South Bay Children’s Health Center – Champions for Children 5k

On May 20th, 2017, the South Bay Children’s Health Center (SBCHC) held it’s annual Champions for Children Run/Walk 5k.

Established 1947, SBCHC is a Non-Profit Organization dedicated to providing quality mental health, dental and counseling services to underserved and at-risk youth and their families in the greater South Bay area.

Check out the recap video of this year’s event!

Naturally, Mini Storage was there in support of our community as a Water Station Sponsor!

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Thank you for everyone who cam out and participated in this great cause! See you next year!

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Thanks for Having Us LA Rugby!

We spent last Saturday watching some great rugby matches with the LA Rugby Club! We had a blast and loved meeting all the players! Visit our Facebook page to look at all the photos!

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Packing Electronics

You should take extra care when packing your most valuable possessions and that includes your prized electronics. Here are a few tips for how to pack them to ensure they arrive to your new home in tact!

  1. A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words – Use a digital or cell phone camera to take pictures of how complicated wiring (computer cords, speaker wires) is hooked up.  Be sure to use plenty of light and careful focus so the pictures will be clear. Print each picture and put it in the top of the box holding the item.  This will make hooking up the items in your new place much easier.
  2. Original is Best – Always use the original packaging when available.
  3. Double Boxing – For especially fragile electronics, pack them first in a box with an excessive amount of biodegradable packing peanuts.  Then pack that box in a larger box filled with biodegradable packing peanuts.  This two-box system seems like a pain but seems to do a better job isolating items from jarring impacts.
  4. No Loose Ends – Wrap each cord carefully with cable organizers, heavy twist ties or heavy rubber bands.  Never throw unwrapped cords into boxes- they get tangled and caught on other items.
  5. Cord Labels – Consider getting a label maker and labeling the end of each.  Then you’ll know exactly which cord you’re seeing and where each end connects when you put things back together.
  6. The Two-Inch Rule – Use at least 2″ of biodegradable packing peanuts around each side of fragile items.

MiniStorage has over three decades of experience in the industry with more than 30 locations spread throughout Southern California. We have a vast array of solutions for all your storage needs, and there is no doubt we are the storage solution for you.

Our Storage Consultants are trained to provide you with the utmost in professionalism and customer service. We pride ourselves on keeping clean, safe, and convenient facilities to serve all your needs. Whether you need storage for your household items or your business, you can be sure we have the solution.

Visit www.MiniStorage.net for more details.

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Did You Spread The Good Word?!

Know someone who needs storage? We’ll give you $50 and they save $25 when you refer a friend!  Visit our website to find a storage location near you!

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Some Self Storage Guidelines

If you have a garage that’s overflowing or you simply need more space, a storage unit may be the right thing for you. But just what can you store in a storage unit?

Keep in mind that every storage company has their own set of rules and regulations for what you can store and what you can’t. In preparing to purchase a unit, make a preliminary list of what you plan on storing there. If you’re not sure whether a particular item can be stored, you can always call ahead of time to find out.

Vehicles can generally be stored, so long as they are registered, insured, and in operating condition. However, you usually cannot store more than four tires in a unit because of the cost of disposing of them.

Combustibles, including gas and other inherently dangerous chemicals are usually not allowed.

Perishable food products and animal products are not allowed.

Aside from these, most storage companies are pretty flexible. Old furniture, art supplies, games, etc., are perfect for storage. Think of your unit as an extra garage or shed and you’ll bring a new freshness to your home.

MiniStorage has over three decades of experience in the industry with more than 30 locations spread throughout Southern California. We have a vast array of solutions for all your storage needs, and there is no doubt we are the storage solution for you.

Our Storage Consultants are trained to provide you with the utmost in professionalism and customer service. We pride ourselves on keeping clean, safe, and convenient facilities to serve all your needs. Whether you need storage for your household items or your business, you can be sure we have the solution.

Visit www.MiniStorage.net for more details.

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We Asked Our Managers What They Like About Mini Storage!

This past week, we asked our managers what they like most about their facilities!

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Moving: The Basics

If you’re moving and don’t want to spend money on hiring movers, do the job yourself. While doing all your own moving can have certain drawbacks, those drawbacks are significantly reduced if you plan out the move and follow these tips.

First, pack systematically. Pack one room at a time and be sure to label every single one of your packed boxes. This saves a ton of time and energy when unpacking and you’ll be happy you did it. Usually, you should start packing about a month before the move, giving you plenty of time to have everything ready by moving day, while also giving you plenty of time to separate what you can’t live without from what you can.

Next, be sure to reserve your moving truck early. Truck rental companies are busy, especially in larger urban cities. Though you may get through a few days before your moving day, there’s nothing wrong with reserving a truck a few weeks in advance. Also, be sure to check on your reservation a day or two before the big day. You want to make sure things are still in order and there won’t be a problem when you show up to pick it up.

Finally, and possibly most importantly, give yourself extra time. Though we would all like to get it over as soon as possible, things can go wrong and your entire moving experience can be ruined if you don’t take enough time to plan ahead. The farther away you move, the more time you may need. Take a couple of days off work if possible. You may not need the extra time, but you’ll certainly appreciate it when you’re not rushing to unpack and you’re able to rest up.

MiniStorage has over three decades of experience in the industry with more than 30 locations spread throughout Southern California. We have a vast array of solutions for all your storage needs, and there is no doubt we are the storage solution for you.

Our Storage Consultants are trained to provide you with the utmost in professionalism and customer service. We pride ourselves on keeping clean, safe, and convenient facilities to serve all your needs. Whether you need storage for your household items or your business, you can be sure we have the solution.

Visit www.MiniStorage.net for more details.

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