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Oct 30, 2020

Storing your kayak and paddleboards made easy with our 4 effective tips!

 


Kayaks and paddleboards offer one of the best outdoor thrill and fun. But storing paddleboards and kayaks? Not really. If you use them more often than not then it may not be feasible to store them offsite in a storage unit. The following are some effective storage tips to keep your kayaks and paddleboards safe and sound in your garage without giving up any space taken by vehicles or other things. Let’s delve.

1. Hang them from walls

Let’s get this straight. How many of us have really…really put in the efforts to utilise wall space no matter how many times we’ve been told to do so either directly or indirectly. It’s easy to let wall space go unnoticed. Try harder this time or just do it. Hang your kayaks and paddleboards from the wall. It’s a great way of storing your paddleboards and kayak in which case floor space is retained.

All you need to do is get a rack or a shelf. You can even build one easily using a PVC pipe.

Steps to hang-

Suspend your kayaks and paddleboards over the rack in a horizontal manner (one below the other) rather than in a vertical position to save more space. 

First of all, fasten the stern. Then place your kayak with its cockpit pointing out. If there are many of them for keeps then it’s better to get a shelf that will hold multiple items.

2. Look above you

Another great way of storing your kayak and paddleboard is to suspend them from your garage ceiling. It’s easily possible using robust straps and eyebolts. If it is a kayak just remember to suspend it with its cockpit facing up.

Pro tip – You can store more than one kayaks or paddleboards in this manner. But, don’t hang them from one another. Each item must have its own set of straps and suspenders 

3. Say no to Bubble Wrap

You want to prevent your kayak or paddleboard from dents and scratches so you get it bubble-wrapped. But, this plastic may do more damage than good.

Usually, it sticks to boards made of plastic when you leave it on for long durations. Besides, bubble wrap melts and cooks your board when you leave it in the sun or a warm room. Instead, use towels or tarp or some soft fabric. It’ll keep your kayaks and paddleboards not only intact but also safe.

4. Find space outside

When there is not enough room for storage inside then it’s practical to look for space outside as long as you cover and position it properly. Many choose to store their boards on a rack or trailer.

Pro tip – Ever tried wrapping your paddleboard up in a tarp and then leaning it against a wall? Just do it and see the wonders of this little trick. For kayak, though, you would want to store it on a soft platform. The best way is to keep it vertically aligned or propped onto its side to save space. Don’t forget to wrap it in a tarp to insulate it against dents and scratches.

Happy storing!

Happy surfing!!

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Oct 28, 2020

Nursery Room Storage Hacks

 


Not enough nursery room storage in your house? Here are 6 top nursery storage hacks to save the day!

From a toy-strewn room to a litter of diapers, babies are little but they sure do need a lot of things! If you are residing in a compact space, dealing with all those diapers, wipes, Lego bricks, toys, tiny clothes and whatnots can be overwhelming. But worry not. We have got you covered with our carefully curated list of top nursery storage hacks. They will get even the tiniest nursery in order for you. Let’s delve.

1. Turn the unutilised area into a nursery room

Remember the space in your attic or under the stairs? Or anyplace else in your house that gets rarely used? Why not convert it to your nursery room! It might sound a bit weird to have your baby sleep there but with the right d├ęcor and suitable lighting, you’ll have a cozy little nursery room for your baby who will love it!

2. Think small

It was one of the most famous ads in the advertising campaign for the Volkswagen Beetle. And the soul of it applies here too. For instance, why get a giant baby crib when a small one is enough? Think small folks when it comes to baby wagons! Similarly, get furniture that folds or doesn’t take up much space.

3. The changing table is a fable

There’s no need for a separate changing table. So just get rid of it and you’ll be thankful for the amount of space it will leave behind.

Pro tip – Instead, get a portable changing desk, a multi-purpose crib, or a dressing table with a changing pad. There are ample options that’d make for your baby's changing space!

4. Add little baskets and wooden canisters for more storage

You will find many baby storage containers. They will help you keep your little nursery neat and organised. They’re perfect to hold toys, Lego bricks, diapers, towels, milk bottles, blankets, and more.

Pro tip – You will even find them handy for storing art and craft items as your baby grows!

5. Don’t miss out on the storage space on walls

The key is to select items that serve many functions and if possible, could be hanged on walls. For example, hang baby girl headbands and bows on the wall from a DIY hangar made using clips and a wooden rectangle frame which you might find in your attic. If you don’t want to make it, simply buy it. You can even get a customised one that has your little princess's name on it!

6. Use a tension rod to eliminate storage tension!

Teeny-weeny baby shoes. So cute and adorable they are, aren’t they? But the shape of these shoes makes them difficult to store. Not anymore. Keep the tiny baby footwear organised by simply dangling them from a tension rod. Not only does it keep baby footwear safe, but allows you to revel in the cuteness of those tiny feet!


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Oct 26, 2020

Moving office? Here’s the ultimate office moving checklist that will help everyone sail through it all!

 


Anybody who has partaken or been responsible for office moving knows how tedious it can be. A lot of things are on the move all at once – you need to ensure nothing is left behind, cast out things that are not going to the new place, and so on. And starting from the first day of the new office, you have to ensure everyone is nicely settled in while minimising downtime as much as possible. Overwhelming much? Don’t worry, our ultimate office moving checklist will sort you out. Besides, moving to a new office is a sign of progress, possibilities, and new beginnings! Let’s delve.

180 days before moving office

1. Go through your existing lease. Are you liable for a deposit charge if you snap your lease early? Are you on the hook for property damage like chipped walls or beaten light equipment? This also takes into account anything that crops up during the move.

2. Don’t settle for a moving company on the first click. Get more quotes. See whether the office moving company fits your budget. Do they service your area? Ask around, check genuine reviews for customer experience. And then select any three, compare, and take your pick. 

3. Have a list of current office furniture handy. Get in touch with a furniture company for new furniture. Place orders for new stationery if required. 

4. Make arrangements for external secure storage facilities if necessary.

5. Divide every department with a unique colour code. Work out a detailed floor plan. Assign coloured stickers to every department.

6. Demarcate communal spaces as a part of your newly revised floor plan. Get the official paperwork done and have the necessary permits and licenses in place.

7. Book cleaning services for your existing and new offices. 

8. Finalise codes for security and access to the new workplace.

9. Send out your exhaustive floor plan to your office moving company. You can even invite your movers over at the new office if required.

The big day

On a moving day, you will be relaxed and well-prepared. Let’s look into more ways to make sure everything turns out to be peachy.

1. Keep your emergency contact number handy

2. Allow your budget to fit in the cost of refreshments for your movers and employees involved.

3. Arrange for air conditioning during office moving if needed

4. Are all tech fixtures and equipment from computers to phones moved and fixed? If not then get to it right away!

5. Make sure your company representatives are present to oversee all the colour coded things land in their correct locations.

Make your new office welcoming!

Test your software and hardware to make sure the business gets back up and running in no time. Confirm (and reconfirm) termination of your previous lease. Notify your stakeholders of your move and update the address across all mediums, online, and offline.

Last but not least, make the arrival special by doing something welcoming like placing surprise treats on the desks of employees to get them to sail through a busy day!


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Oct 22, 2020

If the bike is your bae, here are effective tips for secure motorcycle storage


 

Even though bikes are quite robust machines, they need protection from certain elements for their upkeep. And that’s why motorcycle storage is paramount. It’s all about doing the right things with your bike so that it runs on the road with a roar for a longer period. Here are our top tips for effective motorcycle storage. Let’s delve.

For the short run

This section is especially for those who won’t be riding their motor machines for up to 14-15 days. The good news is that you won’t have to do too much work.

First things first, clean your motorbike to avoid mildew attack. And let it go through waxing to restore the paint's health and shine.

Pro tip – use a rubber conditioner to secure your motorcycle against the dampening effects of sun and sand (used for poetic effect, the sand here means dust). Don’t forget to cover your bae!

Ground rule – take the wheels off the ground!

This is often ignored. But trust us when we say that if you religiously follow this, make it a habit, your bike will thank you by staying smooth on the road and you will thank us!

Getting your bike's wheels lifted from the ground means the wheels are protected against the risk of wearing out, softening, and eroding over long periods of inertia. This is usually not a risk factor when you are planning to abandon your bike for say less than 15 days. But, if this is going to be over a long haul or if your motorcycle is going to stay outdoors in the summer on a pavement, consider getting your bike's feet off the ground!

Pro tip 1– You can let the battery stay in the motorcycle. No need to use a stabilizer or some ethanol-free gasoline to prevent fuel drain. Without doing any of this, your fuel will remain topped off!

Pro tip 2 – To avoid not-so-good surprises with your bike, consider storing your motorcycle in your secure garage or parking area.

For the long run

If you’re putting your bike away in storage for a longer period then you need to consider battery upkeep and maintenance. It’s one of the most essential things to effective motorcycle storage over the long haul.

Simplicity is key. So simply take the battery out and reattach it when you are going to hit the road again.

Pro tip - go for a maintenance charger. It is easy to use and connect. It will provide the necessary charge throughout the winter season without damaging your battery.

Ideal motorcycle storage place

It’s indoors! Your motorcycle is the safest and happiest and healthiest when parked inside.

Pro tip – keep your motorcycle away from windows or any such cavities that pose the risk of theft, moisture damage, and paintwork fading out.

Don’t have enough room for motorcycle storage at home or office? Storage in Abu Dhabi can help. Our secure storage units will protect your bike against all odds and seasons.

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