Saturday, June 21, 2014

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!!  A little early for Christmas carols, and talk of snow storms, but with living and working in northern New Jersey, we’ve already gotten our first taste of what the next few months are going to be like.  With many weather “experts” predicting a harsher than normal winter, we could be in store for lots of snow and frigid temperatures for the next five months, leaving many of us with a difficult task at hand…. Finding a place to store all of our warm weather toys.

Inevitably, even the most well prepared of us ends up spending a weekend or two in November running around to clean gutters, take down Halloween decorations, and various other outside projects that should have been taken care of weeks ago.  As we all start the annual winter put away and take out, many of us are faced with the same problem, where am we going to fit all of the must have items we purchased of the last few months that now must be put away.  As we try to fit the new patio set and riding lawn mower into the shed that only has enough room for one of these items and not both, many an inappropriate word it muttered under our breath.

As the annual storage project begins, we all have to make sure that we remember to pull out the snow blower, shovels, left over bags of salt, sleds, snow shoes, and various other winter items out of there hiding spots.  You know the spots we’re talking about, it’s the spot in the garage or shed where we shoved everything in April when we didn’t need them anymore.  The same spot where we’ve had to move all of these same items at least a half dozen times since putting them away, because we either need something behind all of it, or while looking for one of our spring time tools, we searched that area only to find out that it wasn’t there in the first place.  This spot, which will now become the winter resting place for all of our summer time toys, has been the vein of many a home owners existence since the dawn of home-ownership.

While many of us may choose to fight this seasonal battle year after year after year, there are some of us that go a completely different route, which leads to new grills and patio sets every year.  We all have that one neighbor, you know the one, that never puts away his grill or patio furniture.  We’ve watched all winter long as our once summer time joys turn into an ice cold frozen monument to seasons past and barbeques had.  We’ve all snickered a bit, as we’ve watched the ravages of winter destroy lawn ornaments and bikes that never made their way inside, and silently laughed a little when we see the rusted out grill on the side of the road with the trash come spring time.  The snickering ends quickly though, once we look into our backyards and see all of the same items in our yards because we had no place to put them.

Some of us are lucky enough to have homes with a garage, or room in our yards for a small shed.  Depending upon where we live though however, many of us have minimal yards with no room for a shed, and certainly no room for a garage.  There has to be an easy solution for us, the masses, with eighth of an acre plots with just enough room for the drive way, and more things to store than we could possibly have room for.  The answer is quite simple really, renting a self storage unit.  With many different sizes available and options to choose from, your local Storage Station can offer a multitude of affordable and convenient options to take the hassle out of this annual headache.  Let’s take a look at the two biggest reasons why we believe storing your seasonal items in a self storage unit at Storage Station is the best option for you.

First and foremost, the main reason would have to be convenience.  Every late fall / early winter, we all spend countless hours digging through boxes, never clearly labeled, looking for all things holiday.  The Christmas lights as usually in a box that’s been crushed under the weight of the fake Christmas tree, and half of the glass ornaments have been shattered while being thrown around the shed as Dad was looking for the weed eater.  Each year, we spend hours looking for items just to find that they have been destroyed or are half broken due to neglect or Dad’s heavy hand.  With a self storage unit at Storage Station, you can keep everything neatly organized and at your finger tips so to speak, minimizing the amount of time you spend searching for grandma’s handmade stockings.  You are more than able put temporary shelving inside of your unit, allowing you to have an place for everything, and everything in its’ place.

Digging through and storing holiday decorations can be a minimal task as far as winter items are concerned.  Decorations are not usually all that heavy or cumbersome.  You won’t through your back out moving those boxes around repeatedly throughout the year.  What about that 250 pound snow blower that you’ve had to wrestle with a few times this summer while trying to pull out the lawn mower and pool toys?  It makes your back cringe just thinking about having to pull that out again this year.  I’m sure you’d look for any excuse not to fight with that thing every time you needed something from the shed.  It’s easier to go out and buy pool toys, until you realize that no family really needs 15 water noodles or 5 blow up rafts.  Why waste all of that time, money, and back pain, when you can just rent a self storage unit and only have to deal with those items as needed, not everything time anything is needed from the shed.

Secondly, and some may say equally as important, is affordability.  There are many different storage unit sizes available, making finding the most cost effective unit to suit your budget a snap.  Many of our tenants, while originally thinking they’d only be staying with us for a couple of months over the winter, end up staying with us year round.  Of course any expense is an added expense, but the peace of mind and additional free time you gain while not having to deal with this over and over, far outweigh the cost, regardless of what they may be.  Think about that the next time you’re standing in line at the store to buy the exact same things you bought last winter, whether it’s a shovel or an ice scraper, because when you put the snow blower away in April, you accidentally snapped the handles to both.  There’s nothing like spending money on the exact same items over and over, for no real reason.  While some of may like having a reason to buy a new grill every spring, to replace the rusted one that you left out last winter, I’m sure most of us could find a much better use for that money.

With winter upon us and the snow slowly starting to come down outside, take a moment to visit us here at Storage Station, and let us show you why storing your items in a self storage unit is the way to go.  You won’t be disappointed that you did.

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