Top Self Storage Tips from Customers

It’s summer here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, and the place is bustling with storage customers shuttling in and out from their storage rental spaces, toting lawn chairs, bicycles, surfboards and all sorts of items related to self storage near the beach!

I had an unusual encounter the other day when Mary, one of our storage tenants, walked into the storage rental office carrying an air mattress under one arm, and a box of dryer sheets under the other. “What are you doing with those” I asked? “ I’m going to the beach!” she responded, thinking that I was asking about the raft. “No, I mean the dryer sheets” I said, clarifying my question. “Oh those – I use those to keep my storage unit smelling nice” Mary answered. We agreed, that was a great idea! This encounter prompted me to take a random polling of our storage unit customers, gathering their best storage tips.

Below is a list of my favorite storage tips from our customers…

Mark those boxes! You won’t fully appreciate labeling all your boxes until you’re faced with the task of searching for one particular item in a sea of unmarked boxes and bins. Do yourself a favor and tag your storage boxes. You might find listing the specific items on the side of the box or color coding will further help you in your efficient packing and storage quest.

Dryer Sheets. Not only do they keep your stored items smelling fresh, but a few dryer sheets placed strategically in the corners of your storage unit keep insects at bay too. Replace the sheets about once a month and you’ll have a sweet smelling, bug free storage unit.

Mattress / Furniture Covers. Protect your mattresses, couches, and tables against dust and moisture with a cover. If you don’t have specific covers for certain furniture, a large sheet will do the trick.

Clear plastic storage containers. Clear plastic bins have distinct advantages over cardboard boxes for storing. They are more durable, reusable, stackable and sturdier, and best of all, see-through! When buying bins, get them all in the same size for easy stacking.

 

Pen Knife / Box Cutter. There is nothing worse than having to use your house key, to cut through tape, cardboard or string. You never know when you’re going to need something especially sharp when storing, so you should always keep a pen knife or box cutter inside your unit for those unexpected “I think I may have left my cell phone in one of those boxes” moments.

Vacuum-Sealed Bags. Vacuum-sealed bags can drastically reduce size while protecting your clothes, bedding and other linens, in an airtight seal. They’ll protect your old clothes for whenever the world decides they’ve come back in style.

Wrap it up! Bubble wrap is an important item to have when storing delicate items. If you don’t have bubble wrap, you can protect your breakables by wrapping them in old T-shirts, or by placing them between layers in a box of towels. Avoid leaving gaps when stuffing the box to ensure everything stays secure and in place.

Keep it clean. Keep a spray bottle of household cleaner and some rags or paper towels in your unit to wipe down any appliances or electronics you plan on putting in storage. Storage units get pretty dusty after a while, so keeping some basic cleaning supplies, and a dustpan and broom handy for a quick cleanup when you visit is a great idea.

Inventory App. It’s a smart idea to keep track of all the belongings you store in your unit because, let’s face it, you are bound to forget exactly what you decided to keep there. There are a variety of helpful and easy apps that will do the hard work for you! Instead of racking your brain trying to remember where or if something is tucked away in your storage unit, simply consult your app.

Well, that’s our list of favorite storage space tips! Thank you to our Storage Inn customers for their helpful hints!

Our Furry Friends vs The Heat

Summer is in full swing here at The Storage Inn, and the temperature is soaring! Our storage customers are zipping in and out, retrieving their Summer fun items from their various sized units – most clad in sunglasses, shorts and flip flops.This morning I spotted one of our tenants, Mary at her storage unit when I noticed what appeared to be a small bear hanging out of the back window of her SUV. Upon further inspection, I discovered that it was her dog, Luke! He’s a large Newfoundland  with thick dark fur. “Isn’t it hot for him to be out?” I asked. “ The AC’s on in my truck, plus we’re headed back home” Mary replied as she closed and locked the door to her storage space. This encounter made me think of all of the reports that we see this time of year about pets and heat, so I stopped at my veterinarian’s office on the way home to see what precautions I could take to keep my dog, Bo, safe during this heat wave. Here are some tips, courtesy of The ASPCA.

Don’t leave your pet alone in the car on a warm day
Despite the warnings, every year, pets die after their owners leave them in a parked car that overheats. A car can get extremely hot on a warm summer’s day. A parked car with the windows cracked can reach 120 degrees in as little as 30 minutes. Never, ever leave your dog, or any pet in a parked car on a hot day.

Be Vigilant About Vet Care
When it starts getting warm outside, take your dog or cat to the vet for a full check up. The check up should include a heartworm test and a flea and tick protection plan. These are year-round issues but in the summer months, with much more outdoors time, it’s especially important to monitor them.

Avoid Walking Your Dog In the Heat
Aim for mornings and evenings when letting your dog outside. Even in the coolest part of the day, watch for signs of trouble: Glassy eyes and frantic panting indicate a dog who needs help. Get to a veterinarian immediately if you see these symptoms!

Keep Your Home Cool for Your Pets
When the temperature outside gets hot, it can be harder to keep the indoors cool. Some people turn their air conditioning off when they leave for the day. If you have a pet at home, this could put him in danger.Instead of turning off the air conditioner, try leaving it on a conservative but comfortable setting (perhaps 76°F) while you are out. Make sure your pet has water and, consider closing curtains to reduce the heating effects of sunlight through the windows.

Give Your Pets Access to Shade and Plenty of Water
Pets can get dehydrated or get heat stroke quickly so any pet outside needs to have plenty of water and access to shade.

Know Which Dogs Are Less Tolerant of Heat
Some dog breeds are less tolerant of the heat than others. Older, obese or short-nosed dogs (Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Boxers, Shih Tzu’s and French Bulldogs) are less tolerant of heat. Also, older dogs, puppies and dogs with health issues can also be more susceptible to hot weather. Of course, you should keep a close eye on your dog in the heat, no matter what his breed, age or state of health.

Always remember that our pets rely on us to protect them and keep them comfortable and safe year round –  if you’re hot, your pets are definitely hot too. Have a fun, safe Summer!

July 4th – Independence Day – Fun Facts

Summer is here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, and our storage space customers are preparing for the Independence Day Holiday, shuttling in and out past the rental office, retrieving barbecue grills, lawn furniture, and even the occasional kayak. I’m certain our staff, and storage space tenants could tell you that July 4th commemorates our nation’s freedom and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but they may not know these facts about the 4th of July.

Here are a few July 4th fun facts for you courtesy of The Storage Inn…

Only John Hancock actually signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. All the others signed sometime in August..

The average age of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest was Thomas Lynch, Jr (27) of South Carolina.  The oldest delegate was Benjamin Franklin (70) of Pennsylvania. The lead author of The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, was 33.

The Declaration of Independence was signed by 56 men from 13 colonies.One out of every eight signers of the Declaration of Independence were educated at Harvard (7 total).

The only two signers of the Declaration of Independence who later served as President of the United States were John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

The stars on the original American flag were in a circle so all the Colonies would appear equal.

The first Independence Day celebration took place in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. This was also the day that the Declaration of Independence was first read in public after people were summoned by the ringing of the Liberty Bell.

The White House held its first 4th July party in 1801.

President John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe all died on the Fourth. Adams and Jefferson (both signed the Declaration) died on the same day within hours of each other in 1826.

Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the national bird but was overruled by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, who recommended the bald eagle.

In 1776, there were 2.5 million people living in the new nation. Today the population of the U.S.A. is over 300 million.

Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. In 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday.

Over 200 million dollars are spent on fireworks annually in the United States with most being imported from China.

Approximately 150 million hot dogs and 700 million pounds of chicken are consumed  on the fourth of July

Every 4th of July the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia is tapped (not actually rung) thirteen times in honor of the original thirteen colonies.

The song “Yankee Doodle” was originally sung by British military officers to mock the disheveled, disorganized colonial “Yankees” with whom they served in the French and Indian War.

The tune of The Star Spangled Banner was originally that of an English drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven.”

So there you have it – some fun facts to entertain friends and family as you hang out at the beach or barbecue. Have a great 4th and remember to toast the Chinese for inventing fireworks!

June is National Flag Month!

June is National Flag Month –  Sandwiched between Memorial Day and the 4th of July holiday, is a full month celebrating our American flag and June 14th is officially Flag Day!  We here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township NJ fully embracing the red, white and blue! We proudly fly The Stars and Stripes over our rental office, employ numerous veterans, and offer storage space discounts to our men and women in uniform.

In keeping with the spirit of national flag month, The Storage Inn would like to share the rules for the display and handling of the American flag.

Traditional guidelines call for displaying the flag in public only from sunrise to sunset, however, the flag may be displayed at night if it’s illuminated.. The flag should not be displayed during rain, snow and wind storms unless it is an all-weather flag. It should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

When carried in procession with other flags the U.S. flag should be front and center of the flag line. When displayed on a float in a parade, the flag should be suspended so it falls free. It should not be draped over a vehicle.

When displayed with another flag with crossed staffs, the U.S. flag should be on its own right (left to a person facing the wall) and its staff should be in front of the other flag’s staff. In a group of flags, the U.S. flag should be at the center and the highest point.

When the U.S. flag is displayed projecting from a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak unless the flag is at half-staff.

When flags of states, cities or organizations are flown on the same staff, the U.S. flag must be at the top 

The flag should never be draped or drawn back in folds. Draped red, white and blue bunting should be used for decoration, with the blue at the top and red at the bottom.

The flag may be flown at half-staff by order of the president or the governor only.

On Memorial Day, the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon.

 

Things Not to Do with the Flag

Dip it for any person or thing, even though state flags, regimental colors and other flags may be dipped as a mark of honor.

Display it with the union down, except as a signal of distress

Let the flag touch anything beneath it: ground, floor, water, etc.

Carry it horizontally, but always aloft.

Fasten or display it in a way that will permit it to be damaged or soiled.

Place anything on the flag, including letters, insignia, or designs of any kind.

Use it for holding anything.

Use it as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery. It should not be used on a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be attached to the uniform of patriotic organizations, military personnel, police officers and firefighters.

Use the flag for advertising or promotion purposes or print it on paper napkins, boxes or anything else intended for temporary use.

During the hoisting or lowering of the flag or when it passes in parade or review, Americans should stand at attention facing the flag and place their right hand over their heart. Uniformed military members render the military salute. Men not in uniform should remove any headdress and hold it with their right hand at their left shoulder, their hand resting over the heart. Those who are not U.S. citizens should stand at attention. When the flag is worn out or otherwise no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

So there you have it – A little flag etiquette courtesy of The Storage Inn to help you enjoy all of our patriotic holidays.  Have a great Summer and God Bless America!

 

Remember to thank Veterans all year long

How Memorial Day Came To Be

Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us, and the yard is buzzing here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. People are visiting their storage units, retrieving their barbecue grills and beach chairs in preparation for the big weekend. As I watch the busy storage yard activity, it occurs to me that many of our tenants and quite a few of our employees are veterans.

As a tribute, here are a few Memorial Day facts that you might not have known, courtesy of The Storage Inn.

The observance, which began in the years following the Civil War, was originally known as Decoration Day. By the late 1860s, many Americans had begun hosting tributes to the war’s fallen soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and flags. It gradually came to be known as Memorial Day over the years.

It was Union General John A. Logan who called for an official nationwide day of remembrance on May 30, 1868, a date chosen because it was not the anniversary of any particular battle. However, the southern states originally observed a different day to honor the Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. Eventually the holiday evolved to commemorate fallen military personnel in all wars. There are still 11 states that observe an official day to honor those who lost their lives fighting for the Confederacy—Virginia is the only one that observes Confederate Memorial Day on the same day as Memorial Day.

In 1950, Congress passed a resolution requesting that the President issue a proclamation calling on Americans to observe Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace.

In 1968, Congress established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May, in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees. But Memorial Day didn’t actually become an official federal holiday until 1971.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed the National Moment of Remembrance Act, which asks Americans to observe a Moment of Silence at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day..

Some of the largest Memorial Day parades take place in Chicago, New York, and, of course, Washington D.C. which boasts an audience exceeding 250,000, who watch as marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups, veterans, and floats head down Constitution Avenue.

On Memorial Day, the United States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico direct the flag to be flown at half-staff until noon on all buildings, grounds, and naval vessels.

U.S. citizens are asked to display the flag at half-staff from their homes before noon, as well.

So, while you’re having a great time with family and friends this weekend, do take a moment to remember those who gave their lives, to preserve our American way of life.  Have a great Memorial Day weekend, and God Bless America!

 

May was made for Grillin’ and Chillin’

It’s May here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, and our storage customers are very busy retrieving spring items from their rental units. Lawn chairs, bicycles, and barbecue grills seem to be the most popular items. While Spring can be a mixed bag of temperatures, the change to warmer weather does seem to inspire people to fire up the grill. Just today I noticed two of our self storage customers, Jim and Sally, retrieving not one, but two grills from their storage unit. “You must be really hungry!” I yelled to them. “ Well, it is National BBQ month!” Jim yelled back to me.

It turns out that May is National Barbecue Month, and while most in the United States recognize Memorial Day Weekend as the official start of barbecue season, May is the month when most Americans take to their backyards to fire up their grills and smokers for delicious weeknight dinners and slow & low weekend feasts.

Here are our top 10 – Storage Inn – Barbeque Fun Facts to enjoy as you throw those burgers on the grill this year:


1 – 75% of U.S. adults own a grill or smoker.

2 – 62% of households that own a grill own a gas grill, followed by charcoal (53%), and electric (12%). Two percent own a wood pellet grill and 8% are thinking of purchasing one this year.

3 – The most popular days to barbecue are: Fourth of July (76%), Labor Day (62%), Memorial Day (62%), Father’s Day (49%), Mother’s Day (34%).

4 – The top reasons for cooking out? 71% of grill owners say it’s to improve flavor, 54% for personal enjoyment, and 42% for entertaining family and friends.

5 – The majority of grill owners (63%) enjoy using their grill or smoker year-round. In fact, 43% cook at least once a month in the winter months.

6 – Half of all grill owners have the most basic grilling accessories (cleaning brush, tongs, glove/mitts). The most popular new accessories that owners plan to buy include pizza stones, baskets, and cooking planks.

7 – Ten percent of all grill owners have a backyard kitchen (featuring premium furniture and lighting).


8 – Barbecuing isn’t just an evening activity. 11% of grill owners prepared breakfast on a grill in the past year.

9 – Nearly one third of grill owners (31%) grilled someplace other than their homes in the past year, including 24% who grilled while camping.

10 – More than one third (45%) of U.S. adults surveyed plan to purchase a new grill or smoker in 2018, while nearly a third (30%) of current owners plan to grill with greater frequency.

So whether your grilling plan is to sizzle some steaks, honey barbeque some chicken, or slowly smoke some ribs, you are now armed with some interesting grilling tidbits, courtesy of The Storage Inn. Enjoy!





 

Self Storage Unit Discounts for College Students!!

Most students welcome the end of the school year, but for college students here in South Jersey, the summer can create a different kind of stress. Leases are ending, roommates are graduating and moving away, and students are finding themselves in flux, trying to secure housing for the next semester while still enjoying a break from their studies. One way to ease the stress and make the transition smoother is by visiting The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township and renting a self-storage unit. The Storage Inn is offering all college students and their families discounted rates, as well as a free moving truck to help secure their items until the Fall semester!



Here are a few ways that extra storage space can help our college students get through the summer vacation with peace of mind that their items will be safe and sound until the Fall.

Where’s my old room?

Many students return home for the summer, only to find that their parents converted their old bedrooms into a home office, sewing room, or man cave. If you’re a college student planning to spend the summer at home, it could be difficult to fit your belongings beside your mom’s sewing machine, or your family’s movie collection! A better strategy is to put your stuff into self-storage and enjoy your summer with less baggage.

Road Trip!

Some students may keep their apartment or room rental lease intact through the summer, and sublet to another party until the Fall. Even if you get someone to lease your space while you’re out of town, you’ll still want to store your valuables somewhere safe and sound, not to mention that your sub-letter will need space for their own belongings. A self storage rental unit is a safe, secure, and convenient way to store your stuff while you are traveling or working a summer job back home..

Student Sizing

Most college students don’t have a ton of furniture or belongings—or, for that matter, a ton of money—so they don’t need and can’t afford a huge storage unit. Luckily, The Storage Inn Self Storage offers units in 45 different sizes, including many that are no bigger than a single dorm room. Your belongings will feel right at home while you travel, work, or visit friends.

The Storage Inn is proud to offer the college students of South Jersey an affordable way to keep everything safe and secure until the school bells start ringing in September – Let’s not rush things though – Happy Summer Break!

The Storage Shed Needs a Spring Cleaning

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz’ – I wonder where my lawn mower is!?! Looks like it’s time to clean out and organize the shed storage space for the warm weather months. So, let’s get started – first, go to the shed and open the door. Now ask yourself what you could possibly have been thinking when you left it in this condition at the end of last season! Be that as it may, we still need to get organized, so here are a few tips…..

Everything out!
I know, this does not sound like fun, but we need to see exactly what’s in there, what we still need, and what can go. Set aside any items that you no longer need, or that need to be replaced. Also create a group for items that you want to keep, but that don’t necessarily need to be in the shed.

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Clean Up Time
Time to sweep out, and wipe down the floors shelves and work bench areas. You may want to check the items that you are storing to see if they need to be wiped off or hosed down before returning them to the shed.

Re-group and Replace
Now that everything is out, and your space is clean, it’s time to reorganize, and place your items back into the shed. Store the items that will be used most often toward the front of the space. Items that get used less frequently can be stored further back. Leave yourself a path to reach all of your warm weather items when needed. Hanging tools on walls or pegboard, as well as keeping smaller items in cans or plastic containers, can also free up additional storage space. If you find yourself still in need of more storage space for items, such as your Fall fire pit, or those Christmas decorations that you found, you may want to consider a small self-storage space. Your local self-storage facility will be happy to assist!

Now you’re organized and ready to enjoy all of the fun of  lawn mowing, weed whacking, weed pulling, painting, gutter cleaning, hedge trimming, etc…. oh well, hopefully you’ll get to use the bicycles and beach chairs once or twice before winter returns!

Spring Has Sprung!

It’s mid April here at The Storage Inn, and the weather in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, is finally starting to live up to its Spring billing! The temps are creeping into the mid 70’s – The windows in the Storage Rental Office/ Packing Store are open, and I even noticed one of our storage space customers, Mr. Pemberton, wearing shorts and flip-flops! “ Enjoying the weather?” I shouted. Mr. Pemberton replied by yelling back “Spring has sprung!” Yep – Everyone loves Spring!

I’ve heard the expression “Spring has sprung” many times , but it made me wonder if there are other sayings, or famous quotes about the Spring season? I did some investigating and found quite a few that I had never seen or heard before.

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest..”
–Ernest Hemingway

“It is spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want–oh, you don’t know quite what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
–Mark Twain

“Always it’s spring and everyone’s in love and flowers pick themselves.”
–E.E. Cummings

“Spring drew on…and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that hope traversed them at night and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.”
–Charlotte Brontë

“Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.”
– Edgar Guest

“The promise of spring’s arrival is enough to get anyone through the bitter winter.”
– Jen Selinsky

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
– Leo Tolstoy

“Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat.”
– Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.”
– Lilly Pulitzer

“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.”
– Lewis Grizzard

“A kind word is like a spring day.”
– Russian Proverb

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
– Margaret Atwood

“No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle of nowhere.”
– Sheryl Crow

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party.”
– Robin Williams

“An optimist is the human personification of spring.”
– Susan J. Bissonette

So, there you go – some great thoughts on Spring from some famous and even historical figures, courtesy of The Storage Inn. – Happy Spring!

A Very Special Season – Field of Dreams

Spring has sprung here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, and the reminders are everywhere! The storage rental office windows are cracked in the afternoon, allowing the spring breeze to flow through, carrying the sounds of chirping birds along.

Spring also brings waves of storage space tenants retrieving warm weather items from their units – stored things like bicycles, sports equipment, and patio furniture seem to be most popular.  All of this spring activity reminds me that nothing says Spring quite like the crack of a baseball bat, or the sound of a ball hitting a glove!

Here at The Storage Inn we are proud to sponsor a very special baseball program in our area – The South Jersey Field of Dreams!

The South Jersey Field of Dreams is a place where physically and mentally challenged children and adults can play and participate in that Great American Pastime – Baseball.  

 

A Little History….

In 2003 the city of Absecon, NJ generously donated a new baseball field at their Dr. Jonathan Pitney Recreation Park for this Field of Dreams. Chuck Dhyne, games director at Field of Dreams, co-founded the league in 2003 with Barry Hackett, Larry McCarty, John Glassey and Jeff Hayden. He said he has seen high school athletes come back year after year to volunteer on weekends for both the spring and fall leagues.

“They get as much out of it as our kids do playing the game, and that’s really nice to see,” he said. “It’s great. They continue to call us to come back the following years and we keep adding additional groups. Most high schools in the area participate.”

The league features 14 teams. Two teams are for ages 6 to 9, four are for ages 10 to 14 and eight are for ages 14 and older.

What started as a dirt infield and backstop now has multiple pavilions, a merchandise stand, concessions stand, courtyard, mini-golf, an exercise trail, and an outfield fence filled with posters of local sponsors.

In 2012, with help from fundraising and a $25,000 donation from Ronald McDonald House Charities, Field of Dreams was upgraded with a state-of-the-art turf field.


Thanks to various sponsors, fundraising, and donations, players and their families don’t even have to pay for concessions on game days.

Dhyne said he enjoys seeing parents watch their children being able to participate in a group activity such as baseball.

“It may be the first time their kids play a team sport,” he said. “They can sit in the stands and watch their kids play a team sport, but they can also network with each other to find out about other programs, and their kids start making friendships on their team.”

“The first week everyone is getting used to it, they’re hitting off the tee. By the second week they’re hitting off the pitcher. By the last week they don’t want anyone to help them,” Miller said. “It’s always great to see the confidence they begin to have, and they make a lot of friends along the way.”

So, while the start of baseball season brings happiness to many Americans, it means something extra special here at The Storage Inn. I will be attending the opening day games, and can’t wait to see the big smiles on all the players and parents faces.

PLAY BALL!!!