Winterizing Your Storage Unit

December 17, 2015
December 17, 2015

The winter season is almost here, and the holidays aren’t far behind! Cleaning and organizing your home in time for the copious amounts of friends and family stopping by for a holiday visit can be stressful, so having some extra space to keep things can make your life a little simpler.

There are a number of things that can take up valuable space in your home, which makes renting a storage unit a viable option for many homeowners. If you have a storage unit, you might consider swapping out some of the items you have stored there as the seasons change. If you don’t have a storage unit, you might consider getting one, at least until the winter season has passed!

Discover some of the things that are taking up valuable space in your home or garage that you can keep in your storage unit this winter:

  • Sports Gear: Summer sporting gear, like baseball bats, gloves, soccer balls, surfboards and lawn chairs have no use in your home until the spring rolls around and can all be tucked away in a storage unit for the winter.
  • Extra Clothing: Store summer clothes, like shorts and bathing suits, in your unit for the winter.
  • Spare Vehicles: Storage units are perfect for storing extra cars, motorcycles, and bicycles during the winter months. This leaves more room for your guests to park in when they visit, and frees up some garage space to store all the gifts you’ve purchased for friends and family.
  • Lawn Equipment: Bulky lawn trimming equipment like lawn mowers, weed wackers, and gardening tools should be kept in your unit for the winter months when they aren’t being used.
  • Patio Furniture: If your storage unit has enough room, keep your patio furniture protected from the elements by storing it away. You can also keep your grill in your unit as well (just be sure to remove the propane first!).

If you are going to keep items in a storage unit throughout the winter, there are protective measures you’ll want to take to keep your belongings in optimal condition:

  1. Protect your items from water damage by placing them on top of pallets. This allows airflow and prevents contact with the ground in the event that water seeps into your unit, especially if it is an outdoor unit.
  2. To protect your belongings from animals or pests trying to escape the cold, keep your items wrapped up. Placing cedar blocks around your unit can also help prevent pests from nesting in your unit throughout the winter.
  3. Be mindful of any temperature sensitive items you might be storing in your unit. Items like musical instruments and art pieces are delicate, and need to be stored with care. Ensure these items are wrapped and boxed up with insulation to prevent damage throughout the season.

If you have questions about storing certain items in your unit throughout the winter season, talk with the staff at your storage facility. They’ll be happy to guide you on the path to proper storage practices!

Five Must Haves For First-Time Homeowners

October 12, 2015
October 12, 2015

must haves for first time homeownersIf you’re moving into a new home or apartment for the first time, there are a few basic necessities you’ll want to have before you even begin packing. Our friends at Westway Electric Supply have put together a guide for first-time homeowners to make your new space feel immediately like home when you move in.

  • Crockpot: New homeowners will learn that a Crockpot will quickly become their best friend. This handy kitchen tool makes cooking meals fast and easy. Simply toss the ingredients into the pot, turn it on, and forget about it. While you’re unpacking, arranging to have furniture delivered or cable installed, and trying to make sense of your first move, your meal will be cooking in the kitchen and ready for you to enjoy after you’ve dealt with the chaos.
  • Cooking /Serving Utensils: Moving can really work up an appetite! You’ll want to bring cooking, serving, and eating utensils with you on the big day. This includes serving spoons, spatulas, and tongs, as well as standard forks, knives, and spoons to eat with. If you’re looking for a quick fix when you move, plastic wear will suffice until you purchase a nice set of table tableware. First-time homeowners should also invest in staples like quality measuring spoons and cups, oven mitts, and a can opener. Using your kitchen will be impossible without these accessories.
  • Mattress: Moving is a stressful and tiring process, and you’re going to want to lie down somewhere at the end of the day. It’s best to purchase a mattress or bedroom set prior to moving, and arranging delivery for your move-in day. This way, you’re never without a comfortable space to sleep. If you haven’t purchased a bedroom set yet, or don’t have a mattress you can bring with you in your move, look into air mattresses.  You’ll have a semi-comfortable space to sleep during the process of getting an actual bed.
  • First Aid Kit: Like mom always said, “it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.”  Invest in a super-sized first aid kit for your first home. Find one that includes various sized band-aids, ointments, tweezers, surgical scissors, gauze, and pain medication. This handy kit will serve its purpose at some point throughout your time at home, and it’s especially good to have during a move in case of any accidental bumping or bruising.
  • Fire Extinguisher: As a new homeowner, you’ll quickly learn the importance of being prepared. Prior to your move, you should have homeowners insurance lined up for your new property, but you should still invest in a fire extinguisher. You will hopefully never have to use it, but it is still a good thing to have in case of emergency.

While you may not have all of the components necessary to set up your dream home, you should have the following 7 things arranged to take with you on moving day. Invest in these necessities to kick off owning a home the right way.

 

What To Put In Storage

August 7, 2015
August 7, 2015

It’s undeniable that as life goes on, we gather more and more “stuff.” Some of this stuff we use every single day, while other stuff gets forgotten about and tucked away into the back corners of closets or under the basement stairs. When this stuff becomes unbearable to look at, many people decide it’s time to get a storage unit.

When you’ve made the decision to rent a storage unit, the next step is to determine what you’re actually going to store. There are 3 questions you should ask yourself when you’re renting a storage unit that will help you get the most out of the space you’re renting:

  1. Do I Like It? This is perhaps the most important question to ask yourself about all of the belongings that you have. It might seem obvious, but if you simply don’t like something, it’s time to get rid of it. That old vase from your great-grandmother that doesn’t pair well with any other furniture that you own, or that torn and stained patchwork quilt from your dear Aunt Marge can get tossed while you’re packing things up to go into storage. In some cases, you may want to keep your grandmother’s china set or the throw blanket she made as a child- if that’s true for you, but you have young children or a new pet who might destroy said belongings, keeping them in storage until the kids or pets have grown is ideal. Be sure to store them safely so that they don’t become tarnished during their time in your unit.
  2. Do I Use It? If you’re going through your home and find something that you never use, or no longer have a use for, it shouldn’t take up valuable space in your storage unit. The items that you’re putting into storage should be of use to you at some point, whether you’re storing furniture until you move into a bigger home, or keeping the set of bunk beds you have for when your children have children. Consider how often you use items that are around your home as well – for example, storage units are great for storing seasonal items that aren’t used very often around your house. Keep holiday decor tucked away in a storage unit and take it out during those specific times of year. You’ll avoid cluttering your garage or attic space, as well as the headache that comes with digging these items out every year.
  3. Does The Item Have Value? Many people own antiques or valuable possessions that are worth a significant amount of money. If you own items such as these but don’t have enough room in your current living space to store them, renting a storage unit is a great option. It’s important to take extra care when storing these items so they do not become tarnished or lose monetary value. Keeping these items in storage allow more space in your home for practical items that you use every day.

Renting a storage unit can free up some much-needed space in your home. Before you crowd your storage unit with items that once crowded your basement, consider what you have, if you really need it, and if you are ever going to use it. This will ensure you get the most out of the space in your storage unit, and help keep your home clutter free!

 

Making the Most of Your Self Storage Unit

March 11, 2015
March 11, 2015

Organized Self StorageEven though people often have the best intentions when getting a storage unit, many times they don’t take the time to properly ensure they will make the most of out of the unit. Follow these helpful tips to help you make the most of your space.

Pack in Boxes: In order to maximize storage unit space, items should be placed in clearly labeled boxes. Compared to bags, boxes are easier to pack, label, transport and stack, and are overall less cumbersome than large trash bags. Also, if a storage unit just has bags haphazardly placed in it, it’s nearly impossible to locate and retrieve items. All in all, boxes make for a much more efficient way to store, organize and retrieve items.

Keep Items Off the Ground: The first thing you should place in a storage unit is pallets. Pallets make it so your items will never touch the ground, keeping your items protected from whatever might be on the floor of your unit. The time, effort and money that goes into purchasing and installing pallets is often less than those faced if you would have to discard and replace damaged items. You never know when a water problem could occur, so it’s much better to be safe rather than sorry.

Know What You Store: As you pack your items, keep an inventory of every item packed. That way, you won’t keep looking for an item that’s already packed, which will make packing less stressful. Additionally, take pictures of your items, particularly valuable ones, and keep a record with estimates of each item’s worth. In addition to keeping you organized, these steps will help you make an accurate insurance claim, in case one needs to be filed. Finally, keep a checklist of the items in storage so you can easily find the item when you need it; that way you won’t go searching in your storage unit for an item you think is there but actually is not.

Be Mindful of Placement: The key to knowing where to place items in a storage unit is figuring out how often you’ll be removing these items. For instance, if you know you will need a certain box of items more often than others, make sure you place it close to the door. This will allow for easier access and less cleaning up each time you remove and replace the item. Likewise, items that you won’t need very often should be placed towards the back of the unit. Furthermore, you can keep items organized by use so you know what area of the unit an item is in (for instance, keep all kitchen items are towards the left of the back wall).

For more tips on self storage, contact the experts at Manayunk Self Storage!

Moving Safety Tips

February 24, 2015
February 24, 2015

Moving can be an emotionally stressful journey, but also a physically tolling one. From packing your belongings to lifting heavy boxes, the process of moving from one home to another can pose a number of physical threats. To avoid injury during your big move, be aware of the potential dangers that could cause physical damage to yourself and others.

  • Be aware of box weight. When packing boxes, ensure they weigh no more than what you are comfortable carrying. Typically, boxes exceeding 50 pounds are too heavy for one person to carry by themselves. Ask for help when moving heavy boxes or objects. Employ the use of a hand truck or dolly to help move large objects and avoid pulling a muscle. Don’t forget to use proper lifting technique, squatting and using the strength of your legs to lift.
  • Wear the right clothing. Moving is dirty work, so be sure to wear old clothing that you feel comfortable parting with. It is best to wear clothing that is not too loose, as baggy fabric can get caught on boxes and other moving supplies. Remember to avoid open-toed shoes and wear sneakers to better protect your feet.
  • Keep yourself organized. Properly labeling boxes will help you keep track of your belongings, and ultimately make your life easier once they reach your new home. Color code your boxes with tape to help keep track of which room or section of a home those boxes’ items belong in. Keep a list of what has been packed and moved already and what hasn’t so you don’t leave anything behind.
  • Occupy the little ones. To keep children out of harm’s way, make sure they are occupied on moving day. Trucks, hand carts and other machinery, as well as sharp tools like box cutters can be dangerous to children. Have a friend or relative watch infants or toddlers, and keep older children occupied by having them help out with packing or moving small items.
  • Keep yourself fueled and hydrated. Be sure to eat a balanced meal of carbohydrates and proteins before starting your move. It is also important to drink plenty of water to ensure you body stays hydrated. During the moving process, consume beverages with electrolytes to replace the hydration lost when sweating.
  • Ask for help. Moving requires a lot of work. Packing up boxes, having them shipped or driven to your new home, and then unpacking those boxes can’t be done alone. Ask your friends or family for help on moving day. Their physical support, as well as their emotional support, will help your move go more smoothly.
  • Keep a first aid kit on hand. Should an injury occur, it’s better to be prepared. If serious injuries occur, contact the local emergency services.
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