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Add Storage Space To Your Home Office With These 5 Easy Tricks

Home offices are important for anyone trying to earn money from home. Here we look at 5 easy tricks that ensure there is maximum storing space in your home office.

 

Last year a popular newspaper reported that 1.5 million people in the UK now work from home. There are any number of jobs that are now easily possible to do at home from a web designer, seo consultant, online marketing, virtual PA. Anything which requires just a good laptop and fast internet connection.

 

With that in mind, it is no surprise that a home office is now something a lot of people need when running a small business. There are many things to think about, including the decor of the room, the practicality of it, the equipment, the ergonomics. In a place you make your money, you should feel comfortable and happy. It should promote productivity.

The problem is, with many of us having to turn to the smallest of spaces to turn into a home office, or possibly even having a multi-use room which needs to also have another use when you aren’t working, storage is at an absolute premium.

Perhaps you find your home office is more of a bombsite than a professional space for your home-based business, or you feel like a hamster you’re surrounded by that much shredded paper and crinkled up reports. Whatever your reason for being in dire need of some order, and storage, these top tips to add storage space to your office will help:

 

  1. Declutter

This sounds really obvious, but the home office is just as much of a magnet for clutter as anywhere else. Get a box or a bin bag (or both) take a morning, and declutter that office. Chuck away any dead plants (not very inspiring), get rid of any paperwork you do not need (that is not sensitive), chuck any items that do not work (maybe your old computer is in there, and it is broken, or you have various broken staplers that never left the desk).

Declutter the life out of that office until you are left with the bare essentials.

 

  1. Clean

You may not think this is necessary, but the cleaner your office is, the more likely you are to find additional storage space. This is because when we give our office a basic clean we might hoover the floor quickly, give the desk a wipe and consider it done. If you go deep, and clean all the nooks and crannies, you may find that certain areas are simply full of files you no longer use, you might move something somewhere and realise if you kept it like that permanently, you would have more room to move around. Cleaning cleans the mind as well as the physical.

 

  1. Get Fresh Eyes On The Job

Often, we look at something so much we can only see it a certain way. Get a friend or family member to look at your home office and make suggestions about storage. They might notice a corner you didn’t think could take a cabinet, they might suggest a clever storage idea for the desk – fresh eyes bring fresh ideas.

 

  1. Get Clever With Furniture

Does your desk really need to be that big? Could you have a desk with more drawers and storage? Is there room for drawers under the television? Could you use a laptop instead of a computer and downsize your desk? The furniture you have should be very carefully selected. Visit some furniture shops, especially ones well known for clever storage, and look at what you could use in your room. Sometimes we may have had furniture such a long time we didn’t realise how much better the newer furniture on the market could be.

 

  1. Go Paperless

Paper really is unnecessary in today’s offices, and many businesses are managing to go paperless now. Even if you shred, paper still takes up a lot of space, along with printers and filing cabinets – there’s hardly any room left for you. Consider making a plan to go paperless in a certain amount of time. Start to speak to clients about working online only, look into cyber security, consider cheap self storage for paperwork you aren’t yet able to destroy, or even cheap self storage for paperwork you don’t want to get rid of yet, and start to bring your company into the 21st century. It could free up a ton of space for your home office.

 

Hopefully these ideas have helped inspire you to work with your home office space more. Remember, there is always a way to make a space work for you, you just have to take your time, think creatively and be willing to put a little effort in.

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Getting Your Motorbike Ready For Storage

Plenty of people put their motorbike into cheap storage. If you are one of those people you will need to prepare your vehicle properly so it comes out of the unit as you left it – here’s how.

There are plenty of motorbike enthusiasts in the UK, and plenty of people who simply don’t have room to store their beloved two wheeled machine at home. Perhaps you’re staying in a smaller home temporarily, you’re suffering from an injury that renders you unable to ride for a while, or you simply want to put your motorbike away for winter. Whatever your reason for putting your bike into self storage, you’re going to want to spend a little time thinking about how you can store it without it deteriorating and getting your motorbike ready for storage. Environmental factors, dirt and general lack of usage are all potentially damaging factors that you need to try and prepare your vehicle for.

Here are some tips to help you get your motorbike ready for storage:

Make Sure The Tank Is Full

If you do not fill up the fuel tank, it may mean you’ll be getting some organic growths you didn’t ask for when you pull the machine out of storage. When a tank is partially full, condensation can occur which then reacts with the fuel in the tank and clogs up your bike. Odd organic growths can form, which is never a good thing! It’s an easy issue to avoid.

Focus On The Oil

The oil in your bike should be clean and the filters should be changed over before you place the machine into self-storage. When oil is left in a machine, contaminants can become trapped in it which will in turn damage parts of your motorbike.

Don’t Leave The Battery To Die

If you leave a motorbike battery in freezing conditions for a long period of time, it will die – it really is that simple. If you have a self-storage facility that provides air conditioning or heating options, it is possible to keep the motorbike in a neutral temperature long-term, which means you don’t have to take the battery out. Many good independent self storage companies provide this option, however, many cheap facilities do not so it is more than likely the battery will need to come out.

Don’t Let The Rust Eat Your Bike

You should never really leave rust to eat away at your vehicle, but this is more of an urgent issue to address if your bike is going into self-storage Bedford. Rust is like cancer to a vehicle, and it will spread and rot metalwork. It might cost you a little to get the rust sorted out now, but it will cost you a whole lot more if you leave the problem while your vehicle is in storage and come back to a much bigger problem when it comes out.

Take Pressure Off The Tyres

You should take pressure off the tyres by elevating the bike. There are stands and supports available for you to do this.

Invest In A Bike Cover

To protect your motorbike from dust particles and other environmental factors, invest in a good quality cover to keep it protected while it is in storage. The price of these covers vary greatly, so don’t go all out unless you were planning to treat yourself anyway. Just think of it like a fitted dust sheet in this instance.

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Can you ever have too much storage space?

I’ve never actually lived in a new-build home but I have visited plenty – either when visiting friends and family or just when I have been curious and taken a peek at the show homes on one of the many new developments springing up in our already crowded part of the South East. I don’t need statistics to tell me that new homes are getting smaller and smaller (but there are stats that show this) because you can simply feel it in the new homes – even show homes that are cleverly dressed by skilled interior designers using furniture that isn’t full size. You just know that that small wardrobe and chest of drawers will never be enough storage space for anyone actually living full time in the house. And the few kitchen cupboards will simply not be able to store a family’s needs.

Whenever I see kitchens in new homes I wonder where the people living there put all their stuff – most of the base units are actually housing the fridge, washing machine and dishwasher and at least one of the wall units will be housing the boiler. Add to that the fact that the designers are cutting back on kitchen units so they can squeeze a table into an already small kitchen and the storage issue becomes even worse. Older, period houses may not have had overly large kitchens but they did tend to have spaces such as a traditional larder which, with it’s floor to ceiling shelves provides a huge amount of storage. They also had spacious under stairs cupboards for storing brooms, hoover, ironing boards and other household paraphernalia that need a home. That under stairs space in a new build is more likely to have been used for a cloakroom.

Actually I do new builds a disservice because some of the high-end developers are creating huge, amazing spaces so when I say new-build developer I am thing of the mass-produced new builds – you know those big names we have all heard of. Rather than the smaller, more niche luxury new home builders.

But back to my issue with storage – if a home does not have enough storage then it will be almost impossible to keep the home from becoming cluttered. I’m sure there are some minimalists out there who can live with just a few well-chosen items but most of us just aren’t like that. I think that at heart most of us are hoarders. Combine that intrinsic nature with a lack of storage and you end up with homes that are cluttered. And no matter how much good advice there is available online about how to declutter and the benefits of decluttering many of us find it impossible to create a clutter-free home – and this comes down to a lack of storage.

Many homes are not technically cluttered because all the items in them are used and needed, but there is not enough space for everyday family living.

Finding more storage space where you thought there was none

So if you already live in a home without enough storage what can you do about it? The chances are that the room sizes are such that they can’t accommodate any more shelves or cupboards – if your rooms are large enough for more storage units then get yourself down to the shops and buy more – you don’t need much money for a few shelving units or cupboards – check out charity shops and secondhand shops if you are on a tight budget – (go – what are you waiting for?).

But what if there simply isn’t the floor space or wall space?

There is actually a lot of under-utilised space in even the smallest of homes if we just look up. Why not think about running shelves all around a room about 30cm below the ceiling. This is dead space that could easily be used to store any manner of things. If you are worried it won’t look great then invest in some pretty baskets or storage boxes to go on the shelves. Maybe even make the storage boxes your self or at least cover them. If the room is wallpapered – even better – cover the storage boxes in left over wallpaper and they will blend into the background. Paint the shelves to match the rest of the woodwork in the room.

Baskets or storage boxes on high shelves can be used to store anything that is not used on a daily basis. For instance, out of season clothes or seasonal sports equipment or Christmas decorations can all be hidden away in attractive storage boxes.  Books, ornaments, DVDs etc. can be displayed openly. Even if you already have shelving units for these things in your home you can make the space seem less cluttered by using this one simple trick.

The same idea can be used for storage boxes or baskets on top of your kitchen wall units – there is also plenty of dead space up there too. The trick is to make the storage attractive and make it so that it blends in with the décor of the room so the eye is not automatically drawn to the high level shelves and spaces. The space on top of kitchen wall units in an average sized kitchen could be the equivalent of another couple of kitchen units or maybe more so make use of it.

Another way to find more space is to buy beds that either have storage drawers already built in (if it is a divan) or has the space for under-bed storage boxes if it is a wooden or metal framed bed. These are great places to store bed linen, spare pillows, spare duvets and towels

And if you have free-standing wardrobes then don’t forget to also make use of the space on top with storage boxes for your out of season clothes.

Even the smallest of homes can benefit from these storage tips which will add storage in all the dead space we have around our homes which so few of use utilize.

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Select the Right Boxes for Storage or Moving

You pack, you unpack, and you organize. But what is the most vital part of moving? If you think organizing, making an inventory and packing a week ahead of the move is really important, you might be correct to some extent but not entirely. Because the most important part is the simple tool you use for packing. The beloved box! Regardless, of all the effort, without a packing box, you cannot survive a single move. So, how about selecting the boxes that matter and fit your budget. While it is always easy to pick one big box and throw everything right into it taking time to choose the right box will help you save a lot of time and avoid moving troubles.

Now, moving troubles mostly start with improper packing. Imagine packing your kitchen appliance in a box not suited for it. What will the result be? It’s simple, either you will break the item or it will end up getting damaged. All this happened because you chose the wrong type of box. So, how will you choose the right box for packing all your belongings? The answer is right here, but first, let’s introduce you to the different types of boxes.

Different types of boxes for a stress-free move

I recently moved with the help of Brooklyn Movers. Not only did they help me find the right box but also made me realize the role a box plays in an effective move. So, I would like to share the same information with you and help you select the right kind of box. Let’s begin and help you find the right fit.

 

Specialty Boxes

Specialty boxes are the right fit for valuables and belongings that need special attention. For example, your chinaware that is prone to easy damage or an oil painting that you bought in an auction. In fact, I am sure you have a lot of other valuables that need special attention. So, use a specialty box especially designed for fitting particular items. The biggest advantage of using a specialty box is that they come in both cardboard and plastic. In addition to this, these boxes have inserts that prevent the item from moving. Though expensive, they add a lot of value and convenience to your move by protecting precious items.

 

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Cardboard Boxes

Traditional packing boxes have ruled the moving world since time immemorial. Whenever I think about packing, I clearly picture a cardboard box. A sturdy, brown-colored box that will help you pack almost anything you want to. So, thanks to cardboard boxes there is a solution that is inexpensive, light-weight, and matches all your packing expectations. But it is worth noting that everything has a negative side, cardboard boxes also have their own disadvantages. One of them being, low-resistance against severe temperature conditions.

Most of the time, conditions like temperature and humidity affect the quality of the box. As a result, it ends up damaging the products inside the box. So, if you’re planning on packing things in a cardboard box, make sure you keep two factors in mind. One is temperature and the other is rodents. Humidity will soften the material and leave the box fragile and rodents are experts at nibbling material made out of cardboard. Now, if you have cardboard boxes at home, make sure you store them in a temperature-controlled- and pest-free storage room. This will help you keep the quality of the boxes intact.

Plastic Boxes

Plastic containers or bins are a perfect fit for storing items like files and jewelry. As you can easily put things inside the container without having to worry about humidity or heat. Instead, you don’t even need a tape because plastic boxes come with self-attached seals. Plus we all know that plastic is indestructible. Eventually, you have the power to keep things safe at a reasonable price.

Additionally, the same plastic container that you may use for packing celebratory items, can come in handy for storing other items too. Not only this but a plastic box is good for belongings that need an extended period of storage. In turn, neither will humidity affect your belongings nor will the rodents looking for opportunities to damage your belongings. Thus, buy a plastic box to store and pack items that you think will best fit your requirements. Having talked about the type of boxes, let’s look at the next thing you have to keep in mind before you start packing. The size of the box. Yes, size is something you cannot ignore. Here are some box-sizing tips for a planned move.

Box sizes for an organized move

How important is the size of a box? First, it depends on your belongings and second on the requirement of a specific item. For example, clothes can be packed in small, medium and large-sized boxes. But a TV will definitely go into a large box with the same specifications as your TV’s former box. You are lucky if you have the original box but a new box has to be the size of the TV.

 

Large boxes for gigantic items

Usually, a standard-sized large box can carry up to 70 pounds or 32 kg. They are used for packing items like heavy kitchen appliances, bedding, etc. You can also use these boxes to pack winter clothes like coats and books you have collected over the years. But always keep in mind that a large cardboard box requires tight packaging. In other words, you have to fill the extra spaces with crumpled paper.

 

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Wardrobe boxes for your clothes

Wardrobe boxes are specially designed for transporting clothes. They have a bar across the top of the box and the bar can be used to hang the clothes. Hence, saving you a lot of time and the trouble of folding clothes. Wardrobe boxes come in different shapes and sizes, so you can choose your box depending on the amount of clothes you have. Also, you can utilize the bottom of the box to keep shoes, purses, and other items. The only thing that you have to keep in mind is the taping technique. Ensure that your box is taped from all the four corners and you will be good to go.

Medium and small boxes for miscellaneous items

Small and medium boxes can be used for packing both heavy and light items. But adding extra weight to a small box can prove fatal. Instead, you can use it to pack simple items like a bunch of items from the garage, cups and plates, kitchen appliances, and decor items. Most small boxes can hold up to 60 pounds or 27 kg and a medium box can hold up to 65 pounds or 30 kg. But usually, it is advised to pack around 10 pounds/4.5 kg less than the maximum weight.

Now that you know all about the type and size of the boxes, select the right one for yourself and start packing. But keep all the above-mentioned points in mind and then anticipate the amount and kind of boxes you will need for your move. Happy Moving!

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As winter approaches make sure you prepare your self storage unit properly

Many people store precious belongings, household items or business stock in self-storage units year round because they provide an inexpensive option to other forms of storage. But if you do have possessions in storage over the cold winter period ahead then it will pay you to prepare your self storage unit for the cold weather to ensure your items survive the winter intact.

A storage unit may be protected from the external elements of rain, snow and wind but it is unlikely to be heated and one of the issues with long-term storage is that moisture is present naturally in the air inside the unit and rises and falls in temperature will cause this moisture to condense on internal surfaces, and that includes your possessions. So follow these simple guidelines to protect your stored possessions for the long, cold winter months ahead.

  • Firstly make sure everything is as clean as possible: shake out fabrics to remove dust and generally give everything a good airing.
  • If you have stored items made of fabric, metal, leather or wood (and, let’s face it there is a high chance that you will) make sure they are not covered with plastic sheeting or bubble wrap. This is a common mistake because  plastic will trap moisture, which will penetrate these fabrics over time. Use natural materials to cover and protect your items instead, like cotton sheets, woollen blankets, acid-free paper or corrugated cardboard.
  • Anything made of leather should be treated with a specialist moisture-repellant leather protector as an added precaution.
  • Anything made of wood should be treated with wax for the same reason – to repel moisture.
  • Carpets, curtains and rugs should be rolled up with tissue paper or cotton sheets between each item.
  • You can minimise tarnishing of silver-plated or solid silver items and protect other metal items by wrapping them in a cotton cover.

The moisture that is naturally present in air is harmful to a variety of materials but those most at risk are wood, fabric, metal and leather. If you have very valuable or precious items made of these materials then you may want to consider investing in a de-humidifier or rent a climate-controlled self-storage unit to reduce the amount of moisture in the air and give your belongings some added protection by taking professional packing advice for storage.

Included in the list of metal goods might be larger items such as a car, motorbike or motor home and these types of stored items will need some additional levels of protection to survive the winter months:

  • Drain the engine oil and replace it with fresh oil
  • Make sure the windscreen wash has the right amount of anti-freeze for the temperatures you are expecting over the winter.
  • Leave the handbrake off to prevent it seizing up – as an added precaution you may want to place bricks strategically to avoid any movement of the vehicle.
  • Leave windows open a small amount to improve air circulation and avoid condensation.
  • Use WD40 (or similar) on moving metal parts to prevent corrosion
  • Oil the locks if you are expecting very low temperatures for a prolonged period.

 

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Here is What You Can Store in a Self-Storage Unit

Are you living in a big rental apartment just because you can’t manage to arrange your belongings in a smaller one? Do you think your apartment is too expensive? If so, you can move to a smaller apartment if you don’t mind storing your household belongings in a self-storage unit. Nowadays, many people are embracing storage units to save money on rent. Whether you believe it or not, it’s a reasonable decision and everyone struggling to pay sky-high rents should opt for it.

When you have too many things at your home, you have to invest more time in organizing them. And your frustration increases when too many items vying for space find no safe and secure plan in your home. You put them anywhere you feel like because you don’t have that much-needed space.

Perhaps that’s the reason most people are trying to live a minimalist lifestyle these days. Materialism is no longer offering happiness to people. Some people believe it makes your life miserable.

So if you are living in an expensive apartment to keep the stuff with you that you have accumulated in the past, then perhaps you should opt for a self-storage unit. You shouldn’t hesitate to store some of the items in it, especially if doing so is allowing you to move to a smaller apartment.

Relying on a storage unit will help you save a significant amount of money and will also make it easier for you to keep your home organized.

Now let’s take a look at the items that you can keep in a storage unit.

Books

If you are a person who can’t fall asleep without reading a couple of pages from a good book, then you might have collected a lot of books by now. So if your books are occupying a lot of space in your living room and bedroom as well, then you can keep them in a storage unit. Why allow them to take all the space in your home, especially the ones that you have already finished reading. It’s quite correct that book-lovers hate to sell their books, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessary to be surrounded by books all the time.

Keeping your books in a storage unit allows you to access them anytime you want. You are not getting rid of them entirely.

Clothes

If you love dressing up and enjoy buying clothes, then you might be struggling to fit your clothes in your cupboard. You might be using your spouse’s wardrobe, or your kids’ to keep your clothes. Is that correct? If so, consider storing all those clothes that you rarely wear in a storage unit. It will solve your problem. And the best part is that you can use them whenever you want to.

 

Home Appliances

We all love buying home equipment, and there is no harm in it; the problem arises when we struggle to manage them in our homes. So if you are also facing the same issue, consider storing some of your home appliances in a storage unit. They will remain safe and secure.

And whenever you feel the need to use them, you can access your unit and get them back.

Gardening Equipment

If you have ended up collecting too many gardening tools, and you are finding it challenging to keep them safely in your home, you can store them in a self-storage unit. Make sure that you keep only those tools that you use once in a while. Don’t keep the ones that you use frequently; otherwise, you won’t be able to enjoy gardening.

Furniture

Do you think that your home contains a lot of old furniture pieces that you use rarely? Are you too attached to them? If so, don’t worry, you don’t have to throw them or sell. Instead, you can store furniture safely in a self-storage unit. Whether you have wooden furniture or leather furniture, renting a storage unit is the best way to secure them.

Apart from securing books, clothes, gardening equipment, and furniture, you can also use a storage unit to store artworks, musical instruments, and kitchen tools.

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5 Tips On How To Find The Best Storage Facility For You

The Self-Storage industry is one of the fastest growing industry in the UK. It is a convenient and easy way to store items without having to rent an extra room inside your house. With millions of UK residents looking for storage facilities, it is no wonder that it’s becoming one of the biggest industry there is. The demand for these convenient spaces is increasing because of the realization that its extensive range of size and amenities make it more versatile than ever.

Unfortunately, looking for one can be tricky if you don’t know which factors you should look for. There are numerous factors that you have to keep in mind so you can get the best fit for you at the best price possible.

This is why we created a guide on how to find the best storage facility for you.

 

Find the Right Size

Getting the right size is one of the first steps that you should do. Create a master list of all the items that you will store. From there, you can get an estimate of how big of a storage facility you need. You do not want to get something that is too big as you would be spending far too much money. On the other hand, it would also be foolish to have a storage unit that is too small as you wouldn’t be able to fit all your items and thus would be counter-intuitive. Arrange all your items in boxes so that you can minimize the space that you will need.

 

Determine what type of storage facility you need

Self-storage facilities come in different types and with various amenities that make it more versatile. Climate Control, for example, is needed so that you can store items that are quite sensitive to extreme temperatures. You need to know which type of storage facilities and the amenities that you need so that you can ensure that you pay only for what you need.

Before you sign off into a contract, try to do a physical checkup of your storage facility so you know if it would be perfect for you.

 

Check Out Online Reviews

You will be entrusting storage facilities with your items. This is why it would do you well to check out online reviews on whether you should really trust them or not. Listening in on the firsthand experience of other people will be great as you can be sure if you will be accommodated properly or not. Depending on how satisfied or disappointed they are, you can be ensured that your experience will be great.

Haggle on the Price

One of the best things about self-storage facilities is that it can save you a lot of cash. When you ask companies for a price estimate, many of them will be amenable to giving away discounts. The duration of your stay will also make them more willing to give out a slash in the price. If you’re staying for more than a few weeks, chances are you will get a price reduction.

 

Find the best location for you

It would depend on what items you will store. If you’re going to store items that you will need on a regular basis, then it would be prudent to have a storage facility that is near your house. However, if you do not need the items that you will store regularly, it would be more cost-efficient if you get a storage facility farther from the city. Check out storage facilities in nearby towns so that you can ensure that you get the most budget-friendly facility for you.

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Winter Storage: 5 Tips for Storing Your Stuff During a Winter Move

Moving in the 105-degree Texas heat can be tough but relocating when it’s 25 below in North Dakota can also be a charming experience. Cold weather moves can be daunting, so let’s look at some options for getting your stuff from here to there in the dead of winter.

Wear Gloves

This may seem like a no brainer, but items are more rigid in the colder weather and more apt to cause injury in a number of ways. Sharp metal and plastic edges—while dangerous in the summer—can easily cut your inelastic cold winter skin. Somehow, a finger jammed between the doorway and the fridge you are moving feels worse at 10 below than at 85 degrees. Stiff hands can also contribute to limited flexibility that can make accidents more prevalent.

Stuff Freezes Fast

Veterans of the Midwest, perhaps Bloomington apartment dwellers, will tell you that the feeling of 25 below with a 30 mile per hour wind is unique, but even worse is the sudden realization that as the temperature moves upward for 25 below to zero it actually feels significantly warmer; 15 can feel like spring is on the way and at 35 you have to take off your coat!

The point here is that in frigid temperatures, everything freezes fast. You already know that you have to protect your pets, but if you pack kitchen items like canned goods and jars of spaghetti sauce, you may find that after a few hours unprotected in the truck, these items freeze and burst. Therefore, make sure that you insulate everything well. When travelling across the country from a warm area to a cold one, keep in mind that the weather is not necessarily your friend.

Where to Park?

If you rented your moving truck, realize that everyone is going to know that you are an amateur driving a truck full of valuable household goods, and that simple lock on the liftgate may not be enough to keep thieves away. Seasoned movers actually suggest that if possible, you drive all night and sleep all day. That way, your truck will only be parked in daylight. In addition, make sure that when parking you back your truck up to a wall so unauthorized entrance through the back is impossible.

Storage

If you need to temporarily store your stuff in the winter for a few months before you move, this one is a no-brainer: Make sure that you rent a climate-controlled space. These areas will be inside a secure building, and you won’t have to worry about freezing temperatures or flooding precipitation that could seep in and damage your stuff.

One caveat to consider, however is security. Thieves can compromise even a modern and clean-looking storage facility, and your only recourse may be to file a difficult claim with your homeowners’ insurance company. Be sure to carefully vet any storage facility and ask for a record of police contacts and break-ins. Hopefully, there will be no issues, but if you discover some problems, get assurances that security is now top-notch.

Moving is rarely fun, and winter presents its own set of challenges. Plan ahead, be careful, and keep everything warm. If you do that, you’ll minimize some possible problems.

Whether you’re buying your first home on contract for deed or moving from apartment to apartment, you need to prepare for the worst!

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Packing Tips for Self-Storage Units

Self-storage units are a good source of space for people who need it. They’re rented for many reasons. Some want the extra storage to declutter their house while others choose to use the space to keep items that aren’t needed at the moment.

 

Before renting, however, there are some factors to consider, such as what you’ll be storing in the unit and how big it needs to be. Once you’ve figured out the answers to these basic questions, then you can set out to search for the right self-storage facility. Make sure to check each company’s security protocol and customer access limitations.

 

Once you’ve settled all the necessary fees and filled out the paperwork, it’s time to pack your belongings and fill up your storage space. But, how do you efficiently do this? Read on for some helpful tips.

Packing Tips

You have the option to pack the items you wish to store on your own. However, if you’d like some help, some storage companies offer services to assist their customers with this part of the job. Getting professional help could ensure that your possessions are properly packed and won’t get damaged on their way to the storage unit.

1. Buy essentials to damage-proof items

Packing your things for self-storage is similar to putting them away for a big move. You will have to make sure they are secure and can be transported to their destination safely. Also, you have to be certain that they will stay safe for the duration of their storage. Below is a list of some packing essentials to damage-proof your items:

 

  • Duct tape
  • Durable cardboard boxes — Make sure they are all similar in size for easy stacking.
  • Rope or straw — You can use these for lifting and carrying heavier boxes.
  • Bubble wrap — Buying clear ones will make it easier for you to find items when you go back to visit your storage unit.
  • Markers — Use these for labeling the boxes.
  • Newspaper or peanuts stuffing — Use these items to fill any excess space in each box so the items inside will stay put and be protected from breakage.
  • Blankets — These can be used to protect electronic items from below freezing weather.

2. Clean items before storage

Make sure that all the items going into storage are clean. Maintaining the cleanliness of the unit is also vital to prevent dust and mold buildup.

 

3.  Pack by category

Separate your belongings into different categories. Pack the items that fall in the same group together in one box.

 

4. Make an inventory list

Inventory lists can be quite useful when storing items, especially for the long term. After cleaning and splitting everything into separate groups, list down all the things that will be put away. Group the items into their respective categories.

 

It’s important to know where your belongings are at all times so you know where to access what when you need it. Keep your list in a safe place.

 

5. Label boxes and items properly

Make sure to indicate what category a specific box falls under, and then you can make labels that state what items each box contains based on the inventory list. This way, you’ll have an easier time finding the box with the item you need in the future.

 

Take note that there might be some things that don’t fit inside boxes due to their irregular shape or size. These should be appropriately labeled and catalogued in the inventory, as well.

 

Storage Unit Organization Tips

Organization is key when it comes to storage units. Some people haphazardly place their boxes inside without thinking about the next time they’ll dive back into them. If there is no semblance of order, it will be tougher to find items you need when the time comes.

1. Place boxes strategically in the space provided

If you’ve labeled the boxes correctly, strategically placing them into the unit can be done in a jiffy. Once again, make use of the categories you created and designate different sections in the storage unit for each one.

 

Leave some room in the middle of the unit (like an aisle), so you can reach the ones at the back more easily when you need to. The space in the middle should also branch out into smaller passageways so you can access boxes closer to the wall.

2. Stack similar-sized boxed together

Stack boxes containing items in the same group/category (from heaviest at the bottom to lighter ones at the top) together.

 

3. Put frequently-used pieces in front

Place items you’re more likely to take out often in the front section, so they’re accessible.

 

4. Place unboxed items on shelves

As for those large or abnormally-shaped pieces, place them on some makeshift shelves above the stacked boxes. If possible, keep them in their original packaging or container, or cover them with cloth.

 

 

Maintaining the Condition of Stored Items

Once all your items are safely inside the storage unit, it’s time to make sure they’re protected from outside elements, like pests and humidity. Place traps and pest-control products to prevent creepy crawlies from entering the boxes.

 

Also, give the boxes some space between the walls of the unit and from each other for proper ventilation. You may want to place them on top of wooden pallets so air can flow underneath as well. Another smart trick to prevent damage from humidity would be putting charcoal inside the unit to absorb excess moisture.

 

The last important piece of advice is to make sure the storage unit is properly closed and locked tight. Then you can walk away confident that your belongings are safe and will be untouched until you come back for them.

 

 

AUTHOR BIO
Chris Humphrey is the General Manager of Easytruck Moving & Storage. In 2013, the company combined their expertise in professional moving services and storage to create an entirely new approach to the business – and mobile storage was born! Easytruck now operates over 30,000 sq.ft. of air-conditioned facilities in three convenient locations in Dubai and is the only Mobile Storage operator in the UAE.

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5 Ways to Get Good Deals on a Commercial Storage Unit

You will find as you progress in life that there arrive many moments when you are transitioning from one place to another and the only thing you require to make the move smooth is a good storage unit. These are super practical whether you are moving house, downsizing, relocating internationally, leaving for college, renovating or splitting households.

However, when you are choosing a storage facility there are tons of things that come to mind. You will be thinking about the condition of the unit, the access to it, security, maintenance; especially if you mean to use it long term, and convenience. And, of course, the cost – it’s not all about money-saving tips but they do help. When you consider all these features and tick the boxes that is when you arrive at your decision of picking the commercial storage meant for you.

Here are the top five ways you know you are getting a good deal on storage units.

A Strategic Location

One neat way to make sure that you won’t end up paying an arm and a leg for a storage unit is to find a storage unit that falls outside of the city limits. A lot of people pay a premium price just to be closer to their storage units but you can always have it just a little further and save yourself the big price margin.

If you don’t need regular access to your storage unit, this is an excellent idea. You can calculate the additional cost of fuel and expenses depending how often you need access to the unit, and depending on that make an informed decision. Most of the times the unit manager will sell you for the proximity to you, and you don’t realize that you don’t access it that often as you thought you might.

Do You Really Need all Those Extra Features?

Other than the proximity to the city you reside in, another thing that commercial units will charge you for are the number of extra functional amenities. The truth is that most people make a decision about a storage unit by counting the features accessible to them, when in fact they should only be checking for the features that they need strictly.

Here is what happens, the unit manager will tell you how smooth your transition can be with all the features he is throwing in with the deal, and at the time it will seem like it’s an excellent deal and you may even feel that the transition was smoother, but do you want to be stuck with that deal for the rest of your rental time?

So here is what you do. Cut off temperature control if you don’t have any sensitive items in storage. Also 24/7 access is another popular feature, but do you really think that you will ever need to access your storage unit at 3 in the morning? If no, then strike that off too. The feature that you should be looking for are security for all your items and extra consideration for special items such as antiques, paintings, fragile items or electronics.

Know What Size You Need

Don’t just go for the biggest one, make a calculated decision. If you think a certain size is what you need, it might not necessarily be it. At most places you will find a 5’ by 5’ home closet, and for standard space that is fine, what most people don’t tell you is that just think about fitting what you need to store at the moment, you can always buy additional space later. Plus there are tons of storage tips that you can put into effect yourself. If you used to live in a big house, and if you’re moving into a small house, then you will definitely need a bigger storage space, since you would end up with extra furniture.

Know How to Manage the Space

You want to consider how many things you are going to place in the unit, the size of those things, and how you are going to store each item into this unit. You have to be systematic in placement and logical according to what you will be accessing frequently than other things. If you do not optimize the unit, you are only paying for extra space that you are not really using.

Some tips to follow include always placing the heavier items in the bottom, pack each box tightly, provide easy access to every item, and always leave a room of passage to reach each item without hiring extra help.

Go for the Long Term Deal

A great way to get a good deal is the good old long term storage unit. This will qualify you for a discount as opposed to you renting a unit for a short period of time. If you are certain you will need the unit for over a year, go for this option, it will save you the extra cost. Storage units have packages starting from a year, some commercial facilities you will find this to start as early as six months.

 

Storage units become a necessity in some situations, such as moving. You can easily store extra luggage in them and don’t have to worry about running out of space at home.

 

Author Bio:

Jenny Harrison is a passionate home and lifestyle blogger. She loves to engage with readers who are seeking home and lifestyle-related information on the internet. She is a featured blogger at various high authority blogs and magazines in which she shared her research and experience with the vast online community. Currently, she is associated with New York moving company ‘All Around Moving Services Company’ Specializes in arranging and assembling services of professional and skilled local movers locally in New York City as well as areas in New Jersey, Connecticut and the Miami Dale area in South Florida. Follow her on twitter @MJennyHarrison for more updates.