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How to Pack Your Dorm (Interactive)

College Packing Tips for Moving Out

As the spring semester comes to a close, that means it’s time to pack up your dorm room and head home for summer. But while you might be excited to leave your term papers and group presentations behind for a few months, you can’t do the same with your personal belongings. After all, someone’s gotta pack up all your items and send them home with you! And that person is likely you.

So, how do you move out of your dorm? The truth is, as long as you’re prepared, moving out of your dorm is actually pretty easy. To help, we’ve created a handy college move-out list. Follow these simple steps to moving out and you’ll be in good shape come moving day.

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How Much Does It Cost to Move Out of State?

Of all the questions we get, one of the most common ones is, how much does it cost to move out of state? Unfortunately, we don’t have a clear-cut answer. 

You see, a lot of factors go into moving. For instance, the cost of moving into a studio apartment just across the state border will likely cost way less than the cost of moving the contents of a five-bedroom home three states away. 

While we can’t necessarily give you a solid answer without knowing your circumstances, we can give you some insight into the factors that determine the cost of moving out of state. As you begin to familiarize yourself with what you need to budget for during your move, you’ll have an easier time calculating the average cost of moving out of state based on your particular scenario. 

Follow our guide to help you estimate what it might cost you to pack up and move another state or two over. 

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How to Store Shoes Long-Term

You might not consider yourself a collector of anything…until you take a peek at your shoes. If you’re like us, you’ve likely managed to accumulate quite the shoe collection over the years, from sandals and dress shoes to work boots and sneakers. And maybe you even forgot you even had a few of them, like those flip-flops you got on vacation or the high heels you only ever wore once. 

Whether you’re packing up for a big move or just looking to get organized, it’s time to figure out how to store your shoes long-term. But that can feel like an uphill battle if you don’t know where to begin. That’s why we’re here with advice on the best ways to store your shoes

Check out our guide below to find the perfect place for all your shoes. When you follow these six simple steps, storing your footwear will be a breeze! 

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How to Store Tires Properly

There are many reasons why you might need to store your tires. Maybe you’re switching to your winter tires to cope with Idaho’s blizzard season, or perhaps you’re looking for a place to keep your old tires until you can sell them. 

Whatever the reason, you can just toss them in the corner until you’re ready to deal with them again, right? No, not so fast. There are actually several steps you’ll want to take to help preserve the longevity and lifespan of your tires so that they’re in good shape the next time you want to use them. 

To help you prepare, we’ve created this helpful guide to show you the proper way to store your tires. Follow our tips below to discover the best way to store tires to help keep them in tip-top shape, and don’t miss the answers to all your frequently asked questions about tire storage!

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What Is the Best Lock for a Storage Unit?

When you’re planning to store your belongings in a storage unit, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. For instance, you’ll need to decide on the kind of storage unit you’re looking for, the features you’re most interested in, and what size will best suit your needs. But when you’re running through your storage checklist, don’t forget to think about and choose the right lock!

Depending on where you rent your storage unit, you might be responsible for purchasing a lock to place on your unit’s door. But because there are so many styles of locks to choose from, it can be tricky to decide the best lock for your storage unit. To help, we’ve created this guide, which outlines some of the best storage unit locks available. 

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Do’s and Don’ts of Lawn Mower Storage

Having a lawn mower is a huge help when maintaining your yard, but let’s face it—figuring out how and where to store it can be a pain. Maybe your shed is already packed to the brim with gardening tools. Or perhaps you don’t know how to winterize your mower for the off-season. 

The good news is that we’re here to help. 

Below, our guide covers everything you need to know about lawn mower storage solutions. Whether you have a hardy riding lawn mower or a simple push mower, we provide top-notch advice on everything from storing your mower to keeping it in good condition while in storage. 

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How to Store Important Documents and Records

If you haven’t found a home for all your essential documents and records yet, now’s the time to figure out where and how you’ll store them. After all, you probably have your fair share of paperwork, from your medical insurance information to possible estate planning paperwork. 

But how should you store important documents? And where should you keep them? 

Allow us to give you a hand!

We’re the experts when it comes to all things storage. So that’s why we’ve created a handy guide to help you with important document storage. We’ve provided information regarding what kind of records you should store, best storage practices, and suggestions for physical and electronic solutions. Check out our recommendations to help get all your critical paperwork sorted. 

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How to Store Batteries for the Long-Term

If you’re moving your belongings into a storage unit, you’ve likely put a lot of thought into the process. For instance, you know to place your mattress flat on the floor without anything on top of it, and you’ve prepped all of your furniture with plastic wrap. It seems you’ve considered everything, but not so fast: What about your battery-powered devices? 

Storing your electronics with the batteries still inside isn’t the best idea if you want to prolong the lifespan of your devices and their corresponding batteries. So how do you go about storing your devices and batteries in your unit? 

We have the answers. Our guide on how to store batteries for the long-term will provide you with all the information you need to power up your items correctly after storage. We’ll cover everything you’ve ever wanted to know about how to store batteries, from debunking the freezer myth to providing details on recycling them. 

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How to Properly Store a Mattress

You might not think about it often, but your mattress is one of your most prized possessions. After all, it provides you with a warm, comfy place where you can cozy up while reading a good book, watching your favorite movie, taking a nap, or even recovering from a bug. It leaves you feeling well-rested after delivering a good night’s sleep. Because of this, it’s only fair to treat your mattress properly while placing it in storage. 

But how exactly do you store your mattress? Well, it’s actually easier than you might think, but there are some simple steps you will want to know. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best ways to store your mattress in a storage unit. Whether you’re storing your mattress before a big move across town or during your fancy home renovation, follow these easy tips on how to store a mattress to keep yours in prime condition. 

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Self-Storage Units vs. Curbside Storage Pods: Pros and Cons

When it comes to storing your belongings, you have a lot of choices. That’s great, but it can also be confusing. For example, you can place your items in a self-storage unit at a facility, but you can also put your belongings in a curbside storage pod on your property. Both are excellent options, but how do you make the decision when it comes to pods vs. storage units

That’s our cue. Here at Stor-It, we’ve created this handy storage unit vs. pod guide, outlining the pros and cons of each, so you can make an informed decision based on your needs and preferences. Follow along to find the best storage option for you.

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