Different Types of Self Storage

Thinking about renting a self storage unit? It can be difficult to decide what type of storage is best suited to your needs – especially if you’re a newbie. 

From small storage units to large storage units, indoor storage and outdoor storage. Storage solutions come in all shapes and sizes. So, you’re most likely going to find what you’re looking for. 

However, renting the right storage space for your needs is just as important as every other factor. You need to consider safety, security, price, short or long term storage and more. Storage facilities differ from the service and conditions they provide/have. As well as the storage solutions they offer. So, make sure you do your research prior to making a booking.

Furthermore, here is some more in-depth information on the different types of self storage.

Long Term & Short Term Storage

Depending on your needs, you may require short term storage or long term storage. Therefore, it’s best to consider how long you will be storing your items before booking a storage space. That way you know whether you need to look for a storage facility that offers no lock in contracts.

We recommended storing with a facility that offers short term storage or no lock in contracts. This will make it easier if circumstances change in the future. Or if you need to down-size or up-size your space over time. However, some facilities may offer cheaper storage units if you opt for a longer rental contract.

Storage Space Sizes

You will want to ensure you book the appropriate size storage space for your needs. There’s no point in spending money on a large self storage unit if you’re not going to utilise the space. You also don’t want to rent a storage space that will end up being too small. Although you can always opt to down-size or up-size, this is something you want to avoid. 

Also, don’t try and squeeze everything into your storage unit. You want enough storage space so that you can easily access and find your possessions when needed.

In addition, Store Ur Stuff offer an online booking system with clear information on their different unit sizes and what’s most suitable. For example, if you need space to fit a 1-2 bedroom unit, the 2m x 3m self storage unit would be best. A hassle-free booking system!

Indoor Storage & Outdoor Storage

The difference between outdoor storage and indoor storage is quite simple. Outdoor storage is mainly used for storing vehicles such as cars, vans, caravans, trucks, boats and motorbikes. Whereas indoor storage is where you’ll find storage units and storage lockers – in most facilities.

If you’re wanting to use the vehicle storage at Store Ur Stuff, you’ll be opting for an outdoor storage space. But, if you’re wanting to store personal possessions and household items, you’ll opt for an indoor self storage unit.

In addition, both indoor and outdoor storage at Store Ur Stuff is secure. With pin coded gates, high fencing and CCTV around the outdoor storage. Then additional key coded roller doors to access the indoor storage facility. 

24-Hour Access

It’s common for most storage facilities to offer 24-hour access, however this isn’t always the case for some. When choosing your self storage provider, you will probably want 24-hour access. This makes it more convenient as you’re able to access your storage space whenever needed.

Cheap Storage Units & Spaces

Looking for cheap storage near you? Cheap storage might sound great, but often cheap storage isn’t always the best option. Cheaper storage may not have the security features and cleanliness that other pricier storage facilities would. Make sure you check all features other than the price when booking a storage space. Price is important, but so is the security of your possessions. 

In addition, Store Ur Stuff have affordable storage spaces equipped with security features such as pin coded gates, CCTV and more. The facility is always kept clean and regularly rodent baited. Store Ur Stuff will also price match if you find the same size unit elsewhere at a cheaper price.

What storage space is suited to your needs?

Now that you know the differences between storage spaces, you should feel confident in choosing the perfect option for your needs. It’s important to do your research and shop around when choosing your storage facility. Make sure you know whether you need a large storage space or a small storage space. Also make sure you know whether you need long term or short term storage. Knowing exactly what you require will save you both time and money. 

In addition, it’s also best to rent a storage space with appropriate security features and 24/7 access. This will be both convenient and help to ensure your possessions are safe and secure. And remember, cheaper is not always best.

Furthermore, Store Ur Stuff offer safe, secure and convenient storage. You can find more information about our storage facility here. Or alternatively, call the friendly team on 8371 0000 for all your storage solutions and questions!

Reasons to Use Self Storage When Renovating

Planning on renovating your home? Renovations are exciting, time consuming, hard work and can be a costly task. However, nothing is more exciting than renovating your own home to reflect personal style.

You may have the design plans organised and you know what colour theme you’re going with. But, have you thought about where your furniture and home contents will go during renovations? 

Depending on how major your renovations are going to be, you may need to consider renting a self storage unit. Whether you’re renovating the entire home at once or tackling it room by room. Renting a cheap Adelaide storage unit is probably the most convenient and affordable storage solution when renovating your home.

3 key reasons why you should rent a storage unit

Declutter the space

You’ll need space to renovate your home. Working around furniture and other household items will make carrying building equipment through difficult. Plus, a cluttered space could create potential tripping hazards. 

Security

Depending on the extent of your renovations, some parts of your home may be left open. If you’re replacing walls, roofing etc, your home could be open to passers-by for lengthy periods of time. Renting a small or cheap storage unit could help prevent damage from the weather. As well as protect it from potential theft.

Time

Leaving out furniture and other household items while renovating your home could make the job take longer than it needs to. Renting a self storage unit to clear out the space will eliminate the stress of having to shift items around prior to or during renovations. Therefore, allowing yourself or trades people to focus on getting the renovations done, rather than spending time moving furniture.

Do you need a small storage unit or a big storage unit?

If you’ve watched multiple seasons of The Block, you might be inspired to take on the task of renovating your home yourself. However, if you don’t have the skills to do so, you’ll probably be hiring a professional to do the job for you.

If you’re tackling the task yourself, a small cheap Adelaide storage unit could be the perfect storage solution. Doing the renovations yourself allows you to take your time and work room by room. Meaning you can utilise your storage unit to store the contents of each room in there as you go.

In addition, if a building company is doing the renovating for you, they might need most of the house contents cleared out. Meaning a big storage unit will be a more suitable storage choice. Store Ur Stuff’s 3m x 4.5m self storage unit would be ideal for this as it has room for furniture from a 3-4 bedroom home.

Choosing a suitable self storage unit will differ depending on the extent of your renovations.

Time to get renovating

Now that you know how convenient self storage will be when renovating your home – you’re ready to choose your storage provider and begin renovations. Choosing a cheap Adelaide storage unit will help to clear up space, ultimately saving you money, time and resources. 

Renting a self storage unit will also help trades people (or yourself) complete renovations faster. Giving them the space they need to move around with ease. Plus, you won’t have to stress about your goods getting damaged or stolen as they’ll be safely stored away in your storage unit. 

Furthermore, if you’re looking for a suitable Adelaide storage provider, Store Ur Stuff is a great choice. Offering cheap storage that is safe and secure. As well as conveniently located on the corner of South Road and Cross Road. Enquire online today or call the friendly team on 8371 0000.

The Best Caravan Camping Spots for Australia Day Long Weekend

Planning another big adventure in your caravan? Australia Day long weekend is the perfect chance to slip away from the city for 3 days and take your caravan camping!

Whether you’re new to outdoor adventuring or you’ve run out of new camping spots. Australia Day weekend is popular for caravan camping, tent camping and everything else. So, it’s always good to plan ahead to ensure you can find a great camping spot.

Often people don’t trek too far over the 3 day weekend as they want more time to kick back and relax, rather than spend 2 of their 3 days off driving. Camping spots that are 2-3 hours away are always a popular destination. However, travel that little bit further to find camping spots that may not be as popular and crowded over long weekends.

Needing some ideas on caravan camping spots for the long weekend? Here’s some great spots too choose from.

Pondalowie Bay Campground

Located only 3 hours from Adelaide on the Yorke Peninsula, Pondalowie Bay is the ideal spot for caravan campers wanting a beach getaway. Offering caravan campgrounds with only a short walk to the pristine beaches. Pondalowie Bay is a popular spot for; surfing, fishing, boating and snorkelling.

Additionally, all caravan sites at Pondalowie are flat with hard gravel surfaces – you don’t need a 4wd to get to this slice of paradise! The site also has toilet facilities and a public phone. However, there is only 25 spots at this campground and Australia Day weekend is always busy. Make sure you check availability, book online and arrive early to get the best spot.

Rapid Bay Campground

The perfect getaway destination for caravan camping on a tight schedule. Rapid Bay Campground is the perfect coastal retreat and only a 2-hour drive from Adelaide. If the kids don’t like long drives, this would be a great spot to take them!

The campgrounds at Rapid Bay are grassed with no designated sites – get in early to score the best spot! The sites are also unpowered and don’t offer much shade. If you’re caravan camping, this shouldn’t phase you at all.

Furthermore, camping at Rapid Bay is super affordable with only a $6 fee per adult. A great price for a pristine beach getaway.

Wilpena Pound Campground

If you don’t mind longer drives and you’re up for an adventure, Wilpena Pound offers great caravan camping in the bush. Just over a 5 hours’ drive from Adelaide, Wilpena Pound has both powered and unpowered camping sites. As well as amenities blocks, laundry facilities and a general store.

This caravan camping spot would be great for a long weekend getaway if you’re up for the drive. However, a few extra days there would allow you to well and truly explore the Flinders Ranges and all it’s beauty.

In addition, unpowered camping sites start from $14 and powered sites start from $25.

Daly Head Campground

Also located 3 hours from Adelaide, the Daly Head campground on the Yorke Peninsula is the perfect long weekend getaway. The campground has large grass sites that are great for caravan camping and overlook the beach below. If you’re wanting to get down to the beach, you’ll have to take on the wooden staircase nearby – once you’re down you won’t want to walk back up! The campground is also dog friendly and there is one drop toilet there.

Camping at Daly Head is only $10 per vehicle per night.

Post Long Weekend Getaway

Once your camping trip has come to an end, it’s time to start thinking about storing your caravan. You may be going camping over the March long weekend or Easter long weekend but need somewhere to store your caravan until then. In addition, storing your caravan at a self storage facility is a great way to ensure your home on wheels is safe and secure. Plus, it also keeps space free in your garage or driveway.

If you’ll be using your caravan again soon you probably don’t need to do a major storage prep yet. However, it is always best to give it a thorough clean and remove certain items before storing it.

Caravan Storage at Store Ur Stuff

Looking for a self storage provider in Adelaide? Store Ur Stuff offer caravan storage, car storage, storage units and more. Store your caravan short term between camping trips or long term during the winter months. You can also utilise the facility and rent a storage unit to store your camping gear on site.

View pricing and make a booking or enquiry online. Or alternatively, call our friendly staff on 8371 000 for all your Adelaide storage solutions.

Benefits of renting a small storage unit for the Christmas period

Is it your turn to host family Christmas this year? You may live in a small apartment and have minimal room, or you may have a pergola or sunroom that’s full of ‘junk’. Finding the space to fit all your family, friends and food on Christmas Day can be difficult. But, don’t stress, a small storage unit could be the perfect solution!

Renting a small storage unit over the Christmas period can benefit you for many reasons, plus it’s super affordable and convenient. If you have the job of hosting Christmas Day, you want to impress. So, let’s discuss why a storage unit will solve all your storage problems and help you ace Christmas day!

Reasons to rent a small storage unit over the Christmas period

Create space for guests

If you’re needing to make room for guests, storing furniture in a short-term storage unit can be a great way to do this. You may be hosting Christmas Day in your sunroom or pergola and it may be cluttered with random unused items. Or you may use one of these areas as a home gym, meaning there’s probably equipment cluttering the space. Furthermore, Store away whatever isn’t needed on Christmas day and you’ll find yourself with a lot more space to work with.

Clear out the spare rooms

You might find yourself needing extra space for friends and family to stay over. Often homeowners will have one or two spare rooms that are the designated ‘junk’ rooms. Aka ‘i have nowhere else to put this’. If this is the case for you, temporarily move all of that stuff into a self storage unit – you might even leave it there for good!

Once your spare rooms are clear, you will need to purchase sleeping materials. If you’re on a budget air mattresses can be a great alternative to buying a bed.

Hide presents from your children

Another great benefit of renting a small storage unit during the Christmas period is having somewhere to hide your kid’s presents. Storing them in a self storage unit will not only keep them hidden from your kid’s, but also from any pets that like to chew things up. Avoid putting presents under the tree and running the risk of them being ruined by the family dog. Store them in a self storage unit – all problems solved!

In addition, you can also utilise the space in your storage unit for wrapping Christmas presents. It can be hard to find time at home when no one is around. Wrap the presents in your storage unit, that way no one will see and ruin the surprise. Then you can leave them in your self storage unit until Christmas Day.

Who to store with?

When looking for short term self storage during the Christmas period you want to ensure you choose a reliable and trustworthy storage facility. You also want a facility that offers month to month storage contracts rather than yearly.

Some important factors are:

  • Safe & secure
  • 24 hour access
  • Pin coded gates
  • Month to month contracts
  • Pest free

In addition, Store Ur Stuff is an Adelaide storage facility that would be a great choice for short term Christmas storage. We offer a variety of storage unit sizes as well as month to month contracts. Meaning you can rent a storage unit for the time needed then finish your contract. However, you may realise how convenient self storage is and decide to continue on your contract after the Christmas period!

Enquire online today about our Adelaide storage units or give our friendly staff a call on 08 8371 000 – we’re here to help with all your storage needs!

Home Office Organisation Ideas

Office organisation skills are crucial to having a functional workspace where you can be both productive and of course, neat and tidy. Whether your office is tucked in a corner of your house or has its own separate room. You can create a space that’s clutter free by choosing the right storage solutions. 

However, office organisation can be done in many ways. From adding extra storage space such as shelving and wall mounts. To changing the way you file documents and maybe even considering throwing unused items out? In addition, here are some practical tips to help you declutter your home office!

Keep your desk space organised

Keeping your desk space organised can be as simple as following a few DIY tips.

Cable Management

Cables running from your computer, your phone, chargers, speakers and etc can become very messy. Along with this they can also be a tripping hazard and take up needed space. Simply, purchase some cable tie wraps form your local Bunnings and wrap your cables all into one. Problem solved!

Magazine Racks

Quite often your home office may have magazines and books lying around in no particular order. A great way to store these is to purchase some chalkboard magazine holders. This will allow you to store your magazines and books in certain holders with labels written on the front. Making it both neat and easier to find.

If chalks not your thing, purchase some plastic magazine holders and label them with customised labels.

Organise your office supplies

There’s nothing worse than having pens, pencils and other stationary items rolling around on your desk or in your desk draws. Or when your misplacing important stationary.

A great office organisation tip when it comes to stationary is to have a designated pot/holder for your items. Have a pot for pens, pencils and permanent markers. Then have a separate pot for your scissors, ruler, whiteout, rubber etc. 

If you don’t want to spend money on a pot, simply opt for a DIY solution. You could use anything from an old coffee jar, tin, old glass or even a mug. Anything that will hold your stationary in the one spot will do the job!

Filing

Filing paper documents can become a messy task, especially if it isn’t necessary to do so. If documents are required to be filed in paper form, make sure you do this asap. But, if you don’t need to file the paper version, simply scan the document and store it in digital form on your computer. If you have files that you don’t have to keep, shred, discard or recycle them. That way you’re not storing documents that you’ll probably never look at again and you’re creating extra space for other files.

Declutter

A key step to office organisation is to declutter. Throw away or shred anything that you don’t need or no longer use. This could be anything from; old office furniture, damaged stationary, old magazines, loose papers and more.

Alternatively, if you have old office furniture that is still usable, and you don’t want to throw it away. Look at renting a self storage unit and storing it there. This way you can store your unused items and maybe even consider decluttering the rest of your home now that you have extra storage space

Invest in Storage Options

You may be finding yourself putting items in random spaces. Which is probably due to lack of storage and shelving options, right? Adding additional storage space can be easy and affordable. Depending on how you want to go about it. 

If you have the space, adding some filing cabinets or extra draws can be a great way to store the things you don’t necessarily always need. Whereas open shelving can be a great option for storing things that are often used.

Keep it up!

Now that you know all the tips and tricks to office organisation and storage, you’re ready to be productive in your space! In order to keep your organisation habits in check, ensure you continue with your good habits. Clean and declutter regularly. And remember to throw away unwanted and unused things. In addition, if you’re running out of space to store paper files, why not move them into a self storage unit. It’s an easy an affordable alternative and you can utilise your storage space for many other things. 

Organising your office is that easy! Once you’re done, you’ll feel much more comfortable and productive in your new, clean space. 

How to maximise your storage space

When hiring out a storage unit, you should always try to maximise your storage space the best you can. This will help you get the best value for money as you’re able to fit more things in and avoid renting multiple storage units. Therefore, allowing you to choose a smaller unit size and saving yourself money!

Quite often people will just throw (not literally) their belongings into a storage unit and leave it at that. Meaning there’s a lot more space to be utilised, but poor organisation results in clutter and wasted space.

Utilising your storage space can be an easy task. So, read on for some great tips and information on how to best utilise your storage space.

Where to start

Firstly, maximising your storage space can be approached in many ways. From the way you stack boxes, the size of the boxes, shelving, vacuum bags and so much more. There are a wide range of things you can do to create more storage space – so get sorting! 

In no order, these are some of the best ways to make the most of your storage unit:

1. Put heavier items on the bottom

Obviously, you’re not going to want to damage your valuables in the process of storing them. You should always store the heaviest items on the bottom. Also avoid stacking piles too high or too heavy. Your bottom item may be the heaviest, but that doesn’t mean it can comfortably hold 6 other boxes on top. 

2. Store larger items first

Make sure you stack larger items in first. This will make it easier to organise your storage space as you won’t be needing to constantly move around large items. Plus, it’s easier to fill the gaps with smaller items once the larger items are there.

3. Keep items you’ll access frequently at the front

Rather than having to shift through everything and dig up a box from the back. Try packing the items that you’ll need to access frequently at the front. This will help to ensure that your storage unit stays neat and tidy as you won’t be rummaging through it all the time.

4. Use boxes instead of bags

A number one storage tip is to use boxes instead of bags. Using boxes allows you to stack your storage unit as well as protect more valuable/breakable items. Bags are flimsy, can rip and are not ideal to use.

5. Use portable shelving racks

Using portable shelving racks is a great way to maximise your storage space. Shelving allows you to stack multiple items, both heavy and light. It’s a great way to avoid stacking boxes on boxes and running the risk of squashing/breaking valuables. 

In addition, there are many different types of portable shelving to choose from. This being; size, weight capabilities, width, style and more. Your local hardware store will no doubt have the perfect storage solution for you!

6. Use vacuum storage bags for clothing 

Clothing can take up lots of space and be hard to fit into a storage box. If you have a lot of clothing to store, you’ll probably be needing more than 3 boxes. In addition, a great way to store your clothes and keep them protected at the same time is to use vacuum storage bags. Vacuum bags will compact your clothing and allow for you to fit much more into a box.

7. Make an inventory

Making sure you pack your storage unit the best you can is important. However, knowing where certain things are is just as important. When storing things away it’s great to label boxes and items, as well as take photos of the items in those boxes.

As you begin the packing process, create a list of all the items within the storage unit. If you want to be extra organised, also list where those items are stored. Doing this will help to ensure you know where everything is. Making it easy to just read the inventory and find things first go.

Ready to rent a storage unit?

Once you’re ready to move into your storage unit, simply follow all of the tips provided and use your storage space efficiently and effectively. The tips mentioned will both save you money and time. Ensuring you utilise your space and keep it organised.

Now that you know how to best use your storage space, it’s time to find a storage unit! Check out the range of storage options Store Ur Stuff have to offer. From smaller units to larger units that could fit furniture from a 4 bedroom home plus more. 

Lastly, check out the blogs page for more great storage tips and tricks.

Garage Storage Solutions – turn your garage into a home gym

Turning your garage into a home gym can be a great way to save time and money – in the long run. If you don’t have a spare room inside the house, opt for the garage. Your garage will often have ample room for a car and many other things. However, your garage may already be a storage space for things you’re not ready to let go of. Therefore, you may need to do a spring clean and free up space for your new at home gym. 

Wondering how you should start putting together your home gym? Read on for some great garage storage solutions and how to make the ultimate at home gym. 

Benefits of turning your garage into a home gym

Turning your garage into a home gym can come with many benefits. Depending on how much you want to spend on transforming your gym, and how much you want to spend on new gym equipment. Either way, you will save money in the long run. Forget about the monthly gym fee, travel to and from the gym and having to purchase that on trend gym wear. Enjoy working out in the comfort of your own home.

Step 1 – prepare your garage space

The first thing you will need to do is clear out the space. Generally, your garage will be full of items that aren’t often used. So why not find an alternative garage storage solution? Moving items from your garage and into a storage unit could be a great option. This way you can remove those unused items to a nearby storage facility and have access to them whenever needed.

Renting a storage unit will not only benefit you when cleaning out your garage. But, also be beneficial when you need space to store other items in the future. Just ensure you rent a storage unit with a little more space than needed.

Step 2 – clean the space

Now that you’ve moved unwanted items into a storage unit, it’s time to clean your dedicated home gym space. Being a garage it’s probably dusty and dirty, which won’t be good when you’re working out and breathing in that dust. Make sure you give the space a good vacuum and mop, and maybe even wipe down walls where needed.

Step 3 – install lights

A good gym will have good lighting. If your garage is currently dark and dim you may want to install new lighting so that you’re able to work out any time of the day. Whether that be at daytime or night time. In addition, you should also consider ventilation. Installing windows would probably be too difficult (if you don’t already have them), but installing a ceiling fan would be ideal. The last thing you want to be doing is working out in a stuffy room – especially in summer. 

Step 4 – install appropriate flooring

You probably won’t want to be working out on a cold cement floor. Carpet may seem like a good option, but it won’t last underneath heavy workout equipment. Opt for something a bit sturdier like laminate flooring – even secondhand flooring will do the job! In addition, if you’re wanting to spend that little bit more, jigsaw interlocking floor mats could be a great option.

If you choose to lay laminate flooring, you’ll need to consider how comfortable you’ll be when doing floor workouts. You would probably want to purchase a workout/yoga mat so that you’re not on a hard surface. However, if you were to purchase interlocking mats you shouldn’t need an additional workout mat.

Step 5 – Entertainment

Most people enjoy watching TV or listening to music while they are working out. This is often an added luxury when going to the gym, but it does make it easier to find the motivation to work out. If you can afford it in your budget, why not mount a TV to the wall? You could even purchase a sound system to go with it, that way you can use it for both watching TV and playing music through. This will make working out more enjoyable. But obviously it isn’t essential. 

Step 6 – Storage

Having storage space for your smaller gym equipment will be essential. You don’t want to be tripping over weights, skipping ropes and any other items. You also don’t want to have clutter taking up the space you just cleared to make your home gym. Some simple garage storage solutions could be to make some DIY shelving, draws or cabinets. In addition, you can purchase storage solutions that are made solely for storing gym equipment.

Step 7 – Equipment

Your home gym setup should almost be finished, which means you’re ready to find some gym equipment. Buying new gym equipment can be expensive, so opting for secondhand purchases can sometimes be a great way to go. If you’re new to the gym scene you may be wondering what items are essential for your home gym. To start off your home gym, you should first look at getting the following items:

  • Dumbbells
  • Kettlebell
  • Pull Up Bar
  • Rings 
  • Skipping Rope
  • Medicine Ball
  • Plyo-Box
  • Barbell 
  • Weight Plates
  • Treadmill

These 10 items will be a great way start to your home gym!

Final Step – setup your home gym

Now that you know all the best garage storage solution tips, you’ve cleaned out the space, prepared the space and bought the equipment needed, you’re ready to set up your home gym! Set up your equipment however you’d like but try to utilise the space as well as you can. Once you’ve done that you can start working out in the comfort of your own home.

Turning your garage into a home gym is as simple and easy as that. Move the clutter out of your garage and into a storage unit and you’ll soon see how much potential your garage space really does have.

Looking for a storage unit to move your unused garage items into? Check out Store Ur Stuff’s variety of storage units, from indoor storage to outdoor storage. There’s storage solution suitable for just about anything!