May is national small business month! Small business owners work very hard to build their company from the ground up. Owning a small business is no small feat, which is why we would like to share a few simple tips that can help grow and expand your business by utilizing business storage.
Your office shouldn’t double as a storage space, so let us help reduce office clutter by choosing one of our business storage units that’s right for you. There are a variety of reasons a business can benefit from business storage. If you are a small law firm or a small accounting firm, you have to keep a lot of important files and documents. Before you know it, paperwork and other documents are piled sky high taking over valuable work space. Business storage units are a great option for keeping your documents you don’t need every day safe, organized, and out of the way.
Tip #1: When packing up your files, remember to organize the documents you will need to access near the front of your business storage unit
For any small business, excess inventory, samples, and supplies can be cumbersome, taking up a lot of storage in your office. Take advantage of one of our convenient climate controlled units to store your pharmaceutical drugs and marketing material. If you are a small retail store, a business storage unit offers a great solution for sorting through inventory and switching out your seasonal items. Stop N Stor offers both climate and non-climate controlled units in various sizes so you can effectively choose the best storage unit that is right for your business.
Tip#2: Keep an itemized record of what you have stored, the quantity of items and where it is packed. Label boxes accordingly.
In addition, there are many reasons why you might need to store your furniture or office supplies throughout the year. Seasonality has a tendency to affect how many hires one business has at a time. If you are in the off-season and have extra furniture and desks crowding your workspace, we offer temporary storage solutions. Or, you may have extra computers or sensitive work equipment that need to be stowed away. If so, then you would benefit from one of our climate controlled storage units to help protect and preserve your office items from outside elements including humidity, pests, and dust.
Tip #3. When packing furniture, protect corners and edges with appropriate packing material. Consider using a climate controlled unit.
Business storage is great for renovation. You may be in the process of remodeling or painting, and need a place to store your items temporarily. If you are a small construction company and you need a place to store your equipment between jobs, we offer drive up units so you can access your equipment with ease. We offer free dollies to assist you with loading and unloading your heavy items. The cost of renting a storage unit is much lower than paying rent and overhead at a storefront or warehouse. We have 6 convenient locations serving the Pooler, Port Wentworth, Hinesville, and Savannah areas, so you can pick the facility that best suits your business needs.
There is no time like the present! Come see us today, and see how utilizing business storage can help increase your business work space and productivity! Visit us at www.stopnstorstorage.com to reserve your business storage unit online today!
The end of the college year can be stressful for students with taking final exams, setting up internships or summer job and packing up a dorm room or college apartment. At the end of each college year, students have to pack up their personal items, electronics, furniture and all other memorabilia that they acquired over the school year and transport it back home for storage for the summer. This can be very stressful for the student and the family! A better solution is to rent a self storage unit to store these items during the summer months.
10 Packing Tips for College Students
College students might need a gentle reminder about how to properly pack their items for home. There are also certain items that should be placed in storage versus what should be taken home with the student. Below are ten tips for college students when they are packing their dorm or apartment and moving home for the summer:
- There are certain items that college should place in climate controlled versus non-climate controlled storage. Climate controlled storage is comparable to storing in your home, where non-climate storage is like storing in your garage. Personal items such as clothing and toiletries are better off through the summer months in climate controlled storage, where they are not exposed to the elements. Also, laptops, computers, printers, electronics, TVs and other higher-end electronic equipment is better kept in climate controlled storage as well.
- Self storage is great for storing everything else not listed above including books, furniture, mattresses, comforters, linens, kitchenware including plates, pans and glassware, mini refrigerator and other kitchen appliances including a blender, toaster or microwave.
- Books should be packed horizontally in a sturdy smaller box. Storing books vertically can damage the spines of the books.
- Clothing should be packed in clear plastic boxes or new cardboard boxes. Do not use grocery store boxes as these can contain food and other residue that can ruin the clothes. Wash all clothing before packing them for storage.
- Hang winter coats, heavier quilts and blankets in wardrobe boxes.
- Do not pack linens, comforters or quilts in plastic bags if they are going to be stored in non-climate storage. Moisture can form inside the bad causing damage to the items.
- Pack glasses, plates and dishes in bubble wrap or plain newsprint in sturdy cardboard boxes. Do NOT use regular newspapers as it can leave a print residue on the items. Place heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter objects at the top of the box. Place filler material between the pieces and layers of items for additional protection. Once the boxes are packed up to an inch of the top, add filler material and then completely seal the boxes with packing tape before storing.
- Clean out all appliances before placing in a storage unit. Leave the door to a mini-refrigerator open while in storage to allow for air flow.
- Label each box with the contents of the box on all four sides and the top of the box. If you are storing plastic boxes, tape of list of the contents to the outside of the box. Create an inventory list of the items that you have stored that lists the contents of each box that you are storing.
- Utilize all storage space by storing items vertically and in stacks whenever possible.
Self Storage for College Students
Stop N Stor in Savannah is nearby for Armstrong, SCAD, and Savannah State students. Stop N Stor offers month-to-month rentals, which is perfect for college student’s short term needs and budget. When choosing a self storage unit, start with the smallest size that will fit your books, linens, winter clothes and kitchen items. If you need to store furniture or larger items, then choose a larger size storage unit. Stop N Stor has storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 that any serve any student’s storage needs. The state-of-the-art security including gated access, digital camera systems, anti-pick locks and on-site managers, at Stop N Stor will also give students peace-of-mind that their belongings are safe and secure when they are in storage.
Stop N Stor offers a 10% discount to students with agreement to auto-draft terms. Stop in to our facilities in Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah with your student ID to find out more information.
Just like during the spring, the fall is a great time for reorganizing & cleaning your home! It’s time to store away the summer clothes, lawn mowers and patio furniture. If your home doesn’t have the space for storing these items, then consider renting a self-storage unit. Fall cleaning is just as important as spring cleaning projects. In fact, you can finish up those spring/summer projects that you didn’t complete during the spring at this time. When you start your project have a goal in mind and checklist of your tasks that you need to complete. Don’t let the cleaning list become daunting. It is much more important to take your time to do the project properly. Don’t forget to thoroughly clean each room including dusting, sweeping or vacuuming and organizing. Remove items in the room that you no longer need or use. This is a great time to go through the room sorting process: keep in storage, place in storage, donate, sell, or throw away. If it is an item that you might need in the future, then put it in storage. If you don’t need it and it is still in good condition, consider selling or donating the item. If the item is not in good shape, then just throw it out. This is a great time of year for “empty nesters” to start going through this decluttering process.
When doing your fall cleaning, don’t forget about cleaning your storage unit. Fall is a great time to air out and freshen up your storage unit, just like you do your home. To start your storage unit cleaning project, remove all of the items from the unit. Then, sweep out the entire unit. If you need to wash down the walls, then this would be the time to do that task. This would be a good time to do a quick inventory on the items that you currently have in storage. Open the boxes and look for any damaged items. Go through your stored items to see if you really need to keep the items or if they could be sold, donated or thrown away. Replace the floor covering, such as plastic or cardboard boxes in the storage unit. Shake out the furniture covers to freshen them up. If needed, replace the moisture control products that you have in non-climate controlled storage units. It is important to keep your storage unit clean. Storage units that are dirty can attract bugs or other vermin, which in turn ruin your stored belongings.
As you clean out the unit, rotate the items that you would use more frequently during the fall and winter months, such as winter clothes, snow blowers or shovels, to the front of the storage unit. Don’t forget to label all of the new boxes that you are storing. Plus, add these boxes to the inventory list of the items that you have started for your storage unit. If you have holiday display items in storage, this would be a good time to put them aside to take back to your home. Once you have cleaned out and looked through the items in your storage unit, then it will be time to place them all back into storage. Make sure to place the items that you will need to access the most towards the front of the storage unit.
Stop N Stor has locations in Savannah, Port Wentworth, and Hinesville that offers a variety of storage units sizes and types from climate controlled storage units to non-climate controlled units. Stop in to a Stop N Stor location to pick up packing and moving supplies to help your fall cleaning and reorganization projects!
Labor Day is an annual celebration of workers and the American Labor movement dedicated to the achievements of the work force. It is celebrated on the first Monday in September as a day off for all American workers. The holiday has its origins during the turmoil of the industrial revolution during the late 1880s. The extreme conditions caused the labor force to join together to improve working conditions for all ages. Labor Day was established as an official holiday in 1887 and the first Monday in September was declared a national holiday by Congress in 1894 to give laborers a day off. Today, Labor Day is celebrated with picnics, parades and fireworks displays.
The Savannah area will have many events that are taking place over the Labor Day weekend. One of the biggest annual Labor Day events is the Savannah Craft Brew Fest . The celebration of craft beer is held at the Savannah International Convention Center on Saturday, August 20th. The Savannah Craft Beer Fest has multiple indoor and outdoor beer gardens featuring the best local, regional and national craft beers. There will be educational seminars, a cornhole tournament and a sport bar at the festival. You can keep track of the latest information on performers and seminars on the Savannah Craft Brew Fest Facebook Page and Twitter Page.
Tybee Island is the place to be for Labor Day weekend. The Labor Day Tybee Island Beach Bash takes place Sunday, August 31st at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. The festivities start at 7pm with local band performances and end with free fireworks from the Pier. The Tybee Arts Associations will also have its monthly art show and sale at the Tybee Arts Association building. The show features paintings, sculpture, stained glass, jewelry, quilts, prints and other arts and crafts items created by local artists.
The Labor Day holiday weekend is a great time to get out and enjoy the historic squares of downtown Savannah. The nearby parks will all be open to explore and have one last summer picnic with friends and family. The local historic parks, including, Ft. Pulaski, Old Fort Jackson, and Fort McAllister will all be open to visitors on for the holiday weekend.
Stop N Stor’s office’s will be closed for the holiday, but you will still be able to access your stored belongings via our 24/7 gate keypad entry access. The offices for each facility will be open to help with your storage needs. Stop N Stor wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day!
Wounded Warrior Outdoors, a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic outdoor adventures to wounded, but active duty military personnel, is in the middle of their 2014 outdoor adventure schedule. The organization kicked off their spring 2014 outdoor adventures for our military heroes in April with a turkey hunt and fishing excursion to Lake Cumberland State Park in Kentucky. The trip was hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, State Park Rangers, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife, local volunteers and Wounded Warrior Outdoors volunteers. The wounded warriors for this excursion were from the Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego. The second trip of the spring was a bear hunt in British Columbia over the Memorial Day weekend. The adventure was sponsored by Otter Lake Guide Outfitters. The bear hunting trip included Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, USMC, who hunted the largest bear of the excursion. Check out the Wounded Warrior Outdoors Facebook page for some more great pictures from the spring 2014 trips. All participants of the adventures from sponsors to volunteers to the military heroes take great memories home from the trips.
The excursion organizers at Wounded Warrior Outdoors partner with doctors, nurses and therapists at Balboa Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Military Hospital, as well as other military hospital facilities, to choose 50 wounded, but active-duty, members of our military a year for fishing and hunting excursions in the United States and Canada. All branches of the military are a part of this program. The organization provides housing, travel to/from the excursion, outfitting, gear, clothing and even taxidermy services to the warriors. There is no cost to the participant or their family. The trips are a huge morale and confidence builder for the warriors and give them memories that will last a lifetime. The participants are extending and enhancing their physical and mental therapies with the challenges that they face during the excursions. The organization recently created a video describing the experience for both the volunteers and the participants.
Wounded Warrior Outdoors was founded by Ron Raboud in 2008. It is staffed entirely by volunteers who give their time and expertise to the adventures. The organization relies entirely on donations to fund the excursions. The spring to fall adventures cost over $250,000 annually to put on, so any donation is worthwhile! There are many corporate sponsors for the organization including Southwest, Hero Miles, The University Club of Orlando, Sheeler Rd Animal Hospital Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, Rabco, Dew Foundation and Inside Self Storage to just mention a few. You can send a private donation to Wounded Warrior Outdoors via their website. Stop N Stor has been a proud supporter of Wounded Warrior Outdoors for the past 3 years. Stop by our locations to find out more information on how you can help this very worthwhile organization!
Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer. It is time to have family and friend picnics or barbecue and welcome the “lazy hazy” summer days. Memorial Day is a national holiday to honor those who have served to protect the rights and freedoms of American citizens from the American Revolution over 230 years ago to current conflicts around the world. Memorial Day was first celebrated in 1868 with the name of “Decoration Day”. Over time, the name changed to Memorial Day. In 1971 the last Monday of the month of May was declared to be Memorial Day, also allowing the 3 day long holiday weekend. On Memorial Day, please take a moment to think about the 230 soldiers and their families who are deployed from Ft. Stewart to bases around the world.
There are many fun events to celebrate the holiday weekend from honoring our fallen military to special holiday weekend tours in Savannah. The Armed Forces Festival will take play May 23 to 25th at Rousakis Riverfront Plaza in downtown Savannah. There will be activities, arts and crafts and patriotic entertainment for the entire family. The proceeds for the event go to the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation.
Savannah has a rich history dating back to the early 1700’s. You can experience living in Savannah in the early 19th century by attending Tea in the Garden at Davenport House. You will be able to participate in afternoon tea as well as get a tour of the house. Step back to the mid to late 19th century with a special nighttime gaslight tour of Girl Scout Founder, Juliette Gordon Low’s birthplace. Join in the celebration at Old Fort Jackson for protecting Savannah for nearly 100 years from Revolutionary War to The Civil War.
Tybee Arts Association will have their annual art show and sale at the Tybee Arts Building. The art show and sale will showcase local artisans including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, prints, photography, pottery and much more! The sun runs Friday, May 23rd to Sunday, May 25th.
Memorial Day also starts the busy moving and storing season. As soon as the kids are out of school, the moving process starts. The moving process can be a challenge, but not if you know what you renting and what is worth storing. Stop N Stor is conveniently located in Savannah, Port Wentworth Network and Hinesville, Georgia. We are here to help you with all of your storage needs from packing supplies to unit security. Stop in today to see how we can help with your storage questions.
No matter how your holiday weekend, take a moment to think about the many men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms!
Happy Memorial Day!!
‘Tis the season for “extra stuff” to clutter up your home. There are gifts waiting to be wrapped, wrapping paper and Christmas decorations taking up every available spot in your home. While the decorations are great to enjoy during the holiday season, they tend to get in the way and fill up your closet space during the rest of the year. Larger holiday displays such as inflatables, artificial Christmas trees, wreaths or outside lighting displays could take up a large amount of storage space in your home. Renting a self storage unit is a great alternative to keeping your holiday items in your attic, basement or garage. This will help de-clutter your storage space and allow you to put other items that you might need on a daily basis in storage in your home. The extreme temperatures of an attic or the moisture of a basement could cause damage to your holiday displays. To protect your artificial Christmas tree or holiday wreaths, place them in a climate controlled storage unit.
There are certain things to prep your holiday decorations for storage either in your home or a self storage unit. If possible, store your ornaments in specially designed ornament boxes. Wrap delicate ornaments in tissue paper or bubble wrap and store them in a separate box from your regular ornaments. Bundle strands of lights around an empty paper towel or gift wrapping tube for easier storage. This will help to elevate time spent detangling the strands of lights next year. Store the artificial wreaths in a large box with extra filler for protection. Place all of your holiday wrapping paper and ribbons together in a box for storage. Make sure to label the boxes, so you will be able to access them when you need to for the next year’s holiday season. Doing these extra steps will allow continual use of your holiday displays and decorations for years to come.
The week after Christmas is time to set your goals and resolutions for the New Year and start taking down your Christmas decorations. De-cluttering and keeping your home organized after the craziness of the holiday season is the first step of accomplishing your New Year’s goals. Renting a self storage unit is one of the best ways to help you de-clutter your home. Stay tuned for some re-organization and de-cluttering tips in future Stop N Stor blog posts.
As 2012 is coming to an end, so is the hunting season for Wounded Warrior Outdoors. 2012 was a great year for this organization; Wounded Warrior Outdoors hosted 10 outdoor therapeutic excursions with over 50 wounded, but active duty, military personnel across the United States and Canada. The trips included a turkey hunt in Kentucky, bear hunting in British Columbia and California, wild boar hunting in Florida and Canada, fly fishing in Maine, fishing trips in Florida and Alaska and alligator hunting in Florida. There have been articles written about the excursions in some of the local participating communities. The participants in the outdoor excursions led by Wounded Warrior Outdoors are active duty military personnel who have been injured serving the United States in Iraq or Afghanistan. The servicemen or women can have a variety of injuries from post-traumatic stress syndrome to loss of limbs. However, they all have a strong desire to get better and stronger. The participants are chosen to go on the therapeutic trips by their doctors and therapists. Wounded Warrior Outdoors works with doctors, nurses and therapists at the Balboa Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Medical Center. Medical nurses or a chaperon are also members of the team for the outdoor excursions.
The hunting and fishing trips give a chance for the injured soldier to have “real-life” therapy. For most of the participants, the trip is their first time out of the hospital. Over the duration of the 3-10 day trips, the military participants can gain more therapeutic value in one day outdoors than a week in the hospital. The trips help with balance, mobility, endurance and building a sense of camaraderie with fellow participants.
The trips are free to the participants. There is no cost to the family or to the military. The trip costs are covered by corporate and private donations to Wounded Warrior Outdoors. Volunteers give their time, boats, equipment and sometimes even their homes to help with the trips. The volunteers do not get paid for their work with the organization. There are a few fundraising events throughout the year for Wounded Warrior Outdoors including a silent raffle event in February. On January 4th and 5th, 12 runners and some Wounded Warriors will run in the RAGNAR Relay Series to help raise funds for Wounded Warrior Outdoors. This is a 200 mile relay race from South Beach Miami to Key West, FL. You can help donate to the race by using the link above. You can also make donations to Wounded Warrior Outdoors on the website.
Wounded Warrior Outdoors was founded in 2006 by Ron Raboud as a way to give therapeutic outdoor activities to our injured, but active duty, military heroes. Stop N Stor is a very proud sponsor of this great organization. Stop by any of our locations to find out more information and how you can help support Wounded Warrior Outdoors.
November 11th is Veteran’s Day in the United States. This is a day dedicated to thank the men & women who have served (or are currently serving) during war or peacetime to protect the United States. The holiday’s history dates back to the end of World War I. An armistice, a temporary end to the battle, was signed between the Allied forces and the Germans on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. For the next 4 decades, the day was celebrated as Armistice Day in the United States & Remembrance Day in Canada and Europe. The day was mad an official legal holiday in 1938. In the 1950’s, the name was changed to Veteran’s Day to honor the veterans from WW II and the Korean War. Today, we honor all branches of the service and those who are serving and those who have served in our military.
Veteran’s Day is celebrated by parades, wreath-laying ceremonies and other activities throughout the country. Because of the close proximity to Ft. Stewart and Hunter Airfield, the Savannah area has quite a few Veterans’ Day activities. The 2012 Savannah Veterans Day Parade will take place on Saturday, November 10th. The parade will have 11 bands and over 100 different units participating in the day’s events. The parade kicks off at 10:15am at the intersection of Abercorn & Gwinnett Streets and goes through the Downtown historic district. Hinesville will have their parade on Monday, November 12th. The parade is sponsored by the East Liberty American Legion #321. The parade steps off at 2pm at Bradwell Institute. Some local Savannah area museums will also be having special Veterans Day activities all weekend. Old Fort Jackson will be celebrating veterans of different military eras at the fort. The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum will celebrate our veterans and active duty military all weekend with discounted admission tickets. WW II veterans will receive free admission to the museum. Check your local area for your Veterans’ Day activities.
Fort Stewart, home to the Army Third Infantry Division, is located near Hinesville, Georgia. It covers a very large part of Liberty County and is very important to the local economy. The base works with the community and family to make sure that its soldiers and their families are the best that they can be. Currently, there are 3601 soldiers from Ft. Stewart who are deployed in places throughout the world. We celebrate their accomplishments and wish them a speedy return home.
Stop N Stor is proud to honor our military with a 10% discount on their storage rentals. Stop in to any location to find out more information. Stop N Stor also supports Wounded Warrior Outdoors , which organizes rehabilitation outdoor adventures to injured, but active duty military men and women and Enlisted Angels, which is a support organization for wives of Ft. Stewart soldiers. Stay tuned for updates on these two organizations. This Sunday, remember to thank a current member of our military or a veteran for protecting and serving the United States.
Stop N Stor is your one-stop self storage solution in the Port Wentworth, Savannah and Hinesville areas. We have talked about how self storage is a great option for storing personal and business items. You can store nearly anything in a self storage unit from business files to family heirlooms to construction equipment and tools. However, there are certain items that should NOT be stored in a self storage unit. These items are the same for most storage facilities across North America. Some states might have different laws pertaining to items stored in a storage unit, so check with the facility management and your read your contract before you move your items into storage.
All storage facilities have lists of what you can or cannot store in their units. This “Do Not Store” list will help you when you are planning on renting a storage unit.
1. Perishable items-Do not store any type of perishable items in your storage units. The food could spoil very quickly in a storage unit. This will attract bugs and other unwanted vermin.
2. Plants and Living Items-This should be a given, but it has appeared not to be in certain parts of the country. NEVER store animals in a storage unit! They do not have proper ventilation, oxygen or light when in a storage unit. The same goes for plants. They cannot survive in a dark environment without light. Plants and Animals can also invite bugs and vermin to the storage unit.
3. Flammable or Combustible Items-Cleaning fluids, paint thinners, gas, oil or anything in an aerosol can should not be stored in a self storage unit. This also includes fireworks. These items can burst into flames when under a lot of pressure from extreme heat.
4. Toxic, Hazardous or Illegal substances– Do not store chemicals, fertilizers, or radioactive medical supplies in a self storage unit. The items could cause a fire or chemical spill in or around the storage unit.
5. Valuable Items-Do not store valuable items such as jewelry, coins or precious metals in a storage unit. These are higher risk items and could be in danger of being stolen. These items would be better to be stored in a safe deposit box.
6. Illegal Items-Another one that should be pretty obvious, but yet you still see stories about storing illegal or stolen items in a storage unit. Some states prohibit the storing of firearms and ammunition. This could also include antique firearms.
Check with your local storage facility for their lists of “banned” items. Don’t risk your health and your personal belongings as well as the health and property of the other renters around you by storing these banned items.