The San Francisco Bay Area is home to the prestigious University of California, Berkeley, one of America’s top public institutions. Every year thousands of high school and junior college students apply to the university in hopes of attending in Fall, and intense competition only allows top students admission. The city is known as a “college town” and many local businesses support the school’s athletic and academic programs. When moving to Berkeley for a college experience or a simple relocation, there are several self-storage facilities to choose from. Since Cal’s students come from all over the nation and world, many return home during the summer months and must store their goods to avoid expensive shipping costs back to their hometown. Berkeley Self Storage, Public Storage, and Extra Space Storage seem to be the favorites amongst college students.
For those students who are planning to leave their belongings in storage, we have a few bits of advice to help keep your things safe. Unless you plan on paying a little extra for climate controlled storage, you might not want to leave items sensitive to cold or heat such as electronics and photographs. Make sure to separate school paperwork from important paperwork that might have social security or bank account numbers on them. Take them with you or make sure they are shredded. If you are storing a mini fridge make sure to empty it out and give it a wipe down. Place it in storage with the door slightly cracked open to prevent mildew. Last but not least, you are in college, you are smart, if your dorm lets you keep a small pet, please take it with you. This should be a given but, you never know.
Wherever you may be attending, keep a few things in mind. Many storage facilities near or around colleges, offer discounts or for students during the summer months. Check a facilities website for a coupon or give them a call. Do your research and you can save yourself some major moolah!
The influx of storage auction attendees in the past couple of years is a reflection of the current status of the American Dream. We all want to get rich- and quick! While many storage units are auctioned off daily, only a few hold objects of true monetary value… and even fewer act as tombs for the invaluable. Such a storage unit was auctioned off recently in Connecticut, inside the unit were documents that were pivotal to American history. Malcolm “Shorty” Jarvis, a musician who was a close confidant of Malcolm X, followed his friend’s career closely and scrap booked his achievements, leaving these treasures to collect dust in a storage unit after his passing. Just over one-thousand documents were purchased by a collector of African American historical artifacts, who then sold the assorted papers and scrap books to the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation in Omaha in co-operation with the Black History 101 Mobile Museum in Detroit.
“Once (the buyer) found out that it was of a significant historical nature, he decided then he didn’t want to break the collection up. He wanted to make sure it went to the right home,” said Khalid el-Hakim the man who created the Black History 101 Museum, and whom still curates the museum today. The contents of the storage unit passed hands repeatedly before finally settling in the belonging of the two museums, and will offer a unique glimpse into the life of not only Malcolm X but also Malcolm Jarvis, a close friend of X’s. While the documents contain evidence of Malcolm X and Malcolm Jarvis’s involvement in a 1945 home theft, there is also a scrapbook documenting Malcolm X’s life; a testament to the reverence and respect these friends felt for one another. Such a compendium of information regarding one of the Civil Rights Movements most prominent leaders is an invaluable contribution to museums such as the Black History 101 Mobile Museum as well as the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. Keep attending auctions in your area and follow your instincts if you have a hunch about a particular unit, you never know what relic is lying buried within.
Don’t just throw your items into storage. By organizing your storage unit, you will be able to access your items more easily, and you wont have to waste your time searching throughout the whole unit. Not to mention you have less of a chance of causing damage to any of your belongings.
1. Use boxes that are relatively the same size. They are much easier to pack and stack. You can find boxes of all sizes at SMS Moving Boxes. (highly recommended)
2. Leave a small walkway in between your boxes so you can get to all your items without having to move everything around.
3. Fill your boxes as much as possible. When they are not filled, they are more likely to collapse.
4. Store your most valuable items in the back of your unit, so they are harder to access in case of theft.
5. Never leave anything flammable or combustible in your storage unity.
6. If you are storing freezers or refrigerators, make sure to defrost and completely drain them. Wipe them out and leave the doors open to prevent mold or mildew from growing.
7. Protect your furniture from dust by laying linens or plastic over your furniture.
Correctly and efficiently organizing and packing your unit will save you time and money. Think about it, If your unit was nice and tidy you could probably go down a unit size and save yourself the extra rent fee’s.