American Self-Storage Blog

Survival Tips for Moving During Winter

By Mark Livingston on Nov 21, 2018 11:15:00 AM

Moving in cold weather is not fun by any means, but it is often the least expensive time to move! Here is our guide for surviving freezing moves.

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By Mark Livingston on Feb 8, 2018 12:11:13 AM

Many of us have prized pieces of art in our possession that we would like to keep safe. Art and valuables are also one of the most commonly stored objects within self storage units. If its a painting from a local or famous artists, or from the classroom of your favorite kiddo we understand that these can be extremely important to and have comprised a list of tips and tricks to make sure your art stays looking like a masterpiece.

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Hide your Gifts: Present Hiding Guide

By Mark Livingston on Dec 7, 2017 9:20:42 AM

Christmas is nearly here which means that shopping season is upon us. While there are some old pros that start their Christmas shopping adventure the day after Christmas, most of us wait until November to get in gear. No matter when you start you will need a way to keep your recently purchased presents our of the line of sight of their soon-to-be receivers.

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Top 5 things stored in storage units

By Mark Livingston on Oct 19, 2017 2:30:27 PM

Over the course of time we tend to accumulate a lot of belongings. Whether it be a family heirloom that you have an emotional attachment to, an appliance that's not currently needed, or clothes and decorations that are not in season a storage unit provides an extremely convenient and secure environment for you to place those items until they are needed. If you find yourself needing some extra storage space you are not alone! Here is a list of the 5 most common items stored in storage facilities.

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How to Organize a Storage Unit: Hiding Your Valuables

By Mark Livingston on Jul 11, 2017 11:39:46 PM

Nobody likes to consider the possibility that they and their storage unit will be the victim of a break-in, but it does happen. So when you think about how to organize your storage unit, one thing to keep in mind is how thieves work.


Most often when a thief breaks into a storage unit, they are looking for quick cash or items that can easily be pawned. Generally speaking, they are not going to spend a long time rifling through your things to find the one item that will bring them lots of cash at the local pawn shop. In fact, they may not even be paying attention to what they are grabbing.


How does knowing that help you know how to organize your storage unit?


Put Valuables Near the Rear of the Unit

When you throw open the door to your storage unit, the items that are easily pawned -- like a television, DVR or computer -- should never be visible to whomever happens to be walking by. Anything easily pawned or highly valuable should be stored toward the back of the unit where it is out of sight and hard to get to.


Store Everything in Similar Containers

Using the original boxes things came in can be a tempting way to store them in your storage unit, but if everything is in identical boxes or storage totes, any would-be thief will have a hard time figuring out if he is stealing your valuables or your winter clothes.


Face Labels Away from the Door

For your own convenience, you'll want to have boxes labeled so you can find what you need, but when you put those labels on the boxes, put them on the side facing the back of the unit. That way, you can still find what you need, but your stuff is not an easy opportunity for a thief.

For more tips to help make certain your stored items are safe, contact us. With years of industry experience, we know how to help you help us prevent theft.

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