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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Self Storage Units: Facts and Figures

Five Traps to Avoid When Planning Your Business TransitionNo one would ever question the popularity of storage units. Whether used for an overflow of stuff, as a repository for seldom-used items, or a temporary solution during a move or life transition, storage units come in handy in a variety of ways for people from all walks of life.

Below are some interesting tidbits about storage units and facilities.

  • The United States boasts the most storage space of any civilized country on the planet. Compare the more than 49,000 storage facilities in America versus the 12,000 in Latin America, Europe, Canada, South America, Australia, and Japan combined!
  • One out of every 10 Americans rents a storage unit.
  • Almost 96% of Americans who rent a storage space do so for more than a year.
  • In 1960, there were no storage facilities in the U.S. at all.
  • Storage facilities are one of the fastest-growing industries, so much so that many economists label storage facilities “recession-resistant.”
  • Self storage facilities in the United States have more than 170,000 employees, an average of 3.5 employees per facility.

For more information about storage facilities, check out this fact sheet provided by the Self Storage Association.

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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Maximize the Effectiveness of Your Self Storage Unit with a Little Time and Planning

People decide to rent storage units for various reasons. It could be because they have moved or just because they need a little extra space in their home or office. Walkin02.11.15Starting off and keeping your storage unit organized will help ensure that you have the best experience possible. A little planning ahead can go a long way. Organizing and efficiently packing your items can take time and effort, but it will definitely be worth it in the long term. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Plan which items you want to store in your unit
  • Identify the items that will be packed in boxes and stacked.
  • Determine the items that you’ll need regular access to, so you can place them at the front of your unit.
  • Group boxes by fragility and/or weight.
    • Always store heavier, sturdier items on the bottom of stacked items
    • store fragile items on top.
  • Unpack and arrange items efficiently once you arrive at your storage unit

We’ll go into a little more detail in our next few posts. In the meantime, if you have any questions about packing or arranging your storage unit, please feel free to contact us!

Always Make Sure You choose the Unit that Will Suit Your Needs
You don’t want to pay for storage space you don’t need, and we don’t want you to! However, having a little extra space can help make it easier to move around. It also gives your leeway to add additional items at another time. We are happy to work with you to determine the perfect storage unit for 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 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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Storing Large Appliances in Your Self Storage Unit

Applicances-1It’s tough to store appliances at home. They can’t be tucked away in the corner of a closet and most people want to use their garages for cars, not for that washing machine that they’re saving for their kid’s first apartment or the fridge that will go in the home theater — once the home theater is built. A self storage unit seems the obvious answer. But special care must be taken when moving and storing large appliances.

Before storing your appliance, it’s important to thoroughly clean it. Refrigerators should be clean to prevent the growth of mold on that sticky juice spill. Lint filters, grids, and tubes on dryers should be cleaned. You should also take care to empty the appliance of water. This will prevent freeze damage in cold temperatures and mold growth in warm ones. In dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines, all hoses should be drained. Freezers should be defrosted and the defrost pan should be cleaned and emptied. Once your appliance is clean and dry, it’s ready for transport!

During transport, keep your appliance upright. This is especially important for refrigerators because if they’re put on their side, refrigeration units can be damaged. Use strong tape to hold doors closed so they don’t suddenly spring open during the move, which can damage the door or adjacent items.

Once your appliance is at the storage unit, remove the tape and leave doors slightly ajar so that air can circulate. Cover the items with a cotton sheet or canvas tarp to protect them from dust while allowing air exposure. If you live in a climate with extreme temperatures, a temperature-controlled unit will prevent mechanical damage due to freezing temperatures or rust; however, if you choose not to use one, be sure to allow your appliance 24 to 48 hours to warm up before use if it’s been exposed to freezing temperatures.

As always, 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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