As the dog days of summer draw to a close, and the weather goes from 95 and humid to 75 and dry, we here at Storage Station of West Milford are gearing up for a busy time of year in our business. While the annual parade of boats and classic cars leaving our facility has ended, we are preparing for the mass influx of new tenants looking for ways to store their toys, whether it be their RVs or boats or antique cars, and keeping them stored away for the upcoming fall and winter months. We here at Storage Station, located at 1867 Greenwood Lake Turnpike in West Milford New Jersey, located a block south of the intersection of Lincoln Ave and Greenwood Lake Turnpike, ok forward to the annual return of some of our most tenured customers.
As many of you who are reading this can attest to, having all of the finer things in life has its ups and downs. While having all of these toys is great, there are certain things that we as the owners of such items sometimes fail to take into account when making these long saved for purchases. That 32 foot travel trailer that we took out a 15 year loan to pay off is great in the warmer months, can turn into quite the cumbersome lawn ornament come the fall and winter months. That 16 foot bass boat was great for catching the local ponds abundance of fish, but in December can turn into a great base for the inflatable Santa that our kids look forward to putting up each year.
Besides the obvious expenses like gas, insurance, maintenance, and various other joyous debits from our bank accounts, many of us don’t take into account what it is we are going to do with such items while they are not in use. For those of you who are looking into purchase one of these fair weather fun machines, one major thing to consider is the storage of these items when not in use. Boats and campers look pretty strange when covered under 2 feet of snow, and if last winter is any indicator of the type of winter we are in store for this upcoming holiday season, 2 feet of snow would be a welcome sight compared to the 8 plus feet we got here in Northern New Jersey. It’s all too often as I make my daily commute from Ringwood during the winter months, that I see collapsed pop-up campers and fishing boats with their covers caved in due to the previous days ice storm.
For those of you who have made the decision, or have already had one of these items for a while now, can attest to, the damage and inconvenience that having one of these beauties sitting in your driveway in February can way outweigh the benefits of having them in the summer. A beautiful July afternoon on Greenwood Lake will seem like a distant memory in January as you ram into your boat with the new Fisher plow you had put on your truck because the kids are off at school and there’s no one to help you shovel your driveway. There’s got to be a better way to handle the storage of your recreational vehicle than sitting out in your drive way with snow piling up on top of it.
We hear at Storage Station are here to help. After a quick call to 973 846 4637, you’ll see that keeping your boat or RV here with us is the best way to go. No one wants to have to shovel around that 24 foot toy while cussing under their breath because the plow couldn’t get around it to make a parking space for mom’s SUV. The convenience alone of not having to juggle cars in the drive way or shoveling as opposed to plowing or snow blowing should make the decision to store your seasonal machines here with us. The stories we hear each spring, about plow trucks hitting RVs and the kids sliding in the driveway and crashing into dad’s bass tracker, are enough to make anyone cringe. Each year we hear these stories and they’re usually followed by the phrase, “I should have stored by ________ (fill in the blank) with your guys.
Many of you out there reading this may be surprised to learn that we here at Storage Station of West Milford, can handle most recreation vehicles, RVs / Boats / and the like, with ease. Some of you think of storage facilities and envision storage unit auction shows and garage like units where grandma’s Christmas decorations go to die a slow painful death. Well you couldn’t be further from the truth. A large portion of our winter time tenants utilize our facility for the storage of the classic muscle cars, RVs, boats, campers, and various other items that most people do not associate with self storage. We are equipped to handle most items, depending upon size, and have flexibility in our leasing options as far as terms of stay and affordability are concerned. We have parking spaces and storage units that can accommodate a wide variety items from the smallest of row boats to some of the largest travel trailers one can imagine. It’s not uncommon to see 32 foot travel trailers being stored on our property as well as bass fishing boats and jet skis stored in some of our interior non climate controlled units.
And as far as cost is concerned, there’s no comparison. For those of you with boats, I’m sure you are aware that local marinas charge different rates based on time of year, and vary from one month to the next. Storage of your boat with not only allows you to know what your expenses will be, but will also allow the ease of access that it is so important to all of you. We are located directly across from Greenwood Lake and are very near to many local boat launches. Many of our tenants keep their parking spaces with us year round to both save money, and provide that quick and easy access to your boat when you’re able to sneak out of work early on a Friday and catch a little extra time out there on the water.
While ease of access, storage convenience, and cost are all great reasons to give us here at Storage Station a call, stop down to 1867 Greenwood Lake Turnpike or call 973 846 4637, and let us show you how we can help you store all of those summer fun time item and ensure that you’ll be having fun with them for many summers to come.
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When I moved out of my parent’s home for the first time at the age of 18, I didn’t have many belongings to call my own to bring with me to my first apartment. Looking back now, it was my easiest moving day to date! Through the years though, I have acquired the necessary, and some unnecessary, belongings to get me through life and have moved numerous times. The trips in and out to the truck, either borrowed from a friend or rented, have multiplied and the furniture is larger and seems much heavier as my legs aren’t what they used to be and.. well, you get the point. As I’ve gotten older, the amount of clutter that I just can’t seem to bring myself to get rid of, grows at an astounding rate.
I am not a hoarder by any means, but each and every item has a special memory of a person, place or time in my life that is irreplaceable. Big or small, these are things that make me, ME!
For example, I have an old bulky blanket that my Mom made for me when I was a kid. I am the youngest of seven children and I’ll never forget the day she gave it to me. The warm feeling it gave me that my presence was not lost in the sea of children in our little Cape home. The blanket has a black and red chevron design that makes me think of my beloved Mom and how much I miss her every day. At the time, it was the most beautiful blanket in the world to me and I slept under it every night. Today, as an adult, the blanket occasionally comes out of the closet on those chilly winter nights to keep me warm, but it’s usually stuffed on a shelf amongst other things.
Let me tell you about a dream I had. I was sitting at my kitchen table reading the newspaper, eating some toast, when I saw something out of the corner of my eye. My dog, Jack, was at attention at my feet waiting for his share of my breakfast so I knew it wasn’t him. I waited a second and decided to just make sure there was nothing and no one there and went to investigate. I turned the corner of the doorway in to the living room and noticed the furniture was a bit out of place. The dog must have been bumping in to things, I thought. I returned the coffee table and the two other out of place chairs to their respectable spots, making sure the legs were neatly tucked in their divots in the carpet. I went back to kitchen and gosh darn, if I hadn’t left the toast too close to the edge of the table .. the dog got to it! I sat down to continue reading. Somehow, I had more toast, but remember this is a dream. I was about to bite in to the toast when I heard a loud thump and then a dragging sound coming from the living room. I couldn’t imagine what was making this noise, so I jumped up to get to the living room quickly and as I turned the corner, I saw a lamp fall off the corner table next to the sofa. But it didn’t just fall. It fell and landed standing upright. That would have been a good thing since it didn’t break, but what made it come off the table in the first place? Jack? No, he’s still in the kitchen. After all, that’s where the food is. I turned to look at him and again, in the corner of my eye I saw something moving. I knew once I looked at whatever it was it wouldn’t be moving anymore, so I turned. But it didn’t stop! The lamp was dragging itself across the carpet towards me with a purposeful stride. It pulled the plug from its socket without a pause. The mirror hanging over the sofa fell and bounced to the carpet and was using it’s corners as if they were feet. Before I knew it, the lamp and the mirror were being followed by the other 3 lamps in the room, the sofa, the loveseat, the 3 corner tables, the television, pictures, even all the knick knacks .. ALL the furniture was marching towards me across the living room carpet as if sliding on a freshly waxed linoleum floor. I was stunned. Then I grabbed Jack and I was running!
I ran towards the hall to get to the bedroom where there was a door. A nice big door that would close and I could get behind it and be safe. I was running down the hall .. still running .. where’s the darn door!?! My furniture was chasing me and I needed to find a hiding place. I turned a corner at the end of the hallway and peeked around it, the lamp had a fierce pace about it and the shade seemed to look up at me as if staring me down. I panicked and started running again. I finally got to the bedroom, opened the door, slammed it shut behind me and Jack and I were safe on the bed. Suddenly the door flew open. The mirror peeked around the corner as if seeing if the coast was clear. I saw the reflection in the mirror of Jack and I sitting on the bed as the mirror and all the furniture came in to the bedroom and surrounded us. Scream .. scream .. all I wanted to do was scream! They were getting closer and there was no escape! I grabbed Jack and I ran to the closet. I jumped inside, pushing all the clutter out of my way and slammed the door. The blanket .. the old blanket fell on my head and started to unfold over me. It startled me at first but then a warm, safe feeling came over me.
I was awake!
I was on my sofa, the television was on, Jack by my side and I was covered with that old blanket my Mom made for me. I looked around the room and everything was in its place. Tables, chairs, lamps, mirrors, pictures.. all where they should be. Except, maybe not exactly where they should be.
I knew I had a lot of clutter in my apartment, but I didn’t realize until that dream, just how much stuff I’d accumulated over the years. I knew I had to do something I just didn’t know what. A friend recommended I put some things I wasn’t ready to part with into storage. I’d never used self storage before so I investigated. I looked on-line at http://www.storagestations.com and saw by the map displayed on the homepage that one of the 6 Storage Station locations was conveniently in my area of Wayne, NJ. Also on the homepage at http://www.storagestations.com, was the phone number of that location, so I called and a representative told me about the different sizes of self storage units and invited me to visit the location so I could make the best choice of unit that would suit my storage needs.
When I arrived at Storage Station I was met by the site manager, who was so helpful in answering my questions and escorted me around the facility. The first thing that struck me was how clean the units were. He pointed out to me that the facility had automated gate access. Meaning, I would be able to enter and exit the facility with a personalized pin code, designated just for me. The Wayne facility has 24-hour access every day, making moving in easy because I wasn’t restricted to any particular time of day. Also a plus at the Wayne location, there is a completely paved parking lot that goes around the building itself, making the buildings 10 entrances, very convenient. . The Wayne, NJ, Storage Station sells locks, boxes, packing supplies and tenant insurance, making it a one-stop-shopping deal that I couldn’t resist. My clutter is going in to self storage. The blanket my Mom made for me is staying on its shelf in the closet.. for now!
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