How to Pack and Store Collectibles

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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5 Things To Plan When Creating Your Ultimate Garage Man Cave

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Things To Plan When Creating Your Ultimate Garage Man Cave

A garage is a perfect place for a man cave.  It’s distinct from the rest of the house while still being attached, and it’s roomy enough for all the things you want in it.  A bar?  A home theater?  Recliners?  Exercise equipment?  You can fit all of it – and more – inside a garage. You might think that converting a garage into a man cave is relatively straightforward, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you go.  Doing the work now means you won’t have to do it later, so here are five frequently overlooked things to think about before you build a man cave your friends will envy you for: 1. Insulation: If your garage isn’t insulated, you’re going to have to think about getting insulation.  No one is going to want to spend time in a space that is too hot or cold, so making sure your garage is properly insulated is an important first step.  One plus side to insulating your garage is it usually costs less than doing the rest of the house. 2. Floors: What kind of floors do you want?  Carpet?  Hardwood?  Tile?  It’s easy to think that you can just get away with the bare concrete, but you don’t want to be that guy who wishes he’d done something different when everything else looks stylish.  Flooring actually goes hand-in-hand with the next thing to think about, which is: 3. Walls: The interior design of most garages, by default, is very spartan, so spruce it up with some paint.  You can go for solid colors and drop some money on whatever pattern you desire.  Look into faux painting for some inspiration on designs. 4. Lighting: You may want different lighting options depending on what you’re going to be doing in your man cave.  For example, if you plan on watching a lot of movies or TV, then consider a dimmable light.  For bonus points, get lights that match the theme of the rest of the garage. 5. Security: If you’re going to have a TV or other electronic gadgets in your garage, then you’ll have to think about security.  You can buy garage door locks to begin with, and then make sure that all other entrances are covered by deadbolts or padlocks. Now that you’ve got the basics covered, you can move on to the fun part – making it your own.  The sky’s the limit, so don’t be afraid to do everything you always wanted to do.  With a little bit of planning and tough work, you’ll soon be the envy of every man on the block. For more information about garage options, visit Iowa...

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4 Tips For Protecting And Preparing Your Storage Unit From Damages Resulted From Flooding

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips For Protecting And Preparing Your Storage Unit From Damages Resulted From Flooding

Flooding is considered to be the top natural disaster in the U.S. to the extent where insurance claims average $4 billion every year. Not only is your home vulnerable to damages caused by flooding, but also so are any personal items that you may have stored at self-storage facilities. Here are 4 ways that you can protect your assets and mitigate the extent of the damages that can be expected: Raise All of Your Items on Wooden or Plastic Pallets To combat minor flooding, raise all of your items by placing them on wooden or plastic pallets, so everything is kept off of the ground. By raising everything on wooden or plastic pallets, you can also prevent mildew formation, water damage and pests from getting into packed boxes. Try to find wooden pallets that have been chemically treated to be water resistant. Make sure that the pallets are secure and structurally strong to tolerate the weight of the items placed on top. Pack Everything in Airtight Containers In the event that the self-storage facilities do become flooded, make sure that the water cannot reach your items by packing everything into airtight containers. The airtight containers can also protect your stuff from humid climates. Consider using containers that are well insulated to prevent temporal fluctuations between the inside and outside of the containers from causing mildew formation. Choose Self Storage Facilities Located on Higher Grounds Self-storage facilities that are located on higher grounds tend to be less likely to be affected by flooding. This is particularly important for those residing in coastal cities, as rising sea levels have resulted in flooding becoming routine. Keep up-to-date with the flood zones in your area to make sure that the self-storage facilities that you choose are always located in areas with a lower risk for flooding. Find Facilities with Flood Insurance Coverage or Purchase Your Own Some self-storage facilities have purchased insurance to cover the damages that anything in their facilities may incur should a natural disaster occur. These added benefits are generally mentioned in the rental conditions and contract. Familiarize yourself with the amount and type of coverage that is offered by the facility If the self-storage facility does not offer any flood insurance coverage or adequate coverage for the value of the items that you are storing, then consider purchasing your own. Speak with an insurance broker for more information regarding the type of insurance policy that will offer you the level of protection that you need. Conclusion With flooding becoming one of the most costly natural disasters that Americans deal with, it is important to make sure that all of your personal items stored in self-storage facilities are well protected. Make sure that you implement sufficient protective mechanisms to mitigate any damages that may be caused by flooding and to protect yourself by purchasing flood insurance. For more information, contact a company like Statewide Self...

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How To Store Your Archery Gear Long-Term

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Store Your Archery Gear Long-Term

Archery can be a lot of fun, but trying to find a place to store all of your gear between shoots or hunting seasons can be a little challenging. What do you do if you have very limited space in your home and have a whole lot of gear for your hobby? You go outside your home to store it—you use a storage facility. But, how do you keep your archery gear in great condition while it is being stored? Here, you will learn how to do just that. What kind of case do you need? A quality hard case will effectively protect your bow while it is being transported and stored. These cases are typically lined with foam that keeps the bow from moving around and potentially breaking while you are carrying it here and there. How do you prepare your bow for storage? Cleaning your bow thoroughly is a very necessary step in preparing your bow for storage. Clean the body oils off of the bow and wipe away any dirt that may be on the bow. Cleaning is really for cosmetic purposes, because if you leave the oils and dirt on the bow for several weeks, the bow can become stained or discolored. Rust can form on the cams if they are not oiled properly. Apply the oil to the cams just before placing it in the storage case to avoid rust issues. Wax the string to protect it from drying out while it is being stored. Reduce the resistance of the bow. Give each limb two full turns to adjust the resistance. If there is a possibility that you have reduced the resistance and forgot, you can check by tightening it fully and then backing it down the two turns. How do you store the bow? Bows must never be kept in an area with uncontrolled temperatures. They should be stored in cool, dry, dark areas that will never experience extreme temperature changes and high levels of humidity. Because of this, it is important that you look for a storage facility (check with local outlets such as Rock Solid Storage LLC) that offers climate controlled units. Lay the bow case flat, but not directly on the concrete floor. Use a pallet or shelving system to store your bows to prevent moisture from wicking through the concrete and damaging the case and eventually the bow. Preparing and storing your bow will not take long to do correctly, but it will be very effective in maintaining a bow in perfect...

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