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4 WAYS TO MAXIMIZE DORM SPACE

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Summer break is coming to an end and students everywhere are dreading their return to school. As a parent of a college student, you’re probably having mixed feelings. The happiness of them moving onto bigger and better things, paired with the sadness of seeing them leave the house and start to make their way in the world. It’s a cycle we see every year, and trust us when we say, we understand and we’re here for you. Chances are, your kid wants to take everything with them; literally everything. The reality is, they can’t. But that doesn’t mean we can’t help you get them organized to get the most from their new dorm space. So before you start saying “no” to all the things they want to take, let us help you, so they can take more of what reminds them of home while they are away. Tips to maximize space in the dorm room Bed storage – The area under the bed is there for more than sliding empty pizza boxes or shoving a mess into when people come to visit. Organize shoes, seasonal clothes, or even hobby materials under the bed in bins, bags, or boxes. Once everything has a place, it doesn’t need to clutter or be shoved somewhere that would otherwise make the room feel crowded. Hooks – Keeps things off the floor. With the limited square footage in a room it’s important to clear all falling hazards and instead find a way to get things off the floor. Hooks are great for bags of all kinds, and serve as a great way to free up closet space from bulkier items like jackets and hats. Isn’t it time to get the hook up? Literally… Bed caddy – The funny thing about dorm spaces is that they’re a step above a hospital room, but a step down from a hotel room. So, while they may have the basics, there are some items they just won’t have. For example, instead of filling the space ...



October 12th, 2021


4 UPGRADES EMPTY NESTERS CAN MAKE WITH SPARE BEDROOMS

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As summer ends, many parents will see their child leave for college. Parents will find themselves alone in a place once filled with running, yelling, loud music, and fights over the bathroom. There’s definitely a sense of loss as the transition is made, but it doesn’t mean it should be all bad. Reclaiming the spaces once occupied by kids is one of the top things couples think about as this time gets closer. It’s time to take down the music posters, the random pieces of “art” that they tacked to the wall, and find a place for the stuff they couldn’t take with them. Once that is done, you’ve got a blank canvas to work with. Here are 4 upgrades empty nesters make with the spare bedrooms they reclaim after their kids go to college. Guest Room – While not necessarily exciting, you may want to keep the bedroom a bedroom, minus all the angst-driven teen decorations. You’ll want to create a peaceful space where guests can come and stay and feel at home. With the other furniture in storage, you can restore life to the room with a new bed, new bedside tables, curtains, maybe even a fresh coat of paint.  Crafts DIY Room – Into quilting? Building? Maybe you’ve always wanted to, but didn’t have the space? Now you can. Having an entire room to explore a hobby can be exciting and really get those creative juices going. A new desk or table, hobby materials, new tools, and wall organizers can inspire and motivate your creativity. You can make this a reality once you’ve stored all the stuff previously in this room. Exercise Room – Forget traveling to the gym. Wake up and walk one room over to your new home gym. Think treadmill, stationary bike, weights, maybe an elliptical, you name it. No membership fees, no fighting with other gym members, no fear of awkward stares, just you, your home, and your gym. Now you can get in shape on your terms. Man ...



October 12th, 2021


4 WAYS TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO YOUR HOME

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Self-storage is a great idea when you have personal items you don’t want to store in your home or in your garage. By finding a safe and secure self storage unit for those items, you’ll have an uncluttered home that you can truly spend time enjoying. (Also read, 5 Reasons Why You Need Self-Storage.) Television has countless home decorating and DIY shows to give you the ideas and inspiration to do great things with your spaces. So when was the last time you did something to breathe new life into your home? If your walls could talk what would they say? If they’re screaming for a change then it might be time to reassess your decor and furniture situation. Below are some simple solutions to get your space ready for the new year. Paint with all the colors of the wind A fresh coat of paint can liven up any room. Pick a tone that reflects the mood you want to set for the new year. Bright, vibrant tones can create a positive energy in your life while neutral tones will add a calming effect to the space. If you’re trying to make a certain area pop, then paint a wall an accent color that highlights the room’s best features. A “bedder” situation Furniture goes through a lot of wear and tear. Think about your chairs, your couches, even your bed. It’s best to update your chairs and couches every few years. If you’re on a tight budget you might want to slowly purchase furniture and buy one piece at a time. Think of unique ways to mix and match styles, colors, and layout. There’s so much you can do and so many places you can draw inspiration from. Wall decor Replacing old wall decor can rejuvenate a space. Something that may have looked great a few years ago may not have the same charm it once had. Update your walls with family vacation photos or maybe new artwork. Repurposing items can be a cheap alternative and you’ll ...



October 12th, 2021


TIPS TO DECORATE YOUR HOME FOR FALL

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While summer may linger in many states, most areas will start the transition from high heat to cooler temperatures in the coming weeks and months as we move into fall. For many, thoughts of fall are reminders of pumpkin-flavored everything, candles, fireplaces, and being outdoors to name a few. It’s also a time when many homes replace some of their décor’s softer colors of summer, with the warmer colors of fall. The aim is to make every room as inviting as the next. Don’t be afraid to make a statement about who you are by adding a few clear-cut, statement pieces to make the seasonal transition complete.  We’ve had the opportunity to talk to many of our customers and they’ve shared some of their top decorating tips for Fall.  Fall decorating tips for your home It’s all about the color Take advantage of the cooler weather and roll up your sleeves and paint some walls, or get someone to paint them for you. Introducing new colors to the walls and fabrics can make the whole room feel like a different place. Review the color palette below and choose your favorite fall colors then find two or three complementary colors to help bring it together. The Benjamin Moore site shares the top year-round color trends for 2021. Any of these colors mixed across the room can make your room feel timeless. Which colors do you like? Bring in natural elements Bringing in mossy greens and wood grains can help establish a seasonal theme. Visit small towns in your area where artisans often live and keep an eye out for their handcrafts. Pieces can be as big or as little as you want. Having them accent the room on shelves, tables, and floor can create statement pieces will get the conversation going. Explore what you might already have in the garage or storage that you can breathe new life into.  Get the most from your decorations When decorating your new space, consider the longevity of those decorations. Having decorations that can be ...



October 12th, 2021


3 TIPS TO ORGANIZE IMPORTANT PAPERS

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Consistency in organizing important papers all year long is not easy. If you haven’t been keeping your records organized all year long, don’t worry. You aren’t alone. We have a few tips for you to get organized before the end of the year. Once the new year comes around, tax season is right around the corner. Create a convenient storage space Your convenient storage space could be in your home, your car, or anywhere you work. Ideally, you could have one storage box or bin just to gather all the banking statements, expense forms, receipts, etc., in one place. Common ways to keep these are in manila folders or envelopes. Depending on your style of organization, this can be as detailed as you prefer. The idea is to have one place to collect documents as you go and then group them together at least once a month. Group documents by how you file Once a month, gather all of your documents from your convenient storage space and group them as you would file your taxes. Depending on how many documents you have and anticipate, these could all stay in your home storage box or in an accordion folder. Use last year’s return as a guide. Common groups would be income, expenses, and business/tax documents. At the end of the year, all of your documents will be filed and grouped and ready for you to prepare for tax season saving you time and energy. Keep important documents safe You should keep your tax returns forever and keep them in safe place. However, you only need to keep supporting documents for seven years. In addition to those documents, you will want to keep other important documents safe such as wills, insurance policies, mortgage documents and property bills. Keep these in plastic sleeves in a home safe or storage area to help prevent any damage. This storage area should be different from your convenient storage space mentioned above. In addition, consider making copies of all of your important documents ...



October 12th, 2021


EMPTY NEST, FULL STORAGE

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You’ve raised your kids, they’ve made you proud, and now the time has finally come – you are now an empty nester! This bittersweet moment may leave you a bit confused because you’ve always had someone around. There’s also a sense of freedom to do things you couldn’t do before because of your responsibilities as a parent. The transition can be hard, but you also don’t want to erase the memories of their adolescent years. This is where our self-storage units can help save the day! Transition Ideas For Empty Nesters If you’re thinking of altering one of your extra bedrooms from a room for your kids to a room that is more functional for you, we can help. We can help provide the moving packing supplies you need for self-storage without the guilt of selling or trashing your kids’ favorite things. This could be a fun activity to do together as you can revisit old memories of your favorite albums, stuffed album, or even old t-shirts that they used to wear. Anything they want from what you’ve packed they can take, but now you just need to find our list of self-storage locations and pick the one closest to you. It’s important that you find a reliable and secure self-storage supplier that values your treasures as much as you do. Our team of storage professionals can help you show you the right mini storage sizes for you based on what you are storing. Extra beds, TV’s, and boxes of old clothes are likely some of the items you’ll be storing. Climate controlled units can keep all of those items safe and sound, no matter what the weather is like outside. Self Storage Offers More Than You Think We are the difference in the self-storage industry. Our on-site team is ready to help make your transition into this new phase of your life a little bit easier. We offer a number of ways to make moving as painless as possible. We can help you pack those ...



October 12th, 2021


5 WAYS EMPTY NESTERS CAN TRANSFORM THEIR HOME

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Seeing your kid head off into the world is bittersweet. You’ve worked your entire life to get them to this point, but now you are going to miss their every waking moment in the home with you. Nevertheless, as they move on with their life, you will move on with yours. Many empty nesters find themselves at a loss on what to do with the extra space in their homes. We’ve got some ideas for you. Transformations and reclamations of space do not happen overnight. It will take time to think, plan, and finally identify what you will need to buy. Then, you will need to find a storage facility you can trust with all the memories you’ll need to store. 5 Room Ideas For Empty Nesters: Reading Room – It’s not surprising that after living as long as you have, you’ve likely collected a large number of books and periodicals that you’d like to keep, but never had a place to display them. It’s time to dust those boxes off in the garage and create a reading room in your new space and give yourself a relaxing space to retire to when the day is ending. Craft Room – Hobbyists rejoice. You’ve waited a long time for a place that you can store your materials while still keeping up the hobby you love. Now you have a space to call your own. Guest Bedroom – Not a major transformation, but now that the kids are out of the house you can take down the Kayne posters, and turn the room into a general guest bedroom with your touch and taste. So, whether your kids come back home for a visit, or you have other family from out of town, they have someone to sleep. Gym – Once you’ve put all the bedroom furniture into storage it’s time to turn that room into your own personal gym. Pick up a treadmill, a stationary bike, some weights and you have no excuse not to keep yourself ...



October 12th, 2021


6 THINGS YOU LEARN WHEN YOU SPRING CLEAN

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Spring cleaning can be good for the soul for many reasons. It’s an opportunity to clear some space and rid yourself of items that don’t serve a purpose anymore. Doctors even believe that it’s good for your health. Still not convinced? Here are six things you can learn when you spring clean. You learn what’s important When you clean your space, you begin to see which items really matter to you. Some things that used to be important might not have the same meaning anymore. After all, everything has a expiration date. If you have things that you just want to hold onto, then perhaps a self-storage unit you can trust would be the best place to preserve it while you’re not using it. How to give back Spring cleaning is an excellent time to donate unused items. Articles of clothing that are in good condition can be given to local shelters. Many organizations are always in need of books, toys, shoes, jackets, winter coats and more. There’s always someone who could use the things that you aren’t using any longer.  Cleaning can freshen up a space Thinking of rearranging your furniture? You’ll need to make some space first. Spring cleaning can give you more options on how you want to organize your living room. Sketch how you would like your room to look and plan from there. Sometimes something as simple as a rearrangement can change the entire feel of your space. Cleaning reduces stress For many, cleaning is considered to be a form of therapy. It makes you feel productive and allows you to have a tidier living space. It’s been proven that cleaner living areas increase productivity and reduce stress.  Why it’s good for your health Dust can be found everywhere in the home. Think about it. When was the last time you dusted your shelves? Cleaning reminds you how often dust and other types of pet dander float in the air you breathe. Eliminating those allergens will allow you to consume cleaner air and improve your ...



October 12th, 2021


ORGANIZE YOUR HOME OFFICE WITH THESE 5 TIPS

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We all have that one drawer, that one closet, even that one room, in our house that is the catch all. Need a highlighter? It’s in the drawer. Looking for an old pair of shoes? It’s in the junk closet. Looking for a piece of mail? It’s in the stack of papers moved to the spare bedroom when guests came over. Places we think are out of sight tend to collect the things we don’t need.This becomes especially dangerous for those who work from home. A cluttered home office makes it difficult to get things done, yet the market for working from home is growing.The top industries seeing more work from home teams are: Healthcare Education Sales Information Technology Administrative Benefits of a home office Having a home office is perfect for those in positions that require it, and in the long run, could be extremely beneficial in certain stages of life. It can significantly lower expenses compared to a leased office space, saving money that can be reinvested or saved for a rainy day. Working for yourself and having access to a home office increases your availability and is more convenient for you as you set your appointments.Imagine a world where you didn’t have to fight morning traffic. The environmental benefits alone could be worth it; no commute, no emissions, you control the temperature, and you can fully decorate however you like. Additionally, time saved from battling traffic is time you can spend with family and friends. Of course, having a home office will truly test your discipline. Can you be as productive as you are in an actual office? A home office, just like any other office, should be organized, clutter-free, and a reflection of who you are as a professional. A messy office can impact: Quality of work Your health Client relationships Productivity Clear the clutter If you’re at the point where you’re needing to organize your home office, then chances are you’ve collected a lot of clutter. What about those souvenirs your friends brought you from their travels, way too ...



October 12th, 2021


TIPS TO STORE YOUR HOLIDAY DECORATIONS

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As the holiday season comes to an end, what are you going to do with all of your decorations? Imagine pulling them out next year and knowing where each item is. It will help you decorate more efficiently and will lessen stress. Plus, you don’t want them to get damaged before next year. We have a few tips to store your holiday decorations. Take a picture Take a picture of your decorations so next year you will remember how you decorated your home. Additional tip, print and attach those photos to the outside of your containers as labels. Use labels If you don’t want to use the photos as labels, use anything thing that works best for you. Color-coded sticky labels, tags, and painters tape are great to work with. Create a year-round gift central If you really love to elaborately wrap gifts, consider creating a gift central station in you home. If you have the space, use a small closet to set this up or a corner in your bedroom. Use clear containers This helps when you begin to look for something specific next year. Think resealable plastic bags, take out containers, and plastic egg or apple containers. Save these items and then use them to store ornaments or other small decorations. Wrap those lights One of the worst decorating experiences is untangling strings of lights. Wrap those strings of lights around squares of cardboard or around coffee cans or water bottles. Hang your wreathes Hang your wreathes on a wall hook in your storage space. This will prevent them from being smushed inside a box. If you have the door space, use the door hanger on the back of that door. Cover them with fabric or plastic to prevent them getting dusty. Get creative storing that tree Artificial trees are great options to decorate for the holidays but the boxes can be so large. Toss the box and wrap the tree in bed sheets. Use old belts or string to tie it up and store it. Keep Inventory You will forget what you have ...



October 12th, 2021


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