Storage Ideas – Jiffy Self-Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com Mon, 02 Jul 2018 05:17:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 5 Home Office Storage Ideas https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/5-home-office-storage-ideas/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/5-home-office-storage-ideas/#respond Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:00:31 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186581 Many people will rely on a home office as part of their livelihood simply out of convenience or necessity. Whether you work from home a couple of days a week and the home office space helps you maintain your focus better or if you run your entire business out of a home office, you may
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Many people will rely on a home office as part of their livelihood simply out of convenience or necessity. Whether you work from home a couple of days a week and the home office space helps you maintain your focus better or if you run your entire business out of a home office, you may find these five home office storage ideas quite helpful. These ideas are meant to provide a more organized and productive workspace.

Utilize open shelving units to free up floor space

Floor space in your home office is the most important and therefore, a most expensive real estate in town. You want to make sure that your floor space is being used for the more crucial elements of an office such as your desk, filing cabinets, even some greenery like potted plants to help make the place more lively. Proper shelving can also help to optimize floor space by storing your boxes, files, folders and office supplies. Open wall-mounted shelves are a great option and are highly modern right now.

Built-in storage

In a home office, it is essential that your furniture pieces serve multiple functions. For example, your desk shouldn’t just be a desk, it should double as a storage space, with room for all of your computer components. The walls shouldn’t just be for hanging decorative mirrors and photos; they should also be utilized for hanging shelves or mounting bookcases. The copier, printer, and scanner should all be contained in the same device.

Store the cords

A very important home office storage idea is to make sure your cords are always out of the way. If you have a litany of cords coming out of all corners of your workspace, it is going to start to feel cluttered, and you may even start to interfere with your ability to navigate around your office with ease.

Go digital

One of the best things you can do to save on space in your home office is to make as much of your documentation digital as possible. If you are currently getting invoices sent via snail mail or have vendors sending you things that could easily be sent via email, request that they start sending it to you this way. These important documents can now be stored safely on an online drive.

Self-storage unit

If you have utilized all the available space you have and have made as much of your paper digital as you possibly could and still find yourself in need of space, perhaps a self-storage unit located near you may be needed.

Working from a home office can be incredibly convenient and comfortable, but you need to know how to get the most out of the space. This handy tips may help to keep your home office running as efficiently as possible.

For more information on self-storage spaces available in your area for your home office, contact Jiffy Self Storage at (416) 745-4339. Our professional staff will be happy to help you with all of your storage needs!

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4 Ideas For The Spare Room In Your Home https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/ideas-spare-room-home-jiffy-self-storage-blog/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/ideas-spare-room-home-jiffy-self-storage-blog/#respond Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:20:49 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186381 Whether you have a child that just left for college, or no longer have any use for a room that was previously being used as office space or a personal studio, an idle spare room can drive you crazy. If you find yourself with a spare room in your home, and you don’t know what
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Whether you have a child that just left for college, or no longer have any use for a room that was previously being used as office space or a personal studio, an idle spare room can drive you crazy. If you find yourself with a spare room in your home, and you don’t know what to do with it, below are four tips for using an under-utilized space.

Self Storage

If you have been agonizing over what to do with a spare room for a while now and are at your wit’s end, consider putting the contents of the room into a self-storage unit until you can figure out what to do with it. Make sure the facility you use offers climate controlled storage (especially for things like mattresses and furniture with delicate fabrics and upholstery). Climate controlled storage is especially important if you live in a region of the country that experiences a high amount of humidity, which quickly ruins a great many things, including fabric, organic material, and electronics.

Home Office

If you have a kid that just went off to college, or finally moved out on their own, and you are wondering what to do with their old bedroom, a home office might be useful. It doesn’t have to necessarily be an office dedicated to your business (not everyone has their own business), but simply an area of your home that you dedicate to administrative tasks, computer use, and document storage.

Home Studio

A spare room can be an invitation to inject some creativity into your life. If you are a creative person, and you have always wanted a room where you can paint, craft, sculpt, and explore your artistic side, then a spare room could be the perfect home studio. Having a creative space in your own home is something many people find very inspiring.

More Storage

A spare room in your home might simply become your secondary storage area after a while, especially if you really don’t know what else the space could possibly be used for. If your home is already overflowing with stuff and there is nowhere else to store anything, spare rooms often become de facto storage spaces. This can be a recipe for clutter, however, so consider outsourcing that storage to a self storage facility with climate control.

A spare room is often an invitation to get creative and add a dimension to your home it didn’t have before. If you are at a loss for what to do with a spare room in your home, keep the above suggestions in mind. Take your time, and store what you need to store while you decide what to do, so you can turn that extra room into another useful space in the home.

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4 Ideas For Putting Your Summer Equipment Into Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/4-ideas-putting-summer-equipment-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/4-ideas-putting-summer-equipment-storage/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:30:59 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186380 It is that time of year again for many people. We are getting into late fall, snow is already starting to fall in some regions of the country, and it’s time to start thinking about relocating that summer equipment to make way for the winter gear. Summer equipment, whether it’s gardening tools or machinery, should
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It is that time of year again for many people. We are getting into late fall, snow is already starting to fall in some regions of the country, and it’s time to start thinking about relocating that summer equipment to make way for the winter gear.

Summer equipment, whether it’s gardening tools or machinery, should be stored with care in short term storage so that it is ready to go and in good condition when it comes time to take it out the following spring or summer. If you are getting ready to store your summer equipment away for the winter, below are four ideas to help you get it done efficiently and effectively.

Fill the Tanks

If you are putting away anything that runs on gasoline (such as lawnmowers and other landscaping tools), you are going to want to make sure you put everything away with gas in the tank. Leaving an empty tank in something like a lawnmower, especially if it is a ride-on mower, allows water to build up in the tank over the winter, which can damage the tank, and can ultimately end up damaging the engine.

Take Batteries Out

Additionally, if you are putting anything into short term storage that runs on a battery (like the aforementioned lawnmower), again, just like a car, you are going to want to remove the battery before putting it away into storage. This preserves the battery’s charge and prevents it from losing efficiency over the long, cold winter months.

Vertical Storage

It’s never a good idea to leave summer equipment lying on the ground throughout the summer, but it’s an even worse idea to do it over the winter months. If your storage unit doesn’t already come equipped with vertical storage options (such as wall-mounted shelves), you might want to invest in a hanging rack so you can safely store important, usually expensive pieces of machinery and equipment off the ground, and out of the way of any water or anything else that might seep in.

Clean

It is a good idea to clean anything that you are putting into short term storage (furniture, clothing, etc.) before it goes in, because extended periods of non-use can end up making dirt and grime very tough to remove when you take things out months later. This is how stains become permanent, paint cracks and chips, and things just start to wear down.

Putting your summer machinery and equipment into a self storage unit is a great option because it frees up space for the seasonal winter stuff you are going to need, and provides you with peace of mind, because your important summer equipment is in a safe, secure place.

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4 DIY Ideas For Plastic Storage Bins https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/4-diy-ideas-plastic-storage-bins/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/4-diy-ideas-plastic-storage-bins/#respond Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:00:07 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186330 Sometimes all it takes to get a lot out of a little is some creativity. Many people find themselves at a loss when it comes to creating additional storage space for themselves around their homes. The modern home is certainly getting smaller, and knowing how to make the most out of household items to create
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Sometimes all it takes to get a lot out of a little is some creativity. Many people find themselves at a loss when it comes to creating additional storage space for themselves around their homes. The modern home is certainly getting smaller, and knowing how to make the most out of household items to create storage space is key if you are to be a successful modern homeowner. There are dozens of great, cheap self storage options out there if you are willing to get inventive. Below are four DIY ideas for plastic storage bins.

Toy Box

If you have a little time to spare picking out a nice burlap fabric and wrapping paper (both of which can be found at your local dollar store) you can make a great, inexpensive self storage version of a toy box. If you have kids and want a new and easy way to make toy storage simple, a DIY toy box made from a plastic storage bin is a great idea.

Top Entry Cat Litter Box

Top entry cat litter boxes are generally more expensive than your standard front entry box. If you have a plastic storage bin hanging around, however, all you need is a box cutter and some stair tread carpet to quickly (and cheaply) turn an old plastic storage bin into a top entry cat litter box.

Christmas Ornament Storage

Nowhere is cheap self storage more appreciated than when it comes to storing holiday items and decorations. Holiday and seasonal decorations can eat up a lot of space around the home, so cheap self storage options which take advantage of household items are a great workaround. Two plastic rods drilled lengthwise into the sides of a plastic storage bin provide a great way to keep Christmas ornaments safe and secure while they are not in use.

Backyard Water Pond

The backyard water fountain idea for an old plastic storage bin is pretty straightforward. Simply dig out a hole as deep as the bin. Surround it with whatever plants or decorative elements you think look great, and then fill the bin with water, rocks, some goldfish, or whatever else you like, and you are in business.

Finding ways to turn common household items into completely new devices/features/tools in and around your home is not only practical, they provide fun little side projects you can do over the weekend, or together as a family. The above are just four of the many uses you can get out of old plastic storage bins.

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How To Properly Store Brewing Equipment https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/properly-store-brewing-equipment/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/properly-store-brewing-equipment/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:41:59 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186225 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
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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.

Correctly Storing Brewing Equipment

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 useful for smaller items like spoons, thermometers, racking canes, and bottle brushes. Keeping these items off the ground and stored for easy access will make the brewing process that much more organized and enjoyable for you.

Plastic shelving units

Plastic shelving units are ideal storage spaces for larger pieces of equipment like fermenters. Keeping your fermenters off the ground, away from dust and debris, as well as any pests which might smell leftover sugar, yeast, or any other natural ingredients that attract insects and rodents is something that all brewers must do.

Storing raw ingredients

Storing your raw ingredients properly means understanding the temperature and freshness needs of many of them. Malted grain and liquid malted grain should be stored between 50 and 70 degrees F, and hops and yeast should be stored in the fridge and freezer (respectively). These items should either be stored in the manufacturer’s’ packaging, or some other airtight container to avoid spoilage.

Filing cabinets

Filing cabinets make a great and convenient storage space for unused bottles. Even better, opt for filing cabinets that you can then lock to make sure that no contaminants get in while your bottles are in storage.

Home brewing is a great hobby that you can share with your friends and family, and you will definitely get better at it as time goes on and the trial and error periods yields something special.

If you want your home brew to taste as good and fresh as it possibly can, and you want to keep the rodents and other pests out of your ingredients and away from your equipment, employ the above storage methods ensure that your home brew always tastes its best and is free of anything potentially harmful.

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Creative Ways To Add Storage To Every Room https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/creative-ways-add-storage-every-room/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/creative-ways-add-storage-every-room/#respond Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:30:39 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185971 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
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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.

How To Add Extra 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 things underneath, but to really make the best use of that space, you need to invest in a storage bed. These beds have ample built in storage space right underneath that give you a ton of extra room to store whatever you like.

Use a Storage Chest

Storage chests don’t have to look out of place. Many of them are elegantly designed to add style and ambience to a room while also being functional. A storage chest can double as an ottoman or a coffee table. It can help you maximize living room space minimizing clutter.

Store Items in a Mudroom Bench

One of the rooms in your home that is bound to take the most damage is the mudroom. Constant coming and going, scuffs and dirt on the floor, shoes, jackets and umbrellas all over the place. A good way to keep the mudroom in order is with a mudroom bench. This can be tastefully placed adjacent the door and become the home for seasonal clothing like toques, scarves, hats, etc. that you don’t need out in the open all year round.

Install a Wall-mounted TV Cabinet

For many people, the TV becomes the focal point of the living room and we dedicate quite a lot of space to it and its accessories. This is especially true if it’s a traditional cabinet-with-the-tv-on-top arrangement, where the TV takes up a ton of valuable vertical space. Try rearranging the setup and investing in a wall-mounted cabinet to house your TV, leaving you with a bunch of additional storage space underneath.

It’s easy to take a look around your home and feel as though you have maxed out your storage space. This, however, is often not the case. With a bit of creative thinking, and an eye for unused vertical space, you can easily add some very useful square footage to your home and find room for those items that were previously cluttering things up.

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How Can You Maximize Space In Your Home? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/how-can-you-maximize-space-in-your-home/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/how-can-you-maximize-space-in-your-home/#respond Mon, 15 Feb 2016 15:30:15 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185263 Regardless of the size of your home, it is always ideal to maximize the current space that you do have, opening it up and allowing it to feel more spacious. This becomes ever-important in small spaces, and there are a variety of ways in which to achieve this, which are listed below. Front hallway: Open
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Regardless of the size of your home, it is always ideal to maximize the current space that you do have, opening it up and allowing it to feel more spacious. This becomes ever-important in small spaces, and there are a variety of ways in which to achieve this, which are listed below.

Maximizing Space In Your Home

  • Front hallway: Open it Up.
    • Add a small bench or shoe cabinet into your entryway to get shoes off of the floor, which create additional clutter in your home. Shoe hooks are an even better option.
    • Install wall mounted hooks for jackets and backpacks, items which are typically left at the front door. Add a second rod into your closet to get double the amount of space.
    • Use a shelf cubby, which hangs from the rod, to store seasonal clothing.
    • Consider also adding a mirror into the front hallway to create the illusion of space.
  • Kitchen: Add Vertical Shelving.
    • Install vertical shelves both in the kitchen itself (displaying dishes, jars of legumes or spices, for example) and in the pantry as well.
    • Hang up pots and pans on the wall to free up additional space elsewhere.
    • Make use of drawer organizers to make the most of each space, as well as food storage containers.
    • Consider removing your kitchen table and replacing it with bar stools and downsizing your refrigerator.
    • Make use of the inside of cupboard doors by hanging things like kitchen utensils.
  • Bathroom: Open Shelving.
    • Shelving, like above the toilet, can house towels and other bathroom essentials.
    • Install a hook on the back of the door and add a basket, filling it with heat tools.
    • Maximize space under the sink by using baskets.
    • Get a shower caddy to store soaps and shampoos so they don’t take up excess space in your bathroom cabinets.
  • Living Room: Multifunctional Furniture.
    • Go with small and slimmed down furniture instead of oversized couches.
    • Remove your TV stand and consider mounting the television onto the wall.
    • Consider adding an ottoman into your room, which can provide additional space for video games, etc.
    • Find a coffee table that has drawers or shelving below and invest in side tables that have storage.
    • Consider replacing your bookshelf for shelves that hang on the wall.
  • Bedroom: Rethink Your Closets.
    • Ensure that you are utilizing all of your closet space by investing in closet organizers.
    • Free up additional closet space by storing out-of-season clothing under the bed (and anything else that will fit under there).
  • The Office: Organization is Key.
    • Maximize space in the office with desk organizers.
    • Get a portable storage drive for all of your digital documents, freeing up desk space.
    • Alternatively, a wall file system also works well.

Addressing each room of your home one at a time will make the task of maximizing space much more manageable. With these tips, you will not have any trouble finding space, regardless of the size of your home.

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Storage Ideas For Small Spaces https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/storage-ideas-for-small-spaces/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/storage-ideas-for-small-spaces/#respond Mon, 25 Jan 2016 14:10:50 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185204 The world’s population is growing and space is finite. It’s inevitable. Every day, more and more people compete to live in the limited number of safe, happy, desirable places on this planet and that invariably means, to accommodate all of those people, places not only go up in price, but get smaller. If you live
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The world’s population is growing and space is finite. It’s inevitable. Every day, more and more people compete to live in the limited number of safe, happy, desirable places on this planet and that invariably means, to accommodate all of those people, places not only go up in price, but get smaller. If you live in a major city, and increasingly in smaller cities across North America, you may be trying to figure out how to get by with limited or even non-existent storage space.

Small Storage Spaces

Here are 5 storage ideas that can help you make the most of a little space.

Don’t let your walls go to waste. Bikes, umbrellas, even shoes can all be suspended from the wall. Floor space, in any space, let alone a micro one, is prime real estate. Free up the floor for things like furniture, or mats and rugs that open areas up.

Baskets add space. A collection of matching baskets can look incredibly stylish and help economize on space in areas like under the sink, bed, or in place of shelves under night tables or even kitchen and coffee tables.

Repurpose hanging shoe holders. Behind the door shoe holders are handy contraptions but they don’t just have to hold shoes. You can free up a fair bit of space in armoires and drawers by stashing small clothing items like socks and underwear in hanging storage devices behind your door. It may seem like a sacrifice in style, but compromises must be made if you want to live free of clutter.

Invest in a shower caddy. Showers can quickly become clutter points. Shampoo, conditioners, oils and soaps, left to their own devices, will quickly colonize the entire surface area of your shower, or even bathroom. Having something to organize all of these toiletries is guaranteed to make your shower/bath tub feel much larger by keeping everything off the floor and out of the way.

Peg boards in the kitchen. Peg boards in the kitchen are essential. Most small homes and apartment have impossibly small kitchens, sometimes barely enough space to turn in a full circle. To efficiently store pots and pans, leave drawer space for smaller items, and install a couple of peg boards on the wall above the stove and oven where you can easily hang cookware.

Making the most of a small space takes some strategic thinking and a little bit of ingenuity. It’s not easy to find space where none seems to exist. However, if you implement some or all of the small space storage ideas mentioned above, you will start to notice just how big of an impact these small adjustments can really have on your home.

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3 Best Options For Seasonal Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/3-best-options-for-seasonal-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/3-best-options-for-seasonal-storage/#respond Mon, 18 Jan 2016 16:50:31 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185192 Having seasonal items in and around your home, whether it be holiday decorations, patio furniture, or lawn and garden ornaments are a great way to add warmth and feeling all year round. The only problem with switching up your decor as the seasons change is having a place to store the items you are cycling
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Having seasonal items in and around your home, whether it be holiday decorations, patio furniture, or lawn and garden ornaments are a great way to add warmth and feeling all year round. The only problem with switching up your decor as the seasons change is having a place to store the items you are cycling out of rotation.

Best Seasonal Storage

For most families, storage space is at a premium and new and inventive ways to stuff this and that into any available nook and cranny are always being sought. Fortunately, there are storage options that can make remove stress from the situation. Here are the 3 best options for seasonal storage.

Self-storage units. A self-storage unit can be a budget friendly and convenient way to store those items that really only make an appearance once a year. Most self-storage facilities come with round the clock surveillance and make sure that your items are safe and secure. All you have to do is ensure that your unit is organized and that delicate items or sensitive materials are properly wrapped, covered and protected.

Hanging storage. Hanging storage, suspended from the roof or rafters of an attic or garage are some of the most convenient storage solutions available. These are easy to install, effective in utilizing vertical space and take the hassle out of storing and retrieving bulky seasonal items. One thing to keep in mind is the load capacity of the structure you are suspending these from. Most large hardware and home improvement stores offer these storage devices in multiple weight capacities and color schemes.

Under the deck or patio. Storing items under your home’s deck or patio can be a double edged sword. Sure, things are kept out of sight and out of mind during the off-season, but moisture and exposure to the elements make many people think twice about keeping things undercover outside.

There is a simple solution to this: Shrink wrap. Many people keep machinery and equipment outside, year round, covered in shrink wrap. Even if you are just storing Christmas lights, or plastic/metal lawn ornaments with few moving parts, shrink wrap is a good way to make sure that there is a reliable, impermeable membrane protecting them, and it lets you utilize space under your house, freeing up more valuable space inside for items that truly need to be kept indoors year round.

When available space is in short supply, storing seasonal items around your house, especially decorative and non-essential ones that add clutter, can seem frivolous. The trick is to seek out unused vertical space, make some simple purchases to accommodate storage, or look outside of your home for temporary, off-site personal storage – this will allow you to go the whole year knowing that everything you need for all four seasons has its own, secure, unobtrusive place.

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5 Best Ways To Utilize Your Storage Space https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/5-best-ways-to-utilize-your-storage-space/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/5-best-ways-to-utilize-your-storage-space/#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:03:06 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185185 The amount of things we accumulate over the course of our lives is staggering. Sometimes after moving or renovating, when we’ve been forced to reorganize or rethink the space we have in our homes, it’s truly mind blowing just how many things we cram into this nook and that cranny. Often, such realizations force us
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The amount of things we accumulate over the course of our lives is staggering. Sometimes after moving or renovating, when we’ve been forced to reorganize or rethink the space we have in our homes, it’s truly mind blowing just how many things we cram into this nook and that cranny. Often, such realizations force us to look for third party storage options and we inevitably end up renting a storage unit to house items we no longer want in the house. But storage units can become cluttered and mismanaged.

Utilizing Storage Space

Here are the 5 best way to utilize your self-storage space.

Invest in Pallets. Pallets not only allow you to organize things using a convenient and efficient grid system, but they elevate your belongings off the ground and out of the reach of potential water damage, whether from snow melt, intense rain, or from the doomsday water supplies leaking out of your neighbor’s unit.

Label everything. Just because you think you have everything inventoried as it’s going into your new storage unit, does not mean that in 6 months-time, when you start needing the things you’ve stored, you are going to remember the mental map you had when they went in. Label boxes and containers so you can quickly and conveniently find what you need, when you need it.

Maximize your floor and vertical space. Seems like it would go without saying, but as with many things, sometimes it’s easier said than done. Your standard personal storage unit is not a big space. Utilizing the space you do have, from the floor to the ceiling, is paramount. When stacking upwards, bring some sheets of plywood to stabilize your new layers and take pressure off of the ones below.

Box everything. A self-storage unit offers added, but not unlimited protection. These are not hermetically sealed spaces so anything you leave out can and probably will get dusty and dirty. Cardboard boxes are inexpensive and go a long way to protecting your belongings.

Dismantle that which can be dismantled. Although the thought of having to reassemble something that took a frustratingly long time to assemble in the first place might seem loathsome, the amount of space you will save in your storage unit if you do so will surprise you. If you are storing furniture, it is going to take up the majority of your space (and fast), so break it down and leave room for everything else.

Renting a self-storage unit is a great way to free up space in your home or office but there needs to me method to the madness if you are going to get the most out of it. Simply clearing clutter out of your home and creating it in your new storage space is counter-productive. Take into consideration the above five tips and ensure that your items are stored efficiently and safely.

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Getting The Most Out Of Your Self Storage Facility https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/getting-the-most-out-of-your-self-storage-facility/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/getting-the-most-out-of-your-self-storage-facility/#respond Mon, 26 Oct 2015 06:32:55 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178722 Storage units tend to be even more useful than you think! By following these tips, you can make your unit hold even more stuff, and also make it much easier to use. Plan Ahead Before you begin putting things in your locker, create a diagram showing how you will fit everything in. Consider what can
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Storage units tend to be even more useful than you think! By following these tips, you can make your unit hold even more stuff, and also make it much easier to use.

Self Storage Facility

  1. Plan Ahead

    Before you begin putting things in your locker, create a diagram showing how you will fit everything in. Consider what can be a good base on which to stack boxes, which boxes you will access the most, and how to keep all parts of the locker as accessible as possible. If it helps, try creating a scale diagram to use when you start storing.

  2. Use Vertical Space

    There are nine meters of height in a storage locker in which you can store things. Most people only use the bottom meter and a half, meaning that over half their storage locker remains unused. To make use of all the available space with as little effort as possible, use stacking plastic containers and a stepladder.

  3. Consider Shelves

    It doesn’t always occur to people to set up shelving units in their lockers, but it can be a huge time-saver in the long run. Imagine how much easier it would be to just take a box off a shelf, instead of moving all the boxes on top of it. When it’s easier to use your locker, you are more likely to do so, meaning you will likely engage in more rotation of your things in and out of storage.

  4. Use Furniture for Storage

    Chances are, some furniture that you’ve already stored can, itself, be a form of organized storage. Dressers, chests of drawers, cabinets, shelves, and ottomans can all be used for storage. These help keep your things organized, dry, and clean. However, we would advise against using a car in the locker as additional storage- adding objects inside can increase the odds of getting mildew in your upholstery.

  5. Use Extra Services

    Storage companies provide additional services, including move-in and trailer hire services. These are cheaper and more convenient than hiring your own movers, so take advantage of them!

  6. Use High-Quality Storage Products

    Cardboard boxes are not built to last. They will become musty, with time. Instead, choose high-quality plastic storage bins, vacuum bags, and wardrobes. These will help preserve your stuff for years to come.

  7. Don’t Use Shortcuts

    It might be easier in the short term to just climb over stuff, but it puts you on the road to personal injury and, worse, disorganization. If you need to reach something and can’t, that’s a sign that you need to rethink the organization of your unit.

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5 Things To Look For In A Moving Company https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/5-things-to-look-for-in-a-moving-company/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/5-things-to-look-for-in-a-moving-company/#respond Fri, 23 Oct 2015 06:26:43 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178714 Do you need to move some things into or out of storage? Here’s what to look for when hiring movers to come to your storage locker. Free Estimates Ideally, you should consider at least three estimates before choosing a moving company. Since there are so many ways of pricing moves, only a particular estimate for
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Do you need to move some things into or out of storage? Here’s what to look for when hiring movers to come to your storage locker.

What-To-Look-For-In-A-Moving-Company

  1. Free Estimates

    Ideally, you should consider at least three estimates before choosing a moving company. Since there are so many ways of pricing moves, only a particular estimate for your exact situation can really tell you how much it will cost. There is no reason to pay extra for an estimate; if they want to charge you, just try a different company.

    Remember that estimates, even nonbinding ones, give you legal options as a consumer. You can sue in small claims court for compensation if the actual cost of a move is more than 10% higher than the estimate.

  2. Low Premiums for Extra Stops

    If you are just moving things into or out of storage, you will only need two stops. But, if you are also moving to a new place, you will need three or four: typically, from your storage locker to your new place, from your old place to your storage locker, and from your old place to your new place. Some moving companies charge a high premium for additional stops; some don’t.

  3. Smaller Trucks

    Especially with storage lockers, you’re probably looking at several small trips, rather than one huge truck. Save money by going with smaller trucks or vans.

  4. Lets You Pack

    Some moving companies save money on their insurance and guarantees by packing everything themselves. This might not be the best option for putting things in storage, for several reasons. First, you probably have already packed a lot of your things as part of your organization efforts. Second, the packing materials used by moving companies are not usually right for self-storage. They use a lot of cardboard, which goes musty quickly, and they are often too sealed up for easy access. Use plastic bins and pack them in a way that makes it easy to find objects you will want to take out later.

  5. Finds You Value

    Moving with a storage locker is a little unusual, and often a little outside the standard pricing structures of moving companies. When deciding how to charge you, a good moving company should try to find savings you can use to increase the value of their solution. These could include working with the free services offered by your storage company, determining which stages you can do on your own, and plotting efficient routes for the movers to follow. If they’re not interested in finding the perfect solution for you, they’re not right.

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How To Budget For Self Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/how-to-budget-for-self-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/how-to-budget-for-self-storage/#respond Mon, 19 Oct 2015 06:14:55 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178711 To make a budget for storage, you need to plan which things will go into storage, and for how long. Follow these steps to make a lean storage that will cost as little as possible. Inventory Everything Make a list of everything you might want to store. Organize it, roughly, by priority. Make the Hard
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To make a budget for storage, you need to plan which things will go into storage, and for how long. Follow these steps to make a lean storage that will cost as little as possible.

Budgeting For Self Storage

  1. Inventory Everything

    Make a list of everything you might want to store. Organize it, roughly, by priority.

  2. Make the Hard Choices

    On your spreadsheet, find the cut-off points for different sizes of storage lockers. At what point do you think you will need to upsize? Which priority items would fit into the smaller size? If it helps, consider diagramming how you will store everything. Remember to leave an aisle or two to make it possible to access items stored at the back.

    After you have figured out what can fit into the smallest locker, think hard about whether the additional items are worth a larger locker. Consider downsizing your stuff instead of committing to a higher size.

  3. Consider Sharing a Lease

    Like most things, storage space is cheaper in bulk. Consider splitting a large locker with a friend to save money.

  4. Determine How Long You Will Need Storage

    Look at your spreadsheet. What do you think is the longest amount of time that you will need to store any of the items, before using them again?

  5. Make a Decision About Climate Control

    Climate control is essential for any items that degrade under exposure humidity, or during rapid temperature changes.

    These include:

    • Books
    • Clothes
    • Leather
    • Upholstery
    • Electronics

    Any of these items will do better in climate-controlled storage, especially over the long term.

  6. Look at the Extras

    Storage companies provide many extras, like free trucks, cheap move-in services, storage supply rentals, and more. Look at your company’s freebies and see how much you can save.

  7. Add It All Up

    By now, you know whether you will be renting your own locker or sharing one, whether you need a small or large locker, how long you will need the locker, whether you need climate control or not, and which extra services you need to pay out of pocket. Add it all up and find out the total costs of storage for the time you need it.

  8. Consider any Cuts

    Once you know what it will cost, take another look to find any cost-saving measures, like purging more of your stuff, keeping climate-sensitive items in your home, or bringing in more partners to share the locker. Adjust your spreadsheet accordingly.

  9. Book your Storage

    There are no surprises left. You now know exactly what it will cost you to use a storage locker. Go ahead and book the storage, adding its costs into your monthly budget.

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6 Things To Consider While Storing Bicycles https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/6-things-to-consider-while-storing-bicycles/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/6-things-to-consider-while-storing-bicycles/#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2015 06:01:43 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178707 Storing a bicycle during the winter season makes a lot of sense, especially if the only other option is outdoor storage exposed to the elements. Storage lockers tend to be more climatically stable than garages, yards, or indoor rooms, keeping bikes in better shape over time. Still, there are some things to consider before putting
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Storing a bicycle during the winter season makes a lot of sense, especially if the only other option is outdoor storage exposed to the elements. Storage lockers tend to be more climatically stable than garages, yards, or indoor rooms, keeping bikes in better shape over time. Still, there are some things to consider before putting a bike into storage to make sure that it lasts the winter without damage.

Storing Bicycles

  1. Moisture Wrecks Steel

    Moisture will slowly eat all steel components of your bicycle. If your bike has a steel frame or wheels, these will get eaten too. You can fight moisture in a number of ways:

    • Choosing climate-controlled storage, which also controls humidity.
    • Placing your bike up on blocks or on a wooden palette, which prevents water from wicking up through the concrete floor.
    • Taking the seat off and using a towel on a stick to dry out the hollow below it.
  2. Lube Protects Components, if it’s Clean

    Lubricant is stable and protects components from moisture and dust. However, it also accumulates minerals from road salt and dirt, and these minerals can cause rust. Before storing a bike for a long time, it’s a good idea to clean all moving components and apply fresh lubricant.

  3. Chains are Consumables, Not Parts

    Chains are meant to be thrown out after every 2000 km of riding. This is actually a feature, not a bug, of bike chains. They wear, stretch, and warp, but by throwing them out and buying new ones, you avoid greater damage to your gears. If your chain is getting old, discard it before storing- it’s one less thing to worry about.

  4. Tires Warp under Pressure and Rims Break

    Ideally, you should keep all pressure and weight off the tires and rims. However, if you have to stand the bike up, it is better for your tires to take the hit than your rims. Inflate the tires fully before storing to help them cushion the blow.

  5. Dust Does Damage

    Dust contains trace minerals that cause corrosion, especially in steel components. It can also clog up the pins in your chain, causing the chain to seize when you’re cycling. To reduce the damage of dust, cover your bike in a cloth before leaving it in storage.

  6. Best Efforts Don’t Always Work

    No matter how well you take care of your bike, time can take a toll. Inspect all parts, especially the break lines and brake pads, before taking it out on the road.

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How Can You Make Your Own Personal Library Using A Self Storage Unit? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/how-can-you-make-your-own-personal-library-using-a-self-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/how-can-you-make-your-own-personal-library-using-a-self-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2015 05:55:20 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178704 An old joke says that used bookstores are just what happens when a collection gets too big for a house. Well, now there’s a good happy medium option between large collection and bookstore-ownership: storage lockers. Climate Control Books love a very specific climate. According to document conservation experts, the best environment for a book is
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An old joke says that used bookstores are just what happens when a collection gets too big for a house. Well, now there’s a good happy medium option between large collection and bookstore-ownership: storage lockers.

Personal Library

  1. Climate Control

    Books love a very specific climate. According to document conservation experts, the best environment for a book is between 30% and 40% humidity, with a stable temperature no higher than 20 degrees Celsius. Those parameters do not fit an attic or a basement, even finished or air conditioned ones. It is unlikely that even rooms on your main floor can keep the kind of climate that maintains old books.

    This is especially important if you have older books. Older books are often made up of pulpy or cloth-bond paper, bound with natural glues. These degrade even faster than modern books when exposed to moisture. Older leather bindings also can crack easily, making a minimum humidity even more essential.

  2. Shelves

    Cardboard boxes do not make for great long-term storage of even the most durable of goods, but are especially bad for storing fragile books. You could replace the cardboard with stackable plastic bins, but then you’d still have to shift stacks of boxes every time you want to get to a specific book. Instead, spring for some cheap shelves and assemble them before you start moving books over.

  3. Written Inventories

    Things can sometimes get lost in a move, and with book collections, this can be devastating. After you have shelves set up, decide how many books to move into your unit. Then, make an inventory of all books you own, and work out which will be moved. Keeping a full inventory, not just of books you’re moving, but also of books that are staying, will help you prevent books from getting misplaced when you’re boxing everything up.

  4. Visit Once a Month

    Things can shift in storage, leading to books falling off shelves onto the ground, where they wick moisture up from. Rarely, outbreaks of silverfish and bookworms can also threaten your collection. Though climate control means that problems will develop slowly, it’s still a good idea to check on things every month to be on the safe side. This is also a great opportunity to “check out” some books for you, your friends, and your family.

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5 Ways Self Storage Can Benefit your Business https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/5-ways-self-storage-can-benefit-your-business/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/5-ways-self-storage-can-benefit-your-business/#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2015 05:48:26 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178701 Self-storage will save you a lot of money in the long run, and we can prove it. Try putting any of these ideas to the test in your budget spreadsheet- you’ll see how much they can help. Save Money on Office Space Savings on office space are the most significant benefits of self-storage. Storage space
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Self-storage will save you a lot of money in the long run, and we can prove it. Try putting any of these ideas to the test in your budget spreadsheet- you’ll see how much they can help.

Self Storage For Business

  1. Save Money on Office Space

    Savings on office space are the most significant benefits of self-storage. Storage space is much cheaper than office space. Depending on where you rent, a storage locker will cost you somewhere around $2/sq. ft per month, while office space, even cheap office space, will run you at least $8/sq. ft. As a result, every sq. ft of junk that you move out of your office and into storage will save you over $90 a year.

  2. Improve Office Aesthetics

    Offices have always looked better with less junk, but at no time has that been clearer than in the current culture of open-plan offices, high-creativity environments, and other features designed to improve investor confidence. Giant file cabinets and stacks of old equipment look amateurish these days, so move them all off site before investors and clients come to visit.

  3. Warehousing Stock

    If you produce merchandise, self-storage is a great way to keep extra stock on hand in case of a surge in sales. Instead of filling up your home, or your office, or renting actual warehouse space, just keep your goods in storage. Depending on your product, you may want to consider a climate-controlled unit. Electronics, clothing, and metal goods can all degrade in humidity, so consider an artificially dry locker.

  4. Buying Supplies in Bulk

    Bulk purchases are extremely cheap, and so is storage. Often, if you cost it out, the savings on bulk buys greatly exceed the annual rent on a locker. For example, let’s look at toilet paper alone- the difference between buying 2-ply rolls in 12-packs from an office supply store and buying them in bulk online is around 0.015 cents a square. With only 4 sq. ft of storage space, costing copy00 a year, you can hold 82000 sheets, a maximum savings of copy215. That’s just one possibility: printer paper, toner cartridges, boxes, and more all cost far less to buy in bulk and store than to buy in small amounts.

  5. Helps with Moves

    Moving offices is a nightmare that almost always ends in something important being forgotten. Make this horrible process a lot easier by starting with taking everything that matters most to an offsite storage locker. That way, anything you lose during the move process will be something you can miss. This is a quantifiable benefit: estimate the costs of losing even one important file, system, or object being lost, then weigh that against the costs for a month of storage.

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5 Ways To Utilize Your Child’s Room While They’re At College https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/178698/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/178698/#respond Mon, 05 Oct 2015 05:38:47 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178698 When children temporarily move out, it creates a difficult situation in your home. You’ve probably had dreams for years about what you could do with a little more space, and now you can make them happen- but for only 8 months. Then, your child is probably coming home. These days, it’s unlikely that a young
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When children temporarily move out, it creates a difficult situation in your home. You’ve probably had dreams for years about what you could do with a little more space, and now you can make them happen- but for only 8 months. Then, your child is probably coming home. These days, it’s unlikely that a young person will be able to afford living away from home during summer, and might even need to spend a few years under your roof after graduating. You can make use of their room, but you’ll need to be able to easily put it back the way it was. Here are some ideas:

Utilize Child’s Room

  1. Home Office

    The good thing about a home office is that you won’t need to fully empty the room. A home office does not require closet space, or all the floor space. If your child had a desk, chairs, or a sofa, you can make use of them in an office.

  2. Craft Room

    Craft rooms take up a little more shelf space than offices, but usually less floor space. You might have to use the closet to store materials, but you can keep the bed around. In fact, you can use the space under the bed for additional storage.

  3. Man Cave/Ladies Parlour

    Depending on your kid’s personal style, there will already be plenty of furniture and décor that will work as a hangout place. Since you paid for it originally, hopefully your child will be a good sport and let your use some of their cooler stuff while they’re away. Just move the bed and dresser out, bring in more chairs, some entertainment like a TV or a tea cart, and make it the new clubhouse for you and your friends.

  4. Personal Gym

    This will be the most extreme change- everything but the closet has got to go. It isn’t safe to have a bunch of junk right by fitness equipment. However, this is one that’s easy to go without during the summer, when you can work out outside or in the garage.

  5. Storage Solution

    No matter how you use the extra space, you will need to move stuff out. Your kid will probably be wanting it back at some point, so you can’t just throw it away. While you may be able to store it in your basement or attic, consider saving space by renting offsite storage.

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5 Tips To Decorating A Minimalist Home https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/5-tips-to-decorating-a-minimalist-home/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/5-tips-to-decorating-a-minimalist-home/#respond Fri, 02 Oct 2015 05:28:47 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178695 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
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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.

Decorating Minimalist Home

  1. 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.

  2. 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 minimalist design; it’s about a dramatic shift in how people live. Gone are the days when women would prepare food in the kitchen, men would sit in the sitting room, children would play in the family room, and the three groups would meet in the dining room. Instead, new homeowners want spaces where men, women, children, and guests can all spend time together.

  3. Spend More on Less

    When you have less stuff, you want it to be more useful, attractive, and durable. Instead of buying chairs and chaises, buy one chair that can convert into a chaise with a storage ottoman. Instead of buying many kitchen gadgets, buy one high-quality Mixmaster. Not only will choosing quality over quantity help you achieve a minimalist look, but also it will save you money in the long run on furniture replacement.

  4. Everything in Its Place

    Make a permanent place for everything in your home. Whenever you have finished with a toy, device, or tool, put it back in its place. Only buy new things if you already know the place to put them. This prevents clutter, and only with a total lack of clutter does minimalist design work.

  5. Add More Light

    Light adds so much in a clean home. Open up windows, move large furniture out of the way, and buy large chandeliers or light fixtures. Choose low-heat high-efficiency light bulbs, like LEDS to add light without affecting the internal climate.

To know if minimalism is right for you, try just one of the above tips. Does it make you feel better? If so, consider taking the plunge into the minimalist lifestyle.

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When Does Climate Control Become a Necessity? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/when-does-climate-control-become-a-necessity/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/when-does-climate-control-become-a-necessity/#respond Tue, 29 Sep 2015 05:17:22 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178690 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
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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.

Climate Control Become A Necessity

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 rot over time. When storing wood furniture, the lower the humidity, the better.

Leather is also sensitive to humidity and can mildew or discolour if exposed to excess moisture.

Musical Instruments

Musical instruments are very delicate, often valuable items, and must be kept in a humidity and climate-controlled environment.

Humidity can warp wooden instruments, cause rust and corrosion of strings, and even dissolve the glue that holds the instrument together.

For musical instruments, not only is climate-control necessary, but it must be a good quality climate control.

Artwork

Artwork is another valuable item that can easily become damaged due to moisture. Even if artwork is stored safely in a filing cabinet or a tube, it is still important to maintain the unit’s temperature, as artwork is delicate and sensitive to any shifts in temperature.

Papers and Documents

Any paper documents should be safely stored in boxes and filing cabinets. Even once stored properly, anything paper must be kept strictly climate controlled to avoid mildew finding your important documents, or other damage such as discolouration, fading, or even dissolving.

Electronics

Electronics like computers, TV’s, recording equipment, and more, are also sensitive to humidity and shifts in temperature. If left for long periods of time, the effects of humidity and excess moisture on electronics can be the same as water damage, causing rust, corrosion, and breakage.

Clothing

It’s important to keep clothing, or any other fabric extremely clean and dry to avoid mildew and mould. Keeping clothes sealed or in plastic bins will help to keep moisture out, but climate-control is the only certain way to protect these items.

Collectibles

Special collections like comic books, stamps, or coins, are often very valuable. It’s important to keep these delicate items safe from moisture damage.

Stamps and comic books, like other papers, are highly susceptible to humidity and shifts in temperature. Climate control will ensure that your collectables leave the storage unit in the same shape they came in.

Coins, which are often made of various metals, are at risk of tarnishing or oxidizing if exposed to humidity or extreme temperatures.

While these are some items that are extremely sensitive to climate shifts, climate-control is helpful for all storage. If you have any questions or concerns about climate control, do not hesitate to contact us today. Our storage experts can answer any questions you have.

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How Can You Safely Store Your Electronics? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/178678/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/178678/#respond Sat, 19 Sep 2015 04:14:31 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178678 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
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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:

Store Your 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 keep for later use, or dispose of safely at an approved battery-recycling centre.

Get Moisture Out

Moisture is the most damaging thing for electronics. There are a couple steps you can take to keep your electronics safe from moisture.

  • Store silica gel packets in with your items. Silica gel comes in small packets and is a dehumidifying agent. It will absorb any excess moisture and keep your electronics safe.
  • Do not wrap electronics in plastic. Moisture can get trapped in plastic. It’s still important to keep your electronics free of dust, so wrap electronics in breathable materials like sheets or towels instead.

Pack Carefully

Foam padding and bubble wrap will help protect electronics. It is also recommended that you hold onto any original packaging, which usually has foam inserts that fit the specific item.

Avoid stacking too many objects heavier items on top of boxes containing electronic items, and make sure all boxes are clearly labeled as “Fragile” when need be.

Boxes directly placed on the floor can lead to water damage or scratches. Consider using wooden pallets to keep boxes elevated and protected.

Control the Temperature

Electronic equipment should always be stored in climate-controlled storage spaces. Cold causes any metal parts to contract, while LCD systems can even freeze during extreme cold conditions.

Heat can cause parts to expand, and warm air contains more moisture, which as we now know, is terrible for electronics.

Back Up Your Data

Even if you take all possible precautions, there’s always a chance something could go wrong. Ensure any important data is backed up on a USB key, or an external hard drive, to prevent loss of any important information.

Hopefully these tips will help you store your electronics safely. For any other questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us today!

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