It’s that time of year once again, where friends and loved ones are gathered around counting down the seconds to start their New Year!
You know what they say! Every New Year comes with new resolutions and what better way than to start a new year than to be organized! But before we get started, it’s also imperative to start the new years with honesty. So, let’s be honest for a second. Most people, myself included, do a pretty lousy job of sticking to our new year’s resolutions. But that’s not going to stop me or many others from trying! Being more organized overall can help you achieve the most popular resolutions of losing weight, staying fit and enjoying life to the fullest! So for starters, let’s begin with organizing our self-storage units! Here are some self-storage organization tips you can do right off the bat!
Like many of us, we’ve either collected or acquired quite a few things over the past year and that’s completely understandable and relatable. Some stuff may be sentimental, useful, not useful or just plain junk, but to us, they’re all essential. Now as cliché as this may sound, we must control our beautiful junk rather than letting it control us.
When life happens, usually messes happen as well. This is typically the case because there just isn’t ever enough time to get everything organized. Well, you’re in luck! A storage unit can help you by providing a place for all your beautiful junk. One of the main issues when it comes to organization is having too much stuff lying around with too little space. So say bye-bye to your junk piles that you have to throw your body against in order to close. It’s about that time to send all that stuff that you’re “probably going to use again” into a storage unit where it can at least stay out of your way. So how do you decide which stuff gets stored in a storage unit? Here are some suggestions.
Go through each and every room in your home. Stop in any of the rooms and ask yourself what items are in this room that’s taking up space. There’s absolutely no reason for random stuff to be taking up valuable space in your home. Now, what exactly do I mean when I say “value”? What I mean by value is whether or not the item provides any usefulness. For example, if a toy elephant is placed on top of a drawer for decoration purposes or it holds sentimental value. Then by all means that toy elephant is valuable to your household. What would deem invaluable would be a stuffed animal that you placed on top of a drawer because you haven’t figured out where to put it. Items like these whether their toys, paintings, tools or etc. are perfect examples that are taking up valuable space in your home that offer no value. Now that you figured out what and what not to keep in your household, how does that help you become more organized?
Season’s greetings everyone! It’s that special time of year again; where cheer and joy surround us and excitement fill the air!
Christmas is the time of happiness but also can be a time of stressfulness especially when it comes to completing your Christmas shopping list. Am I right? We know the struggle of buying the presents we need. From toddler toys to more elaborate gifts for friends and family. Although the struggle of finishing your Christmas shopping list may seem difficult at the time it’s actually nothing compared to when you have to hide your gifts until Christmas Eve. Packing and wrapping the gifts may pose another new set challenge to some but that could be managed when the kids or extended family members aren’t there. The real problem comes after the presents have been wrapped. It’s definitely not easy storing or hiding a big glimmering shining present from the eyes of a child. We can all agree that children are very adventurous and they’ll find some way to stumble upon things we never thought would happen. Which is why I propose we hide our Christmas presents in a self-storage facility?
Depending on the presents you bought, you might want to double check if a climate controlled unit would work best to store your presents. Now, I understand that this may seem like a lot of effort just to maintain the excitement. However, kids actually anticipate Christmas not because of what they know they will receive but because they know that they’ll be surprised. I also like to think that most parents are concerned about storing gifts before the holidays. Say for example, sometime in August or September you stumble upon a sales event and in that event, there was something that caught your eye that would make an excellent gift. Now if I knew any better, chances are you’re most likely going to buy it and store it and use it when the time is right. This occurrence is what I’d like to call fate shopping or simply seizing the opportunity. Instances like these where we buy gifts far in advance have many perks and benefits. One benefit is that we have 1 less gift to worry about when it comes down to complete our Christmas shopping list. The second benefit is avoiding the long lines and last-minute shoppers at the checkouts. As for the perks, there are just too many to name so I’m going to share with you my favorite perk. Discount Sales. That’s right, discount sales. I’m talking about online shopping discounts as well as in-store discounts.
Now I can’t say this about everyone but I know that majority of us wouldn’t mind saving a few dollars here and there. Agree? I’ll take that as a yes. With that said, I for one love the idea of saving a few dollars while checking off my Christmas shopping list at the same time. Now I say this only because we can all relate just how expensive gifts can be. Before you say anything, I know that some of you may say that we don’t have to spend a lot of money on gifts. This, in my opinion, is absolutely true! I can even go as far and say the cliché saying “it’s the thought that counts.” Now although this may ring true to some, I think a carefully thought up gift that’s inexpensive as well as practical and useful can go a long way.
Christmas shopping can be a stressful task but it doesn’t have to be! Careful planning can help minimize the burden of completing your shopping list. Once you complete your early bird Christmas shopping and have them all neatly wrapped up, it’s time to store them! What better place than to store them than your Self-Storage Facility? Store your gifts and presents in your storage unit until the December rolls around or in most cases until the Christmas tree is in the house. Christmas is an exciting and wonderful holiday. A few thoughtful planning for this annual event is nothing compared to the wonders and joy it brings to those around you.
Let me guess, you’ve heard about self-storages before but never really had any reason to use it until recently. You’re probably also wondering where do you start and which facility is right for you. What unit sizes would you need and what to look out for and what not to look out for. While all these questions are great to keep in mind, this article will help simplify some of these questions to help you decide which facility is right for you. With that said, understand that a self-storage is a great way to save and preserve your belongings. People typically use self-storages for a variety of reasons such as clearing up space in their home or apartment. While others may view a self-storage as a temporary solution for their moving transitions. Regardless of what your case may be, we can all agree that keeping your belongings safe is one of the most important factors when deciding which storage facility to sign up for. With that said, let’s check out the 5 simple starter tips for beginner self-storage renters.
1) Find a self-storage facility with several security features – such as 24/7 video surveillance, electronic pin access gates, alarm systems, well-lit facility and more. These are some security related features you should definitely look for at any facility. Another tip to keep your eyes open for is how tidy the facility is, both inside and outside. The more well-kept a facility is generally translates to how regulated the overall facility is maintained. This is typically a good sign. Another great sign of a secured facility is if they have an on-site employee 24/7 as it’ll help bring in a physical presence to help deter potential shenanigans.
2) Find out if the self-storage facility offers insurance – whenever a facility offers insurance, that’s always a good sign. It shows that the facility is confident in securing your belongings. Additionally, having insurance on your belongings is always good to have in case a security breach occurs or your belongings are damaged. It’s highly recommended to ensure your belongings if you plan on storing your items for a long period of time.
3) Find out whether your belongings are sensitive to the environment – in other words, if you’re renting an outdoor storage, it’s important to make sure that your unit is completely sealed and secured to prevent any damages from the environment such as the weather. Depending on the items you plan on storing, a climate controlled storage unit is typically the best option. Without proper environmental protection, you belongings may be in danger of damages from such elements as floods, fires and rust.
4) Find yourself a secure lock – one of the most important security measures you can do is to take matters into your own hands. While a lock may seem like the most obvious signs of security, people tend to not take into consideration the lock quality. Keep in mind that some facilities may require you to bring your own security lock for your own protection while other facilities have their own security measures to ensure your belongings are safe.
5) Find yourself a notebook or something to record your items – it’s important to keep a map record of where your belongings are located. This’ll ensure that no one has been in your unit and that it was exactly as you had left it. Additionally, having a record of your belongings is great because it’ll help you stay organized come time to move. Another important reason why you should keep a record of your belongings is in case of an insurance claim.
Have you thought about running your own business and becoming a business man or business woman? Or perhaps you’ve already started your business and you’re using your living room or garage as your office space and product storage. With that said if you begin to notice paperwork spread out all over your living room and your business products taking up the entire garage space, then it may be time to invest in a more professional space. However, we understand that “professional space” is expensive and requires a lot of paperwork before you get the approval. This is why we propose that before you make that big investment renting out an office space or warehouse that you look into a self-storage facility. Rather than investing hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month on an office space, you could invest a hundred dollars or less on a storage unit. The storage unit approach will be highly cost effective, meaning it’ll be an affordable alternative to store your business products or equipment and clear up space in your home. This will not only be a step forward in your business but also a step to tidying up your home. Here are just a few examples of what you can potentially do with your Self-Storage Unit.
1) Online Product Business – One of the most sought after self-proclaimed businesses are the online product business which entails scalping or flipping products from major sites such as eBay and Amazon. If you are someone with a hunger to make a few bucks then this business idea is for you. Generally what you would do is find products on auction sites such as eBay or sites such as Amazon that are selling specific products at a cheap price and then reselling them to make a profit. Typically, this process of scalping takes a lot of time. When you find a good product for a cheap price, you generally would buy it and store it until you find either the right buyer or wait until demand increases. In order to find the right seller and right buyer, time must be spent storing and keeping the product in good condition. In other words, this is the time when countless living rooms and garages are sacrificed for a means of storage space. Fortunately, we have a solution! A self-storage unit can help you store multiple items until they are ready to be sold.
2) Business Equipment/Inventory Storage – For many small locally owned businesses, there are a lot of inventory and equipment that are highly important to a business but lack the space to store. Some examples include local restaurants that just don’t have the space store extra chairs, tables or even cleaning supplies in the event that a chair or table breaks. Having extra chairs in case of an emergency breakdown is a perfect example of a well-prepared business that’s ready to withstand unforeseen trouble. Rather than spending a time and effort to reorder a new chair, you can have it stored in a self-storage until it’s time to use. Depending on the type of business, there’s always something that needs to be temporarily stored.
3) Film or Video Producer – Aspiring to become the next big movie producer? Or looking to produce short films to upload onto Youtube to rack in Ad revenue? If you’ve answered yes to either question then this may help you! A storage unit is built in a way where it has the potential to turn into a makeshift video studio. Most storage units have a large enough space to shoot videos. Interesting enough you can also change the layout of the storage unit as many times as you like to ensure you get the best angles! Customize the interior of your storage unit for a more dynamic video feel. With that all said and done, another reason why a self-storage unit is great for aspiring video producers is that the equipment is typically huge in size and quantity. As a video producer is only nature to have multiple cameras with multiple lenses on hand. Aside from cameras, video producers have large equipment such as extended microphones, huge lighting lamps, light reflectors and many more. Now keep in mind, the equipment are fairly large and can take up a lot of space. Rather than taking up your entire living room or garage with your equipment, you can store them in a climate controlled storage unit.
Creating your own self-made business is an amazing accomplishment that you can definitely come to be proud of. Understanding that storing your business inventory or equipment in a Self-Storage is a good business investment means you’re already one step closer to becoming that ideal business man or woman. Storing your items at a self-storage helps create space at home for your self-made business. Here at QuikStor Self Storage, we can help accommodate your storage needs. If you’ve got boxes of items to be sold or large equipment to be stored, QuikStor Self Storage, may be the storage investment solution for you! QuikStor Self Storage offers a wide variety of storage units in Van Nuys, California to help you get the most optimal storage space for you! To find out more information about our unit sizes, contact 818-474-2828 or visit http://quikstorselfstorage.com/ today!
Have you always dreamt about having your very own library but just can’t seem to find the right amount of space? Well you’re not alone. Most book lovers’ envision their ideal library with shelves and rows of their favorite books, magazines and comic books. One of the interesting perks of having dedicated book shelves for your favorite novels or comic books is how aesthetically pleasing and organized it’ll be. This DIY library is truly a book lovers’ paradise!
Did you know that storing your personal belongings for months to come isn’t the only thing that a Self-Storage Unit is designed to do? With a bit of imagination and creativity you’re able to transform your self-storage unit into your own personal library! Yep, that’s right! Your own personal library filled with tens to hundreds of your favorite books. So, checking out a book won’t be necessary or a problem. You also won’t have to worry about whether your favorite books are available because they’re all on reserve for you! Find out how you can transform your self-storage unit into a DIY library in these 3 simple steps.
Rent a Storage Unit with the Most Optimal Space – The decision to pick out the right sized storage unit space is one of the most critical steps in building your own storage library. Yep, that’s right! Figuring out the size of your storage library is going to help you in the long run. Guess what it all boils down to? You guessed it! It’s the amount of books you’re likely and willing to store. If you’re planning on storing the remaining books you’ve kept stored all around your house, then a smaller storage unit space is the ideal choice. However, if you plan on expanding your book collection, it’s recommended to invest in a larger storage unit space. We wouldn’t want you walking into your library to only come to realize you ran out of storage space.
Line Your Book Shelves Against the Wall – Now that you’ve got your storage space ready, it’s about that time we start building our library! What’s the first thing that pops in your head when it comes to libraries besides books? If you’ve guessed book shelves, you’re absolutely correct! It’s not considered a library if book shelves aren’t in place. With that said, book shelf placement is really important when it comes to building your storage library because of the limited space available. We highly recommend measuring the dimensions of the book shelves with the dimensions of the storage unit to see exactly how many book shelves you’re able to optimize and maximize.
Organize Your Books with a System – This is where your library will come alive! There are a few methods in organizing your books in a systematic sort of way which is either in alphabetical order or separate them by genres. We recommend separating books by genres with generic categories such as action, adventure, romance, horror, comedy and miscellaneous. Once separated then you may proceed organizing the books in alphabetical order.
Having created a privately DIY library is incredibly satisfying and rewarding to say the lease. Storing your favorite books, magazines and comics in a Self-Storage is one of the best ways to create free extra space in your home even if it’s a little. Here at QuikStor Self Storage, we can help accommodate your storage needs. If you’ve got stacks of books, piles of magazines and collections of comics taking up space in your room or home, QuikStor Self Storage, may be the storage solution for you. QuikStor Self Storage offers a wide variety of storage units in Van Nuys, California to help you find the most optimal storage space for your DIY library. To find out more information about unit prices and sizes, contact 818-478-2828 today!
Believe it or not, using a Self-Storage Unit is actually considered an art form. Don’t believe us? Try it out yourself! Stack your boxes from left to right or from right to left in the self-storage unit and let your creativity run wild. With an added bit of careful thought and preparations, your stacks will not only look organized but it’ll be organized and that’s not even the best part! The best part is you’ll know exactly where you put each item so that it will not be hard to find what you’ll be looking for! Check out these 5 helpful tips in organizing your self-storage unit to ensure a successfully organized master piece! Let’s get started!
1. Choose One Specific Box Size (if possible) – Having same sized boxes will definitely help make your planning process a whole lot easier. You’ll have a clearer estimation of where the boxes should go and how many boxes should be allocated to one side of the self-storage unit or the other. Additionally if you’re into detailed planning, you may go as far as measure the width, height and dimensions of the box for an even clearer plan of action. To make matters even easier and more flexible when you’re stacking, you may look into boxes that are interchangeable. For instance, using two small boxes that equal the size of one large size box. This is helpful and beneficial for you because you may want to store specific items in a box that you wouldn’t normally store in another.
2. Identify & Prioritize The Items You May Need – Let’s be honest here, there are certain items that you use regularly and items that you do not use regularly. The trick is to store the items you do not use regularly on the lower boxes. The idea of this tip is to have your most regularly used items on top of the storage for easier accessibility. One note to mention is to give extra thought to seasonal items such as Christmas lights, Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving decorations and etc. You may also consider separating the self-storage unit in half with one side having seasonal and frequently used items such as tents, sleeping bags, sleds and etc.
3. Label Each Box You Pack – This is where true organization comes into play. Labeling each box on the top and the sides of the box will help keep you sane when it comes time to dig through your belongings. There are several methods of organization when it comes to labeling your boxes. You can color code each box with a specific color to represent a specific group of items or use numbers to distinguish the boxes from one another. Perhaps even a combination of both color and number.
4. Create The Master List – Some people may refer to the master list as the holy bible of their self-storage unit. The reference is by all means nothing short of excellence. So once you are completed with your desired method of labeling, a master list should be created. This master list will be your ticket to maintaining your sanity. The master list will come in handy when you need to locate a specific item, especially if some of your boxes are completely out of view. With technology becoming more advanced by the second, you can save yourself the trouble of hand-writing the entire list of the self-storage unit. Instead you can opt to using Microsoft Word or another digital recording application to write down your specifics. With all that said and done, if you’re a detailed planner and you want to be extra. We recommend writing down the corresponding box color/number with a list of the items that the box contains as well as the location of the box in the self-storage unit. This is of course, one hundred percent optional.
5. Place A Map Of Your Belongings Inside The Self-Storage Unit – Drum roll please! The last step to an organized self-storage unit is a map. That’s right! A Map! A simple friendly reminder of the interior layout of your self-storage unit is the final tip in becoming a pro. Typically, the average person that visits their self-storage unit ranges between a few weeks to a few months depending what is stored in the facilities. We sometimes tend to be forgetful at times and as a safety measure, a map can help alleviate time spend digging through your belongings.
Moving can be hard work so you want to make sure to stock up on healthy snacks and stay hydrated. Especially during the summer when the heat can get to unbearable temperatures, you want to make sure that when you’re doing heavy lifting that you keep your body cool and nourished. Whether you are moving in and out of your self storage unit, or moving in and out of a truck, these tips will help keep you strong through the job.
1. Keep water accessible to hydrate — If you are moving into or out of your self storage unit, make sure to have water bottles in a cooler in the car. Don’t forget to drink your water often between trips of moving your items from the car or to the car, especially on a hot summer’s day. If you are moving items between your new home from your old home, make sure to have water bottles at both your new home and old home so they are accessible. This is one of the most forgotten items when arriving at the new home: handy water bottles for when you are unpacking your truck for the first time. Having a case handy will keep you and your family hydrated when unpacking the truck.
2. Drink sports drinks with electrolytes, avoid sodas!— In the times when you are doing extraneous heavy lifting, whether it is moving large appliances in and out of your self storage unit or into and out of your moving truck, you want to have your sports drinks handy to replenish after breaking out in sweat. The electrolytes found in sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade can help the body endure heavy lifting and long hours of moving items in and out of your home or self storage unit. Avoid Sodas at all costs during moving because soda dehydrates the body and it will give you a sugar crash. Stick to water and the sports drinks during heavy moving days.
3. Re-energize with healthy snacks—Moving is extremely stressful and sometimes we forget to eat during stressful times. It’s important to energize your body during a move, especially when lifting heavy boxes or moving large appliances. Take constant breaks to reenergize with healthy snacks, such as nuts and energy bars. Readily accessible pre-packaged healthy snacks such as nut packages and energy bars are perfect for quick snacking, especially when you are on the go such as driving in the moving truck.
4. Healthy meals on-the-go to keep your energy flowing —Don’t forget to eat your meals! Snacking is great to hold you over but it’s essential to eat healthy meals to keep your body in top-performance shape for all the packing and lifting that moving requires. Avoid fast-food restaurants that have little-nutrition meals and instead opt for pre-packaged salads with chicken in them or sandwiches from the local deli. Whole foods such as whole grains and white-meats will help keep you nourished and won’t give you the carbohydrate crashes that fast foods give. You can always purchase sandwiches from a deli the day before or on the morning of the move and keep the sandwiches in a cooler when moving. That way, you can eat during a break when unpacking your items into a self storage unit or your new home.
5. Fresh juices for added nourishment to keep you moving—Juices are a healthy option to gain nutrients and keep your blood sugar up when having a long day moving. Fresh juices have the vitamins and fiber to keep you going throughout the day. Moving days are long and hard and you want to make sure you are staying fit and healthy throughout it, or else your body will be overworked and you run the risk of getting sick. Fresh orange juice will keep your immune system strong. Local juice shops can provide you with all the fresh juices you need on moving day.
Moving is stressful and self storage can help! Whether it is for long-term storage or short-term storage, QuikStor Storage can help you find the right storage space for your needs. If you are moving from a larger home to a smaller home or apartment, you can use self storage spaces to house items that you cannot take with you such as furniture, extra beds, cabinets, or other household items. If you are between moving from one home to another and need to place your items into self storage during the in-between time, QuikStor Storage is perfect for storing your items in such circumstances. Here at QuikStor Self Storage we offer a variety of storage units in Van Nuys at great prices. Rent a 5×5 storage unit for $76 a month to store all your items during a move. Rent or Reserve online today or call us for more information 1-818-478-2828.
Whether in Van Nuys or anywhere else, moving is stressful and exhausting. Add kids to mix and the level of tension and fatigue is multiplied. If the daunting take of juggling between packing chores and parenting responsibilities a must this summer while school is out, follow these tips to help keep summer vacation fun and the move entertaining for those little ones full of curiosity and energy.
Learning Through Packing
Kids are hands-on learners. Moving offers a teaching opportunity for kids of any age. Keeping kids actively involved in the moving process not only teaches them skills they will use later on as adults, but will also keep them occupied as they help the family in moving.
Smaller Moving Boxes for Smaller Movers
Show your child how to properly pack using smaller boxes based on the size of their belongings. This encourages them to be active participants as they pack their own boxes with their favorite toys and carry them to the moving truck. Smaller boxes can include old shoe boxes which your child can easily place their action figures or Barbie’s into. If the small boxes can be made as light as possible, you can also have your child carry their own boxes from their rooms to the moving truck or garage. This experience teaches your child to have responsibility for their toys and makes them feel part of the moving team!
The Game of Moving
Who hasn’t played (or at least heard about) the game TETRIS? The goal of the game is to fit different sized pieces together without leaving gaps and without allowing the area to overflow. Add a timer to it and the challenge has been heightened! Moving is a lot like TETRIS. Have your child figure out how to make all their toys fit in a small box. This will encourage him/her to organize all those toys better. For older kids, have them time themselves to see how fast they can finish packing up their toy room! Encourage them to maximize the space of the box by utilizing their TETRIS skills. Congratulate them when they show you that they are applying their game skills and reward them for jobs well-done with treats during breaks. Using games to engage your children during the relocation process makes the task of packing more enjoyable for kids and very helpful for you.
Creating Art on Moving Boxes with Children
After your child is done packing a small box with their toys or clothes have them note what is in the box by writing or drawing at the sides of the boxes. This teaches them to organize and help find that specific toy there are sure to need as soon as you go to your new home. Creating art on the boxes is a fun experience that will keep them both productive and occupied. When it comes time to unpacking the boxes in your new home, have your kids help by having them seek out the boxes based on their own labeling. Ask them to find a specific toy to show them how their organizing and labeling helped you out!
KEEPING NERVES AT BAY FOR KIDS DURING RELOCATIONS
Moving is hard on kids not only because their caregivers are preoccupied with packing, but also because they are nervous about the change. Make them feel comfortable by keeping their favorite toys and activities accessible to them throughout the relocation. A backpack for them to keep around them is a convenient way of not losing track of these items and an easy place for your child to store their items.
Keep Them Reading!
Marvel comic books, bed-time fairytales, or the latest magical series, keep kids occupied with learning. Before the hectic packing and moving period starts, make a visit to the book store or library and have them pick out books specifically for that week. While their minds escape to the far and wide adventures, you can focus on the moving chaos.
Coloring & Activity Books
Keep your child’s creative juices flowing! Coloring & activity books will keep their minds engaged and is a stress-reliever for them. Have them get a head start on the summer homework or make birthday cards for any upcoming celebrations. The best part of having coloring and activity books for them is they are easy to carry and don’t take up much space. Your child can work on them in the car or even at the self-storage unit while you’re busy working in your unit.
Electronics & Learning Apps
With the ever-changing options on electronic devices these days, learning apps that entertain your children while teaching them math, reading or creative thinking, are life-savers during home moving! Managing screen time when you’re busy is difficult, setting up screen time parental controls on iPhones and tablets will help control what they are doing and for how long they are on the device. Don’t forget to fully-charge the devices in case you need it at the self-storage unit or on the long drive to your new home.
Pack for a 3-Day Vacation
Moving to a new home is certainly not anything like a vacation. But, when it comes to the first few nights in your new residence, packing for a three-day trip will make those transition days much easier. Packing, loading, unloading and unpacking rarely come without any hiccups: misplaced phone, forget to empty out the fridge or don’t know who has the new apartment keys. When 9 PM hits, the last thing you want to worry about is where the tooth brushes and favorite blankets are. Have each person’s essentials packed up in their individual luggage and alleviate the night and morning frustrations of a “just-moved in” unorganized home.
Sleeping bags are a crucial must when moving, especially when you have disassembled and packed away the bed. You may not be able to re-assemble the bed frames in the new bedrooms. Keep this in mind and anticipate that there may be a possibility of sleeping on the floors on the first night. Having the sleeping bags and pillows accessible will allow for a quick setup for the night.
If reading bedtime stories is a nightly routine on a normal (non-moving) day, stick to the routine and provide comfort through stability. Have the kids choose a few books to pack in their luggage so you can read during bedtime as you help them fall asleep. For older children, ask them about their week and talk to them about how the move went. Spending some time with them will help them feel at ease as they try to wrap their minds around the big move.
Teddy Bear & Night Lights
Moving can be scary for younger children. The unfamiliarity of the new home can be frightening especially during the dark night hours. Pack your child’s comfort toys in the luggage along with some night lights throughout the new place. This will also minimize bumps in to moving boxes as you try to get to the restroom in the unfamiliar home in the middle of the night.
Take a Break & Explore your new Neighborhood with the Family!
Soon after your family is moved in, the focus is on unpacking and settling your things into the new spaces. But, it’s also important to settle into your neighborhood. Take a break from the packing for an hour or two and explore the neighborhood. Take a family stroll to the nearby parks or the local store. You and your kids will enjoy the break together as you meet your new neighbors and get familiar with your surroundings. After all, the task of moving may not be fun but a new beginning in a new neighborhood is exciting!
If moving to Van Nuys near QuikStor Self Storage, visit the following links for helpful family-friendly activities and resources:
Discover Los Angeles–A list of all the activities you and your family can do in the greater Los Angeles area!
Making sure your items are organized yet protected requires a mixture of creativity and detail: stacking boxes to keep fragile items on top; keeping things you may need sooner than later in the front; figuring out how to maximize your unit space with large appliances. Packing and moving is stressful enough without having to think about how best to secure your stuff and plan your storage unit move-in!
7 Quick Tips To Keep In Mind When Packing For Your Move to QuikStor Self Storage
1. Boxes are better at living in Storage Units than plastic bags.
Sturdy & stack well, taking up less space, boxes are just better at keeping those photos from curling at the edges. Plus, sealed plastic bags can trap humidity. Damaging mildew is the last thing you want to worry about when returning to your belongings.
2. Baking Soda makes Appliances feel good.
Imagine coming to your storage unit ready to move out and finding mildew in your refrigerator! Gross! A simple (and inexpensive) trick is to wipe down the insides of ovens, mini fridges, washers and dryers with baking soda. This wonder powder helps keep them dry and smelling fresh. (Extra tip: use it for rarely used tubs and pool items at your new home to keep them clean).
3. Tag ‘em, Mark ‘em, Label ‘em. Boxes Need Names!
A sharpie pen will be your favorite gizmo during your home or business move. Remember to label them with helpful content references on every side of the box. Locating that can’t-do-without fairy cap will be so much faster. Plus when it’s time for your moving crew to work those heavy boxes into your new place, they can help you out by placing them in the appropriate room.
4. Bubble Wrap saves things from cracking up.
Carefully swaddle fragile dinnerware, wine glasses, holiday ornaments, picture frames with bubble wrap individually to ensure protection. Next, pack them tightly into strong reinforced boxes such as plastic bins. Fill the gaps with scrunched paper, left over bubble wrap, air pillows or Styrofoam peanuts. You can even recycle old newspapers and old clothes as filler to add cushion support for your delicate artifacts.
5. Books are meant to be flat
Those precious pages to distant adventures have delicate spines. Once the binding is damaged, the pages unravel swiftly. Older, antique books especially need extra care during packing. Lay your favorite books flat in moving boxes to prevent page bending and wear on book spines.
6. Make it an easy walk down the Aisle
When fatigue hits, it’s quicker to stuff everything in your storage unit and lock it up. But, when the time comes when you need to access a particular box, you will regret not organizing! If you’re storing your business files, making an aisle will make it easier to locate specific documents when needed. Organize it like an office space (read how storage units can provide extra space on a budget)
and you will be in and out with the right files in no time!
7. Metal & Oil can work together
To stop rusting, grease your metal items like toaster ovens by wiping the metal areas with a bit of oil. This will keep them still usable when you’re ready to shift them out of storage.
Whether or not you have the time (or energy!) to use these unit organizing and packing tips, our team is here to help you find the right storage space. Visit us to tour your options and our professional staff will help you budget and advise on your move-in plans.
Spring cleaning or summer moving, the task of de-cluttering or packing is dreadful (yet worthwhile) when done right. Planning, timing and organizing helps stay focused.
Plan Your Move
Sometimes just starting the process is challenging. Where to begin cleaning? Which closet should I start organizing? Which items can I start packing before my official moving date? These questions can be overwhelming and easily result in procrastination. What should you do? The answer is simple: start small!
Small Spaces Are Easier To Clean
Tackling a smaller space or a simpler closet as the first goal keeps the stress more manageable. Mentally note that it’s a smaller (or an easier) area and remind yourself that it won’t take as much time. Best part about it is, once you’re done, you are going to feel the positive effects of de-cluttering (Read Why Decluttering Is Good For Your Health) and will want to continue the momentum.
Set Aside Time Just For Packing
Often times, even with the best of intentions, multitasking ends up being less productive. With daily demands of family, home and work, we are already stretched for time. Adding a home move to that juggle can amount to high levels of anxiety. Additionally, studies have shown that multitasking can cause us to get more tired which is counterproductive to your plan of staying focused and motivated to get through that long packing list. Read more about why Neuroscientists Say Multitasking Literally Drains The Energy Reserves Of Your Brain.
Multitasking Drains Productivity
It’s important to commit some time to packing or cleaning. As with other areas of your life, give yourself a realistic time limit to accomplish the goal. If it’s a small drawer you are trying to empty or organize, maybe schedule an hour of uninterrupted time to go through it instead of taking a few minutes here and there between phone calls or appointments. If it’s an entire closet, chances are you will need half a day to a full day. So, maybe Grandma and Grandpa can spend some quality time with the kids on Saturday!
Organize Your Space
The whole idea of spring cleaning is to freshen up your space by de-cluttering and well…cleaning! Which means: actually clean out your space by removing unnecessary items. Simply shifting items from one place to another without deciding on its need in your home is another form of procrastination. For instance, if you’re packing for a move, think how much time and energy you will save by getting rid of these extra items before you move into your new home. The laborious task of packing and moving items from your old to new place is undoubtedly tiring mentally and physically. By not adding unwanted extras to your boxes will, at the least, save you some time even when it’s time to unpack.
Organizing can help make your daily routine run smoother. Knowing exactly where something is, having a safe spot for those cherished items you use occasionally and maximizing your living space (think impromptu dance moves or laughs over dinner with friends) makes living your life so much easier and more fun!
Moving homes or cleaning is not fun (not for most right?). But, managing it by planning, scheduling uninterrupted time and organizing will get you through it. Most importantly, remember that it will get done!