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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...

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....

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...

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...

We’ve reached high season for vacations, moving…and yard sales! If you’re taking the opportunity to clean house, lighten your load, and gain a bit of extra space this summer, here are five tips for hosting a successful yard sale. 1. Create some buzz. How will friends and neighbors know about the great bargains you’re offering if you don’t tell them?...

We’ve seen some truly amazing submissions to our #GreatSpace contest on Vine. (If you haven’t shared yours yet, there’s still time!) For those seeking a bit of inspiration (or just something pretty to look at), here are six great spaces we’re jealous of right now. 1. Joanna Goddard’s living room (via Ryan Liebe for Cup of Jo) 2. Frederico de Vera’s garden...

  Let freedom (from clutter) ring! In honor of July 4th, we’re celebrating our storage independence with a few lessons from America’s founding fathers (turns out, they were pretty smart guys).     Benjamin Franklin “He that can have patience can have what he will.” Don’t get overwhelmed by the enormity of the task at hand. Tackle clutter...

Using vertical space can be the key to solving your storage woes. Use your space efficiently by hanging things wherever possible. Here are some airborne ideas for every room. Living room: Books and media can be stored in wall-mounted racks and shelves. Magazine racks also look nice on the wall. Some of them, like those with wide baskets, can be used to keep all...

A moving truck is probably the biggest automobile you’ll ever have to operate (unless that dream of driving a Monster Truck really does come true). While you’re moving or storing your stuff, make sure you follow these key tips for driving a moving truck. 1. Double check that everything is secure. Balance the truck’s cargo weight so that your prized possessions...