Making Peace with Things and Storage Units

flea-market-1132551_960_720Earlier this month, The Atlantic published a beautiful essay titled Finding Solace in a Storage Unit. It explores what these storage units mean to people and why the US has so many more of them than other countries.

It could be that we’re transient or materialistic, but the author suggests storage units mean more than that. They serve as a way to start a business or as a place for a family to get back on their feet (not something we recommend!). They allow us to hang onto our things, whether we need them or not, and the author says that optimism might be the reason we cling to our things. Maybe something is more valuable than originally recognized and will propel the owner into serious wealth. Maybe things will get better and the storage unit renter will marry again, buy another house, or start another business and have reason to use all that stuff again.

The drivers of the storage unit are downsizing, dislocation, death, and divorce, and it was this last reason why the essay’s author chose to rent a storage unit for a year. As the essay ends, she says that being separated from her stuff for a year gave her a different perspective on it and she was able to look at it with clear eyes, choosing what she wanted to keep without the memory of her husband or her marriage looming over it. As she said, her experience with a storage unit allows her to “make peace with her things.”  

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Crazy Finds in Storage Units

tumblr_nlfnlusCb81sfie3io1_1280It stands to reason that there are certain items that you simply can’t store in a storage unit. Most of them are common sense, and they’re restricted for the safety of not only the storage facility itself, but everyone who uses it as well.

Of course, telling people they can’t store certain items is one thing. Making sure that they don’t is another matter altogether. Here are some of the more out-there finds in storage units.

Grandma.

A Florida family kept their grandmother’s body in a blue casket inside a storage unit for 17 years following her death. When the storage unit owner notified the family that the unit would be sold, they responded that the contents couldn’t be put up for auction, since they included a relative’s dead body.

Unreleased Michael Jackson songs.

More than 250 original songs by Michael Jackson were once found in a storage unit belonging to his father, Joe Jackson. No recording companies had a legal claim to the songs, reportedly worth millions of dollars – making the lucky buyer a Smooth Criminal.

Burt Reynolds’ odd collection.

Some of the many oddities found in Burt Reynolds’ storage unit include a framed letter from his doctor about a 1955 surgery on his spleen, a horse carriage built by Dolly Parton, the bill of sale for Roy Rogers’ horse Trigger, and the canoe from the 1972 movie Deliverance.

Old space equipment.

A storage unit close to Florida’s Cape Canaveral contained a NASA rocket and countdown clock. The old equipment had been stored there after the space program they were part of was discontinued.

Nic Cage’s million-dollar comic book.

Back in 2000, actor Nic Cage filed a police report after an extremely rare comic book was stolen from his home in Los Angeles. More than a decade later, the comic book (Action Comics #1 – worth more than a million dollars) turned up in an abandoned storage unit.

Cold, hard cash.

A man in San Jose got a storage unit at auction, later realizing that it contained gold and silver ingots worth more than half a million dollars, all stored in a blue Rubbermaid container.


Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Using a Storage Unit When Buying or Selling a Home

ForSaleThere’s no doubt the housing market is gaining strength, and it’s interesting the role that storage units play in those transactions. From house staging to quick moves, people buying and selling homes often use storage units to help them out.

Someone looking to sell a home is often advised to stage it. The goal of home staging is to remove personal effects and clutter to make the home appear bigger and allow potential owners to envision themselves in it. Sellers often will rent a storage unit to store family photos, large libraries or bulky pieces of furniture that can make a home appear cramped before putting the house on the market.

If the staging does its job, that house will sell quickly. Amazingly, in very hot markets, homes have been known to sell in just hours! In these cases, sellers might not be ready to move in the 30 to 45 days most contracts allow. Maybe they’re building a home that isn’t ready yet. Or maybe the right job in that dream city hasn’t yet come along. In these cases, temporary housing is necessary. And temporary housing often doesn’t have the room for a houseful of belongings. Once again, storage units to the rescue! As this trend continues, the summer months are not only the busiest times for real estate agents and moving companies, but for storage unit companies, too.

Storage units are a great option for people who need to reduce clutter in the long-term, but they also are fantastic quick-fix solutions for people on the move.

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our self storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Special Offer for Realtors, Earn $150 Referral Bonus!

ThankYouWe would like to offer agents a chance to help their clients locate self-storage space and earn a $150 referral fee for any prospect that leases a unit at Walk In Closet Self Storage located at 76 Pacella Park Drive in Randolph.

Many home buyers and sellers need temporary storage for their household goods when they are moving from one home to another. You can help your clients locate convenient storage space and earn a fee in the process.

Walk In Closet is conveniently located approximately 1 mile from Exit 5A, Route 28S, off I-93/Route 128 in Randolph in Pacella Park. This brand new self-storage facility offers 327 heated and air conditioned units of varying sizes as well as exterior drive-up units. We provide on-site management and video camera monitored security.

To earn your $150 fee, simply have your client give us your name when they lease a unit and you’ll receive a check for $150 or give us a call before your client comes in to sign their lease. It’s that simple!

Feel free to call us at 781-885-3965 if you’d like to tour our facility or if you need any additional information.

We look forward to working with you!

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our self storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our self storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Boxing Up Your Gear in Your Self Storage Unit

Boxing Up Your Gear in Your Storage UnitWhen the time comes to load up your belongings into your self storage unit, most of your possessions will likely be in boxes. Boxes are a pretty standard choice to keep your items safe and organized, and are relatively inexpensive.

Most considerations when using boxes are common sense — always label what’s in them (the more clearly, the better), always put heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on top, and keep boxes with important items closest to the front of the unit and easy to access.

But there are a few other tips when it comes to boxes that are worth pointing out. For example, boxes should be filled to capacity, and if they’re not, any empty space should be filled in with newspaper or packing peanuts. This prevents the boxes from collapsing, which can not only damage the contents, but cause other boxes stacked on top to fall.

Also, there are boxes that are specially designed to hold and protect dishes and other fragile items. These boxes are a good investment, and will leave more room in other boxes.

Finally, it’s a good idea to keep a list of the boxes in your unit. Once the boxes have been labeled, write down which boxes you have and keep the list safe. Simple lists will reassure you that all the boxes are present and accounted for, and more complex and detailed lists will tell you where each box is and exactly what’s in each.

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Storage Units Can Simplify Spring Cleaning

Storage Units Can Simplify SpringSpring is the time people choose to give their homes a deep clean for several reasons. Among them, after a long winter of closed windows, it’s good to air everything out again. And spring is the perfect time for storage rotation as people pack away snow blowers and shovels for lawn mowers and gardening tools, switch coats with bathing suits, and trade sleds for driveway toys. If you slowly get your spring cleaning underway now, you’ll be done in no time and you’ll hardly notice the extra work.

The first step is to go room by room and remove the items that you want to throw away, recycle, or donate. Fill trash bags with these items and take them directly to your car. When you’re out running errands, make a quick stop at a donation site, recycle center, or dumpster and you’re done!

Next, go room by room and get rid of seasonal things. Pack up all your sweaters, your holiday decor, your heavy blankets, and your snow gear. Now these items will go in your car. When you have a free hour, drive them over to your storage unit and swap these items out for your spring and summer gear. When you get your seasonal items home, your closets will already have the space for them.

Now, declutter! Gather home office clutter in one box, kids’ art projects and supplies in another. Categorize all the items sitting around your home and find a place for them. Once the clutter is gone, the deep spring cleaning will be much easier.

If you simply can’t find the time for these steps, combine them. Grab a big box for each room and just toss seasonal items, clutter, and anything you don’t want in them. Then take these boxes to your storage unit. This method is faster, but you’ll eventually have to deal with the disorganization in your storage unit when it’s time to pull out the sweaters again.

Happy spring!

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Storage Units and Insurance

self storage Norwell MAGenerally speaking, when it comes to storage facilities, they’re not responsible for the contents of your unit. That rests entirely on you. And while the facility you use might be state of the art and you might engage in every best practice you can think of, things can still happen. And when they do, you want to make sure you’re covered.

Storage insurances is somewhat similar to apartment insurance. It’s something that you don’t need to have, but if you don’t, you could end up losing in the long run. The landlord is covered for certain events, which provides a limited amount of coverage for tenants and generally doesn’t cover belongings in the apartment.

Some storage unit facilities offer you insurance on your unit as soon as you rent one. But don’t misunderstand — the facility isn’t insuring the contents of your unit, they’re acting as a middle man between you and their preferred insurance company. While this is certainly convenient — storage unit and insurance in the same place at the same time — you may be better off seeking out your own insurance. Different companies offer different premiums and levels of insurance, and you may even be able to add it to an existing policy, such as your homeowners policy.

However you end up choosing your insurance, make sure you get it and that it’s both current and sufficient to cover whatever it is you’re storing. If the unexpected should happen, it’s good to know that you’ll be protected.

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Beware the Storage Unit Discount that’s Too Good to Be True

BewareThere are plenty of businesses out there that offer discounts as an attractive incentive to bring in customers. While there’s nothing wrong with a good discount, you should always take a close look at the details of it, and make sure you read the fine print.

There are some storage unit facilities that advertise too-good-to-be-true prices for their services. It isn’t until someone has signed on the dotted line and already loaded their belongings into the unit that they discover the come-on price was only good for the first three months, or the first month, or never even applied to them in the first place.

Be sure that the monthly cost of your storage unit is spelled out in your agreement before you sign anything. It’s also not a bad idea to find out how often a facility raises its rates and by how much, so you can decide if the location you’ve chosen is a long-term solution or not.

A reputable storage facility won’t attempt to pull a fast one on you when it comes to prices, and will be completely transparent when it comes to any additional fees, costs, or increases. But it’s entirely up to you to do the research and make sure you choose the right one. If you have any questions, please contact us!

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Dealing with Inherited Belongings — Walk in Closet, Self Storage in Randolph, MA

self storage norwell maWhen a loved one passes away, dealing with the emotional aftermath can take all of your energy. But the estate won’t give you much time to rest. Decisions have to be made about property sale or transfer, investments have to be dealt with, and then there’s all the stuff. Sometimes, the best thing to do is rent a storage unit to hold all of your loved one’s belongings until you have the energy and enough distance from the loss to think clearly about how to handle a lifetime of belongings. In the meantime, you’ll know the items will be well cared for, and you’ll still be able to park in your garage or use your extra bedroom.

When it’s time to head to the storage unit and start going through your loved one’s belongings, first think about what you want to keep or what you want other family members to have. These things should be set aside. Resist the urge to keep your grandfather’s entire handkerchief collection. They might have been important to him, but keeping just one or two should be enough to keep his memory alive.

Once you’ve decided what to keep, you’ll be left with a huge pile of what not to keep. There are a couple of ways to deal with these items. You could have a big garage sale in your neighborhood or your loved one’s neighborhood. This is an effective way to get rid of some belongings, but it can take an awful lot of work. Another option is to hire an estate sale company, which will plan the sale and do the selling for you.

Finally, if there are items you want to keep, but just don’t have room for, leave them in the storage unit. Alternatively, let a friend or family member borrow an item for a period of time. Just be sure your friend understands that you’ll eventually want grandma’s piano back so they don’t get too attached.

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, MA, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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