Whether you want to call it decluttering or "tidying up," we see you, Marie Kondo, removing old and unnecessary items is a smart move. And yes, there's a distinction between decluttering and cleaning. For example, the former is an action to make your items, location, etc., clean from dirt, stains, and germs. The latter is the act of sorting through things and removing or moving them to make better use of your space. So if stacks or piles of items currently enclose you (help, I'm trapped by my stuff!), or have a hard time finding things among the clutter, then this list is for you. Let's explore four benefits of decluttering. Oh, and we should mention that a self-storage unit is an excellent option for decluttering. That's right; you don't have to throw things away!
If you plan on decluttering your home or office soon, please call U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville for a safe and accessible place to keep your items.
Declutter to Feel Good About Yourself
While some people enjoy the clutter and chaos of a messy office or home, others equate it to loss of control. We know that life can get hectic and stressful, and staying organized sometimes takes a back seat to you paying the bills, raising your kids, or getting your business started. But when you do get a chance to look up, seeing a mess only makes matters worse. Time to declutter! Dedicating time to decluttering your space will make you feel like you're in control again, which may boost your self-esteem.
Further, decluttering is therapeutic to some people and makes for productive use of a day off. So put on some tunes, make a plan, and declutter! You'll feel good that you did.
Declutter for Better Focus
You have a big work project on the horizon, which wouldn't be so bad if it didn't time-up with a friend's wedding, the start of summer, and a relative's graduation party. Don't panic. Begin a busy time in your life with decluttering to help you stay focused. You won't have time to waste looking for something or clearing off your desk once you get busy, so better to prepare for it now. Moreover, as we alluded to in the previous section, the last thing you want to come home to when you're hectic at work is a cluttered and disorganized house. Get rid of the jumble and stay focused!
Declutter for a Healthier Lifestyle
For some, their house is a reflection of how they live. For instance, a messy and cluttered kitchen might lead to more takeout, frozen dinners, or too much snacking. On the other hand, if your kitchen is clean and organized, you'll be more likely to cook a healthy meal since finding the proper utensils and ingredients won't hassle you. And what about the bedroom? While some people sleep like a baby no matter what the conditions are, others might find it harder to sleep in a cluttered and messy bedroom.
Do yourself a favor and declutter for your health. Not only will your self-esteem get a boost, but you might eat and sleep better too.
Declutter for Your Friends and Family
For many, a cluttered home might be the reason why they never host functions. Whether you're too embarrassed for people to see the clutter or don't have the room to host guests, taking the time to declutter could be the answer. Similar to how decluttering can boost your self-esteem and health, it can also improve your social life. Having a place you're proud of to share with family and friends will encourage you to invite people over more often. Further, your guests will appreciate you taking the time to organize so they are comfortable.
As you see, there are many reasons to declutter your home or office. And don't stress, you can still keep your items safe and accessible in a Ypsilanti self-storage unit. So if you plan on decluttering, don't hesitate to call U-Lock-It Self Storage!
Here at U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville, we take pride in offering safe, accessible, and convenient self-storage at an affordable price. Further, we love doing business in the Belleville, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor areas, which is why we treat our customers as neighbors. With those two things in mind, it's no wonder that so many of our customers rent from us year after year. We also understand that self-storage is an investment, and there are many factors to consider when deciding to rent storage. For instance, self-storage can actually save you and your business money.
With real estate prices continuing to rise, self-storage offers a safe and affordable alternative. Moreover, business owners should also consider self-storage to help cut back on overhead and rent expenses. Here are four ways self-storage can save you money.
Call us today to rent your Ypsilanti storage unit from U-Lock-It!
Downsize your living expenses
The housing market continues to drive home prices and apartment rents through the roof (no pun intended). Renting a self-storage unit at our low prices will help you downsize your living space, which means lower rents and mortgages. For example, our 10x20 units can hold the contents of a one-car garage. If you have many seasonal items, such as snow blowers and summertime RVs & campers, it's more affordable and safer to keep them in storage than to purchase a home with an oversized garage.
For renters, you may have enough items to fit in a two-bedroom apartment, but only the budget for a one-bedroom. Our 10X10 storage units are large enough to accommodate furniture, appliances such as refrigerators, and more. While having a larger apartment is nice, the location of your apartment might be more critical. By utilizing self-storage, you can move to a smaller apartment in an area with more to do and explore.
Save your business money with self-storage
Not every business needs a large warehouse or office these days. For instance, a local landscaping company might only have enough equipment to fill a 10x20 unit, or a moving company might only need a place to park its van. Why spend all that money on a warehouse or office when you can rent a self-storage unit? Here at U-Lock-It, many small business owners choose to rent with us because we offer 24-hr gate access, which means they can check on inventory, tools, cars, etc. whenever they choose.
Also, if you are utilizing your storage unit for your business, you should consider writing the expense off on your taxes. We suggest talking to your accountant for more information.
Just keep in mind a storage unit can help save you money by reducing your office space, but it's not an alternative. In other words, you are more than welcome to store business items in storage safely, but you can't physically run your business from a unit.
Reducing clutter can improve productivity
If you do own a business with an office, then self-storage offers an affordable way to keep it from getting cluttered. For instance, if your company has many seasonal items or tools/equipment you only use sparingly throughout the year, consider self-storage. Why? Because clutter can disrupt productivity and lead to damaged and lost items. Have peace of mind knowing your company's products are secure in your unit, as well as accessible with our 24-hr gate access.
According to Figari.com: "Decluttering with a healthy amount of an organizational overhaul not only sanitizes a space, it can also elevate work quality, boost efficiency, and improve one's health."
Make the most of deals and promotions
We understand that renting a storage unit is an investment, and we know you work hard for your money. That's why we often offer sign-up deals such as "second month off" or "20% off your first month." Further, we offer the lowest prices in town and won't rope you in with deals then stick you with unexpected costs. For our current customers, you can save on your next month's rent with our referral program. Tell your friends, family, and neighbors about U-Lock-It, and if they sign up for a unit, you'll save money on your next month. Talk to our Office Manager for more information on our referral program.
As you can see, renting a self-storage unit from U-Lock-It Belleville might lead to money savings in other aspects of your life. Please call us today to book your storage unit!
Let's all take a deep breath, and with the release, leave 2020 in the past. Feels good. And now, we look to a new year and a blank slate. While many of our habits, for better or worse, will remain another year, there's no reason why we can't make improvements this time around. Further, the bar is set lower than ever before, so you don't even have to place too ambitious of resolutions. A simple one is renting a storage unit. And we aren't just saying that because, you know, we are in the business. Here are 4 reasons you need self-storage in 2021.
Also, while your need might not be urgent, renting a Belleville self-storage unit in the winter is a smart move. Why? Because spring and summer are our busiest months and desired lots, such as outdoor spaces for boat and RV storage, tend to sell-out fast.
Here are our four reasons to book a self-storage unit in 2021!
You start a business
Last year was a tough one for businesses. And while tragically too many had to close, many people put on their entrepreneurial hats and started new companies. So whether you're an experienced business owner or have plans to start one in 2021, a Ypsilanti self-storage unit can help you along. For example, many entrepreneurs store equipment, products, and marketing material in a storage unit. Doing so is much more affordable than renting an expensive office space large enough to keep all of your materials. Types of businesses that often utilize self-storage include landscaping, construction, retail, and eCommerce.
Our outdoor storage spaces are perfect for parking any trailers or automobiles you use for your company.
You plan on moving
Many of us will make a move to a new home, apartment, etc., this year. Doing so can be a headache when figuring out where to put all of your stuff. This dilemma is especially true when you move into a smaller space. Renting a storage unit from U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville will remove the stress and give you an additional storage option when moving. For instance, don't worry about your summer items such as grills and lawnmowers fitting into your new living area. With a unit, you can keep them safely stored until the warmer months.
You want to get organized
After getting in shape, getting organized might be the second most popular resolution. Moreover, with de-cluttering on people's minds, a self-storage unit is an excellent solution to a crowded living area. Further, putting items in storage is easier for many people than simply tossing out things with sentimental value. Since our storage units have 24-hour gate access, you'll have access to anything you need throughout the year.
You plan on traveling a lot
Travel was a bit different in 2020. Instead of trips to the beach, we all took walks to the fridge, road trips to the same grocery store, and overnights stay on our sofas. In other words, travel wasn't too exciting last year. As it becomes safer to travel, odds are you'll want to make up for the lost time. Renting a storage unit is a great way to keep your travel accessories safe and secure for when you need them. For example, our outdoor spaces are perfect for boats, RVs, and campers! Since our facility has 24-hr gate access, you can go on as many impromptu trips as you like.
A friendly reminder that our outdoor units tend to fill up fast in the spring, so secure your spot in the winter.
There are many reasons to rent a Belleville storage unit in 2021. U-Lock-It Self Storage is here to help you on your way. Please call us today for availability.
For those who like to travel in comfort, RVs offer a home away from home wherever you decide to wander. Hitting the open road in an RV is one of the best ways to see our beautiful country. But RVs take up a lot of space, and tend to get seasonal use, so how should owners store their RVs?
Whether you're a new or seasoned RV owner, we hope these tips will help you properly store your RV.
Choose The Right RV Storage Facility
Finding the right place to store your RV depends on many factors. An RV is an investment, so you'll want to make sure it is secure in storage.
Before you type in "RV storage near me" on Google, make sure you know your budget, size of your RV, and how long you plan on storing it at the facility.
The location will be important, as you won't want to travel too far to take it out for a weekend.
Also, consider a storage facility that offers 24-hour gate access. That way, you'll be able to take your RV out whenever you please (we know how those impulsive travel urges go).
U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville offers a safe, accessible, and affordable outdoor storage option for your RV.
No Free Rides
RVs are comfortable and convenient for people, but critters might also want to take a ride. Give your RV a thorough once over for any signs of mice, bugs, or, goodness forbid, something larger. Check drawers, under counters, and even pop the hood.
Other than spreading germs, unwanted critters can cause some severe damage to your RV. For example, mice can chew through wires, which might even pose a fire hazard.
Double-check and adequately seal all windows, doors, vents, and anywhere else that might make for an opening to wildlife. Don't underestimate the tenacity of a mouse.
Clean Until it Looks Like New
After a summer of road trips, your RV might be looking a bit messy. While it's convenient to park your RV at a local outdoor self-storage facility and say, "I'll worry about it in the spring," we suggest you give it a thorough cleaning before storing it for several months.
Clean out all drawers, including bathroom medicine cabinets. Cold weather could lead to leftover toothpaste and other bathroom items to freeze and break, causing a mess.
As mentioned in the critter section, don't leave any food in your cupboards or the fridge. No, that ketchup and mustard won't be good next summer. Scrub the inside of your fridge, microwave, or any other built-in food preparer with water and appropriate cleaner. You won't want to find a mold problem when you take it out of storage.
Read these tips for maintaining your RV for a winter trip if you decide to take it out in the snow.
No matter how good your tires look, there's a chance that the weather is taking its toll even if you aren't using your RV. Avoid weather cracking on your tires with a cover. Check out this list of the best RV tire covers.
Over time, the sun can damage furniture, so make sure you put your blinds down before leaving your RV in storage.
You can't expect to leave your RV in storage long-term and then have it up and running if you skip engine maintenance. Before putting your RV in storage, change its oil, check the antifreeze levels, and add fuel stabilizer. Remember to run the engine so that this stabilizer can make its way through the system.
You'll want to check back every couple of months and run the engine on idle for a while.
We hope this list is a good starting point for those looking to store their RVs. Please consult the vehicle's manual for additional tips and procedures.
Don't hesitate to call U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville to learn about our outdoor units.
Self-Storage Tips: Getting Ready for Fall
There's no denying things will be different this fall, but the leaves are still changing, and temperatures will drop. As we enjoy the sweater weather and hot cider, it's time to start preparing for the winter. Our affordable Belleville self-storage units are perfect for keeping your summer items safe while you make room for snowblowers, jackets, and scarves.
Here are a few tips to make the most out of your end of the season storage. Are you looking for a unit? Please call U-Lock-It Self Storage today for availability.
Keep it organized
It's more fun taking out the swimsuits than it is putting them back in a box. There's no denying that. But you should still take your time and keep organized when putting away your summer items. Make sure you pack clothes neatly in a box with other clothes (i.e., don't store them along with summer toys). Label every box, so you're not scrambling next spring.
Do you really need that?
Storing items to make room for the next season is the perfect opportunity to eliminate clutter. While you're filling your boxes, ask yourself, "do I really need this?" If the item is still in good shape, consider selling or donating. This is a great way to free up room and use fewer boxes.
We suggest using labeled plastic bins for storing summer clothes. Storing this way will keep your clothes looking and smelling great when you take them out in the spring. For lawn furniture, we suggest cleaning thoroughly before putting the covers on them. If you don't have lawn furniture covers, we recommend using a tarp.
While it's no fun thinking about winter when the sun is still hot, you don't want to miss out on the opportunity to beat clutter with an Ypsilanti self-storage unit. Call us today for availability and prices.
Supplies You’ll Need When Moving
Moving is never fun. Whether you’re moving or helping out a friend (hopefully they will pay it forward), the best way to ensure a move without stress is by staying organized. Having the right supplies will make your life a lot easier during the move and whenever you decide to unpack. Here at U-Lock-It Self Storage of Belleville, we offer a range of supplies from boxes to glass kit packages to help you move. Further, our secure self-storage units provide a great place to put your items during the moving process.
We’ve put together a quick list of items you’ll want to have on hand before your next big move.
1. An organized inventory list
Unless you are only moving a few larger items, we suggest writing down an organized inventory list to keep track of your things. Moving can often be a discombobulating experience, especially if you are in a hurry to get out of where you’re currently residing. An inventory list will remind you what has been stored and where. For example, number each box and coordinate the items accordingly, or write out the inventory list of each box directly on the cardboard.
2. Boxes, Boxes, and More Boxes
Did we mention that we sell boxes at our U-Lock-It office? Because you’re going to need a lot of them in various shapes and sizes. We recommend using specialized boxes such as TV and hanging boxes for such items. Glass pack kits for boxes help ensure the safety of delicate glassware, and specialized artwork shipping boxes can keep your paintings and photos safe during the move. Make sure you have lots of packing tape as well!
3. Garbage Bags and a Recycling Bin
With decluttering all the rage, moving offers an opportunity to discard, donate, and recycle items you no longer need. Stay organized by having a designated trash bag, recycling bin, and bag for items to donate. The cleaner you can keep your place during a move, the less stressful it will be when you’re nearing the end of your hard day.
4. Furniture Pads
Furniture is an investment, which is why it’s worth storing such items that might not fit at the moment. Furniture pads will help protect not only your chairs, sofas, etc. but also your walls! We recommend plastic furniture covers, so your items smell and look clean after the move or in storage.
There are many other items, including markers, box cutters, and straps you might need, but we hope this list is a good start. We wish you the best of luck on your next move, and please keep our affordable self-storage units in Belleville, MI, in mind if you need any extra space for your items.
Why Students Should Consider Self-Storage
Here in the beautiful state of Michigan, we are fortunate to have many Universities and community colleges. U-Lock-It Self Storage is near the University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, Eastern Michigan University, and many others. Sadly, students had to pack up and move home unexpectedly early this year due to COVID-19. We are living in uncertain times, and no one knows what to expect this fall. While we all hope students will be back on campus or commuting to classes, there's a chance the plan will continue to change.
It's not new for students to rent a self-storage unit to keep their items over the summer break. Many scholars have items such as couches, TV stands, bookshelves, etc. that are worth storing to use the following year again. Since our prices are so affordable at U-Lock-It self-storage of Belleville, it's a smart investment to store your items instead of selling and purchasing new.
Continuing your lease even when you move back on campus can be a reliable safety net in case you have to move unexpectedly. Perhaps you have different things you'll need for each season but not enough room to keep them all in your living space. For example, some students get around campus on a bike or motorcycle but need a place to store it during the winter semester. Renting a storage unit from U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville offers you flexibility and security for your seasonal items. Further, our 24-hour gate access means you'll be able to drop off and pick up your stuff whenever you want.
If you're moving back home for the summer and it's far from campus, renting a storage unit near campus will save you time and money. Instead of dealing with the stress of moving trucks, multiple trips, etc., keeping your items close to your campus means an easier move in when school starts back up in the fall.
Please give us a call if you're a student interested in renting a storage unit from U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville. Our prices are affordable, and our units are secure and accessible.
IMPORTANT UPDATE 12/23/20: We will continue our normal business hours of 10:00AM – 5:00PM Monday through Friday and Saturday from 10:00AM until 1:00PM.
Please note that customers will not be allowed in our office for safety purposes:
We will not be opening the office doors at this time. We can accept payment from you through the door slot during our business hours by meeting you at the front door and getting your credit card, check, or money order (please no cash payments at this time), and returning to the door to give you a receipt. Please note that you can do so over the phone or online for no extra charge if you pay by credit card. Again, you will not be allowed in the office if you do come here in-person to pay for your unit.
New and existing customers are still able to rent new units! Please call or reserve online.
If you have any questions, you may contact the office at 734-482-1502
If you are a small business in the Belleville and Ypsilanti area and are looking to downsize your office, move employees to remote work, or need extra space for equipment, products, furniture, then self-storage is a sensible option. Times are tough for small businesses, and many are uncertain about what the future may hold. Many business owners are learning that a lot of work can be done remotely, and having a traditional office might be too much of a risk and an expense at this time. Perhaps entrepreneurs have been busy creating products at home and need to put supplies and inventories somewhere. Either way, a self-storage unit from U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville is an affordable solution.
Here are three reasons how self-storage can help your business.
1. Storage helps you stay organized.
If you are a smaller business or just starting one, odds are you don’t have a space that you can keep inventory and supplies. As many entrepreneurs will know, as you grow, so does the clutter. Stay organized and free up space by storing items that you don’t need daily in a safe and secure unit. Businesses such as lawn care and construction can keep their tools and machines safe in self-storage. Since we offer 24-hour gate access, you’ll be able to get your items whenever you need them.
2. Save Money
Offices are expensive, and in our new reality, not a necessity for every business model. For example, some companies have learned that their team is just as productive working remotely. So whether you are downsizing your office space or ditching it altogether, an affordable storage unit from U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville is the perfect place to put your items. Further, maybe your move is temporary while you wait for it to be safe enough and economically sensible to have an office again. Your office furniture will be secure and accessible in one of our units.
3. Be prepared
2020 has been the perfect example of how things out of our control can affect our lives and businesses. For many companies, having a designated self-storage place offers a level of preparedness for when circumstances change. Perhaps you take on a new project and have to hire more people, which results in rearranging the office. You quickly store your conference table in your unit to make room, then bring it back whenever you need it. Or perhaps you have an annual event, and it’s more cost-effective to purchase items for it instead of renting each year. A secure storage unit offers a place to keep such things until they are needed.
There are many reasons a business can benefit from renting a storage unit from U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville. Please call us today for availability!
Spring is taking its time this year, or maybe we are just anticipating it more since we are all safe in our homes doing our part to combat the pandemic. Either way, before we know it, we’ll be enjoying the consistent sun, warm, weather, and that impossible to ignore urge to work in the yard. While many of us have been passing the time sorting through and organizing our living spaces, it’s time to consider what can go into storage. No one wants a home crowded with reminders of cold weather. That’s why we’ve put together some quick tips for storing winter items.
Though we have limited our hours and opted for contact-free signups for new leases, U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville is here to help you with your spring storage. Please call or reserve a unit online.
Swap Your Sweaters for Shorts
Can you believe there was a time, maybe late September, that we were excited to break out our autumn and winter sweaters? Who even was that person? With those days long behind us, we are thrilled to put away the sweaters and boots and break out the swimsuits.
When storing clothes in your Ypsilanti self-storage unit, we suggest taking the time to do it right so your clothes look ready to wear come next fall. Plastic bins are best unless you have coats that shouldn’t be folded. In that case, we recommend a wardrobe box, which you can find among the moving supplies at your local hardware store.
Take the time to fold your clothes neatly, so they don’t lose their shape or get too wrinkled. If you are storing boots or other shoes, stuff them with paper (just like when you first took them out of the shoe box from the store). The article will make sure they retain their shape and don’t get crushed by other items in your unit.
Storing Snow Blowers
Just as you swap your sweaters for shorts, you’ll be swapping your snowblowers for lawnmowers. Before storing away your snowblowers, consider wiping down any corrosive salt that might remain on the sides (warm water and a cloth are all you need). Also, spray any exposed metal areas with rust preventative. For extra protection, invest in a snowblower cover that will mitigate any moisture build-up.
While it’s uncertain what the Fourth of July and other summer celebrations will look like this year, we can be optimistic and look forward to the winter holidays. Consider clear plastic baggies for smaller holiday decorations, so they’re easier to sort and identify when you need them again. Also, save yourself a headache by wrapping lights around cardboard to prevent tangling.
We hope these tips help with storing your winter items in one of our secure and convenient Belleville self-storage units. Please stay safe, folks!