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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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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Storage Tips For The Fall

Storage Tips For The Fall

Storage Tips For The Fall

Spring isn’t the only season to get organized; autumn is a perfect time to de-clutter your home and get things in order for the colder months. As much as we try to keep things in order after the spring-cleaning season, there’s always a list of things to prepare for the next season. Soon the days will be getting shorter, now is a great time to use the extra time you have indoors to organize your home? To get you started, check out our favorite fall home preparation tips below. You can free up valuable storage space—both inside and out—and get set for a clutter-free winter.    

Swap Out the Seasonal Stuff

One simple way to free up closet space and dressers is to swap out your spring and summer wardrobe for fall and winter. Now is the time to take the opportunity to sort through your items, and decide if it’s time to give them away or store them for the next season.  Don’t forget the coat closet and the mudroom!   Storage Tip: Pack clothing away in plastic bins or containers to avoid dust, moisture, and bugs.

Organize Your Outdoor Living Area

There are a number of outdoor things that need your attention before the cold comes. Harsh weather can damage wood, wicker or aluminum, so pay extra attention to your porch, patio or deck furniture at summer’s end. A 10’x10’ unit is great for storing outdoor yards maintenance items – like garden tools, outdoor power equipment, and lawnmowers. These can take up valuable space in a garage that you might need for shovels, snow blowers, salt or other winter items.   Storage Tip: Clean before storing to prevent rust and damage. For added protection, we have climate-controlled units!

Your Car Wants the Garage Back

It’s common to turn to your garage for storage of your summer items. A storage unit is a perfect place to store bikes, pool equipment, gardening tools, patio furniture. Having these items out of the way, you’ll save a significant amount of space for your car and other winter necessities. You can thank us later.    

Storage For All Seasons

Each season gives us an opportunity to reorganize our home and prepare for the next. While you can utilize a self-storage unit at any time of the year, the harsh weather of winter makes it especially important to protect your belongings and be prepared.

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