Storage Units – 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 Items That Should Never Be Put In A Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/never-be-put-in-a-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/never-be-put-in-a-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186489 Self storage units are quickly becoming the solution not just for people’s storage needs, but for businesses and hobby needs as well. The versatility of self storage units make them ideal for keeping items that you either don’t have room for or don’t want around your home or office. There are, however, certain restrictions on
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Self storage units are quickly becoming the solution not just for people’s storage needs, but for businesses and hobby needs as well. The versatility of self storage units make them ideal for keeping items that you either don’t have room for or don’t want around your home or office. There are, however, certain restrictions on what you can and should keep in a self storage unit. Below are some items that should never be put in a storage unit.

Perishable Food Items

One of the biggest concerns for people storing anything is whether or not what they are storing is going to attract pests. While rodents and insects can be attracted to all manner of stored items, you are almost guaranteeing yourself a problem if you start storing perishable food items. Not only will the smell of these items eventually become an issue, but you might open your unit to find it infested and, more importantly, you might end up infesting adjacent units.

Flammable items

Anything flammable (such as fuels, oils etc.) should not be put in self storage units. You want to make sure that you are not putting your unit, or those around you at risk and keeping flammable chemicals, or compounds in a hot, confined space is a recipe for disaster. Ask your storage facility for a list of flammable items that you are not allowed to keep in your unit.

Anything Living

Even if it is only for a short period of time, you should never put anything living in storage unit. This is not only against the rules of most storage facilities, but it is also inhumane. Storage units are confined, dark spaces that likely not breathe well and keeping something living in such a space is not permitted and not right.

Explosive

As with flammable items, anything explosive is also something to be kept out of self storage units. This includes things like fireworks, propane tanks and anything that could explode upon expansion and contraction due to large swings in temperature. You don’t want to risk damaging your own belongings, those in adjacent units or risk harming yourself or anyone else who enters the unit. Don’t keep explosive items in your unit.

Self storage units really have very few restrictions on what you can keep in them, but they do have some. If you are making a list of things to keep in your self storage unit and want to know what you should leave out, keep the above 4 classes of item in mind and make sure you are using your storage space responsibly.

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Unconventional Ways To Use Your Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/unconventional-ways-use-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/unconventional-ways-use-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 08 Jan 2018 15:00:11 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186466 Self storage units are used by millions of people all over the world to help them store things they either don’t want around their homes/offices, or don’t have the space to keep. They are affordable, offer protection from break-ins and the elements and can really free up space you didn’t know you had. They are
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Self storage units are used by millions of people all over the world to help them store things they either don’t want around their homes/offices, or don’t have the space to keep. They are affordable, offer protection from break-ins and the elements and can really free up space you didn’t know you had. They are also so much more versatile than that. People have found all sorts of creative uses for self storage units that go way beyond the traditional storage spaces they are known for. Below are some unconventional ways people use their self storage units.

Warehousing

Many small businesses choose to warehouse inventory in self storage units because of the incredibly high costs of traditional warehouse space. If you are a new business, or an established one simply looking for a way to cut costs, depending on the amount of inventory you have on hand, opting to keep it in a self storage unit might end up saving you a considerable amount on rent.

Workshop

If you are someone with a hobby, or even need a workshop as part of a small business, you can’t always count on there being space around your home to do your work. Some people go for shared creative spaces where they pool funds to rent a space with other creators/artists/innovators. Others rent self storage units and turn them into makeshift, but highly effective temporary workshops and work spaces.

Document storage

If you are a small business owner, you know that space is one of your most valuable assets. Becoming clutter can become bad for your psyche and, consequently, bad for business. If you are finding that a large amount of your floor spaces is, little by little, becoming dedicated to document storage, you might consider a climate controlled self storage unit to help alleviate some of the burden.

Vehicle Storage

Many people are using self storage units to store recreational vehicles. Whether it is a small boat, a fun collector automobile, a dirt bike, or an ATV, self storage units can make great alternatives to traditional vehicle storage that can cost an arm and a leg. Just remember to check the rules and regulations of your facility before putting anything like that into a storage unit.

Self storage facilities are versatile and affordable alternatives for many different space needs and requirements. All it takes is some vision, some ingenuity and a willingness to compromise and a self storage unit can quickly become a valuable part of your business, hobby and personal storage strategy.

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Living In A Condo? 4 Tips On How To Efficiently Use Your Storage Locker https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/living-condo-4-tips-efficiently-use-storage-locker/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/living-condo-4-tips-efficiently-use-storage-locker/#respond Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:00:37 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186455 21st century living frequently means living in crowded urban areas in large residential buildings full of condos and apartments. Most new condos, especially if you are an owner, come with a dedicated storage space in the underground area of the building for all the things that won’t fit in your condo. If you just moved
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21st century living frequently means living in crowded urban areas in large residential buildings full of condos and apartments. Most new condos, especially if you are an owner, come with a dedicated storage space in the underground area of the building for all the things that won’t fit in your condo. If you just moved in, or are looking to reorganize an existing storage locker, below are 4 tips to help you do that.

Heavy Items At The Front

If you are about to begin organizing or organizing your storage locker, keep in mind that you should always have your heaviest items at the front. If you eventually need one of them, not having to navigate them around smaller, more fragile items will save you effort and also, potentially, damaging your other belongings in the locker.

Valuable Items At The Back

If you are storing anything in your storage locker that you would be devastated if you lost (family treasure, something you spent a lot of money on), it’s a good idea to put it in the back. Storage facilities will usually advise you to do this if you are a first time user, but having valuables near the back makes it less tempting for thieves because the longer they spend trying to extract something from a unit, the more likely the security cameras are going to catch them in the act.

Seasonal Items

One of the best ways to use your condo’s storage locker is as a seasonal storage unit. This means that anytime there is a change of season and, consequently, a change in the kind of clothing and apparel you are going to be needing, you can simply put the previous season’s gear in the storage locker and free up space in your condo for the things you will use on a daily basis.

Unknowns

Whether you are using storage facilities off-site or your condo’s storage locker, many people utilize these kinds of spaces for keeping things that they just haven’t had the time to consider if they truly need or not. If you don’t have the time to decide whether something is truly useful to you, a storage locker can keep it on layaway until you’ve had the time to decide if it’s something you should donate/sell/get rid of, or not.

If your condo’s storage locker is full to the brim and you still need more space, you can always look for additional storage space in your local storage facilities. If you are just moving into a new condo, or have been wanting to re-organize your current condo’s locker for some time, keep the above organizational tips in mind and get the most out of your condo’s dedicated storage space.

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4 Tips On How To Organize Your Storage Unit Properly https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-tips-to-organize-storage-unit-properly/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-tips-to-organize-storage-unit-properly/#respond Mon, 01 Jan 2018 15:00:56 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186451 Having a self storage unit is great. It can give you much needed extra space when moving, decluttering, renovating, or simply if you find yourself with a lot of extra things you don’t want lying around your home. Having a storage unit does, however, entail some organization considerations, lest your unit turn into simply an
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Having a self storage unit is great. It can give you much needed extra space when moving, decluttering, renovating, or simply if you find yourself with a lot of extra things you don’t want lying around your home. Having a storage unit does, however, entail some organization considerations, lest your unit turn into simply an extension of your household clutter. If you are setting up self storage units, below are 4 tips on how to organize your unit properly you are not going to want to miss.

Leave A Path

Many people are in such a hurry to get their belongings into their self storage units that they forget that, at some point, they are going to need to be able to access the unit and retrieve items. If you go crazy adding things to the unit, you might find yourself staring down an impenetrable wall of boxes and other belongings. If you suddenly realize you need to retrieve something from the very back of the unit and there is no way through, you will have to go through the hassle of removing the things in your way.

Heavy Items At The Front

Most storage facilities will offer you organizational tips if you are a first time storage unit user, but just in case they don’t, heavy items should go to the front. This will make unloading them much easier. Instead of having to lug a heavy, unwieldy item from the back to the front (and risk damaging other items in the unit), having it at the front means you can get it in and out fast.

Make An Inventory

If you are putting a wide variety of things into a storage unit, especially if many of those things are being boxed-up, it is a good idea to create an inventory of exactly what you are putting in. In 6 months time you might not recall what went into box A or B and having an excel spreadsheet, or any document you can access letting you know what went where will make your life easier.

A self storage unit should make your life easier and more organized, not the opposite. Keep the above storage unit organizational tips in mind when packing your unit and get the most out of your storage unit investment.

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How To Choose Your Storage Facility Location https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/choose-storage-facility-location/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/choose-storage-facility-location/#respond Thu, 24 Aug 2017 15:10:59 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186315 Self storage facilities are one of the most convenient ways to declutter your life, and keep valuables safe and sound. Millions of people throughout North America rely on their local self storage facility to help them keep their valuables, or even seasonal items that only make an appearance once a year, out of sight and
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Self storage facilities are one of the most convenient ways to declutter your life, and keep valuables safe and sound. Millions of people throughout North America rely on their local self storage facility to help them keep their valuables, or even seasonal items that only make an appearance once a year, out of sight and out of mind. If you are thinking about investing in a self storage unit, below are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing the storage facility location that’s right for you.

Customer Service

You can tell a lot about a storage facility by how attentive and friendly their customer service people are. If you start dealing with a company, and they seem like they aren’t willing to pay attention to you, or give you the time of day, what makes you think they are going to be that interested in ensuring your belongings are well attended to and safe?

Cleanliness

If you go to check out a potential storage unit and you see that the premises are not up to standard (there is garbage everywhere, rust, you spot insects or rodents,etc.), you should find a different location. Cleanliness says a lot about how much a storage facility cares about the welfare of your items, and a facility that is not squeaky clean is a bad sign, as well as potentially hazardous.

Good Security

If you go to check out a storage facility and the onsite security doesn’t seem to be paying much attention to what’s going on, or if their surveillance equipment looks out of date and poorly taken care of, you might want take your business elsewhere.

Drive Up Storage and Climate Control

Two of the most commonly requested amenities at self storage facilities are drive up storage and climate control. Drive up storage allows you to pull a vehicle right up to the door of your unit for easy unloading and loading of bulky items, and climate control allows you to ensure that temperature and humidity sensitive items are not going to suffer.

Choosing storage facilities that are right for you means doing some homework before jumping in. Keep the above considerations in mind when choosing where to spend your money and entrust your belongings, and make sure you are making the best choice possible.

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4 Items That Require A Climate Controlled Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-items-require-climate-controlled-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-items-require-climate-controlled-storage-unit/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:20:01 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186203 Self storage units are a great way to free up some space in your home and office for the things that are most important to you. Millions of people around the world invest in self storage units to help them store everything from seasonal cars and recreational vehicles, to important personal documents, family heirlooms and
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Self storage units are a great way to free up some space in your home and office for the things that are most important to you. Millions of people around the world invest in self storage units to help them store everything from seasonal cars and recreational vehicles, to important personal documents, family heirlooms and seasonal clothing and decorations. Many people, however, don’t realize that certain items require climate controlled storage to ensure that they are fully protected. Below are four items that require a climate controlled storage unit.

Items That Require Climate Controlled Storage

Appliances

Appliances like refrigerators and ovens require climate controlled storage to ensure that their internal workings and moving parts don’t develop rust, which can damage mechanical parts and end up rendering them useless. If you have old appliances, or need to get certain appliances out of the way for a home renovation project, and you are thinking about putting them into self storage, ensure that they are going into a climate controlled unit.

Leather and Wood Furniture

Leather and wood furniture are especially vulnerable to swings in temperature and humidity. If you put your wood or leather furniture into a storage unit that isn’t climate controlled for a long period of time, you might find out when it comes time to take it out that the structural integrity is not what it used to be, or that the wood and leather has rotted or cracked due to temperature fluctuations or condensation.

Art and Fabric

If you are putting art or fabric into self storage, in addition to making sure they are properly wrapped and covered to protect them from pests and temperature swings, it is a good idea to also invest in a climate controlled unit. Natural fabrics, such as wool and cotton, and valuable pieces of art can deteriorate quickly in high humidity, as well as be completely destroyed by insect infestations.

Musical Instruments

Any instruments, whether they be string, brass, woodwind or percussion, are easily damaged or even destroyed by wild temperature fluctuations. Humidity is especially damaging to musical instruments, which is why it often says expressly on the packaging, and in the instructions that come with an instrument, to ensure that it is stored in an environment where the humidity is not overly high.

A self storage unit is a great way to make your life easier, but if you don’t consider the special climate requirements of the items that you are placing inside of it, you might end up doing more harm than good. Keep the above tips in mind when deciding if you should opt for a climate controlled storage unit and ensure that your items are well protected while in storage.

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4 Tips For Organizing Your Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-tips-for-organizing-your-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/4-tips-for-organizing-your-storage-unit/#respond Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:10:52 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186183 Self storage units help millions of people all over the world declutter their lives and securely store their valuables. Households and business owners alike use self storage units to get seasonal decorations and clothing out of the way, keep that summer vehicle safe and sound during winter, and store things such as family heirlooms and
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Self storage units help millions of people all over the world declutter their lives and securely store their valuables. Households and business owners alike use self storage units to get seasonal decorations and clothing out of the way, keep that summer vehicle safe and sound during winter, and store things such as family heirlooms and business inventory. If you have a storage unit, you know how important it is to keep it organized, so that it doesn’t become a chore just to get in and out when you need to. Below are four tips for organizing your storage unit.

Organizing A Storage Unit

Be Consistent with Your Box Sizes

When you put all of your stored items in boxes of the same size, it makes them much easier to stack. Solid, balanced stacks are easy to organize, so you can ensure that you always have access to all four corners of your storage unit. That being said, it still pays to practice good stacking and storing techniques, such as not stacking heavy boxes on top of lighter ones, or ones that have fragile items in them.

Identify Items that May Need to Come Out in the Near Future

Many people are so excited to free up space in their home or their office that they forget that they will need to access the items being stored at some point in the future. When they finally go to take the items out, they realize that they have put those items in an inaccessible corner of the unit. Identify the items that you think you might need in the short-to-medium term, and either keep a clear path in the unit so you can access them, or place them as near to the front of the self storage unit as possible.

Label Your Boxes

A storage unit can make your life easier, but only if you let it. One of the most important things you can do any time you are storing items is to label the boxes you place them in. If you place items haphazardly into boxes and then simply stuff them away into your self storage unit, in 3 months, 4 months, or a year’s time are you going to remember what, exactly, you put into each box? Probably not.

Build a Map of Your Unit

It is always wise to map out your unit before you pack it, or at the very least, after you have packed it. This will cut down on the amount of time you have to spend rummaging around for things when you inevitably need to take them out. This, combined with the aforementioned labelling of your boxes, is a surefire way to build a well organized, easy-to-use storage unit.

A self storage unit can make a world of difference in your life. Once you’ve filled it with things you want out of your way, you will be amazed at just how much space has been freed up in your home or office for the things that really matter. Keep the above tips in mind when organizing your storage unit and get as much out of your extra space as possible.

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3 Reasons To Avoid DIY Storage Units https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/3-reasons-avoid-diy-storage-units/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/3-reasons-avoid-diy-storage-units/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:00:48 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186101 You may be thinking about investing in a self storage space to help you declutter your life, or simply because you have some valuable items that you don’t feel comfortable keeping around the home, yard or office. You may also be considering the best way to maximize your return on investment. While that is always
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You may be thinking about investing in a self storage space to help you declutter your life, or simply because you have some valuable items that you don’t feel comfortable keeping around the home, yard or office. You may also be considering the best way to maximize your return on investment. While that is always wise financial thinking, it is equally wise to keep in mind the old saying, you get what you pay for. DIY storage units are available, but they are not always the best option. Below are four reasons to avoid cheap, DIY self storage.

Why To Avoid DIY Storage Units

  1. No Security

    One of the biggest upsides to investing in professional self storage is that it comes with security. There will be people on-site, around-the-clock, making sure that only people who are authorized are allowed in the facility. There will be cameras, robust locks and actual human beings monitoring the premises and ensuring that your items are safe and sound.

  2. No Insurance Policies

    If the storage facility that you are using is entirely do-it-yourself, and for any reason, including negligence or poor decision making, some of your stuff is damaged or destroyed, there is going to be very little for you in the way of recourse to recoup your losses. A high quality storage facility offers insurance policies that will be useful in the event that something unforeseen happens on the part of the facility, or damage is caused by issues in adjacent storage lockers.

  3. Climate Control

    Most DIY storage facilities are not going to offer you the option of climate control. This means that anything valuable or delicate that you are storing that requires exact temperatures in order to maintain its functionality or its structural integrity is going to be immediately compromised when you put them into cheap self storage. If you are storing family heirlooms that you want to pass down to your children, important business documentation, or valuable electronics, you are going to want a storage unit that guarantees a constant climate.

Cheap self storage can seem like the best option, especially if it is your first foray into self storage and you are worried about spending more money than your storage requirements necessitate. Self storage is not overly expensive and for a bit more money, you get much more peace of mind and a hedge against unforeseen damage to your property. You can ensure that your belongings are placed somewhere where they will be well supervised and looked after, with the bottom line being that you spend less time worrying about your valuables.

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How To Efficiently Pack Items In Your Drive-Up Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/efficiently-pack-items-drive-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/efficiently-pack-items-drive-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:00:56 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186079 You have made the big decision to place some of your personal belongings in a self storage unit, now the task at hand is making sure that it is packed properly so that your belongings are secure, and it’s simple to get them in and out when you need them. A drive-up storage unit makes
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You have made the big decision to place some of your personal belongings in a self storage unit, now the task at hand is making sure that it is packed properly so that your belongings are secure, and it’s simple to get them in and out when you need them. A drive-up storage unit makes it so you can get to your items, especially heavier and delicate items, with ease. Below are some tips to help you efficiently pack items in your storage unit.

How To Efficiently Pack Your Storage Unit

Choose the Right Boxes

You typically are going to need four small to medium-sized boxes for every large box that you have. Pack heavier items in large boxes and place them nearer to the front so that you are not stuck trying to manoeuvre your heaviest, most unwieldy items out of the depths of the unit.

Store Clothing Vertically

If you are storing clothing, like seasonal garments, it is wise to go with hanging wardrobe boxes. These not only prevent wrinkling and other wear and tear that happens when clothes are stored folded-up, but they help to maximize the vertical space in your unit and leave floor space for things that cannot be stored vertically. You can also use hanging wardrobe boxes to store garden tools and other items that are best stored vertically.

Pack Efficiently

Storing your items efficiently means reducing everything to its minimum size. If the bed frame can be disassembled, do so, and wrap the individual parts together with tape or bungee cords to reduce the amount of space they take up in your unit.

Create Pathways

Your drive-up storage unit is made all the more useful if you can get in and out fast. This means being able to access items that you need without having to rearrange, or take out a bunch of things first. Keep in mind that a pathway to the back of the unit that lets you access every part of the storage space will help you do this. You will thank yourself down the road when it comes time to take that mattress out of the very back of the unit and you don’t have to unload 85% of the storage space to get at it.

A drive-up storage unit can be a huge help to people who simply cannot afford to store anything else in their home or office. It can also be a huge hassle if not packed and organized properly. Keep the above packing and organizing tips in mind and get the most out of your drive-up self storage unit.

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Tips For Improving The Security Of Your Self Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/tips-improving-security-self-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/tips-improving-security-self-storage-unit/#respond Thu, 06 Apr 2017 14:00:10 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186076 It is often the case that there is not enough room in your home or office to effectively keep all of the things you have accumulated in your day-to-day life. Seasonal decorations, family heirlooms, important documentation, and all manner of valuables often need to be kept in a storage facility in order to allow you
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It is often the case that there is not enough room in your home or office to effectively keep all of the things you have accumulated in your day-to-day life. Seasonal decorations, family heirlooms, important documentation, and all manner of valuables often need to be kept in a storage facility in order to allow you a little breathing room. One of the main things that people considering self storage need to keep in mind is the security of their belongings once they are in the unit. Below are some tips for improving the security of your self storage unit.

How To Improve The Security Of Your Self Storage Unit

Placement of Items

If you are planning on placing high value items in your unit, whether they have high market value, or are simply of high value to you, it is advisable that those items be kept at the very back of the unit, so that they are the hardest to see, reach and extract for any would-be thieves.

Choose the Right Lock

Many storage facilities give you options when it comes to locks, and it helps to know about them before making your choice. You need a lock that is going to hold up against bolt cutters (the break-in instrument of choice). Locks that are designed to withstand and thwart bolt cutters typically have short, thick necks (shackles) that make it hard to gain leverage on and wrap the blades of a bolt cutter around. Bolt locks and cylinder locks are both quite difficult to cut.

Personal Security

You can supplement the security system provided by your storage facility, by investing in your own wireless security system, one that you can place inside your unit and link directly back to hardware, such as your laptop or phone.

Choose the Right Storage Facility

All storage facilities are not created equal. Some invest more money, time and effort into their security policies and features to make sure that their client’s belongings are well protected. Do your homework before you go with a storage facility. Find out what their policy is. How many employees patrol the grounds? How sophisticated is their monitoring technology? What is their history with break-ins and lost and damaged goods?

It can be tough to part with things that are important to you and entrust their security to a third party that you have no experience with. That being said, there are many things you can do to ensure that your belongings are well kept while they are not in your possession. Keep the above storage facility security tips in mind and rest assured that your personal items are well cared for, no matter where they are.

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5 Weird Things Found In Storage Facilities https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/5-weird-things-found-in-storage-facilities/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/5-weird-things-found-in-storage-facilities/#respond Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:18:40 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186028 Anyone who has spent any time watching TLC or the Discovery Channel knows that there is a wild and wacky world of abandoned storage units out there. People put their belongings in storage facilities and either completely forget about them, can’t afford to pay the lease anymore, or simply cease to care and the units
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Anyone who has spent any time watching TLC or the Discovery Channel knows that there is a wild and wacky world of abandoned storage units out there. People put their belongings in storage facilities and either completely forget about them, can’t afford to pay the lease anymore, or simply cease to care and the units go up for auction to the highest bidder. Upon opening them, strange things are frequently found. Below are five weird things that have been found in storage units.

Some Of The Weirdest Things Found In Storage Facilities

The James Bond Submarine Car

In 1989, a Long Island man paid less than $100 to purchase the contents of an abandoned storage locker. Upon opening it, he discovered a slightly damaged, wheel-less submarine car. While driving home, he was informed by other drivers on the road via CB radio that the strange vehicle he had on the back of his truck was one of the original promotional vehicles used in the The Spy Who Loved Me. The car was subsequently purchased at auction by Elon Musk for almost a million dollars.

Human Appendages

In 2007, Shannon Whisnant was shocked to find that, inside of the meat smoker he found in a locker he had purchased, lay a mummified human leg. The story gets even stranger. Shannon found out that the leg actually belonged to a man who had lost his leg after a plane crash in 2004 and, falling behind on his rental fees, was forced to abandon the unit with his leg still inside.

A Rocket

There are typically strict rules about keeping dangerous items inside a storage unit, especially if they are flammable or explosive in nature. In 2011, Auction Hunters stars Allan Haft and Clinton Jones purchased a unit in Miami, Florida that contained a NASA rocket and countdown clock. Oddly enough, NASA didn’t even want their rocket back.

A Dead Body

In 2012, a family in Florida found out that their grandmother’s remains were being kept in a family storage unit, after a deathbed confession from their mother revealed that she had been unable to afford to pay for a burial, and instead opted to keep their grandmother’s dead body in a storage facility.

Storage facilities often reveal the stranger side of human nature. They are safe, secure and private, so many people feel comfortable keeping any and everything inside of them, certain that no one will ever find out. But hard times can strike and not being able to pay the rental fees might mean that your storage locker becomes someone else’s, with whatever deep, dark secrets are lurking inside.

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5 Creative Tips For Your Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/5-creative-tips-for-your-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/5-creative-tips-for-your-storage-unit/#respond Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:46:50 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186025 Self storage units are incredibly useful when space in your home or office is at a premium. Keeping seasonal goods, excess inventory, even seasonal vehicles safely stowed away in a self storage unit provides great peace of mind when you just don’t have another square foot of space to spare. But many people have found
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Self storage units are incredibly useful when space in your home or office is at a premium. Keeping seasonal goods, excess inventory, even seasonal vehicles safely stowed away in a self storage unit provides great peace of mind when you just don’t have another square foot of space to spare. But many people have found more creative ways to get a lot out of their storage facilities. Below are some tips for helping you get creative and get the most out of your self storage unit.

How To Get Creative With Your Storage Unit

Private Office Space

There are countless tales of people starting a multi-million dollar, even billion dollar (think Apple) business in their garage. Well, why not a self storage space. Storage facilities are fast becoming popular alternatives to traditional office space, what with the much lower cost per square foot, flexible rental contracts and round the clock security.

Photography or Art Studio

A self storage facility is a great alternative for artists seeking something much less costly than traditional studio or gallery space. One of the best things about using a storage unit for this purpose is that they are completely distraction free. Any artist or photographer who has ever tried to set up a home studio knows that there are often just too many things getting in the way of their work to truly be successful.

Workshop

If you are someone who likes to do things themselves, you know that the process often entails quite a lot of mess. It feels great to complete a new project, but not so great when the collateral damage ends up making a mess, or a wreck of your home. Self storage facilities are great alternatives to a home workshop because the space is simple and designed to stand up to wear and tear.

Inventory Storage

Many businesses, especially small businesses run out of people’s homes, are turning to self storage as a way to avoid storing inventory at home. Not only do storage facilities allow you to store important pieces of your operations in a safe, secure place, but if you are operating out of a limited space, they can provide extra room that will allow you to keep more inventory in stock and grow your business confidently.

Private Sales Showroom

If you are in the business of buying and selling goods online and would like the option of a physical show room or traditional brick and mortar location where people can see what you are offering, up close and in person, a storage facility offers exactly that. If your buyer is in the same city as you and would like to see an item before making a purchase, or even purchase something on the spot, a private sales showroom in a self storage unit may be what you need.

With a little creativity and a willingness to experiment, you can turn a storage unit from simple storage space into a place to pursue your hobbies, store your inventory and grow your business. Keep the above creative self storage tips in mind and realize the full potential of a self storage unit.

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What Size Storage Unit Do You Need? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/what-size-storage-unit-do-you-need/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/what-size-storage-unit-do-you-need/#respond Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:41:52 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186011 A self storage unit can make life a whole lot easier, especially if space in your home or business is hard to come by. Seasonal items and decorations, summer cars, old furniture, and things from the kids’ rooms while they are away at university, are some of the things storage facilities can help you to
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A self storage unit can make life a whole lot easier, especially if space in your home or business is hard to come by. Seasonal items and decorations, summer cars, old furniture, and things from the kids’ rooms while they are away at university, are some of the things storage facilities can help you to get out of sight and out of mind. That being said, it’s important to know what type, and especially what size storage unit is going to work best for you. Below are some tips for choosing the right storage unit size.

Choosing The Right Sized Storage Unit

Estimate Your Needs

Before you put anything in a storage facility, it’s a good idea to make an inventory of everything that you plan on storing. Itemize your list based on how much square footage you think things are going to take up, and plan accordingly. Storage pricing varies, by facility and by size. You want to make sure you have enough space for what you know you are going to store, while leaving yourself enough space to manoeuvre things in and out of the unit comfortably.

Have a Long Term Plan

If you are planning on putting things in a storage unit for a short amount of time, you don’t need to think about extra space. But if you think your items may stay in the unit for an extended period of time, ventilation is important, and giving your items room to breathe will help protect them and keep everything in decent shape over the long term. This also means planning out the layout of your unit so that you have easy access to the things you are going to need in the short term.

Know the Options Before You Put Money Down

As mentioned, storage pricing is based on a number of variables, the most important of which is size. Contact local facilities and compare pricing on square footage. Certain square footage in one location might cost more than another, especially if they are more centrally located, or if the units come with other amenities like climate control or drive up access.

Your storage unit is an investment and like any investment, you want the best return possible. Don’t settle for the first storage facility you come across, make sure that you balance the convenience and cost factors, and put some time and consideration into planning what you will store and how you will organize your items. Keep the above tips in mind and choose the storage unit that makes sense for your needs.

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Advantages Of Drive Up Storage Units https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/advantages-of-drive-up-storage-units/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/advantages-of-drive-up-storage-units/#respond Mon, 06 Mar 2017 14:29:21 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186008 There are all kinds of personal storage options available on the market. The size of the space, climate control and allowances for certain kinds of materials all factor into the decision of what kind of storage to purchase. Convenience of access is another important determining factor that people often overlook. This includes the ability to
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There are all kinds of personal storage options available on the market. The size of the space, climate control and allowances for certain kinds of materials all factor into the decision of what kind of storage to purchase. Convenience of access is another important determining factor that people often overlook. This includes the ability to drive up directly to the unit for easy unloading and reloading. Below are some of the advantages of drive up storage units.

The Advantages Of Drive Up Storage Units

Parking Right at the Door

Much of the damage that is done to goods being put into self storage occurs, not while the goods are being stored, but while they are being moved from the vehicle to the unit. Drive up storage helps to mitigate this threat by allowing you to pull your vehicle right up to the entrance of the storage unit, making unloading and loading easier, less stressful and less likely to cause damage or injury.

Easier to Transfer Heavier Items

With drive up storage, you don’t have to worry about damaging your back or breaking a foot moving furniture or appliances from the car to the unit. Simply lift the item out, carry it the short distance into the unit and you are done. No worrying about a trip to the doctor after you’ve dropped a recliner on your toe.

Eliminate Moving Companies

Many people forget that they might need to hire a moving company to help them move heavy items in and out of storage. Movers are not cheap and you can’t be sure that they are going to take the time and precautions with expensive, heavy items that you would like them to. With a drive up unit you often don’t have to worry about hiring outside help because the ease of access makes it much easier to get the job done yourself, or with one extra set of hands.

A drive up storage unit can make a world of difference. When you need to be able to get in and out of your storage unit, quick and hassle free, a unit that lets you basically back your car, truck or van into it is ideal. If you are wondering what kind of storage unit might work best for you and aren’t quite sure where to start, consider the above benefits of a drive up storage unit.

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The Benefits Of Having A Storage Unit During A Divorce https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/benefits-storage-unit-divorce/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/benefits-storage-unit-divorce/#respond Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:30:26 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185925 Going through a divorce is a hard enough process without having to worry about what you are going to do with all of your stuff. People can split up and start the process of divorce, often without very much warning, meaning that rapid-fire decisions must be made about what you are going to store and
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Going through a divorce is a hard enough process without having to worry about what you are going to do with all of your stuff. People can split up and start the process of divorce, often without very much warning, meaning that rapid-fire decisions must be made about what you are going to store and where. If you or someone you know is currently dealing with the emotional stress of a divorce, the below benefits of having a storage unit during the divorce could help.

The Benefits Of Having A Storage Unit During A Divorce

Protect Your Stuff

One of the most uncomfortable parts of a divorce is figuring out who is going to get what. It’s painful to go through your entire inventory of things and decide what belongs to who. It’s convenient to have a self storage unit during a divorce so that you can store, and protect the things that are unambiguously yours, and then decide on how you are going to split up, or liquidate the rest.

Downsizing Is Easier. When two people who have been sharing a life for a long time part ways, one of things that usually happens is that each party goes and finds their own place. Typically this involves downsizing into a smaller house or apartment as you no longer need enough space for two. A self-storage unit can help you store all of the things that you aren’t able to fit into your new place while you figure out what to do with them.

Keep Documents Safe. Another one of the most convenient uses for a storage locker while you are going through a divorce is to keep all of your important documents safe. Often, the madness and the emotional stress of a divorce can cause things to get lost, go missing, or end up in the trash. Decide early that you are going to make sure this doesn’t happen to your important legal documents and put them in self-storage.

A divorce is already difficult enough as it is, why shouldn’t you do something that takes a bit of the emotional load off? If you are currently experiencing this emotional turmoil and are looking for a solution to make the transition as comfortable as it possible can be, why not consider the benefits of a self-storage unit and make sure that you and your ex are able to move on with your own lives as quickly, and as painlessly as possible.

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3 Tips For Choosing A Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/3-tips-choosing-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/3-tips-choosing-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:03:09 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185730 You’ve made your final decision and you’re ready to move home. But with so many belongings to pack you might be considering moving some of your precious items into a storage unit. This is not always a simple decision to make, but our experts have many years’ experience in this area. And so within this
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You’ve made your final decision and you’re ready to move home. But with so many belongings to pack you might be considering moving some of your precious items into a storage unit. This is not always a simple decision to make, but our experts have many years’ experience in this area. And so within this latest post, we present our three tips for choosing a storage unit.

Expert Tips For Choosing A Storage Space

  1. Initial Response

    Once you’ve made an enquiry to several local storage facilities, it’s important that you consider how they respond to your interest. The leading facilities will be able to respond within a quick timeframe with clear information on their working process. They will provide you with guidelines on their security system and on the prices for storing items within their facility. If the company is slow to respond or otherwise unhelpful in how they respond, you might be best to choose an alternative storage option.

  2. Security Features

    The storage facility should have in-place a comprehensive security system. They should be able to tell you exactly how they will protect your items while they’re within the facility. Any storage facility security system should include CCTV cameras, which are recording 24-hours a day to help catch any potential activity that could lead to the loss of property or damage of property. The company should also have implemented a rigid system for accessing the storage area, whether this involves pin codes or having access cards only the property owner can use.

  3. Price and Location

    Both the price you’re willing to pay and the location of the facility are also important factors in your decision. Before you begin communicating with various facilities in the area, consider your storage budget and then start to compare each facility by price. It’s also critical that the storage facility you choose is close to your home. This will mean you’re easily able to visit the facility to remove one of your stored items and you can also go to the facility on short notice if you have a question for their team.

By following the tips highlighted within this post, you can make sure your stored items remain in peak condition while in the facility. To learn more on how to choose the right storage unit for your belongings, speak with our experienced team now!

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5 Mistakes To Avoid When Moving Your Things To A Storage Facility https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/5-mistakes-avoid-moving-things-storage-facility/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/5-mistakes-avoid-moving-things-storage-facility/#respond Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:07:29 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185732 Storage facilities can help protect your most precious family heirlooms against damaging conditions. They can also offer a convenient storage option for older furniture and other items that don’t have an immediate use. But when transferring their belongings to storage facilities, many property owners make significant mistakes. In this latest post we’ll outline five mistakes
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Storage facilities can help protect your most precious family heirlooms against damaging conditions. They can also offer a convenient storage option for older furniture and other items that don’t have an immediate use. But when transferring their belongings to storage facilities, many property owners make significant mistakes. In this latest post we’ll outline five mistakes to avoid when moving your things to a storage facility.

Mistakes Made In Choosing Storage Facilities

  1. Choosing the Wrong Unit

    When trying to quickly move their things from the home to a storage facility, many people choose the wrong unit for their needs. For example, they don’t recognize that old family heirlooms and expensive furniture require a temperature-controlled environment to avoid damage. This can mean they come back to find their belongings ruined by moisture and other temperature-related elements.

  2. Not Checking Boxes

    When moving boxes from the home to a storage facility, it’s critical to check the boxes carefully. You may find that they’ve become infested with insects, which might damage the items within the box. For example, many people find that their stored clothing boxes attract moths, which then eat through cotton and other materials and cause irreparable damage.

  3. Placing Items They Need at the Back

    It’s important to come up with a storage plan when moving your property into a facility. You might find that it’s easier to store heavier items at the front, but this can make it difficult later on when you don’t have assistance and you need to move another box into the area. Consider placing items that you may need within a quick timeframe at the front of the area. This will ensure you can easily pick up those extra diapers or that bike when you need to.

  4. Not Labeling

    Labeling is one of the fundamentals of the home moving process. But many homeowners neglect to label their stored items carefully. This can lead to confusion later when they come to retrieve their belongings. Simply labeling all stored boxes can help limit headaches later on.

  5. Not Covering Furniture

    While you might not have any use for that old chair or couch now, you might find a function for it later. Try to keep in the best condition possible by covering it with a moisture-proof material while in storage. This can help you achieve a full return for your investment in the storage facility.

Our team of storage experts is available now to answer your questions and help you efficiently move your belongings into storage! To learn more, call us today!

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Can I Store Electronics In A Storage Unit? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/can-store-electronics-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/can-store-electronics-storage-unit/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:50:17 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185628 The one thing that dominates most people’s lives in the 21st century is their electronics. Phones, tablets, computers, laptops, televisions, video game consoles, the list goes on. While they certainly are capable of making our lives more fun and entertaining, the constant release of new models and new technology means we are always upgrading and
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The one thing that dominates most people’s lives in the 21st century is their electronics. Phones, tablets, computers, laptops, televisions, video game consoles, the list goes on. While they certainly are capable of making our lives more fun and entertaining, the constant release of new models and new technology means we are always upgrading and discarding. Many of the electronics we end up replacing are still valuable and can still be put to good use, we just don’t have anywhere to put them. If you are already familiar with the benefits of self storage and are wondering if you can place electronics in a self-storage units as well, the answer is: yes. Below are some things to keep in mind, however, when placing electronics in a self-storage unit.

Safely Storing Electronics In Self Storage

Consult the owner’s manual. If you still have the documentation that came with your TV, stereo, or television consult it; it likely contains important information regarding safe and proper storage, including temperature constraints, and packing requirements to ensure that it doesn’t break.

If possible, use the box it came in. The box that your electronics came in, and the packing material used to keep it secure and undamaged, is the best storing method. The packaging and packing materials were designed to protect the item during shipping, probably over vast distances, and will hold up well under most storage conditions.

Detach wires and other accessories. This will not only help you save on space, but it will protect the other important electronic components that are part and parcel of the device, whether it’s a television, an Xbox, or a home sound system.

Keep your screens protected. If you no longer have the original boxes that the electronics came in, make sure to wrap screens with anti-static foam to keep the screens in good working order while they are being stored. Add some additional filler into the box for added protection, including bubble wrap. Seal the box and tape it shut.

Look for a climate controlled environment. Electronics and water do not mix. If you live in a climate which experiences extreme humidity throughout the year and are planning on keeping your electronics in storage for extended periods of time, make sure you look for a facility which has climate-controlled units which make sure that the ambient temperature is optimal for storing electronics.

The bottom line is: yes, you can store electronics in a self storage unit. However, they require special care and treatment to keep them in full working order. If you have spare electronics around your home that you would like to keep, but which you either don’t have the room for, or you have bought the upgraded version of, consider keeping them in a self-storage space until you find another use for them.

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5 Questions Everyone Has About Storage Units https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/5-questions-everyone-has-about-storage-units/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/5-questions-everyone-has-about-storage-units/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:26:02 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185609 If you are at your wits’ end with trying to find the last remaining viable storage space in your house and don’t know how to go about uncovering it, it may be time to look to outside help. A self-storage unit at your local storage facility may be your best option. They are convenient, secure
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If you are at your wits’ end with trying to find the last remaining viable storage space in your house and don’t know how to go about uncovering it, it may be time to look to outside help. A self-storage unit at your local storage facility may be your best option. They are convenient, secure and can provide you with valuable storage space, freeing up your home to house the things that are actually important to your day-to-day life. If you are considering renting a self-storage unit, but have your reservations, below are five answers to common questions that everyone has about storage units.

Important Storage Unit Questions

Can I move in myself? There are many options available for offsite, DIY storage facilities where people move in and out themselves without the assistance of the facility. This means that you will be in charge of everything that you bring in and move out and will be responsible for any damage incurred to either your belongings or the storage facility itself.

Can I store appliances? You can store anything you like, as long as it is stored safely and properly and does not present a threat to your rental unit, or those surrounding it. Many appliances are not only heavy, but require proper disconnection before they can be safely stored. This includes gas appliances, which need to be properly turned off and sealed to prevent gas leaks, and things like washing machines, which need to be emptied of water before being placed in storage to avoid water damage to your own property and the property in adjacent units.

Can I place fine art and valuables in the unit? If you have fine art and other valuables, such as family heirlooms, that you would like to place in storage, they may need to be stored in a facility that is temperature controlled. This way you can prevent water and other elemental damage eroding their value, or destroying them altogether.

Will I have 24 hour access to my belongings? Many storage facilities provide their clients with 24 hour access to their belongings so that they can come and retrieve them at a moment’s notice. Others, do not. If what you are storing needs to be available to you around the clock, make sure your storage facility’s policy includes 24-hour access.

How secure will my property be? That question all depends on the security measures your facility has in place. If you are storing things that are valuable and require extra protection, you should make sure that the storage facility you are choosing has surveillance equipment installed and appropriate measures in place to monitor who is coming and going.

Self-storage is a godsend for many people. It frees up valuable space in their home for important everyday items and provides them with peace of mind that their property is secure and out of the elements. If you are curious about self-storage and are considering whether or not it is the right option for you, the above questions and answers may help put your mind at ease.

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Can I Store A Mattress In A Storage Unit? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/can-store-mattress-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/can-store-mattress-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:23:26 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185604 Storage units are a great way to outsource your storage needs when you either don’t have the space at home, need something for a specific purpose, or a specific time of year, or are relocating to a temporary location and don’t want to bring your entire life with you. One question that people frequently ask
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Storage units are a great way to outsource your storage needs when you either don’t have the space at home, need something for a specific purpose, or a specific time of year, or are relocating to a temporary location and don’t want to bring your entire life with you. One question that people frequently ask is whether or not they are able to store a mattress in a storage unit. The short answer is: yes, but there are some considerations to keep in mind to make sure that you are storing your mattress properly and not doing damage to this expensive piece of furniture.

How To Store A Mattress

Protect against the elements. Protecting a mattress from the elements, namely humidity, is key. If you are storing a mattress in a climate where you know humidity is a factor, make sure that the mattress is properly sealed with plastic wrap and eliminate the chances of it becoming damaged, or unusable because of mould and mildew.

Don’t store anything on top of your mattress. This means that if you are planning on storing your mattress, you can only store it if it is going to have ample space to itself. If your mattress is going at the bottom of the pile of whatever it is you are storing, it will damage the structural integrity of your mattress.

Long term storage. If you are planning on storing your mattress long-term, you will need to make special preparations for it. Keeping a mattress in a storage unit, long-term, in an upright position or on its side can cause damage to the springs and coils, which could mean back pain for you when you go to try and sleep on it again. It should be stored flat against the ground in addition to having it properly packed and sealed while you are not using it.

The bottom line is, you can keep a mattress in a storage unit, but there are some precautions that you will have to take to ensure that it is still usable when it comes out. Humidity is the number one culprit when it comes to mattress damage while in storage. The next main factor is structural damage. Keeping your mattress stored in the incorrect position, or with heavy items on top of it can ruin a mattress quickly, especially one that is especially designed for your body.

If you are considering placing a mattress in storage, keep the above considerations in mind and ensure that your mattress survives the storage and emerges just as it was when it went in, ready for you and your family to use for years to come.

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