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IS CLIMATE CONTROLLED STORAGE RIGHT FOR YOU?

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A self-storage unit can be useful for anyone who is moving, renovating, or just needs additional space at home or in their place of business. However, it’s not as simple as renting a storage unit and moving everything into a unit. The outside elements play a key part in choosing how to store your items.

A climate controlled unit is kept at a temperature between 55 and 85 degrees. In general, climate controlled storage is advantageous for storing valuable or environmentally-sensitive items.  Stop N Stor’s climate controlled units are all indoor, which gives us the ability to maintain temperature and humidity levels to better protect your belongings from damage in long term storage.  Not all stored items require climate control, but it can be essential for others.

Is climate controlled storage right for you? Here are a few factors to consider: where, what, how?

Where are you storing your items?

If you are storing your items in an area that experiences extreme heat, cold, or humidity, you should consider climate controlled storage. Extreme heat can be tough on items like records, CD’s, DVDS, photos, causing them to warp overtime. It can also damage wooden furniture, causing it to expand and crack. In addition, extreme humidity is an important factor to consider as it creates moisture that can cause mold, mildew, and bacteria.  Fortunately, Stop N Stor’s climate controlled storage units combat those issues by maintaining a clean, dry environment. Stop N Stor has climate controlled facilities in Hinesville, Savannah, Port Wentworth, and Pooler for your convenience.

What kind of items are you storing?

When considering climate controlled storage, it is important to think about what you are storing and how long you plan on storing. There are several items that you should consider for climate controlled storage. Wooden furniture is easily warped or cracked in extreme heat. Electronic and mechanical parts, such as TV’s and computers, should also be stored in climate controlled storage to prevent permanent damage. Special collection items are meant to be preserved for the long term, and using a climate controlled unit will help prevent damage caused by outside elements. Artwork and photographs are two other significant belongings that can easily deteriorate in extreme temperatures. Pharmaceutical samples and supplies necessitate climate control. Climate controlled storage is truly beneficial for most storage ventures; if you are uncertain how to best protect your items, Stop N Stor can help you decide what kind of storage is right for you.

How long will you be storing these items?

Not everyone needs climate control. If you are between homes and planning to store your items temporarily, traditional non climate storage may be the best solution. If you are storing items long term, or your belongings have a high sentimental value, you should consider climate controlled storage. Some belongings are expensive and some irreplaceable; let Stop N Stor protect your items from the hazards of extreme heat, cold, and humidity, by choosing one of our climate controlled units. Whether you are storing contents from a large home, an apartment, or a small closet, we have the unit size for you! Not sure what size unit to choose? Visit our online size guide or drop by one of our convenient locations in Hinesville, Savannah, Port Wentworth, or Pooler and one of our friendly on-site managers can help you decide what kind of self-storage unit is right for you!

How to Grow Your Small Business by Utilizing Business Storage

May is national small business month! Small business owners work very hard to build their company from the ground up. Owning a small business is no small feat, which is why we would like to share a few simple tips that can help grow and expand your business by utilizing business storage.

Your office shouldn’t double as a storage space, so let us help reduce office clutter by choosing one of our business storage units that’s right for you. There are a variety of reasons a business can benefit from business storage. If you are a small law firm or a small accounting firm, you have to keep a lot of important files and documents. Before you know it, paperwork and other documents are piled sky high taking over valuable work space. Business storage units are a great option for keeping your documents you don’t need every day safe, organized, and out of the way.

Tip #1: When packing up your files, remember to organize the documents you will need to access near the front of your business storage unit 

For any small business, excess inventory, samples, and supplies can be cumbersome, taking up a lot of storage in your office. Take advantage of one of our convenient climate controlled units to store your pharmaceutical drugs and marketing material. If you are a small retail store, a business storage unit offers a great solution for sorting through inventory and switching out your seasonal items. Stop N Stor offers both climate and non-climate controlled units in various sizes so you can effectively choose the best storage unit that is right for your business.

Tip#2: Keep an itemized record of what you have stored, the quantity of items and where it is packed. Label boxes accordingly.   

In addition, there are many reasons why you might need to store your furniture or office supplies throughout the year. Seasonality has a tendency to affect how many hires one business has at a time. If you are in the off-season and have extra furniture and desks crowding your workspace, we offer temporary storage solutions. Or, you may have extra computers or sensitive work equipment that need to be stowed away. If so, then you would benefit from one of our climate controlled storage units to help protect and preserve your office items from outside elements including humidity, pests, and dust.

Tip #3. When packing furniture, protect corners and edges with appropriate packing material. Consider using a climate controlled unit.

Business storage is great for renovation. You may be in the process of remodeling or painting, and need a place to store your items temporarily. If you are a small construction company and you need a place to store your equipment between jobs, we offer drive up units so you can access your equipment with ease. We offer free dollies to assist you with loading and unloading your heavy items. The cost of renting a storage unit is much lower than paying rent and overhead at a storefront or warehouse. We have 6 convenient locations serving the Pooler, Port Wentworth, Hinesville, and Savannah areas, so you can pick the facility that best suits your business needs.

There is no time like the present! Come see us today, and see how utilizing business storage can help increase your business work space and productivity! Visit us at www.stopnstorstorage.com to reserve your business storage unit online today!

How to Properly Pack a Rental or Moving Truck

How to Pack a Moving Truck

There are many decisions and preparations that need to be made when deciding to move across town, to a different state or across the country. One of the major decisions that you need to make when you are moving is if you are going to hire a professional movers or if you will do the move on your own by renting a moving truck and volunteering friends and family to help. When choosing a moving company,  you need to follow certain steps to fully prepare for the move. In some circumstances, professional movers will help pack boxes and prepare furniture as well as pack everything in to the moving truck. Unless you have experience as a mover, there are questions that you need to consider when packing a moving truck such as: How can you make sure that all of the items that you need to move will fit into the moving truck? How can the items in the truck be protected during the move?

If you are renting a moving truck to move items into a storage unit, the same truck packing concerns will apply.  Stop N Stor has a variety of storage units in climate and non-climate in sizes from 5×5 to 10×30.  If you are moving the contents of the entire home, a 10×30 storage unit is the best storage solution.

Renting a Moving Truck

When renting a moving van, truck, or trailer there are ways to make the rental experience easier.  If you reserve the moving truck online via U-Haul,  verify the pick-up and return destination. Before driving the moving truck off of the lot, visually inspect the vehicle for broken lights, leaks or other damages. In order to save time and money when renting a truck, have everything that you are moving ready to go the day of the truck rental.  If you plan ahead for your moving day, you can save money on gas, mileage, & time.

How to Load a Moving Truck

Make sure that you rent the correct size of the moving truck or van that you need for your belongings. If you only have a few items, then you will not need a large moving truck. The key is to plan ahead thinking of what you need to move as well as being creative and concise in packing the moving truck. Following the eight tips below will help you to utilize every needed space in the truck and protect your belongings during transit.

  1. Compile moving and packing supplies,  such as boxes, a moving dolly, furniture padding and tarps to cover your items, packing tape and straps to keep your items in place on the truck.
  2. Do not overload the truck’s weight limit as this could cause a drag to the truck, which results in using more gasoline. The weight of the items loading onto the truck should be evenly distributed on both sides.
  3. Load kitchen appliances and washer and dryers into the truck first. Place these at the back of the truck against the wall closest to the cab. Keep these appliances upright and covered by a tarp.
  4. When loading furniture onto a moving truck, place items such as mattresses, box springs, headboards, couches and table tops upright against the longest wall of the truck. Then, cover them with mattress and furniture pads. Dissemble bed frames and tables and place them near the table tops or mattresses. Secure the items to each other or to the truck with bungee cords or rope.
  5. After the furniture and larger items are put in the truck, then start loading in the packed boxes. Boxes can be placed on top of the appliances, but make sure that they are secure. Fill in the empty areas towards the back of the truck with boxes first and then move forward. Put the heavier boxes on the bottom of the stack of boxes and the lighter boxes should be on top. Stack the boxes to the ceiling of the truck with keeping like-sized boxes stacked together.
  6. Fill in leftover spaces with items that can be used as buffers such as bags of clothing, linens, bedding or pillows.
  7. Load the most fragile items, such as plants, unboxed lamps and electronics last on the truck.
  8. The last boxes on the truck will be the first ones that you need in your new home. These “open first” boxes should contain items that you would need right away in your new destination such as paper towels, bathroom needs, garbage bags and tools to reassemble your furniture.

By following simple moving and packing tips, you can fit everything that you need to in your moving truck and make the moving experience much easier. There will always be surprise set-backs on moving day, but if you know that you have planned as much ahead that you can then, you will be much happier.

 

How to Store Books at Home or In a Self-Storage Unit

Storing Books at Home or In Self-Storage

Nothing compares taking the time to relax and escape to different worlds and times by opening a good hardbound book. Even with the popularity of e-books, people still continue to have large cook-book, children’s books or other collections in their homes. Books are great to have, enjoy and read, but they do take up a lot of space. There is always a need for a good book storage solution.

Book Storage Solutions for the Home

There are many great home book storage solutions. Depending on the amount of storage space in a home, people can store books in home libraries, while others have to be a bit more creative in how they store their book collections. Books can be stored in wicker decorative baskets that can be put on shelving units, under tables and in corners. For smaller houses and apartments, use ottomans, stools and chairs that have removable lids for book storage or store “up” using every wall space for additional book storage. Also, book shelves make great space dividers for smaller studio apartment or open living or dining rooms.

Organizing a Book Collection

The larger the collection of books, the harder it is to keep organized. Organizing a book collection can vary based on your style. Books can be placed on a book shelve based on author, genre or even the color of the cover. Most home organizers recommend separating fiction and non-fiction and then do separate categorization from there. Special or limited edition books can be very expensive and hard to replace. Special care needs to be given to these types of books. Store rare books in custom sleeves for added protection.

The ideal place to store books is an area in the home that is well-ventilated and not subject to big temperature changes. Do not store books in a spot with high humidity. Books should be stored upright so you can read the spine correctly. Books are designed to be stored this way and can be supported by other books to keep them stable. Do not store books with the binding or spine pointing up, this will crack the binding, ruining the book. Dusting books on a regular basis will help keep books clean over the long-term.

Storing a Book Collection in Self Storage

A storage unit  is a great place to store excess books and other household storage items. When storing books in a storage unit, it is important to properly prepare and pack the books, so they stay in good condition. Below are eight tips for how to store books in a storage unit:

  1. Keep storage boxes out of direct sunlight and away from radiators and heating vents.
  2. Pack books in small or medium size boxes or plastic containers that are weatherproof and moisture-proof.
  3. For rare or limited edition books, take special care when placing them in storage. Wrap each book in a paper towel or cloth to protect the surface from dirt or residue buildup.
  4. Never wrap books in plastic bags, plastic wrap or foil.
  5. Store similar size books together, lying flat in the box. Do not stand the books in the box with their spines as this can damage the spines over time.
  6. Put heaviest books at the bottom of the container and go to lighter books, such as paperbacks at the top of the box. Make sure the boxes are packed tightly and use filler material to finish filling the box.
  7. Seal the boxes with packing tape. Label the boxes with a list of the contents.
  8. If possible, place boxes of books on shelving in the storage unit.

Stop N Stor has a variety of climate controlled and non-climate controlled storage units from 5×5 to 10×30 that are perfect for storing everything from a comic book collections to a cookbook collection. Stop by any of our six locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah to see how our storage professionals can help you with any of your residential or household storage needs.

Are Your Business Documents Organized for Tax Season?

Organizing business documents for tax season.

Tax day, April 15th, will be here before you know it and businesses need to start organizing their files now in order to have the correct documents to properly prepare their tax returns. Companies need to go through their documents from the previous year, and then organize and determine what files need to stay in an office and what business documents can stored in a self storage unit.

Business Documents Needed for Tax Preparation

Tax preparation services such as TurboTax have provided a handy small business tax planning checklist for the documents that are needed to fill out business tax forms. The IRS also has a website to help small company owners and those who are self-employed with their tax forms and preparation needs. Listed below are just a few of the required business documents that are needed in order to fill out a tax return. See the websites above and your professional tax preparer for more information that could be specific to your business:

  • Income Records-These documents include gross receipts from sales and services, returns and allowances, business checking/savings account interest and other income.
  • Cost of Goods Sold (If applicable to your business.)-This paperwork includes totals for inventory, beginning and then end of year total dollar amount, materials and supplies and any inventory purchases.
  • Expenses-There should be documentation saved for all business expenditures including, advertising, phones, computer and internet costs, and travel expenses such as hotel, mileage, meals, tips, tax, and internet connection.
  • Business insurance-These documents pertain to business insurance and not personal insurance, which goes under a different form category.
  • Professional fees-Any types of fees from lawyers, accountants or consultants would fall under this type of document requirement.
  • Office supplies-It is important to keep tabs of any pens, paper, stable and other consumables used by the company.
  • Rent expense-Office space rent and business-use vehicle lease paperwork are required for tax preparation.
  • Home office expenses-These documents include square footage of office space at home, mortgage interest or rent paid, homeowners insurance and utility forms.
  • Wages paid to employees-When you think of tax forms, the W-2 and W-3 forms instantly come to mind. These would also include employee payroll forms needed for federal and state payroll return, employee benefit expenses, contractor’s forms and 1099-Misc forms.
  • Other expenses-Lastly, there should be paperwork for repairs and maintenance of the office, estimated tax payments and other business related expenses such as health insurance and premiums paid.

How Long Should a Business Save Documents?

After businesses have gathered and then prepared their tax forms, documents should be organized and stored in a central area either in an office or in a self-storage unit. Federal and state laws require the retention of specific business documents for accounting records to personnel records.

According to federal and state laws, certain business documents can be placed into archival storage, while other documents need only to be retained for as little as two years. Business files for the current year should be kept within the office and then can be stored outside the office in a storage unit starting the following year.  All corporate and fixed asset records, accounting records such as financial statements, check registers, general ledgers and income tax returns need to be retained permanently. Other accounting documents such as accounts payable or receivables, bank statements, expense reports or charge and cash slips can be shredded after seven years.

Self-Storage Solutions for Business Files and Documents

Renting a self storage unit is a great place to store excess business equipment, files and documents. Storing documents in self-storage helps to reduce the clutter in your office, while increasing work space and productivity! Stop N Stor offers many business storage solutions, such as file and document storage at our 6 Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah area locations. Our storage professionals will help determine the best storage unit size for your business storage needs.

Self Storage Solutions for Plumbers and Electricians

Self Storage for Plumbers and Electricians

Self storage is a great storage solution for many types of businesses from retail to construction to restaurants.  A self storage unit can be used to store retail inventory overstock, office equipment and business documents. But, where do the construction companies, contractors, plumbers and electricians, store their tools and equipment? They store it at a self storage facility!

Contractors, plumbers and electricians usually work out of their vans, trucks or their homes, most do not have “brick and mortar” locations or buildings to store their equipment.  The cost of renting a storage unit is much lower than paying for rent and utilities for a storefront or a warehouse. Using a self storage unit for plumbing and electrical tools and equipment storage helps contractors keep their overhead low and their budget in-check. Storing plumbing equipment at a self storage facility is a cost-effective solution for plumbing and electrical contractors to easily keep their tools, equipment and piping all in one place and allow their vans or trucks to be less cluttered.

Self Storage for Electricians

Electricians are tradesman who design, install, maintain and troubleshoot electrical wiring systems in homes, commercial buildings and large pieces of industrial equipment. Electricians can install new electrical systems, repair power outages for homes and businesses as well as troubleshoot and repair electrical issues. Electricians use a variety of tools during the course of the day including wires, tape, power drills and saws, and smaller tools such as pliers, screwdrivers and wire strippers.  They also will have a supply of lighting fixtures, fuses and other electrical needs.  A self storage unit is a convenient place for electricians to store their electrical tools and equipment.

Self Storage for Plumbers

Plumbers are trained to do a variety of jobs including installing or fixing home heating systems or hot water tanks, fitting bathrooms and kitchens and making emergency calls for issues that could arise. Plumbers have to use a variety of tools in their day-to-day repairing or installing projects. They have to have pipes, Teflon tape, plungers and augers of all types on-hand at all times for their work. Because of the increase in the cost of building and plumbing supplies, plumbers purchase building materials in bulk to keep their overall costs down.  Having a place store these items, such as a self storage unit, is a great and low cost storage solution.

Storing Plumbing & Electrical Equipment in Self Storage

Most self storage facilities have 24/7 computerized gate access hours allowing contractors, electricians and plumbers to access their tools before they need to be on the job site. Self storage facilities have drive-up storage units, which allows for easy access for contractors to load and unload their equipment.  Safety and security measures such as well-lit facilities, video surveillance and keypad entry gates give tradespeople peace-of-mind that their equipment will be safe while in storage. Self storage units come in a variety of sizes in both climate and non-climate controlled giving the contractor a range of storage solutions.

Stop N Stor makes it easy for contractors, electricians, and plumbers to store their equipment with our construction storage solutions. Stop by our six Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah locations  to see how we can help with your plumbing and electrician contracting storage needs.

2016 Low Country Home and Garden Show

2016 Low Country Home and Garden Show

January is the time to start planning for spring and summer home improvement projects. There are home, garden and remodeling shows taking place across the country during January, February and March. These shows are great opportunities to see the latest home improvement and renovation ideas, products and technologies to get you motivated to start your summer home projects.  The Low County Home and Garden Show returns to Savannah this weekend for a weekend full of seminars, demonstrations and fun for the entire family.

2016 Low Country Home and Garden Show

The 2016 Low Country Home and Garden Show will be at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center from Friday, January 29th running to Sunday, January 31st. The show has over 4000 square feet of displays and exhibitions including gardens, landscapes and water features. There will be exhibits for kitchen design, pools and outdoor living, and interior design and home accessories.

There will also be DIY seminars on three different stages: Celebrity Stage, Garden Stage and Kids Stage throughout the weekend. Seminar topics range from construction trends in Savannah to solar energy for the home to garden flower inspirations. Jeff Lewis the host and star of Bravo’s Flipping Out will be sharing his over 20 years of experience with renovating interior and exterior living spaces. The Garden Stage will have Norman Winter, gardening expert from the Coastal Botanical Garden at Historic Bamboo Farm and other experts from the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden sharing how to make the most of your outdoor living and gardening spaces.

The Home and Garden Show will be filled with exhibitors that will be able to help you with ideas for improvements inside and outside your home. New this year is a “Product Zone” with exhibits and demonstrations of the newest products to make everyday tasks a bit easier. The show has it all from gardens and landscapes to interior design ideas and daily live plant and tree sales. There is an interactive Kids Zone area sponsored by Lowes with demonstrations, face-painting and hands-on demonstrations, a pet area and wine tasting. Enter to win plants from local garden centers, gift cards and much more from daily giveaways throughout the weekend.

Self Storage and Home Improvement

After you have visited the different home garden and remodeling shows and received tips for your remodeling or renovation projects, it is time to start planning your upcoming spring and summer projects. Renting a self-storage unit for personal and business storage is a great way to keep the furniture and accessories from the room or office protected during remodeling or renovation projects. If the remodeling project allows you to get new furniture, keep the older furniture in a self-storage unit.

Stop N Stor has a variety of climate and non-climate controlled storage units that can fit all of your storage needs from storing tools during a construction project to storing all of the furniture in a bedroom or living room! Our friendly and professional staff can help you with your storage needs from packing and moving supplies to temporary storage for your renovation project. Stop in when you need help finding the right storage space for your renovation projects! Enjoy the home and garden show and good luck with your spring and summer home improvement projects!

Tips for Storing a Comic Book Collection

Comic Book Storage Ideas

Collecting comic books, toys and sporting cards has become a very big business and there are many industries that have been created just around buying, selling and storing these specific items. Comic books and sports trading cards have always been highly collectible with collections being passed down from generation to generation.

Most people will store their childhood comic book collection in their attic or basement. While this is a handy place to put the comic books in a home, it actually isn’t the best place to store them in order to keep them in good condition. Extreme temperatures, especially in a hot and humid attic, can damage the paper of the comic books. The best place to store comic books is in humidity or climate controlled environment. If there is not room at home to properly display or store comic books, then the next best option would be to store the collectibles in a self-storage unit. Climate controlled storage units help protect your comic book collections from extreme temperatures and humidity.

Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes that are perfect for storing a comic book collection.  A 5’x5’ or 10’x10’ storage unit would be an ideal size to store comic book storage boxes. If there is enough space, add shelving to the storage unit to make storing the comic book collection more organized.

Comic Book Storage Tips

The condition of the comic book will affect the value of the comic book over time. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that the collectibles are properly packaged and prepared for storage. There are many comic book storage ideas that have been created to keep comic books in pristine condition. Most comic book stores will be able to provide you with these storage materials. If you follow the comic book storage tips below, your collection will continue to stay in good form:

  • Protecting Comic Books-Place individual comic books in protective polypropylene sheets with acid-free packing boards. The bags protect the comic books from fingerprints, scuffs and moisture. The boards, stored inside the bag, keep the comic book stiff and flat as well as helps to prevent bending and curling of the paper. Change out the boards every 2-5 years in order to keep the board from changing the color of the comic.
  • Mylar Protection Sheets-For more valuable comics, use Mylar comic book protector sheets for storing purposes.
  • Comic Book Storage Boxes-Store comic books in acid free comic book storage boxes. The comic book boxes come in two different sizes: long and short. The short box can hold up to 200 comics. The long box can fit up to 250 comics. Store the comic books standing up in the boxes.
  • Filing Cabinets-There are other comic book storage ideas such as storing a collection in filing cabinets or specially made cabinets as an alternative to storing in boxes.
  • Binding Comic Books-If you do not plan on selling the comic books in the future, then consider binding volumes of comic books together in a book or placing in a binder. This ultimately reduces the value of the comic book, but binding could make it easier to read, transport and store.
  • Comics Storage Tip-When storing comics, keep them away from direct sunlight as this can fade the colors of the book. Also, avoid storing comic books in wet, hot or drafty areas.

Renting a self storage unit is a great way to store large and small comic book collections. When storing the comic book storage boxes, do not stack the boxes too high and stack all like-sized boxes together. The larger comic book storage boxes can get heavy when they are completely full. Filing cabinets used for storing comic books can easily be moved into a storage unit. The state-of-the-art security at Stop N Stor gives our customers peace of mind their comic book collections are safe and secure while in storage.

 

How to Pack and Move a Dining Room Table

How to Pack a Dining Room Table for Moving.

In today’s busy world, many people don’t use their formal dining room except for special occasions, holiday gatherings or to use as a place for additional storage.  The kitchen has taken over as the dining or gathering area in a home. They might not be used as much, but, the dining room table and chairs are still treasured pieces of furniture. It is very important to take extra time to properly prepare and move dining room furniture in order to protect it from damage and costly repairs.  Before starting to pack the dining room, it is recommended to take a picture of the dining room table from all angles. This documents the item and any existing damage and provides proof if there is damage made during the move.

Tips for Packing a Dining Room Table

Below are nine tips for preparing dining room furniture for moving day. Make sure that you have moving and packing supplies such as cardboard, bubble wrap and packing tape on hand for this part of the project.

  1. Clean/dust the furniture before preparing for storage.
  2. To make the transport of the table easier, unbolt and unscrew the legs from the table. Tape the hardware in a re-sealable bag and attach it to the bottom of the table or on one of the legs. Label the bag with its contents.
  3. If you cannot remove the table legs, wrap them in bubble wrap for protection on moving day.
  4. Wrap each detached leg with bubble wrap for protection.
  5. Remove the table leaf and wrap it in a moving blanket.
  6. Put the sides down on a drop-down side tables and then wrap the entire tabletop with a moving blanket. Secure the blanket with packing tape, so the blanket will not move.
  7. Wrap the tabletop with as many blankets as is needed in order to cover the surface. Tape the blankets to the bottom of the table to keep them secured. Do not use tape on the surface of the table as it could leave a residue or peel the paint or wood surfacing.
  8. Glass dining room table tops should first be wrapped in several layers of bubble wrap and then wrapped with at least two moving blankets. For additional protection, add a layer of cardboard taped over the blankets.
  9. Wrap dining room chairs in a moving blanket and secure with tape. Wrap the legs and the back of the chair in bubble wrap.

Moving a Dining Room Table and Chairs

Once you have the dining room table wrapped and ready to go, you must make sure that it gets moved properly into a moving truck. Below are six tips for moving a dining room set to get the most optimum room in the moving truck and storage unit.

  1. Move chairs by picking them up from the bottom of the seat. Do not move chairs by lifting up from their backs or by dragging them across the floor as this could damage the chair and the floor.
  2. Stack chairs in groups of two in the moving van and secure with bungee cord or rope. Place the second chair upside down on top of the cushion on the first chair.
  3. When moving the table, have one person lift it from one end and another from the other end. Lift the table by the apron and turn so it is vertical to the floor. This will allow for easier movement through doors and up/down stairs.
  4. Load the table top against the wall of a moving van and secure with rope or bungee cords. Another option is to lay it flat on the floor of the moving truck.
  5. Place the separated legs in a secure position on the moving truck, where they won’t roll and damage other items.
  6. If the legs remain on the table, be very careful how you load the table into the moving truck. If the table is being moved in a standing position, you can load items below it, but it might not be able to support a large amount of weight on top. Tables can also shift during transit. It might be a better idea to place the table on its side in the moving van and make sure to keep the legs protected as much as possible.

Protecting a Dining Room Table in Self Storage

It is very important to protect the investment in your furniture, especially cherished dining room tables, while moving or in storage, so you will be able to use the items for many years to come. Self storage is a great personal storage solution to keep these items protected until you need them again. Some furniture might require storage in a climate controlled storage unit to keep the wood in good condition and protect it from possible warping or drying out from extreme temperatures and humidity.  Once you place the dining room tables in storage, make sure to keep them covered with furniture tarps.  Stop N Stor has a variety of storage units available in both climate and non-climate controlled to keep your dining room furniture protected in storage.

 

 

 

 

 

Start Off the Year Right with 8 Easy Steps to Getting Organized

Organizing in the New Year

Every year, people make resolutions to get healthy, lose weight, save more and get more organized. According to a survey on New Year’s resolutions recently posted by Statistic Brain,  the number 2 resolution for last year was to get organized! There is no time like the present to start planning and acting on this resolution to better organize your life and declutter your home to make it more organized for the New Year! The New Year is in full swing and now is the perfect time to set-up your home to be clutter free after the chaos of the holiday season. The holiday decorations have been stored until next year’s holiday season.

Now is the perfect time to work on organization projects big and small. You can start with small projects such as organizing a closet and then move onto larger organization projects such as re-organizing your entire kitchen.

By following some of the simple organization tips below, you can easily start off 2016 on an organized path:

  1. Create a goal and vision for the space that you need to reorganize. This is great for small or large projects. Cut out photos of an organized room, closet or bookshelf and place them on the refrigerator or on a bulletin board to use as a guide to what you want to accomplish.
  2. Define your clutter. We are all very emotionally attached to our things; which in turn causes more clutter to gather in our homes. This is a good time to sort your items between what will stay in the room and what can be packed for storage.
  3. Donate the items that you don’t need any more to organizations that could use them. Donate books to a library or school. Donate clothing to local shelters and donations centers, such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
  4. Once, you have created a clutter free environment, it is important to keep it organized going forward by doing daily cleaning, such as putting away daily use items in their designated spots.
  5. Purchase organizational supplies such as shelving units, storage bins, door storage organizers, and baskets to give loose items “a home”.
  6. There are many great DIY ways to get your items organized from re-purposing ice trays to hold desk supplies to color coding a weekly family event calendar to keeping electrical cords coiled correctly.
  7. Sort your mail right away. Place magazines and catalogs that you won’t read directly into the recycle bin and place bills and other mail that have to be answered in a specially designated spot.
  8. Finish the organizational projects that you started! Do not leave projects half completed!

With proper planning and a goal in mind, you can declutter and reorganize your home and start a plan to keep it organized going into the New Year. Stop N Stor  has a variety of storage options, including climate and non-climate controlled, available for every storage need from storing unused exercise equipment to storing family heirlooms.

 

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