Getting the Most Out of Storage

How to Store a Bed

Mike Jones | July 17, 2018 | Getting The Most Out of Storage

How to store a bed

 

Whether you’re a college student wanting to stash a mattress for a few months, someone in between homes during a relocation, or even heading out for a deployment, there are a lot of reasons you may need to place a bed into a storage unit.

 

So, what is the best way to store a bed? There are some key things to look for in a storage unit, steps to take before storing your bed, and even a proper way to place your bed into the unit itself. Follow these simple guidelines below:

 

The best storage unit for a mattress

 

As with any self storage situation, find the best storage unit comes down to your personal situation. In this case, there are a few important features and factors to search for when renting your storage unit, the first of which will be size. While convenient to store a mattress upright, it will need to be stored laying flat—which we’ll talk more about later. Having to lay the mattress down flat will impact the storage unit size. A twin-sized bed will fit in a 5×10 unit, while a king size would need a 10×10.

 

Another crucial storage feature to look for when storing your bed is climate control. This feature maintains a constant temperature and humidity level regardless of weather conditions outside. This prevents any moisture from building up in the mattress that would otherwise promote mold and mildew growth.

 

Preparing your mattress for self storage

 

The very first step you want to take before placing your bed into a storage unit is a deep clean. While we don’t want to ruin the peaceful image of your bed, it does collect skin cells, dust, sweat, and other materials that can lead to bacteria, mold, and mildew growth. Over time in storage, this will at best produce a bad-smelling bed and at worst a health hazard.

 

To clean your mattress, you can go over it lightly with an upholstery cleaner or even use a steam cleaner. The trick to both these methods is to make sure that the mattress is completely dry before the next step. Remember, moisture in the mattress is bad.

 

The next step will be placing your mattress in a plastic mattress bag, which can be purchased online or at hardware stores. This bag doesn’t just help keep out outside moisture, but it also protects it from the risk of bugs or other pests making your mattress their new home.

 

Placing your mattress into a storage unit

 

After finding the right storage unit and preparing your mattress, the next step is placing the bed into the actual unit. As we mentioned earlier, it’s important to store your mattress flat. It may not seem to make sense when trying to maximize your space, but a mattress is not made to stand upright for long periods of time. Coils will begin to shift and slacken, causing the overall structure of the mattress to lose its shape and integrity. If all you’re storing is the mattress, place a tarp or even some pallets on the floor first to avoid direct contact with the ground. It is also possible to store your mattress flatly on top of boxes or furniture—though be sure that it is flat and not sagging in spots.

 

Removing your mattress from storage

 

The day will come that you can retrieve your bed and sleep blissfully in it once more, and when that day comes, you should know what to do. On the off chance it does develop a slight musty smell, you can easily remove it with a natural deodorizer or by sprinkling baking soda on each side—just be sure to vacuum it off before making the bed that night.

 

With the right steps before, during, and after, you can find the best way to store your bed and find it ready and waiting for you when you need it!

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Self Storage For Your Small Business Expansion

Mike Jones | February 21, 2018 | Getting The Most Out of Storage

Use self storage to expand your small business

 

The National Federation of Independent Business recently released its Small Business Optimism Index with a jump 106.9, the highest its been in decades. And while we’ll leave it to the economic experts to weigh out the finer details of the report, it does make one thing clear: a record number of small business owners say now is a good time to expand.

 

And while now may be the best time to expand your business, USStoragesearch.com is here to help you expand while keeping your overhead down. How? With self storage for your small business.

 

Contractors, electricians, plumbers, Etsy shop owners, and many more small business operate outside of homes or small offices, and a storage unit at a nearby facility can be the best way to expand your space and inventory without the costly expense of expanding or relocating your current property.

 

What to consider when renting a storage unit for your business

 

The first thing you’ll need to consider when renting self storage for your small business is proximity and access. Storage facilities located near the center of towns and cities may charge a slightly higher price due to demand—but a higher price shouldn’t be written off immediately.

 

If you’re a contractor needing to store equipment and supplies somewhere nearby that offers easy, frequent access, the storage facility located near your downtown office may be the best way to go. On the other hand, if you’re an artisan selling your products online, you may not need that expensive storage facility immediately down the street. Instead, you can search for a facility a bit further out and save some money.

 

Here are some other important considerations when using self storage for your small business expansion:

 

  • Security features: This is more than your business, your supplies, and your equipment. It’s your income and your family’s financial security. That being said, you’ll want to find a self storage facility that offers strong security features such as electronic gate access, video surveillance, and onsite management to ensure your business remains safe.
  • Drive up & 24-hour access: In many businesses, time is money, so you find any way to save both. A storage facility with 24-hour access allows you to get to your unit whenever you need, and a storage unit with drive up access allows further convenience as you can pull your car, truck, or trailer directly to your unit for easy drop off and pick up of equipment or goods.
  • Storage unit size: Are you a electrician needing to store spare electrical supplies or a painter needing to store massive scaffolding? To determine the right sized storage unit, take account of what you need to store. Units come in all sizes, from 5×5 perfect for clothes and fabric to 10×30, which offers enough space for construction equipment and more.
  • Climate control: Some businesses such as boutique clothing store owners or artists will have sensitive items to store. If this is the case, find a climate controlled storage unit, which maintains a constant temperature and humidity level to preserve your valuable items.

 

Expand your business today with self storage

 

If you feel like now is a good time to expand your small business, self storage may be the best way to get started. Once you’ve narrowed down your needs for your small business storage, you can use our online directories to filter through and get the perfect storage facility for you and your growing business.

 

Thanks for using USStoragesearch.com for your small business storage needs!

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College Storage Opportunities

Laura Jones | May 1, 2017 | Getting The Most Out of Storage, Storage Advice

Trying to drive downtown for the next two weekends will be a nightmare because all of the college students will be moving out of their dorms. Our already crowded city will be inundated with parents excited to bring their kiddos home for the summer. Overflowing minivans and SUVs will be double parked or circling the block for hours trying to find parking. If I were them, I’d look into renting college storage at a convenient self storage facility instead.

 

Dorm gear does not need to go home with you; all of that stuff can be kept in a small storage unit. Many facilities offer student discounts and month-to-month leases. Extra-long twin sheets, reading lamps, textbooks, and the inevitably purchased papasan chair doesn’t need to be brought home.

 

To cut costs on summer college storage many students rent a storage unit with a buddy or a roommate. You can save money and not worry about divvying up all of your mutually purchased room decor if you go in together. Larger units are available to accommodate a variety of items and needs. Curtains, area rugs, tv’s, micro-fridges, and more can be kept in a convenient storage unit over the summer that is often just blocks from your campus. Don’t forget, your bike can be kept at the storage facility as well! Give that thing a break and let it rest during the summer months.

 

Lastly, if you’re not going to be needing your car when you go home, look into options of leaving your car in storage as well. Summer vehicle storage for college students is great. Whether you’re putting your vehicle in storage while you are away for college or leaving it in storage in between semesters because “home” is more urban, you can rest assured that your car in a secure place.

As you or your collegiate student wrap up this semester, think about the freedoms that a storage unit might open up for you. Your dining room doesn’t need to be a storage unit if you can rent a cheap college storage unit. Use USstoragesearch.com to find a location that is near campus or wherever you call home in between semesters and keep your things safely stored out of the way.

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7 Things To Do When Moving

Kristin Jones | March 25, 2014 | Getting The Most Out of Storage, Moving Advice

By Jessa Diebel, USstoragesearch.com

Things to Do Before When MovingWhen moving, it’s extremely easy to let small things fall through the cracks. Instead of focusing solely on packing and moving your items, it’s crucial to remember to change your address, transfer your medical records, and more. Be prepared in all ways when moving!

Address Change

You’ll need to change your address, which is easier than you might think. You can go to your local post office or online at USPS.gov. Address changes affect more than just your mail. You must also alert and change your address at your bank, human resources department at work, magazines, newspapers, insurance, and credit cards.

Make and send out address change cards for friends and family members, too!

School Records

Collect any and all papers that your children need in order to transfer to their new school district. Take care of this task before moving, otherwise, you might have issues come the new school year.

Medical Records

If you’re changing doctors because of the move, arrange to have all of your medical records sent to your new doctor before you move.

Refill Your Prescriptions

Make sure you have your prescriptions filled and change your pharmacy location while doing so. This move will reduce stress in the long run.

Internet and Utilities

Depending on how important the Internet is to you and your family, it may be a good idea to have the Internet set up for you and waiting at your new home. Remember to cancel your Internet and utilities at your old home and transfer them to your new place.

Driver’s License, Car, and Voter Registration

Take care of these vital changes within one month of your move.

Social Security Address Change

You can change your address with social security really easily through this site: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount/.

These are just some of the most important things that you must remember to do during a move. Do as many of them as you can before your move to avoid headaches in the future! Good luck!

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Prepping for a Garage Sale

Kristin Jones | March 6, 2014 | Getting The Most Out of Storage, Storage Advice

By Jessa Diebel, USstoragesearch.com

Preparing for a Garage SaleAs the weather warms up, so does garage sale season. If you’re looking to make money by getting rid of excess items from your home, a garage sale is just what you need. Selling things that take up too much space or that are never used or worn can be a huge load off of any family’s shoulders.

If you’re considering putting on a garage sale, focus on your preparations to make sure the sales go as smoothly (and profitably) as possible!

Ask Each Member of Household for Items

In the spirit of spring cleaning, ask each household member for a bag of things to put on sale. These items can be gently-used clothes, coats, toys, books, movies, and more. If you have items that can attract a wide range of age groups to your sale, you’ll be more likely to make more money. These can also be supplementary items to larger household items you’re looking to get rid of.

Advertise Your Sale

Get serious about your garage sale by advertising it in the newspaper and online (on a site like Craigslist). Garage sale regulars scour these listings to find garage sales to hit every week. If you aren’t looking to advertise online or in the newspaper, simply put up signs around the neighborhood instructing passersby to stop in.

Label Your Items Clearly

Although shoppers at garage sales generally love to bargain prices down, label your items with a general price amount. Some people use a color-coding system to specify prices while others use traditional prices. Either way you decide to label, make sure it’s a consistent system.

Get Cash & Get Comfy

The day before your sale, get one-dollar bills and change to give your customers. This is one the easiest things to do to be prepared for a garage sale. Another important thing to remember is that you will most likely be outside for hours on end. Have snacks, water, comfortable clothing, and a good chair. You won’t regret it!

Let us know your favorite garage sale tips, and good luck!

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