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Coming out of our Cave

And we’re feeling just fine! The time of hibernation is over, that pesky groundhog was right on the money. Just over six weeks after Groundhog Day and we are seeing some beautiful Minnesota spring weather. Spring at Interstate Storage means one thing: business. The second that thermometer reads above freezing, everybody and their sister need storage. Increased activity at the facility means a few different things: a busier drive-thru, a busier elevator, decreased unit availability.

Drive-thru/Elevator Etiquette

  • If you plan on rearranging your unit or spending time (more than 15 minutes without coming downstairs) upstairs, consider parking outside once your vehicle is unloaded.
  • Pull off to either side of the drive-thru as best you can. This will allow the maximum amount of vehicles to utilize the drive-thru without worrying about getting stuck or needing to back out of the entrance doors.
  • If you notice the facility getting busier, try to limit your cart and dolly usage to one or two per party.
  • Want to avoid the crowds entirely? Trying stopping by during the week either on your way to or from work, or on your lunch break! The weekend is always much busier around here, naturally.
  • Refrain from holding the elevator doors open manually, or sticking things in the doorway to keep them from closing, this can cause the elevator to reset itself and shut down, meaning nobody can use it.

We love the warmer weather here at Interstate Storage. The warmer it gets, the more people seem to need storage. If you are in need of storage, I recommend making your reservations as soon as you know what you need! Our unit availability in the summer months dwindles down to odds and ends and I hate to tell any of you that I am unable to suit your storage needs.

As always we want to thank our tenants for renting with us and remind everyone that leaving us a review on Google or our website will net you a $10 credit towards your next months rent! Follow our social media pages and check our website for deals and reduced rental rates.


Two Years of Learning

The weather has been unseasonably hot so far this summer. I don’t remember the last time we had a stretch of heat like this so early in June! I danced to the rain gods and was gifted with a mere fifteen minutes of sprinkles for my trouble. Not enough! I’d rather save my sweat for July and August, thank you very much.

Walking, talking, and renting storage? we’re certainly advanced for our age!

Speaking of July, our 2nd birthday is coming up here at Interstate Storage, and I wanted to thank everyone who helped us make it this far. Our facility is finally nearing full capacity as we become more and more engrained in our community. My hope is that whenever someone thinks of storing in Lakeville, their mind immediately goes to that big, bright Interstate Storage sign towering over I-35.

Our facility contains over 700 indoor, climate-controlled rental spaces, which means we’ve had the pleasure of meeting a great number of people from all over the south metro. Meeting each and every one of you has been the best part of my job; whether it’s helping you through a difficult time in your life, or an exciting one! Just this morning I helped someone find a space to store their things while they finally embark on the adventure they had dreamt of for their entire life. I truly enjoy hearing about what brings people to storage, since before I worked here, I couldn’t imagine a scenario where one would need extra space! So please, if you need storage, come on in and let me help you find the perfect space to fit your needs.

As always we want to thank our tenants for renting with us and remind everyone that leaving us a review on Google or our website will net you a $10 credit towards your next months rent! Plus, if you sign up for either a 5×5 or 5×10 in the month of June, you’ll receive July and August rent free!


Welcome Back!

Breaks are important, whether it is for lunch, Christmas, or from those cheeseburgers that seem to show up on your plate too many days in a row. Breaks offer a chance for us to appreciate the things that we take time away from even more; or offer a reprieve from the things that sap our energy throughout the day. If you’re lucky enough to go home for your lunch break every day, you know how relaxing it can be to put your feet up for a few minutes before getting back to work. I took a brief break from writing this winter. Motivation and inspiration can be fleeting even in a normal year, throughout the pandemic they have eluded even the most driven of folk. So today, I wanted to break down how to benefit the most from your daily (or monthly) breaks!

If you are having trouble with inspiration

  • Turn off that TV and flip on the radio and open your favorite book, I always end up feeling more creative when I’m reading or listening to music.
  • Go for a walk! Or do some jumping jacks, or just stretch; anything to get the blood moving in your body will wake your brain up.
  • Get some sunshine! The sun has a ton of healthy benefits (in limited quantities), it improves your mood, your bones, your sleep, and just feels dang good to soak up.

If you need a break from food or drink

  • Find some healthier alternatives! Drop the snickers and break off a chunk of dark chocolate, swap that sprite with a lime LaCroix, try your favorite cocktail without the spirits if drinking plain old tap water gets boring.
  • Every time you think about your cravings, do an exercise! Five push ups here and a couple of star jumps there will add up quick if you think about Sour Gummy Worms as much as I do.
  • Once your break is over, you’ll be amazed at how much more delicious chocolate cake or gin and tonics are!
You ever just, walk through a field of weeds with your arms above your head? Me too.

If you need a break from staring at that junk in the corner, rent some space at Interstate Storage! For the month of March, rent a 5×5 or 5×10 and your first full month of rent is only $1! These spaces are perfect for that pile of winter clothes you won’t put back on until (hopefully) next November.

As always we want to thank our tenants for renting with us and remind everyone that leaving us a review on Google or our website will net you a $10 credit towards your next months rent!


Making Your Space Work for You

At Interstate Storage, we have a space for almost any need. Plastic bins full of old pictures or childhood toys you want to save for grandbaby? Motorcycle or kayak? Classic car or a house-full of furniture? We have a space for all of it. What I’d like to talk about today is how you can make whatever space you need, work best for you! Listed below are a few helpful pieces of advice to make storing your things a fun puzzle of organization instead of a jumbled mess you fear will collapse the second you close your door!

  • Boxes: label them on every side, think about how much time you spend digging through boxes, only to realize what you’re looking for was in the box you took out and set to the side twenty minutes ago!
  • Boxes: buy stackable boxes! Nothing is worse than trying to balance everything on that tiny little shoe box at the bottom of the pile, shutting the door, and then hearing everything tumble down; leaving a mess for you (or my wife) to clean up the next time you need something.
  • Seasonal Organizing: this is exactly how it sounds, organize your things by seasons! This way, you can rotate your space as the year goes on, replace your holiday decorations with your patio furniture, and vice versa. Replace your beach toys with your winter boots.
  • Lighting: If you rent at Interstate Storage, chances are you have some chicken wire rooving your storage space, one short bungee chord and a flashlight works as a makeshift light fixture if you decide you need more lighting to sort through your space, just don’t forget the batteries!
He has a ways to go before his storage space is organized

I’m sure you’ve heard most, if not all, of this advice before. I just wanted to be the one to push you over the edge into actually deciding to go ahead and spend the extra five bucks on some tape and a sharpie to make sure your boxes are labeled, or just to have some sense of organization in your space, saving you time and a headache!

As always we want to thank our tenants for renting with us and remind everyone that leaving us a review on Google or our website will net you a $10 credit towards your next months rent! Also, for the month of November, Black Friday deals are going on all month! Receive one month free, plus our stimulus special pricing of $19 for a 5×5 and $39 for a 5×10 for your first three full months!


Spooky Season

We’re in it, now. We had our first forty degree day since April and- wait, is that snow? No, nevermind, it’s just some teenagers in a bed sheet recording a TikTok. The birds are leaving. If there is anything that knows what time it is, it’s birds. They can’t even use the internet! But they know what time it is. Once the birds start leaving, my patio furniture goes away. I’m lucky, I have a tiny patio (with tiny furniture). That means my stuff fits into a 5×5 (which right now are only $19 a month for the first three months). If you are lucky and have a giant patio, or a motorcycle, or a kayak, or any other cool outdoor things that help you float or glide or have fun outside, Interstate Storage has a pumpkin head bucket full of deals for you to choose from to make storage inexpensive and convenient!

I guess I’m old now because I don’t understand this.

If, like me, you only have a couple of chairs or some bins full of beach toys, our 5x5s on the first floor are only $19 a month for the first three months! If you need TWO 5x5s, or TWO 5x10s, they’re BOGO all month! If you need a bigger space, like a 10×10, you would be able to use our U Haul truck for free for a day! As you can see, Interstate Storage has your back when it comes to keeping your things safe and warm all winter.

As always we want to thank our tenants for renting with us and remind everyone that leaving us a review on Google or our website will net you a $10 credit towards your next months rent!


Right Around the Corner

Can you feel it? I can. The air is getting cooler, the sun is setting earlier, birds are leaving. That’s winter. It’s coming. Goodbye beach, goodbye barbecue, goodbye camping. Soon our state will be blanketed in white once again. We’ll trade in our bikes for sleds and our tent poles for ski poles.

Don’t lose your head over the snow this year!

I for one hate staring at all my summer gear once it is unusable. My poor golf clubs sitting in the corner of my closet begging me to take them out one more time. I can’t even find my ball when the ground is covered in green!

At Interstate Storage we have the perfect place for everyone’s summer toys. Our 5×5 and 5×10 units (going for only $19 and $39 respectively) can comfortably fit kayaks, tents, bicycles, motorcycles, golf clubs, and everything else under the sun that will soon be taken away from us for half the year. Our entire building is climate controlled (read: heated), meaning no snow capped kayak when all that snow melts and fills up our lakes and rivers next spring!

As always we want to thank our tenants for renting with us and remind everyone that leaving us a review on Google or our website will net you a $10 credit towards your next months rent!


Dog Days

We’re in the dog days of summer, now. That used to mean more dogs were rabid, now it seems we’re the ones going crazy. How many masks can one sweat through in a day? We can’t even go to the movies! As we burn through our Netflix catalogs and Spotify playlists, many are beginning to turn to more old school ways to keep ourselves entertained. Board games, coloring books, real books!

This is Jane, she’s not rabid, just sleepy.

I know, for me personally, most of the good stuff is buried under a pile of things I haven’t touched in a few years. You know, the things that you forgot you had, but when you see them and your wife says it’s time to throw that away and you agree but then it goes back in the pile? We’ve got the extra space to brighten up your home and make it easier to grab Monopoly out of the closet. With our price match guarantee, you’ll be sure to get the lowest possible price for your first three months of renting, at the best possible storage facility: Interstate Storage! We’ll even go below our crazy stimulus special prices of $19 for a 5×5 or $39 for a 5×10 if you can find another storage facility in Lakeville that beats it!

As always we want to thank our tenants for renting with us and remind everyone that leaving us a review on Google or our website will net you a $10 credit towards your next months rent!


It’s Our Birthday!

While it seems there is less and less to celebrate each day, we’re celebrating a small victory this month at Interstate Storage Lakeville: our first birthday! As of July fifteenth, our doors will be open for a year. We are trudging through this strange summer and still doing our best to help people store things when they may need it most. What we would like for our birthday is for our community to continue to stay strong and support each other during these trying times and beyond.

Here’s to another 365 days of hoping you come store with us!

This year for our birthday, we’re giving you a present. Move in to a unit of any size and you could win a gift card to a local restaurant or even a free month of rent! Reach into our goodie-bag and see what you win! We take pride in being a locally owned and managed company and in giving back to our neighborhood. In addition, our 5×5 and 5×10 sized units are still $19 and $39 a month for the first three months.

As always we want to thank our tenants for renting with us and remind everyone that leaving us a review on Google or our website will net you a $10 credit towards your next months rent!


Gearing Up for Summer

It’s hot. It’s officially summer. Great! Right? Unless you’re moving. Slippery, sweaty hands can’t grip your grandmother’s hutch! You and your buddies are screaming at each other about which way the couch will fit through the door, “rotate it counter clockwise away from my left!” It’s eight o’clock on Friday night and you’re ready for ice cold beer(or lemonade!).

These guys know what I’m talking about

We’re making all that easy on you at Interstate Storage. Carts and dollies make moving boxes a cinch, our freight elevator fits furniture of all sizes. Our four story climate controlled Fort Knox-like facility will make moving in and out easy as pie. I can tell you that this very second (because I just changed them) that our thermostats are set around the building to read between 63 and 74 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the summer months. That means our drive-thru, too! Our drive-thru might be cooler than the AC blowing out of your own car!

This month, much like last month, we’re trying to help our community by keeping our prices at the bare minimum, keeping cash in your pocket to keep businesses in our area propped up through these difficult times. Our 5×5 units are staying at $19 a month, while our 5x10s are still a meager $39 a month, less than a dollar per square foot!

As always we want to thank our tenants for renting with us and remind everyone that leaving us a review on Google or Sparefoot will net you a $10 credit towards your next months rent!


Spring Stimulus

We’ve all been stuck inside for going on two months now. That is a long time. I’ve gone through about fourteen frozen pizzas and six cases of La Croix (Passionfruit and Peach-Pear have been hitting the spot recently). We’re supposed to be at baseball games and bonfires by now! Catching our first tan before the blaze of summer comes to our backyards. Instead we’re inside watching season 13 of Survivor again (Cook Islands, I love you Jonathan Penner). Instead I’m spreading out my laundry so I have something to do tomorrow that isn’t staring at my phone for four hours and then… getting into bed and staring at my phone for four hours.

I’ve never been one for jewelry but this diamond has me drooling lately.

It sounds like some more businesses may be opening in the coming weeks, we’d like to help everyone patronize them by patronizing us! For the month of May, our 5×5 units are starting at $19 per month, and our 5×10 units are starting at $29! That means more money in your pocket for curbside pickup from the other local businesses in Lakeville. These units are perfect for emptying out that corner of the basement full of nicknacks you’ve been staring at for the last two months.

As these businesses open back up for curbside pickup, social distancing practices are becoming more important than ever. Stay in your car when doing a pickup, wear a mask if you have to go into a store, wash your hands, and try not to touch common surfaces or your face! Minnesota has been a leader in limiting COVID-19 as much as possible and Interstate Storage is doing its part to help!

As always, we want to thank our tenants for storing with us. We’d also like to remind everyone that if you leave us a review on Google or our website you will receive $10 off your next month’s rent!


Combating COVID-19

What I do when someone gets within 6 feet of me

Now that the year of March is over, I’d like to update you on what’s going on at Interstate Storage. While a large portion of the places we all frequent daily have tragically had to close; Interstate Storage is OPEN! We are keeping regular hours, as it is essential we are available to help current and prospective tenants with their current or future living situations. We are taking every possible precaution in regards to preventing the spread of COVID-19

  • We have a station near the elevator for wiping down any buttons, cart handles, or door handles anyone wishes to sanitize before or after use
  • Emma and I are personally sanitizing all doors, chairs and the elevator after each use.
  • The bathroom is cleaned and sanitized daily
  • We are social distancing from each other and customers as much as possible (even in the elevator!)
  • Our website also has a move-in online feature, meaning the only necessary contact you make with us is picking up your lock from the office!

While we all have been told how to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Many of us are probably getting restless remaining at home as much as possible. I thought I’d try to help with some recommendations on combating that feeling you get after staring at your phone for six hours in a row and then just going to bed and doing the same thing.

  • Exercise! Even if you’re just going on a short walk or stretching when you wake up, exercising = serotonin = you feel better.
  • Stay hydrated! Drink a ton of water, it’s great for your metabolism and you might realize half the time you think you’re hungry, you’re really just thirsty.
  • Karaoke! Once you get through the first thirty seconds of feeling dumb, it’s actually pretty fun.
  • Games! My wife and I try to play one game a day, so far we’ve learned Backgammon, Cribbage, and our favorite: “Who does our dog run to when we stand on opposite sides of the room?”

As always, we want to thank our tenants for storing with us. We’d also like to remind everyone that if you leave us a review on Google or our website you will receive $10 off your next month’s rent! Finally, any new customer who signs up in April will receive the month of May for FREE!


In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lion

Yeah I know that’s not how the saying goes. But at Interstate Storage, we can’t wait for spring any longer! It’s March 1st and I finally didn’t have to wear a coat to work. It’s time to come out of hibernation and get on with our lives in the ways that we want to. Working on that beach bod, watching something other than a season of Survivor from the mid 2000’s, cleaning out the basement that you’re finally ready to start using like you said you would when you bought your house six years ago.

We want to make that easy on you! Our facility is climate controlled-that’s heated AND cooled- which means your things are safe from winter to summer and back to winter. To help rub the winter sleep out of your eyes, for the entire month of March we’re going to give you a $100 American Express gift card if you sign up for a unit of any size. That’s straight cash homie! Signing up for our smallest unit is well under $100. That means we’re paying you! Plus you get rid of the clutter in your house.

Jerry Maguire was great

Now, I think our facility speaks for itself. It is brand new, everything is indoors, there are a ton of cameras and other safety features, and the people that work there are pretty chill. But we wanted to make your decision extra easy this month. In the wise words of American hero Tom Cruise, “Help me, help you.”


Leaping Over March

Happy February! January only lasted three years. Football is over and tax season is here, we’d like to help you hang on to more of your return than usual! This month, all month, to celebrate the “leap year”, if you sign up for any size unit, we’ll pay for your rent in March! That means getting a head start on spring cleaning (more on that next month). That means more money in the bank, or finally splurging on that new bowling ball you’ve been staring at online for the last six months, or the new Call of Duty game so your best friend shuts up about how he never gets to see you.

ANYWAYS, free money! We’re basically paying you to have a better life, more space in your home, less anxiety over your things getting damaged by snow or freezing temperature.

This guy gets it

As always, we’d like to thank our current tenants for storing with us and remind them that if they leave a review either on our website or on google, they will receive a $10 credit to their account!


New Year, New U(nit)

Everyone makes resolutions at the beginning of a new year. Why do we have to wait until some random Wednesday to starting doing something we could do today? After New Years, it’s time for Christmas decorations to go away again (this is a law, I checked). Plus you probably got a bunch of new stuff you have nowhere to put!

Look at all the stuff you can shove into a little 5×5

Why not in a storage unit? You could stuff your stuff in your front hall closet and fight with it to get your coat out every day; or you could use our space! We have closet sized spaces for $39 a month that would make your life easier. Stack your boxes on boxes of Christmas lights eight feet high, put your fake tree away and pray you remember where all the hooks are next November so you don’t have to buy a new one again for the third year in a row.

We’d like to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy New Year and thank you all for a great first six months of our being open. We’d also like to thank everyone who donated to our Toys for Tots drive and our Open Door food drive. Our Toys for Tots box was overflowing and we donated over 100 pounds of food!


Common Questions and Storage Slang

Today, I’d like to define a few key terms in the self storage industry. Many of our renters have never used a storage unit before coming to us, or if they have, they haven’t used one as modern as ours. If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if our building was heated, I’d have enough dollars to buy my wife everything on her birthday list (to be fair, I’m going to buy her all that stuff, anyways). Basically, we get asked that quite often, as well as a number of other seemingly obvious questions that have been muddled by the fine print or annoying stipulations. We fancy ourselves to be a bit more transparent than many of the other storage facilities with more recognizable names than us. So! Below I’ll share with you some common terminology and answer the questions we hear the most at our building.

Climate controlled: To us, climate controlled means we keep your things as close to the temperatures your things are used to being in as possible. We have thermostats on each floor, they currently read: 63, 65, 68, 66, and 67 (from the basement to the 4th floor). I don’t know about you, but I bet my golf clubs and patio furniture are much happier in 65 degrees than they would be at 24 and covered in snow on my little balcony!

Goldilocks likes her porridge like we like our storage: juuuuuust right.

What is an admin fee? These are found at almost all rental properties. The purpose of an admin fee mystified me before working at Interstate Storage. Our admin fee helps us find time throughout the week to keep up on the paperwork of all of our current and future tenants, without it, we might not be able to afford as much time in the office, where we keep our facility running smoothly seven days a week.

Why do I have to buy the lock you guys sell? Why can’t I get my own? We really want your stuff to be safe! Our cylinder locks keep deviants and hooligans from being able to bust into your unit without needing some serious hardware (our cameras and code activated doors also help)! A simple padlock can be clipped with a bolt cutter in mere seconds, I had fun learning that. Our cylinder locks can take hours, multiple drill bits, and a lot of patience to crack; that one was not fun to learn. A measly 15 bucks for permanent peace of mind is nothing if you ask me.

Lastly, we’re dying to give away some free money to our more charitable renters (non-renters too!) Through December 15th, if you drop off a toy in either of our toys for tots bins located in our office and in our drive-thru, and write your name/address down on a raffle ticket, you’ll have a chance to win either a 25, 50, or 100 dollar visa gift card! Also, through the end of the year (12/31), anyone who donates to The Open Door food drive, located in our office and drive thru, will receive ten dollars off of their next month’s rent! Happy holidays from your friends at Interstate Storage Lakeville!