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Baby Clothes Don’t Have to Take You to the Cleaners. Oklahoma Self-Storage Can Help!

Everyone knows that adding a new bundle of joy to the family can also bring with it a bundle of new expenses. Once you’re back from the delivery room and you’re looking at the hospital bills and tallying up the money you’re going to be spending on diapers, you probably don’t even want to think too much about the fact that you’ll be buying baby clothes every few months for the foreseeable future.

Babies grow fast, after all, and anyone who has ever had one can tell you that they outgrow clothes like they’re going out of style. In fact, according to the Consumer Expenditure Survey, the average American home spends between $700 and $1,000 just on baby clothes in the first year. Keep in mind that’s just clothes—that number doesn’t even take into account car seats, strollers, cribs, and all the other accoutrements that a growing baby needs.

Running through baby clothes and supplies can seem not only pricey, but also wasteful. It’s a shame to buy something knowing that the baby is probably going to outgrow it almost before you can remove the tags. Fortunately, this is a problem that faces all new parents, so there are plenty of options that can help keep baby clothes and accessories from breaking the bank, and also help you pay it forward for other new or expecting parents down the road.

Just like the vintage thrift store where you found that coat you love, there are consignment shops in most cities that specialize in gently-used clothing and supplies for babies. There are also a variety of organizations designed to let new and expecting parents trade and swap for clothes and other necessities. Once your baby has outgrown that jumper, you can pass it on to someone who is still expecting. Local swaps are organized in most communities, and of course the Internet has gotten in on the action, with a variety of swap sites set up allowing parents all over the country to swap clothes, accessories, and advice.

When Good Morning America ran a special on how to save a little cash when outfitting your newest addition, they found that parents could make as much as $170 to $520 reselling their gently-used baby clothes and accessories. But sometimes being able to pass on something your baby has outgrown to another baby who needs it is more of a reward than getting a few bucks back.

Besides the cost associated with all those baby clothes, carriers, strollers, and other odds and ends, there’s also all the space they take up. Whether you’re planning to save your baby supplies for the next addition to your family, to pass them along to another family member, or to resell or swap them, they can certainly take up a lot of space in the meantime. It can be all-too easy to part with them just to free up some space in your house. But a better solution can be using an Oklahoma self-storage unit to store your baby clothes and supplies—either until the next little one is old enough to need them, or until they’re ready to find their way to a good home.

Selling your home can seem like an overwhelming task. It can be a long process, and the first step is often getting your home ready for sale. Things like clean carpet, freshly painted walls, and uncluttered rooms can really help sell a home. Most potential home buyers aren’t looking for a “fixer upper” and are instead searching for a home that doesn’t require a lot of work—a home they can see themselves living in. Unfortunately, many potential buyers are easily distracted by a home’s décor and the current owner’s personal possessions. Oftentimes, special features of the home are overlooked or covered up with furniture and not highlighted. Features such as hardwood floors, fireplaces, and built-in bookcases can be important selling aspects. It is also beneficial to allow prospective buyers to see the sizes of the rooms and realize their potential. This can be difficult if the rooms are overcrowded with furniture or decorated with your personal belongings.

One of the simplest ways to showcase the size of the rooms in your home, as well as showcase any special features, is to pack away any non-essential items, reduce the amount of furniture in overcrowded rooms, and remove personal items such as family photos, keepsakes, etc. This way potential buyers can envision their belongings in the space and aren’t distracted by clutter or your personal decorating style. It’s also a great time to begin packing some moving boxes.

Items such as books, knick-knacks, and family photos can be carefully packed away and stored in a self-storage unit along with any non-essential kitchen items that may be covering up the kitchen counters. By removing items from kitchen counters, potential buyers are better able to see the available counter space—which is an important selling feature of most kitchens! An additional benefit of utilizing a self-storage unit while selling your home—instead of storing boxes in your basement or garage—is that you aren’t making these spaces appear cluttered or smaller to potential home buyers. You can also store any off-season clothing, shoes, coats, or other items that may be cluttering up your closets or cupboards. As many of us know, good closet and cabinet space is important to most home buyers.

You can also utilize your rented storage unit to hold any furniture or home accessories that may be hindering the traffic flow through the rooms, or simply making some rooms appear smaller. And don’t forget about any outdoor items or furniture that may make your yard or landscape seem crowded or untidy. If your yard is full of clutter, empty flower pots or planters, or worn out patio furniture, it may be a benefit to place these items in storage while showing your house. This way home buyers are more likely to focus on the land and the landscaping.

If you’re looking for a long-term or short-term self-storage facility in Lawton, Chickasha, Moore, Newcastle, or Duncan, Oklahoma, feel free to stop by any of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations and see what our self-storage solutions can do for you! One of our self-storage experts will be happy to recommend a self-storage unit that affords you the kind of storage you require.

Although we’re still in the middle of a cold and blustery winter, many of us are getting ready for spring-like weather and making lists of things that need to be accomplished around the house before the snow and ice finally melts away and the grass begins to show green once more. And, of course, the biggest chore faced this time of year is spring cleaning. But let’s not get too deep into spring cleaning just yet. Let’s ease into the subject by tackling one important job for now: cleaning and reorganizing your closets.

If you’ve watched much HGTV, A&E, TLC, or the Style Network, you’ve probably seen a number of those house cleaning or “de-cluttering” shows where a professional organizer helps a home owner fix up their closets by sorting, piling, eliminating, and reorganizing the contents. As engaging as those shows can be, the truth is that much of their sage advice is little more than common sense. You can perform a spring cleaning on your closest and come away with the same amazing results—without having a TV show host shame you about all the things you’ve held on to your whole life. Here are the top spring closet cleaning ideas from professional organizers.

Make a strategy. Begin by working from the top down. One of the easiest areas of your closet to de-clutter and re-organize is the top shelf. There you’ll find shoe boxes, folded sweaters, piles of jeans, and other non-essential items stacked to the ceiling. Pull them all down and clear off the top shelf for box, basket, and container storage later. (We’ll get to those ideas in a few minutes). Also, another key part of the strategy is to create a clothing shopping list to help you remember items that need to be replaced or added to your wardrobe as you sort through all the items.

Sort the hanging clothes. Sometimes tackling your clothing by type helps to make this job a lot easier. You can pull out winter clothing and put those items aside for now. Then you can organize your shoes all at one time. Then your slacks. Then belts, dresses, jackets, skirts, tops, etc. By addressing each clothing item by type, you can easily see what’s still in-style and what’s not. It’ll also help you reorganize by clothing type when you put it all back together.

Identify your personal style. When you’re pulling your clothing from the closet, be brutally honest with yourself. Your closet is only so big, so anything that’s out of date can be set aside—making room for new items that are more to your current style.

Create “Give Away” and “Donate” piles. Professional organizers like to use the “two year rule” for closet cleaning and reorganization. If you haven’t worn it in two years, and if it doesn’t have a strong sentimental value, it’s time for that article of clothing to go. If you have clothing that may be a value to a friend or family member, suggest a clothing swap. Get together with friends, have a few snacks, and everybody gets to go home with something new to wear. Anything you don’t think you’ll wear again can be donated to a charity, the church, or set aside for a spring garage sale.

Upgrade. It’s probably time to upgrade your closet hardware and accessories. Buy new hangers when needed. Add a shoe tree. Put in some storage baskets for the top shelf (see-through containers are a great way to store items on the top shelf). Also, some dry cleaners accept old wire hangers to be re-used or recycled.

Clean it up. Take the opportunity to clean out the closet, replace the shelf paper, vacuum the floor, and maybe even paint the walls. This will help keep the dust to a minimum and make the closet fresh again.

Reorganize. When putting your closet back together again, start by deciding how you’d like to see your clothing organized. You can group like items together. You can create zones (day wear first, evening wear second, active wear last). Or even organize by color type!

Utilize self-storage for spring cleaning. If you’re short on closet space around the house—even after your spring cleaning and reorganization—you can box seasonal clothing and store it at your local self-storage in Moore, Oklahoma facility. (We recommend Storage ‘R’ Us, by the way.) Just make sure you write everything down as you’re packing it away in moving boxes or garment boxes so that you know what has been stored in your Moore self-storage locker. Labeling each of the boxes is also a good idea.

And now that your closets have been through their annual spring cleaning, and all the seasonal garments have been packed neatly away in your self-storage unit, you can begin to think about going through the attic and basement. (But that’s a topic for another blog article!)

If you’re looking for a self-storage solution after your annual spring cleaning, feel free to stop by our Storage ‘R’ Us self-storage location in Moore, Oklahoma, and see what our self-storage solutions can do for you! One of our self-storage experts will be happy to recommend a self-storage unit that affords you the kind of storage you require.

Although winter is planning to stick around for another six weeks or so (according to the groundhog), many of us are already thinking about the coming of spring-like weather and all the wonderful things it brings with it. Soon enough, we’ll be out in the yard, digging in the dirt, mowing the lawn, and running the sprinklers. In fact, there’s so much to plan for, we’d better get started now!

There are few things that herald the coming of spring better than the “Garage Sale” signs that start to pop up on residential street corners around the end of March. For the garage sale shopper, each is a bit of a treasure hunt—where they can find all kinds of home furnishings and accents for cheap. And for those planning a garage sale at their own home, it’s a great way to de-clutter the house and make a little money at the same time.

Are you planning a garage sale this spring or summer? Need some help in getting prepared for a successful sale? Here’s some sage advice on how to plan and run a great garage sale.

Timing is everything. Although many like to schedule a garage sale around the same time as their annual spring cleaning, there is a real benefit to holding off the sale until the time is right. Choose your garage sale date wisely. Obviously, weather can be a big factor. If there’s rain in the long-range forecast, you can bet that you’ll see only a fraction of the browsers and buyers you’d normally have on a warm, sunny day. Also, try to schedule your garage sale around the 1st or the 15th of the month. This is when most folks get their paychecks, and they’re ready to spend a little. Good thinking, right?

Select what you’re going to offer during your garage sale. If you look around the house—especially during a spring cleaning weekend—there’s probably plenty of items you’ll find that you can put a price tag on and sell. De-cluttering the house can be a wonderful experience, making room for all kinds of new treasures you can buy with your garage sale earnings. And if you want to stage a massive garage sale and draw flocks of buyers, you might want to pool your “for sale” items with those from the neighbors and have a multi-house garage sale extravaganza!

Stage the garage sale in advance. You can work on your garage sale prep for days—or weeks—before the actual date. All you need is a little space in the garage to set things up. Move the cars out of the garage. Set up as many tables as you can find or borrow. Collect your garage sale items and organize them by room or by type. Remember: retail is detail. Even though this is a garage sale, there’s no reason that it can’t look like it was organized by a professional retail merchandiser. You’ll want all of the kitchen items on one table. All the children’s toys together. All the books, CDs, DVDs, and other media stacked neatly together. In other words, make it easy for browsers to find the things they’re looking for—just like they would expect from a retail shop at the mall. Don’t make them hunt, as it makes you look unorganized and devalues your sale items.

Be ready for the sale day. A well-run garage sale is planned and run on many levels. Aside from the earlier tips on organizing your sale items, you’ll want to make sure that each item is clearly marked with a price tag that’s tied or taped to the item in a way that prevents the tag from coming loose. Also, you’ll want to drop by the bank and pick up a stockpile of small bills and change. A lockbox for the money might also come in handy! Signage (where permitted by the city) is a great way to advertise your garage sale, but make sure to give an easy-to-read address and start time. You want people to know where to find your garage sale and you want them to know when to show up. Then, all you need to enjoy the day is a cooler of drinks, a few snacks, and a couple of little helpers to watch over things with you.

At the end of the day, pack it in. At the end of the garage sale, count your money and pack up all the items that weren’t sold. If your garage sale was a success, you may not have much merchandise left over. But if you do, it’s easy to store the unsold items in a public self-storage facility, such as Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, for sale next season.

If you’re looking for a self-storage solution, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our climate-controlled, secured self-storage facilities can do for your garage sale items.

The garage attached to the average home is truly an overlooked room, one in which all members of the family feel free to drop, stash, or dump anything they don’t want to bring into the house. It’s where tools, toys, sporting equipment, auto-care products, and seasonal items of all types become heaps of clutter. The average garage gets especially untidy over the cold weather months, but most homeowners typically commit themselves to cleaning and organizing the garage just before the spring thaw. And although cleaning and organizing the garage isn’t a huge chore, there are a number of tactics that you can employ to make the one-weekend chore a complete success.

First, you need a plan. You need to block off a weekend (one with plenty of sunshine in the forecast) so that you can dedicate yourself to getting your garage in tip-top shape before the start of spring and all the seasonal mowing and other yard work begins. In developing your plan, make sure to include any extra help you’ll be needing. Little Rusty and Audrey have to earn that allowance money somehow, so make sure they know they’ll be helping you with the chore (well in advance). Also, you’ll want to make a quick audit of the clutter in the garage to figure out what kinds of storage bins or boxes you’ll need to get the job done right and come away with a well-organized garage at the end of the day.

Then, hit your local home improvement/hardware store for supplies. If you’d like to create a system that keeps your garage organized year after year, you’ll need storage bins, boxes, tape and markers. Clear storage bins are best, as you can see their contents at a glance—making it easy to find something you’re looking for later. You’ll also need to get a trash bin or dumpster ready for all the items you want the garbage truck to collect and haul off.

Start your garage cleaning weekend by moving everything that isn’t nailed down out of the garage and into the driveway or yard. If you want to make the effort as easy as possible, make piles of common items: all sports equipment in one pile, all garden equipment in other pile, etc. Anything you haven’t used in a few years may need to find a new home outside your garage (the dump). Anything you want to keep, but don’t really have room for in the garage can be placed into a separate pile to be taken to a self-storage facility such as Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Oklahoma.

Sweep and mop. Since everything is out of the garage, take the time to give it a good cleaning. You might also want to attack any oil or grease stains on the floor of the garage while you’re at it.

Start boxing and organizing. If you have storage tubs ready to fill, start moving the piles of common items into their new bins. Use the tape and markers you bought to label them as needed.

Watch what you throw away. There are a great number of chemicals, solvents, fuels, and cleaners you can’t toss in the garbage for the trash truck to haul away. If you have unwanted household hazardous materials such as old aerosol cans, latex paint, motor oil, paint thinner, pesticides, household cleaners, or solvents, make sure you contact your city and ask about their drop-off and disposal program.

Lastly, put everything back according to how or when you’ll be using it in the future. If you’re tackling your messy garage just before springtime, you’ll probably want to store the holiday gear and winter weather equipment toward the back of the garage. Bring the lawn and garden supplies to the front where they can be easily reached on the weekends when you’re out mowing the lawn and digging in the garden.

If you’re looking for a self-storage solution, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our self-storage solutions can do for you! One of our self-storage experts will be happy to recommend a self-storage unit that affords you the kind of storage you require.

Renting a self storage unit in Oklahoma is easy. Obviously, we favor the self storage units at Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, and Chickasha because we know that each of these self storage facilities has an on-site self storage consultant who can help anyone assess their self storage needs and find the right-sized self storage unit for their property, assets, or belongings. In other words, it’s easy to identify and rent a self storage unit because there’s help available. But, of course, the next big question is how to pack your stuff for self storage. Shouldn’t there be help available in that department as well? Of course!

Packing and storing your stuff doesn’t have to be a terrible chore, especially when you think about it as a process of three simple stages. Keep this in mind: you can take a garage, attic, or basement full of stuff and have everything packed neatly away in a self storage unit by the end of a typical weekend day. Sound too easy? Not at all!

The first stage of a packing and moving process that results in a self storage unit neatly filled with your stuff is the Planning Stage. It’s here that you identify the items that need to go into storage and make a few decisions. The first decision should be how they need to be packed (for either short-term or long-term storage) and how they should be physically placed in your rented self storage unit. Obviously, if you have old dishware or children’s toys that you won’t need any time soon, these may be the kinds of items that can be stored at the rear of the self storage unit. Just make sure to wrap each group of items in paper or bubble pack and place them into labeled boxes. More frequently-used items, such as seasonal decorations, may need to be boxed and placed toward the front of the self storage unit for easy access. The next decision you need to make in the Planning Stage is what types of materials you’ll need to pack everything away neatly and safely. You may need storage boxes, packing paper, bubble pack, packing tape, and labels. All of these materials can be found at Storage ‘R’ Us in Moore, Oklahoma.

The next stage of the process is the Packing Stage. Here is when you wrap, pack, and label all of the items you’re storing. Oddly enough, of all the stages, this is the one that gets rushed more often than not. So, if you’re going to take the time to store your belongings, rather than sell or donate them to a thrift store, make sure that you don’t skimp on the Packing Stage. Wrap all your belongings separately, and pack them away in sturdy boxes with other similar items. Label every box so that you can tell what’s inside at a glance.

The last stage of the self storage move-in process is the Load-in Stage. Here is where you finally open the door to your newly-rented self storage unit in Oklahoma and begin to arrange your self storage boxes neatly in the unit. As stated earlier, frequently-used items should be stored near the front of the self storage unit. And if you have a lot of boxes to pack away, you might consider keeping an aisle open down the middle of the self storage unit that will allow you to easily access different areas without having to push your way between tight stacks. (By the way, you may want to get out a piece of paper and diagram where each box went in the self storage unit so that you can easily identify which stack and box contains Grandma’s old tea set when you’re gathering everything together for that retro tea party with the girls.)

And that’s all there is to it. With all of your seldom-used items neatly packed away in self storage, you can find something truly productive to do with all the free space you’ve just created in your home!

If you’re looking for a self storage solution, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our climate-controlled, secured self-storage facilities can do for your belongings.

Crack open the eggnog and cut yourself another slice of fruitcake, because the 2013 holiday season is upon us and it’s going to be a festive occasion that lasts until sometime in early January!

If you’ve somehow missed the start of the holiday season, you’ve probably been out of the country for the last few weeks. In the hours after Thanksgiving, the landscape across Moore, Oklahoma, and most of the nation, took a magical turn in appearance. Take a short drive around town and you’ll see. Holiday décor has been put up all over town. Most houses are lit with lights. Signs wishing passers-by a “Happy Holidays” or a “Merry Christmas” have been staked out in front lawns. There’s a tree in almost every front window, decked out in traditional trimmings (bulbs, tinsel, garland, and all sorts of ornaments). Step closer, peek inside the home and see how the stocking have been hung by the chimney with care. Everything is merry and bright.

One thing that’s true about the holiday season is the fact that there isn’t a home decked in Christmas decorations that doesn’t add a handful (or more) of new ornaments and decorations every year. Why? Because we love Christmas and everything that goes into the celebration. But, of course, at the end of each holiday season, someone in the house is charged with deciding how to pack it all up and where to store the holiday decorations until the next season arrives. And given the volumes of holiday décor that the average home has to store, this can be a real chore. Fortunately, there’s a simple solution. Around these parts, self storage in Moore, Oklahoma is the answer—but we’ll get to that in a minute.

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend around $6 billion on Christmas décor this season alone. That’s about $20 per every U.S. citizen. And that’s a lot of inflatable Santas to put up in storage at the end of December. But, if you think about it, the holiday decorations in the average household aren’t limited to Christmas. Sure, Christmas is a HUGE holiday for decorations—bulky decorations at that—but many homes break out the festive gear for Thanksgiving, Easter, and Halloween each year. In many homes, there’s a box (or set of boxes) for each holiday. If the family is big on celebrating with decorations, these boxes can occupy a great deal of space in an attic or basement, making it difficult to store other seasonal equipment, clothing, and belongings. But, if you choose to store your Christmas and holiday décor in an Oklahoma self-storage facility, you’re freeing up a vast amount of space in the basement or attic for those items that get more usage.

Think about what you could do with the extra space in your home after you store all your holiday décor in a clean, secure self storage facility. You could remodel part of the space into an office or home gym (to work off all that eggnog and fruitcake). You could transform the space into a workshop or hobby space. You could even build yourself a room addition and make better use of that available space while adding value to your home at the same time!

If you’re looking for a self-storage solution for your holiday décor and Christmas decorations, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our self-storage solutions can do for you! One of our self-storage experts will be happy to recommend a self-storage unit that affords you the kind of storage you require for all your holiday decorations.

Ask any business office manager who is in charge of managing the office space how they feel about records keeping and they’ll likely tell you that paper records are an unfortunate burden around the office. Storing volumes of business records can be a waste of valuable office space, especially if the business is paying good money per square foot and the records storage space is otherwise unusable by any other revenue-generating aspect of the business. But, regrettably, storing business records is a compliance necessity for many types of businesses.

Company documents and records need to be stored for a variety of reasons. If the company is a partnership and needs to keep detailed records on meeting minutes, annual reports, and partnership agreements, those records need to be stored. Federal and State Tax records have strict retention periods and must be stored until they are no longer required by law. And, due to the need for Sarbanes Oxley or HIPAA compliance, some companies or organizations must record and store a variety of additional records for numbers of years. But what can an office manager do with all of these boxes and boxes of records that simply must be retained for long periods of time? Store them off site in a climate-controlled self-storage facility, of course!

Self storage facilities, especially those that offer climate-controlled, secure, interior storage units are an inexpensive solution for records keeping. You can rent a clean, dry self storage locker that’s well-lit and accessible 7 days a week for far less per square foot than you’d pay for an office space with on-site storage. And, given that the average business only requires access to their stored records a few times per year, there’s really very little reason to house stored business records on-site.

All you need to get your business records organized at a self-storage unit, such as those available from the Storage ‘R’ Us self storage in Moore, Oklahoma facility, are enough bankers boxes (extra strength, with handles, and space on one end to write contents details) and some shelving.

A tip for those who only store records for a specific number of years: you can mark the floor of your rented self-storage unit with tape, dividing it up into a desired number of sections that represent each year that the documents must be stored. So, if you’re using your business self storage space to house Federal and State Tax records for 4 years, you can move each group of incoming boxed records into position 1, and move each of the other groups of records into the next position. As those records occupying the 4th and final position are displaced, you can simply load them into the car and drive them to the shredder to be ground up and recycled. And if you have a large number of records to be shredded each year, you can often arrange for the shredder truck to meet you at the self storage facility and shred them on-site.

If you’re looking for a business records storage solution, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, or Chickasha, Oklahoma today, and see what our climate-controlled, secured self-storage facilities can do for your company.

According to the Self Storage Association, one out of every ten adult Americans has some amount of property in a self storage unit somewhere. That’s a lot of people and a lot of property in self storage across the country. If you follow Storage Wars on TV, you probably know that some types of stored property are of lesser value than others (speaking in terms of dollar value not sentimental value, of course). So, it could be very easy to say that every piece of property put up for storage has value. And what do we typically do for the things we value? We buy insurance to cover the items in case something unexpected happens to them. Why? Because it makes good sense.

Your valued possessions at a self storage facility, especially self storage in Moore, Oklahoma here at Storage ‘R’ Us, are held under lock and key and further protected by security lighting, computer controlled property access, 24-hour digital surveillance cameras, and a fenced or walled perimeter. Most would say that’s a good bit of security for a storage locker filled with personal possessions – and they’d be right. But not all losses at self storage facilities are that easy to prevent. Some losses come at the hand of Mother Nature, and as we clearly saw during the devastating EF5 tornado event last May here in Moore, no amount of padlocks and gates would prevent the 200 mph winds from wreaking havoc on a few storage facilities around the area. Fortunately, Storage ‘R’ Us was spared any damage, but we know a few self storage facility owners in the area that suffered terrible losses. And, we also know that many storage unit renters lost a great deal of personal property.

Taking out an insurance policy on the items you place in self storage units makes good sense because the self storage facilities aren’t liable for loss or damage to stored property. In fact, most self storage facilities strongly recommend that their renters purchase fire, theft, and casualty insurance on all of their property if the value is $1,000 or more. And although the average homeowner’s insurance policy typically covers an amount of “off-premise” property (read: stuff you have in self storage), there are usually coverage limits. Most of these coverage limits are 10% or less of the total amount of coverage in your policy. So, if you have a $50,000 limit in your homeowner’s policy, you’d only be covered for $5,000 on your off-premise belongings. While this may seem like a fair amount of coverage for most, the value of the property you keep in self storage can quickly add up over time (especially if you’re storing antiquities).

In the end, your possessions are valuable. So, when you make a decision to store your belongings in an Oklahoma self-storage facility, you’re well-advised to purchase insurance that effectively protects your stored belongings from loss or damage caused by fire, smoke, dust, water, weather, insects, vermin, explosions, utility interruptions, equipment malfunctions, unexplained disappearances, negligence, or theft by any cause. It’s the smart way to approach the security of your stored belongings. Especially, if Mother Nature comes calling.

If you’re looking for an Oklahoma self-storage solution for your belongings, feel free to stop by one of our Storage ‘R’ Us locations in Moore, Duncan, Lawton, Newcastle, or Chickasha today, and see what our self-storage solutions can do for you and your family! One of our self-storage experts will be happy to talk to you about your belongings and recommend a self-storage unit that affords you the kind of security features you require.

You can store just about anything in a self storage unit, from valuable antiques to old refrigerators, from family heirlooms to extra mops and vacuum cleaners; even cars and boats! But there are a few things that you can’t (or shouldn’t) put in your Oklahoma self-storage unit. Here’s a quick guide:

  1. Hazardous Materials & Waste – No, you can’t store your toxic ooze in your self storage unit. Nothing flammable, explosive, radioactive, corrosive, or noxious, either. This includes stuff like lead paint, asbestos, petroleum products (like gasoline), methane, medical waste, etc.
  2. Firearms, Munitions, and Explosives – Since we said in #1 that nothing explosive could go in your storage unit, that goes for firearms, ammunition, munitions, and bombs, too. This includes anything that goes bang when you light it, so fireworks are out, as well.
  3. Anything That Smells – This could easily be a sub-heading of #1, but anything that gives off fumes or smells extremely strong is probably a bad idea for your self storage unit. In an enclosed space, even fairly innocuous fumes can become overpowering pretty quickly, and smells can seep into other items in your storage unit, especially fabrics.
  4. Food – Perishable food items in a storage unit are a bad idea for pretty obvious reasons. Anything that doesn’t keep well at room temperature won’t keep well in your storage unit. Canned foods and other non-perishable foods are A-OK, though.
  5. Plants –addition to needing food and water, plants need sunlight to live, and they won’t get much of that in your self storage unit.
  6. Animals – Animals in a self storage unit are an even worse idea than plants. In addition to needing all of the above care, keeping an animal in a dark, closed-up room all day is just plain cruel. So boarding pets, even temporarily, in your self storage unit is right out.
  7. Contraband – Basically, it’s against the law to store anything illegal in your self storage unit. Pretty self-explanatory, right? That means no illicit drugs, and no stolen goods of any kind. If it’s illegal for you to have it in the first place, it’s not allowed in your self storage unit.
  8. Your Business – While you can (and should!) use a self storage unit to store unused office furniture and supplies, or excess stock, it’s illegal to operate a business out of a self storage unit, or use one as a manufacturing facility. And while our self storage units are clean and spacious, they probably wouldn’t make the greatest offices, anyway.
  9. Other People – Whether it’s your kids, your mother-in-law, or your ex, it’s also against the rules to store any people in your storage unit, no matter how much you may want to.
  10. Yourself – Finally, just like you can’t conduct a business from your storage unit, you also can’t live there, no matter how comfy your climate controlled storage unit may be. Sorry.

So there’s ten quick things that you can’t store in your new storage unit from Storage ‘R’ Us. Just about everything else, though, is fair game, so come on down and reserve your unit today!