Learning about Storage Units

Self-Storage Sustainability: 4 Tips For Optimal Organization And Convenience

Posted by on December 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Self-Storage Sustainability: 4 Tips For Optimal Organization And Convenience

Making use of a storage unit at a facility like National Self Storage – Denver is a great way to maintain organization at home without having to get rid of important or valued items that you may not need on a daily basis. Climate controlled storage units allow you to keep everything from furniture and artwork to jewelry and clothing safe year-round by protecting it from mold, mildew, and flooding. So you can count on your belongings to be in the same shape you left them in when you are ready to take them out of storage. But without a little planning and preparing, your storage unit can get cluttered and hard to navigate through pretty quickly – here are four tips you can use to optimize organization within your unit to ensure convenient long-term use:   Implement Shelving A great way to keep your belongings organized is to put utility shelves against the walls to create faux built-in wall units for the accommodation of boxes, bags, lamps, and small pieces of furniture as well as recreational equipment. Choose utility shelves of different heights to accommodate extra-large items on top where necessary. To ensure that the shelves don’t shift in any significant fashion, use padded double-sided tape between the backs of the shelves and the walls. Both plastic and metal shelving units work well, but it’s a good idea to spray metal options with an all-weather protectant to minimize rust and to reinforce areas that are bolted together. Hang a Few Tubs Another great way to keep things organized and to give yourself more space within the storage unit is to drill holes in the top corners of large plastic tubs and then use Paracord or another type of strong rope to hang the tubs from rafters in the ceiling of the storage unit. This won’t create any long-term damage or aesthetic changes, yet will provide you with some space for nick-knacks and less used items so they don’t clutter any floor space. Use permanent markers so to write directly on the tubs to indicate what’s inside each one of them. Start by hanging tubs in the corners and then line the space above your shelving as you need more tub space. Establish Sections To make finding things easy when you need to get to them, consider establishing sections within the storage space to coincide with the types of things you are storing. For example, you can split your space into four, designating each corner to a different room of your home – kitchen stuff would go in the Northeast corner, living room stuff in the Southeast, bedroom stuff in the Southwest, and miscellaneous belongings in the Northwest. You can also establish sections from the floor up by designating the floor to a specific type of item, the bottom shelves along the walls to another type of item, and so on. Consider Color Coding To keep even better keep track of everything, you can color code your boxes, bags, and other enclosed storage accessories so you will have a good idea of what you’ll find within each one of them. Colored stickers, markers, paint, or even crayons work well for color coding. Just place a small sticker or create a small colored icon in the corner of each container...

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How Are Storage Units a Great Solution for At-Home Brewers?

Posted by on November 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Are Storage Units a Great Solution for At-Home Brewers?

Do you brew your own beer? Do you want to start stashing your product away and allowing it to age for later consumption yet don’t have enough space at home? If so, a self-storage unit may be the solution. Decide if You Can Age Your Beer Not all beer will fare well in long-term storage. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the alcohol content in the bottle, the better the beer will age. The sharpness of the alcohol allows plenty of room for the dulling-down and smoothing-out of flavors to occur before the beer begins to taste flat. Any bottles with an 8 percent alcohol volume or higher should store well. Another factor to consider is the amount of hops in your beer. Avoid storing beers with a high hops content. While hops is used as a preservative, it’s also used for flavor. Beers that rely heavily on the flavor of hops tend to be bitter with a citrus-like aroma. The aroma helps cut the bitterness and make it more appealing. Those citrus notes fade quickly, though and leave the beers tasting flat.  Darker and maltier beers, however, usually have deeper, more complex flavors that can benefit from being toned-down and blended by age. If you brew beer with a high alcohol content that doesn’t derive much of its flavor from hops, then it’s time to shop for a storage unit so you can store all the beer you want for later use. Opt for a Climate-Controlled—Not a Refrigerated Unit The perfect temperature for refrigeration is between 35 and 38 degrees Fahrenheit. If you shop for a refrigerated storage unit, you may be provided with a unit that stays within this temperature range but can’t be adjusted. The ideal temperature for beer storage is 50 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Beers in storage shouldn’t be brought all the way down to refrigerated temperatures until a few hours before they’re ready to drink. You want a climate-controlled storage unit to store your home-brew in so that you can maintain a steady temperature that is cool, but not refrigerated.  Keep Your Bottles Vertical Keep all of your bottles vertical when placed in storage, regardless of whether they’re sealed with caps or corks. While some home-brewers think that storing corked bottles in the horizontal position will keep the corks from drying out, it does more damage than good. When corked bottles are stored on their side, the beer in them is in contact with the corks. Over time, the cork can interfere with the flavoring of the beer. Furthermore, storing bottles on their sides allows a greater amount of the beer inside of them to have contact with the air in the bottle. This speeds up oxidation and shortens the shelf life of the beer. Minimize Light Exposure The fact that storage units don’t have any windows and remain largely undisturbed is great for your beer-storage plans. When compounds in hops are exposed to light, they break down into other compounds that are similar to the stinky stuff that skunks spray when they’re frightened. Needless to say, this doesn’t make for very good beer. Your storage unit will be plenty dark enough to keep your beers from skunking, but for further protection against light, bottle any beers you plan to store in...

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