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Traditional Storage or Valet Storage? Which is Best Option for You?

There are many options when it comes to storage, but how do you know which is for you? Not only is choosing the right location now important, but choosing the right type for your needs is now a decision that you have to make.  Valet storage is becoming more popular in urban markets. Valet storage may be seem convenient for pick up and delivery, but if you need access to your items, it may not be the right choice for you.   Below we dive into the pros and cons of traditional storage versus valet storage.  Use the infographic to help decide which option is best for you.  If traditional storage is the right option for you, we’re here for you! Rent your unit today!

Traditional storage or valet storage? What is best option for you?

traditional or valet storage

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How to Prepare for College Storage

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Do you have a place to store all of your dorm items? We have college storage options! Renting a storage unit near school not only makes getting ready for next year easy, but it also helps keep your belongings secure and in great condition! Storing all of your dorm items, such as linens, a mattress, and various dorm furniture, becomes a breeze. All of your items are then ready when you start next semester! Check out the tips below to prepare for college storage over the summer:


  • Wrap fragile items with bubble wrap and packing material. This will help keep them safe and secure until you need them.
  • Ask about student discounts on moving and packing supplies. Just bring your student ID with you and ask the property manager!
  • Make sure you have plenty of storage supplies: bubble wrap, boxes, bags, totes, etc.
  • When storing bedding or clothing, garbage bags make better use of space than a box. They can fit in tight spaces and keep items protected.
  • Always use a cover for your mattress and box spring. This will prevent any dirt from reaching it and keep it in great shape.


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When you are looking for a place to store your dorm items, keep us in mind for college storage! We can help make your transition to and from college easier.

Storing Outdoor Gear

Tips for Storing Outdoor Gear

Storing Outdoor Gear

Don’t let your outdoor gear take up your precious space at home, save the space and keep it safe in a storage unit.


Not many people have an unlimited amount of space for storing outdoor gear and as we all know, once you get in the outdoor spirit it is hard to stop at just buying the basics. Before you know it, you have accumulated aisles 10-14 at the local sporting goods store. Have no fear, with the easy access of a storage unit close to home, you can have it all!


Have a yearly hunting trip that will require access to your gear in the wee hours of the morning? Remember to plan ahead and ask about access hours! Most facilities can offer you 24 hour access for a small fee. Ask about the possibility of 24 hour access if this does not already apply at your facility.



Be sure to check inside your kayak or canoe for small animals using it as shelter before storing them indoors.


Always cover your kayak or canoe even if it is stored inside to prevent bugs from getting inside and damaging any foam or rubber materials.


Low temperatures can potentially damage inflatable kayaks because of the material that they are made of.


If you can’t afford to buy a rack for your personal boat you should store it against a wall on its side.


Depending on how much gear you plan to store, your kayak or canoe would fit nicely in a 5×10 or 10×15 unit.

Storing Outdoor Gear

Camping Gear

Lay out all of your gear and organize it.


Take inventory of everything.


When storing outdoor gear, be sure to clean your items before storing-especially cooking gear to avoid any hungry critters.


Make sure tents, sleeping bags etc. are dry to avoid mold and mildew.


Label your boxes according to the contents.


When packing make sure you don’t over pack an item making it too heavy to lift.


Avoid storing propane tanks, lighter fluid and any other flammable materials in your unit.


Remove batteries from flashlights, GPS and headlamps to avoid any leakage or corrosion.  Store the batteries separately.


Follow these tips for storing outdoor gear and you will not only have more space in your home, but your gear will also be safe and secure!


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Boat Storage Tips

Although we may not have storage for your boat, we can certainly provide you with boat storage tips!   It is important to properly care and store your boat to not only extend its lifetime, but also make your Spring easier! Need to know more? Stop by our facility to talk to our manager for storage tips!

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-Prevent flat spots on tires and hull damage by storing the vehicle on jack stands

-Wipe down boat to remove salt water

-Leave interior doors and lockers open to circulate air

-Open all drains to prevent damage from freezing                            ­

-Remove electronics, food items, and fabrics

-Change your oil filter and oil

-Boats left for extended periods should be stored with a full tank of gas and an appropriate fuel stabilizer

-Plug pipes / openings with bronze wool (prevents rodents)

-Refresh the coolant system

-Spray with fogging oil

-Loosen or remove drive belts

-Disconnect battery

-Attach a proper winter cover

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The Small Business Storage Benefits


Many people associate self-storage for personal use; moving, collectors, downsizing, but self-storage has so much more to offer for businesses in particular.


Self-storage for commercial use is ideal for storing any medical files, tools, materials, business records, equipment, supplies, extra retail inventory, and so much more. Self-storage is perfect for businesses that are going through a transition phase, de-cluttering the space so everyone has room to work, or trying to avoid the high cost of renting a commercial space for storage. Did you know that self-storage is about 60% cheaper that renting a commercial space? The most common businesses using self-storage are restaurants, contractors, pharmaceuticals and hospitals, retail stores, movers, realtors. These are just some of the many businesses that use self-storage.

Many self-storage facilities offer temperature-controlled units, which keep businesses inventories safe from the elements to ensure their products maintain their quality.


Restaurants and bars that have extra tables and linen or additional items from special events or those “just in case” situations in inventory that will not fit in the dining establishment need self-storage. This will help maintain a clutter free atmosphere for guests and give staff the room they need to fulfill orders and wait tables.


If you are a contractor, you probable have extra materials and tools lying around, things can quickly become unorganized. With self- storage you won’t have to worry about space. Take advantage on the special pricing for bulk materials. You will always have the materials you need for the job, readily available when you need them.

 Pharmaceuticals & hospitals:

Every medical facility is in need of some more space. If there are things that aren’t used daily such as patient files, cabinets, equipment, and additional medical supplies, they can be easily and safely stored in a unit with ease of access.

We Heart Your Heart

As Valentine’s Day is approaching,  we take time to appreciate our loved ones.  We wanted to let you know that we appreciate you, our tenants and community members in Trumbull! It’s important to be reminded of each other’s health; heart health to be specific. There is no better time to start being heart conscious.  We comprised tips to make sure you are heart healthy this year!

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Get Plenty of Sleep

Sleep seems to be easily neglected as other things take priority. Its important to go to bed at a consistent time and before midnight. Studies have shown that going to bed before midnight and for at least seven and a half hours has improved the overall health of the average human. One discovery found was cardiovascular risks for those who go to bed after midnight. There are increased risks of stroke, heart disease, and myocardial infarction. There are many more health risks beyond just the cardiovascular risks that are involved such as obesity, insomnia, weak immune system, and even cancer. Listen to your body and make the healthy choice of going to bed!


Eat Healthy Foods

Eating healthy isn’t as convenient as it should be for most Americans. It is important to watch the quality of food being consumed as well as the quantity. Stay away from the fast food restaurants as well as any pre-made foods in the grocery store. Watch out for foods that are high in sodium and fats as those are harmful for your heart. Changing your diet can improve your heart’s health immensely. Don’t let your hunger sway you from eating healthy!


Drink Plenty of Water

It’s important to keep your body hydrated, with pure and simple water. Do your best to decrease the amount of soda and other drinks with lots of sugar and caffeine that you may drink daily. Caffeine from energy drinks can overwork your heart especially if your heart isn’t in top shape. Water should be your default drink when you get thirsty throughout the day. Drinking water in place of other beverages is an easy way to start your way to a healthy heart.


Take a Break from Technology

Technology is always improving and seems to be speeding up the lives of millions of people as more and more things come out. Technology was first invented to get things done faster with the intention of freeing up personal time. It has now taken up more time than ever causing many people to have added an extra unnecessary stress as they try to keep up with everything. The human heart can only take so much stress. Take a break from the technology that demands so much of your time. Whether it’s an hour out of your day or an entire day once a month, get away from your technology and clear your head. You will feel the stress leave you the more you take breaks from your phone and computer. Stress is not good for the health of your heart, don’t let it overtake you. Take a break from the things that bring you stress.


Get Active

Give your heart a workout as you work out. Raising your pulse is important to keep your heart strong. Medical professionals are getting concerned with how many people are excessively sitting every day. Sitting is the new smoking in the United States. Researchers are finding out how bad it is for people to be sitting all day and the effects are not good. Sitting too long means you aren’t burning the calories that you are consuming which turn to fat causing your heart to work harder. Get up out of your chair and move around for every hour you’re sitting. Find something physical that you enjoy doing. Your heart will love you for it and you’ll feel great having done it.



Happy Valentine’s Day from Trumbull Self Storage!