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/.

Relocating, Renovating, or Downsizing – Options for Every Life Stage

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Life changes and so do our needs. This can be on a decade to decade basis or for some of us, it is a year to year thing. As life changes, so do our home and possession needs. We move, we change, or we look to get rid of things that seem to be holding us back. No matter what stage we are in, there is one thing that is true – we all have things that need to be protected and secured.

Storage Options for Every Life Stage

As life changes, so do our home and storage needs. We have kids, we change jobs, kids go to college, we need more space in our homes, we need to change the space in our homes – we are always changing. The good news is that there are storage options that can help you through these changes.

  • Travel – If you are young and free or you are now in retirement, you may want to pack up everything and travel. The good news is you don’t have to sell everything and start new when you get back from your adventures. Store the things you really want to keep while you are away on your journey.
  • Moving – Many people move every 7-10 years, and some of us move a lot more often than that. If you are relocating and moving, you may need a staging area in between moves. Self-storage is a great place to help store your belongings as you move from place to place.
  • Having Kids – When kids come along in our lives, it is magical; however, they also come with a lot of stuff! Cribs, toys, blankets, stuffed animals, sports equipment – it all quickly piles into the home. If you are looking to free up some space in your current home, off-site storage can be a great solution.
  • Renovating – Are you ready to transform your 90’s kitchen into a modern marvel? If you are making changes to your home, you can expect to have to clear out belongings. You may also want to protect furnishings from the dust and dirt that comes with remodeling. Use a self-storage unit to temporarily store your items. We also offer convenient U-Haul truck rental for your moving needs.
  • Downsizing – If your kids are all grown and off to college or they are getting up in age, and you just don’t need as much space anymore, you may be looking to downsize. Just because you are downsizing doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything straight away. Use a temporary storage solution to help you keep the things you want to keep without cluttering up the new home.

No matter what is happening in your life at this moment, self-storage can be a great way to keep the things you want safe and secure. Self Storage of Windsor offers a range of storage options to help you through the changes in your life. Contact us today to learn more.

This article originally appeared on Self Storage of Windsor’s blog at http://selfstorageofwindsor.com/relocating-renovating-downsizing-storage-options-every-life-stage/.

Can You Make Money at a Storage Auction?

If you have ever watched a show like Storage Wars, you may have questioned whether the adventures of blindly bidding on what is in a storage unit can actually lead to making money.

Thanks to these reality shows, storage auctions have become a big deal across America. Many amateurs set out hoping that their bid wins them a pile of, but for everyday people are storage auctions really profitable?

Can You Make Money from Storage Auctions

The answer to this question totally depends on what is in a storage unit and that can be hard to know. You don’t get a preview or time to leisurely walk through a unit, spotting all the wonderful things you can sell. What you do get is a quick glimpse from outside the unit right before the bidding starts.

Whether you make money from what is in a storage unit will depend on what you can quickly sum up from a quick preview.

Clues that Items in a Storage Unit Might Be Worth Something

There are some things you can do when that storage unit opens to give you a better idea if what is in a storage unit might be valuable.

Take a flashlight and look at as much as you can before bidding.

  • Breathe in. You can tell by the smell of the unit if things are rotting or water damaged in a storage unit or if the owner may have been a smoker.
  • Get a look at anything that is lying out in the open. If these items are valuable chances are there are other valuables hidden away.
  • Look for professional moving boxes, professional movers are expensive and there is a higher chance that things in the boxes may be valuable.
  • Be sure to note whether the items and boxes look well cared for or not. There is a better chance that items are in a good condition if the unit looks well cared for.

If things look good in a storage unit, take a chance, just remember to have a set budget before going into a bidding war and be sure to stick with it. Once you have access to the unit you can have items appraised to see what they are worth.

Like anything, the more units you view and bid on the more experience you Our large self storage facility offers flexible storage solutions and lease terms. Contact Abba Storage today to find out more about our self storage property.

This article originally appeared on Abba Storage’s blog.