The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Storage Units in NYC

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While Manhattan storage units are not that complicated, everyone wants to put in their two cents about what you should store and how you should store it. For worry-free storage units NYC residents can trust, take our advice and stay away from these really bad ideas.

1. “Set the boxes wherever you like. They’re not going anywhere.”

Yes, your items will stay put, but will you ever find them again? When little Johnny wants his train set that he hasn’t played with in 5 years, it would be helpful to have an idea where it is without sending in a search party. All it takes is a simple, basic drawing pointing out where certain boxes are in the mini storage unit to turn a day-long search into a quick trip.

5 Things About Manhattan Mini Storage You Should Know

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With average asking rents in New York City climbing to over $3500, people are finding more cost-effective solutions to maximize their apartment space. At Chelsea Mini Storage, we have found several unique alternatives for our mini storage in Manhattan that allow you keep your treasured possessions without living like a hoarder.

  1. You could create your own cozy library

Let’s face it, finding a quiet place to read in this city is not always easy. Plus, who has room for all of those extra books, anyways? Give your collection room to breathe by setting up your own reading room in a mini storage NYC unit. Once you add a comfy couch, some throw pillows, and a plush rug, you’ll feel right at home.

Style It or Store It – Best Ways to Organize Your Stuff

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Few words can send shivers down your spine more than “let’s get organized.” There is something about arranging our belongings in a systematic way that strikes fear in our hearts. Maybe it’s because we need to contend with the fact that we have too much stuff, and we need to find a way to use it, display it in some cool, trendy way, or store it, perhaps in a self-storage unit.

Here are some ways to store your things in your home in a stylish way that maybe you haven’t thought of, and which won’t have you running back to bed.

  • Show It Off – Whether it’s your great shoe collection or antique cameras, consider arranging them as works of art on bookshelves instead of buying knick-knacks.
  • Be Sneaky – Hang a hook anywhere you can to get things off the floor. In the kitchen, use the inside of cabinets to put hooks to hang kitchen gadgets that don’t fit in a drawer.Self Storage Unit
    • Use It as a Basket – Be creative and turn that never-used vase into a container to hold nail polish, turn a wine crate into a magazine rack, or make a colander into a planter. Rethink and repurpose what is already in your home and turn it into storage.
      • Cart It – Rolling carts are an often under-utilized storage trick that you can fill with towels and toiletries and leave in the bathroom to give a designer touch, or try a mechanic’s bench, which often comes in great colors, that you can use in a bedroom to store socks, school supplies, and other small items.

    If you just can’t find a way to store it tastefully at home, consider a storage facility. Not only is there a size that fits all your things, no one but you will see it, so it doesn’t matter how it looks. Call Chelsea Mini Storage today at 212-564-7735 to learn more about how we can help you get organized.

Storage Units Can Save You Big on Your Next Move

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With summer just around the corner, there are a lot of people getting ready to make a move.  For some it will be a local move, maybe in and around the New York City area; for others, it may be a bigger move across the country or maybe even to a different country.  Moving can be exciting, with all kinds of new opportunities waiting, but no matter where you move it can be costly and be a drain on your time if you don’t prepare.  A self-storage unit could play a big role in helping you

If you are moving to the opposite coast or another country, a storage facility gives you the option to put some items away that you don’t want to move or can’t move, like larger pieces of furniture that are costly to transport, but which you don’t want to get rid of, either. 

Renting a storage unit for a nominal cost gives you the flexibility to retrieve these items when you want them. You know it will be safe and secure if you look for a storage facility that offers roaming security guards, resident on-site managers, and state-of-the-art security like Chelsea Mini Storage does.

A mini-storage is another great option for a big move. Perhaps you are moving to a warmer climate and won’t need winter clothes for a while, or maybe you are moving to a colder climate and need a place to store your bicycles. Mini Storage

No matter how long you will be gone, your items will be waiting for you, and with a mini-storage unit you only pay for the size space you need.

Call Chelsea Mini Storage today at 212-564-7735 to learn more about how we can help you make your next move, whether big or small, be a good one.

Tips to Pack Your Storage Unit Perfectly

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Good things come in small packages; truth is, good things come out of packages that have been well packed. Nothing like opening a box and finding everything in it broken or damaged—it’s such a frustrating experience. How you pack something, particularly if you are going to be putting it in a self storage unit for a few weeks or a few years, makes all the difference. 

Packing your items to put into a self storage unit to maximize space often starts with how you pack what you are putting in it. Some tips to consider:

  • Use sturdy and stackable boxes. Now is not the time to try to get the television to fit in a wrong-sized box. If you don’t have the original, many storage facilities have the boxes, tape, etc. available for purchase. It’s worth the small investment to keep your items from getting damaged.

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  • Make sure to label boxes on every side and, when putting boxes inside your storage space, make sure they are clearly visible to you. Don’t forget to put the heaviest ones on the bottom and work your way up.
  • Tape all boxes well on all sides; even if there is some tape on it already, go around it again. Pack boxes fully, filling the excess space with pillows or towels so items don’t shift, and you can put one box on top of another.

hen it comes to items that don’t fit in a box, think strategically. Store smaller items in dresser drawers, take feet and legs off of any furniture you can, put any hardware into a small bag and tape it to the furniture it came from. Think of packing your unit like doing a puzzle, taking care not to force something to fit, but utilizing every inch of your storage unit. Call Chelsea Mini Storage today at 212-564-7735 to learn more about how we can help you with supplies and more packing tips.