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How to Store Batteries in a Self-Storage Unit

By Tamara E. Holmes   February 11, 2015

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Batteries are unsung heroes. While we turn to them to power everything from flashlights to remote controls to cars, we think about them only when they need to be replaced.

If you have batteries that you’re not using, you want to make sure that you know where they are and that they’re in good working condition once you need them. Here’s how to protect batteries that are headed for a self-storage unit. → Keep Reading

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Don’t Jeopardize Your Gems: How to Store Jewelry

By Tamara E. Holmes   January 26, 2015

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Whether you received a piece of jewelry as a romantic gift or you inherited a valuable heirloom that has withstood generations, here’s how to store it so it stays safe, allowing you to enjoy it for years to come. → Keep Reading

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How to Store Your Tailgating Gear: 5 Tips From the Experts

By Anne Wynter   October 2, 2014

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Whether you’ve been tailgating veteran or a newcomer, it’s hard to deny the appeal of meeting up with friends, firing up the grill and getting psyched for the big game.

As relaxing and exciting as tailgating is, it involves a fair amount of work—especially when it comes to organizing and storing the dozens of items that contribute to a successful tailgating experience. To make things a little easier, The SpareFoot Blog talked with three tailgating experts and got their advice about storage of tailgating gear. → Keep Reading

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Damage Control: Protecting Your Belongings in Hurricane-Prone Areas

By Paul Sisolak   July 2, 2014

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Every year, the Atlantic hurricane season in the U.S. runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. And during every hurricane season, people who live in hurricane-prone places like Florida and Louisiana worry about how to keep their belongings safe. By taking the following precautions, you can help ensure your possessions are protected if you live in a hurricane zone. → Keep Reading

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The Experts’ Guide to Storage for Doomsday Preppers

By Jay MacDonald   February 25, 2014

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Could a self-storage unit help you survive the end of the world?

Doomsday “preppers,” as survivalists call themselves today, certainly think so. And while much of their planning has less to do with “Walking Dead”-style zombie apocalypses than gathering resources to withstand the all-too-real possibility of natural disasters and infrastructure collapses, the pros and cons of off-site storage units keep prepper websites buzzing these days.

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Storing Photos: What You Can Learn From One Man’s Disaster

By Jay MacDonald   February 7, 2014

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Two weeks after Superstorm Sandy in 2012, photojournalist Randy Taylor finally was allowed to enter the two basement self-storage units in Manhattan, NY, that contained his life’s work. What he found there hurt like a horse kick to the gut.

“It was like descending into a horror film,” Taylor recalled. “There were still no lights, it was cold approaching winter, and the unit had been flooded with sewer water. I wore a haz-mat suit. As we spent the days shoveling our priceless possessions into garbage bags, you felt like you were burying a relative.”

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What Everyone Needs to Know About Protecting Personal Data

By Nick DiUlio   October 22, 2013

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When it comes to security breaches and identity theft, no industry appears to be immune—not even self-storage.

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SpareFoot’s Guide to Long-Term Bicycle Storage

By Tony Emerson   October 9, 2013

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There are a lot of reasons a bike gets put away for months or years–off-seasons, injuries, spare bikes that go unused. And whether you’re throwing the bike in a shed, garage, storage unit or spare bedroom, there’s a right way and a wrong way to store a bike.

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7 Smart Lifehacks to Save Money in College

By Guest Contributor   September 17, 2013

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[ by Amanda Hopkins, CORT Furniture ]

Many a GIF has been made of one of Kristen Wiig’s classic lines from the movie “Bridesmaids.” During an attempt to keep her pilfered first-class airplane seat, Wiig’s character looks pitifully up at a flight attendant and pleads in the smallest of slightly medicated voices: “Help me, I’m poor.”

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How to Store a TV

By Brian Shreckengast   September 4, 2013

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Televisions are some of the trickiest items to store inside a self-storage unit. They’re often the size of furniture and appliances, but they’re much less sturdy. A TV has got a full face of fragile glass that can be ruined by a single scratch and complex interior electronic components that are vulnerable to temperature and humidity. In addition, TVs often are quite heavy. Meanwhile, newer sets are wide and thin, making it nearly impossible to put one in a standard moving box.

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