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4 Things You Should Never Store in Your Self-Storage Unit

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4 Things You Should Never Store in Your Self-Storage Unit When getting a storage unit, it’s easy to feel like you just want to throw everything you’ve ever owned into the unit. But be advised, there are some things that are just not meant to go in a storage unit. Some times thing is for the safety or the storage unit facility and sometimes if for your belongs safety. Perishable Food A safety rule of storage units that many people don’t realize or follow, that food is not allowed in the units. This is not only to keep the storage facility from smelling but also to keep insects and rodents away from the units. The last thing anyone wants is bugs and flies in their storage units. That’s why storage unit facilities enforce this rule the way they do. Be respectful of your space and the other people renting storage units around you and keep the food at home. Hazardous Materials You are not allowed to store hazardous materials in your self-storage unit. Any items that if they spiled would create damage to the storage unit classify as hazardous. Hazardous materials are anything that is flammable, corrosive, or explosive. These materials create a risk to not only your unit but for the units around you. Chemicals, gases, gasoline, propane tanks, lamp oil, cleaning materials, paint thinner and paint, pesticides, and car batteries are among some of the hazardous materials you are not allowed to store in a self-storage unit. When storing leaf blowers, lawnmowers, or chain saws, they need to be drained of oil and duel before you store them in your unit. Damp or Scented Items Self-storage units must be kept dry and scentless for two reasons. One, because as mentioned above, scents in the unit can attract rodents, insects, and other pests to the facility which is why it is not allowed. Two, anything in your storage unit that is damp, even slightly, will produce mold and mildew. ...


Ryan Moore
July 14th, 2021


Why Self-Storage is a Helpful Solution During Your Divorce

Self Storage


Getting a divorce is one of the most painful things we can go through in life. It can be sad, overwhelming, and lonely. Sometimes the best solution for your things can be getting a self-storage unit so that you can focus on yourself and your happiness and not trying to do everything at once. In this blog, we’ll go over why storage units can be the perfect solution during your divorce. Throughout a Marriage, We Accumulate a Lot of Stuff The first thing you need to do is decide who to take what. Then have a storage unit organize and streamline the separation of items. This helps to keep things clear, avoiding arguments or confusion later on. It also keeps your shared home from turning into a chaotic storm of boxes and items covered in post-its. This is especially important if you’ll be selling your home and need to get it cleaned out quickly and efficiently. Keep Paperwork and Other Important Items Safe and Secure When going through a divorce there often is paperwork you don’t want your former spouse to see or have access to. Getting a storage unit can guarantee that things will be kept safe from wandering eyes and helps you feel you have a private space for important things. It’s tough to go through a divorce, and having a space that is just your own can help not make it worse. Storage is Great For Downsizing Often after a divorce, both parties have to downsize. When moving into your new, perhaps smaller size home your overflow of things can be put into a storage unit. The most important rule in moving into a smaller home than your used to is to not over clutter the place. That way your space looks bigger and more purposeful. Storage Gives You Flexibility In a Time When You Will Likely Be Distracted Divorces are difficult, and you may be distracted when moving. Self-storage units give you ...


Ryan Moore
July 14th, 2021


5 Tips to De-Clutter Your Self-Storage Unit

Self Storage Tips


Everyone who’s used a storage facility knows the feeling of walking into your unit, looking around, and then almost calling AMC’s hoarder to help you declutter. Clutter can happen to anyone, and since storage units are often small, having organization skills is really important. In this blog, we will go over 5 tips that will help you de-clutter and re-organize your self-storage unit. Set Yourself Up For Success Before you go to your storage unit, bring 5 bins or boxes and label them as the following: Keep in the storage unit, bring home, donate, sell, throw out/trash, recycle or repurpose. This helps you when going through the clutter and organizing your things. The reason we say to label the boxes, even if you think it will be obvious, is once you make the decision to donate something often you will look back and try to change your mind. Although this is OK some of the time, mainly if you made the decision to donate something, that’s because you know, even if it’s deep down, that you don’t have a use for it anymore. Sometimes we have emotional connections to things that we really don’t have a use for. And everyone’s been guilty of trying to keep that odd ducky sculpture gift from your mother It’s ok to let things go When trying to decide what to let go of in your storage unit, a good rule of thumb is the longer something has been in storage the more likely it is clutter that you don’t need. So when looking through your unit, if you find a chair that you’ve had in storage for over a year, you probably won’t use it again. Also, remind yourself of the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” what you don’t need may make someone else very happy and it will see more use from them than it ever would from you. Take a breath and let ...


Ryan Moore
July 14th, 2021


The Best Way to Store Your Motorcycle

Motorcycle Storage


When the weather starts to get a bit colder and you know there’s going to be an end to cruising down the road in your motorcycle, it’s essential to store it properly to maintain its performance. While you may consider keeping your bike in the garage at home or even outside, which would be a bad idea, there is a better option. The best way to store your motorcycle, especially during rainy or cold and snowy seasons, is to use self-storage. Keeping your bike in your garage may make it more accessible to you. Still, it heightens the possibility of the motorcycle getting water damage or experiencing other issues because of environmental changes addition; you most likely won’t ride your bike after it’s been snowing since like is not like a spy movie. So getting a self-storage space is the best way to go because you can guarantee that your bike will be safe. Why spend a great deal of money on a motorcycle without taking the proper care required to make sure your bike continues to ride well? With self-storage like M.I. Mini Storage, you’re able to keep your motorcycle safe and know that once it starts to get warmer, your bike will be ready to take you on a fun ride. Self-storage can be a great way to protect your bike instead of keeping it at home where you can’t prevent a storm or other elements from causing damages to your motorcycle. However, finding the right self-storage near me for your bike requires a few steps to ensure that you maintain your bike’s functionality. Preparing Your Motorcycle for Storage Before taking your motorcycle over to your self-storage unit, it’s essential to prepare it so your bike can reach the ultimate benefits of being in a storage unit during nasty weather. You can first do this by cleaning off the dirt on the bike and making sure it is ...


Ryan Moore
July 13th, 2021


A Guide to Picking the Best Self-Storage Size

Home Storage Tips


We’ve all had that situation where we decided on storage space to get there and find out that we chose an area that was too small for the number of things or a large amount of space left. It can be very annoying to estimate how much space you’ll need for your storage, primarily if the things you need to put in storage are spread all over your home. But no matter how much or how little you need to put in a storage unit, here are some tips to assist you with finding the right self-storage for your needs. A Guide to Picking the Best Self-Storage Size Take Inventory of Your Things Make a list of any furniture, boxes, appliances, and anything else that will be going into the unit to help you organize. Count up the number of boxes, ranging from all sizes, and begin to organize them in one space. Measure any larger objects like bikes and sofas to give you a better understanding of how large you’ll need the space to be. Visit the Storage Space Before making a decision on the size of a unit and reserving, you can visit to see for yourself which size unit you would prefer to get a better sense. Sometimes getting a visualization of space in person can be more helpful for understanding how much room you’ll need. You can also bring a tape measurer or ask someone the dimensions of each of the spaces you’re looking at for your storage. Use a Size Guide If visiting the self-storage place is not available before dropping your stuff off, you can also use a size guide that won’t require you to leave your home. A size guide can be an easy way to determine the size of the space that you’ll need, but it’s important to first measure the size of your furniture and boxes so you know what to ...


Ryan Moore
July 13th, 2021


How to Keep Rodents Out of Your Self-Storage Space

Home Storage Tips


Investing in a self-storage space should always mean that you can feel confident in your items being safe from theft, the outside elements, and even pests. Rodents and bugs can do a great deal of damage when it comes to items placed in a self-storage unit. There are specific things that you can do to prevent and keep rodents out of your self-storage space. Find the Right Containers The first step into making sure that your items are safe and that rodents won’t even be interested in your unit is to get heavy-duty storage containers secure. Cardboard boxes are straightforward for rodents to chew through and get to your items. Plastic containers with an air-tight lid not only eat your items safe from rodents and other pests but also protect things like books and electronics from other accidents as well. If you don’t have any plastic containers available to you, using cardboard boxes with heavy-duty duct tape should be good enough. Check the Unit Before You Store Things Before moving your containers and furniture into the self-storage space, be sure to look around the unit to see if there are any cracks or holes that would allow rodents into the area. You also want to check the space for any animal droppings as that is a clear sign that your items will be in danger. Take this time also to clean out the area a bit if there are any spider webs or bugs. You can spray the unit with bug spray or pest repellent. If you prefer a more natural way, there is the option of using peppermint oil, but remember only a few drops! You can also put cotton balls with peppermint oil at each of the corners and leave out mouse traps. Keep Items off the Floor Taking the time to put in shelves or hang items in your self-storage space is also helpful in keep rodents ...


Ryan Moore
July 13th, 2021


Tips To Prepare Your Personal Items for Storage

Home Storage Tips


Taking advantage of self-storage in Newton, NC, can be invaluable to opening up more room in your home. You need to clear up some space in your garage or even help with things like moving to a smaller place or for RV and car storage. Whatever reason you’re looking to take advantage of self-storage in Conover, NC, and other areas, there are some tips and tricks to keep in mind before you just haul everything over and load it into a unit. There are things to consider before you load up your units, such as what things you can and cannot store in a storage unit, how you’ll keep them safe from the elements, and the size and type of unit you’ll need for your stuff. These are just starter things to consider. Let’s dive into our tips to help you prepare your personal items for storage. Use the right packing materials. When it comes to packing your stuff up, you don’t want to use any box you can find. It’s essential that you treat storing your items the same way you would if you moved them across the country. Pack your personal items in sturdy boxes with either bubble wrap or packing paper for support to keep them from breaking. Using boxes will allow you to easily stack your belongings inside your storage unit and help maximize the space you’re renting in your self-storage in Newton, NC. It’s crucial for your dishes to use packing paper to soften and protect the storing of them inside the boxes. Moving blankets can also be your best friend to protect your favorite furniture items. Find out what things you can and cannot store inside your storage unit. Sometimes you want to store certain things in your unit, but they may not safe to place in storage. Find out from the storage facility you’re considering what things can and cannot be stored inside their units. Most self-storage companies ...


Ryan Moore
July 13th, 2021


The Best Ways to Store Your Large Items in Your Self-Storage

Home Storage Tips


When you need a space to store your things, whether you’re traveling out of the country or just need more room in your home, getting a self-storage unit is a great idea. But when you have many large items that you must pack into your storage unit, there are specific ways to create more space. With the proper methods, you can store several large items into a storage unit without any issue. Below are some simple tricks on how to pack your self-storage unit when you have large items. Take apart large furniture and Go Verticle. When it comes to large dining room tables and bookcases, it’s always better to disassemble the furniture before putting it in storage. That will allow you to have more room when placing items in the storage unit and making it easier when you’re moving things out of your home. Storing items in a vertical position will also allow you to have more space. If you’re dealing with tables and dressers that can’t be disassembled, you can try to use those spaces for extra storage to places things in the unit. It’s also good if you stack boxes high with larger containers in the back and furniture upright. For smaller items, you can consider putting in shelving, so it’s easier to find things. Organize the space by the need of specific items Along with organizing the unit by the size of the items, it’s also helpful to keep things that you aren’t going to use towards the back to have easier access to the things you’ll look for later. The extra bed you have will find a good place in the back, but those surfboards might get some air in the summer, so it’s best to keep those close to the door. You don’t want to have to spend hours looking for something that you accidentally placed at the back of the unit. ...


Ryan Moore
July 13th, 2021


Self-Storage For Seasonal Clothing

Home Storage Tips


When it comes to life in North Carolina, you know full well that with the changing seasons comes the need to bring out your seasonal clothing. But where do you store all that seasonal clothing for your family in the months it’s not in your dresser drawers or closets? In many cases, you may have considered looking for self-storage near me on the internet to have a place for your seasonal clothing. Whether you’re looking for self-storage in Newton, NC, or self-storage in Hickory, NC, you want to take some things into consideration that are helpful to store your seasonal clothing. Before you just go find the closest self-storage in Conover, NC facility, we want to give you some tips for storing your seasonal clothing safely. It’s essential that you prepare your clothing to be stored, not just box it all up and drop it off at your storage unit so you can save on closet or attic space. Wash all the clothing you’re going to put in storage. Be sure that you wash all of the clothing you’re going to put into storage. The last thing that you’re going to want to have happen is opening up your unit after the hot and humid North Carolina summer and be bombarded by sweaty or musty clothing smell. It will only get worse as it sits inside your storage unit. But taking the time to wash the clothing will mean that it will all stay fresh while in storage. Use Plastic Storage Bins A great way to also help keep your clothing fresh while in storage is to utilize plastic storage bins. Because plastic containers with lids are well-sealed, they’re ideal to store clothing in. Whether you choose to use clear plastic bins or not, be sure that you label them clearly, so you know what is inside. This prevents you from having to root through everything to find one piece of clothing or box ...


Ryan Moore
July 13th, 2021


The Benefits of Using Storage During Your Move

Home Storage Tips


Anyone who’s moved before knows just how stressful the entire process of packing and moving your home can be. Many people who move don’t know that there are ways to simplify and make the whole process a little easier to handle. The thing is, when it comes time for your move, the last thing on your mind is finding more straightforward ways to get it done. All of your focus is on getting through the move itself. Today, we wanted to lay out the benefits of using storage during your move and why they can help save you time in the long run. As a premier provider of self-storage in Newton, NC, we’ve helped many people discover these benefits for themselves. Downsizing Made Easy It doesn’t matter whether you’re an empty nester moving into a smaller place or you’ve just bought your first family home. Having storage can be helpful. Downsizing can be a great tool to help save money and time during your move. And in some cases, you may not be sure if you really want to get rid of the stuff or just need a place to move it for the time being without loading everything into your new home. Moving your stuff into storage for the time being allows you to sort through the property that may not fit in your new home without having to stress over doing it before your move. Simply Staging Your Home One of the most valuable benefits of using storage during your move is when it comes time to stage your home for buyers. Our self-storage in Conover, NC, can help with both short-term and long-term storage options to fit your needs. When you’re putting your home on the market, you never know how long you’ll need to have it staged for. And your real estate agent most likely recommended removing your personal belongings for staging, so where to put them? At ...


Ryan Moore
July 13th, 2021


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