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Self-Storage Facilities Grow, Keep Our Useless Junk Out Of Sight

Americans own a lot of stuff, and we don’t like to get rid of it. While it’s admirable to keep your old things in place of replacing them with new things, that is not exactly what we’re doing. The growth of the self-storage industry tells us that what we’re actually doing is packing away the items we can’t bear to part with but don’t want to trip over on a daily basis. [More]

9 Things To Keep In Mind When Storing Your Winter Clothes (In Case Winter Ever Ends)

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Here at Consumerist, we like to think optimistically — despite the feeling that winter has always been here and is going to stretch on into eternity, it’s got to end sometime. In the spirit of forward-thinking, now’s a good time to start planning for that gleeful day when you pack up your sweaters, scarves and warm woolens for at least a few months. [More]

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My Storage Facility Didn’t Have My Stuff Ready When My Mover Came. Do They Owe Me Anything?

Brian moved away from the United States five years ago. When he first headed to Brazil, he didn’t plan to be away for quite this long, and had some items in storage. He paid a friend to fetch his belongings from the storage facility, which is in a different state from Brian’s family and permanent address. The company had changed hands a few times in the last few years, but he didn’t expect them to be so disorganized that they would have no idea that his friend was coming. He wants the storage company to compensate him in some way for having to pay his friend for an extra day on the road. Should they? [More]

Here's How Long It Will Take Nonperishables To Perish

If you keep large quantities of food on hand, it’s important to cycle through it — replacing it with recently-bought supplies — in order not to let the grub spoil. But nonperishable staples don’t always come with expiration dates. And even if they do, you might have lost the dates if you transferred the food to your own containers. [More]

Why Paint Cans Beat Coat Hooks At Their Own Job

Why Paint Cans Beat Coat Hooks At Their Own Job

Nailing paint cans to your wall is not necessarily a sign that you’re suffering mental confusion or own an Applebee’s. Thanks to their storage capacity, cans tend to make better coat hooks than coat hooks themselves, argues Instructables. [More]

Next Xbox Update Will Block Third-Party Storage Cards

Next Xbox Update Will Block Third-Party Storage Cards

A reader sent along this tip, and his complaint, that Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox 360 update will block third-party storage devices.

Consumers Reevaluating Their Decision To Pay To Store A Bunch of Junk

Consumers Reevaluating Their Decision To Pay To Store A Bunch of Junk

The NYT has a 6-page story about the self-storage phenomenon, the effect of which was to make us grateful for the internet because were we to have to physically store these NYT Magazine features we’d be destitute. In any case, its an interesting article. If you’ve ever wondered what people were doing with all the crap they were buying in the last decade — well, a lot of it ended up in storage.

U-Haul’s New "U-Prison" Proves Unpopular With Customers

U-Haul’s New "U-Prison" Proves Unpopular With Customers

U-Haul apparently knows about Ryder’s initiative to outdo it on suckage, so they’ve introduced a whole new class of customer abuse: false imprisonment. Best of all, the employee who was sent to let Jessica and her friend out of U-Haul Prison told them that if they hadn’t wanted to get locked in after 5pm, they should have paid for 24 hour access. (They were taking advantage of a complimentary offer from the company.)

Invasion Of The Pod Movers Has Disastrous Consequences

Invasion Of The Pod Movers Has Disastrous Consequences

Matt and his family used the portable storage company PODS for their recent move. The company rents you a storage container, then stores it or moves it around on a truck for you. Their system sounded pretty great, but then things started to go wrong. Very, very wrong. What followed was a tale of broken promises, underestimations, and their belongings being held by the police (!) that would put fear into the heart of any person planning a move.

Raccoon Family Destroys Human Family's Storage Unit

Raccoon Family Destroys Human Family's Storage Unit

When you rent a storage unit, you do so with the assumption that the company in charge won’t let a family of raccoons move in and destroy or urinate on all of your belongings. The La Gambina family of Illinois thought so, at least, but they were quite wrong.

Kodak Gallery Improves Its Photo Storage Policies, Becomes A Valid Option Again

Kodak Gallery Improves Its Photo Storage Policies, Becomes A Valid Option Again

We recently trashed Kodak Gallery, and rightly so, for providing the least value of any online photo storage/printing service. Now we take that back, because with a simple change to their terms, they’ve suddenly become a viable choice again—provided you meet a couple of conditions.

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If you use Filefront, finish up your business with them and say goodbye before March 30th, because they’re shutting down. [filefront] (Thanks to RT!)

Kodak's Overpriced Photo Site Will Delete Your Photos If You Don't Spend Money

Kodak's Overpriced Photo Site Will Delete Your Photos If You Don't Spend Money

Kodak Gallery is a poor choice for online photo storage. As of this month, they’ve changed their storage policy so that now you must spend a minimum amount—$4.99 or $19.99, depending on whether you’re under or over 2GB of storage—every 12 months or your pics will be deleted. By comparison, Shutterfly has no minimum spending requirement and unlimited storage.

Storage Company Disappears With Everything You Own

Storage Company Disappears With Everything You Own

Kyle wrote in looking for advice after a storage company disappeared with everything they owned: Short story: We had 8160 pounds of personal items in storage with Wright Way Moving & Storage of Kent, Washington (not a self-storage place, a pallet-style warehouse storage place).

4 Tips For Keeping Your Digital Pictures Safe

4 Tips For Keeping Your Digital Pictures Safe

Where would we be without photos? We’d have no blackmail, no things to cut up after a divorce, no US Weekly, and no pictures to stare at on The Consumerist. And now that there are digital cameras, anyone can take ‘em. But like emails, thesis statements, and that Great American Novel you’ve been working on for years, they’re prone to digital oblivion if you don’t take some precautions. The Associated Press has four basic tips that you should already be following to keep your digital pics safe.

How to Store Your Food So It Lasts Longer

How to Store Your Food So It Lasts Longer

Helpful household tip site Gomestic teaches us how to store our food so it will last longer. Here’s one tip we didn’t know:

Soldier Returns From Iraq; Storage Company Sold All His Stuff

    After serving a year in Iraq , Army Reserve Spc. Patrick Rogalin came home and found that everything he had put in a storage locker – essentially everything he owned – had been sold.

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Morning Deals Round-Up: Palm Magic Jacket Gyro

• Doing last minute shopping for the anal retentive is fun—just waiting until the last minute will irk them. Encourage them to document the ways they hate you with a new Palm PDA and get free overnight shipping. Those new $100 Z22 color PDAs are pretty swell.