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Cool Tips for Oklahoma Self Storage During Hot Summer Months

At the time of this writing, summer is not technically here quite yet, but you wouldn’t know it by stepping outside in Oklahoma right now. The weather is already hot and humid, and much of the country is in the grips of an unseasonable heat wave. We thought it would be a good idea to tackle what you can do to protect your belongings in self storage during the hot and humid summer months. We’ll explain all of the benefits of climate-controlled self storage, and we’ll let you know what to store and how.

Think about what you’re storing. There are a surprising number of items that can be damaged by extremes of heat, cold, humidity, you name it—and we’ve got all of those things in Oklahoma! Photographs, wood or leather furniture, electronics, books, artwork, even some clothing items can be affected. If you’re worried about the value and condition of the items you put into storage, it’s a good idea to do some research before you store them, and consider investing in climate-controlled self storage for those items that need special care.

Shift the seasonal items. This is less about the wear and tear of the items themselves than it is about getting the most out of your Oklahoma self storage unit—not to mention the stuff you keep in it. When the seasons change, it’s a good idea to move the seasonal items that you’ll need for the summer out of storage, and put the winter items in. This way, the stuff you need is always where you need it to be, and the stuff you won’t need until next January is out of the way.

Wrap it up! Lots of things can be protected from extremes of humidity and other perils by wrapping them in plastic. This includes mattresses, clothing, and furniture items of all kinds. Garment bags can help protect clothing, and you can find special furniture covers and mattress protectors for just this purpose. If you’ve got items that are particularly likely to be affected by extreme heat, consider either moving them into climate-controlled self storage or at least double-wrapping them.

Switch to a climate-controlled self storage unit. We’ve already mentioned this a couple of times, but that’s because climate-controlled self storage is simply the best way to protect your most valuable—and most vulnerable—items from the perils of heat and cold throughout the year. Temperature remains even inside a climate-controlled self storage unit, the way they would inside a home with a HVAC system. A climate-controlled unit isn’t cozy enough that you’d want to live in it (even if that were legal or feasible), but it’s more than enough to help protect many of your most vulnerable belongings.

Visit your belongings from time to time. They miss you! No, seriously, while one of the key benefits of self storage in Oklahoma is being able to keep things in a convenient spot while also keeping them out of sight and out of mind, it’s a good idea to stop by your self storage unit regularly. This way, if there are any problems developing, you’ll catch them before they get too serious.

Protect your stuff from the heat. Ultimately, that’s what a lot of this advice boils down to, but we thought it was important to touch on it again. After all, it can get really hot in Oklahoma in the summertime. The bestway to insulate your belongings against extreme temperatures is to invest in climate-controlled self storage, but if you’ve got questions about how to protect anything you store, ask a helpful self storage specialist!

Employ a little pest control. The summer heat can drive bugs and others pests indoors just as surely as an icy winter, so it’s a good idea to follow a few best practices to help keep pests out of your storage unit and out of your stuff.

Consider plastic and pallets. Much of the time, simple cardboard boxes work great for storing items. But if you’re planning to keep things in self storage for a long time—especially if you’re not investing in climate-controlled storage—then plastic bins might be a better option. After all, cardboard can be susceptible to moisture and other perils. Whatever you’re using to store your belongings, you should keep them off the floor using shelves or wooden pallets. This gives the boxes or bins room to “breathe” and helps to prevent damage from moisture and mildew.

Get insurance. A good self storage company does everything they can to keep your belongings safe and secure. But there’s only so much that anyone can do in the event of a flood, tornado, or other natural disaster. That’s why it’s always a good idea to get some insurance on anything valuable that you’re putting into self storage. Got questions? Just ask one of the friendly self storage experts at Storage ‘R’ Us!

Whatever you do, do it now! Summer heat has already begun here in Oklahoma. Whether you’re planning to upgrade to a climate-controlled Oklahoma self storage unit, are wondering about the stuff you’ve already got in storage, or are thinking about storing items for the first time, now is the time to act. That doesn’t just go for folks who already use self storage in Oklahoma, either. Summer is a peak season for moving to a new home, and self storage can be an awful lot of help in that situation, too!

Whatever you want to store, and however you want to store it, chances are we have a solution for you at Storage ‘R’ Us! We can’t do much about the weather, but with eight convenient locations offering climate-controlled self storage, we can help make your self storage project easy and successful, no matter what the weather does. Be sure to ask us about other options such as DampRid moisture absorber and odor eliminator disks available for sale! If you’re looking for self storage in Oklahoma, look no further than Storage ‘R’ Us!

Whether you’re about to embark upon your first year of college or you just got your degree and are about the join the workforce, it seems there’s never enough space for all your stuff.

When you’re in college or newly graduated, things tend to get scattered between the dorm or your apartment and your parents’ place. Maybe your family wants to use the space you left behind for other pursuits. Meanwhile, you’re probably living in somewhat cramped quarters as you work your way through college or start your first job after graduation. Fortunately, self storage in Oklahoma can find a home away from home for everything that you don’t have room for, and we have some great summer self storage tips that can help!

Tips for Summer Self Storage in Oklahoma!

Have a Plan – Don’t go putting things into self storage willy-nilly. Know what you want to store and how best to store it. You can find plenty of tips online, or you can ask someone at your friendly Oklahoma self storage location. Once you have this figured out, you can find a unit that matches your needs. It also helps to have the stuff you need for proper storage, such as cardboard boxes or plastic totes, tape, markers, and so on.

Keep Only What You Want – Self storage in Oklahoma is an affordable alternative for your stuff, but there’s still no reason to pay to store things you don’t want to keep. Before you put anything into storage, go through it and throw out, sell, or donate anything that you don’t need or want anymore.

Use a Storage Calculator – Not sure how much space you’ll need? Not to worry! Most self storage locations offer online storage calculators that can give you a quick estimate of how much space you’ll need based on what you’re planning to store! Just input what you’ve got, and it’ll calculate what size unit you need.

Reserve Early – Once you’ve figured out how much space you need and where you want to store your belongings, don’t hesitate to reserve your spot, even if you’re not yet ready to move in. Summer is a busy time for a lot of industries, and self storage is no exception. Once you know what you want, lock it down so that it’s ready and waiting when you’re ready to move in.

Share the Load – In some ways, renting a storage unit can be a lot like renting an apartment or any other space. You shouldn’t try to live in your self storage unit, however. That’s illegal, not to mention uncomfortable. But like an apartment, self storage is cheaper if you have a “roommate.” In this case, that means someone to split costs with you and share the use of the space. In fact, many storage facilities will actually allow you to share the rental agreement, so that one of you doesn’t get stuck with the other’s portion if the worst should happen. Like a roommate, though, you should only split a self storage unit with someone you trust.

Keep it Cool – If you’re storing your stuff over the summer, keep in mind that it can get pretty hot and humid here in Oklahoma. The heat can do a number on certain kinds of belongings, including books, papers, artwork, clothes, wood furniture, electronics, and more. If you’re storing anything that can be damaged by extremes of temperature or humidity, it’s worth investing in climate controlled self storage. If you aren’t sure if your stuff needs protection from the heat, you can ask one of the helpful storage experts at Storage ‘R’ Us for advice.

How Much Self Storage Space Does a College Student Need?

Of course, like anything else in life, the answer varies from college student to college student.

Your average self storage facility in Oklahoma offers a variety of unit sizes to accommodate just about any need, from units around the size of a walk-in closet to specialty vehicle storage and more.

If you’re a college student, odds are you’re dealing with stuff that came out of your dorm room or your bedroom back home, which means you’ll probably be looking at smaller units such as 5 x 10 or 10 x 10 units, both of which are among the more common storage unit sizes. These are available at just about any storage facility.

The smaller of these is roughly the size of a large closet, while the larger can probably hold the full contents of an average dorm room. Again, when in doubt, check with the experts at your Oklahoma self storage facility to see what size unit they recommend, or try out a storage calculator to figure out how much space you’ll need.

Who May Benefit from Oklahoma Self Storage?

Not sure if self storage is right for you? Ask yourself these questions: Are you sick of a cramped dorm room? Do you have a bunch of books or other off-season supplies that you’ve accumulated throughout the year? Are you planning to travel or even take a year off to study abroad? Are you pursuing a short-term internship or something else that’ll take you away from home this summer? Do you need someplace secure and close to campus to keep your belongings rather than storing them back home? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, then self storage in Oklahoma might be just what you’re looking for!

Plus, with eight self storage locations across Oklahoma, there’s bound to be a Storage ‘R’ Us not only near you but right where you need it to be! We’re located close to the campuses of several local colleges, and college students are always welcome at any of our convenient facilities, whether they’re storing stuff for one summer or the next few years, and whether they’re just embarking on a college career or watching it draw to a close. We’re here to help, every step of the way!

We know that the cost of housing, even for a single individual, can be pretty steep these days. In fact, roughly 50% of most people’s income goes to housing. Taking on a mortgage is a big expense that you often spend the next few decades paying off, and the upfront costs are still considerable. Even renting a small apartment can be a serious pinch to the monthly budget.

Because housing is so pricey, some people have legitimately considered moving into a self-storage unit. It can sound appealing when you consider the low monthly cost of renting a self-storage unit in Oklahoma or anywhere else for that matter. And while self-storage units are certainly affordable, living in one is not ideal for many reasons. In fact, doing so is actually prohibited by law.

However, since this is a topic that comes up from time to time, we thought it would be a good idea to remind you of some of the reasons why you don’t actually want to live in your self-storage unit—no matter how comfortable we make it.

1. It’s against the law. This is a big one. Simply put, self-storage units aren’t rated for habitation, which means that living in one is actually prohibited by law. Any storage facility is required to evict anyone they find living on the property or else face penalties themselves. Besides, life in one would not be particularly pleasant. Storage units don’t generally have running water or much in the way of air flow for living inhabitants.

2. You could lose custody of your children. Seriously, living in a self-storage unit in Oklahoma is illegal, and Child Protective Services (CPS) or the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) may permanently remove children from your custody if you try to move into a self-storage unit with your kids.

3. You could lose your pets. The same goes for your four-legged kids. Self-storage units are great for lots of things, but they aren’t a good place for animals. Even if you’re not living there yourself, it’s against the law to keep pets in a self-storage unit, and trying to do so could result in the loss of that pet to the Animal Welfare department. Impound and boarding fees add up quickly if they take your pet into their care, too.

4. It violates your lease. There’s a reason tenant rental agreements at self-storage facilities stipulate that you can’t live in the unit. As we mentioned, it’s illegal. This means that not only will living in the unit subject you to eviction and other difficulties, it could also lead to you losing the unit.

5. It’s really not comfortable. Self-storage units are great for what they’re designed for, which is storage. But ultimately, a self-storage unit is nothing more than a metal box with a concrete floor. That’s not exactly an ideal living space. What’s more, while some storage units are climate-controlled, many are not, and conditions inside them can get seriously unhealthy during winter or summer months. Even a climate-controlled self-storage unit in Oklahoma is generally kept at around 80 degrees during the summer.

6. There’s no natural light. Did we mention that it isn’t comfortable? It also isn’t cheery. A self-storage unit has no windows, for obvious reasons, which means the only light will come from the bulb up above. Natural light is important to our health, both mentally and physically. Living in a windowless box is bad for both.

7. It’s noisy. Let’s face it, living in a metal box next to a bunch of other metal boxes in a building with a metal roof is not great if you want a quiet environment. You’ll also hear people coming and going at all hours to access their own storage units. Even if it was legal and permitted to live in a self-storage unit (which it is not) you would never get any sleep.

8. You’re on camera. One of the benefits of any modern self-storage facility is that security cameras are trained on pretty much every square foot of the property, both inside and out. This means that your stuff is safe if you store it there, but it would also mean that everybody in the office would be able to see you 24/7 if you tried to live there. So much for privacy!

9. Parking is limited. Sure, you can rent month-to-month storage for cars, boats, RVs, and all sorts of other vehicles, and outside storage units often have space to pull a car right up to the door for loading and unloading. If you need to park a vehicle day after day, however, you simply won’t have that option. Storage units aren’t designed for that.

10. You can’t feed yourself well. Storage units are incredibly convenient for what they were designed for, which is storing things. Were you to try to live in one, though, you’d find that it was missing a lot of the conveniences of home. Storage units have no running water, which means no sink and no way to clean your hands, your dishes, or your utensils. They also have limited access to electricity. In a lot of ways, trying to live in an Oklahoma self-storage unit would be like camping, but without access to the natural resources of the great outdoors.

11. You might get locked in! Unlike your home, which is designed to be locked and unlocked as easily from the inside as from the outside, most storage units boast roll-up metal doors that only lock from without. This might make for an uncomfortable night, and that’s compounded by the fact that good facility managers do regular walkthroughs to ensure that doors are closed and locked. This is great if you want to keep your belongings safe. It’s not so great if you’re trying to live inside a unit and find the door locked behind you.

12. It’s terrible for your social life. Your days of hosting dinner parties are certainly at an end if you move into a self-storage unit in Oklahoma. You can’t even have friends over to watch Netflix. And forget about bringing a date home. If you do, you’re unlikely to get a second date. Simply put, living in a self-storage unit isn’t comfortable for you, and it would be even more uncomfortable for anyone who tried to visit.

Where to Get Help: Sure, some of the reasons we’ve listed here are humorous, but there’s nothing funny about needing a place to live, and no one is very likely to try living in a storage unit if they’re not hard up. If you or someone you know needs a place to stay, we advise you to contact the storage facility staff. They’ll be able to help you find local resources such as food banks or shelters, and they may even help you keep your belongings safe while you find a place for yourself. They won’t let you live in the unit, however, because they can’t. It’s illegal. And hopefully by now, we’ve convinced you that you wouldn’t want to.

While we can’t provide affordable housing, we can provide a home away from home for your belongings. An Oklahoma self-storage unit from Storage ‘R’ Us may not be comfortable to live in, but it is perfect for storing all kinds of things, from antique furniture to specialty vehicles. Just visit one of our convenient locations today!

Remodeling some or all of your home or business is no small project. If nothing else, it’s disruptive, to say the least. In order to remodel a room, you pretty much have to clear it out entirely. During a home remodel, that means you’ll have to clear out furniture, anything hanging on the walls, rugs, window treatments, you name it. For a business, you could have to empty part of the retail floor, the back office, storerooms, or warehouse space.

In either case, everything has to go somewhere else before the remodel can begin. It probably comes as no surprise that self storage in Oklahoma has become a convenient resource for both home and business remodelers, but you may be surprised at some of the reasons why. Let’s take a look.

You Can Stash Your Stuff in Self Storage. The most obvious way to make use of self storage in Oklahoma during your remodeling project is simply to use it as a place to keep all that furniture, art, and other things that need to be moved out of the way until the project is done. Odds are, you don’t have space in the other rooms of your house for all the stuff that was in this one, and you don’t want your guest room, living room, or bedroom stacked to the rafters with all kinds of extra furniture, boxes, or who knows what. Self storage is easy, it’s convenient, and it’ll keep everything out of sight and out of mind while you do the work that needs to be done.

It’s a Place for Bulky Remodeling Supplies. Of course, self storage isn’t just the perfect out-of-the-way spot for all the furniture and other belongings that had to be moved out of the room you’re working on. It’s also an ideal place to store some of the building materials and supplies that go with a typical remodel project. From stacks of sheetrock or new flooring material to bundles of crown molding, gallons of paint, buckets of nails, and all the tools you need to the job, there’s a lot that goes into a typical remodel, and you may not have room for all of it in your house or garage. Self storage lets you stage everything just how you’ll need it so that it’s easy to get when you’re ready for it.

It Holds Everything That’s Going into the Finished Room. We already mentioned things like sheetrock, lumber, tools, and paint, but you probably have even more items that you’ll need toward the end of your remodel! When you’re finished, you’ll probably be putting some stuff in the room that wasn’t there before. If you’re remodeling the kitchen, that may mean new kitchen appliances or cabinets. If you’re working elsewhere, you might be hanging new light fixtures or replacing windows and doors. Just like the stuff that was already in the room, all that stuff needs to stay out of the way during the remodel, but it can take up an awful lot of space. Fortunately, you can stage it all in self storage until you’re ready for it, so that it’s organized, easy to access, and out of the way until the day finally comes.

Self Storage Helps Avoid Property Damage. A good remodel will leave your home or business looking better than when you started, but the process isn’t exactly quiet or clean. The typical remodel project involves a lot of people, a lot of power tools, and a lot of dust. All that can be hard on your furniture and other belongings—even stuff that isn’t in the room that you’re working on. If you’ve got furniture, artwork, or other things that you’d rather not see damaged, it’s best to get them out of harm’s way and into someplace safe like climate controlled self storage in Oklahoma, at least until the job is done.

It Can Even Help You Meet Your Deadlines! Believe it or not, self storage can actually help make your remodel more efficient so that you meet whatever deadline you’ve set. Think about it. You can save so much time and energy by not constantly shifting things from one side of the room to the other or otherwise trying to work around them. Whether you’re dealing with furniture or remodeling materials and tools, putting them all into self storage can help keep your workspace clean and efficient so that all you have to focus on is the project in front of you.

Other Remodeling Tips. Now you know some of the perhaps less-obvious benefits that self storage in Oklahoma can offer during a home or business remodel. But you should keep a few more tips in mind to get the most of your self storage unit, regardless of what you’re using it for. You’re going to want to keep your storage unit well-organized, label all of the boxes correctly so that you know what’s where, and stage it so that the items you’ll need first are closest to the front. Keep like items together so that all the flooring for the kitchen is in the same spot, for example. All of this will help ensure that your self storage unit is as efficient as possible. That will translate into a faster, smoother, and more successful remodel, so that your home or business will be looking better than new in no time!

Whether you’re looking for a place to stage the contents of a room while you do a remodel, you’re in need of a climate-controlled space for items that might be damaged by heat, cold, or humidity, or you’re just wanting a safe and secure spot to keep your belongings while you move, Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma has you covered. With convenient locations in Lawton, Chickasha, Duncan, Moore, Newcastle, and Norman, there’s bound to be a Storage ‘R’ Us near you, ready to provide you with the very best self storage in Oklahoma!

The “digital nomad” lifestyle has been generating a lot of buzz recently, especially since many of us spent the pandemic coming to realize that we didn’t have to go into the office every day in order to earn a living. As more people take advantage of the ability to work from anywhere, they’re embracing a lifestyle that lets them travel, see the world, and do all the things that they’ve always wanted to do. Whether they’re working from a hotel room, a short-term apartment, an RV, a co-working space, a coffee shop, or a public library, these digital nomads often don’t have a set place to call home.

And yet most of us have things that we can’t necessarily take with us on these kinds of adventures, but we don’t want to let go of them, either. Maybe they have sentimental value, maybe they’re collections or investments that have monetary value, or maybe we just know that one day we’ll tire of life on the road and want to settle back down, and we want our comfy stuff waiting for us when we do.

Whatever the case, you’ll need a place to put everything that you can’t take with you. Maybe you have relatives who don’t mind holding onto it, but odds are they need that space themselves. Your best bet might just be Oklahoma self storage. Considering exploring the lifestyle of a digital nomad? We’ve got some tips that can help.

Here are our top self storage tips for digital nomads:

  • Make sure rooms or like items are staged to go in the same boxes, cataloging each for easy retrieval.
  • Ask a friendly self storage professional about items that might not be suited to long-term storage—or items that might be prohibited by law.
  • Make sure that whatever you put into storage is cleaned and prepared according to its needs.
  • If what you’re storing is susceptible to changes in temperature or humidity, then you’ll want to opt for climate-controlled storage. When in doubt, ask a friendly self storage pro.
  • Make an inventory of whatever you put into your self storage unit. This’ll make it easier for you to find what you’re looking for when you come back.
  • You’ll be locking up your unit with your own lock, so pick one that’s comfortable for you and, ideally, one that allows you to share the key or combination with a friend or relative who can check on the stuff while you’re away.
  • Stay in constant contact with the Oklahoma self storage facility where you store your items. That means making sure that your payment methods and contact numbers stay up to date, no matter where your travels take you.
  • The stuff you put into storage is valuable to you, so it makes sense to get an insurance policy to help protect your property against those things that a self storage unit can’t, such as natural disasters.
  • If you have a vehicle that isn’t going on the trip with you, self storage has a place for that, too.

If you’re planning to hit the road and enjoy the life of the digital nomad, we wish you all the best on your adventures! If you have any questions about how to get ready, contact Storage ‘R’ Us, your friendly local Oklahoma self storage facility, and we’ll be happy to help with everything, from the best ways to store clothing to how to protect furniture if it’s being stored long-term.

Every college student knows that it’s best to pack light when you head off to college at the end of the summer. You’re going to accumulate a lot of stuff over the course of the year—textbooks and keepsakes and clothing items and more—and it’s not easy to store everything in small dorm rooms or in rooms at the frat or sorority house. Even if you get into an apartment or other off-campus housing, you probably won’t have a lot of space. That’s where self storage in Oklahoma comes in. Here are the top six reasons college students in Oklahoma and across the country use self storage near campus:

1. You accumulate stuff. Whether we mean to or not, we end up with stuff as we live our lives. Some of that stuff can get pretty bulky. A T-shirt with your team colors may not take up much space, but that ping pong table your fraternity brother gave you is definitely not going to fit in your room.

2. You need a place to park. It may not even have occurred to you, but if there’s limited parking on campus or you just don’t need your car or bike to get around very often, you can actually put it in vehicle storage to keep it safe, secure, and out of the way.

3. You want to offload the extras. During our college years, most of us spend at least some of the time with a roommate. That often means having doubles of everything. Some stuff you want to keep two of, like toothbrushes and clothes, but other things don’t require doubling up. You probably don’t need two toasters, two TVs, and so on. Put the extra one into Oklahoma self storage!

4. You need space for seasonal items. Most of us don’t do a lot of holiday decorating during our college years, but we may engage in seasonal activities like camping, hunting, skiing, and so on. Unfortunately, the gear for that can get pretty bulky, so why not put it someplace out of the way?

5. You aren’t always in the same spot. When we first arrive as freshmen, we’re usually in one of the dorms, but most of us don’t end our college careers in the same place we started out. We may move to a different dorm, we may pledge a sorority or fraternity, we may get an off-campus apartment, or we may even change schools. Even when we do stay in the same place, we often go home for the holidays or for summer break, and having our stuff in a self storage unit near the campus makes moving back in a whole lot easier.

6. You have things you don’t want to leave behind. Whether that’s mementos and keepsakes that mean a lot to you, collections or hobby supplies, or more valuable items like TVs, consoles, and other electronics, you can keep them safe and accessible with a nearby self storage unit.

If you’re a student at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, Mid-America Christian University in OKC, or anywhere else in the state, you can find self storage near you. In fact, Storage ‘R’ Us has eight convenient Oklahoma self storage locations, many of them near the universities we just mentioned, and we’re always happy to help you store your stuff!

You’re running out of space at home, but what are you gonna do? Finding a bigger house right now could be a challenge. The housing market in Oklahoma is no different than in other states across the Midwest, with shortages on all types of homes, new construction slow to complete, waiting lists with builders and developers a mile long, prices for building materials through the roof (so to speak), list prices of new homes higher than ever, and many existing homes selling for well above their asking price. In short, it’s not a great time to be looking for a new home.

If you’re outgrowing your present home but you’re unsure you can move into someplace bigger, all is not lost. With a little help from Oklahoma self storage, you can make more space in your existing home instead of moving to a bigger one. We’ve combed dozens of articles on the subject to bring you some of the very best tips for how to make it happen!

Get rid of what you don’t need. This one may go without saying, but the first thing you should do if you want to make more room at home is to let go of anything that you no longer need or use. This can feel like a pretty daunting task, however. Fortunately, there’s a relatively simple way to do it. Break the job down by room, rather than trying to do everything at once. Start with that spare bedroom or your office, and clear out one room at a time. If you’re getting rid of things that are still perfectly good, don’t just toss them in the trash, though. Consider a donation. You can even itemize it for your taxes!

Optimize your bedroom space. It’s easy to let our bedrooms get cluttered up with clothes, lamps, extra pillows and blankets, or whatever. Unfortunately, a cluttered bedroom is far from conducive to good sleep. Start by ensuring that you’re putting your closet space to good use. Anything that’s out of season can be kept in storage containers under the bed or in self storage so that it doesn’t take up valuable closet real estate. Clearing out your bedroom will create a space that’s restful, welcoming, and free from distractions.

Attack the cupboards, closets, and shelves. Clutter thrives behind closed doors. Out of sight, out of mind. We’re mostly talking about kitchen cabinets and cupboards—especially the hard-to-reach ones that you seldom use—but you might have other places throughout the house that you use to keep your clutter out of the way. Go through all of it a bit at a time. Throw out anything that’s expired—you’ll be surprised at how much you find—and get rid of anything you don’t need. Clean out the fridge and freezer while you’re at it. You may be shocked at how much space you can free up!

Outgrown it? Let it go. Get your kids in on the action. Have them help by boxing up anything they’ve outgrown. That means clothes, sure, but it could also mean toys that they no longer play with or books that they no longer read. Of course, this doesn’t just apply to kids, either. How long has it been since you got out those scrapbooking supplies? When was the last time you picked up the knitting needles? If you’re no longer into a craft or hobby, banish all the ephemera from the house like you would a bothersome poltergeist. Same goes for clothes that no longer fit or that you simply never wear.

Don’t junk up the garage (unless you have to). The garage can be a great solution for storing lawn mowers, camping gear, sports equipment, you name it. On the other hand, an over-cluttered garage is only going to spell frustration when you need to access something that’s stored inside. Plus, you might want to, you know, actually put your car in there sometimes. Fortunately, you can maximize the efficiency of your garage space by installing overhead ceiling racks or shelving along the walls. These can help to store all kinds of things like luggage or seasonal decorations, while still leaving room for your car this winter.

Maintain productivity in your home office. These days, we’re all getting a lot more use out of our home offices than we used to. Even if you don’t work from home, a home office may get plenty of traffic when family members are doing homework, paying bills, working on crafts, or just surfing the ‘net. Unfortunately, all that use can also mean lots of clutter. Luckily, plenty of other people have found themselves in a similar situation, and office supply stores can be a treasure trove of handy and efficient storage solutions that can help keep your home office organized.

Use vertical and overhead space. No matter how much cleaning and reorganizing you do, your home is only so big. You may find that you’re still short on space even after you’ve purged everything you feel comfortable purging and organized everything that’s left. Many of us don’t take into account more than half the space in our houses, though. The space up near the ceiling doesn’t have to go to waste just because it’s up high. Hang bicycles from the ceiling, mount the TV on the wall, put bookshelves up over doorways, and use other clever storage solutions to help keep your home looking uncluttered while making use of all the space you do have.

Take advantage of Oklahoma self storage. Of course, you don’t have to store everything you own in your home. That’s what self storage in Lawton is for. We can help you keep the things you want to hang on to but don’t have room for, and we can help you keep items out of the way in the short term while you declutter, organize, downsize, relocate as part of a military move, stage your house for storage, or at any other time. We can also help you to make the most of your self storage space. Just ask one of our friendly staff for tips while you’re here!

Storage ‘R’ Us is a local self storage company that’s been serving Lawton and the surrounding communities since 1972, and we can’t wait to help you declutter your home and start living your best life today! And when the housing market improves and you do decide to move? We’ll be here to help with that, too.

Shopping for a new home is exciting, but actually buying, packing, and moving can be a challenge. This is especially true today, when the market is hot for sellers and overrun with buyers. More existing homes were sold in 2020 than in any year since 2006. That’s some 5.64 million homes sold, according to the National Association of Realtors. Things aren’t looking to slow down anytime in 2021, either, with prospective home buyers facing the most competitive housing market in decades.

At the end of last year, 70% of the homes that were sold had been on the market for less than 30 days. With existing home inventory at a point around 30% below where it was last year, and the national median sale price of a single-family dwelling up nearly 15%, sellers are reaping the rewards of above-asking-price offers and record-quick sales. Home shoppers, on the other hand, are often left in the lurch, caught between homes for extended periods of time as they close on one deal and wait for another. Finding a temporary home for yourself and your family is one thing—you can rent a hotel room for a few days or stay with family—but what do you do with all that stuff until the new house is move-in ready?

Whether you’re caught between homes, getting ready to sell a home, staging your home for sale, or even just thinking about buying a new home and moving out of an apartment or other living arrangement, there are all sorts of ways your Oklahoma self storage facility can help you with storage space no matter your situation.

Selling a home? Homes that are well-staged sell faster and for more money. Even in a seller’s market like we’re currently experiencing, it doesn’t hurt to have every advantage you can get. You can make your place look showroom-new by moving some of your belongings into self storage!

Buying a home? We do the best we can to get the timing right, but sometimes there’s a gap between when we sell our old house and when the new one is move-in ready. In that case, a self storage unit is a lifesaver. You can keep all your stuff safe, secure, and out of the way until it’s ready to go into the new place.

Renovating a home? Whether you bought a home that’s a fixer-upper or are taking advantage of some downtime to spruce up your current place, self storage in Oklahoma can help keep your belongings out of the way while you work.

Downsizing while moving? Moving is already stressful enough. If you’re also downsizing into a smaller home at the same time, that stress can increase, especially if you don’t have much time to sort through everything that you plan to keep, donate, or get rid of. In that situation, turn to self storage. Put your stuff out of sight until you need it or you’re ready to go through it all and decide what you’re keeping and what you’re not.

Don’t want to be a burden on friends or family? Sure, Mom and Dad say they have plenty of room in the basement, and some of your friends have even offered up little bits of space here and there. The problem is, if you take everyone up on their offers, you may find your furniture and boxes in half a dozen different spots across the city. Oklahoma self storage might be a better option.

Relocating to a new area? Moving is never easy, but moving to a new city or state is always much tougher than just moving across town. Wherever your next move is going to take you, if you put some of your household items into self storage, you can do the move in stages, rather than having to manage it all at once.

Sold your home sooner than expected? A quick sale is always nice, but in this booming housing market, it can be easy to be caught at loose ends. Rather than renegotiate closing dates and risk losing a great offer, let self storage help you to be flexible. Take that incredible offer today, and put everything into storage until you find the perfect new place!

Looking to declutter before a showing? Realtors and other experts will tell you that it helps your home sell if prospective buyers can picture what the place will look like once they and their families and all their stuff are moved in. That means making space for all those imaginary décor items, which means getting your stuff out of the way and putting it into Oklahoma self storage.

Just need to move select items? Whether you’re planning a move yourself or staging a home for sale, there are certain items that you want to take special care of. Self storage can keep these safe, sound, and out of the way. Just remember to pick up some insurance for your valuable possessions. Even the best self storage facilities can only do so much in the face of a tornado or flood.

Taking your time with that new home? You just bought a new house! Congratulations! But maybe you aren’t quite sure where you want everything, where the couch should go in relation to the TV, or which room is the perfect spot for your home office. Rather than being buried under a pile of your stuff while you sort it all out, keep it in self storage and decorate your new home a bit at a time!

Just thinking about it? Buying a home and planning a move can be an incredible time in your life, but it’s also a lot of stress. Even if you haven’t found that dream house or set a date for your move, you can start planning things out, packing things up, and reducing your stress by using self storage to prep for the move in advance!

Whether you’re selling your home, buying a home, moving, or just thinking it over, self storage in Oklahoma can help take some of the worry and stress off your plate so you can make important decisions and, above all, enjoy the process a little more. Whatever your storage needs, Storage ‘R’ Us has the perfect solution at one of our eight convenient facilities that have been serving Oklahoma communities since 1972!

Before a big move, you’re probably grabbing every cardboard box you can get your hands on, but when the move is over, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of cardboard you’ve gathered to do the job. Not to worry: Your friends at Storage ‘R’ Us self storage in Oklahoma have some tips on what to do with all those extra boxes once the move is over!

You may not want to just throw it all out. Even if you can bundle it up and arrange for “bulk item” pickup from your local trash service, that can often cost you extra out of pocket. Plus, there are better things to do with excess boxes than simply throw them into some landfill. We’ve got a few great ideas to help you put that cardboard to better use!

  • Recycle. Even if you can’t use the boxes yourself, you can always recycle them. Most forms of cardboard are recyclable, and corrugated cardboard has a recovery rate of more than 95%, so there’s no reason not to recycle what you can. Here in Oklahoma, you can find cardboard recycling bins at Walmart, among other places.
  • Keep them for jobs around the house. Cardboard is good for more than just boxes. You never know when you’ll need a large piece of cardboard for a painting job, protection for a cutting surface, damage protection for floors, or any number of other DIY applications.
  • Break them down and store boxes for a future move. If you’re a member of a military family, for example, and you know (or suspect) that you’ll be moving again in the not-too-distant future, it never hurts to have some extra boxes ready for the next time.
  • Use boxes in your self storage unit. Not planning to go anywhere? Those boxes may still come in handy for keeping things organized and out of the way in your Oklahoma self storage unit. Just remember to keep cardboard boxes away from walls and up off the floor.
  • Ask your moving company if they want the boxes. Don’t need the boxes yourself? If you got them from your moving company, you may find that they’re more than happy to take them back and either reuse or recycle them.
  • Give them away to neighbors. If you know someone in your neighborhood who is planning a move, you can always offer them some of your boxes. Users of Craigslist, the local NextDoor, and community Facebook pages often communicate the need for boxes, too.
  • Sell them on BoxCycle or Craigslist. You might even be able to make a buck off your used boxes!
  • Donate the boxes to charity. Pick your favorite charity and see if they need boxes. Thrift stores that give to charitable causes especially have need for extra cardboard.

Whatever you have left over after your move, you can find the perfect home away from home for it at Storage ‘R’ Us self storage in Oklahoma. With eight locations in Lawton, Duncan, Chickasha, Moore, Newcastle, and Norman, we’re sure to have the storage solution you’re looking for!

Did you know that Santa Claus (aka Saint Nicholas or Kris Kringle) has a long history of bringing toys and goodies to kids all over the world that dates all the way back to the third century? We often think of Santa as a fairly modern character, but he’s been with us for quite some time. In the past, we’ve written about the fact that Santa probably uses self storage—especially to park his sleigh during the off season – but for this holiday season, we were wondering what Santa might still have packed away in Oklahoma self storage from years – or even centuries – gone by. Let’s see what we can dream up!

Old Woodworking Tools – That jolly old elf is a woodworker, after all, and while his current setup at the North Pole is probably very modern with all the latest machine tools, those old tools likely have sentimental value and might be in climate-controlled self storage.

Previous Versions of the Sleigh – Who doesn’t want to trade up their old ride for something a little more sporty from time to time? After nearly twenty centuries, Santa has probably gone through a sleigh or two. This new one likely has heated seats and plays his MP3s.

Old Santa Suits – When you have to wear a uniform for work, you always want to have a few extras around. Santa’s traditional attire has changed quite a bit over the centuries, and some of those suits may not even fit him anymore. (Hey, we all used to be thinner at one time or another.)

Reindeer Tack and Supplies – You don’t hook eight reindeer – even tiny ones – to a sleigh without bits, bridles, reins, blankets, and all the other accoutrements that go with keeping draught animals.

Chimney Sweeping Equipment – How could Santa come down all those chimneys while keeping his red-and-white suit so spotlessly clean if he didn’t keep the chimneys swept out as he goes? Besides the long brushes and things that are used to actually clean a chimney, conscientious modern chimney sweeps also use drop cloths and HEPA filter vacuums to keep them from making a mess.

All Those Old Naughty and Nice Lists – Every business has to retain customer records, right? And Santa probably needs to refer to all those old lists from time to time. Plus, Santa gets a lot of correspondence, and we just know that he doesn’t throw any of it away. His climate-controlled self storage unit is probably full of old letters from kids all over the world.

Toy Prototypes – Santa no longer sends them to the Island of Misfit Toys, but all those toy prototypes have to go somewhere.

Old Exercise Equipment – Like most of us, Santa has probably tried to drop a few pounds in the off season more than once. He probably keeps all those old rowers and treadmills and ab crunchers in a self storage unit.

Parade Gear – You typically see Santa in the Macy’s parade each year. Sometimes he’s on a float, sometimes he’s in his sleigh, and sometimes he’s in a fancy car. He must have someplace to keep all those things the rest of the year, and vehicle self storage would be just the ticket.

Tons of Unused Wrapping Supplies – All those gifts under the tree don’t just wrap themselves, after all. However much unused wrapping paper, gift bags, boxes, ribbons, and bows you may have in your Oklahoma self storage unit, Santa probably has a whole lot more!

Coal – Sure, most of the time Santa leaves nice presents in the stockings of good children, but there’s bound to be a few lumps of coal here and there. That stuff is sooty, though, and you don’t want it just lying around the house. Santa probably keeps his coal supply somewhere off-site.

Whatever you keep in Oklahoma self storage, we’ve got the perfect solution for all your self storage needs at Storage ‘R’ Us in Lawton, Chickasha, Duncan, Moore, Newcastle, and Norman!