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How to Store Your Personal Watercraft

By Emmet Pierce   April 23, 2015

man on wave runner

Personal recreational watercraft like Jet Skis can be fun, but if you want to enjoy yours for years to come, you’ll need to store it properly when you’re not riding the waves.

Jet-powered personal watercraft often are known by their brand names, such as Jet Ski or Sea-Doo, said Chris Manthos, director of the American Watercraft Association. Some people call them water scooters.

When preparing your personal watercraft for storage, remember that no two models are exactly alike. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your owner’s manual. It’ll tell you how to properly drain water from the engine. → Keep Reading

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Staying in Tune: 4 Tips for Storing Musical Instruments

By Jay MacDonald   March 24, 2015

Trial band

Drummer Patrick Drohan and his four mates that make up a fast-rising Southern rock band liked honing their skills in a 10×15 storage unit in Columbia, SC so much, that they named their band after the street where they jammed: Atlas Road Crew.

“It was an awesome experience,” he recalled. “It made us buckle down and get at least good enough to play live.” Now, they tour the East Coast.

What was not so awesome was the toll their non-climate-controlled unit took on their musical instruments. → Keep Reading

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Money Matters: 7 Tips for Storing Financial Documents

By Tamara E. Holmes   March 9, 2015

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Whether you’re being audited, applying for a loan or simply looking to get a better handle on your day-to-day finances, you need an effective way to store financial documents so that you can achieve financial success. → Keep Reading

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How to Store Batteries in a Self-Storage Unit

By Tamara E. Holmes   February 11, 2015

batteries

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

jewelry storage

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

hurricane

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

doomsday

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

Running on the Beach
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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