Self-Storage Tips For College Students

During the last weeks of April and the early weeks of May every year, college students are studying and taking final exams. Their minds battle between cramming the last bit of molecular biology information and images of beaches, traveling, and internships. One of the least thought-about topics for a college student during this is how he or she will be packing up the dorm room or apartment and store it away for the summer. For parents and students alike, Bee Safe offers 7 helpful tips to store dorm rooms and apartments efficiently in a self-storage unit for the summer.

1. Get the Right Size Unit

You do not want to rent a unit that is too small and cannot fit your items – or rent one too big and paying for unneeded space. The following guide is a helpful tool for the right size unit:

                Dorm Room – 5×5 unit

                Apartment Room Only – 5×10 – 5×15

                Apartment/House – 10×10

2. Find A Buddy

Rent a bigger unit and share the unit with a friend or the roommates you will have in the Fall. It will be cost efficient and easier to move everyone from 1 unit when you return at the end of summer.

3. Clean Dishes, Appliances, and Linens

Moving day can creep up a college student. Even if you wake up on moving day having not had packed at all, make sure to clean any dirty dishes, de-frost and wipe dry any mini fridges, and wash any bed sheets you will be storing. Mold can begin growing on dirty appliances and linens and dirty dishes can attract all kids of bugs and rodents. The last thing you need when you move into a new dorm or apartment is to have throw out everything you had stored.

4. Use Different Box sizes for Different Items

Use smaller boxes for heavier items, like the books you did not sell back or your Instapot. Use larger boxes for any pillows, blankets, and lampshades. Separate items and label the boxes so it will be easier to unpack in the Fall. Bee Safe sells various size boxes for all your needs.

5. Take Inventory

This will be key especially if you end up sharing a unit with friends. It is always a good idea to take inventory of what you are putting away in storage so you can double check it is there when you move things out of storage. This will also make unpacking easier as well.

6. Protect Mattresses, Couches, and Chairs

It is a good rule of thumb to protect your mattresses, couches, and chairs that you will be storing by covering them. Even in the best of climate-controlled storage facilities, dust can accumulate over time. You can cover furniture with bed linens and blankets. Moving blankets and plastic covers work well as well. Bee Safe locations sell covers for mattresses, couches, and chairs and moving blankets.

7. Give a Spare Key to a Trusted Individual

After you have moved everything into a storage unit, close the door, and lock it up, it is best to give a spare key to the lock to a parent or trusted friend. The chances of you losing the key over the next few months is high so make sure you do not lose both keys at the same time and give one to someone. It will save on having to cut the lock at the end of the summer.

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Holiday Decor Storing Tips

The Fall and Winter months bring pumpkin spice, flannel, family-friendly movies, and parades. They also bring about the most decorated holidays. As you are changing your house from Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas and back again, here are a few tips on how to store all your decorations.


Use Plenty of Boxes and Totes – and Label Them!

Use boxes and totes of all sizes to store lights, costumes, exterior and interior decorations. If you lean more toward the plastic totes, many stores such as Walmart and Target have color coded totes for each season. Store Halloween decorations in orange and black totes and Christmas in red and green. Most important is to label each box and tote…and be specific. You do not want to unpack the blue Christmas lights during Halloween set up!

Pack Breakables and Ornaments Separately

There can be multiple breakable decorations used during these holidays: snow globes, ornaments, a porcelain pumpkin. It is recommended to store these breakables individually. Originally intended for glasses, a dish pack box is the perfect box to store individual breakables because the box has separators within. These boxes are sold at every Bee Safe Storage location.

Wrap Large and Tall Decorations and Trees

To save on storage space and boxes, instead of taking down your artificial tree every year, try wrapping the tree in plastic wrap and stand a rolling cart for easy transport. Plastic wrap can be bought from every Bee Safe Storage location.

Take Inventory Every Season

When taking decorations down, take inventory of what you have. How many plastic Halloween candy buckets? Do you need more white lights to complete the Clark Griswold look next Christmas? Throw out any light strands that do not work and any broken decorations. If you have not used the plush turkey your great aunt sent you 5 Thanksgivings ago, donate it.

Find a Safe and Secure Storage Area

Finally, find a safe, open, and secure storage area. Garages, attics, and backyard sheds fill up too quickly with other items during the year and it is always a hassle getting to the back corners to get the decorations out. Find a Bee Safe Storage location nearby and rent a small unit solely dedicated to your holiday decorations. Throw July 4th in there as well. For a list of all Bee Safe locations by clicking here.

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Tips to Bee Safe While Moving During a Pandemic

Packing and moving has always been a stressful process. Trying to move during the COVID-19 pandemic when much of the country is still on lock down? That is problematic to say the least. If you have to pack up and move during the pandemic, we have a few tips that may help you and your things stay safe and clean.

Make sure moving is allowed in your area, building, and town.

Moving and storage has been deemed an essential business during the pandemic but always check the local guidelines and any HOA or apartment guidelines. If you are moving to a different state, check into the state’s guidelines regarding any self-quarantine and what phase of reopening the state may currently be in.

Carefully choose your movers.

If you are hiring a moving company, ask them what their process is to keep your items clean during the move. If you are moving on your own, do not involve more people than necessary and remember to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people during the move.

All Bee Safe locations sell boxes and various moving and packing supplies.

Use new boxes.

Typically when someone moves, he or she can find used boxes at liquor stores, grocery stores, and even Craigslist. Others will use plastic bins bought at Walmart, Target, or Home Depot. In the age of the COVID pandemic however, it is better to purchase brand new boxes you can pack yourself and then discard after unpacking. You can purchase new boxes, tape, and other moving supplies at any of the 19 Bee Safe locations.

Wipe Down Your moving boxes and furniture post-move in.

After you have moved in, take the necessary steps to wipe down your boxes and furniture, especially if you have had outside help with your move.

Have patience.

It may take longer than normal for your realtor, landlord, or property manager to be on-site to deliver the keys to you. The internet technician may be backed up with customers or may not be working as many hours he typically would be. This pandemic calls for patience, especially when moving.

Use self-storage.

Do not attempt to overload your new house or apartment with your things. We all need more space and less clutter during this pandemic, even in our own residences. You can find the right size self-storage at any Bee Safe Storage and Wine Cellar location.

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