How to Pack and Store Collectibles

5 Ways To Maximize Storage In A Small Apartment

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Ways To Maximize Storage In A Small Apartment

When looking at apartments, many people look for units with high square footage. However, these units are high in demand, the rent is usually high, and it costs a lot to keep the apartment comfortable. It is easier to find a smaller apartment that is in your price range and has your desired features. To build confidence to apply for small units, you need to learn how to maximize storage space. Multi-Purpose Furniture Large furniture is an automatic no in a small apartment as it just takes up too much room. Small furniture is better, but if it only serves one purpose, you are still missing out on some potential. It is best to get multi-purpose furniture, such as an ottoman, couch, nightstand, or headboard with built-in storage. Not only will this furniture help you maintain a clean apartment, but it will keep you from having to get rid of possessions that you want to keep or resort to renting a local storage unit. Over the Toilet Storage Some apartment bathrooms do not come with much storage, but the bathroom is one of the places that you need to store a variety of items. A pair of clippers, hair straightener, blow dryer, and body care products take up a lot of space, and toilet storage can provide you with an easy storage solution. While some of these cabinets have open shelving, you may not want to store glass containers with such a setup because all it takes is knocking into the cabinet for the glass to fall and break. It is best to get tall cabinets with closeable drawers that will prevent glass breakage from happening. Portable Island In most small apartments, every room in the house is fairly small. But, this is not always the case, and you may have a kitchen with a decent amount of leftover space. Investing in a portable island is a great way to add more storage space to your kitchen, while also gaining valuable counter space. Modular Storage Cubes Since you cannot make huge changes to your apartment, you have to work with what you have. Modular storage cubes are ideal for fitting storage into tight or awkward spaces, mainly because you can assemble the cubes into formations that allow you to make functional storage spaces almost anywhere. Tall Furniture or Vertical Shelving When it comes to buying furniture such as dressers or bookcases, you want to get tall pieces to maximize your storage space. Another thing that you will want to do is prioritize vertical shelving. Your style options are nearly endless, it just depends on what you like and what you are willing to do for storage. Maximizing storage in a small apartment is not too hard when you get a little creative. Talk to Econo Storage or your local storage company for more storage...

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Three Ways Self-Storage Can Help You Live A Greener Lifestyle

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways Self-Storage Can Help You Live A Greener Lifestyle

A good, environmentally friendly, self-storage business can not only ensure that you can store your belongings responsibly, but can also help you to manage your belongings and your life in a more environmentally friendly way. Here are three of the ways in which you can leverage the opportunities provided by a self-storage facility to improve your eco-friendly lifestyle. 1. Helping you eliminate unneeded belongings Eco-friendly storage facilities often include a “donations” room where you can leave objects you no longer wish to keep, rather than throwing them away. This means that every time you visit your storage unit, you can look through your belongings for those you no longer need and easily get rid of them in a way that will distribute them to people who need them. This is a great option for things like jeans that only fit you when you were a teenager, or even old costumes or maternity clothes you’ll never wear again. Not only will your old clothes stay out of the landfill, but they’ll have the chance to go to someone who will use them rather than keeping them in a storage facility and never using them. 2. Helping you take advantage of environmentally friendly storage space An eco-friendly self-storage facility doesn’t just reduce its own carbon footprint. It offers both climate-controlled storage for sensitive items and traditional storage, which takes less energy to maintain because it allows a wider range of temperatures and humidity levels. A good self-storage business helps educate customers about the possibilities of non-climate-controlled storage. As a self-storage customer, you can choose non-climate-controlled storage if you only need short-term storage or have durable belongings.  3. Helping you reduce your carbon footprint Although encouraging you to donate belongings and use non-climate-controlled storage already helps you reduce your carbon footprint, there are other ways a self-storage business can educate customers and encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle. Green self-storage facilities often allow for and encourage using pre-owned packing boxes and alternative packaging materials. However, the impact of this can go far beyond just how you pack for storage. Once you know you don’t have to buy packing peanuts and new cardboard boxes, and once you’re well-versed in alternative packaging methods, you can transfer that knowledge to several other areas of your life. Your next Christmas may feature greener gift wrapping in the form of up-cycled or alternative wrapping paper, and the next time you move, you may be able to avoid throwing away any packing materials after the trip or even spending any money for new packing materials. These three ways in which a green self-storage business can help you live a greener lifestyle show just how big of an impact businesses can have in the community. By facilitating re-use, donations, and recycling and by educating customers about green practices that they can transfer to other areas of their lives, self-storage businesses can leverage a considerable amount of influence to help the environment. For a self-storage unit in your area, contact a facility such as Back Acres Mini-Storage & Mobile Home...

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When Office Space Is Expensive, Rent A Storage Unit And Use It For An Office

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on When Office Space Is Expensive, Rent A Storage Unit And Use It For An Office

Having an office that you enjoy working in is essential for your productivity, but it may not be an easy option if you are self-employed. In many cities, such as San Francisco and New York City, renting an office space may not be feasible due to the high cost. For an office space on a budget, consider renting a storage unit and converting it into your own personal workplace. As long as a storage facility allows their tenants to use their units as desired and has electricity hooked up, you can incorporate some of the following tips to make a fantastic office space. Personalize Your Office While your personal office may be located in the storage unit, this does not mean you need to leave it looking like a storage space. Laying down a rug over the concrete floors, adding shade-loving plants, and other decorations can help the unit feel more like an office. Get Climate Control to Achieve Optimal Productivity Working in an area that is too warm or too cold can be difficult and can even stifle your creativity. For the storage unit to be as beneficial as possible for your work, look into getting a unit with climate control. Research shows that an office should be between 70 and 73°F for the best productivity, making climate control an essential feature. Being able to control the temperature will also be helpful if you plan on using a computer and other office equipment that can increase the temperature of the storage unit. Turn Your Smartphone into a Hotspot If the storage facility you end up renting from does not have Wi-Fi hooked up, you will need to look into other options. If you have a smart phone, you can get tethering capabilities set up so that you have your own personal hotspot. Make sure to check the data limit and any additional fees regarding hotspots so that you can use the Internet freely in your new office space. Enjoy a Place to Work without Distraction Home offices and shared office spaces alike can be difficult to work in due to the various distractions that can occur. Luckily, by renting a storage unit and converting it into an office, you will be eliminating many of the distractions that can damper your productivity. Go Vertical to Make Use of a Small Storage Unit If you are trying to save money and choose a smaller size storage unit as a result, you may struggle with finding enough storage space for all your office supplies. Instead of cluttering the unit and reducing your productivity as a result, look into vertical storage such as adding shelving or tall bookcases. Renting a storage unit is a great way to get the private office space you have always wanted. By implementing some of the above ideas, you can make a storage unit feel like the perfect office that you need. To learn more, contact a company like Gray Storage...

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Addressing Two Questions About Self-Storage Facilities

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Addressing Two Questions About Self-Storage Facilities

Storing all of your possessions can be a somewhat difficult task to do if you live in a small house or apartment. Luckily, self-storage facilities can provide you with ample space to ensure that your items are safely stored until you need them. However, there are many people that have limited or no experience with renting these units. Having these two questions about renting storage units answered may help you to be better prepared for what to expect from these services. What Happens If You Do Not Pay For Your Storage Space? You may be facing a financial hardship and are concerned about what will happen to your belongings if you fail to make this payment. However, you should be relieved to learn that these services will often simply lock your unit until you have brought your account into good standing. Yet, these exact procedures will vary depending on the details of your rental contract, and you will need to consult this document to know exactly what to expect. In cases where the bill has not been paid for several months, the provider may be forced to auction off the items inside to collect payment. While this may seem disconcerting, it is an option that most providers want to avoid, and as a result, informing the manager about your situation may buy you time to avoid this outcome. How Can You Protect Your Items In Storage From Moisture Damage? Preventing moisture damage to possessions that are in storage is a major concern for many people, and there are a couple of ways that you can mitigate this threat to your possessions. For items that are not particularly susceptible to water damage, it may be sufficient to place a container of silica gel in the storage unit. This gel will absorb moisture from the air and prevent it from forming condensation on items in the unit. If you are storing items that are extremely sensitive to this damage, such as electronics, it may be best to invest in a climate controlled storage unit. These units are equipped to provide an environment with a constant temperature and humidity level to ensure this damage does not happen. It is remarkably easy for you to accumulate a large amount of stuff that you can not comfortably fit in your home. A self storage facility can correct this problem, and understanding the information above will help you be prepared for unexpected...

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Storage Tips: Protect Your Items From Clothes-Eating Insects

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Storage Tips: Protect Your Items From Clothes-Eating Insects

Choosing the right storage should keep color-degrading UV lights from your items. And a temperature controlled unit should keep mold-causing humidity away. But you should also take a few precautions to prevent insects from invading your unit, as they can damage your items. The following guide will teach you how to prevent infestations and the dangers of fabric-eating insects. Insects That Eat Clothes There are several species of insects that like to feed on clothes, like the following: Moths The most common fabric-consuming insect is the moth, which is attracted to mostly wool or silk items. They are also attracted to fabric that contains or is stained with the following: Human body or hair oils Sweat Nails Hair Urine Beer Tomato Milk Sugar-infused items, like sweets or sodas Case-Making Moth This insect resembles the common snail, although these creatures are much smaller in size. The case-making moth is not usually attracted to a particular smell, except for its food, which includes silks, furs, feathers, wools, and cottons. Tapestry Moth The tapestry moth is similar to common moths, but are a lot lighter and are attracted to places with a high humidity level. These types of moths are usually found in carpets or tapestry, so be careful if you will store these items. Carpet Beetles Carpet beetles look like regular beetles, and they are usually found in carpets, but they are also attracted to wool. These beetles also eat lint, hair, dead insects, and other organic matter. Silverfish The silverfish insect is somewhat thin and is usually gray or silver color. This insect is attracted to wool, but they also eat paper, hair, and even photographs. The combination between sugar and any of the aforementioned natural fibers may attract these insects to your unit and cause irreparable damage. Guide To Prevent Insect Infestations Consider the following: Have your items professionally cleaned to remove organic matter like hair, hair oils, body oils, sweat, food particles and other matter that could attract insects. Store your items in a unit with no additional entrances, like cracks, and make sure the door closes tightly.  Be sure that your unit is equipped with humidity control. To be safe, keep your unit at 50 percent humidity or lower. Plus, 50 percent or lower helps keep mold and mildew from your unit. Consider using airtight containers or cedar boxes because cedar helps repel insects. But you will have to retouch your cedar wood every year or two with more cedar oil to keep it potent. Talk to your storage specialist about other things you can do to keep your storage unit and belongings safe from damaging bugs. For more information on storage, visit websites...

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Tips To Keep The Costs Of Your Public Storage Unit Down

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Keep The Costs Of Your Public Storage Unit Down

Public storage, though generally inexpensive, can be even more affordable if you know how to control costs and cut corners. The following tips will help you keep the cost of public storage at or under your budgeted amount.  Movers Before you can store, you have to move in. Depending on how much stuff you have, you may be able to take your items over in your car or truck for only the price of gas. However, if you’re planning to put furniture in storage, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to do all that on your own. Even if you don’t plan to put furniture in storage when you rent your unit, once you get started putting your items into public storage, there’s a good chance you’ll discover one or two bulky items that really need to be brought in a moving truck. To avoid this expense, many public storage units offer move-in specials that include a free moving truck rental and sometimes labor. Scour the Internet for public storage deals in your area, and call around if you don’t find anything. Independent places may be willing to strike a deal to fill empty space.   Insurance Many public storage units require their renters to insure their stuff. Often these storage units will offer coverage through their insurer. However, many renters and homeowners insurance policies cover items placed in storage. Check with your homeowners or renters insurance policy before paying extra to the storage unit’s recommended insurance company. Note that many homeowners and renters insurance policies limit the amount of protection given to items placed in storage. If you’re worried about the amount of coverage, compare the two policies to decide which is best for you. Lock Basically every public storage unit will require renters to have a lock on their unit’s door. Many pubic storage units will require you to pay for a lock they provide. The markup on these locks will vary from storage facility to storage facility. However, some will facilities allow you to bring your own lock. Call to find out before your move-in date so you can show up on your first day with a padlock of your choice.  Convenience Public storage units charge extra for convenience. As a general rule, drive-up units on the ground floor are premium spaces. Interior units, weirdly shaped units and units with elevator access all cost less. Don’t pay for convenience you don’t need. If your items are going to be in storage for a long time and you don’t plan to access them regularly, call around to find storage units that have inconveniently placed storage units available for a good price. For more information about how you can save money on your public storage unit, call the public storage unit, like Sentry Mini-Storage Inc, in your area. Customer service representatives at a good facility may have more...

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Delegate Properly And You’ll Have Your Storage Unit Loaded In No Time

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Delegate Properly And You’ll Have Your Storage Unit Loaded In No Time

Renting a unit in a self storage facility like National Self Storage – Denver allows you to declutter your home, keep extra possessions nearby but not in your way and even reduce your stress. The prospect of going through your home, identifying the items that you don’t immediately need and loading them into your storage unit doesn’t need to overwhelm you. Assemble a small team of family members and friends and focus on delegating the tasks at the storage unit instead of trying to take on all the responsibility yourself. With people helping in the right roles, you’ll have the task done in record time. Here are three tips to get you started. Assign Specific Jobs There’s nothing worse for you and for those you’ve arranged to help you than not being clear about the job at hand. When you don’t communicate, you’re bound to have people standing around wondering what they should do next. Avoid this problem by assigning specific roles to all your helpers once you reach the storage facility. Depending on the size of the group helping you, you can have people unloading the truck, carrying your possessions to the storage unit, sequentially placing items inside the unit and tracking the location of each box on a pad of paper. With this strategy, your team won’t have anyone not carrying his or her weight because everyone is needed to ensure the process runs smoothly. Consider Individual Skills As you think about assigning specific jobs to your crew of helpers, think about the attributes of each person that will allow him or her to succeed. It’s common sense to have your strongest helpers lugging your boxes, but thinking beyond strength is important. For example, give the job of carefully organizing each box inside the unit to someone who has patience; you don’t need an impatient helper getting frustrated and not packing the boxes and other items in an organized fashion that maximizes the available place. Likewise, you can assign the task of keeping track of each box or item’s location on a piece of paper to someone with exemplary organization skills or someone who might not be up for heavy lifting. Be A Master Motivator Sure, family members and friends might be happy to lend you a hand, but there’s nothing wrong with providing a little motivation along the way. For a project of this nature, motivation can often come in the form of food and drinks. Keep the crew motivated by allowing time for refreshment breaks — ice-cold water and fresh fruit such as watermelon are ideal — and the promise of a barbecue get-together once the last box is...

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Three Ways To Keep Your Storage Unit Organized And User Friendly

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Keep Your Storage Unit Organized And User Friendly

Renting space at a self storage facility provides a home for your seldom-used possessions, but it’s important that you don’t allow your unit to become disorganized and daunting to visit. Although it can often be tempting to load the unit as quickly as possible, you’ll maximize your use of the space by taking a strategic approach to how you situate the boxes, furniture and other items. Beyond ensuring everything is clearly labeled, here are three valuable tips that can ensure each visit to your storage unit is free of stress. Use Aisles Don’t fall into the trap of loading your storage unit by packing large items against the back wall and gradually moving toward the door. This approach makes retrieving every item except those directly in front of the door virtually impossible, especially if you don’t want to risk climbing over your boxes and old furniture. Instead, pack items against not only the back walls, but also the side walls — but leave narrow aisles that allow you to successfully reach every section of the unit. If this strategy means that you’ll need to rent a unit slightly larger than expected, the extra cost can be worth it as you won’t have to struggle to find what you need. Contact a professional storage company, like All American Mini Storage, to discuss the different sizing options available to you. Locate Similar Items Together A storage unit’s possessions seem disorganized when a single box contains old clothing packed against family heirlooms and old college textbooks. When you’re packing for your visit to the storage facility, fill boxes with items that belong together. For example, load old clothing in a series of boxes and books in a group of other boxes. When you arrive at the facility, place all the boxes that contain similar items together. An easy way to accomplish this goal is through color coding — buy colored stickers and place one color of sticker on each of your boxes of books, another color on your boxes of clothing and so on. Map It Out Your last order of business is to take a few minutes to survey the scene, sketch a rough diagram of the layout of your items and write the location of each box and its possessions. This process might sound daunting but doesn’t need to be difficult. One approach is to assign a number to each box and then place a corresponding number on your sketch along with a brief list of the possessions inside that box. For example, you could write “Box #9: High school yearbooks, mom and dad’s photo albums and my baby pictures.” By having this information clear on your map sketch, you’ll have no trouble finding the desired items when you have a...

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Don’t Forget To Protect Your Storage Unit

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Forget To Protect Your Storage Unit

Any damage that you to do your rented self-storage space could lead to your having to pay fines. For this reason, you will want to take any steps possible to protect your storage space. While most possessions, especially those kept in boxes with adequate padding, will usually be fine, some possessions can damage the space if not stored properly. Also, before you rent a storage space, find out about what you will be held liable for to avoid any surprises. Use Plastic Sheets Laying down plastic on the floor can protect the floor from any damage caused by your possessions and can also protect the space from drips and sprays. Also, if you are storing greasy possessions, such as a lawn mower, these possessions will potentially stain the inside of the storage facility. Cover furniture and other large objects with plastic sheets as well to prevent them from being stained. Disassemble Furniture Disassemble furniture. Not only will this free up more space, but you will also be less likely to damage the storage space when sliding furniture. With dressers, take all of the drawers out of the dresser. With tables, unscrew the legs and detach them from the base of the table. Store Possessions in Boxes with Padding Store your possessions in boxes with padding whenever possible. Any time a hard surface is placed against another hard surface, there is a risk that one or both will become scratched or damaged. Also, when using boxes, make sure there are no spaces in the boxes, and fill the boxes with padding if there is space. Wrap Objects Individually Whenever Possible Wrap possessions individually whenever possible. For example, cover individual dishes with cloth before storing them. Glass items should always be stored using foam sheets and bubble wrap. Glass items are not only hard enough to scratch or dent the floor in many cases, but if they shatter, the shards can also scratch the floor. Select Climate-Controlled Storage The best storage spaces to select are those that are climate controlled. Climate-controlled storage spaces regulate humidity and heat. Not only will this protect your possessions inside, but your possessions will be less likely to cause damage to the storage unit. For instance, if you store a device that contains fuel, humidity can cause the fuel to drip out and stain the interior of the storage unit. Also, for many possessions, such as electronics, a climate-controlled space will provide protection from humidity. If you need a storage unit, consider renting one from North Star Mini...

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How to Store Your Previously Thrown Pottery Pieces

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Store Your Previously Thrown Pottery Pieces

Learning how to throw pottery can be good fun, but what do you do with all of the pottery that you have made? Well, if your pottery collection is getting a bit too large for your home, it may be time for you to consider renting a storage unit, like Liberty Self Storage. Here, you will learn how to pack and store your pottery to keep it in pristine condition until you find a more permanent place for it. Clean With a Gentle Touch Before you pack up your pottery for storage, clean it. Any dirt that remains on the pottery could cause discoloration. Unglazed Pottery – Use a dry cloth to gently dust the surface as best you can. If you find stains that won’t come off with a dry cloth, use a tiny bit of soapy water on a cloth to wipe it clean. Then, let it sit to dry; but don’t dry it in the sun or it could crack. Glazed Pottery – Mix a few drops of liquid dish soap with lukewarm water. Dip a clean cloth in the mixture and wring it out well. Use the cloth to gently wipe the surface clean. Set out to dry. Wrap the Pottery Properly Your first instinct may be to grab some old newspapers and start wrapping. This is one of the worst things you can do. The inks in the newspaper will transfer onto the pottery after being stored a while. Instead, use a sheet of acid-free tissue paper to wrap the pottery inside and out. After you have lined the pottery with the tissue paper, use bubble wrap to fill the inside of the pots and wrap around the outside. Box the Pottery Before you begin filling boxes with the wrapped pottery, line the sides and bottom of the box with at least one layer of bubble wrap. Set the pottery inside the box gently and stuff tissue paper or bubble wrap between each piece to ensure that it doesn’t tumble around while you are transporting it. Before closing the box, lay a sheet or two of bubble wrap on top to ensure that the contents are snug inside and will not jostle free while you move it. Store the Pottery Pottery should be stored in a climate-controlled setting. Find a storage facility that offers climate-controlled units. Humidity and high or low temperatures are terrible to pottery and will cause each piece to crack, cause the glazing to crack, or even cause the entire piece to fracture. Climate-controlled storage facilities maintain a steady level of humidity and a regulated temperature that will ensure that your pottery remains in the same condition that it is in when you put it in storage. Using these tips will help you find more room to continue to create even more beautiful pottery while keeping your already-made pieces in perfect...

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