Clear the clutter

We’re always trying to help our tenants downsize and get rid of things they might not need. This is why we encourage customers to sort through their things one box at a time and if they haven’t touched it in 6 months or longer, we recommend them to just get rid of it altogether. If the box hasn’t been opened since the last move, definitely get rid of it. Downsizing is key to saving money on storage.  

Peter Walsh, an Australian media personality and author of “It’s all too much” is known as a professional “clutter organizer” and provides great organizing tips on his site: peterwalshdesign.com.

Even family mementos can be preserved while downsizing. We recommend taking a picture of the item or keepsake and getting rid of it or framing a part of it. There are several ways to honor the significance of personal family objects while still being able to live comfortably.

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Downsizing is key

Most customers aren’t aware of the fact that they aren’t required to stay in their specific unit size for the entire month.

For example, some tenants who are in a rush to move into storage will come in with a large amount of items and boxes. They usually later clear through them and end up reducing their amount in storage. It would be useful in this case to size down and get a smaller unit, because they no longer need the extra space, saving money in the process.

Dillingham Self Storage makes it easier for tenants to accomplish this by allowing them to downsize to a smaller space (given availability) at any point in the month. Our storage facilities are air conditioned and always clean, so feel free to come on by an sort through your boxes if at any time you feel downsizing would be helpful and necessary. And we’ll usually have coffee and pastries downstairs for ya! And what’s even better is there’s a public dump less than a mile away so you can rent out one of our Uhaul trucks for 50 cents a mile and spend less than $2 to haul away your stuff!  

If your desired smaller unit is not available at the time, we’ll have you down on a waiting list for the next month!  

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The Perry siblings

Chris and Crystal Perry are a sibling duo that stop by Dillingham Self Storage almost every day. They currently have two inside ground units and have been tenants with us since 2013. They are the Hawaii representatives for Ortho Development Co., a supplier for orthopedic devices for people going into surgery for knee, hip and spine replacement.

Dillingham receives shipments from FedEx, UPS and USPS, a quality that’s really helpful for Chris and Crystal because they have FedEx shipments arriving almost daily for them. The duo delivers and distributes the supplies to hospitals. Their supplies are sensitive because they need to be stored in a climate-controlled area, hence the reason why their two air-conditioned ground units are helpful.

Chris and Crystal also make use of the Dilly Print Shop and we add the bill to their storage invoice for convenience. They’ve commented in the past on how convenient it is that Dillingham Self Storage offers a plethora of services all in the same place – printing, storage and Uhaul rentals. However, their business is growing and soon they’ll be in need of a warehouse to accommodate for the expansion. But they’ve said that they don’t want to leave us if a spare unit doesn’t open up!

We love Chris and Crystal and we’re hoping they won’t have to leave either!