Storage Unit Supplies Keep Your Items Safe and Organized

Whether you rent a self-storage unit for your personal items or are using contractor storage units  for your business, keeping your items safe and organized it the top priority. Before you begin moving your things into your unit, consider purchasing the items on this shopping list.

Read on to learn about the supplies that can help protect your belongings while they are in storage and some tips for using them so navigating your unit and finding what you need when you need it will be hassle-free.

Your shopping list

  • Waterproof containers: Though cardboard boxes tend to be the baseline for storing things, consider upgrading to waterproof containers for your important items. Sturdy plastic containers offer added protection from moisture and can be stacked to maximize the space in your storage unit.
  • Strong packing tape: Essential for sealing shut your boxes, strong packing tape is a must-have. Be sure to apply several layers of tape to any seams on both boxes and plastic containers to deter pests from getting inside.
  • Colored-dot stickers: Colored-dot stickers are useful for creating an easily visible color-coding system in your unit. For example, you will be able to enter your unit and quickly find the blue dot boxes, which is your color code for office supplies.
  • Wide-tip markers: In addition to the colored stickers, you can further label your items for clarity. A dark colored marker with a wide tip will be the easiest to read from the entrance if you orient your labels toward the front.
  • Plastic sheets: Plastic sheets are great for draping over large items and will help prevent dust accumulation or water damage in the event of a ceiling leak.
  • Large cloth covers: For furniture, soft cloth covers work better than plastic sheets, which can trap moisture and cause mold or mildew damage on wooden or upholstered items.
  • Shelving units: Metal or plastic shelving units make better use of your space and can keep smaller or more valuable items off the floor. They can also help you to arrange your area into accessible rows, so you don’t have to move things around to get what you need.
  • Blank paper: Once you have organized your items in your unit, create a map of the space for reference. If you used a color-coding system, you can fill in the map with the relevant colors and make a key for what each color represents. It may be helpful to have two copies, one for you to take with you and one to leave at your unit. For the map in your unit, be sure to place it in a protective plastic sleeve.

With these supplies and storage facility that prioritizes security, your belongings are sure to be safe and organized. Abba Storage provides self-storage units in a state of the art facility with top-tier security features and offers a variety of unit sizes and climate-controlled options. Contact our storage experts today at 952-969-9222.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: https://www.abbastorage.com/storage-unit-supplies-keep-your-items-safe-and-organized/

How self-storage can simplify your retirement plan

The golden years of retirement look different for everyone, but for many, they are about changing pace, experiencing different places, and focusing on what matters most. In this pursuit, the transition to retired life offers a whole new set of choices: some of them are more logistical (Does it make sense to move to a smaller home?) and some of them are more fun (Is a boat or an RV my ideal retirement vehicle?). However a person’s retirement shapes up, self-storage units in Concord can simplify some of those decisions and get them on the road to the retired life they want.

Easily downsize

For some people, achieving the relaxation of retirement means opting for a home that requires less maintenance time and costs. Whether that means moving from the five bedroom family home with a big lawn to a smaller space, or foregoing foundations altogether and making a life on the road or the seas, there are likely many items that will need to be stored. Self-storage units are a perfect option for retirees looking to downsize. With the variety of unit sizes available, self-storage facilities can ease the transition from big to small.

Securely keep the important things

Many self-storage facilities feature advanced security systems and options for boat or car storage, so customers can rest assured that their prized possessions are safe. For retirees, this means that the family heirlooms that the grandkids aren’t ready for are kept in a secure place and the restored vintage car isn’t crowding the driveway or unnecessarily exposed to the elements.

Streamline living spaces

In many ways, retirement is a time to declutter and self-storage units can be a helpful resource in streamlining living spaces. For items that are still useful or valuable but not regularly utilized, such as tools, crafts, record collections, or seasonal clothes, self-storage can help organize them while decluttering the home. Additionally, many self-storage facilities have flexible hours and onsite staff to ensure you are able to access your things when you need.

Save money in the long run

Self-storage can save money for retirees in the long run by offering a secure option for keeping important possessions without having to continue to pay for a too-big home and can also protect cars, boats, and RV’s from costly damage. And as the family takes on the heirlooms or it makes sense to sell that record collection, it’s easy to relocate to a more appropriately sized, less expensive unit with flexible month-to-month contracts.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: https://www.abbastorage.com/retired-use-self-storage-to-downsize/

Storage Organization Tips

How to organize your storage space in 4 easy steps

Whether you have a small unit for your seasonal gear or a larger contractor storage unit, there are multiple benefits to having a well-organized storage space. Instead of keeping a confusing, jumbled pile of your stuff that is likely to get damaged, your storage unit can look more like a organized library of your things, with your possessions well-maintained and easy to access. Here are four steps to creating that more organized and functional space.

1. Inventory

The first step to organization is creating a list of the items you will be putting into storage. This list can help you keep track of your possessions over time because it is easy to forget where you put those photo albums when you haven’t needed to retrieve them for many months. An inventory can also help you itemize what you put into storage for purposes of acquiring insurance for your storage unit. Additionally, this step can help you visualize all the items you’ll be further organizing in steps two and four. It is essential that the inventory be specific, but it doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be as simple as a written catalog, spreadsheet, or folder of photos on your computer desktop.

2. Package

Once you have identified all the items that you will bring into storage, the next step is to organize your items into durable packaging. It can be helpful to put like-items into the same box or bin and arrange them, so they are accessible in the storage unit. It is also important that you consider the material for the containers: plastic tends to hold up better for more substantial items and in the event of water damage, while cardboard may be more appropriate for less dense items that can be stored off the ground.

3. Label

Often an organizational system is only as good as its labels. If you cannot read or don’t understand what you (or someone else) put on your containers, you’ll still have to open them all until you find what you’re looking for. Be sure to write with permanent markers, ideally on a durable label material (duct tape is an easy, reliable option), using simple categories anyone can understand, such as “kitchen,” “camping,” etc. It can also be helpful to use a color-coding system to make it even easier to find what you need in your space quickly.

4. Arrange

With the groundwork laid for your well-organized storage space, it’s time to move your stuff into your unit. First create a floor plan that places items you will frequently access toward the front of the storage unit, and bigger, less necessary things toward the back. Shelves can be a helpful organizational tool that not only makes the most of the vertical space in the storage unit but also protect certain items in the event of flooding. It is also important to include walkways throughout the area, so you can quickly and safely get to every item in your unit.

If you are looking for self-storage units in Concord, CA that you can transform into your own well-organized space, contact Abba Self & RV Storage. Abba offers a range of storage services to fit anyone’s needs, from single storage units to car storage to warehouses for rent.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site:
https://www.abbastorage.com/small-business-storage/

The Benefits of Self-Storage for Your Business

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Whether you need to find some extra space for your growing inventory or you are looking for a warehouse for rent to store large equipment or machinery, a self-storage facility can offer several solutions to meet your business’s needs. Instead of looking to lease or buy commercial office space, consider the flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and helpful amenities of a self-storage facility near you.

A Versatile Option

Many types of businesses use self-storage to supplement their existing space and business operations. From landscapers and carpenters to retailers and businesses with a fleet of vehicles they need to store, business owners can find a storage unit size and type that meets their needs. This variety of storage options paired with flexible month-to-month lease terms is especially useful for businesses as they scale or expand. There is no need to be locked into a contract for a space that won’t fit in three months.

Making Financial Sense

Self-storage services can also have a positive impact on your business’s bottom line. Leasing or buying a larger commercial office space can be a big expense, and one that comes with additional costs such as utility bills or property taxes. Not only can the monthly rental of a self-storage unit be less than that of an office space lease, you can also avoid those additional costs while still enjoying greater organization and the security of your business’s stored items. What’s more, the flexibility of self-storage has concrete financial outcomes. When your business is able to use only the space it needs as it needs it, you can save on unnecessary expenses.

Premier Features

Self-storage facilities can also offer beneficial amenities for their units. One of the prime features of self-storage is the caliber of security they provide. Many have a gated perimeter with secured access, surveillance cameras and alarms, on-site staff overseeing the facility, and well-lit exterior and interior spaces. In addition to these security features, self-storage facilities also offer climate-controlled units, fire-mitigation systems, and convenient access options so you can get to your unit when you need.

No matter if you are growing, relocating, or simply looking to better organize your space, self-storage can benefit your business. If you are looking for self-storage in Concord, CA, contact Abba Self-Storage and their team can explore the storage solutions that make sense for your business.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site:
https://www.abbastorage.com/small-business-storage/

Are my stored items covered by insurance?

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For most people, self-service storage units are a secure place to store valuable possessions. Whether they want to store an antique collection or require car storage, the goal is to keep the items protected. However, unlike other valuables and assets, items kept in storage may not be covered by typical insurance policies and lack that additional layer of protection. If you are considering a self-storage solution, it may be beneficial to also consider verifying or obtaining insurance coverage.

Check your current policy

Accidents, crime, and natural disasters happen to everyone. We use insurance to help us recover losses when something unfortunate impacts us and our property. In the case of stored items, your existing home or renters’ insurance policy may cover them. You will need to ask if items that are not located at the main residence are covered. If they are not, most insurance agencies can extend your coverage with storage insurance. This subset of insurance coverage can help in the event of personal property damage, natural disasters, or theft if it occurs at your self-storage unit.

Look into alternative insurance providers

If your current home or renter’s insurance agency will not extend your coverage to your items that are stored off-site at a storage facility, or you don’t already have one of these forms of insurance, it is worthwhile to research agencies that provide storage insurance. If you are not sure where to start, the storage facility may have recommendations they have learned from other self-storage users, or they may offer storage insurance through their operations.

Storage options near you

Whether you are in the market for self-storage, auto storage, or a warehouse for rent in Concord, CA, Abba Storage offers a variety of safe and secure storage solutions. With multiple unit sizes and great prices, their team of professionals can work with you to meet your storage needs. Call today at 925-969-9222 to discuss your options.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site:
https://www.abbastorage.com/are-my-stored-items-covered-by-insurance/

Helpful Supplies for Organizing and Damage-Proofing Your Storage Unit

There are few approaches to keeping storage units organized. Instead of simply throwing your items in a storage unit, you can store your belongings orderly for safekeeping. The supplies you use will help you to prepare and place your items in your newly rented space. A little planning at the beginning and a few key supplies can go a long way to make it easier to access everything in your unit for the duration of your rental and to eventually move all your belongings out in an organized fashion when you no longer need self-storage services.  

Packing before you move in 

Four simple items that can be found at any packaging or office supply store can help organize your move in process: colored dot stickers, blank paper, sturdy waterproof boxes or containers, and markers. To begin, use the blank paper and markers to make a layout of your storage unit and plot the placement of your items. It is often helpful to place the items you will need to access more frequently toward the front of the unit and items you will not need, like furniture, toward the back. Next, create a color-coding system that groups your belongings and will make it easy for you to identify the contents of a box without needing to open it. For example, you might use pink dots for kitchen items, red dots for important papers, and green dots for items you will need to find easily. Pack your items in like groups in your waterproof containers and label them with the appropriate dot sticker.   

When you’re in your unit 

Though you’ve taken precautions to ensure the self-storage facility isn’t in a flood plain and your unit has no structural damage, it’s best to come prepared so you can safely store your important items, records and documents. For this reason, there are four more essential supplies you can purchase for safely storing your belongings: plastic sheets, metal or plastic shelving units, large soft cloth covers, and strong packing tape. In order to avoid the potential for water damage, you can keep your smaller boxes off the ground and organize them on the shelving units, colored-dot facing the entrance. It is also a good idea to thoroughly tape up your boxes with the packing tape to deter pests from finding a way in and making a home out of your valuable belongings. The plastic sheets offer another layer of protection and can be draped over the shelves and boxes. For furniture, it is better to cover them with soft cloths to reduce the risk of trapped moisture leading to mold or mildew growth. After using whatever combination of these strategies best suits your storage needs, you can rest easy that your belongings will be safe and organized in your unit. 

Abba Storage can assist you with all of your storage unit needs. Our state of the art storage facility includes a range of security measures to keep your belongings safe. We offer a variety of sizes and options including air-cooled spaces. Contact our storage experts today at 925-969-9222.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: https://www.abbastorage.com/helpful-supplies-for-organizing-and-damage-proofing-your-storage-unit

College Students and Self Storage

College Students and Self Storage

As a college student, you may have previously thought of self-storage units only in the context of your grandmother’s antique collection or your parent’s RV. These are, of course, common reasons a person would use a self-storage facility; however, considering a unit of your own may also be a smart choice. There are multiple helpful uses for self-storage for college students, and most self-storage facilities offer flexible storage solutions that can meet the fluctuating needs of a person on a university schedule and budget.

The What and Why of Self-Storage

College years are often characterized by constant change: in class schedules, in living arrangements, even in the campuses you attend. All of that flux can make it difficult to maintain your possessions in an accessible and secure place. And by the end of just freshman year, you have more than a few possessions. Many students find themselves with a pile of expensive books and electronics, like mini-fridges and microwaves, along with furniture items like much-loved couches and often-used desks. When leaving for summer break,  switching between on and off campus housing, or while studying for a semester abroad, it can be helpful to use a storage facility near campus to keep your things until you have a new home to put them in.

 

Self-storage facilities often have multiple unit sizes to choose from, so you don’t have to pay for more than your need; offer flexible access hours, so you can get to your stuff when you need; and provide advanced security, so you can trust that your stuff is safe. With your things skillfully stored in your unit, you don’t have to seasonally liquidate all your belongings or worry about trucking your worldly possessions from your dorm to parent’s home and back again, every year, anymore.

The Who and How of Self-Storage

When choosing a self-storage facility, be sure to find one that fits your needs. Can you access them easily from campus? Do they have short-term leases that accommodate your semester or summer break schedule? And lastly, do they have solid customer service that is compatible with the methods of communication and rental payment you are most likely to use? Once you’ve found a good fit, getting started with a storage facility is easy. Contact Abba Self & RV Storage in Concord to secure the right unit and contract for you.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: https://www.abbastorage.com/college-students-and-self-storage/.

Top Reasons for Using Self Storage

Top Reasons for Using Self Storage

You may not know it, but you too can benefit from renting a unit or series of units in a self storage facility. Many who utilize this popular option for gaining just a little extra space do so for a variety of reasons, both big and small, and for both personal and business uses. While your space may feel cluttered now, and you may have almost forgotten what it feels like to not be hedged in by so much stuff, a self storage unit can free up your valuable square footage and help give you room to organize your home or business.

Popular Uses of Self Storage

Whether you ascribe to the trend of minimalism or not, many people enjoy the benefits of decluttering their space when they use a self storage facility. By removing what is not immediately necessary in their homes, be it family heirlooms, holiday decorations, or seasonal sporting equipment, storage unit renters find themselves regaining a bedroom, a garage, or even the curbside appeal of their house. For businesses, a self storage unit can help better manage inventory or overstock, or even safely store business vehicles when they are not in use. Other popular uses of self storage include RV storage over the winter, or storing personal and household items during extended travel, when between residences, or during large home remodel projects.

The Benefits of Self Storage

When you have a surplus of things in a too-small space, it can be very difficult to keep your things organized. Self storage units provide the opportunity to create an ordered system of your things and to maintain the quality of an inventory. This benefit is essential to businesses, but can also be helpful to any person with a collection or valuable seasonal items, like fishing gear or ornaments, that tend to become damaged or broken when inappropriately stored. Self storage can benefit seasonal or infrequently used items in another way: they provide flexibility of access. Many storage facilities provide year-round, 24 hour access so you can retrieve your storage items whenever you need, or store them for only a short duration if you need. In addition to easy-access, renters can expect reliable self storage security. With locks on the units only the renter can access, gated facilities with code entry, substantial lighting and security cameras, and staff on-hand to handle issues or questions, in many ways, self storage units are more secure than most homes and businesses.

If self storage sounds like the solution you’ve been looking for, it’s time to do your research to find the facility that fits your needs. Be sure to consider the convenience of its location to you, the level of security and staffing you are comfortable with, and the variety of unit sizes that can accommodate your growing or diminishing storage needs. For self storage in the Concord, CA area, contact Abba Self & RV Storage to learn about our range of storage options.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: https://www.abbastorage.com/top-reasons-for-using-self-storage/.

Contractor Storage Units

Building contractors require a lot of tools, gear, and materials to get each job done right and on schedule. This includes general contractors, painters, HVAC, electricians, plumbers and others. Each specialty has its own equipment and expertise, but every contractor wants to load up and leave the job site at the end of the day, and all that equipment needs a place to stay too. Contractor storage units, like those from Abba Self & RV Storage, can help you become more efficient in moving your equipment to and from your job sites.

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Why storage?

While your day to day equipment on any project as a contractor may stay in your car, it’s conveniently storing the gear you don’t need today and keeping all your equipment organized that can really help you save time. It’s easy to remember where the tools you used twenty minutes ago are in your truck, but it’s more difficult to find the tool you have not used since the last similar project a few months ago. That’s where storage units come in. All of your equipment can have a place, including storing vehicles, making it organized and simple to store materials and retrieve them as needed. As you transition to different projects throughout the seasons, your storage unit can easily manage everything you need. That way your entire family can also fit in your truck – not just your tools.

Storage options

A more economical and flexible option than an industrial space or building your own shed is self-storage. Unlike your own shed, a self-storage unit is monitored by security 24/7, keeping all your valuable equipment safe. Self-storage also allows you to easily choose a storage unit size that will be able to fit all of your equipment in an organized, easy-to-use way. Some self-storage facilities, such as Abba Self & RV Storage, also offer convenient vehicle storage. This variety of self-storage units provides an affordable, efficient, easy-access option with a low, predictable cost, instead of the unforeseen repair or replacement expenses that can result from improperly stored equipment.

Self-Storage for Contractors

The team at Abba Self & RV Storage offers a multitude of storage options. Whether you need a large storage unit with outdoor access for vehicles or you need a smaller unit for tools, we can meet your unique needs. Our property offers 24-hour security, keeping your expensive equipment safe, while allowing you convenient access when you need it. If you are in need of storage for your work gear, contact the team at Abba Self & RV Storage today. We would love to help you with all your storage needs.

This article originally appeared here: https://www.abbastorage.com/contractor-storage-units/.

Storage Organization Tips

The Basics of Organizing your Storage Unit

Whether you need to access items in your self-storage unit frequently, or your storage space will be more for long-term storage, keeping its contents organized is key for making your storage space as functional as possible. As with most organizational tasks, there are a few fundamentals that can make your life easier with little to no extra effort, and they can be broken into two phases: preparing your items for storage and arranging your items in the space. Spending a little more time in the details at these two points can save you a lot of time later.

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Prepare Your Stuff

While it may seem that effective use of storage is composed of two simple steps – piling all your storage items into the truck and then unloading it into your storage unit so that it merely fits in the space – taking the time to complete the additional step of organizing your things at the front end can be helpful in many ways. Start by taking an inventory of the things you will store. This can be a simple written list or can be a photo inventory of everything in the unit, which can be kept as a physical copy or a photo folder in an app. This list will come in handy when you are trying to remember where those holiday decorations are, or getting ready for a summer outing. Another helpful preliminary step is to label each container you store. You may think you will remember which color/shape container holds the camping gear, but when next year rolls around you can save yourself some time by clearly labelling the contents of your unit. These labels can be further notated in your inventory as well, for an even more precise and thorough organizational aid. It is also worth noting that the containers you’ve meticulously labelled and inventoried better serve you if they are made of durable materials: plastic may better protect your things from time and the elements than cardboard would.

Mindfully arrange the space

It is important to adhere to some rhyme and reason in the arrangement of your items in the storage unit. What system you create depends on your needs and what you are storing, but there are a few simple things you can do to make your storage easily accessible. To begin, be sure to create pathways or aisles around the space so you can get to any item without having to move and replace layers of stuff to find what you are looking for, no matter where it is placed in the unit. It is also important to place items you will be retrieving or using frequently at the front of your unit. Consult your inventory to determine what these items may be and keep them nearer to the door. Another helpful way to arrange the space is to put larger items at the back of the unit and smaller at the front, so you don’t have to maneuver around the bookshelf or couch to get to your fishing poles.

Need a space to test out these organizational basics? Contact us today!  No matter your storage needs, Abba Self & RV Storage has an easy, secure option for you. Put your organizational skills to use and contact us today at 925-969-9222. We offer a wide range of secure storage choices for all of your off-site storage needs in the Concord, CA area.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: https://www.abbastorage.com/storage-organization-7-great-tips/.