2 Nov 2015

3 Tips For Storing Collectibles

The only way to ensure your collectibles will retain their value is by keeping them in a safe place. Many homeowners mistakenly think putting items in a dresser drawer or on a closet shelf are sufficient for storage purpose, but this is not a risk you want to take. Of course, the rules for collectible preservation differ depending on the specific thing you are dealing with (e.g. baseball cards, coins, etc.), but there are some tips that apply across the board. For instance, no matter how safe you think household belongings are, never assume that someone might have their sights set on taking them. It is not uncommon for some collections, especially those which are complete and in mint condition, to be worth tens of thousands (if not more). While this might not be the case for you, it is important to keep in mind. At any rate, the priceless sentimental value alone makes a safe and worthwhile investment. Here…

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30 Oct 2015

It is a good idea to visit your storage locker at least once a month, just to make sure nothing has shifted or accumulated mildew. While there, why not take some steps to keep things clean? Here’s a checklist to keep your unit looking (and smelling) great. Consider Purging Unused, and Aging, Items Many items do just fine in long-term storage, but some can degrade. Vintage clothing, especially if not stored in vacuum bags, can lose its value by accumulating mildew. Stuffed toys can eventually become un-donate-able due to the risk of infestations. If you notice a fabric item that you have not taken out in over a year, consider selling or donating it while it’s still useful. This will…

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26 Oct 2015

Storage units tend to be even more useful than you think! By following these tips, you can make your unit hold even more stuff, and also make it much easier to use. Plan Ahead Before you begin putting things in your locker, create a diagram showing how you will fit everything in. Consider what can be a good base on which to stack boxes, which boxes you will access the most, and how to keep all parts of the locker as accessible as possible. If it helps, try creating a scale diagram to use when you start storing. Use Vertical Space There are nine meters of height in a storage locker in which you can store things. Most people only…

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23 Oct 2015

Do you need to move some things into or out of storage? Here’s what to look for when hiring movers to come to your storage locker. Free Estimates Ideally, you should consider at least three estimates before choosing a moving company. Since there are so many ways of pricing moves, only a particular estimate for your exact situation can really tell you how much it will cost. There is no reason to pay extra for an estimate; if they want to charge you, just try a different company. Remember that estimates, even nonbinding ones, give you legal options as a consumer. You can sue in small claims court for compensation if the actual cost of a move is more than…

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19 Oct 2015

To make a budget for storage, you need to plan which things will go into storage, and for how long. Follow these steps to make a lean storage that will cost as little as possible. Inventory Everything Make a list of everything you might want to store. Organize it, roughly, by priority. Make the Hard Choices On your spreadsheet, find the cut-off points for different sizes of storage lockers. At what point do you think you will need to upsize? Which priority items would fit into the smaller size? If it helps, consider diagramming how you will store everything. Remember to leave an aisle or two to make it possible to access items stored at the back. After you have…

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16 Oct 2015

Storing a bicycle during the winter season makes a lot of sense, especially if the only other option is outdoor storage exposed to the elements. Storage lockers tend to be more climatically stable than garages, yards, or indoor rooms, keeping bikes in better shape over time. Still, there are some things to consider before putting a bike into storage to make sure that it lasts the winter without damage. Moisture Wrecks Steel Moisture will slowly eat all steel components of your bicycle. If your bike has a steel frame or wheels, these will get eaten too. You can fight moisture in a number of ways: Choosing climate-controlled storage, which also controls humidity. Placing your bike up on blocks or on…

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12 Oct 2015

An old joke says that used bookstores are just what happens when a collection gets too big for a house. Well, now there’s a good happy medium option between large collection and bookstore-ownership: storage lockers. Climate Control Books love a very specific climate. According to document conservation experts, the best environment for a book is between 30% and 40% humidity, with a stable temperature no higher than 20 degrees Celsius. Those parameters do not fit an attic or a basement, even finished or air conditioned ones. It is unlikely that even rooms on your main floor can keep the kind of climate that maintains old books. This is especially important if you have older books. Older books are often made…

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9 Oct 2015

Self-storage will save you a lot of money in the long run, and we can prove it. Try putting any of these ideas to the test in your budget spreadsheet- you’ll see how much they can help. Save Money on Office Space Savings on office space are the most significant benefits of self-storage. Storage space is much cheaper than office space. Depending on where you rent, a storage locker will cost you somewhere around $2/sq. ft per month, while office space, even cheap office space, will run you at least $8/sq. ft. As a result, every sq. ft of junk that you move out of your office and into storage will save you over $90 a year. Improve Office Aesthetics…

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5 Oct 2015

When children temporarily move out, it creates a difficult situation in your home. You’ve probably had dreams for years about what you could do with a little more space, and now you can make them happen- but for only 8 months. Then, your child is probably coming home. These days, it’s unlikely that a young person will be able to afford living away from home during summer, and might even need to spend a few years under your roof after graduating. You can make use of their room, but you’ll need to be able to easily put it back the way it was. Here are some ideas: Home Office The good thing about a home office is that you won’t…

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2 Oct 2015

Minimalism is the most important modern trend in home design, driven by articles on the beautiful minimalist homes of celebrities like Bryan Cranston. Some people simply want a simpler, cleaner, more “wealthy” look to their homes, while others are intrigued by the increased resale value provided by neutral tones and open floorplans. No matter your reasons, the following tips will help you succeed at a minimalist redesign. Reduce Minimalism simply cannot work with the amount of stuff in most homes. The first step of any move to minimalism is to go through all your things and categorize them into keep, store, recycle, and trash piles. Any items that you only use in certain seasons, or only a few times a…

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29 Sep 2015

Here at Jiffy Self-Storage, we’re proud to offer climate controlled storage solutions. Humidity and temperature shifts can be damaging to materials like metal, paper, laminate furniture finishes and electronic devices. Humidity control also keeps mould and mildew at bay, keeping your possessions safe from damage. Our goal is to have your items just as they were the day you brought them in. While not all items are as susceptible to climate or humidity damage, it’s important to know which ones are more than others, and for which items climate controlled storage is a necessity. Furniture Certain materials are very sensitive to changes in temperature. Wood is highly susceptible to humidity, and moisture can cause wood to crack, warp, or even…

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23 Sep 2015

Maybe you’re leaving to travel for a year. Maybe you’re downsizing apartments. Maybe you just have too much clutter and don’t want to give any of it up just yet. Whatever the reason, having the option for self-storage is always helpful. What types of items are found most often in self-storage units? Here are the top four, along with tips on how to store them! Electronics Though you may not be using them right now, electronics are often valuable and worth holding onto for the future. Electronics can be difficult to store, as they are very sensitive to moisture and water damage, and to climate. Electronics should always be stored in a dry, climate-controlled environment. Cords and other miscellaneous pieces…

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21 Sep 2015

Retiring is a big step in life, and the next period can sometimes be difficult to adjust to. Many seniors find self-storage helpful after retirement for several reasons. De-Clutter Many seniors find themselves with a lifetime of things, and after retirement they finally have the time to take stock and de-clutter. It’s not as easy as just disposing of unwanted or unneeded items. Certain things such as toys and clothing from when their children and grandchildren were young, carry sentimental value, or can function as hand me downs later down the road. Sentimental and family value is important to consider. Photo albums, books, framed pictures, journals, and documents, will all have important meaning to future generations, and should not be…

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18 Sep 2015

Compared to other household items like furniture, electronics can be trickier to store. Electronics, such as computers, televisions, stereo equipment, CD players, handheld devices, and more, can be sensitive to water damage or temperature. Here are some things to take into consideration when storing electronics: Organize Cords and Wires You don’t want cords or wires to become damaged during storage, and opening a box of tangled wires can be frustrating. Make sure all detachable cords and other attachments are removed from the item. If you are dealing with lots of cords, you’ll thank yourself later for clearly labeling, organizing, and storing them! Remove Batteries Batteries can leak acid and damage an object. Remove all batteries prior to storage and either…

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14 Sep 2015

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…

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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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