Jiffy Self-Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:00:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Using A Storage Unit To Run Your E-Commerce Business https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/business-storage-2/using-storage-unit-run-e-commerce-business/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/business-storage-2/using-storage-unit-run-e-commerce-business/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:00:33 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186493 More and more, business owners are turning to self storage facilities to help with the logistics of running a business. They are especially useful for e-commerce businesses, where the need for physical space is limited, but having a dedicated storage space is certainly useful. If you are an e-commerce business person and would like to
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More and more, business owners are turning to self storage facilities to help with the logistics of running a business. They are especially useful for e-commerce businesses, where the need for physical space is limited, but having a dedicated storage space is certainly useful. If you are an e-commerce business person and would like to know how you can use storage facilities to help run your business, below are some things to keep in mind.

Speak To Your Storage Facility Manager

Before using a self storage space in any unconventional way, always speak to the staff at the facility before going ahead with anything. There may be some rules and regulations to keep in mind that you aren’t aware of, as well as some restrictions on the types of things that you can keep in the unit that you are going to want to be cognizant of so as not to inconvenience yourself or the facility in the future.

Insurance

If you are currently stocking a lot of your merchandise inventory at your home, you may be running the risk of over-stretching your contents insurance, or, more importantly, not being covered for running a business from your home. If you store your inventory in a self-storage unit, it is actually easier to get a cheaper deal on insurance. The added security of many facilities also means that premiums tend to drop , which is always nice.

Packing Materials On Site

If you are shipping items across the country, or even around the world, storage facilities offer a convenient way to never have to go out looking for packing materials ever again. Most storage facilities offer on-site packing supplies so streamlining your packing and shipping process is dead easy. It also means you don’t have to stock packing and shipping materials yourself, which makes for a leaner operation.

Free Up Space In Your Home For The Day To Day Operations

If you are running your e-commerce business from your home, storage facilities and self storage units allow you to free up what space you have to spare around your home for business related activities. Instead of cramming documents and inventory into the same space where you take care of operations, you can have a dedicated, clutter-free area in your home that is used solely for running and growing your business. A clutter-free space is a more productive space.

Running your e-business out of a self storage unit, or simply having it as part of your operations, is a great idea for a multitude of different reasons. If you are an e-commerce business person and are looking for ways to make your operations more efficient, keep the above benefits of running part, or all of your e-commerce operations out of your local storage facility.

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

Storage Pricing

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

Organization

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

Take Measurements

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

Go In On A Unit With Someone

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

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

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4 Tips On Storing Classified Business Documents https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/business-storage-2/4-tips-storing-classified-business-documents/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/business-storage-2/4-tips-storing-classified-business-documents/#respond Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:00:59 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186476 No matter what you are putting in a self storage unit, one of the most important considerations is whether or not you are protecting what you are storing. This consideration implies both security and environmental considerations. If you are a business owner and are putting classified business documents into storage, there are special measures to
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No matter what you are putting in a self storage unit, one of the most important considerations is whether or not you are protecting what you are storing. This consideration implies both security and environmental considerations. If you are a business owner and are putting classified business documents into storage, there are special measures to be taken both your your and for your clients’ sake. Below are 4 tips on storing classified business documents you are going to want to keep in mind.

Climate Control

One of the first considerations is the weather. If you live in a part of the country that receives a high amount of humidity and inclement weather, then protecting anything made out of paper from water damage is going to be a top priority. Climate controlled storage is a must for document storage, especially if you plan on storing anything paper over long periods of time.

Fireproof

If you are storing vital business information, regardless of whether it is your own or on behalf of your clients, you want to protect it from natural disaster. Fireproof filing cabinets are a good investment for business owners storing their documentation off-site in self storage units. These can provide vital protection in the event that something catches fire (either in your unit or an adjacent one) and will give your customers peace of mind that they information is well looked after.

Locks

Document storage (and really storing anything that is sensitive or of high value) means you are going to need to invest a bit extra in your security measures. This means opting for a lock that will stand up to bolt-cutters. Cheap locks are easily dispatched by a strong pair of bolt cutters which is why you should be looking for a lock especially designed to withstand this kind of force.

Security features

Document storage also means selecting a storage facility that doesn’t skimp on security. You want to shop around and make sure the storage facility you are doing business with takes site security seriously and has camera systems, as well as vigilant staff that make sure your belongings are looked after and secure.

Many business owners have had great success moving their document storage off-site to a self storage facility. But not having your business documentation in your possession entails some security measures and precautions to keep your and your clients’ information secure. Keep the above classified document storage tips in mind and ensure you are always protected.

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How To Sort Through A Deceased Loved-One’s Belongings https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/sort-deceased-loved-ones-belongings/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/sort-deceased-loved-ones-belongings/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:00:44 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186472 It can be both painful and joyous sorting through a deceased loved-one’s belongings. Years of memories , family heirlooms, photos, decorations etc. Can be tough to deal with, but can also be incredibly heartwarming. If you are given the difficult task of sorting through a deceased loved one’s belongings and want to make the process
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It can be both painful and joyous sorting through a deceased loved-one’s belongings. Years of memories , family heirlooms, photos, decorations etc. Can be tough to deal with, but can also be incredibly heartwarming. If you are given the difficult task of sorting through a deceased loved one’s belongings and want to make the process as pleasant and stress-free as possible, below are some tips to help make your life easier.

Storage Facilities

Many people find sorting through these sorts of belongings inherently unpleasant because there is always a looking fear that you are going to get rid of something that should have been kept and spend the rest of your life regretting it. This is where storage facilities come in handy. You might not be in the frame of mind to make the most objective decisions about what stays and what goes, especially if it is soon after the person has passed, so a self storage unit is a great way to allow you to take some time and make the right decision.

Drive Up Storage

If some of the belongings include furniture and heavier items and you have opted to place it in storage while you decide what to do with it, drive up storage is a great feature that allows you to pull your vehicle right up to the doors of your unit. This makes unloading and eventually re-loading furniture and bulky items so much easier.

Make An Inventory

Whether you think what you are sorting through is junk or valuable, it is always a good idea to make an inventory of exactly what you have. You might find yourself sorting through things that you aren’t sure about (whether you are going to keep it, what it’s monetary/sentimental value is). If you have a document you can access in the future telling you precisely what you have you can do better research into what those things are and sit down when you are collected and ready to make hard decisions and really go through things in an itemized fashion.

Ask For Help

If you find it emotionally too heavy to go through your deceased loved-one’s belongings alone, ask a trusted friend or family member for help. Having someone there for emotional support can make the task of sorting much easier and less distressing.

Sorting through a loved-one’s belongings can be tough, but with the right approach, preserving their memories and legacy takes no time or effort at all. Keep the above organizational and sorting tips in mind and make an emotional process as practical as possible.

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

Climate Control

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

Avoid Plastic

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

Use Sachets

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

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

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Holiday Cleaning: Tips To Eliminate Clutter In Your Home This Season https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/decluttering/holiday-cleaning-tips-eliminate-clutter-home-season-jiffy-self-storage-blog/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/decluttering/holiday-cleaning-tips-eliminate-clutter-home-season-jiffy-self-storage-blog/#respond Tue, 26 Dec 2017 15:30:24 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186393 Most people do a big clean up during the holiday season in preparation for hosting friends and family. The holidays can make spaces feel tight and your home feel cluttered because of all the extra stuff everywhere—bulky clothes, decorations, gifts, food, people, etc. If you want to avoid feeling like the walls are closing in
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Most people do a big clean up during the holiday season in preparation for hosting friends and family. The holidays can make spaces feel tight and your home feel cluttered because of all the extra stuff everywhere—bulky clothes, decorations, gifts, food, people, etc. If you want to avoid feeling like the walls are closing in around you this holiday season, below are some tips to help you eliminate clutter.

A Self Storage Unit

It can quickly become overwhelming if you try to keep all of your winter gear and all of your summer gear together in your home. Seasonal clothing should make its appearance seasonally, and be safely tucked out of sight and out of mind for the rest of the year. If your hallway closet is filled with summer stuff at the moment, look into a self storage unit where you can keep it during the winter, so that you will have room for all the winter stuff.

Do a Once-Over of Your Home

There are clearly things in and around your home that are specifically for the warmer months. Because you are probably not going to be using them much, if at all, over the winter, they only create clutter. That margarita mixer on the counter in the kitchen, for instance, is a prime candidate for a self storage unit.

On the Patio

Putting up decorations outside, especially if you have young children, can be immensely rewarding. But if you already have a set of patio furniture out there, the big decorations, plus the lights, plus the furniture, can quickly add up to a cluttered mess. Think about storing the patio furniture in a self storage unit over the winter, so your winter wonderland doesn’t look like an overcrowded yard sale.

Straighten up

Decluttering often means simply straightening things up around the home. Putting books and magazines in their rightful places, making sure there are no cushions on the floors, cleaning throw rugs, etc. These little tasks may seem insignificant, but they really make a difference in the way your home looks and feels.

Getting your home ready for the holidays is definitely a task, but with things like self storage units and simple organizing tips, you can get your home decluttered, warm, and cozy for your friends and family.

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4 Ideas For The Spare Room In Your Home https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/ideas-spare-room-home-jiffy-self-storage-blog/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/ideas-spare-room-home-jiffy-self-storage-blog/#respond Fri, 22 Dec 2017 15:20:49 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186381 Whether you have a child that just left for college, or no longer have any use for a room that was previously being used as office space or a personal studio, an idle spare room can drive you crazy. If you find yourself with a spare room in your home, and you don’t know what
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Whether you have a child that just left for college, or no longer have any use for a room that was previously being used as office space or a personal studio, an idle spare room can drive you crazy. If you find yourself with a spare room in your home, and you don’t know what to do with it, below are four tips for using an under-utilized space.

Self Storage

If you have been agonizing over what to do with a spare room for a while now and are at your wit’s end, consider putting the contents of the room into a self-storage unit until you can figure out what to do with it. Make sure the facility you use offers climate controlled storage (especially for things like mattresses and furniture with delicate fabrics and upholstery). Climate controlled storage is especially important if you live in a region of the country that experiences a high amount of humidity, which quickly ruins a great many things, including fabric, organic material, and electronics.

Home Office

If you have a kid that just went off to college, or finally moved out on their own, and you are wondering what to do with their old bedroom, a home office might be useful. It doesn’t have to necessarily be an office dedicated to your business (not everyone has their own business), but simply an area of your home that you dedicate to administrative tasks, computer use, and document storage.

Home Studio

A spare room can be an invitation to inject some creativity into your life. If you are a creative person, and you have always wanted a room where you can paint, craft, sculpt, and explore your artistic side, then a spare room could be the perfect home studio. Having a creative space in your own home is something many people find very inspiring.

More Storage

A spare room in your home might simply become your secondary storage area after a while, especially if you really don’t know what else the space could possibly be used for. If your home is already overflowing with stuff and there is nowhere else to store anything, spare rooms often become de facto storage spaces. This can be a recipe for clutter, however, so consider outsourcing that storage to a self storage facility with climate control.

A spare room is often an invitation to get creative and add a dimension to your home it didn’t have before. If you are at a loss for what to do with a spare room in your home, keep the above suggestions in mind. Take your time, and store what you need to store while you decide what to do, so you can turn that extra room into another useful space in the home.

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

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

Drive Up Storage

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

Clean Your Gear

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

Label Boxes

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

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

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4 Tips To Safely Take Holiday Decorations Out Of Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/decoration-storage/tips-safely-take-holiday-decorations-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/decoration-storage/tips-safely-take-holiday-decorations-storage/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:50:05 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186387 While the holidays are certainly a fun time of year, they do come with a list of chores. Depending on how you see it, decorating for the holidays is probably a mix of both pain and pleasure. It’s fun having everything up and seeing the reactions of friends and family to your festiveness, but taking
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While the holidays are certainly a fun time of year, they do come with a list of chores. Depending on how you see it, decorating for the holidays is probably a mix of both pain and pleasure. It’s fun having everything up and seeing the reactions of friends and family to your festiveness, but taking everything out and putting everything away again for another year can be tiresome. Not only that, but every time you take something out of storage, you run the risk of damaging it and having to replace it. Below are four tips for safely taking holiday decorations out of storage this holiday season.

Drive Up Storage

If you are shopping around for a storage facility for your holiday decorations, you might want to consider a company that offers its clients drive up storage options. This means you can pull your vehicle all the way up to the unit and avoid having to carry boxes all the way to the parking lot. The less distance you have to travel with something, the less chance there is for an accident and breakage.

Get Help

While you might think getting the decorations out is a one person job, it pays to have an extra set of hands, eyes, and ears when moving valuable and delicate Christmas decorations. Ask a friend or family member if they can spare a couple of hours helping you get your things out of storage. This is especially important if you have any big, bulky items, or if you have items stored on high shelves or in an attic, requiring the use of a ladder.

Get a Dolly

Many storage facilities will offer you the use of a dolly if you don’t have your own. Dollies are those wheeled moving devices that use leverage to allow you to move large objects that you wouldn’t typically be able to carry on your own. Dollies come in all sizes, and if you are looking to get one for yourself, they can be purchased at most home and garden stores.

Heavy Items in the Car First

When loading things into your vehicle, always but the big, bulky, dense items near the front, and the fragile ones near the back. When you brake during the ride home, momentum is going to force everything to the front. If you have your big, heavy items at the back, and your smaller fragile items at the front, those big heavy items are going to be crushing the smaller, breakable decorations.

It’s understandable that people want to get their decorations out of storage, into their vehicle, and up in their home as fast as possible, but there are some precautions to take to ensure you do not damage or ruin your treasured holiday decorations. Keep the above removal tips in mind this holiday season and make sure you don’t lose one single decoration.

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4 Ideas For Putting Your Summer Equipment Into Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/4-ideas-putting-summer-equipment-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/4-ideas-putting-summer-equipment-storage/#respond Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:30:59 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186380 It is that time of year again for many people. We are getting into late fall, snow is already starting to fall in some regions of the country, and it’s time to start thinking about relocating that summer equipment to make way for the winter gear. Summer equipment, whether it’s gardening tools or machinery, should
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It is that time of year again for many people. We are getting into late fall, snow is already starting to fall in some regions of the country, and it’s time to start thinking about relocating that summer equipment to make way for the winter gear.

Summer equipment, whether it’s gardening tools or machinery, should be stored with care in short term storage so that it is ready to go and in good condition when it comes time to take it out the following spring or summer. If you are getting ready to store your summer equipment away for the winter, below are four ideas to help you get it done efficiently and effectively.

Fill the Tanks

If you are putting away anything that runs on gasoline (such as lawnmowers and other landscaping tools), you are going to want to make sure you put everything away with gas in the tank. Leaving an empty tank in something like a lawnmower, especially if it is a ride-on mower, allows water to build up in the tank over the winter, which can damage the tank, and can ultimately end up damaging the engine.

Take Batteries Out

Additionally, if you are putting anything into short term storage that runs on a battery (like the aforementioned lawnmower), again, just like a car, you are going to want to remove the battery before putting it away into storage. This preserves the battery’s charge and prevents it from losing efficiency over the long, cold winter months.

Vertical Storage

It’s never a good idea to leave summer equipment lying on the ground throughout the summer, but it’s an even worse idea to do it over the winter months. If your storage unit doesn’t already come equipped with vertical storage options (such as wall-mounted shelves), you might want to invest in a hanging rack so you can safely store important, usually expensive pieces of machinery and equipment off the ground, and out of the way of any water or anything else that might seep in.

Clean

It is a good idea to clean anything that you are putting into short term storage (furniture, clothing, etc.) before it goes in, because extended periods of non-use can end up making dirt and grime very tough to remove when you take things out months later. This is how stains become permanent, paint cracks and chips, and things just start to wear down.

Putting your summer machinery and equipment into a self storage unit is a great option because it frees up space for the seasonal winter stuff you are going to need, and provides you with peace of mind, because your important summer equipment is in a safe, secure place.

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

Get a Fireproof Safe

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

The Strategy of Your Location

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

In a Freezer

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

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

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How To Protect Your Belongings During A Storm https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/self-storage/protect-belongings-storm/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/self-storage/protect-belongings-storm/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:00:45 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186369 We all see the news of the aftermath of a big storm or unfortunate weather event and know what nature is capable of. Images of homes with roofs blown off, people’s belongings scattered all over the front lawn, water in every single room of the house. While these might be worst case scenarios, they can
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We all see the news of the aftermath of a big storm or unfortunate weather event and know what nature is capable of. Images of homes with roofs blown off, people’s belongings scattered all over the front lawn, water in every single room of the house. While these might be worst case scenarios, they can and do happen. If you live in an area of the country that is especially storm prone, and you are worried about what to do with your belongings to keep them safe, below are some tips to help put your mind at ease.

Tough Decisions

If you know you live in a hurricane prone area, or worse yet, if there are reports and warnings on the news about an imminent hurricane in your region, you might have to start making some tough decisions about what to do with your belongings. Many people have self storage units at the ready for just such an occasion, and you are going to need to decide what to store and what to leave in the house.

Many people choose to transfer things with a lot of monetary and sentimental value (such as jewellery and family heirlooms), or pieces of furniture that are irreplaceable and have been in the family for generations.

Choose Your Self Storage Facility Wisely

Many storage facilities in hurricane prone areas offer self storage units that are specially designed to be able to withstand big storms, however, not all do. Look for a facility with covered loading docks, hurricane-proof windows, and back-up generators that will ensure your climate controlled self storage unit doesn’t all of a sudden become a hot, sticky swamp.

Off the Ground

Even if you are storing things in a self storage facility which has the necessary contingency measures and precautions in place to protect your belongings during a big storm, you should always hedge your bets and make sure everything valuable is off the ground. If you have crates, or vertical shelving units, those can help minimize the chances of water damage to things like electronics, clothing, photographs, books, etc.

With the climate changing and big, potentially damaging weather events becoming more and more frequent, as well as unpredictable, it’s good to know that self storage units can still help mitigate some of the potential damages. If you are concerned about the security and safety of your belongings in an area prone to storms, and want to take the necessary precautions to minimize any damage, keep the above recommendations in mind.

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4 DIY Tricks To Increase Space In Your Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/self-storage/4-diy-tricks-increase-space-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/self-storage/4-diy-tricks-increase-space-storage-unit/#respond Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:00:57 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186430 A self storage unit can greatly improve your quality of life by providing extra space around the home or office, helping you declutter, and increasing your sense of order. But simply investing in a self storage unit does not necessarily mean you are going to get the most out of it. To do that, you
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A self storage unit can greatly improve your quality of life by providing extra space around the home or office, helping you declutter, and increasing your sense of order. But simply investing in a self storage unit does not necessarily mean you are going to get the most out of it. To do that, you need to know how to maximize your space. Below are four DIY tricks to increase space in your storage unit.

Maximize Vertical Space

Most people don’t get the most out of their storage unit because they don’t know how to maximize vertical space. Things are strewn all over the floor, and nothing is hung or stacked as it should be. Make sure you are stacking boxes (though not so high that they become hazardous, and always with the heaviest items on the bottom), and utilize wall-mounted racks for things like garden equipment.

Shelving

Shelving in a storage unit goes a long way. Simple plastic shelving units can add metres more usable space to your unit. Instead of purchasing something with more floor space, consider trying to expand your use of vertical space, and save yourself some money. Be careful not to overload shelves, however.

Don’t Box What You Can Hang

Many people think that a storage unit implies boxes upon boxes upon boxes. While boxing things up is often necessary, don’t box what you can hang. For instance, if you are storing things like a wedding gowns or large pieces of fabric (carpets, rugs, etc.), consider purchasing a garment rack and garment bags that you can hang, instead of using a box that will take up valuable floor space.

Create a Path

A storage unit can feel like a claustrophobic nightmare if there is no clear path from the back to the front. When packing your unit, always make sure there is a clear path you can use when transporting items in and out. It will make your self storage experience much more enjoyable.

A self storage unit is what you make of it. A small space well utilized can be much more effective than a larger space, poorly utilized. Keep in mind the above space maximization techniques that you can do all on your own, and get the most out of your self storage investment.

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Why Document Storage Is Important https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/documents-storage/document-storage-important/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/documents-storage/document-storage-important/#respond Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:00:10 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186427 Contemporary life means endless advertisements, business documents, and tax forms. Whether your documents are family photographs you don’t want to get rid of, or important business and personal documentation you need to keep on file for quick access, document storage is incredibly important. Many people look to self storage units for their document storage needs,
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Contemporary life means endless advertisements, business documents, and tax forms. Whether your documents are family photographs you don’t want to get rid of, or important business and personal documentation you need to keep on file for quick access, document storage is incredibly important. Many people look to self storage units for their document storage needs, because there simply isn’t enough space around their home or office. Below are some of the benefits of document storage.

Free up Personal Space

Modern living is expensive, and per square foot costs in most large urban centres throughout North America are incredibly high. This means you want to really maximize the available storage space in your home for those things that really matter. Outsourcing your document storage to a self storage facility means you can keep more important things close at hand.

Security

This is especially salient if you are a business owner, or if you keep sensitive personal financial documentation around your home. Thieves will often look for sensitive documents if you experience a break and enter, and having your important financial and personal information stored in a secure, patrolled self storage unit with heavy duty locks will provide you with peace of mind.

Climate Control

One of the main reasons to think about keeping important documents in a self storage unit is the ability to have the environment climate controlled. If you have a basement full of important business and personal documents, and you live in an area that experiences high humidity at times throughout the year, you might come down to find boxes full of damaged paper that has become useless, or hard to read.

Office Space

Having ample space in your office, so that you don’t feel cluttered, is one of the most important steps you can take towards optimal productivity. Anyone who has ever worked in an office setting knows that clutter can quickly lead to feelings of claustrophobia and anxiety, which are huge impediments to productive work. If you have boxes of documents sitting around that you don’t currently need or use, think about storing them in a self storage unit.

Document storage is an important part of both preserving your sense of space and order, and protecting vital documentation that you are going to need at some point in the future. If you currently find yourself bogged down by too many documents, consider the above benefits of document storage.

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Is Your $5 Lock Enough Security? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-safety/5-lock-enough-security/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-safety/5-lock-enough-security/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:00:45 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186424 Storing your belongings, whether in your own home, or off-site in a storage facility, means taking security measures. Most people invest in a simple padlock to keep their unit locked-up and their items protected while they are not there, but is that $5 lock really enough? Below are some more robust lock options to ensure
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Storing your belongings, whether in your own home, or off-site in a storage facility, means taking security measures. Most people invest in a simple padlock to keep their unit locked-up and their items protected while they are not there, but is that $5 lock really enough? Below are some more robust lock options to ensure that your items are protected at all times.

Cylinder Locks

Most people will recognize a cylinder lock from the front door of many homes. They are typically flat and round and are a great option for self storage because they are nearly impossible to cut with bolt cutters (simply too hard and thick). They vary in price from $10 to $100. One notable downside is that they are somewhat complicated to replace or fix if you don’t have any experience.

Disc Locks

These are similar to traditional padlocks, except they are round and more difficult to break into. They are commonly available at most hardware stores, and it is easy to find one that will fit your storage facility door. There are certainly $5 options on the market, but spending a little more will buy a more robust and secure disc lock.

Closed Shackle Padlock

The shackle is the u-shaped part on your padlock. Open shackle padlocks are the most common self storage locks, and normally the cheapest, but also the least secure. A closed shackle padlock is one where the shackle is encased in a protective barrier, making it much harder to cut with bolt cutters.

The question of whether your $5 lock is enough security really depends on the level of security you require. If you are keeping valuable items in your storage unit that would be either extremely costly, or impossible to replace (because of sentimental value), you probably are not going to feel too comfortable with a $5 lock. On the other hand, if your self storage facility has comprehensive security measures in place (including cameras and adequate staff), you might feel confident enough to purchase the tried and true $5 padlock.

Either way, keep the above lock choices and considerations in mind, and choose the lock that is right for you and your security needs.

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4 Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Use A Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/self-storage/4-ways-didnt-know-use-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/self-storage/4-ways-didnt-know-use-storage-unit/#respond Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:00:23 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186421 Millions of people around the world turn to storage units and self storage facilities to store their belongings when space is at a premium around their home or office. But many people don’t realize that you can really think outside the box when it comes to getting use, and your money’s worth, out of a
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Millions of people around the world turn to storage units and self storage facilities to store their belongings when space is at a premium around their home or office. But many people don’t realize that you can really think outside the box when it comes to getting use, and your money’s worth, out of a storage unit. A storage unit is what you make it. Below are four ways you didn’t know you could use a storage unit.

Workshop

If you are a hobbyist and don’t have the space in your home to pursue your hobby (especially if it involves building and assembling things) a self storage unit can double as a workshop. Just be careful when using chemicals in a self storage unit, as they are usually enclosed, and many are not well ventilated.

Run a Small Business

Office space is incredibly expensive, especially if you live in a large urban area. Many business owners are turning to storage units to run their small business out of, especially if they are the owner/sole-employee. Instead of using valuable space in their home, or shelling out big money for costly office space, many people rent a self storage unit for their home business and save themselves a considerable amount of money.

Inventory

This is especially useful for people who sell online. Warehouse space is very costly, and being locked to contracts with inventory levels that fluctuate on a constant basis can end up costing a lot of money. This is why self storage units are great for warehousing. You can keep inventory in the unit, and many facilities offer flexible contracts, so that you can increase and decrease space as need be.

Car Storage

If you have a seasonal vehicle that you like to drive during the spring and summer months, and then put away during the winter, a self storage unit is a great way to give your vehicle some added protection (whether it’s a car or a recreational vehicle). Unlike just throwing a tarp over it, a climate controlled unit will ensure your vehicle is well protected during the long, harsh winter.

The sky is really the limit when it comes to alternative uses for self storage units. As long as you are not putting anyone in danger with how you’re using it, or violating the terms of your contract, you are pretty much free to use your unit however you wish.

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