1. Organize Your Storage Unit

    May 9, 2018

    Imagine you see a weather report calling for freezing temperatures and realize that all your cold-weather clothing is in storage. With temperatures plummeting and the wind whipping, you make the trip to your self storage unit and start digging through boxes looking for your sweaters, coats, and boots.
    The last thing you want to do is pull everything out of your storage unit and dig through boxes looking for something, especially if the weather is bad or the timing is inconvenient. A little bit of planning ahead to make sure your storage unit is organized can save you from a bunch of headaches later on. Here are nine simple tips to help organize a storage unit so that you can find what you need with ease.

    1. Pick one box size.
    Same-size boxes help with stacking and accessibility. Small or medium boxes will be perfect for most of your belongings. Keep in mind large boxes are excellent for items that aren’t very heavy, but may not hold up well at the bottom of large stacks. Large boxes (especially at the bottom of a stack) are also more difficult to remove if you need something out of them.

    2. Pick out the items you will most likely need to access.
    Things you don’t use regularly when you’re packing may be needed later on. Carefully consider what you may need while your items are in storage, giving extra thought to seasonal items.

    3. Label each box as you pack.
    Label each box on the top and at least one side with a unique box number, the room it came from, and the contents of the box. Place a special mark on boxes you may need to access at some point during storage and remember to put them in your storage unit last. Be as detailed as possible with the contents.

    4. Create a master list.
    Write down all of the contents of each box along with the box number on paper. This seems like a cumbersome step, but a master list becomes really handy when you need to find a specific item, especially if some of your boxes will be completely out of view.

    If you prefer to keep things digital, there are even tools you can use to dictate text so you don’t have to type as you go. And if you want to take the organization one step further (or don’t trust your handwriting), you can print each line from your inventory to create custom labels for your boxes!

    5. Organize a layout for your storage unit.
    If you’re going to access your unit frequently, you’re going to need to put some thought into how you pack your storage unit. Ideally, you want to put the furniture against the wall opposite your boxes to leave a path in the middle of the unit. This way, you can access boxes and furniture items without any hassle. If you need to use the space in the middle, place your most moveable items there so you can remove them with ease.

    6. Use shelving or stack boxes.
    If this is a long-term storage solution, place sturdy shelves along one wall of the unit. If not, stack your boxes with these guidelines in mind:

    • Stack from back to front in order of need. The boxes that you will access most frequently should be the last ones packed inside the storage unit and be near the door or on shelves with labels facing out.
    • Put larger, heavier boxes down first, and then you can stack lighter ones on top. Be careful how high you stack. If boxes are stacked above your head, the whole stack is susceptible to falling, creating a hazard for you and anything breakable in the storage unit.
    • Consider using a brick-wall pattern when stacking same-size boxes. It’ll seem somewhat inefficient, since you’ll have spaces on the ends of your stack, but the brick wall pattern allows you to remove and replace boxes without moving the boxes above it.

    7. Unpack and repack your boxes.
    If you’ve already packed and have a bunch of unlabeled boxes filled with whatever fit conveniently, you might want to invest some time repacking now to save yourself a lot of time later. Repack similar items like seasonal clothes or bakeware into their own boxes.

    Packing items that fit within general categories are fine; you just don’t want to pack things like boots and coats with snorkeling gear. You’ll have an easier time forgiving yourself if you spend extra time to repack, label, and organize everything now than if you decide not repack everything and need to tear your storage unit apart to find something simple like boots.

    While these steps may take some time at first—especially if you already have everything packed in boxes—they are well worth your effort. You will save yourself a lot of time and energy in the future, which would otherwise be spent sifting through unmarked, disorganized boxes.

  2. Use a Storage Unit to Get Organize Your Stuff

    April 11, 2018

    Spring Cleaning Time…

    April has arrived and that means it is officially spring cleaning time! Spring cleaning can seem like a tedious and daunting task. Where to begin, what to get rid of, what to organize… it is certainly an overwhelming and stressful task. The most important part to remember is how good it feels after the spring cleaning is all finished.

    Step One: Make a Checklist

    A great place to start is make a checklist of things in your home that can be placed into a storage unit. Placing clutter items, old furniture, old books, or other things into storage can be a great starting point to your spring cleaning process. But first, you need to make a list of things that you do not need in your home. Making a list is a helpful method to get your cleaning process started.

    Step Two: Find an Appropriate Self Storage Facility

    You may be placing items of either financial or sentimental value into a self storage unit. Whatever it may be, it is vital to find a self storage facility that will keep your items safe and secure. To start, find a storage facility that offers convenience. At Stor Safe, we have all ground level units, roll-up doors, and offer 24/7 access to your unit. You also want to make sure that your items are safe. Our facility offers recorded video surveillance, disc locks, and tenant insurance. You can always be sure your goods are secure when you rent storage units with Stor Safe.

    Step Three: Get your Clutter out and Clean Out the House!

    Once you have chosen the best storage facility for your needs, you can move everything that is unneeded in your home into a storage unit. Now comes the fun part, pull out the gloves and start cleaning! Good news for you is cleaning is much easier once the clutter is out of your home. Most people make this mistake and spring cleaning gets harder and harder each year. When you use a storage unit, you avoid this issue entirely. The best part about using self storage to aid your spring cleaning process is the ease of getting back into your storage unit. If you decide you want to bring the couch back into the basement, you can easily get back into your storage rental and get it! Who knows, you may just want a storage rental while you do a deep clean of the whole house!

    All we can say is, using a self storage facility may make your spring cleaning process less daunting and make it more productive. We wish you luck!

  3. Store Away Your Clutter…. It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

    It’s That Time of Year

    The sun is coming out, the birds are chirping, the weather is getting warmer each day. We made it through winter and spring is finally here. What better time is there than now to get started on cleaning out the home by getting rid of that clutter built up over fall and winter. Who else is loving the idea of a freshly cleaned home right about now? All we can say is, get your clutter out of the home and put it in a self storage unit.

    What Can You Put into Storage?

    It’s hard for many of us to let go of things that we will be needing 6 months down the road. This is why it is so common for clutter to build up in homes. By simply using a storage unit to temporarily stow away these items, you get the best of both worlds. You keep your valuables while maintaining a clean, organized home. Your first step before getting your home cleaned is choosing what to put into storage for spring and summer. Feel free to put away your clothing for colder seasons. This is a great way to make more space in your closet for the upcoming months. For those of you who are California skiers and snowboarders, feel free to store your skis, snowboards, and other heavy duty gear with Long Beach Storage Center. This is a great way to get bulky and space-consuming items out of the way.

    The Modern Home Feel

    Nowadays, everyone is craving to have a home that has the modern and minimalist look to it. Modern and simplistic home looks are on the rise. It’s on the latest documentaries, posted all over social media, and your friend down the street may have started on this already!You may feel that you need to revamp your home with some new, modern decor. If you’re wanting to simplify your home, start by moving your unneeded valuables and decorations in a safe and secure storage unit. A great option is to store your older decorations with a self storage facility until you have a buyer for your old things. That’s right, no need to keep your old dresser or dusty tapestry in the garage any longer!

    Whether it’s a modern look you are hoping to achieve or just a clean and organized home, get your spring cleaning out of the way as soon as possible and enjoy a clutter-free space.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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!