Contractors and Self Storage

Contractors use self storage

A self storage unit is a great place to store overstock inventory, pharmaceutical samples, business documents, office equipment and tools for construction companies.  We all know that self storage is an option to store business files and office equipment, but it is also an ideal place for construction workers, contractors, plumbers, electricians, and painters to store their tools and equipment during a project.

Many contractors, plumbers and painters actually work out of their vans, trucks or out of their homes and do not have “brick and mortar” locations or buildings to store their equipment.  The cost of renting a storage unit is much, much lower than paying for rent and utilities for a storefront or a warehouse. By storing building materials and tools in a storage unit, contractors can keep their overhead low and their budget in check. Another way for contractors to keep overall costs down is to buy materials, supplies and tools in bulk and store them in a storage unit until these products are needed on a work site.

Construction workers and contractors have to take their equipment to and from their work site every day. Having a self storage unit in a centralized place, closer to their project location, makes it much easier for the contractor to transport equipment. Keeping the tools and equipment in a self storage unit will also help to protect them from damage from rain, temperature extremes or even vandalized if kept on a construction site. Placing smaller tools and construction equipment in plastic storage bins on shelving in a storage unit is the best way for contractors to keep their tools organized while in storage. The bins should be labeled and put on an inventory list, so contractors can easily find the equipment that they need when they need them.

Most self storage facilities have drive-up storage units, which allow easy access for contractors to load and unload their equipment. Convenient computerized gate access hours allow contractors, painters and plumbers to access their tools before they need to be on the job site. Magellan Storage facilities  allow access to their facilities starting at 5am or 6am, depending on the facility. Deliveries of building supplies and materials can be accepted at some storage facilities, which allow the contractors to continue with their work and not have to wait around for that special tool, equipment or supplies. Larger storage units can also store trucks and larger equipment. Security measures  such as video surveillance, individual storage unit alarms and gated gate and building entry gives the contractor peace-of-mind that their equipment will be safe while in storage.

Magellan Storage offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30  for every type of storage need from tools to larger equipment storage.   Stop in to any of our 6 storage facilities in Los Angeles and Orange County to find out more about how Magellan Storage can help construction companies, contractors, painters and plumbers keep an eye on their bottom line by storing their equipment in a self storage unit.

Wine Home Storage Tips

Home Wine Storage Solutions

Wine collecting has grown in popularity in the past decade. More people are enjoying learning about the different types of wines, which regions offer the best wine, and how you properly store and serve wines.  There are certain wines that can be served right away, while others need to be stored in order to “age” properly. If you live in a smaller home or just don’t have the room to create your own personal wine cellar, what do you do to store a growing wine collection?

The most optimum place to store your wine collection would be in a wine cellar, but most people do not have that option. Regular and even most climate-controlled storage units are not the proper place to store wine. The extreme temperatures will instantly damage the wine.  Some self storage facilities are building special wine storage cellars to help with the demand for wine storage space. Specially built storage lockers are separated into wine storage units that are climate and humidity controlled and is electronically monitored for the correct temperature and humidity levels. Magellan Storage  offers wine storage at our Costa Mesa location Magellan Cellars is specially built with light gauge steel lockers that can hold a few to 450 cases of wine. The lockers are in a special climate and humidity controlled cellar that is electronically monitored. Magellan Cellars even has a wine tasting room for when the finely aged wine is opened and ready to be shared with family and friends!

Tips for Storing Wine at Home

If you are planning on creating a wine storage solution at home, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when storing your wine.

  • Wine needs to be stored at a certain temperature. The optimum temperature for storing red wines is 55 degrees. White wines can be stored a slightly lower temperature. If the heat is too high, it can rapidly increase the aging process and damage the wine.
  • Wines should also be stored at the higher humidity level of 55 to 85 percent. Higher humidity settings prevent the cork from drying out. The cork blocks oxygen from entering the bottle. If the cork dries out, oxygen can get into the wine causing oxidation, which in turn ruins the wine.
  • Wine bottles should be stored on their sides to keep the corks moist and the sediment inside the bottle at a good mixture. Wine storage racks should be deep enough to allow for this type of storage.
  • Wines should be stored in the dark. Too much natural light or even fluorescent light can affect the quality of the wine. That is why most wine cellars are below ground and away from direct sunlight. Most wine bottles have light protected bottles, but the glass protection only goes so far in protecting from the sun’s damaging rays.
  • Too much vibration or shaking of wine bottles can cause sediment in the wine to redistribute incorrectly affecting the taste of the wine.

When wine is stored under the right conditions, it will be more favorable and enjoyable. Wine collectors are very particular about their wines! They want to make sure that their investment is protected. Choosing the right wine storage solution is key to keeping your wine collection protected. It will allow your wine to age properly and be enjoyable to share in the future. Specially designed wine storage units are a great storage option for wine collectors. These units offer security, climate and humidity control, and complete darkness! If you are in the Costa Mesa, California area, then Magellan Cellars  is the wine storage solution for you!

 

Tips for Organizing the Kitchen Pantry

Kitchen Pantry organization tipsOne of the biggest and sometimes daunting spring cleaning projects is cleaning and reorganizing the kitchen.  The kitchen is where everyone gathers for meals, conversations with family and friends, homework and other get-togethers. It is very important that a kitchen is clean and organized. The kitchen can easily get cluttered with everyday items like backpacks, purses, books, papers, and not to mention, kitchen accessories, food items and cooking utensils that all need to fit and be stored in the small confines of the kitchen.    One of the first things that you do in a kitchen organization project is clean and organize your kitchen pantry. The pantry is one of the most visited areas in a house!  To make cooking and baking easier, it is crucial to have an organized kitchen pantry.

How to Organize a Kitchen Pantry

The first step in a kitchen pantry organization project is to de-clutter and clean. To start your kitchen pantry organization project, remove all of the items that are currently on the shelves. Throw out any expired food. Spices should not be kept more than a year. If there are unexpired items in the pantry that you know you won’t use, donate them to the local food pantry. After you have taken all the items out of the pantry, wipe down the shelves, change any shelving paper and sweep, and then vacuum or mop the floors of the pantry.

Once you have cleaned the pantry thoroughly, it is time to sort the items that you will be returning to the pantry that into categories. Keep like items together. Sort the items as follows:

  • Dry goods: Sugar, flour or other baking goods
  • Canned Goods
  • Dried Food: pastas, dried beans, rice
  • Boxed Items: Cereal, Crackers, Mixes
  • Spices
  • Beverages
  • Root Vegetables such as potatoes and onions
  • Pet food and treats

Create specific zones in the pantry for each food category. This will make it easier for you to find the items that you need when you need them!  Place the bulkier and heavy items, such as pet food on the bottom shelves of the pantry. Put lighter items on higher shelves and place cans and jars on mid-to-lower level shelves. Have the items that you access the most within easy reach.

The best way to keep your kitchen pantry organized is by investing in containers and bins. Glass or plastic containers with locking lids are perfect for cereals, rice, pasta, sugar, flour and children’s treats.  A great tip is to label the containers with the item’s expiration date so you won’t waste the food. Putting the items in containers will also allow for easy categorization and keeps your pantry looking organized. Store root vegetables, such as potatoes and onions, in a bin or basket without a lid. Bagged items such as nuts, chips or dried beans can also be stored in storage bins. Keep spices in air tight jars or tins either on your kitchen counter or in the pantry.

Create an inventory list for your kitchen pantry items. This will help you with tracking what you need, so you will not over buy and end up wasting the food. The list can then be used as a grocery list when you need to replenish the supplies.  When putting away food, place newer food behind older food on the shelf, so you will use the older food first before it expires. This is very helpful for canned goods and pasta sauces.

Keep your pantry organized by only using it for food stuff and not for storing other items such as kitchen accessories, plates, pot and pans and other supplies.  A self storage unit is a great option for additional household storage for items such as little used kitchen appliances, excess pots and pans and other kitchen accessories.  Magellan Storage  has a wide variety of storage units from climate controlled to traditional for all of your household storage needs.

 

2015 Los Angeles Area Easter Events

Easter Events in Los Angeles

 

 

According to the calendar, spring officially returned to Los Angeles in mid-March, even though the temperature would say that it is more like mid to late summer! The flowers are in bloom and it is time for Easter baskets, egg hunts, family brunches and dinners, and other holiday activities. There are quite a few different Easter events in Los Angeles to celebrate the traditions of Easter over the upcoming weekend.

Celebrate Easter with the Animals

The LA Zoo  hosts “Big Bunny’s Spring Fling” at the Zoo and Botanical Gardens April 3rd and 4th. There will be crafts, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny (for an additional cost) and petting really live bunnies.  Saturday, April 4th from noon to 5pm is the “Blessing of the Animals” on Olvera Street at El Pueblo Historic Park. The merchants of Olvera Street lead a cow decorated with flowers in a procession of animals past a priest to get a blessing. There is also a petting zoo and free pony rides for children.

Family Friendly Events

There are many family oriented Easter celebrations in the Los Angeles area. The Orange County Marketplace host the annual Easter Festival  on Saturday, 4th from 9:30am to 2:30pm. There is a treasure hunt, puppet show, face painting and free photos with the Easter Bunny. There will be special “Easter Food Truck Brunch” from popular food trucks. Kids of all ages will enjoy the “Egg-centional Celebration and Egg-spection Egg Hunt” at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Acadia, California. The special Easter event is April 4th from 9am to noon. Irvine Park Railroad Park in Orange, California finishes up with their “Easter Eggstravaganza” Spring festival on April 4th. There are Easter egg hunts throughout the day, meet with the Easter Bunny (there is an additional fee), hay rides, carnival games, face painting, food and entertainment for the entire family.

Easter Services and Festivals

Easter is celebrated with church services across the city. There are also some larger services and celebrations throughout the area. The “Easter Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl” is on Sunday, April 5th starting at 9am. Easter services at the Hollywood Bowl were first held in 1919 and have been getting grander every year. There will be a band, orchestra, choir and inspirational messages.  New City Church sponsors the Los Angeles Downtown Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park  from 2pm to 5pm on Easter Sunday. The free festival has arts and crafts, face painting, races and games, egg hunts and food and drink and more!

Many restaurants in the Los Angeles area will be offering Easter Brunch and Dinner reservations. Find out what restaurants are open via Open Table. You can have your Easter brunch on famous ships in Los Angeles. The Queen Mary will have an Easter Brunch with an Egg Hunt and animal petting zoo for the younger family members starting at 10am.  and the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro is having an outdoor family Easter brunch with egg hunts and ship tours from 10am to 1pm on Easter Sunday.

No matter how you celebrate the holiday, Magellan Storage  wishes you a very Happy Easter!

 

Tips for Preparing a Couch for Moving and Storage

Tips for moving and storing a couchBuying any type of furniture, such as couches, mattresses or even dining room sets, can be considered an investment in your home’s future. Therefore, it is very important to keep your furniture protected when you are moving or putting furniture in a storage unit.  Before you move, check with the manufacturer information for instructions on cleaning, moving or how to store your furniture. Knowing the specifics about moving a couch and storing leather furniture is important in order to keep these pieces of furniture in good use for years to come.

A leather couch requires a bit more diligence when moving or storing compared to a fabric couch. Moving a couch is not a one person job. There should always be two or more people needed to properly move a couch. Also, make sure that the path from the room to the moving truck or to the storage unit is clear, so you will not trip. Below are a few tips to help you keep an upholstered or leather couch in great condition during moving or storage:

Tips for Moving a Leather Couch

  • Clean a leather couch professionally, if possible, before you move or place in storage. If you can’t get the couch cleaned professionally, then you can clean it on your own by using a leather cleaner and conditioner.  These products can be purchased at most hardware stores.
  • For storing a leather couch, it is recommended to rent a climate-controlled storage unit to protect the leather from cracking or peeling due to extreme temperatures and humidity levels that can occur with storage in a regular storage unit.
  • Do not wrap a leather couch in plastic covering when moving or storing. Plastic can trap moisture develop mold and mildew on your couch.
  • Store a couch horizontally in a storage unit if space permits. Storing couches vertically over a long period of time can cause damage to the springs and coils inside the couch.
  • Never place boxes or other items on top of your leather sofa while it is in storage. This is especially true for sharp items. The weight can leave permanent indentations in the cushions.

 

Tips for Moving a Fabric Couch

  • If you have to remove the legs of a couch in order to fit the sofa through a hallway, a door or down a stairwell, do not drag the couch across the floor. Make sure it is lifted and carried. Dragging can cause the bottom of the sofa to get scuffed, scratched and dirty and it can also leave scratches and dents in your wood or tiled floors.
  • Clean the fabric on the couch with an antimicrobial cleaner and dry completely. Clean wood furniture with furniture polish.
  • Use old sheets, quilts or blankets to cover the couch during the move. This will help protect the furniture from dirt, scratching and other dings that could occur when moving it.
  • Place plastic or cloth tarp on the ground of the storage unit before you place any type of furniture in storage. This will protect the furniture from cold or moisture damage that can seep up through the concrete floor.
  • Place a couch or any type of large furniture a few inches away from the walls of the storage unit to allow the item to “breathe”. Also, leave enough space in-between larger furniture or appliances to allow for easier access. This will allow you to easily move the larger items when you are moving out of your storage unit.
  • Just like a leather couch, place the couch horizontally while it is in storage. If you do not have the space in the storage unit and the couch is very sturdy then you can store the couch vertically.
  • Do not stack heavy items on top of any type of furniture, but especially fabric couches cushions. This can cause damage to upholstery, especially if the items are sharp and very heavy.

Well-made furniture is an investment.  Good furniture can last a long time (and even be handed down to future generations) if they are properly taken care of during a moving process. If you are moving to a different city or across town and do not have room for all of your furniture in your new home, then think about placing the items in a self storage unit.  Self storage is a great home storage solution to keep these items protected until you need them again. Magellan Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes in conventional and climate-controlled that can fit all of your storage needs. Stop by one of our 6 locations in Los Angeles or Orange Counties to find out how our storage solutions can help when you need storage.

 

 

 

The Boys of Summer Are Back

Baseball returns!

 

Spring officially starts at the end of the week, but any baseball fan knows that spring actually starts the day that pitchers and catchers report to spring training! The boys of summer will be back playing the beginning of April.  For baseball fans, it is nearly time to hear those two magic words: Play Ball! Spring training started over a month ago for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers and they are currently in the midst of the Cactus League spring training schedule. Soon, both teams will be putting together their final starting line-ups and deciding on their opening day pitchers. What will 2015 look like for both teams that went to the playoffs in 2014?  Both teams have made changes in the off-season to make them even bigger contenders for 2015. Let’s take a look at what this baseball season could bring.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers were one of the best teams in baseball in 2014, but just couldn’t get past the St. Louis Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs. The Dodgers won the National League West Division with a record of 94-68. The ace pitcher of the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw, won the National League MVP and Cy Young Award and led Major League Baseball with an ERA of just 1.77. Because of their high payroll and need to get high-profile players in past seasons, the Dodgers have been called the Yankees of the West, but this strategy didn’t fully pan out for post-season play in 2014. The trip to the playoffs and Kershaw’s stellar season wasn’t enough for the team’s owners and there were many changes to the team over the off-season. The biggest changes took place behind the scenes with the head office with the hiring of Andrew Friedman, Farhan Zardi and Josh Byrnes.  This team decided to majorly shake up the Dodger roster from top to bottom in the winter months before spring training started.  The management team, including team manager, Don Mattingly, made major trades and acquired free agents to make a hopefully strong team for many years to come. The pitching rotation stayed relatively the same, but the underperforming 2014 bullpen was taken apart and totally reassembled with younger players.  The team is more focused on defense and it shows in the changes to the rest of the position players. Plus, Kershaw will have to get used to a new catcher in Yahsmani Grandal for 2015. With all of the positive changes, the team is still considered to be one to beat in the 2015 National League West Division. The Dodgers will play their traditional exhibition games just before the regular season starts with the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger and Anaheim stadiums on April 2nd to 4th. Then, the Los Angeles Dodgers open up the 2015 regular season at home against the San Diego Padres on Monday, April 6th at 1:10pm.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  had the best record in the major leagues for the 2014 season at 98 wins and 64 losses. They won the American League Western Division title, but got eliminated from the playoffs in the first round against the American League Champions, Kansas City Royals. The Angels have had a rough few seasons and are working to meet and beat everyone’s expectations of the team.  The manager of the team, Mike Scioscia, is hoping to return to the play-offs in 2015 by retooling the pitching staff. The key veterans, Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson have had a good spring and will be a major part of the pitching rotation, younger players like Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker, who had good 2014 seasons, will be important for the 2015 season. The bullpen has been retooled with key trades and acquisitions during the off-season.   Mike Trout was voted the MVP of the American League for the 2014 season, even though he was having a “down” season.  Other veterans, Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols will hopefully have better seasons and will still play key roles on the offense for the team. Based on the strength of the pitching staff and a healthy team, the Angels could once again win the American League Western Division.  The Angels will open their season away in Seattle against the Mariners on Monday April 6th at 1:10pm. Opening Day at Angel Stadium in Anaheim is Friday, April 10th at 7:05pm against the Kansas City Royals.

Magellan Storage  wishes good Luck to both of the Los Angeles area baseball teams for the 2015 season! You can get tickets for a great game of baseball for both teams on their websites, www.angels.com and www.dodgers.com!

St. Patrick’s Day Events in Los Angeles Area

St. Patrick's Day Events in Los Angeles Area

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, March 17th. St. Patrick’s Day has its roots as an Irish religious feast honoring the patron saint of Ireland, Patrick. Today, it is an international festival celebrating Irish culture, history and heritage with parades, dancing, food and music. The Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day since the 9th or 10th century as a religious holiday. Irish immigrants brought the tradition of St. Patrick’s Day to American in the 1700 and 1800’s. The first organized St. Patrick’s parade was held in Savannah, Georgia in 1813 and is still being held today. There are more than 100 St. Patrick’s day parades held in cities around the world to celebrate held either on the actual holiday or celebrated on the weekend before (if March 17th is during the week). The largest parades in the United States are held in New York City, Boston, Chicago and Savannah.

Unlike the major cities of the east coast, the Los Angeles area is not known for having a big Irish American community. There is no major parade in the city of Los Angeles, but surrounding cities do have their own parades and celebrations. The city of Hermosa Beach hosts have a St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 14th.  Thousands of people line the parade route to see over 100 participants including community groups, floats, bands, dancers and bagpipers. Hollywood  celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 15th with a parade and festival. The parade, which kicks off at 1pm will feature floats, marching bands, pipe and drum corps, dancers and community groups. After the parade, join in the fun at Anniversary Park for food, entertainment and family fun including an area for children’s games and crafts. The OC Marketplace will once again have the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Green Festival from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, March 15th. There are many events mixing St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with learning to be eco-friendly. There will be food trucks, Irish dance competitions, a recycling drive and much more.

 

For the older St. Patrick’s Day celebrants, there are many parties and celebrations throughout the entire weekend. Los Angeles’s St. Patty’s Fest  is a festival of beer, wine and spirits in West Hollywood at the Arena running Saturday, March 14th through St. Patrick’s Day.  Casey’s 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival will take place from 6am to 2am on March 17th. Two city blocks in downtown Los Angeles are closed down for the celebrations which include great music, food, games, giveaways and drinks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The Queen Mary is hosting Shamrock N Roll  on Tuesday, March 17th from 5 to 11pm. This is a 21 and over event. There will be Celtic Rock, Irish music, beverages, food, Irish dancers and much more taking place on the different decks of the ship.

However you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this coming weekend, have fun, be safe and enjoy! Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day!

How to Store Comic Books and Trading Cards in Self Storage

Storing Trading Cards and Comic Books

 

Collecting comic books, toys and sporting cards has become a very big business and there are many industries that have been created just around collectibles. Toys, comic books and sports trading cards have always been highly collectible items and can be in high demand for certain people. What do you do with all of these items when you don’t have the room for them in your home anymore and you are not planning on selling them? The best option would be to store the collectibles in a self-storage unit. Most Magellan Storage  locations offers climate and humidity controlled storage units to help protect your comic book or sports card collections from damage from extreme temperatures and humidity. It is important to make sure that the collectibles are properly packaged and prepared for storage. Below are some storage tips to keep your collectibles in pristine condition.

Comic Book Storage Tips

Comic books have been a big collector item for decades. Most people will store their childhood comic book collection n their attic or basement. While this is a handy place to put the comic books in a home, it actually isn’t the best place to store them. Extreme temperatures, especially in a hot attic, can damage the paper of the comic books. The best place to store comic books is in humidity or climate controlled environment. For storage, place the comic books in polypropylene sheets with acid-free comic packing boards. The boards keep the comic book stiff and flat. Change out the boards every 2-5 years in order to keep the board from changing the color of the comic. For more valuable comics, use Mylar sheets for storing purposes. Most comic book stores will be able to provide you with these storage materials as well as acid free comic storage boxes. The comic book boxes come in long and short. Store the comic books straight up in the boxes and do not stack the boxes too high. Keep the comic books in a covered box away from direct sunlight.

Sports Card Storage Tips

Baseball and sports card collecting has been going on for over 100 years! There have been recent media stories about very rare cards being found and then sold for thousands of dollars at auction. For most people, collecting sports cards is a passion and is usually shared and passed down between generations. It is very important to keep the collection protected and in mint condition. Trading cards are made of cardboard and can be extremely fragile, if you bend a card by mistake the value of the card will go dramatically down.  Trading cards should be stored in specially designed cardboard boxes. Each card in the box should also be stored in individual plastic covers. You can also place the baseball cards in plastic protective pages in a binder. However, you must be very careful when you are putting the cards in the protective covering.  It is crucial to keep your collection in a climate-controlled storage unit to protect it from moisture build-up. In the storage unit, place the boxes of trading cards on shelves. Do not store them on the ground.  Also, keep the trading cards away from direct sunlight. Sunlight will damage the color and quality of the cards. You can also organize the boxes of trading cards much easier on shelving.

If you properly store your comic books and sports trading cards, they will continue to be in great condition to pass along to future generations. Stop in to Magellan Storage  to see how we can help with your storage needs.

Storing Retail Inventory in Self Storage

Fall Cleaning for Storage Units

Self Storage is a great solution for business storage!  From medical supply sales representatives to contractors to retail store owners, all can benefit from a storage unit.  Self storage is a great option to store excess inventory or supplies by allowing more retail store area to be used for merchandise and sales opportunities.  Having a proper retail store storage solution can assist store owners in running a successful and efficient business. Having a self storage unit for excess inventory or equipment will help streamline a business’s processes, keep inventory more organized and help a company be more efficient.  Self storage is an affordable and convenient way to store inventory, supplies, seasonal decorations, and fixtures during the holiday season as well as throughout the year.

Self storage facilities have access hours before and after retail stores close, so inventory can be moved quickly and efficiently.  A state-of-the-art self storage security system  is also an important factor in choosing where to store your retail inventory.  Magellan Storage offers digital keypad access control, digital cameras, motion sensors, individual unit door alarms and 24-7 digital video recording to give you peace-of-mind that your inventory is protected while in storage. Most storage facilities can also accept deliveries for the businesses allowing the business owner the ease of mind that their inventory is secure.

The busiest time of the year for retail businesses is obviously during October, November and December.  Retail shops are filling shelves with as much merchandise and produce as possible to supply customer demands. The holiday season is a great time for retail store owners to use a self storage unit to store surplus inventory.  Displays, signage and seasonal decorations can take up vital sales floor space during the holiday months.   These items need to be stored somewhere and off-site storage at a storage facility is a great option.  Self storage can cost less per square foot than additional rental space in a brick and mortar location. Instead of moving to a larger location for additional storage, consider renting a storage unit.

Tips for Retail Inventory Storage

There are a few simple tips that are vital to think about when choosing a self storage facility for retail inventory and supplies. Use a self storage facility that is close to your retail location, so you will have easy access when you need to restock your inventory. Driving across town to get supplies actually defeats the purpose of convenient storage.  Choosing a climate controlled storage unit will help protect your inventory from temperature and humidity extremes. High humidity can cause moisture to develop, which in turn can damage your merchandise.  Choose a self storage unit size that fits your surplus inventory and supplies needs. Make sure that there is enough room to walk-through your storage unit to retrieve, rotate and move your items when you need to do so. Lastly, it is crucial to create an inventory list of the items that you have placed in storage. If you are keeping items in boxes, make sure to label the boxes with their content.  If your items are smaller, add storage shelving to keep your inventory organized and off of the ground.

Organized retail inventory is vital to a store’s success; this is especially true for small retail shops. If you are running out of storage room in the shop, then consider renting a self storage unit to store all of your important documents, inventory, supplies and equipment.

Tips for Storing a Toy Collection

Storage for Toy Collections

Toy collections. Photo courtesy of happykatie.com

We collect everything from coins and trading cards to toys and music (on CD or vinyl albums). Collecting comic books, vintage books and toys has developed into a very big business over the past few decades. Some people have rooms dedicated to their collections, these collections can end up taking over our homes if they are not properly displayed or organized. Keeping the collections organized is key to keeping your home clutter free.  But, doing this can be hard depending on the type of collections that you have and which room you store them in.

Storing toys correctly is critical to keep them in perfect condition. Toy collectors know that the value of a collectible item is tied directly to its condition. If you plan on selling your collectible toy collection at some point in the future, especially action figures, then it is imperative that you keep them in their original packaging.  Packaged toys are worth a lot more than toys that are opened and played with.  When placing toys in storage, make sure that they are properly wrapped and protected from direct sunlight and extreme temperature fluctuations.

Taking extra steps to protect the collectible toys during storage will ensure that they keep their value over time.  Below are some tips on how to properly store your toy collection:

  1. Create a plan on how you want to see your collection displayed or stored. If you are a toy collector, do you want to have the toys opened and in dioramas or just lined up on a shelf? Do you buy multiple copies of the toy with one for display others to put in storage?
  2. Keep stored toys away from direct sunlight to prevent discoloration. Extreme humidity and heat can cause plastic toys to warp and break. The best solution is placing toy collections in climate controlled storage units to protect them from the damage of extreme temperature and humidity.
  3. Invest in accessories to display or store your collections such as shelving units, specially made boxes, stands, risers or glass cabinets. If you collect trading cards, invest in the correct storage albums to keep the collection protected.
  4. If storing your collection, make sure that you have the proper amount of boxes, packing material and packaging tape.  Properly wrap the items to protect them from damage. Do not over pack the boxes of collectible toys as this can cause damage to the toys. Use filler material such as bubble wrap or newsprint to fill up the boxes. Pack collectibles in smaller boxes and store them on the top of the stack of the boxes.
  5. Store collectible dolls in fabric boxes or bags. Cardboard or plastic boxes can produce acid or chemicals that can ruin a doll that is in storage over a long period of time.
  6. Track your collection. Create a database or a spreadsheet of your collection that you can use as a reference so you do not get duplicates or forget what you currently have. This can also be quite handy for insurance purposes.

If you don’t have enough room in your home to properly display or store you collections, but you do not want to get rid of them, then think about renting a storage unit. Magellan Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes to fit your storage needs. Most Magellan Storage locations also offer air-conditioned storage units that would be a great place to store toy collections to protect them from the extreme changes in temperature.