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Mini Storage Units in Greater Demand as Seasons Change and Holidays Arrive

by John Stevens November 15, 2010 8:16 AM
There are plenty of big storage units for those motorcycles, couches, beds, entertainment centers, big-screen TVs, and even SUVs. But what about its small cousin, the mini storage unit? Just what can be done with those smaller storage spaces besides holding a button collection? To find the answer just look at the demand. Trends are showing they’re becoming more popular for seasonal and holiday storage. [More]

Charleston Man's Christmas Village Collection Makes Its Annual Trip Out of Storage

by John Stevens December 24, 2009 9:10 AM
When Danny Beckner, of Charleston, West Virginia, decorates for Christmas, he doesn't just put up a few strings of lights. He goes into storage and pulls out his collection of more than 80 miniature houses and businesses. Beckner's Christmas village collection includes people, pets, horses, a train, and many other accessories. The collection, which once fit in Beckner's living room, now has grown to be so big that it takes up an entire house....

Many people have miniature Christmas village collections, but not everyone knows how to pack and store miniatures to avoid damage. Miniatures need to be stored in a climate-controlled space. To pack a collection, you should gather tissue paper, styrofoam peanuts, packing tape, masking tape, foam, a permanent marker, and two sturdy boxes for each miniature. One box will hold the miniature in its original packaging, and the other is a box to pack the miniature in. Fill all the openings in the miniature with packing materials, such as tissue or shredded styrofoam peanuts. If your miniatures have pieces that come out, such as Beckner's tiny people, wrap each one separately. Place tissue under the dresses of dolls to support the fabric and keep it from being crushed. You can group tiny items in individual bubble wrap envelopes. Make bubble wrap envelopes by taping sections of bubble wrap into envelope pockets that are sized to fit the miniature. Tape the pockets shut when you are done. [More]

Using Self-Storage to Prepare for the Holidays

by Kim Kilpatrick November 23, 2009 7:05 AM
Self-storage companies around the country are offering tips to help people with the process of decluttering in preparation for the holidays. While many people like to store things in their closets, basements, and attics, others find that using self-storage greatly reduces the stress of the holidays. Using a self-storage unit can reduce stress in the following ways:

A self-storage unit provides parents with a way to rotate unused toys out of circulation. Most parenting experts recommend that parents leave only a few toys out at a time for children to play with. When the current set of toys ceases to interest children, parents can rotate them into storage and rotate other toys out. It is best to keep only as many toys in circulation as children can reasonably be expected to put away on their own.... [More]