Keep Santa's Secret Safe with Self Storage

Santa Claus holding a bag of toys and putting his index finger to his lips in a shushing motion.

One of the trickiest things about preparing for the holidays is secretly wrapping and storing Christmas gifts. That's especially true when there are little ones underfoot, and particularly difficult when large, bulky gifts are involved. Instead of chasing everyone away to wrap in peace and hoping no one stumbles upon the bounty, why not opt for a Metairie, LA storage rental? A storage unit will give you the privacy and peace you need to get every last detail just right before Christmas morning rolls around. With our Miami, FL storage units, there's no need to spend a fortune, either.

Shop and Drop with a Metairie LA Storage Rental

Arriving home with a car full of gifts that still need to be wrapped can be a stressful situation. At any step along the way, a family member could cross your path and discover what will be waiting beneath the tree in a few weeks' time. Imagine how much easier it would be to do your shopping and then drop everything off at a nearby self storage unit instead. Your gifts will be safe in a Miami, FL storage unit, so you can completely eliminate the risk of being caught red-handed.

Move Santa's Workshop to a Storage Unit

Nothing is better than seeing everyone's surprised faces as they open their presents on Christmas morning. By storing your gifts in a Safeguard Metairie, LA storage rental, you can rest assured that the beans will remain un-spilled until the big day. This is an affordable, easy way to eliminate the stress of sneaking around in the days and weeks leading up to the holidays. Storage units are available in the local area, so there's no need to drive far to keep everything you've purchased under wraps and away from prying eyes.


Contact Safeguard Self Storage in Metairie, LA, Miami, FL, or any of our locations across Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York or Pennsylvania for holiday storage or year-round self storage needs.  

New Safeguard Self Storage Now Open in Miami

Exterior of the Safeguard Self Storage Flagler facility in Miami, FL.

We are excited to announce the opening or our new Safeguard Miami, FL storage facility, located at 800 West Flagler Street. This new storage facility will be equipped with our top-of-the-line features such as air conditioned units, extra wide hallways and cargo elevators. Our brand new facility also features state of the art security technology such as computer controlled access, unit door alarms, digital video recording and facility wide communication system. You can rest easy knowing that your belongings will be well maintained while in storage with Safeguard. A convenient covered loading area allows customers goods to be protected from the elements while being loaded or unload from a storage unit. We also supply carts and dollies so moving day is always easy! Do you need boxes and packing supplies? We have those available at our new facility too! Purchase 10 or more items and receive a 10% discount off our total.


We are located near several highways, making it easy to access your stored belongings. When looking for reliable Miami, FL self storage, consider the new storage units at Safeguard’s Flagler Store. Call 305-722-7614 to reserve your space in our brand new storage building today!

Plans for New Safeguard Self Storage in Long Island Underway

Safeguard Self Storage has announced the purchase, on November 20, 2014, of a land parcel to build a self-storage facility on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa, New York. The store will be the 73rd store for the company nationally when completed and the 27th store in the New York metropolitan area. Three other developments which will be the company’s 24th, 25th and 26th stores in New York are either under construction or about to start demolition prior to construction.

“The New York area is the company’s most important market and this purchase will build on the company’s efforts to increase its critical mass there,” says Allan Sweet, Safeguard’s Chief Executive Officer. “We have been building in New York for over a decade.”

The 61,825 square-foot facility will provide 766 storage units in various sizes. Amenities at this location will include heating/air conditioning, drive-up loading area, computer-controlled building access and digital/video recording of the property. As with most other Safeguard Self Storage stores in New York, the facade of the store will boldly communicate the company’s brand and logo – see the rendering (above) of the Safeguard Massapequa façade.

“This store will be the company’s easternmost location in New York and will fill a real need in this densely populated area of Long Island where there are few other options for storage,” said Jim Goonan, Safeguard Senior Vice-President of Development.

 3D rendering of the Sunrise Hhighway Safeguard Self Storage facility in Massapequa, NY.

Get Ready for Winter in Chicago

Last year, Chicago experienced a brutal winter, one for the record books. The Old Farmer’s Almanac forecasts another chilly Chicago winter filled with rain and snow. With predictions for colder than normal temperatures and above average snowfall in most of the region, Chicagoans need to prepare for another harsh winter that is expected to extend from December to February.

Preparing Your Home and Vehicles for Winter

Your home is your fortress against the frigid temperatures and heavy snowfall, but it is especially vulnerable to frosty conditions if it is not properly prepared. The City of Chicago provides a helpful pamphlet with tips on how you can protect your house and vehicles, including preventing and fixing frozen pipes, winterizing your car and making a family emergency plan.

You can stop the cold from seeping in by replacing worn weather stripping, loose siding and damaged roof shingles. Scatter de-icer on the driveway and porch steps to deter dangerous slips, and remove built-up ice and snow from the eaves and gutters to prevent damage to your house.

Restock Your Emergency Supply Kit

Frequent power outages from severe winter storms means you must prepare to survive the harsh conditions without modern conveniences. At a minimum, your emergency supply kit should contain water, non-perishable food, candles, a radio and flashlight with extra batteries as well as blankets and extra clothing for staying warm. Keep a duplicate kit in the trunk of your vehicle in case you get stranded away from home.

Storing Items During Winter

Your Safeguard Des Plaines IL storage units and Chicago IL self storage units are a great place to stash extra emergency supplies during the warmer months if space is tight in your home. This option is especially useful for storing bulky backup generators and alternative heating and cooking sources. If your summer camping gear is already packed away in your self storage unit, then make sure it is easily accessible.

A storage unit provides a safe and practical place to secure your seasonal items, such as holiday decorations and outdoor furniture, which you want put away before the blustery storms descend. Air conditioned and heated storage units can keep your valuable, environmentally-sensitive items safe as well since the units do not drop below freezing. This is a great option for protecting precious family heirlooms, valuable musical instruments and prized antiques from severe elements.


Contact Safeguard Self Storage to learn about our variety of options for Des Plaines IL storage units and Chicago IL self storage units. 

Prepare your Motorcycle for Winter Storage

Some areas of the country do not have a climate suitable for riding a motorcycle year round, even for the most dedicated bikers. When it is time to store your motorcycle for the winter, it is important to store it properly to maintain good condition. A great way to protect your bike from the elements without cluttering your garage is by using Safeguard Self Storage. Take these steps before storing your bike ensure it will be ready to run on the first day of spring.

 1.    Run the engine until it reaches operating temperature, then turn it off.

 2.    Change the engine oil as well as the transmission and primary chain case fluid.

 3.    Replace the oil filter if it is near the next scheduled oil-change interval.

4.    Restart the engine to circulate the new oil.

5.    Dain the gas from the gas tank.

6.    Remove the battery

Whether you use a garage or one of the many available Chicago storage units, do not place the battery directly on a concrete floor. You should place the bike on a platform so that the tires do not rest on any concrete surface, because it increases the risk of dry rot and flat spots. If no stand is available, ensure that you rotate the tires on a regular basis. Ensure tires are properly inflated. Wash and wax or polish painted and chrome parts. Lubricate the chain as well as the throttle and clutch cables.

Cover your motorcycle with a cotton cover or blanket rather than a plastic tarp that could trap moisture and condensation. Dry, well-ventilated Safeguard Self Storage units which are equipped with computer controlled access, individual unit door alarms and digital video recording are an ideal location to store your bike for the winter. Click on a link below to find your Chicago Self Storage Unit or New York Self Storage Unit.


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October is National Stamp Collecting Month

A collection of antique and unique stamps.

In 1981, the U.S. Postal Service proclaimed October to be National Stamp Collecting Month. Originally intended as an event to encourage stamp collecting by American children between the ages of 8 and 12, NSCM is now celebrated by philatelists and stamp enthusiasts of all ages. To commemorate the annual event, the USPS releases new stamps in late September and throughout the month of October.

Kinds of stamps to collect

Topical stamp collectors put together groups of stamps that feature everything from airplanes to wild animals. Space-themed stamp collections are popular, too. Every stamp collection is unique, but they all have one thing in common: educational fun.

Anyone can enjoy stamp collecting

Stamp collecting has been called the hobby of kings, but you certainly don't have to be royalty to enjoy this delightful American pastime. Starting a collection doesn't require any financial layout; simply peel the canceled stamp off the next envelope that you receive via snail-mail.

Once you've begun to amass a sizable collection, you will probably want to save your stamps in a scrapbook devoted to your new avocation. Paper postage stamps must be kept away from bright sunlight and sources of humidity. If you don't have a safe place to keep your collection at home, look into Safeguard’s Bronx, NY self storage facilities. If you're closer to Yonkers, Safeguard also has plenty of Yonkers, NY storage lockers to safely stash your collection. Safeguard Self Storage offers the amenities you need in a Bronx or Yonkers Self Storage Unit such as computer controlled recorded access, digital video recording, unit door alarms, air conditioned and heated storage units and drive in loading areas all designed to keep your stamps or anything else you may store in good condition.

Protecting your collection

The biggest enemies of ephemera are sunlight and water. Either can destroy a sentimental and valuable stamp collection. When stored properly, however, a stamp collection can last longer than a lifetime. If you are no longer adding to your childhood stamp collection, you can preserve it for your grandkids in a climate-controlled storage unit at your neighborhood Safeguard Self Storage.





Create Your Own Haunted House

An illustration of a haunted house on a hill under a full moon, with bats flying around and jack-o-lanterns and a graveyard.

Create Your Own Haunted House

This year, enjoy a fun family activity by creating your own haunted house for Halloween. With the right decorations, lighting and music, your home will be the place that trick-or-treaters will be delighted to visit. Once you're finished embracing the spirit of Halloween with décor, you can stash it out of the way in a self storage unit. With a New Orleans storage unit rental, you can keep your home's space neat and organized. 

Getting Started

 To create the scariest haunted house in your neighborhood, select a spooky theme. Consider making your home look like an abandoned asylum or eerie cemetery. Be sure to involve your family in the theme selection by taking a vote. Also, limit your use of commercially produced props. Instead, be creative and repurpose household objects or purchase a few affordable items from your local secondhand store.

You can create 'eyeballs' in a tree by painting two white beach balls with black 'pupils', and placing them in a tree in your yard. Do it yourself 'spider webs' can be crated with trash bags (cute them like a paper snowflake) or cotton batting. Spooky window silhouettes of spiders, bats, witches and ghouls can be cut from black cardboard for an eye-catching effect. Your imagination is the limit!

Keep in mind that you can use a Philadelphia storage unit to store your holiday décor once the season has passed.

Eerie Effects

If your family has selected a cemetery theme, raise the fright level with graveyard gates. You can even make them creak by including sound effects. On Halloween night, increase your graveyard's spookiness with a floating layer of hazy mist. To do this, use a fog machine or dry ice. Your children can enhance the eeriness of the fog by dropping glow sticks into the vessel containing the dry ice. When it's time to store your Halloween decorations, rent a Philadelphia storage unit that is large enough to hold all of your seasonal paraphernalia.

Storage Tips

If you own Halloween decorations that you want to enjoy year after year, be sure to store them safely in your New Orleans storage unit rental. For example, enclose breakable items in bubble wrap before placing them inside a storage crate or box. Also, set large items near the back of your self storage unit, and place your smaller belongings close to the front. With organization and meticulous packing, your Halloween décor will be ready to scare trick-or-treaters year after year.

Find a Safeguard Self Storage near you for all of your holiday and seasonal storage needs. 

Solar Power System Installed at Elizabeth, New Jersey Store

Safeguard Self Storage is committed to fostering environmentally friendly practices, so we are thrilled to announce the installation of new solar power systems at one of our facilities. We began producing solar power at our Elizabeth, New Jersey store on October 17, 2014. The solar power system was acquired from Trinity Solar, a major retailer and installer of solar power systems in the northeastern United States. The solar power system is designed to produce 129.6 KW of electricity, which is expected to supply about 80 percent of the store’s electricity needs.

Our Elizabeth self storage facility has many features that require electricity. These top-of-line features include computer-controlled recorded access, digital video recording, individual door alarms, facility-wide intercom system and much more.

Safeguard Self Storage does not intend to stop there! Installations of solar power systems are underway at 25 other stores in the company’s portfolio in New Jersey and New York. These systems are slated to go online and begin producing power later this year and early 2015. We already have a fully operational solar power system at our Thornwood, New York store, which provides over two-thirds of the store’s power needs. 

The system will drive NOI higher while helping Safeguard and its clientele reduce their impact on the environment. If you’re looking for self storage in your area, contact Safeguard Self Storage today! We’ll ensure that your belongings stay safe, while making sure our facilities stay green. 

Aging Parents and their Belongings

An aging couple smiling and sitting with their adult children and young grandchildren.Are you a Baby Boomer with aging parents in NY? If so, you may wish to consider the best ways to watch out for the good people who raised you as they ease into their old age. There may well come a time when good old Mom and Dad will need to make a major change of residence.

Maybe your elderly parent wishes to remain independent, but their long-time house is just too big for them to manage anymore. If this is indeed the case, help them throw a fabulous yard sale before they move to a smaller dwelling. Treasures they cannot bear to part with can be carefully crated and kept in air conditioned and heated self storage in Yonkers, NY.

If your parent can no longer live alone due to infirmity, you might want to make the loving gesture of inviting your aged loved one to move in and share your home. If you are unable to do so, perhaps a sibling can. In either case, there's a good chance that some or even most of your parent's belongings will need to be put into temporary safekeeping. Safeguard’s state-of-the-art storage units in Yonkers, NY can provide exactly that.

If your aging parent is able to make good decisions, by all means allow them to choose what things to sell, what things to give away, and which treasures to put into climate controlled self storage in Yonkers. If your folks have always been fiercely independent, that's not likely to change simply because they have to downsize a lifetime of belongings.

Keep available at least a few special items that make your parent feel at home and and store the rest in Safeguard Self Storage NY storage units in Yonkers which are equipped with computer controlled access, unit door alarms, digital video recording and storage facility wide intercom system for peace of mind. Also, Safeguard Self Storage is located at 188 S. Broadway for the ultimate in convenient access. Ready to learn more? Call (914) 222-1519 and ask us how to get your first month of storage for only 99 cents!

New Device Maximizes Small Spaces

Interior of a small apartment kitchen next to the living room.A new, high-tech invention, called CityHome, uses robotic technology to transform closets and small spaces into an area that provides greater storage and functionality than its size would suggest. The astonishing storage system includes kitchen appliances, a bed, table, and closet and storage space to maximize small spaces. A boon for New Yorkers, CityHome brings “Star Trek” spaceship technology to urban living in cramped quarters. (See the demo here.) This inventive device could prove life-changing for city dwellers, especially when used in conjunction with storage units to stow away excess belongings.

Self Storage in Manhattan

One of the mainstays for urban living is using NY storage units in Manhattan to make better use of living space, store seasonal items and provide air conditioned and heated storage for treasured mementos and family heirlooms. Safeguard Self Storage in Manhattan offers many custom storage options to keep your items safe, sound and out of the way of your daily life.

Designing Your Life so that Each Part Reflects Deliberate Intentions

Large homes might feel spacious and airy, but urban dwellers understand the premium costs associated with free space. People with large living spaces fill them with nonessential possessions, and the space generates stress for maintaining the space and affording rents, mortgages and utilities. Tips for maximizing space in small NY apartments include:

  • Regularly inventory your possessions, and discard unwanted items.
  • Store items at Safeguard NY storage units in Manhattan to make room for seasonal accessories.
  • Store items that aren't immediately needed on high shelves or under beds.
  • Closets are usually haphazard repositories, but careful organization can more than double storage space.
  • Store small wares in decorative baskets to stay organized and eliminate clutter.
  • Consider sharing large items with family, friends or business associates.
  • Rolling carts can conveniently store items that are only used occasionally.
  • Use ottomans, credenzas and end tables that double as storage space.

Thinking creatively and embracing an uncluttered lifestyle help NY residents get the maximum benefits from small living spaces. Safeguard Self Storage in Manhattan and surrounding areas offers signature benefits for the urban lifestyle in the most densely populated city in the United States. New Yorkers enjoy the greatest city in the world, and residents can proudly store those items they don't immediately need to maximize their small apartments and live large in America's urban utopia.