Storing a Car You No Longer Use

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If you have a car that you aren’t yet ready to part with but you also don’t drive that often, you may be ready to put your car in storage. Before placing your car in storage there are some things you should do to make sure your car stays in great condition.

Getting Your Car Ready for Storage

  • Clean It – The first thing you will want to do is have your car washed. You may also want it polished and waxed. Before driving it into the storage unit make sure it is completely dry and there is no debris, mud or grease.
  • Have an Oil Change Done – If you are storing your vehicle longer than a month it is a good idea to get the oil changed. Used engine oil can often have contaminants, these can do damage to your car’s engine while it is stored.
  • Fill Up the Gas Tank – Filling up your car’s gas tank can help prevent moisture from building up and accumulating inside the tank. It will also keep seals from drying out. Think about adding a fuel stabilizer to your gas tank too.
  • Start or Drive Your Car Often – You will want to at least start the car every two weeks. By keeping the cars battery charged your car will be ready to pull out of storage when you need it. If you leave the battery to sit without starting it, the battery will lose its charge.
  • Take off the Parking Brake – Look for a flat pad to store your car on and don’t use the parking brake. When the parking brake is constantly engaged there is a chance that the pads and rotors may fuse together. If you are worried about your car moving, use a chock.
  • Keep Critters Away – Take a proactive approach to keeping critters away from your car by laying out traps in the storage unit. You can also use mothballs or cotton swabs with peppermint oil.
  • Use a Cover – Even if your car is in a storage garage, using a cover can help keep your car in great condition. If your car is being stored outside, be sure to use a weatherproof car cover!

Once your car is ready you will need a secure place to store it. The team at Self Storage of Windsor can help. We offer a range of different storage options to suit your budget. You can be assured that your car is secure and protected from the elements till you are ready to drive it again. Contact the team at Self Storage Windsor today to learn more about our car storage options.

This blog originally appeared on Self Storage of Windsor’s blog at http://selfstorageofwindsor.com/storing-car-no-longer-use/.

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/.

Document Storage for Individuals

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If you are overrun by personal documents whether it be personal documents or documents for your small business, you may be looking for solutions. Copper Knoll Mini Storage can be a great solution however you need to make sure you store your documents correctly to preserve them.

The first place you will want to start is finding Auburn self storage units that are close to home or work. There is nothing worse than having to drive for 30 minutes to grab that important file or paper. You will also want to look for a storage facility that gives you access to a climate controlled unit, this will help protect your documents.

Once you have found Auburn self storage units that are close to home and you are ready to store your documents there are a few things you will want to do to protect them.

Document Storage for Individuals

There is a right way to store documents in Auburn Self Storage units. This will ensure that your important documents don’t end up destroyed or damaged before you are ready to part with them.

  • Use document storage boxes. These should be cardboard boxes that are sturdy. If your documents don’t fill the whole box use some filler material.
  • Make sure your boxes are no heavier than 30 pounds so they can be moved around as needed.
  • Use shelving, pallets or even cardboard to keep the boxes off the ground.
  • If you have documents that include sensitive materials or that need extra security use file cabinets or fire safes.
  • Label each box with something that will help you work out what is in the box quickly.
  • Use a map so that you know how to find what you need quickly.
  • For boxes you don’t need access to on a regular basis use packing tape, to secure them.

Once you have your documents stored away in Self Storage Units in Auburn, be sure not to share the access code with just anyone and perform regular unit checks to make sure everything is still in good condition.

Self Storage Units in Auburn

If you are looking for Auburn Self Storage units that are perfect for  document storage, stop by or call us today at Copper Knoll Mini Storage. We offer a range of storage choices to fit your needs. Our  property is secure and our units are dry and clean. Start storing your important documents today in a safe and secure storage unit, call the storage experts at Copper Knoll Mini Storage!

This blog originally appeared on Copper Knoll Mini-Storage’s blog at http://copperknollministorage.com/blog/document-storage-for-individuals/.

Storage Options for Charitable Organizations

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If you run a charitable organization or you volunteer for one, you may be looking for extra space that won’t cost the world. Many times storage options for charitable organizations mean small spaces to work with yet they have a whole lot to store.

Storage Options for Charitable Organizations

Think about it, you may have some of these things cluttering up your space right now.

  • Furnishings
  • Food Donations
  • Clothing Donations
  • Baby Items
  • Holiday Items
  • Holiday Decor
  • Bedding
  • Paperwork
  • Signs
  • Donation Boxes
  • Seasonal Items

So where do you put all these items as they can quickly take up space in your office or home?

When it comes to storage options there are a few things to consider.

  • It needs to be close to your main office or home.
  • It needs to be easily accessible by those that help run the organization.
  • It needs to be flexible. You may only need extra space over the holiday season.
  • It needs to be affordable.
  • You need to be able to store what you need in a neat and organized way so you can help those that need it without too much trouble.
  • It may need to be climate controlled if food items are involved.
  • It needs to be safe and secure.

Now you could extend your current space to hold all of the extras but this can end up costing a fortune. Another option is to ask volunteers if they have space in their homes however, this can be a lot of trouble if certain things are needed immediately or on a regular basis, this can also cause impatience and trouble down the road when volunteers leave.

One great option for charitable organizations is self storage. Self storage offers flexible lease terms at good prices. This means you only have to pay for storage when you need it the most. There are no crazy lengthy lease terms and prices are often very reasonable. You can be assured your donations are safe and secure and you have easy access to things as you need them.

Self Storage in Windsor

If you are looking for self storage in the Windsor area for your charitable organization, the team at Self Storage of Windsor would love to help. We offer a range of different storage options with flexible contracts.  Our professional staff are here to help you with any questions you might have and will work with you closely to help you find the best options. Contact us today and start freeing up some space now!

This blog originally appears on Self Storage of Windsor’s blog at http://selfstorageofwindsor.com/storage-options-for-charitable-organizations/.

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/.

Decluttering Your House? Use Self Storage!

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Family heirlooms, knick knacks, sporting equipment, toys, books – all of these things can quickly gather in your home without you even realizing. One day you may wake up and realize that there is no room left in your house for those things that you really want or need.

If this is the case in your home, it may be time to declutter. By removing things you don’t use every day, you can make space for the things you do want to keep.

Declutter Your Home and Use Self Storage

The first step to decluttering your home is to start making piles. A good suggestion made by many home organizers is to have three piles. If you can’t physically make piles because you have large items, try using different color sticky notes.

The three piles you will want to create are –

  • Keep
  • Throw Away
  • Not Sure

The not sure pile is where you will place things that maybe you are not ready to part with yet. There are often sentimental reasons people aren’t ready to get rid of certain items or maybe you just don’t know if you will need it or not in the next few months. This not sure pile is the one you will need to make space for.

What to Do with that Not Sure Pile

If you have a large not sure pile, you may need to find alternate storage for it. This will give you an opportunity to decide what you really want to do with these items. A great way to keep your not sure pile out of your home, yet safe and protected, is to use self-storage.

You could just store these things in another spot in your home, but it won’t really solve the clutter situation. Self-storage units give you the opportunity to declutter your house without getting rid of everything all at once.

There are many advantages to using self-storage for your not sure pile.

  • You will know your belongings are secure.
  • Flexible terms mean that when you are ready to get rid of items from the not sure pile, you can downsize your storage unit or do away with it altogether.
  • Self-storage is extremely cost effective.
  • You can keep your items close by so if you do find you need something, it is easy to grab.
  • Self-storage will keep your items protected from the elements.

Don’t suffer from remorse when it comes to your not sure pile. There is no need to get rid of things until you are really ready. Instead, use those local self-storage units in Auburn to your advantage!

If you are looking to declutter your home, contact Copper Knoll Mini-Storage today. Our friendly staff are here to help you find the right storage solution for your needs.

This blog originally appeared on Copper Knoll Mini-Storage’s blog at http://copperknollministorage.com/blog/decluttering-house-use-self-storage/.

Useful Tips When Moving Out of State

Moving out of state is not that much more difficult than moving across town but does require careful planning.  Hopefully you will have the opportunity to visit your new location before the move to see firsthand the area you will be living in.  If you are unable to do so, remember the Internet is a great resource for information on housing and the surrounding community in general.  Consider renting rather than buying if you must commit to a place sight unseen.

A couple of months before your move decide whether you will need the assistance of a professional moving company and contact several to get free quotes.  Check out reviews on the companies and only use one that has a favorable reputation.  Cost will be based on the total weight and volume of all the household goods and furniture you are moving.  Purge what you don’t need.  Remember never pack personal documents or valuables in a moving van but keep them with you.

Things to get organized before the move:

  • Give yourself plenty of time to shop around for the best insurance rates for the new area and set-up your auto and home owners/renter’s coverage.
  • Notify the post office and all creditors of your address change.  Do the same for magazine subscriptions.
  • Take care of utilities – cancel for your old place and set up for the new one.
  • Do some research (again the Internet is a good place to start) regarding schools in the area as well as doctors, dentists, and convenient shopping.
  • Transfer or close bank accounts and remove items from safety deposit boxes.
  • If needed, make travel arrangements for your pets.
  • Remember most states will require you to get a new driver’s license and car registration tags so locate a nearby office.
  • If you are moving into temporary housing, you may want to use a self storage facility for items that are not required until you are more permanently located.
  • Be sure to notify the moving company as soon as possible regarding any damages that may have occurred during the move.

Abba Self Storage Units is a locally owned and operated self storage business in Concord, CA, with easy access to HWYs 680/4 and 242.  We provide secure, clean, mini and large storage units as well as over 300 paved RV, auto, and boat storage spaces.  Abba Self Storage is conveniently located for the Bay Area including the surrounding communities of Pleasant Hill, Pittsburg, Martinez, Pacheco and Concord self storage customers.