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/.

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/.

Is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Right for You?

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Putting items in storage does not mean you want to part with them, and it certainly doesn’t mean they don’t have value for you. The fact is often the items you put into storage are valuable in both money and memories. Many products are sensitive to the environment and all the changes that can occur with weather systems. These items need to be stored in a climate controlled storage facility. Depending on what you are planning to store, you may need to check if the facility you’re using can guarantee climate controlled units.

Is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Right For You?

Climate controlled storage facilities are on the rise as more and more people are putting luxury items away. You need to know there is a difference between ‘temperature control’ and ‘climate control’, even though they are often mistakenly assumed to be the same. To know if a climate controlled storage unit is what you need, you need to understand what these units will provide.

Temperature and Humidity Controlled

The difference between temperature and climate control is humidity. In a facility that only offers temperature control, that is what they monitor – just changes in temperature. Climate controlled units monitor both the changing levels of temperatures and humidity. Humidity can ruin a lot of valuable items by causing mold to grow, warping, discoloration, and many other damages. These are some items particularly susceptible to humidity:

  • Leather
  • Wood
  • Appliances
  • Collectibles such as coins, stamps, wine and comics
  • Musical instruments
  • Artwork
  • Clothing
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Electronics

When the humidity in the air increases, the air is able to retain heat, and the reverse occurs when humidity decreases – the air temperature will be lower.

Climate Control

climate controlled facility will use a quality HVAC system. They may also use dehumidifiers, thermostats that are customizable, and heavy-duty insulation. Dehumidifiers are ideal for managing humidity levels, and air conditioners are better for dropping temperatures quickly to get below the dew point.

Benefits of Climate Controlled Units

If you have items that are valuable, sensitive, or things you don’t want to be affected by climate change in your area, you should consider a facility which offers climate controlled units. These units will protect your property from damages humidity can cause and also protect it from dust, pests, and other factors.

Solution for Your Storage Needs

Abba Self & RV Storage offers customers state-of-the-art technology combined with excellent customer service. There are no long-term contracts, and we have numerous units in various sizes that are sure to meet your needs. Contact us today if you have property you need to be protected while it is stored. We have climate controlled spaces to ensure your property receives the extra care it deserves.

This post originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/climate-controlled-storage-unit-right/,

Storage Solutions for Contractors

Storage Solutions for Contractors

Small contractors face challenges that large companies avoid, but even a large company will sometimes need temporary storage. You may not always have a dedicated building where tools and equipment can be stored, materials can be gathered, or that can be accessed by employees or subcontractors around the clock. These are a few of the many benefits a storage unit at Abba Self & RV Storage has to offer, in addition to a wide variety of indoor and outdoor storage options.

Out of Town Solutions

Contractors working on a project from out of town need a safe place to keep their tools and materials. A storage unit includes gated access, individual alarms and sprinkler systems, and the convenience of 24 hour access. Month-to-month storage rental allows you to pay only for the storage space and time you need, and makes it easy to pack up and move on when the project comes to an end.

Benefits for General Contractors

General contractors may need to store tools and equipment for a variety of work, from building a foundation to putting on the roof. The staff at a storage unit company can help you select the right size storage unit for your needs, and provide you with some insight on getting everything organized for easy access to everything when you need it. Outdoor, RV storage areas are available for temporary storage of heavy equipment, and units can accommodate a wide variety of tools and even a vehicle or two.

Storing Equipment and Supplies

On-the-go contractors who visit multiple job sites will appreciate the ability to stop by and swap out the tools or supplies they need between stops. For example, a cleaning service may need a floor buffer at the morning’s first job, and ladders with window cleaning supplies for the second. Having easy highway access to your storage unit means you don’t have to clutter your vehicle and carry everything around the entire day, and that can improve your company image while working on site.

Access for Subcontractors

Not all contractors work daytime hours. For companies that burn the midnight oil, a storage unit means your subcontractors and employees can get to tools and supplies around the clock without rousing the boss or making a long trip back to headquarters. Coded gate entry is an easy way to track who comes and goes will give you extra protection for your property as well as creating a documented record of who comes and goes.

Abba Self & RV Storage is conveniently located near highways 4, 242, and 680 in the East Bay area. To talk to a representative about the benefits of self storage for a contractor, please contact Abba Self & RV Storage today.

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

Finding the Right Storage Solution for your Needs

Storage Options to fit Your Individual Needs

Your belongings mean a lot to you. If they didn’t, you wouldn’t be searching for storage solutions to avoid having to get rid of your possessions. So if you aren’t just willing to get rid of your things, why would you want to store them just anywhere?

But if your possessions are valuable enough to you that you’re willing to go out of your way to keep them, what does that mean for your choice of storage? The answer is that each situation is unique, and yours will dictate what kind of storage solution will work best for you. Here are a few things to keep in mind when making your decision.

How much do you need to store?

The first thing to know is how much space you need. Your space needs might be different if, say, you’re putting your entire household or apartment into storage while you wait for a new place to be ready, rather than just trying to make a little extra room in your garage or decluttering your home while it’s for sale.

For instance, if you’re just looking for overflow storage to make more room in your basement or garage, or perhaps to clear out a guest room for an extended stay, a small storage unit will probably do. A 10×8 or 10×10 would be perfect for removing some extra furniture and clutter from your home while you sell it. Moving in with someone to save money or to wait for your new home to be ready? A 10×15 or larger unit will allow you to put your entire household into storage.

Do you need climate controlled storage?

The benefit of indoor storage is the ability to keep the temperature and humidity the same as inside your home. The temperature swings and changing humidity of outdoor storage can be hard on furniture, books, clothing, and other items that are typically kept inside. Indoor storage does come with an increase in price, however.

How long will you need your storage unit?

Sometimes it can be difficult to say how long you’ll need a storage unit. A few months can quickly turn into a few years. But if you’re looking for overflow storage, you can probably safely assume it’ll be long-term. If you’re selling your home or moving into a new house, on the other hand, your storage needs will likely remain short term, even with the inevitable delays.

This is important because it’ll determine how you pack your items. Short-term storage can be tightly packed to make the most of the space, as you’re less likely to need access. Long-term storage, on the other hand, will need to be packed intuitively, so you can get to your belongings when needed.

This article originally appeared on Tri-City Self Storage’s blog at https://selfstorageloomis.com/finding-right-storage-solution-needs/.

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/.