Springtime is upon us. It is time to make a fresh start and clear up some extra space in your home, closet, attic, and garage. As you go from room to room, make a pile of items you are going to donate, items that should be thrown out, and items you want to keep but do not need access to 24 hours a day. The piles of belongings you do not currently need but would like to keep are perfect for storage. Imagine the extra room you’ll have once you move these items to an air-conditioned clean and secure storage unit.
Step One: Get Organized
Make a list of what goals you have for spring-cleaning this year. Perhaps you sorted out your garage last year and this year you want to focus on your closets. Write down what you want to accomplish and what supplies you will need. Cleaning supplies, trash bags, and boxes for storage are a must. Read the rest »
With the popularity of e-book readers and tablets, it sometimes feels like books are going out of style. For those of us who love to collect and read books, there is no replacing the feel, smell, and touch of a classic hardcover. If you have a book collection that is taking over the storage space in your home, it may be time to learn about proper book storage. Books are fragile, and if they are not stored correctly, they can suffer irreparable damage.
You Need Climate Control
Low humidity can cause the paper to become brittle. Too much humidity and warmth can result in mold growth. Fluctuations of humidity can cause a book to slightly expand and contract, resulting in physical deterioration. This is why it is not advisable to store books that are important to you in your garage or attic. They should be kept in a space that is kept below 70 degrees with humidity consistently between 30 to 50 percent. Storage spaces with climate control can maintain the perfect humidity and temperature to protect your collection. Read the rest »
Moving is expensive. There are just so many extra expenses that will pop up during a move that are hard to predict and budget for. This is why it is important to plan ahead and to research ways to reduce your expenses. For example, you may be able to secure an affordable self-storage unit to help you save money. Here are just a handful of tips that could prove useful during your move.
Find Inexpensive Moving Supplies
Ask your friends who have recently moved if they still have boxes. Some moving companies and self-storage facilities offer affordable packing tape and boxes as well. Some places even offer free boxes if you are willing to pick them up. Try your local grocery or liquor store and ask if they have spare boxes they want to part with. As long as they are not damaged or wet, used boxes are perfectly fine to use. Read the rest »
Whether you are just starting a wine collection or you are a connoisseur with your own wine cellar, temperature matters. Temperature is perhaps the most important factor when preserving, storing, and serving your wine. Getting the temperature just right will help your wine age in an optimal manner resulting in a better flavor and aroma. Here are a few tips to help you get the temperature just right.
Keep your wine collection away from heat and air conditioning vents. Don’t put your wine on top of the refrigerator or anywhere else that may heat up from time to time. Make sure your collection is also away from the sunlight. Sudden fluctuations in temperature can prematurely age your wine. Read the rest »