Memorabilia You Should Save Forever

We have all come to the point during the moving process in which we have had to make tough decisions regarding what to keep and what to throw away. When you move, you are forced to go through the incredible, endless mountain of possessions you have acquired over the years. Who knew this much stuff could even fit in a house. Not everything is going to make the cut as you make a humble home out of your new abode. Some things are just going to have to get thrown away. Today, we will look at a few pieces of memorabilia that you should make sure gets put in the “keep” pile.

Select Children’s Toys

WE have all heard the saying, “kids grow up so far.” These words have become ubiquitous because they are true. Kids seem to grow up in the blink of an eye. It almost feels like time travel. For this reason, you should make sure to save some of their more treasured old toys. They may not play with them anymore, but when you take them out years down the line, the memories attached to those more innocent times will come flooding back for you and them. Keep a few select children’s toys, trust us.

Family Heirlooms

Family heirlooms which have been passed down generation to generation must be saved. There are items which not only may have monetary value, but they have immense sentimental value as well. Whether it be a beautiful antique brooch passed down to you by your great-grandmother, or a stamp collection put together by your husband’s dad, these are items to keep around. Put them in a special box and mark it as fragile. When you move into your new home, put them somewhere safe to ensure they will be passed down to your kids when they come of age.

Environmentally Friendly Moving and Storage Ideas

Earth day may have come and gone in April, but that does not mean we should stop thinking about the best ways to care for the environment. We only have one world and it is important to take care of it. From daily energy use, to the waste we produce while moving and storing our belongs, there are always change we can make to become more environmentally friendly. Today, we will look at a few environmentally friendly moving and storage ideas.

Renting not Buying Supplies

When most of us move we immediately go out and buy a bunch of cardboard boxes. While these cardboard boxes are often recyclable, even recycling has a small impact on the environment. There are many companies that will let you rent storage supplies such as large plastic bins and boxes. You can pack using these without having to think about your guilty conscious. Some companies will even deliver these supplies right to your front door so you don’t even have to go shopping! Sounds great to us.

An Idea from Moving Day

If you ever moved here in Arizona, especially during the summer, you know that the mix of physical activity and the hot, dry climate will force you to drink a lot of water. One time when we were moving we started paying attention to how many plastic water bottles our moving team was going through. It was A LOT.This gave us the idea of getting the entire moving team eco-friendly aluminum reusable water bottles. This investment is still paying off years down the road. Consider making the conversion yourself before your next move. You will be well hydrated (very important), AND you will minimize your ecological footprint. That sounds like a win-win to us.

The Big Question: “Should I Hire Professional Movers?”

You have a big move coming up, and you are not sure you and your family can handle it by yourselves or if you should consider hiring professional movers. Here at Allstate Self-Storage, we like to consider ourselves moving experts. We have seen thousands of people move before. We have learned that every move is unique and different in its own little ways. Deciding whether or not you should hire professional movers comes down to a number of considerations. Let’s look closer at the issue.

Do You Like Being in Control?

If you are one of those people that has trouble letting go of control, hiring a professional moving service may not be the best choice for you. If you already excel organizing and just the thought of a bunch of movers putting all your precious belongings in a truck in whatever way they see fit fills you with anxiety, maybe you should consider handling the move by yourself. If you have family and friends who can do all the heavy lifting while you “orchestrate,” all the better.

What about… the Truck?

Yes, you are going to need a moving truck. Probably a really big one. Are you capable of driving such a mammoth vehicle? It is especially difficult if you are moving a long distance. Of course, you can always opt to hire a professional driver rather than a professional moving company. This is a great way to cut costs.

The Benefits

For the right prices, you can hire professional movers who will pack your boxes, pack your furniture, load the truck, drive the truck, unload everything and unpack everything exactly where you want it. Sounds nice doesn’t it? This isn’t cheap, but it sure is easy. Decided what matters most to you, and proceed

How to Pack a Moving Truck Like a Pro

Moving is no easy job. It is a stressful, exhausting, and time-consuming task. But, it is a job that just has to get done! You want to make it as easy on yourself as possible. There are all sorts of little surprises that crop up on moving day. When the moving truck pulls up in front of your house, you may think to yourself: “I’m supposed to fit my entire home in there…?! Jeez. Everything is going to break… isn’t it?”

Banish those worries by packing like a pro.

Organize Your Squad

Moving is a big job so hopefully you have some help. To get the most out of your moving team, you need to keep them organized. Assign two of your best movers to “truck duty.” They are going to stay in the truck to make sure it is loaded properly. All of the items will be handed off to them, and they will be in charge of organizing, stacking and securing everything.

Start Heavy and Large

Make sure you start by packing away your largest and heaviest appliances and pieces of furniture. Move them as far back in the truck as possible. Make sure you are using every available inch. Play it almost like a game of Tetris. Once you have all of these bulky behemoths in place, you can start fitting in everything else around them.

Consider Fragility

One of your primary goals is to make sure nothing gets broken during the move. Keep a careful eye on fragile items. Make sure they are packed securely. Surround them with softer items like mattresses, pillows or blankets. Place light-weight breakable items on top of large piles – not at the bottom of them. Don’t be afraid of using bubble wrap or other packing materials. The safer, the better!

8 Types of People Who Use Self-Storage Facilities (Part Two)

Welcome back to the Allstate Self-Storage blog! In our post, we begin detailing a few of the types of people we commonly see using storage facilities. We learned about the Millennial Mover, the Outdoor Adventurer, and the Dusty Tome Collector. We have five more types of people to look at, so let’s get right into it!

4. The Enthusiastic Holiday Decorator

This is the type of person who lives for the holidays. They care about Arbor Day just as much as Christmas. The thing they really love about the holidays is decorating. This is the family whose Christmas decorations always leave everyone else’s looking shabby in comparison. They have an insane amount of holiday lights which they have to keep somewhere!

5. The Family Historian

Everyone family has a historian. While this isn’t an official elected position, it might as well be. This is the person who manages all the keepsakes. They keep all the blankies, all the stuffed animals, all the elementary school art projects, and all the birthday cards. They think a memory is not a memory unless you can trace it back to a tangible item. They love storage facilities.

6. The Restless Roamer

Did you know that the average American moves 11 times in their life? For the Restless Roamer, that number is nothing. They aren’t sure where their place is in life, but they sure are excited to find it. They don’t want to be tethered down by possession, so they keep them in storage.

7. The Empty Nester

Empty Nesters are the parents of the Moving Millennials. Finally, they got the kids out of the house and they are ready to relax. They are ready to lead a simple and quiet life. They are ready to downsize. But maybe, they are not ready to give up all the possessions they have worked so hard to accumulate over the years. What do they do? Downsize and utilize self-storage!

8 Types of People Who Use Self-Storage Facilities (Part One)

With 10 Allstate Self-Storage locations spread out across Arizona, Indiana, Nevada, and Minnesota, we have seen a lot of people come through our doors to rent self-storage units. Everyone is different and has different storage needs but over time we have started seeing a few patterns develop. We see certain types of people visit us time and time again. So who are these characters who feature so prominently in the self-storage world? Let’s take a look!

1. The Millennial Mover

Countless millennials are caught between finishing their academic careers and starting their professional careers. This transition takes some time. It isn’t easy. What this means is that approximately 20 percent of people between the ages of 20 and 30 are living with their parents. Obviously, their parents are not delighted by this. While they will put up with their millennial, they won’t put up with their millennial’s acoustic guitar, turn table, vintage sea chest, bicycle, and comic book collection. These things are getting put in storage.

2. The Outdoor Adventurer

These days, just about everyone lists hiking as one of their interests. The Outdoor Adventurer takes things to a whole new level. And to get to that level, they need a lot of stuff. The Outdoor Adventurer uses their storage facility to keep their tent, backpack, kayak, rock climbing gear, surf board, bird watching books and mountain bikes. This all takes up a lot of space and the Outdoor Adventurer generally keeps a smaller home because they spend so much time on the road.

3. The Dusty Tome Collector

This is a person who is obsessed with learning. They learn by reading books. Lots of books. Here is the thing about books – they are amazing but they take up space. They are also a pain in the butt to move around. Most of the time, they end up in storage.

How Self-Storage Can Dramatically Improve Your Life

Most of us are on a quest to improve our lives in some form or another. It is part of the human condition. We always want to get better! We want to work harder, learn more, make more money, stress less, get in better shape. There are millions of pages of self-help books devoted to the massive topic of “improving your life.” Have you ever considered that using self-storage may be a way to dramatically improving your life? It is true! Let’s discuss.

Stress Reduction

Often, improving your life comes down to one major concept – reducing stress. Stress can cause headaches, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, difficulty sleeping and anxiety. It puts the body in a state of agitation. Studies have shown that small levels of stress can actually be good for you. It can keep you alter and attentive. However, most of us suffer from too much stress. Organizing your home and reducing clutter is a proven way to reduce stress. However, forcing yourself to dispose of things in your home that you care about would only increase your stress. For this reason, self-storage is an excellent tool to use for organizing and decluttering your home. You won’t need to permanently losing anything, but you will reduce clutter.

Eliminating Distraction

Using self-storage is also a great way to eliminate distractions and help you focus on the things that really matter. Living and working in an organized environment can truly help you increase productivity. You will never have to waste time looking for something you need or trying to sort through clutter. Work spaces should be used just for work. Plus, decluttering your home/work environment can make you look more professional. You may even manage to convince everyone else that you really have your life together!

The Importance of Packing BEFORE you Move

Here at Allstate Self-Storage, we like to consider ourselves experts at moving. The moving industry and storage industry are closely linked together. A large percentage of our self-storage units are used by people who are in the process of moving. In our decades connected to the moving industry, we have learned a lot. We have learned what it takes to make a move go well. One of the primary ideas you should focus on is packing BEFORE you move. We will explain.

The Difference Between Packing and Moving

There is a big difference between packing and moving. Moving is the acting of taking all your belongings and transporting them somewhere else. Packing is what you need to do BEFORE you move. You cannot move if you have not packed. If you want your move to go smooth (and you do), you need to start things off correctly.This means staying organized and packing correctly.

Packing to Keep your Friends

We all know moving isn’t fun. It is a big job. Usually, we need help. This is why we have friends! Of course, even really good friends are not going to be exactly excited to help you move. You want to make things easy on them. This means having EVERYTHING packed up and ready to go when they arrive. Don’t make them do any extra work. That is how you lose friends.

What it Means to Properly Pack

Now that you know how important it is to pack, you may be wondering, “How do I properly pack?” Great question! First, you need some boxes. Next, you need to start putting things in those boxes. In fact, you need to put EVERYTHING in those boxes. Everything that is not furniture that is. When it is time to move, all your moving crew will have to do is pick up those boxes and walk them to the moving truck.

Combining Belongings: What to do When Moving in Together

You have decided to move in together. This is a big step, whether you just got married, you are in a relationship, or you decided it is finally time to become roommates with your best friend. You are probably excited, picturing all the fun times you are going to have together. Don’t get too far ahead of yourself! You are going to be taking two apartments/homes worth of belongings and combining them. You may find yourself running out of space quickly. A self-storage facility is the perfect place to store those items that you don’t want to get rid of. Let’s take a close look at what you should consider when moving in together.

There Can Be Only One

There are certain items you only need one of. Do you need two sets of dishes? Two toasters? Two microwaves? Seven sauté pans? Of course not! Most of these extras you can simply toss or attempt to sell in a garage sale. However, if one of you have a strong attachment to a set of dishes, you can always opt to put them in storage. Depending on the size of your new abode, you may only need one television. You should discuss this with the individual you are moving in with.

Don’t Dispose of Furniture

When you are combining belongs and moving into a shared space, one of you is going to have to give up on your furniture. There just isn’t going to be room for two couches, four bookcases and whatever else you have. Don’t dispose of these items! Furniture is a big investment and you never know when you may need it in the future. What happens if you upsize in a few years? You may want to have that furniture around. The best option is to put it in storage.

How to Optimize your Garage Storage Game

There are lots of little nooks and crannies in our homes that we use for storage. Who doesn’t have a junk drawer full of batteries, rubber bands, post-it notes, takeout menus and 1,000 forgotten pennies? And that is just where we toss the small stuff! We throw things in closets, forget about them under the stairs and banish items to the attic. For most of us, the garage is really where it is at when it comes to storage. Unfortunately, our garages can turn into unorganized war zones rather quickly. Today, we offer you a few tips for optimizing your garage storage game.

Getting things off the floor!

Basketballs, folding chairs, gardening tools, regular tools, paint buckets, Razor scooters and who knows what else all litter the floor of your garage, piling up, making your life chaotic, making it difficult to find anything and impossible to move from one point to another.Start optimizing your garage storage game by getting things off the floor! There are lots of ways to do this. We will have time to touch on just a few.

-Shelving Units: Shelving units are a great, low-cost way to start getting all this junk off of the floor. You don’t need to purchase anything fancy. Use these to clearly organize smaller items.

-Hanging Wall Hooks: Now it is time to get the large, bulky items off of the floor. Hanging wall hooks are perfect for this. Use them to store things like bicycles, wheelbarrows, and even canoes. They are also great to store seasonal items like snowboards or skis.

-Tool Racks: Now you probably have a big pile of tools laying around. Use a tool rack to get these organized. Mount shovels, garden hoes, hedge clippers, and whatever else you have. Things are already starting to look more organized, aren’t they?!