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Tips for Relocating as a Single Parent

Relocation is definitely one of the most demanding projects you can have. Especially if you are relocating as a single parent. Being a single parent is a very responsible job, and you must always put your kid’s need in the first place. And that can be very challenging when you are organizing a move. You need to realize that there are many things you will need to think about. For instance, how to transport things your movers won’t move. Or what to pack for a moving day. And not to mention things related to your child. Therefore, you will need to prepare and plan everything in advance if you want to have a stress-free relocation. And avoiding stress should be on the top of your moving list. Here we’ll give you some tips on relocating as a single parent that will help you with the upcoming move. Continue reading “Tips for Relocating as a Single Parent”

How to Avoid Damaged Goods in a Storage Unit

When you put things in storage, especially long term, there’s always a certain risk that they won’t come out of that storage in the same condition. It is a sad but not uncommon fact that things in storage can get scratched, broken or simply lost. That doesn’t mean you should leave everything to chance and hope for the best. There are some things you can do to try to avoid damaged goods in a storage unit. Here are some of our top tips. Continue reading “How to Avoid Damaged Goods in a Storage Unit”

How to Pick the Right Size Storage Unit

So you have decided to rent a storage unit. Maybe you’re moving house or relocating your business or maybe you just want to remodel or declutter your current home. Either way, you need more space. But how much space exactly? How do you decide on the right size storage unit? After all, they’re not as easy to try on like a pair of pants. Especially if you’re renting storage for the first time, you will definitely need a bit of help with choosing the right space. So we’re bringing you a useful guide on how to pick the right size storage unit that suits your needs. Continue reading “How to Pick the Right Size Storage Unit”

How to Store Christmas Decorations

There is no time like Christmas time. Everyone is happy, excited and cheerful, and can’t wait to spend some quality time with their family. And, of course, there are lights and decorations everywhere. It is no Christmas if it is not shiny everywhere. And if there is no Christmas tree on every corner. In some neighborhoods, there are competitions regarding Christmas decoration, and people are very serious about them. Therefore, it is not a surprise why many have a lot of Christmas decoration in their homes and garages. But, once the Spring is starting to getting closer, it is time for removing that festive decoration. And it is a job that you need to approach tactically if you do not want to end up with a mess next Christmas. Therefore, you need to learn how to store Christmas decorations properly. Continue reading “How to Store Christmas Decorations”

Tips for Storing Items in Non Climate-Controlled Storage

Whether it’s to make your house easier to sell, because you simply have too much stuff to move at once or to make the relocation process more gradual, at some point during your move you will probably find yourself needing and using a storage unit. Luckily, many local movers Brooklyn offer storage services as well. There are plenty of options to choose from. They differ in size, accessibility and price. But the most common solution is (relatively) short-term non climate-controlled storage. And if you do end up storing items in non climate-controlled storage, there are things you can do to ensure you’re getting the best out of it.

Climate-controlled vs. non climate-controlled storage

The first thing you will need to do when looking for storage Brooklyn is decide on the type of storage you need.

The benefits of climate-controlled storage are obvious. The whole point of it is that you don’t have to worry about the weather forecast. Your items will be stored at the same optimum temperature whether it’s freezing cold or blazing hot outside.

But there are upsides to non climate-controlled storage too. For one, it’s far more widespread. You are sure to find some wherever you are. Climate-controlled storage, on the other hand, may not even be available in your area. Non climate-controlled storage is also usually more accessible. These are generally outside units that you can drive or walk to. Climate-controlled storage is meanwhile usually located inside of a larger building and may be harder to get to. Finally, non climate-controlled storage will always be the better option when moving on a budget as it is the cheaper of the two.

Air conditioning unit on the outside of a building.
There are benefits to both climate-controlled and non climate-controlled storage.

Storing items in non climate-controlled storage: the how-to guide

The obvious problem with non-climate controlled storage is the weather. This is, unfortunately, something you cannot affect. The two things you should be focusing on instead are choosing the right storage unit and properly packing your things for storage.

Choosing the right storage unit: location

While you cannot truly control the weather, you can to a degree control how much it affects your storage unit. If possible, choose an internal storage unit facing a hallway or an outside unit located in the shade. These units tend to be somewhat cooler and drier. If you are on the other hand storing your possessions during the cold months, check out some tips on storing your stuff during winter.

Choosing the right storage unit: preparing the space

At first glance, all storage units might appear exactly the same. But it’s the inside that really counts. So it’s important to check out the unit you will be using, make sure it fits your needs, deal with any potential problems and prepare the space. All of this will ensure that your possessions are stored in the best possible way.

Problems to look for and how to solve them

One of the most common issues with storage is humidity. Excess moisture in a storage unit can damage your belongings (especially furniture and electronics), shorten their lifespan or even make them unusable. This is why it is extremely important to know how to prevent moisture in a storage unit. This is especially important when storing items in non climate-controlled storage as there will be no air conditioning to dry out the air.

Condensation on glass.
Humidity is one of the biggest problems when storing items in non climate-controlled storage.

Another common issue with storage units are bugs and other pests. So clean the space before moving your items into it. Regularly spray against bugs and check the unit for signs of other pests whenever you can.

Additional steps

When storing items in non climate-controlled storage you may want to further insulate it before moving your items into it. You can do this by covering the ceiling, walls, and floor with plastic. While this requires extra effort and time, it can be helpful in dealing with moisture.

If you’re planning on long-term storage, consider being green about it. In the beginning, this will seem a bit costly. But if you look closer, you will see that it’s not that hard. And in the long run, it’s better for the environment and therefore for you.

Ultimately these additional steps are not necessary for successfully storing items in non climate-controlled storage. If you don’t have the time or budget for them, you can skip them. But they are definitely worth considering.

Properly packing your things for storage

The best thing you can do when storing items in non climate-controlled storage is to properly pack them. Just putting everything in boxes is not enough. You should adjust your packing to different types of items. You will for example want to pack clothes for storage differently from how you pack your priceless and unique fine art.

A partly open wooden chest.
Protect your belongings by packing them properly.

Furniture

You should disassemble, clean and wax all wooden furniture before wrapping it in or covering it with protective plastic. Keep any hardware you remove from a piece close to it to make reassembling it easier. Putting blankets or additional padded covering over wooden furniture will protect it from scratches.

When storing upholstered furniture or mattresses vacuum them, wipe down with fabric cleaner and dry fully before putting away. Do not put heavy items on top of it to avoid damage to the cushioning.

Electronics

Whenever possible you should store electronic appliances in their original packaging. If you no longer have the original packaging, use a box of similar size and fill the empty space with bubble wrap or packing paper and packing peanuts. Do not wrap electronics in plastic. You might accidentally trap in moisture which will damage your appliances. Also, avoid storing things on top of electronic appliances. This can cause permanent damage, especially to sensitive flat screens.

Cover everything up

Always cover items you store. This way you will protect them from dust, dirt, and scratches. Some storage companies will provide you with plastic or tarp for this. You can also use your own old sheets or blankets.

Organize your storage

Keep in mind that anything you put in storage must eventually be taken out of it too. So organize your storage unit accordingly. Leave enough space to move around, label everything and keep the things you need most easily accessible. With a little thought and effort storing items in non climate-controlled storage won’t be too hard!

The challenges of sharing a storage unit with friends

Doing business with your friends can be either the best or the worst idea you can have. Same applies to the idea of sharing a storage unit with friends. Before you engage in such adventure, you really need to think it through. There are many reasons why you can think of it. First, storage service in Brooklyn is everything but cheap. Therefore, in order to reduce the cost of Brooklyn storage, you can rent a storage unit with friends and split costs. But that doesn’t mean that you will actually sort all your problems. We are all different, and if you can go out to have a drink with a person, it doesn’t imply that you’ll get along when it comes to other things. Therefore, you need to realize which are challenges of sharing a storage unit with friends. Continue reading “The challenges of sharing a storage unit with friends”

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