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Tips and Tricks: Keep Clean and Dry

…Make sure that all appliances are clean and dry before self storage. Try not to use heavy detergents as the residue from these may damage delicate woods or plastics. A light mixture of soap and water will do the trick. After drying fully, leave appliances slightly ajar to prevent mildew from forming.

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Tips and Tricks: label cables

…When you disassemble electronics, such as computers, stereos or anything that has numerous cords, place small coloured stickers on the cable and the same coloured sticker on the socket it plugs into on the device. This will save you the hassle of trying to figure out what goes where when it comes time to moving out of self storage and reassembling.

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Tips and Tricks: Make a Floor Plan

… Inside of your self storage unit, make sure you use pallets, 2 x 4’s, plywood or anything that will keep your items off the floor. Create a floor plan to decide how you’ll arrange your items, maximising space to its full potential. A good plan will save you the time of having to rearrange your unit while moving in. Leave an aisle in the center of your unit so that you have a walk way to the back of the unit. Use freestanding shelves to help organise your unit. Be sure to store frequently used items at the front of the unit to avoid having to search for hours through different boxes.

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Tips and Tricks: Storing Clothes

…Cupboards are generally bulky and take up a lot of room, so organise your unit so that you can place linen and other clothes within them for extra self storage. Otherwise, clothing should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their original shapes. Keep out of season clothes accessible, as you may need to store your clothing for longer than anticipated. Finally, place some moth balls inside the boxes where you store your clothes to prevent any damage

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Tips and Tricks: Avoid Rust

… If you are planning on storing metal objects like lawnmowers or filing cabinets, it is a good idea to treat them with rust protector first, or at least wipe them down with an oily rag. You can use the cheapest oil available; it makes no difference as you’re just using it for its lubricating qualities. You really don’t want to be paying to self store your items and end up with rusty objects when you move them out.

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Did You Know: Chicken Feathers

Did You Know: Chicken Feathers

…that as we move away from being a carbon based economy, new forms of storing hydrogen are being created? Gram for gram, hydrogen has an energy density three times that of petroleum, but litre for litre, the density is very poor. In fact, if you want to avoid having to store it in giant tanks, conventional technology requires that you put it into liquid form (which in itself is energy expensive). An alternative is storing hydrogen in solid materials, and researchers at the University of Delaware, have found that carbonising chicken feathers produces a high surface area, which can store a lot of hydrogen. Efficient as this is, there’s no need to resort to chicken feathers to store your everyday goods. There are plenty of space saving ways to pack things away – from boxes, to really useful trunk cases […]

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Tips and Tricks: Compact Discs

…Don’t place compact discs in plastic wrap because if the self storage facility heats up, these might destroy or compromise the disc. Always back up data in several different ways and store in several different locations. Take tapes out of VCRs, camcorders and data backup devices, and CDs and DVDs out of drives and players.

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Tips and Tricks: Electronic Equipment

…Try to store all your electronic equipment in their original boxes. For the sake of saving space, buy similar sized boxes if you’ve lost the originals. Otherwise, wrap them as if you were wrapping glass or crystal (with extra layers of foam and then placed into a larger box). Never wrap computers or electronic devices in plastic for long term self storage as it traps moisture in and fosters mildew growth. Protect monitors, screens, scanner glass and other fragile parts with cardboard or pieces of bubble wrap or foam and tape. Mark glass parts as fragile to avoid leaning heavy objects against them.

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Tips and Tricks: Storing Mattresses

… Wrap your mattresses in the special bags available at most supermarkets and DIY stores. These not only prevent them from losing shape but protect them from absorbing moisture as well. Use a dehumidifier to draw out excess moisture from the unit you use if needed, but the self-storage facility should already be temperature controlled to prevent this. Check on the mattress occasionally to see if it needs adjustments to storage conditions. If you store it for longer than a year, change the plastic covering once annually.

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Tips and Tricks: Wooden Furniture

… Before placing any kind of wooden furniture into self storage, wax well with wood varnish. This prevents moisture from affecting the wood. Likewise, if your furniture can be dismantled easily, then do so as it will prolong the life of that piece. If you dismantle furniture, collect the nuts and bolts of each item into a plastic bag and tape it firmly to the dismantled set. In addition, place thick cloth such as old carpets between wooden pieces to prevent them scratching one another.

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