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4 Things That Must Be In A Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

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If you’re in need of extra storage space, a rented unit provides many advantages. But before you begin calling local facilities for quotes, it’s important to know whether or not you should invest in a climate-controlled unit. These are units that maintain a relatively constant temperature and humidity level all year long, and it could mean the difference between protecting your belongings long term or damaging them for good. If you’re totally confused about what to do, here are four things that absolutely need climate-controlled self storage. Collectibles If you’re tucking away things that are considered collectibles, it’s best to go ahead and make the investment in a climate-controlled storage unit. Here are some examples and why it’s so important to control their environment.  Stamps. Humidity and heat can cause the corners of the stamps to curl up and lose their “stickiness,” ultimately causing them to lose value. Coins. Variations in temperature, particularly exposure to extremes, can expedite the oxidation process, causing the metal surface to look spotty and brown. Copper coins are especially vulnerable to humid environments and should be kept in areas that have less than 35% humidity.  Comic Books. Keeping your comics in plastic bags can help, but even comic expert Trevor Van As recommends keeping them away from any place they might be exposed to high temperatures and humidity. This can protect the paper from warping and other damage. Dolls. Whether your collection is made of plastic or paper mache, it’s best to avoid extremes with these precious possessions as well. When the temperatures plummet, your doll can suffer from cracking, and when they skyrocket, you might notice warping and degradation of the plastic parts.  Photos. Most people are aware of what can happen when a photo gets wet. But if the temperatures get too high, you’re dealing with another issue altogether, as the color in the pictures can fade. It’s generally recommended to store photographs in cooler temperatures between 50 and 75 degrees F to really make them last.  Antiques or Other Wooden Furniture Extra care needs to be taken with any wooden items you store, but furniture and antiques are particularly vulnerable due to their replacement cost and overall value. There are two particular threats to your wooden belongings when it comes to self storage: Extreme changes in temperature cause the wood to expand and contract, resulting in cracking and warping. Because wood is porous, high levels of humidity—if not addressed quickly enough—could lead to the growth of mold and mildew, eventually rotting your valuables.  Appliances and Electronics Appliances and other electronics are a biggie that often get overlooked when it comes to storage. Because they are made up of electronic and mechanical parts, they need to be kept in an environment that’s stable and dry, otherwise you might be dealing with parts that rust and crack over time. What’s worse is you may not know the damage is done until you plug it in, only to discover that the appliance longer works.  Musical Instruments For the same reasons those wooden and metal items need proper shelter, your instruments must have the same care. But take a look at a few specific examples to see why it’s so important. The Piano. Humidity is likely the worst enemy of this percussion instrument. Pianos have...

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Dealing With Downsizing: How To Make Your Storage Unit Easily Accessible To Your Teen

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Moving is tough on everyone in the family but because of the importance teens typically put on their social status among peers, they are more susceptible to psychological, emotional, and social turmoil throughout the process of a move than adults or younger children tend to be. Add to that the fact that you are downsizing and will be using a storage unit to house some of the family’s personal belongings while you settle, and you can expect your teen to need some support during and after your move. In addition to talking about the move early, hosting a goodbye party for your teen and their friends, and making it possible to forge new friends in the new neighborhood before the actual move, there are a few things you can do to make accessing their belongings in your storage unit convenient so they don’t feel like they’re sacrificing ownership of their belongings while you get settled. Consider these options: Assign Corners A great way to make it easy on everyone in the family to access their own personal belongings in your storage unit is to assign corners to a different person or pair of people if necessary. Giving your teen their own corner to store things allows them to organize everything how they prefer and makes it easier to find specific things when they are needed or wanted. This will also give your teen the responsibility of taking care of their belongings, as well as ensure that your stuff doesn’t have to be rummaged through when they’re looking for something. Keep in mind that when using this method, you’ll need to rent a storage unit big enough that you can keep the center of it clear for access to each corner while still being able to accommodate all of your family’s belongings. Color Code the Boxes One your teen has a place to separate their personal belongings from everyone else’s, give them a few colored rolls of masking tape to color code their boxes to coincide with what’s inside of them. For example, blue could be used for clothing while red is used for video games and DVDs. Color coded boxes makes picking things up quick and easy because your teen will simply have to look for a color to decide which boxes probably hold what they’re in need of. Supply Utility Shelves To keep boxes from cluttering the floor and to make access to personal belongings even easier, put utility shelving along the walls to stack stuff on. This will give your teen a place to put packed boxes as well as store items that they don’t necessarily want to store inside a dark box before taking it home. Trophies, shoes, accessories like sunglasses, and even clothing can all be stored on utility shelves without the need for boxes or bags. Schedule Regular Visits To minimize nagging about visiting the storage unit to pick up things as your teen realizes they need them while ensuring regular access, put together a visitation schedule on a calendar that can be hung in your home for frequent reference. Schedule a couple weeks’ worth of storage visitation at a time, and ensure that your teen understand they need to plan their pick ups and drop offs around those dates. This may cause some...

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