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:

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.

mattress on bike by Travis, Portland

Moved any mattresses lately?  Most of us here in bike-friendly Twin Cities haven’t tried carting a mattress via bicycle, although enthusiasts in Portland, Oregon, are trying to make mattress-moving a bicycle business.  Here at the Chaska Acorn Mini Storage facility office, we can’t recommend a bicycle moving company to you, but what we can do is give you all sorts of useful tips when you need to move, or just reclaim your home and garage for its intended use.  For example, we’d like to remind you to first enclose your mattress in a plastic cover before you load it up for a move.  Your mattress will stay clean and dry.

In addition to giving her customers mattress moving tips, Acorn Mini Storage manager Melissa Green and her staff in Chaska take pride in providing you with the best customer service and in making every move easier with experienced advice and lots of on-site resources. Located just minutes from the Hazeltine National Golf Club, the Chaska Acorn Mini Storage facility gives those of you who are living in the southwestern Twin Cities suburbs a place to securely and conveniently store your belongings.

Melissa abounds with tips that will help keep whatever you store fresh and in perfect condition.  For example, she recommends tucking one or two of your favorite fresh-smelling dryer sheets in storage boxes containing clothing, pillows, and bedding.  Also, tuck one into a suitcase or sleeping bag while it’s being stored.  No more musty cardboard-smelling linens for you!

Your potted outdoor plants do not, unfortunately, thrive in dark storage units, and most don’t do well when you bring them inside the house.  But Melissa does know how to save your favorite pots, which can crack and disintegrate when left outside in the winter.  Once the frost ruins the last of your potted flowers, remove the plants, dump the remaining dirt into a large plastic bin or trash can (to be mixed with fresh soil next spring), brush out the inside of the container, and place a piece of heavy paper or leftover plastic inside it.  Nest another pot inside, always separating each pot with a liner so you can easily separate the stack next year.  Then tuck them neatly into a corner of your storage unit where they will happily await the seeds and starter plants of spring.

While most of us have cars we keep in our garage at home, a few of Melissa’s customers store their special classic cars at her Chaska facility.  One of her favorites—a sweet 1967 Chevelle with plenty of chrome.  Don’t have a classic car?  Melissa suggests that you bring your family’s bicycles, along with all those outside toys and the mower and leaf blower, to her Chaska storage, and take back your garage for your car this winter.  You’ll be thanking Melissa come January!

Learn how to ‘winter over’ your things at Chaska Acorn Mini Storage facility.  You can call Melissa directly at 952-448-5201 for prices and availability of a unit sized right for you.

Image courtesy of Travis, Portland, Oregon

love locks cropped  Pank Seelen

While all storage facilities may look similar at first glance, they aren’t.  Before you decide where you’ll store your possessions, take a tour of the facility you are considering, and look and listen closely for these five indicators that you’ve found the right place:

1.      Secure entry:  From the access gate to the individual unit locks, security should be the number one priority of any storage facility.  Look for a sturdy, smoothly functioning, well-maintained entry gate that can only be opened with a personalized code.  Inside the facility, examine the locks used on individual units—the best ones are key-only high-security disc models.

2.      Clean surroundings:  As you walk through the facility, look in corners, around stairwells, and inside an empty unit.  Areas should be swept clean and tidy.  Dumpsters and trash containers should be closed and free of surrounding debris.

3.      Bright lighting:  Adding to your sense of security and to your ability to easily find and access your items, bright overhead lights should be easy to turn on in hallways and individual units.  A smart manager will be conserving energy along with providing light, by installing motion- or time-sensitive light switches that illuminate the space at your command.

4.      Convenient access:  You may not be planning to access your storage at dawn or dusk, but you might surprise yourself when you need your favorite set of dishware (or your snow blower!) late one evening.  When you tour, ask the manager about access hours.  He should enable you to securely access your unit 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

5.      Happy manager:  True, once the tour is over and the paperwork is signed, you probably won’t need a face-to-face meeting with the manager.  But knowing that your manager is happy, helpful, and able to solve most any problem means you’ll have someone you can count on if and when you do need something extra.  Observe how the manager responds to a phone call or to a customer who walks into the office.  See if he’s intent on listening to the customer, understanding her situation, and finding the right solution.  If so, you can be confident you’ll be treated professionally as well.

Before you decide, put the storage facility to the 5 Indicator Test.  At Acorn Mini Storage in Eagan, manager Bob Gottlieb will gladly give you a tour so you can decide if Acorn is the place for you.  Bob considers his job to be your storage consultant—from the moment he greets you, he zeroes in to help you determine what you need, find the right space at the right price, and take the steps to move in quickly, easily, and painlessly.  Call Bob at the Eagan Acorn Mini Storage , 651-905-0601, to schedule your tour.

Image of love locks in Verona, Italy, courtesy of Pank Seelen

Geese in fall sky

LaVonne Grant takes customer service to a whole new level as the manager of the Blaine Acorn Mini Storage facility. Helping her customers prepare for the coming Minnesota winter, LaVonne’s patience and enthusiasm shine as she offers advice, answers questions, and finds the right storage solutions for residents in the surrounding area.

This Acorn facility stores numerous cars and boats during the season.  Keeping vehicles dry and snow-free in covered storage spaces, or securely stored in one of Blaine’s outdoor rental spaces, ensures that their owners’ own driveways and garages are available throughout the season.

Many of LaVonne’s new storage customers utilize the availability of a free truck for easy, same-day moves within the Twin Cities.  And as a certified UHaul facility, Acorn’s Blaine location can help you reserve a truck for both one-way and in-town truck rental.  Saturday mornings often find LaVonne working speedily to ensure her rental customers get on the road.

Many Acorn storage units house family treasures or off-season equipment and furniture.  But few units compare to one of the most amazing possessions LaVonne remembers being stored at her facility – a full-size, professional wrestling ring, complete with all of the bells and whistles. Although no body slams were delivered during the ring’s stay at the Blaine location, LaVonne says you could just picture standing at ringside, watching two wrestlers grapple for a big shiny champion’s belt.

We asked LaVonne for the advice she gives to first-time storage customers.  She stressed the importance of being extremely organized during the packing and moving process.   While it’s tempting to use large boxes, they can quickly become too heavy to lift.  Use small boxes and pack them snugly with similar items.  Clearly label each box with its room location and a brief list of contents. And keep aside one last box or tub clearly marked “LAST IN/FIRST OUT”—fill it with markers, more tape, a box knife, and any screws/bolts/connectors that you’ve collected and will need when you put things back together.  Finally, organize your storage unit with the boxes facing label side out so you can quickly scan and find exactly the one you need.

Minimizing the exasperation of moving and storage is LaVonne’s specialty.  Call her at the Acorn Mini Storage location in Blaine at 763-767-2349, and see how she can help you find your just-right storage solution.

Image courtesy of Paolo Villanueva