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The Best Mattress Storage Options

The day has finally arrived – your youngest child has moved away to college, and you are officially an empty nester. Like most parents, you are probably feeling a wide range of emotions, including indecision as to what you will turn your college-aged child’s former room into. Whether you choose a yoga studio, craft space, or man cave, one thing is certain – you will want to put the furniture and quality mattress into storage. (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!

Self Storage Units Provide the Storage Space that Millennials are Lacking

If you’re part of the Millennial Generation, you’re in good company. With more than 75 million members, the Millennials are the largest generation in the U.S., making up one-third of the U.S. population in 2013. Your generation is a diverse group of individuals encompassing a range of life stages, from the youngest attending college to the oldest of the group starting families and putting down roots. One thing common to your generation, however, is that in addition to being the most educated of any current generation, your generation has also been affected more by the recent recession than other generation. Faced with staggering student debt, high unemployment rates, and credit issues, your generation is faring worse than any other current generation did at the same age.

As a result of these impacts, Millennials have been reluctant to enter the housing market, both as homeowners and as independent renters. Many are moving back in with their parents after graduating college and entering the work force. Of those who aren’t moving back home, many are sharing space with roommates or moving into small spaces that are more affordable or in urban centers close to shopping, restaurants, and job opportunities. The few from your generation who are making the leap into home ownership are opting for small homes to better fit their budgets and lifestyles.

Regardless of where you end up calling home, as a Millennial it is more than likely that storage space is not in abundance. For this reason, self storage units are a great solution, regardless of where you find yourself on the Millennial spectrum.

At the younger end of the spectrum are those Millennials still in college, most likely living in either a dorm or an apartment. If you find yourself in this group, you are undoubtedly well aware that storage space is severely lacking, especially if you have roommates. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to stash out-of-season clothing or textbooks from a previous semester or need somewhere to house your belongings between addresses while you’re home for the summer, a self storage unit is a great option, letting you rent as much space as you need without being locked into a long-term lease.

Recent graduates and those just starting their careers are next on the spectrum. If you’re in this group, you may be struggling to find a job that pays well enough to allow you to make a dent in your student debt. If you’re sharing living space with roommates, you may have furniture that you don’t currently have the space to use. A self storage unit is ideal, letting you hang onto your furniture until you are ready to move into a bigger space or until your roommate moves out and takes the sofa or TV with them. This is also a great place to house all of your college memorabilia. If you find yourself moving back in with Mom and Dad while you establish your career, you may quickly find that Mom and Dad have already claimed every square foot of storage space. Again, a storage unit will give you a place to keep those things you don’t need daily while providing easy access when needed.

At the older end of the Millennial spectrum are those who are settling into their careers and starting families. Even those who are entering into home ownership are opting for smaller spaces that are more budget-friendly. If you’re among these Millennials, you may find that between the possessions you’ve amassed over the years and all of the toys, clothes, and bulky gear necessitated by having children, that storage space is still inadequate. In addition, your parents may be heading into retirement and downsizing their own homes, transferring the responsibility for storage of all your childhood treasures to you. A storage unit is perfect for storing hand-me-down clothing and toys that are waiting for the next recipient, seasonal decorations or lawn tools, sports equipment, furniture, books, and even all those breakable items that are far from child-friendly. 24-7 access ensures you can retrieve items at any time when needed.

AAA Self Storage of Topeka offers a range of self storage units to meet your specific needs. We offer several different sizes of self storage units, from small units perfect for storing boxes of clothing, books, or documents, to large units that can store several rooms’ worth of furniture. Climate controlled units are also available to store those items that may not fare well in extreme temperatures. Month-to-month leasing gives you the flexibility to rent a storage unit for as long as you need it, whether that’s a few months over summer break or for several years. With 24-7 access, you can easily get what you need when you need it. Video cameras and password-protected entry gates help ensure the safety of both you and your belongings.

Not sure which storage unit will work best? Check out AAA Self Storage of Topeka’s ‘Unit Size Guide / Pricing’ website page for an idea of what will fit in any unit size. You can also call or come visit us in person. Based on what and how much you need to store, we can give you guidance on which unit we think will best meet your needs. With our flexible leasing options, if your needs change down the road, you can easily move to a bigger or smaller unit.

We are located in Lawrence, Berryton, Hoyt and other surrounding areas. Contact AAA Self Storage of Topeka today to find a location near you!

Self Storage is Ideal for Winter Gear and Equipment

Spring weather has finally arrived, which means it’s time to break out the lawn gear and resume your seasonal landscaping duties. It’s also safe to assume you’re done with your winter gear for the season and you can pack it away until next winter. If available space is in short supply, consider renting a self-storage unit. This is a great option for the equipment and gear that you only use for a few months each year.

Regardless of where you store your winter items, be sure you properly prepare them for storage to prolong their lifespans and ensure they’re ready to go next fall. (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 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.

Organize Your Storage Unit for Maximum Storage and Convenience

Self storage units are a great solution for storing items you don’t have room for at home or that you don’t need access to frequently. It can also be a great place to store product inventory or documents for a home-based business. But like any space, without good organization it can quickly become cluttered and disorganized, making it difficult to find what you need when you need it. Some careful planning and organization will not only make it easier to locate items quickly but will also help you maximize your storage space.

The first step in your organizational plan is to take inventory of everything you intend to store in your self storage unit. This will help you determine what size of storage unit you will need. Make sure you choose one that has ample space so that you don’t have to cram everything in or dig through stacks of boxes when you need something. AAA Self Storage of Topeka has several sizes of self storage units to meet any needs and we offer month-to-month leases, allowing you to upsize or downsize your unit as needed.

Before you begin packing your items, make sure you have plenty of sturdy boxes, labels, markers, tape, and bubble wrap on hand. Plastic containers are a great option. They’re durable and will protect your belongings from moisture. Clear containers will allow you to see what’s in each box. Fill the boxes to capacity but don’t make them too heavy and make sure to distribute the weight evenly within the boxes. Wrap any delicate or breakable items with bubble wrap before putting them into the boxes. Be sure to put a detailed label on each box to make it easier to find items when you need them. AAA Self Storage of Topeka offers a large variety of packing supplies; boxes of all sizes, bubble wrap and packing paper, and tape to label and secure your boxes.

Next, draw a diagram of your storage unit and label where specific items will be placed. You may find that you need to make adjustments to your diagram as you move items into your storage unit, but having a diagram before you move will give you a good starting point. Keep the following in mind as you create your diagram:

  • Consider using shelves to maximize your storage space and make it easier to access boxes placed down low.
  • Place items you need to access frequently in the front of your unit and put items you use less often at the back.
  • Furniture and appliances should be placed in the back and along the sides of your storage unit.
  • Heavy items should be placed on the floor or on lower shelves.
  • Put breakable items on high shelves or on the top of stacks.
  • Arrange boxes so that like items are together.
  • If you’re storing furniture with drawers or cabinets, fill them with smaller items.
  • Create an aisle, or two if you have a large storage unit, to provide easier access to items in the back of the storage unit.

Once you have everything moved into your storage unit, make any necessary changes to your diagram and tape it to the wall near the door. You may also want to create an itemized list of everything in your storage unit to keep at home. Any time you add or remove something from your storage unit, be sure to also note the change on your diagram and inventory list.

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…)

Prepare and Store Your Landscaping Equipment for Winter

Good gardening and landscaping tools are expensive. Taking the time to clean them and store them properly, especially at the end of the season, will ensure they are ready to use in the spring and will help extend the life of your tools.

Before storing any of your tools, make sure they are properly cleaned and conditioned. Start by cleaning off any caked-on or dried dirt with a wire brush. If they are really bad, let them soak for a little bit first. Rinse them off and let them dry thoroughly. Next, sharpen or replace the blades on any tools that dig or cut. You can use a whetstone or file to sharpen them. Sand off any rust spots with fine sandpaper or steel wool. Once the blades and metal surfaces have been cleaned and sharpened, coat the metal with a lubricant or rust protectant. (more…)