Tuesday, August 26th, 2014
HOW TO STORE
When you are organising your storage solutions there are a few things to keep in mind. Proper packing material can help to ensure that your items are maintained in the best condition possible. Naturally, the last thing you want is to take your goods out of your storage units only to find them ruined or damaged. Pack belongings well and store them correctly and they will stay in good condition even after a lengthy spell in Dublin Storage.
Quality material is the best place to start. That means good strong boxes, shrink-wrap and dust covers. SPACE can supply you with all of the above and more at our Box Shop. We can also provide you with sound advice on how to pack and store your stuff.
TIPS FOR PACKING
There are a few things to look out for when you are preparing your various belongings for hibernation. Follow these guidelines for different types of items and everything will come out of storage in the same condition it went in.
- Wardrobes should be emptied before you move them. If you transport drawers and wardrobes while full they might break. Once the piece is in place and fully assembled you can use it to store documents, clothing etc.
- Cushions should always be wrapped in plastic to protect them from damage and dust.
- Furniture legs should be removed if possible from beds, tables etc. You will less likely to damage them while moving and you will be saving space.
- Vacuum sofas: any crumbs of food should be hoovered away to prevent attracting vermin.
- Use plastic to cushion heavy items; you should not place furniture directly on the floor.
- Stack chairs seat upon seat separated with cloth or paper.
- Cover all furniture.
- Ensure that all fridges, freezers, microwaves etc. are clean, empty and dry before going into the storage unit.
- Leave doors ajar to prevent any condensation. Moisture will allow mould to build up.
- Placing a deodoriser inside the fridge or freezer is wise to maintain freshness.
- Storing various items in your appliances may seem like a good way to save on space but you may scratch the insides or damage the shelving. Better to leave them empty.
GLASS & BREAKABLES
- Wrap all breakable items individually in packing paper or tissue.
- Mark “Fragile” boxes containing glass and delicate items.
- Use sturdy boxes for breakables.
- Packing paper is better than newspaper, which can stain.
- Put paper in the bottom and top of the boxes for added protection.
- Place plates, bowls etc. on their sides to prevent breakage.
- Fill any empty space in boxes with packing paper.
- Be certain not to stack any heavy items on top of fragile boxes.
- Framed pictures and mirrors should be kept in cardboard or specifically designed cartons.
- Use the original boxes for packing electronic equipment; they are ideal.
- Try and source specialty boxes if you do not have the originals.
- Clean and dry the items before storing.
- Make sure nothing is stored above your electronic stuff that might fall and cause damage.
- To protect against rust on anything made of metal such as tools or a bicycle wipe them with a little oil before storage.
- Store such items away from goods that are likely to stain such as wooden furniture.
- Silver can be wrapped in “non-acid” tissue paper or plastic bags to minimise tarnishing.
- Iron items (chrome or cast-iron) are better protected with machine oil.
- There are some things that you can’t store. Anything illegal, stolen, perishable, flammable, explosive, environmentally harmful or otherwise hazardous may not be stored in storage Ireland. This includes the likes of petrol tins, paint thinner, gas bottles and chlorine. Not to mention firearms, narcotics, and priceless stolen Van Gogh masterpieces!
So now you know HOW to store I know you are ready to make the decision WHERE to store, SPACE Storage Dublin!
Until next time,
The Space Cadet.
Friday, August 1st, 2014
MY BIG FAT BANK HOLIDAY CLEAROUT
When you think of bank holidays what do you think of?
A seaside picnic…
A drive in the countryside…
Or is it an afternoon in a beer garden…
Of course not!
It’s the Big Fat Bank Holiday Clear-Out!
What better way to switch the radio on to your favourite station and tackle the mess. Get some boxes and big black sacks, bin the useless, sell what you can, and store what you want to keep. Before you know it you’ll be able to sit and read a book in the spare room, see exactly what the wherefore is going on in your attic, and get the lawn-mower out of the shed without feeling like you’re dragging a trolley through a swimming pool.
At the outset the challenge may seem daunting so I have listed a few TOP TIPS for your de-cluttering mission.
Have the black bags at the ready for rubbish and the boxes and labels for the important stuff.
Try and get rid of good riddance. Leave your sentimentality to one side and try to operate under the motto “if you don’t need it bin it.” If you DO need it but you can’t fit it – store it at SPACE self storage!
Many hands make light work. Try and recruit assistance. Perhaps a pal. You could return the favour next bank holiday. Make a day of it. And then…
Have a nice BBQ after the job’s done. Clearing space clears headspace. Relax and enjoy yourself once the job is done.
And one last tip from the top…
SELL, SELL, SELL
If you have old appliances, camping equipment, clothes – anything at all that you have upgraded over the years but you never got rid of. Stick it up on eBay or any of the other online buy-and-sell sites. Check out donedeal.ie buyandsell.ie adverts.ie and of course ebay.ie. Boards.ie and gumtree.ie are also popular.
If its too dear for you to sell, too good for you to bin, and big enough for you to trip over then bring it on down to our self storage facilities in Glasnevin or Ballymount and make our space yours!
Have a great weekend,
The Space Cadet.