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Using Self Storage with Your Hobbies

Hobbies are an essential part of our personal lives. But they can sometimes get in the way of day to day activities with the shear space they require. Self storage can help by providing that added space outside of your home so you can pursue your interests. Whether your hobby is scrapbooking, crafting, seasonal outdoor activities such as hiking, playing sports or collecting memorabilia; self storage can help make your hobby a little more enjoyable.

When you are considering using self storage for your hobby, keep in mind the size and type of unit that would benefit you best. As a hobbyist, you will likely be in and out of your storage unit frequently and will need easy access to your items. Instead of using a smaller unit to save a bit of money, consider renting a size larger than you think you need. This will allow for easier access to all your items. If you go with a 10×10 or 10×15, you can install free-standing shelving units around the sides and back, and even place a table in the center to keep the current project. It is hard to put shelving inside a smaller unit if you need to access various items all the time.

If you are storing items like small tubes of paint, scrapbooking materials, records, electronics or antiques, we recommend you choose a temperature control unit. These units are interior units kept between 55 and 80 degrees year round. If your items are sensitive to temperatures, you simply must select a temperature control unit. You don’t want your paints to dry up, your photos to curl or your records to melt. These units give your valuables an added layer of protection from the temperature shifts outside.

If you are storing items like sporting equipment, tools and seasonal vehicles, a drive up exterior access unit would be best. These are units with drive up access where you can easily store a seasonal vehicle such as a snowmobile or motorcycle, and even prep the vehicle by fully cleaning and topping off fluids. Of course, if you are storing titled property you need to provide the property manager with the title or registration and insurance for that vehicle.

Organization is key to self storage. By keeping your items organized you will be able to find what you need quickly. Store items in clear plastic bins or our specialty boxes with clearly marked labels so you can grab what you need and go. You can use free standing shelving units to stack bins and boxes and keep items off the concrete floor. Remember to keep all items that belong together close to each other – like a bike, helmet and knee pads – for easier access. You can optimize your unit by propping up items like canoes, kayaks and skis. Consider keeping an inventory list of what you have stored and where it is located for even easier access. By using self storage as an extension of your home, you can effortlessly store and access everything you need for your hobbies. When you are ready to start storing your hobby needs with us, you can rent online or contact our property managers to get started.

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