Is Self Storage Right for You?

If you find that you have too many possessions and not enough space, you may want to consider a self storage option. If you’re thinking about renting a self storage space for yourself, read below for a few things to consider first.

Do you need the extra space?

Before jumping into purchasing storage space, be sure that you actually need the space first. Start by sorting through your belongings to determine what you need or want to keep and what can go. There are a few things to consider when going through this process.

  • Have you used the item in the past year? If you have a lot of things sitting around that are never being used, it may be time to get rid of them rather than storing them elsewhere to continue sitting around.
  • Does the item have sentimental value? If, for example, you have a lot of things that have been passed down from relatives, they may hold sentimental value and you may not feel comfortable with giving them away. Many people choose to hold onto these items, but you may not have room for them in your current living situation.
  • Could someone else benefit from the item? Sometimes, there’s no reason to hold onto to items that you’re not using, especially if you know of someone that could benefit from having that item. If you already own a TV, but you have a second one gathering dust, why not give it away?
  • Will you need or use the item later? Sometimes, we just find ourselves living in a space that is too small to hold all of the possessions we own. In those case, a storage space can be a great place to put extra items until they have a spot in the home.


What should you consider when looking for a self storage option?

After you’ve made the decision to choose self storage, you’ll have your choice of many different self storage companies. How will you choose which one is the best for you and belongings? The following are a few factors you should consider.

  • Where is the storage located? Be sure to choose a storage space that is in a location that will be convenient to your home or work address. If your belongings aren’t close by, there’s a good chance that you won’t take the time to travel to get to them.
  • What is your budget? The cost of a unit will depend on the quality, size, and location of the space. It’s important to determine your budget early on and stick with it when choosing which option works for you.
  • What special needs do you have? You may have certain requirements for certain belongings. For example, you might need a very large space for some furniture items or a climate controlled space for things like books.


After determining that you need a self storage space and thinking over your needs, the process will be simple. Keep your belongings safe and secure with self storage.


How to Organize your Life (or at least your house)

pile o stuffDid you make a New Year’s Resolution yet?  If not, you are either going to set a goal to lose weight or become more organized.  If you want to lose weight, you’re on your own.  But if you want to some more organization in your life, then keep reading for some easy ways to organize your home.




Start From Top to Bottom

First, you need to put a list together of what needs to be organized around your house.  Start at the top floor and work your way down.  Look at the places that can get pretty messy.  Your bedroom closet might be too full or the linen closet is overflowing with bed sheets and towels.  Once you’ve looked in each room on the top floor, head downstairs.  Look in the kitchen drawers, the cabinets and the bathrooms.  Once you’ve made a list of what rooms need organizing, think of how you want to organize.  For example, say you have a lot of shoes in your closet.  Every morning before work, it takes you five minutes just to find a pair of shoes.  So to fix this problem, you obviously need a shoe organizer.  Once your list is complete, the next step is to shop!


Bins and Organizers and Shelves, Oh My!

If you’ve ever been to Target and looked at their endless rows of organization items, it can be a little overwhelming.  There are about twenty different types of bins depending on the size and what you need.  Then there are different types of shelves for everything you could possibly imagine.  Shoe organizer shelves, shelves for your bathroom so you have more room, and shelves for your pantry closet to hold enough food in case of an apocalypse.  Don’t panic!  As long as you stick to your list, you’ll be fine.


You Have the Bins, Now What?

So you’ve unloaded your car and have piles of bins in your living room.  Now you need to decide what goes where.  Use big bins for storage such as holiday decorations.  Label each bin with what the bin is used for (Christmas decorations) and what is in the bin (Christmas lights.)  You can also use the big bins for swapping out your seasonal wardrobe.  For example, if you have little closet space, then store your winter sweaters in bins to make more room in your closet.  When it’s winter, swap the sweaters in the bins for your t-shirts and shorts.

Little bins can be used in the kitchen to organize utensils.  Everyone has a “junk” drawer in the kitchen.  Now your junk drawer can be organized with bins and dividers.  You can also use little bins and dividers in your home office.  Separate rubber bands, staples, paper clips and any other little items on your desk.  If these items each have their own container, then the next time you need a paper clip, you don’t have to dig through a drawer to find one.

So go ahead and make organization your New Year’s Resolution and tackle the problem head on.  Not only will you be one of the few who actually stick to their resolution, your house will be organized!


6 Ways to De-Clutter in Only 5 Minutes

When you finally make the decision to start de-cluttering, just the act of getting started can be overwhelming.  If you are looking around your home wondering just where you should start, these 6 de-cluttering ideas only take 5 minutes or less!

# 6 – Pick a Spot to Get Started

Pick one area in your home as a starting area.  It does not matter where the spot is, just pick a spot and clean it.  Now, do not allow anything to be put in that area if it does not belong there, and if you are using something in the area, make sure you put it away when you are done with it – No excuses!


# 5 – Pick 5

Look around the room you are currently standing in.  Now, find five things that are not where they should be, and put them where they belong.  If you have no clue where something should go, pick a spot that you want to designate for it.

# 4 – Designate a Mail Spot

Mail is often a huge part of the clutter, and choosing one spot that is reserved for all incoming mail will ensure that you do not have piles of it everywhere.  You can also go a step farther, and make this the spot for any papers, newspapers, or receipts that may come in your home.



# 3 – Start by Cleaning One Counter

Choose one counter in your home, it does not matter whether it is in the kitchen or bathroom.  Clean off the entire counter, leaving only the things that need to be there.  If you have not touched something on that counter in the past month, put it away or get rid of it – it is just another item cluttering up your home.  Once you have it cleaned off, do not allow anything that does not belong there to be put on it.

# 2 – Clean a Shelf

Find a shelf that is cluttered, and clean everything off it that should not be there.  Now you have to make sure that you keep it cleaned off, and do not add anything to it for any reason.

# 1 – Make a Maybe Box

As you are cleaning, there will be things that you just are not sure whether you will need it.  Put these items in a maybe box, and put the box away.  Go back to this box in a few months, and see if there is anything in it that you actually need or use.  If not, throw it out.

Each of these steps only takes five minutes or less.  Even if you can only bring yourself to do one of them each day, you will slowly start making a dent in the clutter in your home.  If you have the extra time, try to do all of them each day in a different room, and you will notice a huge difference in the clutter in your home, and it will only take you 35 minutes.


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All About Vehicle Self Storage

car storageMany homeowners have the luxury of having a dedicated space to store their vehicles, whether it’s a reserved spot on their curbside, driveway or inside a garage. People who aren’t lucky enough to have space to store their car or other vehicles simply don’t have anywhere to store their vehicles, especially during times where they need to place it somewhere when they don’t need it.


Self storage for your vehicle

Getting what’s known as a self storage unit might resolve the problem that some people have with storing their vehicles.

Self storage units are rent-able compartments that people use to store their possessions, which can include furniture, valuables and even vehicles. Self storage units are essentially designed to keep things in a safe place when you don’t need them. So, if you need to store away a car or another type of vehicle, a self storage unit designed for that purpose will keep it safe during off seasons.

Many people actually use self storage to store away other vehicles like boats, jet-skis and smaller vehicles like golf carts and motorized bikes. A lot of those vehicles do take up extra space, and that’s space that a lot of people don’t have at their homes, apartment or other smaller properties. Placing those vehicles in self storage essentially helps free up much needed space while keeping them safely ‘tucked away’ during off seasons.


Tips for storing away vehicles with self storage

Self storage facilities are great in that they typically allow customers to rent out a self storage unit on a monthly basis, which provides them enough convenience to keep vehicles and other possessions stored away when it matters the most.

Although there are self storage facilities with decidedly shorter term rental periods, you can always side with a long term storage facility to keep your vehicle in storage for longer periods of time. If you’re getting ready to place a vehicle into storage, read the following tips to get a better idea about how to get started.


Indoors or outdoors? Many long term storage facilities will give you the option to select indoor or outdoor vehicle storage. In most cases, you will want to store your vehicle in an indoor space, since these spaces allow cars to be properly protected from the elements; these spaces are much more expensive to rent, though. If you can spare the indoor protection, outdoor and semi-outdoor spaces are much less expensive and provide enough protection and security for most cars.


Check the space. Before you rent, check to see if the space is large enough to accommodate the size of your vehicle. You don’t want to rent a storage space that can’t even fit your vehicle and its associated gear. Always inquire any self storage company you’re going to work with about the dimensions of the storage unit that you might want to rent.


Take care of your vehicle. Even if you plan on keeping your vehicle in storage for months, you still need to check up on it. Besides checking on its physical condition, you also need to make sure its proof of registration, license plates and any other important legalities are up to date. Taking care of the aforementioned will ensure that your vehicle will remain in top condition.