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Prevent Bugs and Pests in Your Storage Unit

Prevent Bugs and Pests in Your Storage Unit

Prevent Bugs and Pests in Your Storage UnitThe number one fear of storage unit customers is that their prized belongings will be taken over by pests. This fear, though warranted in some areas, is preventable if you take a few crucial steps.

First Things First: Facility Measures

The first thing you want to do is know the policy of your self storage facility. Many facilities have pest control come out on a regular basis to spray the premises. Not only is this preventative measure effective at repelling pests from outside the premises entering into storage units, but regular pest control preventative measures also reduces the chances that if any given unit has a pest problem it will spread to neighboring units.

Secondly, look around the self storage facility to determine if the staff keeps the grounds in good shape. Is there trash everywhere, or are trash cans and dumpsters closed and well kept? A trash problem on facility grounds could be a huge source of attraction for pests.

You Can Prevent Pests

Mold and mildew build up in your storage unit is bad news. If you use boxes, you’ll want to elevate them off the ground. Most storage unit floors are slabs of concrete, and, of course, with no crawl space or basement, the floor temperature will parallel the fluctuating temperatures of the ground. This can cause condensation to build up on the floor and when boxes are added to the mix you might create a stew of wet paper, mold, and a crowd-pleasing environment for pests. Storing boxes on crates is ideal for pest prevention.

You will also want to use furniture wraps for major items and store clothing in containers. Any upholstery item is particularly susceptible to changes in temperature and pest infestation. Plastic containers for smaller items are perfect protection from outside pests. The key is to create separation between your items and the self storage unit floor.

And, lastly, if you are really paranoid about pests, there are multiple pest prevention products sold at general stores. But if the self storage location is relatively clean and has pest control regular visit for preventative measures, you should have nothing to worry about.

tips for storing quilts

Tips for Storing Quilts

tips for storing quiltsQuilts are valuable because they’re made and inherited by family members, and their significance only increases as time passes. It can be worrisome to store them for long periods of time. Most people know not to store quilts in direct sunlight. But what about storing quilts for several consecutive months? Follow these tips to keep your quilts in pristine condition.

Store in a Temperature Controlled Unit

Transitioning from an extremely cold to an extremely hot environment can cause condensation to accumulate. And quilts will act like sponges to this build-up of water. Eventually, the moisture will eventually dry out the fibers that hold these quilts together.

But you control the temperature changes in a temperature controlled unit. So it’s best to get one to store your quilts in. Just keep the temperature consistent, and you’ll be fine.

Don’t Store in Plastic

Quilts are known to sweat in air-tight containers. It’s because the cotton fibers need oxygen to maintain their structure. You may think plastic is the best container to prevent a rodent infestation. But it won’t help the longevity of your quilt.

If you store your quilt in a plastic container, it may gain spots.

Store Your Quilt Rolled-up or Flat

Instead, find a reputable self storage facility, like Infinite Self Storage, and roll up your quilt in a furniture cover. Either suspend the rolled up quilt from the ceiling or find a space long and wide enough to lay it flat on the ground. Folded quilts can acquire permanent creases which will breakdown the fabric. So it’s best to either store your quilts flat or suspended.

Infinite Self Storage has a packing supplies store at most of its facilities. Contact your local Infinite Self Storage professional staff for more information on storage techniques and self storage unit availability.

 

Sports Storage

How to Store Sports Equipment

 

sports storageAmericans love sports. From the NFL to the WNBA, the business of sports memorabilia is booming. But we’re not just spectators. We love to play sports too. And, according to science, we have good reason. Health benefits from playing sports in childhood last well into adulthood.

So many homes and apartments are populated by old and new basketballs, scuffed up baseballs, deflategate footballs, tarred bats, and other sporting equipment. Here are some tips for storing your sports equipment.

Evaluate Equipment

The very first thing you should do is take notice of all the sporting equipment you own. How much time has gone by since your last batting practice? Do you see one in the foreseeable future? If not, maybe the bat you taped together should sit in storage anymore. Toss what you won’t use again, and toss what is useless.

Deflategate

It’s time to cause your own Deflategate. Deflate everything that has air in it. Then put it all in a box. Also, if you don’t have one, it’s a good time to purchase a pump. Store it with your deflateables.

Equipment Storage by Type

Tennis racquets require a different type of storage than basketballs. Be sure when you bring your sporting equipment to storage that you have the correct insulators and the correct unit type to store everything.

Conclusion

Sports is a big part of life. When you store your sporting equipment, school yourself on the details of storing it all.

Green Storage Solutions

Green Storage Solutions

green storage solutionsGoing green isn’t only about recycling. It’s also about reusing the things you already own for other purposes. This has been named repurposing. When it comes to moving some things to storage, repurposing some of your older items is a good way to go green.

For instance, if you use crates to move some of your larger objects, you can repurpose them, after storage, as tables or chairs. The wood in the pallet is still good to use, even if you don’t need to use the pallet anymore. If nothing else, create some birdhouses with it. It’s a good project for the family, if nothing else. And it ensures the wood doesn’t just rot in a landfill.

Many people, by default, acquire cardboard boxes to store everything. From books to picture frames, some people can use dozens of boxes. Try using furniture for storage that you already own. Picture frames and books can fit inside dressers. And you can lay out clothes on couches. Or set up a moveable closet to hang pictures. There are a lot of ways to avoid using boxes to store your things.

When you do buy anything for storage, make sure, at the very least, it’s recyclable.  That way, when you don’t need storage anymore, and you don’t have use for the containers, you can put them back to use by recycling.

Storage Hacks

Storage Hacks for Apartment Living

Apartment Storage IdeasEver notice how densely populated areas have tall buildings? It’s because when you run out of horizontal space, you have to think vertically. If you ever lived in a dorm room at college, you’ll understand this principle. Most dorm room roommates position their beds over their desks and dressers. It’s efficient, and it opens the rest of the room for other things (like a table tennis table).

This means lack of closet and storage space doesn’t have to be the last word on your storage capabilities. Here are some hacks for making the most of your apartment space.

Use the Walls

Get some command strips. Hang everything. From your hats and hair ties to your shoes (the trick is to tie them together) and backpacks. You can probably think of more things to hang. You can also buy bags just for the purpose of placing things in them to hang on your wall.

Bed Lifts

If your bed doesn’t sit high off the ground, take a tip from dorm rooms: raise it. You’ll be able to fit a lot more things under there than you might expect: dressers, book shelves, desks. The possibilities are endless. You could even purchase a portable clothes rack and hang your clothes underneath.

Bookshelf Storage

This one is kind of obvious if you keep your bookshelf vertical. But try placing it on its side. Then you can purchase linen baskets and place anything inside of it (like charging cables, papers, extra blankets, and sheets, etc.) without making your room look cluttered. Using linen baskets to create storage blocks in your bookshelf gives you the advantage of storage space without the messy appearance.

Don’t Hang Clothes

You read that right. Instead, go the military way and roll your clothes in their drawers. If rolled correctly, they won’t wrinkle. And you won’t have to dig through your drawers to find the perfect outfit.

If you feel like you don’t have enough space in your apartment, you may not be using the space efficiently. Use these hacks to maximize your apartment space.