29 Dec 2015

5 Tips To Properly Packing Your Self-Storage Unit

Your self-storage unit is only as useful as your ability to utilize the available space. You need to be able to efficiently arrange and store all of your personal belongings while still ensuring that things are stored safely and are easily accessible. Here are 5 tips to consider when packing your storage space. Arrange the items around a path. For the sake of accessibility, you will not be able to fill a storage unit to 100% capacity. You will need a walkway through the middle of the unit. Even if this means having to place items all the way at the back of a unit, reserving some of the space for a pathway will make your life that much easier when the time comes to add or remove items. Store your items in boxes and label things clearly. Having a well-organized storage unit is the key to getting the most out of your storage space. Uniform sized boxes that efficiently…

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22 Dec 2015

It goes without saying that items with greater sentimental and monetary value should receive a considerable amount of extra care and attention when going into storage. Having an accurate overall idea of what the total value of your storage unit is worth on paper, both for insurance and personal purposes, is peace of mind. If you watch shows like “Storage Wars,” it is always amazing to see some of the items people encounter in abandoned storage units. Heirlooms that have been in families for generations with tremendous market, not to mention, sentimental value, one-of-a-kind antiques that previous owners may not have even known where there or just how special they were, collector items that had been passing off a junk…

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17 Dec 2015

Storing business related documents, especially if the documents contain sensitive client details like bank accounts and tax related information, is something into which you are going to want to put careful consideration. The potential financial and even legal implications to losing or damaging records and operational information are not ones to take lightly. Here are some recommendations when you run out of office space and need a self-storage unit in which to keep business files. Make sure you choose a company with a reputation for secure storage and one which is close to your business’ location. Ease of access is very important when it comes to storing business documents. A unit with camera surveillance, keypad entry, electronic gate access and…

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15 Dec 2015

Sometimes life events bring with them the need or desire to opt for a smaller living space. Unfortunately – though not always – this entails either getting rid or moving into storage some of your possessions. The thought of having to unload or say goodbye to belongings that have been with you for a long time, some of which may hold a great deal of sentimental value for you, can be an unpleasant one. Here are 5 tips that can help you make your downsize simple and stress free. Create a list of your “must haves.” Knowing what you need and can’t live without can give you a much clearer idea of what is ultimately important to you. People tend…

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13 Dec 2015

A self-storage unit is a convenient and secure way to store items that you either don’t have the space for, or currently do not have a use for. That being said, there are certain items that you should not store, and may even be prohibited from storing in your storage space. Here are 5 categories of items you should not keep in self-storage. Source: stor-age.co.za Hazardous materials. For obvious safety reasons, there are just some things that cannot be stored safely in most self-storage units. Toxic or flammable substances such as gasoline or crude, explosives such as fireworks, bio-hazards, weapons and ammunition need to be stored safely and in accordance with provincial and federal laws. Organic matter and perishable food…

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10 Dec 2015

Moving can be an enormous undertaking. You spend so many years in one place building a life and accumulating the things that help you live it, that it is often hard to nail down the logistics of it all, particularly forecasting the costs involved. Here are some tips to help you plan for a budget friendly move. Choose your moving company wisely. As with most endeavors, one of, if not the largest costs involved is the labor. If you don’t have access to a large vehicle or people able to help you move, paying a moving company and its employees to move your belongings from point A to point B is likely to comprise the largest part of your moving…

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8 Dec 2015

You have decided that you want to move, now what? The accumulation of appliances, gifts, clothes, furniture, kitchen gadgets etc. over the last X number of years can make organizing your life, pre-move, seem unbearably overwhelming. You need to declutter. Here are some simple and effective tips you can use to declutter your house and make your move simple and easy. Don’t procrastinate. Packing and coordinating a move is going to take up the bulk of your time, as it should, so having a head start on sifting through your belongings to see what will make the cut and what will be cut is key. It can be very stressful if you wait until you are actually boxing up items…

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4 Dec 2015

Over the last decade, there has been a boom in storage related television shows. The subculture of buying and selling unclaimed storage space had existed for a long-time before it ever entered mainstream consciousness, but the notion of opening a potential treasure chest of forgotten and abandoned items really resonated with people. The concept has spawned a range of spin-off and related shows, but here are 4 of the best that have been on television in recent years. Source: beingalison.com “Storage Wars”. First aired on A&E in 2010, Storage Wars follows a group of professional buyers and their teams as they square off against one another in locations across the United States, making offers on repossessed storage units in the…

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2 Dec 2015

The arrival of a baby invariably necessitates major changes in not only lifestyle, but the organization and arrangement of your living space as well. Certain things need to be “baby proofed” and made “baby friendly” before the new, helpless family member arrives, especially in the following 3 places. The entryway. Once the baby arrives, you are going to be in and out of the house constantly. Walks, day care, a baby requires 24/7 around the clock supervision and care and you still have a life to live, so anywhere you go, he or she goes. Doing things like organizing the closet by outerwear or travel gear will help you get in and out and on with your day as fast…

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30 Nov 2015

We live in a world dominated by consumerism, so it is not at all surprising that a vast majority of households contain a great deal of clutter. Most people buy many things they do not need, items which tend to collect in the recesses of their basements and garages. The fact that there is a term called “Spring cleaning” says it all! In the spirit of hoarding stuff, we have gathered a few intriguing statistics on clutter. So without further ado, be prepared to be amazed! Facts about Clutter For better or for worse, Americans follow the 80/20 rule – the premise of the Pareto Principle is that 80% of outcomes are the result of 20% of the causes (the…

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27 Nov 2015

Parenthood is truly one of the greatest and most rewarding experiences one can have. If you are having your first child, you and your partner are probably running around in a mix of excitement and anticipation, and rightfully so. Bringing a baby into the picture changes a lot of things on the homefront, especially in terms of safety and space. It would be a good idea now to take the time to get everything in order for your new bundle of joy. To keep from stressing, make a checklist of what you need to buy and do before your due date. Below is a list of must-haves every parent should keep in mind! Household Prep Tips for the Baby on…

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23 Nov 2015

The number of shows centered around the storage auction industry has become increasingly prevalent in the last few years, but like anything on TV, what we see is not always accurate. The Hollywood effect instills plenty of entertainment value, such as suspenseful, intentionally-timed commercial breaks and the like. Nevertheless, there are some myths purported by the media that need to be dispelled. Many savvy, persistent auction attendees can and do make a decent living by profiting on the sale of rare collectibles, but it is important to not be misled by the promise of quick and easy cash! Common Storage Auction Myths Every Unit is a Goldmine Think about it, shows like Storage Wars would not be nearly as popular…

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20 Nov 2015

The process of selling a home consists of equal parts excitement and frustration. In a competitive market with thousands of other properties that prospective buyers are checking out, you need to do everything possible to come out ahead. Homeowners that enjoy the benefits of selling quickly and close to their target price are not always lucky; they simply know what buyers are looking for and take advantage of the situation. If you want to sell your property fast and make a profit, you have to step out of your seller shoes! From on the Market to Money in the Bank Make your house a blank slate Buyers need to envision the space as their own, which for you means cleaning…

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16 Nov 2015

The holidays are among us, and for many homeowners that means shifting into ultra-organization mode! Do not let all that clutter get you down folks, as all it takes is a few simple tips and some serious dedication to make your home holiday gathering-friendly once more. It is shocking how much junk can accumulate over the course of a year, and figuring out what to do with it all in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas can definitely feel like an uphill battle. The trick to getting your place ready for a household of activity is temporarily relocating belongings that are not necessary. That being said, before you bust out all those seasonal decorations, follow this fool-proof holiday storage advice! A…

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13 Nov 2015

Did you know every year an untold number of personal belongings are damaged while in storage as a result of owner error? Imagine what it feels like not being able to replace a multi-generation family heirloom, and knowing that you were directly responsible for its destruction. To put it simply, there are right and wrong ways to store household valuables. Given the serious ramifications that can occur, it bears knowing how you should handle yours. Remember, even if you have an insurance policy in place to cover theft or accidental loss/ damage, no amount of money can replace some belongings! Are you Making These Storage Mistakes? Weighted Items on Top The cardinal rule for stacking boxes is to ensure even…

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9 Nov 2015

If you’ve been longing to transform your garage from that dirty, cluttered catch-all into the organized, stylish space you’ve always wanted, then it is time to get creative and think outside the box. Striking the balance between aesthetics and functionality is what every homeowner strives for, but it is not nearly as difficult as you might think. You may have to make a few big changes, such as finally making the move to downsize and get rid of a few heaps of junk, but in the end it’s all worth it! The best part about creating a custom garage is that you can do so on virtually any budget; with a limitless supply of storage products and DIY ideas to…

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6 Nov 2015

If your business involves the use of hazardous waste or chemicals, you do not need to be reminded of maintaining a safe work environment. Protecting staff and visitors from harmful accidents should always be your company’s main priority, and a big part of that means knowing how to properly store these materials. One of the most common problems business owners face, however, is knowing what types of chemicals can be stored safely together. With countless kinds used in the manufacturing industry, determining where to place these items can be quite the challenge. As a general rule of thumb, keep similar chemicals together and ensure enough distance is between those which are incompatible. When working in close vicinity to dangerous combustibles,…

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2 Nov 2015

The only way to ensure your collectibles will retain their value is by keeping them in a safe place. Many homeowners mistakenly think putting items in a dresser drawer or on a closet shelf are sufficient for storage purpose, but this is not a risk you want to take. Of course, the rules for collectible preservation differ depending on the specific thing you are dealing with (e.g. baseball cards, coins, etc.), but there are some tips that apply across the board. For instance, no matter how safe you think household belongings are, never assume that someone might have their sights set on taking them. It is not uncommon for some collections, especially those which are complete and in mint condition,…

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30 Oct 2015

It is a good idea to visit your storage locker at least once a month, just to make sure nothing has shifted or accumulated mildew. While there, why not take some steps to keep things clean? Here’s a checklist to keep your unit looking (and smelling) great. Consider Purging Unused, and Aging, Items Many items do just fine in long-term storage, but some can degrade. Vintage clothing, especially if not stored in vacuum bags, can lose its value by accumulating mildew. Stuffed toys can eventually become un-donate-able due to the risk of infestations. If you notice a fabric item that you have not taken out in over a year, consider selling or donating it while it’s still useful. This will…

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