27 Mar 2017

5 Weird Things Found In Storage Facilities

Anyone who has spent any time watching TLC or the Discovery Channel knows that there is a wild and wacky world of abandoned storage units out there. People put their belongings in storage facilities and either completely forget about them, can’t afford to pay the lease anymore, or simply cease to care and the units go up for auction to the highest bidder. Upon opening them, strange things are frequently found. Below are five weird things that have been found in storage units. The James Bond Submarine Car In 1989, a Long Island man paid less than $100 to purchase the contents of an abandoned storage locker. Upon opening it, he discovered a slightly damaged, wheel-less submarine car. While driving home, he was informed by other drivers on the road via CB radio that the strange vehicle he had on the back of his truck was one of the original promotional vehicles used in the The Spy Who Loved Me.…

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24 Mar 2017

Self storage units are incredibly useful when space in your home or office is at a premium. Keeping seasonal goods, excess inventory, even seasonal vehicles safely stowed away in a self storage unit provides great peace of mind when you just don’t have another square foot of space to spare. But many people have found more creative ways to get a lot out of their storage facilities. Below are some tips for helping you get creative and get the most out of your self storage unit. Private Office Space There are countless tales of people starting a multi-million dollar, even billion dollar (think Apple) business in their garage. Well, why not a self storage space. Storage facilities are fast becoming…

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20 Mar 2017

Moving is no easy task. That is why moving companies make a killing; they know that people will go to great lengths and invest a lot of money to avoid having to do all of the heavy lifting themselves. The stress and chaos of moving is unavoidable, but there are certain tricks you can use to help make the process as painless as possible. If you haven’t considered storing certain items during a move, you might want to. Below are some items you should consider for short term storage while moving and why it makes sense. Doubles The first task should be to scour your house for anything that you have doubles of. The kitchen is a good place to…

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17 Mar 2017

People born after the 1990’s might not understand what film photos are, but anyone who came of age any time before that knows that the average person, and even more so, the average family, probably has boxes of loose, unorganized photos lying around in storage that are just taking up space. If you feel like this describes the current state of your photo collections, below are some tips for photo storage and organization. Decide on a Goal Document storage is about knowing why you are organizing and storing something. Are you going to be putting the photos aside for posterity? Do you want certain photos for a major life event like a wedding or a graduation? Do you just want…

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13 Mar 2017

The number of people choosing to place their belongings in self storage units is on the rise. The space that is available to house our growing populations, their belongings and their families is shrinking and many people, short on space, are opting for storage solutions outside their homes. If you want to know why it seems like everyone you know has one, or even multiple self storage units, below are five reasons why the use self storage units is on the rise.

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10 Mar 2017

A self storage unit can make life a whole lot easier, especially if space in your home or business is hard to come by. Seasonal items and decorations, summer cars, old furniture, and things from the kids’ rooms while they are away at university, are some of the things storage facilities can help you to get out of sight and out of mind. That being said, it’s important to know what type, and especially what size storage unit is going to work best for you. Below are some tips for choosing the right storage unit size. Estimate Your Needs Before you put anything in a storage facility, it’s a good idea to make an inventory of everything that you plan…

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6 Mar 2017

There are all kinds of personal storage options available on the market. The size of the space, climate control and allowances for certain kinds of materials all factor into the decision of what kind of storage to purchase. Convenience of access is another important determining factor that people often overlook. This includes the ability to drive up directly to the unit for easy unloading and reloading. Below are some of the advantages of drive up storage units. Parking Right at the Door Much of the damage that is done to goods being put into self storage occurs, not while the goods are being stored, but while they are being moved from the vehicle to the unit. Drive up storage helps…

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3 Mar 2017

We all have valuables that we would be devastated to lose in a fire. Some of them are keepsakes, some of them are worth a lot of money and some of them are important legal and business documents. Fireproof document storage is a major concern for individuals and companies, and there are a range of precautions that you can take to make sure that your valuable documents are protected at all times. Below are four tips for fireproof document storage. Invest in a Fireproof Safe Fireproof safes are designed to withstand blazes so that your important documents, cash, etc., survive. The one thing to note with a fireproof safe is that it is likely to get soaked with water, either…

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27 Feb 2017

Millions of people use self storage units to great effect. As convenient ways to safely store seasonal equipment, decorations, clothing, old furniture, antiques, even inventory and other business related items, self storage units can be extremely convenient and cost effective. That being said, there are some things that are simply not fit to be stored. If you are wondering what you cannot safely store in a self storage unit, below are five items. Animals It should go without saying that keeping live animals in a storage unit is illegal and unethical, but did you know that in most instances it is prohibited by the owners of the facility to store animals that have been killed while hunting and that have…

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22 Feb 2017

There are millions of people around the world who enjoy all of the convenience and benefits of self storage units. Whether it’s for keeping the holiday decorations that they don’t want lying around the house all year, or for storing spring and summer vehicles that spend the winter in a climate controlled space, self storage can be a huge weight off your mind. That being said, there are some definite do’s and don’ts to keep in mind when trying to get the most out of a self storage unit. Self Storage Do’s Find Out if You Require a Climate Controlled Environment Certain items, especially electronics, and things with sensitive mechanical parts, often require protection from temperature extremes. This means too…

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20 Feb 2017

Whether it be the expensive wine glasses that are going into storage or being transported to a new home, or the holiday decorations going back into their respective boxes for another year, knowing how to safely store glass while it is on the move or not in use is key. Below are some tips and considerations to keep in mind for packing and storing fragile glass items. Choose the Right Size One of the main things to keep in mind when storing or transporting fragile glass is the size of the box. You don’t want something too big for two reasons. The first is the box can become too full, too hard to handle, and, therefore, run the risk of…

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17 Feb 2017

For most people, their jewellery has a considerable amount of sentimental value, not to mention the mere monetary value. People have pieces of jewellery that they not only enjoy wearing themselves, but may be thinking about passing down to the next generation. They may even have items which have been passed down through several generations. If you are planning an upcoming move, or are looking to get some of your jewellery stored away long term, below are some tips for packing to make sure everything remains safe and sound. Necklaces and Bracelets The biggest difficulty in packing necklaces and bracelets is that the chains and loose pieces can easily get tangled and, if moved the wrong way, can actually break,…

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13 Feb 2017

Having a fire extinguisher in your home, on your boat, at the office, really anywhere fire puts human life in jeopardy can mean the difference between catastrophe averted, or a tragedy. Keeping that in mind, it is equally important they be carefully and safely stored to make sure they remain in full working order. Below are some considerations for keeping your fire extinguisher(s) stored properly. Keep Them Out in the Open A fire extinguisher is one of those things where you kind of have to throw style and theme to the wind. Just because it clashes with the motif of your kitchen, does not mean that you should keep it tucked behind a door, or in a pantry. It needs…

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9 Feb 2017

In a country like Canada, where each new season brings with it a new set of clothing, equipment and decoration requirements, a household worth of items can quickly add up. Finding room for all four season’s stuff is not easy, which is why it is a good idea to consider what you really need to keep on hand, and for how long. Below are five reasons you shouldn’t store your seasonal items at home. Protect Them from Theft This is especially true of expensive seasonal gear such as snow blowers, lawn mowers (ride on, or otherwise) and winter sports gear (such as skis and snowboards). These are all high value items that thieves typically target so keeping them safely guarded…

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6 Feb 2017

One of the main things that people complain about when it comes to modern living, especially those with families, is that there is simply not enough space for all of the things you need in your daily life. Many people start to feel bogged down by clutter and can start to feel like hoarders, when in reality, there are a lot of storage options at your disposal to help relieve some of the burden. Below are some creative ways to add storage space to every room. Get a Storage Bed One of the largest unused storage spaces in the bedroom is the vertical space below the bed. Some beds are elevated enough that there is room to shove a couple…

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1 Feb 2017

If you are someone who uses a self storage unit throughout the year, then you are going to want to make sure that your items are well protected from the elements. This is especially true if you live in an area of the country that experiences seasonal extremes, with high heat and humidity during the summer, and crushing cold during the winter. Below are five ways to protect your stored goods from the elements. Store on Pallets Your first line of defence should be to place everything on pallets so that it is up off the ground. During the winter, ice and snow melt may find its way under the door of your self storage unit. Water is insidious and…

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26 Jan 2017

Going through a divorce is a hard enough process without having to worry about what you are going to do with all of your stuff. People can split up and start the process of divorce, often without very much warning, meaning that rapid-fire decisions must be made about what you are going to store and where. If you or someone you know is currently dealing with the emotional stress of a divorce, the below benefits of having a storage unit during the divorce could help. Protect Your Stuff One of the most uncomfortable parts of a divorce is figuring out who is going to get what. It’s painful to go through your entire inventory of things and decide what belongs…

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23 Jan 2017

One of the biggest questions that people have when putting things in a self-storage unit is how to go about protecting your art. Art is something that people accumulate over a lifetime and new art replaces old art. You can’t keep all of those pieces just sitting around taking up space. Many people turn to self-storage units to help bear the load. Below are some tips for preparing your artwork for storage. Don’t Roll It Up Many people have the image of the art school student on his way to class, big tube with his painstaking work inside and think that’s how you store art. That is how you can temporarily store art while moving it from one location to…

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19 Jan 2017

If you are like many people, the books that you acquire over the years tends to become a part of you. There is something nostalgic and romantic about a physical copy of a book that drives many people to want to preserve them, almost like a piece of art within a piece of art. There are good and bad ways, however, to store your books. If you love your books and want to keep them for as long as you can, below are some tips for properly storing them. Handle with Good Hygiene Books and eating and drinking go hand in hand. You will avoid doing this, though, if you really love your books. Always keep a paper towel by…

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