Puppy Proof Your Home With a Little Help from Self Storage

The new addition to your home may have 4 paws and lots of fur, but it’s essential to make many of the same safety adjustments that you would for a crawling baby. Puppy proofing your home will not only keep your new little cutie safe but give you peace of mind. 

Your new fur baby is just as inquisitive as a toddler. They both need to be protected from their own curiosity and determination to investigate every single item they see. Things like hanging wires and colorful soaps are new to them; and, tasting, touching, and creating a little chaos is how they learn. 

Just as you would with a newly mobile toddler, you’re going to want to remove some items from your home. The perfect solution is to lease a safe, affordable self storage unit. With flexible, month-to-month leasing, you can use the unit as long as necessary without the worry of a long-term commitment.

Puppy Proofing Tips

According to Shelter Animals Count, an organization that tracks shelters and rescue activity, there were 26,000 adoptions in 2020. That is a 15% increase from 2019, and another increase is anticipated for 2021. A lot of people are going to be busy with puppy proofing!

Self Storage

If you have antiques and meaningful pieces of furniture or decor that you’d like to preserve for the future, place them in a self storage unit until your puppy passes out of the teething phase. With the valuables out of the way, you and your puppy will be able to relax and concentrate on getting to know each other.

Crates and Baby Gates

If your puppy has too much freedom right away, he could chew up your favorite pair of shoes or pee in the house. Start your puppy out in a crate. If they are comfortable with the crate, switch to a room that is puppy-proofed and contained with a baby gate so that you can leave the door open. Once your pup is trained, you can use the crate only to confine your dog for medical recoveries or visitors who aren’t comfortable with dogs. Check The Farmers Dog Digest for crate training advice.

Kitchen

Child-Proof Latches

Puppies will be tempted with everthing in the kitchen from cabinets, and cords to smells and tastes. Cleaning supplies, dish detergent and even some medications that need to be taken with food are stored in the kitchen. Foods that are toxic for dogs (raisins, grapes, chocolate, onions) should never be left on kitchen counters or within your dog’s reach. Childproof latches are available at your local hardware store and on Amazon.

Trash Cans

If you don’t have a trash can cabinet or it’s not possible to keep your trash can under the sink, use a can with a locking lid. Even older dogs enjoy getting into the trash on occasion.

Living Areas

Stay Clutter Free

Curious puppies have an abundance of temptation opportunities in the living/family room. These spaces have cords, pillows, books, games with small pieces, and a number of other interesting clutter. Clean up these rooms on a regular basis so that the puppy stays out of trouble.

Corral Your Cords

A teething puppy will constantly be attracted to power cords, phone chargers, or any other loose wires. Either keep them out of reach or enclose them in a destruction-proof PVC tube.

Plants

Houseplants can be toxic to dogs of all ages. Until your puppy grows out of the curious state, you should keep your plants inaccessible on a high shelf or counter. It may be best to move them to another location temporarily.

Bathrooms

Ingestible Items Should Be Out of Reach

A bathroom is a dangerous place for a puppy. Keep things like razors, medicines, soap, and cleaning products out of reach or in a childproofed cabinet. If any of these items are ingested, it could mean an expensive emergency trip to the vet or even surgery.

Keep the Toilet Lid Down

Keep the toilet lid down, or keep the bathroom door closed. Smaller puppies could jump or in some way maneuver themselves into the bowl and potentially drown.

Locked Trash Cans

The same as with the kitchen, puppies love the trash. The trash can in the bathroom is typically exposed and small enough for a puppy to easily make a mess. As mentioned above, bathroom items that are disposed of can be harmful to a puppy. If possible, stow the trash can in a cabinet or keep the bathroom door closed.

Home Office

Small-Scale Office Supplies

This is another place where you need to keep those small, easily swallowed items out of reach. Along with rubber bands, paper clips, and other easily ingestible items, you’ll have wires and cords. In the case of a home office, it’s best to keep the door closed until your puppy grows into an adult dog.

Bedrooms

Dogs are Attracted to Your Scent

Dogs are scent-driven and will gravitate towards anything the smells like you. Keep your shoes and clothing in a secured closet or hamper. Don’t leave a favorite item of clothing on the floor. If your puppy finds it, you probably won’t be wearing it again. 

Hide and Seek

Puppies love hiding under the bed or other furniture. If you want to prevent your puppy from doing this, place some sort of a blockade around the perimeter of these items. This will prevent any under-the-bed hide and seek.

Garage

Toxic Chemicals

If your garage is where you store chemicals and substances that may be toxic to pets, they should be secured in a locked cabinet or on a shelf that is entirely out of your puppy’s reach.

Outdoors

Toxic Plants

Plants such as daffodils, foxglove, lupine, and others can be poisonous to dogs, causing a variety of reactions from rashes to vomiting. You can get a list of common toxic plants from the ASPCA.

Summary

Your puppy is precious to you and a member of your family. Spending the time to puppy-proof your home gives you and your new buddy the best “paw forward” as you start a life together

Self Storage Keeps Renovation from Becoming Relocation

You’ve chosen the cabinets, selected the flooring, and found the perfect backsplash for your kitchen renovation. On top of that, you’ve decided to expand your project by adding a powder room update along with new windows and doors for the entire house. Why not? You’ll get a houseful of remodeling projects over within about six to eight weeks. Right?

Hmmm…do you have any idea what you’re facing? Without going into detail, you can most assuredly assume that you should be thinking in terms of months – not weeks. Renovation is no day at the beach – unless you’re thinking of Omaha Beach.

Should I Stay or Should I Go

Deciding whether to stay put or temporarily relocate during a difficult renovation can be a weighty decision. Should you decide to move out during the renovation, you’ll avoid the dust, drilling, noise, and strangers all over your house. The downside is the inconvenience and expense, coupled with considerable disruption, especially if you’re dealing with kids and pets.

The option of staying in your home during this project does come with one huge advantage. You can monitor the progress of the work and be sure that everything is done according to the contract. Of course, this means you will be dealing with some inconveniences along the way. 

There is, however, an almost perfect solution. You can stay in your home and alleviate the mess by using safe, affordable self storage. You can protect your belongings from damage and dust, and protect yourself from insanity. Self storage is your renovation solution.

How Self Storage Controls the Renovation Mess

Items that are taking up precious space in the construction zone, as well as items that you want to keep safe, should be moved to self storage. Even the most conscientious work crew is going to create dust and cause an occasional accident.

Protect Your Belongings From Damage and Dust

During a remodeling project dust is created and accidents happen. Dust will not only coat your valuable furniture, draperies, and appliances but can cause irreversible damage to electronics. Yes, you can cover everything with tarps and old sheets to avoid the dust, but other mishaps may occur. Crowded rooms are an accident waiting to happen. Lamps and collectible items are easily broken or damaged. You could find some spare space for all of these things, but then they’re in the way and vulnerable to harm. Self storage gives you the option of keeping your items safe as well as out of the way.

Reduce Clutter

As mentioned earlier, you can move your belongings from the renovation area to another part of your home, but this will create even more disorder. Unless, of course, you don’t mind using your large appliances to create an obstacle course for your kids. You’ll enjoy making memories for months while you watch them climb all over the refrigerator and take turns pushing each other into the dryer and holding the door shut. I know you can’t wait.

Free Up Space for the Workers to Store Materials

In case you didn’t know, your house will be overrun with construction materials and equipment. The more room you can free up for the crew, the less time the renovation will take. Instead of 17 months, they might be finished in a year. Try to give them an empty room for their supplies. It can only help.

Expect the Unexpected

Plans change. Projects that were supposed to take 3 months may take 6, 9, or even 24 months (just kidding). Self storage can offer you what you need to make these surprises work: month-to-month leasing. You never have to worry about a long-term commitment, and you can always increase or reduce the size of your unit. Our professional staff is always ready to help with a creative solution.

Storage Tips

Since you’re using self storage for a short time, you don’t have to be as detailed as a long-term tenant, but you should try to be organized. Here are a few tips to help you keep it manageable.

Cover the Floor  

Before storing your boxes, place pallets on the floor. This will prevent pests and insects from gathering under your boxes.

Organize for Easy Access

Create a general plan of how you’re going to organize furniture and boxes in your unit. 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.

Place Small Boxes/Items on Shelves

Shelves are a great option for smaller boxes and items that you may not be packing like lamps and small electrical appliances. If you place the shelves toward the front of your unit, you can easily grab things that you may need regularly.

Use Climate-Controlled Self Storage

You’ll want your belongings in a dry, dust-free environment, so look for a facility that offers climate-controlled storage. This type of storage maintains a consistent temperature throughout the seasons and will protect your temperature-sensitive items from damage or deterioration.

Look for Security

Most facilities are equipped with security systems that deter crime and protect your possessions. Look for a facility in a safe, convenient location, that is well-lit, well maintained, and features electronic gates and video surveillance. You can discuss this with the facility manager.

Conclusion

Remodeling is exciting as well as full of headaches. Give yourself one less thing to worry about by storing your possessions in a secure, affordable, convenient location. You’ll be able to live in your home, keep an eye on your project, and walk through rooms without having to maneuver through an obstacle course.

Self Storage Can be a Lifesaver for School Organizations

Whatever the coming school year brings, whether your kids are learning in a classroom or at home, your day will most certainly evolve into the after-school mayhem of extracurricular activities. Sports, dance, band, and theater all require long hours of practice and participation. These pursuits are meant for the students, but they keep the entire family busy. 

The fun really begins with the multitude of phone calls asking you to be a volunteer for your child’s activity of choice. Whatever that is, you can be sure that it will be more work, fun, and chaos than taking two-year-old triplets to the circus.

Bear in mind that many school districts don’t have a permanent space designated to store all of the items used in these after-school extracurriculars. Whatever you volunteer for will probably involve storing equipment, uniforms, costumes, or strange things that you can’t identify. As an added bonus, you’ll also have to locate a place to store the paraphernalia used at the events sponsored to raise money to cover activity expenses.

Don’t even think about keeping this stuff in your garage, basement, or the trunk of your car. Remember, you’re not only storing these items; you’re responsible for their safety and maintenance. Temperature fluctuations and humidity can cause damage to musical instruments and sports equipment, not to mention the inconvenience of trying to keep track of items stored in several different homes. You need a convenient, secure, affordable facility for these items. You need climate-controlled self storage.

Storage Tips for School Organizations

Band

The most important items that you’ll store for the band are, of course, musical instruments. These instruments take a different level of care, especially if they have to be stored for a short period of time during the hot, humid summer months. The students can help with the care of their own instruments, but in the end, you’ll be the responsible party. These instruments can be severely damaged by fluctuating temperatures and humidity, so climate-controlled storage is a must. 

Sports

Sports equipment can be anything from football shoulder pads to cheerleading uniforms. These items have to be well-maintained and properly stored in the off-season to prevent deterioration. A climate-controlled space will keep everything in top condition. Most facilities can be leased on a month-to-month basis so you won’t have to commit to long-term storage.

Theater

High school theater departments need storage for costumes, lighting, props, scenery, and sound equipment. Storage units have to be easily accessible, secure, clean, and affordable. As with sports and band organizations, climate-controlled storage is the solution for this type of equipment. Fabric costumes are sensitive to mold and mildew, and lighting and sound equipment are sensitive to temperature and humidity levels. These items should be in a temperature-controlled environment to prevent physical damage and deterioration. Props and scenery are sometimes oversized and need extra space. Look for units with high ceilings and extra-large doors.

Dance Teams

Dance teams and pom squads have become popular, competitive groups in high schools across the country. Storage is needed for costumes, various props, and sound equipment. These items can be easily packed in storage bins and positioned on shelving for easy access. A safe, climate-controlled storage unit is the best way to prevent mildew and deterioration of these items. 

Fundraising Organizations

These organizations all need funding, and some of the best ways to get the parents’ hard-earned cash are casino nights and carnivals. Again, this presents the need for storage. Casino nights involve roulette wheels, gaming tables, and all the smaller items that go along with these events. Carnival games can be large and cumbersome, necessitating the need for spacious units. Look for security features like digital video monitoring, electronic gates, keypad access, and perimeter fencing. Some facilities feature an extra layer of security with a Bluetooth electronic lock that allows you to access your self storage unit from your smart device. 

Takeaway

Watching your children participate in school activities is fun and rewarding, and volunteering keeps you in the “know.” Your kids will never admit it, but they love having parents who care enough to get involved in their pastimes. So, go for it – get involved and find a safe, secure, affordable self storage facility. Discuss your options with our friendly, knowledgeable management team, and put that stuff in storage.

Tips and Tricks for Your First U-Haul Experience

Whether you’re trying to free up some space in your home or making a cross country move, you could be using a U-Haul truck for the first time. Many of our storage locations, in an effort to help make your moving and storing experience more convenient, offer U-Haul truck rental on site.

U-Haul is unique in the industry because they work with manufacturers to design a truck specifically for household or small business moving. U-Haul offers more safety features than any other truck in the industry along with gentle ride suspension and high visibility mirrors to assist the driver.enefit of Driving a U-Haul Truck

  • 50% easier to load –  A wide, stable EZ Load Ramp makes loading your large, heavy items a breeze.
  • Safely move your furniture –  Gentle ride suspension and aerodynamic styling keep your furniture safe and secure.
  • Quiet, with independent seating for three Driver and passengers enjoy a peaceful, comfortable driving experience.
  • Save money –  This is important with current gasoline prices. While many trucks use acrid, expensive diesel fuel, these trucks use cleaner, cheaper, and more convenient unleaded fuel.

It’s great to have a truck at your disposal, but If you have no previous truck-driving experience, you’re going to need a little help. We want to share the following tips to get you started on your journey and keep you safe.

First Time Driving a U-Haul

As with any new experience, driving a truck for the first time can be tricky. Be sure that you choose the right size vehicle, and discuss any concerns you may have with office personnel. They have plenty of experience and will be happy to answer your questions.

We always have a selection of the newest trucks to fit your moving and storage needs.

  • U-Haul trucks are heavy vehicles, especially when fully loaded. It takes longer to stop than a car, so allow at least 4 seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you (allow 5 seconds in adverse weather).
  • Because a truck is longer than your average vehicle, you’ll need more time and distance to pass. Don’t pass on hills or curves.
  • Shift into lower gears when driving uphill to prevent jerking due to engine lugging.
  • Before going downhill, slow down and shift into lower gear to allow the engine to control your speed. Do not ride the breaks on a downgrade.
  • If your truck moves off the paved roadway, don’t panic, don’t make a sharp turn, and don’t apply the brakes. Slow down to below 25 mph, and make your way gradually back to the road.
  • When turning at a sharp corner, drive slightly past the corner or make a wider turn than you would in a car. 
  • Avoid parking on steep inclines. The parking brake may not hold, and the bumper may drag or get stuck. 

Using a Truck Ramp for the First Time

Using a truck ramp for the first time isn’t difficult, but like any first-time experience it can be confusing. The following tips will help you through the process.

  • First, open the rear door of the truck.
  • Push down on the latch that keeps the ramp securely under the truck and pull the ramp out slightly.
  • Use the straps on the end of the ramp to slowly and carefully pull the ramp out until it is fully extended.
  • Set the ramp on the ground gently.
  • Grab both sides of the ramp near the rear of the truck and lift up. You’ll see two hooks. Place these hooks over the slots on the truck deck to secure the ramp in the loading position.

If you’re thinking about towing your car or a trailer. U-Haul has an easily understandable series of videos to help with that.

Whatever your needs, our friendly, knowledgeable staff is always here to help. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and express your concerns. Have a safe trip!