21 Jul 2017

How To Store Antique Books

Books are something we often collect after we read them. A good book can become part of who we are, which is why so many people are reluctant to give up the books that have meant the most to them – even if they are not first editions,or original prints, and can be easily bought at any major chain bookstore. When a book is an antique, however, the need to keep it in great condition increases. If you are a collector, or, perhaps, didn’t even know that you had antique books in your collection, below are some important storage tips to make sure that your books are always well protected. Avoid slipcases Many people swear by slipcases. These are containers that books are slid into, but they don’t end up protecting the spine. The problem with slipcases is that they can sometimes damage the book when taking it in and out because the width of the slipcase is not ideal…

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17 Jul 2017

One of the most important tips when looking into a home that you would like to flip is the location. Do people want to live there? Is it in a desirable neighbourhood? Is it close to amenities? These are all questions that you absolutely must ask yourself before attempting to flip a home for profit. Is it close to you? You are probably going to be working on this home daily during the months ahead, which means that it needs to be close to where you currently live and work, or this might quickly become a huge inconvenience for you. You must also factor in the cost of getting to and from your investment home, as well as the opportunity…

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14 Jul 2017

One of the most culturally universal events throughout North America is the garage sale. Garage sales are synonymous with both junk and hidden gems. Everyone has, at some time in their life, driven past a sign on a telephone pole for a garage sale, seen an advertisement in the local paper, or even attended one in person. If you have never thrown a garage sale before, or have tried and not gotten the results you were hoping for, below are some tips for throwing a successful one. Start by making the unemotional decisions One of the major risks of a garage sale is that you will get rid of something that you will later regret having sold. The best way…

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10 Jul 2017

One of the best things to happen in the world of wine, beer, and spirits is the popularization of home brewing. Even more, with home brewing, those with the skills and equipment can add their own personal tastes and preferences to the beer they drink and offer to friends and family, and even the public on a small scale. Brewing homemade beer, however, involves some pieces of equipment that come with special storage needs to ensure that they are always working correctly. If you are wondering about the best ways to properly store your brewing equipment when not in use, below are some tips to help you out. Invest in hooks and a peg board These storage options are especially…

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7 Jul 2017

In this day and age, we accumulate a significant amount of items. However, leading a truly happy, fulfilling life is about getting rid of the stuff that doesn’t add value, and maximizing the things that do. This concept of minimalism is often used in home decor. If you are trying to create that flawless, minimalist look in your home, below are the best decor tips and advice you can follow. Quality over quantity Just because you have fewer things in your home doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on style or quality. In fact, you should be incorporating items that are high quality. One of the best things about interior decorating for a minimalist home is that you can…

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3 Jul 2017

One of the most common items that people require storage for is a mattress. Many of us are constantly downsizing or upsizing our mattresses. A mattress may have simply become unnecessary for you and your family, but you may still want to keep it around just in case. If you are wondering about the best way to store your mattress, below are some tips that you may find useful: Avoid storing your mattress in your basement When trying to store a mattress, many people opt for a basement or below-ground storage areas. This is a recipe for disaster, because basements are humidity traps and a mattress can quickly become so damaged by mold and mildew that it is no longer…

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29 Jun 2017

Since time immemorial, people have been collecting things, whether because they are simply interested in the item being collected, or because they feel that the collectible in question will be worth more money than they originally paid for it. It is fun to look back on history and see how things have changed over the years, or marvel at the little time capsules you have collected. If you are a collector, or thinking about getting into collecting, below are 2017’s collectible trends and what to know about them. Furniture and Decor from the 1950’s and 60’s This trend has been going strong for a couple of years now and shows no sign of stopping. Whether people are collecting furniture from…

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26 Jun 2017

Self storage units are a great way to declutter your life and find temporary homes for things during a move or renovation. Storage pricing varies based on the amenities you are after (such as climate control or winter storage), as well as the size of the storage unit you require. One item that is particularly tricky to store is plants. If you are a gardener or a landscaper and you are thinking about placing some of your plants in self storage, below are some things that you need to know. Who Might Need a Self Storage Unit for Plants? People who need to put plants into a self storage unit are usually people who are moving or renovating and need…

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22 Jun 2017

Self storage units are a great way to free up some space in your home and office for the things that are most important to you. Millions of people around the world invest in self storage units to help them store everything from seasonal cars and recreational vehicles, to important personal documents, family heirlooms and seasonal clothing and decorations. Many people, however, don’t realize that certain items require climate controlled storage to ensure that they are fully protected. Below are four items that require a climate controlled storage unit. Appliances Appliances like refrigerators and ovens require climate controlled storage to ensure that their internal workings and moving parts don’t develop rust, which can damage mechanical parts and end up rendering…

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19 Jun 2017

If you have furniture in your home or office that you want to get out of your hair temporarily, you want to maintain it in good condition, so that you (or somebody) can get further use out of it in the future. If you are putting your furniture into a self storage unit, below are some tips on how to properly wrap and take care of it while it’s not in use. Clean Before You Wrap Before you place any furniture in storage, you have to clean it first. You should wipe down furniture with a clean cloth, and vacuum and/or shampoo the upholstery before it goes into storage. Any dirt that’s on your furniture when you place it into…

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16 Jun 2017

For people who are lucky enough to enjoy a recreational vehicle during the summer (or winter for that matter) you understand that owning a recreational vehicle is not without its chores. You don’t just put it into storage for the winter and then take it out, start it up and hit the road. The process of taking your RV out of short term storage is more involved. It requires some special know-how to ensure the vehicle is safe and ready for use. Below are four tips for taking your recreational vehicle out of storage. Consult the Owner’s Manual The owner’s manual is there for a reason: to teach you everything you need to know about safely and responsibly operating your…

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12 Jun 2017

Of all the industries that need a good self storage facility, perhaps none have a greater need than theatre and film. With all of the costumes, props, pulleys, curtains and other items necessary to put on complicated stage productions, theatre companies need space to store all of that stuff when it is not being used. If you are thinking about placing film or theatre items into storage, below are some tips for keeping them safe and secure while they are not in use. Packing and Preserving Costumes Costumes, like any expensive clothing, should be dry cleaned, put in garment bags that breathe, and stored in well-ventilated, professional quality wardrobe boxes. This is especially true for costumes that use natural textiles…

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6 Jun 2017

As much fun as owning a boat is, there are some upkeep and storage requirements that many boat owners wish they could simply do away with. Every time you put your boat away, or take it out for the summer, there is a list of things you have to do to make sure that you are not damaging the boat, and that it is safe to drive. If it’s that time of year again for you and the boat is coming out of your winter storage, below are some things to keep in mind when dewinterizing your boat. Check the Oil It is always a good idea to change the oil before you put a vehicle into storage, but if…

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1 Jun 2017

Self storage units help millions of people all over the world declutter their lives and securely store their valuables. Households and business owners alike use self storage units to get seasonal decorations and clothing out of the way, keep that summer vehicle safe and sound during winter, and store things such as family heirlooms and business inventory. If you have a storage unit, you know how important it is to keep it organized, so that it doesn’t become a chore just to get in and out when you need to. Below are four tips for organizing your storage unit. Be Consistent with Your Box Sizes When you put all of your stored items in boxes of the same size, it…

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30 May 2017

The spring looks like it is finally upon us and that means, among other things, making way for all of the spring gear and equipment you are going to need. You are going to want to get all of that winter equipment out of the way so that you have room for your spring stuff, but if you don’t have enough room in your house for both, you might want to consider outsourcing your storage to a self storage facility. Below are some tips for properly storing your winter equipment. Clothing Anything fabric, whether it’s jackets, scarves, mittens, or big winter blankets, must go into storage for the spring and summer clean and dry. Wet, dirty winter clothing can quickly…

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24 May 2017

Moving overseas for work is stressful enough as it is without having to worry about what you are going to do with all your stuff. It can be especially stressful if you are leaving all of your stuff behind and you don’t know what you are going to do with it. If you are moving overseas for the long haul, or just for a little while, and you are using short term storage while you figure out what you are going do, below are some tips for moving your items. Break Down the Large Items If you are going to be storing the majority of your furniture, you are going to want to maximize your return on investment by breaking…

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18 May 2017

If you are planning a home renovation, chances are you have prepared yourself for the accompanying expenses. One of those that you have hopefully already considered, is what you are going to do with your furniture while you are renovating. If it is an extensive renovation and you don’t have room anywhere else in your home or business to store your furniture, one of the things that you might consider is storing your furniture in a self storage unit. Below are some things to know when placing your furniture in self storage during a renovation. Give the Storage Unit a Once-Over Before Storing Anything It is always a good idea to inspect your storage unit before putting anything into it,…

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15 May 2017

There are a wide range of different storage options available on the market. Some of these options include climate control, surveillance options and drive up accessibility. Drive up storage means that you are able to drive your vehicle right to the entrance of your storage unit for easy loading and unloading, so you can be in and out of a storage unit fast. If you are thinking about investing in a new, or your first storage unit, consider some of the below benefits that come with a drive up storage unit. Park at the Door Most of the damage that is done to your belongings doesn’t happen while they are in storage, it happens while you are transferring things from…

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11 May 2017

Whether you run a business or a home, chances are you accumulate a lot of paper throughout the year. Much of it is important documentation that you need for taxes, etc., but much of it you don’t necessarily need. Switching over from paper storage to digital not only saves a ton of space, but moving forward, you can help minimize your carbon footprint decreasing the amount of paper that you need to run your life. Below are some tips for converting your paper storage to digital. Get Rid of Small Things One of the biggest contributors to unnecessary paper storage is receipts. Instead of keeping every single receipt in hard copy somewhere in your home or business, you can utilize…

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