Every day, around 10,000 Baby Boomers hit the age of 65. That’s a lot of people, many of whom are looking to downsize their lifestyle, simplify their lives, and just enjoy more with less hassle. Downsizing helps save significant amounts of money, as well. Letting go of a larger home with larger utility bills, upkeep costs, taxes, and so on can really help the retirement fund. Of course, when it comes to downsizing, there’s always the question of what to do with all that stuff you’ve accumulated over the years. Fortunately, that’s where self storage in Lawton comes in!
If you’re moving away from Lawton, Oklahoma to be closer to family (or farther away from them!) or just because you always wanted to live in Florida or California or New England, we’re sorry to see you go, but we wish you well! If you’re moving to the Lawton area, we’re happy to welcome you to our community! Storage ‘R’ Us has been a part of the Lawton business community since 1972, and our family has lived here even longer than that, so we can vouch that it’s a great place to live. Whether you’re moving to Lawton or away from us, there’s a lot that goes into downsizing your lifestyle. First things first:
Begin the Decluttering Process Early.
There are plenty of books, articles, TV shows, and YouTube videos on the subject of decluttering and downsizing your home, so you can find the one that works for you. To make your downsizing go as smoothly as the ones portrayed on those shows or in those books, however, you need a game plan before you start. Find a process that works for you, make a game plan, and then get started!
Handy Downsizing Tip: If you have heirlooms or other belongings that you’re planning to leave to your children or grandchildren, consider giving them as gifts today instead. That way you get to see your family enjoy them, and you’ll have one less thing you have to move, dust, or otherwise worry about.
Keep Only What Matters to YOU.
If you’ve been following organizing consultant Marie Kondo in her books or on her popular Netflix show, you know that she recommends keeping only items that “spark joy.” This means that anywhere from 30-70% of your stuff can go to a garage sale, Goodwill, the church, eBay, Craigslist, and so on. Chances are, you also have a lot of stuff in the basement or attic that belongs to your kids or other extended family members. Remind them that your home isn’t a warehouse and give them a deadline. Remind them that if they don’t have space for it in their own homes, self storage in Lawton can help!
Handy Downsizing Tip: When you’re downsizing, think about the rooms you won’t have in your new place. A smaller house may have fewer bedrooms, and may not have an office, a garage, or an attic. Look at what is in those rooms now and decide whether you really need it after you move.
Find a New Place to Call Home.
Before you know what you’re going to need in your new home, you need to know where you’re planning to live. Are you hoping to rent or buy a smaller home or condominium? Do you want to enjoy the benefits of a senior living community? Will you be living with one of your children, another family member, or a friend, or are you moving into an assisted living facility or retirement community? All of these living arrangements will bring different variables to the downsizing process. If you’re moving into a smaller home of your own rather than moving in with friends or family, you’ll need to hang onto more of your utility items, such as kitchen utensils.
Get Help When You Need It.
It’s important to ask for help when you need it—not just during the planning and decluttering stages, but throughout every step of the process. Your kids, family, friends, neighbors, church members, and even the staff at your friendly neighborhood Lawton self storage facility will be happy to help. Just be sure that you only ask for help from people you know that you can trust. If your family or close friends aren’t around or available, the managers and staff at Storage ‘R’ Us are always happy to help folks pack, move, and store their belongings. And with three convenient locations in Lawton, as well as others in surrounding communities, there’s bound to be a Storage ‘R’ Us near you!
Handy Downsizing Tip: There are even folks who call themselves “senior move managers” that you can hire to help you with all the details. They’ll contribute as much or as little help as you need. Not sure where to start? The National Association of Senior Move Managers has lots of member companies and can help you find one near you!
Self Storage in Lawton for the Overflow.
Just because you don’t always have room for everything in your new place doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re ready to let it go just yet. Maybe you’re trying out the “six-month test.” What’s that? If you’re not sure whether you’re ready to part with something, put it someplace out of the way—such as Lawton self storage—for six months to see if you miss it. If you decide to hang on to it for good but don’t have enough space in your new home, go ahead and keep it in Lawton self storage along with all of your other overflow, from seasonal decorations to your mother’s dining room furniture that you simply can’t part with and none of your kids can use.
With different-sized storage units and climate-controlled self storage in Lawton, Storage ‘R’ Us offers all the self storage options you need, not to mention some of the friendliest managers and staff around. With three convenient self storage locations in Lawton, we’re eager to help you move into your new home or simply find a home away from home for some of your most treasured belongings.
Every new year begins with such promise and so many opportunities to try new things, change bad habits or form good ones, and improve our lives. But it can be difficult to get started when you’re faced with a lot of clutter in your way or a lack of space in which to stretch and grow. That’s where self storage in Lawton comes in handy, helping you to declutter your life, find new opportunities, and stick with those New Year’s resolutions!
Recover from the Holidays. The holidays are a time of family, friends, togetherness, and fun, but let’s face it, the holidays can also be exhausting. Recovering from them doesn’t happen overnight. If you’ve still got holiday decorations that need to be put away such as Christmas lights, those huge inflatable lawn decorations, or even the tree itself, you can find room for them in Lawton self storage. You can keep them safe until next year without cluttering up your attic or garage. You’ll find you have even more space for all those new presents you got this year!
Get in Better Shape. One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight, get in better shape, start that new diet, or hit the gym. Of course, one of the reasons that’s a perennial New Year’s favorite is that it can be a tough resolution to stick to. After all, there’s a reason you stopped going to the gym in the first place, right? It’s hard to find time to drive over and work out in the midst of everything else you have to do. Plus, those monthly gym dues aren’t cheap. Maybe it’s time to try a home gym, instead! Don’t think you have the space for some weights and an exercise bike around the house? Lawton self storage can help you clear out that spare room so you can set up a home gym in no time!
Unplug the Whole Family this Summer. Maybe this is finally the year that you drastically reduce the amount of time you and your family spend in front of screens. Take those flat-screen TVs, tablets, and gaming systems and put them all into self storage so that you and the family can focus on spending some quality time together. Visit the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, Sequoia National Park, or any of this country’s other scenic attractions. Go camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing, you name it! Just be sure that you’re putting your electronics into climate-controlled self storage in Lawton, because the kind of extreme temperature shifts that we experience here in Oklahoma can ruin those flat screens and tablets in a hurry.
Complete that Home Repair or Remodel Project. Do your New Year’s resolutions include finally getting that home repair or remodel off the ground? One of the problems with fixing up the place is not knowing what to do with everything while you’re doing the work. You don’t want to get paint or dust all over your couch, after all, and if you’re planning on buying a new bedroom set, what do you do with the old one in the meantime? Self storage in Lawton can help with all of that; just remember to invest in climate-controlled self storage if you’re storing furniture that can be damaged by changes in humidity.
Make that Move to a New Home. Are you moving to a new home this year? Whether you’re downsizing or upsizing, there are a lot of ways that self storage in Lawton can help make your next move easier. Staging a home for sale takes a lot of work, and if you haven’t moved out yet, it can be tricky to find a place to put everything. Self storage to the rescue! Plus, if you’re moving into a smaller place or simply want to use your move as an opportunity to declutter your living space, self storage can help keep your items safe and accessible while also keeping them out of your hair.
De-Clutter the Home Office. It is a known fact that clutter decreases productivity. You may insist that there’s a system to all your home office clutter, but those piles of documents, end-of-year financials, old tax records, stress-relieving knick-knacks that you got as Christmas presents over the years, and everything else in your office is a drain on your productivity and an invitation to procrastinate. Sure, you could get to work, or you could finally rearrange that pile of paperwork in the inbox. If it’s time to cut down on the clutter and up your productivity, you can find the perfect home office storage you need with self storage in Lawton.
Get Started with that New Hobby. If you resolved to finally start a new hobby in the new year, you may find that hobbies take up space. Many popular hobbies include jewelry making, scrapbooking, or learning to play an instrument. All of those come with supplies and materials and require a space to work on them, and not everyone has enough space around the house to store all the ephemera that comes with a new hobby. Fortunately, climate-controlled self storage in Lawton is great for scrapbooking and crafting supplies, musical instruments, or whatever else your hobby entails!
Hold a Garage Sale. While we’re in the grip of cold weather in Oklahoma, it can be tough to think about spring, but before you know it, garage sale season will be upon us once again. If you’re decluttering your home during the cold months and need someplace to store all those unwanted items until it’s time for the big sale, look no further than self storage in Lawton! You can even share a storage space with a few family members, friends, or neighbors to get the most out of your garage sale prep!
Whatever your plans for the year, self storage in Lawton can help you find a perfect solution! Storage ‘R’ Us has been serving the community since 1972, and our friendly self storage experts have all kinds of suggestions for creative ways that you can use your self storage space to meet your goals this year! Contact us today or stop by one of our convenient self storage locations to get started!
Depending on how you do your math, there are more than 80 million Millennials (here defined as those who were born between 1981 and 1996) in America right now. They’re in the workforce, graduating from college, buying things, and, of course, many of them own homes. In fact, around 35% of Millennials own their own homes already, and millions of others are just entering the years of peak household formation. What does that mean? Among other things, it means that Millennials need storage space.
After all, home ownership comes with clutter. No matter how big your house is, it probably isn’t big enough to keep all your stuff, and it’s definitely not big enough to store things the way you want to store them. That’s why self storage in Lawton from Storage ‘R’ Us offers self storage solutions that suit your needs, so that you can store your stuff how you want to store it.
Help with the clutter. Let’s face it, clutter is stressful. While the big movement toward decluttering may be relatively new, people of every generation have come to the conclusion that having too much stuff lying around detracts from your enjoyment of life, rather than adding to it. Many people have even taken the minimalist movement a step farther and embraced life in tiny houses, where storage space is really at a premium.
But even if you just want to cut down on clutter in your living space, self storage in Lawton can help immensely. After all, just because you don’t have room for something doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ready to let it go, especially if it’s something with sentimental value or something that was handed down in your family.
Keep your options open. These days, we’re accustomed to having a lot of choices about where we shop, what we buy, and so on. When it comes to self storage, that means more than just choices about location; it means options in how you pay, what kind of security you can expect, and the storage solution that you choose. At Storage ‘R’ Us, we’ve got self storage options to fit all your needs, and you can do whatever suits your lifestyle and budget: pay online, put a card on file, or pay in advance.
Ultimately, when you put your stuff into self storage in Lawton, you expect convenience, security, and peace of mind. Storage ‘R’ Us has all of the above. With three convenient locations in Lawton—not to mention other locations throughout Oklahoma—there’s bound to be a Storage ‘R’ Us location that’s close to you. All of our locations offer the security and ease-of-use that you demand.
Available 24/7. Part of keeping your options open means being able to get to your stuff when you need it. After all, Millennials are more mobile than any previous generation. They’re used to doing things on the go, including changing jobs more frequently than previous generations and moving more often to be closer to their work or families or simply to find better or more affordable housing. In fact, Millennials experience these kinds of major life transitions approximately three times more frequently than Baby Boomers or Gen Xers. And of course, these days, everyone is used to being online and on the go day or night.
Part of being mobile means having your stuff available to you when you need it. That’s why self storage in Lawton from Storage ‘R’ Us has gated access that puts your stuff at your fingertips 24/7, while still providing the security you need to sleep well at night (or whenever you sleep). We can also provide staging space that can help you with a move, keeping your belongings safe and out of the way while you stage or sell your house or until you’re ready to move into the new place.
Online Services. Of course, at Storage ‘R’ Us, we would love to see you in the office, but we also know that, like many people today, you may prefer to do your research online, check our reviews, visit the mobile version of our website, use our online self storage calculator tool to figure out how much space you need, get in touch through social media (we just added a new Instagram account!), learn how to make the most of your self storage experience by reading our monthly blog, and even check rates and reserve your rental online! With Storage ‘R’ Us, you can do just about everything this side of actually moving in right from the palm of your hand.
On-site experts. When it is time to move in, help is available at any of our Lawton self storage locations. Whether you come by our original location on East Gore Blvd or visit our locations on Rogers Lane or NW Cache Road, you’ll find friendly, knowledgeable staff who’re happy to answer your questions, supply you with time- and labor-saving tips and tricks, and walk you through ANY aspect of your self storage experience. You can even strike up a conversation with us through social media any time!
Budget-Friendly Storage Solutions. We get it. Money is tight. You need every dime that you get, and there’s no reason to spend it when you could be putting it into savings. That’s why Storage ‘R’ Us offers plenty of options, so that you only pay for the self storage solutions that you need.
We already talked about our online self storage calculator, which can help make sure that you rent only as much space as you need. You’ll also have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that if you need more room down the road, it’ll be here waiting for you. If you need climate controlled self storage, we’ve got that, too, along with packing and moving supplies and just about everything else that you might need for your next move.
We’ve been in the self storage business since 1972, which means that we’ve spent the better part of the last five decades refining and improving our self storage facilities and processes. We know what works and what doesn’t, but more than anything else, we want to know what works for you.
From Millennials to Baby Boomers and beyond, at Storage ‘R’ Us, we know that all of our customers have specific needs and ways they want to store their stuff. We’re here to satisfy those needs and help you find the self storage solution that’s perfect for you.
At one time or another, we have all wished that we had just a little more space. Even those of us who live in big houses typically find that we always want a little more room. Fortunately, it’s easy to make room in a house of any size with a little help from self storage in Lawton!
Self storage can provide a home away from home for those boxes, seasonal items, extra clothes, sporting equipment, hunting gear, and everything else that is taking up space in your house. Climate-controlled self storage in Lawton is the perfect way to store family photo albums, artwork, antique furniture, and other items that need to be protected from extremes of heat, cold, or humidity. And just think of all the things you could do if you freed up all that space in your house.
The man cave or media room. Who hasn’t fantasized about having a space that’s set aside for serious fun? It could be the home theater or game room that you’ve always wanted, your very own billiard hall or video arcade, or a place to entertain outside the living room or dining room, where the football game could be blasting from the big-screen TV while all your best buds crowd around the bar in the corner! The first step is finding the space, and self storage can help you get started!
The home gym. Planning a New Year’s resolution to get in better shape? Most of us could probably stand to work out a little more often, but nobody likes to make the trek to the gym every day, especially when the weather is bad! How much easier would it be to meet your personal health and fitness goals if you could pump a little iron in the comfort of your own home? All you need is room for a treadmill or two, a weight bench, a rack of free weights, and maybe a heavy bag. If that’s not your thing, you could always free up some space for a yoga studio or a place to practice tai chi or martial arts!
The craft room. Whether you’re a dedicated scrapbooker or a dilettante artist, everyone has a creative side. Who wouldn’t enjoy having a studio space, complete with paints and crafting items galore? You could set up a sewing room, a place to knit, or an area to make homemade jewelry, candles, or whatever else you like to sell on Etsy or eBay. And you’ll have a spot to store all your crafting supplies. Whatever your artistic bent, your very own crafting space might be just one self storage unit away!
The home office. If you’re a small-business owner, the home office is more than just a place to keep the PC and the printer; it’s the hub of your business. Even if you’ve previously had an office outside the home, there are plenty of good reasons to move back in, especially if, say, you have a college student vacating his or her room for the next four years. A home office puts your work at your fingertips and keeps all your documents and other paperwork where you need it most. Whatever kind of business you run, think about the money (and hassle) you could save by having an office right in your own home. You can invest those savings right back into your business! Self storage in Lawton could be just the ticket!
The guest room. The holidays are a time when people tend to travel from all over to visit family and friends. If you’ve always planned to have a spare bedroom in the house where guests could stay, maybe this is the year you finally make it happen. Whether it’s family staying over for the holiday season or your old college roommate or sorority sister dropping by for an extended visit, having a guest room in your house provides new opportunities to reconnect and open your doors to old friends and family members!
The music room. For the musical among us, having a dedicated room to practice and store the musical instruments and accessories that we tend to collect can be a lifesaver. Sure, pianos and drums take up a lot of space, but even if you play the guitar or the violin, you’ll probably need music stands, carrying cases, and, of course, books about music theory and song tablature. And if your kids are the ones who are learning clarinet, trombone, or violin, a nice, quiet practice room might help save a little bit of your sanity.
Other great ideas might include a game room if you like tabletop games or video games, a personal library, a HUGE wardrobe, a playroom for the kids, a photography studio, a room for a visiting foreign exchange student, and anything else you can imagine. Ultimately, it’s your house and your space, so you can do anything with it that you set your mind to. The first thing you have to do, though, is find the space to begin with, and that’s where Lawton self storage can help!
Your home is your castle, so why not make the most of it? Rather than letting your home be dominated by clutter or held hostage by things that you need to keep but rarely use, transform your space into something that speaks to your personal interests, satisfies your artistic nature, or simply shows visitors and guests who you really are. Reclaim your space and live your best life with a little help from self storage today!
From RV and other specialty vehicle storage to climate-controlled self storage in Lawton, Storage ‘R’ Us has the solutions that can help you take back your space and take control of your life today, tomorrow, and beyond. If you’re not sure how our self storage solutions can help make your dreams come true, just ask one of our friendly storage experts, and we’ll help you find the solution that’s perfect for you! We have locations in Lawton, Duncan, Moore, Newcastle, and Chickasha.
We all have them: treasured belongings that we just can’t let go of, no matter what. Sometimes they are genuine valuables—antiques, art pieces, stamps or coins. Other times, they’re objects with sentimental value. While the odds of an art collector paying a fortune for the ashtray your youngest made you in arts and crafts are pretty low, it is still priceless to you. Some of these sentimental items have places of honor in our homes, but others don’t always fit. For those, there’s self storage in Lawton, Oklahoma!
First, go through everything and decide what you’d like to store. Maybe you have a shelf where you display your collection of bowling trophies or commemorative plates, but there may be other important items that you just don’t have the space for or that don’t match your home’s décor. You might be keeping some for yourself and holding on to others for a child or grandchild. Family heirlooms may not be something that you’re willing to part with, but they also aren’t always something that you want to display or use.
Whatever you have, the first step is to go through it all and see which items can go into storage. Just remember, putting an item into self storage in Lawton is safe and secure. Your item isn’t going away forever; it’s just going someplace a little more out of the way for a while. It’ll still be there when you need it! Still, if you’re storing something truly valuable, it’s always a good idea to take out some insurance in case of natural disasters or other things that self storage can’t guard against.
Pack to protect and keep records so your valuables are easy to retrieve. When the time comes to pass along your grandmother’s wedding ring to your own children or you want to look through some treasured family photographs, you want to be able to find what you’re looking for right away. Digging through unmarked boxes is not only inefficient, it’s also a good way to spike your anxiety.
Proper packing is absolutely critical to the safety of your items, and that starts with the right packing materials. Poor-quality boxes can be easily crushed or split. Within the boxes, use paper, foam, or bubble wrap to keep fragile objects safe. And whatever you pack, make sure you keep a record of what went into which box. That way you won’t have to unpack half of your boxes to find the one item that you’re looking for.
Choose the self-storage solution that’s right for you. Different types of belongings require different storage solutions. For example, climate-controlled self storage in Lawton is perfect for items that might be damaged by changes in temperature and humidity such as artwork, antiques, or musical instruments. If you’re not sure, ask a friendly self storage specialist for advice!
Lastly, insure your belongings. If it’s important enough to pack, then it’s probably important enough to insure. At Storage ‘R’ Us, we do all we can to help keep your items safe and sound, including 24/7 video monitoring, fenced and walled perimeters, gated access, and more, but even we can’t always protect against Mother Nature. In the event of a tornado, flood, or other natural disaster, you’ll be glad to know that your most treasured belongings are not only stored safely, but they’re insured as well.
If you’re ready to store some of your treasures, just call Storage ‘R’ Us or come by one of our convenient Lawton self storage locations today!
Sure, we’re all pretty envious of incredibly wealthy fictional characters and all the cool stuff that they have piled around their luxurious manors or whatever, but we’re not always so envious of what it would take to store all that precious loot. Without further ado, here’s our list of the top eight fictional characters who would probably need a lot of help from self storage in Lawton if they lived here:
Number 8: Lara Croft, Tomb Raider – Look, you don’t raid tombs without acquiring a lot of stuff, right? And while Lara might keep the best of it around Croft Manor, she could always use some secure (and probably climate-controlled) self storage for all the rest.
Number 7: Ariel from The Little Mermaid – For anyone who has a big collection like Ariel’s collection of artifacts from the surface world, space quickly becomes a premium. Ariel had a nice big underwater grotto to keep her prizes safe under the sea, but if she lived in Lawton, she’d probably need self storage.
Number 6: Randolph and Mortimer Duke from Trading Places – These wealthy brothers swap the lives of a rich person and a poor person to predictably disastrous results. In addition to a commodities brokerage and plenty of stuff, the two even owned other peoples’ homes. Their butlers probably had butlers.
Number 5: Jay Gatsby of The Great Gatsby – Famed for his elaborate parties, Jay Gatsby was as obsessed with the appearance of wealth as he was with actually having it, which meant that he spent lots of money on his big mansion and even bigger parties. If he lived in Lawton, he would definitely need self storage for all those gold ties and maybe some secure vehicle storage for his big yellow car.
Number 4: Charles Foster Kane – The wealthy newspaper magnate and eponymous lead character of Citizen Kane built an enormous pleasure palace called Xanadu, which housed “a collection of everything, so big it can never be catalogued or appraised.” With so much valuable stuff, he should probably look into some climate-controlled self storage in Lawton!
Number 3: Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons – Speaking of valuable stuff, a partial list of Mr. Burns’ possessions includes “King Arthur’s Excalibur, the only existing nude photo of Mark Twain, and that rare first draft of the Constitution with the word ‘suckers’ in it.” He also has a strict no-trespassing policy, which he enforces with vicious guard dogs, among other things, so secure self storage is probably a must.
Number 2: Scrooge McDuck – When you go swimming in gold coins, you know you’ve got a lot of stuff to store.
Number 1: Bruce Wayne (aka the Batman) – Bruce Wayne is a billionaire by day and a crimefighter by night, with an arsenal of gadgets and vehicles that would make most governments envious. Just look at all the stuff he keeps in the cave system under Wayne Manor—giant pennies, mechanical dinosaurs, and lots more! Batman needs self storage space in the worst way!
Unlike Charles Foster Kane, most of us don’t have enough stuff to fill 10 museums, but we’ve all had times when we could use a little extra space. When that time comes, self storage in Lawton is here for you. We even have vehicle storage for the Batmobile, the Batwing, the Batcopter, the Batboat, and the Batcycle. Whatever you need to store, let Storage ‘R’ Us help find the solution that’s a perfect fit!
Summer weather is here, which means that it’s time to enjoy the great outdoors and have some fun! Unfortunately, it can be tough to enjoy yourself outside when you know that there’s tons of stuff still piled up in your home, attic, and garage from the winter months. So it’s a good thing that you can use self storage in Lawton to free up your living space, de-clutter your home, and make your house a more peaceful place!
Every homeowner knows what we’re talking about. Whether it’s the collage of boxes that holds all your holiday décor and eats up valuable real estate in your basement or attic; the cold weather gear like snow shovels, snow blowers, and even back-up generators; the winter coats and boots and mittens that are piling up in the hall closet and threatening to come tumbling down on anyone who opens the door—it can all be stored safely and out of the way in Lawton self storage!
You can even put away winter clothes like sweaters and coats, seasonal sports equipment, cold weather camping gear, and a whole lot more! Got skis, snowboards, or sleds? We’ve got a perfect spot for them! Want to pack up all your Christmas, Halloween, and Thanksgiving decorations and not give them another thought until summer is over? We’ve got the solution for you!
If you have a college student heading off to school at the end of summer, now is the perfect time to get them to clear out their rooms, box up all the things that aren’t essential, and keep it in self storage while they’re in class. Or if you’re a military family stationed in the area, we’ve got plenty of options for self storage near Fort Sill.
Of course, not everything that clutters up your garage or backyard is as small as sports equipment or Christmas decorations. Sometimes you need someplace to park a boat or RV when you’re not taking it out on the lake or cruising down the highway. That’s where auto storage in Lawton comes in. Vehicle storage in Lawton covers more than just cars. We have spots where you can park RVs, boats, motorcycles, and just about anything else you can imagine.
So, whatever you need to clear out of your house this summer, chances are we have a place for it at self storage in Lawton. Here are just a few of the items on our Lawton Self Storage Checklist for Summer:
Whatever you need to get out of your house this summer, we’ve probably got a place for it at Storage ‘R’ Us! Just give us a call, reserve online, or come visit one of our three convenient Lawton self storage locations today!
Serving in the U.S. military is one of the most honorable and noble acts that an American citizen can perform. But military service also has its downsides, and for many members of the military and their families, one of these downsides is having to move frequently. While frequent relocations are part of the job—and part of the adventure—military self storage can help make your next move a little easier on you and your family, whether it’s for basic training, more specialized training, your first duty assignment, or a Permanent Change of Station (PCS).
May 15 through August 31 is the peak move season for the military each year. That’s because kids are typically out of school, and the powers that be have found that moving during this time of year is less disruptive for military families. However, a Permanent Change of Station can happen at any time, and it means relocating to anywhere in the U.S. or overseas. Most PCS moves are at least 50 miles away from your current station.
To make these frequent moves as easy as possible on you and your family, it helps to have a “pack-out” plan that the whole family can follow. This starts with planning and having your supplies already in place before the order comes in. Understanding how military self storage can help store anything you don’t need (or want) to move as well as anything that’s over the weight restriction on PCS moves can also be a big advantage.
Success in the field comes from knowing and using the right tactics, and that’s true when it comes to military moves, too. When you’re putting your moving plan together, it’s important to have a few things ready in advance, rather than waiting until just before the pack-out date. You should know what you’ll do in the event of a PCS or other move before the order comes down. Know what repairs or cleaning tasks will need to be completed, and have your supplies ready. Keep your house and belongings organized so that it’s easy to get things into boxes and get those boxes where they need to go when you get to your new home. Many military families learn to get rid of unnecessary belongings (or put them into military self storage) so that they move only what needs to be moved and nothing more.
As you and your family undertake more moves, you’ll learn what works best for you and what doesn’t. Any tips you pick up should be written down in your pack-out plan folder and kept with your moving supplies so they’re easily accessible.
The first time we moved out of our parents’ house or left the dorms after college, we probably just got a bunch of boxes from a nearby retail store to pack up our stuff. That isn’t the best way to go about moving, however, especially when you’re moving a whole family or will have to be moving frequently. Getting the right moving supplies helps ensure that your stuff gets where it’s going safe and sound and that it’s easy to find and unpack once you get there.
Fortunately, you can get everything you need to plan a successful move at your friendly neighborhood self storage in Lawton, OK. At Storage ‘R’ Us, we’ve got all the moving supplies you need, from boxes and tape to markers and bubble wrap. Better still, we’ve also got all-in-one moving kits, which include everything you need to pack and move a single room or a whole apartment in one convenient package. Whether you just need a few boxes to pack up the bathroom or lots more to knock out everything in the kitchen, such as dish barrels, packing paper, and a plastic tape gun, we’ve got a package that will get you everything you need. We even have stuff you might not have thought of, such as mattress protectors or a mirror box.
Packing is one thing, but once everything is boxed up and ready to go, you need some way to get it where it’s going, whether that’s the other side of the state or the other side of the country. Many military families opt for a Personally Procured Move (PPM), which lets them handle the packing and transportation of their own stuff, rather than hiring a moving company with the military often repaying a large percentage of the bill.
If you’re looking at a PPM for your next move, Storage ‘R’ Us self storage near Ft. Sill has a great deal that can help make your PPM a breeze—and affordable to boot! Thanks to our deal with PENSKE Truck Rental, you can get up to 20% off your next moving truck rental, along with free unlimited mileage and other perks. Just stop by the nearest Storage ‘R’ Us self storage in Lawton and ask one of our friendly staff members about our PENSKE Truck Rental deals for military personnel and their families!
At Storage ‘R’ Us, we’re proud to serve the men and women who serve in our armed forces. With three locations offering self storage in Lawton, we’re well-equipped to provide storage solutions for those who are stationed at Ft. Sill and other nearby bases such as Altus Air Force Base, Vance Air Force Base, the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, and Tinker Air Force Base.
So if you need military self storage near Ft. Sill or any of the other bases we mentioned, come to one of our handy locations on East Gore Blvd., Cache Road, or Rogers Lane. Our helpful staff will be happy to answer any questions you might have about military self storage in Lawton or your next move. While you’re at it, ask us about insurance to help protect your belongings in the event of natural disasters such as tornadoes or floods.
As most people who have looked into public storage in Lawton and around Oklahoma already know, your local self storage facility has so much more to offer than drive-up or climate controlled self storage units. You can find RV, boat, and specialty vehicle storage in Oklahoma. You can lease cedar-lined closets. You can take advantage of military self storage. And of course, the best self storage in Lawton also has all the packing and moving supplies that you need. But there’s so much more waiting for you at Storage ‘R’ Us in Oklahoma!
No home is complete without a flag pole bracket, but it can be surprisingly difficult to find American flags for sale in Lawton and around Oklahoma. If you’ve already got your flag, the United States Flag Code says that it should be flown from sunrise to sunset every day, especially on major national holidays like Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day, not to mention on your state’s birthday (Oklahoma’s is November 16) and on election days. For more info on how to properly keep and care for an American flag, you can check out the Flag Code page at the American Legion website.
If you don’t already have your flag—or you need a new one, such as when your old flag “is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display”—you can find American flags for sale at self storage facilities like Storage ‘R’ Us in Lawton. And if you’re looking to replace that military service cap (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines…), we have those, too!
Sure, it’s always a great time to have Rover out in the brush with you during hunting season, but cleanup can certainly be a chore. Rather than trying to hose man’s best friend down in the driveway or bathtub, swing by the K9000 self service dog wash at our East Gore self storage location in Lawton, Oklahoma or at our location on Highway 37 in Newcastle! It’ll be easier on you, and your dog will love it, too!
The next time you’re planning for a big move, don’t run all over town trying to find boxes that are the right size and sturdy enough to hold everything. Instead, just come by the office of your friendly supplier of public storage in Lawton, Storage ‘R’ Us! All of our locations in Lawton and around Oklahoma have all the moving and packing supplies that you need, from boxes to bubble wrap, and from box cutters to tape.
And hey, while you’re visiting your local self storage location to pick up moving supplies, you can also look into a PENSKE truck rental. It’s so much easier to move when you have the right equipment, and that goes double for the right truck. No more trying to stuff things into the back seat or calling all your friends who own pickup trucks. For the price of half a dozen pizzas, you can have one truck that’s perfectly sized to fit all your stuff. Plus, you can even visit the Storage ‘R’ Us location page for Duncan, Chickasha, Moore, Norman, or any of our self storage locations in Lawton or Newcastle to reserve your truck online!
PENSKE truck rentals aren’t just for moving, either. Need help getting a load of stuff out of your garage or attic and into a climate controlled self storage unit? A PENSKE rental truck may be just what the doctor ordered. Need a hand getting a big purchase home from the store and can’t fit it into the back of your own truck or SUV? PENSKE is bound to have a truck that’ll haul it home with room to spare!
Many people don’t know that you can actually find USPS services outside of the Post Office. In fact, you can do just about anything that you could do at the Post Office right here at our self storage location on East Gore Blvd in Lawton, Oklahoma. Want to mail letters and packages? We’ve got you covered. Need to buy stamps, envelopes, or greeting cards? We’ve got them in stock. We can even handle Priority Mail, Express Mail, Certified Mail, Media Mail, and International Mailings, to name just a few. Expecting a delivery but aren’t going to be home? Many of our self storage locations can accept pre-authorized deliveries. Just give us a call at the Storage ‘R’ Us public storage location nearest you and ask about how to set one up.
You should always expect good customer service, but at Storage ‘R’ Us you can expect a little more. Our staff isn’t just friendly and happy to help you, they’re also storage experts who can help you choose the right sized self storage unit for whatever you’re planning to store, answer your questions, and let you know whether, say, climate controlled self storage is right for you. They can tell you about our move-in storage specials and property insurance, and show you how to make your monthly payments easily online. We’re always happy to talk storage, so just stop by one of our locations in Lawton or around Oklahoma anytime. And just about all of our locations have managers on-site 24/7 to help keep an eye on the property.
At Storage ‘R’ Us, self storage in Lawton and around Oklahoma is what we do, but we’re also so much more than just a place to keep your stuff. We’re a friendly face, a trusted resource, and a convenient source of supplies. From military self storage in Lawton to climate controlled storage in Newcastle to moving supplies in Moore, we’ve been helping people move, store, and keep their stuff since 1972. We’ve built a reputation for providing some of the best public storage in Lawton and across the state, and we’ve done it by putting the customer first, and by giving you access to features that you may not find at another self storage location. So if you’re looking for any of the things that we talked about above, not to mention top-notch security and just the very best self-storage in Lawton and around Oklahoma, look no further than Storage ‘R’ Us!
We may not think about it very often, but moving anxiety is a very real thing. After all, moving to a new home, a new town, maybe even a new state is a big change, and big changes can be exciting, but they can also produce a lot of stress. The average American moves 11 times in the course of their life, but if you or a family member are a part of the United States military, that number may be considerably higher.
According to professionals who study job and family stress, the various changes and logistical hurdles that come with moving invariably create a certain amount of anxiety. Fortunately, there are lots of things that you can do to help reduce stress and make your next move as easy as possible on you and your family.
A lot goes into a successful move, so it can help to have a plan before you get started. And of course, the foundation of any good plan is understanding how much time things are going to take. So, if you have a move coming up, it’s time to sit down with your calendar, figure out when you need to start preparing, and mark out all the big events that are related to the move, such as renting the truck, buying moving supplies, renting a self storage facility for anything that won’t fit in your new place, and so on.
When actually making your family plan, remember that everyone in the family has a job to do. The kids can clean out their closets and toy chests to find items they no longer want or use that can be donated. One person can be in charge of renting a moving truck, while someone else is packing and staging boxes. And of course, don’t forget to reach out to friends and extended family members who can help you out on moving day. As you make your plan, write everything down and keep it all together in a folder or filled out on your calendar. There are even time-saving apps that you can download that will help you plan your move and schedule everything accordingly.
One way to make a move easier on yourself and your family is to simply move less stuff. Getting rid of items that you no longer want, need, or use is a good way to eliminate excess stress anyway—experts have found strong correlations between clutter and stress—and there’s no better time to de-clutter than right before a big move. Sort through everything you’ve got in the attic, the basement, the garage, or anyplace else that’s out of the way, and find anything that you don’t want to take with you to your new place. You can have a garage sale, or simply donate the stuff that you no longer want to Goodwill or some other thrift store. If you’ve still got stuff that you can’t bear to part with, but that there isn’t room for in your new place, self storage in Oklahoma can help you stay de-cluttered, even after your move.
When we think about moving, we often focus on the big stuff like furniture and appliances, but the fact is that we have a lot more little stuff, and to move all of that stuff, you’ll probably need some good packing and moving supplies. That starts with boxes, but it doesn’t end there. Think packing tape, bubble wrap, and lots more. You may want a utility knife, especially to help break the boxes down when the move is done, and you’ll definitely want a few markers so you can write on the boxes. (Write which room the boxes are destined for, and also a quick summary of their contents so that things are easy to find once you get where you’re going.)
Fortunately, you can find all of these moving supplies and lots more at your local Oklahoma self storage facility, where helpful self storage specialists will also be able to answer any questions you may have and provide you with tips to help your move go smoother.
We’ve all experienced the move where we invited over every friend and family member we know who has a pickup truck, SUV, or trailer and piled it high with all our stuff. It’s a pain to coordinate all those vehicles, and nothing ever fits quite right. While there’s certainly something to be said for having all those extra hands to help—feel free to invite everyone over still, just treat them to the traditional pizza afterward—it will actually take a lot of the stress out of your move if you rent a single truck to haul everything.
Not only will all your stuff be together, and you’ll only have one vehicle to coordinate, but you’ll also find that everything just fits better in a truck that was specifically designed for just this situation. Fortunately, Storage ‘R’ Us in Lawton and across southwest Oklahoma is one of the largest PENSKE truck rental representatives in the state, so you can reserve your rental truck at the same time that you pick up moving supplies or pick out a self storage unit.
When you move, you may often find that not everything fits in the new house. Maybe you’re downsizing, or maybe you just want to reduce clutter and free up some space for a new hobby or an old one that you’ve been neglecting too long. Maybe you want to finally have the space to park the car in the garage. Whatever the reason, if you have treasured belongings that just don’t quite fit in your new home, climate-controlled self storage is the perfect solution to keep everything accessible and in good shape, while also keeping it out of the way.
Climate-controlled self storage is perfect for more fragile items that may be damaged by changes in heat, cold, or humidity. Talk to your self storage professional about the best ways to store your belongings, and if you’re storing something that’s particularly valuable to you, it’s always a good idea to ask about insurance. Self storage facilities take the security of your belongings very seriously, but even they can’t protect against events like tornadoes, floods, or other natural disasters.
Just as you may find yourself longing to de-clutter when you move, you may also get to your home and find that there’s just not a space for your project car, your boat, or your RV. Some homeowners’ associations actually have rules governing what kinds of vehicles can be parked where. So, if you find that you can no longer store your boat or RV in the back yard, it’s time to think specialty vehicle storage at Storage ‘R’ Us in Lawton. You can find covered and uncovered vehicle self storage in Lawton and across Oklahoma, so talk to your self storage specialist about what type of vehicle storage is right for you. It’s also a good idea to ask for tips and tricks if you’re planning to store vehicles for the long haul. We’ve got a few suggestions.
Whether you’re planning a move because of work, family, or a military change of station, Storage ‘R’ Us has seven locations across Oklahoma offering everything from military self-storage to specialty vehicle storage to moving supplies and lots more. Visit us in Lawton, Newcastle, Duncan, Moore, or Chickasha, OK and let us help you get ready for your next move, wherever you may be headed!
Storage ‘R’ Us has been providing superior self storage solutions to the Oklahoma community since 1972, and we’re looking forward to helping make your next move your best one!