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 Storage Facility Security Features to Look For

When you use a self-storage facility, you expect that your items will be safe from theft. After all, isn’t safety one of the top reasons for using self storage?

Unfortunately, though, not all self storage facilities are equally safe. Some provide excellent customer service, yet have gaps in their security. Once you’re gone, your items become vulnerable. That’s why it’s important to carefully evaluate the security features of any self-storage facility you’re considering. While friendliness and cleanliness are important, they ultimately won’t protect your property.

But what exactly should you look for? To judge a self-storage facility’s security, you should look at the following 5 features.

 

1. Lighting

The best time to visit a self storage facility is after sunset. Then, you can easily see how much lighting the facility has. There should be plenty of light. A self storage facility shouldn’t be trying to save electricity. Security should be its #1 priority, not reduced light bills.

Sufficient lighting is an easy way to discourage crime, but it’s also important for other security features. For example, video surveillance is only effective if the area is well lit. Before asking about high-tech security, then, first check out the quality of the lighting.

 

2. Video Surveillance

If there’s enough light, start looking for and asking about video surveillance. Are there enough cameras? Are they always on? For how long do they record video?

Recorded 24-hr video surveillance is absolutely necessary. Don’t be satisfied with just ‘video surveillance’. Be curious about it, since you want any potential crimes to be on video. Otherwise, if your stored property does get stolen or vandalized, you won’t be able to identify the criminal or get your property back.

 

3. A Good Fence

Robert Frost once wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.” The same could be said of self storage facilities. An excellent fence is an essential security feature every self storage facility should have. The fence should surround the entire perimeter, not just the entrance, and be sturdy and difficult to climb. A chain-link fence won’t be enough to keep criminals away from your valuables.

 

4. Secure Access to Storage

Let’s say you want to get something out of your self storage unit. How does the self storage facility allow you to access your unit? Is it easy—perhaps too easy?

Accessing your unit should be convenient yet secure. Simple locks are convenient, but not secure enough. Coded keypads are much safer. The main gate to the self storage facility should definitely have a coded keypad, ideally monitored by video surveillance. Then, entering the premises will be difficult for outsiders, yet easy for you.

 

5. Disc Locks

Getting an excellent lock is an essential part of making sure your storage unit is secure. The self storage facility might have the best security possible, but that shouldn’t stop you from choosing the best lock—a disc lock.

While padlocks are cheaper, they’re not the most secure option. Even an inexperienced thief can pick a padlock or cut it off. Disc locks, on the other hand, were designed especially for storage units. They’re resistant to picks, bolt cutters, and heavy hammers. A thief would have to grind it off, a loud, time-consuming process.

Disc locks are more expensive than padlocks, but that extra investment is worthwhile if you’re storing valuables. They definitely discourage theft, and they’re not hard to find. You should be able to buy one at the self storage facility.

If a storage facility offers these five security features, you can rest assured that your storage unit will be safe. However, keep in mind that security features can’t protect your property from natural disasters, like earthquakes and flooding. For complete peace of mind, take advantage of tenant insurance, which covers accidents and unexpected events.

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Quick and Easy Wine Storage Tips for Texans (in Less Than Ten Minutes)

 

Our quick and easy wine storage tips will have you looking like a sommelier in less than 10 minutes. Okay, maybe not quite at that level but close.

Have you ever wondered why wine improves with age? So many things do.

The great English Philosopher and Statesman, Francis Bacon, explains why, “ … age appears to be best in four things—old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.” Many red wines—and some white wines—are meant to be aged before they are opened.

Why should you consider wine storage? Wine collecting has always been a popular hobby among the wealthy who purchase high-end wine that might appreciate in value over time. However, in recent years several new trends have emerged:

  • Wine is more affordable than ever
  • Millennials drink more wine than boomers
  • Wine growing regions are now in all 50 states

 

Because wine grapes are grown in every state, importing and transportation costs are lower, which helps make wine more affordable. The Texas Hill Country is the country’s second largest AVA (American Viticultural Area), which makes it one the top wine-producing states in the country.

Even though Texas may be the last place you think of for producing wine, the humid subtropical climate is perfect for growing grapes. However, like Texas, the climate in most states is not perfect for storing your wine.

 

Do I Need a Wine Cellar?

While a temperature-controlled wine cellar is an ideal place for long-term wine storage, they cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to several thousands of dollars. Besides your wallet, your energy bill will also take a pretty big hit. If you would rather invest that money into purchasing more wine, how to mimic wine cellar conditions are pretty straightforward.

 

Keep Wine at Cool Temperatures

Wines should be stored sideways at cool temperatures ranging from 55℉ to 65℉. Storing wine bottles on their sides ensures the cork stays moist, which prevents it from drying out. While there is a debate over whether wine bottles with synthetic corks need to be stored sideways, you can store bottles with screw caps upright.

Cool temperatures slow the wine-aging process by keeping the wine from getting too warm and helping it develop properly in the bottle. If wine bottles get too warm, the cork seals break, which leads to “cork taint.” You do not want “corked wine.” It may not cause harm if you drink it but unless you like the taste of damp or wet cardboard, you will be pouring your wine down the drain.

Less Than 10℉ Fluctuation

Temperature fluctuations cause wine to expand and contract, which can disrupt the aging process and damage the cork. Do you see a trend here? A compelling reason for proper wine storage is to prevent the threat of a dry cork. Once the cork seal is broken, the process of oxidization will eventually ruin your wine.

All wine bottles, even those with screw caps and synthetic corks, must be stored at cool temperatures with less than 10℉ fluctuation to ensure the wine ages properly.

 

Wine Labels Hate Humidity

Unless you are storing wine for longer than ten years, WineSpectator.com states that anywhere between 50 percent and 80 percent humidity is considered safe for wine storage. Less than 50% humidity can cause evaporation and oxidation, which is bad.

Humidity greater than 80% can encourage mold and ruin your wine labels. Not having a wine label can prevent your ability to enjoy and talk about the wine once you open it.

 

Why Are Wine Bottles Dark?

There is no denying it. Wine is sensitive. Excessive light exposure causes wine proteins to break down and thereby ruins the unique flavors of properly aged wines. This is why wineries choose dark bottles—think of them like sunglasses for wine.

Wines bottled in clear glass such as a light, fruity white wine are meant to consume quickly. This doesn’t mean to gulp it once the bottle is open. Clear wine bottles only suggest drinking the wine within a reasonable time frame after you purchase it.

 

No Vibration is Good for Wine

The laundry room is not a good place for wine storage. Vibrations traveling through a wine bottle will disturb its sediment and hinder the wine-aging process. Even if you don’t plan to age your wine, vibration will speed up chemical reactions going on inside the bottle.  

 

Odor Free Wine Storage

Do you love to cook with onions and garlic? If yes, then using your pantry for long-term wine storage is not advisable. It may seem obvious, but strong odors can ruin your wine. Some air molecules, even stinky ones, will get back into the wine bottle through the cork. Most importantly, keep your wine away from bleach, paints, and household cleaners. These products are odorous and toxic.

 

Self Storage is Always an Option

Whether you are an oenophile or a casual wine enthusiast, making sure your wine is properly stored is essential if you want to enjoy it at a later date. Keep in mind, even though most wines are produced to be consumed within a few years of their release, these wines typically get better with age.

If you are not blessed with a dark, cool, and not-too-damp basement that can double as a wine cellar to keep your wine safe, consider self storage as an option. Metro Self Storage offers wine storage that includes a dedicated wine storage building with temperature, humidity, and light control while providing state-of-the-art security and reliable protection for your wine collection.

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Utilize Self Storage During Your Home Improvement Project

There are lots of reasons why people decide to remodel rather than move. If the kids are in a great school, or you love your neighborhood, you might not want to give those things up. While spring and early summer are the best times of the year to put your house on the market, you might decide to undertake a home remodel instead. If you utilize self storage during your home improvement project, you can decrease the chaos of remodeling while increasing the value of your home. Continue reading “Utilize Self Storage During Your Home Improvement Project”

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Kitchen Storage: Tips and Tricks to Make Your Space More Productive

A room that is the heart and soul of a home needs special consideration when it comes to kitchen storage. Successful kitchen design is equal parts work space, storage solutions, and seating areas for family and friends. If you want a storage-packed kitchen that is both functional and beautiful, these tips will help make the most of any kitchen. Continue reading “Kitchen Storage: Tips and Tricks to Make Your Space More Productive”

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Top 10 Moving Tips from 40 Years in the Storage Business

To celebrate National Moving Month, we questioned storage managers from 10 Metro Self Storage locations to bring you the top 10 tips from over 40 years in the storage business.

Founded in 1973 by Karl F. Nagel, Metro Self Storage has grown to over 100 storage facilities in 11 states and continues to help people just like you find the perfect storage solution when moving or experiencing another type of life transition. Continue reading “Top 10 Moving Tips from 40 Years in the Storage Business”

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Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle on Earth Day with Self Storage

Say, what? You are no doubt asking, “How is it possible to reduce, reuse, & recycle on Earth Day with a storage unit?” It’s a legitimate question because according to the media America has a serious problem with consumption. Even Slate weighed in to tell us how we have become a self storage nation. But the reality is that self storage is most often used to ease stress during life transitions like moving or relocating for a new job, an unexpected death of a beloved grandparent, or combining households. Continue reading “Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle on Earth Day with Self Storage”

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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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Garage Storage Made Easy | Moving and Organizing Advice

 

Is your car ready to take back its rightful spot in the garage? Our garage storage made easy tips can help you do just that. Every neighborhood has at least one garage that looks organized by someone suffering from OCD, a cross between a hospital operating room and a home improvement store ad. However, truth be told, deep down, we think, “If only I could have a garage that looked half as good as that!”

My garage looks like the stock room of the local Goodwill store. What’s in your garage? If you are ready to crush the clutter in your garage, here are some organizational tips and tools to help you get started.

 

Garages of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Do you ever wonder how garages came about? Me neither, but after a quick Google search, it all makes sense. Before automobiles, people had horses and buggies, which were kept in a carriage house usually located behind the property. Horses make odorous smells, so the further the way from the kitchens and bedrooms, the better.

Automobiles continued to gain popularity in the US, and home builders soon realized around the 1950s that houses sold better with attached garages. Carrying in the groceries sheltered from snow and rain is a luxury suburbanites take for granted because big-city garages are hard to come by.

Today’s garages are used as flexible space and serve many purposes. Some of your neighbors may take a creative approach and turn their garages into man caves, music studios, or a garage-based business start-up. Others have a place to park their cars as well as space for garage storage. 

What will tomorrow’s garage look like? That mostly depends on what the cars of the future will look like, and who better to ask that Jay Leno, a world-renowned car aficionado whose new CNBC show, Jay Leno’s Garage, airs on CNBC Prime Time.

 

Crush the Clutter in Your Garage

ClutteredGarage

 

The first step towards garage storage made easy is deciding what stays and what goes. The general rule of thumb for closets is that if you haven’t worn it in a year, toss it. However, for garages, the timeframe is longer.

Professional home organizers recommend that if you haven’t used an item housed in your garage for three years, then it is time to either donate it or toss it. If you have items with significant sentimental or financial value, then consider placing them into a secure, convenient self storage facility.

 

Working Walls Make Great Garage Storage Solutions

hanging bike and accessory rack for garage storage solutions

 

Create more usable square footage in your garage by using easy-to-install shelving. Pictured here is steel shelving by Monkey Bars, which is a combined hook-and-bar system to create customized garage storage spaces. Depths range from 16-inches to 32-inches deep, allowing you to customize the storage system based on the size of your garage.

The hooks come in a variety of sizes and weight capacities that enable you to hang even heavier items like bikes and golf clubs or lighter things such as strollers, miscellaneous yard tools, tennis rackets, and helmets.

 

Upgrade the Floor to Keep Your House Cleaner

Antique car stored in garage
Photo Courtesy of Monkey Bars

 

Chemical-, oil-, and water-resistant, epoxy-based garage floor coatings have come a long way thanks to improved materials and not a moment too soon since the garage is fast becoming more than a place to park your car. This type of flooring does double-duty, durable enough to handle hot tires and de-icing salts and beautiful enough to create a hang-out space.

Not only does a floor coating look beautiful, but it’s also much easier to keep clean. Regular concrete garage floors attract and then kick up dirt and grime, which is tracked into your home. A coated garage floor gets rid of that nuisance and also brightens up the garage space because it is very light-reflective.

 

Garage Floor Tiles Give Garages a Polished Look

Motorcycle stored in garage
Photo Courtesy of Monkey Bars

 

If you have limited time, or you are a DIY kind of guy or gal, then you may want to consider garage floor tiles. Tile installation doesn’t require prepping your garage floor for adhesion to a paint or epoxy coating and is less expensive than having a professional do the installation. Price and quality vary, and, depending on where you live, melting snow and subzero temperatures may dictate a high-quality, rigid tile. These types of tiles are advisable if you use kickstands or floor jacks. They are easy to clean and come in perforated versions that drain spills and snowmelt, making slippery spots less of an issue.

 

Overhead Bins Require Owning a Ladder

Overhead garage storage
Photo Courtesy of Monkey Bars

 

After making the painful decision of what stays and what goes, it’s time to look up for storage. If you have seasonal ski gear or sentimental items that don’t need climate controlled storage and with which you can’t bear to part—such as your grandfather’s toolbox, toys, or holiday decorations—then, consider installing overhead bins for garage organization. These are ideally suited for the long-term storage of items that you don’t plan to access frequently. Unless you opt for a pulley system like the ones you can find at Home Depot, reaching these items will require a ladder. Also, remember to choose storage containers that are not too large or too heavy.

 

Conceal Clutter to Create an Enviable Garage 

Garage Storage Cupboards
Photo Courtesy of Monkey Bars

 

If you, like that neighbor down the street we mentioned earlier, suffer from a touch of OCD, then a behind-closed-doors solution may be the focus of your garage organization project. Free-standing cabinets are easy to install, protect items from dust, and can be designed to accommodate different heights and features to meet your specific storage needs. The interiors are configured with shelving for stacking boxes or with bars and hooks to hide a bag full of soccer balls and sports equipment or garden tools and bikes.

 

Whether your inspiration for a garage storage made easy comes from the desire to create a man cave or a game center boasting a ping-pong table for family fun night, remember your newly organized space will require maintenance. Just like you take your car in every 5,000 miles for an oil change, your garage will need periodic maintenance too.

Clutter is essentially deferred decision making and what better way to help you remember to declutter your garage than the “National Clean Out Your Garage Day.” Celebrating its 8th year, this relatively new holiday is celebrated the first weekend after Labor Day. Add it to your calendar now to keep your garage looking as good in 2017 as it will in 2016.

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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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Home Organization: How to Downsize Your Possessions

Have you ever really thought about how clutter accumulates in your home? We all have things that we cherish like a set of favorite golf clubs or a comfortable chair for binge-watching TV. But let’s face it, we own a wide variety of objects that often have a powerful grip on our psyche. Continue reading “Home Organization: How to Downsize Your Possessions”

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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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Home Organizing Tips for the Holidays

If you Google “Home Organizing Tips for the Holidays,” in exactly 0.37 seconds you will get 101,000 results. Two questions immediately come to mind: Where does one possibly begin, and aren’t the holidays already stressful enough? There are probably at least 50 organizing tips for every room in your house, and at that rate you might be organized in time for next Christmas.

If you are super-organized, say, like Martha Stewart, the real queen of home organization, then kudos to you. The other 99% is green with envy, especially if you have a team of minions at your beck and call as Martha does. However, for most of us getting ready for the holidays is simply a way of ensuring that our loved ones will not have to deal with an overly-emotional, stressed-out version of ourselves.

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The Zombie Apocalypse! Self Storage Can Save Your Life

 

We’ve all seen at least one zombie apocalypse movie about the undead taking over the world. However, unlike aliens, who come from outer space, where zombies originate remains a mystery as does why the zombie’s brain has only one program running: Eat! Eat! Eat!

Are you looking for ways to survive this Halloween’s Zombie apocalypse?

You can learn more about zombie behavior and survival strategies at the Zombie Research Society, we’re not joking, this really exists and it has loads of information to satiate your curiosity.

Here is our simple suggestion for the best way to survive an attack: Take shelter at your local self storage facility; it is the ideal anti-zombie fortress.

Find a storage facility

Before the CDC announces a Zombie Apocalypse find a storage facility near you. It will not only provide a stronghold, but storage units come in a wide variety of sizes to accommodate you and your group of survivors. Look for security features such as 24-hour access, multiple entrances and exits that make getting to safety a breeze, and motion activated lighting so you are never caught off guard.

How long you will survive a zombie invasion is anyone’s guess. However, with a little ingenuity and a secure self storage unit stocked with the essentials like water and food, your chance for survival will dramatically increase.

Secure self storage

From a last minute promotion that requires you to move across the country to an unexpected rent increase that forces an unwanted move, all kinds of emergencies can pop up at any time. Of course, as remote as a zombie apocalypse may be, we believe in the Boy Scout motto: “Be prepared!”

Metro Self Storage facilities offer a wide variety of features and amenities that focus on security features to keep your belongings safe because we think your things are just as important as you are.

Storage security features often include keypad entry access (zombies are dumb and will never figure out your PIN), well-lit facilities, and individually alarmed units. If there is a security fence around your preferred self storage facility, it will be one more barrier between you and a flesh-eating monster looking for a midnight snack.

Quintessential zombie survival vehicle

Unless you happen to have a military vehicle parked in your front yard, your best bet for the optimal anti-zombie vehicle is the cheapest moving truck you can find. Why risk damaging your SUV or truck when you are on the move?

Escaping from zombie warfare is a messy business. Whether you find a U-Haul or Penske moving truck, they will transport you in style and comfort out of harm’s way. Many storage facilities provide moving truck rentals on site. If you are lucky enough to have chosen a storage facility with a free moving truck then get there first. Otherwise, take note on where the storage facility manager keeps the moving truck keys.

Comfortable living during zombie warfare

Comfort and living might sound like an oxymoron during a zombie invasion, but as long as you are living you might as well be comfortable, right? I researched the most popular zombie movies of all time and found very few take place in freezing winters. What a relief for people who live in the Midwest states such as Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois and on the East Coast in New York and Pennsylvania.

Nevertheless, while there is still a debate if zombies freeze in the winter, you won’t if you know the difference between climate-controlled storage vs non-climate-controlled storage units.

If you still haven’t heard news of an invasion by the time Halloween approaches you can always find Zombie Apocalypse Halloween Party ideas on Pinterest. Ideas for a ghoulish party abound from how to make a zombie tutu to Marilyn Monroe zombie costume ideas, and Zombie Apocalypse Party Food. All will leave you hungry for more party ideas this Halloween.

Make a list of must haves then find the best storage facility near you. It is never too early to start preparing for any natural disaster and stocking up your storage unit with the essentials.

In the meantime, have a fun and safe Halloween!

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Why Retirees Love Moving to Sarasota, Florida

 

Are thinking about moving to Sarasota, Florida?

What do the beach, ballet, and baseball all have in common? We’ll give you a hint … with sunsets that last forever and sugar sand beaches this Garden State city is a popular destination for tourists and retirees alike. We thought so. Whether you are a snowbird researching the best places to retire or want to relocate your family to an excellent school district on the west coast of Florida, the vibrant town of Sarasota has something for everyone.

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How to Keep Spiderman and Other Pests Out of Your Storage Unit

 

Battling unwelcome insects and rodents in your living space is one thing—you are there to wage war on a daily basis. However, keeping spiders and other pests out of your storage unit takes special care and consideration. The most popular type of items people put into storage is furniture. Think overstuffed sofas, plush recliners, mattresses, and grandmas antique kitchen table.

It is a little creepy to think the things we take out of our homes and put into storage can then become home to pesky little creatures such as mice, cockroaches, ants, and spiders.

The most popular type of items people put into storage is furniture. Think overstuffed sofas, plush recliners, mattresses, and grandmas antique kitchen table. So it is a little creepy to think the things we take out of our homes and put into storage can then become home to pesky little creatures such as mice, cockroaches, ants, and spiders.

Just in case you doubt the importance of finding a clean, pest-free storage facility, did you know that mice leave a trail of urine wherever they walk? Not only are they prolific breeders but they produce thousands of fecal pellets that may contain millions of bacteria or viruses. Grossed out yet?

Me too. So let’s look at this from another vantage point. Pretend a superhero bug is attempting to invade your storage unit: Here are some pest prevention tips to stop those pesky vermin from infesting your stored belongings.

 

Is Spiderman Hiding in Your Unit?

If you are like me, and Ron Weasley in Harry Potter, then you have an inherent fear of spiders. However, Toby McGuire helped alleviate arachnophobia for girls everywhere when he starred in the 2002 Spiderman movie.

Nevertheless, spiders are more of a nuisance than they are a threat to your stored items. Unless of course, the air-breathing arthropod happens to be one of the most feared spiders in the country – a Black Widow or a Brown Recluse. These are the two most dangerous types of spiders to people in the U.S..hen unpacking stored belongings be alert if they live in your region. A common way to keep spiders and other pests out of your storage unit is to spray a solution of white vinegar or peppermint oil around all the cracks and crevices.

When unpacking stored belongings be alert if they live in your region. A common way to keep spiders and other pests out of your storage unit is to spray a solution of white vinegar or peppermint oil around all the cracks and crevices.

 

Newsflash: Ant-Man Eats Halloween Candy

Part of Marvel Comics pantheon of heroes, Ant-Man can shrink himself to the stature of an ant and then transform into a 12-foot-tall giant. While ants may or may not be a terrible subject for a superhero film, an army of ants in your storage unit is a particular nuisance. Because ants are attracted to the same types of food you and I eat, you can keep them out of your unit by not storing food there.

Most ant species have a sweet tooth, yes, ants have teeth and are attracted to sweet and sticky substances. As tempting as it might throw in that bag of extra Halloween candy when you return your seasonal decorations to your unit, don’t do it.

Students who are planning to use storage for the contents of their dorm rooms or apartments should take special care to make sure all kitchen-related items are cleaned properly before placing them in storage. All storage facility operators have policies on what can and cannot be stored at their locations, which includes not allowing perishable food products in individual units to discourage pest infestations of all types.

Further steps you can take to prevent ants from coming into your unit is to place ant bait traps around the inside perimeter of your space. Another popular pest-control method to keep pests out of your storage unit is to make a concoction of borax and sugar. Mix equal parts in a jar then punch holes in the lid of the jar and sprinkle around the inside perimeter of your space. However, before using this method, check with your

Mix equal parts in a jar then punch holes in the lid of the jar and sprinkle around the inside perimeter of your space. However, before using this method, check with your facility’s storage manager to see if this is an acceptable practice.

 

Mighty Mouse Lives in Storage Unit

It turns out that Mrs. Mighty Mouse is a prolific breeder otherwise she would be at her husband’s side out saving the world. More seriously though, and a real threat to your upholstered furniture and mattresses is the intrepid House Mouse. This species is active all year round, which means they could invade your household or business storage unit at any time.

House mice are one of the most common storage facility rodent invaders, and female mice can give birth to up to a dozen baby mice every three weeks!

The White-Footed Mouse can be found in eastern and western parts of the country. If you have a storage unit in one of these geographic regions: Maine, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama, Montana, Colorado, and Arizona, you only need to worry about these critters if you are storing near a forest, brushlands, or bordering agriculture lands.

Mice can squeeze through spaces as small as a dime and rats can fit through holes the size of a quarter. The surest solution to get rid of mice is to set traps in your storage unit but for obvious reasons, mousetraps need to be regularly checked.

A Natural pest prevention strategies recommended option is to use botanic oils such as peppermint oil. Place saturated cotton balls around the perimeter of your unit but especially near the door.

 

Yes, You Can Keep Pests Out of Your Storage Unit

Be sure to ask your self storage manager about their facility’s policy on pest prevention. If the building is newer it is less likely to have cracks and small openings due to wear and tear. Reputable storage companies employ pest management servicers who have specific knowledge and understanding about the types of pests that live in your city and state.

Exterminators use targeted methods to discourage bugs, mice, and other pests from entering a facility in the first place. Finding a reliable storage operator that practices routine pest control like we do at all Metro Self Storage facilities is your best bet in keeping pests out of your storage unit.

This gives exterminators targeted methods to discourage bugs, mice, and other pests from entering a facility in the first place. Finding a reliable storage operator that practices routine pest control is going to be your best bet. Keeping pests out of your storage unit and your personal belongings free from harm while they are being stored is certainly possible with a little planning and perseverance.


Are you looking for pest-free storage? With more than 45-years of storage experience, Metro Self Storage facilities are secure, clean and maintained to exacting standards. Contact your local Metro to learn more.

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A Short History and Glimpse Inside Family Owned and Operated Metro Self Storage

 

Metro Self Storage got its start when Karl Nagel pioneered self storage in Illinois back in 1973. Fast forward 42 years later and Karl’s two sons are continuing the family tradition to develop convenient, reliable, and secure storage facilities throughout the country. The family and its employees have worked diligently to build the company, which is now one of the top 10 largest owners/operators of storage facilities in the United States.

With over 100 stores covering 12 states, Metro Self Storage plans to continue growing. “In addition to the acquisition of established storage stores and ground up development of new facilities, the conversion of buildings into self storage facilities is a key part of Metro’s growth strategy.” said Metro Storage LLC Chairman Matt Nagel.

Every facility has qualified friendly storage experts who receive training and education to make the Metro team of employees amongst the most knowledgeable and friendly in the industry. Each storage facility has its own set of unique features and amenities, here is an example of what you will find:

Convenient household storage solutions with great amenities

Whether you plan to move, downsize, or tackle that long-awaited decluttering project, Metro Self Storage is here to help. Our self storage options can help get you back on the path of to a more organized life. With We strive to make your self storage experience fast, friendly, and affordable. Think of our knowledgeable storage team as your personal household storage consultants.

  • Access 365 days
  • Extended access hours
  • Moving truck rental services
  • Online payment options
  • Covered loading and unloading

 

Our online storage deals make your storage solution more affordable

For many, our first storage rental experience happens during college—when it is easy to share the cost of a storage unit. Every summer, students pack up their households and team up to rent public storage.

If you need to store an entire household of goods or your athletic gear near your home or office, our storage facilities are flexible, secure, and accessible places you can trust.

To find the best storage deals near you, head over to our handy locations search feature to see if that facility is running an Internet promotion. From free 7-day storage holds to offer Hurricane Harvey 2-months of free storage, we do our best to do our best in the communities we serve.

 

We take security seriously and all Metro locations feature 24-hour video surveillance

Metro Self Storage offers upper tier self storage facilities that are newly constructed or recently renovated. We regularly add brand new state-of-the-art facilities to our self-storage portfolio.

Our industry-leading security gives customers confidence. Our standard security features include 24-hour recorded video surveillance, ample lighting, fenced perimeters, coded keypad gate access, and property managers who live on-site and patrol facilities regularly.

 

Flexible storage solutions and professionally trained Property Managers make storage easier

Our professionally trained storage pros are amongst the best in the business. They will help you choose the right-sized storage unit for your belongings so you don’t pay more than you have to.

Many of Metro locations offer boat and RV parking near the nation’s most popular outdoor destinations. And, all of our brand new and modernized facilities offer climate-controlled storage units in a wide range of sizes.

 

Our business storage units come in a wide range of sizes and some facilities feature warehouse space

If your business needs room to grow, we can help. Relocating disrupts work flows and for many types of businesses, expensive commercial leases are not appealing.

Metro Self Storage offers business storage solutions and services like package acceptance and free Internet that are all designed to meet your company’s needs.

 

We understand that transition of any kind can be stressful

When you need household storage, you want to choose a storage facility like Metro Self Storage. Why? Metro prides itself on offering industry-leading security features, a professionally trained storage team, and well-maintained facilities that routinely hire professional pest control services.

Our mini storage locations are designed to offer easy access to your items whenever you need, and our stellar service is backed by our Customer Satisfaction Pledge.

Don’t worry about where to put your belongings, Here at Metro Self Storage our friendly storage team will help you find a solution for your personal and business storage needs.


Read more: Top 10 Moving Tips from 40+ Years in the Storage Industry


 

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The Best Ways to Organize Large Storage Units

 

Organizing large storage units might seem like a daunting task. Whether a business or personal residence, with a little up-front preparation using our pro storage tips, you create an ideal storage solution. The most familiar way to think of a large storage unit is that it’s roughly equivalent in size to a one-car garage. If you want more organization, larger storage units can give you more flexibility and space.

Large storage units can hold an entire household of belongings, but they are also utilized for storing vehicles, small boats, snowmobiles, and jet skis. The most sought after large storage units are typically 10X20 (200 square feet) and 10X30 (300 square feet).

Follow these steps to keep your large storage unit organized. Making it easier to locate and retrieve your items will save you time and a headache:
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The Best Ways to Organize Small Storage Units

 

Small storage units come in handy for a wide variety of situations. Whether you need a self storage unit to meet your business storage needs, or to keep clutter at bay while your house is on the market, it doesn’t have to be a place you rarely visit.

On the contrary, with a few helpful tips on how to organize your storage unit, you’ll have no regrets when you can easily find an item you want to retrieve.

 

4 Organizing tips if you are renting small storage units for personal belongings

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