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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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Be Prepared: Must-Have Emergency Items for Home

By Guest Contributor   August 14, 2013

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When disaster strikes, being prepared for the unexpected can be a vital factor in keeping yourself and your loved ones safe. Life can be unpredictable, but preparing for a variety of potential disasters, such as fires and storms, can give you some peace of mind.

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The Ten Commandments of IKEA Furniture: Part 1

By Tony Emerson   August 8, 2013


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This is part one of a two-part series about how to build IKEA and other ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture. Click here for Part 2.

When it comes to budget furniture, nobody does it better than IKEA. But part of that cost-saving is labor–the labor that you put in to turn that flat-pack box into a piece of furniture. As with any DIY project, ready-to-assemble furniture is an adventure; a composite of tribulations and accomplishment.

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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing an Area Rug

By Guest Contributor   July 29, 2013

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[ by Catie Parrish, Wayfair.com ]

A well-chosen rug can do wonders for a room. It can add warmth and comfort. It can ground a conversational area. It can inspire the color palette of a space. It can set a mood or a style. However, the first step in selecting the perfect rug is determining the best shape and size for the room.

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The Complete SpareFoot Guide to Storing Ties

By Brian Shreckengast   July 23, 2013

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When it comes to dress wear, we men seem to be starved of options. While women have an ostensibly infinite variety of dresses and gowns available for formal occasions, men have the suit.

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