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3 TIPS TO ORGANIZE IMPORTANT PAPERS

Organization


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 ...



August 17th, 2021


5 KEY TIPS TO PACKING SMARTER

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Packing may seem overwhelming at first, but with careful planning, it can be quick and easy. Putting in extra effort during packing can make unpacking a breeze – no more fights on which box the dinner plates were placed in! Take note of these 5 tips to help you pack smarter and keep you sane during the big move. Get your boxes ahead of time First things first, make sure you have your packing supplies in order. The last thing you need is to be dumpster diving for boxes. Try your best to steer clear of extra-large boxes as they are oftentimes too heavy to carry and bulky for storage. If you are using large boxes, place lighter items like clothing and sheets in those boxes. Place small heavy items like books and home decor in small boxes. It’s also important to not overly rely on small boxes because that will mean you need to be coming in and out to place them in your vehicle fairly often. Label each box with the room and content Set out your boxes in each room and label them with their general contents before you start filling. Try to keep items together to avoid any confusion. This way, you can easily find out which boxes goes where in your new place and your boxes will not contain random bits of everything causing trouble when it’s time to unpack. Securely seal your packages It’s easy to assume your boxes won’t fall over or bust open during a quick walk from your home to the car or vice versa, but the truth is accidents happen. Make sure your boxes are not weak and damaged (if used boxes), and tape them closed several times over on the top and bottom. Have a tool box We don’t mean a traditional tool box – we mean a box for the tools used to reassemble the pieces you are moving (ex. Ikea’s everything tool). Having your moving tool box, can help you to pack up your items ...



August 17th, 2021


3 REASONS YOU NEED STORAGE WHEN YOU RENOVATE YOUR HOME

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Renovating your home is exciting but the time it takes to finish can be inconvenient. There’s clutter, less room to move everything, and lots of confusion, but we have a solution. Reduce the stress at home during the renovation process with a storage unit! From big renovations to small touch-ups, there are units of all sizes to meet your needs. Keep your home clean It’s typical for the rooms being renovated to look like a tornado has swooped in, but the rest of you home doesn’t have to be that way. Instead of shifting furniture to another random room, place those items in storage so you’re not buried in your valuables. A storage unit can keep your place clean and clutter-free. Keep your items safe During renovations, there is movement everywhere. When you start putting furniture and personal items all over the place, it’s easy for someone to bump into things. Accidents happen, so don’t let a falling box be the reason you don’t have your favorite vase anymore. Put your treasures in storage during the renovation process so you can cherish them in your newly spruced up home. Keep your usable space Don’t let your usable space become a useless space full of random stuff because your home is being renovated. Your dinner table doesn’t have to act as a shelf for your clothing when your bedroom is being worked on. Instead, take advantage of the untouched space in your place, by storing the extras in a storage unit. The renovations don’t have to take over your life.For more information on why a storage unit might be right for you, speak with a Key Storage professional. With a number of sizes and features, there is sure to be a unit that can make your renovation process run smoothly. ...



August 17th, 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 ...



August 17th, 2021


WAYS TO DECLUTTER FOR A STRESS FREE HOME

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Did you promise to declutter your home in 2018? If not you should. Less stuff equals less cleaning. It’s true. If you want to keep 2021 clutter free, here are a few tips to help you with that. Start with a strategy Depending on the amount of clutter that you need to rid yourself of, you may feel a bit overwhelmed by the thought of decluttering for the new year. Schedule time in your calendar for specific decluttering tasks. Break down your areas of clutter into parts. Schedule time every day or every week to tackle part. Don’t try to do it all at once. Have the appropriate supplies on hand The easiest thing to sidetrack you from completing your decluttering goals is looking for the supplies you need. Gather those up before you begin. Bins, large labels, and trash bags will come in handy when you begin to declutter. Use the Keep, Trash, Donate, or Sell method Use your bins or trash bags and create one for each category. As you clear the clutter from any room, immediately place items in one of these bins. The key is to make quick decisions. Setting a timer is helpful to stay focused. Using bins will allow you to stop and start again easily if you are decluttering over a few days or weeks. Throw out the trash immediately after each session to avoid the temptation to keep items. Turn clutter into cash Be careful with creating a bin of things to sell. Make sure you schedule the time to actually sell those items. You can take items to resale shops, hold a garage/yard sale, or sell them online. Keep in mind that selling items online will mean that you will need proper storage for these items until they are sold. Look for these specific items: Here are a few items that we all have and are easier to sort through and reduce. Anything that we have multiples (small appliances, cardigans, books, toys, etc.) Damaged items (dishes, electronics, furniture, etc.) Clothes or shoes that you ...



August 17th, 2021


GET YOUR CAMPING GEAR OUT OF STORAGE AND EXPLORE

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It’s true that going camping can be as much work as it is fun. However, if you plan ahead and if your gear is organized, you will reduce the amount of work for yourself. For campers, their equipment is a treasure and caring for it will extend the life of the products. It’s time to pull your camping treasures out of storage and get to exploring. Before you go camping, make a list of all the essentials you will need. If you go camping often, keep this list handy for the next time. Tent(s) Sleeping bags Pillows Stove and fuel Cooking supplies Food and water Flashlights First Aid Kit Ponchos Blankets As you pull your gear out of storage, inspect each item to make sure things are still in tact. Check for damage in sleeping bags, tents, and cooking utensils. Check and replace any missing items from the first aid kit. Check gadgets for batteries. If you didn’t remove the batteries from flashlights, headlamps, etc., you may find corrosion. It is better to find this and replace it before you head out to your campsite. Wash everything before you leave. It’s a great idea to wash your camping dishes and utensils before you leave. If you can’t remember if you washed your sleeping bags before you stored them away, wash and dry those, too. This is another reason why you will want to plan ahead. Drying sleeping bags thoroughly will take time. You absolutely do not want to start your adventure with a damp sleeping bag. Pack for your adventure wisely. Group your items together and pack them in containers as such. Label the bins, bags, or boxes that you pack them in as you load them in your vehicle. All of your sleeping, exploring, eating items will be together and easy to identify. TIP: Pack your tent last. The most important thing about camping is to enjoy your adventure! Fresh air and connecting to nature is one of the most rewarding way to spend a weekend away. Once you return, take the time to store your ...



August 17th, 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 ...



August 17th, 2021


SELF-STORAGE INSURANCE – WHAT TO KNOW

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Choosing self-storage will be the best decision you’ll ever make yet, leaving your valuables behind, we realize, can be difficult. In fact, for most people every belonging has value, including those that are purely sentimental. This is why storage unit insurance is important.  Most storage companies require you to provide proof of insurance at the time of rental, and if you do not have homeowner’s coverage, they will offer their own when you lease your unit. Self-storage insurance is absolutely necessary, and proof of coverage is required by your storage company. Realize that insurance for your storage unit contents is that added peace of mind to assure you that you’ll be properly reimbursed, if the unthinkable happens like, fire, flood, or theft. So, take a deep breath and relax. You’re covered. GET COVERED Insurance for self-storage units is often available through many homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies. If you have it, you will want to use it however, the additional coverage offered by most storage companies will be in addition to your homeowner’s policy and will typically cover a large portion of your homeowner’s deductible. Regardless of whether you purchase insurance on your own or through your storage company, we strongly recommend it. Here is a list of what you should know. Know what’s covered – If you live in a part of the country prone to hurricanes, tornadoes or excess flooding, coverage against these types of disasters will be important. Because not all things are covered by insurance, you’ll want to be careful to determine what items are covered before leaving them in your unit. Appraisals – Policies have a limit on the amount of damage covered. You’ll have options at the time of purchase. Once a claim is established as valid, the policy will pay up to its coverage limit. It’s a good idea to know how much your items are worth. A general estimate is easy if you still have a receipt or remember how much you paid. Photograph all the items ...



August 13th, 2021


WHY STATE-OF-THE-ART SECURITY IS IMPORTANT FOR STORAGE

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There are many things to consider when you are searching for a storage space for your belongings. Location, cost, on-site management, and hours of operation are a few things to take into consideration. However, state-of-the-art security should be a top priority. State-of-the-art security measures not only keeps your items safe from theft and damage but will also keep you safe when you are on site. Secure storage facilities like Key Storage will have controlled access to entrance gates, around-the-clock video monitoring, security lighting, on-premise resident managers, and climate-controlled spaces. Keeping your stored items safe, secure, and free from damage requires these types of state-of-the-art security measures. With these measures, and reasonable hours of operations customers should feel safe when they visit the facility. This is critical for all customers’ safety. No one should feel afraid or nervous when they need to access their own belongings in a storage space. Beyond theft, state-of-the-art security measures are also key when it comes to keeping your items safe from damage. When necessary, choose the climate-controlled options to prevent damage to your property. The bottom line is that you want peace of mind. There’s a reason you store your belongings in another space other than your own home. Everyone’s reason differs. You may be moving or you may simply be out of space. Whatever the reason, the last thing you want is to have to worry about the safety of your belongings. State-of-the-art security measures will give you peace of mind. You won’t have to worry about theft or damage and you can enjoy your life. ...



August 13th, 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 ...



July 28th, 2021


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