At Storage Outlet in Bellfower, California we are dedicated to providing you with the best in self storage and RV/Boat Storage. We are conveniently located on Foster Road, west of the 605 Freeway at the Rosecrans Avenue exit. We offer all drive up storage units in a clean, secure environment. Our state-of-the-art facility features extended hour access, RV/Boat Storage, and 24 hour video recording. Our professional on site resident manager will be glad to assist you -- we are here to help! Whether you are moving into a new home, going away to college, or even just cleaning out the garage, Storage Outlet is here to help you along the way.
Serving the Bellflower area including Norwalk, Downey, Paramount, Lakewood and nearby communities.
City Information: Bellflower
The original legal title to the land on which Bellflower now stands dates back to 1784 with one of the first Spanish land grants in California. Several Spanish soldiers petitioned Pedro Fages, the Governor of California and a former commander in the Spanish military, for land on which to graze their herds of livestock. The largest of these grants went to soldier Manuel Nieto, who received all the land between the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers. In 1832, after the Spanish were ousted in the Mexican Revolution, the new Mexican Governor, Jose Figueroa, divided the land into five smaller ranchos to be distributed among Nieto’s heirs. Bellflower developed on a piece of land bordered by three of the ranchos: Santa Gertrudes, Los Coyotes, and Los Cerritos. During this time, vast amounts of cattle sustained the economy and beef was cheaper than salt. During the years following, agriculture became a significant industry in the area which is now known as Bellflower.
One of the interesting aspects of Bellflower’s long agricultural phase was its cultural impact. When “city” and “country” met at Bellflower, it was the country rather than the city side that introduced a cosmopolitan dimension. Over the years, opportunities in agriculture drew Hispanic, Japanese, Portuguese, Dutch and other immigrant families into the region, which enhanced the community’s cultural vitality. Many of these groups established special institutions to keep their traditions and sometimes their language alive, places to meet for social exchange and support in an unfamiliar environment.
Today: With economic development as a foremost objective, the City continues to attract quality businesses to meet the growing needs of the community. Two national retailers, Walgreen’s and 7-11, recently opened new stores in town, Norm Reeves Honda Superstore and Starbucks will soon be opening one, maybe two, shops in the City. Longtime Bellflower businesses such as Holland-American Market, Glen-L Marine and Koopman’s Furniture all recently celebrated more than a half-century of success in town. By offering business assistance programs, a dedicated business website and ongoing training opportunities, the City has taken the lead in helping to serve local merchants. Additionally, the City spotlights businesses every month in The Bellflower Citizen
newsletter, on the cable news show All About Bellflower
and as part of regular special-event cable broadcasts.
City of Bellflower’s ongoing core objectives center on public safety, economic development and community beautification. In addition, by raising development standards, adding new housing stock, and attracting quality businesses to Bellflower, the City has taken aggressive, proactive steps to meet the challenges of today, in order to create a better tomorrow.
Packing and Storage Tips
Let’s Start With The Ten Commandments of Self Storage
Preparing Your Items for Storage
- Use boxes that are the same in size - they will stack up much easier and utilize the space you have much better.
- As you stack, place heavy boxes on the bottom and lighter on the top. Seems logical but we have seen many a crumbled box.
- Make sure that you leave walkways between boxes so you can have ready access.
- Half full boxes tend to collapse easier during stacking.
- Leave a little space between your unit walls and boxes - helps air circulate
- Storing a refrigerator or washer/dryer? Leave doors slightly ajar – this can help prevent mold from growing.
- NO flammables or combustibles allowed in any of the storage units.
- Photo or Video document your stored items thoroughly.
- Label your boxes for quick identification.
- Bubble wrap and newspaper fragile items.
Place smaller items in uniformly sized boxes. Completely fill each box with heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on the top. Uniformly sized boxes stack easier and conserve storage space.
Clean and dry your appliances prior to storing. Do not leave anything inside of appliances to be stored. Store all appliances upright with doors ajar to allow ventilation.
» Blankets, Draperies and Clothing.
Have blankets, draperies and clothing cleaned; then pack them on hangers in wardrobe boxes.
Pack books flat, not standing on end. This will protect the spines, which will bend and warp over time if stood upright. Books are very heavy, so pack them in small boxes and don't put them in boxes with other, more fragile items.
» Breakable Items.
Wrap breakable items inside bubble wrap and store with linens.
» Dishes and Glassware.
Store these items in specially made boxes called dishpacks. Dishpacks are worth every penny.
» Furniture and Tables.
Place blankets over furniture to protect from scratches and dust.
» Label boxed items.
You'll know what is in each box without opening it.
» Lawn Mowers.
Drain gasoline and oil from all small engines. This precaution will protect both your stored property and the property of others from the dangers of fire and explosion.
» Leather Items.
Treat leather items (couches, clothes, etc.) with a leather conditioner prior to storing them. Keep furniture items off the floor by placing them on pallets.
Place mattresses in plastic slip-on covers to protect them from dust and moisture.
» Mirrors and Pictures.
Store mirrors and pictures inside similarly sized knocked down boxes. This affords them protection from scratches and dust.
Photographs tend to curl over time. To keep them flat, place between pieces of cardboard and tape them together. Do not store irreplaceable photos, photos and negatives take up very little space. Try to keep these items with you.
» Pillows and Toys.
It is smart to store smaller items like this in large plastic bags.
DO NOT STORE THESE ITEMS: Furs, jewelry and other expensive items, irreplaceable items, any living thing, used tires, firearms, explosives, flammables of any kind (gas, diesel, oil, paint, etc.), drugs or drug paraphernalia, stolen items, any type of hazardous items, perishable items of any kind, hazardous waste materials of any kind, items that produce odors or any item that will in any way make other tenants or the manager unhappy.
Organizing your Storage Unit
» If you can, place wooden pallets or boards underneath furniture and boxes. This will prevent condensation from damaging them.
» Leave a small airspace between your stored items and the wall of the storage unit for ventilation.
» Store items that will not be needed to the rear of the storage locker, and items you will need to access toward the front of the unit. This will save a lot of time and hassle.
» Store heavy items on the bottom and lightweight items on top.
» Store smaller, more valuable items to the rear of the storage locker and larger items toward the front of the storage locker.
» Cover everything with plastic sheeting. Wooden furniture should first be covered with blankets to avoid abrasion and moisture damage. Plastic sheeting will protect your stored goods from both dust and water damage.
» Pack your storage unit as tightly as possible. Tighter packing helps to protect stored items from moisture and dust and reduces the space needed to store your property.
Use a high quality disc (round) padlock to secure your storage locker. This type of lock is difficult to cut or break and offers maximum protection for very little money.