Storage Advice

Home Entertainment Storage

Mike Jones | July 3, 2018 | Storage Advice

How to store home entertainment equipment

 

When in the home, there’s no doubt electronics can bring hours and hours of entertainment. There’s Netflix binges, shopping online, or hours-long sessions of gaming with your friends. Outside of the home, however, electronics can be a different matter.

 

No matter how sturdy they’ve made televisions, gaming consoles, or computers, there’s always a sense of risk when moving or storing home entertainment equipment. Dust can creep into places it doesn’t belong, temperatures can warp the plastic used, and who ever wants to part with costly equipment?

 

Fortunately, there are some key steps you can take when using self storage for your home entertainment equipment.

 

Key features for home entertainment equipment

 

There are some important features to look for when finding a storage facility for your home entertainment equipment. The first thing you should look for is a storage facility with strong security features to protect your electronics.

 

Most storage facilities will offer security such as video surveillance, and while this definitely help keep a watchful eye on all the contents of all the storage units, there are other features you may want. For instance, electronic gate access. This feature requires a keycode to enter the premises, helping the storage facility know exactly who is there, and keeping out those who shouldn’t be. This can be made even better if the facility has onsite management for an instant response to any problems.

 

Another important feature when storing home entertainment equipment is climate control. This feature maintains a constant temperature and humidity level inside the storage unit and is especially important when living in regions with extreme seasonal weather. Humidity in the air can cause condensation in your electronics over time, and water does not mix well with circuitry. Meanwhile, fluctuations in temperature can cause thin plastic casings to snap or break over time.

 

Preparing your home electronics for a storage unit

 

Before putting your computer, video game console, or television inside a storage unit, it’s best to place it in a container—the original packaging if possible. These containers do more than make it easier to stack, they keep out dangerous dust from creeping into your electronics and causing them to overheat later.

 

When placing your electronics in boxes, be sure to brace them packaging material. This prevents the items from shifting and bouncing against the sides of the box, potentially damaging them. Another consideration is adding a silica gel packet, which helps suck up any further moisture in the air.

 

Lastly, clearly mark the contents of each box and take inventory of each item on a piece of paper or even on your mobile device for convenient lookup of what electronics are in your storage unit.

 

When the time comes to place your home entertainment equipment in a storage unit, place them along the outside walls of the storage unit rather than a stack, that way you can have quick access to anything and everything in your unit.

 

Storing home entertainment equipment

 

Whether you’re moving, being deployed, or just don’t have space at the moment for that 52-inch screen, there are times when you need to store home entertainment equipment. Fortunately, by finding the right storage facility and taking the necessary steps, you can easily store your home entertainment equipment, you can even find everything you need with us at USStoragesearch.com and start storing today!

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Simple Steps to Reduce Moving Stress

Laura Jones | June 19, 2018 | Storage Advice

Prepping for a move is awful; even if you’re excited about this upcoming change, the packing, organizing, cleaning, sorting, etc is stressful. Even organized people feel the need to scream from time to time during this trying endeavor. There are some things you can do to help make a move easier. Try some of these basics to help move you in the right direction (pun intended) while you gear up for relocation:

Plan Your Must-Have Items

Must-have items are the ones you need to regularly function and don’t want to sort through a sea of boxes to find when you finally reach your destination. Here’s a list of items to consider keeping in a suitcase and/or specifically marked boxes for easy access:

-Toiletries

-Bed sheets

-Towels

-3 to 4 changes of clothing

-Coffee maker (with coffee, filters & cups)

-Chargers for all electronics

-Important documents

-Toilet paper

-Paper towels

-Selection of everyday dishes

-Books/iPad/entertainment devices

Rent a Portable Storage Unit

Having a portable storage unit will help you load and unload your household items at your own pace. Movers can be expensive and it’s hard to keep pestering your same friends with trucks and SUVs to help you move. Renting out a portable storage container will help you have the secure, durable space you need to move all of your stuff without a lot of extra expenses. Coordinating with storage companies is a simple process that doesn’t take a lot of effort to complete.

Purge Your Items

As hard as it may be, you’ll thank yourself later if you don’t bring a bunch of clutters with you. When you’re purging, don’t try to do your whole home at once or even too large of a room at one time. Your closet is a nice start instead of purging things from your whole bedroom for example. Simply start with your pantry, a bookshelf, or coat closet. Donate some books, bring clothes to a shelter, or offer your coworkers and friends that unopened almond flour, organic spices, or cookware that you know you’ll never use. Finding places for the things that you don’t really love when you are overwhelmed in your new home is exhausting. Rid yourself of those items and think about how you’re reducing your future stress and how much you are potentially helping others by giving.

Finding ways to make a move easier is different for everybody, so think about your stress triggers and start out with an easy first step. Evaluate your situation and see what works best for you. Some people like renting a storage unit while others prefer to just give away the lion’s share of their things and start fresh at a new home. See what you can do to stay calm and share your advice with others!

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How to Store Paperwork

Mike Jones | May 22, 2018 | Storage Advice

How to store paperwork

Despite society’s constant effort to be paperless, there always seems to be stacks and stacks of paperwork we all go through. Whether to keep a written account of your personal financials, hold receipts for your transactions, or even meet a requirement to keep a record of all business operations for years, paperwork often eats up space at home or the office.

 

Fortunately, with a bit of preparation and the right features, self storage is the perfect solution for stacks of paperwork.

 

Storage features for paperwork

Most people will think of storage unit size first when it comes to feature. For a reference, a 5×5 or 5×10 storage unit is similar to a walk-in closet and can be perfect for personal paperwork needs or even small businesses. Larger companies may need to upgrade to a 10×10 or even 10×20 size. However, there are other storage features that are far more important for the safety of these files:

 

 

  • Climate control: Most copy paper will be highly sensitive to temperature fluctuations and humidity. Heat can cause ink to fade and some paper to even yellow. Water in the air can cause the paper to deteriorate or even promote mildew growth. Finding a storage unit with climate control will keep a constant temperature and humidity level, preserving these important files.
  • Pest control: Pests and vermin can eat away at paper or use it for nesting. Find a storage facility with quality pest control to prevent such damage from happening.
  • Security: As these files are likely highly sensitive, security should be a priority. Find a storage facility with strong security features such as electronic gate access, which requires a passcode for entrance, as well as video surveillance and onsite management to deter any theft or vandalism.
  • Access types: A paper can be light, a box of papers can be heavy, and a truck of boxes can be near impossible to move alone. Find a storage facility with drive-up access, which allows you to bring your vehicle directly up to your storage unit, or even lift access to reduce heavy lifting up and down the stairs.

 

 

Preparing paperwork for self storage

Once you’ve honed in on the perfect storage facility that meets your needs, you should begin preparing your files for self storage. As oils from hands can cause yellowing over time, you can begin by organizing your files into acid-free folders, which prevents such breaking down from occurring. From here, place these folders in acid-free paper storage boxes.

 

Take account of what folders are placed in the box and clearly label the contents on the outside of the box. This will help for later retrieval once placed in the storage unit. This is also a good time to create a master list of your file inventory.

 

Once your boxes are labeled and ready to placed in a storage unit, it is a good practice to store the boxes off the ground. This can be done by bringing in shelving—or finding a storage unit with shelving already installed—or by using a wooden pallet on the ground. By keeping your paper off the ground, you help further reduce the risk of water or pest damage.

 

Additionally, it is beneficial to place your boxes along the perimeter of your storage unit. This allows you access to all the boxes present without having to dig through and risk disorganizing your storage unit.

 

Start storing your paperwork today

When you’re ready to begin storing your paperwork, you can start today! Using our vast online directories and strong search filters, you can find the perfect storage unit for your needs and reserve directly online today. Plus, you should you need any further assistance, you can call in to one of our storage representatives, and they’ll be happy to help.

 

Thanks for using USStoragesearch.com for all your self storage needs!

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How to store leftover paint

Mike Jones | May 9, 2018 | Storage Advice

As the weather starts to warm up, windows start to open, and the slow itch of spring cleaning begins to take root. Perhaps you’re looking to sell your house, maybe you’re moving into a new home—or maybe you just want to spruce up the place. In any case, the spring season is a great time to knock out a painting a project.

Whether you’re sprucing up the house for spring cleaning, preparing a home before a showing, or even starting a small painting business, there’s the often overlooked problem of what to do with the leftover paint. Disposing of it can be a process, and you’ll never know if you may need it for touch ups down the way. Fortunately, self storage can be a great solution for storing your left over paint.

Preparing leftover paint for self storage

There are benefits to keeping the leftover paint for your home or business. Knicks and scratches in paint are everyday occurrences, and you never know when you’ll need to touch up here and there. To prepare your paint for self storage, the American Coating Association recommends a few simple steps.

For best results, the ACA says to place clear plastic wrap over the opening of the paint can prior to securely sealing the lid back on to the can. If you’re storing paint for your home or office, place a piece of masking tape on the can and clearly label which room or wall the paint was used to find it easily later on. When you’ve made sure the lid is leak-proof, place it upside down in a place with a moderate temperature and out of the reach of kids—like a 5×5 storage unit.

Storage features for storing paint

To ensure that your paint stays in ready-to-use condition during its time in storage, the climate control will be crucial in storing your leftover paint. Find a storage facility with climate controlled units, which will maintain the inside of your storage unit a constant temperature and humidity level. This is especially useful in areas that experience extreme seasonal weather, as the fluctuations can damage the paint beyond use.

If you’re storing paint for a painting business, you’ll want to get to your paint on your time and easily. Find a storage facility with drive up access to pull your work truck or van up directly to your unit for easy drop off and pick up. You’ll also want a facility with 24 hour access so you can get to your inventory on your time, which may not always be during traditional business hours.

Start storing your leftover paint today

Following the simple ACA recommended steps in preparation, you can ensure that your leftover paint will stay usable for your next spring cleaning, and you can start doing this today.

Using the powerful search tools and massive online directories, USStoragesearch.com can help you find the perfect storage unit for your paint. Plus, once you find the storage facility for you, you can reserve your unit directly online with us or call in to one of our storage representatives for further assistance.

Thanks for using USStoragesearch.com for all your self storage needs!

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How to store your motorcycle

Mike Jones | April 24, 2018 | Storage Advice

How to use self storage for a motorcycle

 

Taking out your motorcycle for a long ride is the dream of many riders, especially with the warmer seasons ahead. However, whether your on military deployment, vacationing, or perhaps only take weekend rides—especially in the hit or miss weather of the spring season—you may not always be able to take your bike out. This problem can only be compounded when you’ve got no place at home to store your motorcycle.

 

Thankfully, self storage is here for you and your motorcycle. With the right storage features, strong security, and low costs, placing your motorcycle in self storage can be a great solution to this space problem.

 

Finding the right storage facility for your motorcycle

 

Before preparing your motorcycle for self storage, there are some key things to look for in a storage facility. For instance, you’ll want to find a storage facility with indoor, drive-up access. This feature allows you to drive your motorcycle directly up to the unit and park. Ensure that it’s an enclosed unit as well, as motorcycles will need the protection from the elements—leave the outdoor spots to boats and RVs. A 5×10 or 10×10 unit makes the perfect sized, and with drive-up access, it’s like you’re own garage.

 

Other features to consider include:

 

  • Security features: Any biker will tell you that a motorcycle is more than a vehicle, it’s a passion. Protect that passion with strong security features such as electronic gate access, video surveillance, and even onsite management to prevent any theft or vandalism.
  • Climate control: If you live in an area with extreme seasonal whether, consider a storage unit with climate control. This feature maintains a constant temperature and humidity level, preserving your motorcycle through harsh winter months.
  • 24-hour access: Enjoy your motorcycle on your time, not during regular business hours. Finding a storage facility with 24-hour access allows you to get into your facility and to your motorcycle when you need, like enjoying those sunrise starts to your road trip.

 

 

Tips for long-term motorcycle storage

 

While it’d be nice to take your motorcycle out of storage every other day, that’s not always possible. To ensure your motorcycle stays in top condition, there are a few simple steps you can take. For starters, check your motorcycle’s coolant system for leaks, and make sure your anti-freeze mix is fresh so your bike works well after been in storage for awhile.

 

Other steps to take include filling your tires as they’ll leak air over time. Lastly, give attention to your batteries, which will lose charge over time. You can place the battery on a mild trickle charger, which will slowly charge the battery and prevent it from losing its charge.

Store your motorcycle today

 

Once you’ve gotten your motorcycle prepared, you can find the perfect storage unit for your motorcycle today! With our strong search filters and massive directories, you can find the right storage facility today. Plus, once you’ve found it, you can reserve directly online through USStoragesearch.com.

 

Thanks for using us all for all your motorcycle storage needs!

 

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