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Storage Inn Tips for Storing Your Summer Toys

Summer Fun Toys – Winter Storage

It’s official folks – Fall is here, and for self storage facilities like The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, it is the time of the year when the Summer convertibles, Wave Runners, ATVs, and Motorcycles begin to roll in, as preparation for winter storage begins. Whether you’re renting indoor storage space, or an outdoor parking space, there’s more to storing your summer toys then just dropping them off until next Spring. You need to do some preventative maintenance first. Here are some Winter storage tips to keep your toys in top condition and ready to run next summer.

Keeping the Convertible Comfy!
Detail your vehicle prior to storage. This will help to weather the Winter and make it easier to get back on the road in the Spring.


– Use a fuel stabilizer to avoid Spring starting problems.

– Get a fresh oil change and check tire pressure.

– Place a cover over your car to prevent moisture buildup and paint scratching. Fabric covers that breathe are ideal.


Putting the Two Wheeled Baby to Bed!
– Wash your motorcycle to remove dirt and insects.
Wax and buff your bike to protect the paint.
Clean and condition any of the bike’s leather.
Do an oil change and change the oil filter.
Add fresh fluids to your bike (brake fluid, antifreeze, fuel stabilizer.)
Ensure your battery is fully charged and then disconnect the negative cable (or connect it to a battery tender).
Cover your motorcycle with a breathable fabric cover.


Storage Care for the Quad!
– Winterizing your ATV depends on the type of engine. Check your owner’s manual for specific storage instructions.
– For engines with a carburetor, drain the fuel out of the carburetor.
– Hook up a battery tender or unplug the battery before storing.
– For fuel-injection engines: You don’t have to drain the fuel, but a gas additive or fuel stabilizer is often recommended for winter storage.Leave as little fuel in the tank as possible, in case of fire.


TLC for your PWC!
– Drain the fuel or use a fuel stabilizer.
– Disconnect the battery or hook it up to a battery tender.
– Clean and dry your jet ski before you store it to prevent mildew.
– Open any storage hatches and lift the seat so air can flow and dry-out your machine in storage.

Whether you choose an indoor storage space, or an outdoor parking space for your summer toys, the staff here at The Storage Inn will be happy to help. Now is the time to reserve your winter storage space, so stop on in!  As for me, I plan to stretch the summer as far into the fall as possible – Happy Motoring!

Spring Has Sprung

Spring flowers and butterflies are on the way!

Trading Winter for Spring – Self Storage Tips

Spring is here! Birds are singing, flowers are blooming, warm breezes are blowing, and the yard here at The Storage Inn Self Storage in Egg Harbor Township, NJ is a beehive of activity!

Why is our property suddenly full of customers you ask? Because now is the perfect time for new customers to get that much needed extra storage space! And our current storage rental customers are swapping out their winter items for their spring gear.

Many of our Storage Inn customers use their storage unit to safely, store seasonal items. This helps them free up extra space in their home or office. And since our storage facility is monitored 24/7 for security all of our storage tenants know the belongings they only use during certain parts of the year will be safe and secure until they are needed next year.

Out with the cold and in with the warm weather gear!

Here are a few tips to make the swap go more smoothly. Follow these guidelines and enjoy the best spring season ever!

Deciding what to store for the summer

Make a list of items that you will use only during the cold weather months. Obvious contenders for self-storage include holiday decorations, sleds, snow shovels, space heaters, heavy blankets, and winter apparel such as gloves, boots, and hats.


Time to remove your warm-weather gear

Hopefully you created a list of all the things you put in your storage unit, so it’s easy to jog your memory and remember what’s in there. Items that you’ll want to remove may include lawn and garden tools, bicycles, beach chairs, patio furniture, and sports equipment.

 

You’ll probably want to pull outdoor toys, such as bicycles and roller-skates. Gardening equipment will come in handy, as will portable fire pits, beach supplies, and other sports gear.

Clean as you work

Take the time to do some spring cleaning in your storage unit. While our Storage Inn units are protected, they still accumulate dust just like any other space. Wipe things down, sweep the floors, and check boxes to make sure they’re still strong and sturdy. This yearly maintenance will keep your unit neat and secure!

I hope these tips help you make the most of your self-storage unit…. I have to go now – I think I just saw one of our tenants, Mr Pemberton, roller skating around the facility in a bathing suit and Hawaiian shirt – Happy Spring!

Chicken Soup

Favorite Winter Comfort Foods

It’s Mmmmm Mmmmm good in the Winter!

It is the end of January here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, and there have been some very cold days lately, but that doesn’t stop our customers from shuttling in and out of their storage spaces. Lately I’ve noticed people storing holiday decorations, as well as removing exercise equipment, presumably in an effort to renew their commitment to better health in the new year.
Earlier this week, on a particularly cold day, one of our customers, Jodi, stopped Into the office to purchase some moving boxes for the items that she was putting into her eht storage unit. “Cold enough for you?” I asked. “I’m freezing” she answered  “I can’t wait to get home and have a nice bowl of hot soup!” she said as she took her boxes and headed to her car. Her soup sounded really good to me, so I decided to do a thoroughly unscientific polling of our customers as to their favorite winter comfort foods. Here some of our Storage Inn customer’s favorites!

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Soup – Of course! Who doesn’t love a hot bowl of soup on a cold Winter’s day?  The two favorites seem to be chicken noodle, and tomato.

Hot ChocolateMmmmmm.. The real chocolaty kind with the tiny little marshmallows floating on top!  Not surprisingly, this one was offered up by one of our customer’s children.

Fried Chicken and Mashed PotatoesYes please – Make my chicken extra crispy!

Grilled Cheese – Cooked just right, so that the gooey cheese stretches between the two halves when you pull the sandwich apart!  These people should get together with the soup people.

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Sloppy JoesWell, a burger is just a burger, but a sloppy joe, with a slice of American cheese – Now that’s comfort food!

Macaroni and Cheese – The cheesier the better – BTW goes well with sloppy joes!

Chicken Pot Pie – One of my favorites! I like mine with salt and pepper and a little bit of butter melted on the crust. Mmmmmm!

Spaghetti and Meatballs – A good choice any time of year, but really goes well at the end of a cold day spent outside.

Chili – There’s nothing like a simmering pot of chili. Whether you like it hot or mild, with meat or without, the combination of beans, onions, peppers, mushrooms and spices are impossible to resist when you’re cozy at home and it’s chilly outside.

Homemade Beef Stew  – You know, the type that simmers in the giant stew pot all day long, until the flavors of the beef, vegetables, and spices are mixed just right. Don’t forget the buttered rolls!

Well, there you have it – The official Storage Inn customer’s list of their favorite Winter Comfort Foods. Well, my shift is almost over, and I can’t wait to head home, but first I will be stopping off at the grocery store for Sloppy Joe mix, rolls, and hot chocolate – so much for my New Year’s diet!

Baby It's Cold Outside

A Few Tips for Surviving Winter

Baby It’s Cold Outside!

The start of January here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township came with a lot of snow! When it was first starting to fall a few days ago, it had made for a pretty quiet morning here at the office, but then a car pulled into the parking lot. I recognized the young lady that got out as Jen, one of our newer customers, who as I recall, had just moved here from sunny Florida.

“Ooooh boy” I thought as she threw open the office door.

“ How do you folks deal with this?!?” she exclaimed. “I own one jacket and it’s in my storage unit! You got any tips?”  

I couldn’t help but notice she was wearing lightweight clothes, canvas shoes and a pair of gardening gloves. “Why don’t you go get your jacket out of your storage unit, and I’ll make you a winter survival list!” She smiled and said she would really appreciate the help.

When she got back from grabbing her coat I gave her my tips…

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Winter is a Good Excuse to Buy a New Sweater!

You certainly need the appropriate clothing for cold weather.
A warm winter coat is top of the list. – You can’t go anywhere in a cold-weather state without one.
Sweaters and sweatshirts and long johns. – Creating layers under that coat is a priority.
A warm hat, scarf, and gloves  – Think Thinsulate or furry Russian hat!
A good pair of insulated weather-proof boots and warm winter socks – Nothing else matters if your feet are freezing and your toes are icicles.

Find a Toasty Cabin in the Woods (or book a flight to Hawaii)

No matter what you’re wearing, nothing beats the cozy comfort of a well heated home or apartment during the winter. So if you’re a homeowner or landlord be sure to have your heating system checked out before it becomes a problem. If you have a wood stove, stock up on seasoned logs. If you’re into oil heat, many oil delivery companies offer a little discount if you’re on a scheduled delivery plan. And no matter what type of system you have, most HVAC companies offer a yearly check up that is relatively inexpensive to catch issues before they become problems.

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When Dashing Through the Snow Make Sure You Don’t Get Stuck

Whether it’s to and from work, shopping, or going out to eat, living in a cold-weather state means traveling in a cold-weather state.  Here are some ways to prepare.

Winterize your vehicle.
Check the tires to be sure the tread is sufficient for snowy travel.
Check your antifreeze to be sure that it’s full and fresh. Flush and change it if need be.
Fill your car with freeze-proof window washer fluid – available at any auto store.
Make sure you have an ice scraper and lock de-icer in your car.
Be sure that your phone is fully charged before leaving on a winter road trip.

Now I’m sure I could have thought of more tips for Jen, but it was about that time that she walked back through the office door with her lovely spring! jacket on. Shivering, she thanked me for my list and went on her way.

All this talk about cold weather has put me in the mood to go home, turn up the heat to 80, get comfy with shorts and a t-shirt, and have a nice piña colada. I think I’ll watch a travel video about the islands. Aloha!

Mr. Nick in his moving truck

Mr. Nick in his moving truck

Mr. Nick is one busy storage unit renter

So, it’s December here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey – Almost time for my annual visit from one of our biggest customers, Mr. Nick. Mr. Nick’s been a storage unit tenant with us for as long as anyone can remember. He’s an unusual guy – older – the outdoorsy type – from up North somewhere. You know, big bushy beard, wears a lot of red flannel shirts with suspenders. That sort of thing.

Mr. Nick has seven of our extra large storage spaces with the extra high ceilings. He stops in every year around this time to let us know that even though he’ll be emptying out the storage units, he’s not moving out.

 

feature_christmas-elf-featMr. Nick is certainly a bit on the eccentric side and I’m assuming pretty wealthy since he’s mentioned renting storage units like ours all over the world. Each year right around Christmas time, his crew pulls in with a couple of giant, red S.C. Moving and Storage vans, and empties out out all seven of his storage spaces. The funny thing is, beginning in January, I’ll see his helpers back again and on a monthly basis, refilling the storage units with electronics, toys, sporting goods, and all sorts of goodies.

This year I decided to have a little chat with his crew. Nice guys – unusually short, but very well mannered and hard workers too. They all refer to Mr. Nick as “The big guy” which is quite true in height and around the waist line.

While his helpers were in the yard the other day,  I decided to be a little nosey.

“Excuse me guys. Just curious. What type of business is Mr. Nick in if you don’t mind me asking?” I questioned.

“Import/export” replied one of his of helpers.

“Oh, so he buys and then resells things” I asked.

“No, no – He gives it all away!” answered a particularly short man, who appeared to be the leader of the crew.

“Wow, really? That’s great – a wealthy philanthropist!” I gushed.

“I guess you could say that, but the big guy really doesn’t care about money – He just likes to make people happy!” came a high pitched voice from behind a pile of toys.

If that don’t beat all I thought to myself. I tipped my Storage Inn hat and wished Mr. Nick’s crew a good day and Happy Holidays. I walked back to the rental office thinking about my conversation with Mr. Nick’s helpers. Hmmmm, I thought – Puzzling. A guy from up North, with a bushy white beard, dressed in all red, with an import/ export charitable organization?… who collects toys and other goodies throughout the year, only to give them away at Christmas time? If I didn’t know any better I would guess he’s… omg…. I think I know what the “S. C.” in  S. C. Moving and Storage stands for!  Happy Holidays from The Storage Inn!

 

Portrait of the Real Santa Claus gesturing to keep quiet

Portrait of the Real Santa Claus gesturing to keep quiet

 

Tailgating Storage Tips

So, September is here, along with a brand-spanking-new football season – and what fun would football be without tailgating? There’s nothing like meeting up with your friends, firing up the grill, and getting pumped up before kickoff – but this yearly ritual also comes with a fair amount of work attached. The last thing you want, is to be running around scrambling to find your tailgating gear on game day. Here are some tips to help you stay organized, and make your tailgating  adventure a bit easier.

Keep it Clean

Whether you’re putting it away just until next week, or until next season or packing up for the season and placing your vacation stuff into a storage facility until next year, be sure to thoroughly clean all of your gear before you put it into storage – especially anything that might have food residue on it.The smallest amount of food residue can easily attract insects, and rodents. Consider pressure washing your grill at regular intervals throughout the football season, and especially at the end of the season, when you put it into your storage space.

Tailgating Storage Tips from The Storage Inn

Tailgating Storage Tips from The Storage Inn

Tote It

Typical tailgating gear can include everything from Team Flags, to plastic utensils, table cloths, cups, radios, and more!  This is where plastic tote bins become your best friend. Not only will they hold just about everything that you need, but they’ll also stack nicely in your game day vehicle –  just be sure to distribute the weight evenly so that they’re not too heavy to lift. This also makes for easy placement back into your garage or storage unit after the big game.

Be Safe

Do not store hazardous or flammable materials such as propane tanks, lighter fluid, or any other flammable materials in your garage or self storage unit. Propane tanks should be stored outdoors in an upright position. Other items such as lighter fluid or fire starters should be stored at home in a secure  temperature controlled area.  Also remember to remove batteries from radios, flashlights, etc., while in storage between seasons, to avoid leakage.

Make it Easy

Whether you’re a football-only Tailgater, or a year round Baseball, Soccer, NASCAR kind of crew, part of successful tailgating is having a system that makes it easy.  You will want to be sure that your tailgating items can be easily accessed. If you find that you’re having a hard time doing this at home, you may want to consider a small self storage unit. The ease of driving up, throwing open the door, and loading your vehicle, could make the small monthly investment well worth it! Stop in to your local self-storage facility like The Storage Inn and check it out – We’d be more than happy to help you. Happy Tailgating!

Tips For Using Self-Storage Facilities During The Winter

 Tips For Using Self-Storage Facilities During The Winter

Make repairs before putting items in storage – people don’t remove items from self-storage facilities until they are ready to use them, at which point repairs are inconvenient and may cost more if you’re in a rush. Take the time to make sure everything is in good condition before it’s stored.

Thoroughly clean items – this is especially important if you’re using storage services for something that is primarily used outdoors. Get rid of any dirt, bugs or moisture before sealing it into Self-Storage Facilities During The Winter.

Use cotton or wool covers – vinyl or plastic tarps can cause damage to your items and lock in moisture. Moving blankets are a better solution for long-term storage.

Consider climate control storage units – some self-storage businesses will offer the option of climate control units that can protect your items from extreme temperatures. If your items can be damaged by the cold, it may be worth the extra investment.Source – https://www.sparefoot.com/self-storage/blog/303-tips-for-using-self-storage-facilities-during-the-winter/

Secret Self-Storage Network Used by Santa Claus Unravels After Videos Surface

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Santa Claus on Self-Storage Security Video***By Storage.com

Santa Self-Storage Network

With Christmas quickly approaching, people expect to see Santa Claus at malls, toy stores or maybe even their local library—anywhere children typically go to see the jolly old elf. What we wouldn’t expect to see during the holiday season is Santa at a self-storage facility, which is why recent video footage of a man many believe is the real Santa has folks in the industry buzzing. Could it be that Santa uses a Self-Storage Network to stash gifts and ease his cargo loads?

The mystery (some say controversy) began when someone posted cell-phone footage showing a white-bearded man wearing red pants and suspenders running away from a storage unit. Most people discounted the video as a cheap joke or misunderstanding, speculating it was a mall Santa who simply didn’t want to be seen. Those thoughts changed, however, when leaked security footage showed the same bearded man present at multiple facilities across the country, all within several hours of each other.

As the videos surfaced, eyewitnesses started to come forward. One woman reported seeing Santa during a late-night visit to her storage unit. A number of storage operators have given credence to the Santa sightings after admitting they were approached by associates from the North Pole who wanted to rent units during the Christmas season to help with gift delivery. Negotiations reportedly fell through due to Santa’s high demands.

Santa Claus on Self-Storage Security Video***Now an elf, using the name “Pickle” to conceal her true identity, has given an interview confirming the existence of Santa’s secret storage units as well as the list of demands that prompted facility operators to cut ties with Santa’s Christmas Eve operation. Known as the “12 Conditions of Christmas,” the storage clauses include turning off security cameras ahead of Santa’s arrival, the use of climate-controlled units for storing gifts, and even a requirement for operators to have pine-scented beard oil on hand for Santa’s visit.

To read a full account of the Santa storage controversy, including the full “12 Conditions of Christmas,” visit the Storage Talk blog at Storage.com.