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  • Why Do You Need Stored Property Insurance?

     

     

    Do you have insurance protecting the things you keep in your storage unit? Self-storage units don’t usually come with insurance coverage, but sometimes facilities will require proof of insurance before you can sign a rental agreement. How do you go about getting this insurance? Will your renter’s or homeowner’s insurance protect you? Let’s look at the ends and outs of stored property insurance.

    To find out if you’re protected by your existing insurance, like a renter’s or homeowner’s policy, you’ll need to take a couple of steps. First, you’ll need to find out if the storage facility will accept these forms of insurance. If the answer to this question is yes, call your insurance policy and ask if you’re covered for items stored outside your home. Make sure you understand the details of your policy, find out what is and is not covered, and ask if you need to take out a separate rider.

    If you’re not covered by an existing policy, ask the storage company to point you in the right direction for finding an insurance provider. Be aware that if you go with the facility’s preferred provider, you may be missing the chance to shop around. However, an insurance company that works closely with your storage facility might be easier to work with if you need to file a claim. Some people get confused, thinking the storage facility is providing the insurance, but typically the company is just the go-between.

    When deciding on a policy, research your options for coverage. Find out your coverage limit, policy rules, and any restrictions on what will and will not be covered if you store it. It’s important to know exactly what’s covered by your policy. Once you choose a company and a policy, make sure to stay up to date on your premiums.

    What’s the big deal about stored property insurance? Why do you even need it? Some people think it’s unnecessary, but here are some compelling reasons to get it.

    • The things you store may be important to you. While some high-value items may not be covered by insurance unless you get a special policy, even those things without high monetary value may be sentimentally significant.
    • Extreme weather is always a risk. Even if your storage facility has the best security features, hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes are beyond everyone’s control. Note: if you’re concerned about flooding, you may need special flood insurance.
    • Even with state-of-the art security, burglaries sometimes happen. If someone forcibly breaks into your unit, insurance will cover whatever was stolen.
    • Your storage company is legally allowed to require insurance. Even if you’re not worried about damage or theft, you may be compelled by your storage company to purchase insurance. Ask your storage facility about their policy.

    The good news is that stored property insurance is not very expensive. You can typically get $3,000 worth of coverage for as little as $12 per month. What’s more, going up to a higher coverage amount isn’t much more expensive. For about $16 per month, you can get $5,000 worth of coverage. Your policy may cost more if it contains options like flood insurance, but you may be able to save money by combining your policy with existing homeowner’s or renter’s insurance. Even if your facility doesn’t require it, it’s a good idea to have it, to protect you from loss if something happens to your belongings.

    When you want to store your items somewhere safe and secure, choose Pouch Self Storage. We’ve been operating mini-storage facilities since 1979 and we’re committed to keeping our clients’ belongings safe. Founded by John Yelland, who hails from Australia, Pouch Self Storage is named in honor of the kangaroo’s pouch- nature’s safe and secure storage spot. We’re an industry leader in design, building, and maintenance of self-storage facilities, and we strive to give our occupants the most advanced security systems available. At our nine Southern California facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art computer monitoring systems that allow our self-storage managers to monitor the opening and closing of every storage unit door, 24 hours a day. For more information, call (800) 378-4598 or contact us through our website.

  • Spring Cleaning Tips/Tricks

    When spring arrives, it feels good to shake off the winter doldrums by giving our homes a good cleaning. Are there rooms in your home you feel like you should be cleaning better? We’ve got some tips and tricks for spring cleaning that will maximize the effectiveness of your efforts!

    • Start at the doorways. Spring is a great time to switch out your doormat. When you do, put a doormat inside the door as well as outside to help keep dirt out of your home. To clean doormats, hose off the outside doormat and let it dry in the sun. Vacuum the indoor doormat, then flip it over and vacuum the underside to help free trapped dirt so you can vacuum it off of the floor.
    • Do your windows. Windows are best washed on an overcast day because direct sun can cause streaking. Wipe with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth, then dust the blinds or shades.
    • Head to the kitchen. Spring clean your kitchen by tackling the following areas:
      • The kitchen sink: if your kitchen drain smells bad, run some slivers of lemon rind through the disposal and follow it with cold water, or pour in some vinegar to refresh it.
      • Microwave: Clean your microwave by filling a large microwave-safe bowl with a cup of water and some chopped-up citrus or several tablespoons of vinegar. Microwave it on high until it boils, then let it cool for five minutes before opening the door. You should be able to quickly and easily wipe away stubborn stains with a sponge.
      • Granite Countertops: From time to time, use granite polish to restore the shine to your surfaces and help repel stains. Daily, wipe them down with a specialized cleaner.
      • Refrigerator: Deep clean removable bins and shelves by taking them out and washing in warm, soapy water.
      • Pots and pans: Remove burned on residue by simmering water with dish liquid on the stove, then wiping away anything that remains. Here’s a hack: ketchup, with a pinch of salt, will remove tarnish from copper cookware.
      • Oven: If your oven isn’t self-cleaning, place a hot, wet cloth on the burned spots to soften them, then scrub with baking powder and a heavy duty pad before rinsing and wiping dry.
      • Cabinets: Kitchen grime, a mixture of dust and grease, often coats cabinets. Running the exhaust hood while you’re cooking can minimize this, but while you’re spring cleaning, use special kitchen cabinet cleaners to cut through dirt without damaging the wood.
      • Stainless steel appliances: A solution of 1 tsp dish detergent and 1 quart of hot water, rubbed on with a microfiber cloth, will bring the sparkle back to your stainless steel surfaces. Rinse with hot water and dry immediately.
      • Junk drawer: Empty the drawer, then vacuum out the dust and crumbs. Sort through the contents before returning them in a more orderly fashion.
    • Freshen up your living spaces. Vacuum the whole house, pulling furniture away from walls and vacuuming behind and underneath it. Vacuum the woodwork and the air vents, then switch to the upholstery tool and vacuum the furniture. Toss your window treatments and throw pillows into the dryer for 15 minutes on air-only, and then hang quickly so they won’t wrinkle. Take everything off the bookshelves and organize it, dusting the shelves before putting it back. Give the ceiling fans, hanging and recessed lights a good cleaning, and dust your molding.
    • Move on to the bathrooms. Wash plastic or vinyl shower curtains in the washer on the gentle cycle with a few bath towels, then let them hang dry before showering. Declutter your makeup cabinet by tossing out expired items, then wash your makeup brushes with baby shampoo or Dawn dish soap and warm water. Spray cleaner on your grout, allow it to sit for several minutes, then scrub with a stiff brush and rinse. Then, pour a mixture of ½ cup baking soda and ¼ cup salt down the drain, followed by heated vinegar. Let it stand for 15 minutes, then run hot tap water for 30 seconds or so.
    • Deep clean your bedrooms. Clean pillows and comforters, carefully reading the care label first. Vacuum your mattress, then sanitize it with a disinfectant spray, or use an iron or garment steamer to kill dust mites near the surface, then vacuum. Pack away the winter clothes in your closet and get rid of anything stained, damaged, or worn out. Do the same thing with the warm weather clothes you’re bringing out of storage, trying on anything you’re not sure about before putting it into your closet.
    • Some of your personal items could probably use a deep clean. Power down your phone before cleaning it with a microfiber cloth, then a disinfectant wipe. Let it air dry for a few minutes, then wipe it dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do this to your TV remote, computer mouse, and other electronics, too. Clean out your purse, throwing away trash and organizing everything else. Wipe the exterior if it’s made of a durable material.
    • Clean your cleaning tools. Freshen the washer by running a cycle with bleach or a washing machine cleaner. Use the crevice tool on your vacuum to deep clean your dryer’s lint filter, then vacuum under, around, and behind it. Clean out your vacuum and snip any threads or hairs snarled in the brush. Rinse your broom in warm soapy water or vacuum it with your vacuum cleaner hose.

    If you need a place to store your things while you’re cleaning, or ready to find somewhere to pack away your winter gear, choose Pouch Self Storage. We’ve been operating mini-storage facilities since 1979 and we’re committed to keeping our clients’ belongings safe. Founded by John Yelland, who hails from Australia, Pouch Self Storage is named in honor of the kangaroo’s pouch- nature’s safe and secure storage spot. We’re an industry leader in design, building, and maintenance of self-storage facilities, and we strive to give our occupants the most advanced security systems available. At our nine Southern California facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art computer monitoring systems that allow our self-storage managers to monitor the opening and closing of every storage unit door, 24 hours a day. For more information, call (800) 378-4598 or contact us through our website.

  • What to Do Before Storing your Boat

     

     

    It’s wonderful to have a boat, but what do you do with it when you’re not using it? You could keep it in the water, but marina fees can be expensive. What’s more, storing your boat in the water leaves it vulnerable to thieves, vandals, and aquatic pests like barnacles and algae. There are many different options for dry storage, but which is the right one for you? Let’s look at some factors to consider and some tips for preparing your boat for storage.

    • Indoor or outdoor? Storing your boat outdoors leaves it vulnerable to the elements, so keeping it inside is often a better option. If you have a garage on your property, you can store it there, but it may take up room needed for other things. You could also use a dry stacked storage warehouse, where the boat is stored with multiple other boats, stacked and removed with forklifts. These are sometimes hard to find, though, if you don’t live in coastal areas. Indoor storage at a storage facility is another good option, because storage facilities are secure and often offer climate controlled units. Of course, you could choose storage that’s between indoor and outdoor, storing your boat in covered storage at a self-storage facility. This affords you the security of a storage facility and protects your boat somewhat, but not completely, from the elements.
    • What about security? Dry stacked storage is a secure place to leave your boat, and so is a self-storage facility. Storing it in your garage is somewhat secure, depending on the measures you take to protect it.
    • Will you want to access your boat? If you store your boat on your own property, you’ll obviously be able to take it out any time you’d like. Self-storage also allows you to access your unit whenever you need to do so, using keypad security. While dry stacked storage is secure and protective, it is not a place that allows for easy access to your boat.
    • How much are you willing to spend? The cheapest way to store your boat is to keep it on your own property. However, if that’s not an option, you’ll need to weigh the costs against the benefits of other storage facilities. A marina is very pricey, dry stacked storage less so, and an indoor unit in a self-storage facility is comparable to a dry stacked warehouse. Aside from storing it at home, the most cost-effective solution is to store it either outdoors or under a cover at a self-storage facility, but whether or not that is a good idea depends on how much you’re concerned about exposure to the elements.

    Whenever you’re storing your boat, wherever you decide to keep it, there are a few steps to take before putting it away.

    • Make sure it’s clean. Cleaning your boat before you store it will keep it from degrading in storage and will reduce the amount of time and energy you need to put into getting it ready when you want to use it. Wash the topsides, bottom, and deck, clean all hardware and trim, and treat blistering so it doesn’t get worse while the boat is stored.
    • Flush out the engine. A freshwater flush will clean the lines and remove dirt, salt, and corrosion from the engine. If you have an outboard motor, take care to drain all water from the engine.
    • Top off all fluids. It may seem counterintuitive to gas up your boat before you store it but filling the gas tank prevents condensation from building up while the boat is in storage. Change the oil and oil filter.
    • Thoroughly inspect your boat. Check and lubricate all the small but important systems on your boat, including metal parts like hinges, latches, and push-pull switches.
    • Dry out the boat. Leaving any moisture on your boat can lead to mildew when it’s in storage. Clean any standing water, remove cushions, and prevent mold and mildew by using a moisture absorber while the boat is stored.
    • Gather all your gear. Lifejackets, ski ropes, and other water gear can collect dirt and moisture when left on a boat, so find them their own, separate storage place.

    If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your boat, choose Pouch Self Storage. We’ve been operating mini-storage facilities since 1979 and we’re committed to keeping our clients’ belongings safe. Founded by John Yelland, who hails from Australia, Pouch Self Storage is named in honor of the kangaroo’s pouch- nature’s safe and secure storage spot. We’re an industry leader in design, building, and maintenance of self-storage facilities, and we strive to give our occupants the most advanced security systems available. At our nine Southern California facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art computer monitoring systems that allow our self-storage managers to monitor the opening and closing of every storage unit door, 24 hours a day. Currently, we’re abiding by CDC recommendations and implementing social distancing, but you can still reach us by calling (800) 378-4598 or contacting us through our website.

  • How to Store Tricky or Special Items

    Pouch Self Storage offers tips for storing tricky or special items.

    When you’re packing a storage unit, some of the things you’ll put in are self-explanatory. It doesn’t require much thought to stick a storage bin, for instance, onto a shelf in your unit. For items that aren’t as straightforward, we offer these storage tips:

    • Jewelry: It’s probably best to avoid storing priceless pieces. If you do need to store valuable jewelry, pack it in a jewelry roll, which can be easily hidden in something larger. For other pieces of jewelry, try these tips:
      • Store them as you do at home. If your jewelry is in a jewelry box or armoire, there’s no need to move it and pack it in a different container. Use stretch wrap to secure drawers and open compartments, then wrap the entire jewelry case in padding to protect it.
      • If you don’t have a jewelry box at home, organize small items with a pill case. This is a great way to store earrings and wrings. You can also hook earrings through buttons or foam, taping the backs so they won’t slip out.
      • Keep items separated. You can use re-sealable kitchen wrap for this, laying the jewelry on half of a piece of wrap and then folding and pressing to keep the items stabilized. You can also wrap pieces in packing paper or store them in zip-top bags, placing these smaller packages into a larger box to store them. Another idea is to use straws to store necklaces, threading each chain through its own straw and clasping it on the outside.
    • Batteries: Because they’re important, batteries need to be kept in good working condition. To keep them protected and free from corrosion, store them as follows:
      • Take them out of the equipment. Never store batteries inside the equipment they power. When you store them separately, they’ll last longer and be less likely to damage your devices if they leak or corrode.
      • Store them somewhere cool and dry. If you’re planning to store batteries, go for a climate-controlled facility. Batteries fare best in a dark, dry place, at room temperature.
      • Contain your batteries. Storing them in the original packaging is ideal, but you can also opt for a battery storage box. The most important thing is to keep them from coming into contact with metal, which can cause them to leak or rupture. If you don’t have a box or the original packaging, store batteries by bunching them together with a rubber band and putting them into a plastic bag. When you do this, though, make sure all of the positive ends are pointing in the same direction.
      • Keep them separated. Mixing old and new batteries in a device can cause damage to the device or battery leakage, so store old and new batteries separately.
      • Store rechargeable batteries correctly. To allow them to gradually discharge, store at 40 percent charge.
      • Protect your other belongings from your batteries. Especially if you plan to store them for a long time, keep batteries away from anything that could be damaged by leakage.
    • Paintings: Store artwork without devaluing it with these tips:
      • Minimize human contact. Wrap it in plastic, protect it with Styrofoam, and pack it into a close-fitting box, filling any space with bubble wrap.
      • Store it correctly. Keep the painting vertical and never stack paintings on top of each other.
      • Keep it somewhere climate controlled. Store paintings out of direct sunlight, in a place with consistent temperature and moderate humidity.
      • Check on your paintings. It’s easy to stick them in storage and not give them another thought, but this is a mistake. Check in on your artwork regularly, watching for any signs of rodents, moisture, or other hazards.

    When you’re looking for quality storage space for your special items, choose Pouch Self Storage. We’ve been operating mini-storage facilities since 1979 and we’re committed to keeping our clients’ belongings safe. Founded by John Yelland, who hails from Australia, Pouch Self Storage is named in honor of the kangaroo’s pouch- nature’s safe and secure storage spot. We’re an industry leader in design, building, and maintenance of self-storage facilities, and we strive to give our occupants the most advanced security systems available. At our nine Southern California facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art computer monitoring systems that allow our self-storage managers to monitor the opening and closing of every storage unit door, 24 hours a day. Currently, we’re abiding by CDC recommendations and implementing social distancing, but you can still reach us by calling (800) 378-4598 or contacting us through our website.

  • A “Living on the Road” Checklist

    Coming out of the pandemic, many of us are facing a unique and unfamiliar situation. We’ve been in a period of lockdown but have also begun to work remotely. Now that we’re able to move throughout the world more freely, the idea of living on the road seems like an interesting concept. Can you pick up and go, breaking ties with permanent housing in favor of wandering? You might just want to do this for a season, you might want to have an adventure, or you might be considering it as a way of life. No matter how long you intend to do it, the question remains: what will you do with your things?

You might want to give away a lot of your belongings, but there are certainly some things you won’t want to part with. For those items, self-storage is an excellent option. What will you take, and what will you leave behind? Here’s a list of some things you’ll want to bring along on your travels.

  • Clothing: No matter what kind of weather you expect, it’s smart to keep a few jackets, hoodies, or sweaters with you in case it gets chilly. You’ll also want to take a bathing suit, because you never know when you might get the opportunity to swim. Beyond that, you really only need a few outfits. Streamline your wardrobe, giving away or selling the things you no longer want to keep, and storing what you love but don’t currently need. Travel light and keep the bulk of your wardrobe readily accessible in your storage unit.
  • Medications: Have a plan for managing your prescriptions while you’re away. Take over-the-counter medications with you- in most places it’s illegal to store medication in a storage unit.
  • Money: Managing your money is another thing that requires a plan while you’re away. If you don’t already have online banking, now is the time to set it up. Take some cash along with you on the road, but not enough to attract thieves. There’s no reason to store money in a storage unit, but financial records and other important paperwork can safely be stored.
  • Electronics: For the most part, you can store your electronics in a self-storage unit. Take care to choose a unit that’s climate control if you’re going to go this route. Of course, there are some electronics you’ll need on the road, especially if you plan to work remotely. Make sure you have enough adaptors and chargers to keep your electronics powered up, and check with your storage provider to determine if there are any limitations on things like batteries.
  • Furniture and Linens: It can be tempting, when you’re streamlining your lifestyle, to sell all your furniture. Don’t do it! There will come a time when you’ll need furniture, and you won’t want to have to buy it all again. Give away things you don’t like but store the majority of your pieces. Store much of your bedding and other linens, too, but keep out two of everything so that you can use one and wash one.
  • Entertainment: Less is more in this arena, especially if you’re traveling abroad. Digitize your favorite music and carry it with you but leave the television behind in storage. Instead of bringing books, consider an e-reader. Bring a deck of cards, and if you play an instrument that is portable, bring that too. Part of the adventure is being in the moment, so you don’t need a wealth of distractions.
  • Miscellaneous Must-haves: This will vary from person to person, but a few items that are good to have include a first aid kit, a blanket, and baby wipes. Bring along plastic bags; they’ll serve a variety of purposes. If you’re taking a vehicle, bring spares and tools in case of emergency, and pop a shovel into your trunk. Of course, in the current environment it’s a good idea to bring along hand sanitizer and masks, as well.

Now that you know what you’ll need out on the road, turn to Pouch Self Storage to store the rest of your things. We’ve been operating mini-storage facilities since 1979 and we’re committed to keeping our clients’ belongings safe. Founded by John Yelland, who hails from Australia, Pouch Self Storage is named in honor of the kangaroo’s pouch- nature’s safe and secure storage spot. We’re an industry leader in design, building, and maintenance of self-storage facilities, and we strive to give our occupants the most advanced security systems available. At our nine Southern California facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art computer monitoring systems that allow our self-storage managers to monitor the opening and closing of every storage unit door, 24 hours a day. Currently, we’re abiding by CDC recommendations and implementing social distancing, but you can still reach us by calling (800) 378-4598 or contacting us through our website.

  • What You Can’t Store in Self-Storage

    Self-storage is convenient, creating extra space for your belongings. A storage unit is a great place to store seasonal items or to keep your things temporarily while you’re relocating. There are some things, however, that should absolutely never be kept in self-storage.

    There are some crazy stories out there of people storing outlandish items that would never occur to most of us. A doctor storing brains in jars, a man storing his amputated leg, and another man who kept his deceased grandmother in a coffin in his storage unit are just a few of the wilder tales of misused storage space. There have also been stolen goods found in storage unit, and one man decided to store his aquarium full of fish, with predictably disastrous results. In most cases, however, people store the wrong items because they simply didn’t realize they weren’t permitted to do so. How well do you know the rules? Check your knowledge against this list of self-storage “don’ts.”

    • Don’t store anything that can catch fire or explode. Seriously, please don’t. Gasoline, propane, oil, grease, chemicals, cleaners, and paint can all catch fire, destroying your belongings as well as things that belong to other people. Fireworks, explosives, and dangerous chemicals are absolutely prohibited from self-storage.
    • Don’t store anything toxic. Chemicals, fertilizers, and cleaning products can all cause problems when their fumes mix. Don’t store anything poisonous or contagious, either, and absolutely no bioweapons.
    • Don’t store non-operational, unregistered, or uninsured vehicles. You’re only allowed to store vehicles that are registered, insured, and functional. If you move your boat, RV, trailer, motorcycle, car, or truck into storage, you’ll be asked to present proof of registration and your driver’s license.
    • Don’t store anything illegal. This includes stolen goods and illegal drugs. We have security cameras recording video evidence of the things you place in your storage unit. Why wouldn’t we turn you in and get the reward? Also, it’s easy for law enforcement to obtain a search warrant for your storage unit. Just don’t do it.
    • Don’t store anything weapon-related. Well, if you want to store your back issues of Guns and Ammo magazine, that’s ok, but weapons, ammunition, and bombs are definitely not. Don’t store your flame throwers, hand grenades, land mines, mortar shells, bazookas- well, you get the picture. Don’t store anything that might lead the FBI or ATF to believe you’re up to no good.
    • Don’t store perishable items. Food items that require refrigeration obviously don’t belong in a storage unit. Neither do food items in bags and improperly-sealed containers. All of these things can cause trouble with mold and bacteria, as well as attracting vermin. What might surprise you is that canned goods cannot be kept in storage units. Especially in units that aren’t climate controlled, they can explode.
    • Don’t store live plants in your storage unit. Not only is this a great way to attract bugs to the storage unit, but it’s also a terribly unkind thing to do to a plant! Plants need sunlight to live, so if you can’t take them with you, give them to someone who will care for them.
    • Don’t store anything wet or even damp in self-storage. You’re welcome to store your beach toys, surfboards, and even scuba gear, excluding the tanks because, as stated previously, you can’t store things that might explode. The catch is that you have to dry all these things thoroughly before you put them away. Storing anything with moisture in a storage unit invites the growth of mold and mildew, which no one wants.
    • Don’t store yourself or your pets. This may seem obvious and like something you’d never do, but people have been known to try living in a storage unit from time to time. This isn’t a great idea for many reasons, but one reason is that we have security cameras everywhere! Your things will be safe and secure, but a storage space is a terrible place to hide out.

    Now that you know what you shouldn’t put in self-storage, bring the things you do want to store to Pouch Self Storage. We’ve been operating mini-storage facilities since 1979 and we’re committed to keeping our clients’ belongings safe. Founded by John Yelland, who hails from Australia, Pouch Self Storage is named in honor of the kangaroo’s pouch- nature’s safe and secure storage spot. We’re an industry leader in design, building, and maintenance of self-storage facilities, and we strive to give our occupants the most advanced security systems available. At our nine Southern California facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art computer monitoring systems that allow our self-storage managers to monitor the opening and closing of every storage unit door, 24 hours a day. For more information, call (800) 378-4598 or contact us through our website.

  • How Can You Organize your Storage Unit for Frequent Access?

    A storage unit is a convenient place to store things you have no room for at your home. If you need to access your items frequently, though, you’ll have to spend some time organizing it. Here, we offer some tips for keeping your storage unit organized, functional, and easily accessible.

    • Create a well-organized inventory list. It’s great to diagram your space and document every item in your storage unit, but the most important thing is to find a system that works for you. Consider the things you’ll need to access frequently, and keep an accurate list detailing where those items are located. If you’re storing personal items, things you might need to retrieve easily include seasonal clothing, camping gear, tools, and holiday decorations. If you’re a business storage customer, you may need to access extra inventory, office supplies, documents, or marketing material. Keeping a list on paper or a spreadsheet on your computer will help you keep track of everything you need.
    • Carefully plan your layout. Before you put anything in the storage unit, use the exact dimensions of the unit to plan for the best use of the space. Think about how often you’ll visit the unit and which items you’ll need most frequently. Try to create paths to facilitate easy access, with large items like furniture against the walls and the things you’ll access most often facing the path so you can easily retrieve them.
    • Use organizational furniture to make the most of your space. Invest in shelving, and you’ll be able to maximize your vertical space. Sturdy metal, wood, or plastic units are extremely useful, and can easily hold large or oddly shaped items that might not fit in boxes. If you use shelves higher than you can easily reach, keep a step ladder in the storage unit.
    • Choose clear plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes are cheap and convenient, but for things you need frequently, it’s better to use plastic bins so you can easily identify what’s inside. Clear plastic bins are also easy to stack and store.
    • Lift your belongings with pallets. When you use wood or plastic pallets you can keep your boxes and furniture off the ground. This is particularly important if you’re storing items that are vulnerable to moisture.
    • Be specific with your labeling. When you are creating your inventory list, make note of where things are stored. List all of the items on the boxes, too, so that you’ll be able to find specific items quickly. It can be helpful to number the boxes on top and at least one side so that you can easily locate the box you need.

    When you’re looking for a place to safely store your belongings, choose Pouch Self Storage. We’ve been operating mini-storage facilities since 1979 and we’re committed to keeping our clients’ belongings safe. Founded by John Yelland, who hails from Australia, Pouch Self Storage is named in honor of the kangaroo’s pouch- nature’s safe and secure storage spot. We’re an industry leader in design, building, and maintenance of self-storage facilities, and we strive to give our occupants the most advanced security systems available. At our nine Southern California facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art computer monitoring systems that allow our self-storage managers to monitor the opening and closing of every storage unit door, 24 hours a day. Currently, we’re abiding by CDC recommendations and implementing social distancing, but you can still reach us by calling (800) 378-4598 or contacting us through our website.

  • Safety Tips for Self-Storage

    When you’re storing your belongings, you want them to be as safe as possible. It’s important to find a storage facility with security measures in place but in reality, security is a team effort. Here are some tips to help ensure your things stay safe while they’re in self-storage.

    • Buy the best lock possible. If there is a breach in the security of your storage facility, the thieves will go after cheap locks that are easy to remove. Choose a lock that’s resistant to tampering and bolt cutters, preferably a disk or cylinder lock.
    • Know what’s safe to keep in a storage unit. Some items are restricted from a storage unit, like flammable things and food. However, there are other things that common sense dictates you shouldn’t store, like cash and fine jewelry that won’t be covered by insurance in case of a loss. Ask for guidance from the facility’s management as well as your insurance company before storing something questionable.
    • Keep an up-to-date inventory list. In the future, you might forget exactly what is in your storage unit and where. Keep a detailed list of what you’re storing, along with clear, well-lit photographs. Update the list if you remove things to keep it accurate, and if there’s ever a theft, you’ll be able to provide details to the insurance company about exactly what was taken.
    • Choose an indoor unit for an extra layer of protection. A unit that’s inside a storage building will be better protected than one outside, because the buildings usually require keypad access.
    • Don’t share your access card or key. Often, thefts are the result of a friend, family member, or acquaintance accessing your storage unit. Keep the items you’re storing and your access information secret except from those who you trust completely.
    • Buy the insurance, even if you’re not required to do so. Some storage facilities require insurance. Even if yours does not, purchasing insurance is the best thing you can do to protect your belongings. Your homeowners or renters policy might cover items in storage; if it doesn’t, you’ll need a storage insurance policy. Review your policy carefully so you’ll understand exactly what is and is not covered.
    • Pick the right facility. The best way to keep your things safe is to choose a facility with good security. The facility should have a digital surveillance system that operates 24 hours a day as well as password protected access at the gates and doors. It should also be well-maintained and properly lit, with employees who are well-trained and responsive.

    When you’re looking for a safe and secure place to store your belongings, choose Pouch Self Storage. We’ve been operating mini-storage facilities since 1979 and we’re committed to keeping our clients’ belongings safe. Founded by John Yelland, who hails from Australia, Pouch Self Storage is named in honor of the kangaroo’s pouch- nature’s safe and secure storage spot. We’re an industry leader in design, building, and maintenance of self-storage facilities, and we strive to give our occupants the most advanced security systems available. At our nine Southern California facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art computer monitoring systems that allow our self-storage managers to monitor the opening and closing of every storage unit door, 24 hours a day. Currently, we’re abiding by CDC recommendations and implementing social distancing, but you can still reach us by calling (800) 378-4598 or contacting us through our website.

  • How to Pack Efficiently

    A storage unit is a convenient option, especially if you’re moving and need a place to temporarily store some of your things while you unpack. However, if you want your things to be in good condition when you retrieve them, it’s important to be careful about packing them. Follow these tips for packing efficiently and well.

    • Know what you can and cannot store. The storage facility is likely to provide you with a list of rules, regulations, and restricted items. If you don’t receive one, ask for it. You won’t be allowed to store dangerous or flammable items, or perishable food, medicine, or plants.
    • Decide what you need to store. Don’t store things unnecessarily, because storing a lot of items means you’ll need a large storage unit, which means more money. Before you store, clear the clutter and give away, sell, or donate anything you don’t need to keep.
    • Keep a detailed inventory. It’s easy to lose track of what’s in your storage unit if you don’t have an inventory list. It may be helpful to print two lists, keeping one with you and one in the storage unit so you’ll have it on hand when you’re looking for things you need.
    • Pack only clean items. It’s disheartening to retrieve items from your storage unit, only to discover they’ve deteriorated because they were put away dirty. Before you pack your things away, wipe everything down with an all-purpose cleaning spray, vacuum upholstered furniture, and clean out appliances. When you get them out of storage later, your items will be in good condition, and they won’t have any unpleasant odors.
    • Use clear plastic storage bins. Storing your belongings in clear plastic bins makes it easier to find them when you need them. What’s more, airtight bins will help protect your items.
    • Label everything. Labels that clearly describe the contents of boxes make things easier to find, especially if you opt for cardboard boxes over plastic bins. Be specific, listing exactly what’s in the box instead of a generic category like “kitchen items.”
    • Protect your items. Especially if your unit isn’t climate controlled, take care to prevent damage to the items you’re storing. Make sure everything is dry, apply protective spray to furniture and leather goods, and seal boxes to keep out moisture. Store electronics and cords in plastic bags, pack clothing in wardrobe boxes or in hanging garment bags, place mattresses in storage bags, and cover furniture with a cotton sheet to keep pests and bad weather from damaging it.
    • Prepare large items properly. Take large pieces of furniture apart before storing them, and store box springs and mattresses flat. Leave washers, dishwashers, and refrigerators slightly open to prevent mold and mildew, and wrap small appliances in bubble wrap or foam to protect them.
    • Have a plan when placing things into the unit. Pack your unit strategically, placing large and heavy items on the bottom of the unit. Don’t store mattresses under heavy things to prevent damage. Keep things you’ll need to access frequently near the door or somewhere else where you can easily retrieve them. Use good quality packing supplies and the best lock you can afford.

    Once your things are packed and you’re looking for a good place to store them, choose Pouch Self Storage. We’ve been operating mini-storage facilities since 1979 and we’re committed to keeping our clients’ belongings safe. Founded by John Yelland, who hails from Australia, Pouch Self Storage is named in honor of the kangaroo’s pouch- nature’s safe and secure storage spot. We’re an industry leader in design, building, and maintenance of self-storage facilities, and we strive to give our occupants the most advanced security systems available. At our nine Southern California facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art computer monitoring systems that allow our self-storage managers to monitor the opening and closing of every storage unit door, 24 hours a day. Currently, we’re abiding by CDC recommendations and implementing social distancing, but you can still reach us by calling (800) 378-4598 or contacting us through our website.

  • Tips for Moving with Pets

    Moving to a new place can be a fun adventure, but it can also be stressful. When your family includes furry, feathered, or finned friends, it can sometimes get complicated. Here, we offer some tips for keeping your pets safe and calm during your move.

    • First, get them used to the idea of traveling before you do it. Start by acclimating your pets to their crates by putting them into the crates for short periods of time at home. Then move on to the next step, of putting the crates in the car and sitting there without going anywhere. Next, sit with the engine on, then drive around the block so they can get used to the movement of the car. If you’re flying, you clearly won’t be able to practice taking them on a plane. However, practicing with the crates and the car can make them more comfortable once the time comes to travel. You might also consider a professional pet mover who will know how to safely move your pets across the country or even across the world, adhering to any local or regional regulations.
    • Keep your pets safe while you pack. Make them a “safe space” in the house, with familiar items and crates or beds so they’ll feel comfortable and protected. Pets notice when their home is being packed up, and they may feel distressed when you are packing, but having a safe place to hide will make them feel safer.
    • Communicate with your vet. Schedule an appointment for each of your pets so that you can make sure they’re up to date with vaccines and checkups before you leave. Ask your vet for tips on keeping your pets calm during the move, and if you’re moving to another area, ask for recommendations for a new vet. Get copies of your vet records and fill any prescriptions for your pets before you move.
    • Pack an overnight kit for your furry family members. Just as you’ll pack a bag for each of your human family members with things they’ll need in the first few days at the new place, pack for your pets. You’ll need to include dog food, kitty litter, toys, grooming tools, and anything else your pets will need to feel comfortable while you’re unpacking and settling into your new home.
    • Make sure your pets are out of the way on moving day. Preferably, have them boarded somewhere or ask a friend to take them for the day. If that’s not possible, close them into a room where they’ll be safe during all the commotion. That’s another time in which their safe space will be helpful. Put a note on the door letting people know which pets are in the room, so that no one opens the door. Pets can be stressed out by all the action of moving day, and they can also get underfoot and potentially be hurt. Worse, a panicky pet could bolt through an open door and get lost.
    • Special pets require special care. The above tips primarily apply to cats and dogs, but what about other pets? Small animals require some special care when you’re moving.
      • Guinea Pigs: Guinea pigs are sensitive and don’t do well when they’re jostled around. Their hearts are easily damaged, so if you must transport guinea pigs, make sure they’re carried in something small, warm, and comfortable.
      • Fish: Moving with fish is not a very good idea, because they’re easily traumatized and moving can sometimes be fatally stressful for them. If you’re moving a short distance, you may be able to transport them in bags filled with water from their old tank. However, if you’re moving across the country, you’re better off rehoming your fish, emptying your tank, and getting new fish in your new home.
      • Birds: Even if your bird is normally free-range and sits on your shoulder contentedly, the move is one time for a bird cage. Even the smartest parrot can get jittery and nervous during a move, and you don’t want your feathered pal to fly away.
    • Plan a few days off to help your pets adjust. Spend some time helping them get back into their normal routine while adjusting to their new home. Recreate your pets’ safe space in the new home, and keep them contained until you’ve moved all your things into the house. Introduce them to the new environment slowly, giving them plenty of positive attention. Get collar tags with your new address as soon as you can in case a pet slips out of the house.

    While you take care of your family and pets, trust Pouch Self Storage to keep your belongings safe. Founded in 1979 by John Yelland, who hails from Australia, Pouch Self Storage is named in honor of the kangaroo’s pouch- nature’s safe and secure storage spot. We’re an industry leader in design, building, and maintenance of self-storage facilities, and we strive to give our occupants the most advanced security systems available. At our nine Southern California facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art computer monitoring systems that allow our self-storage managers to monitor the opening and closing of every storage unit door, 24 hours a day. Currently, we’re abiding by CDC recommendations and implementing social distancing, but you can still reach us by calling (800) 378-4598 or contacting us through our website.