What You Shouldn’t Store in a Self-Storage Unit

If you are planning to move, reorganize your dwelling, or downsize, or only looking for extra storage space to stow away your stuff for short-term or long-term, you would have found the idea of rented storage very appealing. There is no doubt that rented storage units are a great way to manage your stuff and ensure it’s safeguarding without hassles or stress, many people make glorious mistakes while using their rented storage space. Here is a handy list of items that should never go in your rented storage unit.

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Living (or Dead) Organisms

This might sound strange, but many people have been found living in and operating their life from rented storage units. They seem to have mistaken these units for rented homes, which are obviously not the same. Rented storage units are only meant for storing your ‘non-living’ stuff. This means that neither you nor your pets or plants can be in there. Even professional gardeners are not allowed to store their plants in storage units.

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Perishable Items

No matter what the label of a food or other biological material says, it is bound to perish and decay sometime. Stored food items that go bad are very messy to clean up and are potentially hazardous to human health. The same holds true for boxes and containers that have traces of food or other perishable items.

Firearms and Explosives

Items such as firearms, gunpowder, explosives, and munitions are never allowed inside any storage facility. This is because they carry the risk of potentially harming tenants and damaging the facility.

Hazardous Material

Corrosive, toxic, odorous, and chemical materials are not allowed inside storage units. The same holds true for insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers, bleach, aerosol cans, lead paints, petroleum products, and radioactive compounds and asbestos.

Scented Items and Wet Items

Most storage facilities don’t allow storage of scented or wet items because they have the potential to attract insects or lead to the growth of mold and fungus that may damage other stored goods.

Cash and Expensive Items

Storage facilities require you to disclose the value of the items that you are going to store in their units. Any item that costs more than $5,000 is identified as expensive and is off limits for storage. Also, stolen goods are not allowed.

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Illegal Items

It is not a good idea to store banned substances in a storage unit. The same holds true for stolen goods. Don’t be misled by movies and don’t think about storing these items in a rented storage unit, for your own well-being.

Construction Materials

Since spare and unwanted construction material can be recycled and disposed of properly, it is also not allowed inside a rented storage unit. If you have trouble in getting some materials recycled, contact the concerned authority instead of stacking it up in a rented storage facility.

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Uninsured, Unlicensed, or Non-Working Vehicles

If you are thinking about storing your vehicle in a rented storage unit, you have to ensure that it is registered and has a valid license. At the same time, the vehicle should be insured and in working condition.

Now you know about what items are not supposed to be stored in a rented storage facility. However, it is always best to clarify all relevant concerns with the facility and understand their policies for the specifications of the stored items.

Ideal Storage | Commercial Ave. Kingston Washington 98346 United States
Ideal Storage | Commercial Ave. Kingston Washington 98346 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Ideal Storage has got you covered. Here at Ideal Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections with state-of-the-art security features. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://kingstonidealstorage.com/.

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3 Tips to Prepare for a Long Term Storage

Rented storage facilities are a blessing if you are looking for options where you can safely stow away your stuff for long-term. Long-term storage of your items may be needed if you are planning to move out of your city or country temporarily for business or military deployment, studies, or if you have an extensive remodeling and revamping plan for your existing dwelling. Whatever the reason be, long-term storage of items requires special considerations to ensure their safety. Here are the three most important tips that will help you in preparing for long-term storage.

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Plan the Storage

This might sound absurd, but you need to plan the entire long-term storage drill in your head before actually starting to pack your stuff. This includes some serious research about the suitable storage facilities, thinking about the pros and cons of different packing materials, chalking out the information that you will put on the labels, etc. The most laborious and time-consuming aspect of this drill is to make a list of items that you will store. Only when you have thought the entire process through in your head, you should proceed to the next tip.

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Start (and Finish) Packing

Once you know which item will be going to the rented facility for long-term storage, you should start packing each. There are several points to remember in this process:

  • You should thoroughly clean each item before packing. Even a little bit of dust and dirt should not be left. Use the vacuum cleaner if needed.
  • Apply protective sprays to wooden furniture and leather goods.
  • Use a bleach solution to disinfect the internal surfaces of equipment like the refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher.
  • Ensure that all items are completely dry and odorless before you pack them for storage.
  • Disassemble all bulky items that can be disassembled. This will not only make packing easy but also give you more space when you stack it in the storage unit.
  • Never close the doors and lids of these items completely to prevent moisture build-up during storage.
  • Use only new boxes for stacking the stuff because new boxes are sturdier.
  • Avoid wrapping the items in plastic bags because they can retain moisture in the long run.
  • Pack fragile and delicate items with special care. Use ample bubble wrap and fillers. Use corrugated sheets to separate them and stack all fragile items in one place.
  • Prepare elaborate and tidy labels and paste many of them on each box to ensure visibility on all sides of the box.

Remember to keep this list safe because it will be helpful when you take the items out of the storage facility.

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Choose the Right Storage Facility

The final tip on preparing long-term storage is to choose the right storage facility. There are different kinds of storage units available in the market and each has its own feature. For example, a climate-controlled unit will regulate temperature as well as humidity and may be preferable over a standard unit that doesn’t have these regulatory features. Ask the facility owner about their policies regarding long-term storage and inquire about the insurance details. You should ensure that the storage facility has a sound security system to safeguard your belongings in your absence. The overall maintenance of the facility should also be considered.

If you keep these three tips in mind while preparing for long-term storage, you will come back to find your belongings in great condition. Also, you will be able to retrieve every item without wasting time and making any additional effort.

Ideal Storage | Commercial Ave. Kingston Washington 98346 United States
Ideal Storage | Commercial Ave. Kingston Washington 98346 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings for the long-term, Ideal Storage has got you covered. Here at Ideal Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections and top-notch security. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://kingstonidealstorage.com/.

 

5 Storage Unit Tips You Didn’t Know About

When you hear storage units, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Well, when we talk about storage units, it’s often viewed as a moving solution or as a seasonal storage solution. But nobody seems to be talking about how amazing storage units can be during a home renovation. Whether you plan on expanding your living room or adding an additional bedroom, you’ll probably need to make room for the remodeling. Often times “making room” means you got to move your furniture and items away from the renovation site. Otherwise, your furniture will get its own makeover and we wouldn’t want to happen.

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When it comes to home renovations, the most common issue people run into is the lack of space to properly store their belongings. This is where storage units come in handy.

When renting a storage unit, most people have the big aspects covered – comparing prices and locations, noting the hours the unit is accessible, etc. Here are 5 storage unit tips you didn’t know:

Take Advantage of the Amenities

Rental storage units are a business. Like any business, the owner offers perks and amenities to keep their clients satisfied. Offering free amenities might seem counterintuitive for a company trying to make money, but getting more clients based on word-of-mouth reviews is an equal hand-off.

When considering a storage unit, be sure to ask about their amenities. Some places offer anything from a free moving truck to furniture covers.

Understand Your Belongings Before Storage

Most people have the general idea of tightly packing as many of their belongings into a single storage unit. We get it; you want to maximize your storage space. However, it’s important to understand your belongings before you store anything in them. Some items may require a climate controlled unit to help maintain your furniture in tip-top condition. Depending on how big your home renovation project is, it could take anywhere between 4 to 8 months before completion. This piece of information is often times overlooked and may possibly help with deciding between a regular storage unit and a climate controlled unit.

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Benefits of Climate Controlled Units

Many storage unit facilities offer climate-controlled units for a slightly higher price. You might balk at spending more money than you absolutely have to, but it is something for you to consider if the items you plan to store are fragile or valuable. For example, photo albums can easily warp in units that aren’t climate-controlled.

Storage Unit Security

Arguably the most important factor when it comes to storage units and with good reason. Often times, a clean facility is a good indicator that the facility has security cameras. Think about it, would you litter if you knew someone might be watching you? Live security cameras are an industry standard nowadays when it comes to a storage facility. What often sets a secured storage facility apart from one another is having individual storage unit alarms. This little attention to detail security add-on is a great indication that the facility really cares about you and your belongings.

Reserve the Unit ASAP

If you’re planning on having a home renovation within the next couple of months or years, we highly recommend factoring in your storage unit rentals in your planning. Reserve your unit couple of days or months in advance by communicating with the managers. Keep in mind, storage units fill up fast especially if it’s from a reputable facility with great attention to detail and care for their tenants.

 

Ideal Storage | Commercial Ave. Kingston Washington 98346 United States
Ideal Storage | Commercial Ave. Kingston Washington 98346 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Ideal Storage has got you covered in this department. Here at Ideal Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections and top-notch security. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://kingstonidealstorage.com/.

4 Ways Kingston Businesses Can Take Advantage of Storage Units

Everybody knows that whether you are moving, cleaning out a garage or basement, or just need a place to store your extra stuff, self-storage facilities like Ideal Storage in Kingston, WA is a great place to rent some extra space.

That isn’t really exciting though. Did you know that our storage units can be used in other, more unconventional ways?

1. Using Self Storage for Excess Inventory

Is your business expanding but you are having trouble finding extra space in Kingston? Expansion for local businesses usually happens slowly. Typically, you don’t go from a smaller office to “I need a huge warehouse” overnight.

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As your inventory grows, our self-storage units can offer space to expand. The best thing is, we have a wide variety of unit sizes to accommodate your needs. As you grow, we can find larger units. Our goal is to give you one less thing to worry about when expanding your business.

2. Using Self Storage for File Storage

Tax season is starting now and it is the perfect time to go through your files and organize everything for your CPA. While you are working to get the files you need together, maybe it makes sense to have your employees take some extra time to organize the office.

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Our smaller units can be a great place to store your excess files. It will free up space in your office but still keep them nearby so you have access to them when needed. Think about how that space can be better utilized. If you move out a few filing cabinets, could you make room for that accounting assistant you’ve been talking about? Maybe you would have room to add a desk for a new salesman to help increase revenue for 2019.

Whatever the case may be, we’re happy to help!

3. Storing Items While Redecorating

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Do you have plans to paint your office in 2019? Maybe you are going to redecorate and modernize to improve customer experience. In any case, Ideal Storage can also offer temporary storage for excess furniture and equipment.

4. Using Self Storage for a Photography Prop Warehouse

Are you an on-location photographer? Whether you shoot weddings, newborns or college graduates, you realize how important having the right props for your photo shoot are. Backdrops, lighting, baskets, and boxes…they all take up space. Our storage units offer a convenient and secure place to store all of those. Best of all, your CPA may agree that the rent on the unit is a business deduction!

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Photographers aren’t the only ones that use props. With the real estate market booming, we know that home stagers are getting more and more clients. More houses to stage mean more inventory to store! As your business expands, so do your storage need and we can absolutely help!

Kingston Storage Units for Businesses

Ideal Storage | Commercial Ave. Kingston Washington 98346 United States
Ideal Storage | Commercial Ave. Kingston Washington 98346 United States

There are lots of different ways that self-storage facilities like ours can help businesses in 2019. Storage units can give your business that much needed extra space. Cleaner, tidier workspaces may help improve employee efficiency and oftentimes result in a better customer experience when clients stop by.

For any business that needs it, including home-based businesses like photographs, property stagers, and even home-based sales…we have a wide variety of storage units to fit your growing needs.

Do you have a different reason for needing storage for your business? Give us a call or visit our website at http://kingstonidealstorage.com/. We’d be happy to discuss options to find the right fit for your business!

 

Prepare for the Holiday by Decluttering

It’s that time of year again to make some space in your home.  Between more items entering your living space, and relatives and friends coming over, you might consider de-cluttering.  Cleaning up for the holidays will make it much more enjoyable for your guests and your life a lot more stress-free.  Even if you aren’t hosting any parties, these tips can also help you prepare for the new year.  Here are a few places in your home that could do with some clutter management.

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Kitchen

The kitchen can be one of the busiest places in your home when you have people over.  When you’re baking, cooking, and serving drinks, it’s better to have everything to be organized and not overcrowded.    Go into your fridge and remove anything that is expired.  Non-perishables such as rice and canned goods can be donated to food banks or charities.  Then go through your cabinets and find things you no longer need or have too many of.  Kitchen tools, appliances, and other miscellaneous items can also be donated.

Now that your kitchen is slightly more clutter free, now it’s time to store the remaining items.  Keep things you use every day up front, like pots and pans, so they are easily reachable.  If you happen to be hosting and baking during the Holidays, put everything you know you’ll use in one cabinet that is easily accessible

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Garage

Spend some time in your garage making room.  You’ll want access to decorations, shovels if you need them, winter supplies, and other things you might want to pack away once the holidays are over.  Garages are often the place we leave neglected items, things we no longer have a use for.

Give away anything that fits this description or, if it’s no longer useful, toss it out.  You may want to store the remaining items on shelves rather than the floor of the garage.  This will give it a neater appearance.  Anything that still has use or sentiment can be put away in a storage unit for safe keeping.

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Kids Rooms

If you have children, then you’re aware of the clutter that can pile up rather quickly, between games, crayons, books, and toys.

Think of all the items your child no longer uses.  These things can be donated to a local charity or family in need, especially during this time of the year.  Anything that has been outgrown or forgotten will certainly be well loved by a family less fortunate.

Some children may be more attached than others to certain items.  If they don’t really use it, try putting it away for a while and if it isn’t used again then consider donating it.

Ideal Storage | Commercial Ave. Kingston Washington 98346 United States
Ideal Storage | Commercial Ave. Kingston Washington 98346 United States

Self Storage is another option when it comes to anything you may want to put away for a while, but don’t want to give up.  Holiday decorations are especially good for a storage unit as they don’t clutter up parts of your house for the rest of the year.  If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Ideal Storage has got you covered. Securely store your belongings! Here at Ideal Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://kingstonidealstorage.com/.

 

Why You Should Store Your Furniture in a Self Storage

Sometimes you may need to store away your furniture for a while.  You might be moving to a new place, or you may no longer have the space to keep all of it.  Whatever the reason may be, storage facilities are a great option if you don’t want to get rid of those items.  However, there are precautions you should take when storing more delicate pieces of furniture.  It might take some work, but these tips are extremely useful in helping to keep your possessions in working order and looking good when you retrieve them.

  1. First, be sure to make the necessary repairs that need to be made. If any of the furniture is damaged, it is likely to become even more damaged in the process of moving or while stored away.

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  1. Cover your Furniture. Any upholstered or wood furniture you have can be wrapped with plastic wrap or shrink wrap. Wrapping can prevent furniture from rubbing together and help keep insects or animals from burrowing in them.  If you don’t have plastic wrap, use blankets, sheets, old curtains, or anything else you can think of to cover. Lining the floor of the storage room with thick plastic sheets helps protect both your furniture and the floor in case any moisture occurs in the unit.  Another good idea is to place padding on the edges and corners of your furniture to prevent breakage of other fragile items.

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  1. It may be a good idea to disassemble any wood furniture you have to prevent damage. Wood expands or contracts according to the climate. Remove the legs on tables and chairs, and the headboards and footboards on bed frames.  Make sure to keep the screws, nuts, bolts, locks, and keys in a labeled container with the pieces so that when the time comes to put the furniture back together, you aren’t missing anything.

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  1. If wood dries out, it’s more susceptible to cracks. To prevent that from happening, use a wood cleaner to protect the finish. You may then treat your wood furniture with furniture polish, which adds moisture, before storing it. If you can, store dresser drawers and desk drawers separately.

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  1. Before you store your fabric furniture, make sure it is clean by wiping it down or vacuuming it, to be sure there is no dust, mold, or mildew. You can use an antibacterial wipe, one that is safe for fabrics. Make certain your furniture is completely dry before wrapping or putting away.

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  1. Store electronics and televisions in their original packaging. If you put away appliances such as these, it is best to protect them as much as possible from dust, so placing them in their packaging should help.

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  1. Polish metal furnishings made from metals such as brass, nickel, or silver to prevent oxidation. Use a polishing cloth and a metal cleaner to do this. This will get rid of any current oxidation and help in delaying future tarnish.

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  1. If you bunch up your belongings, you run the risk of objects brushing up against each other, which could lead to cracks in wood tables or chairs. Make sure there is plenty of space. Start with the largest items and work from there.  Be sure to create an aisle that makes access through the unit easy.
Ideal Storage | 31483 Commercial Ave NE Kingston, Washington 98346 United States
Ideal Storage | 31483 Commercial Ave NE Kingston, Washington 98346 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Ideal Storage has got you covered. Securely store your belongings! Here at Ideal Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://kingstonidealstorage.com/.

 

Micro Apartments are on the Rise! And Self Storages are right behind!

Major cities across the nation have begun noticing the rising popularity of micro-apartments. They’re on the rise due to the lack of housing available in the downtown areas of these cities. A typical micro apartment can range anywhere between 200 – 400 square feet, which is considerately small in comparison to the average 500 – 800 square feet apartment. So this sort of begs the question, why would anyone choose to live in such a small living quarter? And what is causing micro apartments to be in huge demand? And how does the rise in micro apartments influence self-storage? Let’s find out.

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Let’s begin from the top. How can micro apartments become a viable solution to combat the housing crisis in major cities as well as alleviate some of the monthly rental cost? Well for starters, a typical apartment in or near the downtown area of a major city may range anywhere between $2,000 to $4,000 dollars per month. That’s an insane amount of money just to put a roof over your head. According to financial surveys, more than 70% of Americans spent close to half or one-third of their paycheck into their housing cost. The rest of the paycheck goes into necessities such as food but also in technology. With the advancement of technology, it’s enabled us to access our e-books, data, and information via a computer, tablet or phone. In other words, we don’t need the extra square feet for bookshelves and other remnants of the past necessities within the living quarters. With the reduced square feet in the living quarters, surely the cost of rent will also be reduced. So as a solution to not only save space and reduce the cost of living, micro-apartments have become viable and sought after solution. Times are definitely changing and millennials are at the forefront of this change and they’re looking to pave a new direction.

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On the psychological side of this micro-apartment movement, we have to understand that people have a really strong desire for wanting a place of their own. It’s a huge signifier that you’ve reached a certain stage in life and it also gives you an opportunity for privacy. Micro-apartments are becoming the next alternative to owning a property of their own. Especially since the average cost of a home is well beyond most typical American’s budget range, let alone a regular sized apartment or loft. Micro-apartments ring true to the phrase, “less is more”.

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Micro-apartments are typically built in or close to the downtown areas of major cities so everything is in close proximity. Although your living quarters are reduced significantly, it’s made up in other aspects such as shorter distance to and from work, groceries, and if you’re a green environmentalist that’s a huge bonus. Most micro-apartments are also built with a communal layout in mind. In other words, there are designated communal workspaces and lounging areas. These communal areas are usually themed with a coffee setting atmosphere and ambiance to help improve social interaction and ultimately build a community. Think of these communal spaces as your unofficial living room with the added bonus of making new friends.

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With the size of micro-apartments ranging only a couple hundred square feet, there are bound to be some major items and belongings we simply can’t store. As a possible solution, self-storage will become their next best friend. It just makes more sense to spend a hundred dollars on a storage unit to store your belongings than to spend a couple extra thousand on a slightly bigger apartment to hold your belongings. With health and fitness becoming increasingly popular among newer generations, it’s to no surprise why walking to and from work is no big deal. That’s just the direction we’re headed, so if you need something from your storage unit, just remember it’ll only be a quick stroll away.

Ideal Storage | 31483 Commercial Ave NE Kingston, Washington 98346 United States
Ideal Storage | 31483 Commercial Ave NE Kingston, Washington 98346 United States

So if you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Ideal Storage has got you covered. Secure your belongings at Ideal Storage, we offer a wide range of storage units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://kingstonidealstorage.com/.