Paying Less For Storage

Staying Organized: Storage Unit Warehousing For Home-Based Online Retailers

Posted by on Jun 21st, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Staying Organized: Storage Unit Warehousing For Home-Based Online Retailers

Home-based businesses are convenient and economical in many ways, but storage is a frequent problem for online retailers working from their home. Devoting all extra storage space to the business inventory can crowd everyone in the home and make it inconvenient to find products when they need to be shipped. Renting a storage unit is an affordable option, but it must be kept organized to make it as functional as possible. Choosing the Space Select a unit that will allow enough room for shelving to line the walls and still provide room for a workstation in the center. Choose a climate controlled unit if any of the inventory is sensitive to extreme temperatures or high humidity. This is also necessary if the outside temperatures could make it uncomfortable to work inside the unit for the length of time it would take to retrieve items or put away new stock. Consider choosing a storage company that is staffed and offers a receiving service for packages if frequent deliveries are needed to maintain the inventory. This will eliminate the need to cart newly received items from home to the storage unit every day.  Keeping Shelves Organized Create an inventory chart that labels all shelving from left to right from the entrance and what items are on each shelf. Update the list immediately when new stock arrives or when an item is sold. Place small items in bins to keep the shelves neater and make the most of the available space. Opening and closing the garage-style doors can deposit a lot of dust into the room, so keep items protected from dust by using lidded totes or keeping larger items wrapped in plastic.  Using the Workstation A small table or desk in the center of the unit will provide a convenient work area. Keep the inventory list here along with additional inventory sheets, pens or pencils and all shipping supplies. Processing orders in the unit will eliminate an additional trip home to package the items before shipping them out. Keep a small cleaning kit at the workstation with a handheld vacuum cleaner, garbage can and clean rags. This way, it is possible to keep the unit tidy and make certain the merchandise is dust-free when it is prepared for delivery.  Remember Insurance Protection Homeowner’s policies will often cover a small amount of off-premises belongings, but not necessarily enough to cover the full cost of the inventory. Talk to an insurance agent to discover how much is covered and what type of incidents are included. Additional insurance, either through the insurance company or from the storage facility, may be needed to have adequate protection.  For more information, contact Inlet View Mini-Storage or a similar...

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Four Tips For Putting Cloth Furniture In Storage

Posted by on Jun 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips For Putting Cloth Furniture In Storage

Having to put your items in storage can bring up unsettling feelings of worry – especially if they’re expensive items like sofas and recliners. However, if you take the time to prepare your cloth furniture properly, you can ensure it emerges in good shape. Follow these tips and you won’t have to worry about mold, odors, or rodent damage in storage. Clean the furniture first. Crumbs between the cushions could attract rodents and insects, and any spills left behind will just seep deeper into your furniture while it’s in storage. Take the time to thoroughly clean your furniture before putting it in storage. Remove the cushions and use the wand attachment of your vacuum to suck up any hair, crumbs or dust. Remove stains with a spray-on upholstery cleaner. (Follow the instructions on the bottle.) Make sure you do this several days in advance so that the areas you spray have time to dry before you put the furniture in storage. Place the furniture on a pallet. Do not place the furniture directly on the ground. If something in a nearby storage unit spills or there’s a flood, water will come directly into contact with your furniture or its legs. Place a few pallets on the ground, and then place your furniture on top. You can usually get pallets for free or at a very low cost if you check with warehouses in your area. Cover the furniture with a linen sheet. Do not wrap your furniture in plastic. If there’s even a little moisture in the furniture (such as that from moist air or a cleaning spray) the plastic will trap it in, and you’ll have moldy furniture within weeks. Just drape a simple linen cloth over the furniture; this will keep dust and bugs off of it while also letting it breathe. Place baking soda under the cushions. This will help absorb any lingering odors, and it will also absorb moisture so your furniture doesn’t mold. Sprinkle a generous amount directly on the surface of the chair or the sofa, and then put the cushions back into place. Don’t worry – you’ll be able to vacuum the baking soda up easily when you pull the furniture out of storage. Do not substitute any fragrance or deodorizing spray for the baking soda. It may leave a stain behind or attract insects. In addition to the tips above, you should make sure you choose climate-controlled storage for your fabric furniture. This way, you don’t have to worry about changes in temperature or humidity harming the items. Click here to learn more about self storage...

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Three Tips For Safely Storing Your Electronics

Posted by on May 16th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips For Safely Storing Your Electronics

Placing some of your unneeded electronics into storage can be an excellent way of removing some of the clutter from your house. However, if you have never stored electronics, it can be easy to make some mistakes or oversights that may place them at a higher risk of suffering damage. To minimize the risks of encountering these problems, you should consider these three tips before you store these items. Opt To Use A Climate Controlled Storage Unit It can be tempting to simply opt for the lowest cost storage unit that you can find. Yet, your electronics can be very susceptible to damage from temperature, humidity and water damage. As a result, you should make sure to opt for a climate controlled unit. These units will likely cost more than a standard unit, but this can be worth it for preventing your electronics from damage. Keep Your Electronics Covered In addition to keeping your electronics safe from the elements, you will also want to keep dust from gathering on them. Dust can get inside of your electronics where it can cause short circuits and other performance issues. Luckily, you can easily prevent this problem by covering your electronics. To do this, you can simply place an old bed sheet or plastic tarp over electronics once they are in the unit. Store Wiring With The Electronics There are many electronic devices that require elaborate wiring configurations to function. However, if you make the mistake of storing the wiring separately from your electronics, you may make it more likely that you lose the wires. You can help avoid this problem by placing the wires in a plastic bag and taping this bag to the electronics as this will ensure that you can easily locate everything you will need to use the device. Reconnecting the wiring when you take these items out of storage can present its own challenges because it can be easy to forget how the cords need to be connected. Fortunately, if you take a picture of the connections before unplugging them and place it in the bag with the wiring, you can have a reference for the next time you need to use the device. Keeping your electronics safe while they are stored does not have to be a complicated or risky task. If you make sure to keep these items in a climate controlled unit, protect them from dust and keep the wiring with the device, you can help ensure that you are able to easily get these devices working when you take them out of storage. Contact a storage business, such as All American Self Storage, for more information....

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How To Create A Contraption To Carry & Move A Stand-Up Piano

Posted by on Mar 30th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Create A Contraption To Carry & Move A Stand-Up Piano

If you need to move your piano, instead of trying to balance your piano on a dolly or trust a team of people to carry it without dropping it, you can create your own custom piano carrying contraption. This custom carrying contraption is designed for stand-up pianos with a support beam that runs across the back of the piano, right below where the keyboard is located on the front of the piano. If you have a baby grand piano, grand piano or an up-right piano without support beams, this device will not work for you.  Supplies For this project, you are going to need a few 2×4’s, a hand or table saw, a tape measure, a drill and long screws. The screws should be between three to four inches long.  You can find all of these supplies at your local hardware store. A table saw will allow you to get the job done at a faster rate, but a hand saw will also work, it will just take you more time to complete this project. Measure The Short Side Of Your Piano The first thing you need to do is measure the width of your piano, which is the short side-end of your piano. You will want to make sure that your measurements are accurate, so measure this at area at least twice. Once you are confident in your measurements, cut two pieces of 2×4’s using either your handsaw or table saw to that exact measurement. You may want to mark the measurements on the wood with a permanent marker so that you can easily see where to cut. You will need to use these two pieces of wood later. Measure The Length Of Your Piano Next, take your tape measure and measure the length of your piano underneath the keyboard. Then, take that measurement and add two feet to it. You will want to cut two 2×4 boards to that exact length using either your hand saw or table saw. You need to add the extra length because that is what you will be holding when you transport your piano.  Attach Long Board To The Back Of Your Piano Take one of the long boards, and line it up with the support beam on the back of your piano. You’ll want to have one foot of board sticking out from the edges of your piano on both sides. As your partner holds the board in place, use your drill to attach the board to the support beam.  You’ll want to attach at least 3 or 4 screws to the board and the support beam. Make sure that your screws are at least three of four inches long; they need to be long enough to go through the board and into the support beam. This will not damage your piano as you are not drilling into the sound bar, just the support beam.  Attach The Short Boards Next, take a short board, and lay it flush against the short end of your piano. Have someone hold the short board flush against the short end of your piano, and use your drill to attach drill two screws from the long board into the short board.  Repeat this process on the other side of your piano as well. Once you have...

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Keeping Your Things Safe While In Storage

Posted by on Mar 15th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Keeping Your Things Safe While In Storage

If you are going to be putting your things into a storage unit at a facility like LoDo Self Storage & Moving Center, then you want to follow a few tips to ensure that your items stay safe for the duration in which they are stored. This means packing them well and putting them into the storage unit in the right manner. Learn how to pack your items into a storage unit so they stay undamaged by reading the information provided in this article. Pack your things in plastic storage bins Packing your belongings in plastic bins is a great way to make sure they stay in god shape while they are in the storage unit. This is due to the fact that the plastic will protect your items from getting dusty and allowing insects and other pests from getting in the bins. Plastic storage bins have convenient handles and tight fitting lids. They also stack nicely on top of one another so you can stack your things without worrying about them falling and breaking in the storage unit. Put your bedding in vacuum sealed bags Placing your bedding, pillows, throw pillows and comforters in vacuum sealed bags will help to keep them in great condition. It will also allow you to create a lot more space in your storage unit. To use these bags, you will place as many items into each bag as you can squeeze in them and then place your vacuum cleaner’s hose into the suction part of the bag and turn the vacuum on. The air will be sucked out of the bag which will cause it to shrink to a very small size. Pack your furniture and appliances in the back Putting your furniture and appliances in the back part of the storage unit will keep them safe from getting scratched and dinged when you are in your storage unit moving around your boxes to get at something you need. You can set lightweight bags on your appliances to keep them out of the way. Put your clothing in wardrobe boxes Place your clothing in plastic bags with the hangers poking through the top of them and hang them in a wardrobe box. This will keep your clothes from getting deeply wrinkled and dusty while they are being stored. By following all the tips in this article, you can count on your things still being in good shape when you take them back out of the storage...

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How To Prepare Your Car For Long-Term Storage

Posted by on Feb 18th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Prepare Your Car For Long-Term Storage

If you need to store your car for weeks, months, or even years, it’s important to take care of it prior to parking it for the extended period of time. By taking the time to prepare the vehicle for storage, you’ll ensure that it’ll be in perfect working order when you need to use it again. Properly storing your car will also protect it from cosmetic damage. Before storing your car, consider doing these things: 1. Thoroughly clean the car, inside and out, before telling it goodbye for a while. It’s important to remove all debris, such as bird droppings or salt, from the vehicle exterior to prevent corrosion. Some materials contain acidic elements that can eat through automobile paint or even the body, over time. Make sure you clean the vehicle’s undercarriage as well to get rid of any built-up mud or grease. Pay special attention to the fender and bumper as well, to ensure that they’re shiny and in good condition when you’re ready to roll again. Coat the clean car in a protective wax as a sealant. Wipe the interior portion of your vehicle down to remove any grime that can cause staining after an extended period of time. Removing all traces of the solid or liquid debris will prevent it from penetrating further into fabric or leather upholstery. Also, vacuum the vehicle to remove any mold-, mildew- or critter-attracting food crumbs. Make sure the car interior is completely dry before closing it up for storage.  2.. If you don’t plan on storing your vehicle in a covered garage or storage unit, which is the ideal scenario, be sure to cover it with a tight-fitting, breathable, weatherproof car cover to protect it from outdoor elements. Pick a cover that is specifically made for your vehicle type, to ensure that it is completely covered with no exposed areas.  3. Stuff clean, soft rags in any open areas, such as the tailpipe, to keep rats, mice and other pests from building nests in them. Also, place soft cloths under the windshield wipers to prevent the rubber from sticking to and damaging the glass, especially if the car will be stored in a hot climate.  4. Fill the tank at least halfway with gas, especially if you live in a cold climate, to prevent the fuel from freezing during storage. Add fuel stabilizer as well, and drive the vehicle for a minute or two to circulate the product before storage. Follow this link for more information about car storage in cold...

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Three Ways To Keep Your Storage Unit Properly Organized

Posted by on Jan 29th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Ways To Keep Your Storage Unit Properly Organized

When you visit a self-storage center (like Guardian Self Storage) and rent a unit that’s of a suitable size for storing your extra possessions, it’s important that you take care to ensure that this extra storage space is properly organized. If you load the space in a hurried fashion, you won’t likely have much of an idea where specific things are located, which will discourage you from visiting the storage facility in the future to retrieve what you need. It’s a better idea to take a slow, methodical approach to how you load the storage unit to ensure that it’s expertly organized. Here are three ways to make this goal a reality. Keep Track Of Where You Put Things While it might seem simplistic, it’s important to have an idea where you place each of your items—especially if you’ve rented a large storage unit. You can often accomplish this goal by keeping a notebook with you while you load the unit. Whether you draw a quick overhead sketch of the unit or simply break the space down into groups—for example, back left corner, back right corner, etc.—you’ll be able to note the location of each item as you store it. Give Certain Items A Place Of Prominence It’s valuable to give consideration to the location of each item based on how often you plan to retrieve it. Items that you don’t anticipate needing shouldn’t be inaccessible, but it’s sufficient for them to be at the rear of the unit or at the bottom of a stack of boxes. Things that you’ll use more consistently, such as seasonal decorations, should be placed in easier-to-reach locations to make your future visits to the storage facility as smooth as possible. Work Around The Outside Don’t make the mistake of loading your boxes and other possessions into the storage unit by piling everything against the far wall and then moving forward toward the door. When it comes time to visit the unit to retrieve something, you’ll have a difficult time accessing items at the rear of the space. It’s more effective to work around the outside of the unit. This means piling boxes along the three walls as high as you can without risking safety. You can then add larger items that don’t stack effectively to the center of the unit. When you’re done, you should ideally have a narrow path that you can easily walk, located between the boxes piled against the walls and the larger materials in the...

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3 Tips To Keep Your Belongings Safe In A Storage Unit

Posted by on Dec 14th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Keep Your Belongings Safe In A Storage Unit

Many people end up turning to a storage unit to keep their items safely tucked away and out of their home. Whether it be because you ran out of room inside of your home or you had to move to a smaller location to make ends meet, storage units are a great option to create the extra space you need. You can choose from any number of different sizes and locations to better suit your needs. However, you want to make sure your belongings are safely tucked away inside of the unit and out of harm’s way. To keep your items safe and secure, follow the tips below. Use a disc lock Since most facilities allow you to choose whatever lock you like, you might want to consider going with a disc lock to keep your property safe. These locks aren’t as easy to break into as some of the others out there. Thieves aren’t able to swoop in with their bolt cutters and take your belongings like they can with some of the other locks. Consider looking for one that also has an anti-pick mechanism on it. This will give you an added layer of protection. Store items in totes Many people simply throw everything inside of boxes and put them into the storage unit. Unfortunately, this could be one of the worst mistakes you can make. During the warm, summer months, storage units tend to accumulate moisture and humidity. The concrete could wind up getting damp from all the moisture. Your boxes end up saturated and the items inside ruined. If that happens, you are out a lot of money. Consider storing all of your items inside regular plastic storage totes to prevent any possible damage. They protect against water and humidity. Cover items with a plastic tarp Another way to protect your items is to cover them with plastic. This will prevent moisture from settling into your items and growing mold. Wooden pallets on the ground can also help to prevent all of your items from being saturated in the event of water flooding into your unit. In doing the three things above, you can minimize damage to your items. Instead of having to deal with a bunch of damaged items, you can rest assured that your items are going to be safe and secure inside of your self storage units. If you ever have questions, speak to the rental professional...

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Need More Space? 4 Budget-Friendly Storage Solutions

Posted by on Nov 11th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Need More Space? 4 Budget-Friendly Storage Solutions

Many people feel the need for more space, especially those living in smaller homes. If this sounds like you and you want to figure out storage on a budget, here are four solutions that will be nice to your bank account: 1. Egg Cartons and Cupcake Liners. Drawer dividers can be expensive, and there’s really no reason to spend a fortune on them when you have things around the house that can easily be transformed into your own creative dividers. Make use of your egg cartons when you’ve used all the eggs to hold scissors, pencils, and little odds and ends. Egg cartons can also be used to store small Christmas ornaments, doll accessories, jacks, bouncy balls, etc. You can also utilize silicone cupcake liners as a storage solution for change, keys, paperclips, etc. 2. Plastic Cups in a Large Storage Bin. Another option for Christmas ornaments, especially the larger bulbs that you don’t have the original packaging for any longer, are plastic cups placed strategically inside a large bin. In a large, plastic bin, you can place the cups at the bottom of the bin (or glue them so they don’t move around). Place the ornament—with the hook—inside the cup. You can then place another layer of cups directly on top or in a brick-laying pattern. This reduces the hassle of having to untangle the hooks each year. 3.  Curtain Rods. If you have some extra curtain rods around the house or can get your hands on some cheap ones, you can utilize these to organize your gift wrapping paper or craft fabric. You can put the rods through the cardboard rolls of the wrapping paper or fabric bolts and install several of these from top to bottom on a wall, in the closet, or on the back of a door. If you know exactly how much paper or fabric you need, you can just pull and cut without even having to take the tube off of the rod. 4. Office File Boxes. Although file boxes are of good use in the office, they can also help create more space in the bathroom. If you have a drawer that could be used for something much better than your curling item, blow dryer and hair straightener, then you may want to consider mounting a file box to the side of your vanity or the back of the vanity cabinet door for these items. These items will still be easily accessible for you, but they’ll be out of the way and will open up more space for other items. If you still need more room for storage, consider contacting a local self-storage facility, like Pearl Street Self Storage. You can get your items out of your way while keeping them where they’re easily accessible whenever you need...

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Storing Your Toy Collections: How To Protect And Preserve Potentially Priceless Items From Damage

Posted by on Oct 30th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Storing Your Toy Collections: How To Protect And Preserve Potentially Priceless Items From Damage

There is a big market out there for toy collectors. Some collect vintage toys and keep them “as is”, while others collect vintage toys and have them professionally restored. There are also toy collectors that collect newer toys and amass so much that they have no place to keep them. If any of these descriptions of toy collectors fits you, then you probably want and need more ways to store, protect and preserve your collection from all of the things that could potentially damage it. Here are a few suggestions. Display Cases Made of UV Glass or Plastic Protective Glass Shadow boxes made of UV glass or plastic protective glass have long been used to protect valuable collectibles. You may even find some custom frame shops that can fabricate display boxes to fit the sizes and shapes of the toys you want to preserve while putting them on display or placing them in storage. If you choose this option and really want some solid protection for your toy collection, many of the display cases and boxes can also be outfitted with hinges, hinged doors or hinged lids and padlocks that only you can open with a key or with your own code. Plastic Storage Totes If you do not do this already, plastic storage totes can help keep the toys in your collection safe. However, there is a “right” way and a “wrong” way to use storage totes for potentially priceless items. If you buy the basic totes with snap on lids, these generally do not seal out water or bugs. Ergo, use duct tape or heavy duty packing tape and tape all around the edges of the totes before you place them in storage. That way everything you put into them will be protected against floods and against insects that like to eat wood, flocking materials and/or doll hair. Self Storage Units Since collections have a way of growing beyond the boundaries of your home sometimes, you will eventually need separate storage. Self-storage units can be very economical, especially if you only need a little extra space (e.g., something the size of a garden shed or small garage). Some self-storage companies also offer additional services in the form of environmentally controlled units, entirely enclosed indoor units, extra insurance against flood, theft, fire and pest destruction, as well as beefed up, around-the-clock security if you have some especially rare and valuable toys. For more information, contact companies like Tysons Self...

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