8 Tips for How to Move and Store a Mattress

Moving and Storing Mattresses and Bedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having a good bed, bed springs and mattress is a very important and long-lasting investment.  A good bed set can last decades and mattresses and box springs can last at least 10-15 years if they are properly maintained. Bed sets, including a headboard, box springs and mattress, can cost thousands of dollars, so it is important to protect your investment.

Mattress Moving & Storage Tips

We spend over 1/3rd of our lives sleeping, so it is important to keep mattresses and bed sets in great condition. Below are eight tips to keep a mattress in good condition during moving or storage:

  1. Avoid storing mattresses in the basement. Basements can be damp, which could damage the mattress. Keep mattresses away from pets and sharp objects.
  2. Consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit to store your mattress. Extreme temperatures and humidity can create moisture, which can in turn damage your mattress. If you need to store a mattress in a regular storage unit, it is a good idea to invest in a dehumidifier to keep the storage unit dry.
  3. Before moving or storing a mattress, be sure to thoroughly clean the mattress. Use upholstery cleaner on the actual mattress and then vacuum both sides.
  4. Disassemble the bed set for moving or storage. Keep all screws/nuts/bolts in a plastic bag taped to the frame or headboard for safe keeping. Cover the bed frame and headboard with old blankets during transit and storage to protect from dust and damage.
  5. Invest in a mattress cover to protect the mattress while it is in storage. Cover the entire mattress with a breathable plastic cover. These usually cost $20 or less at stores. Secure the cover with tape and cover any holes or tears in the cover.
  6. If you are storing a mattress long term, store it flat in the storage unit. It is okay to move the mattress on its side, but for storage, it is better to store flat as the coils and inner workings could shift with storing on the side over a long period of time. You can store the mattress on top of flat furniture.
  7. Do not store anything on top of a mattress. Heavy items can cause damage to the mattress material as well as could damage the mattress springs.
  8. Once you are ready to remove the mattress from storage, freshen up the mattress before use. Sprinkle baking soda on both sides of the mattress. Allow baking soda to sit so it could absorb any odors and then remove the baking soda by a vacuum.

Magellan Storage offers climate controlled storage at most of our facilities that can help protect your mattress or bed set investment. We also offer a free move-in truck that can help you move your mattress into a Magellan Storage facility. Find out more when you are ready to rent your storage unit.

 

Los Angeles Home Improvement and Garden Show Season

Home Improvement and Self Storage

 

If you made a resolution to make home renovations or remodeling for your home in the New Year, now is the time to start making some plans and goals for your project. The winter months are a big time of year for home remodeling shows. During the colder months, the home and garden shows are a great escape out of the cold and wet and a chance to get great tips and ideas for spring and summer home remodeling and renovation projects.

 

Los Angeles Area Winter and Spring Home Remodeling Shows

There will be many Home and Garden shows in the Los Angeles area in the next few months including: Costa Mesa Home Remodeling & Decoration Show at the O.C. Fair and Event Center running February 28 and March 1st,  the South Bay Home and Garden Show at the Long Beach Convention Center March 20th to 22nd , The Big Spring Home and Garden Show at the Fairplex in Pomona, Ventura County Spring Home and Garden Show at the Ventura County Fairgrounds March 20th  through 22nd, and the Pasadena Spring Show at the Pasadena Convention Center on March 21st and 22nd.  These shows are the best guide to seeing what is new in remodeling, renovations and home decoration. They also allow the attendee to speak one-on-one with experts, test out some new tools, see gardening layouts and get great tips on easy DIY changes to your home. Renovation and remodeling ideas take shape during the winter months and then usually go into full production in the spring and summer months.

Home Renovations and Self Storage Go Hand-in-Hand

Planning a renovation project can be almost as difficult as doing the work. You must have all the pieces organized and together before you even start the project. One of the key items to include on the list when renovating is to rent a storage unit to store the items from the room that is being renovated. It is much easier to work with a totally blank space then it is to work with items cluttering the floor, so it is important to remove all of the items from the room before the project starts. Keeping the room’s furniture under a protective drop cloth does not always protect it from paint drips, dirt, nicks, dings and other damage. Magellan Storage offers month-to-month storage unit rentals, which is a great option to store furniture during a renovation. Magellan Storage also offers the use of a free truck at move-in  to make the storing and moving process easier.  Once the home remodeling and renovations are complete, you can retrieve your stored items and place them back in the new room. If you are upgrading furniture or accessories, self storage is the place to keep the older furniture until you decide to donate, sell or give the item away. Stop by our 6 Los Angeles and Orange Counties locations to see how Magellan Storage can help you with storage solutions during your spring and summer home improvement projects!

 

Tips for Storing Holiday Decorations

 

Tips for Storing Holiday decorations

The holiday season is now over and it is time to put away your holiday items and to make sure that your holiday decorations are stored correctly.  It is important to have a proper holiday decoration storage strategy for your many types of decorations from family heirloom ornaments to wreaths and lights.

To start off your holiday decoration storage process, make sure that you have the proper packing supplies such as boxes, newsprint and packaging tape in order to store your holiday decorations. Sort and then store the different types of decorations together. Place ornaments, lights, or candles, into different boxes. When you are packing the decorations for the off-season, check for broken ornaments, lights, or other possible issues.  Label all of your holiday decorations boxes with the contents, so you can easily find the decorations that you need. Create a large enough space so you can store your artificial Christmas tree.  If you do not have the space to for holiday decoration storage at your home, then consider placing the items in a self storage unit.  Seasonal items can be stored in the back of your storage unit and then switched out throughout the year.  Magellan Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes that are great to place to store indoor and outdoor holiday decorations. Now that you have the holiday storage basics completed, it is time to store specialty holiday decorations.

Wreaths

Place the holiday wreath in the original box whenever possible and store it horizontally on a shelf. If you don’t have the original box, then place a bag over the wreath or place it in a garment bag and hang it in a closet or behind a door. Do not store bags of wreaths on top of one another, as the wreaths could get damaged.

Indoor/Outdoor Lights

Store indoor/outdoor holiday lights neatly coiled to keep them from being tangled. There are many great DIY solutions for storing holiday lights such as wrapping the lights around the outside of a coffee can or wrapping paper tube or even a plastic pant hanger. You can also make your own light storage reel out of cardboard. Cut out grooves along the top and sides of the cardboard. Wedge the beginning part of the lights in one of the slots and then start winding the lights around. For extra protection for the lights, wrap the light reel in tissue when you place them in a box.

Holiday Ornaments

Many ornaments are handmade by family members or are heirlooms, so they need to be treated and stored with special care. Christmas tree ornaments come in all shapes and sizes and can be difficult to properly store. For easier storage, keep the boxes for larger or oddly shaped ornaments. If you didn’t keep the boxes, then carefully wrap the ornaments in tissue paper. Layer the ornaments in the box with filler material such as tissue paper or bubble wrap between each layer. You can purchase specially designed ornaments storage boxes at your local home or craft stores. Or you can create your own DIY solutions, such as storing smaller ornaments in a cardboard egg crate.

Christmas Trees

A Christmas tree can take up a lot of space when you put it back in storage. The best option is to keep the tree fully assembled and covered in a Christmas tree storage bag that you can purchase at any home store. Some of the storage bags come on rollers, so you can easily move the tree to its storage spot. Storing the tree fully assembled with lights and ornaments will make it easier to put up the tree for the next holiday season. The downside of a fully assembled tree is that it does take up quite a lot of storage space. If a Christmas tree storage bag is not an option, then store the tree in its original box. If the box is not sturdy enough, then store the tree branches and stand in plastic bins for easy and safe storage.

 

2014 New Year’s Events in Los Angeles

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and get excited for the wonders that the New Year will bring. Family and friends gather for small gatherings or attend larger events at hotels or outdoor venues. The Los Angeles area offers a variety of ways to celebrate the New Year from attending private parties at hotels to ringing in the New Year with fireworks and thousands of your closest friends!

Los Angeles New Year’s Events

There are many great events to celebrate the New Year in Los Angeles from family friendly events to 21 and over parties.  The City of Los Angeles is hosting a huge free New Year’s Eve gathering at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. There will be a 22 story projection screen hanging from Los Angeles City Hall where there will be 3D projections and the countdown to 2015! There will also be three stages for entertainment including DJ’s, and live performances. There will be over 30 food vendors and a photo booth.

For the 21 and over crowd, there are many great venues that are having New Year’s Eve festivities. The Queen Mary is having a New Year’s Eve Auld Lang “Shine”  party where you can travel around the world on the decks and salons of the ship to taste and experience a casino, Flamenco dancing, DJ’s, and great food. Also, the Queen Mary is a great vantage point for fireworks over the Pacific Ocean! Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles is hosting Prohibition NYE where partygoers can step back in time for the roaring 20’s for jazz, DJ sets, custom cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight. The Egyptian Theatre once again hosts Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball  Starting at 9pm celebrate the coming New Year with a light show, DJ, hieroglyphics light show and a giant LED countdown to 2015!

The biggest New Year’s celebration for Los Angeles actually occurs on New Year’s Day, when the world’s eyes are on Pasadena for the Tournament of Roses Parade. For over 100 years, the parade has delighted young and old with the fantastic designs and use of our world’s natural beauty. This year, the theme to the parade is “Inspiring Stories”. The parade goes along a 5 ½ mile route kicking off at 8am at Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard, turns onto Colorado Boulevard, and ends at Villa Street. Spectators can view the floats as they are displayed at the end of the parade.

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

If you are attending large New Year’s celebrations, even celebrating at a hotel or restaurant it is critical to keep an eye open to your surroundings and be safe. Below are a few safety tips that are important to follow for your New Year’s celebrations:

  1. Take a look around the room or the venue where you are attending the party. Does the building have a wide entrance and exit? Are the exits blocked by decorations such as Christmas trees or holiday displays?
  2. Attend large events with other people. Have a communication plan, emergency contact and a meeting place set up before the event just in case you are split up.
  3. Look out for possible fire sources such as candles burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, indoor fireworks, or other heat sources that could make you feel unsafe.
  4. Leave the fireworks displays to the professionals. Do NOT use consumer fireworks to shoot off on New Year’s Eve.
  5. If you must shoot off fireworks, be sure to follow proper safety precautions. Shoot off the fireworks in a clear field or open area with no overhead power lines. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies. Do not re-light fireworks that did not light the first time.
  6. Do not let children near any fireworks that are left over. The fireworks could still be active and could go off injuring the child.

Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year! We look forward to serving your storage needs in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in 2015!

 

Holiday Events in Los Angeles

Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Los Angeles area doesn’t get the snow and cold that the other areas of the United States has in December, so the majority of ways to celebrate the season are outdoors including skating rinks (yes, even in Southern California!), parades,  illuminated boat parades  and walking or driving through outdoor  holiday lighting displays.

Holiday Boat Parades

There are many illuminated boat parades held in coastal communities around the Los Angeles area during the holiday season. The largest boat parade of the season is the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade . The boat parade is a 4 day event running December 17th thru December 21st.  The boat parade starts every evening at 6:30pm at Bay Island and returns after a trip around the harbor, to the starting point around 9:00pm.  There is a fireworks display on the last day of the festival at the end of the parade. Illuminated canoes, kayaks, boats and multi-million dollar  yachts will travel 14 miles around the harbor past holiday decorated homes and businesses. There are also boat parades that took place earlier in the holiday season in Marina Del Ray  and Long Beach .

Spend Your Holidays at the Amusement Parks in Southern California

All of the amusement parks in the Los Angeles area are celebrating the holidays with special events and shows. Disneyland is celebrating “Disneyland at Christmas”. The entire resort is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, greenery and a little bit of magic for the holidays. There are Christmas themed shows, parades and fireworks throughout the season. There is also a skating rink in Downtown Disney Village.  Universal Studios presents “Grinchmas at Universal Studios , celebrates Dr. Seuss’s classic Christmas tale with special musical performances, evening snowfalls, and a spectacular curved Christmas tree. Knott’s Berry Farm is transformed into Knott’s Merry Farm to celebrate “A Charlie Brown’s Christmas”.  There is also a Christmas Crafts Village at Knott’s Berry Farm for artist demonstrations and unique gifts

Outdoor Holiday Events and Lighting Displays

The holidays are full of fun activities for the entire family including outdoor skating rinks at various locations throughout the city, outdoor lighting displays, and special shows. There is outdoor skating at Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles through mid-January. Nokia Plaza has an outdoor rink and a nightly LED holiday light show on-screen set up around the plaza. Santa Monica, Woodland Hills and Irvine also have outdoor skating rinks through the holiday season.

One of the biggest holiday light displays is at the LA Zoo for Zoo Lights. This popular event recently re-opened at the LA Zoo bigger and better than ever. Parts of the LA Zoo are transformed into a winter fantasy wonderland with animated and glowing animal displays. You can view reindeer, visit with Santa, and enjoy holiday treats and entertainment. The LA Zoo Lights runts now through January 4th, but the tickets are going quick! The Getty Museum celebrates the holidays with festive decorations, entertainment and refreshments.  There are many great holiday lighting displays are in the Los Angeles area. Find out more information on great family events online.

Multi-Cultural Holiday Event

Los Angeles is a multi-cultural area with many different cultural celebrations occurring during the holiday season. The Mexican tradition of Las Posadas takes place for 9 nights starting December 16th on Olvera Street.  This tradition focuses on the story of Mary and Joseph trying to find an inn in Bethlehem. There is a nightly procession of musicians, singers and community members traveling down Olvera Street starting at 5:30pm.

There are so many things to do and see during the holiday season in the Los Angeles area! Magellan Storage  wishes all of our customers, friends and family a wonderful holiday season.

Be Fire Safe this Holiday Season

Holiday decoration safety tips

 

Is your home decorated for the holidays? What are you waiting for? As you are putting up your decorations both indoors and outdoors or choosing your live Christmas tree, there are certain holiday fire safety tips that you should follow to make sure that your home is safe from fire hazards. According to the United States Fire Administration, Christmas tree fires are not common, but when they do occur, they can be very dangerous. One of every three home Christmas tree fires is caused by electrical fire causing over $18 million in property damage per year.

Magellan Storage  wants to help keep your family safe this holiday season by proving these simple  fire safety tips for your holiday decorations including candles, holiday lights and real or artificial Christmas trees.

Candles

Candles are very popular holiday decorations, but they can be extremely unsafe in your home.

  • Fire safety experts do not recommend using flame candles for holiday decorations. The experts recommend using battery-operated candles or LED lights.
  • If using flame candles, place them away from flammable items such as decorations, greenery, and wrapping paper.
  • Do not place candle displays them on a table in a high traffic area where they could easily be knocked over.
  • Never keep an open flame unattended. Always keep a burning candle within your sight.
  • Never use candles to light up a Christmas tree.

 

Holiday  Lights

  • Check the light strands for broken or cracked sockets, frayed wires or loose connections. Throw away the damaged lights or repair them before use
  • The light wires should not be warm to the touch when in use.
  • Use no more than 3 standard sets of lights per one extension cord for decoration on the tree or inside the home.
  • Use LED lights, which use less energy and run cooler than traditional incandescent lights.

 

Artificial and Real Christmas Trees

  • Many artificial trees are fire resistant  Artificial Christmas trees should have a fire resistant label attached to the tree.
  • Fresh trees are green, the needles are hard to pull off and the trunk is sticky with resin. Fresh trees are less of a fire hazard than dried trees.
  • When setting up the tree, cut off at least two inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption. Place the live tree in a sturdy stand with wide-spread feet. Water the tree every day. The fresh tree stand should be filled with water the entire time that the tree is indoors.
  • Do NOT place Christmas trees near heat sources such as fireplaces, radiators, heat vents or other heat sources.
  • When a tree starts to drop leaves, it means that it is drying out and that it is time to remove it from the home. Do not keep a dried out tree in a garage or against the wall of the home. Investigate Christmas tree recycling programs in your city.

 

10 Tips for Packing a Moving Truck

Magellan Storage offers Free Move-In Trucks

There are many decisions and preparations that need to be made when you decide to move. Sometimes, the move is a sudden decision based on a new job, but other times a move can be planned at least a few months in advance. One of the major decisions that you need to make when you are moving is if you are going to hire a moving company or if you will do the move with friends and family by renting a moving truck.   When hiring a moving company,  you need to do certain things to fully prepare for the move. The professional movers will help pack (in certain circumstances) and they will pack the moving truck. But, what do you need to do if you are renting a moving truck? How can my make sure that all of the items that you need to move will fit into the moving truck that you have rented?

When you are renting a moving van, truck, or trailer it is crucial to follow certain important steps in order to make your rental experience go smoothly. It is also very important to have a packing strategy for your move. Have everything that you are moving ready to go the day of the truck rental, so you aren’t wasting time packing when you are paying for the truck! Also, it is crucial to pack the truck correctly to utilize every space and to protect your belongings during transit.   If you plan ahead, you can save money on gas, mileage, & time when you are renting.

  1. If you reserve your moving truck on-line via a moving company website, such as www.uhaul.com, then make sure to verify which truck rental facility you will be picking up your truck at. Also, bring your identification and the credit card that you used to reserve your rental truck. This will help expedite the rental process.
  2. Rent the correct size of the moving truck that you need for your belongings. If you only have a few items, then you will not need a large moving truck.
  3. Visually inspect the vehicle for broken lights, leaks or other damages before you take the truck off of the lot. If there is any damage, inform the rental company immediately.
  4. Have supplies, such as a moving dolly, furniture padding, tarps to cover your items, straps to keep them in place, tools and other materials that you will need in order to make your moving day easier.
  5. Distribute the weight of your belongings evenly on both sides of the truck. Do not overload the truck’s weight limit as this causes a drag to the truck, which results in using more gasoline.
  6. Large appliances should be the first items to be packed onto a moving truck. Place appliances at the very back of the truck against the wall closest to the cab. The appliances should be kept upright and covered by a tarp.
  7. Place larger and longer items such as mattresses, box springs, headboards, couches, and table tops upright against the longest wall of the truck. Use mattress and furniture pads to cover and protect the items. Dissemble bed frames and tables and place them near the table tops or mattresses.
  8. Next, add your packed boxes onto the truck. Fill in all areas towards the back of the truck first. Place the boxes on top of and in any extra space where you have placed your appliances. Put the heavier boxes on the bottom of the pile and then the lighter boxes on top until you have reached the ceiling. Stack like-sized boxes together.
  9. Fill in any gaps leftover with items that can be used as buffers such as bags of clothing, lines, bedding or pillows.
  10. Pack the most fragile items last on the truck. When packing, also designate a few boxes as “open first”. These boxes would contain items that you would need right away in your new destination.

 

By following simple moving and packing steps, you can fit everything that you need to in your moving truck and make the moving experience much easier. Select Magellan Storage facilities offers a free move-in moving truck to move your items from your home to your Magellan Storage storage unit. The moving truck is air-conditioned and has automatic transmission to help make your moving experience much easier.

Self Storage and Holiday Storage

Holiday Shopping and self storageThanksgiving Day is celebrated throughout the United States this Thursday. It is a day to gather together with friends and family and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. The first Thanksgiving is said to have lasted for three days, and took place sometime between September 21st and November 9th, 1621. The feast would have included not only the popular turkey, but also waterfowl, fish, venison, corn and barley.  The first “official” nationwide celebration of Thanksgiving took place in 1775, not to celebrate the Thanksgiving feast of 1621, but to give thanks for the Continental Army’s win at Saratoga during the American Revolutionary War. Thanksgiving was declared by Congress to be an annual holiday in 1827, but the day that it was celebrated varied every year.  In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt with the insistence of the large retail stores at the time, proclaimed that Thanksgiving Day would be officially held the third Thursday in November to lengthen the holiday shopping season. More stores are beginning to open up on Thanksgiving Day for shopping, but most of the shopping occurs on the day after Thanksgiving or “Black Friday”. This day is the “official” kick-off to the Christmas shopping season. On average, over 135 Million people go shopping on Black Friday spending billions of dollars. For many retailers, Black Friday is their busiest shopping day of the year! This year, the holiday shopping season is shorter at only four weeks!  We have all been inundated with commercials and news stories for the big deals for electronics, computers and other special items on Black Friday.

Now is the time to plan your holiday shopping (either online or in the stores) strategy. It is also time to figure out where you want to store all of your “big” items that you bought on Black Friday. If you don’t have a lot of room in your home for storage or to keep the presents away from spying eyes, then it is a good idea to rent a self storage unit for the holiday season.  Magellan Storage offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 for all of your storage needs. If you need to just store smaller packages, then a 5×5 is good for you, but if you need the extra room to set up a wrapping station for your gifts, then we can happily accommodate your needs.

The holiday season adds more clutter to your home and business. If you do not have room to store holiday decorations in your home, rent a storage unit to place the Christmas lawn decorations, wreaths, Christmas tree and other decorations. Climate controlled storage units help keep artificial wreaths and Christmas trees looking fresh and ready for use in the future. Storing seasonal items in a storage unit will help reduce the amount of clutter in your home. You can keep the holiday decorations in your storage unit until you need them again next year.

Magellan Storage facility offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday so our employees can spend time with their loved ones.  Magellan Storage offices will re-open for regular hours on Saturday, November 29th. Customers can still access their storage units via the keypad gated-entry during the holiday. Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

9 Tips for Storing Documents in Self Storage

Tips for storing documents in self storage

 

 

 

 

Are files and other documents taking over your office? Is your office running out of storage room and file space? It might be time for your business to consider storing excess documents in a self storage unit. Self storage and business storage actually work hand-in-hand. Storing documents in self storage helps to reduce the clutter in your office, while increasing work space and productivity!

When choosing a self storage facility to store your documents, make sure to pick one that is close to your business, so you don’t have to drive across town to retrieve your files. A climate controlled storage unit is recommended for business document storage. Climate controlled storage units help to protect the documents from damage from extreme temperatures and humidity. Because you are storing employee and business records, it is vital to pick a storage facility with secure document storage including video surveillance, keypad entry and computerized gate access.

It is important to have the right types of document storage boxes and other storage supplies when you are packing your documents. Magellan Storage offers moving and packing supplies at our 6 locations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in order to pack your business documents.

After you have decided to store your business documents in a self storage unit, there are a few things to keep in mind as you are preparing you boxes and storage units.

  1. Documents should be stored in sturdy cardboard boxes with filler material to make sure that the documents will not shift while being moved to/from the storage unit. As with other storage boxes, make sure that the boxes are sealed securely with packaging tape.
  2. Before you pack the documents, make sure that you have multiple back-ups of the documents on-line, saved on a password protected CD or DVD, or downloaded on another separate file as a back-up.
  3. Do not share the security code and keys to the storage unit to a lot of people. There are personal files being stored that should only be seen by a limited amount of people.
  4. Do not over stuff the document boxes. Do not use regular printed newspaper as filler as the print can rub off on the documents.
  5. Document storage boxes should be no heavier than 30-50 pounds, so you can still lift and move them easily.
  6. Raise the document boxes off of the ground on pallets, wood, plastic sheeting or cardboard. The optimum document storage solution would be using shelving units in the storage unit.
  7. For extra security, store the documents in locked file cabinets or fire safes.
  8. Place the oldest files that you will not need as often towards the back of the storage unit. Place the files that you might need to access more frequently towards the front of the storage unit. Place the boxes with the oldest files or documents towards the bottom and the boxes with the newer documents towards the top.
  9. Label every box with the contents. Create an inventory list for the boxes and use a numbering system for your stored boxes that you can put into a spreadsheet for cross-checking. This will help to make it easier to find the documents that you need to find more quickly.