2 Oct 2015

5 Tips To Decorating A Minimalist Home

Minimalism is the most important modern trend in home design, driven by articles on the beautiful minimalist homes of celebrities like Bryan Cranston. Some people simply want a simpler, cleaner, more “wealthy” look to their homes, while others are intrigued by the increased resale value provided by neutral tones and open floorplans. No matter your reasons, the following tips will help you succeed at a minimalist redesign. Reduce Minimalism simply cannot work with the amount of stuff in most homes. The first step of any move to minimalism is to go through all your things and categorize them into keep, store, recycle, and trash piles. Any items that you only use in certain seasons, or only a few times a year, should be put into storage. Combine Rooms Of all minimalist renovations, moving towards an open floor plan will have the most dramatic effect on your home’s resale value. This is because an open floor plan is not just about…

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29 Sep 2015

Here at Jiffy Self-Storage, we’re proud to offer climate controlled storage solutions. Humidity and temperature shifts can be damaging to materials like metal, paper, laminate furniture finishes and electronic devices. Humidity control also keeps mould and mildew at bay, keeping your possessions safe from damage. Our goal is to have your items just as they were the day you brought them in. While not all items are as susceptible to climate or humidity damage, it’s important to know which ones are more than others, and for which items climate controlled storage is a necessity. Furniture Certain materials are very sensitive to changes in temperature. Wood is highly susceptible to humidity, and moisture can cause wood to crack, warp, or even…

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23 Sep 2015

Maybe you’re leaving to travel for a year. Maybe you’re downsizing apartments. Maybe you just have too much clutter and don’t want to give any of it up just yet. Whatever the reason, having the option for self-storage is always helpful. What types of items are found most often in self-storage units? Here are the top four, along with tips on how to store them! Electronics Though you may not be using them right now, electronics are often valuable and worth holding onto for the future. Electronics can be difficult to store, as they are very sensitive to moisture and water damage, and to climate. Electronics should always be stored in a dry, climate-controlled environment. Cords and other miscellaneous pieces…

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21 Sep 2015

Retiring is a big step in life, and the next period can sometimes be difficult to adjust to. Many seniors find self-storage helpful after retirement for several reasons. De-Clutter Many seniors find themselves with a lifetime of things, and after retirement they finally have the time to take stock and de-clutter. It’s not as easy as just disposing of unwanted or unneeded items. Certain things such as toys and clothing from when their children and grandchildren were young, carry sentimental value, or can function as hand me downs later down the road. Sentimental and family value is important to consider. Photo albums, books, framed pictures, journals, and documents, will all have important meaning to future generations, and should not be…

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18 Sep 2015

Compared to other household items like furniture, electronics can be trickier to store. Electronics, such as computers, televisions, stereo equipment, CD players, handheld devices, and more, can be sensitive to water damage or temperature. Here are some things to take into consideration when storing electronics: Organize Cords and Wires You don’t want cords or wires to become damaged during storage, and opening a box of tangled wires can be frustrating. Make sure all detachable cords and other attachments are removed from the item. If you are dealing with lots of cords, you’ll thank yourself later for clearly labeling, organizing, and storing them! Remove Batteries Batteries can leak acid and damage an object. Remove all batteries prior to storage and either…

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14 Sep 2015

Maximizing your home’s storage capacity means maximizing your home’s spaciousness. The less clutter there is, the more spacious your home will look and feel. You don’t want to just shove everything in the closet! Here are some innovative ideas for maximizing your home’s storage potential. Multi-Tasking Items Items that look like unassuming pieces of furniture, but have hidden storage capacity are a great way of making your home appear more spacious. Storage ottomans double as a footrest, and as storage for DVDs, CDs, or whatever else you like. Many coffee tables also have shelves or storage underneath. De-cluttering the living room is a great way to impress guests. For your home’s entryway, consider a bench that opens up to storage…

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11 Sep 2015

Self-storage is helpful for many situations. Whether you’re moving, downsizing, travelling, or de-cluttering, renting a storage unit ensures that your belongings are kept safe. Not everything, however, is meant to go into a storage unit. Here are ten items that should not go into a storage unit! Perishable Items Storing any perishable goods like human or animal food in a storage unit is a big risk for rodent or insect infestation. Additionally, any humidity or heat in the unit can cause the growth of mould or bacteria. Keep any food items out of storage units! Hazardous Material Hazardous materials include anything that can be toxic or dangerous if spilled or opened. Corrosive materials, toxic gases, kerosene, gasoline, propane, motor oils,…

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7 Sep 2015

Storage units are often home to unexpected treasures! Just look at all the TV shows dedicated to these unique finds. After a storage locker has been abandoned for a certain amount of time, the units are often auctioned off. In some unique stories, the winners get a whole lot more than they could have dreamed of! The thrill of finding storage unit treasure often comes from the element of surprise. Sometimes things that look plain on the outside, for instance, a stack of old newspapers, can be worth tens of thousands of dollars. On the other hand, a beat up car could be worth a million. There are many strange and obscure storage locker finds out there, but here are…

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4 Sep 2015

The excitement of a long vacation can often be overshadowed by the preparation. There are flights and hotels to book, routes to plan, and cities to be researched, but what about everything back at home? Here are five tips to keep your home and possessions safe and secure while you travel—and give yourself the peace of mind needed to enjoy your vacation! Get Your Documents In OrderOrganize all the documents you need for travel—passports, tickets, boarding passes—and keep them extra secure by photocopying them and taking photos. Call Your BankMake sure to phone your bank to let them know you will be travelling. The last thing you need is your card getting declined in a new city! Take Care of…

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1 Sep 2015

The ways we might store electronics, dishes, and clothing are all very different! Fortunately, there are many different options for storage boxes to accommodate and protect each and every one of our items. Plastic Storage Boxes Plastic storage boxes are a lightweight, inexpensive storage option. The good thing about plastic storage boxes is that they keep moisture out. However, that can be a negative because plastic storage boxes don’t breathe, and therefore will trap any moisture inside. In case of this happening, it is a good idea to place silica gel packs in with your storage. Silica gel is a dehumidifying agent, which can absorb any excess moisture that may harm your belongings. The types of plastic storage boxes vary…

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31 Aug 2015

Storing artwork is one of the trickiest tasks. When it is stored improperly, the artwork can suffer damage which will ruin it or greatly depreciate its value. As an avid art collector or maybe even an artist, it is important that you store away the artwork safely and securely. There are several things you must do in order to preserve the art without depreciating the value in any way. Make sure that you are cautious while following the advice below. Wear protective gear when necessary and make sure you have a safe, cool, and dry place to store everything. Tips and Advice for Safe Storage and Preservation Encapsulate the artwork if it is on paper or canvas. Cover the work…

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28 Aug 2015

Self storage has many wonderful uses. People all over use self storage solutions for a number of different reasons. Regardless of the reason, the units protect the belongings as long as they are stored properly. One of the most habitual users of storage units are EBay sellers. Some people chose to make a living off of their EBay sales. If you are used to selling things online, it would be wise to have somewhere to store your entire inventory. Of course, no one wants a ton of random and miscellaneous items taking over their own home, so self storage is a viable solution to the problem. Benefits of Self Storage for EBay Sellers By using self storage, not only are…

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24 Aug 2015

Storage units are one of the best ways to store away and pack up items in a residential or commercial property when you don’t want them taking up space. There are all types of self storage companies, but the key is to find one nearest to your home that offers a variety of different sizes and features. Renting a unit with humidity control is always best because it is important to keep your items dry and cool to prevent them from molding. When Is a Storage Unit a Good Idea? When you are amidst relocation When you have no room, but do not want to get rid of your belongings When you have a vehicle that isn’t being used presently,…

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21 Aug 2015

There are many ways of storing a vehicle that is only used seasonally that many people aren’t usually aware of. Of course, you could just park the vehicle in the garage over the winter months and hope it runs as well by the time summer hits, but this isn’t the most efficient way to store any vehicle you care about. There are 6 things you can do to assure the health of your vehicle stays the same as it is stored away. Store the vehicle in a cool and dry environment. Do not leave the vehicle outside and open to all of the elements. In most instances, a garage is the perfect place. Temperature controlled storage units for vehicles are…

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17 Aug 2015

At some point as a home or business owner, you will more than likely run into a time where renovations are necessary. During this time, you will need to find a way to store your belongings until the remodeling is complete. You will need the clean room and extra space just to get the job done right. So, when you don’t have any extra room at the home to store the items, you rent a self-storage unit. A self-storage unit is a relatively low-cost way to store any of your property. It can be rented on a month to month basis and doesn’t typically cost all that much. These self-storage units can be temperature controlled too if you are concerned…

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14 Aug 2015

Every single one of us has items that we store away and refuse to get rid of. Most of the time, we store these items away in boxes. Depending on what is being stored, you may have an assortment of box sizes you use. These boxes are usually made from cardboard and aren’t necessarily meant for long term storage When you intend on storing your items for a long period of time, it is wise to be aware of the kinds of boxes you are using to pack them away. Where you are storing them will also take precedence in the decision of what type of box you use to pack your belongings. Cardboard can breakdown over time. Weather changes…

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10 Aug 2015

Everyone in the world has the habit of storing belongings away, whether they store them in their own attic, shed, garage, or even a rented self-storage unit. However, when items aren’t stored properly, they run the risk of becoming damaged and not repairable. To prevent this from happening, it is wise to practice proper storing methods, especially to keep away the pests. The infiltration of pests can damage your belongings worse than anything else. When your items are stored within containers and kept in a closed in area, weather will more than likely not play any type of factor. Pests, however, will find their way into nearly any nook and cranny they can find to make homes in your property.…

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7 Aug 2015

As a boat owner, you want the very best for your watercraft. The thing with boats is that unless you live in an area that is warm all year round, it will need to be stored away seasonally. While this is common for most boat owners to have to do, it is important that they store away the boat properly or it could easily become damaged and ruined while it sits out of the water. When you go to store a boat, you may notice that properly storing it can be quite detailed. However, when you are used to properly preparing the boat for storage every year, it eventually becomes easier and easier. A lot of things must be addressed…

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3 Aug 2015

A lot of us go through our clothes before each season and store away anything that won’t be useful for the next few months. For instance, during the warmer weather months, we have no use for our winter clothes, and during winter, we have no use for tank tops and shorts. It only makes sense to store these clothes until they are needed again. This will surely free up closet space. If you do not store away your clothes properly, they could end up ruined from pests, weather, mildew, or mold. After any of that happens to clothes, they are ruined and can never be worn again, therefore it is crucial that you store the clothes away so that nothing…

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