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Tips and Tricks: How Best To Store Cakes

Tips and Tricks: How Best To Store Cakes

There aren’t many things you can’t keep in a self storage room, but food is one of them. It’s unlikely that most home-cooked meals will last for long, but when you’re planning to make something in advance – what’s the best way to keep it fresh? Take cake for instance – you’ve spent a long time baking the perfect chocolate or carrot mix – and the house is filled with the lovely aroma of your hard work. Don’t let it go to waste by neglectful storage. Fruit cakes keep the best, particularly when soaked in an alcohol like brandy, which acts as a preservative. You can keep a Christmas or wedding cake (wrapped in a double layer of greaseproof paper and foil, and kept in a tin) for about three months, ‘feeding’ it with alcohol from time to time – […]

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Tips & Tricks: How To Store Handbags Correctly For Self Storage

Tips & Tricks: How To Store Handbags Correctly For Self Storage

When your handbag costs as much as a holiday to a tropical island, you need to make sure you store it correctly. If you are the kind of person who throws everything in the bottom of your closet, including your precious Prada purse, then think again. Storing them carefully will prolong the lives of these accessories when using self storage; keeping them in pristine condition and making them last longer. One of the best ways to store handbags is to put them in plastic boxes which allow air to circulate. Just make sure the boxes are big enough so that you are not folding over the bag handles. The handbags you use regularly need to be easily accessible, so store them on the top or side shelf in your closet, standing upright in a line. You can organise them however […]

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Tips & Tricks: Putting Electronic Goods Into Self Storage

Tips & Tricks: Putting Electronic Goods Into Self Storage

Whether it’s a plasma television, a computer or a stereo – are delicate, cost a lot of money and central to most people’s lives. If you’re placing any of these items in self storage, you need to make sure that they stay clean and protected until you need to use them again. The best way to prepare is to make sure they’re clean in the first place. Wipe them down to remove dust or grime, as this can cause premature scratching and degradation of the plastic. Next – detach all wires, as this reduces strain and wear on the sockets – but make sure that they’re grouped according to appliance and labeled. The last thing you want to do when unpacking is to have to search for a stray cable! Wrap your electronics with dust sheets, but not plastics, as […]

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Tips & Tricks: Storing towels and linens

Tips & Tricks: Storing towels and linens

It’s often the most-used and basic of household goods that are difficult to store. Bathroom towels take up a considerable amount of shelf space, especially extra-large body towels and thick fluffy cotton varieties. Even when neatly folded or rolled they require a significant amount of space. Not every home comes with a linen closet that offers deep shelves for bathroom towels. Why not instead invest in an extra-large wicker basket? Display towels that colour-coordinate with the bathroom, and store them in the open basket. The towels will be within easy reach when a clean one is required, and they will add to the colour scheme of the space. A smaller matching basket can be used as decorative open storage for neatly rolled hand towels and flannels. The other option is to invest in a freestanding ready-made cabinet – a self […]

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Tips and Tricks: Storing Precious Childhood Toys

Tips and Tricks: Storing Precious Childhood Toys

One of the most precious of childhood toys is the stuffed animal. It holds endless memories, attends countless tea parties and accompanies many kids everywhere they go. As such, when it’s time to put them away, a lot of attention needs to be paid to getting it right – whether it’s a short term or long term option. First up – do you want to put them on display, or away for safe keeping? If it’s the former, you can use shelves to display the toys, bearing in mind that they’ll accumulate dust – so a boxed self storage room with doors might be a good option. Or, buy an easy to open toy box, though it’s important to consider safety when selecting furniture for a child’s room. Be sure that features such as height and weight are taken into […]

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Tips & Tricks: Get The Most Out Of Website Self Storage

Tips & Tricks: Get The Most Out Of Website Self Storage

If you want to place big files such as video clips or images on your website, but don’t want to waste your bandwidth and storage, there’s a very easy solution. When you host any media on your own site or blog, it uses up a percentage of storage – and when readers view that media, it takes up your bandwidth too. If the media file is small then you probably won’t have much to worry about, but when you want to use files that are large in size, it can have a significant impact. If you have limited storage and limited bandwidth, this causes a problem. The answer is simple; use a trusted third party. If you want to use a video file, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo – then you can link to the clip or even embed […]

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Tips & Tricks: Looking After Yourself While You Look After Your Home

Model Kelly Brook recently revealed that she ended up with hands that looked like an old lady after she finished her spring-cleaning. “I’ve just done some spring-cleaning and my hands feel all grainy, like old lady hands,” the Daily Star quoted her as saying. It’s that time of year again, and it’s a chore that has to be tackled. But before you do so – you may want to protect your hands from becoming rough and nails from chipping. Rubber gloves that have long cuffs you can fold up to catch any dripping water. If you desire to be fashionable while you clean, there are also cute designer rubber gloves that can fit any style. Another good way to safeguard your hands from dehydration is by using a detergent that is specially formulated not to strip moisture from your skin. […]

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Tips & Tricks: Give Your Phone A Spruce!

Tips & Tricks: Give Your Phone A Spruce!

We all know what it’s like. You’ve had your phone for a while, it’s looking a bit tired – but more importantly, it’s acting it. There are a number of things you can do to fix this, and breathe new life into your handset before banishing it to the back of a drawer for good. Sluggish performance on most phones is almost always caused by a lack of memory, itself caused by having too many apps on your phone. To delete some apps, go to the main menu and find your applications folder. Doing this will show you a list of all the apps installed on your phone. Tap on an entry and your phone will show you how much memory the app takes up, as well as giving you the option to delete it. You can set single speed […]

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Tips and Tricks: Declutter with self storage

Tips and Tricks: Declutter with self storage

Self storage isn’t simply about putting things away for safe keeping. Deciding to hire a room can also act as the motivation you need to de-clutter your living space. Most of us hoard things and stash them away – whether it’s old clothes, letters, newspapers or plastic carrier bags. But you know it’s time to organise or de-clutter your home when you’re spending far too much time looking for things! In the long run, removing the things that really aren’t useful on a day-to-day basis will save you time and stress, creating a more relaxing home. Items that may seem essential – but take up a lot of room and haven’t been touched in years – are more often not. Get rid of clothes you haven’t worn for years, de-clutter shelves, cupboards and under the beds, take the contents of […]

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Tips and Tricks: Prepare your house for a sale

Tips and Tricks: Prepare your house for a sale

It really doesn’t take long to clean up your home when you’ve got an end goal in mind. If you are about to put your home on the market, then you should know that it becomes all the more important for you to make the space inviting. It’s a lot like presenting a blank canvas to a new family. Letting them see the potential for how they can make it their own – instead of getting distracted by what’s already there. And when you are giving people the tour of your home, the last thing that you are going to want to do is make it look a lot smaller by failing to clear out any extra items. Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them […]

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