4 Benefits of Self Storage

You may be considering self-storage, but are also wondering if it’s actually worth it.  There are a number of benefits to renting a storage unit, many you may not have even thought of.  Here are just a few reasons self-storage may be a worthwhile investment.

Cleaning up clutter and Holding onto valuable items

Do you ever wish you had more space around your home, but don’t want to give up everything you own?

You may be reluctant to cast an item aside, even if you don’t use it often and it’s in good condition.  You may wish to keep it in case you want to use it in the future or pass it along to somebody else.  Maybe it’s a toy, an old bike, or some books.  That furniture you don’t need could be stored away when your children buy a home and need a few dressers.

More and more, people want to own fewer possessions.  Some people would rather have fewer things around the house, but if you’d rather not completely get rid of those things then self-storage may be the right choice.  If you are downsizing, but aren’t entirely sure which pieces are staying or are being sold or tossed, a self-storage unit will help while you make a decision.

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There are more people in your living space

Whether you have a baby on the way or moving in with new roommates, and need to completely clear a room, you don’t have to put everything up for sale. Put any spare beds along with any furniture that you don’t need into a storage unit.  If your situation changes you can always take them back out and use them or sell them.

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Moving between places

We all know how stressful it can be to move, making sure all your furniture can be transported, your breakables in a safe place and making sure nothing gets left behind.  Sometimes, self-storage is a great option when you want to store certain items before your move so that nothing gets lost, and you can figure out what your space is going to be like before you bring everything into it.

Sometimes, people have to move out of the home they are selling before they can move into their new place.  Renting a self-storage unit is ideal in this situation as it gives you a safe, secure place to store your belongings until you can move those items for good.

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Keep seasonal items

All of those Halloween cobwebs and Christmas tree lights and wreaths are taking space up in your home.  You don’t need to keep those decorations around all the time (unless you’re a fan of Christmas in July).  Storing them in a self-storage unit is a good solution for keeping those items out of the way when they aren’t being used.  Take those Halloween decorations and costumes back out when the spooky season starts again.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

These are just a few reasons Self Storage might be a good option for your situation.  If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Securely store your belongings! Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

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Why You Should Store Your Furniture in a Self Storage

Sometimes you may need to store away your furniture for a while. You might be moving to a new place, or you may no longer have the space to keep all of it.  Whatever the reason may be, storage facilities are a great option if you don’t want to get rid of those items.  However, there are precautions you should take when storing more delicate pieces of furniture.  It might take some work, but these tips are extremely useful in helping to keep your possessions in working order and looking good when you retrieve them.

  1. First, be sure to make the necessary repairs that need to be made. If any of the furniture is damaged, it is likely to become even more damaged in the process of moving or while stored away.

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  1. Cover your Furniture. Any upholstered or wood furniture you have can be wrapped with plastic wrap or shrink wrap. Wrapping can prevent furniture from rubbing together and help keep insects or animals from burrowing in them.  If you don’t have plastic wrap, use blankets, sheets, old curtains, or anything else you can think of to cover. Lining the floor of the storage room with thick plastic sheets helps protect both your furniture and the floor in case any moisture occurs in the unit.  Another good idea is to place padding on the edges and corners of your furniture to prevent breakage of other fragile items.

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  1. It may be a good idea to disassemble any wood furniture you have to prevent damage. Wood expands or contracts according to the climate. Remove the legs on tables and chairs, and the headboards and footboards on bed frames.  Make sure to keep the screws, nuts, bolts, locks and keys in a labeled container with the pieces so that when the time comes to put the furniture back together, you aren’t missing anything.

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  1. If wood dries out, it’s more susceptible to cracks. To prevent that from happening, use a wood cleaner to protect the finish. You may then treat your wood furniture with furniture polish, which adds moisture, before storing it. If you can, store dresser drawers and desk drawers separately.

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  1. Before you store you fabric furniture, make sure it is clean by wiping it down or vacuuming it, to be sure there is no dust, mold, or mildew. You can use an antibacterial wipe, one that is safe for fabrics. Make certain your furniture is completely dry before wrapping or putting away.

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  1. Store electronics and televisions in their original packaging. If you put away appliances such as these, it is best to protect them as much as possible from dust, so placing them in their packaging should help.

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  1. Polish metal furnishings made from metals such as brass, nickel, or silver to prevent oxidation. Use a polishing cloth and a metal cleaner to do this. This will get rid of any current oxidation and help in delaying future tarnish.

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  1. If you bunch up your belongings, you run the risk of objects brushing up against each other, which could lead to cracks in wood tables or chairs. Make sure there is plenty of space. Start with the largest items and work from there.  Be sure to create an aisle that makes access through the unit easy.
Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Securely store your belongings! Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

Improve your Quality of Life with a Self-Storage Unit

Did you know that our quality of life can be improved if we’re just a bit more organized? Studies have shown that our moods can be dramatically improved when we surround ourselves in an organized environment. As a byproduct of our enhanced mood, our productivity also improves. It almost seems like the more organized we are, the more likely our quality of life improves. So if that’s the case, it’s almost a no-brainer to start getting organized! If becoming more organized is something you’re looking for but you simply don’t know where to start we’ve got you covered. Let’s get started.

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Renting out a storage unit is probably one of the most overlooked first steps towards becoming more organized. Majority of the time, being disorganized occurs when there are too many things all over the place with not enough room. The reason behind this is because our home only has a limited amount of space. It also doesn’t help that each year we buy tons of new toys and gadgets while keeping our old toys as well.

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Storage units come in different sizes from 5×5 units to 10×30 units and maybe even bigger. Regardless of how many stuff you have at home, there will always be a storage unit that’ll accommodate your needs. Once you’ve picked out your storage facility, we can begin our journey to a better quality of life.

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The trick to a better quality of life is decluttering your home. A little game I like to play when I’m on a decluttering session is to hold 2 separate trash bags. In one of the trash bags, you’ll toss all trash or junk you no longer need. On the other trash bag, put anything and everything you want to be put in your storage unit. So what’s considered trash and what’s considered storage worthy? Let’s face it, if you have stuff that hasn’t been touched or used in the last 12 months there’s a pretty good chance you found your trash. Now I’m not talking about decors and sentimental items. I’m talking about outdated stuff. Let’s say you recently bought a new vacuum and from that day forth, you only use the new vacuum and neglect the old. As the saying goes “out with the old, in with the new.” Make this game a little more interesting by adding another trash bag. For this third trash page, put stuff that could go towards charity or perhaps even a yard sale. Once you’ve finished your game, you’d be rewarded with a clutter-free home with a bit of organization.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

So if you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Secure your belongings at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of storage units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

 

7 Reasons Why People Use a Self-Storage Unit

Nowadays it seems like we can’t go anywhere without noticing a self-storage facility. The reason behind this is because self-storage has become increasingly popular over the last decade. With space becoming more and more of an issue for many of us, a storage unit would be the perfect simple solution. But beyond the space issue, there are several other reasons why increasing numbers of people have begun to use self-storage units. Here are some of these reasons.

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  • Moving to a New Home – With the housing market at all-time highs, we’re seeing an increasing number of people buying/selling homes. In this complex housing market, moving to our new home isn’t always a straightforward process that can be accomplished within a day. Often times, there may be unexpected move-in/move-out delays where the new home isn’t ready for the move-in transition. Fortunately, self-storage units provide a solution for holding your belongings until the move-in process is completed.
  • Home Renovation – Whether you’re looking to reconstruct a leaky roof or add on an additional room, the last thing you’ll want to see is debris and dust on your floors and furniture. During these times when your home is under renovation, a self-storage unit can provide a safe temporary solution to house your valued items and furniture. Once the renovation is completed, you’ll have the opportunity to redecorate your home with your stored belongings.
  • Safe Haven for Seasonal Belongings – A storage unit is a perfect place to store seasonal items such as Christmas lights, Halloween decorations, gardening tools and etc. It’s a great way to declutter and organize your garage. It’s also a great place to store surplus items that take up space in your home. This also holds true for vehicle storage as well such as dune buggies, lawn mowers and the like. Depending on the size of your unit and the facility’s policies, you may even be able to provide extra protection for your belongings such as climate controlled units.

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  • Gap Year – Many students choose to either come back home to their parent’s house or spend a year traveling before entering the big world of work. In either scenario, many will find that they have nowhere to store their belongings after college. There’s probably no room back at the parent’s home. Who knows what sorts of things the parents might have acquired over the last 3 – 4 years. A possible solution to this temporary dilemma would be a storage unit.

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  • Baby on the way – If you’re expecting a new addition on the way, you’ll need to clear up your spare bedroom and replace the spare bed with a crib. You can store your spare bed, furniture along with any additional belongings that aren’t needed at a storage facility.

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  • Our Hobbies – We all know that a dedicated hobby can take up a lot of time and space. For example large fishing rods and golf clubs, so let’s remove the clutter from our homes and keep our hobbies away from the family. Whether your hobbies are the outdoors or a collector, a storage unit can help keep your hobbies from clashing with your family space.

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  • Keep your Vehicle Safe – If your prized vehicle is collecting dust in the garage, keep it safe at a storage facility. Whether your prized vehicle is a car, boat, trailer or motorcycle, you can rest assured that it’ll be safe.
Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

So if you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Secure your belongings at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of storage units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

 

 

Micro Apartments are on the Rise! And Self Storages are right behind!

Major cities across the nation have begun noticing the rising popularity of micro-apartments. They’re on the rise due to the lack of housing available in the downtown areas of these cities. A typical micro apartment can range anywhere between 200 – 400 square feet, which is considerately small in comparison to the average 500 – 800 square feet apartment. So this sort of begs the question, why would anyone choose to live in such a small living quarter? And what is causing micro apartments to be in huge demand? And how does the rise in micro apartments influence self-storage? Let’s find out.

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Let’s begin from the top. How can micro apartments become a viable solution to combat the housing crisis in major cities as well as alleviate some of the monthly rental cost? Well for starters, a typical apartment in or near the downtown area of a major city may range anywhere between $2,000 to $4,000 dollars per month. That’s an insane amount of money just to put a roof over your head. According to financial surveys, more than 70% of Americans spent close to half or one-third of their paycheck into their housing cost. The rest of the paycheck goes into necessities such as food but also in technology. With the advancement of technology, it’s enabled us to access our e-books, data, and information via a computer, tablet or phone. In other words, we don’t need the extra square feet for book shelves and other remnants of the past necessities within the living quarters. With the reduced square feet in the living quarters, surely the cost of rent will also be reduced. So as a solution to not only save space and reduce the cost of living, micro-apartments have become viable and sought after solution. Times are definitely changing and millennials are at the forefront of this change and they’re looking to pave a new direction.

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On the psychological side of this micro-apartment movement, we have to understand that people have a really strong desire for wanting a place of their own. It’s a huge signifier that you’ve reached a certain stage in life and it also gives you an opportunity for privacy. Micro-apartments are becoming the next alternative to owning a property of their own. Especially since the average cost of a home is well beyond most typical American’s budget range, let alone a regular sized apartment or loft. Micro-apartments ring true to the phrase, “less is more”.

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Micro-apartments are typically built in or close to the downtown areas of major cities so everything is in close proximity. Although your living quarters are reduced significantly, it’s made up in other aspects such as shorter distance to and from work, groceries, and if you’re a green environmentalist that’s a huge bonus. Most micro-apartments are also built with a communal layout in mind. In other words, there are designated communal workspaces and lounging areas. These communal areas are usually themed with a coffee setting atmosphere and ambiance to help improve social interaction and ultimately build a community. Think of these communal spaces as your unofficial living room with the added bonus of making new friends.

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With the size of micro-apartments ranging only a couple hundred square feet, there are bound to be some major items and belongings we simply can’t store. As a possible solution, self-storage will become their next best friend. It just makes more sense to spend a hundred dollars on a storage unit to store your belongings than to spend a couple extra thousand on a slightly bigger apartment to hold your belongings. With health and fitness becoming increasingly popular among newer generations, it’s to no surprise why walking to and from work is no big deal. That’s just the direction we’re headed, so if you need something from your storage unit, just remember it’ll only be a quick stroll away.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

So if you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Secure your belongings at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of storage units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

 

3 Long-Term Storage Tips You Should Consider Before Living Abroad in Another Country

Before we dive right in, it’s important to ask yourself how much stuff you need to store and how long you plan on living abroad. If hypothetically speaking, you plan to book the earliest flight to London with the intention of staying abroad for more than a year. I would highly recommend that you move out of your apartment or the place you’re currently staying at to avoid unnecessary monthly payments. Let’s be honest, we all love money (some more than others) so why not save a few hundred dollars from rent. Savvy? So let’s say you decided to take our recommendation. Yay money! Great! But then it hits you, where are you going to store all your belongings now that you don’t have a place to store them. Fortunately, that’s where a storage facility comes in! Storage facilities typically offer a wide range of storage sizes so you’ll have no problem storing all your belongings. Whether you only have a little bit of stuff or whether you have a closet full of stuff, a storage facility will accommodate your every need. A storage facility is a perfect solution for storing your belongings at an affordable price while keeping your stuff safely secured. Most storage facilities pride themselves on their security so you can bet that they’ll have state-of-the-art security features to help ensure you’ll have a peace of mind when traveling. But before you jump onto this idea, check out these 3 long-term storage tips first!

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1. As obvious as this tip may be, you’d be surprised how often this tip gets overlooked. Properly storing and packing. Now, this goes without say. Please make sure that when you’re packaging your boxes or containers to be mindful of your items. Now, what do I mean by this? Don’t toss stuff or randomly stack your items in a box, especially if you’re planning to store your belongings for the long-term. Be mindful of stacking the harder and sturdier items on the bottom of the box and work your way from heavy to light. This is a great way to ensure that your boxes or containers won’t deform and collapse onto one another. You definitely wouldn’t want your heavier boxes smooshing your lighter boxes underneath now, would you?

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2. Decide whether or not a climate controlled storage unit is beneficial for you. How would you determine this, you might ask? This is the part where you would sit down in front of your stuff and laser-beam focus on the items that could potentially be damaged if left alone. When I said potentially “damaged”, I’m talking about the items in your possession that are climate sensitive such as wood furniture, electronics, musical instruments and so forth. These climate controlled units, however, are a little more pricey and expensive than the standard storage unit. But the increased cost is well worth it in protecting your belongings in the long run. To a degree, this may even help provide a better peace of mind knowing that your items aren’t subjected to temperature changes.

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3. To invest in storage insurance or to not invest in storage insurance? Hmm, that’s a good question to ask oneself, especially if you’re going abroad for a number of years. I strongly suggest looking into storage insurance for precautionary measures. It doesn’t really hurt to add another layer of security to further increase your peace of mind. And in the event of a natural disaster occurring within the facility, you can rest assured knowing that your items are insured. Like the old saying goes, “it’s better safe than sorry.”

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If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings before you embark on your journey abroad, Abby’s Self Storage just might be the facility you’re looking for. Whether it’s a short-term or a long-term storage, Abby’s Self Storage can help accommodate your storage needs. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide variety of storage units at low competitive rates! To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

 

Don’t ruin the Surprise! Store your Christmas Gifts in a Self Storage!

Season’s greetings everyone! It’s that special time of year again; where cheer and joy surround us and excitement fill the air!

Christmas is the time of happiness but also can be a time of stressfulness especially when it comes to completing your Christmas shopping list. Am I right? We know the struggle of buying the presents we need. From toddler toys to more elaborate gifts for friends and family. Although the struggle of finishing your Christmas shopping list may seem difficult at the time it’s actually nothing compared to when you have to hide your gifts until Christmas Eve. Packing and wrapping the gifts may pose another new set challenge to some but that could be managed when the kids or extended family members aren’t there. The real problem comes after the presents have been wrapped. It’s definitely not easy storing or hiding a big glimmering shining present from the eyes of a child. We can all agree that children are very adventurous and they’ll find some way to stumble upon things we never thought would happen. Which is why I propose we hide our Christmas presents in a self-storage facility?

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Depending on the presents you bought, you might want to double check if a climate controlled unit would work best to store your presents. Now, I understand that this may seem like a lot of effort just to maintain the excitement. However, kids actually anticipate Christmas not because of what they know they will receive but because they know that they’ll be surprised. I also like to think that most parents are concerned about storing gifts before the holidays. Say for example, sometime in August or September you stumble upon a sales event and in that event, there was something that caught your eye that would make an excellent gift. Now if I knew any better, chances are you’re most likely going to buy it and store it and use it when the time is right. This occurrence is what I’d like to call fate shopping or simply seizing the opportunity. Instances like these where we buy gifts far in advance have many perks and benefits. One benefit is that we have 1 less gift to worry about when it comes down to complete our Christmas shopping list. The second benefit is avoiding the long lines and last-minute shoppers at the checkouts. As for the perks, there are just too many to name so I’m going to share with you my favorite perk. Discount Sales. That’s right, discount sales. I’m talking about online shopping discounts as well as in-store discounts.

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Now I can’t say this about everyone but I know that majority of us wouldn’t mind saving a few dollars here and there. Agree? I’ll take that as a yes. With that said, I for one love the idea of saving a few dollars while checking off my Christmas shopping list at the same time. Now I say this only because we can all relate just how expensive gifts can be. Before you say anything, I know that some of you may say that we don’t have to spend a lot of money on gifts. This, in my opinion, is absolutely true! I can even go as far and say the cliché saying “it’s the thought that counts.” Now although this may ring true to some, I think a carefully thought up gift that’s inexpensive as well as practical and useful can go a long way.

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Christmas shopping can be a stressful task but it doesn’t have to be! Careful planning can help minimize the burden of completing your shopping list. Once you complete your early bird Christmas shopping and have them all neatly wrapped up, it’s time to store them! What better place than to store them than your Self-Storage Facility? Store your gifts and presents in your storage unit until the December rolls around or in most cases until the Christmas tree is in the house.  Christmas is an exciting and wonderful holiday. A few thoughtful planning for this annual event is nothing compared to the wonders and joy it brings to those around you.

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Give yourself some time to think about storing your Christmas gifts in a self-storage facility. While you’re thinking about that, it’s also important to think about whether or not the storage facility is secure. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we have video surveillance and electronic pin-code access entry gates to ensure your belongings are properly secured. Abby’s Self Storage offers a wide variety of secured storage units in Templeton, California . To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/ today!

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States