How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse (Part 4)

Okay, this will be the last part in our “zombie attack survival kit” blog series. We won’t waste any time going over the last few articles, since every minute you spend reading, we are one minute closer to a zombie attack. Here are additional essentials you need in your storage unit to survive a zombie apocalypse…

• Lighting: Whether you go with flashlights, unscented candles, or lights, have a ton of these things on hand. Obviously, storage units are quite dark, so make sure that you’ll be able to see the whole unit once you’re inside with the door shut. We suggest staying away from candles since they emit smoke, which could make it hard to breathe. Instead, have candles be a last source of light.

• Misc. Items: You’ll need to buy a ton of batteries to keep all of your items powered. Even if the zombies only stay for a few days, you’ll want to be overly prepared for an attack. Be sure to keep a few Swiss Army Knives on hand, as well as a few can openers in case any of them break for any reason. Again, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to a zombie attack. Remember to keep things like blankets and pillows on hand! If you want to do this in a smart manner, you’ll already have a lot of furniture in your unit.

• Items for you: Seeing that no one knows how long a zombie attack will last, you’ll want to bring many of your own personal items to keep you distracted throughout the chaos. Bring things like books, or even a sewing/knitting kit to keep you thoroughly occupied. On that note, don’t forget to pack things like your toiletries and other hygiene products. Even though you’ll be in the midst of a zombie attack, you’ll want to be looking fresh when you come out of your unit for good!
Thanks for reading along!

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse (Part 3)

Ready to learn more about how you can prepare for an imminent zombie attack? Good. Because we have a lot more important information regarding what you’ll need to have ready in your storage unit if you have any chance in surviving. We covered a lot of the basics earlier, including food, heaters, and the necessity of having an adequate amount of water in plastic jugs on hand. Keep more of these items in your unit to be fully prepared…

• First Aid Kit: Have more than one on hand, for sure. While some say that zombies can smell human blood, no one has confirmed this for sure. Either way, if you or anyone else in your party sustains an injury, it’s best to have it taken care of right away. Likewise, keep a lot of Advil on hand. Not only will it help those in pain feel more comfortable, it’ll relieve any headaches you’ll have from this stressful and unfortunate zombie attack.

• Bleach: You’ll want to keep a few bottles on hand, to serve multiple purposes. Have one bottle serves as a disinfectant; use it when something spills so you can actually clean items. Also, you’ll want to have one bottle designated for bodily fluid-related waste. Going back to the importance of First Aid Kits and blood, since we don’t know if zombies can smell human blood, throw any Band-Aids or gauze in this bucket of bleach. While it might not be the most acceptable way of masking any smells from body fluid, it is the most practical way in this situation.

• Communication Devices: It’s not smart to have a small generator on hand because it makes too much noise while it runs. And since you won’t be able to charge your phone while you’re in your unit, make sure you have a number of Walkie-Talkies on hand, so you’ll be able to communicate with people in your party who leave the unit to go to the bathroom, scout out the area, etc.

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse (Part 2)

Zombies! AH! But don’t worry, keep reading our information series on how to survive an imminent zombie attack to make sure that you’re prepared for any and all zombie-related events. In the first part of this series, we covered the importance of having an escape plan, safe area (your storage unit) and the need for a fan to keep yourself comfortable in the unit. Here are even more essential items you must have in your unit to survive a zombie attack…

• Food: Food is probably the most important thing you’ll need to survive the end of the world or a zombie attack. Why? Well, because it keeps us alive! And we need it! Obviously, perishable food items are out. Instead, stick with all non-perishable food items. These can even be freeze-dried foods! Luckily, there are lots of manufacturers that have been coming out with more and more freeze dried options. If you can’t find them in the stores, buy them bulk online, and keep them in your storage unit. You can also have things like canned food items that need to be heated, and we will get into how to heat them later on.

• Water: Another essential to stay alive. Purchase large amounts of water, and keep more water in your unit than anything else. It’s best to buy plastic water jugs, than keeping water in anything metal. This is because water tends to react more to metal than plastic, meaning that you’ll be able to extend the life of your water, and extend the time that it will taste better, by storing in plastic.

• Heaters: When we mean heaters, we mean everything from stand-alone heating devices, or things like hot plates. But remember, these should be battery operated if possible! Not only will you be able to keep yourself warm, but you’ll be able to heat up any canned food products that you’ve stored up for the event.

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse (Part 1)

Good thing the world didn’t end in 2012! Otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this latest blog article! On the topic of the end of the world, whether you believe it will end in your lifetime or not, we thought it would be fun to outline some of the essentials that would be best to have on hand in an “end of the world” or apocalyptic situation. While we hope that zombies won’t start rising from the grave, or a giant meteor hits Earth anytime soon, it’s better to be safe than sorry, right?

But before we go into the essentials you must have, it is pertinent that you have a designated escape plan from your home, workplace, or wherever, to a safe, secure zone. And why not have this safe and secure zone be your own storage unit? After all, it’ll be packed from top to bottom with the essentials you need to survive an imminent zombie attack!

But why choose a storage unit over a garage or basement? First of all, storage units are tight and secure, meaning that you can lock yourself inside so that the zombies can’t get to you. Second, if your storage unit is large enough, you’ll be able to survive the attack comfortably on your couches, beds, and chairs. See, while it’s strongly advised against using storage units as living quarters (as well as being illegal in some places), a zombie apocalypse is the only exception to this rule.

Without further ado, here are the most important essentials you will need in your storage unit to survive a zombie attack…

• A Fan: Believe it or not, you’ll probably want a fan or two for your storage unit when you decide to move in there. Why? It’s going to get hot. Storage units, while not completely airtight, are airtight enough to cause discomfort, and even make it difficult to breathe. Save yourself by having a fan as well as any batteries it might need. Again, some units don’t have electrical plugs!

The Anatomy of Saying Goodbye

We here at Allstate Self Storage know how difficult it can be to say goodbye, not just to people, but to things. And not just big, important things, but everything! “We do not know if people store their lava lamps because parting with them is such sweet sorrow. But we do know they store them because they like them and that they like them because they’re theirs,” said a researcher with the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Its Mine!

The previously mentioned researcher stated that their study showed the reason people often hang on to the things they hang on to is simple: it’s because it is theirs! They own it, and they never want to not own it. They identify with it. It is part of them. This can be a difficult feeling to get over. Confronting it is one of the first steps an owner need to take if they are ever going to say goodbye.

Deciding what to let go

Sometimes the moment will come when you have to say goodbye. Perhaps it is moving time, and you are going to be forced to downsize. Perhaps getting rid of a piece of furniture or two will help you fit your belongings into a 5×5 storage locker, rather than 5×10. The savings from month to month could really add up! This is when you have to identify the essentials. You need a bed, a dresser, perhaps some kitchen utensils. When it comes down to it that may be all! You should hang onto some sentimental items as well.

Saying Goodbye

You can take a moment here. We know your old transformers toys or cabbage patch kids mean a lot to you. Remember, when you love something ( or someone ) they will always stay with you in your heart.

America Loves Storage

America has fallen in love with storage. Deeply in love. No other country in the world has as many storage facilities. No other country in the world dedicates as many endless square feet to the task of inertly sitting there. We believe that this love affair is deeply justified, and well deserved.

We Love what we Love

They say love is the most powerful force in the world. Love plays a strong role in the world of storage. In fact, love may be driving the entire industry! Psychologist James Oliver commented on why we store the things we love, “We feel it might come in handy one day. It feels like a little part of yourself, even though it is just a thing. You wouldn’t want to throw away part of yourself, would you?” Americans have trouble have trouble saying good bye to things, but we think that is okay! We will store your loved pieces of furniture for you!

What are we storing?

Well, Americans will store basically anything, however, the #1 stored item held in facilities across the nation was furniture. It makes sense. Furniture is large, and difficult to store at home. An extra bed or dresser isn’t going to fit in the closet, so what else is a homeowner to do? They aren’t going to throw it away! They put it in storage.

Who is storing?

There is no average storage locker owner. They come in all different shapes, sizes, and demographics. 68% of self-storage owners live in single-family homes. As their family grows, so too does their accumulation of possession. Often, storage is an easier and cheaper alternative to moving! Speaking of moving, 31% of renters retain their storage units for less than 6 months. This implies that a good deal of renters are on the move. They need a place to keep their valuables as the move from city to city, state to state, or even just apartment to apartment

Storage around the World

The world is a rich mosaic, full of a bounty of unique, individual, and interesting cities. Every city has its own personal little quirks. Cultures change over time, and adapt. The cities housing these cultures change and adapt with them. Food, style, and entertainment are approached differently across the globe. So to, in fact, is storage.

Phoenix Storage

The City of Phoenix, Arizona is a large, sprawling city which covers an extremely large amount of land. The population density in Arizona is relatively small. Residents of Arizona don’t need to worry about being packed like sardines into a can, like the residents of, say, New York. Because of this, Arizonians have plenty of room to store things. The evidence is all around us, in the wealth of storage facilities we drive by on any given day. Phoenicians can and will store anything they can get their hands on. The entire contents of a 4 bedroom home? Stored. Farming Equipment? Stored. There is room aplenty for all.

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the most densely packed city in the entire world. Hong Kong houses well over 7 million individuals in an area smaller than New York City. Predictably, this mean that there isn’t any extra space anywhere. Apartments are diminutive, and houses nearly nonexistent. Prices are beyond unaffordable. Hong Kong is a city where no one stores anything. Ever. There just simply isn’t the space. What space little space might accidently be left free is much, much too valuable to use for storage.

New York

After hearing about Hong Kong, readers may assume that the residents the great New York City would be facing similar hardships. New York is no Arizona, but its citizens have it much better off than those poor souls living in Hong Kong. New York is well supplied with storage facilities. The rates for these facilities are nowhere near as affordable as those in The Valley of the Sun. If you are choosing to store something in New York City, it had better be worth it!

Downsizing Downers

Downsizing is becoming an increasingly popular trend among American families. Parents send their kids off into the real world, then look at their large, now mostly empty houses, and decided that it may be time for something smaller. This comes with its own unique problems. When you move from a two-story, 5 bedroom home, to a 3 bedroom, single-story, mid-century marvel, you are going to have to do something with what is now an excess of belongings.

Sorting and Assessing

When it is time to downsize, you are going to have to make some tough decisions. Not every items in your current home is going to make it into your new, cozier abode. The specifics are largely going to be decided for you. You only need to bring as many beds as you have bedroom, only as many shower curtains as you have showers. Identify your highest quality pieces, and those that you have sentimental ties to. Those are all going to be automatically placed in the “keep” pile. As for everything else, it may be time to start discarding excess belongings.

Profiting from Disposal

You may be losing a few pieces of furniture, but this could be a good opportunity to gain something else quite valuable – cold hard cash. Throw a garage sale, or post your items on websites like Craigslist, or apps like OfferUp. These provide you with easy to use methods for profiting off of your unneeded dressers, beds, couches, and desks.

Donating

If you have attempted to sell your furniture, but you still have a few items left, it may be time to think about donation. Donating items to organizations like Goodwill can give you the peace of mind of knowing you have done a good deed. A family less well off than yours will rejoice at the opportunity to bring a new couch into their home. It will also give you a well-deserved tax write off!

Picking Your Storage Unit

So you have decided to embrace the convenience of self-storage, have you? Well, that was a smart idea! Storage units are widely accessible, and provide unsurpassed security and reliability. They can help you reduce the clutter in your home, find a safe place to store valuables, and bring some organization to your otherwise hectic and cluttered life.

Choosing the Proper Size

Picking the right sized unit is the best way to maximize the value of your storage unit. You want to make use of ever little square inch, while making sure you do not run out of space. It is also important not to forget to account for the logistics of packing and unpacking the unit. 5×5 units are the smallest offered by Allstate Self Storage. These walk-in closet sized storage lockers are perfect for the storage of boxed items or seasonal supplies. Small furniture items can fit, but it might be tight! Small and medium units are designed for the storage of bedrooms and family rooms. If you are looking to store the contents of multiple rooms, or even an entire house, it may be best to look at the large, huge, and gigantic units.

Location Logistics

Now that you have picked out your storage units it is time to start thinking about location. Do you want a storage facility that is near your house? Perhaps you would like one closer to a potential moving destination. Once you have picked your facility you need to pick out the right unit. Do you need drive-up access? Does it matter if your unit is indoors or outdoors? Are you going to need help moving all of your items? After you have answered all of these questions you will be ready to pick out the perfect storage unit to fit your needs!

The Graduating College Student

Graduation is one of the most momentous occasions in a young individual’s life. It doesn’t, however, always generate as much momentum as a graduate, or perhaps their parents, may like. The goal for graduates it so take that massive leap from adolescences to adulthood. Some, require and extra stepping stone or two along the way – perhaps with a brief stop and Mom and Dad’s house.

Downsizing

A college graduate who must spend a brief, dignified, period of time at Mom and Dad’s house will probably face some forced downsizing of their pile of personal belongings. The last thing parents want has already happened; the second to last thing they want is seeing their home fill with 22 year-old would-be adult’s collection of vinyl records. This is when the graduate is going to have to make some hard decisions. What are the essentials for everyday life? Clothing, toiletries… that may be it. Parents may be open to negotiating the use of more space, but boarders should remember, negotiation required a position of power, it may be best to exhibit caution.

Proper Storage

Posters, beanbag chair, mini-fridge, wall mounted pull-up bar, electric guitar, oversized amp, none of these items made the cut. The student isn’t going to want to say good-by to their valuables, so they are going to have to find a place to put them. Time to turn to Allstate Self Storage. Allstate has a wide range of storage locker sizes to fill any storage need. A 5×5 unit might be suitable if the graduate just needs to store odds and ends, or a 5×10 might be better if they have an entire bedroom’s worth of furniture to store. Rental rates for self-storage are very reasonable, and no long-term contracts are necessary. Your graduate is sure to find a job quickly. They are going to want the freedom to take their belongings out of storage and move them into their very own apartment as soon as possible!