How to Minimize in the New Year

If you are like many people, the new year comes with resolutions that aim to make life healthier, happier, and less complicated. Whether you resolve to enjoy more meals at home with friends and family or to practice daily meditation, the goal to embrace simple actions that can lead to beneficial returns is a good one. Decluttering your home is another simple resolution that favors a minimalist approach to the new year and one that can have a big impact on your enjoyment of your space. Not only will your house feel more open and expansive, but the organization and feeling of having just what you need on hand can minimize stress and improve your wellbeing. If you are looking to take a deep dive into decluttering and reorganizing all your stuff, here are four tips to help with the task. 

  1. Prepare for your piles

To get started, gather what you need for the four piles into which you will sort your things: Keep, Toss, Donate/Sell, Store. This can mean getting a self storage unit in Concord for items you don’t need in your home, contacting any group you plan to donate to so you can learn their donation policies, or even renting a large dumpster if you know you will have a lot to throw away. It can also be helpful to use four containers, one for each pile, that you use as you sort the items in each room. 

  1. Take it one room at a time

Paring down the contents of an entire house can feel overwhelming. But if you take it one room at a time, the project quickly becomes more manageable. In order to build momentum, consider starting with an easy room and work your way up to the attic filled with who knows what. 

  1. Organize as you go

Once a room has been decluttered, create an organization system that ensures everything you keep has a place. You can install new shelving or use baskets or storage containers to make the most of the space available. If you find there still isn’t enough room for everything in your Keep pile, you might want to do another pass and add more to your Store pile. 

  1. Have a yard sale

For the items in your Donate/Sell pile, consider putting together a yard sale or posting them on the various resale websites and community forums. Whatever doesn’t sell, you can donate to a local organization. And don’t forget to get a receipt for the value of the donation, this can be used as a deduction for your taxes next year. 

From your bedroom to the garage, decluttering in the new year will open up your home and give you a fresh start. For help in your resolution to minimize, contact Abba Storage for all the items in your Store pile. Whether you just need a small self-storage unit for your holiday decorations and seasonal gear or car storage units in Concord to finally free your garage of the vehicles you rarely use, the team at Abba Storage is happy to help.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s site: 
https://www.abbastorage.com/minimize-new-year/

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/

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/

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.

Contractor Storage Units - Abba Self & RV Storage

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.

Storage Organization Tips - Abba Self & RV Storage

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/.

End of Summer Clean Out: Storing your Summer Gear

One day soon, summer will begin to wind to a close and all of your summer gear will need to be stored away. Using a self storage unit is probably the most convenient way to store your seasonal toys and decorations, both for the simplicity and to reduce clutter at home.

End of Summer Clean Out: Storing your Summer Gear

Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall

Getting ready for seasonal events is easier when all you have to do is call up a buddy with a truck to swap out your holiday items. You will be needing a leaf blower more than a lawn blower in the coming weeks, and you can trade in your summer toys for the traditional tools of autumn. With the right size storage unit, you can rotate your seasonal tools and toys as you go, keeping all of it safe until you need it again.

Room for Everything

The end of summer means that you probably have a lot of stuff around the house you are not going to be using much for a while. Pool cleaning equipment, the BBQ grill, floats, noodles, and snorkels, lawn and garden equipment; these are only a few of the many things that can be stored away from the house to reduce clutter and increase safety. Make sure you get a large enough storage unit for everything you need to store and fill it up at your leisure.

Easy Access Storage

No matter how well you plan out your needs, there is going to be a weekend project which calls for something you have in storage. With Abba Self & RV Storage, you can drop by and pick up whatever you need whenever you would like, without having to find a place to keep things in the garage. The end of summer cuts down on the things you need outside, but having them within easy reach year-round is still important.

Abba Self & RV Storage has a storage unit perfect for every need, from climate controlled units to outdoor RV and trailer slots. We are conveniently located near Buchanan Field, just past the curve on Solano Way. Contact us today!

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: https://www.abbastorage.com/end-of-summer-clean-out-storing-your-summer-gear/.

Is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Right for You?

Hygrometer on a table shows comfort temperature and humidity

Putting items in storage does not mean you want to part with them, and it certainly doesn’t mean they don’t have value for you. The fact is often the items you put into storage are valuable in both money and memories. Many products are sensitive to the environment and all the changes that can occur with weather systems. These items need to be stored in a climate controlled storage facility. Depending on what you are planning to store, you may need to check if the facility you’re using can guarantee climate controlled units.

Is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit Right For You?

Climate controlled storage facilities are on the rise as more and more people are putting luxury items away. You need to know there is a difference between ‘temperature control’ and ‘climate control’, even though they are often mistakenly assumed to be the same. To know if a climate controlled storage unit is what you need, you need to understand what these units will provide.

Temperature and Humidity Controlled

The difference between temperature and climate control is humidity. In a facility that only offers temperature control, that is what they monitor – just changes in temperature. Climate controlled units monitor both the changing levels of temperatures and humidity. Humidity can ruin a lot of valuable items by causing mold to grow, warping, discoloration, and many other damages. These are some items particularly susceptible to humidity:

  • Leather
  • Wood
  • Appliances
  • Collectibles such as coins, stamps, wine and comics
  • Musical instruments
  • Artwork
  • Clothing
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Electronics

When the humidity in the air increases, the air is able to retain heat, and the reverse occurs when humidity decreases – the air temperature will be lower.

Climate Control

climate controlled facility will use a quality HVAC system. They may also use dehumidifiers, thermostats that are customizable, and heavy-duty insulation. Dehumidifiers are ideal for managing humidity levels, and air conditioners are better for dropping temperatures quickly to get below the dew point.

Benefits of Climate Controlled Units

If you have items that are valuable, sensitive, or things you don’t want to be affected by climate change in your area, you should consider a facility which offers climate controlled units. These units will protect your property from damages humidity can cause and also protect it from dust, pests, and other factors.

Solution for Your Storage Needs

Abba Self & RV Storage offers customers state-of-the-art technology combined with excellent customer service. There are no long-term contracts, and we have numerous units in various sizes that are sure to meet your needs. Contact us today if you have property you need to be protected while it is stored. We have climate controlled spaces to ensure your property receives the extra care it deserves.

This post originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at: http://www.abbastorage.com/climate-controlled-storage-unit-right/,

Storing a Car You No Longer Use

Covered Car

If you have a car that you aren’t yet ready to part with but you also don’t drive that often, you may be ready to put your car in storage. Before placing your car in storage there are some things you should do to make sure your car stays in great condition.

Getting Your Car Ready for Storage

  • Clean It – The first thing you will want to do is have your car washed. You may also want it polished and waxed. Before driving it into the storage unit make sure it is completely dry and there is no debris, mud or grease.
  • Have an Oil Change Done – If you are storing your vehicle longer than a month it is a good idea to get the oil changed. Used engine oil can often have contaminants, these can do damage to your car’s engine while it is stored.
  • Fill Up the Gas Tank – Filling up your car’s gas tank can help prevent moisture from building up and accumulating inside the tank. It will also keep seals from drying out. Think about adding a fuel stabilizer to your gas tank too.
  • Start or Drive Your Car Often – You will want to at least start the car every two weeks. By keeping the cars battery charged your car will be ready to pull out of storage when you need it. If you leave the battery to sit without starting it, the battery will lose its charge.
  • Take off the Parking Brake – Look for a flat pad to store your car on and don’t use the parking brake. When the parking brake is constantly engaged there is a chance that the pads and rotors may fuse together. If you are worried about your car moving, use a chock.
  • Keep Critters Away – Take a proactive approach to keeping critters away from your car by laying out traps in the storage unit. You can also use mothballs or cotton swabs with peppermint oil.
  • Use a Cover – Even if your car is in a storage garage, using a cover can help keep your car in great condition. If your car is being stored outside, be sure to use a weatherproof car cover!

Once your car is ready you will need a secure place to store it. The team at Self Storage of Windsor can help. We offer a range of different storage options to suit your budget. You can be assured that your car is secure and protected from the elements till you are ready to drive it again. Contact the team at Self Storage Windsor today to learn more about our car storage options.

This blog originally appeared on Self Storage of Windsor’s blog at http://selfstorageofwindsor.com/storing-car-no-longer-use/.