Ways to Downsize Your Home

The process of moving homes can be difficult especially when you plan on moving into a smaller place. Whether you are retiring, getting a smaller place, or wanting to become more minimalist, downsizing is one of those things that can take time. Here are some tips on different ways to downsize your home and embrace living simple.

  • Let Your Lifestyle Guide You
    • If you plan on downsizing your home that means there is going to be a lifestyle change, and change is good. With change it can be hard to say goodbye to items, like sending your kid to college and aren’t ready to let go of their childhood items. If you are retiring and wanting to devote your time to traveling or hobbies, it is best to identify the items you’ll need when prioritizing your new passions. You can still effectively downsize your home by opting for a self-storage unit for items you don’t need on a day to day basis.
  • Think Before You Buy
    • Moving can present the opportunity to buying new items for your new place to get a “fresh start” and making your new home feel like home. For every item you buy, you have to find items that are equivalent to items your currently own. Of course your smaller space will need items that fit perfectly in the new space, like getting a smaller couch or a small storage system. Getting a storage unit can help your storage those bulkier items away when you are trying to sell or gift them.
  • Start Downsizing Early
    • Downsizing is not the time to procrastinate, the key to efficiently start organizing and downsizing is to start early. It can become overwhelming and stressful, so having an idea of what items you are wanting to get rid of early on can help the process go by smoothly.

Downsizing can be difficult but letting your lifestyle guide you, thinking before you buy, and starting to downsize early can help make the process easier. Milt’s Mini Storage is here for your downsizing needs, whether you are needing a place to store your valuable items, items you plan on selling, or place to put your hobbies. Milt’s Mini Storage has all the necessary storage features including secured gate access, on-site live-in manager, security cameras, and affordable storage. Call today to see what storage units we have available!

Self-Storage for the Season

When the seasons change, you find different items that you need to store or find a safe place to put without ruining them. Most people think that self-storage is for when you are moving or decluttering but, whether you are cleaning your garage or clearing out a spare space self-storage is the perfect solution for you. At the end of the winter season, you need space for your winter equipment and Christmas decoration, but when the spring season starts to come you are now ready for spring cleaning. Here are some tips to help when using self-storage during the seasons:

  1. Spring cleaning made easy for you
    1. At the end of winter when the days slowly start to get warmer and sunnier, you need a place to store your heavy coats and winter equipment. Spring is the perfect time to start decluttering your apartment or home and organize your living space. This is where Milt’s Mini Storage comes in, because our self-storage units provide a convenient and secure solution to storing your items during your spring cleaning. Best storage for the changing seasons is climate control, as the weather starts to change climate control is the best solution to keep your items protected from the temperatures.
  2. Fall into Self-storage
    1. After the Spring and Summer, here comes the arrival of Fall, there is a need to switch out your wardrobe for the cozy boots and coats. Self-storage is the perfect solution for keeping your summer clothes and linen in the off season. Climate controlled storage units can protect your delicate fabric from the harsh fall and winter cold. If you to store your summer toys, our Bellevue location located on 2715 Chandler Road West has storage for your RVs, boats, and other recreational vehicles that you could own.
  3. Winter Wonderland of Self-Storage
    1. Winter brings the challenge of finding a space to store all your winter essentials. From the amount of winter clothes to seasonal decorations, your home can start to become overcrowded and messy. This is where storage comes in because, whether you are storing your winter coat to your Christmas tree, the organization of your home is the most important key to organization.

Here at Milt’s Mini Storage, we are the solution to your storage needs. Whether it is personal, business, or vehicle, we are here for all your needs. Milt’s Mini Storage can keep your belongings safe and secure with gated access, 24/7 security cameras, and on-site live-in manager. From spring cleaning to the winter wonderland, our self-storage units are designed to keep your items in top condition.

Self-Storage for Artist

If you are an artist, you know the challenges that come with protecting, storing, and organizing your art and your art supplies. One solution to helping you keep track of your art and supplies is a self-storage unit. A self-storage unit isn’t just for storing extra furniture or holiday items – they can be an easy solution for artist. Here are some tips when it comes to storing your art or art supplies and can help you create space in your studio.

  1. Organizing Your Supplies
    1. Extra supplies like notebooks, canvas, paint, brushes, and frames can become unorganized and clutter around your work space. A self-storage unit is a perfect way for artist to keep their extra supplies safe and out of their work space. A climate controlled storage unit will help your art and supplies from getting ruined by the heat and moisture. If you are putting boxes with art supplies in a self-storage unit make sure to label the boxes.
  2. Safely Store Your Art
    1. If your artwork is sitting around it can collect dust between your shows, a self-storage unit is a great way to keep your extra art safe and free up space. If you plan on selling or waiting for an artist fair, consider putting your artwork in a self-storage unit and you will be surprised how much more organized and free your home will be.
  3. How to Store Your Art
    1. Now that you know why it can be important to put your art and supplies in a storage unit, we can look over how to store your items so they do not become damaged.
      1. It is best to rent a climate controlled unit, with the climate controlled unit it will help protect your art form mold and the different seasons.
      2. Store your artwork in a large enough space, and keep your items propped up with pallets or more secured storage bins.
  • Make sure to cover your art properly, this can include draping a sheet over your artwork to prevent dust. We recommend not bubbling wrapping or newspaper because those can trap moisture and ruin your artwork.
  1. Keep a detailed inventory of what items you are storing; this can help you when you are looking for specific items for your next show.

The best part about self-storage units for artist, is the peace in mind knowing that your artwork and art supplies are safe and organized. In general, when looking for a self-storage unit, look for a climate controlled unit to protect your items from the different seasons. To learn more about storage for artist find a Milt’s Mini Storage near you in Omaha and Bellevue, NE and talk with our on-site live-in manager. Milt’s Mini Storage has all the necessary storage features including secured gate access, on-site live-in manager, security cameras, and affordable storage.

How Big is a 5×5 Storage Unit?

If you are someone, like a college student or empty nester, with a few things to store a 5×5 storage unit might be an option for storing your items. A 5xt storage unit is small but it can still hold a good amount of items. We will take a look at if a 5×5 storage unit is the right size for you to store all your items.

  • How much can fit inside a 5×5 storage unit?
    • A 5×5 storage unit is a 5-foot-long x 5-foot-wide x 8-foot-high and about 200 cubic feet. Most people don’t fill their storage unit up to the ceiling, with this it means that you have about 180 cubic feet of space to use in your 5×5 storage unit.
  • Items from a college dorm, apartment, or small business that can fit inside a 5×5 storage unit
    • When looking for a storage unit it is good to have an idea of what items you are things about storing, here are some items that you can store inside a 5×5 unit:
      • A single bed and mattress
      • Desk
      • Chair
      • Night Table
      • Bicycle
      • Mini Fridge
      • About 10 small boxes and/or 8 medium boxes
    • A 5×5 storage unit is a good size for a college student to rent if they are planning to go abroad or home between semesters. For empty nesters it can be nice to store items from cleaning a spare room. A 5×5 storage unit is also a perfect size for small business owners and entrepreneurs because you can use the 5×5 storage unit to store overstock, supplies, and equipment.
  • Do you need a 5×5 climate controlled storage unit?
    • A climate controlled unit is a storage unit that aims to keep your items in a temperature controlled area inside a building. Climate controlled storage units are a perfect way to store items that don’t do well in weather. Here is a list of items to think about storing in a climate controlled storage unit:
      • Electronics
      • Medical Equipment and supplies
      • Antiques
      • Collectables
      • Artwork

Now that you know what a little more about a 5×5 storage unit, you are able to decide whether it is the perfect size for you. College students, small business owners, or empty nesters who need a room cleaned out, a 5×5 storage unit is perfect for you. Milt’s Mini Storage has all the necessary storage features including secured gate access, on-site live-in manager, security cameras, and affordable storage. To find out more about what storage sizes we offer and finding a storage near you click on our locations page!

RV and Boat Self-Storage Tips

Self-storage facilities are a convenient and cost-effective solution for your RV and boat needs. Self-storage facilities are not just for holiday decorations and extra furniture; they can often accommodate boats and RVs. Here are some tips to help make choosing a self-storage for your RV’s and boat’s easier:

  • Storage units and outside parking that will fit a boat or RV, if you already use a self-storage or in need of extra space opt for the larger size option:
    • A 20’x20’ drive up unit is a good fit for a Class A boat that is up to 15ft long.
    • A 10’x30’ drive up unit can work for a Class A, Class 1 boat, Class A RV up to 25ft long.
    • A 10’x25’ parking space is a good fit for a 25ft Class B RV’s.
    • A 12’x20’ parking space is a good fit for a Class A boat up to 15ft long.
    • A 12’x40’ parking space is perfect for a Class 1 boat up to 35ft long.
  • Cost of boat and RV storage, there are many variable factors into the final cost of storage for your RV or boat:
    • Location – It is important to make sure that the location where you want to store your items is in a good location. With a good location pricing can differ, ask the manager at the self-storage facility how the location is and the security measures taken.
    • Size – The larger the boat or RV you are storing, the larger the space you are going to need and the more it will cost.
    • Type – Pricing will vary depending on whether you choose a storage unit, outdoor uncovered parking, or outdoor covered parking

Milt’s Mini Storage in Bellevue, NE offers 10’x20’, 10’x25’, and 10’x30’ uncovered outdoor parking and 12’x40’ covered parking with trickle charging. Milt’s Mini Storage is fully gated, provides 24-hour surveillance, and easily accessible. Outside parking special, if you pay for two months’ rent you can get the third month for $1, in-store special only!

Self-Storage for College Students

As we get to the Spring months, college will be coming to an end! Keeping a dorm room organized and moving out after a long college year can be difficult. Self-storage provides the perfect solution to keeping it organized and ready for the next semester. Milt’s Mini Storage has a variety of self-storage units and sizes. Here is how self-storage can help you tackle the challenge of cleaning out your dorm room and preparing for summer!

  • It saves time and money – College students take many breaks during the school year and moving expenses can add up over time. Self-storage is a more cost-effective solution when trying to store your belongings. It not only saves money, but also time as you don’t have to keep loading up your car or parents’ home.
  • It lets you conquer your dorm – Most colleges don’t allow you to store your belongings in the dorm during break. Student storage also comes in handy during the school year to keep specific valuables out of the dorms.
  • Saves space back home – When students bring home their belongings, it can start to become crowded with all their stuff. If the parents have turned their kid’s bedroom into their hobby center, those belongings will only clutter that space. Putting items into storage can reduce the amount of clutter while the kids are home on break.

Storage units benefit college students and parents in the Omaha metro. They give the students a way to keep their belongings near campus and keep their parents’ house clutter free. They come in many different sizes. Storage units work well for storing small school supplies to computer desks to furniture during the semester. Milt’s Mini Storage is here for your storage needs with secure access, affordable prices, and month to month leases. Contact us today to learn more!

Benefits of Self Storage for Your Business

Self-storage is for everyone who is in need of extra space for their items.  In fact, businesses of all kinds are now discovering the advantages of having extra space. Whether you have excess inventory or equipment, getting a self-storage unit for your business can be a perfect solution. Renting a self-storage unit, you can save space in your office, keep inventory secure and avoid the need for expensive warehouses. In this blog we will talk about a small sample of the many businesses that can enjoy the extra space that self-storage offers.

  1. Construction Companies – Your construction company may have large amounts of equipment that need to be stored, self-storage can provide you with a secure and convenient solution. By renting a self-storage unit, you will free up space on your job sites and keep your equipment safe. We also offer outside covered and uncovered parking for operable machinery.
  2. Home Staging – If you own a home staging business, it can be difficult to find space. Self-storage units can provide your business with flexibility for seasonal items or excess inventory. You won’t have to worry about long-term leases.
  3. Retail Stores – Similar to an online business, your retail store may face the issue of having limited storage or room for your growing business. Retailers regularly update their displays and promote holiday sales. In these situations, having a cost effective self-storage unit can help you. Self-storage allows you to store excess inventory and when your supplies are starting to run low, you can quickly restock without worrying about space.
  4. Restaurants – For the restaurant industries, it is crucial to have enough space for your dining areas. Self-storage can help with storing extra furniture, holiday decorations, kitchen supplies, and janitorial supplies.
  5. Sales Representatives – Sales representatives are constantly on the move, they are constantly lugging around samples and promotion materials. Storage facilities are perfect for temporarily storing sales items between moves.

Self-storage solutions can provide businesses of all kinds with extra space, security, and convenience. By renting a self-storage unit, you can free up space, keep items organized, and operate your business more efficiently. Milt’s Mini Storage is here for your storage needs with secured access, affordable prices, and month to month leases. Contact us today to learn more!

Spring Cleaning and Self-Storage

Spring is just around the corner, and that means spending time tidying up the house and clearing out the clutter. This blog post will help you explore how self-storage during your spring cleaning can make all the difference in helping you declutter. If you are ready to gain more space, see below on how you can combine spring cleaning with self-storage.

  • Benefits of Spring Cleaning and Self-Storage
    • Spring Cleaning is a great way to declutter your home and to help determine what items you no longer need or use. Self-storage can help accommodate seasonal items and free up valuable space in your home. Combining spring cleaning with self-storage allows you to maintain a clutter free while maintaining your belongings.
  • Addressing the Clutter
    • A clutter-free home can enhance the overall comfort and by implementing a storage solution like self-storage, can help you easily manage and control the clutter in your home. By regularly sorting, decluttering, and storing your items away when they are not needed.
  • Spring Cleaning Plan
    • Inventory check – Start by going through each room and create a list of items categories what items you want to keep, donate, or put into storage.
    • Decluttering – Once you have an idea, begins the decluttering process, start separating your items based on their category. Remember the goal of spring cleaning is to lighten up your household items.
    • Clean and Organize – After you have finished decluttering, it is time to start cleaning and organize the items you decided to keep.
    • Self-Storage – Finally take all items designated for storage.
  • Preparing Items for Self-Storage
    • With proper packing it can ensure that your belongings will remain in good condition while being in self-storage. You can start by cleaning your items, this can help prevent dirt, dust, or pests from your self-storage unit. Remember to label each box with the contents inside for easier access later on. For sensitive items like electronics or documents, we recommend getting a climate control unit to prevent damage from the different temperatures.

Spring cleaning can be a hassle but, can be essential yearly task to help ensure your living space is comfortable. Take time to assess what items you will need to store, donate, or throw away and prioritize your safety while handling stored items. Milt’s Mini Storage® is here during your spring cleaning needs, our self-storage units are reasonable and fair price. All of our storage units are monitored 24/7 by cameras and are located in a gated area with perimeter alarms. Contact us today to learn more!

How Big A 10×15 Storage Unit

Are you thinking about getting a 10’x15’ self-storage unit? In this blog we will break down everything you need to know about renting a 10’x15’ storage unit.

  1. How big is a 10’x15’ storage unit?
    • A 10’x15’ storage unit is a 10ft wide by 15ft long, in general this size is approximately 150 sq-ft. Remember, even though the dimensions are the same, each storage unit might vary slightly in size. For exact measurements be sure to contact our offices, to verify the size of each unit.
  2. Visualizing a 10’x15’ storage unit
    • It can be difficult to visualize how much stuff can fit inside the 10’x15’ storage unit. We recommend using painters tape, by using painters tape you can map out the width and length of the storage unit. Painters tape can help you practice where you plan to store your items.
  3. What can fit inside a 10’x15’ storage unit?
    • A 10’x15’ space could hold the contents of a two-bedroom apartment, or a small car. This storage unit size can store items like; larger furniture pieces, contents of an apartment or small home, plastic totes and moving boxes, patio furniture, and king or queen-sized mattress.
  4. Can a car fit inside a 10’x15’ storage unit?
    • Certain compact cars might fit inside this space, but recommend getting a 10’x20’ storage unit for the averaged sized car. If you think it will fit inside a 10’x15’, make sure to measure the dimensions of the vehicle and storage space. Items like motorcycles, ATV, and other small motor vehicles will fit perfectly inside.
  5. Is a 10’x15’ enough space for you?
    • Our size guide can help you determine what space is enough for you, make sure you are taking notes on what items you are planning to store.

If you have any questions about what size storage unit you are needing, call your local Milt’s Mini Storage® TODAY! You can also check out our size guide page to determine what size will best fit your needs. Milt’s Mini Storage® offers self-storage units, at a reasonable and fair price. All of our storage units are monitored 24/7 by cameras and are located in a gated area with perimeter alarms.

Decluttering After Winter

As winter will be coming to an end, it is the perfect time to start your spring cleaning and let the decluttering begin. It can be easy to forget about the items you have stored away for the different seasons, but now is time to take notes on what to keep and what to store. Here are some items to store after the winter season.

  1. Outdoor Winter Equipment and Tools – Items like snow blowers, shovels, and other winter equipment can take up space in your garage or shed.
  2. Seasonal Sports Equipment – Ski gear, ice skates, and snowboards can be safely stored away until next winter and can help prevent them from getting damaged in your garage.
  3. Winter Recreational Vehicles – Putting these items in self-storage can help protect them from the elements especially if you don’t plan to ride them in the spring/summer months.
  4. Seasonal Décor – Fall and winter décor, like Christmas trees or lights, are typically only used during the fall and winter months so having that extra storage space can be handy.
  5. Documents and Files – If there are important documents that you do not regularly access can be considered to put them away is self-storage. This will free up your home office and protect the documents.

Decluttering your life can be a hassle, but getting those items returned to self-storage is a good place to start. When it comes to storing after the fall and winter season, you want to choose a facility that is secure, affordable, and convenient. Here at Milt’s Mini Storage we check all those boxes and more. We offer affordable rates and 24/7 security measures. Milt’s Mini Storage is here for your storage needs and to keep your items safe. Contact us today to learn more!