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

 

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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

 

5 Simple Starter Tips: For those who never rented a Self-Storage Unit before

Let me guess, you’ve heard about self-storages before but never really had any reason to use it until recently. You’re probably also wondering where do you start and which facility is right for you. What unit sizes would you need and what to look out for and what not to look out for. While all these questions are great to keep in mind, this article will help simplify some of these questions to help you decide which facility is right for you. With that said, understand that a self-storage is a great way to save and preserve your belongings. People typically use self-storages for a variety of reasons such as clearing up space in their home or apartment. While others may view a self-storage as a temporary solution for their moving transitions. Regardless of what your case may be, we can all agree that keeping your belongings safe is one of the most important factors when deciding which storage facility to sign up for. With that said, let’s check out the 5 simple starter tips for beginner self-storage renters.

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1) Find a self-storage facility with several security features – such as 24/7 video surveillance, electronic pin access gates, alarm systems, well-lit facility and more. These are some security related features you should definitely look for at any facility. Another tip to keep your eyes open for is how tidy the facility is, both inside and outside. The more well-kept a facility is generally translates to how regulated the overall facility is maintained. This is typically a good sign. Another great sign of a secured facility is if they have an on-site employee 24/7 as it’ll help bring in a physical presence to help deter potential shenanigans.

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2) Find out if the self-storage facility offers insurance – whenever a facility offers insurance, that’s always a good sign. It shows that the facility is confident in securing your belongings. Additionally, having insurance on your belongings is always good to have in case a security breach occurs or your belongings are damaged. It’s highly recommended to ensure your belongings if you plan on storing your items for a long period of time.

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3) Find out whether your belongings are sensitive to the environment – in other words, if you’re renting an outdoor storage, it’s important to make sure that your unit is completely sealed and secured to prevent any damages from the environment such as the weather. Depending on the items you plan on storing, a climate controlled storage unit is typically the best option. Without proper environmental protection, you belongings may be in danger of damages from such elements as floods, fires and rust.

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4) Find yourself a secure lock – one of the most important security measures you can do is to take matters into your own hands. While a lock may seem like the most obvious signs of security, people tend to not take into consideration the lock quality. Keep in mind that some facilities may require you to bring your own security lock for your own protection while other facilities have their own security measures to ensure your belongings are safe.

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5) Find yourself a notebook or something to record your items – it’s important to keep a map record of where your belongings are located. This’ll ensure that no one has been in your unit and that it was exactly as you had left it. Additionally, having a record of your belongings is great because it’ll help you stay organized come time to move. Another important reason why you should keep a record of your belongings is in case of an insurance claim.

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 the 5 simple starter tips for those who have never rented a self-storage unit before. Take into consideration some of these helpful tips in figuring out your self-storage facility. A secure self-storage facility is important to have as it’ll help give you the peace of mind. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we have video surveillance, alarm systems and an electronic pin-code access entry gate to ensure your belongings are properly secured. Abby’s Self Storage offers a wide variety of secured storage units in Templeton, California to help maintain your peace of mind. To find out more information about our self-storage facility, please contact 805-434-9000 or visit http://abbysselfstorageca.com/ today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Storage Unit: If You Got A Bunch Of Books Lying Around! It’s The Perfect Opportunity To Create Your Own Library!

Have you always dreamt about having your very own library but just can’t seem to find the right amount of space? Well you’re not alone. Most book lovers’ envision their ideal library with shelves and rows of their favorite books, magazines and comic books. One of the interesting perks of having dedicated book shelves for your favorite novels or comic books is how aesthetically pleasing and organized it’ll be. This DIY library is truly a book lovers’ paradise!

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Did you know that storing your personal belongings for months to come isn’t the only thing that a Self-Storage Unit is designed to do? With a bit of imagination and creativity you’re able to transform your self-storage unit into your own personal library! Yep, that’s right! Your own personal library filled with tens to hundreds of your favorite books. So, checking out a book won’t be necessary or a problem. You also won’t have to worry about whether your favorite books are available because they’re all on reserve for you! Find out how you can transform your self-storage unit into a DIY library in these 3 simple steps.

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  • Rent a Storage Unit with the Most Optimal Space – The decision to pick out the right sized storage unit space is one of the most critical steps in building your own storage library. Yep, that’s right! Figuring out the size of your storage library is going to help you in the long run. Guess what it all boils down to? You guessed it! It’s the amount of books you’re likely and willing to store. If you’re planning on storing the remaining books you’ve kept stored all around your house, then a smaller storage unit space is the ideal choice. However, if you plan on expanding your book collection, it’s recommended to invest in a larger storage unit space. We wouldn’t want you walking into your library to only come to realize you ran out of storage space.
  • Line Your Book Shelves Against the Wall – Now that you’ve got your storage space ready, it’s about that time we start building our library! What’s the first thing that pops in your head when it comes to libraries besides books? If you’ve guessed book shelves, you’re absolutely correct! It’s not considered a library if book shelves aren’t in place. With that said, book shelf placement is really important when it comes to building your storage library because of the limited space available. We highly recommend measuring the dimensions of the book shelves with the dimensions of the storage unit to see exactly how many book shelves you’re able to optimize and maximize.
  • Organize Your Books with a System – This is where your library will come alive! There are a few methods in organizing your books in a systematic sort of way which is either in alphabetical order or separate them by genres. We recommend separating books by genres with generic categories such as action, adventure, romance, horror, comedy and miscellaneous. Once separated then you may proceed organizing the books in alphabetical order.

Abby's Self Storage Library

Having created a privately DIY library is incredibly satisfying and rewarding to say the lease. Storing your favorite books, magazines and comics in a Self-Storage is one of the best ways to create free extra space in your home even if it’s a little. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we can help accommodate your storage needs. If you’ve got stacks of books, piles of magazines and collections of comics taking up space in your room or home, Abby’s Self Storage, may be the storage solution for you. Abby’s Self Storage offers a wide variety of storage units in Templeton, California to help you find the most optimal storage space for your DIY library. To find out more information about unit prices and sizes, contact 805-434-9000 today!

 

 

5 Helpful Tips: Organize Your Self Storage Like a PRO and Stack ‘Em Right!

Believe it or not, using a Self-Storage Unit is actually considered an art form. Don’t believe us? Try it out yourself! Stack your boxes from left to right or from right to left in the self-storage unit and let your creativity run wild. With an added bit of careful thought and preparations, your stacks will not only look organized but it’ll be organized and that’s not even the best part! The best part is you’ll know exactly where you put each item so that it will not be hard to find what you’ll be looking for! Check out these 5 helpful tips in organizing your self-storage unit to ensure a successfully organized master piece! Let’s get started!

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1. Choose One Specific Box Size (if possible) – Having same sized boxes will definitely help make your planning process a whole lot easier. You’ll have a clearer estimation of where the boxes should go and how many boxes should be allocated to one side of the self-storage unit or the other. Additionally if you’re into detailed planning, you may go as far as measure the width, height and dimensions of the box for an even clearer plan of action. To make matters even easier and more flexible when you’re stacking, you may look into boxes that are interchangeable. For instance, using two small boxes that equal the size of one large size box. This is helpful and beneficial for you because you may want to store specific items in a box that you wouldn’t normally store in another.

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2. Identify & Prioritize The Items You May Need – Let’s be honest here, there are certain items that you use regularly and items that you do not use regularly. The trick is to store the items you do not use regularly on the lower boxes. The idea of this tip is to have your most regularly used items on top of the storage for easier accessibility. One note to mention is to give extra thought to seasonal items such as Christmas lights, Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving decorations and etc. You may also consider separating the self-storage unit in half with one side having seasonal and frequently used items such as tents, sleeping bags, sleds and etc.

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3. Label Each Box You Pack – This is where true organization comes into play. Labeling each box on the top and the sides of the box will help keep you sane when it comes time to dig through your belongings. There are several methods of organization when it comes to labeling your boxes. You can color code each box with a specific color to represent a specific group of items or use numbers to distinguish the boxes from one another. Perhaps even a combination of both color and number.

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4. Create The Master List – Some people may refer to the master list as the holy bible of their self-storage unit. The reference is by all means nothing short of excellence. So once you are completed with your desired method of labeling, a master list should be created. This master list will be your ticket to maintaining your sanity. The master list will come in handy when you need to locate a specific item, especially if some of your boxes are completely out of view. With technology becoming more advanced by the second, you can save yourself the trouble of hand-writing the entire list of the self-storage unit. Instead you can opt to using Microsoft Word or another digital recording application to write down your specifics. With all that said and done, if you’re a detailed planner and you want to be extra. We recommend writing down the corresponding box color/number with a list of the items that the box contains as well as the location of the box in the self-storage unit. This is of course, one hundred percent optional.

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5. Place A Map Of Your Belongings Inside The Self-Storage Unit – Drum roll please! The last step to an organized self-storage unit is a map. That’s right! A Map! A simple friendly reminder of the interior layout of your self-storage unit is the final tip in becoming a pro. Typically, the average person that visits their self-storage unit ranges between a few weeks to a few months depending what is stored in the facilities. We sometimes tend to be forgetful at times and as a safety measure, a map can help alleviate time spend digging through your belongings.

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

Storing your belongings in a Self-Storage Unit is one of the best ways to create free space in your home. Whether it’s for a short-term storage or a long-term storage, Abby’s Self Storage can help accommodate your storage needs. If you’ve got fold-up tables for family parties, household supplies and seasonal decorations hogging up space in your garage, a Self-Storage Unit may be the solution for you. Here at Abby’s Self Storage we offer a variety of storage units in Templeton, California at low competitive prices. Rent a 10×10 storage unit for $119 a month to store your belongings. Rent or Reserve online today or call us for additional information at 1-805-434-9000.

Easy Ways To Move Homes Or De-Clutter

How To Get Clutter Moved Out Of Your Home

Spring cleaning or summer moving, the task of de-cluttering or packing is dreadful (yet worthwhile) when done right. Planning, timing and organizing helps stay focused.

Plan Your Move

Sometimes just starting the process is challenging. Where to begin cleaning? Which closet should I start organizing? Which items can I start packing before my official moving date? These questions can be overwhelming and easily result in procrastination. What should you do? The answer is simple: start small!

Small Spaces Are Easier To Clean

Set Aside Time Just For Packing

Often times, even with the best of intentions, multitasking ends up being less productive. With daily demands of family, home and work, we are already stretched for time. Adding a home move to that juggle can amount to high levels of anxiety. Additionally, studies have shown that multitasking can cause us to get more tired which is counterproductive to your plan of staying focused and motivated to get through that long packing list. Read more about why Neuroscientists Say Multitasking Literally Drains The Energy Reserves Of Your Brain.

Multitasking Drains Productivity

Organize Your Space

The whole idea of spring cleaning is to freshen up your space by de-cluttering and well…cleaning! Which means: actually clean out your space by removing unnecessary items. Simply shifting items from one place to another without deciding on its need in your home is another form of procrastination. For instance, if you’re packing for a move, think how much time and energy you will save by getting rid of these extra items before you move into your new home. The laborious task of packing and moving items from your old to new place is undoubtedly tiring mentally and physically. By not adding unwanted extras to your boxes will, at the least, save you some time even when it’s time to unpack.

Moving homes or cleaning is not fun (not for most right?). But, managing it by planning, scheduling uninterrupted time and organizing will get you through it. Most importantly, remember that it will get done!

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For more options on how to maximize your space, read about storage units in Templeton, CA.

EXTRA, EXTRA! STORAGE UNITS OFFER SPACIOUS OPTIONS WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE ROOM AT HOME

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Let’s face it, we all wish we had extra room. To have less clutter at home, to store extra furniture, or to be more efficient by organizing business equipment to make your living space, well, more livable! Until you renovate, get a bigger home or move into an office space, there is a more affordable option to get that extra storage room without having to relocate!

Medium-Sized Storage Unit to Store Content of a One-Bedroom Apartment

organize clutter in storageDid you know that a 10′ x 13′ can fit the entire contents of a typical one-bedroom apartment? And yes, that includes major appliances such as a washer, dryer, refrigerator and furniture like a mattress and a couch! Depending on the size of your furniture and your packing skills, you may
also fit in an heirloom piece like a grandfather clock or couple of antique chests and cabinets.

A generously-sized space, a 10×13 unit is ideal for storing needs in-between moves that will require renting a space for a month or longer. It is also a convenient solution for businesses that have out grown their current storage capacity or are home-based requiring a more efficient way to organize and access their business equipment.

Affordable Storage Solutions for Businesses

Considered a medium-sized option in most facilities, a 10×13 self-storage unit offers a quick and easily accessible option for businesses to store extra supplies, boxes of paperwork, or bulky equipment. From home-based event planners to contractors who service a wide service area, vendors enjoy the convenience of having a centrally located space that is manageable in terms of organizing and rental rates.

Space for Event & Party Supplieswedding supplies storage

Event vendors have to keep up with the latest fads. Which means their list of supplies is always growing. Inflatable fun like bounce houses, Chiavari Chairs, large circular banquet tables, or centerpiece vases with elaborate fillers to decorate a large venue take up a lot of space but are also the key pieces of a party planners business. A good sized storage unit can be used to categorize and better manage the collection of themed decorations. Expensive and fragile items like the versatile glass vases that are used for so many different events can be securely stored without the risk of damage that often worries the budget-conscious planner working with highly sensitive brides. Additionally, a storage facility near their most frequented venues can cut down a lot of time, energy and stress when things don’t go as planned and a quick backup is needed.

vending machine equipment in storageVending Machine Equipment Storage

Local suppliers such as vending machine equipment providers deal with large, heavy equipment. Unsold machines and extra servicing parts can be stored in a 10 by 13 unit and moved easier into trucks for delivery from storage facilities that have drive-up access. There is also the added benefit of peace of mind when choosing a storage facility that is equipped with additional security options like 24/7 video surveillance or individual unit alarms and alerts so that your  expensive machines are not easy vandalism targets.

Business File Storage 

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Every business has years of records and paperwork that needs to be stored. Even with the expanding need to go paperless, many businesses know how crucial having hard copies of important agreements can be in potential legal proceedings or if their company computers are hacked or infected with a virus. While the need to access these documents is unlikely, if the need does arise, being able to dig up a file in 7 years of storage boxes can become a costly and time consuming task. Storage units are a simple way to place these boxes sorted by year. Businesses can use the space to create a system of discarding older files as they replace them with more recent year documents.

Photographers and Videographers

props studio storage spaceBackdrops, photo booths, set furniture, studio props, lighting equipment and camera stands are all part of the creative workings of a photographer or videographer. For professionals who spend so much time on the road between events or shoots, being able to quickly provide a large selection of options to their clients means a better chance of securing a contract.

Storing Surplus Inventory

Keeping up with demands with on-hand inventory can be daunting, especially with unpredictable customer preferences. Storing additional inventory by stocking up gives owners and managers the leeway to purchase supplies in the off-season (often times at lower prices!) in preparation for their peak season demands.

Storage Units in Templeton, California             

Getting that extra room at home may not be a practical option. Renting a storage unit that is sized comparable to a one bedroom apartment is possible! If you are looking for a facility centrally located in Templeton, a 10×13 unit at Abby’s Self Storage is currently renting at approximately $140 per month. To tour all storage unit options and to check on current space availability, rental rates, and promotions, contact an office manager at (805) 434-9000 or visit the storage facility website.

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