Framed art and mirrors present a packing challenge. The pieces can be large and unwieldy, are often expensive, and are usually fragile. What are the best packing techniques to make sure your art arrives at its destination in good shape? 1. Prepare the item There are a couple things you can do to help the glass in your frame stay in one piece. First, use masking tape...

If you’re moving during the summer heat, you’ll want to make sure to stay cool and comfortable during the process. Follow these tips to prevent overheating as you’re transporting stuff in and out of storage. 1. Dress accordingly. Put on comfortable, loose, light-colored clothing when you’re doing a lot of activity during your move. 2. Take rest breaks. You...

Whether you’re downsizing an empty nest or just want fewer rooms to clean, moving from your large home to a smaller space can be an emotional process. It’s not just the reduced square feet that you have to contend with – it’s the decreased room for storage. And that often means getting rid of a lot of your belongings. If you’re in the process of downsizing...

One of the strangest storage units I ever saw was a 15 foot square unit that housed a single refrigerator. We were expecting to find some pretty amazing items in this fridge–gold, maybe?–but were baffled when we opened it and saw a lone, solitary pickle. A fridge and a pickle. That was it. Maybe it was the first pickle that was ever made. Maybe it was...

Posted on Jul 18 2014 - 2:59pm by David Decker
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Does someone you live with treasure their high school trophies? Throwing them away is out of the question (at least according to them), but if you need to make room for other stuff in your home, you’ll need to reach a compromise: keep those memories safely in storage. Here’s how to wrap and store trophies. You’ll need: bubble wrap masking/duct tape scissors marker box(es) Directions: 1....

The #GreatSpace Vine contest is officially over. We thank everyone who participated in the contest and took the time to submit a video of their #GreatSpace. So many great spaces out there! Now what you’ve all been waiting for…who claimed the grand prize? Winners announced below: Grand Prize Winning Vine – $500 American Express gift card:   Second...

One of our units stored a solitary baby grand piano. That in itself is not very interesting or peculiar. But when it was dark, in the middle of the night, the owner would enter his unit and practice his piano. Classical music would float around the entire storage facility. Occasionally we would hear some Broadway music. The night manager’s favorite was when...

I recently bought a house from a widower who had remarried. His new wife didn’t want stuff from the house that he’d shared with his first wife in their new home, so he gave me first dibs on many valuable things — among them a 9-by-12 beige wool rug with a pretty pattern of flowers, leaves and vines. After unsuccessfully trying to pawn the rug off...

We’ve all gotten them: wrong numbers. You miss a number when dialing and instead of your Aunt Mildred, you have dialed a urologist’s office. Our Bonita Springs, FL location gets called so often for a 5-star hotel, it is surely not just a misdialed number. We don’t suggest sleeping in our units, but we think they are pretty 5-star! What is the best/funniest/weirdest...

Posted on Jul 14 2014 - 11:07am by David Decker
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Buying or renting a new home isn’t just about selecting a physical building: You also want to find the right neighborhood to live in. Here are some things to think about when deciding on which neighborhood will suit your needs: 1. Neighborhood Safety Safety is a primary concern of many people, and for good reason. It’s hard to relax if you are living in...