How to pick a storage unit wisely

We need extra space for several reasons. Sometimes we need to relocate, sell a house, or keep valuable belongings. That is why there are so many options, sizes, and locations with self-storage.

If you had to move out from the college dorm and going back home for a break, you will need 5×10 or 5×5 size units so that you can keep your belongings for the short term. College dorms have most of the furniture so the unit does not have to be very big.

If you are moving or selling a house and had to store the entire bedroom or house, the scale gets bigger. You will have to look for 10×10 or up to 10×30 depends on how many bedrooms you have in your house.

Climate controlled or non-climate controlled?
Climate controlled units have the same humidity and temperature no matter what the weather is outside. You will pick climate-controlled units if your belongings are humid/ temperature sensitive.

If spending less money is your priority, you can pick the unit that is at a not convenient spot. It can be the highest floor or further from the elevator. It will save you so much money.

Because there are so many options and types of units, it might be difficult for you to pick the right choice. However, these options are for you to pick the best unit for you too!

Dino’s Storage offers tips on organizing your storage unit!

One too many times I have seen tenants open their storage units and their belongings start falling out or half their unit is out on the driveway while they are looking for that one special box. Here are some tips to save you a lot of time and energy in the future when accessing your unit.


First, when picking boxes make sure they are all the same size. Medium is recommended. This will help in stacking and accessibility. Make sure your boxes are labeled for storing in the correct area of your unit.

You will need to divide your storage contents into categories based on accessibility, visibility, and out of sight storage. Accessible items would be located in the front of the unit and out of sight in the back. Within those three categories, you can organize your unit based on lawn and garden, hardware, sports and recreation, seasonal items, etc..

Determine how your unit will best be designed. You will want to take measurements and sketch a plan to determine the components needed. If you are adding shelves, they can be purchased at any big box store or you can build your own. Shelving kits will require some assembly with basic tools. Be sure your shelving is free standing and you are not putting any pressure on the unit walls or ceiling.

We also recommend you leave a path in the middle so you can access the whole unit easily. Organizing your unit eliminates clutter, allows you to efficiently pack away your belongings, and create more functional space.

Cindy Sampson

Property Manager

411 Brick Street

Bondurant, Iowa




Omaha’s Dino’s Storage Offers Advice on Staying Mentally Well!

A lot of times people think of wellness in terms of physical or heath wellness. Though they are important, you must also include mental wellness. Here is a list of 13 things mentally well people avoid to help them in their ability to deal with daily life.

Mentally Well People Avoid:

1. Feeling Sorry For Themselves.
Do not feel sorry for yourself because life is not fair. You need to assume responsibility for your actions and results. If things do not work out the way you intended, be grateful for the lesson learned and move on.

2. Giving Away Control. You need to have confidence in yourself and not let others influence your emotions or actions. Be in control.

3. Getting Stuck In A “Rut”. Embrace change and new challenges. You must be able to conquer your fears and keep moving one foot forward even when you end up taking two steps back first.

4. Wasting Energy On Things You Can Not Control. The Alcoholic Anonymous Serenity Prayer is a great example for this, “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

5. Worrying About Pleasing Others. You need to be able to speak up in situations, but do it in a kind and graceful manner. People may get upset with you, but all parties involved must be able to walk away from the conversation with respect for each other.

6. Fearing Risk. You must be able to logically calculate the risks and rewards before taking action, do not let your emotions take over.

7. Dwelling On The Past. You need to live in the present and look toward the future. There is nothing wrong with reminiscing about the past, but you have to live for today and tomorrow.

8. Making A Mistake Twice. Mistakes happen and you need to learn from them and not repeat them. Mark the mistake up to your “learning curve” and move on.

9. Being Jealous Of Others. You need to have the genuine character to be happy for others success and still be able to work hard for your own success in a honest manner.

10. Quitting After Failure. Don’t throw in the towel just because it did not work. Try option B, option C, and so on. Make sure you are continually learning before moving on to the next option.

11. Fearing Being Alone. The book “The Road Less Traveled”, by M. Scott Peck, M.D. is recommended reading. Spending time alone to do some soul searching will take you to a new level of appreciation for others, life, and your surroundings.

12. Feeling The World Owes You. Life does not owe you one thing. Life is there for the taking and it is your preparation and hard work that will make you reap the rewards life has to offer.

13. Expecting Immediate Results. The 3 P’s of patience, persistence, and perseverance are the keys to successful results.

-Amy Morin’s article in LifeHack and Cheyl Conner’s article in Forbes.

Making Your Payment

Dino’s Storage offers several consumer friendly methods of making your monthly payment. Please take note that WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH as a form of payment. Refer to the payment options below to decide which method best meets your needs.

“On Line Payment” – You are able to make your payment online at with a debit or credit card. You will need to provide your unit number and monthly rent amount. The mailing address used with your card must be the same as what your card provider has on file.

“Mail To P.O. Box” –  You are able to mail a check or money order to our P.O. Box 31310 Omaha, NE 68131. Be sure your name, storage location, and unit number are legible.

“Automatic Payment” –  We are able to set up a monthly recurring payment that can be drawn from a checking account, savings account, debit or credit card. A Dino’s form must be completed and signed. This can be done at your facility’s office or printed from our web site and mailed to our P.O. Box 31310 Omaha, NE 68131.

“Payment at Facility” – We are able to process payments from a checking account, savings account, debit or credit card at our facilities. There is a $7 processing fee for monthly payments made at our facilities. The only exception is on new leases.

If you have any questions, please contact your facility. Thanks for using Dino’s Storage and we appreciate your business.


As you may know from previous blogs, it’s important to our owner of Dino’s Storage to serve and contribute to and within the community. So one of the things he encourages the individual facility managers to do is run specials at our storage facilities that help non-profit and charity organizations.

So this month at the Center St (Midtown) facility I am running the following special:


Donation of 5 items gets you $5.00 off the monthly rate for a 10×5 unit.

Donation of 10 items gets you $10.00 off the monthly rate for a 10×10 unit.

Don’t have time to go to the store? Monetary donations of $5.00 and $10.00 can also be made directly to the Food Bank at

Offer valid only once, applies to new move-ins only, and items or receipt must be presented at time of lease signing.

peanut butter, crackers, canned fruit, canned vegetables, macaroni & cheese, pancake mix, cereal, pasta sauce, pasta, canned soup, canned meat, pork & beans,
hamburger helper & other boxed meals


The Midtown location is an indoor, multilevel, climate & humidity controlled facility with 5×5 – 10×20 size units available. Facility amenities include 24/7 access, digital camera surveillance, and individual coded access to the building.

Kerry Lambert  – Property Manager

5328 Center St – Omaha, NE  68106

(402) 504-4600


If you are a western movie fan, the first thing you think of when you see the word grit is probably the movie “True Grit” with John Wayne as “Rooster” Cogburn. Others may think of the food, grits that comes out of the south. Grit is something else.

Grit is not a trait that requires immediate, positive feedback. Grit is not “I tried my best” and giving up. Grit is being able to stay determined and motivated over a long period of time despite failures and adversity. It is the stamina to “stay the course.” Grit is perseverance, motivation, ambition to overcome the challenges and obstacles. Our society needs a little more “grit” today, I pray we can find it.

“People are blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” G.B. Shaw Mrs Warren’s Profession 1893

We Are Looking For You

  Are you in the process of building a new home? Maybe you are in the military or a college student? Do you have a business short on space or have seasonal storage needs? Our customers vary from individuals, groups to businesses. If you are in transition, relocating, or have limited space we can meet your needs.

Dino’s Bondurant is a 24/7, non-climate control facility with a security gate, lights, fencing, and cameras. We offer a variety of sizes with month to month leases and any kind of packing supply you can imagine.

Check us out at or call to discuss your situation at 515-967-9346.

Cindy Sampson
Property Manager
411 Brick Street
Bondurant, Iowa

What To Look For In A Storage Facility

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Storage facilities can be found in old and new communities across the country. There are several factors you should consider before making your decision on what facility you will store your belongings with.

  • Cost – Shop around and get prizes from several facilities. Be sure to understand what your exact financial responsibility will be.
  • Size – What size will you need and is that size available?
  • Climate – Do you need climate or non-climate control? Will your items be stored on cement or dirt? Does the facility have the potential to flood?
  • Insurance – Do you currently have a renter or home owner’s policy? Check with your agent to see what your coverage is. Does the facility provide any coverage you can purchase?
  • Security – Secure your unit with a “closed shackle padlock” commonly known as a disc lock. Does the facility have a security gate/door? Is the property fenced? Does it have security cameras?
  • Access – What hours do you have access? Is your unit easily accessible? Does the facility provide moving equipment you can access?
  • Contract – Does the facility offer a written lease? Be sure to understand the terms of the lease from payment to termination requirements. Make sure the facility has multiple ways of contacting you.

At Dino’s Storage Bondurant, you are financially responsible for your monthly rent, a $10 application fee, and your padlock. We do have insurance and packing supplies available for purchase. We are a non-climate control facility with 5×10, 10×10, 10×20, and 10×25 size units available. Your items are stored on cement and we are a well drained facility. You have access 24/7 and will be provided a code for our security gate. We are fenced and have cameras on the property. Our leases are on a month to month basis.

To discuss your situation and find out more about our facility, call my office at 515-967-9346.

Cindy Sampson
Property Manager
411 Brick Street
Bondurant, Iowa 50035

The Importance of Community Involvement

Community involvement is the process of engaging in dialogue and collaboration with community members. This may involve volunteer work, promotion of social causes, or donations to local charities. It is understanding your surroundings, working with others to improve the community, anticipating and providing services as the community evolves, and working diligently to provide a positive experience.

What impact are you leaving on your community?  Are you leaving a distinct impression on the lives you are touching?  Are you even known?  It is so important to be involved and to understand what is going on in your community.  As Mother Teresa so eloquently said, ” I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”  Make sure you are having a positive impact on your community.

We at Dino’s Storage try to be at the fore-front of anticipating and providing our services as our communities are changing. Whether you are a business or individual, we will work hard to meet your needs. Please feel free to call and discuss your situation and ask about our specials.

Cindy Sampson
Property Manager
411 Brick Street
Bondurant, Iowa


Bondurant “On The Move”

Bondurant is located in the heart of central Iowa, right off I-80, with in minutes of I-35, and Hwy 65 runs through town. The town is a premier location for businesses and housing.

The city’s focus is on sustainable growth with a balance between residential, commercial, and park and recreational programs. In 2012, the new construction single family home valuation was $21,313,174 with 64 permits. This set a new record for the city. There was also 81 duplex permits issued. Commerical growth valuation was $2.3 million. A full-time Parks and Recreational Coordinator was hired by the city. Also, “The Depot” is about complete connecting Bondurant to the East Polk County Bike Trail System and Chichaqua Valley Trails. “The Depot” is an open air shelter with restrooms and a water bottle fill station. The building is a replica of the original Bondurant train station.

The City of Bondurant is on the move. Future development plans include a new apartment complex and new businesses are moving to town. This includes a new grocery which is in high demand by the residents. The city is in the final stages of connecting to Waterwaste Reclamation Authority and to removing the sewer lagoons to allow for more growth. New traffic lights will be installed at 32nd Street SW and Hwy 65. These are just a few of the exciting new development plans for Bondurant, many more are in the works.

We at Dino’s Storage Bondurant are here to meet your needs during this growth period, whether you are a business or individual. We offer a 24/7 secured facility with non-climate control storage. Please feel free to call and discuss your situation and ask about our specials.

Cindy Sampson
Property Manager
411 Brick Street
Bondurant, Iowa 50035