• Via Sparefoot: Quarterly Storage Trends

    28 September 2012 by

    Ever wondered what really motivates storage customers, or how well your city/state performs compared to the rest of the industry? Can you guess what percentage of storage renters are women?

    Our new SpareFoot Storage Trends Quarterly report is based on surveys of hundreds of storage tenants, as well as pricing and reservation data from our network of 6,500+ facilities.

    We have received a TON of great ideas from actual facility operators suggesting data points they would like to see in future reports such as: average length of tenancy, number of facilities by state, demand for special accommodations, and main reasons storage customers are dissatisfied.

    Do you find this stuff as interesting as we do? Tell us what data you’d like to see in the next report, and we will deliver.


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  • Common Self Storage Items: Old Pictures

    28 September 2012 by

    There are many reasons why people choose to use self storage. Some are in the middle of a divorce, some getting married, moving across country, a frequent traveler, spring cleaning, a business storing files or brave men and women needing protection for their belongings while they serve overseas. This is the eighth part in a series of tips for the most common self storage items.

    Our previous sections focused on furniture, electronics, appliances, files and document, antiques, vehicles and seasonal storage. Today we focus on photographs and old picture storage. Old photos hold memories, sentimental value and history.  Most pictures we take today are captured through our phones or digital cameras and can be placed on our computers. Older photos may need some touching up, they also need proper storage to help keep their appearance.

    Photograph Storing Tips:

    Old photographs, similar to valuable paintings, can be damaged if they have extended time in direct light or are exposed to heat. Humidity and moisture can also cause problems for old photos and permanently damage them. For these reasons it is sensible to consider renting a climate controlled storage unit to protect your old photos from heat, humidity, moisture and potential mildew. Placing your pictures in a box to prevent light from penetrating is also a good idea. Be sure to label your boxes so you know what pictures are in what box.

    Protecting and preserving your old photographs is an important part in keeping memories. A self storage unit can aid you in a safe, reliable and affordable way to cherish your past. Whether you need San Jose self storage or New York self storage, SelfStorageFinders.com is sure to have you covered from coast to coast.

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  • Suggestions on How to Use the Garage for Storing Needs

    28 September 2012 by

    Many people use the garage, not only for parking cars but also for storage of items for which there is no room in their homes.

    Therefore, it is very important to keep the area well-organized and tidy as you generally try to collect as many things as possible in a small place. Since the garage is a place where we are moving almost every day, disorder cannot only be unpleasant for any business, but even dangerous. Here are some ideas for reorganizing the room:

    Storing Bicycles

    Store bicycles away from the places where you pass. They can be placed on the wall – install special stands that can be found in specialized shops, or on solid stands on the ground. On the market you can find also special systems which include places for helmets, gloves and other accessories. In all cases, it is best to put safety and auxiliary accessories close to the main equipment.

    Take Care of the Sports Equipment

    Keep in order your sports equipment. Get organized with the help of compact systems on the wall that do not hinder your passing. You can buy them from specialized shops or make your own storage system. For this purpose, use wood to cut a triangle. You can drill holes with a diameter of about 7 cm where you can put balls or cut grooves for your golf clubs. You decide how to organize your accessories. Finally, nail the platform to anchor blocks pre-installed to the wall. Keep the camping equipment near the car, but so as not to cause any accidents. In the best case, you can choose furniture on wheels (metal carts or cupboards) on which to place them so that you can easily carry them to the car and back in the garage.

    Store in Drawers

    Use multilevel drawers for storing your stuff. They are built of single-drawer boxes that are easy to install and where you can put your tools or garden supplies. If they are made of transparent plastic, you can see what they contain. Otherwise, you can put labels on them, so you can easily find what you are looking for.

    Keeping Useless Stuff

    Many people use the unused space in their garage precisely as storage for all the items they do not use but want to keep for a reason. The secret, however, is to arrange things organized and neat, instead of discarding them in a corner. Furthermore, the corner is not necessarily the only place to store stuff. You can install a rack in which to organize the accessories and tools for your car and bicycle, old children’s toys and even drinks in large quantities (bottles of beer or packages with mineral water). All, of course, depends on the conditions in your garage – whether it’s very wet or too cold, whether it is dirty, whether the garage is locked and so on. If you have the necessary conditions, you can choose from multiple solutions that can be found on the market, including stands for bicycles, racks for various tools, retractable to the wall desktops.

    As you can see, the garage can turn to be an excellent storage solution for you. If you arrange and organize it well, you can use it fully and obtain additional space for your belongings.

    This post is brought to you by our friends at http://www.movingcompanies.co.uk/page-about-us.html.

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  • SSF Originals: Woman Caught Embezzling Over $100k From Storage Facility

    27 September 2012 by

    This is a new segment we are working on. These will be short stories dealing with funny, odd and newsworthy happenings in the self storage industry. Be sure to leave comments and feedback in order for us to pick up on other news. Thanks in advance!

    Walter and the Dude discuss the woman who embezzled $100k from U-Stor-It in Utah.

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  • Moving Company Storage vs. Self Storage

    26 September 2012 by

    If you use a moving company, and have to decide whether to put your goods into their storage or a self-storage, there are the following pros and cons:

    • Self-storage is usually less expensive than moving company storage for the same amount of items.
    • When you use moving company storage your goods usually stay protected and wrapped in their soft quilted furniture pads – in self-storage you have to provide your own wrapping protection, or just have your items in their “bare”, without any wrapping or protection.
    • In self-storage you have your own lock and key, and can come and go as you please, subject to the facilities hours of operation.
    • In moving company storage, the movers actually has possession of your goods, and if you want to access your goods, or add items, or take out items, you must pay their warehouse personnel to actually perform the access – it’s not free, nor will they allow you to come in and go thru the items yourself, because they are normally responsible for any damage that might occur during the access.

    Some basic recommendations as to whether to select self-storage of moving company storage:

    • If you are on strict budget, use a self-storage – it’s less expensive.
    • If you need to come and go, add items or take items out, use a self-storage – there is not separate access charge as there is with moving company storage, and you can come and go as you please without having to schedule and pay for an appointment, as is generally the case with moving company storage.
    • If you have nice furniture and items, and don’t need to come and go, or otherwise access your goods, and basically just plan on placing your items into storage, and then having the moving company deliver when you are ready, then use moving company storage – although slightly more expensive, your goods are usually better protected and cared for.

    These basic  moving tips brought to you by the professional movers at Movers-Moving.NET

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  • Common Self Storage Items: Seasonal Storage Tips

    25 September 2012 by

    There are many reasons why people choose to use self storage. Some are in the middle of a divorce, some getting married, moving across country, a frequent traveler, spring cleaning, a business storing files or brave men and women needing protection for their belongings while they serve overseas. This is the seventh part in a series of tips for the most common self storage items.

    Our previous sections focused on furniture, electronics, appliances, files and document, antiques and vehicles. Today we focus on seasonal storage. Seasonal items such as holiday decorations and summer and winter clothes are only useful for individuals or businesses a few months out of the year. People and businesses spend plenty of time, money and space in their homes or offices to decorate and prepare for the season. Once the holiday and season are over it is time to pack up the old and bring in the new. Self storage is a great option to consider when putting away all of those special decorations and clothes which will be used again next year.

    Seasonal Storing Tips:

    Most seasonal items and clothes will fit neatly in boxes. Use any boxes around the house/office to pack and store. For decorations, the boxes will need to be well padded so the items do not break. Stay away from newspaper but wrapping paper or bubble wrap will do fine. Use newspaper to neatly wrap lights and secure the ends so they do not get tangled. Keep the smaller, fragile and delicate items at the top of the boxes so they do not get crushed by larger, heavier items. Label each box so it is easier to retrieve the items next season. If a box has ornaments or fragile items, label the box as “Fragile” to ensure careful handling.

    Not only do families use extra space for storing holiday and seasonal items but so do businesses. Offices may have a cluttered corner or back office with old decorations and seasonal signs. Storage units are a great, affordable option for many seasonal possessions especially if you are in the need for Chicago self storage.

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  • What You Cannot Move and Keep in Storage Units: Things You Should Better Left Behind When Moving to a New Home

    20 September 2012 by

    When moving to another city or state, people tend to bring lots of stuff with them in order to give the new place some semblance of home. However, while there are things that can be hauled up to the new house, there are also a few items which simply cannot be taken aboard a moving truck. These are what the professional movers call “non-transportable items”. Anything that is highly perishable or likely to pose a risk to the movers is not allowed to be kept inside a storage box and shipped to another place. This restriction can either come from the applicable federal laws or company policy.

    Whether you are planning to move things by yourself or with the help of hired movers, it is necessary to avoid packing the items which are considered unfit for, or hazardous while being transported. These typically include flammable articles and perishable goods. To make sure that you do not accidentally place them inside the storage units, here is a moving checklist of non-transportable items that you should leave behind:

    • Volatile Articles These are items which are highly combustible and corrosive. They might explode anytime during the long drive, especially when accidentally knocked down with other vulnerable materials.
    1. Oil and Fuels These are gasoline, kerosene and lubricants from machineries, equipment, and motorcycles. Before hauling up your lawn mower or bike, make sure that it is drained of oil.
    2. Acids and Flammable Chemicals These include nail polish, aerosol sprays, cleaning agents, weed killers, fertilizers and the likes.
    3. Gas Tanks – Propane and oxygen cylinders should be left behind disconnected. You may also deposit them to a local collection center.
    4. Lighting Items – These are matches, batteries, charcoal and fireworks. Discard the batteries from equipment properly before loading them to the truck. Avoid packing fireworks as they may only take heat that can cause an explosion.
    • Perishable Items – These are articles which cannot be transported for the sole reason that they spoil easily under poor conditions. Given the fact that the process of moving out involves cramped cargo space and long drives, such items are better left to friends or disposed of properly. Some moving companies may agree to transport these goods, provided that the items are properly packed to avoid spoilage. Still, it is advisable to just discard them right away to prevent food poisoning as well as to make better use of the available space inside the truck.
    1. Food – Food items whether frozen, canned or vacuum-sealed in jars, generally cannot be shipped without undergoing chemical changes. They may spoil easily while in transit.
    2. Plants – Obviously, potted plants cannot survive a day inside a dark, closed space. Leave them to the new owners or have your friends look after them.
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  • Stylish Ideas of Storage Options at Home

    20 September 2012 by

    You are moving or have moved to a new home that you dream to organize and decorate the best way. There are a few tips that will help you organize the space at your home and to make it more comfortable and stylish.

    The Kitchen Area

    Collecting dishes in one another can save space, but in contrast, later it is very difficult to take out the needed dish unless it is located at the top. So, avoid this option and choose a different solution for the dishes that you use frequently – for example, hooks on the wall or movable containers in the kitchen drawers. Convenient arm installed on the wall under the kitchen cabinets is ideal for passionate cooks – you can find the desired appliances at a glance. Above all, this system of organizing kitchen accessories is very flexible in terms of layout – objects are hung on the arm by means of metal hooks, making them easier to rearrange. A tall kitchen cabinet drawer is ideal for storing bottles of wine, champagne or soft drinks. Laterals hold bottles steady, while dividers can be placed inside the cabinet to keep them upright.

    In the Bedroom

    Make use of the place under your bed with a low cabinet or an old drawer on which wheels are assembled. Thus, pulling them out from under the bed will be much faster and easier, and you will store a lot of items in there.

    You can make a convenient towel rack as well. Put on the bedroom door or somewhere near the entrance to the bathroom a rod on which to put wet towels. This will save space in your bathroom and, at the same time, will reduce the humidity there. At once, you will increase the humidity in the bedroom which is pretty essential.

    Ideas for Every Room

    Use every inch of your room to make it more practical and tidy. For example, a clever solution, if the building construction allows, is to shape a not very large niche in the wall and line it with wooden slats. These lovely shelves can be used for storage of towels, cosmetics, or decoration. Partial walls are a wonderful architectural solution for any small home – they divide the visual space without creating tight, dark spaces. Furthermore, their interior part can be a wonderful place for your decorative accessories.

    Smart Solutions

    Conventional or fitted wardrobes can be turned into а practical laundry room – the aim should be to adjust one or two divisions of the wardrobe for а washer and dryer, and next to them to provide space for storing the necessary supplies. If you have enough space, you can insert an ironing board that folds vertically inside the cabinet. Here’s a clever solution to sheets and tablecloths – in order not to wrinkle them after ironing and find them quickly, arrange them vertically on a simple system of wooden rafters. The system resembles a folding drying – folded accessories are placed on the latches. It is designed so that you can pull everything easily, if necessary, and when you finish ordering, you can return the items in the wardrobe in one stroke.

    This is a guest post from our friends at http://www.removalboxes.org.uk/packing-boxes/.

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  • SSF Originals: Charity Storage

    20 September 2012 by

    This is a new segment we are working on. These will be short stories dealing with funny, odd and newsworthy happenings in the self storage industry. Be sure to leave comments and feedback in order for us to pick up on other news. Thanks in advance!

    Two self storage industry veterans create Charity Storage.

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  • Hoarders – A Solution to Your Problem

    19 September 2012 by

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