ORGANIZE YOUR HOME OFFICE WITH THESE 5 TIPS

Organization


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 ...



July 28th, 2021


4 WAYS TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO YOUR HOME

Decorating


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 ...



July 28th, 2021


3 REASONS SELF-STORAGE BENEFITS MILITARY TRANSFERS

Self-Storage Benefits


When duty calls our military men and women will move across the country, and overseas if necessary. It can be exciting, but it’s also a stressful time for the entire family. It’s hard to determine what will go, what will stay, and what needs to be placed in self-storage, because taking everything with you is unreasonable. That’s where we can help!Our team of storage experts can help you find the self-storage units that will give you the most room for everything you need to store. They really do take the headache out of finding a reliable and secure facility that values the customers as well as the items they are storing. Our self-storage locations are a great alternative that offers the best of both worlds. Feeling secure We take the anxiety out of moving by keeping your prized possessions in self-storage. With 24-hour on site management, you won’t need to worry about what’s happening here when you need to focus on what’s really important to you. Additionally, our climate-controlled units keep your memories safe from the environment. Clutter will never be an issue With several storage sizes available, you won’t have to worry about not having enough space for your things. We have units to fit your every need. By choosing to a self-storage unit, you are committing yourself to a clutter free home when you arrive at your destination. It’ll be one less box you have to deal with or shove into a dark corner of your home. Flexibility is key The length of time you would like to use your self-storage unit is flexible. You can keep the storage unit for as long as you need it, and move out whenever you need to. We also give you the choice of using one of on-site locks for your unit or using one of your own. When duty calls, we are there to serve those that serve our country. Visit any of our self-storage locations by finding the one nearest to you, or contacting our ...



July 28th, 2021


5 REASONS WHY YOU NEED SELF STORAGE

Self-Storage Benefits


Did you think storage was just for people that have things piled up everywhere? Think again! Storage units can be used for a variety of lifestyles and situations. At Key Storage, we know our customers are all unique, and come to us for different needs. Check out these top 5 reasons you would need to find a storage unit. Buying or selling a space If you’re moving and need to store your large items such as furniture and appliances, a storage unit can relieve some stress and clutter. For example, when preparing your home for an open house, a storage unit can be a place to store your personal items. This allows your home to speak for itself without overwhelming potential buyers with unnecessary items. Renting your place Airbnb’s have been the latest trend for making easy income. If you find yourself renting out your place while away on vacation or business trips, consider a storage unit for your personal belongings and valuables. There’s no need to worry about security with our top of the line protection features. You’re a collector If you collect items such as antiques, books, or dolls, climate control might be a must for you. A storage unit gives you the option to control the temperature and humidity levels to ensure your items stay in mint condition without making major changes to your home. Your student returns home for break When your children go off to college, it’s common to use their bedrooms as extra space. When they return home to visit or stay over for holiday breaks, a storage unit can hold all the extra items so your kids feel right at home! With the number of unit options available, we’re sure to have a unit to fit all your needs. Declutter your home Sometimes it’s hard letting go of family heirlooms, childhood yearbooks, holiday decorations, etc. Throwing away your prized possessions isn’t your only option for an organized space. A storage unit can be the perfect extension to your home and hold all those ...



July 28th, 2021


4 WAYS A BUSINESS BENEFITS FROM SELF STORAGE

Self-Storage Benefits


Running a business requires holding inventory, good security, extreme organization and unlimited access to product and business tools. For many businesses, those challenges have an easy solution: a self-storage unit! Hold Your Inventory Building or renting a warehouse is an expensive investment, but a storage unit is a great, cost-effective alternative. With climate-controlled units, you can place your overstock and inventory in a storage unit at all times of the year. Feel stress free knowing that there will not be any damage to your product, tools, accessories, equipment or whatever you need to store. In addition, as your business grows, you can rent a larger unit or additional units for extra space. Ensure the Security of Your Product A storage unit can offer optimal safety for businesses of all kinds. With around the clock surveillance, computerized security systems and management onsite, a storage unit is the perfect safeguard for your business essentials. Keep your extra computers and sensitive files in the right hands. Organize Your Work Space Running out of room in your current work facility? Obtaining new clients, products and technology often happens. This leaves opportunity for clutter and disorganization. Don’t stuff everything in every nook and cranny you can find at work. Make use of a storage unit and keep what you need in the office. Access Your Product There are storage unit locations in every neighborhood, so you can have access to your business products when you need it. You will not need to make a drive out of town or have to wait for shipping (and risk damages). Start using a storage unit for your business today! Contact us if you have any questions about our services and units. We have a Key Storage professional ready to speak with you. ...



July 28th, 2021


4 UPGRADES EMPTY NESTERS CAN MAKE WITH SPARE BEDROOMS

Decorating


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 ...



July 28th, 2021


ITEMS YOU SHOULD NEVER PUT IN YOUR PUBLIC STORAGE

Storage Tips


We use our public storage units for all kinds of things. They will keep our things safe when we don’t have room for them in our homes or office. However, there are items that should never be placed in storage. Here's a list to help identify those items and reasons to keep them out of your unit. Perishable Items These items have an expiration or shelf date. Once they expire, they could cause foul odors which could attract unwanted pests. Pets/Animals A storage unit is not a home for a pet. It is not safe and would be considered inhumane. People Working or living (even temporarily) out of a storage unit is not okay. For everyone’s safety, do not set up any sort of living or work space in a unit. Plants First, plants need light, water, and air in order to grow. Second, plants attract unwanted pests and bugs. Scented Items Strongly scented items can attract unwanted pests or insects. Valuable Items What is considered valuable to each person will vary. Any item that you believe couldn’t be replaced would be valuable to you. Hazardous Items Any item that could cause damage if it were opened or began to leak is generally considered hazardous. This could include (but is not limited to) propane, gasoline, fireworks, bio-medical waste, and ammunition. Guns or Weapons It’s just not safe to keep any kind of weapon in a public storage unit; a gun could accidentally go off, or could potentially get into the wrong hands. Illegal Items This one may be obvious. Still, if you suspect anything you are storing may be illegal, don’t do it. You risk being reported to the police. If you have any of the items listed above, reconsider why you want to store them. Make alternate plans to keep them safe. ...



July 28th, 2021


TIPS FOR STORING FURNITURE

Storage Tips


Getting new furniture can be an exciting new chapter for your home. Out with the old and in with the new! But maybe you just aren’t quite ready to get rid of your old furniture. Maybe those pieces of furniture hold too many memories. Or, maybe you’re hoping to hand it down to someone who’s college-bound or moving out on their own. It may be impossible to bring yourself to sell or donate it so, what do you do?You could try storing it all in your garage, but it’ll most likely get damaged over time because let’s be honest, the garage is where everything gets dumped. Self-storage is quite possibly the best place to store what matters to you most but, before you do, we have some useful tips that will help you store it all more efficiently and safely. Here are 4 useful tips to remember when storing your furniture.   Find the right size self-storage unit First thing’s first, before you store your old furniture, find the right storage size to fit all your stuff. The worst thing you can do is rent a unit that is too small. People tend to underestimate the size they’ll need. A good rule of thumb is to choose one slightly larger, so you’ll have just a little extra space. Check out our storage sizes in advance of your reservation or schedule a visit with one of our managers to ensure you get the right size.If you are trying to preserve your furniture or are storing antiques, it would be best to choose a unit that is climate-controlled. Fortunately, most units these days are; however, in cases where they’re not, consider wrapping your furniture with old sheets, drop cloths or store-bought wraps for long-term protection. Store correctly, don’t cram When it comes to storing things in a self-storage unit, the worst thing you can do is cram. Whether you are storing furniture or boxes, always arrange them in a way where they’re easy to access to ...



July 28th, 2021


WRITE IT DOWN. YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID.

Inventory Tips


Make a complete inventory of the items you place in storage. It only takes a few minutes and you’ll be glad you did. An inventory helps you remember what you stored and where to find it, so you don’t have to randomly open boxes looking for that one thing you need right now. There are lots of ways to develop a good inventory. Here are some suggestions: Draw a simple “floor plan” of your unit and mark where you’ve placed items and boxes Number the boxes and keep a list of the numbers and corresponding contents Categorize your belongings. For instance, pack toys together, jewelry in its own box, photos in archival boxes. Don’t get in such a rush that you throw things willy-nilly into boxes Instead of writing the list, make a visual inventory by taking photos or videos of box contents and the unit as you’re moving items in Explore smartphone inventory apps — a number of good ones are available for iPhone and Android. Some insurance companies provide free apps. When you finish your inventory, keep a copy with your lease and your list updated as you add items to storage. ...



July 28th, 2021


5 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR SELF-STORAGE EXPERIENCE EASY

Storage Tips


Self-storage companies have made it easy to store the things you need in safe keeping for any amount of time. If you’re renovating your home, self-storage is a great idea to store extra furniture to prevent damage. If you find yourself moving, then self-storage is a reliable way to put the things that matter to you most in place where you can take them out later. Even if you just need a place for your collectibles, hobby overflow, business inventory, or somewhere to store the memories of the things you love, then self-storage is the way to go. BEWARE! Not all self-storage companies are the same. You’ll need to do your homework to find the right storage facility for you. There are many things you should take into consideration when storing your treasured items such as security, climate control, and accessibility. Once you’ve done your homework, it’s time to store your stuff. Self-Storage Made Easy Here are a few tips to keep in mind that will make your self-storage experience as easy as it can be. Dryer sheets for the win! Drop in a few dryer sheets with your stored items to keep them smelling fresh, especially if you are storing fabrics such as clothing or quilts. Aisles make things easy If you have a larger unit, keep in mind that you may need to reach things in the back, and making small aisles to move through can make it easy to reach those items. Store smarter Stack boxes of the same size straight to the ceiling and turn furniture to the side to make more room. Filling spaces like drawers is also a great space saving tip to get everything you can from your unit. Label everything It may go without saying, but label everything. You’ll thank us when you’re in a hurry. Drip, Drip, Dry If you’re storing appliances, it’s important to apply one simple rule if they use water, DRAIN THEM! Unless you just love that musty swamp smell all over your stuff, drain them thoroughly before putting them ...



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