Six Simple Decorative Ideas for The holidays

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If you already haven’t done so, it’s time to take the basket, tablecloth, place settings and all your other holiday decorative goods out of your storage unit.  Little touches of decor here and there make holiday dinners special. Here are a few simple ideas to help spruce up your dinner table:

 

Cinnamon Stick

This is an easy decorative touch that you can place on each person’s plate as part of the place setting. It has that nice earthy fall tone, plus the stick evokes much of what we love about this season—baking, mulling and warmth.

 

Gourds

Whether you arrange them in a basket or dish or have even one on a table, these strange looking fruits are reminders that it’s time to celebrate the holidays.  
 

 

Pinecones

In a dish, part of a flower arrangement or even around a candle, pinecones are another nice way to bring in the season. One creative way you can pinecones is have them hold place cards for dinner parties.

 

Pomegranates

Though not traditional, pomegranates are the ultimate autumn fruit. Arrange a few in a basket or vase with some flowers, cut some open to reveal a hint of their ruby jewels or have a seeded bowl of these beauties to adorn your table.

 

Branches of Leaves

Bring inside the color of trees. A few branches with red and yellow leaves or berries could be an arrangement by themselves—all you have to do is place them in a vase. You can also lay them on the dining table around the dishes you’ll be serving your food in.
 

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Dried Corn

Bunched together or placed separately, dried corn is another one of those classically fall and seasonal decorations. Bonus: ask if they’re fit to eat when purchasing and pop them later for that movie you’ll watch after the big dinner.

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Innovative Ways to use Self-Storage

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We’re all aware of the conventional ways one can use storage units: rotate seasonal items, store belongings in during a move and utilize it as storage for items you might not need for a while. But there are several ways you can utilize storage that don’t involve the traditional use of the space. Here they are:

 

Rehearsal Space

Most of us all have small apartments in New York City and many of us are actors, musicians or comedians. Renting rehearsal space tends to be expensive. Self-storage could be an economical way to have a dedicated rehearsal space where you can also store gear and musical instruments.
 

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Art Studio

Visual artists need space to create work. Storage units might be the place to look to for an affordable art studio. Just remember you’ll need proper ventilation when dealing with chemicals, such as certain paints, solvents and such.
 

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Office Space

Small business owners might find it unfeasible to rent office space in and around NYC. A storage unit is an economical way to get yourself a space to work and store business related inventory and items in.  

 

Gym

You can create a personal fitness space by purchasing a few pieces of equipment and opt out if paying expensive monthly fees. And you might be able to cut down costs if you share the space with friends.
 

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Pitfalls to Avoid for Using Self-Storage During a Move

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Many people will use storage during a move. Sometimes it’s because the next home is not ready and at times it might be a way to move in stages. Either way, self-storage is a great option during relocation. It is however another component added to the already complicated process of moving. So it’s important to avoid some common mistakes:

 

Not Ensuring the Moving Truck Will Fit

It’s possible that your storage facility will have tight openings and spaces. You’ll need to find out what kind of vehicle your movers will employ and then use the dimensions of the truck to ensure it will fit through the storage facility all the way to your unit.  Ask the storage facility for restrictions such as clearance heights.
 

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Not Getting Loading Limits

Some facilities may have a limit on how much weight they can handle. Ask the facility if they have such limits and then estimate the weight of the truck and its load to ensure a safe delivery.

 

Not Getting the Right Sized Unit    

There’s nothing worse than having movers bring your stuff to a self-storage unit only to find out everything won’t fit. Make sure you calculate the volume of your goods and rent a unit that will fit. When in doubt, consult the experts at the facility. They are specialists in self-storage and can offer guidance.
 

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Not Having a Plan for Movers

There’s a method to the madness of arranging boxes and furniture in a storage unit, especially if you plan on having access to your stuff while stored away. Either draw out a plan and give copies to the movers, clearly indicating where each box type goes, or make sure to be available and present while they are unloading to give them clear directions. Either way, there needs to be a plan and you’re the person responsible for making sure it’s executed.
 

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Tips for Using Self-Storage

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Almost 10 percent of Americans use self-storage to house some, or all of their belongings. New Yorkers are no exception and in fact many find that renting a self-storage unit is far more cost-efficient than opting for a larger apartment to gain space.  So what are some tips we can offer to those of you looking to rent one? Here are some:

 

Pallets

Keeping your boxes and furniture off the ground will save them from potential water damage. Although you might not have anything that could spill, your neighboring unit might. Furthermore, Mother Nature could unleash a hurricane or heavy rain your way when you least expect it.
 

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Secure Lock

Aside from making sure your facility offers top-notch security, the best protection you can provide for your belongings is a secure and high quality lock. Do your research when picking a lock for your unit and pick one that suits you. We like disc locks—designed specifically for storage units. A potential thief would have to invest a lot of time to pick these, so it’s likely they won’t bother.

 

Label Everything

It’s amazing how many folks think they can get away with not labeling their boxes. If you don’t clearly state what’s in each package, it’s likely you won’t know where to look when you go to retrieve an item. Come up with a labeling system and stick to it.
 

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Wrap Unboxed Items

Your furniture, mattress and anything else that’s not boxed is best wrapped to keep dust, moisture and critters away. Wrap it up with plastic or cloth—depending on item type—for peace of mind.

 

Think of Seasonal Changes

Temperature and humidity change quite a bit from season to season. Plan for this seasonal change if your goods aren’t in a climate-controlled unit—this means that items like photos, art and musical instruments could be affected or even damaged during fluctuations. Plan to insulate such items or consider removing them from the unit. 
 

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Items You Shouldn’t Put in Self-Storage

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A self-storage unit could be an extension of your home or business and you can, for the most part, store in it what you please. There are, however, items you cannot store in your unit as regulated either by state or federal laws or the facility’s guidelines. Here are seven things you should not store in your unit—for a full list, check with your storage facility:
 

People

This should go without saying, but it should be reinstated that a storage facility is not there to house humans.
 

Illegal Drugs

Just like you’re not allowed to have illegal drugs in a home or on the street, you’re also not allowed to have them in a storage unit.
 

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Hazardous Material

You should never store anything that’s considered hazardous in a storage unit. The list includes, but is not limited to, asbestos, hazardous waste, fertilizer and the likes.
 

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Animals

Never put your furry friends in a storage facility. Not only is it cruel and inhumane to have a living creature in a dark and lonely space, but they could also attract vermin and other creatures.
 

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Stolen Property

Storage facilities don’t allow stolen goods under their roofs. If you bring it in, you’re breeching your contract with the facility. Never store stolen goods in a unit.
 

Highly Flammable Material

Things like gasoline, paint and propane can easily go up in flames causing damage not just to your unit but also to the rest of the facility and people around.
 

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Firearms and Weapons

Many storage facilities will not allow firearms and weapons in their units.  Check with the facility to find out what their rules are. Chances are, if they allow these items, the facility officials might ask for you to carry extra insurance.

 

Amenities to Look for in Self-Storage

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Self-storage units can be much more than just square rooms with four walls and a ceiling for you to plop down boxes in. Many offer amenities that could be beneficial to those storing valuables or unusual items to those looking to use the units as an extension of their business. Here are some amenities to look for when researching storage facilities:
 

Climate Control

If you’re storing art, wine, documents, musical instruments or the likes, you want find facilities that offer climate control. Steady temperature and humidity ensure that these types of belongings won’t get damaged when not in use.
 

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Security

While most self-storage facilities offer some type of security, the degree to which each one is safe varies. Some offer excellent lighting, round the clock video surveillance and alarm systems, while other might just opt for a keyed or password entry system. Sometimes you’ll pay a premium to have your things stored at a facility that offers more, but that could mean you’re better protecting your belongings.
 

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Business Facilities

If you’re planning to use the self-storage as an extension of your business, you might want to look for facilities that offer conference rooms and technology equipment and services like printers and a Wi-Fi connection.  Some offer workstations, lounge area and even coffee! This is not your grandmother’s self-storage.
 

Storage for Vehicles

Individuals and businesses might need to store cars, boats, trucks, RVs and other vehicles—especially in New York City where space is limited. If you’re one of those people, look for self-storage units that have the space and ability to accommodate vehicles.
 

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Customization

If you need customization within your unit, you’ll need to find a facility that offers amenities like moveable shelving, lighting and power outlets. In some cases you can let the facility know and they will outfit the unit to suit your requirements.

 

 

 

Organizing Business Inventory and Supplies in Storage

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Some businesses choose self-storage to store their inventory and supplies in—this is especially useful for space-starved cities like our own New York. It’s an economical and practical solution, which can alleviate some of the burden off the working or retail space. To help manage inventory and supplies in self-storage, we offer these tips:
 

Record your Inventory

To avoid confusion later on and to keep track of your inventory and supplies, make a list of everything you plan to store. Group your items in a way that makes sense to your business. Make copies of your inventory—one to keep in the office and one to keep at the storage unit. Remember to update the inventory each time you retrieve items from, or add to, the unit.
 

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Decide on Type of Storage

Your inventory or supplies might need to be placed in a controlled temperature or humidity environment. If you are storing items such as antiques, art or rare books, you might want to consider climate-controlled storage.
 

Pack Properly

Pay attention to how you pack. Find boxes appropriate to each group of items while considering how often you will need to open each box and therefore sealing it in a way that accommodates your needs. For example, if you plan on opening a box each week to grab papers out of, you might opt for a file box and seal it in a way that’s easy to open.
 



Pay Attention to the Order of Boxes

Put the things you’ll need more frequently closer to the front of the unit and items you’ll use less frequently in the back. This will help you with retrieval and save you a game of musical boxes.
 

Make a Map

A map of the unit will help you know where each box is in the unit. Secure your schematic to a wall near the door for easy access.  
 

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How to Get Rid of Storage Unit Contents

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You’ve been holding on to many of your belongings for years and have been keeping them in your self-storage unit. But some of those items, like that old television set or extra blender you got as a wedding gift, are no longer needed in your life and you’ve decided to get rid of them, along with some other things. So how to do you go about doing that? Here are some ideas to empty out your unit:
 

Advertise Your Items

Advertise your items individually in online and newspaper classifieds. You may opt to describe each piece in the ad and add photos or just provide a partial or full item list. Be prepared to meet potential buyers at the unit once they contact you.
 

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Have a Garage Sale

Pick a weekend and hold a garage sale at the unit. You can advertise online, in the local newspapers and post signs in the neighborhood.  Make sure to check with the storage facility to ensure there are no restrictions to having an onsite sale.
 

Auction the Unit

You’ve seen it on television, but it’s also very common in real life to auction an entire unit. Although you won’t receive as much money as offering your pieces individually, having an auction means you can sell everything at once. Check with the facility to get recommendations for auctioneers. Then arrange your items so the most desirable pieces are closer to the door as buyers will only see what’s visible while standing outside the unit.
 

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Give Away the Leftovers

If you have items that don’t sell and that you no longer wish to hold on to, donate those pieces to places like Goodwill Industries International Inc. or The Salvation Army. This way, someone else can put the item to good use.

 

Choosing Storage Size

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You’ve finally decided to rent a storage space—be it to make room in your home, get you through a move, or store business inventory in. Whatever your reasoning may be, self-storage seems to be the answer. Now it’s time to decide what size unit will fit your needs. Here’s a guide to how much stuff some of the common-sized storage units will hold—though we recommend you check with a professional at the facility of your choice as well:
 

5 x 5 Unit

This closet-sized unit is perhaps the smallest size you’ll find. It’s best used for storing seasonal items, such as clothes, beach and ski gear and the likes. It can also hold a twin mattress and box spring.
 

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5 x 10 Unit

Still closet-sized but more like a walk-in than a reach in, a 5 x 10 unit is good for storing a queen-sized bed, a file cabinet, a dresser and some boxes.  
 

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5 x 15 Unit

A 5 x 15 unit is like a large walk in closet and should fit the furniture of one bedroom—like a bed and two nightstands, a chest drawer, a television and some boxes.
 

10 x 10 Unit

This unit is half the size of a one-car garage and should fit the contents of two bedrooms or a living room. For many New Yorkers who live in studios, this could be enough to fit most of their stuff.
 

10 x 15 Unit

A 10 x 15 should satisfy those looking to fit the contents of three bedrooms and larger items like couches, pianos and bookcases.
 

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10 x 20 Unit

This garage-sized unit can hold the contents of a home including furniture, boxes and even appliances such as a refrigerator and a washer and dryer.
 

10 x 25 Unit

Larger than a garage, this unit can hold the contents of a three-bedroom house complete with some outdoor items like grills and furniture.
 

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10 x 30 Unit

These units are equivalent to one and a half times the size of a garage and can hold the contents of up to a five-bedroom house.

 

How to Safely Store Books

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Books, we love ‘em but hate how much room they take in our tiny New York living spaces. Some we need to have in our lives every day, some we can put away in storage and retrieve as needed or when we move to a larger apartment. So get rid of the clutter, pack up some of your books and head on to your storage unit. Just make sure you’re storing them properly so they stay in the best shape possible. Here are some tips:
 

Go Climate Control

The last thing you want covering those beloved words—especially if any are collector’s edition or rare—is mold. Climate control will allow you to keep the temperature below 70 and humidity between 30 to 50 percent.  
 

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Clean ‘Em

Vacuum and dust your books before storing them. Any leftover dirt can cause stains and cosmetically damage your books.
 

Add Some Protection

If the books you’re storing are valuable, it’s worth adding a layer of protection around each one—this could be a cloth or paper.
 

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Go Acid Free

Acid can damage paper. Make sure the boxes you use to store your books are acid free.
 

Label Clearly

Whether it’s by author or genre or date, find a way to categorize and box up your books. Then clearly mark each box with a list of what’s inside so when you need a volume, you’ll know where to find it.
 

Keep Off the Ground

Always keep your boxes off the ground in storage units, but especially if they contain vulnerable items like books. Use pellets, bricks or blocks of sorts to elevate what’s precious. The last thing you want is water from a flood or spill to destroy books.
 

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Five Ways To Create More Bedroom storage

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You’re forever looking to give your bedroom a sleek look and to organize your clutter. Those books piled on the desk and clothes on the floor aren’t helping that goal. So where to put those items and how to create more storage? Here are five tips to help you out:
 

Use Shelves

Install shelves along a wall that’s not being utilized and store your books and knick-knacks on it. Not only will shelves give your items a place to live, they can be visually pleasing.
 

Get Rid of Extra Furniture

If you’re housing a random chair that you never sit on in the corner, a file cabinet that’s mostly empty or some other piece of furniture that’s hardly used, consider getting rid of them. It’s the easiest way to gain square footage that you can use for pieces that serve better function.
 

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Use the Space Under the Bed

Otherwise underutilized, the space under the bed is the perfect spot to store boxes of shoes, linens, sweaters and the likes. If you’re bed is too close to the ground consider getting bed risers.
 

Get a Good Hamper

Laundry baskets are usually too wide and often end up looking sloppy—with all the clothes in plain sight. If there’s no space in the closet to store a basket, opt for a nice tall hamper with a cover that will take less floor space but will still hold the abundance of clothes you’ll be wearing each week.
 

Choose Functional Nightstands

Pick nightstands that have drawers and shelves that could be used for storage. If your current nightstands lack these features, switch them out for pieces that will help keep you organized.
 

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Six Items to Put in Storage Now

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Fall is around the corner—yikes, we’re sad too—and soon you won’t have the need for many of your warm weather items. It’s time to schedule a seasonal trip to your storage unit and put away some of your summer items. Here are five things that can be put away until Memorial Day:
 

Beach Supplies

Boogie boards, kayaks, beach towels, umbrellas and the likes will soon need to be retired. Make sure all items are dry before storing them, so they don’t mold or deteriorate while packed away.
 

Gardening Supplies

As soon as temperatures start dipping you’ll need to start ridding yourself of your perennial plants. Recycle the plants and put away the pots, extra soil and all the other tools related to this spring and summertime activity.
 

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Patio Furniture

You will likely have another month or two to use your patio furniture but sooner or later, you won’t be able to sit outside and must prepare to store this stuff.  Clean and dry everything and use dust covers to ensure your furniture stays dirt-free and is ready to go next year when you take it out.
 

Camping Gear

Unless you’re one of those winter camping types—and kudos to you if you are—it’ll soon be time to put away your tent, sleeping bag, lantern, backpack and all the other gear that gets your closer to nature. Putting your camping goods in clearly marked boxes will help you grab them if you decide on a last minute cold-weather trip to the great outdoors.
 

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Summer Shoes

In with the boots and out with the open toed shoes: It’s time to put away our favorite summer footwear. From sandals to water shoes to flip flops, it’s almost time to retire warm weather shoes. We’re sad too, but such is living on the Northeast.  If you have shoeboxes, nicely store your footwear in their own containers so that they stay in good shape for the next several months.
 

Summer Clothes

Goodbye sundresses and shorts. We will miss you and all your fun and happy colors. Put away summer clothes you won’t use. Make sure they are clean and dry and store them in lidded plastic bins to ensure critters or moisture doesn’t damage them.
 

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Six Ways for Businesses to Use Storage Units

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Whether you’re a small business owner or run the operations of a large corporation, storage facilities can be a lifesaver for your organization, especially in our space-starved city. Here are six ways you can use storage units for your business:
 

Inventory

In New York City, commercial rents are high and therefore storefronts tend to be small. A storage unit is the fantastic solution for businesses to use as extra space for rotating inventory, storing new items or stocking duplicates.  
 

Showroom

Some small businesses use storage units as showrooms where they can bring in clients to see their items. This is especially useful for people who make or sell large items such as furniture.
 

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Seasonal Items

Be it for sale or for use around the business, lawnmowers, shovels, snow blowers and the likes are the kinds of equipment that can be rotated seasonally. Use storage to switch out what your business needs depending on the tilt of the Earth.
 

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Decorative Items

Art, holiday decorations, pillows and much more are continually switched out in stores, hotels and restaurants. A storage facility means that you don’t have to constantly wonder where to store decorations when they’re ready to be put away.
 

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Food and Beverage

Businesses can use climate controlled storage units to store edible items, such as wine, that might need to be stored for later use. It’s a simple solution for an ever-shrinking city.
 

Documents

Over the years, businesses tend to accumulate lots of paper—from important tax documents to inventory lists to receipts and much more. An easily organized storage unit will allow your business to have access to the paperwork when you need to and not have to worry about it, when you don’t.

 

Storing Musical Instruments

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You love your stand up bass and shelled out a whole lot of dough for this baby. But now you need to store it while work takes you to Europe for a few months.  How do you properly put away this and other instruments so that they don’t sustain damage? Use this guide to help you:
 

Prep It

Whatever your instrument, learn the proper way to prepare it for storage. For example, clean the instrument, disassemble if need be, release the tension of the strings for stringed instruments, loosen skin on drums and wrap, pad and cover where needed.
 

Transport Right

You can easily transport some of the smaller instruments with no issues. Others, like a piano, are best moved using professionals. If pros are needed, find a company you trust and book them in advance.
 

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Finding the Right Storage

Heat and humidity can affect your instrument. You’re best off using a climate controlled storage unit to ensure instruments don’t snap, break or warp. The ideal temperature and humidity depends on the instrument but a good rule of thumb is to keep the unit between 65 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit with the relative humidity around 50 percent.
 

Keep it Secure

The last thing you want is to have a valuable and loveable instrument stolen while in storage. For that reason, make sure the facility offers good security and that you have chosen a lock that will keep your belongings safe.
 

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Take Out with Care

When you’re ready to remove your instrument from storage, be sure to take extra care. Maybe the wood is brittle or the veneer has stuck to the wrapping. Either way, it’s good to baby the instrument until you know what’s happened while you were away from it.


 

How to Store Wooden Furniture

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If you’re planning to store wooden furniture, there are steps you should take to make sure your belongings stay in good shape while in storage. Here are some tips on how to prepare and store wooden pieces:
 

Treat

Several weeks prior to storing wood furniture, treat the pieces with polish or wax depending on the wood. Providing such protection is important because when you change the environment of your pieces, they become susceptible to damage.
 

Keep it Together

If you are disassembling any of the parts of a piece—such as legs or hardware—make sure you keep all the pieces together. Because in say a year or however long your pieces will be stored away, you likely won’t remember where you put the different pieces. Use clearly marked Ziploc bags and such to keep everything together and if possible tape the bags to the piece it belongs to.
 

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Choose Covers Wisely

Material such as wood should be able to breath. For that reason, choose fabrics such as blankets and sheets when wrapping pieces for storage. If you want to cover them in plastic, make sure the first layer on the wood is some kind of cloth.
 

Control Climate

Climate controlled storage units are best for wood—as both temperature and moisture fluctuations can damage pieces.
 

Keep Pieces Off Ground

It’s always a good idea to keep your pieces elevated. Wood pellets or pieces of brick or cement are a simple way to achieve this. There’s nothing worse than a flood or a neighboring unit’s spill to cause water damage to your belongings.
 

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Five Items to Get Rid of Now!

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You’re forever in need of room and storage around the apartment. We get it, living quarters in New York City can be cramped and no matter how hard you try, you are always running out of space.  Some things, you need to keep but some, you can get rid of today. Here are five items you can either donate or throw out now to whip your apartment back into shape in a jiff:
 

Old Periodicals

Yes, yes, you want to catch up on the last three month’s issues of The New Yorker but the truth is, if you haven’t been able to read them by now, you won’t—sorry, it’s the truth. So recycle old magazines and newspapers and breath a little easier without the dust collectors.
 

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Expired Food

Go through the fridge, cupboard and shelves and ditch that old container of sour cream, expired canned soup and old spices. Now, you can actually see what you actually have in the kitchen.
 

DVDs, Cassette Tapes and the Likes

If you still have a Debbie Gibson tape but no tape player, well then you know what to do. Also, a lot of those DVDs you never watch can be streamed. So say bye bye to the 80s, 90s and early 2000s and do as the Millennials do.
 

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Old Electronics

Old cell phones, iPods, computer screens, and other electronics need to hit a recycling facility. Do yourself a favor and get rid of these space-taking monsters.  
 

Junk Mail

This is an easy purge. Go through the house and get rid of old catalogues, ads and coupons sent to you in the mail. The apartment looks better already, no?
 

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A Self-Storage Guide for Your Wine Collection

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A couple of years ago, you tasted a Pinot Noir from Oregon that was amazing and reasonable and decided to buy a case. Then you visited some local wineries and bought a case of Riesling and so began a beautiful wine collection that quickly started to outgrow your small New York City apartment. Now, you’re desperately looking to store it all somewhere and free up some space in your home. Luckily, you can rent a storage unit. Here are some tips on how to properly store your wine collection and have easy access to when you decide to bring a few bottles home:
 

Storage Location

Find a self-storage location near your home. The accessibility of the unit will allow you to stop by whenever you need to replenish your stock at home.
 

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Climate Control

Make sure you can control the temperature and humidity of the unit. Ideally, wine should be stored at temperatures between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid accelerated ageing.  Additionally, experts recommend storage humidity levels to be around 70 so the cork doesn’t dry out.  Dry cork can let in air and spoil wine.
 

Bottle Orientation

To keep the cork from drying, it’s best to store bottles on their side. This helps the wine keep the cork moist at all times. In order to achieve this, you might think about investing in a rack that will allow this type of bottle storage.
 

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Light Levels

Pick a unit that doesn’t have a window and keep the lights off.  The sun’s ultra violet rays can prematurely age wine. If your unit has a window, make sure to cover it with something that won’t let in any UV rays.
 

Security

If your wine collection is valuable, make sure the storage facility is secure and that you have invested in a hard to pick lock for your unit.


There are storage facilitates specifically designed for wine. Look for one in your area.

 

Infrequently Used Items To Store now

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There are items we need every day—such as our clothes and toiletries—and those we only use occasionally. For those we seldom reach for, having them in a safe and handy storage space is the perfect solution.  Think of a storage unit as an "external closet" of sorts - kind of like an external hard drive for your computer. You don't want to clutter up your computer so why clutter up your home when there are so many options to choose from in terms of storage solutions. Here are several items that most of us use only occasionally and can easily be placed in storage:
 

Luggage Storage

Unless you’re regularly traveling for business—most folks will only take a handful of trips over the course of a year—why take up closet space for suitcases and luggage? Especially if you have a family, these bulky suitcases really can take up a lot of space you could use for other items. Put these guys away into a storage unit and grab them only when needed.
 

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Large Power Tools - Put them in storage. 

That table you built is beautiful and you plan on making a television stand one of these days, but until that day comes, it’s best to store the circular saw and free up some space around the apartment. Most homes have lots of different power tools taking up space. When you actually take a look at how many you have and how often you actually use them, you'll see it probably makes sense to store them. You'll be amazed at how much more space you have once they're stored away.
 

Extra Seating

Folding chairs are great for that summer barbecue and the holiday party you have every year. But during the other 363 days you can put your extra seating into storage. That also goes for the fold-up tables. Once you rid your home of these unsightly eyesores that have been stacked behind your sofa and closet doors all year, you'll know you made the right decision to store them.
 

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Sports & Camping Gear Storage

Avid campers and backpackers aside, camping gear generally gets a few uses each season at best, and boy can camping gear really take up space! Lanterns, hammocks, sleeping bags, tents, cooking gear, etc - wow! What about those snowboarders and fishers?  Store this stuff now! Pack it away and get it when you fancy climbing Mount Washington next.
 

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Occasional Devices

Remember that time your basement flooded and you frantically bought that large wet vacuum at Home Depot? Well, now you’re stuck with the wet vac and you need to put it somewhere. No sense in storing it in your home. Leave it at your storage space and heavens forbid your water heater bursts again, you know where to grab one. Do you own blow up mattresses and air pumps for when you have the in-laws over for their annual visit? Do you really need those items collecting dust on the bottom of your closet? You can pick up some of those air tight plastic bags, toss in your extra bedding and comforters you only use when you have guests and store those away too.  

Seasonal Items - Store them!

If you were to start stacking all of yours and your families seasonal clothing and shoes on your bed, you would be buried under a mountain of sweaters and puffy vests in no time.  Never mind all the boots and wool socks and hats and gloves. When you live in a city like New York, these things should be stored off-season. Same goes for all your summer items - goggles, swim suits, boogie boards, beach umbrellas, and surfing gear. Do you have a terrace or patio? How about storing outdoor furniture so it isn't blowing about like missiles during the next storm? 

When you start to think about all the things that aren't in use for long periods of time that are taking up your precious space in your home, even if you have the luxury of living in a big space, you'll see it only makes sense to put these items in storage so you have a little room to breathe.  We promise you'll find a self-storage unit near your house, that is safe and climate controlled, and is easy to get in and out of anytime you feel the need. Store things in clear bins and label things clearly and you'll have no problem locating what you need when you need it. See if Moishe's has a facility near you.

Items Which Require Climate Controlled Storage

Storage units are especially useful for making some room in the house, or as temporary holding spots between moves or even as space to hold business inventory. Typically, one can do fine with renting a simple unit but there are times when renters should consider a climate controlled one. Here are five items that are better off in a climate control space:
 

Electronics Storage

Electronics can get damaged with extreme heat and humidity. Humidity can damage the internal wiring and rust the internal parts. Extreme temperatures can cause cracking or rust in electronics. If you’re storing large appliances, you will want to make sure you clean and dry all items. If they have water hoses, make sure they are removed. You don’t want mold or mildew developing in these items.  Furthermore, screens such as those on plasma televisions don’t do well with very high or low temperatures. So if you plan on storing an expensive piece of equipment for more than a couple of weeks, consider a unit whose temperature and humidity you can control. If you decide to get rid of some of your old electronics, check our guide on how to do so properly


Musical Instrument Storage

Fluctuating or extreme temperatures and humidity will damage many musical instruments, especially those constructed of wood, such as a piano or a lute. Most wooden instruments are glued in areas, and left in heat too long will break down and the glue will no longer hold together. Wood expands and contracts in different climates which will cause cracks and warping, ruining any instruments in long term storage that isn’t climate controlled. Brass instruments could corrode due to high temperature and humidity. Instruments with strings aren’t rust proof. Corrosion will occur if left in the wrong temps for too long. 

Storing Artwork

Art experts recommend storing artwork flat in windowless, temperature-controlled units or diameter tubes. The ideal climate for artwork is about 70 degrees Fahrenheit with 50 percent humidity. Consider shelving or palettes for your storage unit to keep art off the ground. If you’re storing paintings that aren’t framed or stretched, roll them with the paint side IN to decrease warping or cracking and put them in sturdy tubes. Layer a soft breathable cloth or tissue paper over canvasses before storing flat. You want to promote air circulation and avoid plastic wrap or bubble wrap as that could trap moisture and destroy your art over a period of time.No matter if your art is precious or just precious to you, keep it, and all your art supplies, protected so you can appreciate it for years to come.

Wine Storage

There are a few key things to know about wine storage - the rules are as follows: Store it sideways, still, dark and cool.  Storing wine on its side allows the cork to stay in contact with the wine, thereby keeping it moist and from drying out. Also, this will make it easier for you to see your inventory and is a great way to save space. Do not keep wine anywhere where it could be shaken or where there are vibrations - this will result in premature aging. Also, it’s best to keep red wine still to avoid shaking the sediment up to the top. You don’t want a glass of gritty liquid when you’re expecting a delicious glass of red. We advise you to store wine in a dark place as the UV rays of the sun cause premature aging. To properly age, most wines should be kept at temperatures around 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, most wines should be at temperatures up to 69 degrees Fahrenheit. Improper storage or fluctuating temperatures could result in accelerating the aging process and affecting taste. If the wines you’re storing are of value, they should always be stored in a facility whose climate is controllable. For lovely wine storage racks, check out our blog on that subject.


Safe Photo Storage

Similar to artwork, photos should be stored in a cool and dry place, ideally without light, which can damage them. Temps should stay below 75 degrees, humidity between 15% and 65%, (too low of a humidity will make photos brittle, and too high humidity will promote mold, and photos will stick together). Don’t leave your photos in a place where insects or rodents can get to them either. Renting a climate controlled unit will ensure your memories don’t fade away. Home Storage Solutions offers a little more insight into how to safely store your photos. 

Storing Collectables

We enlisted some advice from About.com about how to safely store collectables. It’s pretty simple - like with your photos, you’ll want to avoid light.  Light can harm almost any collectable - especially those made of wood, fabric or paper.  A limited amount of low light can be helpful with humidity, however. Control Humidity - approximately 50% is usually best. Avoid extreme temperatures that one would see when storing in attics or garages or basements. Keeping collectables stored at about 64 degrees is what is recommended.  If for any reason you need to change the temperature of where you are keeping your items, do so gradually. 

Furniture Storage

Storing furniture - especially pieces with wood and fabric - needs to be done with care as well. Make any necessary repairs to items first. Check to make sure storage area is dust free and not leaking water anywhere. Put wooden pallets or heavy plastic sheets on the floor before storing furniture. If your furniture can be broken down, do so to save space. Tape a baggy with all screws and bolts to the underside of the furniture so you know where to find them later. Cover your delicate pieces with quilts or moving blankets to keep them protected from nicks and dings. Store the heaviest items on the bottom, being careful that things are securely placed on top as you wouldn’t want anything to fall on top of you when shifting things around.

 

Let our experts at Moishe’s Moving & Storage get your valuables to a safe storage unit that is climate controlled. We offer home pick up to make it easy. Check our site for details: http://www.moishesselfstorage.com/

Selecting self-Storage Locks, A Guide


The most important part of keeping your belongings safe in a storage unit is to choose a secure and reputable storage company—one that has security cameras, access gates and a fence.  Moishe’s Self-Storage facilities have many lines of defense set up to protect your belongings, but it’s important to get the best lock you can afford. Select a self-storage lock that will ensure your possessions will be safeguarded against potential thieves that make it into the facility. Know that if your lock is very secure, burglars will likely choose a unit with a less secure lock. If your lock is harder to crack so to speak, security will have more time to catch the culprits and the cameras will have more footage to identify them with. So instead of just selecting any old lock you have lying around in your house or garage, choose wisely. Here are the typical lock types available with tips to help you choose:

Padlocks

Also known as cylinder locks, padlocks work via a pin inside a cylinder that moves with a key. They are simple to use and only require a key, which makes them attractive to many users. However, they are also easily picked by burglars and can also be re-keyed without removing or breaking the lock. You can also get “bump keys” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lock_bumping) easily enough andfor those reasons, a padlock might not be the best choice to secure a storage unit.

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Keyless Locks

Eliminating the use of keys, these locks can be opened with a number combination selected by the user.  These locks are great for those of us who tend to misplace or lose keys and for those who want to give unit access to others. The disadvantages of these locks, however, include forgetting the combination or having others guess the code. However, one quick search on google.com offers a variety of instructional videos with titles like “How to crack a combination lock in 8 tries or less.”  Also, they can be easily cut with tools like bolt cutters. Best to save this type of lock for your kid’s school locker. 

 


Disc Locks

These lock types were specifically designed for storage units and as such are considered industry standards. A burglar can’t remove these with a bolt cutter because the U part of the lock can’t be easily reached and hammers cannot break open the lock.  For a thief to get through disc locks, they would have to invest quite a bit of time and resources, which means they will likely move on to a unit with a less secure lock. Despite its slightly higher cost over the keyless and pad lock, the disc lock is pretty good when it comes to selecting a lock for a storage unit. For a few extra bucks though, we recommend shrouded locks.

 

Shrouded Locks

These may very well be considered the best on the market.  The “shroud” or “shackle cover” hides most of the lock ring, so there is no place for a traditional bolt cutter to latch on, therefore it can’t be cut.

 

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What kind of metal is it made with? The harder the metal, and the heavier the lock, usually means it’s a higher quality and most likely, more secure. Thicker alloy is better than standard hardened steel.

 

Look for an anti-drill plate. This prevents a drill from biting into the metal of the lock - it will only catch on the plate and spin there, unable to break through it to the lock itself. The plates are made of a metal that is usually stronger than typical drill bits.

 

This blog by United Locksmith (and whose opinion is better than a locksmith’s?) gives detailed advice on specific locks and which are the best. Be prepared to break the piggy bank open, but you may find it’s worth it to protect your belongings.

http://united-locksmith.net/blog/9-best-padlocks-of-all-time

 

Other Things You Can Do - Document Storage Items

Photograph each item individually that you plan to store in your storage unit. Make a list of all the serial numbers if possible, and keep this is in a safe place with other important documents. Be careful with what you store in your unit. Make sure you aren’t storing anything that the storage facility does not condone. If you store chemicals or flammables, which are against most storage contracts, this could void your rental agreement and could render you liable if they were to cause a fire. Consider purchasing insurance if your items are valuable to you. We do not offer insurance at Moishe’s Storage, but you can look for a plan that covers you, or see if your homeowner’s insurance covers storage. Often homeowners or renters insurance covers items stored at home, but won’t cover items in a storage facility, or may only cover them up to 10% of their worth so be careful to look over your policy carefully. A call to the insurance agent will probably be well worth your time.

Finally - Check our "Specials" page - We offer various deals and discounts on self-storage frequently.