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Keep Healthy While You’re Moving Homes

Keep Healthy While You’re Moving Homes   

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Moving can be hard work so you want to make sure to stock up on healthy snacks and stay hydrated. Especially during the summer when the heat can get to unbearable temperatures, you want to make sure that when you’re doing heavy lifting that you keep your body cool and nourished. Whether you are moving in and out of your self storage unit, or moving in and out of a truck, these tips will help keep you strong through the job.

1. Keep water accessible to hydrate — If you are moving into or out of your self storage unit, make sure to have water bottles in a cooler in the car. Don’t forget to drink your water often between trips of moving your items from the car or to the car, especially on a hot summer’s day. If you are moving items between your new home from your old home, make sure to have water bottles at both your new home and old home so they are accessible. This is one of the most forgotten items when arriving at the new home: handy water bottles for when you are unpacking your truck for the first time. Having a case handy will keep you and your family hydrated when unpacking the truck.

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2. Drink sports drinks with electrolytes, avoid sodas!— In the times when you are doing extraneous heavy lifting, whether it is moving large appliances in and out of your self storage unit or into and out of your moving truck, you want to have your sports drinks handy to replenish after breaking out in sweat. The electrolytes found in sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade can help the body endure heavy lifting and long hours of moving items in and out of your home or self storage unit. Avoid Sodas at all costs during moving because soda dehydrates the body and it will give you a sugar crash. Stick to water and the sports drinks during heavy moving days.

3. Re-energize with healthy snacks—Moving is extremely stressful and sometimes we forget to eat during stressful times. It’s important to energize your body during a move, especially when lifting heavy boxes or moving large appliances. Take constant breaks to reenergize with healthy snacks, such as nuts and energy bars. Readily accessible pre-packaged healthy snacks such as nut packages and energy bars are perfect for quick snacking, especially when you are on the go such as driving in the moving truck.

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4. Healthy meals on-the-go to keep your energy flowing —Don’t forget to eat your meals! Snacking is great to hold you over but it’s essential to eat healthy meals to keep your body in top-performance shape for all the packing and lifting that moving requires. Avoid fast-food restaurants that have little-nutrition meals and instead opt for pre-packaged salads with chicken in them or sandwiches from the local deli. Whole foods such as whole grains and white-meats will help keep you nourished and won’t give you the carbohydrate crashes that fast foods give. You can always purchase sandwiches from a deli the day before or on the morning of the move and keep the sandwiches in a cooler when moving. That way, you can eat during a break when unpacking your items into a self storage unit or your new home.

5. Fresh juices for added nourishment to keep you moving—Juices are a healthy option to gain nutrients and keep your blood sugar up when having a long day moving. Fresh juices have the vitamins and fiber to keep you going throughout the day. Moving days are long and hard and you want to make sure you are staying fit and healthy throughout it, or else your body will be overworked and you run the risk of getting sick. Fresh orange juice will keep your immune system strong. Local juice shops can provide you with all the fresh juices you need on moving day.

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Moving is stressful and self storage can help! Whether it is for long-term storage or short-term storage, Ojai Self Storage can help you find the right storage space for your needs. If you are moving from a larger home to a smaller home or apartment, you can use self storage spaces to house items that you cannot take with you such as furniture, extra beds, cabinets, or other household items. If you are between moving from one home to another and need to place your items into self storage during the in-between time, Ojai Self Storage is perfect for storing your items in such circumstances. Here at Ojai Self Storage we offer a variety of storage units in Ojai at great prices. Rent a 5×5 storage unit for $76 a month to store all your items during a move. Rent or Reserve online today or call us for more information 1-805-646-8742.

Summer is ending fast….

It’s almost the end of summertime, as we approach August, which leads into the new school year.  No more pool parties, no more family barbeques…which begs the question, what are you going to do with your summer patio furniture and pool supplies?

Self Storage can be extremely useful for storing seasonal items such as summer patio furniture, pool accessories (noodles, toys), summer dishware and even a summer wardrobe!

If you’re going to be storing simply patio furniture and pool accessories, there’s no need for a climate controlled environment, however, if you are storing a wardrobe, it is always better to have a climate controlled unit to preserve your clothing.

If you’re looking for self storage in the local Ojai area, within the 93023 zip code, don’t look any further then Ojai Self Storage. Located in gorgeous Ojai, California, Ojai Self Storage has over 400 units ranging in size for all of your self storage needs!

Remember, summer is coming to an end fast… Make sure you’ve planned ahead! Visit us at Ojai Self Storage

The benefits of storage units for online businesses

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Online businesses are great because you can virtually reach anyone worldwide and you don’t need a brick and mortar store. One of the downsides of running an online business is that you have to carry inventory and manage storage. While renting an office space is a good idea to house inventory, it can also be costly and a waste of space if your inventory is too small to fill the entire area. A cheaper alternative would be to check out the unit sizes we have available at “Ojai Self Storage”.  I would suggest choosing a local self storage facility, as carrying inventory back and forth can be strenuous. We are located in beautiful Ojai, CA 93023.

Not only are storage units affordable, but they are usually paid for on a monthly basis, which makes it much easier for you to gauge whether you’ll need your storage unit that next month or not for extra inventory. Additionally, many self storage facilities offer a wide variety of sizing options, which is great if you only have a certain amount of inventory and need a particular sized unit. Furthermore, many self storage facilities have a controlled gate access system for secure entry. There is no need for you to worry about your items being stolen because with controlled gate accessibility, the only person who can get into your storage unit is you. Lastly, many self storage facilities offer climate controlled units, to protect against severe temperature changes and fight moisture, which will fully protect your inventory.

Clear out your home garage and check out our storage units now!

Summer plans for your self storage?

As we approach summertime, countless 20 something year olds are wondering “what am I going to do with my belongings over the summer?” There is always the option of “Mom and Dad’s Storage Unit” aka the family garage or attic, however, what if you don’t have that choice? What if your mom and dad converted that garage into a new gym (now that you’re not around, they have time to exercise!) and you have no space for all of your acquired belongings? That’s where self storage units come in. Not only are self storage units affordable but they are convenient too.

Having a self storage unit would be great to store last year’s text books, seasonal clothing, old trophies and any other items that don’t fit within your dorm. If you can find a self storage facility located close to your college, you can easily go back and forth between your unit and your dorm room, saving you the long trip of driving to mom and dad’s house. Additionally, it’s your storage unit, so you can organize it any way you like and more importantly, mom is not going to come in and “re-arrange some things” so it looks cleaner.

Just a tip: if you find yourself on a student budget, you can always rent a storage unit with your friends/dorm-mate and split the costs.

If you opt to rent a storage facility, please keep this information in mind:

  • Storage facilities, especially near large campuses, get booked fast as summer approaches, so make plans to reserve a unit well in advance.
  • Do not just throw your items inside the storage unit. Properly organize your belongings in labeled boxes so that you have easy accessibility to what you need to find.
  • Leave room in boxes of clothing for ventilation. Also, do not forget to wash your clothes after recovering them from the storage unit.

Check out your options for storage units at our storage facility: https://ecom.quikstor.com/OjaiSelfStorage/ShowAvailableUnits.aspx

Bubble wrap and Padding: A guide to properly packing your fragile items

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For me,  the hugest pain of moving is not attaining boxes and packing all of my worldly possessions, but more so packing delicate items, specifically dishware; those china plates are fragile and will break easily. In order to protect your fragile items, I would suggest:

  • Individually wrapping each plate like a present with a thick layer of bubble wrap
  • Lining your boxes with a towel or a soft material to cushion your items
  • If you do not have a soft towel or soft material, try using wads of crumbled newspaper instead
  • Always place cups and glasses rim down
  • When wrapping glasses, do not only wrap the outside of the glass but the interior as well; you want full protection
  • Place dishes on their side and place smaller items inside of larger items for more storage space within your box
  • Make sure your box is packed evenly and tightly, i.e. no large unfilled spaces within the box, no loose space for your items to slide everywhere
  • Leave an inch or two of space towards the top of the box and then fill in this extra space with more padding (newspaper, foam, bubble wrap, a towel)
  • For extra protection, you can also invest in Dish Pack Dividers. Dish Pack Dividers are exactly that, dividers with multiple columns and rows to isolate your dishes to protect them more. However, please wrap your items even if you’re using a Dish Pack Divider. You can find Dish Pack Dividers online or at your local hardware store.

Furthermore, once you do move your boxes of fragile items into storage, make sure to:

  • Properly mark your boxes; I suggest using a different colored permanent marker for each type of dishware (red for cups, blue for plates, yellow for bowls)
  • Be sure to move boxes you do not need access to, to the back of your unit and place your boxes with fragile items towards the front. If there is not enough space, place the boxes of fragile items on top of other boxes you know you will not need access to anytime soon.

Follow the tips above to successfully store your breakables. Happy wrapping!

Properly Organizing your Storage Unit

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Like anything in life, the more prepared you are, the better. Did you know the average individual wastes over 180 hours a year on disorganization? The 180 hours is spent looking for misplaced items. When it comes to storing your items, not only does organization help you better find your items, but it saves you money as well. Here are some tips for neatly organizing your storage unit:

  • Labeling – Labeling is very important. There is nothing worse than having to go through a pile of boxes, taking out everything, just to find that one tiny thing you need. Furthermore, if you label your boxes, it takes less time out of your day to find the item.
  • Correctly storing your boxes – When it comes to correctly storing your boxes, you should always place larger boxes on the bottom and smaller boxes on top. Make use of your storage space and neatly organize your boxes.
  • Prioritize your storage unit – If you know you are not going to need those Christmas decorations for another year, place the box labeled “Christmas Decorations” towards the back or perhaps under all of the other boxes. Place more important necessary items in front or on top of the other boxes, that way you have easier access to them and once again, don’t need to spend countless hours searching through boxes.                           

 Lastly, making sure you choose the right unit size is important. Ojai Self Storage has several options and you can reserve your unit online! Check out our handy storage estimator or use our storage calculator to determine which size best fits your needs! 

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Spring Cleaning!

It’s spring time once again and you know what that means? It’s time to clear out the remainders of your holiday decorations, dust off the antiques and clean out those odds and ends.  How about getting rid of all your unwanted items with a garage sale?  But wait, that means finding a place for all the junk that’s been collecting in your garage since you’ve been there… but don’t fret! With a wide variety of storage sizing options and affordable pricing, Ojai Self Storage is your number one self storage option!  Visit us at Ojai Self Storage  and check us out!

The Importance of Visual Presentation

Beauty is a valued quality in our society, so much so that beauty is stressed and emphasized in everything, including the self storage industry. Long gone are the days of entering a dusty, enthusiastically air- conditioned building; Today, self storage facilities are sleek and modern, meeting the demands of the always trendy consumer.  Additionally, so much of business is now conducted through the internet that customers can form an opinion of your business based off its web page design, which is where aesthetics come into play. It is so important to have a well designed website, visually and navigation wise. You want your customer to be entranced by the design of the website, but also still be able to navigate your website with ease. The unique combination of a visually appealing but easy to access website is what will draw your customer in, pique their curiosity and perhaps spur a visit to your self storage facilities. Remember that even though performance is what counts in the long run, presentation is always imperative.