With Halloween just around the corner, spooky ghosts and terrifying monsters are not the only things that have us scared. When using self-storage, there can be plenty of possible mishaps – some of which may make your blood run cold. Here at U-Stor-It, we have come up with a few common self-storage mistakes, along with tips on how to prevent them.
Choosing the Wrong Size Unit
Often, people will underestimate how much space their belongings will take up and end up choosing a unit size that is too small to fit everything. When it comes to picking the correct unit size for your needs, it is important to be realistic about how much space is needed. We recommend choosing a unit that is a little larger than necessary in order to accommodate both present and future needs. Having a spacious unit will not only allow you to add items later on, but it also allows you to create aisles inside the unit for easier access to your belongings.
Not Labeling Boxes
There is nothing more frustrating than looking for something and being unable to find it because your boxes are not labeled. You may think labels are a waste, but they will save you time and a headache. For your own piece of mind, label the boxes with a number and its general contents. Keep a detailed list for each box and use it as a reference whenever you need to retrieve something from your unit.
Skipping Climate-Controlled Units
Many people are under the impression that climate-controlled storage is only necessary for valuables such as heirlooms and electronics. However, for people who live in areas that experience temperature and moisture extremes, choosing a climate-controlled unit is essential. Everyday items can be adversely affected by high humidity levels, dryness, or below-freezing temperatures. Climate-controlled units keep items in a constant environment, reducing the likelihood of damage to your belongings.
Forgetting the Details
In self-storage, it is easy to overlook minor important details such as removing food residue from kitchen appliances or taking batteries out of electronic devices. By leaving crumbs behind, you run the risk of attracting pests to your storage unit. Also, make sure to have a designated area where you keep small items like keys. This will save you time and trouble when you need to find them again. Not taking care of the “little things” can possibly lead to more problems later on.
With all these self-storage tricks up your sleeve, it’s time to enjoy your treat! Happy Halloween!
Toys for Tots is a charity program established by the U.S Marine Corps Reserve that collects new, unwrapped toys during the months of October, November, and December, and distributes them to less fortunate children in the community each year. Countless businesses, schools, and other organizations participate nationwide. We are proud to announce that U-Stor-It will be one of those businesses! This year hundreds of children in the Chicagoland area will be able to experience the joys of Christmas thanks to your help.
However, there are a few requirements to keep in mind when dropping off toys:
All toys must be unwrapped and clearly seen in order to be evaluated.
All DVDs, CDs, and Video Games must be sealed and in their original shrink-wrapped packaging.
No toy weapons (including squirt guns, play swords, etc), gift cards, or food (including candy) will be accepted.
Click here for more information on the Toys of Tots organization.
The following U-Stor-It locations are now accepting toys:
If you do not have time to run to the store to get a new toy, you can always submit a cash donation to the Toys for Tots Charity here.
You have until December 6th to bring in those toys! We at U-Stor-It are extremely excited to be participating in such a wonderful charity event. Help us spread the holiday cheer to all of the children in need of a Christmas present this year. Make sure to like our Facebook page for important updates regarding Toys for Tots and other events!
The leaves are beginning to brown and the wind has started to howl, which means that Fall is in the air! Tis’ the season to bundle up and eat pumpkin flavored everything , and in order to celebrate the coming of Autumn, U-Stor-It is hosting a Fall Festival at our Carol Stream/ Wheaton and Beverly locations. Each festival will take place on October 30th from 4pm-6pm. The events are sure to be a lot of fun! All guests, large and small, are welcome to come dressed in their best Halloween costumes. There will be a spinning prize wheel where you can win an assortment of cool prizes and a bean bag toss to test your skills amongst your family and friends! Lastly it would not be a festival without a delicious assortment of candies, chocolates, and soda. Be sure to get there fast because the first 60 Fall festival-goers will get a FREE pumpkin to take home and carve with the rest of their family and friends. Once you are done carving your pumpkin, send us a picture of your hard work and we will feature it on our Facebook page! Be sure to join us on the 30th for an afternoon of family fun! This is definitely an event you that you will not want to miss!
U-Stor-It Carol Stream/Wheaton
120 Tubeway Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188
11118 S Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60655
For more information please contact U-Stor-It at (630) 473-3503 (Carol Stream) or (708) 746-0521 (Beverly). We cannot wait to see you there!
Stay tuned at www.ustorit.com for events coming to a location nearest you! Also be sure to check in to our Facebook page, and give us a Like so that you will have the chance to see your picture featured!
We hear about “make-overs” all the time in the media, whether it is the latest of episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Cinderella stories of all those corny rom-coms, or even notifications from your friends dramatic transformations on your Facebook feed. The term makeover is “a complete transformation or remodeling of something, especially a person’s hairstyle, makeup, or clothes” and you can add self-storage facilities to the mix. In the past, these buildings were never described as “sexy” “beautiful” or anything of that matter, but rather thought of as “warehouse” looking eye sores. The self storage facilities of today have top security, much more convenient locations, and are more attractive than ever!
The Beginning of Self Storage:
The concept of storage has been around of years, however it was not until 1964 in Odessa, Texas, where the first self storage facility was founded. Since its beginning, the self storage industry had boomed to become a national phenomenon and has proven to be a very successful industry, guaranteeing Americans a safe and convenient place to store all of their most prized belongings. Since its inception, there have been three different eras of self storage facilities: Generation 1, Generation 2, and Generation 3.
These storage facilities make up the majority of the beginning facilities in the 1960s. They are very basic and consist primarily of garage-style doors and outside units, hence the warehouse comparison. They did provide their customers with the convenience of drive-up access. However, they had only basic security measures due to lack of technology.
Once the demand for self storage increased, the facilities phased into Generation 2, which comprises the majority of self storage units that we are most familiar with. The basic “garage-style” units were then connected to buildings with interior units. These indoor unit allowed for extra precaution when it came to harsher weather conditions. They also upped their security measures and they started offering on-site managers and even live-in managers at select locations.
In most recent years, there has been a more dramatic transformation as these facilities moved into Generation 3. These building are known for their newer technology such as climate controlled units and in-door drive up units, and tighter security measures such as cameras, gates, keypads access, etc. They have also been experiencing a new trend in the construction or renovation of these facilities, which is the “blend in to stand out”
Blend in to Stand Out:
The storage facilities of Gen 1 and 2 were quite the image problem. They took up a lot of space, were bland, and looked like a warehouse fortress; which is mostly attributed to the fact that were originally restricted to industrial zoned areas. Increase in demand has caused consumer expectations of the industry to change as they are demanding better locations, security, and innovative features. The storage facilities of the 21st century are able to enjoy prime locations nestled within retail or residential areas, which have led to the sophistication of their construction. These newer facilities emphasize aesthetics to match the communities that they serve, hence blend in to stand out. Some of the other trends include multi-story buildings, vibrant colors, lush landscaping, unique architecture, and niche storage options for boat, RV, and wine.
Benefits of Generation 3 Facilities:
Not only do these new buildings help with the aesthetics of the community, they benefit you, the consumer, as well! These are important features that you are typically looking for when searching for the perfect storage facility. Rest assured that these generation 3 buildings are going to have everything you want to keep your items safe such as climate controlled units for your electronics and sensitive items, top-notch security, and convenient locations. The main goal is to create a stable, secure, upscale environment that you can trust!
Here at U-Stor-It, all of our facilities are Generation 3 buildings which come with all the perks! Our Carol Stream and Streamwood locations especially go along with the trend “blend in to stand out”. They are beautifully designed to match the community that they serve. U-Stor-It in Carol Stream looks like an office complex and Streamwood has the beautiful brick architecture similar to the rest of the town. We also have a new location opening up, U-Stor-It of South Loop which is our first storage facility located in the heart of Chicago. It also offers wine storage options. This location will be opening up this winter so go check it out and the rest of our locations.