Thankful Thanksgiving Storage Tips + Free Printable


While Halloween kicks off the winter holiday season, Thanksgiving offers an opportunity for some serious celebrating. Will it be last-minute planning and chaos? Or, will you keep calm and Thanksgiving on? There is no time like the present to get ready to entertainlearn how to organize holiday helpers and keep leftovers safe with our thankful Thanksgiving storage tips. 

The holiday rush can make it easier to get distracted and miss out on the special moments. It’s why Metro Self Storage is dedicated to helping you live an organized life every day of the year.  Continue reading “Thankful Thanksgiving Storage Tips + Free Printable”

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It’s Never Too Late To Celebrate National Clean Out Your Garage Day


Even though National Clean Out Your Garage Day happens every year, becoming a National Holiday isn’t easy. It begs the question—is there a compelling reason to dedicate an entire day to organizing a garage? Turns out, there is. Of the nearly 1,000 garage owners Consumer Reports polled in a recent nationwide survey, a whopping 62% said their garages were overcrowded. Continue reading “It’s Never Too Late To Celebrate National Clean Out Your Garage Day”

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Top 5 Tips for DIY Home Storage

Spring cleaning (or a visit from an outspoken friend or relative) can inspire you to finally get everything organized and stored properly. While self storage is a great option for some, you may also decide to find enough space for home storage without ever leaving the hosue. If you choose to “do it yourself,” keep in mind the following 5 tips to increase your chances of success.
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Self Storage Makes St. Patrick’s Day More Fun


Even though self storage as a useful place to keep things while moving or living in a small apartment, it comes in handy during the holidays too. Self storage makes St. Patrick’s Day more fun by giving party planners the extra space they need for things like tables, chairs, decorations, and more!

1. Storing Party Drinks and Food

Storing party drinks and food for St Patricks Day

Before a St. Patrick’s Day party, snacks, and drinks can start to take over your kitchen. These party treats can be tempting. It’s hard to resist indulging in them early, leaving you with fewer supplies and a bigger waistline by the time the actual party begins.

Some try to avoid this temptation by going shopping on the day of the party. This strategy just leads to another problem, though: wading through a packed supermarket with long lines. You’re there with everyone else who needs last-minute party food and drinks. The best choices might already be gone, and they definitely won’t be on sale. It happens every holiday.

You can escape this scene and the temptation of St. Patrick’s Day fare by storing any unrefrigerated drinks and food at your self-storage unit instead of your kitchen. Self storage units can be as small as a pantry closet or as large as a one-car garage if you’re planning an epic bash. You can even get a climate-controlled unit, perfect for storing alcohol like whiskey and wine.

Once you have a self-storage unit, you can stock up before for your St. Patrick’s party and keep any unopened goods there afterward. Then, you’ll always be ready for a party!

2. Storing Holiday Decorations

Storing Holiday Decorations for St Patricks Day

A small storage unit can be perfect for storing decorations, too. After all, you only need shamrock and leprechaun decorations once each year. Why crowd your closets with so much green, when you can keep it elsewhere?

Then, before the party, you can simply pick up the decorations at your self-storage unit instead searching through a stuffed closet at home. The simplicity of the arrangement and the extra space at home will make the holiday more stress-free and fun for you. Your party would have the atmosphere you want, without the difficulty of storage.

If your St. Patrick’s decorations aren’t enough to fill a storage unit, you can always use the empty shelves for decorations from other holidays, like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. You wouldn’t have to think twice about getting perfect decorations for all your holidays since you’d have plenty of space to store them for the rest of the year.

3. Storing Valuables To Prevent Damage

Storing Valuables to prevent damage for St Patricks Day

If you want to host an awesome party, your home has to be prepared for a little damage. Sometimes this damage is manageable, like a dirty carpet or chipped cup. Other times, though, your prized possessions can be harmed or stolen in the midst of the fun.

Hosting a big St. Patrick’s Day party can be especially risky for your things if a lot of guests drink heavily (in honor of Ireland, of course). Your keepsakes could get crushed, or your computer could get knocked over. This damage is not only hard for you; it could also end up dampening the party.

Save yourself the grief and awkwardness of party mishaps by keeping your favorite things in self storage. Bringing them to a secure place is easier and less sneaky than trying to hide them around your home. Why go through that hassle, if you have a self-storage unit?

While a storage facility isn’t the next hot spot for a club or festival, self storage makes St. Patrick’s Day more fun and it can definitely make hosting a St. Patrick’s party easier. Besides, moving out your valuables before a big party leaves more room for drinks!

With a call to your neighborhood Metro Self Storage, your St. Patrick’s Day celebration can stay awesome for you and all of your guests.

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Ease Valentine’s Day Stress with Self Storage

Are you wondering how to have a stress-free Valentine’s Day? Is that even possible? If you are single, then Valentine’s Day could be anything from empowering to a major downer. If you are in a new relationship, and nobody has said, “I love you” yet, things could get awkward. But for anyone in a relationship between the first kiss and a 50-year wedding anniversary, take notice because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.

Planning to impress your partner with a chef-inspired meal at home, popping the big question, or separating from your spouse, here is how self storage can help you ease Valentine’s Day stress. Continue reading “Ease Valentine’s Day Stress with Self Storage”

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Popular New Year’s Resolutions: Celebrate National Get Organized Month

Clutter happens, often for good reasons, such as a new baby, a death in the family, a move or any other event that throws life out of balance. The New Year is a good time to hit the reset button, and since January is National Get Organized Month why not learn how to organize and simplify your home? Anyone can appreciate a place to rejuvenate after a long day, and without the distraction of clutter all around. Continue reading “Popular New Year’s Resolutions: Celebrate National Get Organized Month”

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Hiding Christmas Presents is Easy with Metro Self Storage



Whether you decided to opt out of the Black Friday madness this year or to jump in with both feet the big question remains—is there a way to simplify Christmas?

We think so. Renting a storage unit during the holidays can certainly alleviate the stress created by not having enough space in your home to hide oversized gifts, entertain friends, or accommodate out of town guests.

You don’t have to worry about long-term financial commitments either; many storage facilities offer flexible short-term leasing options during the holidays to meet the temporary storage needs of families and businesses just like yours.


Choose These Self Storage Security Features

Worrying if your belongings are safely stored during the holidays is the last thing you want to be thinking about. Instead, visions of the perfect Christmas evening or planning a post-holiday vacation to a subtropical climate is what you deserve.

Find a storage facility that offers a personalized key code access. Renters can rest assured that anyone who is entering the storage facility has a designated access code. Choosing a well-lit property is especially important this time of year because it gets darker much earlier in most parts of the country.

A well-lit storage unit can also help ensure that Santa (aka you) won’t trip when retrieving Christmas gifts or other stored items from a storage unit. With 24-hour video surveillance placed at the main gate and in a variety of locations throughout the property, the storage team can keep an eye out on who is coming and going at all times.

Did you forget a lock? Not a problem if you chose a storage facility that sells moving and packing supplies on site. Disk locks are believed to be more secure than padlocks, and the majority of storage offices have them for sale.


Types of Specialty Storage

There are many different types of storage, and specialty storage differs from traditional storage by offering a range of features and services that go beyond the standard 5X5 to 10X30 storage units.

Small specialty storage options such as storage lockers are ideal for hiding small Christmas gifts, and they can be used to store Christmas decorations after the holidays. Larger specialty storage can include car storage and covered parking making it ideal if you are buying your significant other a new car or boat for Christmas.

Specialty storage often includes a set of features such as climate-controlled storage, a business center with WiFi, and package acceptance making these facilities ideal for combining work and errands, especially, during this busy time of year


Desirable car, boat, and RV storage facility features

Security features that include well-lit areas, perimeter fencing, and video surveillance—all designed to protect your significant investment.

Some RV storage facilities offer covered parking or fully enclosed buildings to protect RVs, boats, and motorhomes from extreme weather conditions. Additional services tailored to RV owners can include one or more of the following: electrical hookups, washing bays, dump stations, and 24-hour access.

While RV travel is a favorite American pastime, storing a large vehicle on your property can present a challenge to your home’s curb appeal any time of the year. In colder regions, it is advisable to prepare and store RVs during winter months.

If there is a large RV, boat, or motorhome parked in your front yard, it might get in the way of neighbors oohing and aahing over your knock-out Christmas decorations. Moreover, if you are expecting out of town guests, then an RV self storage facility will help you free up extra parking space in front of your home. You and your guests will surely be grateful to park closer to the front door during the chilly winter months.


Must-have wine storage features

Wouldn’t it be nice to clean out the bedroom or under stairs closet that you are currently using for your wine collection? As it turns out, a well-equipped self storage facility is the ideal place to store all types of wine.

      • State-of-the-art security system to protect your investment.
      • The ideal wine storage environment where it is dark and the temperature is consistently maintained.
      • A well-trained and friendly staff who understands wine storage and can provide you with the assistance you need.
      • Choose a storage facility that accepts shipments from your favorite wine clubs.
      • The wine storage unit should allow bottles to be kept on their sides, and with little movement.


Climate-Controlled or Non-Climate-Controlled Storage Units?

A storage unit is a great asset during the holidays; it prevents loved ones from finding their gifts, it allows you to declutter rooms ensuring the extra space you need to host out of town guests and holiday dinner parties.

Deciding if you need a climate-controlled and non-climate-controlled storage unit for your holiday seasonal storage needs is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Simply answer these three questions:

    • What items are you planning to store?
    • How long do you plan to store these items?
    • Is your storage location in a region with extreme winters?


A friendly storage manager at Metro Self Storage is always happy to talk to you about your particular holiday storage needs and find a solution that works best for your belongings and your budget.

Don’t let the time and energy you’ve spent shopping for the perfect presents for everyone on your Christmas list be for naught. With a quick visit to your nearest storage facility, you can choose a storage unit to meet your holiday storage needs.

Keeping gifts hidden from loved ones, and everyone comfortable in the roomier spaces you’ve created in your home will make you feel bright and cheery. Isn’t that really what the season is all about?

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Christmas Shopping in River North Chicago

Have you been procrastinating your Holiday shopping? Don’t panic yet. Chicago has some of the best Christmas shopping destinations in the Midwest. It is an exciting place to be any time of the year, but at Christmas, the sky is the limit in Chicago. Get ready to bundle up because you can watch the Magnificent Mile sparkle, ice skaters doing pirouettes in Millennium Park, and free concerts everywhere.

But perhaps the biggest treat in store for tourists and Chicagoans alike this holiday season is Christmas Shopping in River North Chicago.

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Holiday Gift Hiding Ideas – How Self Storage Can Help

Is it really that time of year again? Yes! Christmas is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to figure out where to shop and what gifts to give. As the bags and boxes start piling up, you might start wondering how and where to hide them from prying eyes and fingers. The answer? A storage unit! You can rent one for cheaper than you might imagine.

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