14 Sep 2015

Get the Maximum Storage Space Out of Your Home

Maximizing your home’s storage capacity means maximizing your home’s spaciousness. The less clutter there is, the more spacious your home will look and feel. You don’t want to just shove everything in the closet! Here are some innovative ideas for maximizing your home’s storage potential. Multi-Tasking Items Items that look like unassuming pieces of furniture, but have hidden storage capacity are a great way of making your home appear more spacious. Storage ottomans double as a footrest, and as storage for DVDs, CDs, or whatever else you like. Many coffee tables also have shelves or storage underneath. De-cluttering the living room is a great way to impress guests. For your home’s entryway, consider a bench that opens up to storage inside. A bench is a great touch, and functional too, as people may want to sit down when taking their shoes on and off. A storage bench would be a great place to store winter clothing like hats and gloves,…

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11 Sep 2015

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

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7 Sep 2015

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

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4 Sep 2015

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

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1 Sep 2015

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

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31 Aug 2015

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

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28 Aug 2015

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

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24 Aug 2015

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

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21 Aug 2015

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

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17 Aug 2015

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

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14 Aug 2015

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

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10 Aug 2015

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

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7 Aug 2015

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

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3 Aug 2015

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

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31 Jul 2015

What makes this checklist ultimate? Well, other than having everything you need to do, it’s arranged in the order you need to do it! Start ticking items off right away, and you will have a smooth and fun move. First purge: This is just to start. If any furniture or other large items won’t need to make the move, then junk it. While you’re at it, take a good look through your belongings, and get rid of anything you don’t need. Purge your closet of old clothes, go through old papers, and have a good look at any piles of junk. Start Eating Freezer Bags: Frozen food is hard to move, especially over long distances. Enjoy it now and avoid…

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27 Jul 2015

Homes are not designed to meet office wattage needs The electrical supply in office buildings is much better than that in homes, especially in older homes. Office equipment’s power draw can quickly add up. For example, a laser printer will draw about 400 watts while in use, in addition to any power used by your computer, phone, modem, shredder, etc. When setting up your home office, add up the wattage of all office equipment. If the wattage exceeds your voltage, consider ways to decrease your power draw. Place occasionally-used appliances like the scanner and printer on a separate power bar, and only run them one at a time. Keep extra fuses on hand. If you have a chance of losing…

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24 Jul 2015

Pillows and blankets require special storage techniques. Natural fibers attract insects and suck up dirt, while synthetic ones are mold and mildew’s favorite environment. The closed dark insides of comforters and pillows is a breeding ground for bacteria. You know how a linen closet develops a smell after a little while? That’s a tiny amount of mildew that builds up in water droplets left over from the washing machine. That mildew is unavoidable, but can be washed out. Without additional water getting into your fabrics, the mildew will eventually die out. Your job is to protect the blankets from any more moisture, as well as from insects and other pests. The Best Option The best option to use is a…

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21 Jul 2015

Common knowledge has it that anyone can focus on anything if it only takes five minutes. In that spirit, here are our best tips for decluttering in five minutes or less: Just grab the things closest to you and find places for them. Whether it’s one item or ten, the important part isn’t getting it out of the way. The important part is deciding where it lives, permanently. Then, whenever you use it, you know where to put it back. Get your kids to put things where they belong. Getting on your kids’ case can be a strain, but the more you do it, the more they will begin to put things away by themselves. Especially if you offer them…

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17 Jul 2015

Decluttering is a hefty job that should be handled one step at a time. Do you want a simpler and more peaceful life, free of clutter? Check out our guide: Set Aside a Half Hour Every Day Anything is doable in small steps. Set aside a half hour in your schedule every day. Don’t go over time. If you’re decluttering starts to interfere with your regular life, you are more likely to give up halfway through. Make Space Make space in a corner somewhere in your home that’s discrete, in order to store everything until you find the right place for them. Label Bins Set up a bin for each of the following categories Storing Dnating Recycling Trashing First Sort…

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