Organize and Optimize Your Storage Unit

Keeping your Storage Unit organized

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A storage unit is a great way to conserve space at home, but storage units only work well for you when they are both organized and optimized for your specific needs. The most important thing to keep in mind is that some things need to be accessible while others do not, and knowing which is which will save you time and aggravation.

Draw a Diagram

At first, your storage unit may have plenty of room, but over time it could become quite crowded. To save yourself time and reduce frustration, draw a scale diagram of the storage unit and divide it into areas where particular types of items, important documents or photos, for example, will be stored.

Label Everything

A Sharpie or labeling tool can be a tremendous benefit. Nondescript boxes or plastic containers tend to look like other boxes and containers, and a clearly visible label will eliminate confusion, especially when you need to find a specific item. Labels can be anything you want, but make them as precise as possible.

Front to Back

A key facet of a storage unit is organization. Items that you rarely need would be appropriately stored in the back of the unit, while things you may require often should be readily accessible at a moment’s notice. In addition to storing your things so you can get to commonly needed items first, it will also save you time to group large, heavy items separately from light or easily broken things.

Store by Category

With your diagram and a pencil in hand, arrange your storage unit so that you can spot different categories of possessions, such as kitchen wares or bedroom belongings. This is especially helpful for moving, as it allows you to stock specific rooms of the home together for easy grouping when the time comes to bring your stuff back home.

Using Containers Effectively

There are a variety of containers available, but they are not equally useful. Plastic containers work better for heavier objects, while boxes are great for temporary storage of light-weight items. Resist the urge to mix categories in the containers, and label each one with the category or items it contains.

Access Matters

A common mistake is to fill the storage unit from back to front. When this happens, you will find yourself needing an item that is buried and out of reach. Always be sure to leave yourself some room to move around and pathways to as many of your stored categories as possible.

Self storage is an excellent, affordable option when you need more space. In addition to our indoor and outdoor storage facilities, we offer a range of moving and storage solutions. To find out more about our selection and services, please contact us today here at Tri-City Self Storage.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/organize-optimize-storage-unit/.

Give Yourself Extra Space with Self Storage

If you feel claustrophobic in your home because there is stuff everywhere no matter where you go, it may be time to look for more space.

Upgrading your home’s square footage may not be possible. Buying a new home can be pricey as can adding an extension to your home.   Most people buy a bigger house only to fill it again and once again run out of space.

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Give Yourself Extra Space with Self Storage

A great solution to gaining some extra space without having to spend too much money is self-storage. A self-storage unit allows you the extra space you need with some great advantages.

  • Self-storage is flexible, you can upgrade and downgrade space as you or your budget needs.
  • Self-storage allows you to keep the things you don’t need till you need them while freeing up space.
  • Self-storage gives you the ability to keep books, equipment, and even cars without making you feel like your home is closing in on you.
  • Self-storage is not just for storage, you can also create an office space, library, gym or other free space that you can use whenever you need.
  • You can keep what you need close to home by choosing a self self-storage unit that is close to your home. When you need something you have quick and easy access.

Self-storage units are a great way to help you free up space in your home without having to throw away those things you really want to keep.

The team at Tri-City Self Storage can help give you extra space at an affordable price. We offer a range of options when it comes to budget and space, allowing you to keep your valuable items safe and secure.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/give-extra-space-self-storage/.

Mountain Winter Fun

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Now that the weather is cooling down you might find yourself looking forward to a winter retreat.  If you are looking for some mountain winter fun in California check out these great destinations.

 

Mountain Winter Fun in California

These four great mountain winter locations are great for a day trip or for a special family winter vacation.

  1. June Lake – Just outside of Mammoth Mountain, June Mountain is an uncrowded winter spot that the whole family will enjoy. Snowmobiling, sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and skiing are just some of the fun you can enjoy at June Lake. For the more adventurous there is ice climbing, a drive up the mountain or backcountry skiing. Don’t forget to stop at the Tiger Bar and Café to warm up.
  2. Mammoth Lakes – The Mammoth Lakes area is a winter wonderland. Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or you are looking for a family-friendly winter vacation this is the place to be. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding or cross-country skiing. If you are looking for some fun grab a tube  or watch the dog sledding. No matter what you decide to do or where you stay Mammoth Lakes is a great winter getaway.
  3. Big BearBig bear lake isn’t just a great Summer and Fall destination it is also the perfect place to spend a winter weekend. Inner tubes, winter ziplining, snowshoing, and skiing are all popular activities in the area. This is in addition to skiing and snowboarding. Pack up the whole family and head to big bear for the perfect winter experience.
  4. Yosemite – If skiing and snowboarding are  not your things but you would love to take in the glistening leaves and snow-capped mountains, Yosemite is the place to visit. There are many lodges throughout the area that offer up activities such as ice skating, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Take a winter hike or chill out by the fireplace, either way, Yosemite is an uncrowded wonderland in the winter months.

If you love to ski, snowmobile or enjoy winter sports and you need some extra storage space for all your winter gear, self-storage is a great option. The team at Tri-City Self Storage can help you with all your winter storage needs. Contact us today and chat to one of our storage experts.

This blog originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/california-mountain-winter-fun/.

Business Storage Needs

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There are plenty of options out there when it comes to your business storage. You could find a bigger commercial or office space that comes with more storage room. This option is often quite costly and time-consuming and you might already love your current space.

Another option is to do a big clean out. You may have things tucked away that you don’t need. While this can be a great short-term option it is likely you will find within a few months that you are out of space again.

Many business owners end up using their home as extra storage. While it might seem very handy to have work items in your home, this is not always a great idea. It can be hard to keep track of where everything is. It may also cause contention with those living in your home.

So while these options all have their pros and cons, there is one option that makes sense no matter what you are storing.

A Great Solution for Your Business Storage Needs

Self-storage is one of the best solutions you can find when it comes to business storage, there are several reasons for this.

  • It is much more affordable per square foot than office or commercial space.
  • It is flexible, you can start with a smaller size unit then move up and down as needed.
  • You don’t have to sign a long-term contract locking you in.
  • You can find a space that is close to both work and home.
  • You will know that your business storage is safe and secure.
  • You can store just about anything in self-storage and organize it as you wish.
  • Your business can grow without you having to worry about finding a new office space as you grow.

Self-storage units make perfect sense when it comes to business storage. If you would like to know more about self-storage options for your business, contact the team at Tri-City Self Storage.

This blog originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/business-storage-needs/.

DIY Storage Solutions for Home & Office

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Sometimes, no matter how customized and organized your closet space is, there just isn’t enough of it. If this sounds like you, here are a few DIY solutions to add storage space to your home or office.

DIY Storage Solutions

The Storage Bench or Chest

Accent furniture can double as storage, either at home or in your office. A chest or bench at the foot of your bed can be used to store linens or line up IKEA cabinets under the window to create a DIY window seat with storage capabilities. At the office, a chest can be turned into ample space for vertical files and dressed up with flowers and magazines to make it appear as an accent piece.

The DIY Kitchen Island

Lack of storage space is especially a concern in the kitchen. Many companies, such as IKEA, produce attractive, cart-style islands, but you can also come up with a cool, DIY version with a little creativity and paint. Line up short bookcases or position them back-to-back for an island that provides plenty of storage space for cookbooks and pantry overflow. Or if you’d prefer drawer space, a large vintage lowboy dresser or buffet can be turned into an island with extra space for kitchen linens and cooking equipment.

Shelving for the Basement and Garage

Storage totes and boxes are much easier to manage when clearly labeled and easy to get to, even when they’re on the bottom. Shelving in storage areas such as the basement and garage are especially useful for this, as they keep everything accessible without having to dismantle the whole stack in order to get to what you need.

There is a variety of shelving available, from inexpensive plastic shelving to sturdy metal wire shelving. Another option is to build the shelves yourself using cinder blocks and planks of wood. As a bonus, these DIY shelves are totally customizable and can be torn down and rebuilt at any time to suit your changing needs.

Creative Overhead Storage

If you have a garage with open rafters overhead, think of that as unrealized storage space. Overhead storage is perfect for things you don’t need to access frequently.

Many companies sell and install suspended overhead storage systems, many of which can hold quite a bit. If you’re pretty handy, there are also many DIY tutorials online, showing you how to set up various kinds of overhead storage in your garage. These range from creating brackets to hold storage bins above your head, to suspending a daybed or trundle bed deck up above and using it to store off-season sports equipment.

Need More Storage Solutions?

Sometimes, no matter how creative you are, there just isn’t any more space. If you’ve exhausted all potential hacks and it still isn’t enough, contact Tri-City Self Storage. We’re happy to help you find the right solution for your budget and needs.

This blog originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at http://selfstorageloomis.com/diy-storage-solutions-home-office/.