6 SPRING CLEANING TIPS

6 SPRING CLEANING TIPS

6 SPRING CLEANING TIPS

Regardless of the weather outside, spring is upon us – and spring is synonymous with fresh starts. It’s time to get rid of those winter blues. So let’s get started with these 6 spring cleaning tips that will have your home in tip-top shape in no time.

1. Get rid of clutter.

Before you start preparing, get rid of items that are needlessly filling up your home. Step number one: Tackle those unwanted items.

Clothing: Toss the heavy outerwear and winter boots for lighter clothing and accessories. For clothes you will no longer need during spring, consider donating them to a local charity or placing them into seasonal storage.

Linens and décor: We recommend putting away heavier bedding and seasonal décor to help declutter and rid your home of the winter feel. Spring should be all about celebrating the sunshine.

2. Swap out seasonal gear.

Over the winter months, garages and basements become popular storage areas for grills, lawn mowers, sports equipment and patio furniture. With nice weather around the corner, it’s time to spruce up your curb appeal and get your garage back into shape.

Garage: Perhaps your garage has a area in one corner or a workshop in another. Now is the time to decide where you want to place those items and how you will organize them.

Welcome spring: Once you’ve decided on designated areas, it’s time to clean up and place your lawn mower, grill, patio furniture, gardening tools and other spring items back where they belong.

3. Time to clean: It’s a great time to rid your home of dirt, dust and other allergens and make it a refreshing atmosphere.

Wash curtains, windows, fixtures and other items that may often get ignored. Dust

down and wash any blinds, floorboards, window sills and corners. Great tip- Vacuum and flip your mattress over to provide even wear.

4. Maximize home storage.

As you begin spring cleaning, consider the space you already have in your home that you may not be taking advantage of. This will allow you to create (and keep) an organized space.

Open Shelving: As you clean your kitchen, bathroom, office spaces and more, look for existing spaces along the wall that may come in handy. Open wall shelves can create a light, refreshing look .You can keep your home organized, functional and bright – all while saving you space.

Think vertical: Use stackable storage and modular units for bedrooms and closet spaces.

Transform dead space into useable storage with shelves and baskets that can house everyday essentials. Maximize your space.

5. Make cleaning a routine. You might be surprised to find that we should be dusting and vacuuming every few days. We suggest staying on top of a cleaning schedule to help keep your home organized.

You’ll find yourself more relaxed and balanced when you are living in a tidy space. As we do in every part of life, we create a checklist for household tasks to keep the home looking beautiful and clean every day.

The more often you tackle chores like laundry, dusting and vacuuming, the less often you’ll have to do a thorough, tough clean.

6. Consider self storage: For seasonal belongings, oversized items, or accessories you haven’t yet found a home for, renting a storage unit can be a space-saving and easy way to store your things. For fragile items like wood, antiques or furniture, consider a climate controlled unit. It keeps items constant environment (temperatures between 55°F and 85°F). To ensure, our units are enclosed and, therefore, resist dust, pests and more.

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WINE STORE TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

WINE STORE TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

WINE STORE TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

 Wine sales have been steadily growing for the past few years, and are expected to continue to grow around two to four percent in 2019 (source: Bloomberg). With more people drinking wine than ever before, there is also and increasing interest in becoming a wine collector. While it may seem like a simple and fun hobby, there are actually a lot of important things to know before jumping into wine collecting. By learning the basic facts and best practices first, you can then begin to collect and properly store your wine.

Start with these general tips when you start your collection:

  • Buy what interests you. The higher the price tag doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best or right bottle for you. There are a lot of factors to consider like the age of the wine, the vintage, the vineyard, reviewers’ comments and who might have owned the bottle in the past.
  • Start small, and build your collection. Remember, it takes time to build up a collection. Think about what kinds of bottles will add monetary value and what kinds of wine are personally valuable to you. Do you prefer wine from a specific region or country, or would you rather collect bottles based the stories behind them? It’s all preference.
  • Wine bottles can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Don’t let unique bottles turn you off because you’re not sure how or where to store them; they can add something different to your collection. There are many different accommodating storage options for wide, tall and champagne bottle styles. There’re several bottle closure bottle options. Natural corks, synthetic corks and screw caps all have different effects on wine.
  • Documenting your collection is important. You should not only save records of your initial purchase so you have proof of value, but also organize your wines properly and create a catalog. The bigger your collection gets, the more you’ll appreciate having an organized reference guide of inventory for easy access.
  • Proper storage. Wine is sensitive to a number of factors, including temperature and humidity, light and vibration. If not stored properly, these conditions can cause wine to spoil. The ideal temperature for wine storage is 55-57 F, with humidity between 55-85%. To ensure that your wine remains at the proper conditions, consider storing your collection at an off-site wine cellar.

To Wine, or Wine Not?

Collecting wine can be an exciting hobby, with many different personal purchase factors. Whether you find excitement in owning a piece of history, or prefer to have bottles from around the world to enjoy at your leisure, a wine collection is something that evolves over time, and is an investment worth preserving properly.

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Lincoln Self Storage has Seasonal Storage Solutions!

Lincoln Self Storage has Seasonal Storage Solutions!

Lincoln Self Storage has Seasonal Storage Solutions!

There’s nothing like decorating your home for the holidays. Festive lights, yard décor and Christmas decorations add a nice seasonal touch to the home. But, what do you do with your items once the holidays are over? When you rent a storage unit for seasonal storage, you can easily store your items until they are needed next year. A storage unit rental for seasonal items also allows you to seamlessly transition through the seasons. We’ve got 5×10 storage units starting at $50.00! Reserve your storage unit today!

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3 Tips for Moving in the Rain

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3 Tips for Moving in the Rain

It’s moving day. Everything is packed, the rental truck is parked outside, and despite your prayers for sunshine the weather forecast is coming true—a storm is brewing, prompting worries of soaked boxes and ruined furniture. But moving in bad weather doesn’t have to be a nightmare. If you have to move when it’s raining, snowing or windy, follow these tips to protect belongings (and your sanity).

 

Get Tarps & Shrink Wrap
If you plan on hiring movers or even if you don’t it’s always good to have a couple tarps handy when moving in the rain. This will provide for protection for larger pieces of furniture when placed in the lawn or on the sidewalk when movers are organizing the load in the truck. If you plan on moving on your own it goes without saying that we recommend using tarps. Shrink wrapping electronic equipment and sensitive items is highly recommended for transport in general but it makes for additional protection against rain. Shrink wrapping also provides additional stability when packing loose objects or difficult to pack belongings.

 

Protect the Point of Entry
Chances are you protected the doorway and passageways in the house your leaving so it makes sense to prepare for wet conditions in the new house. Protect the entryway with a mat, towels or even plastic wrap so that everyone coming in and out can wipe their feet. Laying down some plastic for a protected passageway will increase the speed and efficiency of the move while protecting your rug and floors as well. Depending on the layout of the new home it could be best to place all boxes and furniture in one or two landing rooms until all possessions are moved inside.

 

Create an Assembly Line

Designate teams to work as indoor and outdoor crews. This prevents mud from being tracked inside and makes the entire process flow more quickly.

 

Wear Slip Resistant Shoes         
To keep your move as safe as possible, when moving in the rain we highly recommend wearing slip-resistant shoes. No one wants to slip in the mud on moving day, especially if you’re carrying some precious keepsakes. We strongly recommend extra care when coming up and down the ramp of lift-gate as they can become extremely slippery when wet. Depending on the time of your move you may need to have some rock-salt handy to eliminate any slippery sections on the walkway or stairs. With temperatures dropping we recommend that you plan ahead and plan safely.

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Moving Checklist

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Moving can feel a bit like a juggling act. There are a ton of things to keep track of, and it’s easy to forget about all the little things. We understand that it’s stressful, which is why we’re happy to share our moving tips with you! The key to a smooth moving experience is being highly organized. You don’t want to feel all frazzled and rushed on moving day. If you take the time to plan things out before the big day, your move will be a breeze. Don’t worry, it’s a whole lot easier than you think!

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3 Ways To Keep Your Storage Rental Organized!

3 Ways To Keep Your Storage Rental Organized!

3 Ways To Keep Your Storage Rental Organized!

One of the main reasons to get a storage unit is to help declutter your home. But what happens when your storage unit becomes the new cluttered mess in your life? We hope these tips below will help you to keep your storage unit organized so you can easily find what you are looking for.

 

Take Photos

Before coming to your self-storage unit, take an inventory of everything you plan to keep in the unit. Although a written list can be helpful, keeping a digital photo album of all items will make it easy for you to do some quick investigative work from home before driving out to your storage unit.

 

Label Label Label!

Storage units are most easily kept organized when everything is in uniform cardboard boxes or plastic containers. Thorough labeling is extremely important. Use a thick black marker to mark every box with its contents. Stack everything with the label facing out to minimize the search process later on.

 

Draw A Map

It’s a good idea to group your boxes according to their contents. Before you leave, draw a basic floor plan of your handiwork so you know exactly what corner of your storage rental to head to the next time you need something.

If you find that you need to upgrade your storage unit or downsize, please call our office. We make renting easy!

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Storage Tips For The Fall

Storage Tips For The Fall

Storage Tips For The Fall

Spring isn’t the only season to get organized; autumn is a perfect time to de-clutter your home and get things in order for the colder months. As much as we try to keep things in order after the spring-cleaning season, there’s always a list of things to prepare for the next season. Soon the days will be getting shorter, now is a great time to use the extra time you have indoors to organize your home? To get you started, check out our favorite fall home preparation tips below. You can free up valuable storage space—both inside and out—and get set for a clutter-free winter.    

Swap Out the Seasonal Stuff

One simple way to free up closet space and dressers is to swap out your spring and summer wardrobe for fall and winter. Now is the time to take the opportunity to sort through your items, and decide if it’s time to give them away or store them for the next season.  Don’t forget the coat closet and the mudroom!   Storage Tip: Pack clothing away in plastic bins or containers to avoid dust, moisture, and bugs.

Organize Your Outdoor Living Area

There are a number of outdoor things that need your attention before the cold comes. Harsh weather can damage wood, wicker or aluminum, so pay extra attention to your porch, patio or deck furniture at summer’s end. A 10’x10’ unit is great for storing outdoor yards maintenance items – like garden tools, outdoor power equipment, and lawnmowers. These can take up valuable space in a garage that you might need for shovels, snow blowers, salt or other winter items.   Storage Tip: Clean before storing to prevent rust and damage. For added protection, we have climate-controlled units!

Your Car Wants the Garage Back

It’s common to turn to your garage for storage of your summer items. A storage unit is a perfect place to store bikes, pool equipment, gardening tools, patio furniture. Having these items out of the way, you’ll save a significant amount of space for your car and other winter necessities. You can thank us later.    

Storage For All Seasons

Each season gives us an opportunity to reorganize our home and prepare for the next. While you can utilize a self-storage unit at any time of the year, the harsh weather of winter makes it especially important to protect your belongings and be prepared.

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Hiring a Moving Company vs. Renting a Moving Truck

Hiring a Moving Company vs. Renting a Moving Truck

Hiring a Moving Company vs. Renting a Moving Truck

Are you thinking about hiring movers to help with your move? You’re not alone. When it comes to something as stressful as moving, hiring help can seem like a smart solution. But, is hiring a mover the best solution for you? In this post, we break down the benefits of hiring movers verse the benefits of a DIY move.

The Benefits of a DIY Move

There are many benefits of doing a DIY move. Below, we’ve listed a few benefits of doing a DIY move as opposed to hiring movers.

1.         Total Control: In our opinion, the greatest pro to a DIY move is the fact that you are in complete control over the entire moving process. Not only do you get to choose the truck and all of your moving supplies, but you also can handle all the boxes yourself to ensure that nothing breaks in the process. Committing to a DIY move means that you have the flexibility to decide when to begin the move and when to end the move. If you’re moving in bad weather, you get to decide how best to protect your belongings. You’re also in control of how to load the truck, and you don’t have to worry about movers dumping boxes and furniture in rooms they don’t belong.

2.         Cheaper: Hiring movers can be expensive. Many movers will either charge hourly rates or quote you half of the move before it happens. When you move yourself, your moving expenses can drastically decrease.

3.         Help: Moving and packing is labor-intensive, so if you decide against hiring a moving company you’ll need some help. This means calling in lots of favors from friends and relatives. If you don’t have too many belongings and nothing particularly valuable or fragile to move your friends might well suffice. If you do have a considerable inventory to transport and some of it is quite valuable or irreplaceable, think twice. Good friends are not necessarily experienced movers and are most always not insured for damages that may incur during a move. If your best friends drop your flat screen TV, will you sue them for compensation? Not likely!

 

The Benefits of Hiring Movers

There are also many benefits of hiring movers. Below, you will find three benefits of hiring movers as opposed to doing a DIY move.

1.        Movers are Experienced: Hopefully, you have only moved a handful of times. Even though it probably isn’t your first move, unexpected problems always pop up that you will not have had experience with. A moving company can help you’re your move and have dealt with every roadblock out there.

2.        Less Stress: It’s common to rely on the help from family and friends during a move. When you hire movers, you won’t have to ask for much, if any, help from family and friends.

3.        Reduce the Risk of Injury: Movers have been trained on how to avoid injuring themselves during a move. Without the right tools and experience, it would be easy to injure yourself during a move.

Do You have to Move Out of Your Old Home Before the New Home is Ready?

It isn’t uncommon to have to move out of your old home before your new home is ready. So where do you put all of your items until your new home is ready? Whether you chose to do a DIY move or hire movers, a self-storage unit can be a solution for you. Lincoln Self Storage offers long-term or short-term rental solutions. Our storage facility has both standard and storage units that can control the climate ranging in various sizes. Contact us to rent a storage unit today!

 

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First Time Renting a Storage

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FIRST TIME RENTING A STORAGE

Renting a storage unit for the first time isn’t as daunting as it may initially seem. In fact, depending upon the self-storage company, it can be quite easy.  Additionally, if you are prepared with some questions and you have done your research, the rental process can be even smoother. Lincoln Self Storage offers a variety of storage options such as standard units, climate controlled storage units, and vehicle storage. Knowing ahead what you want to store, how long you will need to store, and how much space you need to store your items, will make the renting process easier. Check out our top tips below.

Top Tips for Your First Time Renting a Storage Unit

  1. Decide What You Want to Store: We understand things will come up throughout your storage rental, it is good to have an idea of what you are looking to store. The cost of a storage unit will vary with the size of the space you need. Knowing how much you want to store and using our storage unit calculator to help determine the best size for your storage needs.
  2. What Kind of Storage You Need: If you are storing more sensitive items, like leather or wooden furniture, electronics, artwork, documents, and collectibles, it is important to utilize a climate controlled storage unit. Our climate controlled storage units are there to protect your belongings from dangerous fluctuations in temperature.
  3. Have the Proper ID: When you rent a storage unit, the storage facility will require certain documents. These documents may include a valid photo ID, current contact information, and valid insurance if you are storing a car, boat or motorcycle.
  4. Know How to Pack Your Items: When placing items in your storage unit, organize them so there is an aisle down the middle to the back of the storage unit. This will allow you to navigate the space more efficiently. Place large appliances and electronics towards the back. Put frequently needed items toward the front of the storage unit for easy access. Depending on the length of your rental, it’s always a good idea to check on the items in your storage unit every few months to make sure nothing has shifted in those particularly packed units. That would also be a good time to rotate any seasonal items from the back to the front of the storage unit.
  5. Prepare Your Items for Storage: You are renting the storage unit to keep your items safe. So, it is important to take your time and properly prepare your items for storage before they are moved into the storage unit.
  6. Know What Can and Can Not be Stored: In order to get the most out of your storage unit rental, it is important to know what you can and cannot store inside your space. There are several items that are prohibited from being stored in a stored. Check out our blog on what NOT to store. It is essential to abide by these rules to ensure the safety of you, your contents, other people and the facility.
  7. Understand the Move Out Policy: It is important to understand the move out policy before your rental. We require a 10-day written notice before you move out.

By using these self-storage tips, you will save much frustration when you return to retrieve something from your rental. We’re here to help! Call our friendly, professional staff at 704-735-6364. We can help you choose the right option for all your storage needs.

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COLLEGE STUDENT STORAGE TIPS

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COLLEGE STUDENT STORAGE TIPS

 

With summer quickly approaching, college students are preparing to pack up their dorm rooms. The problem: driving a car’s worth of household items to Mom and Dad’s home just isn’t feasible. So what’s a college student to do? Renting a self-storage unit for the summer is a cost-effective way for college students to store all of their belongings. Check out some of our favorite storage tips for summer storage. Best of luck and happy moving!

What Size Unit
The majority of college students can get away with renting a 5×10.  This size unit is capable of holding a sofa or twin bed, clothes, as well as décor and smaller furnishings.

Pack Your Things Efficiently
Be strategic about packing even smaller items. For example, carefully roll or fold your winter clothing for storage. Don’t just toss those clothes in a box and figure you’ll deal with them at the end of the summer. Since you’re likely packing stuff from a dorm room, you don’t have to worry about sorting things by room when packing. Instead, sort them by category. That’ll help you find your stuff easier when you go to unpack in the fall. For instance, pack all your shoes in one box, then carefully label the box as shoes for an easier time identifying and sorting your things.

Consider Sharing a Storage Unit
Save some money. If you have friends from college that you trust, consider splitting a storage unit with them. Not only will save money, you could also help each other out on your moving days. You may simply each choose to have one side of the unit for your belongings or otherwise find a way to divide the space among those who are sharing it.

Clean Your Stuff

It’s a great idea to clean your dorm refrigerator, microwave or dishes before packing it in self-storage. Cleaning your items prevents mold and bacteria growth while they sit in the storage unit.

Pack Smart.

Pack your books in smaller boxes to prevent lifting large boxes and hurting your back. Hang heavy clothing or blankets in wardrobe boxes, and wrap delicate items like plates in paper to prevent chips and cracks during the move. Pack glasses, plates and dishes in bubble wrap or plain newsprint in sturdy cardboard boxes. Do NOT use regular newspapers as protection as it can leave a print residue on the items. Place heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter objects at the top of the box. Place filler material between the pieces. Once the boxes are packed up to within an inch of the top, add filler material and then completely seal the boxes with packing tape before storing.

Label Everything

Write down the name of the contents on the side of the box with a permanent marker. Don’t use post-it notes; they just fall off and leave you clueless as to which box contains what you need.

Select The Right Lock

If you don’t know which lock to select for your storage unit, we have locks available for purchase and will make sure that you have exactly what you need.

Let Lincoln Self Storage help you by providing various sized units, helpful moving supplies, and guidance throughout the entire process.

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WHAT NOT TO STORE

WHAT NOT TO STORE

What not to Store

 

Self-storage is great for personal and business storage. Items such as appliances, furniture, business documents and inventory, family heirlooms, seasonal items and pharmaceutical supplies can all be stored in your unit, keeping your home or office clutter-free. Our variety of storage options will allow you the ability to store a variety of items, even up to boats and RVs and construction equipment. However, there are some things that can’t be stored.  Placing any of the items that are on the ‘DO NOT STORE LIST’ could get you fined or even arrested. Before you rent storage, make sure that you know about what items should not be stored your unit. This list will help you protect you as well as those around you.

Valuable Items- Items such as jewelry, coins (historical and collectible) and precious metals should not be stored in a self-storage unit. It’s better to keep these items safely in your home or at your bank in a safe deposit box. Don’t store cash.  Also, keep birth records, passports, social security and tax documents in a fire-safe box in your home, not your self-storage unit.

Plants and Living Items- Your storage unit is not a greenhouse, and plants cannot survive in an environment without oxygen or light. Storing them in your self-storage unit is prohibited. Obviously, self-storage is not a place to store animals or pets. Not only is this strictly prohibited. Plants and animals that are stored in self-storage will also lead to bugs and other vermin infestation.

Perishable Items- DO NOT STORE FOOD!! In the extreme conditions of a non-climate controlled storage unit, food can spoil quickly and invite unwanted bugs to your storage unit. Opened containers of spices, cereals, and other non-perishable items should not be stored in self-storage. Some canned items can survive in the extreme conditions, but it really isn’t advisable to store them in a self-storage unit.

Flammable or Combustible Materials-Do does not store fireworks, gas, oil, propane tanks, lamp or motor oil, weed killers, car batteries or paint and paint thinner in self-storage. Gasoline or propane can very easily ignite in an enclosed unit and put the entire facility at risk. That is why it is important to drain the fluids from lawn mowers and other outdoor equipment before putting them in self-storage. Also, any item in an aerosol can is extremely flammable and not allowed in your unit.

Scented or Wet ItemsIt’s not a great idea to store scented or damp items. As mentioned above, strong scents can easily attract pests, insects, rodents or vermin to investigate the source of the overwhelming odors. Trust us, you don’t want any living things crawling or flying around in your rental unit. Also, any items that are wet or damp will start producing mold, mildew and spread bacteria in your self-storage unit, and that will likely damage some, most or all of your prized possessions placed in temporary storage.

Toxic, Hazardous, Stolen or Illegal Substances- Do not store chemicals, fertilizers and every day cleaning products in self-storage. These items are very toxic and dangerous in extreme temperatures. They could cause a fire or chemical accident in your unit. We do not allow the storage of firearms, gunpowder, and ammunition. Even if the firearms are antique and no longer in working order, they could pose a dangerous threat. It should also go without saying that you should not store illegal or stolen items in your unit. Self-storage facilities are subject to searches, so illegal items will not be any safer there than they would be in your home. Check with your storage facility before you store to make sure you are storing items properly and are not storing a “banned” item.

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