At Cherokee, we never assume that our renters know everything about self-storage. Whatever stage of renting a facility you are in, we believe that these tips may help you make educated decisions. Make an inventory: Before you look for a facility, make an inventory of everything you need to put in storage. This will give you an idea of what type and size of storage space you’ll need. Taking this step lightly may result in a lot of money wasted in choosing the wrong type/size of facility. Make sure you aren’t storing any prohibited items. Do your research: Don’t just drive to a storage facility your friend told you about—do your own research. If you’re a first-time renter, chances are that some facilities will offer you discounted rates! Choose the type of storage unit: There are many different types of storage units and your choice should depend on what your needs are. Weigh the pros and cons of the different types of storage units and make an informed choice. Storage Insurance: Ensure that your storage unit is insured. In the unfortunate event that your belongings are damaged or otherwise compromised, this will ensure you are adequately compensated. Packaging for storage: Once all of this is finalized, ensure that you pack your belongings in a storage-safe manner. This also includes purchasing a good quality lock for them. Organize it for transportation/storage: Ensure to keep a master index of which box what is in. If this is not done, trying to find something from the lot later on could become chaotic! Also, ensure to elevate as many articles as possible from the ground. You could use wooden pallets for this. Understand your payment structure: Speak to your storage manager, work out a payment schedule, and stick to it. If you are going to be out of the country for a while or in any other way inaccessible, it would be a great idea to ...
December 22nd, 2021
Are you guilty of owning things you don’t need right away but still keeping them around? Although decluttering is often described as the act of freeing your surroundings of too much stuff, its scope goes much beyond mere clearing up of a physical space. While many adults turn to yoga, meditation, and even mandala for their mental health, decluttering can also help in a significant way. Read on to know the effects decluttering could have on your mental health. Puts you back in control: Often, cluttered spaces are overwhelming. They make us feel powerless and possibly even frustrated. Thus, decluttering and organizing can help you gain a sense of control and mastery over the situation. Improves decision-making: Being able to find what you want right away, without having to go through a pile of things, saves you time and boosts confidence. Helps you focus: According to verywellmind.com, clutter may lead to decreased focus, confusion, and tension. This is because a person’s visual cortex may be overwhelmingly distracted by objects in their immediate surroundings that are not related to a particular task. Helps reduce anxiety: According to Dr. Bhavna Barmi, Director of Psycare, cluttered surroundings cause anxiety, which is a serious disorder that must not be ignored. This is because a certain sense of doom clouds your mind owing to the sensory overload. Releases stress: At some point in our lives, we have all snapped at someone because we couldn’t find what we were looking for. While living under the same roof, clutter affects everyone. This is probably why decluttering improves personal relationships with family members and also fosters a healthy environment for individuals to dwell in. The sense of accomplishment derived from clearing up and organizing cluttered spaces is unparalleled. Helps practice mindfulness: Decluttering allows mindfulness. It also helps your mind be free of a constant state of overload and focus on self-improvement. Often after decluttering their spaces, people feeling a ...
December 22nd, 2021
Marriage and long-term partnership can lead to a real “what’s mine is yours” mentality. You want to show that you trust your spouse, so you may think about sharing passwords to accounts, or the access code for your storage unit. Unfortunately, this can complicate things down the line, so sharing your code isn’t always the best idea. Before you decide for sure whether you’ll give your spouse complete access to your storage unit, think about the following. You may find that it’s not necessary, or that it makes perfect sense given your circumstances. When you should If you’re using your storage unit for something that involves both you and your spouse, sharing your access code may be fine. This way, your partner will have easy access to the space, and can make the most of it when you’re not there. That flexibility can make both of your lives easier. For example, say you’re renting a storage unit to hold some of your furniture and possessions while you renovate your home. This is a project that affects both you and your spouse, and it will benefit both of you to have independent access to your things during this time. If you’re in a positive, trusting, long-term relationship, sharing your access code with your spouse may not always be necessary, but is probably fine. When you shouldn’t A lot of storage units will only let you put one name on the contract. That name is then held responsible for keeping up with payments and their end of the agreement. If that person is you, you don’t want to be left responsible for taking care of someone else’s stuff after a relationship has changed. If you foresee any possibility of your relationship turning disagreeable, it’s probably not the best idea to share your access code. Sometimes, even in great, solid relationships, there’s no good reason to share the access code to your storage unit, just because there’s no mutual benefit. If the unit is there to protect one of your ...
February 24th, 2021