Showing posts with label Self storage. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Self storage. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Organization: How to Fully Utilize Storage Units

Public Storage storage hallway with storage un...
Public Storage storage hallway with storage unit doors (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
On the surface, self-storage units seem to be one of those things that need very little explanation. After all, aren't they just empty places to store things you don't readily need but don't have the heart to part with? The truth is, no. A lot has changed since the early 1970s, when the self-storage industry was born. In fact, you might even say that the industry has come of age and grown in the last few decades. 

And, of course, with this growth has come competition, which can only mean good things for those who are willing to shop around. This article is a primer that will help you maximize your savings so you can get what you want from your self-storage unit experience. 

What Do You Want to Store? 

When you decide to use a storage unit, you'll need to determine what you want to store. Although self-storage facilities all seem the same, they are anything but. Virtually anything you need can be had if you shop around. Climate control? It's there. Size varieties? They have that too. Security? Just ask.

Decide Your Size 

Storage unit sizes can range from small storage lockers to up to 10 x 30 units and larger. Assess how much space you are going to require and start searching for locations with that size of unit available. 

Determine Your Amenities 

Different storage facilities have different amenities. Climate-controlled units, security cameras, gates with PIN access codes, and multiple stories are all things to keep in mind when making your decision. Even moving in and managing your unit isn't a problem because many companies offer boxes, packing materials, and even vehicles for moving your things in, all free of charge, of course. 

When Will You Need It? 

Let's say that you want to use your storage unit to keep work-related files out of the way. Unfortunately, while working at the office late one evening, you decide you need to access a file that you have stored. What if your storage facility isn't open in the evenings, or is located in a lousy part of town where you wouldn't want to be caught in the dark? Consider location if you want your things to be easily accessible


When you actually start shopping around for a storage unit, the chances are good that you will not have any trouble finding one. In fact, the issue you will most commonly face is which one to choose. Regardless of what you decide you need from a unit, chances are good that you will find it and for a price you can easily afford. 

Don't Forget It 

With the rise of reality shows like "Storage Wars," the phenomenon of abandoned storage containers has become the talk of television. The trouble is that people often forget their lockers and end up having their belongings sold at auction. If you don't want your possessions to become television fodder, remember that you have your unit, and don't forget to pay for it. 

Remember What's There 

Make a list of what is in your storage unit so you don't spend time rummaging through it to find something you need. Take a lesson from Santa: Make a list and check it twice. 

About the Author: Ryan Thomas is a freelance writer and author of a handful of eBooks - he's currently writing for a cheap storage Philadelphia blog, helping educate Pennsylvania residents on how to find the best deal on safe storage units.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

How to Stay Organized After Retirement

In many cases, retirement means moving to a smaller living space. Even if you're not moving, it is still a good time to think about getting organized. Taking on a task this daunting does not have to be overwhelming. Here are five tips to make the process a little easier. 


Finally you have the time for the hobbies you always wanted to pursue. Whether it be sewing, woodworking, or some other craft, you will need an organized workspace. There are many creative ways to store your materials. Take advantage of inexpensive pegboard, or use a tension rod with shower curtain hooks for hanging supplies. Tackle or jewelry boxes are great for small items. An organized space will make you feel more inspired as you work on your new hobbies.


Your children will probably drop your grandkids off from time to time. Keep a couple of easy access bins with art materials, games, and books for them to enjoy while visiting you. Perhaps bring out a couple of toys from their parents' childhood. They'll love seeing what their moms and dads played with as children.


No doubt you have kept toys, school papers, and artwork from when your children were growing up. Grown children are often reluctant to store their childhood memorabilia. Try inviting them over and going through the boxes together. You can sort out the things that really mean something to them, and perhaps create a couple of scrapbooks they will want to bring to their own homes.

Creative Storage

You will have to use the space in your home effectively as you get more time in it. Buy under the bed storage bins for seasonal clothes. Space bags are great for blankets and holiday linens. Take advantage of wicker shelf baskets and ottomans with storage inside. Try finding new ways to keep everything you need organized and at hand.

Storage Units

You may find that your new space is just not large enough to accommodate some of the things that you are not ready to let go of yet. Storage units are abundant, inexpensive and climate-controlled. San Diego self storage units are also a great option for recreational items like fishing or camping supplies, or any extra antique furniture that are taking up too much space.

Once you have your home organized and clear of clutter, you will be ready to fully enjoy your retirement. Having your life in order will give you the sense of calmness and freedom that you have waited for.

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