I used to be a cabinetmaker and general contractor, and I’m an avid home-improver, so I’m the type of handyman who is loathe to part with anything that might someday be useful. Even when living in New York City, I had my own trove of tools and building supplies in storage. When I moved to the Washington, D.C. area 12 years ago, an occasion arose to use my amassed...

The basics of moving don’t seem complicated: boxes, wrapping material, tape. But you might want to think a little more deeply if you really want your stuff to stay safe and clean, especially if you are moving your things into storage for an extended period. Here are some tips to make your packing the best it can be.   1. Use sturdy, undamaged boxes. When moving...

If you live in a cold climate, putting your car or boat into storage makes good sense. Hopefully you performed careful maintenance before storing your vehicle so as to ensure that it remained in good condition.   Even if you did take steps to store your vehicle properly, it’s important to perform a few inspections when the time comes to take your car or...

Life changes happen: marriage, new home, newborn baby…etc. Then there are more unusual changes like the one I’ll undertake next month when I quit my job to travel the world for a year with my husband. Since we’re moving away and living only out of backpacks for a year, we had to figure out what to do with all the items we would leave behind. With the amount...

Posted on Apr 14 2014 - 10:53pm by Brent Hardy
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Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to make room for summer and move all that winter gear to storage. Don’t know where to start to kick the winter blues out of your home? Here’s how to best organize your winter items in your self-storage unit so everything stays neat and tidy until next winter:   Organize Your Clothes First, organize your cold-weather...

Posted on Apr 14 2014 - 5:42am by Garret Stembridge
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Moving time is filled with excitement and tons of things to do! It’s very easy to put off moving your address along with your belongings. Yet, it’s best to get started on  address changes well before the moving date. Like most people, I’ve been there. That is, I’ve sat down and worried over whether I remembered to notify everyone of my move. It’s...

If you’re a die-hard Mad Men fan, you know that the upcoming Season 7 will feature Don, Peggy, and the rest of the gang reacting to historical events, just as they always have. This time it’s 1969, when Woodstock, the space-race, and flower power are in full-swing. ...

  You know that rotating your tires is a good practice, but do you also know that now could be the perfect time to rotate your storage unit? Just to be clear, rotating your storage unit doesn’t involve moving your stored belongings to a different storage unit. Instead, when you rotate your storage unit, you’re moving items around inside the storage unit.   Unlike...

Posted on Apr 9 2014 - 10:45pm by Brent Hardy
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  It’s a question we get all the time: What is the right size storage unit for my stuff?   There are general guidelines, but how can you know if your stuff compares to the generic templates used to generate those guides?   The trick is to not over-think the project. The vast majority of customers will find that their stuff fits into the storage...

Posted on Apr 7 2014 - 9:25pm by Garret Stembridge
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Whether you’re storing a classic car for posterity or sticking your car in the driveway while away for a month, make sure you’ll return to a vehicle in good shape. Proper storage is essential, whether you’re leaving it outside or in. Follow these steps.   First, wash the car, then change the oil and filter. Then top up the tank with premium gas and check...