Storage Snapshots: Photography Equipment
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Storage Snapshots: Photography Equipment

When I launched my photography business, I knew that I needed more space than I had at home. That's when I decided to rent a local storage unit to keep my studio gear organized. I spent a lot of time researching backdrops, staging, racks, and storage tips to keep all of my gear organized and protected when I wasn't shooting. With so many photographers looking for ways to expand their operations, I decided to share my storage tips so that I could possibly help others with their needs. I hope the information here makes it easier for you to organize your equipment and grow your studio.

Storage Snapshots: Photography Equipment

Keep Holiday Decorations Safer By Utilizing These 5 Storage Tools

Brian Hamilton

Do you utilize self-storage to keep your holiday decorations out of your hair? Then it's probably time to get these out and use them. But as you do so, take time to consider how you can improve on your storage techniques when you return them. Rather than just pile everything in a box, consider the value of using a few common organizational tools to keep things safe and neat. Here are five such tools to try. 

1. Garment Rack

A garment rack is a self-contained, mobile rack with horizontal bars from which to hang clothing. However, it's the perfect way to hang a number of holiday decor items. Place wreaths or artificial Christmas trees in plastic garment bags or place them in protective shells made from plastic or cardboard, then hang them. You can also place rolls of wrapping paper into short, zippered garment bags and hang them from a hanger. 

2. Shelves

Simple wire, metal, or wood shelving systems get your delicate decorations off the floor and out of harm's way. Look for stand-alone shelf units with shelves that can be rearranged to better accommodate both large and small decor. Clear bins, baskets, and individual drawers help keep things organized on the shelves. 

3. DIY Upcycled Tools

A surprising number of leftover items at your home can be used to organize the smaller and more fragile items of decor. Egg cartons and carryout cup holders protect ornaments. Coffee cans serve as useful string light organizers. Plastic water bottles hold small beads, decorative rocks, and other miscellaneous decorations. And cardboard paper towel rolls protect candles. 

4. Vacuum Bags

Space-saving vacuum bags are specialty bags from which the air is removed to reduce the volume of what's inside. They are often used for travel or storing bedding, but they'll save plenty of space when storing soft holiday items. This may include stockings, themed blankets and pillows, table linens, and your ugly Christmas sweater collection. 

5. Labels and Pens

One of the most important elements of seasonal storage is often overlooked: labeling. Before you start putting decorations away this year, prepare some labeling tools. Include written labels for boxes and bags, markers and pens, color-coded labels for various categories, string or zip-ties to tie label cards to larger items, and paper for making notes and an inventory. And consider taking photos to use for reference. 

Where To Start

Begin finding the perfect way to keep your holiday decor organized and protected by talking with a professional at your self-storage facility. To fully make use of many of these storage tools, you may want to consider a larger space or a dedicated unit. Tour options near you today.