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Find Yourself In One Of These Situations? Self-Storage Can Be Helpful

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Find Yourself In One Of These Situations? Self-Storage Can Be Helpful

You often don’t have to drive too far to notice at least one self-storage facility in your city. These businesses are prevalent in many areas, and for good reason — virtually everyone can benefit from storing some of their possessions outside of the home. One of the chief advantages of self-storage is that you can rent a unit anywhere from on an indefinite basis to for just a couple weeks if you have a temporary need for extra storage space. Regardless of the length of time you might use the facility, here are three situations in which you can consider renting a unit. Handling A Loved One’s Estate If you’re in charge with dealing with the estate of a loved one after his or her passing, there’s often a rush to get the person’s house prepared to sell. Given that it can be overwhelming to make decisions about all the person’s furniture and other possessions during a time that’s already stressful, it’s ideal to transport as much as you need to a nearby self-storage facility. When things are a little calmer, you and other people close to the person who has passed can visit the facility and begin the process of sorting through its contents and deciding what to do with each item. Temporary House Guest If you’ve made arrangements to provide accommodations for a friend or family member for a short amount of time — perhaps if the person is going through a relationship breakup — the person will likely arrive at your home with some basic possessions. To make this transition easier and less cluttered, it’s advantageous to move some of your items into a storage facility — particularly the surplus items in the room that the person will be using while staying with you. This allows the person to be surrounded by more of his or her own things, which can be comforting during this difficult time. Hiring An Interior Decorator When you hire an interior decorator, he or she will likely make recommendations about getting rid of some of your household things that aren’t in alignment with the new look you’re creating. Instead of cluttering your garage by filling it with all these items, transport everything you don’t need to a nearby storage facility. Then, you’ll be able to visit at your convenience to assess which items you want to keep for future usage and which things you want to sell, donate or throw out. Contact a local storage center, like All American Mini Storage, for more...

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How To Organize Your House

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Organize Your House

As you were setting out this year’s Christmas decorations, did you have to make room in closets and shelves for the home decor that is usually displayed in your home? While you did that task, did you come to the realization that your closets and shelves are in a state of disarray? If so, right after you put away your holiday decorations would be the perfect time to get your house organized. Here are some ideas that might help your organization project go smoothly. Have A Family Meeting – Let everybody in your household know that right after the holidays are over you will all be organizing your house together. It may be helpful to put up a chart on a poster board or chalk board where you match jobs to individuals. If you think your kids will work better with a partner, designate who those partners will be. A good plan is to pair an older person with one of the little kids. Removing Christmas Things  – As you remove Christmas decor from the different rooms of your home, put them right into sturdy transparent storage boxes. Buy boxes with red lids on them so they’ll be easy to identify next year. Now that all of the Christmas items are put away, this will be a good time to dust and polish your wooden furniture pieces.  Personal Belongings – Establish centers where each member of the family can put personal items that will go to charity or that will later be sold at a yard sale. It will also be very helpful to give everybody a plastic bag for trash. Establish the old rule that there is a place for everything and everything should be in its place. For example, if your son has a collection of toy cars, those should be kept in a special storage container so they won’t get lost or damaged, and to provide a more orderly look to his room. Rent Storage Space – As you are organizing your house, you may come to the realzation that you simply don’t have enough space to hold all of your stuff. If that’s the case, a really good idea would be to rent a storage space where you can access your belongings any time you want to. Off-season sports equipment, camping gear, fishing poles and all of your holiday decorations are just examples of things that you can store. When the time comes to go camping, or when you need your Easter decorations, it will be easy to get them out. Self storage like All American Self Storage is affordable and very safe. Not only are the individual units climate-controlled, but there is constant surveillance on the property. Set one day of the month for each of you to evaluate what needs to be done to maintain an orderly...

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3 Cold Weather Cocktails to Get You Through Winter

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Cold Weather Cocktails to Get You Through Winter

The cold weather is coming and, for some, it’s already here. There’s nothing like a warm drink to warm you up from the inside out, especially after a long day at work, a day of holiday shopping or even after a day of playing in the snow. That warm drink will help warm you up, and so will just a little bit of alcohol added to it. See below for some cold weather cocktail recipes to try this winter. 1. Spiced Coffee This is a good drink for days when your plain old coffee just won’t do. Whipped Cream Ingredients: 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice Coffee Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups freshly brewed coffee 1 tablespoon sugar 4 tablespoons whiskey Directions: Whipped Cream:  ​Whip all ingredients together to form stiff peaks. Spiced Coffee:  ​Divide the ingredients between two glasses. Add the whipped cream to the top of each glass. Sprinkle with pumpkin spice (optional). 2. Spiked Hot Chocolate This is hot chocolate all grown up.  Ingredients: 1/2 cup chocolate chips (you can also use white chocolate) 2 1/2 cups milk 1/4 cup pumpkin puree 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/2 ounce bourbon whipped cream (for the topping – optional) Directions: Melt the chocolate chips in a saucepan on the stove over low-medium heat. Add 1/2 cup of milk to the melted chocolate. After the chips are all melted, add the rest of the milk, the pumpkin puree and the pumpkin spice and stir continuously until well blended. Pour a small amount of the mixture into two glasses, then add the bourbon to each glass (divided evenly).  Add the rest of the mixture to each glass and top with your whipped cream. You can also add more pumpkin spice atop the whipped cream. 3. Orange Spiced Tea For the tea drinkers, this is definitely not your usual sleepy time tea. Enjoy a glass while curled up with a good book or with good company. Ingredients: 1 orange spice tea bag 8 ounces apple cider 2 ounces rum Cinnamon stick Directions: Heat the apple cider in a saucepan over medium heat. Add your tea bag for five minutes. Then add the rum to the mixture stirring to blend thoroughly. Pour into a glass and enjoy. You can add a cinnamon stick for garnish and for extra flavor. These drinks will help keep you warm on those cold winter nights. Make them for yourself, or invite over a few friends to share your cocktails. If you’re in need of the right alcohol, consider visiting a store that specializes in liquor, such as Universal Discount Package Store. Always be sure to drink...

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6 Strategies For Moving Stuff Into Storage During Rainy Or Snowy Weather

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Strategies For Moving Stuff Into Storage During Rainy Or Snowy Weather

Everyone wishes for a beautiful sunny day with moderate temperatures and no wind when they’re moving belongings into a self-storage unit. Unfortunately, the weather isn’t always cooperative. If you have to do this project on a day when it’s raining or snowing, use some helpful strategies to keep everything safe. Unpack Wet Cardboard Boxes in One Area of the Unit If you’ve sealed the boxes with packaging tape or duct tape, rainwater shouldn’t get inside on your short trips between the buildings and the vehicle. If the boxes are wet when you arrive, however, you’ll need to unpack your belongings in the unit and get rid of that wet cardboard. Otherwise, things could begin to develop mildew. Wrap Smaller Unpacked Items in Plastic Bags A set of big plastic trash bags or leaf bags helps protect belongings you weren’t planning to pack in containers. Some examples might include clothing on hangers, smaller pieces of furniture and framed artwork. As with the cardboard, you’ll need to take these possessions out of the wet bags when you arrive.  Cover Larger Furniture  Wood furniture can be protected from rain and snow with large pieces of fabric, such as blankets or sheets, or with plastic slipcovers. Rolls of cheap plastic sheeting also are available at various stores; you can easily cut it to make more than one furniture cover. If anything does get wet, dry it thoroughly with a towel or rag when you arrive.  It’s best to protect fabric furniture with plastic to keep it totally dry, since you don’t want to take a chance on storing it while it’s damp.  Wear Shoes With Tread If it’s a warm, rainy day, you might be tempted to wear sandals or flip-flops. However, it’s best to put on a pair of sturdy athletic shoes that don’t have worn tread. Wet pavement and grass can be slippery, and you don’t want to fall while you’re carrying something fragile or heavy. Fragile items might break, and you might injure yourself if you fall while carrying a heavy object. Ask a Friend to Help If at least two people work on this project, one of you can carry items from the vehicle and hand them to the other person who stays dry inside the storage unit. At least that way, nobody will repeatedly track in rainwater or snow. Change into a different pair of shoes when it’s time to go in and start arranging everything.  Bring a Shovel if Necessary If snow is going to accumulate by the time you reach the storage unit, bring a snow shovel to clear a path and to keep it clear.  For more information about self storage units, contact a company like Tysons Self...

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Proper Storage And Maintenance Of Electronics And Media

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Proper Storage And Maintenance Of Electronics And Media

Sometimes you need to put your best technology in storage. You may have a lot of hard drives, optical disks (CDs, DVDs or even Blu-ray discs) that are full of information, but no room to keep the old memories at your home or business. Unfortunately, putting the technology in storage is a quick way to discover how temporary information can be, even in the digital age. To understand the risks, the misconceptions and what you can do to protect your information, keep a few inspection and maintenance concepts in mind. Floppy Disks And DVDs Won’t Last Forever This may come as a surprise to many people, as the era for floppy disks wasn’t that long ago. Floppy disks were touted as long-lasting storage media, and even though their storage potential is far smaller than the bigger hard drives, flash drives and Blu-ray discs that followed, your old memories should be safe. The research is still being done, but the shelf-life of floppy disks and other magnetic media is estimated to be between 10 to 20 years. A somewhat deceptive issue behind these numbers is that it assumes professional storage practices in place to protect your disks. If you’ve been putting floppy disks in a box or in the same holding tray used in the 1990’s, the magnetic tape inside the disk may already be rotting away due to binder hydrolysis or Sticky-shed syndrome. When floppy disks were just becoming replaced by compact discs (CDs), a good piece of advice would be to place a dehumidifier in a storage room and keep the floppy disks in an airtight box. If you have important information on your floppy disks, do not touch them. A digital media preservation professional can temporarily bring the disks back to a usable state in a process called baking, then transfer your information to a newer storage. After that, place your new storage in a dry, clean storage facility. CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray disks may have better storage potential, but they are just as susceptible to decomposition and should be upgraded to the newest storage type. Storage Room Preparation And Container Choices Dehumidifiers were discussed for storage room use in the previous section. This is because many areas may be subject to humidity, which can speed up the decomposition process significantly. Plastics can begin to break down, magnetic particles can separate through the previously mentioned hydrolysis effect and electronic components can be packed with water, which can lead to electric sparks and damage when powered on. A dehumidifier removes water from the air, but must be rated for the room in use. Dehumidifiers have a rating that explains the room dimensions (size) to determine if your dehumidifier is strong enough for the storage room of choice. Contact the manufacturer to discuss the specifics of your storage area and to get a detailed guide of other humidity threats. Air filters are necessary as well, since every entry can bring dust and debris. Depending on the public storage design, there may be carpeting or other dust or lint-releasing materials that can create a slow dust problem. You should also invest in airtight containers. Once the storage room is clean and conditioned, place your electronics and storage media inside airtight containers to add an additional layer of climate control. Contact a public storage...

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Protect Your Investment And Building Materials With Proper Storage

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Protect Your Investment And Building Materials With Proper Storage

There is no point to hang on to building materials and supplies, such as lumber, metal, and solvents, if you can’t find a place to store them. Leaving these items outside in the elements can quickly deteriorate and damage the materials, rendering many of them useless. A great way to protect your investment and keep building materials clean, dry, and safe is by moving them to a self-storage facility. Consider the following recommendations for storing your building materials: Lumber and wood Store planks above your head in self-storage units; this ensures that they are off the ground in case of a spill, and this may make more room in your unit for other goods. Lumber is especially susceptible to moisture, and it can be damaged if you risk leaving it outside. Even in mild climates or when wood is outside but under cover, it still is at risk of staining and discoloration caused by the elements. Chemicals and paint Never store chemicals or containers when you don’t know what is inside. Check the self-storage terms to determine what chemicals and solvents are not allowed on the premise. Paint should be stored in rust-free cans with a color sample on the lid or label for quick recognition. Nuts and bolts It is fairly surprising how keeping nuts, bolts, hinges, and hardware organized can become a habit. There is nothing as frustrating as looking for a specific piece of hardware, purchasing it again, and finding it later on. It may sound cliché, but pickle jars and mayonnaise containers make the very best way to organize and store these small parts. Scrap metal Be cautious and careful when handling and storing scrap metal. Metal can be rusty and sharp, which could result in accidents causing nasty cuts and infections. Jagged pieces of metal should be contained in sturdy containers or totes, and it may be most sensible to make a trip to the recycling center rather than fill your storage unit with these dangerous, bulky materials. Tools and equipment Never store tools that are dirty or wet. Also, don’t throw tools haphazardly in boxes or storage totes. This is a quick way to damage your expensive tools. A self-storage unit is a wise investment for those that have upcoming building projects, are salvaging materials for a job, or that are currently renovating their home. These climate-controlled facilities offer a place that will preserve and protect your valuable supplies, while also keeping them easy to access. Talk with a self-storage business like Gray Storage Solutions in your region to determine if this is a viable storage option for your...

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A Storage Unit Can Be Helpful When You Are Struggling Financially

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Storage Unit Can Be Helpful When You Are Struggling Financially

Just about everyone falls on financial hardship at some point in their life. Loss of a spouse, a job, or simply an accident can cause you to go into financial hardship and require you to figure out a new way to be able to stay afloat until your luck turns around. One great way to help supplement some of your income is to turn your home into a rental property. All you will need to do is store your belongings in a storage unit and rent a small apartment or stay with friends or family until you are able to get back on your feet. The following guide walks you through the many reasons why a storage unit will serve as a great resource for you during this hard time in your life. Instant Storage Option You can rent a storage unit and start moving your belongings in today. You do not have to wait for a credit check to get a storage unit. You do need to provide your own lock to secure the locker once your belongings are in it, but you can often buy one in the office of the storage facility if you don’t have one. Safety and Security There is often a fence and security cameras around a storage facility to ensure that your belongings are kept safe while they are being stored. If you were to store your belongings in a garage or trailer, there would always be a chance that someone could get to your belongings and steal them. The storage facility ensures things are safe and secure at all times. Easy Access When Needed Storing your belongings in a storage unit allows you to get to them at any time of the day or night. This allows you to be sure that you can always get what you need when you need it. You will have an access card or code that allows you to open the gate or door that secures the storage facility from the public so that you can come into your unit whenever you need to get something out of it. Affordable Rental Fees Most storage facilities change very little to rent a unit. You need to determine how much space you need for your items and the manager of the facility can then let you know how much the particular unit you need costs per month. The rental fees are far less than what you would pay for your mortgage or rental for another home, so it will save you money in the long run. When you get back on your feet, you can terminate your contract with the storage company and move your items back into your house without having to pay any additional fees. The storage unit will give you peace of mind that your belongings are safe and sound while you attempt to get your finances back in order. For more information, contact a service like National Self Storage –...

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Vinyl Records: 5 Things To Keep In Mind When Storing

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Vinyl Records: 5 Things To Keep In Mind When Storing

In 2014, vinyl record sales increased 52 percent from the previous year. Whether you just starting collecting or you’ve been collecting for years, you need to know how to properly store your collection so that they’ll play wonderfully for years to come. Here are five things to remember: 1. Keep Your Records in Their Packaging. Dirt and dust can easily accumulate on vinyl records and work its way into the grooves. This can have a huge impact on the quality of sound. Therefore, you need to keep the original packaging that you bought it in to protect the record from dirt. If you no longer have this or purchased the record without the packaging, you need to purchase some. 2. Upgrade Your Inner Sleeves. Most inner sleeves are made of paper, which is the most basic type of sleeve. While these do serve the purpose they were designed to serve, it may be better to upgrade to a different type of material for more durability. After all, paper can tear, which can leave your record unprotected and exposed to various elements. DiscoMusic.com suggests using a poly inner sleeve for those who don’t have the money to spend on the highest quality of sleeve, which is an audiophile grade archival inner record sleeve. 3. Don’t Overlook the Importance of the Outer Sleeve. While it is crucial to have an inner sleeve to protect the record, you need an outer sleeve to protect the cardboard album jacket. That artwork is just as important as the vinyl record itself, so you want to protect it from tears, scuff marks and scratches. Outer sleeves are made from plastic and vary in size of thickness. DisscoMusic.com recommends 3 mm thick. 4. Keep the Records Away from the Heat. The heat is the last thing you need for your vinyl record collection, unless you want it to melt. Therefore, when selecting a self storage unit to store your collection, make sure that you pay a little bit more and get a climate-controlled unit. 5. Position Your Albums Vertically. When storing your records in a container, tub or on a shelf, you want to make sure to store them vertically instead of horizontally. Otherwise, you’re increasing the likelihood of the records warping from the additional pressure and stress. In addition, horizontal storage is putting them more at risk of getting crushed by other objects if they are stored near heavier items. Proper storage is key to long-lasting, high-quality records. Contact self-storage facilities in your area to find out which one has the best prices for climate-controlled...

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Four Tips For Choosing A Storage Unit For Your Direct Sales Business

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Tips For Choosing A Storage Unit For Your Direct Sales Business

A successful direct sales business can quickly take over your home. Whether you’re selling physical products, like kitchen equipment or health supplements, or a service, such as legal memberships, you will have a lot of business-related materials that you will need to keep on hand. This is where a self storage facility can give you your home back, while still affording you the low overhead of having your own home business. These tips can help you pick the best facility for your home sales business. #1: Decide on the Unit Type Not all storage facilities are created equal. First, you need to decide whether you want an interior unit or a drive-up unit. If your product is heavy or unwieldy, a drive-up unit will shorten the distance that you must carry items. On the other hand, you may prefer a unit inside a building if you are storing highly valuable items, such as you would for a jewelry sales business. #2: Check Out the Security Features Speaking of security, make sure you are comfortable with the level of security provided by the facility. Any storage facility you choose should have controlled access gates at the bare minimum. Onsite security, either via surveillance cameras or life security professionals, is another perk to look for. It will be up to you to choose a lock for your unit. Although some facilities may have built-in keypad locks, you may still want to provide an additional lock of your own, if this is possible. #3: Know the Climate Climate controlled units are a must for some direct sales businesses. For example, if your product is perishable or sensitive to temperature in any way, such as food or supplement items, climate control is a must to control both temperatures and humidity. In humid climates you may also want to opt for a climate-controlled unit so important paperwork and sales materials aren’t damaged by moisture. You can further alleviate moisture concerns by using shelves or pallets in your unit to keep items elevated off the floor. #4: Look Into the Amenities Some units cater specifically to small home business owners. These facilities may offer units that double as office space, so you don’t always have to work from home. If you are interested in this option, look for a climate-controlled facility that has onsite Wi-Fi internet access and electrical access in their units. With the addition of a small desk and a laptop, you can take advantage of a quiet workspace away from the responsibilities of home....

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The Benefits That Come From Hiring A Professional Garage Builders

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Benefits That Come From Hiring A Professional Garage Builders

Sure, you could attempt to build your garage on your own. However, that might not work out the best for you. Take a moment to review the following benefits that would come from hiring a professional garage builder so you will end up with the best results. They Get Town Approval When you are building something on your property, such as a garage, it is important to get the plans approved by the local town authorities. You need to do this before you can think about taking any other steps. Your professional garage builder will draw up the plans and get them reviewed by the appropriate people. Your builder will also make sure that your plans are not in violation of any new town ordinances that you might not have been made aware of. For example, they might have changed how close you can bring a new structure to the property line or the road. They Collect All Of The Proper Permits You might only need one single building permit. However, you might need a few additional permits. It all depends on the rules of your individual town, as each can run things differently. If you hire an experienced garage builder from your area, he or she will likely already know what permits are required and how to get them without much difficulty. Once your garage builder has obtained the permits, he or she will know where to display them and how long they are good for. They Give Solid Advice You might have a lot of visions in your head that you would like to see come to light. However, they may not be feasible with the types of materials you are using, local codes, or even the placement of the garage on your land. With the advice of the garage builder, you will be able to create the best garage for your money. They Deal With The Inspector While you might want to be around for the inspection of the work as it is being finished, you may want to allow your garage builder to handle the appointment. After all, it is the builder that has done the work and will be able to answer any questions that the inspector may have. Should the inspector have any suggestions or further requirements for the garage, your garage builder will understand the instructions so that they can be implemented properly. As you can see, there are many benefits that will come from hiring a skilled and reputable garage builder. All you have to do now is decide when you want to start the project and then look for a garage builder that will be available during that time frame. For more information, contact a company like Iowa...

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