Tips for Going Minimal

American philosopher Thoreau said “Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.” The minimalist movement takes this advice to heart.

Sometimes, it certainly sounds appealing to just sell all our stuff and move to Australia with nothing but a suitcase in tow. However, the practicalities of a traditional life and job usually weigh us down. Luckily, there are ways that you can adopt minimalist principles in your life without going to extremes.

With the spring cleaning season upon us, now is the time to sort through the clutter of your home and cut back on the unnecessary junk. Is that a difficult task for you? Well, here are some ideas to make it happen for even those of us who tend to be emotionally attached to things.

Store It Away

This technique is one of the most effective ways to cut back on your unwanted possessions. Instead of throwing something away straight off the bat, store it. Store away anything that you don’t wear or use very often. Pack it up and label it neatly, and put it in separate bags and boxes as much as possible. Label each package with the date that you stored it. If you have a spacious garage, you can keep it there, or you might want to get a storage unit. Now, for the next year, that stuff is still yours. If you specifically think to yourself “I could really use that gray sweater right now,” or “man, I miss my salad mixer,” then you can go get it back. However, if you go a whole year without even remembering the item, you really don’t need it in your life. This also works great with kids. Most of the time, out of sight really is out of mind, and you’ll realize that you simply don’t need that extra stuff in your life.

Do a Five-for-One Tradeoff

Oftentimes, we have extra items around because no one item answers all of our needs. For example, you might have a shirt that you wear only with a certain set of underclothes, another one that you can only wear with a sweater, so you reserve it for the days that it’s cold outside, and another one that you keep around only because it’s handy for doing chores in. This often happens with dishes too. You have one pot that you like to use for cooking rice, one that works really well for sauteeing because all the other ones are scratched and stained, and the wok that you only pull out once a year when you feel a little stirring of culinary adventurousness. Instead, have you ever thought of just having one or two dishes that work really well for just about everything? One of the major principles of minimalism is having less “stuff” but investing more into what you DO have. Pay more for quality initially, and then take good care of what you have, and get it repaired or cleaned when it starts to show wear and tear.

When you’re looking at making this transition, don’t fall for the trap of buying new expensive items but keeping your old stuff. Instead, only invest in something new if you can trade it out for 5 old items.

Release Yourself from “Should”s

So much of the stuff that we have cluttering our homes are things that we feel we ought to get around to. They’re projects that you feel obligated to do at some point, like painting or scrapbooking. They might be clothes that you know you’ll fit into just as soon as you lose 20 pounds. Or it might be a hand-me-down from an uncle that you mean to fix up and polish. That kind of clutter is actually mental clutter as well as physical clutter. If you want to not run into those reminders of what you “should” do every day, bundle up that stuff and put it in a storage unit.

Storage Unit Treasures

When someone renting a storage unit defaults on payment, the owner, after waiting a proper amount of time, can sell off the contents to the highest bidder. Because people bid for these units without knowing exactly what the contents are, this process translates to something of a treasure hunt. In fact, the excitement of the hunt has spawned shows like “Auction Hunters” and “Storage Wars.” Sure, a lot of what’s found in storage units is just random junk, but every now and then there’s a gem. The things found in abandoned storage units over the years would probably surprise you. Sometimes people make amazing an amazing from buying a unit for just a few hundred dollars and finding an antique in there worth thousands. Other times, the things found inside are just plain bizarre.

Here are a few of the most interesting things found in storage units over the years:

A Stalker’s Treasure Trove: In 2012, a man who spent his time stalking Madonna was re-convicted to a mental hospital after his death threats to the pop icon. Afterwards, his storage unit was revealed to the public, and it was just as creepy as you might imagine. The space was full of headless dolls, knives, and a clown mask.

A Dinosaur Jawbone: That’s right! Something that paleontologists spend years and fortunes to find in the earth was actually discovered in a storage unit in Canada. It’s believed that it was simply found and stored by a hobbying archaeologist. Surely, there are plenty of people clamoring to know exactly where that hobbyist picked up the jawbone, just in case there are more dinosaur remains in the same spot!

A Human Leg: In one of the most bizarre stories of our time, one man purchased a barbecue smoker at a storage auction and opened it up months later only to find a human leg inside. When he called the police, they tracked down the original owner, an amputee who had taken care of the leg with some DIY embalming. What followed was a wacky custody battle that created salacious headlines. Finally, in an episode of Judge Mathis, the original owner of the leg was awarded custody.

James Bond’s Car: In the film The Spy Who Loved Me, the notorious secret agent drives an underwater car. 8 cars were actually created and used in the film, but until one was unearthed in 1989 in a Long Island storage unit, only 7 of the 8 were accounted for. The man who bid on the storage unit’s contents bought the car for less than $100. Later, that underwater car was bought by Elon Musk at an auction for nearly a million bucks. There are plenty of other amazing vehicles that have been found in storage units, too, including a rare 1937 Bugatti and a 1966 Shelby Fastback (of which only about 1,000 were made) in near-pristine condition.

Pirate Gold:
About $500,000 worth of Spanish gold coins were found in a unit in San Jose, CA. How they got there is a mystery, but they were stored in a small Rubbermaid bin and the unit had been owned by an elderly woman who had recently died. The man who won the auction on the item had a big payoff for his $1100 bid.

What would someone find if they discovered your storage unit 50 years from now? Would there be treasures inside?

How to Determine if I Need Climate Control Units

There are many factors to take into consideration when you are choosing a storage unit such as location, price, security, and size. You also must decide the type of storage unit you need, conventional (non-climate controlled) or climate-controlled.

Consider what you are planning to store, how long you plan on storing it, and the region where you plan to store your stuff when considering climate controlled storage. If you’re storing non-delicate items, or items that are not sensitive to variations in temperature a non-climate controlled unit may be right for you.  Often they are less expensive and may offer convenient drive up access.  Climate controlled units should be considered when storing items that are sensitive to variations or extremes in temperatures.

We recommend a climate-controlled unit if you are storing any of the following items:

  • Electronics (metal components can corrode)
  • Wood or leather furniture (wood can crack, warp, or rot when exposed to moisture or fluctuating temperatures and leather is susceptible to moisture, which can cause discoloration and mildew)
  • Household Appliances (climate control protects electronic and mechanical parts from cracking and rusting)
  • Special Collections (coins, stamps, comics, and wine)
  • Artwork
  • Medical Supplies
  • Musical Instruments
  • Photographs
  • DVDs/CDs/Video
  • Important Documents
  • Family Heirlooms or Antiques
  • Clothing
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Furs
  • Books

If you are still uncertain as to whether you need a climate controlled unit to store your items, come talk to the storage professionals at Storage Post. We’ll help you find the perfect unit to store all your items

Moving Tips: How to pack your valuables for moving and storage

Usually when we are packing up our homes to move or just packing extra things around the house for storage, there is a right way and a wrong way to pack things. Just like everyone else I have used newspapers to wrap glassware and not thought about the ink rubbing off or packed something delicate with heavy objects (the time I packed a piece of handmade pottery with my blender comes to mind).  Below I have put together a list of the most common things needing packing with suggestions on packing for moving and storage.

Glass: as I mentioned before, we all have used newspapers to wrap our glass, it is better to use unprinted newsprint. This will ensure that you are not rubbing ink onto your belongings. Another option is to use bubble wrap, which will also help with crystal, china, mirrors. When using bubble wrap always make sure that you wrap your items with the bubbles facing out, away from the object. This helps to keep the bubbles from leaving marks on the glass. When packing your mirrors or artwork make sure the boxes you use are slightly bigger than the object, this will help to keep things from shifting or getting banged around in the box.

Metal: Metal is susceptible to rust and tarnish. Industrial storage of machinery and tools typically packs in oil or grease, not all of us want to do that for our brass items or the family silver set. For things such as silver, the best way to store long terms is to clean your pieces thoroughly, polish them and then store them in a specially made flannel bag which is infused with silver particles. Generally these are sold under the name “Pacific Silvercloth”.

Electronics: I have only stored electronics wrong once, that is all it should take! Electronics are easily the most susceptible to moisture and corrosion. Unlike silverware and such, there is no cleaning corrosion from electronics. As you are packing your electronics in bubble wrap make sure to include a couple of desiccant packets. If you have ever bought office supplies or a laptop bag you generally find a small packet, those are desiccant packets and they draw moisture out of the area. These combined with good packing practices will help to protect your investment.

Appliances: every once in a while we need to store appliances. When storing large items you want to make sure they are prepped correctly. When storing refrigerators make sure you have cleaned them out, drained the pan, cleaned off the coils on the back, and then make sure to leave the doors cracked open for air circulation. Leaving the doors cracked will keep moisture, mildew, and mold from ruining the interior of your refrigerator. Stoves/ovens are the same for prep, thoroughly cleaning the appliance and leaving the door cracked for air circulation.

With proper prepping and then packing of your Sandy storage unit you will be able to protect your investments from damage. When talking with different storage companies make sure you let them know what you need to store, if you are storing artwork, antiques, and musical instruments you may want to consider using climate controlled storage to help protect them from wide changes in temperatures.

 

Renting a Storage Unit May Save You on Rent

By Aaron Mackel, Storage.com

Looking to save money on apartment rent? Not many people would consider renting a storage unit as a way to cut apartment costs, but if you hypothetically swapped 100 square feet of apartment space for storage space, you could actually save big!

Below, we’ve compared the average monthly apartment rent per square foot (for both one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments) and the average monthly storage unit rent per square foot in ten major U.S. markets.

10×10 Storage Unit vs. One-Bedroom Apartment

Interesting takeaways:

  • In seven cities, renting a storage unit could save renters more than $1,000 over the course of a year.
  • Boston has the biggest difference between the cost of rental space vs. storage space by far.
  • Atlanta’s affordable rental market results in the lowest savings by using self storage.

10×10 Storage Unit Vs. Two-Bedroom Apartment

Interesting takeaways:

  • A two-bedroom apartment in Atlanta is the only instance when it doesn’t save to rent storage space.
  • Even with the lower price per square foot of a two-bedroom apartment, you can still save more than $1,000 a year by using storage in three cities.

So if you’re looking at apartments that have enough space for summer/winter clothes, a bike, golf clubs, holiday decorations, or other items that don’t need to be with you at all times, putting those things in storage and renting smaller could be a more cost-effective solution. Or if you’re considering upgrading to a larger apartment because your child outgrew a bunch of clothes, toys, and furniture that you don’t know what to do with, you could save a significant amount by staying put and putting those things into storage for future children.

Interested in seeing if storage can help you save? View storage units near you on Storage.com today.

Apartment rental data is from U.S. News Money.

Although this article does not give data for Sandy or Midvale, Utahit is helpful to consider renting a smaller apartment and also renting a storage unit to store some of the items that you aren’t using all the time.

If you have any questions about our storage unit rates, please contact Sandy Mini Storage at 801-251-0801.

Classic Car Self-Storage Tips

If you’re looking for a classic car in Sandy, Utah  or the surrounding Salt Lake area, you have plenty of options. However, a car isn’t something you can tuck away in a box when you’re not using it. You’ll need a safe, secure place to keep your valuable new find. If your garage space is limited, self storage is the perfect solution.

Classic Car Self-Storage Tips

Classic cars should be protected and treated with great care even while they’re in storage. Be sure to choose a facility with great security and spacious self storage units. Here are a few more essential tips to help you keep your car in top condition throughout its seasonal nap.

  • Clean both the interior and exterior of your car from top to bottom. Wax the exterior, clean the interior upholstery and vacuum thoroughly.
  • If your car has lube fittings, grease its universal joints, steering fittings and suspension fittings with fresh grease.
  • Bleed the brakes to prevent deterioration.
  • If you’ll be storing the car for more than six months, drain the fuel tank. For short-term storage, simply add gasoline stabilizer.
  • Drain and refill your car’s cooling system.
  • Remove the battery, and store it in a dry place. To keep it charged, hook it up to a battery maintainer or charger.
  • Depress the clutch and lock it into position.
  • Roll down all windows to improve ventilation.
  • If your car is a convertible, store it with the top up; leaving it down can cause shrinkage.
  • Cover your car with a cotton or flannel cover to prevent dust accumulation and protect the paint. Don’t use plastic or polyester blends as these can trap heat and restrict airflow.

Sandy Mini Storage Self Storage Keeps Your Classic Car in Pristine Condition

If you’re looking for affordable self storage units in Sandy, turn to the company that understands the importance of protecting valuable investments. When you rent a storage unit from Sandy Mini Storage, you’ll have convenient access to your vehicle seven days a week. Your car will be secure under 24-hour electronic video surveillance, and only you will have the key and personal access code. Contact us today to reserve a spot for your own gorgeous piece of automotive history.

Think Outside the (storage) Box

There are virtually unlimited ways you can store your belongings inside of your storage unit. Our storage facility located in Sandy, Utah has some great tips to help you maximize your space and keep your stored items safe and clean.

Firstly, many people don’t think about the height of their unit. I have people frequently call and ask for the length and width of the storage unit, but fail to ask how tall the ceilings are. This is important for several reasons: if you are storing truck, boat, RV or other piece of large equipment, it’s important to know if the item will fit vertically, especially within the height of the door; secondly, there is a lot of empty space near the top of the unit wasted, that could be utilized with a little careful planning.

Using shelves to store items can help to maximize space and keep your unit more organized. It also helps to keep valuables off the ground.

Use plastic covers for sofas, chairs, furniture and mattresses. This will help to ensure that dust, rodents and insects keep out of this items. It is also helpful to cover your couch and put individual cushions in garbage or some other type of bag. This will further protect your couch.

There are many other ways to maximize your space and protect your belongings. Please let me know if you have any other ideas you would like to share.

Summer Deals

As the heat goes up outside this summer, the prices at Sandy Mini Storage go down! We are the price leader here in the Sandy-Midvale market. We make sure that our prices are the very best. Not only are our prices incredible, but our storage units are even better. Our storage units are all block and metal construction, which helps to regulate temperature and keep your storage safe from intruders and rodents. Most of our units electrical power outlets, as well as lights, so you can access your unit after dark and use light electrical equipment. Our facility has state-of-the art cameras, that are capable of recording in 4K, the highest resolution cameras available.  Storage facility is enclosed with block walls and chain-link fencing. There is an on-site resident manager that looks after the place at night, helping to keep your valuables safe and secure. If you have any questions about our units, pricing or security, please call Terry at 801-251-0801.