Preserving & Storing Photographs

storage of photosPhotographs are invaluable to people.  They hold memories of childhood, family members that may no longer be here and some of the most important moments in our lives.  You may be fortunate enough to have boxes of family photos or albums that have been passed down from generation to generation.  Some of these photos may be displayed in your home, but chances are you may need a place to store most of them.  Whether you store them in your home or in a storage unit, here are a few tips to ensure that they are protected from potential harms:

According to Reader’s Digest there are 7 ways to store photos that will preserve them and the memories they hold.  Here are a few do’s and don’ts:

DON’T: Store in the basement, garage or attic.  Temperatures and humidity fluctuate in these areas and can cause the photos to stick together, become moldy or speed up the degeneration of the paper.  Cool, dry places are best.

DO: Protect them from light.  If you aren’t able to enclose your photo completely, they should be kept in the dark as much as possible.  Leather photo box containers are your best bet since they are water-resistant.  Photo albums are also a great, but depending on how much space you have it may make more sense to use photo boxes, since they can hold more photos.

DON’T: Use paper clips, rubber bands, glue or paper that is not designed for archiving.  Why?  They could leave marks on the photos that is long lasting and some papers have harmful acids that could damage the photos in long term storage.

DO: Make copies!  If you have the negatives, store them in a water-resistant box separately from the photos themselves.  If it’s possible, digitally store the photos that are most important to you.

DON’T: Store photos on the ground.  They are best stored higher up in the event of a flood.

Make sure to take care of your precious memories for future generations.  If you need to clear some photos from your home, Dollar Self Storage is the perfect place to store them. Whether you are closest to one of our newest storage facilities in Las Vegas, NV or Chandler, AZ, or have stored with us for years such as at our Tucson storage facility we’ll welcome playing a part in storing your memories.

Military Deployment and Storage Space

military storageYou’ve just received deployment papers and, depending on your military unit you may have anywhere from several months to a few short weeks to prepare. There are plenty of things to worry or stress about during this time, but don’t let moving be one of them. Rather than trying to haul your car, furniture and personal items to another location, consider renting storage space. Regardless of how long you are deployed, having your items stored is a hassle-reducing solution. You can rest easy knowing that your possessions are safe and that if you end up being gone longer than you originally thought, Dollar Self Storage offers month-to-month rentals.

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Summer Fun

summer-fun-and-storageSchools are either out or letting out very soon and the Summer Solstice is upon us. That means the little people in most homes are super excited!

For the parents of these kids, the excitement may be mixed with a little apprehension. Parents are excited to have a few months off of rushing around in the morning and having to get kids up, fed, lunches made, and out the door before 8 am. But slower mornings also mean that you’ll have your kids home all day long.  It’s only a matter of time before they get “bored” and you’re left scrambling for ideas of things to do.

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Arizona: Fun In The Sun

Phoenix Tucson Summer StorageWhen most people hear the words “Arizona” and “summer” in the same sentence, they probably just think of unbearable heat and being uncomfortable.  While temps in Arizona do get pretty high in the summer, there are lots of cool and fun activities that this beautiful state has to offer. According to  Planet Ware, there are 17 must see attractions in this beautiful state: The Grand Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Phoenix, Hoover Dam, Jerome, Havasu Falls, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Bisbee, Lake Mead, Tombstone, Petrified Forest National Park, Saguaro National Park, Antelope Canyon, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument and Tumacacori National Historical Park.  All of these places are in different parts of the state and would allow someone to appreciate all the beauty Arizona has to offer.

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Selling Your Home – Is Now the Time?

storage for sale signThinking of selling your home?  If not, maybe you should.  According to U.S. News & World Report U.S. News & World Report 2018 may just be the right time for you to sell your home for four reasons:

  • Buyers are chomping at the bit: most markets currently have low inventory, which means that buyers are getting a little frustrated at the lack of options.
  • Interest rates are currently low: lower interest rates are good for everyone. Rates aren’t predicted to spike this year, but they mayrise to 4.6% by the end of the year and 5% in 2019.
  • Cheaper property taxes elsewhere: Due to the passing of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act at the end of 2017, people may want to move to areas where the property taxes aren’t so high.
  • Pay-off for renovations won’t come back in full until next year.  Zillow predicts that homeowners will focus on renovations and updates this year rather than selling.  If you are considering a remodel make sure that the remodel is one for you and not one you are doing in the hopes of selling your home for more, because it’s unlikely that you will see a return for that investment.

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Is It Hot In Here?!

storage near california beachesIt’s that time again!  Students are counting down the days till school is out; campsites are starting to fill up and many of us start planning a few getaways where we can cool off.  Summer is almost here!

Some of us may be contemplating doing different activities this summer.  Trying to camp for the first time, taking a trip to a location we’ve never been to or maybe doing something big: like purchasing a boat, jet skis or an RV.  Being that Dollar Self Storage has five storage locations in California we’ve come to appreciate the beauty this state has to offer.   Continue reading

Dorms: Not Just For College Students

Private Bedroom with Kitchenette in Communal Living Home

Private Bedroom in a Starcity Communal Living Home

College.  It wasn’t just about going to school and getting that degree to end up at your dream job.  It was about making new friends, creating memories and for many of us dorm style living.  Most of us either lived in a dorm on campus or we rented an apartment/condo/home with our friends off campus.  Regardless of the location we can remember needing to share a bathroom, living room, kitchen and possibly a bedroom with other people.   Sure there were some not so great things – like having to go to the bathroom and your roommate was taking the world’s longest shower, but aside from that, the feeling of sharing a space, dividing housework up, paying less in rent and constantly having people around to interact with was lots of fun.   Continue reading

Living With Less

Small HouseThere are usually a few times in one’s life where you think you just want to sell all your stuff, simplify and go live somewhere where there are less people, less noise and less stress.  For most of us, these are fleeting thoughts for one reason or another.  But maybe you’ve had this thought and it isn’t going away.  You’ve been watching HGTV shows like Tiny House Hunters and Tiny House, Big Living and you love the idea of downsizing and simplifying your life.

Look no further than New Frontier Tiny Homes, according to their website they have been in business since 2015 and they have three different models: Alpha Tiny House, Escher Tiny House and Cornelia Tiny House.  How tiny are these homes?  According to their website they are 24′ x 8’6″ x 13’6″ tall.  Each model is slightly different in the layout to offer either a loft for a baby or an office/guest room space. Continue reading

Storage – Fun Facts!

self storage growthWe’re coming up on springtime and that means getting outside and connecting with neighbors. But what happens when the small talk starts to run short? Well here’s an answer – just bring up storage – because who doesn’t want to know some interesting self-storage facts?!

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Storage: Then and Now

Clay Pot StorageFor as long as people have had possessions, we have needed a way to store and protect them.  In Ancient times, storage was mainly used to protect and preserve the most prized possession: food.  Since Ancient civilizations lacked refrigerators they needed to come up with a way to preserve their meats.  In Greece, Rome, and Egypt they used salt to remove the moisture from the meat to preserve it.  It was then stored in clay pots.  These clay pots become the ancient world’s first storage unit.  Along with meat, grains like wheat and barley were a valuable commodity that needed to be properly stored and protected from insects and small rodents.  Beginning in 8500 BC they built above-ground buildings out of pottery known as granaries.  According to Wikipedia, granaries were used in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Great Britain. Of course, we now know the ones used in modern farming as grain elevators.  Continue reading