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Using Document Storage

May 22, 2008
How much paper work is lying around your home? How much is taking up office space in your business? Have you got university or college paper over taking your life? You need not worry because help really is at hand to ease the mountain of papers and documents that are slowly getting on top of you.

Thankfully there are now many companies opening up whose primary job is to look after your documents. Storage facilities exist which allow you to store all of your documents in the most safe and secure way.

Document Storage companies offer a variety of container sizes for all of your document needs. The size of the container that you choose depends on what and how much you are going to be storing as some of your documents may be small but others may be bulky. With many storage companies they offer you storage units in sizes such as a standard unit, which will hold up to 70 boxes, a large unit, which will hold a maximum of 148 documents. Whichever container you choose they are all checked on a regular basis, giving you the peace of mind that all of your documentation is as safe as it could be. With any document storage solution the containers should always be clean, secure, dry and safe. You also should be given the peace of mind that all of the documents are sealed and stored in humidity controlled warehouses, which are protected by intruder alarms as well as smoke detectors.

The way in which document storage works is that you simple rent out a storage unit at a size that suits your requirements, this unit is then yours to use for however long you require it. During this rental period you are allowed free easy access to your documents and you get a fully managed service as your boxes are logged into a database, holding the details of your location and date and retrieval status.

As well as choosing the correct document storage space you also need to make sure that you pack your documents in the correct way as to not cause damage to them and to also maximise the space within your document storage unit. Examples of some of things that you could do to ensure this include:

* Make sure you use good quality storage boxes such as cardboard and plastic boxes as these provide the best document storage

* Ensure that you always fill boxes to capacity, as partially full or bulging boxes may tip or collapse, which could potentially damage your papers and files

* Heavy items should always be packed into small boxes so that they are easy to lift when you are placing them into the storage unit and taking them out again

* Label or number boxes for easy reference for when you need to locate your goods

* Make up an inventory of your stored items and keep it in a safe place at home

* Plan your storage space - put the items that you need to get to most often near the front, close to the storage unit door.
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Helen is the web master of Domestic Storage, specialists in all aspects of Document Storage.
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