Friday, April 30, 2021

The Best Ways To Preserve Your Stored Items All-year Round

To preserve your stored items for future use, it’s imperative to give them adequate protection from the elements. Whether you’re storing for the short or long term, you want to make sure that your belongings are always in tip-top shape when retrieving them.

Here are some crucial tips for protecting your stored belongings against the elements.

Remove Moisture with a Regular Deep Clean

Wipe all surfaces regularly with clean dry cloth to remove dust, mildew, and spillages so they don’t can stick around long enough to cause damage.

Elevate With Shelving or Pallets

Use shelving or pallets to lift your belongings off the ground to protect them from floor moisture. Pallets can be moved around, promoting accessibility in your storage unit.

Assess the Nature of All our Stored Items

Some of your belongings might have unique storage needs to deal with exposure to the elements. For some items like heavy furniture, simple wrapping materials like storage covers and bubble wraps can offer enough protection from dust and even spillages. But some items might need a vacuumed container or a water-proof wrapper to stay in tip-top shape.

Use Storage Covers, Bubble Wrap and Vacuum Storage Bags

You may be tempted to leave some things lying around in the open. But you shouldn’t take chances. If there is a spillage of some kind, then insects and pests may take advantage.

You never can tell what your belongings will be exposed to, so it’s always best to wrap them up to protect them for any eventuality. Use storage covers, wrapping sheet, bubble wraps, and even vacuum storage bags.

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

5 Convenient Storage Tips for Home Renovation

Home renovation is usually more demanding than the interior work of a new home because with the former, there are a whole lot more things to move around. From your clothes to furniture, artwork, and utensils, you need to properly put away your belongings to prevent them from collecting dust, dirt, bruises, and or worse damages.


 

However, some storage hacks can help you easily get everything out the way safely so you can carry out your kitchen remodelling, bathroom refitting, and other home renovations seamlessly. 

Remove, Declutter, and Reorganise Everything

After determining which part of the house you want to renovate, make an inventory of everything in that space. Now, organise the items on your list into categories for those that you need to dispose of, move to another room, or leave in the room.

You should also choose a central location for all the items you need to move out. Ideally, you should move them all out to the living room or any room that spares you the largest space.

Acquire the Most Suitable Storage Options

After determining what to move and where to move them to, the next thing you should consider is how to store them in their new temporary location. Ideally, you should choose packing and moving materials that’ll properly protect your belongings from the dust, fumes and debris flying from the refitting activities. You can opt for sturdier cardboard boxes and use bubble wraps and other sturdier instead of newspapers.

You should also consider movable storage solutions like rolling racks for clothing and lightweight plastic rolling bins for odds and ends. With these, it’ll be easier to move your belongings in and out of storage before and after the renovation or as deemed necessary.

If you’re running short of storage space, use vertical storage solutions like lightweight stackable bins, which allow you to store more in less space.

Use Proper Labels

You might want to avoid throwing things into random containers, and instead sort them into properly labelled ones. This will save you countless minutes of searching for specific items through a heap of random boxes. Labels will also help you keep each item in the most suitable storage unit. 

Label each container based on rooms and item categories like breakables, plastics, etc. Also, you should consider keeping containers of items you’ll need sooner closer to the entrance.

Opt for a Self-Storage Unit

Or you can avoid the inconveniences of waiting on others and help yourself to a self-storage unit. Opt for units in storage facilities that are well-secured and easily-accessible. Storage King also offers additional services to help ease the moving process, including local recommended removalists.

 

 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

How to Keep an Expedient Storage Inventory in 4 Easy Steps

Having a hard time organising your home or office with clutter everywhere? You can bring order to the chaos by taking advantage of self-storage units.

One of the best ways to maximise your self-storage unit is by keeping an inventory of your stored items. With an inventory, you’ll be able to retrieve any stored item whenever you need them, keep track of your business supplies, and also maximise every inch of the storage space. All these can add up to give you more peace of mind about your belongings.

Here are three crucial steps that’ll help you easily keep an inventory:

Choose the Right Inventory Tools

There are modern inventory tools like apps, spreadsheets, etc. that can help you easily compute your inventory. But for some people, a good-old-fashioned pen and paper make for an inventory list that’s much easier to access.

You need to choose a method of inventorying that allows you to account for as many details as possible without a hassle. You should be able to turn to your inventory list anytime to find anything from your documents, shoes and clothing, sports gear, etc.

If you’re using digital tools like Excel spreadsheets or inventory apps like MyStuff2Pro or Memento Database, it’s advisable to have a hard copy of the inventories handy so you can access it offline or without any device. 

Create Your List

Now, you need to take stock of everything that’ll go into the self-storage unit. These should be items you don’t need on a daily basis, archived office files, seasonal items, and long-term supplies.

After putting down the items, group them into categories and sub categories. That way, you won’t have to scour through a long list every time you need to find something. You can simply navigate to the category or subcategory to find exactly where the items are stored much quicker. You can organise the list on a room-by-room basis or based on how frequently you want to access the items.

Organise Your Storage Unit 

Use your inventory list as a guide to organising your self-storage. And while packing, take all the time you need and use the right packing tools and materials to avoid damaging your items. Store archived files in cardboard boxes or plastic bins, wrap frail items like artwork, breakables, etc. in bubble wraps or other types of wrapping sheets. It’s also very important to labels the boxes and wrapping sheets appropriately.

Store the items you’ll need sooner closer to the doorway and create an aisle that’ll help you easily reach the back of the unit.

Create a Map

You can complement your inventory with a visual rendition of your storage unit. Create a storage map capturing as many details as possible of your storage unit. That way, you can simply glance through the map and know exactly where to look for any item. The map can be a simple 1D or 2D diagram showing the layout of the storage unit and its various sections and compartments.

With these organising tips, finding any of your stored items will be a piece of cake at all times.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Talking tech: Keyless access and the future of self-storage security

Whether it’s in cars, homes, workplaces or storage facilities, keyless access is fast becoming the new gold standard in convenience and security. As mobile technology improves and people become increasingly aware of the benefits of hygienic touch-free options, innovative companies are turning to digital solutions such as contactless smartphone access. 

For these reasons and more, Storage King recently launched Smart Key, the security system that allows people to seamlessly access their storage unit using just their smartphone. We spoke to Area Manager Paul Hearne about how this new technology is working in some of his facilities. Here’s what he had to say. 

So what exactly is ‘Storage King Smart Key’?

In a nutshell, it’s the security system that allows people to access their storage unit using their smartphone. The more technical description is that it’s a cloud-based, Bluetooth enabled digital key management system. Regardless of what you call it, it means you don’t need keys, PIN codes or access cards to get into your unit. 

What opportunities does this technology open up for your customers? 

It offers a lot more than just easy, contactless access. The app allows you to track, monitor and report on all your unit activity – how often it’s accessed, exactly what time it’s opened, even changes in internal temperature. This is particularly useful to business clients who use their units for commercial purposes. 

Another key capability is what we’re calling digital key sharing. Since there’s no physical keys, you now use a digital key. And you can use the app to determine exactly how you want this key to be shared. So if your mate asks to borrow your golf clubs but they are in storage, all you do is share your digital key with them and they can pick up the clubs themselves then drop them back to your unit afterwards. This of course also has endless applications for commercial tenants. We have a lot of tradies, for example, who need to give their contractors temporary access to their storage unit. The best thing is you can revoke their digital key immediately, as well as monitor the activity, so it’s a really secure way to share unit access. It also opens a whole lot of opportunities for facilities to offer services like pickup, delivery and moving. 

Tell us a bit more about the actual technology

The digital keys work via Bluetooth, which means you can access the units using any Bluetooth enabled smartphone or device. The digital “locks” are installed next to each unit’s door. Each lock features water-resistant metal and hardened plastic faceplate with LED lights, motion and touch sensors. Wave your digital key over the top and the unit automatically unlocks. 

There are also motion sensors both inside and outside the unit and infrared-based technology that’s sensitive to changes in temperature. These sensors recognise immediate temperature changes and send a notification to the owner, so you can know every time someone accesses your unit. 

So it’s got a number of security benefits? 

We always pride ourselves on the security of our facilities, but having a digital record of all activity and alerts for after-hours access definitely provides that extra level of confidence. It really gives you full peace of mind that your stuff is safe and secure. 

So how can customers take advantage of this? 

Check if Storage King Smart Key is offered at your local facility. It’s currently only in a few stores, but this will increase over time. Then you just have to download the app and set up your digital key. 

Click here to learn more

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Holiday Storage Tips: How to Choose Between Internal and Drive-Up Storage Units

Storage organisation becomes increasingly critical as we enter the holiday season. You’ll probably go for Christmas shopping, gifts will come flying in, and family and friends will stop by with their baggage.

In this piece, we’ll help you determine how best to leverage two types of storage – internal and drive-up – during this holiday period.

Many people hardly distinguish between internal and drive-up storage units, and doing so can help them organise their storage more efficiently.

Internal Storage

The major difference between internal and drive up storage units is that the former is located inside a roofed structure while the later is usually a standalone structure. You’ll likely have to walk into a building and then make your way down a corridor before reaching an internal storage unit.

Extensive building walls protect internal storage and also can come with well-raised and finished floors.

If you’re running short of storage space in your home, you can reserve internal storage spaces, including your walk-in closets, cabinets, drawers, and others that are more susceptible to the elements.

Drive-Up Storage

Depending on its design and features, a drive-up storage units can be as good as an internal unit depending on what you need to store, and are a great option when you need to access your space regularly.

They’re easier to access and can be more convenient. Drive-up storage can be just a few steps away from a driveway, so you can easily access them and move things in between the storage and your car or ute.

Drive-up storage units are ideal for storing large, heavy items that are difficult to move around a corridor or hallway. These can be anything from vehicles to work equipment, farming/gardening tools, sports gear and other recreational items.

Unsure what type will best suit you?

Contact Storage King on 1800 100 700 (Australia) or 0800 220 210 (New Zealand) and one of our storage consultants can assist with your ideal space depending on your requirements.