6 SPRING CLEANING TIPS

6 SPRING CLEANING TIPS

6 SPRING CLEANING TIPS

Regardless of the weather outside, spring is upon us – and spring is synonymous with fresh starts. It’s time to get rid of those winter blues. So let’s get started with these 6 spring cleaning tips that will have your home in tip-top shape in no time.

1. Get rid of clutter.

Before you start preparing, get rid of items that are needlessly filling up your home. Step number one: Tackle those unwanted items.

Clothing: Toss the heavy outerwear and winter boots for lighter clothing and accessories. For clothes you will no longer need during spring, consider donating them to a local charity or placing them into seasonal storage.

Linens and décor: We recommend putting away heavier bedding and seasonal décor to help declutter and rid your home of the winter feel. Spring should be all about celebrating the sunshine.

2. Swap out seasonal gear.

Over the winter months, garages and basements become popular storage areas for grills, lawn mowers, sports equipment and patio furniture. With nice weather around the corner, it’s time to spruce up your curb appeal and get your garage back into shape.

Garage: Perhaps your garage has a area in one corner or a workshop in another. Now is the time to decide where you want to place those items and how you will organize them.

Welcome spring: Once you’ve decided on designated areas, it’s time to clean up and place your lawn mower, grill, patio furniture, gardening tools and other spring items back where they belong.

3. Time to clean: It’s a great time to rid your home of dirt, dust and other allergens and make it a refreshing atmosphere.

Wash curtains, windows, fixtures and other items that may often get ignored. Dust

down and wash any blinds, floorboards, window sills and corners. Great tip- Vacuum and flip your mattress over to provide even wear.

4. Maximize home storage.

As you begin spring cleaning, consider the space you already have in your home that you may not be taking advantage of. This will allow you to create (and keep) an organized space.

Open Shelving: As you clean your kitchen, bathroom, office spaces and more, look for existing spaces along the wall that may come in handy. Open wall shelves can create a light, refreshing look .You can keep your home organized, functional and bright – all while saving you space.

Think vertical: Use stackable storage and modular units for bedrooms and closet spaces.

Transform dead space into useable storage with shelves and baskets that can house everyday essentials. Maximize your space.

5. Make cleaning a routine. You might be surprised to find that we should be dusting and vacuuming every few days. We suggest staying on top of a cleaning schedule to help keep your home organized.

You’ll find yourself more relaxed and balanced when you are living in a tidy space. As we do in every part of life, we create a checklist for household tasks to keep the home looking beautiful and clean every day.

The more often you tackle chores like laundry, dusting and vacuuming, the less often you’ll have to do a thorough, tough clean.

6. Consider self storage: For seasonal belongings, oversized items, or accessories you haven’t yet found a home for, renting a storage unit can be a space-saving and easy way to store your things. For fragile items like wood, antiques or furniture, consider a climate controlled unit. It keeps items constant environment (temperatures between 55°F and 85°F). To ensure, our units are enclosed and, therefore, resist dust, pests and more.

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HOW TO STORE YOUR WEDDING DRESS

HOW TO STORE YOUR WEDDING DRESS

HOW TO STORE YOUR WEDDING DRESS

 

A wedding dress is one of the most sentimental purchases a woman makes in her life. Now that you’ve walked down the aisle and danced the night away, you need to store this treasure so that the years do not steal any of its beauty. You may want to leave the possibility open for your little girl to one day carry on the family tradition and walk down the aisle in that very wedding gown. To maintain its timeless grandeur, check out a few of our tips:

  • Check the gown’s label for care instructions. Some must be dry cleaned while other must be wet-cleaned. Which means cleaned with water and should only be handled by a professional. Check with your bridal shop for any special instructions that specify the type of cleaning your dress may require. Having your gown cleaned as soon as possible will prevent stains from setting in. Remember, not all gowns require the same treatment. So be sure to talk with a professional.
  • Avoid storing the gown in a plastic dry-cleaning bag or a plastic garment bag for very long, even if the boutique sent the dress home with a plastic bag. Plastic emits fumes that could yellow or damage the gown. If any moisture gets trapped, the dress could mildew.
  • After the wedding dress has been cleaned and preserved, you’ll want to keep it in a location where the temperature is cool and the air is dry. You may want to lease a climate control unit with these features that will allow you protect your gown for many generations of happiness.
  • Boxing a wedding dress is the preferred form of storage, as it lets the gown lie flat and usesacid-free tissue paper in the folds of the dress to prevent decay. Brides may choose to box their gowns at home or have them boxed professionally. In either case, a boxed gown should be removed and refolded about once a year to prevent creases from forming.
  • If you prefer not to box your dress, the dress can be bagged and hung. Just make sure to go with a cotton garment bag with a well-padded hanger. The major benefit of bagging and hanging is that it doesn’t require a yearly maintenance visit, which is much more convenient since the point of storing your wedding dress is that you don’t have to deal with it until you need it again. Consider storing a clothing rack or set of shelves in your storage unit so that your dress isn’t stacked in a corner or draped over furniture, where it can get knocked on the ground or crushed by other items.

 

Only these steps—and the selection of the best self storage unit in your area—stand between you and the preservation of important memories for years to come!

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STORING YOUR COUCH

STORING YOUR COUCH

STORING YOUR COUCH

One of the most common household items is your couch. They’re in most living rooms across the country and around the world. In a variety of shapes, styles, and sizes, these pieces can really pull together a room. Here are a few tips on making sure your couch is protected.

 Clean and Prep Storage

The first step will be to get your couch ready for storage, and this means giving it a proper clean. Regardless of its term in storage, a cleaning helps improve the likelihood that your couch will preserve itself well against threats of mold, mildew. Incorrect cleaning methods can ruin the look and feel of your item indefinitely, so it’s important to get it right.

Once you’ve identified the material type, keep the following tips in mind.

  • Leather: Dust and clean with soap and water. Should you find existing stains already on the piece, cleanse further with a mix of water and white vinegar.
  • Cotton: Dust and clean with water and bleach-free detergent. Spot clean hard-to-tackle areas further with a mix of water and white vinegar.
  • Linen: Find a cleanser that notes specific use for linens, and be sure to consult your couch’s care tag. This will give you your best chance at treating it right.
  • Wool: Read the label attached to your couch for care instructions. Wool is commonly cleaned with water, solvent or a combination of the two.
  • Silk: Be extra careful with this material, as it’s easy to leave unintentional marks. Test possible cleaning options on small areas to be sure desired results occur. Clean with cold water and mild detergent solution, or consider consulting a professional.
  • After cleaning, cover with a secure, breathable couch cover.

Invest in Furniture Sliders, and Move with Ease

If the thought of moving a couch yourself is enough to pick up the phone and call a mover, consider furniture sliders. Trust us, these things are like magic!

Simply slide them under couch legs and push. They allow heavy pieces to glide.

Give it Room to Breathe in Storage

Within your unit, store your couch the same as you would in your home. Keep it free from debris, and avoid propping it upright. Layering with boxes or standing a couch up in a fashion it is not used to can put undue stress and strain on it.

Instead give it air, and the space to be on its own.

 Control Climate Conditions

When storing furniture, protection from the elements is paramount. Consider all of your options before choosing a storage space. If you’re serious about maintaining your furniture in storage, you might want a climate-controlled storage unit. Climate control will ensure your valuable furniture pieces stay safe from moisture and changing temperatures.

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WHY CHOOSE OUR MOVING SUPPLIES?

WHY CHOOSE OUR MOVING SUPPLIES?

WHY CHOOSE OUR MOVING SUPPLIES?

Want to make moving your items an easy and stress-free task? Stop by our office and make life easier by purchasing moving supplies from us. Due to crazy North Carolina weather conditions, your belongings need all the protection they can get.  Don’t forget to ask us about our newest temperature and humidity-controlled units.

Packing supplies such as boxes, bubble wrap, and tape are important, but it is important not to forget about lock!

LOCKING IT UP

These tough and enduring disc locks are the best when offering advanced security for your storage unit. Whereas regular padlocks leave your storage unit vulnerable to bolt cutter attacks. When you purchase one of our locks, you just can’t cut them using regular bolt cutters.  The reason you can’t use standard bolt cutters to open a circular disc lock is that only a small portion of the bolt is exposed in the first place, and it is extremely hardened, compared to normal padlocks. If it’s important enough to keep, then protect it.

BOXES

 Our boxes are sturdy and double walled for extra protection. No need for labels, our boxes already have them pre-printed on them! Need to decide what size cardboard boxes are right for certain items? Check out this guide on how to choose the right box for all of your moving, storage and shipping needs.

  • SMALL: (16.5”x12.5”x12.5”) Easy to carry boxes are designed for small, but heavy items like books or small kitchen utensils or silverware.
  • MEDIUM: (18”x18”x16”) Perfect for pots and pans, books, toys, non-perishable foods (cans & jars) and small appliances.
  • LARGE: (24”x18”x18”) These boxes are sturdy and work great for items like linens, towels, pillows, blankets, larger toys and more.

MAKE IT QUICK AND EASY

Our on-site office is here to make the moving of your belongings simple and easy. It is easy to get disorganized and forget important items during your move. We are happy to offer boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, mattress totes, and furniture covers to assist you in the protection of your valuable items.

Lastly, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to consult one of our self-storage experts at Lincoln Self Storage.

 

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HOW TO PROTECT FURNITURE IN STORAGE

HOW TO PROTECT FURNITURE IN STORAGE

HOW TO PROTECT FURNITURE IN STORAGE

How do you protect furniture in storage? Easy. You take the time to store it correctly. But let’s be realistic, ensuring that furniture stays in great condition will take a little bit of work. With these furniture storage tips, you’ll be able to protect any furniture piece, regardless of its material — from tables and desks to chairs and couches, whether they are priceless family heirlooms or inexpensive bed sets. Keep reading to learn how to store furniture in a storage unit, whether or not that space is climate controlled.

1.    Know your storage options.

Putting furniture in storage can be a costly decision. Do you keep it for the long term or do you sell the furniture? The average cost of a storage unit varies, but in many cases, choosing storage to store furniture makes sense if you’re in the middle of a move or going through a transitional time. When storing furniture, protection from the elements is the key. Consider all of your options before choosing a storage space. If you’re serious about maintaining this furniture in storage over the long haul, you might want a climate controlled storage unit. Climate control units will ensure your valuable furniture pieces stay safe from moisture and changing NC temperatures (our units are temperature and humidity controlled). Items like wooden furniture, musical instruments, antiques, and leather sofas or ones with delicate fabrics will do best in this type of unit. However, there are steps you can take to protect furniture even if climate control isn’t an option. Making sure everything is clean, dry and well protected is essential.

2.    Clean everything thoroughly.

Protect furniture in storage by never putting dirty items inside. Not only will offensive odors travel to nearby units, but cleaning will also significantly cut down on the chance of mold and the amount of dust in your storage space.

With wooden or plastic furniture, use a mild soap and water. For wooden pieces specifically, and especially antiques, use a wood cleaner to protect the existing finish on the wood.

Be sure to also clean fabric items like couches or seat cushions with fabric or upholstery cleaner. Check that everything is completely dry before you start packing it up.

3.    Wrap furniture for long-term storage.

Make sure everything is completely covered.  Before putting anything inside your storage space, lay down thick plastic sheeting on the floor to prevent moisture from the floor from seeping into your furniture. This step is especially important if you are not in a climate-controlled space.  Use old sheets, blankets, drop cloths or plastic wrap to cover the pieces and protect them from dust and moisture. Take care not to wrap furniture with thick plastic covers that will seal in moisture because that can create condensation.  Wrap furniture so that it can breathe by loosely.

4.    Raise furniture off the concrete floor.

Whenever you’re storing furniture without climate control, avoid putting furniture pieces or anything that could be ruined directly on the floor. By raising your items off the floor, you add an extra layer of protection against flooding. Even a layer of cardboard or a drop cloth is better than nothing.

5.    Don’t leave food.

We can’t stress this enough! Whether you’re storing furniture long term or for a few months, never leave anything perishable in your storage facility that may attract bugs or unwanted critters. While storage facilities are treated with pest control regularly, you can never be too careful.

Make sure there is always an aisle to access the back of your unit. Try to keep your storage space clean and decluttered to protect furniture and other contents.  Storing furniture in a storage unit doesn’t need to be complicated or stressful. One of the biggest mistakes people make is either spending too much on too large of a unit or not purchasing one that’s large enough.  Call or come by and one of our trained staff members will be glad to help you determine to right the right amount of space you need.

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CLEARING THE CLUTTER FOR THE NEW YEAR

CLEARING THE CLUTTER FOR THE NEW YEAR

CLEARING THE CLUTTER FOR THE NEW YEAR

Let’s get started on one of your New Year’s resolutions!  One that many homeowners may consider is cleaning and getting organized their homes in 2019. Decluttering your home can free up space, get rid of unnecessary items and help you find things you may have lost or forgotten about.

The Plan

Decluttering your home is a sizable task, and it can be a daunting one. That’s why it’s important to tackle this job with a plan. The Spruce suggested that, before you get started, you find 4 boxes or plastic bins. You’ll want to label them like so:

  • KEEP: you’ll put these items away later.
  • RECYCLE: paper, glass and plastic.
  • TRASH: some things you really shouldn’t keep.
  • DONATE: give away to family or friends, or to a charitable organization

Determine which rooms you want to tackle first. Perhaps you want to get the messiest and most disorganized room out of the way first, or maybe you want to start small and ramp up. Define

Now that you have a plan, you can determine how you’ll evaluate each item. Here are some tips:

MEDICATIONS

When going through your bathroom, kitchen or bedroom, you might come across medications and medicines you’ve acquired over the years. Ask yourself:

  • Is it expired?
  • Do I or my family members need this?
  • Has anyone used it in the past 6 months?

If no one uses that medicine, if it’s unnecessary and especially if it’s expired, call your doctor’s office or pharmacy for discard information.

CLOTHES

It’s easy to accumulate clothing that you don’t wear anymore. Our sense of style evolves over time, and you’ll outgrow some things. Other items may be gifted from well-meaning family members who simply don’t know your taste, or were purchased for a particular event that’s now passed. For each article of clothing, ask yourself:

  • Does it fit me?
  • Do I like the way I look in it?
  • Is it comfortable?
  • Have I worn it in the past year?

If it doesn’t fit, if you hate your reflection when you wear it, if it’s uncomfortable to wear or if you haven’t touched it in the past year, throw it in the donate box. If it’s falling apart or is otherwise unusable, put it in the trash bin.

ELECTRONICS

When you get a new gadget, it may be fun or convenient for a while, but over time it may get less and less use. Maybe it’s a device that you’ve replaced with a new model, or perhaps it didn’t fit into your daily routine well. Either way, you’ll need to evaluate the necessity of your old electronics. For each piece, ask yourself:

  • Does it work?
  • Do I like it?
  • Does it make my life easier?
  • Have I used it in the past year?

If it doesn’t work, you’ll need to decide if you can fix it yourself, if it’s worth paying for a professional repair, or if it’s better off trashed. If it’s still functional, determine whether it makes your life easier in any way, or if you like to use it. If you don’t really like to use it, haven’t used it in the past year or it’s cumbersome to use, you may consider donating it.

Identify storage locations

Through your decluttering efforts, you’ll end up getting rid of some things and determining others are better off in storage. But, if your attic, basement and garage are already full, or you don’t want to move stuff to these areas, you might consider looking outside your home. A storage unit can help immensely. You can house the items you need only a few times a year here, where they’re easily accessible yet out of the way.

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Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Introducing the sweetest way to kick off a weekend breakfast or casual holiday brunch. Rich, sugary, and gooey, this crowd-pleasing recipe (serves twelve hungry guests!), is extra sweet because it’s made in the slow cooker. Like other one-pot dishes, the limited hands-on time (here, it’s just 20 minutes) will allow you to spend more time on doing things you love with the people who mean the most. Prepare for a delicious casserole that’s made for breakfast, brunch, or anytime snacking.

Ingredients

Cooking spray
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 (16.3-oz.) cans refrigerated southern homestyle biscuits (such as Pillsbury Grands! Southern Homestyle), biscuits separated and cut into fourths (about 64 biscuit pieces total)
1/2 cup (4 oz.) salted butter, melted, plus 2 Tbsp. butter, softened, divided
4 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2/3 cup plus 2 to 3 Tbsp. half-and-half, divided
2 teaspoon vanilla extract, divided
1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans
1 (3-oz.) pkg. cream cheese softened
2 1/4 cups (about 9 oz.) powdered sugar, divided

 

 

How to Make It

Step 1

Line bottom and sides of a 6-quart slow cooker with aluminum foil; lightly coat foil with cooking spray. Stir together granulated sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Toss together biscuit pieces and 1/2 cup melted butter in a large bowl until biscuits are coated.

Step 2

Working in batches, add biscuits to granulated sugar mixture, and toss to coat; transfer biscuits to prepared slow cooker. Sprinkle any remaining sugar mixture over biscuits in slow cooker.

Step 3

Whisk together eggs, salt, 2/3 cup of the half-and-half, and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla in a bowl until well combined; pour over biscuits in slow cooker. Sprinkle with pecans.

Step 4

Beat cream cheese and 2 tablespoons softened butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds. Add 1 cup of the powdered sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat until smooth, about 1 minute.

Step 5

Gradually add remaining 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar to cream cheese mixture alternately with 2 tablespoons of the half-and-half, beating on high speed until frosting is smooth, creamy, and a little loose, about 1 minute, adding remaining 1 tablespoon half-and-half, 1 teaspoon at a time, if needed to reach desired consistency.

Step 6

Drizzle half of the frosting over biscuit mixture in slow cooker. (Cover remaining frosting, and set aside until ready to serve.) Cover slow cooker; cook on LOW until center of casserole is set and biscuit bottoms are browned, 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Drizzle casserole with remaining frosting; serve warm.

Source: Southern Living

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WINE STORE TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

WINE STORE TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

WINE STORE TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

 Wine sales have been steadily growing for the past few years, and are expected to continue to grow around two to four percent in 2019 (source: Bloomberg). With more people drinking wine than ever before, there is also and increasing interest in becoming a wine collector. While it may seem like a simple and fun hobby, there are actually a lot of important things to know before jumping into wine collecting. By learning the basic facts and best practices first, you can then begin to collect and properly store your wine.

Start with these general tips when you start your collection:

  • Buy what interests you. The higher the price tag doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best or right bottle for you. There are a lot of factors to consider like the age of the wine, the vintage, the vineyard, reviewers’ comments and who might have owned the bottle in the past.
  • Start small, and build your collection. Remember, it takes time to build up a collection. Think about what kinds of bottles will add monetary value and what kinds of wine are personally valuable to you. Do you prefer wine from a specific region or country, or would you rather collect bottles based the stories behind them? It’s all preference.
  • Wine bottles can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Don’t let unique bottles turn you off because you’re not sure how or where to store them; they can add something different to your collection. There are many different accommodating storage options for wide, tall and champagne bottle styles. There’re several bottle closure bottle options. Natural corks, synthetic corks and screw caps all have different effects on wine.
  • Documenting your collection is important. You should not only save records of your initial purchase so you have proof of value, but also organize your wines properly and create a catalog. The bigger your collection gets, the more you’ll appreciate having an organized reference guide of inventory for easy access.
  • Proper storage. Wine is sensitive to a number of factors, including temperature and humidity, light and vibration. If not stored properly, these conditions can cause wine to spoil. The ideal temperature for wine storage is 55-57 F, with humidity between 55-85%. To ensure that your wine remains at the proper conditions, consider storing your collection at an off-site wine cellar.

To Wine, or Wine Not?

Collecting wine can be an exciting hobby, with many different personal purchase factors. Whether you find excitement in owning a piece of history, or prefer to have bottles from around the world to enjoy at your leisure, a wine collection is something that evolves over time, and is an investment worth preserving properly.

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Lincoln Self Storage has Seasonal Storage Solutions!

Lincoln Self Storage has Seasonal Storage Solutions!

Lincoln Self Storage has Seasonal Storage Solutions!

There’s nothing like decorating your home for the holidays. Festive lights, yard décor and Christmas decorations add a nice seasonal touch to the home. But, what do you do with your items once the holidays are over? When you rent a storage unit for seasonal storage, you can easily store your items until they are needed next year. A storage unit rental for seasonal items also allows you to seamlessly transition through the seasons. We’ve got 5×10 storage units starting at $50.00! Reserve your storage unit today!

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3 Tips for Moving in the Rain

3 Tips for Moving in the Rain

3 Tips for Moving in the Rain

It’s moving day. Everything is packed, the rental truck is parked outside, and despite your prayers for sunshine the weather forecast is coming true—a storm is brewing, prompting worries of soaked boxes and ruined furniture. But moving in bad weather doesn’t have to be a nightmare. If you have to move when it’s raining, snowing or windy, follow these tips to protect belongings (and your sanity).

 

Get Tarps & Shrink Wrap
If you plan on hiring movers or even if you don’t it’s always good to have a couple tarps handy when moving in the rain. This will provide for protection for larger pieces of furniture when placed in the lawn or on the sidewalk when movers are organizing the load in the truck. If you plan on moving on your own it goes without saying that we recommend using tarps. Shrink wrapping electronic equipment and sensitive items is highly recommended for transport in general but it makes for additional protection against rain. Shrink wrapping also provides additional stability when packing loose objects or difficult to pack belongings.

 

Protect the Point of Entry
Chances are you protected the doorway and passageways in the house your leaving so it makes sense to prepare for wet conditions in the new house. Protect the entryway with a mat, towels or even plastic wrap so that everyone coming in and out can wipe their feet. Laying down some plastic for a protected passageway will increase the speed and efficiency of the move while protecting your rug and floors as well. Depending on the layout of the new home it could be best to place all boxes and furniture in one or two landing rooms until all possessions are moved inside.

 

Create an Assembly Line

Designate teams to work as indoor and outdoor crews. This prevents mud from being tracked inside and makes the entire process flow more quickly.

 

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To keep your move as safe as possible, when moving in the rain we highly recommend wearing slip-resistant shoes. No one wants to slip in the mud on moving day, especially if you’re carrying some precious keepsakes. We strongly recommend extra care when coming up and down the ramp of lift-gate as they can become extremely slippery when wet. Depending on the time of your move you may need to have some rock-salt handy to eliminate any slippery sections on the walkway or stairs. With temperatures dropping we recommend that you plan ahead and plan safely.

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Moving Checklist

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MOVING CHECKLIST

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Moving can feel a bit like a juggling act. There are a ton of things to keep track of, and it’s easy to forget about all the little things. We understand that it’s stressful, which is why we’re happy to share our moving tips with you! The key to a smooth moving experience is being highly organized. You don’t want to feel all frazzled and rushed on moving day. If you take the time to plan things out before the big day, your move will be a breeze. Don’t worry, it’s a whole lot easier than you think!

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