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Can You Store Batteries or Other Electronics in a Storage Unit?

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As technology and electronic manufacturing increase, so do batteries. Especially in regards to cars, our tech is relying on battery power more than ever. Self-storage comes in handy for most things, but with batteries, does it have the same effect? Here we’ll break down some answers to that question and lend some advice on battery storage. Over Time Batteries Lose Power Because self-storage units hold items for months on end to years on end, it’s worth it to consider that you may take them out from time to time. Electronic equipment has a quick life cycle, so newer gear may be bought in the course of living. If this happens, you can replace it with what’s currently inside. It’s easy to forget what you’ve left in there. Over time, batteries disintegrate and get depleted. Time is not on their side. The metal of the battery disintegrates over time, and if stored incorrectly can increase the speed of corrosion. Single-use batteries can burst over a period of time if left unused, and integrated batteries that you find in laptops and cameras can also degrade. Where To Store Batteries When storing batteries, remember to take out the battery if it’s in a device. Keep them at home, or a safe and separate place in the storage unit. You can discuss with a storage company like M.I. to figure out the best place to put them. You can also keep batteries where they came from if they have not been used, or you could place them in a plastic box specifically designed to carry batteries. Keep one type of battery separate from a different type and don’t leave them in the equipment where they came from. If you won’t be needing your batteries for the foreseeable future, then recycle them appropriately. Don’t just toss them in the trash. Before you throw them out, place them in a non-metallic container, making sure their terminals are separated and not touching (tape over the ends helps with this). ...


Ryan Moore
June 17th, 2022


Why Self-Storage is Perfect For Your Off-Season Items

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As summer is upon us, you may be tempted to reach for tank tops or short sleeves instead of fall and winter long johns and sweaters. Thinking about transitioning your clothing from spring to summer and summer to fall takes some work. It’s time to make the switch from bulky jeans to sleeveless tees. Clearing up space in your closets can help organize your life and your peace of mind. If you’re looking to preserve your clothes to last for years, rotate them by season, and possibly pass them on to your children, then consider keeping them in a storage facility. If you don’t have a spare room to keep all the clothes of the household, storage units free up that extra space. Also, attics, garages, and basements aren’t great for storing clothes as they’re exposed to mold, mildew, pests, and fluctuations in temperature. If you leave your clothes in these conditions, they won’t last for more than six months. Here are some tips for storing your clothes in a storage unit: Storing your items in the right unit: All your preparation for storage will be for naught if you store your boxes in a bad location. Choosing the right storage facility–you may want to consider climate control– is a great option to avoid unwanted intrusions like sunlight and moisture, which cause permanent damage to clothing. Wash your clothes before storing: This kind of goes without saying, but we’ll say it in case you’re not a big laundry fan. Clean clothes in storage are better than dirty ones. Sweat, grease, mold, and dirt can stain and encourage unwanted odors. Vermin could be attracted to body odor and deodorant and eat holes in your clothes. Light stains need to be removed as well as they could become permanent fixtures if not taken care of beforehand. Label, Label, Label: Look. You’re going to want to wear your clothes again. We’ve all known the feeling of needing something in ...


Ryan Moore
June 10th, 2022


What Kinds of Boxes or Containers Preserve Your Storage Items?

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Packing a storage unit is an organizational art form. What Marie Kondo would call necessary, is what we love to do–organizing people’s things. At MI Mini Storage we take special care in providing the right space to hold your items. It’s up to you how to store them, but we’d like to take the time to share some advice we’ve gathered through years of experience. To make sure your things are safe and secure, it’s important to choose the right boxes. Each box is a different size and material, with a different function. Sure, it might be easy to toss everything in one giant cardboard box, but each item is different and if your goal is to keep them around for years, you need to select the right box to hold it. How do you make the right choice on which box to buy? We’ll break down each type of box for you. Don’t Box Yourself In The type of box that holds your items, determines their shelf life. Choose one that actually preserves your things and takes into account what type of item it is, how long you care to store it, and where it will be stored. Cardboard Boxes When you think of storage or moving or anything that involves carrying stuff from place to place, you think cardboard. It’s the number one choice for most movers because they’re inexpensive and easy to carry, pack, organize, and label. Also, when you’re done with the cardboard box you can just cut it down and recycle it, or use it again in the future. If you’re in the storage space for the long haul, cardboard boxes will not be your best bet. Why? Because cardboard boxes are basically paper pulp, they’re easily damageable by high temperatures and humidity. Also, bugs and rodents love them. If you’re opting for a non-climate-controlled unit and it isn’t safe from bugs, then your items are at risk of being devoured. This rings true especially if you’re ...


Ryan Moore
June 3rd, 2022


How to Choose the Right Sized Storage Unit For You

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Having self-storage when you move or need extra space is great for clearing up room in your current home or business. It gets tricky though when figuring out how much extra storage space you’ll need. You don’t want to waste any space nor do you want to come away with less than you hoped. Here’s a guide to help you configure how much or how little space you’ll need when buying storage. 1. Take Stock Of What You Have When deciding how much space you’ll need in storage first make an account of how much you have. A great way to do this is to examine and count the number of boxes and items you have like couches, chairs, and tables. Write and record everything so you can refer back to it later. This list will help you determine how much size you’ll need. 2. Examine Your Storage Choices After making a list, check to see if you’ve utilized all the space in your home already. Maybe you can fit some items under a desk or between shelves. Maybe you can reorganize a closet or garage to make some extra room. You want to avoid buying storage that’s pricier than what you could have gotten had you reorganized and reshelved what you currently have. While this seems like a lot, it might only take you a couple of hours to reorganize and downgrade what you have already. The difference between a small and medium-size storage unit is about $900 yearly, so take the extra hour to make sure you’re utilizing the space you have. Small storage units can fit no more than 50 square feet of belongings. Items that typically go here include outdoor gear, patio furniture, small furniture, and seasonal items. 3. Measure your Space Take a yardstick, tape measure, or even a ruler and get to getting. Start measuring your stuff and jot down the measurements on your phone or computer. Add up the sizes and compare them to available storage ...


Ryan Moore
May 20th, 2022


What Do Most People Use Their Storage Units For?

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Clutter is the enemy of a peaceful living space and a calm environment. Many people use storage units as a means to declutter their lives and keep their homes or offices free of excess. People use self-storage units for a myriad of reasons, and in this blog, we’ll give you ideas of what you could store, as well as what to look for in a storage facility depending on what you intend to keep there. Downsizing People downsize for all different reasons, from moving to a smaller space, to temporarily moving while remodeling, to divorce. When they do, they need a place to keep their things safe and secure, which is where self-storage comes in. Using a storage facility to downsize can help you save money and keep your sanity while downsizing to a smaller home, be it temporarily or permanently. But be advised, if you do store furniture, important papers, clothing, etc, make sure everything is labeled and organized, you don’t have to lose or misplace items during a move or divorce, as that will add unneeded stress to an already difficult situation. Seasonal Decorations Some of us love to make the most of each and every holiday, be it Halloween, Christmas, Easter, or the 4th of July. But during the other parts of the year, those decorations take up space and collect dust. Many people rent a small unit within a storage facility to keep their lights, fake Christmas trees, easter bunny costumes, and the like, out of their attic where they cause clutter. When using a storage unit for this, make sure the lights are wrapped properly and the items are individually boxed or bagged because you don’t want to rent a unit to store decorations only to find that things have been damaged while not in use. Equipment and Vehicles A lot of people opt for a storage unit as a place to keep their hardware, equipment, or tools away from their home where they can ...


Ryan Moore
April 16th, 2022


Can You Use Your Self-Storage Unit To Hold Your Business Inventory?

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If you're looking for ways to save on storing your business’ inventory, a storage unit is a great place to start. They are far more cost-efficient than warehouses or office space and if you find a well-run storage facility, they are just as safe and secure. In this article, we’ll give you what you can and cannot store in terms of inventory and how to best organize your products within a unit. Storage facilities allow business owners to use their units for storage or even an office (although there isn’t any natural light), just so long as you follow their rules, which can be read in the contract you sign. What You Can and Cannot Store In a Storage Unit Papers, tools, equipment, accessories, and clothing can all be stored at a storage facility. Just so long as your inventory doesn’t pose a fire hazard and doesn't have any liquid or water. You can use a storage unit to store any kind of inventory, just so long as it’s not perishable such as food, open drinks, or live plants which can cause mold and mildew and create an unsafe environment within the unit. How To Store Inventory Start with a list of inventory you plan to keep. Although an Excel spreadsheet may be a hassle if you consider the cost of losing, misplacing, or overordering it’s worth the time and effort. When you make a checklist of your inventory that has boxes that can be filled out, it helps you know what you’ve sold and what you’ve yet to sell, so that you don’t have to visit your unit every day or week, unless you make a sale. You next want to pack and organize your inventory in a method that’s easy to read and therefore easily unloaded in the right place. Pay attention to things that should be kept together, things that are breakable, and things that need to be sold first. This helps when unloading so that you ...


Ryan Moore
April 8th, 2022


How Quickly Can You Find and Start Using a Storage Unit?

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How Quickly Can You Find and Start Using a Storage Unit? Storage units make an amazing option for keeping your unneeded furniture, seasonal decorations, and heirloom antiques safe while keeping clutter out of your home. If you’ve decided to rent a self-storage unit, you’ll need to find the right facility, decide on the scale of the unit you need, sign a contract, and move in. In this blog, we’ll go over how quickly you can find and start using a storage unit. This process can be short and sweet, just so long as you follow the correct steps to ensure you’ve chosen the right place. Research Comes First Even if you are in a rush to move your things into a storage unit, you want to do your research. This is particularly important when storing items of sentimental value or high monetary worth. Start by looking into storage facilities in your area and determining which will be most convenient. Once you have a list of three, call and ask about their contracts, their security, and their manager on site. It’s worth taking the time to make sure that they have a secure, well-lit, facility that has safety measures in place such as cameras and or onsite personnel. Also, ask if they can rent a unit to you for the time frame you need. Ask Questions If at all possible, it’s best to plan ahead, as most storage facilities will let you reserve a unit a month ahead of time. If you don’t have the time and need a storage unit this week or even today, don't panic, there are options! Use the list you made in your research, and call to ask about what they have and how fast you can move your items into it. Most well-run storage facilities will have units available, but it’s always best to ask questions about the size you’ll need. You don’t want to move into a unit and then have to move again when you ...


Ryan Moore
April 1st, 2022


How Long Can You Keep Your Storage Unit?

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Some stored items are things we often don't need but simply can’t throw away. This is when finding a good storage facility really comes in handy. Self-storage units can be a great long-term solution for keeping goods, furniture, decorations, and clothing safe from damage and theft in your home. But sometimes, you only need to store items for a short period of time, such as during a move or divorce, when you’re downsizing or traveling. In this blog, we’ll go over how long you can keep your storage unit, and what the minimum commit is. Contracts Matter Each storage facility has its own contract with time constraints on it, so shop around before signing a lengthy commitment. Compare quotes from several facilities before committing and talk to a manager about what you’re looking for. Most contracts have a minimum time commitment for the renter and that can vary but is generally month-to-month. If You Only Need Storage For A Week Almost all storage facilities require at least a one-month time commitment for the renter, but if you find an inexpensive facility you could pay for the month and use it for the week. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a facility that has an opening and is willing to rent to you on a short-term weekly basis, but that’s not the norm. This is generally because true short-term storage doesn’t make sense within a larger facility, as it can be difficult to move your things in and out. This is why most people renting storage units use them for at least a month. Long Term Storage The great news is that although a good storage company will have you on a month-to-month lease, you don’t have a built-in end date. Many people store their goods for years, especially sentimental things that they don’t use often but can’t get rid of. If you intend on storing items long-term for multiple years, talk with the manager of the facility to see ...


Ryan Moore
March 15th, 2022


Can You Keep Food and Beverages in Your Storage Unit?

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Whether you're stocking up on food for emergencies, running an online food company, or are a chef looking for a place to store excess canned goods, beverages, and spices a self-storage unit can be a great option. But to ensure that you keep your storage unit long term, and don’t get costly fees by accidentally breaking a contract it’s important to stay informed about what is and isn’t allowed in the self storage unit. Each storage facility has its own set of rules, so although we’ll give you the major dos and don’ts in this article, it is always best to ask questions before you rent with a company and read the whole contract they give you before you sign it. What You Can Keep In Your Storage Unit Canned Goods: Almost all facilities will allow you to store canned foods and drinks, so long as they’re sealed and unopened. A can with even a slightly loosened lid can start to grow bacteria, which is not only not allowed by the facility but can also be a headache to clean. If you live in a hotter climate, make certain that the facility is temperature-controlled. Storing canned goods at temperatures of over 100 degrees can cause the food to spoil prematurely. Look for a storage company that keeps their facility between 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, cans can only be stored for 2 years after the best-buy date that’s printed, so make sure to check all your dates before you begin storing and set some sort of reminder for the years that follow. Dried Spices: If you’re a cook whose kitchen is being overrun by extra spices, a storage unit can be a good solution. But all the spices need to be fully dried to avoid spoiling and mold and bacteria. To store dried spices, you’ll want a temperature-controlled storage facility. Spice should generally be kept at under 60 degrees, and in a unit/facility that has little to no humidity to ensure ...


Ryan Moore
March 8th, 2022


What Type of Security Should Your Storage Unit Have?

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Renting a self-storage unit is a great way to protect your furniture, excess clothing, decorations, and heirloom jewelry safe from damage and theft in the home. But finding the right storage facility with enough security depends on what you intend on storing. You want to find a well-run storage facility with multiple layers of security measures in place, as they are the ones who ensure everything is kept safe. Here we’ll go over what type of security your storage unit should have, and what you should look for in a facility. The Basics If you’re storing excess furniture or seasonal decorations, you may not need extensive security, what you will need is a well-made lock and a facility that’s in a relatively good neighborhood with ample lighting. While you may want your storage facility located as close to your house as possible it’s better to have to drive an extra 10 minutes and have it be placed away from big-city blocks, as this avoids break-ins. The lock you choose is also important, many people choose the cheapest lock and then are shocked when they find their storage unit has been broken into. You can choose from either a combination lock, with a set of numbers that only you know or a keyed lock, with a key only you have. The safest options of locks are called electronic locks and they connect to an app on your smartphone. If you need simple security measures for your unit, this and a well-lit facility in a residential neighborhood will surely suffix. What To Look For In A Storage Facility If you’re looking to store more costly items, such as expensive antiques, jewelry, and heirloom items, you may need more than a good lock. Here, we’ll give you a few things to look for as you’re shopping around for the most secure storage facility. The best practices of a storage unit make all the difference in keeping your ...


Ryan Moore
March 1st, 2022


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