College Students and Storage Units
It’s that time of year again when millions of college students make plans to return to their dorms for another year of learning. And that means these students will be packing up from their summer residence and looking for a place to store some of their extra things.
Self-storage lockers provide an excellent way for students to keep items they may not need every day close at hand. Locker sizes range in price depending on how big or small the unit is. Smaller units are excellent for storing winter or summer clothes, bicycles, or small pieces of furniture. Many students who travel out of state for school will want to have these things close by so they can access them at any time.
When choosing a storage locker size, keep in mind what you plan to store. A college student won’t likely need a large unit unless they have large furniture or appliances to store. You can also get units to store a vehicle, such as a motorcycle or even a car.
To store clothing in a storage locker, all items should be thoroughly washed and dried. Clothing can be loosely packed in cardboard boxes, but plastic totes will work, too. You can store clothing still on the hanger simply by folding them over and laying them flat. Seal the boxes with packing tape to help keep out dust and debris.
Appliances should also be cleaned before being put into storage. The outside of the appliance should be wiped down and the insides cleaned (especially stoves, dishwashers, and microwaves). Washing machines should be dry and most appliances can be stored with the doors ajar to keep moisture from collecting inside.
Electronics present a special problem. Storage units with climate control are the best for electronics, but these units are often more expensive. Electronics can be stored in a standard locker, provided they are kept off the floor (to avoid water seeping in) and not packed tightly to help improve air flow. But, humidity in a standard unit cannot be controlled, and some corrosion of parts can be expected.
For long-term storage of vehicles, it’s recommended that the fuel tanks and other fluids are drained, but if you plan to use the vehicle occasionally, this isn’t feasible. There are additive products you can use, such as Sta-Bil for fuel stabilization. Cars should be backed into a storage locker, in case you need to jump start it next time you use it.
Any furniture should be cleaned or vacuumed before storage. You can use some heavy-duty plastic to cover upholstered furniture to help keep dust and debris from settling on the cloth. Leather furniture is best stored in a climate controlled unit but should be thoroughly cleaned and protected before being stored.
Returning to college can be a stressful time for many students, especially those who go to school out of state from their primary residence. Renting a storage locker near their dorm can help ease the transition from home to school and offer students a place to store extra items they may not have room for in their dorms.
If you’re near Virginia Tech or Radford University, give the people over at Smartlock Storage a call. They’ll be able to give you a quote on a storage unit to fit your needs so you won’t have to worry about where you’re going to put any extra stuff you can’t fit in your dorm. This will take one less thing off your plate and let you focus on your education.