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HOW SELF STORAGE CAN HELP WITH YOUR MOVE

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We all know that moving can be a stressful time in anyone’s life, so any way to reduce that stress and make the process easier is welcome. A self storage unit can be a great way to help make your moving journey more simple and less stressful! The summertime is the most popular time of year for moves in America, so let’s take a look below at some of the ways a storage unit can help on your next move, whether it be this summer or many summers into the future. Flexibility: With flexible month-to-month leases, you can rent a storage unit for just a month to keep some of those extra belongings out of the way during your move, or an extended period if the moving process takes awhile or you’re making renovations to a home. Our Pink Door storage facilities also have access hours from early morning to late at night so you can get your belongings when it’s convenient for you. Reduce Clutter and Stress: Things being a mess while moving makes it harder to actually move but can also create additional stress that you don’t need! Get some of those bigger pieces of furniture, heavy boxes, or just clunky items out of your way (and out of your mind) by keeping them in a storage unit until you’re ready to move them into your new place. This will make the moving process quick and you can avoid having your brand new home filled with boxes you aren’t ready to unpack. Security: Depending on your move, you may find your belongings sitting in a moving truck longer than you hoped! Keep your more valuable belongings safe in a locked storage unit while you handle setting up in your new home first. Our Pink Door Storage facilities offer fenced and gated locations along with 24-hour video surveillance to help maintain your peace of mind. We also have temperature-controlled units at some locations so more sensitive items can be ...



August 11th, 2023


4TH OF JULY & STORING YOUR RV OR BOAT

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The 4th of July is a time for celebrating our independence and freedom, and to thank those who have fought to protect our country. It’s a time well spent with family and friends, and this often includes celebrating with popular traditions like camping and boating. Prepping for these trips can be overwhelming at times, but so can storing your RV or boat when the trip is over. Don’t stress! Check out these tips for storing your RV or boat after your holiday fun this 4th of July: Remove all food and debris from your RV or boat. You don’t want to discover a moldy pack of hot dog buns or the lingering smell of trash the next time you’re preparing to roll out! This will also keep pests from trying to get in or cause any potential issues. Clean your RV or boat before you store it. This will help to prevent material build-up, pests, and damage. This can include the exterior of your RV and especially boats after going out on the lake. Don’t forget those internal systems as well like your RV’s holding tanks. Protect your RV or boat battery life by utilizing a trickle charger or disconnecting the cables. This will help to prevent the battery from draining especially when stored over longer periods of time. Some of our Pink Door locations also offer solar-powered trickle chargers to make sure you’re ready to go on your next voyage out. Inspect your RV or boat trailer tires carefully before storing it in your unit. Giving your tires, exterior and interior, a once over before storage can help make sure you catch any issues early. This also means you’ll avoid any surprises when you’re preparing for the next holiday trip! A well-maintained boat and RV can last for many years and will be more reliable and enjoyable to use. One of the best ways to protect your Boat and RV from environmental elements is using a covered or enclosed storage space. At ...



June 30th, 2023


4 TIPS FOR WINTERIZING YOUR STORAGE UNIT

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Fall and winter bring many exciting things like family traditions, holiday celebrations, great food, and of course, colder weather. Don’t let the cold weather become a problem for your items being stored. While you’re trading out your pool toys, grills, and lawnmowers out for snowboards, skis, and winter coats; take a few extra minutes to secure your items from the winter chill. Wrap Your Fragile Belongings Wrapping your fragile belongings in blankets or towels will keep them more protected from colder temperatures. Replace Cracked Bins and Ripped Boxes Ripped or cracked bins and boxes can give way to frost, dust, and eventually mold. A simple way to winterize is to replace them. Utilize Palettes to Protect Furniture If you are storing furniture with wooden legs, using palettes to keep the furnishings off the floor will help from the wood warping from condensation. Monitor Your Electronics Keep an eye on anything with a battery or cords. Batteries can erode when left in colder and wetter weather. Remove batteries and make sure cords aren’t exposed. We hope these tips help keep your belongings from chilly winter days! If you ever have questions about winterizing your unit, please talk to one of our facility staff members. ...



September 24th, 2020


TIPS & TRICKS FOR STORING HOLIDAY DÉCOR

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When the holidays come to an end and it’s time to take down your festive décor, the method used to pack everything up can make a difference in your new year vibes! Use these creative tips and tricks to make packing and unpacking easier and preserve your decorations- and sanity for years to come. Organization First things first, create an organization system that will make it simple to locate everything. Using festive colored storage bins and at a minimum, a good labels system will make it a breeze to pick out which bins are storing your holiday decorations. You could even go as far as numbering the bins in the order you need them. Ornaments Don’t let your ornaments get damaged or worse – broken. Keep your ornaments protected by separating them from each other. For those fragile ornaments consider the following: Keep ornaments in their original boxes if you can and store those boxes in a plastics bin for added protection. Create an ornament storage bin by using plastics cups, a poster board, and a hot glue gun. All you need to do is cut the poster board down to fit inside the bin, and then glue the plastic cups to the board. This will allow you to drop each ornament into a cup, protected from each other while stacking as high as your bin will allow. You may even opt to purchase storage containers specifically designed to separate, protect and store most ornaments. Christmas Lights Untangling a mess of lights is a surefire way to dampen holiday cheer. Take time this year to create a system for storing your lights, making it easier to pack and unpack in future seasons. First, save yourself time and fix or dispose of any strands that are no longer working. Re purpose any shipping or gift boxes from the holidays and cut yourself some rectangular pieces. Place a 1- inch slit at the top of one long side, and then cut another at the bottom ...



December 23rd, 2019


7 WINTERIZING TIPS EVERY BOAT OWNER NEEDS TO KNOW

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Preparing your boat for the winter should begin before the first major freezing temperature of the season. While storage facilities can help shield boats from cold weather damage, there is still important maintenance tasks to perform, before moving your boat into a storage unit for the winter. Boats are more prone to damage in freezing temperatures, when they are out of water. Freezing temperatures also increase the chances of engine seizes and other mechanical malfunctions. These tips can help set up and avoid unwanted consequence during the process: 7 Tips to Remember When Preparing Your Boat for Winter: Thoroughly clean (inside and out) with cleaning products Use a cover to place over your boat and make sure it’s tied tightly. Cover the wheels to protect from sun damage (if outdoors). It’s important to make sure the cover doesn’t blow off from high winds DO NOT use a space heater because it can damage your boat and cause a fire! Fog the engine and change the oil (if your engine permits) Fill the engine block with antifreeze; this prevents freezing and cracking of the engine block Fill up and stabilize the fuel tank Think about hiring someone to prepare your boat if you do not have time or are not comfortable doing it yourself. ...



September 25th, 2019


10 REASONS WHY SELF-STORAGE IS HELPFUL WHEN RELOCATING

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Storage is most useful when people need to move their possessions to a safe place and relocation is one of the top reasons why customers use it.College students use storage when moving to dorms or back home. These units are usually used on a short term basis during summer and winter recesses.Other clients use storage to relocate for business, pleasure and/or downsizing to a new home. Luckily for most, this can be done in a short amount of time! The top 10 reasons why you should consider using storage during a move: Convenience Saves time; Hire people to do move your stuff and store it away! You can lease on a month-to-month basis Flexible and easy to lease for long or short term use Less costly than paying a home rent or mortgage Immediate move-ins and access (Rent a unit and move-in on the same day!) You can collaborate with moving companies to move your stuff Don’t need to physically be on site to move in (not available at every storage location) Makes downsizing easy and clutter free Allows more work space in your home Self-Storage is great for quick and professional relocating solutions. It saves money, time and is hassle free! ...



August 22nd, 2019


6 WAYS TO KEEP PESTS AWAY FROM YOUR STORAGE UNIT

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While most storage facilities have pest control, there’s never a guarantee that unwanted creatures can’t find their way in. It’s important to ask management about their pest control procedures before moving in. Storage facilities usually hire exterminators to control the property, but do not access the inside of the tenants units to exterminate. Small insects, mice, bed bugs, flees, ticks and flies are common pests found in storage units. Traps are helpful as long as they’re used safely and correctly. Spraying deterrents in your unit can help too. Rats/Mice do not like strong fragrances. Keeping an air freshener in the unit can help. During the summer months, infestation is more common. Always contact management at your facility if the situation is uncontrollable. Some things that you can do to avoid pest infestation are: Use bed covers for your mattresses (our facilities sell them) NEVER put or leave perishables or any type of food or beverage in your unit! Use wrap to protect for upholstered furniture Washing/clean clothing before putting into storage Put stored items on higher shelves Inspect your unit and all your storage boxes before moving in ...



July 24th, 2019


24 FLAMMABLE ITEMS YOU SHOULD NEVER STORE

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While most items are generally allowed in storage, there are still restrictions. Items that cause a threat of starting a fire are strictly prohibited! Flammable items can be very toxic and become more vulnerable during higher temperature months. Extreme temperatures can create ignitable vapors, natural gasses and air mixtures. Combustible liquids have a danger zone of any temperatures that are 100°F degrees or higher. Flammable items can be triggered at temperatures 100°F or under. The following items are considered flammable/combustible: Propane tanks aerosol cans Jerry cans gasoline tanks cooking oils fertilizers fireworks oxygen tanks explosives Kerosene lamps alcohol cleaning products loaded firearms ammunition paint paint thinner paint remover cooking oil lighters acid roofing tar fueled motorized vehicles asbestos batteries If you are storing motorized vehicles or gas-motored equipment, it’s inevitable to make sure all liquids are drained from gas tanks. Taking the extra step towards fire safety is well-worth the time. Examining your items before storing is a great way to protect and can help prevent horrible accidents! ...



June 11th, 2019


TOP 5 STORAGE MISTAKES

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Many storage customers are not aware of common mistakes they make when utilizing their units. Just because your unit has safety surveillance, it doesn’t mean your storage is completely safe from damage. Although many are aware of the how important temperature control is, for items like electronics, clothing and furniture, storage users should be aware of other uncertainties that can impact their possessions: Newspaper is commonly used to wrap glass, décor and sensitive items. Newspaper ink can smudge and stain your possessions. Eroded newspaper is also known to stick. Storing food or anything edible should NEVER be the case with storing anything in your unit. Edibles not only attract pests, but your food will expire or spoil! The cheapest storage unit isn’t always the best unit. It may be worth spending a little extra to have the temperature/climate control feature, especially if you have fragile items like paintings, photographs or antiques. The more delicate of an item, the more prone it is to weather damage. Pack carefully. If you pack anything sharp, make sure it’s not in a packed in a dangerous spot. You want to avoid packing wet and dirty items, as it can create mildew and mold. All clothing should be washed and packed into cardboard or plastic air-tight lid boxes. Try not to store too much on the floor. Concrete and metal attracts moisture. If there’s ever heavy rain or flooding, it can damage your stuff! Stack your boxes on wood pallets and keep them away from walls. There’s many things to consider when deciding your storage facility. To learn more about storage tips, watch 10 storage tips here! ...



April 25th, 2019