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Category Archives: Self Storage

Small Storage Units Offer a Number of Benefits

Who couldn’t use additional space? A self storage unit is a great way to create extra space in your home. While a larger storage unit is great if you have large items or a lot to store, a small unit can be the perfect size to store just enough to give you that extra room you need at home. It can be like adding an extra closet or bedroom in your home. And as an added benefit, these smaller units meet your needs for less money than larger units. (more…)

Let AAA Self Storage Help You Stage Your Home

When you’re ready to put your home on the market, real estate professionals recommend you stage your home to ensure that it sells quickly and for the best price. Staging includes decluttering, redecorating, and making upgrades to make your home appeal to potential buyers. In recent surveys, real estate agents have reported that staged homes sell for about 17 percent more than non-staged homes and sell for 6 percent more than the asking price. On average, staged homes sell 79 days faster than non-staged homes. (more…)

Combat Holiday Clutter with a Self Storage Unit

The holiday season is just getting started. For many of us, this is the most hectic time of the year. While there never seems to be enough time for everything, there also never seems to be enough space for everything. The Christmas tree and other holiday decorations can take up a significant amount of real estate in your home. Out-of-town guests need a place to sleep and store their stuff. And you need a place to stash all of the gifts. A self storage unit from AAA Self Storage of Topeka may be the perfect solution, offering much needed temporary storage during the holidays.

Transforming your home into a winter wonderland takes up a lot of space. All of the decorations, knick-knacks, and furniture that had to be removed to make room for the holiday décor needs to go somewhere until the holidays are over. Likewise, if you’re planning to host a holiday party or have overnight guests, you may be looking for ways to free up some space or clear out excess clutter. A self storage unit provides the ideal place to store all those things you need to relocate during the holidays. You can access it easily as needed and a climate controlled unit will ensure that items sensitive to extreme temperatures are protected.

A self storage unit is also the perfect place to stash gifts, especially if you have kids, significant other, or other family members who like to snoop. This is also a great solution for hiding large gifts, like bicycles or doll houses, which may be hard to hide at home. 24-7 access means you can drop gifts off on your way home from shopping or pick them up on your way to the family gift exchange on Christmas Eve or Christmas morning.

After the holidays, you may find that you’ve become accustomed to having the extra space. Consider using the storage unit to store all your holiday decorations until next year. This will free up storage space and reduce clutter in your home.

AAA Self Storage of Topeka offers several sizes of storage units to suit any needs. And with month-to-month leasing, you can rent a unit for only as long as you need it. With video cameras and personalized gate access codes, you can be assured that you and your valuables will be safe and protected until you need them.

Find us in Silver Lake, Tecumseh and other surrounding areas. Contact AAA Self Storage of Topeka today to find a location near you!

Self Storage Provides Storage Solution for Military Families

If you’re part of a military family, you know that moving frequently comes with the territory. On average, military families relocate every two to four years. And often those moves come with little advanced notice. A self storage unit from AAA Self Storage of Topeka can reduce the stress and make the moving process a little easier.

A self storage unit can help reduce the stress of relocating in a variety of ways:

  • Your new house isn’t ready yet. A self storage unit is a perfect solution during this transitional period, providing a place for all your belongings while you stay in temporary housing. It also reduces the pressure of trying to move everything into your new home at once.
  • Your new house is smaller than your previous one. Rather than trying to wedge everything into a smaller space, store excess items in a self storage unit until you need them.
  • You have things that you don’t use frequently that you don’t want to get rid of. Don’t take up valuable storage space for things you don’t currently need. A self storage unit will keep them safe until you need them. As an added bonus, by leaving them packed in boxes in storage, they’ll be ready when it’s time for the next move.
  • You are deploying overseas. Storing your possessions in self storage is a cost-effective solution during long-term deployments.

AAA Self Storage of Topeka has a variety of sizes of self storage units to choose from to accommodate any needs, whether you’re storing a few excess items or the contents of your entire house. You can even store your car or boat in a self storage unit. If you’re storing items that are sensitive to extreme temperatures, consider renting a climate controlled unit. We also offer flexible month-to-month leases, so you’re never locked into a lease for longer than you need it.

At AAA Self Storage of Topeka, we make it a priority to ensure the safety of the items you have chosen to store with us. Our property offers video cameras and access is restricted, requiring a personal passcode to enter the property. See our ‘Unit Size Guide/Pricing’ page for a unit size that will fit your needs.

Whether you are in Wamego, Pauline, or Burlington we have you covered. Contact us today to find a location near you!

Ease the Pain of Downsizing with a Self Storage Unit

Downsizing is a phrase we’ve been hearing a lot recently, but it doesn’t just apply to corporations. More and more people are opting to downsize their homes for a variety of reasons, ranging from having more space than they need after kids have left home to moving to a smaller space in a retirement community to simply wanting to leave a smaller footprint. How much people downsize also varies, with some shifting from a McMansion to a condo, while others may be downsizing in a less extreme manner, simply going to a slightly smaller house, giving up only a few hundred square feet.

Downsizing has definite advantages. Going to a small space typically means paying less in taxes and utilities, as well as having less space to maintain. But there are some disadvantages as well, with the biggest being that you will obviously have less space. And storage space is usually first to get sacrificed in a smaller living space. Even reducing your living space by a few hundred square feet can mean giving up a significant amount of storage space. So how do you condense your belongings to fit your new, smaller space? Reduce and declutter.

Start by taking inventory of your belongings. Be brutally honest about what you really need to keep and get rid of anything you no longer use or want. Don’t hold on to things you think you might possibly use someday. Also look for duplicates and extra items that you can eliminate. Do you really need six casserole dishes or five extra sets of sheets? Can you get by with four chairs instead of six around your kitchen table? Once you’ve eliminated as much as you can, donate anything that’s still in good working condition.

Next, look through the items you’ve decided to keep and decide what you need to be able to access on a daily basis and what you only use occasionally. For those things that you don’t use frequently, a self storage unit is the perfect solution. Things that are good candidates for self storage include hand-me-down clothing and toys, sports equipment, seasonal clothing, seasonal decorations and lawn equipment, small business supplies, and furniture you may want later or that you want to pass on to your kids. If you’ve inherited furniture or other items from relatives who have passed, self storage is a good option for storing them as well if you don’t have a current use for them.

As you shift belongings from your home to your storage unit, take a few steps to make it as convenient as possible to retrieve items when needed. Start by organizing everything by either room or function. Be sure to label the contents of every box. Think about how often you may need access to the items in each box and put those that you don’t anticipate needing frequently in the back of the unit or on the bottom of stacks. Keep a master list of everything you’ve moved into your storage unit and be sure to update the list if you add or remove items.

AAA Self Storage of Topeka has a variety of sizes of self storage units to choose from to accommodate any needs. If you have delicate items that are vulnerable to extreme temperatures, we have climate controlled unit available. You will have convenient access to your storage unit at any time, day or night, 365 days a year. At AAA Self Storage of Topeka, we make it a priority to ensure the safety of the items you have chosen to store with us as well as your personal safety. Our property is equip with video cameras and access is restricted, requiring a passcode to gain access to and from the property.

Knowing that your belongings are stored in a safe place that you can access whenever needed will make downsizing feel like less of a sacrifice and allow you to enjoy your new home. Find us in Silver Lake, Auburn, Mayetta and other surrounding areas. Contact AAA Self Storage of Topeka to find the location nearest you!

Prepare for the Unexpected with a Self Storage Unit

Disasters strike, often without warning, and never when it’s convenient. Whether it’s a natural disaster, such as a tornado, wind storm, hail storm, flooding, or lighting strike, or an emergency situation, such as a house fire, burst pipes, a roof leak, or a flooded basement, having a plan in place will allow you to react quickly and minimize the stress.

Your first step should be to develop disaster plans for each type of potential disaster. You should include places you could go if your home is no longer inhabitable and how to contact other members of the family if you are separated. You’ll also want to create a disaster emergency kit. Your kit should include clothing, pillows and blankets, flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, a can opener, utensils, candles, toiletries, and a first-aid kit. If you have a pet, don’t forget to include pet food. A good rule of thumb is to have enough supplies for each family member for three days. (more…)

Factors to Consider When Shopping for Self Storage

No matter how much storage space you have, it never seems like it’s enough. Before you know it, closets are stuffed beyond capacity and you’re utilizing space you’d rather dedicate to other uses as storage space. Reclaim all that space by renting a self storage unit.

There are many self storage options from which to choose and it’s important to find one that meets your personal needs. Obviously price will be one consideration, but it shouldn’t be the only one. There are many factors to consider before you rent a self storage unit to ensure you rent the one that is best for you. (more…)

Self Storage is a Great Solution for Groups and Organizations

Nobody ever seems to have enough storage space. While many of us use self storage units for personal or business purposes, we may not think of it as a storage option for a group or organization. As part of our hectic lives, many of us donate time or are involved with a group or organization, such as scouts, church, charities, clubs, sports teams, HOAs, schools, or fraternal groups. These types of groups often need space to store things like supplies, displays, props, equipment, and items for fundraisers. This is especially true for groups that don’t have a permanent location. Rather than trying to store everything at members’ homes, why not use a self storage unit? (more…)

Self Storage is Perfect for Reducing the Post-Christmas Toy Overload

If Santa was particularly generous with your children this year, you may find that your house is now overflowing with toys. After Christmas is a great time to get rid of some of the older toys, while your children are focused on the new ones. While you may decide to donate or sell some of the toys, you may want to save toys that are collectible, valuable, or have sentimental significance. Similarly, you may want to save some of the toys for younger children or grandchildren to play with in the future. Rather than congesting your home with toys that aren’t currently being used, why not put them in a storage unit? They’ll be safe and protected without taking up valuable storage space in your home. AAA Self Storage of Topeka offers a large variety of unit sizes to accommodate your storage needs.

Your first step will be to decide which toys to pack away. Toys that your children have outgrown are obvious choices. For toys that are still age-appropriate, you have a couple of options. If you think your children will be willing to part with some of their toys without tears, you can ask them to help you decide which ones to put in storage. If watching their toys getting packed away into boxes will upset your kids, you can take on the task yourself while your children aren’t around. Think about how often you’ve seen your children playing with specific toys. If a toy has spent a significant amount of time at the bottom of the toy bin, it’s probably safe to pack away. Remember, the toys you put into a self storage unit can be easily retrieved if your children become distraught when they realize a particular toy is gone.

Once you’ve decided which toys to place in your self storage unit, it’s time to get them packed properly. A climate controlled storage unit is a great option for toys to help protect them from extreme temperatures and moisture and AAA Self Storage of Topeka offers climate control units as small as a 4×4 cubby and as large as 20×20 for the serious toy collector. Because humidity can cause warping and breaking of plastic toys and cause soft toys and books to become musty a climate controlled unit is always a good choice.

Pack the toys into boxes according to age group or type of toy and be sure to label each box with the contents. Plastic boxes are a great option. They won’t collapse and will keep out moisture. If you use cardboard boxes, be sure to select sturdy ones and fill any empty space with paper or packing peanuts to protect the contents and help prevent the box from collapsing. Store toys in their original boxes if you still have them. Any toys that are valuable or breakable should be wrapped individually with bubble wrap. If a toy has multiple parts or pieces, be sure to pack them together in the same container. AAA Self Storage offers boxes in all shapes and sizes and bubble wrap for those fragile toys.

In addition to toys, self storage is also a great place to store outdoor equipment, like bicycles, tricycles, or scooters, during the winter to free up space in your garage. When the weather warms up in the spring, you can bring them back home. It’s also perfect for storing bikes that an older child has outgrown until a younger child is ready for them.

Self Storage Units are the Perfect Place to Hide Gifts from Nosy Kids

You’ve spent countless hours shopping for the perfect gifts that will make their mouths drop open with surprise and cause them to squeal with delight. But if you have nosy recipients in your home, pulling off that surprise can be difficult, if not impossible. While kids often have a hard time finding their shoes or jackets, when it comes to sniffing out hidden gifts, kids suddenly turn into Sherlock Holmes. So whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah (Chanukah), Kwanzaa, or even a birthday, finding the right hiding spot for the gifts is imperative to ensuring their surprise. (more…)