Packing and Storing 101

Everywhere we are faced with obstacles that can only be accomplished with art. Indeed, the art of packing is in fact and art and one that needs attention. Sure, it’s not the same as learning mathematics, writing, music, or some other highly intellectual art. But, one can vanquish there storage unit with the right strategy and the right method.

Think Ahead

Like a good Chess master who always has a plan at least five moves ahead, one who’s a proficient packer will think at least four or five boxes deep. Keep in mind what items you will need easy access to and which items can hide in the dark corners of your storage unit. Moreover, a smart packer utilizes hooks to work for their advantage. Long story short, plan ahead, and don’t just throw boxes around aimlessly.

Paper or Plastic?

Avoid using paper whenever packing boxes. It is more prone to rip and thus cause damage to your valuables. Plastic boxes are a bit more expensive but far more durable. What’s more plastic boxes are transparent so you can see the contents of your boxes.

Label for Success

Lastly, organization is everything, or so they said in grade school. When you pack your boxes you want to make sure that everything is labeled appropriately so you can quickly retrieve boxes from your storage unit.

Why Is Self-Storage So Good?

Allstate Self-Storage provides the safest storage units in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Allstate Self-Storage has eight locations: 16thst, Thunderbird, Bell rd., Glendate, Cave Creek, Tempe, and San Tan Valley. Self-Storage is the perfect opportunity to free up some space and provide a level of security that an office or home cannot.

Better than Storing in the Office or Home

Allstate Self-Storage is proud to provide storage to a multitude of different businesses in the Phoenix, Arizona area: plumbers, pool guys, painters, ect. Self-Storage is perfect for that small business owner with only a handful of employees and too small of a budget to purchase a warehouse. Store your surplus inventory with us and keep your garage equipped with all of the necessities.

Superior to the Garage

Storing your valuables in the garage comes accompanied with many shortcomings. First, the garage as a self-storage unit will result in clutter. You may not even be able to access the home. Secondly, storing your belongings in the garage leaves them prone to theft. Guests, your kids, or a disgruntled ex are all potential perpetrators of theft.

Consult the Best

Reach out to us today and see what we can do for you. Allstate Self-Storage provides the safest, most affordable, and efficiency self-storage units in the valley. Store your stuff today!

Store Electronics Safely

In this rapidly evolving digital age it is important to replace electronics before they become obsolete. Amidst the arms race to accumulate the latest and greatest in technology, one will no doubt develop a stockpile of obsolete electronics. One never knows when they will need to use that old flat screen T.V. again (it could be a gift to your child when the move away to college). Thus, Self-storage is highly recommended in the digital age.

Savings, Savings, Savings

Many argue that storage units are a superfluous expense. A garage usually suffices to store your valuables. But this is untenable. Follow my imagination for a moment. An unscrupulous man down on his look notices a few extra TV’s stored in your garage. As a result he plans a heist. He intends to infiltrate your garage through the side door at night when everyone is sleeping. But, amidst his ingenious scheme you awake and hear noise in the garage. You grab your gun and hit the garage ready to fire. You see a stranger in the garage and shoot. The man is slain and now you have a world of troubles on your plate. But this could have all been avoided by opting for Self-Storage.

Reach out Today

At Allstate Self-Storage we offer round the clock surveillance of our premises and provide storage space in all shapes and sizes. Give us a call today to see what we can do for you.

Storing Music Instruments

Turn it up to 11 with Allstate Self Storage. If a thief ever enters your home, God forbid, then the first thing he will go for is your musical instruments. However, if you were to store the instruments you seldom use in self-storage theft could be averted entirely. What’s more self-storage protects against excessive moisture. Our climate controlled self-storage units are the perfect climate for storing your guitar.

Tips for Storing Acoustic Guitars

First and foremost make sure that you store your acoustic guitar in a climate controlled storage unit. Secondly, your guitar is polished and cleaned in order to preserve your protective wax or wood. Thirdly, store your acoustic guitar in a plush-lined hard case in order to protect against any accident that may occur when dropping off or retrieving your musical instrument. It’s not necessary to detune your guitar before storage. All decent guitars are built to hold the tension of the strings for an extended period of time.

Electrical Guitars

Always clean your guitars thoroughly, first and foremost. Use an air duster if necessary. Secondly, make sure that you place a small pack of silica in the case to help eliminate any moisture that might form in your self-storage unit.

Call the Pros

When it comes to self-storage you want to leave your valuables in good hands. At Allstate Self-storage we hire security guards around the clock to help monitor your belongings and we provide the highest quality customer service and care.

Retiree’s Downsize with Self Storage Units

After the kids leave the nest, and one says farewell to their vocation, many people consider the option of downsizing. “But, what will I do with all my extra stuff?” one might ask. Well, we have a solution for you here at Allstate Self Storage, and of course it’s Self Storage.

Why Downsize?

Like most things in life the answer is simple, money. Downsizing will decreases your cost of living and give you financial freedom to travel the world and be there for your children. What’s more, less home maintenance is required when dealing with a downsized home. Lastly, downsizing to a new home symbolizes a new chapter in life. You are moving on to something new.

Tips for Downsize Storage

First and foremost sort your stuff. What will you need? What won’t you need? The former will remain in the domicile the latter will take up residency in self-storage. But, make sure you organize your belongings in such a way that quick retrieval is easy. Self-storage is not saying good bye forever to your valuables.

Master Lists

Last but certainly not least, but it is highly recommended to create a master list to allow for quick retrieval. You don’t want to lose track of your belongings, and a master list will surely prevent against this.

Comic Con and Self-Storage

Every year, comic book enthusiasts get together, dress up, and blow off steam while bonding over the common love for wands, wizards, superheroes, and science fiction. Indeed, Comic Con enthusiast probably have a few boxes of comics or costumes they would prefer to store away from the home (otherwise they risk health). Well my friends, look no further, Allstate Self Storage has you covered.

Comic Book Storage

The ideal location to stow away that comic collection of yours is somewhere in a dark room with a cool temperature and low humidity. Just throw those comic books in a box and stack, stack, stack, and viola, your comic books are now safe. Bags will not suffice because they tend to leave your comic books prone to damage.


Before storing your costumes make sure you take the proper wash and care precaution. All items ought to be completely dry before storing them in self-storage. Costume permeated by moisture may develop mold or mildew. But a climate controlled storage unit will no doubt protect against this. Also, feel free to utilize the hooks and racks included in our self-storage units to hang your costumes. Just make sure you provide your own hangers.

Action Figures

We know that comic con goers hold their action figures to the highest esteem. Remaining ever vigilant about the environment you leave your action figures in is the surest way to ensure security. It is also highly recommended that action figures are encased in a plastic bag to protect against moisture damage.

A Satellite Wine Cellar

Nowadays, satellite options are all the rage. Big companies are all about setting up satellite offices, satellite warehouse, or satellite manufacturing plants to evade regulations and increase profits. But a new trend in satellite operations is occurring, albeit on a much smaller scale. People without a wine cellar in their own home, or without enough space to store their entire inventory, should seriously consider a self-storage unit tailored to store their vino.

Options for Wine Storage

The smallest wine cellar offered by self-storage companies weighs in at 3×4 feet. This unit can store up to 25 cases of wine, comfortably. One might argue why not store those 25 cases in your own home. Basically, wine self-storage offers the unique advantage of impregnable security, and perfect climate control for your valuables. The most advanced wine storage units function precisely at 55 degrees. If you were to try and store those cases of wine in your garage, the sweltering heat of the valley would surely deteriorate your stock of precious fermented grapes.


Perhaps the biggest advantage of using self-storage is keeping unwanted visitors out. It is not uncommon for a friend or an oblivious relative to stumble into the wine cellar and drain an expensive bottle of wine. It’s easy to confuse the good stuff from the bad stuff, and after a few cocktails it’s highly probable.

Call Allstate Today

If you are interested in securing a wine cellar to keep your precious vino safe, then reach out to us at Allstate Self-Storage. We are more than eager to assist you with your self-storage needs. For more information, click here.

On the Nature of Boxing

In this case, boxing is not strapping the gloves on and squaring up to see who the better man is. No, boxing in this case means storing your valuables and belongings efficiently and effectively. Although the art of boxing in question is not as endearing as a slug fest, it is nevertheless equally as important. For without properly packed boxes the entire storage operation can fall to the wayside.

The Eiffel Tower

When it comes to stacking boxes, the principles of proper architecture can be derived by taking a glimpse at the Eiffel tower. Notice how the impressive structure starts thick and heavy at the base and then builds to its apex on a solid foundation. Indeed, when Steven Sauvestre engineered the Eiffel tower he had this principal in mind. At Allstate Self-Storage we encourage all our customers to do the same.

Paper or Plastic

This is an essential question that most reasonable people should asses. Paper boxes are cheaper and more readily available, but plastic boxes are less prone to tearing and breaking. A sturdy plastic box should be able to handle around 80lbs, whereas a paper box can only handle 30lbs safely. When dealing with paper, however, the most important thing is to avoid overloading the box. We encourage all our customers to take the utmost care when selecting the right box for your belongings. Something precious may require plastic, something superfluous may require cardboard.

Labeling for Success

By labelling you boxes you are setting yourself up for success. After the arduous task of moving, it will be easy to forget where you placed your boxes and what you placed inside them. Simply using a bit of masking tape along with a sharpie will surely solve this issue. The little things make all the difference when it comes to packing.

Assessing the Size of your Future Self-Storage Unit

Finding out the correct size for storage space can be a difficult process, but at All State Self-Storage, our sales representatives are more than equipped to meet your unique storage needs. For those who naturally seek knowledge and want reassurance that they are making the correct purchase, then this website will certainly help. It will grant you a size estimate based on the contents of your storage units.

Different Sizes

Although the link above will suffice for assessing your self-storage needs, following are some estimated storage sizes: 5’ x 5’, 5’ x 10’, 10’x 10’, 10’ x 15’, 10’x 15’, 10’ x 20’ and 10 x 30’. To calculate the area of the storage space simply multiply the two integer’s together. Most storage spaces are around the size of 5’x 10’, but some larger spaces reach the size of 10 x 30.

A tip for Estimating

In order to gauge just how big each unit is, measuring rooms in your own house is a good place to start. Your typical master bedroom is around 200 square feet, and your typical closet is somewhere in the 5’ x 5’ range.

Stop on by!

When in doubt, come by and give us a shout. We are more than eager to assist with your self-storage needs. One of the many benefits self-storage offers that your garage does not is round the clock supervision by a qualified, professional, security guard. What’s more, all our units are climate controlled. This will ensure that moths and other deleterious assailants are forbidden from eroding your belongings and valuables.

Self-Storage and its many Advantages for Small Businesses

This may at first sound strange. Sure, when one imagines their dream business it does not involve running an operation with a van and a self-storage unit. But frankly, it beats running a business with just a van and a garage. Self-storage offers the unique advantage of extremely low overhead, and safe effective storage. Small business owners can expect to pay around $0.75 to $1.50 a square foot. Also, you can sign month to month contracts to avoid being locked into a deal in the event that expansion takes place.

Using Self-Storage for Office Space

Although one might expect for self-storage to be used for the service industry like plumbing, or landscaping, typical offices can also utilize self-storage. For instance, if you’re running a sales office it is inevitable that you will have extra-phones, PC monitors, and internet routers laying around. Leaving those in the office is just asking for internal theft. By utilizing self-storage, one can completely deter the phenomenon from occurring. All of our self-storage units are guarded round the clock by security guards, and in areas patrolled regularly by the police.

Some Things to Consider

First off, check with your self-storage provider to make sure that they are comfortable meeting your business’s needs. If you’re a pool guy looking to stock your inventory of chlorine, then it’s important to check with your self-storage company to make sure its ok. Secondly, you want to make sure that your self-storage provider is equipped to meet your needs. Consider whether or not 24 hour access is required. Consider, the value of the inventory you’re storing and secure storage insurance if necessary. For any more questions reach out to us at Allstate Self-Storage.