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!
RE: COVID – 19 UPDATE Stay Safe, Stay Home Executive Order
With the new Executive order that the Governor signed today, it is again having us change the way that we conduct business in general.
We will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm as stated in our previous communication. We will not be opening the office doors at this time. We can accept payment from you through the door slot during these business hours by meeting you at the front door and getting your credit card, check or money order and returning to the door to give you a receipt.
Please note that if you are paying by credit card, you can do so over the phone or online for no extra charge.
Again, you will not be allowed in the office if you do come here in person to pay for your unit.
Also, please note that during this time, we will be waiving all late fees from March 23rd until April 13th, when the Governor is to give us an update at that time.
We will also be postponing all auctions until this new order has been removed.
We will allow partial payments during this time to help our customers not get too far behind with their payments.
Please note that you will still have 24-hour access to your unit as long as you are current on your bill.
Stay safe! We look forward to seeing you all again.
Spring Storage tips from U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville
Spring is just around the corner, and I think we could all agree a little sunshine is much-needed. As flowers begin to bloom and migratory birds return, we’ll all want to spend more time outside. It’s time to start thinking about reorganizing your home to fit the change in season. Here at U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville, we know that winter takes up a lot of space. From snow blowers to winter sweaters, our convenient and secure self-storage units offer the perfect answer to winter clutter.
Keep in mind that spring is often peak season for self-storage, so we suggest if you live in the Ypsilanti, Belleville, or surrounding areas to book your storage units at U-Lock-It sooner rather than later. This way, you’ll be able to take advantage of our low rates, easy gate access, and friendly staff through the spring and summer months.
Below are some suggestions on how self-storage can help with spring clutter!
1. College kids return home
Students will be returning home from the dorms, and with them comes a lot of stuff. From couches to winter clothes, every family needs a secure place to store these items until the fall semester. Our secure self-storage units offer the perfect option for college students and save your home from getting cluttered over the summer.
2. A big move
The housing market is usually in full gear come springtime, which is why people planning on moving in the coming months should book their storage units early. House closings can be unpredictable, and it’s best to have a secure storage unit to hold your stuff while you figure out your big move.
3. A new season
Winter requires a lot of stuff! Just think of all the space your snowblower, shovels, etc. take up in your garage. A Belleville self-storage unit is a great way to declutter and make room for your spring yard tools. Store your winter clothes in plastic bins, so you have room for your spring and summer clothes.
Here at U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville, we won’t raise rates on you just because it’s the busy season. We are proud to be a family-owned and operated business that keeps our prices affordable. That being said, reserve your unit early, so you are prepared for the warmer months. Call us today for availability!
Affordable Self-Storage in Romulus and New Boston
Here at U-Lock-It Self Storage, we are proud to be a family-owned business serving the Belleville and Ypsilanti communities with affordable and secure self-storage. We are also pleased to welcome our neighbors in the surrounding areas of Romulus and New Boston.
U-Lock-It Self Storage offers the most cost-friendly and convenient storage options for our neighboring cities of Romulus and New Boston. We believe that every community deserves a self-storage facility that won't break the bank or surprise you with drastic price changes. We've been happy to see many of the friendly people of Romulus and New Boston, MI coming through our doors lately.
If you live in the New Boston or Romulus areas and are looking for self-storage, please call or stop by our offices on Rawsonville road.
How Self-Storage Can Help You in 2020
As the decade ends, the team at U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville would like to say thank you to all of our past, present, and future tenants. We appreciate the opportunity to serve the Belleville and Ypsilanti areas with secure, accessible, and affordable self-storage.
The start of a new year means a time to reflect and plan. For instance, many people make plans to improve and organize their life. From exercise to dedicating time to a hobby, the new year offers a fresh start. We want to suggest self-storage as an easy way to make 2020 a great one. Here are a couple of reasons why:
Declutter your life
Look around your home. Odds are you have items that you haven't used in months lying around, taking up much-needed space. Self-storage allows you to declutter your home and store seasonal things. As we endure a couple of cold months, there's no reason to take up drawer space with shorts and polos. Create more space in your home with self-storage.
Help with a move
Have a big move planned for 2020? Self-storage is an excellent way to make the process less stressful. Instead of moving everything you own all in at once, keep items in self-storage instead of throwing them out or giving them away. We understand that moving can be frantic, which is why self-storage gives you a secure and accessible option for the things about which you're not quite sure.
New Year, New Baby
If you have the exciting news that you'll be adding a new addition to the family in 2020, self-storage can help with that as well. Clearing out a spare bedroom to make space for a baby can result in a lot of furniture that isn't needed for some time. Self-storage offers a convenient place to store furniture that you will need again in the future.
A New Job
Perhaps you've been offered a great job opportunity that requires you to leave the country for extended periods. You don't want to pay rent, but you also don't want to pay exorbitant shipping to have all of your stuff moved. Self-storage offers an affordable option to keep your items safe while you live abroad.
Make 2020 a great year with the help of self-storage. Please call U-Lock-It Self Storage Belleville for rates and availability. Happy New Year, friends!
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