Nowadays it seems like we can’t go anywhere without noticing a self-storage facility. The reason behind this is because self-storage has become increasingly popular over the last decade. With space becoming more and more of an issue for many of us, a storage unit would be the perfect simple solution. But beyond the space issue, there are several other reasons why increasing numbers of people have begun to use self-storage units. Here are some of these reasons.
Moving to a New Home – With the housing market at all-time highs, we’re seeing an increasing number of people buying/selling homes. In this complex housing market, moving to our new home isn’t always a straightforward process that can be accomplished within a day. Often times, there may be unexpected move-in/move-out delays where the new home isn’t ready for the move-in transition. Fortunately, self-storage units provide a solution for holding your belongings until the move-in process is completed.
Home Renovation – Whether you’re looking to reconstruct a leaky roof or add on an additional room, the last thing you’ll want to see is debris and dust on your floors and furniture. During these times when your home is under renovation, a self-storage unit can provide a safe temporary solution to house your valued items and furniture. Once the renovation is completed, you’ll have the opportunity to redecorate your home with your stored belongings.
Safe Haven for Seasonal Belongings – A storage unit is a perfect place to store seasonal items such as Christmas lights, Halloween decorations, gardening tools and etc. It’s a great way to declutter and organize your garage. It’s also a great place to store surplus items that take up space in your home. This also holds true for vehicle storage as well such as dune buggies, lawn mowers and the like. Depending on the size of your unit and the facility’s policies, you may even be able to provide extra protection for your belongings such as climate controlled units.
Gap Year – Many students choose to either come back home to their parent’s house or spend a year traveling before entering the big world of work. In either scenario, many will find that they have nowhere to store their belongings after college. There’s probably no room back at the parent’s home. Who knows what sorts of things the parents might have acquired over the last 3 – 4 years. A possible solution to this temporary dilemma would be a storage unit.
Baby on the way – If you’re expecting a new addition on the way, you’ll need to clear up your spare bedroom and replace the spare bed with a crib. You can store your spare bed, furniture along with any additional belongings that aren’t needed at a storage facility.
Our Hobbies – We all know that a dedicated hobby can take up a lot of time and space. For example large fishing rods and golf clubs, so let’s remove the clutter from our homes and keep our hobbies away from the family. Whether your hobbies are the outdoors or a collector, a storage unit can help keep your hobbies from clashing with your family space.
Keep your Vehicle Safe – If your prized vehicle is collecting dust in the garage, keep it safe at a storage facility. Whether your prized vehicle is a car, boat, trailer or motorcycle, you can rest assured that it’ll be safe.
Major cities across the nation have begun noticing the rising popularity of micro-apartments. They’re on the rise due to the lack of housing available in the downtown areas of these cities. A typical micro apartment can range anywhere between 200 – 400 square feet, which is considerately small in comparison to the average 500 – 800 square feet apartment. So this sort of begs the question, why would anyone choose to live in such a small living quarter? And what is causing micro apartments to be in huge demand? And how does the rise in micro apartments influence self-storage? Let’s find out.
Let’s begin from the top. How can micro apartments become a viable solution to combat the housing crisis in major cities as well as alleviate some of the monthly rental cost? Well for starters, a typical apartment in or near the downtown area of a major city may range anywhere between $2,000 to $4,000 dollars per month. That’s an insane amount of money just to put a roof over your head. According to financial surveys, more than 70% of Americans spent close to half or one-third of their paycheck into their housing cost. The rest of the paycheck goes into necessities such as food but also in technology. With the advancement of technology, it’s enabled us to access our e-books, data, and information via a computer, tablet or phone. In other words, we don’t need the extra square feet for bookshelves and other remnants of the past necessities within the living quarters. With the reduced square feet in the living quarters, surely the cost of rent will also be reduced. So as a solution to not only save space and reduce the cost of living, micro-apartments have become viable and sought after solution. Times are definitely changing and millennials are at the forefront of this change and they’re looking to pave a new direction.
On the psychological side of this micro-apartment movement, we have to understand that people have a really strong desire for wanting a place of their own. It’s a huge signifier that you’ve reached a certain stage in life and it also gives you an opportunity for privacy. Micro-apartments are becoming the next alternative to owning a property of their own. Especially since the average cost of a home is well beyond most typical American’s budget range, let alone a regular sized apartment or loft. Micro-apartments ring true to the phrase, “less is more”.
Micro-apartments are typically built in or close to the downtown areas of major cities so everything is in close proximity. Although your living quarters are reduced significantly, it’s made up in other aspects such as shorter distance to and from work, groceries, and if you’re a green environmentalist that’s a huge bonus. Most micro-apartments are also built with a communal layout in mind. In other words, there are designated communal workspaces and lounging areas. These communal areas are usually themed with a coffee setting atmosphere and ambiance to help improve social interaction and ultimately build a community. Think of these communal spaces as your unofficial living room with the added bonus of making new friends.
With the size of micro-apartments ranging only a couple hundred square feet, there are bound to be some major items and belongings we simply can’t store. As a possible solution, self-storage will become their next best friend. It just makes more sense to spend a hundred dollars on a storage unit to store your belongings than to spend a couple extra thousand on a slightly bigger apartment to hold your belongings. With health and fitness becoming increasingly popular among newer generations, it’s to no surprise why walking to and from work is no big deal. That’s just the direction we’re headed, so if you need something from your storage unit, just remember it’ll only be a quick stroll away.
According to the Self-Storage Association, there are approximately 50,000 self-storage facilities throughout the United States. There are also several reasons for using a self-storage unit. Here are the top 4 reasons why!
We all have feelings, some of course more than others. So when it comes to sentimental items whether it’s an old crumpled note or a giant patched up teddy bear we as people can’t help but feel an emotional attachment. So after a full house cleaning, we tend to find a lot of things that we would likely toss away. However, there might be a few incidences that we find sentimental items that we don’t want to toss away but also would prefer not to have around the house. If this is the case, a self-storage unit can be a great solution. This way, you can have a clean clutter-free home all the while keeping your sentimental valuables. It’s a win-win in my book!
You know that saying “A home isn’t a Home unless you’re there?”, or at least something along the lines of that. Well, this rings true when we’re moving to a new home. Often times when we make a move, we’d like to go by the saying “out with the old and in with the new.” But sometimes that crusty old couch or chipped dining table holds sentimental memories of your family and without them, it just wouldn’t feel the same. That’s where a self-storage unit comes in! A storage unit is perfect for the in-between phase during a move. For example, there may be times where we might have to leave our current home for a particular reason while the new home is not yet in a position for a move in. Many of us during this in between moving phase may live with relatives, friends or in a temporary living space. However, moving all your furniture and bulkier belongings with you may prove to be difficult or near impossible. Which is why a self-storage unit would be a great solution to this sort of predicament.
Hobbies are an intricate part of life for a lot of people. Whether it’s painting, playing an instrument or playing sports, hobbies are an important building block for our identity. That’s precisely why it’s important to have our equipment properly secured and stored when it comes time to indulge ourselves in our craft. Especially if you’ve got gallons of paint lying around the house or snowboards and skis taking up half of the garage. A climate controlled storage unit would be the most ideal unit for storing your most precious equipment.
Everyone has their specific interests, likes and dislikes. So when you amplify these likes and interests you’re generally left with what society calls “a hoarder.” Whether you’re hoarding as a hobby or for something that peaks your happiness, collecting and surrounding yourself with things that make you happy is a good thing. If collecting decorative socks or bottle caps bring you happiness all the more power to you. Though you may be labeled as a hoarder I think the happiness you receive from your decorative sock collection can easily outweigh the stigma associated with the term “hoarder”. So now you have shelves and shelves of mint-condition socks all around your house and you’re slowly running out of space to shelve them. So do you do now? Well, one solution is a storage unit. Declutter and free up some space around the house to make more room for shelves! Who doesn’t like to have shelves of socks all around their house!? Word of advice, if you’re hoarding collection is around the house I think it may be a sign to store them at a storage facility. Not only will it look more organized and securely kept in the storage unit, but nobody will know that you’re a hoarder!
Let me guess, you bought a new, sleek and sophisticated leather couch brimming with the definition of classy comfort. Or perhaps a new dining table set featuring a detailed hand carved floral design with a rich mahogany finish? Whatever the case may be, you’re now stuck with old furniture. A proper solution to this dilemma would be to store your old furniture in a storage facility. Storing furniture in a storage facility is a completely different animal than storing boxes and trinkets. There are a few additional steps and preparation for furniture storage. Moving furniture isn’t as simple as it may seem. So to help our community, I’ve compiled a few furniture storage tips and tricks. Check them out!
Do you need Climate Controlled Storage?
First and foremost, determine the type of material your furniture is made out of. This’ll help you decided whether or not a climate controlled unit is needed or not. For instance, wood furniture is typically known to chip and crack when temperatures are too dry. One of the best storage methods in ensuring that your furniture remains unscathed during the storage period is investing in a climate controlled unit. A climate controlled unit is a unit that will keep your belongings in a constant environment. Generally speaking, the temperate settings for the climate controlled unit range anywhere from 55 degrees to 85 degrees. Climate controlled units are enclosed units; therefore it’ll resist dust, pests, humidity and other elemental threats. If you live in an area with high weather and temperature volatility, I highly recommend going with a climate controlled storage unit.
How big of a unit would I need to store my furniture?
This question seems a bit obvious, but the size of your unit does matter. In addition to considering a climate controlled storage unit, please also consider if the unit is large enough to comfortably accommodate your furniture. Now, what do I mean by comfortably accommodate your furniture? I’m talking about ventilation. Ventilation is a critical component in preserving your furniture. When storing your furniture, try not to store your furniture pressed against a wall. If possible, elevate your furniture off the floor with pallets to help better facilitate the airflow. This will help keep any potential mold at bay.
Have you prepared Your Furniture for storage?
One of the fundamental storage preparations for storage is to disassemble the furniture as much as possible for easier storage. This’ll allow you to make the most of the space and help better protect it. As tempted as you may be to wrap your furniture in plastic wrap or cover, don’t do it. Doing so will increase the odds of heat and moisture damage by preventing adequate ventilation. There are, however, specialized storage covers you may use to keep your furniture safe. Specifically, when it comes to mattress storage, you should definitely invest in a mattress storage bag to help ward off potential little critters. In the case of leather furniture, the best preparation prior to storage is to coat the leather with a protective wax or polish to help reduce the effects of temperature change and moisture. When it comes to wood furniture, you’ll look at a more extensive care preparation because wood is susceptible to splitting and cracking due to dryness. One of the best methods to prep wood furniture prior to storage is coating it with a protective wooden wax or polish. Don’t be afraid to be generous with the polish, it’s better to use too much than too little.
Let me guess, you’ve heard about self-storages before but never really had any reason to use it until recently. You’re probably also wondering where do you start and which facility is right for you. What unit sizes would you need and what to look out for and what not to look out for. While all these questions are great to keep in mind, this article will help simplify some of these questions to help you decide which facility is right for you. With that said, understand that a self-storage is a great way to save and preserve your belongings. People typically use self-storages for a variety of reasons such as clearing up space in their home or apartment. While others may view a self-storage as a temporary solution for their moving transitions. Regardless of what your case may be, we can all agree that keeping your belongings safe is one of the most important factors when deciding which storage facility to sign up for. With that said, let’s check out the 5 simple starter tips for beginner self-storage renters.
1) Find a self-storage facility with several security features – such as 24/7 video surveillance, electronic pin access gates, alarm systems, well-lit facility and more. These are some security related features you should definitely look for at any facility. Another tip to keep your eyes open for is how tidy the facility is, both inside and outside. The more well-kept a facility is generally translates to how regulated the overall facility is maintained. This is typically a good sign. Another great sign of a secured facility is if they have an on-site employee 24/7 as it’ll help bring in a physical presence to help deter potential shenanigans.
2) Find out if the self-storage facility offers insurance – whenever a facility offers insurance, that’s always a good sign. It shows that the facility is confident in securing your belongings. Additionally, having insurance on your belongings is always good to have in case a security breach occurs or your belongings are damaged. It’s highly recommended to ensure your belongings if you plan on storing your items for a long period of time.
3) Find out whether your belongings are sensitive to the environment – in other words, if you’re renting an outdoor storage, it’s important to make sure that your unit is completely sealed and secured to prevent any damages from the environment such as the weather. Depending on the items you plan on storing, a climate controlled storage unit is typically the best option. Without proper environmental protection, you belongings may be in danger of damages from such elements as floods, fires and rust.
4) Find yourself a secure lock – one of the most important security measures you can do is to take matters into your own hands. While a lock may seem like the most obvious signs of security, people tend to not take into consideration the lock quality. Keep in mind that some facilities may require you to bring your own security lock for your own protection while other facilities have their own security measures to ensure your belongings are safe.
5) Find yourself a notebook or something to record your items – it’s important to keep a map record of where your belongings are located. This’ll ensure that no one has been in your unit and that it was exactly as you had left it. Additionally, having a record of your belongings is great because it’ll help you stay organized come time to move. Another important reason why you should keep a record of your belongings is in case of an insurance claim.
Believe it or not, using a Self-Storage Unit is actually considered an art form. Don’t believe us? Try it out yourself! Stack your boxes from left to right or from right to left in the self-storage unit and let your creativity run wild. With an added bit of careful thought and preparations, your stacks will not only look organized but it’ll be organized and that’s not even the best part! The best part is you’ll know exactly where you put each item so that it will not be hard to find what you’ll be looking for! Check out these 5 helpful tips in organizing your self-storage unit to ensure a successfully organized master piece! Let’s get started!
1. Choose One Specific Box Size (if possible) – Having same sized boxes will definitely help make your planning process a whole lot easier. You’ll have a clearer estimation of where the boxes should go and how many boxes should be allocated to one side of the self-storage unit or the other. Additionally if you’re into detailed planning, you may go as far as measure the width, height and dimensions of the box for an even clearer plan of action. To make matters even easier and more flexible when you’re stacking, you may look into boxes that are interchangeable. For instance, using two small boxes that equal the size of one large size box. This is helpful and beneficial for you because you may want to store specific items in a box that you wouldn’t normally store in another.
2. Identify & Prioritize The Items You May Need – Let’s be honest here, there are certain items that you use regularly and items that you do not use regularly. The trick is to store the items you do not use regularly on the lower boxes. The idea of this tip is to have your most regularly used items on top of the storage for easier accessibility. One note to mention is to give extra thought to seasonal items such as Christmas lights, Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving decorations and etc. You may also consider separating the self-storage unit in half with one side having seasonal and frequently used items such as tents, sleeping bags, sleds and etc.
3. Label Each Box You Pack – This is where true organization comes into play. Labeling each box on the top and the sides of the box will help keep you sane when it comes time to dig through your belongings. There are several methods of organization when it comes to labeling your boxes. You can color code each box with a specific color to represent a specific group of items or use numbers to distinguish the boxes from one another. Perhaps even a combination of both color and number.
4. Create The Master List – Some people may refer to the master list as the holy bible of their self-storage unit. The reference is by all means nothing short of excellence. So once you are completed with your desired method of labeling, a master list should be created. This master list will be your ticket to maintaining your sanity. The master list will come in handy when you need to locate a specific item, especially if some of your boxes are completely out of view. With technology becoming more advanced by the second, you can save yourself the trouble of hand-writing the entire list of the self-storage unit. Instead you can opt to using Microsoft Word or another digital recording application to write down your specifics. With all that said and done, if you’re a detailed planner and you want to be extra. We recommend writing down the corresponding box color/number with a list of the items that the box contains as well as the location of the box in the self-storage unit. This is of course, one hundred percent optional.
5. Place A Map Of Your Belongings Inside The Self-Storage Unit – Drum roll please! The last step to an organized self-storage unit is a map. That’s right! A Map! A simple friendly reminder of the interior layout of your self-storage unit is the final tip in becoming a pro. Typically, the average person that visits their self-storage unit ranges between a few weeks to a few months depending what is stored in the facilities. We sometimes tend to be forgetful at times and as a safety measure, a map can help alleviate time spend digging through your belongings.
Whether in Van Nuys or anywhere else, moving is stressful and exhausting. Add kids to mix and the level of tension and fatigue is multiplied. If the daunting take of juggling between packing chores and parenting responsibilities a must this summer while school is out, follow these tips to help keep summer vacation fun and the move entertaining for those little ones full of curiosity and energy.
Learning Through Packing
Kids are hands-on learners. Moving offers a teaching opportunity for kids of any age. Keeping kids actively involved in the moving process not only teaches them skills they will use later on as adults, but will also keep them occupied as they help the family in moving.
Smaller Moving Boxes for Smaller Movers
Show your child how to properly pack using smaller boxes based on the size of their belongings. This encourages them to be active participants as they pack their own boxes with their favorite toys and carry them to the moving truck. Smaller boxes can include old shoe boxes which your child can easily place their action figures or Barbie’s into. If the small boxes can be made as light as possible, you can also have your child carry their own boxes from their rooms to the moving truck or garage. This experience teaches your child to have responsibility for their toys and makes them feel part of the moving team!
The Game of Moving
Who hasn’t played (or at least heard about) the game TETRIS? The goal of the game is to fit different sized pieces together without leaving gaps and without allowing the area to overflow. Add a timer to it and the challenge has been heightened! Moving is a lot like TETRIS. Have your child figure out how to make all their toys fit in a small box. This will encourage him/her to organize all those toys better. For older kids, have them time themselves to see how fast they can finish packing up their toy room! Encourage them to maximize the space of the box by utilizing their TETRIS skills. Congratulate them when they show you that they are applying their game skills and reward them for jobs well-done with treats during breaks. Using games to engage your children during the relocation process makes the task of packing more enjoyable for kids and very helpful for you.
Creating Art on Moving Boxes with Children
After your child is done packing a small box with their toys or clothes have them note what is in the box by writing or drawing at the sides of the boxes. This teaches them to organize and help find that specific toy there are sure to need as soon as you go to your new home. Creating art on the boxes is a fun experience that will keep them both productive and occupied. When it comes time to unpacking the boxes in your new home, have your kids help by having them seek out the boxes based on their own labeling. Ask them to find a specific toy to show them how their organizing and labeling helped you out!
KEEPING NERVES AT BAY FOR KIDS DURING RELOCATIONS
Moving is hard on kids not only because their caregivers are preoccupied with packing, but also because they are nervous about the change. Make them feel comfortable by keeping their favorite toys and activities accessible to them throughout the relocation. A backpack for them to keep around them is a convenient way of not losing track of these items and an easy place for your child to store their items.
Keep Them Reading!
Marvel comic books, bed-time fairytales, or the latest magical series, keep kids occupied with learning. Before the hectic packing and moving period starts, make a visit to the book store or library and have them pick out books specifically for that week. While their minds escape to the far and wide adventures, you can focus on the moving chaos.
Coloring & Activity Books
Keep your child’s creative juices flowing! Coloring & activity books will keep their minds engaged and is a stress-reliever for them. Have them get a head start on the summer homework or make birthday cards for any upcoming celebrations. The best part of having coloring and activity books for them is they are easy to carry and don’t take up much space. Your child can work on them in the car or even at the self-storage unit while you’re busy working in your unit.
Electronics & Learning Apps
With the ever-changing options on electronic devices these days, learning apps that entertain your children while teaching them math, reading or creative thinking, are life-savers during home moving! Managing screen time when you’re busy is difficult, setting up screen time parental controls on iPhones and tablets will help control what they are doing and for how long they are on the device. Don’t forget to fully-charge the devices in case you need it at the self-storage unit or on the long drive to your new home.
Pack for a 3-Day Vacation
Moving to a new home is certainly not anything like a vacation. But, when it comes to the first few nights in your new residence, packing for a three-day trip will make those transition days much easier. Packing, loading, unloading and unpacking rarely come without any hiccups: misplaced phone, forget to empty out the fridge or don’t know who has the new apartment keys. When 9 PM hits, the last thing you want to worry about is where the tooth brushes and favorite blankets are. Have each person’s essentials packed up in their individual luggage and alleviate the night and morning frustrations of a “just-moved in” unorganized home.
Sleeping bags are a crucial must when moving, especially when you have disassembled and packed away the bed. You may not be able to re-assemble the bed frames in the new bedrooms. Keep this in mind and anticipate that there may be a possibility of sleeping on the floors on the first night. Having the sleeping bags and pillows accessible will allow for a quick setup for the night.
If reading bedtime stories is a nightly routine on a normal (non-moving) day, stick to the routine and provide comfort through stability. Have the kids choose a few books to pack in their luggage so you can read during bedtime as you help them fall asleep. For older children, ask them about their week and talk to them about how the move went. Spending some time with them will help them feel at ease as they try to wrap their minds around the big move.
Teddy Bear & Night Lights
Moving can be scary for younger children. The unfamiliarity of the new home can be frightening especially during the dark night hours. Pack your child’s comfort toys in the luggage along with some night lights throughout the new place. This will also minimize bumps in to moving boxes as you try to get to the restroom in the unfamiliar home in the middle of the night.
Take a Break & Explore your new Neighborhood with the Family!
Soon after your family is moved in, the focus is on unpacking and settling your things into the new spaces. But, it’s also important to settle into your neighborhood. Take a break from the packing for an hour or two and explore the neighborhood. Take a family stroll to the nearby parks or the local store. You and your kids will enjoy the break together as you meet your new neighbors and get familiar with your surroundings. After all, the task of moving may not be fun but a new beginning in a new neighborhood is exciting!
If moving to Van Nuys near QuikStor Self Storage, visit the following links for helpful family-friendly activities and resources:
Discover Los Angeles–A list of all the activities you and your family can do in the greater Los Angeles area!