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Self storage for your gaming collection.


Remember that blog post I wrote ages ago about organizing your gaming collections and some of my storage unit tips? Well I forgot to mention the use of self storage units.

Self storage is the use of set aside places to store stuff you can't fit in you home, or a place to store stuff if your prone to moving a lot. As a kid my family tended to move a lot. Not real for any other reason other than my mother just disliked staying in one place longer than 2 years. Hence I've seen my fair share of storage units.

But a lot of the time we'd use them for big bulky items like old family furniture. Or when I was floating around between college and roommates I'd keep a tiny storage unit for my collections. Now you're saying isn't storing electronics in a self storage center a bad thing?

Well yes and no. Getting things damp pretty much spells the end of items. But when you live with more than yourself and have limited space, you do what you have to. That being said, you don't just dump things in a self storage place and leave them there!

Most Self storage facilities allow you a pass code to move in things during set hours. Check on your items at least once a week in case leakage or damaging conditions have occurred. Most units sit a bit off the ground so that moisture and rain rarely flood in to them. Also even though many storage centers offer boxes - do not pack games into paper boxes! They are frail and are susceptible to moisture and nasty critters (your stuff is basically in a fortified shed). Unless you are hand moving stuff from one residence to another, use plastic bins for long term storage.

Some storage facilities offer climate control options to control the humidity and temperature extremes. If you plan on storing things like gaming systems into a storage unit long term (or ignored reason and stored em in wood/paper boxes) then this option will be a worthwhile godsend.

Chuck Marvin said...
July 5, 2010 at 6:55 PM  

I could never part with my precious video games, heh.

Darksaturn7 said...
July 6, 2010 at 2:40 PM  

Oh I hate it too but when it's a choice between keeping stuff safe in storage or having shitty temp roomies (and their kids/pets) breaking em) I'd rather deal with the less of two evils.

Stephen said...
July 14, 2010 at 2:12 PM  

So long as you have a nice, big lock on the door, I guess you could safely store your video games. They're just like anything else, after all.

Darksaturn7 said...
July 14, 2010 at 10:05 PM  

True. Also it's a matter of no space as well! (The rooms here are tiny as 60s era homes tend to be) I'm such a pack rat. Thankfully I'm roomie free at the moment. But if I had to take in say family or something (I've done it before) I'd make room for em an keep stuff safe. Win win :)

Note I have a lot of just gaming/ anime stuff. Like a room full.

*Crosses fingers for that apt I'm eying accepts my app. Definitely would save me having to shift things back and for as I have been these few years.

Carlos Cicada said...
August 17, 2010 at 5:12 PM  

I have the majority of my video games in a self storage unit right now!! I hope they're ok!!!!

Darksaturn7 said...
August 31, 2010 at 9:28 PM  

Sorry for the late reply...family and no AC bleh. Am glad that moist of my stuff is in self storage. Our old as dirt AC unit up and died.

Finding a replacement one has been crappy going >.<

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