5 Things That Need Climate Controlled Storage

 

When it comes to deciding whether or not to rent a climate controlled storage unit, it’s not just high temperatures that you have to worry about. When planning to store valuable business and household items, also think about moisture and humidity as well as freezing temperatures.

While most self storage companies offer slightly higher storage unit rates for climate controlled storage features, keeping your belongings from sustaining damage due to high temperatures, humidity, or freezing conditions is worth the investment.

 

Most electronics belong in a climate controlled storage unitClimate Controlled storage for electronics

The best methods for storing electronics include remembering that technology evolves faster than lightening, and if you put something out of sight will it be relevant by the time you unpack it from your storage unit.

Of course, vintage electronics are popular collectibles and keeping any electronic gadgetry safe and protected from the elements is a worthwhile investment.

Be sure to remove all batteries, and not store anything directly on the floor where it will be more susceptible to moisture. Label boxes as “fragile” and use bubble wrap or foam padding to protect delicate items. But don’t wrap electronics in shrink-wrap because moisture can be trapped inside.

It’s better to use paper wrapping, moving blankets, or beach towels that you can pick up cheaply at the local Goodwill store.

 

Save nursery and children’s toys and furniture for future generationsstore tinker toy creations in climate controlled storage units

Saving things like children’s toys, clothes, and nursery furniture can come in handy for future generations. Giving a family member or a friend a head start down the road is easy if you store baby and child treasures in a climate-controlled storage unit.

The first step is to donate slightly blemished toys if you don’t want to store them. Go ahead and discard broken toys. Also, keep in mind baby toys with chew marks or cracks can harbor bacteria that are difficult to get out.

Prevent mold and mildew from growing, as well as stop bacteria from spreading by disinfecting all toys before storing.

Place toys in plastic totes or containers with clear labels, such as Legos, Barbies, Matchbox cars, etc. It’s advisable to choose a temperature controlled storage center for these types of items. Most toys are susceptible to damage when exposed to fluctuating temperatures over time.

Remember to take out all batteries from toys, baby monitors, and any other items with an on and off switch. While extreme heat can cause batteries to swell, crack, and leak acid, so can the lack of day-to-day use.

Wooden furniture should never be stored in a hot atticClimate Controlled storage for Wooden Furniture

Wood expands and contracts with changes in surrounding temperature and humidity, which is why a temperature-controlled unit is usually the best option. But before you store, prepare your wood furniture beforehand.

Painted furniture may simply need to be wiped down, but stained, dyed, oiled, and waxed wood furniture may require special care such as applying linseed oil or a specific type of furniture wax.

After you’ve prepped your furniture one way to keep it protected is to wrap it with moving blankets and then shrink-wrap it. Also, plan to allow for space between items so that air circulates between the furniture and you can remove your pieces more easily should you need a particular item in the future.

 

Wine always requires a controlled temperature environment

climate controlled storage for wine bottles
Metro Self Storage offers climate controlled storage units for wine collections

Storing wine in “perfect” storage conditions is something wine geeks can argue about all day long. While that makes it impossible to give definitive advice about the “perfect” wine storage conditions, you’ll be fine if you put wine in a dark, largely undisturbed place with a moderate and fairly constant temperature.

When it comes to storing your wine in a storage facility choosing whether or not you need a specialized wine storage option or simply a storage unit that meets your storage needs depends largely on where you live. Talk to your local storage facility manager about how long you need wine storage and how often you plan to access the collection.

 

Artwork and family photos will last longer if stored in a climate controlled unitkeep artwork like this in climate controlled storage units

When it comes to storing your most treasured possessions, family photos, paintings, and art supplies are usually at the top of the list. These types of items need to protection from UV exposure, heat, and humidity. Storing photos of family, friends, and travel adventures are easy if you have a Flickr or Smug Mug account.

But what about grandmas’ family tree of ancestral photos tucked into an aging photo album? Exposures.com offers photo sleeves made of photo-safe materials that pass the same safety test used by the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

Storing photos in a climate controlled storage unit is a temporary solution until you have the time or inclination to transfer them into digital files.

 

Medical and pharmaceutical products must always be stored properlyphoto of climate controlled storage for medicine bottles

Pharmaceutical reps often turn to their local self storage facility to keep their inventory and shipments safe. Besides choosing a climate controlled storage unit, facility, reps must ensure the storage unit is clean and there are no signs of bug or rodent infestations. New or renovated storage facilities are always more attractive, but older facilities with good maintenance programs and reputations are also good choices.

Most but not all storage operators accept deliveries without an extra charge. At Metro Self Storage our friendly storage managers will happily accept deliveries and work with each pharmaceutical rep to create a plan for deliveries to avoid running into any issues down the line.

If you still find yourself asking, Do I really need climate controlled storage? We can help. It’s one of the most popular questions we hear in the storage industry.

Answering these three easy questions will help your storage facility answer your biggest questions about climate-controlled storage units.

  • What are the temperature ranges where you live?
  • What are you planning to store?
  • How long do you plan to utilize a self storage unit?

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How to Pack a Moving Truck: Use Your Head, Save Your Back!

 

Moving day is not only stressful, but it’s also downright physically demanding. Especially if you’ve signed up for a DIY move that requires you do all the heavy lifting. Bending over to pick up and lift moving boxes for hours at a time is not your back’s idea of a good time (and probably not yours either).

But alas, moving day is all about picking up moving boxes, furniture, and other household items and loading them onto the moving truck. Then, of course, unloading everything once you arrive at your new home.

If you aren’t practicing proper lifting techniques, you might end up with a back injury and a pile of medical bills. These will soon cancel out all the money you planned to save in the first place by managing your move on your own.

Do what you have to do to get your friends to help on moving day; beer, pizza, and cupcakes come to mind. Here are some pointers to share with the group before you pack your moving truck.

Essential moving equipment

Let’s start with the basics. If you’re moving on a budget, or in a big hurry, it might be tempting to take shortcuts when it comes to packing. But don’t skimp on moving boxes and try to pack your pots and pans in a “grocery store” box or plastic tote.


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Save some greenbacks by finding the cheapest moving truck rental in your town, and then splurge a bit for moving-grade boxes to pack heavy stuff including kitchenware and books. Place books in small boxes because they’re heavy, and create a much weightier box than you might imagine.

Moving dolly or hand truck?

Pay a little extra and rent a dolly or a hand truck unless you already own one of these must-haves on moving day. Piling boxes on a dolly and wheeling them onto the moving truck is a lot easier than carrying them one by one.

If you’re bringing your appliances too, rent an appliance dolly; it will serve two purposes by helping you transport the heavier boxes. Not only will a hand truck or dolly save you a lot of time, but they will also save your back.

Your body’s safe lifting zone

The most recommended way to lift heavy items like moving boxes is to keep them between the knees and shoulders. If you’re placing a box or item above your shoulders, use a stool or ladder and be very conscious of our posture as you lift. If your shoulders start to scrunch up underneath your ears, then it’s a clear sign that the box is too heavy and you need to get help.

Remember to lift with your legs

When picking something up off the ground remember to lift with your legs. Plant your feet firmly to get a stable base and tighten your abdominal muscles to support your spine. Think navel to the spine as you scrunch-in your abs. Keep the load close to your body and your back in its natural posture as much as possible.

Moving trailer or moving truck?

A moving truck is more expensive to rent than a trailer, but it has distinct advantages. For starters, you can wheel your items onto the truck using the moving truck ramp instead of lifting things into the truck.

The door heights for moving trucks range from approximately 5’7” high to 6’10” high. If you’re 6’2” rent a truck with a door opening that will accommodate your height so you don’t have to bend over every time you enter and exit your truck rental.

Whether or not you rent a trailer depends on the type of vehicle you have. Does your car or truck have a trailer hitch? If so, trailer rental companies will require that your vehicle is equipped with adequate hitch and lighting connections.

You’ll also need to consider the age of your vehicle, its towing limit, and how many miles you’ll be driving on moving day.

A small 4 x 8 cargo trailer from U-Haul weighs 850 pounds empty and has a maximum 1,650 pounds weight limit when fully loaded. Imagine bending over to load and unload 800 pounds of stuff into 3’1” x 3’5” door opening. Hmmm… maybe it’s time to hire a professional moving company.

 

And remember the moving day motto, if you need help, just ask!

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Moving to West Chicago, IL? 7 Things You Need to Know

 

Whether you are visiting or moving to West Chicago, the area is an attractive destination. Located 30 miles due west of downtown Chicago in DuPage County, the City of West Chicago has a rich history. It was created when three railroads came together in the area. Manufacturing jobs, eating houses, and hotels for travelers soon sprang up because so many trains met at this juncture. Most of the residents were chiefly farmers and railroad employees.

 

Today, West Chicago is a popular commuter town (due to its more affordable rents) to nearby Chicago. Additionally, you can leave your car behind and take public transportation (the Metra) to downtown Chicago.
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How To Prepare Furniture for Storage

 

Whether you are a homeowner getting ready to move or a real estate agent staging a home for sale, self storage can provide both short-term and long-term options to reduce clutter during a move.

Home furnishings usually represent the largest investment inside a home, and the wide range of styles and quality characteristics makes finding the right type of storage very important. If you are wondering how to store furniture long term, we’ve got some handy tips to keep your belongings in the best possible condition.
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3 Simple Home Staging Tips to Help Sell Your House

According to top Realtors across the country, home staging is the key to selling a home. Moving season is here again; maybe it’s the warmer weather and the fact that the future looks brighter now that the sun isn’t hiding behind gray clouds.

One of the most important things you can do to sell your home quickly and for the highest possible price is to understand the value of staging. Getting a full-price offer within a reasonable amount of time is every homeowner’s dream.
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7 Things You Need to Know Before Moving to North Side Chicago

 

When it comes to deciding what to do and see in North Side Chicago, there are so many choices in the Windy City that Fodor’s Travel published an article titled “10 Things Not To Do In Chicago.” While this might be helpful for tourists who are on a tight schedule, for anyone moving to Chicago the first question on your mind probably is something like: “Where are the best neighborhoods in Chicago?”

We’ve narrowed the playing field for you by identifying two very fine communities on Chicago’s North Side, and info on Chicago culture and trivia so you’ll feel right at home when you arrive.
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Moving to Minneapolis Suburbs? 4 of the Best ‘Burbs in Minnesota

 

Minneapolis is ranked as one of the best cities to live in America, and several Twin Cities suburbs consistently rank high for the quality of life and affordability.

Last year, Maple Grove, Minnesota got a shout out from Money magazine and was listed 2nd on their list of the best suburbs’ in America, but it doesn’t stop there. Edina, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, and Mound have all been featured in well-respected publications including CNN, Outside Magazine, and Bloomberg.

There must be something truly wonderful about Minnesota if people are willing to stick around in the winter when temperatures routinely drop into the single digits. So, if you plan on moving to the Minneapolis suburbs, these are some of the best suburbs for families, young professionals, and retirees.

Bloomington, Minnesota – Best Shopping Mall of America in Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington

Bloomington is located on the north bank of Minnesota River and boasts the largest enclosed shopping center in the country, Mall of America, which also happens to be the largest employer in town.

When you’ve had enough of indoor shopping and need an outdoor fix, as a resident you’ll live in a city that offers numerous parks. Hyland Lake Park Reserve, which includes a ski area and Nordic ski jumps, and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, which is one of only four urban wildlife refuges in the United States, are both located in Bloomington.

Residents also enjoy close proximity to the Twin Cities, Minneapolis, and Saint Paul, considered by Minnesotans to be the cultural capital of the state.

 

Eden Prairie, Minnesota – Best Family FriendlyMoving to Eden Prairie, Minnesota

A suburb of Minneapolis, Eden Prairie benefits from being a family-friendly town with excellent schools, a low crime rate, and, for professionals, it’s a decent commute to the Twin Cities.

However, Eden Prairie isn’t just a great place to live … it’s also a great place to work! As a result, it’s often ranked as one of the best suburbs in American.The median home price in this idyllic town is a bit higher than the Minneapolis-St Paul Metro average.

Thankfully, there is a wide selection of Eden Prairie townhomes for rent for folks who aren’t ready to buy a house. Eden Prairie is home to Hennepin Technical College and more than 1,000 acres of developed parkland that includes 120 miles of bike and nature trails making it an ideal place to live for anyone who loves the outdoors.

 

Mound, Minnesota – Best Play TimeBoys Fishing in Mound, MN

Located in Hennepin County on the east side of Mound, Minnesota is a small town that offers an abundance of outdoor activities including over 100 dock sites to access lake Minnetonka.

Favorite water sports include boating, kayaking, and fishing on the numerous lakes and bays in and around the city.

Additionally, the city offers plenty of affordable housing options and quality schools. Bloomberg Business Week named it as one of the best cities in Minnesota to raise kids.

Wondering what are some of the favorite outdoor activities in Mound? Bike, blade, run or walk the Dakota Rail Trail.

Fun fact: Mound is the birthplace of the Tonka Truck. Metro Self Storage recently participated in the redevelopment of the original Tonka manufacturing facility and offers full-service self storage facility with climate-controlled storage units, RV parking, and great storage rental prices.

 

Orono, Minnesota – Best Lakeshore BeachesOrono gets top vote for it lakes, boating, and beaches

Located approximately 30 minutes outside of Minneapolis, Orono, also referred to as The Lakeshore City, offers Minnesota lake homes in a big resort-style setting.

Residents who live here can participate in the vibrant city culture of Minneapolis or choose to enjoy the peaceful afternoon on one of the beaches located on Lake Minnetonka’s 100 miles of shoreline.

Wondering what are some of the favorite outdoor activities? Stand-up paddling, sailing, and fishing on Lake Minnetonka or spending the day Wayzata Beach?

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Create Moving Box Masterpieces | Fun, Affordable Entertainment For All

 

Just build it, and they will come! Which is exactly what happens if you end up building with a large moving box.

Youth and science organizations have caught on to the universal appeal of playing with cardboard moving boxes, and are engaging kids of all ages to create cardboard masterpieces that include everything from boats and rocket ships to life-size chess pieces and palaces.

Watching this short documentary video about Caine’s Arcade. The an 11-minute short documentary film by Nirvan Mullick released on April 9, 2012, that featured a cardboard arcade created by then 9-year-old Caine Monroy out of boxes and everyday objects.

To date, the Imagination Foundation has 750+ global participants in 77 countries and partners with Google and Disney. The organization’s annual Cardboard Challenge began in 2013, after discovering this video posted on YouTube.

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How To Combine Two Households Harmoniously

 

You Googled tirelessly searching for romantic Valentine’s Day ideas, and no doubt found a plethora of ways to pop the big question. You might have even come across the wedding opportunity of the century … to get married at the world-famous 86th floor Observatory of the Empire State Building.

However, whether or not you are dreaming of getting hitched on top of a hi rise, a barefoot beach wedding or just making a commitment to move in together, February is a special time of year.

Now is the time to start thinking about how to unite everything you both own under one roof, and what to do with the things that don’t fit.

 

Prepare to Compromise

Whether you are moving into an apartment or a house, when combining households you’ll quickly discover if you’re good at sharing. If either or both of you have pets, ensuring they’re just as compatible as the two of you is equally important as well.

Remember, compromise is to a successful merger, and two heads are better than one. So between your spatial awareness and his organizational skills figure out if you need to hire a moving company, rent a storage unit, move to a bigger abode, or all of the above.

Likely, you both want to keep a lot of your things but won’t have the space, so opt for a self storage solution.

 

Find a Temporary Storage Solution

You can find the perfect space for your belongings at a Metro Self Storage facility conveniently located near you. We’ll help you store everything from family heirlooms to vintage motorcycles.

And, just in case you are one of those lucky couples who get married on the top of the Empire State Building, our NYC Metro Self Storage facilities are ready and waiting to share their space with you.

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