Every June, as the school year draws to a close, San Diego’s students and teachers pack up their dorm rooms and classrooms. But where do all those things go? Finding a reliable, clean and secure place to store your stuff can be a challenge when competing with thousands others facing the same problem. However, that doesn’t mean finding the right storage solution is impossible. Whether you’re a student or teacher, you can’t go wrong with these self storage tips!
Organize and Plan Before the School Year Ends
You don’t want to add clutter to your house or apartment during the summer months. Early planning helps you avoid getting into a last-minute jam. Several weeks prior to the last day of school, start sorting through your items. Make a list of things to toss and store, and even start tossing junk out right then. Listing and virtually sorting your items in advance helps you reserve your vacation time for fun-filled summer activities!
Purge, Purge, Purge!
No one wants to be burdened with extra stuff when away from school—or anytime. Purge the items you don’t want or need so you don’t rent a self storage unit that’s too big. Donate old clothes and teaching resources to local charities. Sell back textbooks for the classes you’ve already taken. Use a certified paper shredding service to securely destroy any documents containing sensitive personal and financial information, including:
- Student loan documents
- Credit card bills
- Classroom roster lists
- Grade books
Use wardrobe cartons to store clothes and dish cartons to prevent cups, glasses and plates from shattering. Books should be packed in small boxes so you don’t strain your back lifting them. Your self storage provider should be able to offer a variety of boxes and packing materials to help you pack and store your belongings the right way. Label all cartons on their sides so you can identify what’s in them even when they’re stacked vertically.
Don’t Complicate Things
College students changing dorms next semester need a hassle-free place to store furniture, bedding, and sports equipment. If you’re a teacher moving to a new classroom in the fall, it’s important to find a storage solution that prevents lugging boxes of books around and storing them in your home. You need an option that keeps your teaching materials organized and easy to find. And no one wants to get stuck in a long-term contract. To make your life easier all around, look for a self storage facility that offers:
- Ground-floor accessibility
- Drive-up units
- On-site management
- Multiple unit sizes
- Month-to-month leases
Of course, you want to keep your things safe and secure so you can use them next semester. Look for a self-storage facility with the right security features:
- Perimeter fencing
- Controlled access
- 24-hour surveillance
Before you know it, school summer vacation will be here. Follow these self storage tips so you don’t have worry about your stuff during the extended break.
Sentry Storage Solutions offers self storage, records storage and paper shredding solutions to businesses in the Greater San Diego area and Chula Vista, California. For more information about our services, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.