How to Pack Your Storage Unit

Posted by on Oct 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Pack Your Storage Unit

Self-storage units can be used for all types of reasons. Maybe you are trying to downsize or you’re in between houses and need somewhere to store your things. Maybe you need extra storage space to keep seasonal items rather than letting them clutter up the garage or attic. Whatever your reason for needing a storage unit, you should know how to pack it to use the space efficiently. Pack with Boxes and Labels Be sure your items are in uniform boxes so they can be stacked easily and high up if need be. Boxes are sold at most storage facilities. Plastic storage totes are nice to use as well, especially clear totes so you can see what’s inside. Also, be sure to label your boxes or totes on all sides so you know exactly what is inside of them, and be specific. Don’t just label the box “kitchen,” list exactly what kitchen items are inside so you can find what you need easily. Protect Your Furniture Protect your furniture from moisture, dust, and scratches with padded covers, blankets, or sheets. Protect mattresses with mattress bags that can also be found at most storage facilities. Store these larger bulky items closest to the walls of the unit. If you are worried about water getting into your storage unit, you can store these items on top of a pallet to help protect them and to give you peace of mind. Store Biggest to Smallest To help give you a clear view of the items in your unit, be sure to pack big items such as furniture and stacked boxes against the wall, then store smaller items in front so they are closest to the walkway. Leave a Pathway Speaking of walkways, be sure to leave one so you can maneuver around your storage unit. Leave a path through the middle of your belonging for smaller units and leave multiple paths if you have a larger unit. It’ll help you whenever you need to find something that is buried deep inside your unit, so you’ll be grateful you made those pathways. Create an Inventory Be sure to have an inventory list of what you have in your storage unit. It’ll help you when you are looking for something and aren’t exactly sure what you did with it. Also, if there is ever a problem such as a natural disaster or a break-in, a well-inventoried list will help you to file an insurance claim. Packing your storage unit isn’t too difficult, it just takes a little bit of planning beforehand so you use the space effectively and...

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Loving Keepsakes And Self Storage: How To Protect Your Doll House

Posted by on Sep 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Loving Keepsakes And Self Storage: How To Protect Your Doll House

Sometimes, children outgrow toys that still hold a great deal of value both physically and personally. One of the most beautiful items your child may outgrow is their doll house. If the doll house is still in great condition, you want to keep it that way when you place it in self storage. Here are helpful ways to protect your loved one’s doll house while it’s in self storage. Secure the Doll House’s Furnishings If the doll house has different types of furniture, such as chairs and small lamps, place these items inside a separate storage container. They can break or damage easily if you accidentally jostle or overturn the doll house during transport. You also don’t want to misplace or lose pieces your grandchildren may use in the future. The container for the doll house should feature separate storage compartments to protect your furnishings. A large jewelry display case works great in this case. Also, wrap items that have multiple pieces or sets in bubble wrap, then secure the wrap with clear tape. Finally, insert cotton pads or soft cloths along the insides and bottoms of each compartment to keep the items from moving around during transport. If you don’t have cotton pads or soft cloths, put the furniture in a soft carrying case until you reach the storage unit, then place them inside the jewelry case before you leave. Be sure to place the jewelry case in the supine or flat position to keep the furniture from falling out. Protect the Sides and Interior of the Doll House After you secure the furniture, protect the outside of the house with bubble wrap and muslin cloth. Bubble wrap cushions the house against damage if you plan to store other items with it. Muslin cloth keeps dust and dirt out of your doll house. Keep in mind that even if you rent a climate controlled storage unit, dust can still develop inside it and form on the doll house. Once you arrive to the storage unit, cover the doll house with a wide piece of muslin cloth. The cloth should be long enough to reach the floor and wide enough to cover both sides of the house. Secure the cloth to the doll house with a soft, long cord. However, avoid placing large or heavy items on the top of the house. These types of things can break or collapse the house while it’s in storage. Before you leave the storage unit, place all large items away from the doll house and jewelry display case. You may enter the unit at a later date and accidentally push the large items into the house and case and break them. If you need additional help placing your doll house in storage, contact a storage facility in your area, such as Acorn Self Service...

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Spend Less On Your Storage Unit With These Three Tips

Posted by on Aug 12th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spend Less On Your Storage Unit With These Three Tips

If you live in a city with a self storage facility, renting a unit to store the extra items that are cluttering your home can be beneficial. With fewer possessions in your garage, basement and throughout your house, you’ll often find yourself in an environment that feels less overwhelming. If you’re on a budget and are tentative about the idea of paying for rental space, don’t give up on your goal of decluttering your home. Instead, you can turn to some easy-to-adopt tips to help you save money on the cost of your storage unit. Here are three ways to reduce the price that you’ll pay. Be Smart When You Pack Don’t be in a hurry to gather your extra belongings and transport them to the storage facility. Instead, devote ample time and effort to packing carefully to lessen the overall volume of your possessions. When you’re rushing, it can be easy to toss a few items in a box, close the box and move on to another task. This approach, however, often leaves extra room inside the box that you’re not using. When repeated, you can end up with far more boxes than necessary — and have to pay for a larger storage unit. Spending time packing efficiently can often be the key to renting a smaller unit. Loan When You Can Large items such as furniture can quickly fill up a storage space and require you to pay for a larger and more expensive unit. Take stock of the large items that you’re planning to store and see if you can loan them to anyone in your circle of friends and family members. This approach means that you can often rent a smaller unit and that those in need around you will benefit from your furniture. Think of a teenager going off to college, for example, who might be able to benefit from the use of a free furniture item for a few years. Split The Bill Check to see if any of your family members have excess possessions and a desire to rent space at a storage facility. If you can find someone who’s interested, consider putting your money together and splitting the rental of a larger unit. This cost-effective approach can save you money and also be convenient if you’re looking for an extra set of hands to help you transport your items to the storage facility. For more tips, contact a company like Sentry Mini-Storage...

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Avoid Storage Nightmares With These Tips For Storing Your Possessions

Posted by on Jul 26th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Avoid Storage Nightmares With These Tips For Storing Your Possessions

If you do not have enough space for everything you own, a storage facility can be an option. These units come in different sizes and can be climate controlled. Storing your things in a storage unit can expose them to moisture, insects and critters. To prevent damage, a few good practices can help. If you want to avoid storage unit nightmares, here are some tips to ensure nothing happens to the things you love: 1. Prioritizing And Organizing Items To Prevent Accidents In Storage There may be many different items that you want to store. Valuable items like antiques and garden equipment do not go together well. Separating these items can help to prevent accidents in your storage unit. Try to keep valuables in the back, away from the door. This will help protect them and keep them safe if anyone ever breaks into your unit. If you are going to be storing any liquids, consider putting them in a different unit. 2. Keeping Items Off The Floor To Prevent Water Damage It is hard to know what other people have stored next to your unit. There can be liquids and chemicals, which may leak. To prevent damage to your possessions, keep everything off the floor. To do this, you can go to local businesses and pickup a few leftover pallets to put on the floor of your unit. This will ensure that water and other liquids do not reach your stored items and damage them. 3. Leave Insect Traps To Keep Critters Out Of Storage Just like with water, there can be a lot of insects in storage units. Termites, roaches and rats can damage furniture and get into boxes. To prevent this, leave traps around the unit to deter insects. You can also put mothballs in any wood boxes or drawers of furniture. You may want to spray the borders of the unit before you put anything in it to help. You can also leave citronella candles (not lit of course) in all the corners of the unit to repel any potential pests. 4. Make Sure Valuable Items Are Secure Valuable goods in storage may be covered with your rental contract, but you will want to check. Look for a storage facility with on-site security to protect your valuable goods. Some facilities offer complete security and surveillance around the clock to protect your possessions. You may pay a little more, but it is worth the investment. These are some tips to help prevent damage to items you put in storage. If you need to make space, contact a storage facility to get the unit that is right for keeping your possessions...

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Two Tips For Storing Your Business’s Important Documents

Posted by on Jul 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Tips For Storing Your Business’s Important Documents

There are many businesses that are required by either the law or professional regulations to retain their clients’ documents. This is particularly common for those in the legal or medical field, but storing these documents can be a logistical challenge. While mini storage may be one of the best options for retaining these documents without cluttering your office, it is important for you to take some steps to prevent damage from occurring to these documents while they are being stored.  Wrap The Boxes In Plastic Every box that you put into the storage unit should be wrapped in several layers of protective plastic. This plastic will help prevent condensation from forming on the interior of the box by keeping moist air from getting inside it. However, this is not the only benefit that this protective layer will offer because it will also keep insects from getting inside the box and damaging your documents.  Some people may avoid this because they are concerned they will not be able to tell which box is which. Luckily, there is a simple solution to this problem because you can simply use a label maker to easily identify the contents of each box. To help make it easier for you to keep these boxes encased in plastic wrap, you should keep a roll of this wrap at the storage unit, and you should invest in a portable label maker so you can easily wrap and label the boxes that you have used.  Insulate The Boxes While plastic wrap is excellent at prevent condensation from forming, there are times where it is not the best option on its own. For example, if the air is extremely humid, there is a chance a small amount of condensation may form on the interior of the box. Luckily, you can easily insulate the box to prevent this condensation from coming into contact with your important documents.  When insulating the box, you will want to use crinkled newspaper, and you will need to ensure that there are at least a couple of inches of newspaper at the top of the box. However, you need to make sure to only use unprinted newspaper to eliminate the risk of ink transferring to your important documents.  Your business’s important documents do not have to be placed at risk when you store them. By understanding the benefits of wrapping the boxes in plastic and insulating them with newspaper, you can help ensure that your documents will be in excellent condition when you need them. For more information about this and other storage topics, contact a professional like Simonson’s Mini...

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About Me

Although it might not seem like there is a lot to using a storage facility, loading your unit the right way can save you a lot of time later. I move a lot for work, typically relocating at least once a year. Because I can't always take everything with me, I am an absolute professional when it comes to loading and unloading storage units. I know how to keep my stuff safe, report problems with my unit, and handle unforeseen circumstances. My website will teach you everything you need to know about storage units, so that you can have an excellent experience.

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