x

New Move-Ins Always Get Their 2nd and 7th Months Rent FREE! Only at Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma!

How Famous Movie Monsters Would Use Self Storage!

Here at Storage ‘R’ Us, we’re serious about self storage, but we also like to have a little fun, especially around the holidays. This year, we’re getting into the Halloween spirit and pondering what some famous film monsters might have kept in self storage if it had been available to them.

Sure, Oklahoma has its fair share of spooks, critters, and urban legends, including Bigfoot sightings and our very own giant octopus, but unfortunately (or maybe we should say fortunately) none of the famous movie monsters of yore have ever made Oklahoma their home (that we know of), so we can only speculate. Still, we like to think that if they did make it out to our neck of the woods, they’d find self storage pretty useful.

Count Dracula – Dracula seems like a very private type of guy and also someone who needs a lot of storage space. If nothing else, he needs a secure location to keep his coffin filled with his native Transylvanian soil. Even for a strong guy like the Count, getting a coffin full of dirt into a self storage unit isn’t going to be easy, so he might prefer drive-up self storage to the climate controlled variety. Since he can only come and go at night, he’ll appreciate 24/7 gate access.

Frankenstein’s Monster – He may just be misunderstood, but Frankenstein’s monster is still a bit of a loner. A real minimalist, he probably doesn’t have a lot of possessions. While he might want to use climate controlled self storage for some spare parts, storage facilities frown on that sort of thing. He does probably go through a lot of those big boots of his, clomping around the countryside all night, so he might need a place to keep a few extra pairs.

The Wolfman – By day, the Wolfman is a fairly refined gentleman, but under the full moon things are quite different. We figure he must go through an awful lot of suits, transforming like that, and he’d probably like convenient 24/7 access to climate controlled self storage for a change of clothes the morning after an episode. He might also want to use his secure self storage unit to lock himself up before the change, but we have to remind everyone that it’s illegal (and dangerous) to use a self storage unit to lock up people or pets—even lycanthropes—no matter how poorly behaved they may be!

The Mummy – Imhotep was an ancient Egyptian prince, so he probably has a lot of treasure, statues, gold jewelry and trinkets, canopic jars, chairs, paintings, and scrolls—so many scrolls. With all that ancient stuff, he’ll need a lot of space, and climate controlled self storage is an absolute must!

The Invisible Man – The quintessential mad scientist, the Invisible Man has a whole lot of scientific equipment and books that he needs to access at all hours of the day and night, and he also needs a place to store a spare change of clothes and some bandages for when he gets back from his nefarious deeds! He also deals in a lot of weird formulas, too, but he’ll have to store those somewhere else: You’re not allowed to keep dangerous chemicals in your self storage unit, no matter how earth-shattering your experiments may be!

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, may need to store anything from a collection of handbells to practice with when he’s not ringing the big cathedral bells to a bunch of T-shirts that don’t fit anyone but him. Though he spends a lot of time alone, he’s also something of a romantic, so he may also have a large collection of romance novels and romcom DVDs, not to mention a few gargoyles that would take up a lot of space in the average apartment.

The Phantom of the Opera – Cultured, talented, and maybe a little homicidal, the Phantom keeps a whole lot of stuff in his secret lair beneath the Opera House. If he decided to relocate, he’d probably need someplace to put everything from sheet music and costumes to musical instruments and theatrical rigging. All of that would require plenty of climate controlled self storage.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon – He makes his home on the Amazon river and may date back millions of years, all the way to the Devonian Age! A guy like that might not seem like he would need a lot of room, but who knows? If the Creature ever gets tired of swimming around and decides to buy a boat like the ones that keep capturing him, he’d need to keep it in boat and vehicle storage during the off season.

Ghosts – Ghosts usually haunt houses, and they probably don’t have a lot of use for self storage, unless they need a place to keep spare sheets and rattling chains when they’re not actively haunting. But sometimes ghosts possess objects, like that creepy Annabelle doll, and when that happens, they might want a nice, safe place to keep that object during their time off. Climate controlled self storage may be just the ticket for possessed dolls, haunted mirrors, and cursed paintings.

The Headless Horseman – We don’t know why, but we just feel like the Headless Horseman probably likes hats. Ironic, right? He may have a big collection of hats that he can’t wait to wear once he gets his head back on. Until that happens, he can find a safe and convenient home for them at Storage ‘R’ Us. Unfortunately, we can’t stable his horse for him. If he wanted to trade in his faithful steed for a motorcycle, however, vehicle storage would be perfect for that!

Your self storage needs may not be as specific as all of these monsters’ needs, but that doesn’t mean they’re any less important. From climate controlled self storage to specialty vehicle storage, Storage ‘R’Us has the storage options you need. We’re happy to help you find the storage solution that’s perfect for you. With 24/7 access, we can work with your schedule, even if it’s nocturnal!

Did you know? The best time of year to declutter and clean out your house is during the summer months. Why? The answer is pretty simple: There are more daylight hours available to you in the summertime.

All those blue skies and an abundance of sunshine put you in a good mood to get things done. Also, this is the time of year when a lot of shops are running specials and sales on everything from household cleaners to storage containers, so you can pick up whatever you need to tackle the job on the cheap.

Once autumn and winter roll around, you’re more likely to spend your free time curled up under blankets in front of the fireplace with a hot mug of cocoa. Summer is the right time to get things done around the house, but you’ve only got a little bit of summer left. It ends September 23!

And now that school is back in session and the kids are out of the house—whether that means they’re gone for the day to elementary school or they’ve gone off to college—you have more time and space to de-clutter without interruption. You can even shoo the pets into the backyard while the weather is nice so you don’t have them underfoot while you’re crawling around under beds and into the depths of closets.

Just remember that all those toys, books, and summer clothes that you’re putting into storage bins aren’t being tossed out with the garbage. You’ll still need someplace to put them. Fortunately, climate controlled self storage in Lawton is here to help you find a place for all those treasures until they’re needed once again. You never know; all those action figures might be worth something someday. Heck, they might even help pay for college!

Here are a few of the things you might be cleaning out of your kids’ rooms this summer and tips on how self storage can help keep your kids’ stuff safe and out of the way.

Summer clothing and sports gear.

A new school year means new school clothes, not to mention whatever fall and winter clothes you’ll be hauling out of storage for the season. That coat almost certainly still fits, right? Of course, you’ll also need to make room in the closet for those new looks. This is also a good time to go through the garage, basement, attic, and closets to find all the summer sports equipment that’s been getting a workout while school was out and get it ready to be packed up until next spring.

Playthings.

Even if you’re the most frugal parent in town, kids end up with a lot of stuff. From board games to toy cars to stuffed animals to art supplies to baby dolls to Legos to action figures, everything takes up space. Plus, there’s always new stuff coming in over the holidays. If it’s time to clear out a few toys and games that aren’t getting as much play as they used to, plastic storage bins are your friend. Just remember to mark them appropriately so that you can retrieve those classic board games with ease the next time your kids want to play.

Art projects, craft items, papers, and assignments from previous school years.

You don’t want to throw away those art projects, report cards, science projects, and papers from previous school years. Someday, you or your kids or their kids will want to look through them, so you need to pack them away carefully. Use airtight containers and climate controlled self storage to help keep all those finger paintings, craft projects, and baking soda volcanoes in good shape. Plus, your kids may have accrued some art supplies that go along with these masterpieces, such as pens, crayons, paint, chalk, papier mâché, and so on. Luckily, all of that can go into climate controlled storage, too.

Books, comics, CDs, DVDs and all other media.

Whether your kid reads a lot, watches a lot of movies, loves video games, is into comic books, or can’t get enough manga, there’s probably a hefty collection of media stacked up on bookcases and entertainment centers around the room. In fact, the collection has probably extended to other rooms in the house as well. There’s no way your kids can watch, read, or play everything they’ve collected, but they probably also don’t want to part with it. Pack it up in climate controlled self storage so that there’s room for a whole new library of books, comics, movies, and games to fill the shelves!

Self storage can help.

No matter how careful you are, there’s always a chance that you’ll pack away something that your kids truly love and can’t do without. You might even pack something that you want to pull out for yourself! That’s the beauty of self storage! No matter what you pack away, you can always get it back out again when you need it, especially if you keep your storage unit neat and organized and label all your boxes clearly.

With climate controlled self storage in Lawton, everything will be within easy reach when you need to retrieve it, but it’ll be out of the way all the rest of the time. Plus, climate controlled storage helps keep fragile items safe from extremes of heat, cold, or humidity so they’ll be as good as new whenever you need them again!

Whatever you need to store this fall, whether it’s summer sports gear and clothes, books and movies, toys and games, or anything else that needs a home away from home, Storage ‘R’ Us has the perfect solution for you! With locations in Lawton, Moore, Duncan, Chickasha, Newscastle, and Norman, Oklahoma, there’s bound to be a Storage ‘R’ Us near you. Whether you’re cleaning out the kids’ rooms this summer or just need a place to put all those holiday decorations until it’s time for them to go up on the house, contact Storage ‘R’ Us today!

Summer is the busiest moving season of the year, so it should come as no surprise that it’s also the peak storing season. Whether you’re planning a move over the summer or are just taking advantage of the warm weather to clear out that garage, attic, or spare room, here are some simple tips to help you and your family get moving and storing like a pro! From packing for that summer move to making the best use of climate-controlled self storage to learning how to prep that RV for vehicle storage when summer is over, self storage in Oklahoma has you covered!

Be Prepared to Move In

Because so many people are moving and storing in the summer months, storage units can fill up fast! Fortunately, there are a lot of ways that you can avoid getting caught up in the summertime rush. For one, you can reserve your storage unit now. And we mean right now. All you have to do is go to the page for one of our eight convenient locations and click on “view rates” to reserve your unit this minute. When you come in, you can stock up on packing and moving supplies and pick up a padlock for your unit at any of our self storage locations across Oklahoma!

Pack Smart! Store Smart!

Not sure how much you can fit into a storage unit? For starters, our handy self storage calculator can help you find out. But that’s not all. You’ll find that if you know how to pack smart you can fit more into your unit than you might imagine. Packing smart is about more than just what goes into a box, though that’s important, too.  Packing smart is also about things like stacking the boxes in ways that make sense, putting the largest and sturdiest boxes on the bottom. And don’t forget to use the pallet to help keep your boxes off the floor. Self storage units keep your stuff out of the rain and weather, but unless you’re using climate-controlled self storage (more on that in a minute), things that are stored directly on the floor are at risk from condensation or minor leaks. Finally, don’t forget to always label your boxes. (You can find supplies for that at Storage ‘R’ Us, as well!)

Think About Beating the Heat

We probably don’t have to tell you that Oklahoma summers can get pretty hot. It isn’t just the heat you have to worry about, either, it’s also the humidity. Luckily, you can protect your belongings from both with climate-controlled self storage in Oklahoma. If you’re storing anything that might be damaged by excessive heat or humidity—anything from vinyl records to antique furniture—then you may want to consider a climate-controlled storage unit. Not sure? Chat with your friendly self storage specialist and get some advice! After all, it’s what we’re here for.

Take the Worry Out of Monthly Billing

Sure, you can reserve your self storage unit online, but did you know that you can also make online payments? It’s true, and it’s simple. All you have to do is set up your online account on the Storage ‘R’ Us website and then set it for auto payment. After that, the only thing you have to worry about is keeping a current credit card on file. You can even view your payment history or email the site manager with questions.

Identify Your Summer Storables

All of us have plenty of stuff that we use during part of the year and don’t need the rest of the time. Summer is a great time for storing seasonal items such as holiday decorations, winter clothing, snow blowers and shovels, stuff from your child’s college dorm, hunting gear (but not firearms), and a whole lot more. And vehicle storage is perfect for vehicles that you only use part of the year. That means snowmobiles, sure, but it may also mean the snowplow blade that you put on the front of your four-wheel drive to make a few extra bucks plowing driveways when the white stuff comes down.

Store BIG Summer Stuff

Don’t get the idea that self storage in Oklahoma is just about finding an out-of-the-way place for things that you don’t use every day. There are plenty of things that go great in self storage, even if you use them pretty frequently. This means big stuff such as picnic tables and lawn furniture or even that HUGE inflatable pool that you just had to buy at Costco. Once again, vehicle storage is a great way to keep everything from boats and RVs to jet-skis and ATVs out of your driveway when you’re not taking them on the road or on the lake.

Stage that Next Big Adventure

Whatever you have planned this summer, chances are there’s some stuff that goes along with it. Whether you and your kids are going on a trip with the Scouts, you’re planning an epic road trip with some college buddies, or you’re taking the family on a camping adventure to Yellowstone, you need space to stage and store everything that you’ll need for the trip. That may mean tents, coolers, sleeping bags, backpacks, flashlights, hiking equipment, camp chairs, and whatever else you might be bringing along. Rather than piling all that up in the garage until you’re ready to go, stage it in storage so that it’s ready when you are!

And Be Sure to Get Insured!

Here at Storage ‘R’ Us, the safety of your stuff is one of our top priorities. We keep everything safe with the help of fenced and walled perimeters, gated access, and 24/7 video surveillance, but even we can’t protect against some of the severe weather that we see here in Oklahoma. If there’s a flood, a tornado, or another unfortunate event, you’ll be glad to have self storage insurance for your stored property. Not sure what insurance you need or how to get started? Ask your self storage specialist!

Whether you’re packing for a move or just need to get some stuff out of the way this summer, we’ve got everything you need at Storage ‘R’ Us! With our eight convenient locations, we’ve been serving our neighbors since 1972, and we pride ourselves on providing some of the best self storage in Oklahoma.

It’s no secret that military families make frequent moves. Over the years, military personnel and their loved ones get pretty good at moving on short notice, but even experienced movers can use a little help. Military service members and their families in Oklahoma can always benefit from self storage near Fort Sill or wherever they happen to be stationed. Self storage gives military families a safe, secure, and out-of-the-way place to keep their stuff, whether they’re leaving on a short deployment or a permanent change of station.

Of course, knowing that you need storage is just the first step. The next step is finding out what storage solutions are right for you. Fortunately, Storage ‘R’ Us can help with that, starting with determining whether you should invest in climate controlled self storage in Lawton.

Who Needs Climate Controlled Self Storage? Anyone who needs to store items that may be sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity should consider climate controlled self storage. Sensitive items include everything from artwork to furniture to paperwork and beyond. If you’re a U.S. military service member, keep in mind that your stuff may be in storage for a long time, especially if you’re leaving for a permanent change of station (PCS). That wood dining room table that you’ve had since you were a kid may be pretty durable, but it might not fare so well over time. Climate controlled self storage can help make sure that it does.

Why Use Climate Controlled Self Storage? You have things that need to be kept safe and sound, even when you’re not around. Whether you’re relocating temporarily, undertaking a more permanent change, or even being deployed overseas, you’ll often need to store treasured belongings that you can’t take with you, sometimes for months at a time or even longer. This means that whatever you put into storage may experience the scorching heat of an Oklahoma summer AND the arctic lows of an Oklahoma winter. Fortunately, climate controlled self storage can help keep your stuff safe from heat, cold, and humidity for however long you need.

What Items Need Climate Controlled Storage? Anything that can be damaged by sudden fluctuations in temperature or humidity should be kept safe in climate controlled self storage. Some obvious examples include antique or wood furniture as well as artwork, paperwork, books, and electronics. Musical instruments, family photographs, leather furniture, some articles of clothing, household appliances, and collections such as comic books, stamps, action figures, and even coins need special care, as well. When in doubt, ask the storage experts at Storage ‘R’ Us to find the storage solution that’s right for you, and don’t forget to take out insurance if you’re storing anything particularly valuable!

Where Should You Rent Self Storage? You may need a little extra storage space wherever you live, but for military families who are often on the move, it can help to have a “home base” where you keep your stuff, regardless of where you may happen to be.

Storage ‘R’ Us is based out of Lawton, Oklahoma, and we have three locations offering climate controlled self storage in Lawton, not to mention locations in Duncan, Moore, Chickasha, and Newcastle. We’re proud to offer self storage near Fort Sill as well as the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant and Altus, Tinker, and Vance Air Force Bases. Here in Oklahoma, we’re no strangers to extreme weather, which is just one of the reasons all of our locations offer climate controlled self storage for military personnel and their families.

How Can You Make the Most of Self Storage for Your Military Family? Whether you’re storing your grandma’s old quilt or that treasured collection of mint-condition comic books that are going to fund your kid’s college tuition someday, getting the most out of your family’s self storage unit means choosing the solution that’s right for you and using the best tools for the job.

That means picking up packing boxes or clear plastic bins to help keep your stuff organized and making a list of everything that you put into your storage unit. It also means using our handy self storage calculator to help work out how much space you’ll need and labeling everything that goes into your storage unit so that you can find it easily when you need it. It means making sure that you can get to your stuff when the time comes and that it’s still there when you do. That calls for security and access. Fortunately, you can find all that and more at Storage ‘R’ Us, not to mention plenty of packing tips to help you make the most of your space.

What Else Do You Need to Know? When you’re storing items that are valuable to you—whether those are items that are literally expensive or items that have irreplaceable sentimental value—it’s a good idea to take out some insurance. A good climate controlled self storage unit can protect your belongings from extremes of heat, cold, and humidity, but there’s only so much that we can do about natural disasters, such as tornadoes and floods. That’s where insurance comes in.

Setting up a reliable credit card is especially important for military families who may be storing their items long term. This way, you can handle payments even when you’re not around, help make sure that your unit gets paid up, and ensure that your items stay where they belong until you get back. If you’re planning to store a vehicle, it pays to take a little extra time to prepare your RV, boat, or car so that it’s ready for a long stay in vehicle storage before you leave.

Whether you’re storing something for a short time or putting things away for a permanent change of station, we’ve got the storage solutions that you need at Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma. From climate controlled self storage in Lawton to vehicle storage, packing supplies, and lots more, if you have something to store, we’ve got a home for it at Storage ‘R’ Us!

We all store a lot of different things. We put some items into self storage as though we were simply storing them in the attic, garage, or an unfinished basement. These are usually things that we aren’t likely to part with, but they aren’t likely to suffer any ill effects from changes in temperature or humidity, either – items such as holiday decorations, for example.

There are other things, though, that we need to store more carefully. We need to be much more careful with items such as business or personal documents, books and magazines, artwork and photographs, electronics, leather goods, family heirlooms, antiques, and collectibles of all kinds. This is where climate-controlled self storage in Lawton comes in.

So why do we turn to climate-controlled self storage for so many of our most prized possessions?

Climate-controlled self storage helps to manage temperature and humidity, protecting your stored items from all manner of damaging effects. Depending on what you’re storing, drastic changes in temperature and humidity can lead to warping, cracking, rust, oxidation, decay, and many other problems.

Climate-controlled self storage helps protect your belongings. For the items listed above and many more, fluctuations in temperature and humidity can be disastrous. Climate-controlled self storage in Lawton not only protects your belongings from the elements, it also helps to keep them safe from pests that might otherwise damage them.

Climate-controlled self storage is also popular because it’s a newer option, relatively speaking. After all, climate control such as air conditioning hasn’t actually been around all that long. 1922 saw the first air conditioner installed in a movie theater, while the White House didn’t get air conditioning until around 1930. AC had only reached about 10% of American households by the mid-sixties.

While we take air conditioning for granted today, being able to control the climate of our storage spaces is still relatively novel. After all, while your house is probably air conditioned, your attic, garage, or unfinished basement may very well not be. And climate-controlled self storage in Lawton provides other kinds of security besides just preventing changes in temperature and humidity. Because of the internal location of climate-controlled storage units, they’re even more secure than regular self storage units, which are already protected by fenced and walled perimeters, 24/7 digital video monitoring, gated access, and more.

If you’re storing valuable items, however, it’s always a good idea to pick up some additional insurance. Climate-controlled self storage can protect against fluctuations in temperature or humidity, but there’s only so much that any storage solution can do in the face of a natural disaster such as a tornado or flood. In those cases, a little insurance can go a long way.

Though climate-controlled self storage in Lawton is extremely popular, we have plenty of spaces available. Storage ‘R’ Us has three convenient Lawton self storage locations, and all of them offer plenty of climate-controlled storage for all your belongings! Come visit one today, or give us a call and let us help find the self storage solution that’s perfect for you!

If you’re thinking of downsizing your home after retirement, you’re far from alone! According to a recent survey, half of all people over the age of 60 think that downsizing is a good idea. The survey results also found that 64 is considered the “perfect age to downsize.”

Why are so many people choosing to simplify their lives and move into smaller homes after they retire? There are as many reasons as there are people. Now that the nest is empty, some find themselves with more room than they need. An empty house can be depressing, not to mention expensive and time-consuming to care for, and to heat and cool. Others find that they simply don’t need as much space as they once did, and don’t necessarily want the hassle of going up and down stairs. Still others choose to downsize in order to save money.

Downsizing may be a way to reduce clutter and stress, a way to remove obstacles that are keeping you from enjoying your life as much as you otherwise might, but it can also be a daunting task. Fortunately, climate-controlled self-storage in Lawton can help take some of the weight off, and make downsizing easier for everyone!

If you’re moving into a smaller home, there’s going to be less space. You may sell some of your stuff at a garage sale, or donate it to charity, but there are bound to be things that you don’t want to part with. Collections that you’ve built up throughout your life, mementos and heirlooms that hold great sentimental value even if you don’t use them every day. There may be things that you’re keeping for your kids or grandkids. After all, chances are you didn’t have a thing in the first place if you didn’t want to keep it, right?

Fortunately, all of that stuff can find a safe, secure, accessible, and affordable home with climate-controlled self-storage in Lawton. Climate-controlled self-storage can protect your most treasured belongings from extremes of heat, cold, humidity, and other perils. And climate-controlled storage from Storage ‘R’ Us is always safe and always accessible. Nevertheless, it’s a good idea to take out insurance if you’re storing something valuable—rather than simply priceless to you—since even we can’t protect against things like tornadoes.

Downsizing your home and your lifestyle doesn’t have to mean letting go of the things that you treasure. Climate-controlled self-storage in Lawton from Storage ‘R’ Us can provide a safe, accessible home-away-from-home for the things you don’t have room for, but also aren’t ready to part with. Want to learn more? Give us a call or stop by one of our convenient locations today to learn more about how climate-controlled self-storage can help you!

We’ve talked before about the benefits of climate-controlled self-storage in Lawton, Oklahoma. Here in Oklahoma, we experience pretty much the full range of weather—from hot summers to cold winters and everything in between. But no matter where you live, chances are you could benefit from climate-controlled self-storage. After all, pretty much every place on Earth experiences fluctuations in temperature and humidity that can damage sensitive materials like wood, paper, art, and antiques, to name just a few. Whether you live in a rainforest or a desert, the weather changes everywhere, and that can be bad news for your valuables.

So unless you’re planning to stick great-grandma’s late-17th Century Spanish walnut bedroom set in a storage locker on the moon—where there’s no atmosphere—you’ll need to look into climate-controlled self-storage. In fact, about the only way to avoid needing climate-controlled self-storage for valuables that are sensitive to extremes of heat, cold, or humidity is to store your belongings somewhere in space.

That painting you bought on your honeymoon would probably be okay in a non-climate-controlled unit on Mars, where the atmosphere is considerably thinner than on Earth, although you might run into trouble with temperatures. While Martian summers aren’t too bad, with highs around 70 degrees, Martian nights can dip down as low as 220 degrees below zero during the long polar winters. Not only that, but you’d need to invest in a really good dust cover or drop cloth to keep off all that red Martian dust.

When you need to store your old business records, you could try Mercury, which has an atmosphere that’s even thinner than the one on Mars, consisting mostly of helium. You’d definitely need a storage unit that was heat proof, though, as days on Mercury can get as hot as 800 degrees Fahrenheit!

So even if you did want to store your latest art project in outer space, you’d still have a lot of logistical issues to contend with. And that’s not even taking into account the fact that it costs around $10,000 to put a single pound of anything into low Earth orbit. Plus, talk about inconvenient! The Apollo missions took about three days to travel the more than 200,000 miles to the Moon. Travel time to Mars varies from 150 to 300 days. Imagine having to wait that long every time you needed to get something out of storage!

At the end of the day, it’s easier—and definitely cheaper!—to just store your collection of rare first editions in climate-controlled self-storage in Lawton, Oklahoma from Storage ‘R’ Us. Whether you’re storing books, files, artwork, antique furniture, or anything else that needs special care and protection (And insurance!), we’ve got the climate-controlled self-storage solution that’s right for you! So give us a call or drop by and chat with one of our self-storage experts, and let us help you start storing your most precious belongings today!

When customers come to see us looking for self-storage solutions, one of their first questions is often, Do I need climate controlled self-storage? It’s a question that we hear time and time again, so we thought we would take a stab at answering it here.

Climate controlled self-storage has a lot of different uses, and different people rely on it for very different things. The simplest way to determine whether or not you need climate controlled self-storage is to ask whether the things you’re storing could be damaged by changes in temperature or humidity. Our non-climate controlled storage units are secure and relatively impervious to the elements, but without being heated in the winter and cooled in the summer, there’s only so much that a storage unit can do to protect against changes in temperature and humidity.

While electronics, books, photo albums, antiques, paintings, and family heirlooms are some of the most common items stored in our climate controlled units, we’ve seen people use climate controlled self-storage for all sorts of things over the years, including supporting their home-based business by storing paperwork or excess inventory, selling things online via eBay or Etsy, storing musical instruments, and a whole lot more. Basically, if it can be damaged by humidity or extremes of heat or cold, then it should probably go into climate controlled self-storage!

It’s also important to note that while many people use self-storage as a temporary solution, it doesn’t take long for the days to turn into weeks, the weeks into months. Time has a way of getting away from you. Those family photo albums, antique wood furniture, or boxes of business paperwork that you told yourself would be fine for a few weeks may not fare as well if the seasons start to change. So it’s always better to be safe than sorry. And since most things that are stored in climate controlled self-storage are pretty valuable, it goes without saying that they should also be insured. Like we said, our storage facilities are secure, and we provide 24/7 video surveillance, gated access, and other security measures to keep your valuables safe, but even we can’t protect against natural disasters, and in the event of a tornado you’ll be glad you had insurance on your stuff, whether it’s computers or paintings.

So now you may be asking yourself the opposite question: When do I not need climate controlled self-storage? Well, the answer, again, varies from person to person, but if you’re storing something that isn’t going to rust, mildew, or fall apart in extremes of heat or cold or changes in humidity and doesn’t really require any special care, then regular self-storage is probably a good fit. Many of our customers use regular self-storage for sturdy furniture that won’t be damaged by humidity, outdoor holiday decorations that take up a lot of room in the garage or attic, lawnmowers (drained of gasoline, of course), and so on.

Whether you’re looking for climate controlled self-storage, or aren’t sure what kind of self-storage is right for you, come by Storage ‘R’ Us today and let us help you find the perfect self-storage solution for all your needs!

Renting a self-storage unit seems pretty simple, but there’s actually a lot of thought that should go into it before you choose the self-storage unit that’s right for you. A lot that can go wrong if you don’t think ahead! If you’re renting a storage unit for the first time, if you’ve had bad experiences in the past, or even if you’re just planning to upgrade or downgrade an existing unit for one that’s a different size or has different amenities, there are a few things that you should keep in mind:

  • Choose the Right Unit for You: While self-storage units may seem like just long concrete and metal boxes when you’re driving by, there are actually a lot of options available to the savvy self-storage shopper. As with most things, it doesn’t pay to just get the first thing that crosses your path. Do some homework into what’s available in your area, and what your self-storage needs will be.
  • Size Matters: Self-storage units come in a variety of sizes, whether we’re talking about climate-controlled self-storage or the more “standard” kind. Knowing what size unit you’ll need depends on what you’re going to be storing, how good you are at packing, and how often you’ll be accessing your stuff. Storage ‘R’ Us offers a free and easy-to-use self-storage calculator that can help you get an idea of how much space you’ll need.
  • To Climate-Control or Not to Climate Control: We mentioned climate-controlled self-storage in Moore Oklahoma already, and chances are if you’ve driven by very many self-storage facilities you’ve seen the signs advertising climate-controlled self-storage. So you may be asking yourself if that’s something you need? Basically, climate-controlled self-storage is for protecting items that can be damaged by extremes of heat or cold, as well as humidity and other environmental factors. This can include anything from antiques to paperwork, and from LPs to electronics. If you’re concerned about the effect environmental conditions may have on your stuff, ask one of our storage specialists if climate-controlled self-storage is right for you.
  • Packing is Important: Good packing not only determines how much of your storage space your stuff will take up, but it also helps prevent your belongings from becoming damaged, and makes it easier to get to what you need, when you need it. For packing advice, check out some of our self-storage tips, and for packing materials, you can stop by the storefront of any of our friendly offices, where we sell boxes and other packing supplies.
  • Use Your Resources: No matter how well you plan your move into a self-storage unit—whether it’s your first unit or your fiftieth, and whether it’s climate-controlled self-storage or not—you’re going to forget something, or run into a snag that you couldn’t foresee. Don’t be shy about asking our highly-trained self-storage specialists for help or advice. And we always offer free use of moving equipment on-site, to help make moving into or out of your self-storage unit a breeze.

In the end, choosing the right self-storage unit for you—from boat and RV storage to climate-controlled self-storage in Moore Oklahoma to whatever else you may need—takes a little thought and preparation, but it pays off big in the long run, not only in saved costs, but also in efficiency, ease of use, and peace of mind.

Whether you already have a self-storage unit or are just considering trying one out, you may be asking yourself, “What should I put in it?” Of course, the most obvious answer is: “Anything you’re not using or need to get out of the way.” A self-storage unit is a great way to tidy up your house, but climate controlled self-storage can offer you more than just a way to de-clutter your life. Here are a few innovative ways that people have found to use their self-storage units:

  • Support Your Home-Based Business: It may come as a surprise, but more than 51% of all businesses in the US are run out of the home. That means no offices, no warehouses, no storefronts. Just someone’s living room, den, or garage. From freelance writers and artists to people sewing handmade clothes or baking specialty treats, home-based businesses come in all shapes and sizes… but they all have one thing in common: They need space to store supplies or excess inventory that quickly threatens to take over their home. Many home-based business owners turn to climate controlled self-storage as a way to keep a handle on supplies and inventory, while still keeping them close at hand.
  • Sell Things on Online: Even if you don’t run a business out of your home, many people in America sell things on eBay or Etsy. Maybe it’s stuff that you make in your spare time, or maybe you like to go around to garage sales and auctions and find great deals that you can then re-sell for a little profit. Whatever the case may be, selling online means holding onto items until they’re ready to ship. If you do it regularly, it also means keeping plenty of packing materials on hand. A self-storage unit can be a great solution for keeping that collection of Beanie Babies safe until they’re ready to be shipped out to their new home.
  • Store Crafting Supplies: Speaking of Etsy, these days more and more people have crafting hobbies. Just take a drive through any big town and you’ll see craft stores aplenty. Scrapbooking is especially popular, allowing people to take that boring old family photo album and turn it into something that expresses their own personal style, while still keeping all those cherished memories. Whatever your hobby, a climate controlled self-storage unit can preserve all your crafting supplies so they stay neatly organized and right where you need them when you’re ready to work.
  • Staging Your House for Sale: When it comes time to sell your house, you want it to look its best… but you may not be ready or able to move everything into your new place before the old one is sold. What’s the answer? Self-storage can give you a place to store things so they’re out of the way when people come to view your home, while still giving you easy access to them when you need them. 

Whatever use you have in mind for your self-storage unit, climate controlled self-storage from Storage ‘R’ Us has the perfect solution for you! Come see us today, or give us a call, and let one of our experienced self-storage specialists help you find just the right self-storage unit for your needs.