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New Renters' Guide to Self-Storage

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Are you thinking about renting a storage unit? Regardless of where you are in the process of renting a self-storage unit, here are some tips and tricks. We understand that renting a storage unit is not a simple event, which is why at Storage Corner, we always try to inform potential customers and long-standing customers alike on what is involved with renting a storage unit. Our team has gathered several self-storage tips over the years, which we want to share with you in this spirit. There are some storage unit tips that may seem obvious, while others might be useful and even critical. We hope this article will help you move in easily! 1. Make sure you find the best storage unit deal before renting In the case that this is your first time renting a storage unit, you may qualify for a discount. You should also ask yourself the following questions: Where is the closest facility to my home? Does anyone offer remote leasing services? Which sites offer the space I want? 2. Determine the size of the storage unit you need When renting a storage unit at the last minute, most people make a mental list. The estimated size can sometimes turn out to be larger than the client needs, resulting in a larger bill. Other times, underestimating how much space you need can cause a lot of stress since you'll run out of space halfway through unpacking. Take a rough inventory of what you plan to store in the unit and how long you intend to keep it. Measuring larger items before renting a storage unit will help you to decide which type and size of the unit to rent. Related: How Big Should My Storage Unit Be? (Solved) 3. Ensure that your belongings are kept as safe as possible To keep their items out of harm's way, customers can follow some simple self-storage tips. Be sure to get a lock that is strong and reliable. Certain locks are ...


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May 26th, 2022


How Big Should My Storage Unit Be? (Solved)

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Units are available in a variety of sizes to suit the needs of people who store a few items, specialty items, or entire households. Storage units can be rented for short-term or long-term storage, making them useful for people who need just a few days of storage or those who prefer to keep things for several years. A storage unit's size is probably the most confusing aspect of renting one. Start by determining the size, shape, and quantity of items you plan to store. To ensure your belongings are safe, you can begin by calculating the size or number of storage units you need to rent. Here are a few tips on how to determine what size storage unit you need. Decide what you want to store in the storage room. Determining the type of items you plan to store is the first step in choosing the right storage unit. If you need to store an entire household of goods while you move between homes, you may need to rent more than one storage unit. It would take a large storage unit to hold the items in a garage Think about what amenities and level of access you need in a storage unit. In addition to determining what you plan to store, you should evaluate if your items require any special considerations and how often you plan to access them. Temperature-controlled might also be an option if needed. In any case, make sure that you have access 7 days a week. Click here to see our hours of operation You'll need to leave some space inside the unit if you plan to access items in the back throughout the year. You can also arrange the goods in a U-shape with items in the middle as well as a long aisle down the middle. Make sure that you store your items properly and calculate the amount of space they take up before packing. In order to ...


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May 19th, 2022


7 Useful Tips for Long-Term Storage

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Storage units are rented both for long- and short-term needs. However, it is critical to note that items stored for a long period of time may require different care or treatment. All items that you intend to store in a storage unit for a few years should be properly prepared for long-term storage if you plan on renting one. Check out these tips below! 1. Plastic bags are not a suitable option For storing items for the long term, plastic bags aren't the best option, since they are cheap and can't hold a lot of items. As a result, plastic cannot breathe and can easily trap moisture, which can cause damage to your items. 2. Clean and dry all items This is perhaps the most helpful tip. In order to keep items in a storage unit for a long time, it is essential that they are both clean and dry. Pests can be attracted to items that have food debris, dirt, mud, or hair on them. Clean each item according to the manufacturer's instructions. You should allow the item enough time to dry after cleaning it with water or a solution. 3. Inventory list If you won't be entering your storage unit often, consider creating an inventory list so you know what's inside. If you can't locate an item in a few years, you can check your inventory list to see if it was ever stored there. 4. Label all boxes Before placing a box into your storage unit, make sure the outside is clearly marked with a list of contents. Labeling the outside of your boxes will save you from having to sort through each one separately to find what you're looking for. 5. Protect your furniture Make sure to protect your furniture from dust by covering each piece with a sheet. When storing leather, wooden, or cloth furniture items, this is a good idea. 6. ...


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April 26th, 2022


5 Tips For Moving To a New City!

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Moving to a new city soon? Well, then maybe you are experiencing a sense of happiness and mixed feelings like anxiety or desperation. It happens to everyone, especially if you leave your "comfort zone" for a fresh start in a new city. BUT, don’t worry; with the right preparation, you can enjoy a less stressful moving experience. In today’s blog, we’ll share some tips on how to have a less overwhelming moving! Look for the right mover Among the many things you have to consider, a very important aspect is finding a mover. Make sure to research moving companies or ask friends and family for references. Be sure to ask about things like insurance, licensing, etc., and review all their services. Tip: At Storage Corner, we provide free moving trucks for Salt Lake City (Free Truck for Move-Ins) Visit before you move Ok, this may sound ‘silly’ but listen, this can help you get a feel for the area and have a real perspective of what you’ll be getting when living there. Make sure to peak a bit into the local culture, and scope out the job market or schools in certain areas of your interest. Especially, if you are moving across the country, please make sure you visit before moving and don’t settle for Google images or youtube videos from the location. If you can, please consider visiting beforehand. Make a list of important things Some homework for you here! Take the time to jot down all the important things you’ll need when you get to the new location. You could list all the things you have to pack and label all boxes with the room it belongs. You can also look for rules in your new neighborhood related to newcomers. Is it an apartment? home? complex? Do they have any restrictions for pets or kids? Try to answer all these questions to yourself so your move day can be as smooth as possible. Be ready ...


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April 11th, 2022


5 Desk Organizing Hacks (Easy Ones!)

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Is your office or desk space a cluttered mess? Are you finding it hard to be productive or get things done just because you can’t find your tools? We have all been there, but don’t worry, you don’t have to stay there! Keep your desk/office clean and organized with these 5 desk organizing tips. Divide Up Your Desk Drawers 🗂 Simple-yet-powerful rule: each drawer must serve a different function. Try to assign a function to each drawer on your desk. For example, the top drawer can be for tape, pens, hand lotion, and other similar items, the one below can be for notebooks, papers, books, and another for things such as tissues, USBs, adapters, and other things. Extra tips: Use trays of different sizes to help you see and organize better and also, only use the top drawers for frequently used items. Take Charge of Paper Clutter 📄 We all know how easy it is to let papers pile up in your desk. Take control of the clutter before it takes over your space. Go through every piece of paper in your office by using a simple system: shred/toss it, file it or take action from it. Wrap Your Cords 🔌 This is a bit challenging but at the same time, one of the most rewarding when seeing the results of the effort you put into it! Velcro cable ties are very helpful in keeping long wires tucked away. Remember to keep cords and chargers neatly tucked away in a drawer when not in use. You can loop them and hold them using zip ties or reusable little cable ties. You might as well use colorful cable ties to keep your wires in place and easy to find. Get used to labeling everything 🏷 OK, here’s a tricky one: labeling drawers or cabinets will not only save you time and frustration but will limit the number of interruptions you get during the day. Adding labels to the boxes, baskets, and binders ...


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March 25th, 2022


5 Tips to Declutter Your Retail Store

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Learning a few practical clutter-busting tricks can keep your business from looking like a maze, so it can finally feel like the space you’ve been dreaming of at last! 1. Create a decluttering checklist. It’s best to stay on track when you know right where you are at a simple glance. Create a list of your top three or so “cluttery” areas and make organizing them up a part of your weekly work routine. 2. Pick a decluttering strategy that best suits your business. The best approach is to find a system that works best for your business. i.e, have limited team or resources? Work and dedicate to one area each week. Maybe you have more than one person helping you, so you can set daily tasks for you and your team and keep an eye on the organization. If you have a busy business maybe your strategy can be to work all this every morning, or perhaps it is best at the end of the shift? You can craft your strategy accordingly, don’t be afraid Think of it like this: If your system works with you, it will work for you. 3. Ask yourself what items you actually use, and remove the rest! You have to start identifying the things you are 100% sure you will use in your everyday operations. Always remember to use your energy to simplify. Go through all items individually but quickly initially discard anything that isn’t necessarily needed right now, right there. 4. Make sure everything has a “place” Once you have started designing “places” for specific elements, it will be easier to keep’em in the chosen places. Go area by area, category by category, and don’t let anything just “stand by”. 5. Keep “clutter” smartly Invest in storage for your inventory, replacement parts, season-themed decoration, essentially everything you won’t be needing right now, right there BUT that you’ll need to have access anytime. This will allow you to organize your clutter, so all surfaces ...


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March 9th, 2022


Make space for a Home Office with help from Self-Storage

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Are you working from home but haven’t managed to make room for your office? Having a dedicated space at home where you can work allows you to complete your tasks more efficiently than if you have just a pop-up spot in the living room. If you’re struggling to work from home or you feel like you don’t have enough space to, here are some quick and easy tips to make space for a home office: Pick the right spot It's not a good idea to set up the office in the living room if that's where your family gathers. Sometimes that means converting your garage into an office space, and sometimes it means compromising with other spaces. You don’t need a big space, you would be surprised what you can achieve with just a little area in your room or a corner of the kitchen. Comfort is essential It’s important your home office computer setup is ergonomic. If you take shortcuts here, you could end up with long (and short) term problems. You’ll want a chair with back support that’s set up right. The chair’s height should keep your eye level with your screen when your back is straight. Doing this encourages the flow of oxygen and blood which helps you think and helps with preventing back and shoulder problems. This might be the most important tip we can give you when it comes to setting up your home office. Use storage creatively An uncluttered space helps keep your thought process clean and motivated. Splitting drawers, repurposing glasses, hooks, and even repurposing wine racks are all creative ways to maximize your storage space. It’s important to have storage space with all the supplies you need nearby, so you don’t keep moving around the house to find your materials. Remember to regularly clean your space and store your office supplies instead of cluttering your desk, as clutter can quickly become the new normal. Go for ...


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March 6th, 2022


6 Things You Should Know Before Renting A Storage Unit

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Whether you need to temporarily store belongings while moving or store them long term after downsizing, renting a storage unit provides an excellent, space-saving solution. There are several things you should know before renting a storage unit. But what are the main things to take into consideration? While there are different types and sizes of storage units, you can usually save big bucks by getting several quotes from several storage companies. 1. Location The first thing you need to consider is the location of the storage facility and its proximity to your home or workplace - especially if you want to visit your unit frequently.It will help you save on your gas bill and it can also help you save your precious time and energy. Remember, time is gold. 2. Accessibility Another important consideration is the accessibility of the facility. Are they open after office hours or when it is most convenient for you? Can they accommodate you when you suddenly decide to visit your unit? Check if they are open on the weekends or holidays. Some facilities allow 24/7 access to storage. Some require advance notice so they can arrange for staff to assist you with your visit. Others are open even after standard business hours to meet customers who may be accessing after hours. 3. Safety and Security Understand the safety and security features of a storage facility before signing a contract. Choose one with top-of-the-line safety and security. Check for the presence of fences/gates and check for security guards. Ask if the facility is protected by 24/7 CCTV or surveillance cameras, individual door alarms and locks, and fire safety devices such as fire alarms, extinguishers, sprinklers, and detectors.Don't make the mistake of storing your most precious items in a storage facility with compromising security. 4. Insurance Options Find out which storage company has insurance options - allowing you to decide if you need insurance for your storage items. Some storage companies require their customers to use an insurance plan before signing a contract - ...


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February 11th, 2022


10 Things That Make Your Home Look Cluttered

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We all want to make our homes look less cluttered. But what if you’ve organized and decluttered and your house still looks cluttered? What do you do then? And what’s making it look that way? Well, here are ten things that make your home look cluttered, that you may not have thought of. 1. Full Countertops 🧂 When your kitchen countertops are full of clutter, your space looks dirty even when it isn’t. The same applies to your bathroom countertops. Look at it this way, when you go to a hotel room, the counters are free of clutter and appear spacious and clean. This same feeling applies to your own home. Cluttered countertops are one of the top things that make your house look cluttered. The solution to this problem is to utilize those cabinets and drawers. Put away any and everything you can and only leave minimal decorations on your kitchen and bathroom countertops. 2. The exterior of the refrigerator ❄️ The exterior of the refrigerator has a tendency to become a clutter spot quickly. We mount things with magnets and then never remove them. We add items so we “won’t forget” to do them, but we still forget. A completely covered refrigerator is one of the things that make your house look cluttered. 3. A messy entryway 🚪 The entryway to your home is the first thing your guests see when they come to your home. If you don’t address this area, this can be one of the main things that make your house look cluttered. If you remove shoes every time you enter your home, let’s create a shoe cubby for every individual’s shoes. If the kids hang coats, gloves, and outerwear, let’s create a space to hang and store these items. Creating a space for these items will eliminate the clutter and help you get out the door faster each morning as you’ll know where everything is stored. 4. Paper piles 📑 Everyone has ...


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January 26th, 2022


4 Reasons Why More People Are Using Self Storage (And Why you Should Consider Doing It)

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We can all agree these past couple of years have been everything but ordinary, house prices are on the rise, many of us have been forced to work from home (even if we might not have the room), and more people seem to be downsizing or decluttering their homes. If you are still wondering whether renting a storage unit is the right choice for you or you just want to know what are the pros and cons of doing it, we got you covered. Read on to learn all about why more people are using self-storage and trusting it with their belongings. The Digital Nomad Lifestyle As remote work becomes the new normal, people are now free to travel wherever they want, whenever they want. Travelers need to declutter before they move, and instead of leaving important items in unoccupied homes for extended periods of time, they are opting to store them in storage facilities. Because storage units have such a low price point, people usually don't think twice about renting, even if the unit never gets filled. This gives them the security they need and the ease of access they want. Self-storage tenants are reluctant to throw things away until things get back to normal, especially when the price of almost everything seems to be going up. Downsizing Whether it’s kids going off to college, or a life event like losing a job, people are downsizing from big houses to smaller spaces. With this comes the decision of what to do with all the stuff that won’t fit into the reduced square feet of a townhouse, condo, or apartment. While some decide to part with their extra belongings through garage sales or donating them to charity, others decide to keep at least a portion of their possessions in storage lockers. This gives them the option of eventually taking those items out of storage when moving back to a larger home, or choosing to hand them over to their ...


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January 11th, 2022


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