11 Apr 2016

How To Assess The Value Of Your Vintage Guitar

You found an old guitar in your attic or basement and you’re wondering what it might be worth. A guitar’s value depends on a number of factors such as age, condition, rarity and the prominence of its users. Even if a guitar is in good condition, that doesn’t mean it has a lot of value. Manufacturers might design guitars to give them a vintage look, but that doesn’t mean it’s the real thing! There are a few steps you can take to properly assess whether your guitar is something worth selling or simply a family keep: Evaluate the guitar’s features Unless you’ve got a trained eye, you won’t be able to tell the difference between a vintage model guitar and a regular reissue. You need to be able to properly identify exactly what sort of instrument you have. That means looking at things such as the material, serial number, workmanship, finishes and woods. These are all possible indicators of its…

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8 Apr 2016

Now that spring is here, you can take off the heavy winter jackets and boots. But what do you do with them? It’s important to be methodical in how you store your winter clothing as it can take up a lot of unnecessary space and become damaged or smelly. They are also more susceptible to insects that are present in warmer weather. Here are a few tips to make sure that your winter clothing is in top shape when the winter season comes again: Consider donating If you buy new clothes regularly to keep up with the trend, then there might be no point in keeping your old jacket. Consider donating your winter clothing to charity or give them away…

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15 Feb 2016

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 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…

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8 Feb 2016

There is no question that you want to keep your vinyl collection in the best possible condition, considering all of the time and money put into curating your collection. Sometimes it becomes necessary to store the vinyl record collection in a storage unit, especially if you are short on home storage – vinyl takes up a lot of space! However, your collection can quickly become damaged due to heat and moisture if proper precautions are not put into place. Here are some things you need to do to ensure that your vinyl records stay protected and in their best condition while in storage: Store Them in Airtight Containers. This will offer maximum protection of your records while they are in…

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21 Jan 2016

If we made an inventory of everything we keep in our homes, most of us would be amazed at the amount of stuff we accumulate. Clothing, decorations, kitchen utensils and appliances, scrap albums, shoes, the list is endless. When you’ve been somewhere long enough, the clutter builds at such a gradual pace that it can be tricky to notice it happening until it’s swallowed up most of your free space. Here are 5 easy storage solutions for a more organized, harmonious home. Shoe racks. Shoe racks are almost a necessity. Nobody owns just one pair of shoes, and whether we are talking about the closet, or the mudroom, or even the mat in front of the door, scattered shoes with…

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21 Aug 2015

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

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17 Aug 2015

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

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10 Aug 2015

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

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7 Aug 2015

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

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29 May 2015

Kitty litter is a necessity when there is a cat in the home, but this shouldn’t be the only reason that you store away litter. There are many uses for kitty litter that people just aren’t aware of. It has many great uses and it should be kept stored away at your home or storage unit whether there is a kitty in the house or not! Reasons to Keep Kitty Litter Around Kitty litter acts as a great odor repellent. When your garbage can begins to smell, deodorize the can by putting a little kitty litter at the bottom of it. This will help mask the smell even when washing the can out fails to work. If you’re keeping it…

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25 May 2015

When it comes to a great bottle of wine, there is an appropriate way to store it, whether that be at home or in your storage unit. Fine wines are usually best kept for long term aging, while cheaper wines should be consumed within the first 24 hours of being opened. If you’re looking to add a little longevity to your grapes, check out our tips for optimal wine storage! Tips to Storing Fine Wine the Right Way Wine must be stored between 52 to 64 degrees F. When stored below 55 degree F, you can expect to keep the wine stored safely for years. Anything above, it should be opened after a year of storage. Wine must be kept…

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8 May 2015

It’s difficult having to prepare for winter and summer in Canada. One requires less clothing and gardening tools, while the other requires heavy clothing and winter apparel, as well as machinery and tools only used in the winter. When summer nears, all of the winter items should be stored away to avoid cluttering the home. There are many winter items that people don’t necessarily consider when they are getting ready for summer until they realize that these items are taking up space at their residence. Winter Items to Store Away over the Warmer Weather Months Snowplows Snow Shovels Sweaters Winter Apparel (Gloves, Hats, Scarves, etc.) Boots Coats Snow Blowers Unused Rock Salt Ice Scrapers Snowmobiles Holiday Décor Skis Snowboards All…

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4 May 2015

Children’s rooms are often the smaller rooms in the house, yet children tend to have the most clutter. Their toys and clothes alone take up an immense amount of space. With a lack of cleanliness and organization, the room quickly becomes a cluttered filled mess. Children aren’t usually the best cleaners and even when they are told to do so, you may find that everything is hidden in a heap underneath the bed or in the closet. Luckily for parents, there are some unique ways to avoid these occurrences! Tips for Decluttering Your Child’s Room Label plastic storage containers so that your child knows where to store items accordingly. Legos, Barbies, blocks, small toys, action figures, and more can all…

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1 May 2015

Creating storage under your stairs is a great way to minimize clutter and to add more storage to the home. There are several ways in which a staircase can be transformed into added storage space, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is easy! Some homes already come with storage closets under the stairs. This is a great way to hide away the holiday decorations or other items that you tend to use every once in a while. But those who don’t already have that space built in, there are other ways to create the storage you desire. Steps with Storage You can turn each step into a covered little storage unit. If your stairs are hollow, you can utilize…

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31 Mar 2015

Long-term storage can be risky for leather goods and for handbags that need to keep their shape. When you have a leather handbag, the risk is even higher. Here’s a guide to making sure your bag stays in good condition, no matter how long you keep it in storage. Clean it thoroughly Before storing your handbag, clean it with a damp cloth. Be sure to remove all dirt and dust, as both can be magnets for moisture and mildew. In particular, dirt can contain salts and minerals that cause permanent damage to leather. Recondition the leather Leather is an organic material, and is composed of a lot of water. In a dry storage unit, this water can evaporate without being…

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27 Mar 2015

Choose a climate-controlled facility Many facilities use both air conditioning and dehumidifiers, and both help prevent mold and mildew. Mold starts to form at around 60% relative humidity, and forms faster as humidity increases. Similarly, mold and mildew prefer very hot temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius or more. You can see evidence of both in your fridge: vegetables still mold because the humidity is too high, but they do it very slowly because the temperature is low. Climate-controlled facilities are a good idea if you have any of the following mold-attracting goods: Clothes or cloth-covered furniture Leather goods or furniture Paper Soft plastics Use moisture absorbers Moisture absorbers suck the water out of the air, and even a small amount…

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9 Feb 2015

Most parents agree that keeping toys and play rooms organized and clutter-free feels impossible at worst and Sisyphean at best. No matter how hard you try and no matter how hard you encourage them to pick up after themselves, toys always seem to get distributed all over the place. Regardless of how many toys have accumulated throughout the years, there are still ways to maintain a clean space. With some careful planning and commitment, you and your children can maintain a decluttered life and still have fun. There are three main elements to decluttering the toys in your house: Limiting the acquisition of new toys, carefully choosing old toys to get rid of, and organizing the toys that you keep.…

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6 Feb 2015

Self storage units are generally very safe and secure. Most self-storage providers will have various security measures in place, both for the whole facility and for each individual unit. Nevertheless, if you are storing items of high personal or monetary value, it doesn’t hurt to take steps for extra security. After all, when you stow away your valuables, you want to be able to leave them be and still maintain peace of mind. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can make sure your storage unit and its contents have the best possible security. Choosing the right storage facility Sound storage security begins with finding the right facility for your needs. Talk to the managers to learn about what security…

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2 Feb 2015

Bedding storage might seem simple at first, but fluffy blankets and pillows can actually be frustratingly difficult to safely pack for long-term storage. They’re bulky and take up a lot of space and, on top of that, they often fall prey to things like mildew and moth damage if left in damp or unprotected storage environments. Here are five ways that you can store your blankets and pillows so that they stay compactly organized, and safely stored: 1.  Cedar The natural oils found in cedar wood helps repel moths and other insects. If your blankets and pillows are made out of natural materials that are vulnerable to moths, this is a great choice. Find a chest made out of, or…

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