Champlin Grand Opening
On May 13, 2015 Acorn Mini Storage celebrated the grand opening of its tenth location in Champlin. Acorn Mini Storage now provides almost 750,000 square feet of storage to more than 4,400 customers which makes it the largest locally owned self-storage company in the Twin Cities metro area.

Nearly sixty community stakeholders and associates were in attendance. From the City of Champlin were Mayor ArMand Nelson, Councilors Ryan Karasek and Bruce Miller along with Scott Schulte and other city staff. The Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce and TwinWest Area Chamber of Commerce also attended with their area business ambassadors.

The Champlin location is Acorn Mini Storage’s most modern facility, to date. It features a variety of storage space sizes from 5×5 up to 10×40 with both temperature controlled and non-temperature controlled options available. A new feature at this location is the conference room. It is available for free to customers and sits up to 8 people. Customers can use it to meet with clients or take a break from moving and enjoy some lunch. While they’re in the office, customers can also enjoy complimentary soda, water and coffee.

Acorn Mini Storage has been providing safe, secure, convenient and affordable storage options to the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area since 1988. It offers month-to-month storage contracts with either temperature controlled or non-temperature controlled spaces to accommodate the customer’s needs, and to maintain their stored items short or long term. Acorn Mini Storage is privately owned by a Minnesota family and operated out of New Hope.

Acorn Mini Storage’s grand opening was featured in the Champlin Dayton Press and News. Read more, here: http://pressnews.com/2015/05/20/there-is-no-acorn-without-an-oak-tree/

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Spring is the perfect time to de-clutter your house and gear up for the season at hand. Below are five tips that will help you streamline your life without sacrificing your stuff.

1. Clean out your closets. Pull everything off the shelves and racks. Decide if you want to store, donate, repair or toss the items from winters past. Clean then store anything you wore this past winter and want to wear again. It’s helpful to use vacuum sealed bags or plastic storage bins to protect from summer neglect so items are fresh again next fall. Donate anything that hasn’t been worn in two or more winters, you likely won’t miss it. Put into your repair pile items that need alteration – those straps that never stayed up or the hemline on which you always trip. Toss items that have that are stained, torn or otherwise damaged.

2. Assess what’s left of your current spring wardrobe. Before you go buying a new closet full of clothes, consider what you have. You may already have the perfect pair of spring shoes or a great dress for your friend’s wedding. It’s nice to know you don’t have to go shopping for those things. Make visible in your closet your favorite pieces so you’ll remember to reach for them this spring.

3. Put away out-of-season décor. Still have vases filled tchotchkes from past holidays? Or, did you get a great deal on a wreath that has been sitting in its bag ever since? Put all out-of-season decor on your kitchen table by holiday and carefully pack it away in plastic storage bins according to the holiday. If you cannot see through the bin, make sure to label it. Since you won’t be needing these items until the fall, these are great items for storage!

4. Inventory the furniture in your house. Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s time to take a long, hard look at your furniture. That table you inherited from your mother may be worth something but never really fit in your house. Now’s the time to put it in storage and see if the one you’ve been eyeing would look better. Since the weather is neither too hot nor too cold, you won’t be uncomfortable carrying even the heavier items. And, you won’t be lying to your mother if you tell her you moved the table to another room. She doesn’t need to know that the other room is a mile or two away!

5. Reassess your garage. Even with the unpredictable climate in Minnesota, it is unlikely you will need sleds or skis for the next few months. Pack up and store your winter paraphernalia so that the gardening equipment, bikes and other spring necessities are easily accessed.

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Many customers come to Acorn Mini Storage when they find they just have too much stuff filling their homes, garages, and basements.  Constantly encountering messy spaces at home can have a big, negative impact on our thoughts, feelings, and general mood.  Women tend to feel the most desperate about clutter—while men can walk through a room without even noticing the stuff surrounding them, a study performed by UCLA found that women’s stress levels rose significantly when simply staring at a cluttered room.  Additionally, the UCLA study dubbed our garages the “new junk drawers” of our homes–full of our stuff, not our cars.
We would like to share our four favorite tips for tackling the clutter around us.  We hope that, as you put these into practice, you’ll begin to reclaim the serenity of living in a comfortable and clutter-free home.
1. Focus.  Choose a specific place to start, and complete just one space at a time.  For example, rearrange the plastic containers filling your cabinets, save just the ones you use, and recycle the rest.  Focusing on just one project at a time allows you to reach a definite end point—and enables you to appreciate the results every time you open the drawer!
2. Schedule.  Set aside just 15 minutes each evening to tackle one specific project. Doing one small project each day adds up, and helps maintain your momentum as your efforts emerge bit by bit.  When you are ready to tackle a bigger project, such as a pantry or closet, break the task into parts and set aside a few hours each weekend until the project is completed.
3. Organize.  Clearing clutter doesn’t always mean donating or throwing stuff away.  If you have items that you want to keep for sentimental reasons or for future use, pack and clearly label the container specifying the individual items inside.  Be sure to store containers in an environment where they will remain clean and free of moisture, bugs, and critters.  (You will find clean, well-lit, temperature-controlled storage units at your local Acorn Mini Storage.  We also rent portable shelving to keep your boxes organized and easy to reach.)
4. Recruit.  Not sure what to do with your grandmother’s knick-knacks or your great uncle’s collection of stainless steel oddities?  Call your siblings, friends, relatives—enlist them in a group project to sort, distribute, discard, and store the family treasures.
Visit your local Twin Cities Acorn Mini Storage and find your way to a clutter-free and refreshing outlook on life today.

 

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Ready to leave winter behind, open the windows, and enjoy the outdoors? Here are our top three priorities to get your home ready for an enjoyable Minneapolis summer:

  1. Keep the dirt out: Doormats are your first line of defense from tracking dirt and allergens into your home. Keep doormats at their best by giving them a good hose-down. If needed, brush them with just a bit of detergent, then air-dry. They’ll be clean and ready to welcome your guests to your home.
  2. Freshen carpets: After a long, slushy winter your carpets have been put to the test. With dirt, grime and ice salt interlocked within the fibers, carpets need deep cleaning. Vacuum thoroughly, especially by doors and high traffic areas. An extraction machine from a rental company helps deep clean synthetic carpets. Test a few drops of the cleaning solution in a saucer with a hair dryer—if sticky residue remains, use a different cleaner. Use fans and/or the air conditioner to thoroughly dry carpets before replacing furniture.
  3. Declutter: Nothing gets us down like clutter. Whether it’s lurking in the garage, closets or basement, those piles pull us down. Start simply, with one room. Use the four-pile tactic: Donate, Toss, Use, and Store. Safely store sentimental objects or antiques that simply don’t fit your lifestyle by reserving a clean, handy, temperature- controlled Acorn Mini Storage unit. Your items will be safe, dry, and accessible 24/7—and not filling your home. You never know, maybe your kids will furnish their dorm room or first home with these priceless possessions one day.

A good spring cleaning will freshen your home and brighten your spirits. Make sure to give your local Twin Cities Acorn Mini Storage a call to help you make the most of the season.

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With the warm weather finally here, you probably don’t want to spend one more moment with the winter clothes you’ve been wearing for so many months. But, taking time to properly store them helps you feel more organized, reduces clutter, and makes for an easy transition next season. Here are four quick tips to help you keep your clothes in pristine condition during the summer months:

  1. Empty out all of your pockets—you just might find a $20 lurking there, and you will prevent damage from forgotten candy, pens, and pencils. Check for loose buttons, open seams, rips or tears. Taking care of these minor repairs now means your clothes will be ready to wear next season.
  2. Wash or dry clean each item. Body oil, sweat, perfume, and food particles can create stains that will become more difficult to remove next year. Also, clean your storage containers to prevent any potential bug infestation—a moth’s larvae are unnoticeable to the human eye.
  3. Ideally, store clothing in cloth bags that ‘breath’—moth larvae love plastic tubs, and bugs are attracted to boxes. Fold rather than hang knitted items, like sweaters, to maintain their shape. Add a natural cedar block or bag of cedar shavings to each container to help repel bugs and keep clothes smelling fresh.
  4. The best place to store your clothes for an extended period of time is a clean, cool, dark, and dry environment. Avoid storing your clothes in cold, damp basements or warm, humid attics. Acorn Mini Storage provides temperature-controlled units that keep your clothing clean, secure, and always accessible.

For all of your winter storage needs, click here to find the Acorn Mini Storage near your home or business today.