4 Tips for Using a Furniture Storage Unit

Welcome back to the blog! Let’s talk furniture. Maybe grandma gifted you a tacky set of paisley love-seats, or you’re cleaning out your kid’s room to make space for your dusty workout equipment. Sometimes furniture comes into our lives, and we just can’t hack it. Luckily, the Collum family opened Lauderdale Storage in 1958, pioneering the self-storage industry. Thanks to the Patron Saints of Self-Storage, we have been blessed with the opportunity to create a furniture storage unit. However, be wary–throwing furniture in a unit willy-nilly might damage the furniture over time. Don’t do grandma dirty like that. Today, we’ll give you 4 tips to protect your furniture during long-term storage.

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  1. Protect from Pests

Insects like termites and cockroaches can squeeze through tiny cracks, and they always have the wood munchies. Rats can also fit through small openings, and rat fluids wreak havoc on upholstery. It doesn’t take long for insects to tear through wooden furniture. Without thinking ahead, pests can cause financial head-aches and sentimental heart-ache. But not in our furniture storage unit. You’re going to buy some simple sealing caulk and fill in all of the cracks and openings you see–even the smallest ones! I’ve seen rats fit into some unbelievably small holes. Then, get some mouse traps and sticky insect sheets and place them around the walls. Then, spear some flies on tooth picks and place them as a warning around the unit.

  1. Clean all of your Furniture Before Hand

Dirt, dust, and existing stains will wear down the wood and upholstery if left alone. It doesn’t seem like much, but a furniture storage unit isn’t air tight and dust and moisture can weasel their way in. Trust me. After a few months in storage, that small amount of debris can do some slight damage.

The cleaning process is rather self-explanatory. Dust each piece thoroughly, and make sure to scrub any dirt. If there are stains on the upholstery or wood, use a light cleaning agent. It shouldn’t take long, but look over every inch of the furniture to make sure you didn’t miss anything. From there, it isn’t a bad idea to purchase some cloth covers. Avoid synthetic tarps and such, because they accumulate more moisture than a cloth cover. Finally, clean out all of the dust and dirt from the storage unit itself. Never trust the dust, unless you must.

  1. Take Apart Bigger Pieces of Furniture

Dismantling is the best way to create more room in your furniture storage unit. Also, there is less chance that items will be damaged. For example, consider the table. A large table is already a pain to lug into a unit, but oftentimes you can remove the legs. Chairs, too, should be taken apart. The more you remove, the more space you’ll have and the easier it will be to move into the unit. Remove all of the drawers from cabinets from dressers so they don’t slide out.

Don’t make yourself move big ol’ tables. Moving big items is a pain, and also increases the chance you’ll scratch and scuff furniture. Not only that, but you’re risking injury. In fact, the Washington Post reported that you’re more likely to be crushed by furniture than be harmed by a terrorist!

  1. Put Larger Items on Bottom, and Smaller Items on Top

Think of it like a pyramid–do you think King Tut’s tomb would be protected under an upside-down pyramid? Absolutely not. Jumbling large and small items together means 1) small items will be crushed and 2) furniture will topple, slip, and slide. With a little forethought, you can easily avoid scratched, scuffed, and broken furniture. Also, having an orderly furniture storage unit makes it easier to remove things down the road.

Couches and tables should go on bottom, and then you can use the space under the tables for dismantled chairs. A table is sturdy enough to hold a lot of weight, but put a cloth down over the top so it doesn’t get damaged. Another good idea is to put another flipped table on top of the other. Smaller and more fragile items like ottomans and tiny chairs can then be placed on the sturdy surfaces.

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Move that Furniture!

Get going! Go! Move it! Now, it should be a breeze to move everything in to your furniture storage unit. Not only will you be saving money replacing broken furniture, but you’ll feel the satisfaction of doing a job well done. In the end, that makes it all worth it.

If you want to get the best possible storage unit, contact us today at Albuquerque Self-Storage and we’ll get the best deal for your needs!

3 Unique Uses for your Storage Unit

Welcome back to the blog! We’ve covered a lot of ground in this blog, from preparing your car for storage to the overall costs of storage. . . sometimes the topics can be a bit dry. Today, we are going to bring some levity to the blog and give you some unique uses for your storage unit.

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Dream Space Storage Unit

Ever wanted a room filled with all of the goals you have wanted to accomplish in your life? Now you can. You can inspire yourself by piecing together the moments you want to never forget right here in your storage unit.

Picture Perfect: Hang pictures of your goals. This is a great way to consistently motivate yourself to try and accomplish the things you want to do.

The Places You’ll Go: Use a map of where you long to travel to! Place small markers on the places you have been all around the world, and ones for where you want to go next! Remember, the journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.

Party: Unleash the party animal inside you! Want relive your old frat days? No problem. Set up a beer pong table and invite your buddies over for a cold one. Perfect for trying to get a small get together and enjoying the little things that life has to offer.

Organize: Albuquerque Self Storage allows you the chance to be yourself and have fun in your own space. So after a long day at the office, unwind and see what adventures can await you! Get a pen and paper and start jotting down those notes on how to make your space work with you.

Princess: Did you ever dream about being a princess? Now you can. Set up gorgeous colors that pop, fantastical glitter to decorate, and get a dragon (hopefully a friendly one) to guard over you while you wait for your knight in shining armor.

Your story never ends: Maybe all of your dreams have already come true, if that’s the case; use that storage space to make your children and grandchildren’s dreams be answered. Grab a whiteboard and a marker and start planning your new storage unit!

Superhero Storage Unit

Business person by day, superhero by night! Your storage unit is your canvas, and you are the artist.

Batcave: Turn your storage unit into your very own Batcave and become the superhero that you were always meant to be! Complete it with your own high Tech computer software, special gadgets customized personally for you…and cup holders, got to have cup holders.

Superhero Body: Now you might not always want to fight crime and wear spandex, but with a space like this, you can get that superhero body in a Flash. Your storage unit can become your own personal playground of workout equipment so you can fight crime, and look good while you do it!

Gym Equipment: No longer will you have to go to a gym that is crowded with people hogging all of the equipment. You can place it all within your unit! Free weights, bench-press, and even a pullup bar to get you into shape!

Bulk Up: Self-conscious about trying to lift that five pound weight next to the body builder? Not anymore! Instead, your storage unit can be your own workout sanctuary where you can slowly start to make Thor look like a “puny God” in the comfort of your own space.

Motivation: Besides your workout equipment, hang up posters of your favorite heroes to motivate you. Getting a toned stomach like Black Widow has never been easier. Put down those donuts and let your superhero storage unit begin.

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Zen Storage Unit

Namaste here forever with this Zen storage unit! With Albuquerque Self-Storage, you can turn your space into a place of tranquility.

Peace And Quiet: We all need a moment to ourselves, away from our bosses screaming at us, or the kids who ate WAY too much sugar. Your storage unit can become your very own Garden of Eden.

Yoga: Place down your yoga mat and start to feel the stress and negativity flow out of your body. “Inhale magic, exhale purpose”.

Happiness: Surround your space with things that make you feel at ease, that give you happiness. Harness that happiness and channel it into your mind, body, and soul. Pictures of those you love, your hobbies, even things you find most beautiful in this world…even a mirror.

Oil It Up: Use essential oils to soothe your muscles and treat yourself to your very own spa day. (Cucumbers on your eyes are optional). The oils can manifest an aroma to dull your stress and illuminate relaxation.

Contact Albuquerque Self Storage for more information on getting your unit. Remember, whether you are a dreamer trying to cast your imagination, a superhero re-inventing the person you want to be, or a yogi at peace with your wonderful life, you always have a place in this world.


5 Damaging Effects of Winter on your Car

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5 Damaging Effects of Winter on your Car

We have plenty of ways to stay warm in the winter. Your car, on the other hand, isn’t so lucky. You can’t put hot cocoa in the engine, kindle a warm, crackling fire in the back seat, or put warm bunny slippers on the tires. If left outside, a car is at the mercy of the elements. Harsh winter weather can do a number on any automobile. We have written about how to store your car for the winter in an earlier blog; today, we’ll discuss 5 ways winter can damage your car that can be prevented with indoor auto storage.

  1. Drained Battery

In freezing weather, your battery is more prone to running out of juice. The stuttering sound of a dead battery can ruin a day. Most car batteries last 2-3 years, so it’s a good idea to replace it before winter rolls around. There are several reasons why cold weather drains a battery. For one, it takes more energy to start the car. Voltage slowly seeps from the battery, leaving it with less energy to get the engine going. Indoor auto storage in a dry space will sustain the battery through winter.

  1. Thickening Fluids

There are several fluids that are essential for a healthy vehicle. In warm weather, the fluids are smooth flowing and protect moving parts from wear. In cold winters, the fluids thicken. Thick, syrupy fluids gunk up the inner workings. Whether or not you’re keeping your car outside, you should change out the coolant, oil, gas, transmission, and brake fluids. Otherwise, your car won’t run or breakdown with continued use.

  1. Tire Pressure

If you stayed awake in chemistry, then you may remember that air pressure increases when it’s hot and decreases when it is cold. The tire pressure warning light turns on often during the winter, and that’s because the tire pressure fluctuates between too high and too little. When the car sits in the cold, the pressure goes down. When the car starts moving and the tire heats up, the pressure goes up. Constant back and forth weakens the tire. You’ll either be replacing the car early, or fixing a blown tire on the road. Indoor auto storage helps solve this problem, but you should still be checking the tire pressure.

  1. Salt Damage

The road salt spread on winter roads helps melt the ice, but can damage your car. Driving kicks up salty ice that sticks to the undercarriage. Overtime, the salt wears down important parts like the wheel wells and brakes. Even if you aren’t driving often, you should hose off the bottom of the car and all of the wheels. However, this creates its own problems. Foregoing indoor auto storage lets the water freeze when idle. Brittle metal and ice chips can cause leaks in the power steering and brakes, making winter driving even more treacherous if not taken care of. You can try warming up by idling before driving, but this too isn’t ideal: idling drains more gas and electricity than driving.

  1. Windshield Woes

Winter temps make your windshield prone to cracking. Like the tires, the glass fluctuates between cold when idle and warm while driving. The back and forth creates a sort of good-cop-bad-cop situation, causing the glass to crack under pressure. In addition, people make a few common mistakes that make the situation worse. For one, it’s common practice to throw hot water on the windshield to melt the ice, which weakens the glass. Another common blunder is to not replace the wiper fluid when it freezes. Otherwise, the wipers smear abrasive icy fluid on the windshield.

Winter cracked windshield indoor car storage

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Winter is Coming

We can’t stop the coming of winter—the cold winds and frozen temps aren’t worried about the safety of our vehicles. There is inevitable damage to any vehicle after several months of exposure to the elements. Afterwards, your frozen fingers will be shivering and smearing ink all over the check you’re writing for repairs. However, we can take precautions. You can cover your car to protect it from the snow, keep a close eye on fluids, and check your tire pressure. Or, you can choose indoor auto storage. Whether you are putting your car in a garage, under a car port, or in a unit, keeping your car out of the elements is the best protection.

If you would like to talk about storing your vehicle for the winter, contact us at Albuquerque Self-Storage today and talk to our friendly and accommodating staff! We’ll help you keep your car in good condition for the spring.

Essential Steps for Taking Your Vehicle Out of Storage

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Essential Steps for Taking Your Vehicle Out of Storage

It’s Spring time—winter has retreated, the flowers have returned, and it’s warm enough to take your car out of storage. Your dreams of driving on sunny days under blue skies are finally becoming reality. However, there are certain steps you should take before your foot hits the pedal. Despite precautionary measures, which we covered in an earlier blog, some parts may be worn, damaged, or unresponsive after long-term vehicle storage. Some problems, like dead batteries, are frustrating. Others, like worn brakes, are harder to identify and downright dangerous. Before taking your car on the road, follow these steps to ensure it is healthy and safe to drive.

Before you Drive Out of Vehicle Storage

  1. Let the Car Air Out

Sitting dormant for so long in vehicle storage can leave your car with a musty scent, and opening all the doors and window will freshen up the interior. If the unit was too humid, the air could be moldy as well, so leave it open for 20 minutes to let all the air filter out.

  1. Check the Tire Pressure

Even if your car was lifted on a jack, air could have leaked out of the tires. Check what the factory pressure setting is for your tire and fill it to that level.

  1. Examine the Battery

If you used a trickle charger, turn it off and remove it. Examine the wire connections and posts for corrosion and make sure they are securely connected. Afterwards, test your car battery and fully charge it (or replace it, if need be).

  1. Check all fluids

Inspect the levels of the brake fluid, coolant, oil, and gas. If the car has been stored for six months or more, consider flushing and replacing the brake system, changing the coolant, and refiling the gas tank. Keep an eye out for leaking fluids.

  1. Inspect for Rodent Damage

While spraying for spiders inside the cab is a good idea, rodents are the perpetrators of dangerous sabotage under the hood. Rats and mice can chew through brake tubes, battery wires, belts and hoses—you should thoroughly inspect each part before starting up the car.

  1. Replace the Air filter

Pesky little dust particles weasel their way onto the filter, and running the car doesn’t run them off. Replacing it is simple but important. A dirty air filter means you’ll be breathing dust and dirty air.

  1. Lubricate Engine

The engine is the heart of the car, and CPR won’t bring it back to life. If you don’t take of it now, you’ll also need to resuscitate your wallet after the repairs. After long-term vehicle storage, the oil lubricants may be dried out. If this happens, the moving metal parts will scrape against each other. Lubricate the pistons, piston rings, bearings, and remove the spark plugs to oil the cylinders and your engine should be good to go.

Well done! You’ve finished all of the prep work. Once all of this is done, you can start up the car to run a few more tests.

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Starting the Car

  1. Check for Warning Lights

If there are any warning lights, you should take the car into the shop to get them taken care of. The steps above are easy to handle yourself, but warning lights usually point to something more serious.

  1. Start the Car a Few Times

Even if the car starts up the first time, start it a few more times to make sure the battery and engine are in working order. Let the car idle for a while and listen for any scraping sounds. Afterwards, take a look at everything you fixed earlier, and check for leaks.

  1. Take it for a Slow Drive

Take the car out on the road, but ease up on the gas pedal. Listen for unusual sounds at a leisurely pace. Afterwards, check one last time for leaks and broken parts.

  1. Wax and Polish

Once you get home, wax and polish to remove any dirt, grime, and dust. Not only will your vehicle shine in the springtime sun, but the paint will be protected going forward.

Ready to Go

A little forethought can go a long way. In the case of your car, it can save it from serious damage and expensive repairs. However, be cautious even after you have performed all of the checks yourself. If you are all uncertain, take the car into the shop to get your repairs double-checked. When it comes to your car, you can’t be too cautious.

Vehicle storage is an easy way to protect your car from the elements. Contact Albuquerque Self-Storage today and we’ll provide safe, easy, and affordable storage for your car!


The True Cost of Car Storage

money car cost of car storage The True Cost of Car Storage

Things are not always as the seem on the surface. I have been duped too many times by downloading “free” apps only to find I need real cash to buy enough virtual gold to buy enough virtual feed for my virtual livestock. I think I have more capital invested in Clash of Clans than in my 401-K. Sometimes it takes some digging to get down to the true value of things. While not as manipulative and addiction-feeding as in-app purchases, there are also additional costs to car storage in addition to what the price of the unit is. Today, we’ll go over everything you need to know to calculate the true cost of car storage.

Cost of Indoor or Outdoor Storage

Many storage facilities offer both indoor and outdoor storage for your car, and choosing between the two options is the majority of the cost of car storage. There is the cost of the space itself, plus a few other items specific to indoor or outdoor storage. Other factors like the location and security of the facility will affect the base price of any unit.

Indoor: You have two options for indoor storage: climate controlled or unheated. Climate controlled units regulate temperature and humidity, which prevents rust and other damages. These units run between $150 and $450 a month, but you don’t have to worry about protecting your car from changing temperatures. They also might save you money in repairs after storage.

Unheated units run from $75 to $150 a month. They are considerably cheaper, but you also have to take steps to protect your car from humidity, which can damage the paint. A low-end dehumidifier costs around $50, but to effectively dehumidify you might want to invest in a better model. Higher-end devices cost between $100 and $250. Depending on the cost of the different units, climate controlled units might help lower the cost of car storage.

Outdoor: In terms of upfront cost, outdoor storage is the cheapest—and least protective—option. An outdoor plot for a car will be between $35 to $75, but you’ll also need a more effective car cover than for an indoor space. Specifically, a weather and water-resistant cover. Costs vary depending on the car model, but plan for having to buy a new cover if yours isn’t tough enough to protect from inclement weather.

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Cost of Car Storage Items

An indoor storage unit or a weatherproof car cover aren’t enough to fully protect your car. In an earlier blog, we went over what you need to do to prep your car for long term storage. We recommend going over that post to see an in-depth discussion of the necessary preparations, but today we’ll just cover how each affects the overall cost of car storage. While it may seem like the price keeps ticking up, these steps are very important to prevent damage. A costly repair shouldn’t have to factor in to the cost of car storage.

  • Oil Change and Fuel Stabilizer: Getting an oil change at a mechanic shop is usually around $20. If you’re changing it yourself, the price of different motor oil brands ranges from $15-$40 (we recommend going with whatever is on sale—there isn’t much difference between oil brands). You’ll also need to add fuel stabilizer to the gas tank, which runs about $10.
  • Air Filter: Changing the air filter yourself is easy, as you just need to pull it out and put in the new one. A new filter is around $20.
  • Trickle Charge Battery: Leaving the battery in the car long-term slowly drains the battery, and a trickle charger sends small bursts of electricity into the battery. Most are around $40.
  • Car Cover: As we said earlier, weatherproof outdoor covers generally are more expensive. Regardless, expect to pay $100 at the least for a car cover.

The listed price for a storage unit is not the true cost of car storage. When you are looking for a unit, take inventory of what you already have and what you may need to buy. When factoring in all of the hidden costs, the more expensive unit may actually be the overall cheapest option for car storage. You’ll also be able to tell if a unit is actually within your budget. If you don’t plan for the costs of the additional items, you may end with even greater costs in repairs.

Now that you have the know-how to determine the true cost of car storage, contact us today and our team will make sure you find the best storage unit for your needs!


Using Your New Unit: Self Storage Tips

Welcome back to the final entry for January 2018! Just like that and we already almost 10% through the year! Yikes, let’s not put a number on that. Anyways, for our final entry this month we wanted to give more insight, help, and self storage tips for any new (or prospective) unit owners. If our last entry helped you understand the cost of a unit, then this one will help you get the most value out of it.

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Self Storage Tips for the New Unit

Now before you go dumping all of your stuff haphazardly into your new storage unit you will want to take a few steps first. The first thing you want to do while the unit is still empty is sweep the interior. Earlier this month we talked about the importance of regular visits to clean your unit. This is going to be one of those visits.

While you are sweeping be on the look out for anything unusual. If you see any water, look for the ways it may have leaked into the unit or otherwise gotten in. Look for cracks in the floors, foundation, or walls that can let moisture in (or pests!) that will cause problems further down the line.

After you have cleaned up and done a thorough inspection (and reported any findings to the management!) it’s time to prepare your actual belongings. When you are packing things into boxes or plastic containers, do keep an eye out for any damaged containers. If the plastic is cracking or the cardboard is torn now is the time to fix it before you have buried it under a bunch of other stuff and leave it forgotten. Simply set it aside, fix with either tape or by using a new container entirely, and you will be good to go. This way you won’t have to worry about a box tearing open on you the next time you go to move it!

There are particular ways you will want to pack particular belongings. For instance, if you have items that are temperature sensitive and your unit is not climate controlled, you will want to use what tools available to insulate them. Using blankets or other materials to wrap sensitive items such as instruments or electronics, can keep them at their preferred temperature while the other boxes and containers are unaffected.

We keep mentioning regular checkups right? Well to make those easier, make sure you’re laying out your items in an easily navigable way. Place items away from the walls so you can easily walk around them, build in pathways so that when the time comes to get items you don’t have to unpack literally everything just to get to the box of pots and pans at the far back corner.

When moving into your new storage unit, a little bit of forethought goes a long way to making the experience much easier. You will have securely stored valuables, clean, and easy to find when you need them all because you spent just a few minutes at the start getting everything ready for you. With that, we’ll leave ya here. If you’re ready to get storing, give us a call and together we can make this the most organized, best year yet!

How Much is Storage?

Welcome back to the blog! It’s our second entry of the new year and we decided to keep on going with the same train of thought we began with last time. Last time we discussed reasons why you may want to visit your storage unit regularly throughout the year, a useful topic for those who already have a self storage unit. But what about those who are just now investigating it?

New Years comes with their stack of resolutions – to eat better, to do more exercise, clean up around the house. Everyone is trying to put their best foot forward in the new year. To that end, renting a self storage unit (from a company such as Albuquerque Self Storage) can be a useful tool in getting yourself sorted and on the right track. But there’s a roadblock. ‘How much is storage going to cost me?’

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How Much Is Storage?

Let’s answer some common questions we get about starting up with a storage unit, and we know ‘cost’ means a lot more than just price. The cost for the units varies as demand and seasons change so we can’t quote you here, unfortunately. The best we can do is let you know of all the  other circumstances that act as some form of ‘cost.’

Is there a lease or a long-term commitment?

Absolutely not. At Albuquerque Self Storage we offer month-to-month rentals as well as long-term storage solutions, but there is no required timeframe. We get it, some people only need a month of storage while they move between places. There is a benefit to going longer term, however! If you are sure you’ll need the space for 6 months or more and pay in advance you will receive a discounted rate.

Is there a move in or deposit fee to start?

Nope. There’s no reason for us to charge you even more to get you settled. Other guys may do that but it ain’t the Albuquerque way.

What are the sizes of units I can rent?

There are five (5) sized units (availability depending) for customers. 4’ x 6’, 6’ x 11’, 10’ x 11’, 10’ x 22’, and 15’ x 22’.

The smallest is about 24 sq. ft. and useful for storing smaller sets of belongings. Electronics, bicycles, boxes. Nothing too huge. Meanwhile, the largest is over 300 sq. ft. (330 to be precise) and has the room to store a four bedroom home (practically packed of course). Which one you need depends on a few factors so speak with a professional and get the right unit.

Are credit cards accepted?

You betcha! Visa, Master Card, Discover, and American Express are all accepted means of payment.


With those answered, we hope you have a better idea of what a self storage unit will cost you. There are a lot more factors than just dollar amount, as we mentioned, and the price you pay for freeing up your garage space may, in fact, save you loads of money on car repairs etc. down the line. Some serious cost-benefit analysis can be run on just how much a square foot of space is worth in your kitchen as opposed to in one of our units.

All that said, if you’d like to know more and get accurate, up to date prices on all the units available, give us a call and we can talk more about how much is storage going to help you!

Starting the New Year Off Right, Self Storage

The new year is here! Welcome to 2018, let’s get off on the right foot. This time on the Albuquerque Self Storage blog we wanted to start the year by revisiting a topic we covered last January. Back on January 16th, 2017 we discussed why you need to visit your storage unit in the new year. We’re hitting this topic again because it is necessary to cover it for new readers, and it can help all of us frequent guests remember to start the year off right.

Visiting Your Self Storage Unit in the New Year

Let’s say you rented out a storage unit last August when your eldest kid went off to college. You cleaned out their room, made some extra space. It’s been 5 months now and you don’t need to get anything out of it. Do you need to visit the unit?

Well. Yeah!

There are a few reasons that it would benefit you to visit your self storage unit regularly, even without needing to grab anything. Clean, Inspect, and Consolidate.

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Dust is going to gather inside the unit no matter how hard you try. When things sit, dust sits, and gathers, and seemingly multiplies. You don’t want to come looking for a certain thing only to start coughing and choking on dust when you find it. By doing regular, simple cleaning checks every few months you can make sure the items stored are exactly in the shape you need them in when you go to get them out. That leads us to the next point.


Inspecting the self storage unit is something we have talked about a good deal over the past year. It is the idea that while you are there cleaning or moving things, take a look about the perimeter of your unit. Look around the ceiling, the edges, the floor. You’re looking for any signs of leaking or damage. The last thing anyone wants is to return to their storage unit looking to pull out that extra bed for the sister in law only to find it and everything else is completely ruined from water damage or rats taking up residence inside. By doing a basic look around whenever you visit the unit you can be sure that damage isn’t occurring and is prevented from getting out of hand. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure after all!


When we say consolidate we mean the process of keeping, getting rid of, or otherwise manipulating your belongings in self storage. This isn’t necessary for everyone using a self storage unit of course. Some folks just need to store a few spare parts, or a piece of furniture, and with those inside they don’t need to worry about anything else. That is not the case for everyone however.

Many people use self storage as a way to declutter their homes and to get excess belongings out of the way. If you are one of them, then it might be worth your time to check into your unit and do a rundown of what’s in it. Are these items you need to keep for possible later use? Or are these boxes of old magazines really useless to you now, it just took a few months of being out of sight to realize it?

Regardless of whether you decide to keep or to get rid of or donate, whenever you are returning to your storage unit throughout the year you should be looking to categorize your belongings.

Alright, there you have it. Three reasons to be visiting your storage unit regularly in 2018! We hope you keep these in mind when you visit so you can get the absolute most and best use out of your self storage unit. Don’t have one? Contact Albuquerque Self Storage and we can get you a storage unit today and start of 2018 on the right foot.

What Are Air Conditioned Storage Units For?

air conditioned storage unit clear air humidityOne of the most common questions we receive here at Albuquerque Self Storage is in regards to one type of self storage: air conditioned storage units. While the service is not offered anywhere, there is a genuine purpose for just such a kind of storage unit. Often people do not understand why they would want to have a climate controlled storage space. For many they don’t! Regardless, as we close out the year, we decided to give a rundown on air conditioned storage units and their uses.

Air Conditioned Storage Units

Climate control storage units, temperature controlled, air conditioned storage units, there are a number of terms and they are used somewhat interchangeably (though they are not synonymous). Climate control and temperature control are different in that climate works to manage not just temperature but also humidity as well. These two levels will determine moisture in the storage space.

Air conditioned facilities with high quality HVAC set ups will keep both humidity and temperature in check.

What Needs Climate Control?

Not every item needs a rigorous climate control regime. Most items are fine to be placed in a drive up self-storage unit and left till they are needed again.

Some items that need the climate control are:

  • Art
    • Paintings and other types of fine art can have a rough go of it in any extreme temperatures. The change can cause the painting canvas and frame to shrink or expand. If the environment is humid, mildew or mold can grow and ruin the piece. Keep these items in a space set to 60-75 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Certain Fabrics
    • Some delicate fabrics are also sensitive to the moisture/temperature levels. Antique toys, clothes, upholstered furniture can grow mildew or mold in humid conditions. Keep the unit between 35-75 Fahrenheit and at most 55% humidity. If the fabrics are not a part of a larger whole, storing them with tissue paper can help maintain them.
  • Paper Items
    • Magazines, comics, books, and photographs all have a tough time in extreme temperatures and humidity. They can yellow, or warp. To avoid damage, keep the thermostat set again between 35 and 75 degree and less than 35% humidity is the absolute best for storage. Keep them away from light is you want to prevent fading.
  • Electronics
    • So much of what we own are electronic in nature these days. If we don’t store these properly we risk losing them entirely and that can be an expensive replacement. Computers, cameras, speaker equipment and more can be corroded and mold take root in a humid environment. Keep them off the ground, and store at 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity at 30-60% for best practices.
  • Discs and Records
    • While you are in there storing your speaker gear, take a look at your media situation. Vinyl discs don’t take well to humidity and high temperatures, optical discs (CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays) the same. Keep all of these stored at 65 to 70 degrees and humidity around 45%
  • Metals
    • Metals react poorly to moisture, go figure! Copper goes green, iron rusts and silver goes black! To keep your metals in tip top shape, keep the temperature at 35-75 degrees Fahrenheit and nice between 35-55%. Keep all of it off the ground to go the extra mile.
  • Wood
    • We mentioned antique furniture before, but any antique items made of wood (including instruments) do not tend to take well to conditions that fluctuate. The temperature should stay around 55 to 85 at the highest. Humidity no more than 50% to keep mold from growing and wood rot from destroying your furniture.  Before tossing them into storage, clean them up and oil them down to see them lasting.

If you have any of those listed items (and several more! If you are concerned about any particular item be sure to investigate it and speak to your storage professionals) then looking for an air conditioned storage unit is going to be a high priority. The whole point of storage is to make sure when the time comes the item in question is usable!

That will do it from us for 2017, from all of us here at Albuquerque Self Storage, Happy New Years! We will see you in 2018!

House Storage Tips

house storageThe winter holidays are here! We are deep into December and you may find your home filled with family, friends, new belongings and more! Here at Albuquerque Self Storage, we consider ourselves bit of experts in the art of proper storage and we never miss a chance to lend out some advice. Sure, we may specialize in storage units but there are plenty of steps you can take in your own home to stay on top of clutter!


One of the largest waiting resources for any home storage solution is looking up. When packing storage units we cram them things full, wall to wall, floor to ceiling to get the most out of every cube inch of the space. Take that mentality to your home! When filling your closets, garage, or attic look for ways to build up. Walls, back of cabinet doors, side of cupboards, all are excellent ways to store your stuff smarter! Place hooks on the inside of cupboard doors to store long utensils. Tack plastic baggies or plastic wrap inside cabinet doors to get them out of drawers.

Get Creative

If you are anything like us, your home is filled with small doo-dads and knick knacks that really don’t have a home. Filling the drawer with batteries, rubber bands, all those twist ties, and why are you saving these coupons from 4 years ago? Exactly. Use a few tin cans and a piece of board to create a handy organizational device.

Use sections of PVC pipe to create a shoe rack!  Instead of having your closet floor flooded with flats, take a length and width of PVC pipe sized just right to your shoes, a glue gun and get assembling! Pair it with Go Vertical and see some really great results.

We mentioned batteries filling up drawers, why not condense them into easy to find and use forms? One blogger we saw compiled all their stray batteries into empty bulk spice containers. Just like that all the power you need, right where you need it. You won’t need to scavenge multiple remotes again!

Have a narrow space between fridge and wall? Wide enough for a pasta jar? Get yourself a narrow bookshelf and put it on wheels. Fill it up with cans and slide it into place. Boom, you have a sliding pantry!

Getting creative is one of the biggest things you can do to make sure you are adequately, efficiently using your space for house storage. The biggest thing?

Be Organized

When it comes to home storage, the biggest thing you can do is be organized from the get go. Starting with a well-organized home will mean it is easy to keep everything stored correctly. House storage is easy when kept in a logical manner. Use containers or boxes to keep like items together, and to allow easy stacking in closets and garages. Opening a hallway door to have everything spill out? Not when each holiday’s decorations are neatly secured in their own box or two.

Use the Garage, Use the Attic

Use the space available to you, but use it well! Garages and attics have a habit of filling to a point of messy disaster. If you have been following these suggestions thus far however you may have better luck! By having like stored with like in containers neatly, you can use the corners of your garage. Going vertical means hanging things along the wall keeping them out of the way. You will be able to use your garage for storage and still park your ride!

When all else fails…

If, after all of those tips and solutions you still find your house overrun with stuff give us a call! Self Storage facilities are here to provide extra house storage when your own just won’t do. If you don’t have a garage, attic, or shed yourself then a self-storage unit can provide the extra space you are lacking. Providing you the room to actually live in your home, not just amongst the towering boxes of last years Christmas decorations.

If you believe a self-storage unit is right for you, or would help your house storage conundrum, contact us  and together we will find the right fit. Whether it’s a small climate controlled unit or a larger, ground floor drive up access garage, we can help.