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A Self-Storage Checklist for the Busy Military Spouse

When it comes to life in the military, moving is just a part of the package. Military spouses quickly get used to the ins and outs of having to pack up and move across the country or even overseas as part of a deployment or a permanent change of station. While moving may be a part of life in the military, it’s always a stressful time. Fortunately, with the right organization tips and some help from military self-storage in Lawton, you can take the worry out of your next move, whether it’s your first or your 50th.

There’s a lot of good general advice out there for how to get the most out of your self-storage unit, and how to pack for moving and storage effectively and efficiently. Here at Storage ‘R’ Us we’ve got a handy storage tips page that covers the basics, and you can also follow us on Twitter and check out the #SelfStorageTips hashtag for loads of additional ideas and info. But for military spouses, it is especially important to get moving and storage down to an art and a science. Most people will only move a few times in their lives, while military wives and husbands may move dozens, so figuring out a system that works for you becomes a matter of more than just convenience; it becomes a way of life. So here’s some advice to help military spouses get the most out of your military self-storage in Lawton:

  • Pack and label your boxes with accessibility in mind. Remember that you’ll never know when you may need to get into a box, or find something in your storage unit, so label each box clearly, and stack boxes containing like items together. A storage calculator can be helpful not only in determining how much storage space you’ll need, but also as a guide to how you can group items to make them easy to find.
  • When putting boxes in your unit, make sure that they’re accessible. Leave pathways between boxes, and also leave a little space between the box and the wall, so that the unit can “breathe.” It can be helpful to create a map and tape or hang it somewhere near the door of your unit, so that you can find what you’re looking for quickly and easily.
  • For added organization—especially if multiple people are going to be accessing the storage unit—you can create a spreadsheet that can be shared or emailed, even with spouses or other family members who are across the country or around the globe. The spreadsheet can help tell what items are in which box, and make moving, packing, and unpacking a snap.
  • Speaking of, we live in age where there’s an app for just about everything, and keeping track of your boxes is no exception. There are apps that can create and print labels and spreadsheets for your move, and some of them can even create barcodes that can be scanned to tell you exactly what is in each box! 

Military self-storage in Lawton has everything you need for your next military move, whether it’s packing and moving supplies, storage space, or simply advice and expertise from our friendly and knowledgeable staff. We’re proud to support our soldiers and we know the challenges that face military husbands and military wives, so when it comes time for your next military move, let Storage ‘R’ Us take some of the pressure off!

Moving a lot comes with the territory for military families. In fact, military families relocate 10 times more often than civilian families; an average of once every 2 or 3 years. That kind of moving around can take a toll, but fortunately, there are ways to help reduce the stress and chaos that comes with frequent moves, and one of the best ways is to take advantage of military self-storage in Lawton.

After all, if you’re stationed at one of our nearby military bases, then your home is here… but you never know when you’re going to get deployed. And if you do, you’ll need someplace to keep your stuff while you’re away! Someplace that will keep everything safe and secure, so that it’s all ready and waiting for you when you get back. That’s where military self-storage in Lawton can help. Here’s five things to keep in mind when you’re looking for self-storage options:

  1. Climate-controlled: If you’re storing furniture, paperwork, electronics, or anything else that could be damaged by humidity or fluctuating temperatures, then it’s a good idea to consider climate-controlled self-storage. Your friendly self-storage team at Storage ‘R’ Us can help you to determine what storage solutions are right for your needs.
  2. Only get what you need: It can be tough to estimate exactly how much storage space you’ll need, and you don’t want to rent a storage unit that’s too small, or pay for one that’s just going to sit half-full. Luckily, our handy storage calculator can help take the guesswork out of your storage unit shopping.
  3. Auto storage: Most of the time when we’re thinking of self-storage, we’re thinking of items from around the house, but auto storage can also be a great solution for men and women in military service who’re being deployed overseas. Auto storage in Lawton from Storage ‘R’ Us can help keep your car safe from the elements, so it’s ready to drive when you get back.
  4. Make moving in a snap: If you’re deploying on short notice, you probably won’t have a lot of time to get everything packed and into a storage facility. Fortunately, moving into your storage unit at Storage ‘R’ Us is easy, with free use of on-site storage carts and moving supplies available from our offices, not to mention the fact that we’re Oklahoma’s largest PENSKE truck rental representative.
  5. Keep your stuff safe: At Storage ‘R’ Us, the safety and security of your belongings are our top priority. That’s why we protect our storage facilities with fenced and walled perimeters, gated access, security lighting, and 24-hour digital video surveillance. But all the security in the world can’t protect against everything, and natural disasters can strike without warning, so it’s also a good idea to pick up some insurance to help protect your possessions while they’re in storage. 

Whether you’re in the neighborhood as part of a permanent change of station, or whether your stay in the Lawton area is temporary, military self-storage in Lawton can be a lifesaver to busy military families just like yours. Whether you need a small storage unit to keep just a few unused items, or you’re looking for auto storage, RV storage, or boat storage, we’ve got all the solutions to your military self-storage needs here at Storage ‘R’ Us!

Whether you’re in the middle of a move, or just using self-storage to free up some space in your garage, basement, attic, or spare room, one of the best things you can put in place to save yourself time and frustration is a good inventory.

Inventories are great things to have on hand when you’re moving. They can help you to keep track of which items go where, give you a checklist to make sure everything got where it was headed, and help you replace items in the event of an accident. If you’re using military self-storage in Lawton, you may already be familiar with creating inventories for your various moves, whether it was a temporary assignment or a Permanent Change of Station, but even if you’re not moving, it’s a good idea to keep an inventory of what you’ve got in your self-storage unit.

A good inventory can do more than remind you of what you’ve got in storage—it can also help you to find things quickly, without a lot of digging around. For best results, try to group like items together in the same box. This could mean a box that contains all electronics, or a box that contains all kitchen items. Label the box, and keep an itemized list somewhere handy and out-of-the-way. You can even create spreadsheets outlining the contents of each box, and sync those with list-making apps such as Evernote on your mobile device, which can make checking or updating your inventory a breeze. Apps like Sortly or Moving Day can also help you to inventory and organize items. Whether you’re moving or storing, it’s also a good idea to take photos of any items that might be of value. This can help with insurance claims in the event of an accident.

Having a good inventory on hand before you head to Storage ‘R’ Us can also help you to determine how much storage space you’ll need. Our handy storage calculator will let you figure your storage needs without a lot of fuss, and with your inventory in hand, you can quickly plug in the values and add up your space.

When inventorying self-storage, many people find it helpful to create a map of their storage unit. Sometimes that can mean an actual map, with boxes and aisles printed on it; other times that can mean simply a key to which boxes are in which stack, or which quadrant of the unit. Whichever way works for you, a simple map can help make it quick and easy to find whatever’s in your storage unit whenever you want it.

Ultimately, whether you’re planning a move, making some space, or looking for military self-storage in Lawton, OK, a good inventory can make keeping track of all your stuff a snap. It may take a little time to get the initial inventory made, but it will save you a lot of time and effort in the long run!

When you or one of your family members are in the U.S. military, you know that moving is something you’ll have to deal with sooner or later, and often more than once. Whether it’s a change of duty station or a permanent change of station (PCS), moving is a part of life in the military. The good news is that means you’re not the first person who’s had to deal with a military move, and moving with the military doesn’t have to be too much of a chore.

There is a lot of good advice out there that can help make moving with the military as painless as possible. Much of it is the same advice that applies to any other move. Try to keep your move as organized as possible by clearly labeling all boxes and other items, and keep a property inventory of what you have and where it’s at. This will be especially important if your move takes more than a few days. Sometimes you’ll end up with some of your belongings at the new location, while others are still back at the old place. Keeping a property inventory that tells you what you’ve got and where to find it can be a lifesaver.

If you or your family member receives an order to move, it should be accompanied by a transportation briefing that’ll go over some of what you can expect from the move, and help you to sort out any questions you might have. Planning ahead can help make a move a lot less painless, and if you look online you can find detailed checklists for planning your move starting three months in advance and going up to the day of. But don’t forget that in the military, as in every other part of life, plans sometimes change—so it’s also important to stay flexible.

Whether you’re moving with the military or just relocating on your own, self-storage can take a lot of the worry and frustration out of the game. It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving to a smaller place, don’t know how long you’ll be at your new digs, or simply don’t want to haul your boat, your yard gnomes, or all your old Christmas decorations halfway across the country, self-storage can take care of your belongings until you come back to pick them up. Military self-storage can keep your items safe and secure, whether it’s your grandma’s old knick-knacks or your brand new motorcycle.

Military self-storage from Storage ‘R’ Us is always secure, with 24-hour digital video, fenced and walled perimeters, and computer controlled gate access. But as with anything else, it’s always a good idea to pick up some additional insurance to cover your valuables if the worst should ever happen. So whether you’re moving with the military or just making a change, call Storage ‘R’ Us today and let us help make your move as smooth as it can be.

Anybody who’s ever been in the military—or been in the immediate family of someone who has—knows that frequent moves are just a part of the job. Sometimes it’s for a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) and sometimes the arrangement is a little more temporary. Either way, military personnel don’t always get the luxury of staying in one place for very long.

What’s more, moves in the military don’t always happen with a lot of notice, and if you’re called up for duty, you may have to deploy without a lot of lead time. All of which means that military personnel often have a special need for reliable solutions to help keep all their belongings safe, sound, and easy to reach, wherever they are. If you’re stationed at one of the many bases in Oklahoma, military self-storage from an Oklahoma self-storage provider like Storage ‘R’ Us is a great solution!

Military personnel learn pretty quick to make do with what they have, and to be ready to travel light. There may not be room for everything that you need wherever you’re stationed, and you may not know for sure just how long you’re going to be there. And of course, if you’re being deployed overseas, it could be a while before you get back. In any event, you need a way to keep your belongings close to hand, without having them constantly under foot. Military self-storage lets you keep the things you need somewhere safe and out of the way, but where you can get to them easily when you need them, and they can provide long-term storage solutions for military personnel who are headed abroad.

Military self-storage in Oklahoma has been a solution for area military personnel for as long as self-storage in Oklahoma has been around, and with so many bases in and around our area, Storage ‘R’ Us feels that it’s our duty to help make sure that the brave men and women who protect and serve our country can feel secure that their belongings are kept someplace safe and reliable. We’re proud supporters of the U.S. Military, and we’ve even been honored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Patriotic Employer for our efforts to keep the jobs of service member-employees open when they’re stationed away from home.

As part of our dedication to the security of our customers’ belongings, we offer 24-hour digitally recorded video surveillance, computer controlled property access, and security lighting for our gated, fenced, and walled self-storage locations in Moore, Duncan, Chickasha, and Lawton. We know that while you’re working to defend our country—whether it’s at one of our Oklahoma military bases or abroad—you want to know that the things you’ve left behind are safe and sound. So don’t worry, we’ll take care of them for you.