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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!

Opening the Door for The Open Door

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you know what that means; lining up for those sweet sweet Black Friday deals at four in the afternoon on Thanksgiving Day! But really Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, and giving to others. That’s why starting today, through December 22nd Interstate Storage is partnering with The Open Door, a local organization dedicated to ending local hunger through access to healthy food. You can help! We’ll have donation boxes located in our drive through and office, open seven days a week.

How would pilgrims have gotten grapes to the first Thanksgiving? Didn’t they spend months crossing the ocean?

The Open Door was founded in the hopes of helping those above the poverty line but just a few steps away from economic stability.

Below I’ll list a few of The Open Door’s most sought after items:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Tuna or Chicken
  • Vegetable oil (16-48 oz bottles)
  • 100% Fruit Juice (64 oz bottles)
  • Toilet Paper

That just a few, though! The Open Door also accepts dried goods like rice, pasta, or pancake mix; fresh and perishable items like eggs, potatoes, or oranges; and even toiletries like shampoo, toothbrushes, or deodorant!

If you don’t feel compelled to donate on your own, we’ll sweeten the pot for you: any new customer who donates to either The Open Door or our Toys for Tots drive will receive $10 in credit towards their rental, plus a ticket in our drawing for one of three Visa gift cards, one for $25, $50, and $100!

For more information on The Open Door just visit, or stop by either their Apple Valley or Eagan pantry locations!

October Tricks and Treats

October typically means things begin to change in Minnesota. Temperatures fall, as do the leaves on the trees and our hopes of ever seeing the sun again. Fall has its positives too, of course: Flannel! Leaf piles! Pumpkin flavored stuff! Staring at your TV with lifeless eyes for the next 17 weeks while you watch yet another Vikings season go down the drain! Maybe that last one is just me. My favorite part of fall is Halloween. That’s why if you happen to drive past our building this month, you’ll see ghosts and goblins and ghouls staring at you from the windows. We’ll have candy around the building for trick ‘r treaters all month long!

These little guys are smiling because they just stored their motorcycles at Interstate Storage.

Schedules get crazy as we round the corner from Halloween, to Thanksgiving, to the Holiday season. We intend to carve (get it? because pumpkins?) out some time for charity. From October 15th to December 15th, there will be a Toy’s for Tots donation box in our office! Upon donating, you’ll be entered to win one of three Visa gift cards for 25, 50, or 100 dollars! For each toy you donate, you’ll receive one entry. Donations are accepted during office hours. So come on in if you’re in the storage, gift giving, or Halloween spirit!

Three Easy Steps to Prep Your Vehicle for Winter

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Don’t let your classic car go the way of this unfortunate Popsicle!

Living in Minnesota, the winter months seem to drag on longer every year.  Getting the most out of the summer months is essential to surviving the great freeze that persists from November (really October) through April (really May).  For some, beach bumming seven days a week is all it takes. For others, the barbecue is where they have their fun. You? You’re different, you need the thrill of revving up a Harley, or the wind blowing through your hair as you cruise the streets in your convertible. That’s where we come in, to help keep your babies safe once that first frost hits on Halloween weekend. Listed below are a few short steps to help keep your precious summer toys safe in one of our climate controlled-drive up storage units throughout the winter months:

  • Check for leaks, make sure you have a drip pan or absorbent pad for the underside of your vehicle over the cold months (nobody likes a greasy floor)
  • Make sure your gas tank is at ¼ of a tank or less, the smaller the amount of gasoline, the better!
  • Double check for broken glass, rust that might flake off, and that all tires are properly inflated
  • Pro Tip: Throw a brand new air freshener in there the day you park it in your unit for the winter, come spring it’ll have that new car smell all over again.
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Our climate controlled drive-in facility is designed to keep your precious cargo safe through the frozen months

Boom. That’s it! Now your vehicle is safe, and you have that second stall in your garage back. No more worrying about icicles crashing down on the hood of your ’68 Mustang, or knocking over the Harley in the corner of your garage reaching for your backup shovel after your primary shovel snapped under the weight of sixteen inches of snow in the last day and a half, or is it just me that does that?