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testMultigenerational Living is on the Rise: Best Practices to Keep Your Sanity

Freelancers are Traveling More

 

It’s no secret that being an adult in today’s economy is expensive. The cost of living is on the rise pretty much everywhere, the job market is intense and scary, and so is the housing market. Enter: multigenerational living. There are many reasons more and more people are living in multigenerational households. In case you didn’t know, a multigenerational household is one in which more than one generation of the same family lives under one roof. Typically, this would look like a young married couple living with one set of their parents to save some cash before getting their own place. But there are many variations of multigenerational living, and many reasons why people do it.

 

The simple fact of the matter is that multigenerational living is on the rise. And if you’re someone who lives in a multigenerational household or who plans on it, then you might want to know some tips on how to make the situation work for you and not stress you out too much. Because let’s be honest, living with family members can be some people’s worst-case scenario, even if it will save money in the long run. So, here are some best practices to keep your sanity around your family.

Have Your Own Dedicated Space

If you’re living in a multigenerational household, then there are likely more people in your home than you’re used to. It can be a bit crowded, and even if you enjoy spending time with your family and whoever it is that you’re living with, that doesn’t mean you won’t want your own space at some point during your living arrangement.

 

So to survive this multigenerational living situation, it might be best to have your own dedicated space. Whether that’s your bedroom, an office area, outdoor area, or even a basement or bonus room you can escape to, it’s crucial to keep your sanity in check by having a space that’s just yours. That way, when things get too stressful or loud, you have somewhere to go for some privacy.

Have an End Goal in Mind

When your living situation isn’t your ideal living situation, it can be hard to stick it out and not get too stressed out by it. And while multigenerational living might be perfect for some people, if it’s not your dream scenario but rather is necessary for the time being, then remember to always keep your end goal in mind.

 

Whether that’s to save money for your own place, to help take care of a loved one while they’re sick or need your assistance, or just to think and plan out where you eventually want to live, it will help you to write out your goals and keep them somewhere you can see them every day. Keep your eye on the prize, as they say.

Keep Communication Open

As is the case with any living situation, it’s crucial for you to keep open communication lines between yourself and your roommates, even if your roommates happen to be your parents or grandparents or aunt or cousins—or adult children. Make sure you can talk to each other about any situations that might arise when you live together, who will take care of what chores, and what you all expect of one another.

Make Sure Your Belongings are Taken Care Of

When you live in a multigenerational household, the space might be a little tight. After all, if you live with your parents or your spouse’s parents, there could be four (or more) adults all living under one roof, and you might not have room for all of your belongings. Furthermore, you might have duplicates of many household items from toasters to TVs to couches.

 

So, if you have boxes of clothes that won’t fit in your temporary closet, or excess furniture and appliances that won’t fit anywhere, you’ll want to rent out a storage unit. This is still a great way to save money because A-Plus Super Storage offers plenty of discounts on self-storage units. You can choose the size unit you want and need—and even how long you’ll need to put your stuff there—and trust that your items are safe with us. Multigenerational living doesn’t mean you have to sell or get rid of all your things. Just be smart and plan ahead!

 

There are plenty of perks to multigenerational living, so if you’re considering it or are already in the trenches, know that you’re doing what’s best for you and your family. And while it can be stressful and hard, it can be beautiful and educational, too. And there are ways to cope and make the best of the situation, so try to remember that!

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Freelancers are Traveling More

 

If you’ve ever dreamed of being able to travel all over the world while still making money and being your own boss, then freelancing might be the right fit for you. If you’ve never thought about freelancing, for whatever reason, that’s perfectly understandable. It can be daunting, trying to create your own business, make your own hours, and find your own clients. But once you get started, you’ll find such a large sense of freedom that it will all be worth it.

 

More than that, many freelancers today can work from anywhere that they can access the internet, meaning they could be working from a coffee shop in Paris if they wanted to! The thing is, freelancers are traveling more, now that COVID restrictions are lifted in many areas. But just how are freelancers making this all work, even with fewer travel restraints in place? Where are they storing all their belongings? How are they affording to travel so much? Well, the secret to their adventures is a lot simpler than you think, and we’re here to help explain it.

Freelancing Allows for More Freedom

Okay, so you’ve heard that freelancers can travel more, but just how is that possible? Seriously, what’s so freeing about freelancing? Well, when you freelance, you choose how much you want to work, where you want to work, and how often you work. So if you’re a parent with kids, you can schedule your business around taking care of them. Or if you’re in college, you can work while not in class. Whatever the case, freelancing puts you in charge of your work schedule and allows you to make your own rules, in a sense.

 

Freelancing truly allows for more freedom, including financial freedom. Yes, once you get into the swing of it, freelancing can be pretty lucrative. Because of that and the fact that you can work from anywhere, travel becomes more of a possibility when freelancing.

COVID Restrictions are Lifted, Allowing for More Travel

In the United States as well as other countries, COVID travel restrictions are being lifted, meaning that people can travel a lot more freely now. And that means freelancers can once again work from wherever they want to. While many countries do require a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination to enter, this still allows freelancers to pack up their suitcase, rent out an Airbnb, and go work and live in another country for a few weeks, or even a few months or longer.

 

Now that COVID travel restrictions are being lifted, the only thing standing between you and traveling across Europe is a game plan. If you have a steady freelance career, you can plan your trip knowing that you can work anywhere that there’s Wi-Fi, and it’s easier than it sounds!

Here’s How to Travel While Freelancing

So, you’re a freelancer (or on the verge of becoming one after reading this blog) and are ready to head out to explore while still bringing in a paycheck. Well, the first thing you must do is decide where you want to travel to. Do you want to stay in the United States? Go abroad? Then you’ll have to decide how long you want to travel. As long as you’re budgeting properly, you could travel for months at a time, visiting different locations all while working from your laptop.

 

But what exactly are you supposed to do with all your belongings while traveling? Well, we suggest placing them in a storage unit while you’re gone. One of the best ways to save money while traveling for an extended period is to sublet your apartment or find a renter for your house. Then, you can spend less each month and get a storage unit to make sure your belongings are kept safe and secure. A-Plus Super Storage offers plenty of discounts on our storage units, and with loads of amenities to choose from, you’ll feel confident that your favorite belongings are in good hands while you’re out conquering the world.

 

After the COVID-19 pandemic shut down travel and forced so many people to stay home, it’s only natural that the desire for travel would be through the roof now that travel restrictions are lessening. And if you’re a freelancer, you don’t have to worry about taking time off work or missing out on a paycheck while out traveling. Freelancers can travel and work at the same time, so what are you waiting for?

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Totes vs Boxes: What we Recommend for Packing

If you’ve ever moved, then you know just how stressful the process can be. And one of the things that makes moving so stressful is packing. It’s a lot of work to pack up your entire life to move. Really, even if you aren’t moving and are just downsizing or looking to declutter your home, you still have to pack things up, and that’s never fun.

 

Not only does packing require you to put in a fair amount of effort, but it can take a lot of time. So naturally, you want to be able to pack your things up as efficiently as possible, and that might mean you’re questioning just what to pack your stuff into. Yes, moving boxes might seem like the obvious choice, but what about plastic totes? There seem to be some advantages to using plastic totes versus boxes. So what do we recommend? Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that, because both options have their fair share of pros and cons. So, read on to see what we think the best option is!

Which is More Environmentally Friendly?

Obviously, one of the biggest draws of using a plastic tote over a regular cardboard moving box is that you can easily reuse the tote for other moves or just to put other things into storage. On the other hand, cardboard boxes can be easily recycled when you’re done with them, so it really just depends on what you’re looking for.

 

Cardboard boxes can be reused as well, but that typically is a little harder to do. And just because plastic storage containers seem more environmentally friendly, that doesn’t mean they are best for moving and storage. Don’t worry—we’ll get to that later. Bottom line: if being able to reuse the containers is important to you, then plastic totes might be a perfect fit! It’s a personal choice.

Which is More Cost-Effective?

As far as costs go, plastic totes and boxes almost even out in the end. Yes, plastic totes are going to cost more up-front than your standard cardboard box, but since you can reuse them over and over again, you can avoid buying more boxes in the future.

 

That said, cardboard boxes can actually be cheaper if you’re smart about it. You can start saving boxes you receive in the mail from packages ordered online, or even drive around and look in the dumpsters behind stores like Costco or Hobby Lobby. We know it sounds strange, but there’s nothing wrong with doing what you can to secure a good discount.

 

So, as far as costs go, plastic totes and boxes are pretty much the same. Which brings us to our last point: is one really better than the other for moving and storage?

Is One Better for Moving and Storage?

Yes! While plastic totes might look nicer and appeal to the logical side of you that wants to reuse them, they really aren’t the best for moving and storage. There are a few reasons for this.

 

First of all, boxes come in all different shapes and sizes to best suit whatever it is you’re packing up, while totes tend to be a one-size only situation. Second, because plastic totes have handles and edges, they’re harder to stack on top of each other, making it more complicated to move them and organize them in your storage unit. And while it might seem like totes are sturdier than boxes, the opposite is actually true. Totes can cave in and fall over while boxes will hold true most of the time. Finally, plastic totes can hold moisture in them more than cardboard boxes, so if you’re planning on storing something for a long period of time, a box is the way to go.

 

At the end of the day, it really is a personal preference on whether you want to use plastic totes or cardboard boxes for your move or while putting things in storage. While we recommend boxes, totes work great as well! Whatever you choose, though, A-Plus Super Storage is here to keep those totes or boxes safe for however long you need them stored away!

testSeniors Are Downsizing and This is Their Checklist

 

Even though some people might think that living in a giant home is the epitome of the American dream, that’s not true for everyone. These days, senior citizens have started to downsize as they grow older and retire, and the decision is pretty brilliant. To save money, lower property taxes, travel more, be less stressed, or just move on to the next chapter in your life, seniors aren’t the only ones downsizing. The trend is becoming increasingly popular and for good reason! But if the thought of downsizing alone is overwhelming, then you’ve come to the right place. We promise it’s not, and moreover, we’re here to help!

 

As more and more seniors are downsizing, what exactly, is their checklist for making the big move? Well, it turns out that the entire process is a lot less complicated than you think (especially when you rent out a storage unit). If you’re considering downsizing—regardless of your age—these simple tips can definitely help.

Go Through Your Belongings

Perhaps the first thing most seniors do, and you can do too, to make the downsizing process easier is going through all their belongings. This might seem intimidating, but it will seriously help in the long run. Take a good, hard look at all your clothes, decor items, books, movies, and whatever else you own to see if there are things you truly don’t need and that you can live without. Just take it one space at a time, and before you know it, you’ll see how much stuff you can truly part with. Once you see what you don’t need, the idea of downsizing can become a whole lot more realistic.

 

Additionally, this is a great opportunity to have a garage sale to get rid of extra belongings or donate them. When decluttering, you can make separate piles for items to keep, donate, sell, or simply toss. Whatever you do, this first step in the downsizing process is important and can make a big difference when you want to move into a smaller space for any and all reasons.

Have a Plan to Organize Your New Space

Even after you go through everything that you own and get rid of some things, that doesn’t mean moving into your new, smaller home will automatically go smoothly. It’s important to have a plan for how you’re going to fit everything you’ve kept into your new space. Yes, before you even start packing items away in boxes, have an idea of where everything will go in your new home.

 

To do this, make sure you have an accurate picture of your new home’s floor plan. Then, you can decide where you’re going to put bigger furniture items and think about what storage and organizational items you’ll need to purchase to make everything else fit. For instance, if your new bathroom lacks adequate shelves and cabinets, you might want to buy some storage shelves before moving in. Whatever the case, all seniors and anyone else going through the downsizing process can agree that having a plan before moving in is key.

Rent a Storage Unit for any Extras or Sentimental Items

Even though your goal in downsizing might be to save money, it’s still a good idea to rent out a self-storage unit for anything you want to be kept safe or put away. If you’ve found that your new, smaller home doesn’t have space for all your keepsakes or even just seasonal items you don’t use every day like heavy winter coats and holiday decorations, then a storage unit is a great idea.

 

Fortunately, A-Plus Super Storage regularly offers discounts on just about all of our storage units, so when you’re ready to downsize, we’ve got a safe place to put anything extra that won’t fit. Go ahead and pack away those sentimental items you want to keep secure (and climate-controlled), as well as anything else—and don’t feel bad about it! We make sure your items are taken care of and that you’re getting a great deal. You’re still downsizing when you rent a storage unit, and it’s honestly the smartest way to ensure your move goes smoothly.

 

No matter what reason you have for wanting to downsize, we’re here to help make that process easier. So, take a deep breath and get to organizing and planning! Once you get started, you might even have fun! Regardless, we bet that once you’ve completed this checklist, you’ll feel so much better about moving into a smaller space.

testDid the Increasing Number of Digital Nomads Really Get Rid of All Their Stuff?

As devastating as the COVID-19 pandemic has been for people all over the world, if there’s been one positive to come from the situation, it’s that more and more offices and companies have allowed their employees to work remotely. This new lifestyle has become increasingly popular among workers who want to be able to see more of the world but not give up their jobs. Known as “digital nomads,” remote workers who travel really just need a computer and internet connection to get things done, and then they can go to new places in their free time. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?

 

And while there is an increase in the number of digital nomads, did they really get rid of all their stuff? As nice as it might sound to live without too many material possessions weighing you down, is that really feasible? Well, not for everyone. And as it turns out, the digital nomad lifestyle really depends on having a good storage unit you can rely on while you’re traveling and far from home. So, if you’ve ever been curious about becoming a digital nomad and traveling the world while working remotely, then just know that it’s easier than it sounds—and it doesn’t require selling everything you own to make it work.

The Rise of Digital Nomads

As more and more people got sent home from their offices while COVID-19 was surging across the United States, no one really knew how long it would last. But as time went on, and a remote workforce became realistic, more people realized they could follow a digital nomad lifestyle.

 

To be a digital nomad, all you need is the option to work remotely at whatever it is you do—be that marketing, sales, or anything else—and a means to travel. You can decide to spend a week in California while taking your laptop and work along with you and using your hotel’s Wi-Fi to get your work done—and then go exploring after you’ve signed off for the day. But what exactly does that look like? And how do you keep up with your belongings at home if you’re constantly traveling?

It’s Freeing to Not be Tied Down by All Your Possessions

Part of the appeal of the digital nomad lifestyle is that you can travel and live practically anywhere, as long as you have access to the internet. Additionally, as anyone who has traveled before knows, there’s a sense of freedom that comes with not having a ton of belongings with you all the time. More than that, if you know your belongings are safe while you’re gone, you can relax and truly enjoy your time spent traveling and exploring new places.

 

If you’ve never traveled for an extended period before, then you might be a little confused as to how digital nomads make it work. But the short answer is that no, not every digital nomad sells all their belongings before they head out on their grand adventure. On the contrary, while they might give up their lease or sell some things, they have a great alternative to letting go of everything: renting a storage unit.

Putting Your Belongings in Storage is the Answer

Sure, some digital nomads might decide to sell everything they own (save for a few outfits, toiletries, their passport, and a laptop, of course) and hit the road. But in reality, the best way to make the lifestyle work for you is to rent a storage unit. Especially if you plan to travel for a long time and you rent out your home or give up your lease, a storage unit is a great safety net to come home to.

 

When you rent a storage unit, you can rest assured that all your belongings are in a safe place until you decide to come home. Additionally, you don’t have to sell anything you don’t want to, and if you rent a self-storage unit with A-Plus Super Storage, you can also choose a climate and dust-controlled unit, all at a discounted price. Packing most of your stuff away in a storage unit allows you the freedom to work and travel as much as you want with zero stress weighing you down.

 

If you decide that you want to try out being a digital nomad, then we say go for it! Take advantage of your remote work while you can and leave your stuff with us! It will stay safe, clean, secure, and best of all, there are plenty different sized storage units you can choose from to make sure you’re getting the most for your money.

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It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way Americans work. With offices shutting down and going remote, employees started working from home, and office spaces started to look like ghost towns. But as more and more companies are starting a return-to-office initiative, there are some questions about exactly how that will work. Perhaps one of the biggest questions is how to handle employees returning to work without your office space becoming a cluttered, disorganized mess. No one really works all that well in a cluttered work environment, so it’s only natural to want to keep things as coordinated as possible.

 

But while you do want to keep your office space free of clutter during a transitional period, it can be pretty overwhelming. What are you supposed to do in a post-COVID world when employees are coming back into the office, and you need to deep clean the space—that was likely abandoned with little or no warning—before they arrive? Or make room for new employees? Or just keep things organized while everyone settles in again? Well, it turns out that one of the most convenient solutions just might be to rent a storage unit.

Less Clutter Means Less Stress

Any time you move or deal with an influx of people all coming into a new space at once, there’s going to be clutter. But there doesn’t have to be as much clutter when employees return to work if you rent out a storage unit. And we can almost guarantee your employees will appreciate it. Why? Because less clutter equals less stress.

 

The more cluttered a workspace is, the more stressed and overwhelmed your employees will be. Having items scattered all over the place can slow down productivity, halt creativity, and make working harder than it should be. So when you get ready to have your employees return to the office, it’s important to have a plan in place so that there won’t be desks, papers, filing cabinets, and chairs all over the place. And setting aside a storage unit to place those extra items in can really help keep things from getting too out of hand.

A Storage Unit can Help Reduce Clutter

It might sound strange to rent out a storage unit while your employees return to work, but it’s actually the best way to reduce clutter around the office. After all, no matter what your business’ situation is, having a clean space to return to can make the transition from working at home to working in an office much easier.

 

Here’s where we come in. At A-Plus Super Storage, not only do we regularly offer discounts on our self-storage units, but we will loan you a trailer for free to help move your office items into the unit and keep them in a dust- and climate-controlled environment while you get things settled at work. One of the best things you can do to reduce clutter at the office is have things moved into a storage unit while employees are bringing all their own personal belongings back into the workspace. That way, things don’t start to pile up and stress everyone out.

 

If you want to deep clean your office space before having everyone come back in, then placing everything in a storage unit can help with that as well. Whatever you decide to do in the changeover from remote to in-office work, a storage unit is a great solution to keep things clutter-free.

 

Having employees come back into the office after such a long time working remotely can be stressful in and of itself. But when you add in the fact that things could get pretty messy pretty quickly, it’s altogether overwhelming. To avoid that and make the transition as seamless as possible, rent out a storage unit with A-Plus Super Storage. We promise it will make things easier, for you and your employees.

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It’s no secret that relationships tend to be complicated, no matter how healthy and fulfilling they might be. When a relationship is new, it’s exciting and fun and full of firsts! But as time goes on, more serious considerations arise between you and your partner, and big decisions must be made. For instance, is marriage something you both want? What about kids? Will you move in together eventually? If the answer to that last question is a yes, then it’s easy to get excited for when that day comes.

 

But there are certain things to consider before moving in with your significant other (SO). While it’s easy to only think of the exciting things that come with taking this next big step in your relationship, it’s important to also be practical and logical, too. Where will you live? Will you need a storage unit during the move? After the move? Are you ready to split the rent or a mortgage? This is a big life decision, and moving in general is a pretty huge milestone. So be sure you’ve thought through everything before getting those matching sets of keys.

 

1.  How will moving in work financially?

Perhaps the biggest question you need to ask yourself before you move in with your romantic partner is how this decision will impact you both financially. Will you save money? If so, how much? Do you want to save together towards a common goal? If you both want to save as much money as possible, then living together might make sense.

 

However, you might find that a smart way to save money while living together is to rent a storage unit—even a small one—to help hold your belongings during and after the move. If this is something that makes good financial sense for both of you, then you’re definitely on the right track.

2.  Are your sleeping habits compatible?

If you’ve never lived with someone else, or even if you have, you might still be unprepared for the realities of the situation. Yes, it might seem like all fun and games to just have a never-ending sleepover with your partner, but if you don’t have the same sleep patterns, you could both end up exhausted, over-tired, and grumpy.

 

If you’re incompatible in the sleep department, then it can wreak havoc on your relationship. So, be sure you know whether one of you is an early riser or a night owl, or who needs an afternoon nap now and then before taking the plunge. That way, you can at least have some idea of what to expect once you’re living together.

3.  What will you have too much of?

Moving in with your significant other is about more than just the relationship side of things. Your relationship will change, but there are also some logistical things you should consider as well. For instance, if you move into your one-bedroom apartment together, you won’t need your partner’s bed, will you? And one of your couches has to go somewhere. Then there’s all the kitchen appliances and gadgets you’ll have doubles of when you move in together.

 

You can donate or even sell some of the things you’ll have too much of, but if you eventually want to move into a bigger place, you don’t want to have to buy it all again later, do you? Make a list of everything you’ll have too much of so you can start to plan what you want to do with it all once you make the move.

4.  You should rent a storage unit to store what won’t fit for now

If you’ve realized that you and your partner will have a surplus of certain items but don’t want to or aren’t ready to get rid of them for good, then you should consider renting a storage unit in the meantime. Trust us, we think you’ll find that renting with A-Plus Super Storage is well worth the cost. For one low monthly fee, you can ensure that your extra furniture, appliances, and even decor items have a safe home until you and your significant other move somewhere with more room.

5.  What if you break up?

As hard as it might be to imagine, there’s a chance that you and your significant other will break up after moving in together. And living together can make a breakup a lot more complicated because, on top of the tragedy of your relationship ending, you also must deal with the logistics of possibly finding a new place to live and moving out. Fortunately, a storage unit is great in this situation because at least you maintain ownership of all your belongings and can load more in there while you wait for your new lease to start.

 

Moving in together is a big step for any romantic relationship, but no matter what your situation is, it’s important to consider all the details that living together entails. Think about any incompatibilities you might have, how the finances will work, and whether you’ll need a storage unit to keep all your extra things safe. Then you can feel confident in whatever decision you reach.

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Anyone who has dealt with an abundance of stuff around their house with nowhere to put it knows just how frustrating that particular situation can be. Many people end up purchasing their own storage shed to keep their belongings in, but is that really the best decision? If you’re torn between buying a storage shed for the back yard or renting a storage unit, allow us to help you out. It’s complicated, but at the end of the day, we think you’ll see that a storage unit is a much better choice.

 

When you truly compare a storage shed against a storage unit, it’s clear that the storage unit is the way to go. Here are a few reasons why:

  1. A storage unit is more secure than a storage shed
    When you purchase a storage shed, you might think it’s a great way to keep some extra garden tools or old baby clothes out of the way while still keeping them safe. And while it can be smart in some ways, you also must think about security. If you’re planning on storing valuable possessions, you obviously want to keep them safe. With a storage shed that’s likely in your own backyard, there’s not much you can do in terms of security other than a lock on the door to the shed and maybe a camera and floodlight.On the other hand, when you rent out a storage unit, there are many extra security measures in place, so you’ll feel more comfortable leaving your belongings there. Not only are the storage units at A-Plus Super Storage protected by a secure-access gate, but with bright lighting, security cameras, and the option to add a padlock to your storage unit, it doesn’t really get any safer.
  2. A shed requires a lot of time and effort from you
    It might seem nice to actually own your storage shed, but that ownership also comes with more responsibility and effort on your behalf. Not only do you have to go out and find a storage shed that will work in your space, but you also must bring it home and assemble it yourself. Or, you can pay to have the shed assembled, but that will cost you some serious dough. Either way, owning a storage shed isn’t exactly simple. On the other hand, renting out a storage unit is easy. All you have to do is complete the simple online rental process, then pull up in front of the unit and unload your belongings. Seriously, it’s that easy. We can even provide a trailer to help move your items at no cost to you. So when you consider renting a storage unit versus buying your own storage shed, just remember that a storage shed is a lot of work.
  3. A storage unit comes with a lot more amenities
    Just like a storage shed is a lot of work to assemble, it doesn’t really come with any amenities. Honestly, the only perk of owning a storage unit is that you can just walk outside to your backyard for access to it. But that doesn’t mean it’s worth all that hassle and cash. Renting out a storage unit, on the other hand, comes with loads of amenities. Most of our A-Plus Super Storage locations have drive-up access to all the units, electronic gate access, 24-hour video surveillance, and even onsite managers to help with any issues you might have. On top of all of that, many of our units are climate-controlled and dust-controlled, so you don’t have to worry about your items getting covered in dust or overheating while they’re in storage. Your basic backyard storage shed won’t protect your belongings from heat, cold, or dust. Basically, you can’t go wrong with a storage unit, and with all the amenities you get by renting one, you’ll forget all about that storage shed idea.
  4. Storage sheds can be more expensive
    It’s easy to assume that it’s a smarter financial decision to own something rather than rent it. But as far as storage sheds versus storage units go, the shed is still a much bigger investment, and it’s typically just not worth it.

 

A standard 10-ft x 10-ft storage shed you purchase will cost about $1,700. And then you have to install and assemble it yourself, and probably give up a good chunk of space in your backyard. You might even have to take out some trees or a flower bed or two. But, if you rent a 10-ft x 10-ft storage unit with us, rent starts at just $33 per month, or less than $400 per year. Additionally, you can rent out the unit for as long as you need. If you end up not needing the extra space for long, you can simply stop renting. Not only would you be saving money by renting, but it’s just so much easier.

 

Bottom line: If you purchase a storage shed, you’d have to actively use it for over four years before it becomes cheaper to buy vs. rent a storage unit. It takes up yard space, it’s less secure, and it’s not climate controlled. You have to purchase and assemble it yourself or pay someone to do it.

 

Meanwhile, if you rent a storage unit, you fill out the online rental agreement, load your stuff up, put it into your climate-controlled unit, and go home, rest assured that your belongings are protected by gates, lighting, and security cameras. And if you don’t need to store those items anymore, you simply stop renting your storage unit.

 

When you look at all these factors, the decision seems simple. Leave all the hard work to us and rent a storage unit! Trust us, it’s worth it.

test10 Things You Didn’t Know About A-Plus Super Storage

 

If you’ve ever rented a storage unit, shop, or used the amazing services here at A-Plus Super Storage, then you know just how easy the company makes the process for all their customers. You probably know that we offer a variety of storage units, shops, and other services to help make your life easier, but there’s more to us than that. Yes, the things didn’t know about A-Plus Super Storage might just surprise you because not only have we been around for a long time, but we also have some big plans for the future.

 

So, if you want to learn more about your favorite local storage facility, you’ve come to the right place. The more you learn about us, the more you’ll trust us with your most prized possessions and business.

 

1.  A-Plus Super Storage has a long history in Lubbock

We’ve been in business for 26 years and counting. That’s right, if A-Plus was a person, it could vote, drink, and serve its country! We got our start when founder Michael Postar was just 22 years old. He had already started a business decorating houses for Christmas and needed somewhere to store his equipment when he wasn’t using it. So he built his first shop warehouse. At that point in the 1990s, there weren’t a lot of self-storage units in the area, and Lubbock had a need for it. Recognizing the market, Postar built his first upscale storage facility in Lubbock in 1997, and we’ve been going strong ever since.

 

2.  We have plenty of locations across the Lubbock area

If you’re a Lubbock local or have spent any time driving around the Hub City, then you’ve probably seen more than a few of our locations. And that’s not exactly shocking because there are five A-Plus Super Storage and 10 Affordable Storage (our sister business) storage, shop, and RV locations across Lubbock and even in Wolfforth. Odds are, if you need a storage unit, we can help you out—at a location that’s convenient for you.

 

3. We have some great advice on starting your own business

A-Plus has come a long way since Michael Postar first started the company 26 years ago. According to Postar, there’s one piece of advice that helped his business take off: “Believe in yourself, don’t be average.” Have confidence in whatever it is you want to achieve and find ways to make yourself stand out from the crowd. That’s exactly what we do here, and we think it’s worked pretty well, if we do say so ourselves. Oh, and if you’re thinking of starting your own business, don’t forget we rent shop units to help achieve all your goals!

 

4. We offer a variety of storage services to best suit your needs

No matter what location you use to store your collections, keep your things safe while moving, or even if you rent out a shop to launch your own business, we’re confident we can offer exactly what you need. We offer climate-controlled, dust-controlled, and drive-up storage units in addition to our shop warehouses. We also offer enclosed boat and RV storage units. Whatever you need from us, we can help.

 

5. We have three major keys to our success that might help you too

Here at A-Plus Super Storage, we believe that it takes three important details to be successful:

  1. A great team of employees
  2. Exceptional customer service
  3. A great product

For us, that looks like hiring the most knowledgeable staff, available to answer any questions our customers might have about all the incredible units we offer. It’s just that simple.

 

6. Customer service is everything to us

One of the biggest perks of choosing A-Plus Super Storage for your storage needs is that we truly pride ourselves on treating all our customers like royalty. That means you get the ultimate VIP treatment when you come into an A-Plus office. From refreshing drinks and snacks just for you at the office to a free trailer to help you move into your unit, there’s nothing we won’t do to make sure you feel comfortable doing business with us.

 

7. We use technology in new and innovative ways

Just like you, we know and love using social media to connect. So if you don’t follow us on Facebook, you just might want to go ahead and start. After all, we share special deals, activities, and events we host all on our Facebook page. Additionally, we also have giveaways and contests you can win just by following and interacting with our social media, so go ahead and give us a follow.

 

8. We are always looking to expand

If there’s one thing you can feel sure of with A-Plus Super Storage, it’s that we aren’t going anywhere. Quite the contrary. Owner and founder Michael Postar is constantly looking for land to grow and expand throughout the Lubbock area. So don’t worry, we’ll be here for you for the long run.

 

9. Frankly, we’re the best

Not to toot our own horn, but the Lubbock community has consistently voted to award A-Plus Super Storage and our sister business, Affordable Storage, the Best of Lubbock award. We’ve won 16 times, and we don’t intend to stop. We have also won the Best Workplace and Best Customer Service awards. We firmly believe that customers deserve a quality, secure, and clean product and that our employees are our family, which means including them in the growth of our company.

 

10. We’re extremely involved in the local community

As a local Lubbock business, we understand the value of community. Michael Postar is on the board of Communities in School as well as the Make-A-Wish foundation. He and his staff have also been actively involved with Women’s Protective Services, Children’s Hope, and CASA over the years. We help sponsor and put on many events across the Lubbock area. Look for our smiley face logo at fun runs, cookoffs, donation drives, and even mud volleyball tournaments. And don’t forget to keep an eye out around town for the Lubbock Batman, a sure sign that something both fun and charitable is probably taking place! We care about Lubbock, just like we care about all our customers.

 

We know you have other options for self-storage in Lubbock, but we truly believe we’re the best in town because we care about our customers and our community. We aim to bring you clean, secure, and quality storage units and shops, and that’s what we’ll always continue to do.

test8 Steps for Packing a Moving Box the Right Way

 

Whether you’re in the midst of moving, want to safely store some important possessions, or just going through all your belongings to try to organize them, renting a storage unit is the best move. But between packing up everything, loading things in boxes, and then actually moving everything into your storage unit, it can seem like a lot to deal with. Especially because packing boxes is honestly pretty stressful in and of itself. But A-Plus Super Storage is here to help with that.

 

We know that packing is one of the hardest parts of moving, and no matter how many times you’ve moved or stored things away in boxes over the course of your life, it never really gets any easier. But packing your entire life into cardboard boxes doesn’t have to be super stressful. In fact, we have eight key steps to packing a moving box the right way that will help anyone get things settled safely into their storage unit.

 

1. Categorize your belongings

Before you even think about packing things up, it’s important to go through your belongings and categorize them to the best of your abilities. You can categorize by room if you’re moving, or by types of items, importance, or even how old they are if you’re simply putting items in a storage unit for safekeeping. And don’t forget to consider donating or selling items you don’t really need or want to help you stay organized. Only storing items you truly want access to later will help you so much in the long run. If you secretly think Great Aunt Edna’s chafing dish is hideous, now is a great time to let someone who loves it as much as she did have it. (We won’t tell!)

 

2. Earlier than you think is necessary—trust us

This might be the most important thing to keep in mind while packing for a move, and it can make all the difference. Packing will take longer than you think. It just will. You’ll get distracted, you’ll run out of boxes, or you’ll just need a break. So start packing those moving boxes way earlier than you think is necessary, even though it might seem annoying. Think of items you definitely won’t need for the foreseeable future like seasonal and decorative items, books, or even extra kitchenware, and get started with those. This way you won’t be struggling to get everything organized the last few days before your move or deadline.

 

3. Label your boxes before you fill them

This sounds pretty obvious, but there are a few ways you can label your moving boxes before you start to pack them. You can write on the outside of the box whatever is inside them, or even use color-coordinated tape to differentiate between the content of each box. Either way, be sure you know what’s going in each box before you start packing.

 

4. Set aside any day-of necessities

Now, if you are moving and using a storage unit to house your items in the meantime, it’s important you don’t pack away anything you might need the day or week of the move. So set aside items like toiletries, a change of clothes, a phone charger, and the like to be sure you aren’t left without something super important.

 

5. Pack heavy items at the bottom of the boxes

When it comes to actually putting items into your moving boxes, start with the heaviest item first, placing it on the bottom of the box. This will make lifting and moving it a lot easier. Additionally, use towels or other packing materials to fill in empty spaces in your box so things don’t shift too much during the moving process.

 

6. Fragile items will require more time and materials

Whether you’re moving or putting valuables into a storage unit , we recommend taking extra care with any fragile items you might have. Whether that’s plates and bowls or an expensive heirloom passed down through generations, don’t be afraid to use as much bubble wrap, packaging paper, and even extra towels as necessary to protect them from breaking.

 

7. Take inventory if you want to be super organized while moving

While it’s not always necessary to take inventory when packing boxes, it can be helpful when you’re ready to unpack. If you plan to have your items in storage for a while, you might want to take note of everything you’ve packed away in each box, just to stay on top of things. You can number the boxes, then keep a running inventory list of what’s inside box 1, 2, 3, and so on. Then when you inevitably need something, you can check each box’s inventory list before you go unsealing and digging through them all. And when it comes time to unpack them, you know exactly what you’re about to unpack and which room it belongs in.

 

8.  Tape your boxes securely

Last but certainly not least, make sure your moving boxes are taped securely before you load them up. Use packing tape for the best results, double-check that your boxes are labeled, and then you can relax knowing your boxes are packed correctly and ready to move into your storage unit. Once you get them to the storage facility, our tips on packing your unit might come in handy, too!

Packing up your belongings can be stressful. It’s a lot of work and a lot to think about. But by following these simple steps, you can get the job done right and make your life a lot easier when you need to find something that’s put away in your storage unit and when it comes to time to unpack the items for use in their its new home.