too far away. That will give you an idea of what area you should look in for a storage facility. Also think about when you’ll need to access your storage unit. Most people do not need 24-hour access to a storage unit, but if you work at night or are unable to reach the storage facility during the day, you may consider a late-night facility.

Considering these 5 points will help you avoid hassle and frustration later.  Once you know the location and type of storage unit you’re looking for, find a solution that fits your budget. Choosing based on the lowest price alone can leave your belongings vulnerable to the risks noted above. Be sure that you only consider storage facilities that will keep your belongings secure and accessible for your needs. This will help make sure that you have a positive experience while storing your items.

At Abba Self & RV Storage, we have a variety of storage unit sizes available to meet your needs.  We offer climate controlled storage for items that require extra care an attention.  Located in Concord, CA, our storage facility offers secure gate access and closed circuit cameras for security monitoring.  Visit us today!

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/5-points-consider-choosing-storage-unit/.

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/.

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

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  • 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

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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

Boat Storage Concord CA

Looking for boat storage in Concord, California?

 

Summer is here and what better way to enjoy it than a day at the lake.  Just North of  Concord, California lies The Delta.  A great place for boating, water skiing, tubing, fishing and much more.  If you are located in the Easy Bay, it’s likely that you will pass by Abba Self Storage.  That makes it a great place for boat storage in Concord, CA or any other type of recreational vehicles.

Interested in learning more, take a look at their Yelp reviews:  Abba Self Storage Yelp

Or see a tour of their facility on YouTube: Abba Self Storage – YouTube

From their website:

Abba offers both inside and outside storage for your watercraft. Whether you have a 15’ bass boat, a 40’ sail boat or something in between, Abba has a storage space for you. All storage spaces are on concrete pavement inside our well lit site. Video surveillance cameras and a restricted access gate system help keep your boat secure. Our wash and detail station allow you to keep your ride clean.

Abba Self & RV Storage is a locally owned and operated self storage business in Concord, CA with easy access to Highways 680/4 and 242. We serve many satisfied customers in Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and other East Bay communities. Our facilities are amongst the newest in the Bay Area with security and cleanliness being our highest priorities.

Abba Self and RV Storage is ready to serve your needs whether it is for large or mini storage units, more space for your business to grow, or boat and RV storage. Our customers from East Bay communities have been extremely satisfied with the secure, clean facilities offered by Abba’s Concord storage units.

Local Business Spotlight: ABBA Self & RV Storage

Today’s local business spotlight is ABBA Self & RV Storage located in Concord, California.

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ABBA Self & RV Storage is a locally owned and operated self storage business in Concord, California.  Proudly serving customers in Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and other East Bay communities.

They offer secure, clean storage facilities with old fashion, friendly customer service.

More than self storage…

ABBA offers five different storage options to meet consumers of all types.  In addition to self storage, they offer:

  • RV Storage,
  • Boat Storage,
  • Auto Storage, and
  • Record Storage.

They also offer to new customers free use of their 14-foot moving truck. That’s customer service!