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Are you a collector? Here are some storage tips 

Collectables are often valuable and sentimental items that require special care and attention when it comes to storage. Proper storage of these items can help preserve their condition and value over time. The key to successfully storing collectibles is carefully considering their individual needs and taking appropriate measures to protect them.  

That’s why we’ve put together a list of general ways for you to do just that! 

Invest in proper packaging 

Part of ensuring your collectibles’ longevity is making sure you pack them correctly and use the right containers. While different items may require more or less care, there are a number of essentials you should remember when packing any and all items: 

  • Use moving boxes: they’re perfect for both moving and storing items  
  • Use bubble wrap: it keeps items supported and cushioned when being stacked 
  • Use plastic sleeves: this allows you to avoid smudging, staining and dust  
  • Use tape and markers: use tape to secure boxes and bubble wrap and markers for labelling your boxes so you know where everything is  

Ensure there is no direct sunlight 

While most people are happy to see the sun, the same can’t be said for collectors and their collectibles. In fact, exposure to natural light can cause any type of item to fade, warp and even dry out. For these reasons, it’s important for collectors to find a safe storage space that doesn’t receive direct sunlight.   

Find a climate-controlled space 

If you’re a collector, you’ll know that most items are extremely sensitive to their environment. This means that changes in the temperature can affect both the condition and value of these items. While high temperatures can cause warping and deterioration, lower temperatures can cause materials to crack. Consider storing your collectibles in a climate-controlled space to avoid any potential damage to your valuables.  

If your storage unit isn’t climate-controlled consider the following suggestions: 

  • Purchase a few desiccant pouches (silicon pouches you find in electronic packaging or with new shoes) and place them in your boxes. They absorb excess water in the air and prevent mould and mildew 
  • You can also place bowls of kitty litter or baking soda to further combat mould and mildew 
  • Wash and properly dry all material-like items before storing them. While items made from material tend to do fine in high temperatures, they can grow mildew or mould in hot weather if any stains or soils are left on them 

In the same way that collectibles vary, so do people’s reasons for collecting them. For some it’s just a hobby that they’re passionate about, to others it’s a profession. However, no matter what your reason for collecting these items is, storing them properly needs to be a priority.  

That’s where Wigwam Self Storage comes in! Not only do we offer a secure location to store your collectibles, but we do so with a wide range of storage units that can cater to your every need as well. Contact us today to start taking care of your collectibles, or visit our Personal Storage options now! 

How to hang a tapestry in your dorm room 

A hanging tapestry is a unique and personal addition to a dorm room. It brings colour and pattern to an otherwise plain wall, and it is also an inexpensive way to personalise your space and make it feel more like home. Your next question is probably how you can secure it to the wall with minimal damage, right? Well, then we’ve got just the list for you! 

Consider using push pins  

One of the easiest ways to hang a tapestry against drywall is by using push pins. This option gives you the freedom to choose how the tapestry will hang depending on where you put the pins. The only downside to push pins is they leave small holes in the wall and your tapestry. 

Try a few adhesive hooks 

Using adhesive hooks can only be described as a win-win situation. Not only can they be used to hang your tapestry but they can be removed without causing damage to the wall or the material. Whether you choose to tie a piece of string to the corners or add your own grommets, adhesive hooks are an effective way to hang a tapestry.  

Purchase a curtain rod in casing 

Tapestries with delicate material may require a slightly different approach when hanging. In this case, using a curtain rod is the easiest and most fuss-free option. Generally, these tapestries will come with a casing, meaning you’ll need to pick a rod to be placed on top of adhesive hooks. If you’re looking for a more elegant look, this is the option for you.  

Contemplate velcro strips 

If you’re looking for a damage-free option that provides a cleaner look, then you may want to give velcro strips a try. The way the material hangs will depend on where the velcro strips have been placed on both the wall and the tapestry.  

Generally, tapestries take up a lot of room. So, if you’re looking for some extra space to store your tapestries and other bulky items while you go home for the holidays, Wigwam is here to help. Give us a call to find out more or visit our Student Storage options to book your unit today! 

Pros and cons of building a container home 

Building a home has become more and more expensive over the years. So, it’s no surprise that people have started to look for alternative and more affordable ways of building their forever home. One of the styles that is continuously growing in popularity is container homes.

While people agree that it’s a creative choice, you can’t support it without looking at both the pros and cons of building a container home.

The good news is that you don’t need to look for a list anymore, as we’ve got one right here!

Pros of building a container home

It’s cost-effective

Shipping containers are readily available and relatively inexpensive, which can help to reduce the cost of construction.

It’s durable

Container homes are built with strength and durability in mind meaning that they can withstand harsh weather conditions

They’re mobile

They are easy to transport and can be relocated quickly.

There’s less construction time needed

Small container homes can be built as quickly as three weeks!

There’s room for creativity

They offer a unique and modern aesthetic that allows room for customisation to suit the owner’s needs and preferences.

Cons of building a container home

Limited design options

Being made from shipping containers means that there is a limited range of sizes and dimensions that could limit design options.

Permitting issues

Depending on where you live, there may be strict regulations regarding the use of shipping containers as homes. This can make it difficult to get the necessary permits and approvals to build a container home.

Limited resale value

Because container homes are relatively new and not as common as traditional homes, they may not have the same resale value. This can make it difficult to sell a container home in the future.

Wigwam Self Storage can be extremely useful to you when building a container home. We can keep your tools and building materials safe, organised and out of the way, provide a secure place to store your belongings while your home is being built and keep your items that may not fit in your container home once it is completed.

We have a wide range of unit sizes to help make your building process smoother and more efficient, allowing you to focus on the construction of your new container home.

Contact us today for more information or visit our Personal Storage options to learn more!

Tips to making your home office more productive  

Creating a productive home office can be a challenge, especially if you’re used to working in a traditional office setting. However, with the right planning and organisation, you can design a home office that not only maximises your productivity but also helps you work more efficiently.  

Here are some simple yet effective tips for making your home office more productive:  

Dedicate an area for your home office 

Having a dedicated work area at home helps you create a sense of separation between work and home life. This can help you focus on work when you’re in your workspace, and allow you to relax and unwind when you’re outside of it. 

Maximise the amount of natural light in the room 

If you’re feeling tired and unproductive, it may have something to do with the lighting in your home office. While there are a number of ways to change this, maximising the amount of natural light in the room has to be at the top of the list. Exposure to natural light not only helps to regulate the body’s circadian rhythms but also improves your mood.   

Invest in quality furniture 

Did you know that an ergonomic chair can help to improve your productivity and overall well-being while working from home? It does this by providing proper support for your body and improving your posture, both of which improve your circulation. If we were you, we’d run – not walk – to the nearest store! 

Keep your workspace clutter-free 

Having a cluttered workspace is very distracting. However, it’s more than that. The time that is wasted looking for documents or stationary amidst the chaos could be used more effectively to finish reports or meet deadlines. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that organising your space, and keeping it that way will increase your productivity, while decreasing your stress levels.  

Bring the outside indoors 

Incorporating plants into your home office design is an easy and inexpensive way to increase your productivity. They can boost your oxygen levels and bring a sense of calmness, while adding the perfect amount of colour and life to your space! 

Now that you’ve started reorganising your new home office, you’re probably looking for a place to store some of your old office equipment and supplies, or even documents ready to be archived. If this is the case, Wigwam Self Storage has got you covered.  

For all your storage queries, big or small, contact us today to learn more or visit our Business Storage Solutions now!