Storage Tips – Jiffy Self-Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com Sun, 11 Nov 2018 15:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 How To Prevent Flood Damage Before It’s Too Late https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/how-to-prevent-flood-damage-before-its-too-late/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/how-to-prevent-flood-damage-before-its-too-late/#respond Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:00:39 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186570 One of the biggest worries for people who put their belongings into self-storage is potential flood damage. Some people go to extreme lengths to prevent flood damage while others are, unfortunately, unaware of what can be done to prevent flood damage before it’s too late. If you are thinking about investing in a self-storage unit,
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One of the biggest worries for people who put their belongings into self-storage is potential flood damage. Some people go to extreme lengths to prevent flood damage while others are, unfortunately, unaware of what can be done to prevent flood damage before it’s too late. If you are thinking about investing in a self-storage unit, or if you currently have items in a self-storage unit and you want to make sure you aren’t exposed to flood damage. Below are some tips to help you prevent flood damage before it’s too late.

Choose packing materials wisely

If you live in a region of the country that is prone to water damage and flooding, one of the best precautionary measures you can take when setting up your self-storage unit, or even making changes to your current one, is to invest in plastic storage bins with a lid that can be sealed. Many people simply go with the inexpensive, more practical choice of cardboard boxes when storing their belongings into storage. While cardboard boxes are great for so many purposes, they don’t provide the best protection against potential water damage from flooding. If you want to give your precious belongings the best protection against water damage, invest in clear plastic storage bins. They also have an organization advantage with the fact that you’re able to see the contents of the bins without having to open everything up.

Shelving

Another great way to prevent flood damage is to utilize shelving to store your belongings at a relatively good height off the ground, above a level where flooding is likely to accumulate to. There are many great options out there when it comes to shelving for your storage unit such as rack and wall-mounted shelving, standing shelving, as well as hanging shelving are all options. Shelving is also great because it helps economize on space by utilizing the often underutilized vertical space in a unit.

Pallets

In addition to providing air circulation for the bigger items in your storage unit, pallets are another great way to get things up off the floor in the event of a flood. Pallets are the more economically sound choice for small businesses utilizing storage spaces for inventory or important documents because they are inexpensive, effective, and are highly durable.

Insurance

Sometimes the strength of a natural disaster is such that no amount of precautionary measures can truly protect everything you have in a self-storage unit. Think of some of the dangerous weather events which have hit the southern United States and the Caribbean over the last couple of years. Mother Nature can be so unpredictable. If you live in an area of the country where natural disasters are almost a guarantee, you might want to consider getting flood insurance for all of your important items in self-storage.

Preventing flood damage before it happens starts with understanding these easy storage tips. Essentially, the goal is to store your items up off the ground and provide a barrier between the stored items and the water. It also means coming to grips with the fact that sometimes flooding is inevitable and having the necessary insurance policies will be the best protection against these unforeseen circumstances.

For more information on self-storage spaces available in your area or to get help with flood protection in your storage space, 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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Tips For Storing And Protecting Collectibles To Retain Value https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/tips-for-storing-and-protecting-collectibles-to-retain-value/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/tips-for-storing-and-protecting-collectibles-to-retain-value/#respond Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:30:21 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186555 Anyone who collects something knows that the name of the game is retaining value. Whether it be stamps, coins, cards or books: a collectible is valued based on the rarity of the item and its condition. You could have the rarest rookie baseball card in the world, but if it’s dog-eared and tattered, or has
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Anyone who collects something knows that the name of the game is retaining value. Whether it be stamps, coins, cards or books: a collectible is valued based on the rarity of the item and its condition. You could have the rarest rookie baseball card in the world, but if it’s dog-eared and tattered, or has water stains all over it, it is likely going to be worth very little financially. If you are putting your valuable collectibles away into self storage, below are some tips to make sure they stay protected and retain their value.

Climate Controlled Storage

Anyone who has ever put valuable collectibles into a self storage unit before knows that climate controlled storage is a must. Climate controlled storage allows you to control the internal temperature in your unit to ensure that the environment is always constant. A reliable, constant environment is key for your peace of mind, and for the integrity of anything where physical condition determines worth.

Acid Free

If you are putting anything valuable into cardboard boxes, know that not all cardboard boxes are created equal. Run-of-the-mill cardboard boxes (the kind that fruit or electronics would come in) have acid in the cardboard that can easily bleed into any unprotected collectibles, and stain or otherwise ruin them. Make sure you are putting things like books and cards in boxes that don’t have acid in the cardboard. Find ones especially designed for storing sensitive and/or valuable items.

Security

Many people who break into self storage units do so because they are hoping they are going to find valuable and resellable collectibles inside. If you are serious about your collectible items, and more importantly, they are sentimental objects which have considerable financial value, you don’t want to skimp on security.

In addition to choosing a facility that takes their clients’ security seriously (by using cameras and security personnel), you are going to need to invest in a robust lock that is hard to cut. Cheap locks with long necks are easy to break, especially for an experienced thief. Buy a lock with a short neck, made from high quality material that is going to be hard to cut with a lock cutter.

Climate controlled storage, proper storage containers, and security for your items from would-be thieves are going to be your top priorities as a collector with valuable collectibles in self storage. Keep those three necessities in mind and rest assured that your precious collectible items are well looked after.

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How To Protect Clothing During Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/how-to-protect-clothing-during-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/how-to-protect-clothing-during-storage/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:45:11 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186533 Most of us accumulate a huge amount of clothing throughout the course of our lives, even throughout the course of a single year. It can get to the point where we have so much clothing around the house, especially clothing for different uses and seasons, that it becomes unmanageable, and we can start to feel
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Most of us accumulate a huge amount of clothing throughout the course of our lives, even throughout the course of a single year. It can get to the point where we have so much clothing around the house, especially clothing for different uses and seasons, that it becomes unmanageable, and we can start to feel cluttered. If this applies to you, and you are thinking about putting some of that clothing away into storage, below are some tips for protecting your belongings while they are not in use.

Climate Control

If you are storing clothing, particularly in a region where humidity is an issue, you are going to want to look into climate controlled storage. Climate controlled storage lets you regulate the temperature and the air quality inside your short term storage unit so that you never have to worry about the elements destroying your belongings. This is especially important if you are putting clothing into storage that is made from organic fibres, as it is more susceptible to disintegration and destruction by water.

Wash Beforehand

When putting clothing into storage, it should always go in clean. Wash and dry clothing before putting it into boxes or bags to store, or you might find that when you take it out, any dirt and grime that has been left has either permanently stained the article of clothing, or made it unwearable.

Garment Bags

Ideally, every single article of clothing should have a garment bag, but since this may be impractical, you should make sure any clothing that you want to keep in the absolute best shape possible goes in its own, individual garment bag. Things like wedding dresses or antique gowns, and clothing that may have been passed down or is to be worn on very special occasions should be placed in a garment bag while in storage.

Pack by Season

If you are storing seasonal items like mittens, hats and scarves, label the box they go in so you can easily access them the following season. It may be useful to designate a box or shelf for each season, so that you can always quickly and easily find what you need.

Storing clothing requires that you give it some TLC beforehand and make sure that you are taking the necessary precautions while it is in short term storage (i.e. using climate controlled storage). Many people, ignoring the above tips, have put a lot of clothing into storage, only to find it considerably deteriorated when they went to take it out. Keep the above storage tips in mind and preserve your clothing.

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Self Storage Tips On A Budget https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/self-storage-tips-on-a-budget/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/self-storage-tips-on-a-budget/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:00:06 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186483 Some people are adept at getting the most bang for their buck no matter what the investment is. With some, it’s an instinct. They know how to research the best pricing, will go to great lengths to pinch a penny and can generally be found anywhere there is a bargain to be had. Self storage
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Some people are adept at getting the most bang for their buck no matter what the investment is. With some, it’s an instinct. They know how to research the best pricing, will go to great lengths to pinch a penny and can generally be found anywhere there is a bargain to be had. Self storage units are generally quite affordable and most people are able to get a lot out of the investment, but there are some self storage tips for people on a budget that are worth knowing regardless.

Storage Pricing

While most self storage facilities provide something for everybody, you would be wise to do some shopping around before deciding on the best facility for your needs. If you live in the downtown core of a big city, it goes without saying that space is at a premium and you will likely find yourself paying a huge premium for storage space your could get much cheaper if you went a little bit outside the city. Storage pricing is dependent on demand for space so try a facility on the outskirts of town if you are finding the one’s in the heart of the city are too pricey.

Organization

If you are looking to get the most out of your storage space on a budget, in addition to storage pricing, utilizing all of the space available to you is a must. This means organizing the unit to fit as much as you can. Stack and hang things vertically as much as possible as the vertical space in a self storage unit is often the most wasted, underused space. Be careful not to stack things too high, and always stack the heaviest, most durable items on the bottom.

Take Measurements

Before putting any money down on a storage unit, know how much space you are going to need. Storage pricing is based on square footage so if you pay for more space than you need, you are wasting money. Take measurements of everything you are going to be putting into the storage unit so you know exactly what to tell the customer service representative and he or she can recommend you the perfect size/price combination for what you have.

Go In On A Unit With Someone

If you think it would be more economical to split a storage unit with a friend or family member, then do that. Often times people end up renting a unit and they don’t have enough items to make it worth their while financially. You can work around this by finding someone who is in a similar situation and split the difference together.

Storage units on a budget require some creativity and planning but they are definitely doable. If you are thinking about investing in self storage space but are worried about the economics of it, keep the above tips and considerations in mind and make your self storage investment one that makes sense.

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How To Properly Store Linens https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/properly-store-linens/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/properly-store-linens/#respond Sat, 30 Dec 2017 15:30:25 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186438 If you are someone who really enjoys the look and feel of good linens (I think most of us probably fall into that category), then chances are you have quite a few options to choose from in your closet at the moment. Linens often get their own special storage space around the home because of
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If you are someone who really enjoys the look and feel of good linens (I think most of us probably fall into that category), then chances are you have quite a few options to choose from in your closet at the moment. Linens often get their own special storage space around the home because of how important they are to us. They are the fabrics we sleep on every night for years. It pays, therefore, to take good care of them and store them properly. Below are some tips for properly storing linens, both in your home and in self storage.

Climate Control

Whether you are storing linens in your home, or in cheap self storage, you are going to want to make sure it is in a dry, dark place. In your home, that often means a linen closet. If you are opting for the self storage option, that means looking for a facility that offers climate controlled storage. Mold and mildew can quickly become a problem and will destroy delicate linen fabrics fast. Keeping linens covered while in storage, as well as in a climate controlled unit, is your safest bet.

Avoid Plastic

This is especially true if you have white linens. If you have dry cleaned your linens before putting them into cheap self storage, it might be tempting to simply leave them in the plastic while they are in storage. This, however, can end up causing linens to yellow. Keeping them in cardboard or cedar boxes can also result in yellowing.

Use Sachets

Whether your linens are sitting in a hall closet, in a chest at the foot of your bed, or in cheap self storage, you want to protect them from picking up any unpleasant odours. Use sachets, or scented drawer liners, to keep your linens smelling clean and fresh, and avoid that dingy, musty smell that fabric can pick up after a long time sitting idle. Make sure any sachets or liners you use are compatible with white fabric and aren’t going to be stain risks.

If you have accumulated a lot of linens over the years and are thinking about putting them away into storage for some time, keep the above linen storage tips in mind.

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How To Properly Store Camping Equipment https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/properly-store-camping-equipment-jiffy-self-storage-blog/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/properly-store-camping-equipment-jiffy-self-storage-blog/#respond Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:10:38 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186370 How To Properly Store Camping Equipment The end of fall and the arrival of winter is often hard to come to grips with, especially after you have spent so much quality time during the warmer months outside with friends and family. This is especially true if you are a camper. Time spent in nature, especially
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How To Properly Store Camping Equipment

The end of fall and the arrival of winter is often hard to come to grips with, especially after you have spent so much quality time during the warmer months outside with friends and family. This is especially true if you are a camper. Time spent in nature, especially cooking and sleeping in nature, is almost indescribably beautiful, and having to give that up for another year can be depressing. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, though, which means putting that camping equipment away into storage for a few months. Below are some tips for properly storing camping equipment this winter.

Drive Up Storage

A drive up storage unit is one where you are able to take your vehicle all the way up to the entrance of your storage unit. Drive up storage is a great option for people who move big, heavy equipment on a regular basis and don’t want the hassle, or the risk, of having to walk between the parking lot and the unit over and over again. Look for a storage facility in your area that offers this option if you know you are going to be storing and removing camping equipment every year.

Clean Your Gear

Anytime you have gear and equipment that spends a considerable amount of time outdoors, it’s going to become a magnet for dirt and grime. Leaving dirty, grimy camping gear sitting in storage all winter is a great way to destroy it, or at the very least, render it much less effective. These are the things you are trusting to keep you safe and comfortable while you are outside, exposed to nature, so give them a thorough once over before putting them away for the winter.

Label Boxes

If you are someone with a lot of gear that can be broken down into separate categories, then make sure you are labelling everything, so that you know what’s what. Cooking supplies in one box, survival stuff in another, linens and sleeping bags in another. You want to get back out into the wild as quickly as you can next season, so make sure your camping gear is easy to locate and remove after the thaw.

Life is all about streamlining processes to make things easy on yourself. Drive up storage, labelling, and cleaning your gear will ensure your camping stuff goes into self storage safely and properly, so you can rest assured that your gear will come out of storage in as good condition as it went in.

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Tips To Fireproof Your Storage Documents https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/tips-fireproof-storage-documents/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/tips-fireproof-storage-documents/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:15:07 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186374 If you are a small business owner, or even just find that all of the family administrative documentation is adding up to unmanageable levels, you might use a self storage unit for document storage. Self storage units are ideal places for document storage because they are safe, well looked after, and are readily accessible at
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If you are a small business owner, or even just find that all of the family administrative documentation is adding up to unmanageable levels, you might use a self storage unit for document storage. Self storage units are ideal places for document storage because they are safe, well looked after, and are readily accessible at a moment’s notice. Many people do, however, worry about what will happen to their important business and personal documents in the event of a fire. Below are some tips to help you fireproof your storage documents.

Get a Fireproof Safe

Many people already have their documents in a safe, but most don’t have their documents in a fireproof safe. These are safes designed to ensure that, in the event of a fire, the things on the inside are immune. Cash, tax forms, copies of wills, titles to land, and anything else that you don’t want destroyed in a fire should go into a fireproof safe.

The Strategy of Your Location

While fireproof safes are a much better option than a non-fireproof one, and much better than leaving your documents out in the open, they are, at the end of the day, not indestructible. If the temperature gets hot enough, a fireproof safe is not a guarantee. You want to take steps to ensure you are hedging your bets. Your document storage location, if it is in your home and not offsite in a self storage facility, should be at a low point in your home, because as fire spreads, it rises.

In a Freezer

If you don’t have a fireproof safe, or feel that it isn’t necessary given the amount of risk you feel you are at, do like many people and turn to a freezer for document storage. A freezer, believe it or not, especially one in the kitchen (if it’s on the ground floor) is often one of the last things to burn in a fire. It’s even better if you have a chest style freezer in the basement, the garage, or a separate building outside your home.

Your important personal and business documents are things you really can’t afford to lose. Sometimes they are irreplaceable, and at best, they are going to be very irritating to have to replace. If document storage has been on your mind, and you want to make sure everything is protected from a potential fire, keep the above fireproofing tips in mind, and rest easy knowing that your documents are well protected.

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How To Properly Store Gasoline https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/properly-store-gasoline/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/properly-store-gasoline/#respond Fri, 03 Nov 2017 15:00:42 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186408 There are many reasons you may choose to keep gasoline on hand. You may own a gas powered lawn mower (or other piece of yard equipment), or you may have some around just in case your vehicle runs out. Storing some gasoline can save you the inconvenience of having to make a trip to the
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There are many reasons you may choose to keep gasoline on hand. You may own a gas powered lawn mower (or other piece of yard equipment), or you may have some around just in case your vehicle runs out. Storing some gasoline can save you the inconvenience of having to make a trip to the gas station. There are, however, some safety precautions you should take if you are storing gasoline, to ensure you are doing it the right way, and not putting yourself, or anybody else, in harm’s way. Below are some tips for safely storing gasoline.

Store Gasoline in a Safe Place

Gasoline should always be stored away from your house or place of occupancy. This is all the more salient if you have children. A garden shed is typically where people will keep gasoline (if they have one). Before storing gasoline in a self storage unit, it is important to check if this is allowed at your self storage facility. Gasoline is a hazardous material, and for your safety and the safety of others, many facilities do not allow gasoline to be stored in their units.

Handle Gasoline Outdoors

The fumes from gasoline are noxious and can quickly make you nauseous or dizzy if you are handling it in a confined area. If you have your gasoline in a self storage unit or other confined space, and you need to open the container in which it is kept, always take it outside of the confined space before you do so.

Temperature

Gasoline, like any flammable liquid, should be stored at room temperature, out of range of any potential heat sources (including the sun, hot water, a space heater, a furnace, etc.), and at least 50 feet away from any ignition sources. A climate controlled storage unit is a good additional safety measure to ensure your gasoline never runs the risk of overheating.

Approved Containers

Many people don’t realize it, but gasoline, by law, is required to be stored in approved containers or tanks. Before you think about putting gasoline into a self storage unit, make sure it is in the right container. This is to ensure that the gasoline doesn’t eat through something that isn’t up to the task of storing it.

There are always safety precautions to keep in mind when storing anything that is potentially dangerous, and gasoline is no exception. If you are planning on keeping gasoline on hand, ensure you are doing so in a manner that keeps you, your family, and those around you safe and sound. Follow the above gasoline storage advice and never have a problem with your gasoline storage.

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4 Corrosive Items That Should Always Be Stored Properly https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/4-corrosive-items-always-stored-properly/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/4-corrosive-items-always-stored-properly/#respond Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:00:29 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186343 Many people underestimate the danger posed by many common household chemicals, especially corrosive items, and end up storing them incorrectly. This is especially dangerous if you have small animals or children around who don’t know any better, and can end up getting into these chemicals, potentially seriously injuring themselves. If you don’t think you have
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Many people underestimate the danger posed by many common household chemicals, especially corrosive items, and end up storing them incorrectly. This is especially dangerous if you have small animals or children around who don’t know any better, and can end up getting into these chemicals, potentially seriously injuring themselves. If you don’t think you have put enough thought into the safe storage of items around your home, below are four corrosive items that should always be stored properly.

Bleach

Bleach is one of the most common household cleaning items people keep around their homes, or in a storage facility, and it is potentially one of the most harmful. Bleach is a powerful corrosive that can damage the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. It should be stored at room temperature, in a place that is not easily accessible by children or pets.

Carpet and Upholstery Shampoo

These household cleaning agents typically contain highly toxic and corrosive substances like ammonium hydroxide (a corrosive which irritates skin, eyes, and the respiratory system). If you regularly clean your upholstery in this way, it might be a good idea to consider keeping these chemicals in a storage facility, away from your family members.

Drain Cleaners

We’ve all dealt with clogged drains at some point, and most households keep drain cleaners on hand to deal with clogged drains as they come up. They typically contain lie (a powerful corrosive agent) which can damage internal organs, as well as mucous membranes and the skin. Drain cleaners are often kept right under the sink, within easy reach of children who may mistake them for something else. Keeping your drain cleaners up high on a shelf, and letting young children know how dangerous they are, is always a good idea.

Mold and Mildew Cleaners

These often contain sodium hypochlorite, which is a corrosive agent that can also lead to fluid accumulating in the lungs. These products are easily available off the shelf and many people do not take the proper precautions when storing mold and mildew cleaners. They should always be kept out of reach of young children, and clearly marked, so that anyone using the storage area knows what the chemicals are.

Storing corrosives in an offsite location such as a self storage facility might be your best option if you have power chemicals around your home (whether for work, or for personal cleaning) and you are worried that pets or small children are at risk. Keep in mind the above common corrosives and their specific storage needs, and ensure you are doing everything you can to avoid accidents.

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How To Organize Your Linen Closet https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/organize-linen-closet/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/organize-linen-closet/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:00:05 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186334 There are few things in the home more pleasing to the eye than a well organized linen closet. Many people’s linen closets are complete nightmares, with too many items in not enough space. While it’s not something you normally notice until you go to grab a towel, a pillowcase or a new set of sheets,
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There are few things in the home more pleasing to the eye than a well organized linen closet. Many people’s linen closets are complete nightmares, with too many items in not enough space. While it’s not something you normally notice until you go to grab a towel, a pillowcase or a new set of sheets, your linen closet could probably do with some serious reorganizing. Below are some tips to help you achieve a well organized linen closet that is a breeze to get things in and out of.

Purge

One of the main causes of linen closet woes is people’s reluctance to purge. They just keep accumulating, and never get rid of or repurpose things they are probably unlikely to use again. If you can’t bring yourself to purge, or are worried you will throw or give away something and will regret it later, a self storage unit is a great way to set things aside temporarily, without getting rid of them. Storage pricing varies, but you should be able to find something that suits your needs and budget fairly easily.

By Function

If you have pillow cases on the same shelf as towels, bed sheets, and duvet covers, you might want to consider separating things on specified shelves: one shelf for the bedroom, one for the bathroom, one for the kitchen; one for guests, one for family, so on and so forth. If there is no method to the madness in a linen closet, it just makes using the space that much less enjoyable.

Self Storage

If you have too much going on in the closet and nowhere else to keep things you aren’t currently using, or don’t see yourself using in the future, a self storage unit might be your best, maybe even your only option. Speak to your local self storage facility about storage pricing and free up space in your linen closet. You might want to store linens that you are going to give to the kids when they go away to school, or move out on their own following high school. You may also store linens you plan to donate to the salvation army or a local shelter.

Organizing your linen closet doesn’t take a ton of work and can do wonders for your sense of orderliness around the home. If you are debating what to keep and what to donate, keeping it tucked away in a self storage unit allows you to make those decisions, without having to get rid of things you might decide you actually wish you’d kept.

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Tips For Storing Fragile Items Before A Move https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/tips-storing-fragile-items-move/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/tips-storing-fragile-items-move/#respond Tue, 01 Aug 2017 15:00:26 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186289 The chaos of a move provides the perfect conditions for breaking something. You are running around, cleaning out closets, moving around furniture, maybe even trying to stage your house at the same time because it hasn’t sold yet. If you are wondering what you can do to help protect your fragile items that you are
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The chaos of a move provides the perfect conditions for breaking something. You are running around, cleaning out closets, moving around furniture, maybe even trying to stage your house at the same time because it hasn’t sold yet. If you are wondering what you can do to help protect your fragile items that you are storing before the move, below are some tips that will help you ensure that everything that is coming with you on the move arrives in one piece and in good condition.

Electronics

If you are storing things like electronics before a big move (televisions, stereos, projectors) the best thing you can do is make sure that everything is stored in its original box. The original box is designed to protect the electronics during the long voyage across the sea, and then from the port to the store, and finally to your home.

Packing Supplies

If you are packing fragile things before the move, the best thing you can do is make sure that you have the proper packing supplies around to ensure they are well protected. This means things like packing peanuts, foam, and durable enough boxes that small bumps and knocks are not going to damage the contents. You can pick these things up at self storage facilities or packing stores.

Self Storage Units

If you are really worried about the safety of fragile items before a move, a self storage unit might be your best bet. This is especially true if you have items that require a climate controlled environment, or things that are especially valuable that you want to ensure are receiving around the clock protection. A temporary self storage unit might just be the peace of mind you are looking for.

Stacking

Whether you are stacking boxes in a self storage unit, or in your own home, if they contain fragile items, never put them on the bottom. Fragile boxes always go on top. Additionally, don’t stack the boxes too high. Where fragile items are concerned, always try to keep the stack to a minimum (if you need to stack at all), and never have things like glass or electronics in the boxes on the bottom of the stack.

Moving is hectic and you don’t want to make it any more complicated than it needs to be. If you are worried about your fragile items, keep the above pre-move storage tips in mind and rest easy knowing your fragile items are safe and sound.

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Prepare For Your Big Day: Storing Your Wedding Dress https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/prepare-big-day-storing-wedding-dress/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/prepare-big-day-storing-wedding-dress/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:00:56 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186237 A bride’s wedding day is likely to be one of the most important and memorable events in her life. A big part of that day, and one of the fondest memories for many brides, is how stunning they looked in their wedding dress. A wedding dress is not only one of the centrepieces of the
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A bride’s wedding day is likely to be one of the most important and memorable events in her life. A big part of that day, and one of the fondest memories for many brides, is how stunning they looked in their wedding dress. A wedding dress is not only one of the centrepieces of the day, it’s also a pretty major investment for a lot of people and should be well looked after, not only after the ceremony, but more importantly, before. Below are some wedding dress storage tips that will help you keep your gown looking immaculate for when the big day arrives.

Storing Wedding Dress

Muslin garment bag

These are fantastic options for storing your wedding dress before the big day because they are light, breathable cotton garment bags that run virtually no risk of damaging your dress before the big day. These are great for short-to-medium term storage, but for long-term storage, you will want to look into a chest.

Climate controlled storage

If you are keeping your wedding dress in a self-storage unit during the lead up to the wedding, it makes sense to invest in a unit that comes with climate controlled storage. This makes even more sense if you are planning on storing the dress long term and it is going to be sitting through a wide range of seasonal and climatic changes. If you live in a region that experiences incredibly hot and humid summers, or even cold and humid winters and springs, you will want to ensure that your dress is not being compromised by the humidity.

Store it upright

This seems so common sense that it is not even worth mentioning, but you would be surprised at how many people lay their dresses flat instead of hanging them up for storage. If you lay your wedding dress flat before your wedding, don’t be surprised if you remove a dress that looks wrinkled and less than flattering.

Steam clean and iron it before putting it into storage

As with any piece of important clothing, it should go into storage cleaning and with all of the wrinkles ironed out of it. Wrinkles become harder to remove the longer they are allowed to sit in clothing, and putting a dirty wedding dress into storage means that you are going to have to clean it when it comes time to take it out.

Your big day needs you looking your best, and part of looking your best is having a wedding dress that looks perfect. In order to ensure that your dress looks as beautiful as you do on your wedding, keep the above storage tips in mind.

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How To Store Antique Books https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/uncategorized/how-to-store-antique-books/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/uncategorized/how-to-store-antique-books/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:47:32 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186234 Books are something we often collect after we read them. A good book can become part of who we are, which is why so many people are reluctant to give up the books that have meant the most to them – even if they are not first editions,or original prints, and can be easily bought
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Books are something we often collect after we read them. A good book can become part of who we are, which is why so many people are reluctant to give up the books that have meant the most to them – even if they are not first editions,or original prints, and can be easily bought at any major chain bookstore.

Storing Antique Books

When a book is an antique, however, the need to keep it in great condition increases. If you are a collector, or, perhaps, didn’t even know that you had antique books in your collection, below are some important storage tips to make sure that your books are always well protected.

Avoid slipcases

Many people swear by slipcases. These are containers that books are slid into, but they don’t end up protecting the spine. The problem with slipcases is that they can sometimes damage the book when taking it in and out because the width of the slipcase is not ideal for the width of the book. This leads some people to jam the books in, and once they are in, the pressure for the sides of the slipcase can warp the shape of the book.

Tall and thick books

Any books that are taller than 18 inches, and/or wider than 3 inches should be stored flat, not upright. You should also take care not to store any antique books in stacks of more than three books, or you risk damaging the covers.

Don’t back them tightly

If you are storing antique books on a shelf, it is imperative that you don’t pack them too tightly. You should be able to remove each of your books without having it rub against the bindings of the books on either side of it. Each book should, however, be close enough to the other books on the shelf so that they are able to support one another.

Climate controlled

If you are storing your antique books in a self storage unit, your best bet is to opt for a unit that has a climate control option. This is because storing antique books in a climate that is not sufficiently humid will dry out the paper, and if the cover or binding is leather, it will dry that out as well, potentially causing cracks and tears.

Antique books are like pieces of history, and should be treated as such. These books have some special care requirements if you want to keep them in as close to their original condition as possible.

If you are an antique book collector, reader, or have inherited some books that could be considered antiques, keep the above storage tips in mind to ensure your books remain in mint condition for years to come.

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4 Tips For Storing A Mattress https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/4-tips-storing-mattress/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/4-tips-storing-mattress/#respond Mon, 03 Jul 2017 14:45:03 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186219 One of the most common items that people require storage for is a mattress. Many of us are constantly downsizing or upsizing our mattresses. A mattress may have simply become unnecessary for you and your family, but you may still want to keep it around just in case. If you are wondering about the best
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One of the most common items that people require storage for is a mattress.

Best Way To Store A Mattress

Many of us are constantly downsizing or upsizing our mattresses. A mattress may have simply become unnecessary for you and your family, but you may still want to keep it around just in case. If you are wondering about the best way to store your mattress, below are some tips that you may find useful:

Avoid storing your mattress in your basement

When trying to store a mattress, many people opt for a basement or below-ground storage areas. This is a recipe for disaster, because basements are humidity traps and a mattress can quickly become so damaged by mold and mildew that it is no longer useful.

Clean it first

Anything made of fabric should be thoroughly cleaned before putting it away into temporary or long-term storage. If you put your mattress into storage without cleaning the dirt, dust and grime off of it, this debris can ingrain itself even further into the fabric and you might find yourself with a mattress that looks so ratty that nobody is going to want to use it, or even take it as a donation.

Get yourself a mattress cover

Get a light, breathable mattress cover for your mattress before storing it. You can pick up a breathable, plastic cover for around twenty dollars and it will go a long way to ensuring that your mattress is protected while in storage. Make sure that you secure the cover with some tape, and cover any holes in the cover (if you are using an old one you have lying around).

Store it flat

Many people say to store that mattress upright against the walls of your storage unit, but if you can spare the horizontal space, your best bet is to store it flat on the ground so that the springs and coils are not under the constant weight of the mattress. If you store a mattress upright, or on its side for too long, the constant pressure can warp the mattress, and you will end up reusing or donating a mattress that is going to be incredibly uncomfortable to sleep on and may even end up causing you back problems.

A self-storage unit is always a convenient place to store an old mattress, and climate controlled units are even better. If you are trying to get an old mattress out of the way, or even a new one that you have recently purchased that you don’t quite know what to do with yet, keep the above mattress storage tips in mind and ensure that your mattress is well protected while in storage.

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4 Tips For Taking Your RV Out Of Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/4-tips-taking-rv-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/4-tips-taking-rv-storage/#respond Fri, 16 Jun 2017 14:27:38 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186196 For people who are lucky enough to enjoy a recreational vehicle during the summer (or winter for that matter) you understand that owning a recreational vehicle is not without its chores. You don’t just put it into storage for the winter and then take it out, start it up and hit the road. The process
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For people who are lucky enough to enjoy a recreational vehicle during the summer (or winter for that matter) you understand that owning a recreational vehicle is not without its chores. You don’t just put it into storage for the winter and then take it out, start it up and hit the road. The process of taking your RV out of short term storage is more involved. It requires some special know-how to ensure the vehicle is safe and ready for use. Below are four tips for taking your recreational vehicle out of storage.

Taking An RV Out Of Storage

  1. Consult the Owner’s Manual

    The owner’s manual is there for a reason: to teach you everything you need to know about safely and responsibly operating your vehicle. The first thing you should look at once your RV comes out of storage is the owner’s manual.

  2. Take the Vehicle Cover Off and Give the RV a Thorough Once Over

    It is always wise to inspect your RV for any fluid leaks, and diligently check the hoses and wires to be sure they haven’t cracked in the winter temperatures, and that no pests (like rats, mice and squirrels) have chewed on and permanently damaged them. Your clamps should be tightened, the vehicle’s tires inflated and all repairs made ASAP before you can consider it road ready.

  3. Clean It Well

    After sitting in short term storage all winter, you will probably have some dirt, dust and grime to deal with before your RV looks neat and tidy again. It is important that your RV be high functioning, but you also want it to shine while it is out on the open road. You should pay special attention to the windshield, hard surfaces and windows, not only so you can see out of them, but so that your RV looks fantastic. Taking a vacuum to the upholstery and floor won’t hurt either.

  4. Attend to the Battery

    Removing the battery from any vehicle before putting it into short term storage is always a must. Before you put the battery back, make sure that it is fully charged (simple, if you’ve kept it attached to a charge maintainer all winter). Take a good look at the terminals and cables as well to make sure there hasn’t been any corrosion that requires attention, and remove any dirt and grime that has accumulated.

The goal is to get your RV back on the road as soon as humanly possible once the nice weather arrives, because it won’t last forever. Before you do that, however, keep the above tips in mind for removing your RV from storage, so you can make sure it’s safe to use, and have it looking great before you start it up again.

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Tips For Storing Film And Theatre Items https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/tips-storing-film-theatre-items/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/tips-storing-film-theatre-items/#respond Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:14:58 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186193 Of all the industries that need a good self storage facility, perhaps none have a greater need than theatre and film. With all of the costumes, props, pulleys, curtains and other items necessary to put on complicated stage productions, theatre companies need space to store all of that stuff when it is not being used.
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Of all the industries that need a good self storage facility, perhaps none have a greater need than theatre and film. With all of the costumes, props, pulleys, curtains and other items necessary to put on complicated stage productions, theatre companies need space to store all of that stuff when it is not being used. If you are thinking about placing film or theatre items into storage, below are some tips for keeping them safe and secure while they are not in use.

Storing Film And Theatre Equipments

Packing and Preserving Costumes

Costumes, like any expensive clothing, should be dry cleaned, put in garment bags that breathe, and stored in well-ventilated, professional quality wardrobe boxes. This is especially true for costumes that use natural textiles like wool or cotton because they are prone to insect infestations and destruction. Because of this vulnerability to pests, natural textiles should also have a natural insect repellent introduced (such as dried lavender or cedar shavings) for some added protection against pests.

Furniture and Other Props

Furniture and other wooden props are going to need a climate controlled storage space to ensure that they don’t become victim to humidity, mold and mildew over time, and end up becoming unusable. Theatre props and furniture are often custom made and cost a lot of money. Having to constantly replace expensive props and furniture is a good way to put a theatre company out of business.

Protecting Film

Film for motion pictures is made of various different materials, and requires various storage tactics. One thing that all film has in common, however, is that it requires a climate controlled storage unit. Film should be stored at 30-50% humidity, a level that is generally exceeded in the summer, so climate control is a must. Film should always be stored away from vents, in protective enclosures that are light-proof and physically protect the film. The film should also be wound tightly (though not too tight).

The key to success for film and theatre is creating a depiction of life that draws audiences in and keep them captivated. To do this, these industries need clothing and props with a specific look and feel, so these things need to be kept in perfect condition. If you are planning to store your film and theatre items in a self storage unit, keep the above considerations in mind, and ensure they are preserved in as good condition as the day you put them away.

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4 Fine Art Storage Tips https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/4-fine-art-storage-tips/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/4-fine-art-storage-tips/#respond Mon, 08 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186127 If you’ve ever used self storage before, you know that not all storage units are created equal. Some are basic, some come with specialty features such as climate control. Now some items need the extra care, and some don’t, but when it comes to storing fine art, you definitely are going to want to look
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If you’ve ever used self storage before, you know that not all storage units are created equal. Some are basic, some come with specialty features such as climate control. Now some items need the extra care, and some don’t, but when it comes to storing fine art, you definitely are going to want to look into things like climate controlled storage to make sure that the art doesn’t deteriorate because of the environment. Below are some fine art storage tips to help you make sure your belongings are well protected.

How To Safely Store Your Fine Art

Protect Your Framed Pieces

You are going to want to wrap the pieces up tightly with a storage blanket or bubble wrap, and then use some packing tape to seal them up. You can also pad the front and the back of the artwork using hardboard and then tape them together.

Protect Your Unframed Pieces

Use a sheet of silicone release paper on the front of the canvas and then wrap it up using glassine paper. Like framed pieces, pad the front and the back using hardboard and wrap the entire thing up with a storage blanket and/or bubble wrap.

Use Climate Controlled Storage

Climate controlled storage might just be the most important consideration when storing fine art. If the humidity and temperature rapidly changes while your art is in storage, the canvas can actually stretch and loosen, which can end up causing the paint to flake and crack. High humidity conditions are also perfect environments for mold and bacteria to completely destroy your art.

Storing artwork can be stressful. You don’t want your storage unit to be a target for thieves, and you don’t want to spend all your time worrying that harsh climatic changes are going to destroy art you either spent a long time working on, or spent a lot of money on, or both. Keep the above fine art storage tips in mind and rest assured that your beautiful art is stored properly while it is not in your home.

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What Is The Optimum Temperature For Storing Vintage Textiles? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/optimum-temperature-storing-vintage-textiles/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/optimum-temperature-storing-vintage-textiles/#respond Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:00:41 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186082 Self storage units are used to store all manner of items, even vintage textiles. For older, more delicate items, people often opt for a storage facility that offers climate controlled storage. Certain items require a constant climate in order to maintain their look, feel, shape, colour and structural integrity. Below are some tips for keeping
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Self storage units are used to store all manner of items, even vintage textiles. For older, more delicate items, people often opt for a storage facility that offers climate controlled storage. Certain items require a constant climate in order to maintain their look, feel, shape, colour and structural integrity. Below are some tips for keeping your climate controlled storage unit suitable for vintage textiles.

At What Temperature Should You Store Vintage Textiles?

The Smithsonian Institute, one of the world’s foremost collectors of valuable, historical items, strives to store their textiles at 45 percent relative humidity and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This is not always possible to achieve, but staying near these targets, in addition to separating individual textiles with acid free tissue, rolling in acid free tubes, and storing in acid free boxes will go a long way towards protecting your vintage textiles.

Fabrics on antique furniture need to be protected just like other vintage textiles. Climate controlled storage units should be kept within a temperature range of 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit in order to eliminate humidity, and stop mould and mildew from forming. Many facilities also come with dehumidifiers in their units, especially for units on the first floor, or below ground.

In addition to the above recommendations for storing vintage textiles generally, certain types of textiles have specific storage requirements that should be observed.

  1. Leather and suede should always be stored in a cool, dark, well-ventilated space.

  2. Rayon should be stored flat.

  3. Linen garments and textiles should be rolled up and covered with white muslin that has been properly washed beforehand.

  4. Knitted and silk fabrics should always be stored flat.

  5. Fur should also be stored in a cool, dark place, just like leather. Cold storage is always the best for fur.

  6. Wool should always be thoroughly cleaned, padded and wrapped in white tissue. You should also include mothballs as wool is one of the first textile materials that moths are going to attack should you experience an infestation.

To get the most out of your climate controlled storage, your textiles should always be stored loosely so that they can breathe, especially if they are going to be stored for long periods of time. Cool and dry climates require well-ventilated storage units. You can also, in addition to a dehumidifier, use slabs of chalk to help soak up and absorb moisture in the atmosphere. Keep the above information regarding climate controlled storage and antique textiles in mind and make sure that your textiles last for years to come.

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5 Common Things People Forget When They Move https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/5-common-things-people-forget-move/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/5-common-things-people-forget-move/#respond Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:44:40 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185828 Moving is a huge process. The number of balls in the air and the never ending list of considerations means that people inevitably forget to do one or more things. These can range from the insignificant, to the extremely burdensome and costly. If you are going over, and over your to-do list and are still
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Moving is a huge process. The number of balls in the air and the never ending list of considerations means that people inevitably forget to do one or more things. These can range from the insignificant, to the extremely burdensome and costly. If you are going over, and over your to-do list and are still worried that you haven’t checked something important off, below is a list of five common things that people tend to forget when they move.

The Most Common Things To Forget When Moving

Labelling boxes. It is nearly impossible to move without putting everything into boxes. It is not, however, impossible to forget to label those boxes and discover, upon arriving to the new place, that they have no idea what is in which box. The headache caused by forgetting this value packing step is hard to understate. Label as you pack and know exactly where everything is when it comes time to unbox.

Packing away essentials. This includes things such as toiletries, electronics (laptops, etc.) and linens. The day you arrive at your new place, you are going to need certain items immediately. All-purpose kitchen supplies to make a quick meal, a laptop to do some work, toothbrushes, shampoo, towels and sheets to wash, clean and sleep with are a few of the items you might need. Many people, in the haze of packing, throw anything and everything into boxes, forgetting that there are some things they will need the day of.

Storing special items. There are some things which you know you are going to use eventually, but which are going to remain out of use for some time before you actually need them. You can file these things under “items that would be better suited for a self-storage unit.” Just because you are moving to a new location, doesn’t mean that you need to take absolutely everything with you immediately. Consider investing in a self-storage unit and remove some of the burden of moving (especially unnecessary items).

Moving on a Friday. Moving at the end of the week seems like the logical thing to do because you will have the entire weekend to start organizing your new place. People tend to forget that they are not the only genius with this idea. A lot of people, using the exact same logic as you, are going to be calling the exact same moving company you want to use. Fridays are, therefore, notoriously busy for moving companies, meaning that you will either be charged a premium, or worse, be left without a moving company to help you come moving day.

Collecting keys from previous owners. Even the perfectly executed move will be all for not if you don’t have the means to enter the place once you get there. The excitement and chaos of the move can cause your critical faculties to miss things (like asking for keys), and mean that you spend a few additional, painful hours, either waiting for the keys to be delivered, or having a locksmith come and provide them for you.

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by the stress and excitement of a move. Keep the above five commonly forgotten moving steps in mind before you start the process and make sure that these pitfalls are constantly at the back of your mind, letting you avoid them and get out of your old place, and into the new one as efficiently as possible.

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5 Ways To Decorate Your Storage Unit Office https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/5-ways-decorate-storage-unit-office/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/5-ways-decorate-storage-unit-office/#respond Fri, 25 Nov 2016 14:45:19 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185822 With the prohibitively high cost of office space in many locations throughout North America, many business owners are turning to storage units as viable alternatives to office space. A storage unit, while seemingly unconventional, can provide ample space and comfort from which to conduct business, but there are some design and decorating tips that might
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With the prohibitively high cost of office space in many locations throughout North America, many business owners are turning to storage units as viable alternatives to office space. A storage unit, while seemingly unconventional, can provide ample space and comfort from which to conduct business, but there are some design and decorating tips that might make the transition from a more traditional office space a bit more comfortable. Below are five ways to decorate your storage unit office.

How To Decorate A Storage Unit Office

Window frames. Most storage units are windowless, meaning that if you plan on working from it on a regular basis, you are going to have to get used to the lack of natural light. A good way to create the illusion of natural light in your storage unit office is to purchase some window frames, insert landscape artwork or photography into them and back light them.

Throw carpets. Most storage units are also entirely concrete or concrete and metal. This is great for keeping out moisture and keeping your belongings secured, but not the most inviting material. A couple of throw rugs with warm colours can quickly change the entire mood of a storage unit office and make it feel more inviting.

Artwork. This pertains to the above point about the concrete. You are going to want to make the unit feel as peaceful as possible, and once again, concrete does not typically scream “peace.” Having some art on the walls or pictures of your family is a good way to ensure that you have more to focus on than just the four concrete walls around you.

A fish tank. Fish tanks generally look great in any office setting, but having something that brings light and life into an area that is generally not associated with either of the two can transform the entire ambience of a storage unit office and make it feel more alive. Just make sure to check with the facility that they allow water and tanks on the premises.

Bright colours. Full spectrum lighting. Full spectrum lighting is a known cure for depression and the winter blues because our bodies naturally crave the full spectrum of light that they receive from the sun. Any lighting or lamps that you have in your storage unit office should take this into consideration. You don’t need all of your lighting to have this, but your taller lamps, which cast the widest light should incorporate this strategy into your decorating.

A self-storage unit office can seem like a foreboding concept, but with the right touches of light, and theme, you can turn a self-storage unit into a viable, inviting workspace that saves you money, and provides a great alternative to expensive, traditional office space. Keep the above five decorating tips in mind and design a self-storage office space that lets you work and thrive.

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