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Furniture Storage Made Easy: Top Tips for Furniture Self-Storage

When it comes to the items that clutter our homes and quickly fill up our living spaces, furniture tops the list. It’s the biggest thing you’re likely to have in the house, and adding a new couch or dining table usually means finding a new home for the old one. What if you’re not ready to part with it? That’s where self storage in Oklahoma comes in handy. It offers a space to keep your valued pieces safe so they’re there when you need them.

However, some folks are hesitant when it comes to storing furniture in self storage units, especially antique furniture, heirloom pieces, wood furniture, and anything with upholstery. Is it safe to keep furniture in self storage? The answer is yes, but only if you know how to do it right.

Certain types of furniture can be sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and humidity. This includes all the types we mentioned above, especially wood and upholstered furniture. Furniture like this needs to be stored in a climate-controlled environment, and all furniture that’s going into self storage should be properly prepared, covered, and stacked so it’s not damaged over time.

Ultimately, storing furniture is the same as storing anything else. You’ll need to take the right approach to keep your items in great condition over time. Fortunately, Storage ‘R’ Us self storage in Lawton offers everything that you’ll need to keep your furniture in great shape year after year. We’ll walk you through some essential steps for preparing your furniture for storage and explain how to strategically place your furniture in your unit so that it stays protected and organized until you need it again.

Clean your furniture first! The first step of placing just about anything into self storage is to make sure it’s clean. This not only helps to maintain the condition of the item over time—dirt and grime can do damage as it sits—it also ensures that the piece is ready for you whenever you come to claim it. Furniture, in particular, should be cleaned and treated with the appropriate measures for whatever the furniture is made of, from wood polish to upholstery cleaner to leather conditioner. It’s also important to let everything dry before you cover your furniture and put it into storage. You don’t want to trap moisture, which can lead to mildew and other problems.

Transport your furniture safely! Once your furniture is cleaned and ready to go, it’s just as important that you transport it to your storage unit with care. You may be surprised to learn that most damage to furniture that is being stored happens when it’s on its way to or from the storage unit. The simplest and most important way to avoid damage is to transport your furniture carefully and safely, and always use a team lift to move anything heavy.

Wrap your furniture for long-term storage. Furniture is pretty sturdy stuff. After all, it survives us sitting on it, climbing on it, you name it. When it comes to long-term furniture storage, however, wrapping it is crucial to keeping it protected. This protects it not from the day-to-day use for which furniture was designed, but against slow threats such as dust, moisture, and scratches. Fortunately, a variety of excellent resources are available to help protect your furniture, from larger furniture pads and drop cloths to something as simple as bubble wrap, which is perfect for providing cushioning for delicate parts of your furniture, including glass and decorative woodwork. Be careful when using anything plastic on your furniture, however, as it can trap moisture. You’ll want to cover the relevant area completely but not too tightly. Your furniture still needs a little air circulation to prevent mold and mildew.

Place your stored furniture with care. Just as when you’re arranging furniture in your home, placing large items like furniture into self storage requires a little careful planning. Anything that you place into self storage should be kept up off the floor. It’s also good to avoid overcrowding your storage unit, which can help to promote that air circulation we mentioned. Plus, it makes it easier for you to access the items that you need when you need them. Like any other space, a storage unit utilizes both vertical and horizontal square footage, but you should be particularly cautious when stacking, especially when it comes to furniture.

Don’t stack heavy furniture. Let’s examine that a little more closely. It might seem like a good space-saving solution, but stacking furniture (or anything else that’s particularly heavy) on top of other furniture can lead to structural stress over time. This can, in turn, encourage everything from fabric impressions in upholstered furniture to warping or even cracking of wood. Ultimately, it’s best to avoid stacking anything heavy on your stored furniture. If you do have to stack anything, always make sure that it’s level and that the pressure exerted on lower pieces is distributed as evenly as possible.

Maybe the most important thing that you can do to preserve furniture that you’re placing into self storage is to opt for a climate-controlled storage unit. Climate-controlled storage helps to protect furniture from extremes of heat, cold, and humidity, which can be particularly damaging to wood, upholstered, or leather furniture. If you’re unsure whether you need a climate-controlled unit, ask the friendly pros at Storage ‘R’ Us. We’ll be happy to help you find the storage solution that’s perfect for you.

As you can see, there’s a lot more to moving your furniture into Oklahoma self storage than picking it up and putting it into a storage unit. In order to preserve the condition of your furniture, you’ll want to take a few simple steps to get the most out of your self storage experience. Once you do, though, you’ll be surprised at the difference it can make.

From the biggest and most fragile pieces of furniture to the smallest everyday items, here at Storage ‘R’ Us, we have a storage solution for every need, and we’re happy to help you find the one you’re looking for. We’ve been serving the community since 1972, so come see us today at one of our handy self storage locations in Lawton, Moore, Duncan, Chickasha, Newcastle, or Norman.

Even though Halloween is just around the corner, stores across Oklahoma are already stocking their aisles with Thanksgiving and Christmas décor. This hurried transition as stores compete to be “first to market” reminds us that the holiday season is already in full swing. This festive period between Halloween and New Year’s Day is always busy and fun, but it can also be a little overwhelming. With all the decorations going up and coming down and visitors arriving from out of town, your home can feel pretty packed. While it may be tough to find space for everything, there’s an easy solution: Oklahoma self storage from Storage ‘R’ Us. With a little help from your friendly neighborhood self storage facility, you’ll be able to enjoy the holidays without all the mess and clutter. Here’s how self storage in Oklahoma can help you with every one of the big holidays coming up!


The spookiest time of year doesn’t have to be too scary when it comes to clutter. Here are a few of the things you can keep safely out of the way in your storage unit:

  • Costumes from Previous Years. Storing costumes can be a lifesaver. Not only can they be reused, repurposed, or handed down to younger kiddos, but they may often hold sentimental value as cherished keepsakes.
  • Spooky Decorations. From those massive yard inflatables to those 12-foot skeletons, from lighting to foam jack-o’-lanterns, décor items can take up space around Halloween. Fortunately, many of these can be safely and securely stored in your self storage unit during the off-season, ensuring that they’re clean and ready to use for next year’s at-home spookfest.
  • Seasonal Craft Supplies. Doing some seasonal crafting is a great way for families to spend quality time together, but all that crafting requires supplies. Whether you’re using something as simple as a pumpkin carving kit or as complicated as the gear for making homemade decorations, you can put all of those supplies into self storage when you’re done with them.


Thanksgiving is a time when families often come together and enjoy big, sumptuous meals around the dinner table. Of course, if you’re hosting all those guests, you’re going to need a lot of extra space. Self storage to the rescue!

  • Dinnerware. Certain pieces of dinnerware only come out on special occasions.  These special items, such as your large serving dishes or your best plates and silverware, need somewhere to stay when they’re not in use, and self storage is the perfect place for them.
  • Decorative Elements. Sure, Thanksgiving isn’t as known for its decorations as Halloween or Christmas, but most families still do a little something to dress up the place before company comes. Whether you’re decorating with heirloom candle holders, making table centerpieces made up of fall foliage, or breaking out your very best tablecloths, all those items need special care.
  • Furniture for Gatherings. When it’s time to sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, there will likely be a lot more people around the table than usual. That means you’ll need extra chairs and maybe even extra tables or a leaf that extends the table you already have. All these things take up space when they aren’t in use, so why not keep them out of the way in your Oklahoma self storage unit?
  • Cooking and Baking Supplies. Of course, before you sit down to enjoy that big Thanksgiving meal, someone has to make it. If that someone is you, you’ll probably be breaking out some specialty bakeware, pots, pans, and utensils for preparing an extra big meal. But where do you put them when you’re done? We’ve got you covered.


For many households in Oklahoma, Christmas is the biggest celebration of the year. This may mean celebrating with folks who come in from out of town, or it may mean only your closest family is gathering around the Christmas tree. In either case, Oklahoma self storage can help you find a little extra space in the homestead by storing items like these:

  • Tree and Decorations. The centerpiece of any Christmas is a big, beautiful Christmas tree. Some folks go for live trees every year, while others break out artificial trees that can be bulky and cumbersome to store. In either event, you’ll also need stuff like tree stands, tree skirts, ornaments, lights, and so on. All of that can go into self storage when it’s not in use.
  • Other Decorations and Displays. Besides trees and the trimmings that go on them, most folks also deck the halls with a lot more décor around Christmastime, from outdoor inflatables and elaborate lighting displays to simple door wreaths and stockings. All of these items are easily damaged if they aren’t stored properly. Many families also have nativity sets, Advent calendars, or miniature Christmas villages that are heirlooms passed down through the generations, and they’re often fragile.
  • Presents, Of Course. Presents go under the tree on Christmas morning, but where do they go the rest of the time? If your kids always seem to find their presents no matter how well you hide them, why not stick them in a self storage unit until the big day?


As one year draws to a close and a new one begins, we all gather to ring in the new and see off the old. New Year’s Eve is a time of parties and celebrations, and these come with their own accessories that can be kept out of the way in Oklahoma self storage.

  • Festive Decorations. New Year’s Eve isn’t as décor-intensive as Christmas or Halloween, but we still put up decorations to help welcome in the New Year, including banners and balloons.
  • Specialized Glassware and Serving Dishes. A party just isn’t a party without good things to eat and drink, and New Year’s Eve is famous for being celebrated with a toast. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres are often served from some specialized dishes and glasses, such as champagne flutes and punch bowls, and they’re often particularly fragile. Keep them in storage until next New Year’s Eve to keep them safe.
  • Noisemakers and Party Favors. We usually ring in the new year with a lot of noise, which means we need plenty of confetti poppers or noisemakers. If you’re using these or any other party supplies, you can also keep them out of the way until it’s time for the big night with a little help from Storage ‘R’ Us.

Those are just a few of the ways that Oklahoma self storage can help you enjoy the holiday season and be ready for the next one! Here are a few quick storage tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of your self storage unit, too:

  • Use clear plastic bins so that you can easily see and identify contents without opening them.
  • Label everything and keep a checklist of what’s in each box, even when you are using those clear plastic bins. It helps you to find what you’re looking for, especially if you’re in a rush.
  • Protect fragile items with bubble wrap, newspapers, or specialized storage boxes. For some items, you might also want to consider climate-controlled self storage.

Whatever you’re storing this holiday season, Storage ‘R’ Us has the solution you need and the expertise to help you get the best from your Oklahoma self storage units. Come on down to one of our convenient locations today and let us help you get started!

Fall is finally on its way! Now that the nights are growing cooler and the days are becoming shorter, everyone across Oklahoma recognizes the signs: The holiday season is fast approaching.

Halloween kicks off the holiday season, and many people already have their skeletons, ghosts, tombstones, and cobwebs ready to go for the spookiest night of the year. From there, we quickly transition to Thanksgiving, the winter holidays and Christmas, and then finally New Year’s Eve! All these wonderful festivities are a lot of fun, but they also bring with them a sea of inevitable clutter in the form of decorations, costumes, ornaments, gifts, wrapping paper, and all the stuff you need to have on hand when you have guests over. Fortunately, this is where self-storage in Oklahoma can save the day, ensuring that each celebration is seamless, joyous, and clutter-free!

Why Self-Storage is the Holiday Gift You Need

Imagine the holidays without the clutter. You’ll no longer experience the stress that comes with finding that one box of special ornaments or the frustration of trying to untangle that knot of holiday lights. You’ll have plenty of space for everything with room left over to host guests and prepare holiday feasts. You can have all that and more with a little help from Storage ‘R’ Us!

As we head into the busy holiday season, Oklahoma self-storage offers you the perfect solution. Think of it as a holiday haven—a place to organize and store your cherished seasonal items until their time in the spotlight arrives. As the bats and witches come down and the trees and tinsel go up, you’ll have everything you need at your fingertips, always right where you need it, and always out of the way.

Anticipate the Arrival of Guests

The holidays mean more than decorations and gifts. They mean family gatherings, often with friends and loved ones flocking together from all over the country to join the festivities. With everyone coming over, though, our homes need to be guest-ready, both inside and out.

For starters, this means ensuring that there’s ample parking space, especially when wintry weather looms. Shifting the boat, jet skis, garden equipment, and pool paraphernalia from the garage may be essential, and you can put all that and more in Oklahoma self-storage, ensuring your guests have space and your belongings remain protected from the elements. But parking is only the first step of preparing for holiday guests. You may also want to clear out that guest room or open up space in the hall closet for winter coats. Not to worry!  Self-storage can help with that, too!

Secret Santa’s Workshop

Do your kids always manage to find all their presents, no matter how well you hide them? Not anymore! While you’re at it, say goodbye to those last-minute gift-wrapping sessions and say hello to organized, stress-free preparations. Sure, they still might happen after midnight on Christmas Eve, but we don’t judge.

A climate-controlled storage unit can not only help keep surprise gifts safe from prying eyes, but it can also act as a personal gift-wrapping headquarters. Making gifts for some of the folks on your list? You can use your storage unit as Santa’s workshop to craft to your heart’s content—all without your prospective recipients being any the wiser.

Factors to Consider for Seasonal Storage

Self-storage in Oklahoma can be a lifesaver in so many ways, but like most things, you get out of it what you put into it. You’ll want to consider certain factors to help optimize your seasonal self-storage experience. Here are a few:

  • Climate-Controlled Storage – Depending on what you’re planning to store, you may want to invest in a climate-controlled solution. These can help protect your most precious belongings from the extremes of temperature and humidity that often come with the holiday season in Oklahoma.
  • Drive-Up Access – If you’re planning to unload a Christmas tree or some of those larger lawn decorations, you may want to ensure that you’ve got a unit that offers drive-up access. This means that you can pull right up to the door of your unit, which makes loading and unloading a breeze!
  • Outdoor Vehicle Storage – The holiday season is the off season for most boats, RVs, and many other large vehicles. Fortunately, Storage ‘R’ Us also offers outdoor vehicle storage that can help get them out of the way while still ensuring that they’re ready for their next adventure!
  • Moving and Packing Supplies – To get the most out of your storage unit, you’ll want to keep your stuff organized. Most self-storage facilities sell packing and moving supplies, such as cardboard boxes, labels, markers, or packing tape. The staff can help with recommendations for how best to store your belongings.

We Can Also Help Clean It All Up

Just because the holidays are over and all the guests have gone home doesn’t mean that you no longer need a little help from self-storage in Oklahoma. Whether you’re packing away all those holiday decorations or you need an out-of-the-way spot to keep the gifts you received that you don’t have room for around the house, self-storage has got you covered.

Of course, the post-holiday cleanup isn’t just about getting the holiday things out of sight, either. As the holidays wind down and a new year dawns, it’s a perfect time to look into decluttering your life and your living space, and Storage ‘R’ Us is here to help. It’s never too early to start thinking about next year. If you’re going to be picking up gifts or holiday décor items during all the after-Christmas sales, you can always keep them in Oklahoma self-storage until the holiday season rolls back around.

Whatever you’re storing this holiday season, Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma has the solutions that you need. With our wide range of storage options, we’re committed to ensuring your holidays remain joyful and clutter-free. Sometimes, the best way to prepare your home for the holidays is to prepare for the after-party, too!

As summer winds down and autumn approaches, the campuses at the University of Oklahoma in Norman and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater come alive with students returning for classes. The beginning of a new college semester is always an exciting time, but it also brings the challenge of finding someplace to store all your belongings, especially when space is limited in dorm rooms, shared apartments, and on-campus housing. This is where self-storage in Oklahoma can be a lifesaver for students heading back to classes at OU, OSU, or anyplace else!

The Challenges of Limited Space

Whether you’re a Sooner at the University of Oklahoma or a Cowboy at OSU, dormitory and apartment space can be restrictive. College housing tends to be optimized for fitting the most students into the smallest space, meaning that there may be ample room to study and sleep and keep a few of the basic necessities, but there may not be enough room for much else. Naturally, each roommate or housemate brings various items, and a shared living space can quickly become a maze of stacked boxes, mismatched furniture, and more!

Closet space in particular is always in short supply. Most dorms and shared apartments offer limited amounts of storage, usually only a closet or two along with a few cabinets. With multiple people sharing the space, these storage spots fill up quick. You have your day-to-day clothes and the items you use all the time, of course, but then you also have seasonal things like winter coats and sports equipment. These often take up a lot of space, even though you only use them for part of the year or on special occasions.

With such limited space available, it’s important to make every square inch of it count, and that includes making strategic decisions about what you keep in your dorm room or shared apartment and what you simply need to keep someplace nearby. You’ll want to keep it somewhere you can access it easily when you need it, but where it’ll be out of the way the rest of the time.

Why Self-Storage in Oklahoma is the Solution

Self-storage is a perfect out-of-the-way spot for all the things that you need but don’t have room for. There’s a place for just about anything in Oklahoma self-storage, from your summer and winter clothes to that bike you don’t ride as often as you should, and you’ll know that it’s safe, secure, and easily accessible when you need it. Thanks to our fenced and walled perimeters, gated access, 24/7 monitoring, and more, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your items are in good hands.

For college students, Oklahoma self-storage also offers all the flexibility that your busy schedule requires. You never know when you might need to pick up an extra notebook, your soccer cleats, or a pair of dancing shoes, which is why most storage facilities offer 24/7 access to your belongings. And, of course, the Oklahoma weather is nothing if not unpredictable. Even if you have that winter coat packed away, it’ll be easy to grab if we hit an unexpected cold snap.

Self-storage is also a lifesaver for students who commute to and from school. Even if you don’t live on or near campus, you may need someplace nearby to store things so you have access to them between classes.

Some Tips for Using Self-Storage as a Student in Oklahoma!

As you can see, self-storage in Oklahoma can be a huge boon to college students from Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, and beyond. But how can you get the most out of your storage space? Not to worry! We’ve assembled a few handy tips to help you maximize your self-storage experience and make heading back to school easy!

Find the Space That’s Right for You: Storage units come in all shapes and sizes. Most college students probably need a smaller unit that’s around 5 feet by 5 feet or maybe 5×10. However, one of the great things about storage units is that they come in various sizes so you can scale up or down as needed. If you find that you’re storing furniture or other household items, you may need a bigger space—and there’s one waiting for you!

Label Everything: Packing is important when it comes to getting the most out of your self-storage experience, and one of the ways to optimize your packing is to make sure that you can find what you’re looking for when you need it again. If you’re in the midst of finals week, you don’t have a lot of extra time to spend digging around in your storage unit for something that you know is in there. Packing carefully and creating labels and even spreadsheets to help you find your stuff is a must.

Prioritize: Think hard about what goes into your storage unit—and also think about where it goes. If it’s something that you won’t need until later in the semester, it can go behind stuff that you’ll need more frequently. If it’s something that you won’t need until next summer, it can go farther back yet.

Share the Space: A great way to keep costs down is to share the space and share the load. Chances are, you already have experience with that from roommates or other shared living arrangements. You and your roommate can also share a storage unit just as easily, or you can split one with another friend on campus. Be sure to make it clear what belongs to whom so there’s no confusion.

Ask About Automatic Payments: College life is hectic, to say the least. From classes and homework to sporting events and social activities, you’ve got a lot going on. With all that on your mind, it can be all too easy to miss a monthly lease payment. Don’t put yourself in that situation; ask your Oklahoma self-storage facility about setting up automatic payments and take one more worry off your mind.

As you head back to classes this fall, there’s so much to do and see, to keep track of and remember. Let self-storage in Oklahoma help you to keep your stuff organized and out of the way so that you can have a great college experience! Whether you’re attending classes at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater or at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, self-storage in Oklahoma is here for you!

Minimalism isn’t just a popular buzzword, and it’s not just about owning fewer items. It’s a way of life that’s about appreciating what you do have and making the most of it without burying yourself in clutter. It’s about keeping only what you love and use regularly and enjoying the freedom that comes with clearing the clutter from your home and your daily life. Of course, you probably have some things that you can’t bear to part with, no matter how much you want or need them out of your living spaces. Fortunately, that’s where minimalism and self-storage can help! Self-storage in Oklahoma helps you remove the clutter from your life while still keeping those items you can’t part with safe and sound. Let’s take a closer look at how.

Getting Started. The process of decluttering can seem overwhelming initially. With any lifestyle change, the first step is often the hardest. Overcoming inertia can be difficult, but once you get started, you’ll find that the rest of the process comes more easily, especially if you begin by focusing on why you want to live a more simplified lifestyle.

Understanding Your “Why.” Before you begin the process of decluttering your home, it’s important to understand what you’re trying to accomplish. Your “why” may be anything from wanting more space in your home to spending less of your free time managing your belongings. Whatever your reasons, it’s important to keep them at the forefront of your mind during the decluttering process so that you understand your goals and can keep them in front of you as motivation.

Starting Small. As with any complex process, it’s best to start small so that you don’t become overwhelmed right away. It’s all too easy to get started, only to feel like you have already bitten off more than you can chew. To avoid this, begin the process with a single drawer, shelf, or closet. Starting with a small area allows you to get a feel for the process and will also give you an immediate sense of accomplishment that can help carry you on to the next step. Plus, you can use any of the tricks that you learn from that first small project on the larger ones ahead!

Identifying and Discarding Duplicate Items. The easiest way to begin reducing clutter in your life is to let go of items that you have multiples of. From books to kitchen utensils, many of us accumulate duplicate items, often without even realizing it. Maybe you bought one for yourself and later received another as a gift or just bought a second one because you forgot you had purchased the first. Whatever the case may be, these duplications are obvious targets for decluttering.

Digitizing Whenever Possible. We live in a world where digital storage solutions make it possible to eliminate a lot of physical clutter while still keeping the content that matters to us. This may mean music, books, DVDs, and so on, but it can also be certain documents and even photographs. In fact, using cloud storage options for photographs may be even better than keeping a physical copy. They can be easily shared with friends and family, and many cloud storage solutions offer backup options to help ensure the safety of all your treasured memories.

Incorporating the ‘One In, One Out’ Rule. Once you’ve decluttered your space, though, how do you keep it decluttered? Nothing feels worse than working hard on a project only to find it all undone before you know it. Fortunately, there are ways to keep your newly decluttered home clutter free, and one of these is the “one in, one out” rule. For every new item that you bring into your home, you have to let an older item go. The items don’t need to be commensurate in size or type. It’s simply a way to remind you to keep clutter at the forefront of your mind as you live your life day to day. Before you buy something new, you’ll find yourself asking, “What am I going to get rid of to make room for this?”

The Role of Self Storage in Minimalism. Most people think minimalism means getting rid of things that they already have, but that’s not necessarily true, especially for those who have items that they can’t bear to part with. That’s where minimalism and self-storage come in. With a self-storage unit on your side, you can enjoy a minimalist home without having to say goodbye to all of your stuff. You can put it out of sight and out of mind with some convenient self-storage in Oklahoma.

Remember that minimalism is a journey, not a destination. Decluttering your home has a variety of practical benefits, whether you go for absolute minimalism or simply try to reduce the amount of stuff you have lying around. A clutter-free home has been shown to yield significant psychological benefits, including lower stress, and you’ll have more free time if you spend less of it cleaning and organizing. Plus, it’s something that is within everyone’s reach. It’s just a matter of starting small and setting achievable goals.

Whether you’re embracing minimalism as a lifestyle or just trying to lead a slightly less cluttered existence, you can find the tools you need to help you on your journey at Storage ‘R’ Us. From climate-controlled storage to packing and moving supplies, and from specialty vehicle storage to units sized to fit any need, our convenient self-storage facilities have the solution that’s perfect for you. Plus, our friendly staff can answer any questions you might have or direct you toward the storage solution that will help you achieve your goals. Call or visit one of our convenient locations in Lawton, Duncan, Moore, Chickasha, Newcastle, or Norman today, and let us help you get started on your minimalism journey!

Have you ever really thought about how diverse self-storage can be? It’s so much more than an extra closet or a little more space in the garage—though it can be those things, too! If you’re searching for “self-storage near me,” you probably already know how self-storage can help to solve your current space issues and give you the room you need, but have you thought about how it can be there with you as you grow?

Self-storage comes in handy for anyone and everyone, providing a trusty resource throughout all of life’s many changes. It can benefit young adults moving into their first apartment, newlyweds combining their lives, someone who owns a growing business, retirees getting ready to downsize, or anyone who needs a little extra space for whatever, whenever. Self-storage is always there for you. Let’s look at some of the ways self-storage can help you throughout your life.

When you’re young and just starting out… Whether you’re headed off to college or you just landed your first job, self-storage can be a lifesaver as you move out of your parents’ house and strike out on your own for the first time. Naturally, you may have more stuff than will fit into your dorm room or your first apartment, so whether you need a little extra room for university textbooks or those childhood toys that you’re just not yet ready to part with (they might one day be collector’s items, after all!) you can find a place for everything with Oklahoma self-storage near you.

When you’re planning a wedding… First of all, congratulations! Getting married is one of the most exciting times in your life, but it’s also one filled with decisions, including the decisions that come with combining two households. You probably don’t need to keep two toasters or two sets of dishes, but you probably have things that you’re not yet ready to let go of. Fortunately, self-storage can come to the rescue, keeping those extra couches and dining tables safe and sound until you decide what to do with them. You can even use self-storage to help stage decorations, chairs, folding tables, and anything else you need for the big day itself.

For all those military families on the move… Military life can be all over the place. Literally. If you’re based near Lawton, OK, self-storage can help when you’re deployed or if you have a change of station. We have all the military self-storage space you need, so we’ve got you covered while you’re stationed at Fort Sill, Altus AFB, Vance AFB, or Tinker AFB or if you’re deployed anywhere in the world! Whether you’re on a short tour of duty or a permanent change of station, we know that the peace of mind that comes with knowing your belongings are safe means so much to members of the US military and their families, and we’re proud to offer military self-storage to help!

When business is booming… While many homeowners are aware that self-storage in Oklahoma can help them declutter, free up space, and find the room that they need in their houses, you might not have realized that businesses of all sizes use self-storage, too. Is your business growing faster than you expected? That’s great, but it also brings with it new challenges, including finding extra space for inventory, supplies, and more. Sure, you could move to a bigger office, but that’s expensive. Self-storage may be a better option. It’s like a reliable employee, holding onto inventory, equipment, or anything else that your business needs. Plus, climate-controlled self-storage can safely store documents and files so that they’re out of the way but still easily accessible!

For the side-hustlers and dedicated hobbyists… We get it. Everybody needs a little extra cash these days. That’s why so many of us have side hustles running Etsy stores or selling Mary Kay or whatever. Whether you need someplace to store all that excess inventory or need a spot for staging items for shipping, there’s no reason to sacrifice your living room when you can rent a dedicated self-storage space for your side gig. Even if you’re not trying to turn your passion into profit, self-storage is perfect for dedicated hobbyists. That collection of baseball cards, action figures, or model trains can be kept safe, organized, and out of the way in climate-controlled self-storage!

And later in life… Ah, retirement! For many people, retirement is a time to travel. Are you planning to break out the RV and see the country? If so, you may want vehicle storage for the off-season. Storage ‘R’ Us has you covered. But there’s more! Retirement is also often a time when empty-nesters choose to downsize to a smaller, more maintenance-free home. But what about all those precious memories and keepsakes, the things that you can’t bear to part with? Not to worry. Self-storage in Oklahoma can handle them safely, so they’ll be there when you want them.

These are just a few of the ways that self-storage can help throughout all the changes that life throws at you. At Storage ‘R’ Us, we believe that self-storage is more than just extra space. It’s a source of endless possibilities, a way to help you to fulfil your dreams and enjoy your life to the fullest. It’s a secure place for military families, a way for businesses to make the most of their growth, a safe spot for precious memories and family keepsakes. If you’re looking for “self-storage near me” in Oklahoma, we want to be a reliable and valued solution throughout your life.

At Storage ‘R’ Us, we’ve got convenient locations in Norman, Newcastle, Moore, Duncan, and Chickasha, as well as three locations in Lawton, Oklahoma. We’ve been serving the community since 1972, and we’ve seen people use self-storage to help them through all stages of life. Whatever you need to store and whatever life throws your way, we’ll be here for you, providing the very best self-storage solutions to fit all of life’s various needs. All you have to do is contact us today or stop by one of our many convenient locations!

Planning a wedding? Congratulations! It’s going to be a joyous occasion for you and your family! At the same time, the planning process can also be one of the most stressful times you’ll ever experience. Planning and managing a wedding involves coordinating all the people who are going to attend as well as countless other tasks and decisions, each of which has its own complexity.

Besides the guest list and venue, you’re going to have to make choices regarding the florists, menu, entertainment, invitations, decorations, attire, photographer, and much more. Each of those decisions requires careful thought and planning. It’s no small effort. As the big day approaches, things tend to get even more complicated, and you’re bound to have a nagging fear of something important being forgotten. This is when having a well-organized plan can be a life saver, and using resources such as self-storage units near you can play a key role in reducing your stress and helping your wedding go off without a hitch—except, of course, the intended one.

Why consider ‘storage units near me’ for wedding planning?

As your wedding draws closer, having access to “storage units near me” can provide you with several conveniences that will help you save time and reduce stress. You can store a wide array of wedding supplies in your storage unit, from decorations to table settings to the tables themselves, keeping them organized and in perfect condition, ready and waiting for the big day. This can help you assemble and prepare everything in advance so that when your wedding day arrives, you can focus on what’s really important.

Using self-storage as part of your wedding planning strategy is also cost effective. Renting an affordable self-storage unit is likely cheaper than getting extra space at your wedding venue. Even if you’re having your wedding at home, a storage unit will help you save on space and hassle, and you can avoid the risk of damage to decorations or wedding attire by keeping it out of your busy home in the run-up to the wedding.

Weddings are not inexpensive affairs, and even the smallest wedding can find its budget ballooning unexpectedly. Fortunately, affordable self-storage can help you to nip that blossoming budget in the bud, and you can save extra money for other things like catering, photography, or your honeymoon.

Keep climate-controlled self-storage in mind for your wedding prep!

We already discussed the benefits of searching for “storage units near me” in helping you plan for your wedding, but while you’re at it, you might want to consider climate-controlled storage. The reason is simple: So many wedding-related items can be damaged by extremes of temperature or humidity. If you’re keeping wine or champagne for the reception, these are susceptible to fluctuations in temperature. Delicate decorations or wedding attire are often made of fine fabrics or other materials that can be damaged by humidity or heat. You don’t want to store a bunch of candles in a hot storage unit on a summer day, for example.

In Oklahoma, temperatures can vary considerably between seasons. That’s why climate-controlled Oklahoma self-storage facilities are vital for those who are planning a wedding in our great state. Climate-controlled self-storage can help to keep even your most delicate wedding items safe and ready, so they’ll be there waiting when the big day arrives. Storage ‘R’ Us offers climate-controlled units that can give you peace of mind so you can focus on other aspects of your wedding. What, exactly, should you consider putting into climate-controlled self-storage? We’re glad you asked!

Here are the top items you might put in climate-controlled storage before your wedding:

Wedding attire: Everyone knows that weddings come with their own complement of special attire just for the occasion. The wedding dress is the centerpiece, of course, but there’s also the suits for the groom and the groomsmen, bridesmaid dresses, and even outfits for the flower girl and ring bearer. All these and more can be safely stored away, and you won’t have to worry about humidity or other damage.

Bulk wine and champagne: Most wedding receptions serve one or both, and if you’re buying them in advance, they need to be stored at the correct temperature to maintain quality.

Delicate decorations: Many wedding decorations are made of fairly delicate materials, from silk flowers and paper streamers to wax candles that can melt in extreme heat. These items need to be stored in a place with controlled temperature and humidity.

Wedding favors: Similarly, many wedding favors are either made of delicate materials or are perishable. If you’re giving out chocolates, for example, you don’t want to store them in a hot storage unit where they’ll melt before the big day.

Paper goods: More paper than you might expect goes into a wedding. You’ll have invitations, of course, not to mention menus, place cards, and more. All of these can be protected from humidity and kept pristine with a little help from a climate-controlled storage unit.

Furniture: Depending on your venue, both the wedding itself and the wedding reception might require tables, chairs, and other furniture, as well as tableware and decorations. These can take up a lot of space, especially if the venue doesn’t already have them. If they’re purchased or rented in advance of the big day, they can be stored in an affordable self-storage unit leading up to the event. If they’re made out of anything that might be damaged by humidity, you should consider opting for climate-controlled storage.

From the biggest wedding to the smallest, whether you’re getting married at a church, an event space, or at home, any wedding is going to have a lot of moving parts that go into it. You can help to keep all that chaos contained by searching for “storage units near me,” or simply by visiting Storage ‘R’ Us at one of our many convenient Oklahoma self-storage facilities. With locations in Lawton, Moore, Chickasha, Duncan, Newcastle, and Norman, there’s bound to be a Storage ‘R’ Us near your wedding venue, and we’re happy to help make your big day one that you’ll never forget!

Here at Storage ‘R’ Us, we’ve been providing self-storage in Oklahoma since 1972, when our first location opened on E. Gore Blvd. in Lawton. Over the decades, we’ve pretty much seen and heard it all. There are very few questions that you could possibly ask about how to use your Oklahoma self-storage unit that we haven’t encountered—or so we thought.

A recent search for some of the most unusual questions that self-storage facilities receive turned up some pretty strange requests, and some of them are ones that we’ve never heard ourselves. If any of our readers had similar questions and were afraid to ask, we thought we would go ahead and address some of the most unusual questions about using self-storage. Ready?

1. Can I keep my pet lizard in a self-storage unit? We’re sorry to tell you that this is not a good idea at all. In fact, it’s probably illegal. Animals, including reptiles, need sunlight to live, so keeping any pet (lizard or otherwise) in a dark, closed-up storage unit all day is just plain cruel. Storage units are great for lots of things, but they aren’t made for anyone to live in, whether they’re people or animals. Boarding pets, even temporarily, in your self-storage unit is not allowed at Storage ‘R’ Us.

2. Can I use a self-storage unit as a temporary living space? Sorry, no. For all the same reasons your pet lizard isn’t allowed to make a home here—and plenty more besides—you also can’t live in your storage unit, even temporarily. We’ve actually written a whole article about the reasons you wouldn’t want to live in a self-storage unit, so click the link and read up on the subject. A storage unit is really not a place you would want to live, and it’s against the law as well.

3. Can I store my wedding cake in a self-storage unit before the wedding? Not recommended. For one thing, baked goods are particularly susceptible to odor absorption. While we like to think that our Oklahoma self-storage units are pretty clean, we don’t think your wedding guests would appreciate a self-storage-flavored wedding cake. It’s probably best to leave your cake with the baker until your big day or find space in a commercial refrigerator somewhere until the wedding. Also, congratulations!

4. Can I store my wine collection in self-storage and use my unit as a wine cellar? Here’s the thing: Wine needs to be stored at a consistent temperature and humidity, and even a climate-controlled storage unit isn’t ideal for your wine collection. There are other reasons to keep your favorite wines out of self-storage, too. Sure, at Storage ‘R’ Us, you have 24/7 access to your storage unit, which is pretty convenient, but you probably won’t want to run out to your storage unit if you’re hosting a dinner party and need a couple more bottles of Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

5. Can I use a self-storage unit as a recording studio? This isn’t a great idea for several reasons, but let’s start with the most obvious. A self-storage unit is a relatively small metal box that isn’t soundproofed, meaning that the acoustics are terrible for recording. Also, while your storage unit probably has electricity for lights and such, it isn’t exactly wired for the kind of equipment you’d want for a recording studio.

6. Can I store my collection of antique weapons in a self-storage unit? It depends a bit on the weapons, but in general the answer is no. Definitely nothing that goes “bang” should go into your self-storage unit. That includes firearms, fireworks, munitions, and explosives. If you have those kinds of things, it’s probably a better idea to buy a gun safe that you can keep in your home. If your weapons are even more antique and you’re talking swords, axes, or those spiky balls on the end of a chain, you might be able to put them into climate-controlled self-storage. Anything that old is probably susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity, after all.

7. Can I use a self-storage unit as a secret hideaway for my personal belongings? Sure, we suppose. Nix the “secret” and that’s kind of what all self-storage units are, right? It really depends on the type of belongings you’re wanting to store and why you want them to be secret. We wrote an article about the types of things you should never put in a self-storage unit, so you might want to click the link and read up on things you can’t legally keep there. If your “secret personal belongings” are on the list, it’s probably a good idea to keep those at home.

8. Can I use a self-storage unit to host a small event or party? Not unless we’re invited! No, seriously, a self-storage unit is not a good spot for a party. Even the biggest self-storage unit is not that spacious when you start packing it with a crowd of people, and as we mentioned above when discouraging its use as a recording studio, the acoustics are less than ideal. Plus, your self-storage unit is surrounded by other units, meaning other renters will be around, and it’s not polite to have a party without inviting the neighbors, is it?

9. Can I store my food products in a self-storage unit and use it as a commercial kitchen? Again, no. Food items and self-storage don’t go together. While you can successfully run plenty of small businesses from your self-storage unit, a commercial kitchen is not one of them. As we mentioned, the unit doesn’t have good wiring for a bunch of kitchen appliances and, more to the point, it doesn’t have any real ventilation or fire suppression systems of the kind you’d want in a kitchen.

10. Can I store my collection of live venomous snakes in a self-storage unit? Seriously? No, absolutely not! For the same reason you can’t store your pet lizard in a self-storage unit, you definitely can’t store your collection of live venomous snakes. Although we can only speak for ourselves and not the other fine self-storage facilities around the great state of Oklahoma, we would honestly rather not have your collection of live venomous snakes anywhere near the property. Your snakes may be very nice, but we would prefer to admire them from afar. And another thing: What ever happened to collecting stamps or baseball cards or rare coins? Venomous, snakes? Just wow.

These unusual questions about self-storage in Oklahoma were pretty fun, but they also show that some folks may not quite understand the limits of a self-storage unit. Luckily, the staff and managers at any of the eight Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Oklahoma are happy to answer any questions you may have about how to get the most out of your storage unit. If you feel self-conscious about asking, remember that it’s almost certainly not the weirdest question we’ve ever gotten.

No matter how you want to use your Oklahoma self-storage unit, chances are Storage ‘R’ Us has the solution that’s perfect for you. We’re here to help you find it at any of our convenient self-storage locations.

Did you know? For the average homeowner in Oklahoma—or anywhere else in the United States, for that matter—having a self-storage unit is as common as owning a dog. It’s true! Roughly 40% of U.S. homeowners have a dog, and that’s the same percentage of homeowners who make use of a self-storage unit to store furniture, holiday decorations, appliances, antiques, clothing, boxes of paperwork, children’s toys, or whatever else they want to keep safe, secure, and out of the way.

That’s a long way of saying that self-storage is popular. But here’s another question for those of you who take advantage of self-storage in Oklahoma or any other state in the nation: Do you really know what’s in your self-storage unit? Could you easily retrieve something from it without having to dig through a dozen boxes and bins to find what you’re looking for? If you aren’t sure of the answer to either of those questions, we’re here to help! We’ve gathered tips from more than a dozen articles on how to keep track of what’s in your storage unit and combined them with our own self-storage expertise to present you with the top five best ways to keep track of everything in your Oklahoma self-storage unit. All you have to do is read on to see what they are!

Pen and Paper. Sure, this may be the oldest of old-school solutions, but it works! All you need is a clipboard, some sticky labels and a marker, and the aforementioned pen and paper. Then, you can simply label each bin or box that you put into your self-storage unit. Give each one a number or some other designation, write the number on your clipboard, and list what’s in that bin or box. Once you’ve finished up the list, you can hang it—clipboard and all—just inside the door of your storage unit. That way, you’ll always have it handy, and you can adjust it as needed in real time.

Spreadsheet. Looking for a somewhat more technologically advanced solution? Look no further than your favorite spreadsheet program, be it Excel, Google Sheets, you name it. The process of auditing all of the boxes and bins in your unit is similar to the pen-and-paper approach above, but you can keep track of it all in your custom spreadsheet on your computer, smart phone, or tablet. Then, you can pull it up while you’re visiting your storage unit and adjust it as needed, or print out a copy if you like the feel of having actual paper in hand.

Stack It and Map It. However you keep track, knowing what’s in all those boxes and bins is only half the battle. You also need to know precisely where to find the box in question if you need it in a hurry. That’s why it’s always a good idea to stack your boxes and bins in a way that makes sense to you. If you’re numbering boxes, don’t stack box number 3 on top of box 15. No matter how you arrange your boxes, you’ll want to make a map of your storage unit. It may not seem like you need a map of such a small space, but you’ll be surprised how often it comes in handy. Once you have your map, you can keep it with your inventory on that same clipboard inside your storage unit door—or wherever you keep it.

Take Photos. Some people use photos of their box and bin contents for inventory purposes, but that’s not very searchable, and it isn’t necessarily very efficient, either. However, photos can be extremely helpful in other ways. It’s especially wise to take a photo inventory of everything that goes into the storage unit and how it’s all arranged. If you ever need to take items out of storage temporarily, your photos will make it easier for you to put things back where you found them, which will help keep your inventory and your map current and useful. It’s also a good idea for insurance reasons. If the worst should happen, you’ll have photo documentation of what was in your unit to show to the insurance company. (And it goes without saying that you should take out insurance on anything valuable that you put into self-storage. A good self-storage provider does all they can to keep your belongings safe, but even they can’t prevent a natural disaster such as a tornado or flood.)

Use an Inventory Tracking App. So far, we’ve offered DIY solutions, but what if you prefer to let someone else handle some of the logistics for you? Innumerable popular apps for your phone or other mobile device can help you to track your inventory. These apps often allow you to do everything from searching and filtering to using your camera to create a visual inventory, print QR code labels, and more. Because the app world is always changing, there’s not much use in us listing out popular apps, because they’ll likely have changed in a few months, but a quick search in the app store for “inventory tracking apps” should get you started. From there, you can pick the one that sounds best to you.

While these are some of the best and most popular ways to get the most out of your Oklahoma self-storage unit, they’re far from the only ones. Whatever you’re planning to store and however you like to store it, our friendly staff of self-storage experts can help you find the solution that’s perfect for you and answer any questions that you might have about self-storage in Oklahoma.  Stop by our office anytime and say hello!

With convenient and well-appointed facilities in Lawton, Duncan, Moore, Chickasha, Newcastle, and Norman, Oklahoma, Storage ‘R’ Us has been serving the community since 1972, and we pride ourselves on our dedication to security, customer service, and providing the very best self-storage in Oklahoma for all of our customers. Give us a call or come by one of our convenient locations today!

Babies are tiny, but they need an enormous amount of stuff, and that amount only increases as they grow. As soon as kids join our families, the clothing begins to fill up the closets, the toys start to pile up, and our homes suddenly get awfully cluttered. And that’s just the stuff that’s indoors. We also need to find a way to store the bicycles, tricycles, sand boxes, summer swim gear, winter sports gear, and everything else that seems to be taking up space in the garage, the back yard, the basement, and anywhere else it can be stashed.

Let’s face it: All of that clutter can get to be a bit much for one home. At the same time, most of us are hesitant to do away with all of our kids’ toys, clothes, and other items, even when our kids have outgrown them. Sometimes we keep them around for sentimental value, or we may be saving them for a future child in the family. Fortunately, self storage in Oklahoma may be just the solution you need.

Self storage can help you safely store all that kid stuff.  

That’s right! With a little help from Oklahoma self storage, you can find an out-of-the-way place for everything your kids no longer use, wear, or play with. To help you get started, we’ve scoured the web for some of the top tips for how to use self storage to help manage all those children’s toys, games, puzzles, arts-and-crafts supplies, outdoor play gear, stuffed animals, bikes, sporting equipment, unused clothes, and more!

Make a plan. This is honestly good advice before you put anything into storage. When it comes to your kids, chances are you have a lot of stuff to sort through and organize. By making a plan and writing it all out, you’ll know what steps to take in what order, and you’ll have a better shot at keeping things organized so that you can find the things you need when you need them.

Get them to choose for you. Whether your kids are indifferent to their old toys and other belongings or not yet sold on the idea of putting some of them into storage, you can get their buy-in and get a better idea of which items are ready for storage by having them choose which things they want to keep. While some kids may say they want to keep everything, you can usually get them to give you some definitive yes-and-no answers on what should go into storage and what should stay out, which will help them feel like they’re a part of the process.

Make an inventory. Again, this is good advice for any storage project. An inventory helps you know what you have in storage and where it’s located so that it can be easily retrieved at a later date. Apps and other devices can help, or you can simply make a written list or fill in a spreadsheet. However you do it, an inventory helps you to know what’s in every box in your storage unit. Then, when you need to find someone’s collection of Star Wars Lego sets, you’ll know exactly where to look.

Prepare everything for long-term storage. Whether you’re storing toys, games, or clothes, you can take certain steps before you put anything into a box or bin for long-term storage. The first step is to clean everything thoroughly. This not only makes the process of boxing it up more pleasant, but it can help to avoid mold growth on the items and prevent the presence of pests in your storage unit. Be especially vigilant about removing food residue. Then dry the toys—especially anything with fabrics—to avoid mold or mildew growth while they’re stored. Finally, remove batteries from any toys that have them. Batteries corrode over time, and besides, there’s no reason to store perfectly good batteries when you could be using them in something else.

Pack it up. Now you’re finally ready to start packing everything away! Before things go into storage, they should go into boxes or bins. Clear plastic bins are often the best option, especially for smaller things like toys, but small or medium-sized cardboard boxes also work. Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap and be sure that they’re packed in a way that makes them unlikely to shift. Whatever you pack, make sure to record it on your inventory and pack things such that lighter and more fragile items are on top of heavier items. It’s also a good idea to make use of vertical space in your storage unit. Bringing in some shelving can help keep more fragile or valuable items off the ground so they’ll be better protected.

Storing items with sentimental value. Not all the kids’ toys, clothes, and other items that you put into storage are created equal. Some of them are more valuable to you, personally, than others, regardless of their value overall. From favorite stuffed animals to first clothes, some items just have greater sentimental value. These items should be stored with even greater care, probably using climate-controlled self storage. Climate-controlled storage protects items from extremes of temperature and humidity, and it’s ideal for fragile pieces or things that might otherwise decay over time.

Label everything. Your inventory is only half the battle. Knowing that the Pokémon plushies are in the same box isn’t much help if you don’t know which box that is. You can label bins with what’s in them, such as “dolls” or “Legos,” or you can use a number or other key to help reference your inventory. However you do it, you should be able to tell what’s in each box at a glance. And then, of course, make sure that, if things come out of that box (or new things go in), you adjust your inventory accordingly.

Store it all. After all that, it’s finally time to put those toys, clothes, games, bikes, and whatever else into secure self storage! You can get the most out of your storage unit in a variety of ways, including using pallets or shelves to keep things off the floor, giving items room to “breathe,” and never stacking heavier boxes on top of lighter ones. A helpful self storage professional will be able to answer any questions you have and help you pick the storage unit that’s right for your needs.

Ready for self storage in Oklahoma to take some of that clutter off your hands? Whether you’ve gone through all these steps and are ready to put things into storage or you’re stuck with questions somewhere in the process, Storage ‘R’ Us is here to help!