A cramped workspace can make it difficult to find what you need, distracting you from business at hand. Excess inventory, samples, supplies and paperwork tend to pile up quickly in small spaces, requiring extra effort to keep things organized. You may have considered renting additional commercial space or trying to squeeze more room in your home-based office, but were put off by the cost and loss of valuable time to planning and construction. That’s why, for today’s businessperson, self-storage is a cost effective and efficient solution.
At Lexington Mini Storage, we find that most of our business owners make use of self-storage not just for long-term, but also short-term solutions.
Essentially, a storage unit at Lexington Mini Storage can function much like an extra office. Take advantage of these tips to get the most of our investment:
Tip #1: Make a list of all of the items you’ll be storing in your unit, and keep an ongoing inventory.
Based on this list, you can then determine the amount of space you will need. With proper packing and organization you can fit a lot more in a Lexington Mini Storage climate controlled standard unit than may appear. The Lexington Mini Storage on-site manager is an expert at this, and will work with you to ensure that you’re choosing the size you need.
It’s easy to forget over time what you’ve taken out or added to your storage space, especially if several employees frequently access the unit. Consider keeping a running inventory on a PDA, laptop or website in order to keep tabs on stored items whether you’re at the unit or your office.
Tip #2: Consider climate-control.
Our climate-controlled units maintain a steady temperature of between 50–80° using central air conditioning and heat. If you’re going to store computers or computer parts, climate control is a must. The same goes for sensitive equipment, important paperwork, pharmaceutical samples, furniture, or anything else that may be damaged by extreme heat or cold. It also provides a pleasant temperature while you are retrieving or organizing your stored belongings. In most cases there is an additional cost for climate control; however, it is ultimately an excellent return on investment in loss protection.
Tip #3: Proper packing is key.
Although a Lexington Mini Storage climate controlled and standard units are intended to protect your belongings from the elements, additional steps should be taken to protect the items you are storing, especially if they are of high value.
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