Renting a self storage unit in Oklahoma is easy. Obviously, we favor the self storage units at Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, Norman, and Chickasha because we know that each of these self storage facilities has an on-site self storage consultant who can help anyone assess their self storage needs and find the right-sized self storage unit for their property, assets, or belongings. In other words, it’s easy to identify and rent a self storage unit because there’s help available. But, of course, the next big question is how to pack your stuff for self storage. Shouldn’t there be help available in that department as well? Of course!
Packing and storing your stuff doesn’t have to be a terrible chore, especially when you think about it as a process of three simple stages. Keep this in mind: you can take a garage, attic, or basement full of stuff and have everything packed neatly away in a self storage unit by the end of a typical weekend day. Sound too easy? Not at all!
The first stage of a packing and moving process that results in a self storage unit neatly filled with your stuff is the Planning Stage. It’s here that you identify the items that need to go into storage and make a few decisions. The first decision should be how they need to be packed (for either short-term or long-term storage) and how they should be physically placed in your rented self storage unit. Obviously, if you have old dishware or children’s toys that you won’t need any time soon, these may be the kinds of items that can be stored at the rear of the self storage unit. Just make sure to wrap each group of items in paper or bubble pack and place them into labeled boxes. More frequently-used items, such as seasonal decorations, may need to be boxed and placed toward the front of the self storage unit for easy access. The next decision you need to make in the Planning Stage is what types of materials you’ll need to pack everything away neatly and safely. You may need storage boxes, packing paper, bubble pack, packing tape, and labels. All of these materials can be found at Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Oklahoma.
The next stage of the process is the Packing Stage. Here is when you wrap, pack, and label all of the items you’re storing. Oddly enough, of all the stages, this is the one that gets rushed more often than not. So, if you’re going to take the time to store your belongings, rather than sell or donate them to a thrift store, make sure that you don’t skimp on the Packing Stage. Wrap all your belongings separately, and pack them away in sturdy boxes with other similar items. Label every box so that you can tell what’s inside at a glance.
The last stage of the self storage move-in process is the Load-in Stage. Here is where you finally open the door to your newly-rented self storage unit in Oklahoma and begin to arrange your self storage boxes neatly in the unit. As stated earlier, frequently-used items should be stored near the front of the self storage unit. And if you have a lot of boxes to pack away, you might consider keeping an aisle open down the middle of the self storage unit that will allow you to easily access different areas without having to push your way between tight stacks. (By the way, you may want to get out a piece of paper and diagram where each box went in the self storage unit so that you can easily identify which stack and box contains Grandma’s old tea set when you’re gathering everything together for that retro tea party with the girls.)
And that’s all there is to it. With all of your seldom-used items neatly packed away in self storage, you can find something truly productive to do with all the free space you’ve just created in your home!
If you’re looking for a self storage solution, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us self storage locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Norman, Newcastle, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our climate-controlled, secured self-storage facilities can do for your belongings.
Operating a business, especially a small business, can be a day-to-day battle with revenues, profits, competition, market share, brand identity, to name a handful. Each of these battles is related to business operations, success and growth. Growth is important. As they say, “you’re either in business to grow or you’re not going to be in business for long,” so keeping an ever-watchful eye on growth opportunities in the market is a good thing to say the least. But, growth isn’t easy. In fact, it’s one of the most challenging and difficult aspects of business management, something they discuss at length in business schools across the nation. But how does business growth relate to self storage? Read on!
When business consultants speak about growth, they usually talk about challenges related to improving productivity, creating efficiencies, and how to grow revenues and profits. Many of these challenges are related to management and operations, and there have been thousands of books written on the subject, so there’s no lack of practical advice on how to manage business growth given these specific concerns. But, at the same time, business growth is often tied to physical growth. If your business manufactures a product, and demand for the product suddenly goes up, your business will likely need more space to house raw materials. If your business provides a service, such as lawn and garden care, and your client list begins to grow, you may need more space to store tools and other equipment (especially in the off season). And, if your business generates a lot of paperwork, for whatever reason, you may soon find your office filled with boxes and boxes of files. (By the way, we wrote a great article on using self storage as a solution for storing business records last month, so you may want to give that a read.)
In any of these cases, and many more like them, a self storage facility may be able to help you relieve some of the physical pains associated with business growth by providing a secure place to house your records or equipment or other business effects. If you think about it, a self storage facility is a great option for temporary storage needs, given that commercial real estate can be somewhat expensive.
Keep in mind, a proper self-storage unit for a business, such as the ones available at Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma, should come standard with features that help keep your small business storage items safe and secure. The following list includes many of the features you’ll find at Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Oklahoma, as well as our other locations.
It’s also a good idea to insure any property you have in self storage. (We also wrote a great article about insuring your property in self storage a few months ago.) Insuring the property your have in self storage makes good sense, because self storage facilities aren’t liable for loss or damage to stored property.
If you’re looking for a self-storage solution for a small business, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us self storage locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, Norman, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our self-storage solutions can do for your company! One of our self-storage experts will be happy to recommend a self-storage unit that affords you the kind of storage you require for all your business storage needs.
Crack open the eggnog and cut yourself another slice of fruitcake, because the 2013 holiday season is upon us and it’s going to be a festive occasion that lasts until sometime in early January!
If you’ve somehow missed the start of the holiday season, you’ve probably been out of the country for the last few weeks. In the hours after Thanksgiving, the landscape across Moore, Oklahoma, and most of the nation, took a magical turn in appearance. Take a short drive around town and you’ll see. Holiday décor has been put up all over town. Most houses are lit with lights. Signs wishing passers-by a “Happy Holidays” or a “Merry Christmas” have been staked out in front lawns. There’s a tree in almost every front window, decked out in traditional trimmings (bulbs, tinsel, garland, and all sorts of ornaments). Step closer, peek inside the home and see how the stocking have been hung by the chimney with care. Everything is merry and bright.
One thing that’s true about the holiday season is the fact that there isn’t a home decked in Christmas decorations that doesn’t add a handful (or more) of new ornaments and decorations every year. Why? Because we love Christmas and everything that goes into the celebration. But, of course, at the end of each holiday season, someone in the house is charged with deciding how to pack it all up and where to store the holiday decorations until the next season arrives. And given the volumes of holiday décor that the average home has to store, this can be a real chore. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution. Around these parts, public self storage in Oklahoma is the answer—but we’ll get to that in a minute.
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend around $6 billion on Christmas décor this season alone. That’s about $20 per every U.S. citizen. And that’s a lot of inflatable Santas to put up in storage at the end of December. But, if you think about it, the holiday decorations in the average household aren’t limited to Christmas. Sure, Christmas is a HUGE holiday for decorations—bulky decorations at that—but many homes break out the festive gear for Thanksgiving, Easter, and Halloween each year. In many homes, there’s a box (or set of boxes) for each holiday. If the family is big on celebrating with decorations, these boxes can occupy a great deal of space in an attic or basement, making it difficult to store other seasonal equipment, clothing, and belongings. But, if you choose to store your Christmas and holiday décor in an Oklahoma self-storage facility, you’re freeing up a vast amount of space in the basement or attic for those items that get more usage.
Think about what you could do with the extra space in your home after you store all your holiday décor in a clean, secure self storage facility. You could remodel part of the space into an office or home gym (to work off all that eggnog and fruitcake). You could transform the space into a workshop or hobby space. You could even build yourself a room addition and make better use of that available space while adding value to your home at the same time!
If you’re looking for a self-storage solution for your holiday décor and Christmas decorations, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us public storage locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, Norman, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our self-storage solutions can do for you! One of our self-storage experts will be happy to recommend a self-storage unit that affords you the kind of storage you require for all your holiday decorations.
Ask any business office manager who is in charge of managing the office space how they feel about records keeping and they’ll likely tell you that paper records are an unfortunate burden around the office. Storing volumes of business records can be a waste of valuable office space, especially if the business is paying good money per square foot and the records storage space is otherwise unusable by any other revenue-generating aspect of the business. But, regrettably, storing business records is a compliance necessity for many types of businesses.
Company documents and records need to be stored for a variety of reasons. If the company is a partnership and needs to keep detailed records on meeting minutes, annual reports, and partnership agreements, those records need to be stored. Federal and State Tax records have strict retention periods and must be stored until they are no longer required by law. And, due to the need for Sarbanes Oxley or HIPAA compliance, some companies or organizations must record and store a variety of additional records for numbers of years. But what can an office manager do with all of these boxes and boxes of records that simply must be retained for long periods of time? Store them off site in a climate-controlled self-storage facility, of course!
Self storage facilities, especially those that offer climate-controlled, secure, interior storage units are an inexpensive solution for records keeping. You can rent a clean, dry self storage locker that’s well-lit and accessible 7 days a week for far less per square foot than you’d pay for an office space with on-site storage. And, given that the average business only requires access to their stored records a few times per year, there’s really very little reason to house stored business records on-site.
All you need to get your business records organized at a self-storage unit, such as those available from any of the eight Storage ‘R’ Us public storage locations in Oklahoma, are enough bankers boxes (extra strength, with handles, and space on one end to write contents details) and some shelving.
A tip for those who only store records for a specific number of years: you can mark the floor of your rented self-storage unit with tape, dividing it up into a desired number of sections that represent each year that the documents must be stored. So, if you’re using your business self storage space to house Federal and State Tax records for 4 years, you can move each group of incoming boxed records into position 1, and move each of the other groups of records into the next position. As those records occupying the 4th and final position are displaced, you can simply load them into the car and drive them to the shredder to be ground up and recycled. And if you have a large number of records to be shredded each year, you can often arrange for the shredder truck to meet you at the self storage facility and shred them on-site.
If you’re looking for a business records storage solution, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, Norman, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our climate-controlled, secured self-storage facilities can do for your company.
In the wake of any terrible or devastating event, once all the dust has settled and the people affected by the incident come together to regroup and rebuild, one of the questions that is almost always asked is “did we learn anything from this incident?”
It’s a question that’s asked by nearly everyone affected by a disaster of any sort. And in the case of a large-scale tornado, the question is asked by severe weather forecasters, emergency services personnel, law enforcement, city planners, government, non-governmental humanitarian groups (Red Cross), as well as the businesses and residents that were directly affected. Even after the devastating Moore, Oklahoma tornado event of last May that still has many of us putting our lives, our businesses, and our homes back together again, many pondered this simple question. Because it’s human nature. It’s how we prepare ourselves for a better outcome in the case of a similar event in the future. When the power goes out, and you’re left overnight in the dark, you learn that you need to have a stash of candles and matches on-hand for the next time the power goes out. It’s the same with natural disasters and emergency preparedness – just on a much bigger scale.
So, considering that people of all walks learn from their experiences (good and bad) every day, it makes sense to look back at something even as unpredictable and unstoppable as an F5 tornado and try to find a learning opportunity that they can take away from the experience. Here at Storage ‘R’ Us self storage in Moore, Oklahoma, we watched as some of our friends in the local self storage industry lost large percentages of their facilities to wind and debris damage in the May 2013 Moore, Oklahoma tornado event. We watched in horror as the news reported an estimated 1,150 homes were destroyed, along with Briarwood and Plaza Towers elementary schools. Moore Medical was also heavily damaged, displacing a number of patients.
In the wake of this terrible event, we learned that hundreds of area residents would need a secure place to store their remaining belongings as they started the process of picking up and rebuilding. We knew that many were so affected by the event, that they wouldn’t know where to turn initially for that kind of assistance. We learned that we needed to be ready to help any time one of these events occurred near our Moore self storage facility.
In the days after the Moore tornado last May, Storage ‘R’ Us opened up a large number of available self storage units in our Moore location. We charged the renters affected by the Moore tornado nothing for the first month. For those who needed more time to collect their belongings and store them safely until they had new living accommodations, we gladly cut our rental fees in half. In the end, we think that we can be ready to help when (if ever) the next major weather event hits an area in which we have a self storage facility. We think we’ve learned how to react. And when to react. Hopefully, those in Moore, Oklahoma that we’ve helped have learned that they can turn to us when something of this magnitude strikes the area.
If you’re looking for a self-storage solution, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, Norman or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our full-featured self-storage facilities can do for you and your family.
According to the Self Storage Association, one out of every ten adult Americans has some amount of property in a self storage unit somewhere. That’s a lot of people and a lot of property in self storage across the country. If you follow Storage Wars on TV, you probably know that some types of stored property are of lesser value than others (speaking in terms of dollar value not sentimental value, of course). So, it could be very easy to say that every piece of property put up for storage has value. And what do we typically do for the things we value? We buy insurance to cover the items in case something unexpected happens to them. Why? Because it makes good sense.
Your valued possessions at a self storage facility, especially public storage in Oklahoma at Storage ‘R’ Us, are held under lock and key and further protected by security lighting, computer controlled property access, 24-hour digital surveillance cameras, and a fenced or walled perimeter. Most would say that’s a good bit of security for a storage locker filled with personal possessions – and they’d be right. But not all losses at self storage facilities are that easy to prevent. Some losses come at the hand of Mother Nature, and as we clearly saw during the devastating EF5 tornado event last May here in Moore, no amount of padlocks and gates would prevent the 200 mph winds from wreaking havoc on a few storage facilities around the area. Fortunately, Storage ‘R’ Us was spared any damage, but we know a few self storage facility owners in the area that suffered terrible losses. And, we also know that many storage unit renters lost a great deal of personal property.
Taking out an insurance policy on the items you place in self storage units makes good sense because the self storage facilities aren’t liable for loss or damage to stored property. In fact, most self storage facilities strongly recommend that their renters purchase fire, theft, and casualty insurance on all of their property if the value is $1,000 or more. And although the average homeowner’s insurance policy typically covers an amount of “off-premise” property (read: stuff you have in self storage), there are usually coverage limits. Most of these coverage limits are 10% or less of the total amount of coverage in your policy. So, if you have a $50,000 limit in your homeowner’s policy, you’d only be covered for $5,000 on your off-premise belongings. While this may seem like a fair amount of coverage for most, the value of the property you keep in self storage can quickly add up over time (especially if you’re storing antiquities).
In the end, your possessions are valuable. So, when you make a decision to store your belongings in an Oklahoma self-storage facility, you’re well-advised to purchase insurance that effectively protects your stored belongings from loss or damage caused by fire, smoke, dust, water, weather, insects, vermin, explosions, utility interruptions, equipment malfunctions, unexplained disappearances, negligence, or theft by any cause. It’s the smart way to approach the security of your stored belongings. Especially, if Mother Nature comes calling.
If you’re looking for an Oklahoma self-storage solution for your belongings, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, Norman, or Chickasha today, and see what our self-storage solutions can do for you and your family! One of our self-storage experts will be happy to talk to you about your belongings and recommend a self-storage unit that affords you the kind of security features you require.
If you’ve ever been to a typical self-storage facility in Oklahoma, you’ve already seen what 95% of all self-storage facilities have on-site. They have exterior (drive-up) units, as well as interior units that are climate controlled. As a security measure, they have fencing around the perimeter, security lighting, computer-controlled gate access, and digital video surveillance. Some have additional self-storage security features, such as on-site management to help protect your belongings. These amenities are all very common at Oklahoma self-storage facilities, but there are some self-storage companies that offer all of these amenities and much more. Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, and Chickasha offers a number of additional amenities you can’t find at many other self-storage facilities in Oklahoma.
When was the last time you walked into the office of an Oklahoma self-storage facility and saw a United States Postal Service? The Storage ‘R’ Us facility in Lawton, Oklahoma on East Gore has USPS on site so that you can mail your letters and parcels without having to make an extra trip during your busy day.
When was the last time you visited a self-storage facility and saw that they had all of the packing supplies and rental items you needed to move across town – or even across the country? Each of the Storage ‘R’ Us facilities in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, and Chickasha has moving boxes and a great selection of moving supplies (bubble pack, packing paper, packing tape, permanent markers, and boxes of all shapes and sizes).
And, if you’re ready to move and you need to rent a truck or a car, Storage ‘R’ Us can help there too! We have several Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Oklahoma where you can arrange for a PENSKE truck or trailer rental. You can also visit the main page of the Storage ‘R’ Us website to find the PENSKE truck rental link. Just one click on the PENSKE logo will take you to their vehicle rental site and get you started on your trip.
It’s easy to say that the Storage ‘R’ Us locations throughout Oklahoma have everything you may need to move your belongings from one home to the next with the exception of the pizza you’ll need to bribe your friends with in order to get them to lend a helping hand. (But, we do have a phone book, and we’ll let you use it to look up a pizza delivery number for your area!)
What other amenities does Storage ‘R’ Us have that you can’t find at many other self-storage facilities? We have RV and Boat storage at a number of our facilities (ask us about covered storage!). We accept deliveries for our renters from USPS, UPS, and FedEx. We have cedar-lined closets for delicate clothing items. We have American flags for sale, as well as military ball caps. And, our East Gore self-storage facility in Lawton, Oklahoma even has a K9000 Self Service Dog Wash!
Over and above all of those additional features and amenities that we offer our customers at Storage ‘R’ Us, the one thing that we truly pride ourselves on is our friendly, courteous people. We have some of the finest self-storage consultants in the self-storage industry. Our location managers and team members are available to help you select a storage solution that best fits your unique needs.
If you’re looking for a self-storage solution with all the amenities, feel free to stop by one of our Oklahoma self storage locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, Norman or Chickasha today, and see what our full-featured self-storage facilities can do for you and your belongings!
Your possessions are valuable to you and your family – not something that you’d let any old storage facility hold for you under lock and key. So, when you make a decision to store your belongings in an Oklahoma self-storage facility, you’re often faced with a number of security and accessibility concerns. Secure self storage in Oklahoma may be the solution you’re looking for.
You may first think about location. A good location is essential. Even though a self-storage unit is a place to keep the things you either can’t fit in your home or rarely need access to, you still take comfort in knowing that they’re all located within a short drive from your home. After all, it’s your stuff, and you want easy access to it, right? The next thing that you may take into consideration is the security of the self-storage property itself. When you go looking for a secure self-storage unit, you’re likely to drive by the facility and see what kind of fencing surrounds the property. You may stop and look for security lighting and the presence of security cameras. Additionally, you may check to see if the property has a secured gate for after-hours access. Lastly, you may inquire with the self-storage facility about the presence of on-site management.
These are all common self-storage security concerns and questions that any renter may consider before selecting a self-storage unit to house their belongings. But, there may be other concerns. Sometimes, the security of your personal property may be benefitted by the availability of interior self-storage units vs. exterior, or drive-up, units. Sometimes the security of your property may be tied to climate control (especially if you’re storing antique furniture or other heirlooms).
Here at Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, and Chickasha, we take secure self-storage in Oklahoma very seriously. Your peace of mind is a primary concern. Each of our 6 locations has a number of on-site security measures that have been put in place so that our self-storage unit renters feel comfortable about the safety of their belongings. At the end of the day, we’re confident that our clean, secure self-storage facilities and units will be a perfect place for you to keep personal items stored for as long as you require.
Here are some of the self-storage security features at our various Storage ‘R’ Us locations:
If you’re looking for a secure self-storage solution for your belongings, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, Norman, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our self-storage solutions can do for you and your family! One of our secure self-storage experts will be happy to talk to you about your belongings and recommend a self-storage unit that affords you the kind of security features you require.
You may have already seen the “Newsflash” on the home page of the Storage ‘R’ Us site that mentions how we’ve been honored by Office of the Secretary of Defense. Folks who know us also know that we’re proud supporters of the U.S. Military. And, we believe that , as an employer, we have a duty to preserve an employment position for any of our staff members who enlist in the Guard or Reserve to serve our country. In other words, we’ll do our best to keep your job open while you’re doing your best to protect American citizens and the American way of life wherever you’re stationed. And although we don’t have this policy in place so that we can get certificates of recognition, we still think it’s pretty cool that we have a certificate to hang on the wall now.
The certificate we received from the Office of the Secretary of Defense: Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) will hang proudly in our office here at Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma. The certificate states that Storage ‘R’ Us is recognized for being a “Patriotic Employer” and “Contributing to National Security and Protecting Liberty and Freedom by Supporting Employee Participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.” The certificate features the official seal of the Department of Defense and the ESGR. The certificate is signed by ESGR Executive Director Ronald G. Young and National Chair Paul E. Mock.
Although many may know the Department of Defense (DOD) by name, some may not know the ESGR and what they represent. The ESGR is an office of the DOD that was established in 1972 to promote solid relationships between Reserve members and their civilian employers. During the Vietnam era, there were, unfortunately, a great number of conflicts between Americans with military commitments and their employers back home in the States. Today, thanks to the ESGR and its network of nearly 5,000 volunteers across the U.S., there is a promise of meaningful employment when members of the Guard and Reserve return to civilian life. You can read more about the EGSR, their mission and strategy, by clicking here.
There have been a number of Storage ‘R’ Us employees who volunteered for various branches of the U.S. Military over the years, and we’ve honored them all in our own way. As a family-owned business with unique ties to the U.S. Military, we understand the bravery and sacrifice it takes to join up and serve the interests of the Nation. As stated earlier, we are proud to have a Patriotic Employer certificate to hang on the wall here at Storage ‘R’ Us, but, more than that, we’re even more proud of our employees who felt the call to service and answered by joining the other brave men and women who protect our interests and our lives around the nation and across the globe.
If you’re looking for an Oklahoma self storage solution for your belongings, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, Norman, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our self storage solutions can do for you!
The summer is quickly coming to an end here in Oklahoma, and that means many boating and fishing enthusiasts are planning their last outings for the season. Soon enough, the weather is going to turn cold and it’ll be time to pull the boat in from the water. At the same time, many who enjoy summer road trips and other adventures in the family RV are also looking at the end of the road-trip season. Before the weather turns nasty, boaters and RV owners are going to be looking for an RV and boat storage solution that’s affordable and secure. And here at Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Duncan, and Lawton, we have boat and RV storage and vehicle parking available.
Nobody likes to start the boating or traveling season with a damp, stinky, dirty boat or RV. So, the following are a few general tips on how to prepare your boat or RV for winter storage.
General Tips on How to Prepare Your Boat for Storage:
General Tips on How to Prepare Your RV for Storage:
For RV storage or boat storage in Oklahoma, visit Storage ‘R’ Us. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm. The offices are also open on Saturday from 9am to 3pm. And, our East Gore location in Lawton is open Sundays from 1pm to 5pm. So, stop by Storage ‘R’ Us today, and see what a modern, secure self storage facility can do for your boat or RV storage needs!