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Tips & Tricks: Clothes

Tips & Tricks: Clothes

Whether you’re a hoarder, just a collector of gorgeous and vintage clothes or buy more than you should, keeping your clothes and collectables in tip top condition is key to having an extensive wardrobe. General wear and tear and poor storage can damage clothing and shorten the lifespan of your favourite frock. Here’s some top tips on storing your clothes and keeping them in mint condition: – Before you pack anything away, make sure it’s dust free and clean – Don’t cram too much into a box as fabrics need to breathe. Make sure the boxes aren’t packed too tightly – Refold items regularly to prevent dust settling – Self storage facilities offer the perfect temperature and darkness – Don’t store fabrics against wood and bear in mind that certain fabrics need specific care i.e. use muslin or acid free […]

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Tips & Tricks: DVDs

Tips & Tricks: DVDs

DVDs have a habit of accumulating around the TV and before you know it, they’re all mixed up and in the wrong cases so when you want to find The Dark Knight, you end up with Legally Blond. Not ideal. Investing in a DVD rack is a smart way to avoid this potential catastrophe and will also minimise clutter. Another solution is to do away with DVD cases altogether and store your discs in a CD wallet which you can arrange by genre.

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Tips and Tricks: Photographs

… To store photographs properly, make sure you use the right type of albums. Do not place old photographs (or any photographs for that matter) in albums which are magnetic or of the ‘stick and peel’ variety in self storage. Over time, the plastic, cardboard, paper and glue found in such albums will only damage your photos. Instead, invest in albums which are guaranteed and labeled as free of acids. Use a permanent black marker on the back of the photographs to identify the time, occasion and the people or subjects in the photo. Make sure to write with a soft grip, so as to not leave any marks or indentations on the pictures. If you don’t want to put your photographs in albums or frames, then you can use plastic sleeves or bags which are PVC-free. Another option in […]

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Tips and Tricks: Photographs

… To store photographs properly, make sure you use the right type of albums. Do not place old photographs (or any photographs for that matter) in albums which are magnetic or of the ‘stick and peel’ variety in self storage. Over time, the plastic, cardboard, paper and glue found in such albums will only damage your photos. Instead, invest in albums which are guaranteed and labeled as free of acids. Use a permanent black marker on the back of the photographs to identify the time, occasion and the people or subjects in the photo. Make sure to write with a soft grip, so as to not leave any marks or indentations on the pictures. If you don’t want to put your photographs in albums or frames, then you can use plastic sleeves or bags which are PVC-free. Another option in […]

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Tips and Tricks: Store Wine Sideways

…Commercial wine self storage facilities charge a surprisingly minimal amount to let you sit back and relax at home while they take care of your wine bottles stored at the perfect temperature and humidity. The best thing that you can do to ensure that your bottles are kept safe is to store them lying on their sides so that the cork can be kept moist – this is what keeps air away from the liquid. Once the cork is dry, the wine will be oxidised and lose its quality.

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Tips and Tricks: For Fragile Items

…use furniture drawers or the insides of large kitchen appliances as boxes for delicate items and specially label them as ‘FRAGILE’. Do the same for mirrors and pictures, using a protective covering like bubble wrap, then stack them on their ends. Never leave them flat, as even if you’re extra careful, something may fall on them and break the glass. Separate lamp bases and lampshades, then wrap them as you would any other small item. It is not recommended that you store loose photographs as they may curl or suffer from temperature damage whilst in self storage.

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Tips and Tricks: Combustible Substances

… Never store flammable or perishable items. Drain the tank of any items you plan to store (lawnmowers etc.), as you should never try to store combustible substances in your unit. If you are unsure about whether a certain item is flammable, be sure to find out before storing it.

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Tips and Tricks: Breathing Room

…Give it all some breathing room. Even in a climate-controlled self storage unit, the humidity may rise to a level where wooden furniture can warp. You can virtually eliminate this risk by leaving some room between the walls of your unit and your belongings. Another good idea is to lay a plastic tarp, or some linen on the floor.

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Tips and Tricks: Leave a Path

… When you load your self-storage unit, it might seem like a good idea to just pack it solid from back to front. Even if you don’t anticipate ever needing to get anything out of your unit during your storage term, you may find you actually do need something. Being able to get to it quickly and safely will be worth the extra few minutes it takes to create a few paths through your belongings as you load your unit.

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Tips and Tricks: Security

… Pack the best in the back. Even with a full-time security guard on patrol at your self-storage facility, you can protect your belongings even more just by loading your most valuable items into the back of your unit. Don’t skimp on your padlock, either. While no lock is completely invincible, a high-quality lock will make your unit far less vulnerable.

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