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SSAM members proudly offer self-storage solutions for residential and commercial customers throughout Michigan. Whether you need long-term storage for household items or inventory, or short-term storage during a move or while remodeling, self-storage can give you the extra space you need at your home or office.

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SSAM members proudly offer self-storage solutions for residential and commercial customers throughout Michigan. Whether you need long-term storage for household items or inventory, or short-term storage during a move or while remodeling, self-storage can give you the extra space you need at your home or office.

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Renting extra space for college students
Have temporary storage needs?

SSAM members proudly offer self-storage solutions for residential and commercial customers throughout Michigan. Whether you need long-term storage for household items or inventory, or short-term storage during a move or while remodeling, self-storage can give you the extra space you need at your home or office.

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Do you own a self-storage business?

SSAM members proudly offer self-storage solutions for residential and commercial customers throughout Michigan. Whether you need long-term storage for household items or inventory, or short-term storage during a move or while remodeling, self-storage can give you the extra space you need at your home or office.

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Keep or Shred—A small business guide to document storage
Please note: this is only a basic guide, please consult your CPA, financial advisor and/or attorney about your unique business before you do any shredding.

If your business is like most, you have tons of paper stored away in filing cabinets and boxes, stashed in desk drawers and maybe even stacked on your desk. What do you REALLY need to keep, and for how long? It’s time to lose that (paper) weight. Here’s a simple guide to help your business determine which documents can be moved into storage and which can be sent to the shredder.

Documents to keep indefinitely:
  • Partnership documents
  • Contractual agreements, such as vendor relationships, commission and royalty structures
  • Property records including intellectual property
  • Articles of incorporation, bylaws and meeting minutes
  • General ledgers and journals
  • Payroll records
  • Year-end financial statements
  • Tax returns
  • Retirement plan records
Documents to keep for 10 years may include bank statements and cancelled checks, AP and AR documents, invoices and billing information (customers and vendors) and supporting tax documents for annual returns. Documents to hold onto for seven years may include expense reports, employee agreements/contracts/termination records, documents related to litigation and inventory documentation. Documents that are safe to throw away or shred after three years include employment applications, employee disability and illness benefit records, and general correspondence and emails.

Documents that are safe to shred:
  • Documents past the minimum retention period: Holding documents longer than necessary increases the risk of a data breach (and increases the risk of identity theft for your business, customers and employees). Documents that should be shredded include tax returns, photo IDs, bank statements, voided checks, employee pay stubs, credit card information, copies of sales receipts, employment records and any documents containing sensitive information such as name, address, phone number or email.
  • Documents that have been converted to digital files: If you are using electronic accounting software programs or other electronic systems, you can scan and organize records. Any program or system should meet the same basic record-keeping requirements that apply to hard copy books and records.
  • Post-it notes and other scraps of information: Writing passwords and other confidential information on post-it notes or scraps of paper is a common habit–and not recommended. Keeping information this way increases the risk of a data breach.
  • Non-solicited credit card and insurance offers, and other junk mail: Any documents that include names, addresses, and other private information should be securely shredded.
When in doubt, a common rule of thumb is to “save everything” and keep anything older than a few years in storage. To find self-storage facilities in your area, visit www.selfstoragemichigan.org

Sources: IRS.gov; Greg Jones of Bookkeeping Express; Regina Leeds, One Year to an Organized Financial Life

Boat and RV Storage

RV and Boat Storage

Keep your off-season vehicles secure until you’re ready to use them. It’s like having your own premium, reserved parking spot. Commonly stored outdoor items include:

  • Boats
  • RVs (trailers and motor homes)
  • ATVs and snowmobiles

Getting ready to move?

Cluttered garage

Once you’ve decided that it’s time to sell your current house, what do you do first? Start packing! Well, sort of. Start the process in order to declutter and depersonalize your home, give the appearance of more space, and make your transition as smooth and stress-free as possible. Plus, if you start sorting, packing and storing now, then you will be in a really good position to move quickly when your house is sold.

Keep or Shred

Storing unwanted papers

If your business is like most, you have tons of paper stored away in filing cabinets and boxes, stashed in desk drawers and maybe even stacked on your desk. What do you REALLY need to keep, and for how long? It’s time to lose that (paper) weight. Here’s a simple guide to help your business determine which documents can be moved into storage and which can be sent to the shredder.

Household Storage

Household Storage

Self storage is the place for you to store whatever you can’t fit into your own home. People use self-storage for all sorts of purposes:

  • Store off-season items like sporting gear, outdoor furniture and lawn care equipment
  • Store possessions during a move

Business Storage

Business Storage

A cramped workspace can make it difficult to find what you need, distracting you from business at hand. For today’s businessperson, self-storage is a cost effective and efficient solution:

  • Archive documents, files and paperwork
  • Store office furniture and equipment