1. How To Use The 3D Storage Calculator

    February 7, 2018

    3D Storage Calculator Sioux City, IA

    Whether you’re a veteran self storage tenant or you want to rent a unit for the first time, using the 3D storage calculator on our website can greatly help! If you’ve rented a unit before and your storage needs have changed, you may be wondering what size will fit your belongings and your budget. If you have more to store than you did before, you will likely need a larger storage space than your current unit. If have fewer belongings to store than you did in the past, a smaller unit with less square feet than what your current storage rental offers may be just right for you.

    Saving Money With the Help of the 3D Storage Calculator

    Choosing the right unit size can help you get the most back for your buck. If you get a larger storage unit than what you need, you may be paying for extra square feet that you aren’t using. However, if you underestimate the unit size you’ll need, you might get stuck with a storage space that can’t store all of your belongings. The 3D storage calculator gives you an appropriate estimate of the unit size you’ll need for your items in square feet.

    How to Use the 3D Storage Calculator

    The 3D storage calculator offers a few ways to determine the best storage space for you. One way is that you can select the number of bedrooms that are in your current home, from 1-4 bedrooms.
    The second way involves selecting the items you want to store in your unit from a long list of household items and furniture that are commonly kept in a self storage space. A visual 3D diagram of your recommended unit size with your chosen belongings in the unit will be shown.

    3D Storage Diagram

    The recommended unit size, such as a 10 feet by 10 feet unit, will be displayed to let you know what storage space you should choose based on your needs. For example, you could select 1 queen size bed, 4 coffee tables, 2 nightstands, and 3 dressers in the storage calculator, you’ll see those items inside the 3D storage unit diagram.
    The 3D storage diagram can even give you some ideas for how to place your items in the storage unit so you can maximize the space you have, such as placing a mattress on its side instead of flat on the ground. Try stacking chairs and small coffee tables if possible to save space.

    Renting with Affordable Storage

    Whether you’re in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, or the surrounding area, Affordable Storage is your local self storage solution. With three convenient locations, we are sure to have a facility that is close to your home or office. We also allow for online rentals on a smartphone, tablet, or computer from our website 24 hours a day. When you store with us, you’ll receive friendly service, high-quality storage spaces, and secure units at a great price.

  2. Prepare Your Watercraft with these Winter Boat Storage Tips

    January 4, 2018

    Winter Boat Storage | Sioux City, IA

    With snow totaling up all over the country and people opting to spend chilly weekends inside, winter isn’t coming- it’s officially here! For many parts of the country, this season means snow, and a lot of it. Assuming that your favorite lake will be frozen for the next few months and you probably won’t be using your boat, it may be time to put it in self storage for the winter. Following just a few winter boat storage tips can help your boat function like new by the time you get it back on the water in the spring.

    If you haven’t already prepared your boat for wintertime, we can help you get started with some tips.

    1. Use a Cover for Winter Boat Storage

    A boat cover will prevent water, leaves, bugs, and other undesirables from entering your boat while it is in storage. If the self storage facility that you plan to use has uncovered parking spaces for vehicle storage, a durable cover is particularly important to avoid exposing your boat to the elements. Snow can easily cover your boat’s seating, steering wheel, control panel, and more without proper protection. Then, when the seasons change once again, the snow will melt into water. The last thing that you want to happen is to have your boat full of water, which can lead to rust and other potentially expensive damage. After all, water should be outside the boat, not in it!

    2. Fill Up Your Fluids

    Winter offers plenty of opportunity for moisture and water to seep into various tanks in your boat. Topping off all your boat’s fluids, such as oil, gasoline, antifreeze, and more, can prevent condensation from forming in the tanks. Adding a fuel stabilizer is also a smart choice for extra protection. Water can be damaging to your boat’s components and difficult to remove once it’s already mixed with the fluids. An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure, and with winter boat storage it’s no different.

    3. Disconnect Your Battery

    Disconnecting your battery is a simple storage tip that can help it last longer and save you money, by preventing you from having to buy a replacement. Simply, freezing temperatures can shorten your battery’s lifespan. Removing your boat’s battery completely and storing it in a warmer location is also an option for more safety. Follow these tips to preserve your battery’s charge for a longer time frame.

    4. Store Your Boat in a Safe Location

    No matter how long you need storage for your boat, you’ll want to make sure that the facility you choose has the best security features to safeguard your watercraft. A facility with an electronic gate and access code will decrease the risk that your boat will be stolen or tampered with. Security cameras can give you extra peace of mind that your seafaring vessel is being looked after. It may also be a good idea to check on your boat once a month while it is in storage, if possible. This can help you find any maintenance issues that need to be addressed before the next watercraft season.

    Winter Boat Storage | Sioux City, IA

    Affordable Storage has secure winter boat storage and storage spaces for all you other household and business vehicles. Whether you need storage for the winter season or all year round, we have month to month rentals for your flexibility. Contact us today to rent your vehicle parking space!

  3. Why You Should Get Organized with Self Storage in 2018

    December 20, 2017

    Organized with Self Storage

    Most people would prefer to come home to a clean and organized after a long day of work. Living in a home that is disorganized and cluttered can actually make you more stressed and unable to relax from the day’s challenges. If this sounds like you, it’s time to get organized with self storage.

    Reduce Stress

    A study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, on behalf of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, states that cluttered homes can increase the stress hormone, cortisol, in its residents. By reducing the clutter in your home, you can lower your stress levels, which can lead to better, more rejuvenating sleep and greater mental positivity.

    Lose Weight and Achieve Your Goals

    As you may know, stress can greatly affect many areas of one’s mental and physical health. If your new year’s resolution for 2018 is to get in shape or reduce stress, having an organized home can help you do just that.

    A study in the Journal of Psychological Science suggests that having an orderly setting, such as an organized home, can encourage positive behaviors in the people that live in that house. It goes to show that a tidy home can affect other areas of life and help you to achieve your goals, such as getting in shape. Plus, if you know where your gym clothes or exercise equipment are in your house you can’t make excuses for why you can’t exercise!

    Decrease Tension at Home

    Did you know that clutter can increase conflict and tension in the home, which may lead to strained relationships with family members and your significant other? Oftentimes, it is difficult to find what you are looking for when having to deal with a disorganized living space, which can cause more arguments. An easy way to decrease the tension at home is to declutter and get organized with self storage.

    Using a self storage unit to hold some of your belongings is very secure. An electronic gate with access code ensures that your items are safe. You have gate access to your unit 24 hours a day at Affordable Storage’s Sioux City and North Sergeant Bluff locations, and extensive gate hours at the South Sergeant Bluff facility. We understand that many families need flexibility when renting a storage space. Affordable Storage offers short term rentals to fit your changing needs.

    Increase Productivity

    Want to get more tasks done at home? Then you need to declutter and get organized with self storage! By storing more of your household items in your secure self storage unit at one of the three Affordable Storage facilities, it will be much easier to find items in your home, which will save you time. When you have more time, you can complete more tasks on your to-do list.

    Get Organized with Self Storage

    Ready to make 2018 a clutter-free year? Affordable Storage is here to help! Our facility has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, so you know your belongings are in good hands. Stop by our facility office at 204 South Lewis Blvd Sergeant Bluff IA, 51054 or visit our website to rent a unit online!

  4. 5 Things to Look for in a Storage Space

    November 3, 2017

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    Whether you are downsizing, waiting to upgrade, moving out or moving on, there are many reasons for a storage space. The storage unit business is a huge industry and many people gain great benefits from it. Whether you are looking for a storage space for the first time or you’ve used storage solutions before, there are things to consider and things you need to know to make the best decision for you and your storage needs no matter how long you need it for.

    1. Consider what you are storing

    Are you looking for storage for a boat, jet skis or a car? Are you storing furniture, seasonal clothing, or items from an estate? Even consider if you are storing residential or commercially. Not just people who are moving use storage solutions. Offices and commercial services also use storage space, so make sure that the storage unit you choose can fit your needs. Affordable Self Storage offers both residential and commercial storage services.

    2. Consider the storage space that you need

    You obviously don’t want to book too much space, but you also don’t want to book too little space. By booking the smallest space, you may figure that you will be saving money, but that may also mean that you have to stack your items on top of one another, which could lead to scratches and damages to valuables that you don’t want to damage. Use the Storage Calculator on our website to find out how much space you need.

    3. Consider the amount of service you need and the hours

    Some storage businesses have gate access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and others do not. Most Affordable Self Storage locations 24/7 gate access from Sunday to Monday, which means your unit will be accessible to you whenever you need it!

    4. Consider the security features that the storage business offers

    At Affordable Self Storage, we are fully equipped with video cameras and safety elements, so that your valuables will be guarded, watched, and treasured. Also consider if the is well-lit facility; this is especially important after dark. After all, you’ll want to be able to easily navigate your way through the facility and see the items in your unit.

    5. Check your terms and offers

    Affordable Self Storage offers a move-in special, so check out one of our 3 locations to see the specific offer. When considering the terms, evaluate the terms of the contract and see if it fits either your long-term or short-term needs. Storage spaces are available for as long as you need them, so make sure it fits your needs. Be sure to check out the facility’s billing options. For example, Affordable Self Storage offers Auto-Pay, which means you never have to worry about missing a payment.

    Our friendly and helpful staff can answer any self storage questions that you may have. We can help you choose the best self storage option for your needs. Call us today to learn more about Affordable Self Storage!

  5. Take Back Your Basement: How to Use Self Storage to Declutter and Organize

    October 16, 2017

    Household Basement Storage | Sioux City, IA

    Fall is a popular season to declutter your home in order to prepare for the holidays. One area to begin organizing is the basement. It is easy to get in the habit of storing random items in your basement and forgetting to organize them. Now is the time to take back your basement!

    Ways to Use Your Basement

    There are several ways you can use your basement once it is decluttered. Some folks want to use their basement as a spare bedroom, others want to use it as a home movie theater, and then there are those that want it to be a man cave or game room.

    If you’re planning on creating a hobby room in your basement, make sure to include enough shelving and workspaces so you can work on your next craft project. Utilize the wall to hang shelves, inspiration boards, whiteboards, and hooks to hold supplies.

    If you want to turn your basement into a guest bedroom, be sure to remove personal items, household objects, and seasonal decorations from the area to create a calm and serene space for visiting family or friends.

    Having a game room or home theater in your basement requires a lot of open space for furniture, large tv’s or projector screens, and game tables. Decluttering your space can make a huge difference. Just think of the all the living space you could regain just by organizing one of the largest rooms in your home! The possibilities are endless.

    Depending on the size of your basement and how many items are currently in your space, a lot of decluttering may be ahead of you. Not to worry, though. Convenient and secure self storage at Affordable Storage is here to help!

    How to Use Self Storage to Declutter Your Basement

    A self storage unit can store your household items, extra furniture, additional tv’s, home decorations, seasonal clothing, luggage, sports gear, and other objects.

    1. Store electronics and furniture in a climate controlled storage unit to prevent moisture damage and to guard from extreme temperatures.

    2. If you’re on a budget, use non-climate controlled storage to store household items that aren’t susceptible to humidity damage.

    3. Use large plastic storage containers or durable boxes to store clothing, household items, and other small belongings

    4. Store clothing and additional objects inside luggage that you plan to store in your unit.

    5. Use our storage calculator to find what unit size you need based on the items you plan to store.

    Sioux City’s premier self storage facility, Affordable Storage has a wide range of storage unit sizes. No matter how much or how little you have to store, we have an affordable solution for you. Online bill pay and Auto-Pay are available to help you never miss a payment and keep track of your storage rental. Our facility is open 7 days a week for your convenience. Visit our facility or use our website to rent a secure unit online!

  6. How To Store Outdoor Gear In A Storage Unit

    September 20, 2017

    Outdoor Equipment Storage | Sioux City, IA

    A few easy ways to store your outdoor gear in a self storage unit include placing shelves in your unit, using storage bins, make use of vertical space, and place frequently used items toward the front of your storage space. If you’re an outdoorsman (or woman) you probably already have some of your outdoor equipment in your self storage unit. You may want to store more gear in your unit, but you need some tips for how to store your items to maximize your space. Not to worry; this blog post has you covered.

    Place Shelves In Your Unit

    One of the easiest ways to organize your outdoor belongings is to place shelves inside of your unit. Place two sets of shelves next to each other to create extra long shelves. Lay long outdoor gear, such as skis, ski poles, paddles and kayaks on the shelves, if possible.

    Designate a particular shelf or shelves for ski equipment, snowboards, skateboards, folding chairs, sports accessories, etc. Be sure to use masking tape and a marker to label the shelves. Store lightweight items on the top shelf, like sleeping bags, and heavier belongings toward the bottom. Keep shoes and boots on the bottom shelf so dirt and mud doesn’t fall onto other items.

    Use Large Storage Bins for Outdoor Gear

    Plastic storage containers are excellent for storing sleeping bags, outdoor clothing, helmets, hats, water bottles, and more. Clearly label the front of these containers so that you know what items are inside them. Keep similar items in the same container. This will make it much easier for you to find what you are looking for in the future. Backpacks can also be used to store small items.

    Lean Large Items Against the Wall

    Certain items, such as bicycles or canoes, are too big to fit on a shelf. Carefully lean these items against the wall so that they aren’t in the way of other belongings. If possible, lean the canoe against a set of shelves in a vertical fashion to save space. You can also create a vertical storage space for the canoe in between two tall shelves.

    Put Frequently Used Items Near the Front

    Prepack your backpack with your most frequently used and essential items so that you can grab and go the next time you are ready to experience the great outdoors. If you hike often, keep your backpack, hiking boots, hat and water bottle near the entrance of your self storage unit.

    Clean and Dry Your Items After Use

    Make sure to thoroughly clean and dry your outdoor equipment before putting the items back in your unit. This will prevent mold and mildew from forming. Remove any rainwater and dirt from your outdoor gear prior to placing them in the storage unit.

    Affordable Storage has 3 locations in Sioux City, IA and Sergeant Bluff, IA. Vehicle storage for your favorite outdoor automobile is available. Our climate controlled and standard storage units are secure and convenient for businesses and residents in Siouxland. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and received the Best of Self Storage Siouxland two years in a row! Visit our website or stop by our office to rent a unit.

  7. 6 Vehicle Storage Tips To Keep Your Car in Tip Top Shape

    August 14, 2017

    Car Storage | Sioux City, IA

    Whether you plan on placing your car, truck, van, SUV, trailer, RV, or boat in storage for one month or several, there are a few steps that you should take to preserve your vehicle before putting it into storage. Performing regular maintenance and taking a few extra precautions will ensure that your vehicle remains in the same condition that you left it in while in storage.

    1. Remove or Unplug the Battery

    Vehicle batteries that are not in use can lose their charge if they are left in the car for extended amounts of time. Disconnecting the car battery or removing it from the vehicle completely will help to preserve it for when you use the vehicle again.

    2. Wash and Wax the Vehicle

    Be sure to deep clean your car before putting it in storage. Wash the outside of the vehicle and apply wax to the body to protect the car’s paint and repel water.

    3. Prevent Pests From Entering the Car

    Thoroughly vacuum the inside of your car before putting it in storage. Removing all traces of food and trash will prevent pests from attempting to enter into your vehicle. Placing moth balls or cedar wood in the cabin of your car can detract pests, as well. Make sure to seal any openings, roll up the windows, and place an old rag in the exhaust pipe of the car so pests can’t enter.

    4. Protect the Vehicle From the Sun

    UV-resistant vehicle covers can protect your car from the Sun’s rays and prevent the paint from chipping and fading. Insects and bird droppings can also damage the car’s shine and luster. The Sun can also fade the dashboard and interior panels if the windshield isn’t covered with a shade. A vehicle cover protects all areas of the car, including the windows, windshield, dashboard, body, paint, and more.

    5. Change the Oil

    Changing your car’s oil and filter is essential maintenance that must be performed regularly to keep your car running properly. Changing the oil will remove contaminants that are found in used engine oil, keep the engine lubricated, and prevent corrosion when the vehicle is in storage.

    6. Fill Up the Gas Tank

    Filling up the gas tank of your vehicle prior to putting it in storage can prevent condensation from building up inside. This moisture can cause issues with your car later on. A fuel stabilizer can also help to prevent this from happening.

    Sioux City’s Affordable Storage offers secure vehicle storage options for businesses and residents. Outdoor vehicle parking spaces for boats, motorhomes, trailers, trucks, cars, and more are available for short or long term storage. Our storage facility is equipped with an electronic security gate and fencing, in addition to well-lit aisles and buildings, to keep your vehicle safe 24 hours a day. Call, email, or visit us in person to rent a secure and convenient vehicle storage space today!

  8. 3 Ways to Use Self Storage During Retirement

    July 21, 2017

    Retirement Storage | Sioux City, IA

    One of the great aspects of self storage is that it can help you through many of life’s changes. If you’re getting ready to retire or move into a smaller home, a self storage unit can help you store extra belongings or mementos. Discover our top reasons to use self storage through your golden years!

    1. Extra Room When Downsizing

    If your children have left home and you and your spouse are empty nesters, it might make sense to downsize your home. Moving into a home for just the two of you can come with a lot of advantages. Your rent or mortgage might be significantly less, there are fewer chores to complete in a smaller house, and your electric bills are lower.

    A smaller home also comes with less square footage for your belongings. Depending on the size of your previous home, you may have a lot of excess furniture that needs to be stored or sold. While selling some old furniture can provide you with a bit of additional cash, storing your extra home furnishings in a secure self storage unit will allow you to pass down valuable or antique pieces to your children.

    Perhaps you would like to help your grown children when they are ready to start their own homes and give them some of your furniture. A self storage unit can give you a convenient place to keep the extra mattresses, dressers, bookshelves, and more for the time being.

    2. Create a Hobby Room

    Retirement is the the perfect time to pick up a hobby or learn a new skill. Staying active and continuously learning is important during this stage of life. Why not create a dedicated room for your hobby in your home? If you have an extra bedroom that used to belong to your now adult child, this a space that can be used to store craft supplies, sewing items, musical instruments, photography equipment, woodworking materials, and much more.

    Perhaps you would like to create a home library or home office with this extra room. A home office can help you to earn part time income during retirement. This home office set up can also assist you in transitioning from the workplace to semi-retirement.

    Store the items that used to be in the new hobby room or home office in a self storage unit for safekeeping and in case you need them in the future. Climate controlled self storage can protect furniture and other delicate items from moisture and heat.

    3. Store Your RV or Trailer

    If it has been your lifelong dream to explore America in an RV, now is your chance! Any adventures or road trips that you have been putting off due to work or other commitments won’t be put off any longer.

    Retirement offers a lot of additional time to travel in a motorhome or tow a comfortable trailer behind your truck. This is the opportunity to experience the country’s natural beauty and visit new places. You might even make it your goal to visit every state in the continental United States and possibly venture into Canada.

    When you aren’t using your RV, trailer, or other vehicle, store it at a safe self storage facility that is near your home. A convenient storage center will allow you to access your vehicle when you want to use it again. Month to month rentals can also give you the flexibility that you need if you plan on using your vehicle for several months out of the year.

    Self Storage for Retirement

    Sioux City’s very own Affordable Storage, off of Southgate Drive, has secure vehicle storage for cars, boats, trucks, SUV’s, trailers, RV’s and more. Climate controlled and standard self storage units are available for residential and commercial use. Ask us about our 30% off the first three month’s rent special!

  9. The 3 Most Important Reasons to Use Self Storage While Moving

    June 21, 2017

    Self Storage for Moving

    Summer is one of the busiest and most popular times of the year to move. Whether you’re moving to a new home or apartment within the Sioux City area, to a new city in the state of Iowa, or across the country, self storage can assist you with your move. Keep reading to find out the 4 most important reasons to use self storage during your move.

    1. Ability to Paint Your New Home or Remodel

    Putting your furniture and belongings into storage is an excellent solution for homeowners that want to paint or remodel their new home prior to moving in. If you decided to paint or remodel your home later on, you would have to drastically rearrange your furniture and even have to move your items out of the house anyway. Performing all of your home renovations prior to officially moving in and unpacking is oftentimes the best solution, especially if multiple rooms in the house need remodeling or painting. Homeowners will be especially happy with the way their home looks and will have less stress if they follow this advice.

    2. Take Your Time To Move and Save Money

    Another huge benefit of using a self storage unit while moving is that you can take your time to move into your new home or apartment. Most people don’t want to pay rent or mortgage for the last month that they are living at their old home and the first month’s payment at their new place at the same time. Self storage allows you to save money and not get stuck with paying for two rents or mortgages in the same month. With the average cost of a self storage unit hovering around $100 a month or less, this is a much more affordable option that still gives you the flexibility to move into your new home when it’s best for you.

    3. Reduce Stress with Self Storage for Moving

    By utilizing a self storage unit during your move, you have the ability to move into your new apartment or house as your schedule and time permits. Most folks are very busy with work, their children, and other responsibilities. Having to move from your previous home into your new home in a short period of time to avoid paying extra rent or mortgage payments on your old home can be very stressful, especially if you only have time to pack on the weekends. Moving is already stress-inducing enough without having to worry about additional deadlines. Convenient and flexible self storage for moving is here to help.

    Affordable Storage in Sioux City, IA provides short term storage rentals for business and personal use. Whether you are moving your business or your family, let us help you! We have an extensive assortment of self storage for moving, including climate controlled storage. You’ll receive 30% off each month for your first three months when you rent with Affordable Storage!

  10. 3 Reasons To Use Climate Controlled Storage Over the Summer

    May 16, 2017

    Climate Controlled Storage | Sioux City, IA


    Summer is heating up! If you’re in the market for a self storage rental this summer, consider getting a climate controlled unit. An air conditioned storage unit can not only protect your belongings from the heat, but it will also make you feel more comfortable when you access your storage space.

    1. Keep Cool While Moving In with Climate Controlled Storage

    Moving your belongings into a storage unit be a challenge no matter what season it is. The task can be especially difficult during the peak of the summer heat. The feeling of cool air as you open your unit door can keep you motivated when you have a lot of belongings or heavy furniture and appliances to place into the storage space. Even if you need to access your unit between noon and 3pm, the hottest time of the day, you’ll feel at ease as you retrieve your belongings.

    Most climate controlled self storage units usually have an internal temperature of 55 – 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Another factor to consider when choosing a self storage unit is just how warm it can get inside a standard storage rental that isn’t air conditioned. Just like a car sitting in the hot sun, the temperature inside the conventional storage unit can be much hotter than what the true temperature is outside. This is definitely something to keep in mind when deciding what kind of storage unit is best for your needs.

    2. Protect Your Items From Heat

    One of the main reasons that business and household tenants love climate controlled storage is because of its unmatched protective qualities. Many types of commonly stored items, including furniture, appliances, electronics, photos, art and more, need the kind of stable environment that air conditioned storage offers. Several of the items listed above are big ticket items that need to be preserved in order for them to last. When you enter your storage unit to pick up your belongings, you want to be sure that the items are in just as good of condition as they would be if they were stored in your own home.

    3. Ward Off Humidity

    Proper insulation and climate control can protect your valuables from moisture, mildew and mold. Artwork, musical instruments, clothing, documents, computers, TV’s and other objects can be deteriorated by humidity. Rust and corrosion can occur on metal filing cabinets, bicycles, tools and equipment if these items are exposed to moisture while in storage. Objects that use glue as part of their construction, such as certain musical instruments and sports equipment, can break down as the glue erodes away. It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to what type of storage rental you need for your items.


    Affordable Storage in Sioux City, IA has over 1500 units to choose from! You are sure to find the right unit that fits your needs and budget when you store with us. We have climate controlled and insulated units to protect your personal or business belongings in Sioux City. Contact us today to learn about our facility’s features and take advantage of our move-in special, 25% off your first three months’ rent!