The winter holidays would not be complete without joyful holiday decorations, and a Christmas tree is never complete without its colorful ornaments. Trimming the tree with lights, garlands, passed down family heirloom ornaments and the new ornaments you just bought last year are a large part of the holiday fun during Christmas. But what is the best way to store those ornaments after the tree comes down?
Every year, people open up their ornament boxes to find shiny and colorful pieces of broken ornament and wonder how it broke in the box. Unless they are stored away properly, ornaments (unless they are plastic) can easily shuffle around and break, even if they are in a boxed set. In order to avoid finding broken pieces of ornament next year, follow these few tips: Read the rest »
Making the decision to place some of your belongings into self-storage is not an easy one, but can ultimately help you clear up space in your home and even simplify your life. That decision is only the first obstacle, however. Now you need to evaluate almost everything you own to answer the important question, to store, or not to store?
Trying to figure out what should go into storage and what shouldn’t is not necessarily an easy process. Your wedding dress or wedding tux from 15 years ago is an easy one to figure out, but what about that coat that you haven’t worn in a few years but always plan to? Or the comfortable armchair that’s so great to relax in but just doesn’t really fit? Or even the fine china and glassware that you’ve been planning to use for that special occasion that hasn’t arrived yet? The fear is that once it is stored, that’s when you’ll need it, but feeding into that fear is pointless, especially if the self-storage facility you choose is nearby and has convenient access hours. If you’re committed to storing some of your possessions, ask yourself the following questions for each item, to determine if it should stay or go: Read the rest »
The winter season brings two of the most highly anticipated holidays of the year: Christmas and Hanukkah. With these festive holidays come festive decorations in the form of menorahs, wreaths, garlands, dradles, colorful string lights, fake snow, candles, Christmas tree ornaments, Santa figurines, full-size reindeer, nativity scenes, and more. As the years go by, families add an item or two to their holiday décor.
The “holiday box” may have started out as a small bag in the closet, then grew to a small box in the closet, which then expanded to a medium sized box in the garage, which then became a large box in the basement, which may have even exploded into a few boxes and a few shelves in the basement. Finally, there is no more room in the basement, the closet, the garage, or the attic. Holiday decorations are memories that are enjoyed year after year by adults and children alike. Getting rid of any of those decorations would be like getting rid of the family memories made year after year. Those memories should be cherished, not forgotten, and so should the decorations that remind you of those past holidays. Read the rest »
Moving is a complicated process, it means deciding what is going with you and what goes into storage. Along with this comes packing, researching, and hiring a moving company or renting a truck, making the move and then, of course, getting the bill (you may also have to put down a deposit up front). Ideally, you avoid mover drama pitfalls, you find a great moving company, and your move goes off without a hitch.
This is unfortunately not always the case. The moving industry is not immune to shady business practices and anyone planning on moving should be cautious of who they choose to do business with. The California Moving & Storage Association (CMSA) provides the following tips to help consumers avoid moving company fraud: Read the rest »