Tips For Making The Most Of Your Storage Unit

Published On: February 7th, 2013

Storage units are great for freeing up space in the home, whether you live in an apartment or a million dollar mansion. Being able to get rid of the clutter means having more space to breathe and move around at home. When you need to access something, you simply go to your storage unit. If you need to store something else away, the storage unit is a safe and secure place to put it. How you store it is important, though.

Here are some tips that will allow you to make the most of your storage unit. If you need to move to a larger size in the future, these tips will also make that move much easier for you:

  1. Use pallets where necessary because pallets will keep items off of the floor. For storage that is outdoors, you never know when a little water will come under the door although units are built to drain water away from them. Even when your unit is inside, anything can happen outside of the door, such as a spill or something could spill in the neighboring unit.
  2. Wrap everything that you can in industrial plastic wrap to ward off dust.
  3. Label your boxes and containers so that you do not have to search through boxes, drawers, and containers to find what you need. Having to dig for items can make it difficult to put everything back exactly the way you had it and searching is also time consuming.
  4. When storing items away, be creative with how you use the space. For instance, you can stretch a piece of plywood across several boxes to create layers. Layers will make the stack sturdier so that you can place more boxes in the stack. You also want to utilize any flat surfaces, such as tables. You can store items on top of and underneath a table.
  5. Visit your storage unit at least every six months to see which items you can get rid of. To make this even easier, keep an inventory of what goes in and out. Getting rid of items you don’t need, frees up space for needed items that must go into storage.
  6. Prepare for temperature changes. Minnesota is very cold in the winters and hot in the summers. When renting an outdoor unit, it is good to remove the few things that don’t like the heat or the cold. If insulating items is all that needs to be done, insulating with blankets can help.

When utilizing these tips, you can make your storage unit a fully functional space for your belongings. Furthermore, being able to make full use of your space means you are making a good investment for you and for your belongings.

 

Choosing The Right Size Storage Unit

Published On: February 7th, 2013

If you know what you want to store, then it should be easy to determine how much space is needed for storage.

The first thing you need to do when determining how much storage space you need is make a list of the items you wish to store. Making this list will help you categorize items based on how they will be organized in the space. You can categorize by marking the items that are going to be packed in boxes and those that will be packed in another way or not at all. Write down what needs to stay together and also mark the items that you will need to access the most. Also keep in mind that the heavier items need to be on the bottom of a stack with fragile items on top.

How Items Will Be Packed

It is ideal to make notes about how each item will be packed and stacked. All containers and boxes should be similar in size so that it is easier to assess how much space will be taken and whether or not an item will fit in a box. If an item doesn’t fit, that will dictate how it will be stored. Containers that you can use include stackable drawers, stackable plastic containers, totes, and regular cardboard moving boxes. Many individuals prefer the stackable drawers because they can easily access belongings without having to move boxes and containers around.

Storage Unit Sizes

To give you an idea of how much you can store in a storage unit, here is a rundown of the different sizes with ideas of which items typically fit inside of these units:

  • 5×10 – Around the size of a half bathroom. This is ideal for those who may be in college with limited dorm space. Examples of items you can store include a chest of drawers, boxed small items, a small mattress and box spring, garden tools, and seasonal items.
  • 10×10 – Imagine a small to mid-size bedroom. This is also perfect for seasonal items, a dresser, a TV, a queen size bed, and a few boxes of smaller items.
  • 10×15 – This storage unit is the size of a large bedroom. Larger items such as a king size bed, a piano, a big-screen TV, couch, and tables will fit here. If you do store a table you can stack items on top and underneath to utilize space better.
  • 10×20 – Around the size of a one car garage, this space is large enough to store all of the items in a small apartment. Large boxes along with tables and chairs, a table, and appliances can be stored here.
  • 10×25 – Just a little bigger than a one car garage, the contents of a two bedroom home can be stored here. Large items can be stored, such as an entertainment center, a bed, couch, and a number of appliances.

Of course, you can utilize your storage space the way you want to. The above are simply examples of what you can place in each space. As long as you make a list of your storage items and plan how they are packed, you will have plenty of storage space. You can also avoid paying extra money by not renting a space that is too large.

Summertime in Prior Lake

Published On: August 24th, 2012

Prior Lake is always very busy in the summer. As Minnesotans, we have to enjoy the nice weather and take advantage of soaking up the sunshine! Boating is a popular activity in our city, as we are blessed to have such a beautiful lake. During the summer months we offer boat trailer parking. Once you are ready to remove your boat from the water, we can conveniently place it in outdoor or indoor storage at the same location.  To ensure that a space will be available, contact us now. We would be happy to place your name on our reservation list for this fall.  Let us help you make your life easier.  It is also time to start thinking about parking your cars inside again. If your garage has become full this summer, our storage facility in Prior Lake has the answer for you. We have multiple sizes that will fit your needs.

We are a family owned and operated business that has been in Prior Lake for over 20 years.  Thank you to everyone who has kept their storage needs local.

 

 

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