Why You Need Self Storage After the Wedding

If you think preparing for a wedding is a lot of work, wait until you move into your new home together. Many couples start out in a small apartment while saving for their dream home.  Combining these accumulated belongings in a small space takes effort and compromise. 

He may have enough college memorabilia to decorate the entire house or apartment. She may have a collection of holiday decor that would be enough to make the entire neighborhood look like a Hallmark Christmas movie. Add wedding gifts to the mix, and you have a small battle on your hands. Instead of spending those first days of marital bliss in confrontation or angry silence, find a solution. Rent a safe, secure storage space

You don’t have to dispose of your treasures or even your duplicate wedding gifts. The following suggestions will help you find the perfect space.

Self Storage After the Wedding is Your Lifesaver

Choose a Self Storage Facility

Your first task is to choose the right self storage facility. Think about what you’re storing and how long you plan to store these items. Choose a reliable, affordable, climate-controlled secure self storage facility. Talk to our friendly, professional staff about options, specials, and amenities. Tour the facility so that you can get a visual sense for how much space you’ll need. Some units are narrow but have a lot of vertical space; others are wider with lower ceilings. In some cases, one layout may be preferable. Take your time choosing a unit.

Sort 

Sort items based on what you want to keep in your home, place in storage, and dispose of or donate. Remember, it’s  important to respect each other’s needs. You may think that college mascot statue is ridiculous, and your spouse or partner can’t understand why anyone needs 150 pairs of shoes. Try to find a middle ground, and a self storage facility that’s open 7 days a week. That way, if you want to visit your items in their new home, you can do it every day.

Organize

Create a general plan of how you’re going to organize furniture and boxes in your unit. It’s very possible that you may have multiples of sofas or large appliances. After you decide which item to keep in your home, having a duplicate in storage means that you won’t have to spend your savings on a new washer. 

Put some thought into how you’ll place these items. Ideally, furniture and large appliances should be against a wall opposite the boxes. Leave space in the middle of the unit for easy access. Boxes that you’ll need to access frequently should be stored last. In any case, use labels so that you can easily find what you may need in the future. If you end up storing more than you expected to, it’s a good idea to create a map. It’s ideal to hang it on a clipboard on a wall in your unit. The drawing doesn’t have to be fancy; a pencil sketch works. This way, you can easily locate what you need without tearing everything apart.

Duplicate Wedding Gifts

If you have a large wedding, you will receive a plethora of gifts. It’s possible that you’ll find yourself with three toasters, two coffee makers, and several sets of steak knives. If you’re living in a small space, you don’t want to store three toasters on the kitchen counter. You can return these items or use your “self-storage after the wedding” solution. If you’re using climate-controlled storage and packing carefully, when one toaster stops working, you’ll have a duplicate waiting. 

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Here’s a great idea for wedding guests. If you’ve been invited to a wedding and can’t decide on that perfect gift, think self storage unit. Gifting a year’s worth of self storage for after the wedding is like giving the newlyweds more space instead of more things. While self-storage units are rarely listed on a couple’s wedding registry, you can be certain they won’t want to return it. Enclose a note, explaining the many ways it can be used, now and in the future. They may not be enthusiastic at first, but they will thank you many times over the years. Self storage can be a thoughtful, romantic wedding gift. Who knew?

Takeaway

A storage unit helps to keep the early days of your marriage peaceful. Putting those excess items into a self-storage unit will give you space and time to think. Later, when you’ve had some time to settle in, you can evaluate the things you hid away and decide what stays, what goes, and what continues to live in your storage unit. And, of course, there’s always that extra perk of having a great place to hide from your future kids!

 

If You Give Your Mom a Self Storage Unit

What do all moms want the most? Expensive jewelry, a fancy sports car, and maybe a trip to the Greek isles? No. They want a neat and tidy house that isn’t full of everyone’s junk taking up space that they need for their own things. Or maybe moms just want to look at empty space – rooms and closets that aren’t crowded to overflowing. Maybe she would like to actually use the garage for that fancy sports car you’re going to give her for her birthday or turn the crowded attic into a yoga studio. 

There is one way that you can give Mom the neat and tidy house that she wants. You can rent her a climate-controlled self storage unit, and get everyone’s junk out of the house. Don’t be surprised if she is not thrilled at first, but once she gets started, look out. 

 

If You Give Your Mom a Self Storage Unit…

If you give your mom a storage unit, she’ll want you to start cleaning the house right away!

She won’t like the way you clean, so she’ll join you and supervise.

She’ll say that you need boxes and packing materials for all of your junk, so she’ll jump in her sports car and go to the local self storage facility where she’ll buy tons of high-quality, affordable moving and packing supplies.

When you move the boxes to the storage unit, she’ll want to buy a new Land Rover SUV because all of those boxes won’t fit in the sports car.

When you get to the storage unit, she’ll want to go to Home Depot to buy shelving to keep a neat and tidy unit.

When you get back home, she’ll want a cordless Dyson vacuum cleaner to clean all of the newly emptied space.

When she gets the Dyson, she’ll want an extra battery, so that she’ll never run out of power.

When she goes into the nice, clean garage to plug in the extra battery, she’ll decide that she needs indoor vehicle storage for her sports car because she wants to keep the Land Rover in the garage.

After she gets the sports car stored, she realizes she needs a massage because her back is killing her from doing so much cleaning and packing.

While she’s getting a massage, she notices her nails are a mess from all that packing and cleaning, so she needs a mani-pedi.

After the mani-pedi, her nails look so nice, she decides that she needs a gorgeous new ring.

After she buys the ring, she needs a matching bracelet.

After she buys the bracelet, she goes home and calls a contractor to remodel the attic. She’s finally going to get her yoga studio. 

Her husband says, “Why do we need a yoga studio?” ”I’ll rent another storage unit, and you can do yoga  in there.”

She says, “Ha Ha.”

He says, “I’m not kidding. We’ve spent enough money, and a storage facility is not expensive.”

They go back to the self storage facility and lease another unit.

After they rent the unit, she wants to decorate the unit and buy yoga mats and accessories so that she can be comfortable. 

She buys lots of yoga mats and accessories, but now she needs a carpet. 

She goes across the street to the Oriental rug dealer and gets the perfect carpet. 

Once the storage unit is ready with the new carpet, she practices yoga every day.

She eventually gets tired of doing yoga every day and goes every other day, then once a week, then once a month, then every leap year. Finally, she gives up yoga.

It’s a good thing that the storage facility she chose offers flexible month-to-month leases, so Mom doesn’t have to keep this unit if she no longer needs it. But, as it turns out, Mom decides to hold on to this unit for any extra storage issues that may arise. She’s thinking about becoming a “stager” for real estate agents. This way, with all of her extra space, she can change up her own furniture now and then. 

If you give your Mom another storage unit for her staging business…

 

Self Storage│The Secret Weapon for Your Next Move

“Moving is so much fun,” said no one EVER. But, it can be a bit less stressful with planning, organization, and self storage

One solution to your moving dilemmas can be renting a self storage unit during your move. Self storage and moving are compatible. When you’re involved in moving, you discover numerous items that you’ve forgotten about. You don’t want to discard them, but you don’t want to take them to your new home. With a self storage unit, you have the extra space to keep your belongings until you decide how to handle them. Most facilities have month-to-month leases, so you won’t be forced to make a long-term commitment. Additionally, U-Haul rental trucks are available at many self storage facilities; you can make use of them for moving that clutter into your storage unit.

 

Benefits of Renting a Self Storage Unit During a Move

Time Savings

When you’re moving, you feel like you’re short on time – and you are. If you rent a self storage unit and gradually move things in prior to moving day, you’ll relieve the time crunch. Look around and think about what you don’t use on a regular basis. You probably won’t be using your Christmas decor any time soon, and the punch bowl that serves 200 will also qualify for early storage. This not only saves time on moving day, but clutter in your new home. You can retrieve these items when you need them or once you’ve gotten settled. You may eventually find that you don’t even want some of these items, and you can donate or dispose of them when the moving chaos subsides.

Smooth Transition

In many cases, sellers have either sold their home before they’ve found a new place to live or are waiting for the building to be completed. This means temporarily moving to a hotel or staying with family. It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to store all of your furniture in anyone’s garage. A self storage unit will provide you with a convenient, secure place to store your belongings. Month-to-month leases, available at most self storage facilities, give you the flexibility that you need in this situation. 

Selling Your Home

When your home is on the market, decluttering is a must. Try to leave minimal amount of clothing and household items in your closets and cupboards. You can pack up the overflow, and move it into a self storage unit. With your closets almost empty, buyers can have the pleasure of imagining their own clutter in them. 

Another consideration is staging. To make your home more appealing to potential buyers, most realtors will recommend hiring a stager to make your space look like a set on HGTV (not that it doesn’t already look that trendy). What do you do with the extra furnishings and decor? Store them. With short-term leasing, you can relax and let the buyers think they’re on the set of Love It or List It.

Downsizing vs. Upsizing

If you’re retiring and moving into a smaller home, be assured that a lifetime of accumulated stuff will probably not fit into your new space. Instead of discarding items that you may need and want later, lease a self storage unit. This will give you extra time to let your children fight over your belongings.

If you’re moving from an apartment to a larger home, you may need some storage for the extra furnishings that you purchase prior to moving into the new place.This way, you won’t have to pass up that great buy on a vintage velvet painting of dogs playing poker. Just be sure to put it in a climate-controlled self storage unit.

After the Move

As you’re happily settling into your new home, you’ll discover a plethora of other uses for your storage unit. Life’s transitions are always with us. Depending on your circumstances, you may start a small business, get married, or have a baby. The small business will expand, and the baby will grow into a teenager and then a college student. Nevertheless, the clutter will never overwhelm you because you have self storage.

 

If this article has persuaded you to lease a self storage unit prior to your move, check out our article on Money Saving Self Storage Tips. Happy moving!

 

 

 

Self Storage: How to Transport and Store a Mattress

You spend approximately one-third of your day on your mattress. Along with a good night’s sleep, you want comfort, support and durability. With the vast array of available choices, sizes and styles, finding the right mattress is challenging. You shop for hours and stretch out in your favorite sleeping position on what seems like hundreds of mattresses. After all of this, you still may not be able to make a decision.

In addition to this side show, selections go on forever: innerspring, memory foam, gel foam, hybrid, and latex, to name a few. It takes not only a lot of time to locate the right mattress, but also a lot of money. This is not something you want to do on an annual basis. With the right care, you shouldn’t have to. 

There may be times that your mattress has to find a temporary home in self storage. Maybe you’re building a new house and it’s not ready before the old one sells, or you’re temporarily downsizing. In any case, it’s a good idea to understand how to store your mattress safely to keep it free from damage or deterioration.

How to Transport and Store a Mattress

Transport Your Mattress in a  Covered Moving Truck

For the love of all that is holy, please don’t tie your mattress down on the top of your car. And do not have one of your buddies hold it down as you drive to your destination. If you can’t figure out why this doesn’t work, you may as well stop reading now. You’re either going to distort your mattress by tying it down too tightly or destroy it because it will fly off of the car onto the road. Squashing it into the bed of a pickup truck is no better. This could damage the springs as well as the entire structure of your mattress. Ideally, you should transport your mattress in a safe, covered moving truck. It will be protected from mishaps as well as the elements. You’ll find that many good storage facilities have rental trucks available on site.

Choose the Right Self Storage Facility for Your Mattress

To keep your mattress in good condition, it should be stored in the proper environment. When you’re looking for a storage facility, climate-controlled storage is a must. Climate-controlled storage will keep the temperature and humidity of your unit at the optimum levels to keep your mattress free of mold and mildew. Be sure that your unit is well-maintained, free of pests and has sufficient room to store the mattress flat, not in an upright position leaning against the wall. 

Give Your Mattress a Thorough Cleaning

Give your mattress a thorough cleaning prior to placing it in storage You can keep pests and unpleasant odors away by cleaning the mattress before you store it. Upholstery cleaner and a good vacuuming should get the job done. 

Cover Your Mattress

Even if all you can do is wrap your mattress in a tarp or plastic sheeting, some protection is better than none. Don’t leave your mattress to the mercy of dirt and pests. If your self storage facility sells moving and packing supplies, they probably have a variety of protectors available, including vinyl covers, plastic covers, and mattress bags.

Lay Your Mattress Flat

Standing a mattress on its side is not the best way to store a mattress. While that may work for a quick ride in a moving truck, it doesn’t work for short- or long-term storage. If you store a mattress on its side, it may fold and buckle, leaving it lumpy. Store it the way you sleep on it – flat. This will keep the structure in place and prevent damage.

Don’t Use Your Mattress as a Base for Heavy Items

If you stack heavy cartons on your mattress, you’ll cause permanent impressions. Using your mattress again will be impossible. If you’re tight on space, you can stack your mattress on top of a level surface. For example, a collection of heavy boxes placed on the floor, would make a good base for a mattress. 

When Your Ready to Retrieve Your Mattress

Air Out and Clean Your Mattress

After being stored, your mattress may need freshening. No matter how clean your storage unit and how carefully you stored it, your mattress can develop a musty odor that will make sleeping unpleasant. Clean your mattress the same way you did prior to storing. When you’re finished with cleanup, sprinkle baking soda on your mattress. Let it sit for 10 minutes to absorb any remaining odors and vacuum the baking soda before you make the bed. 

 

If you follow the guidelines in this article you should be able to enjoy your mattress for years, even after a lengthy storage period.