Spring Cleaning Ideas

Time for spring cleaning

Time for Spring Cleaning

Why do people always assume that spring is the best time for cleaning? The reason is simple – storage rotation. In many parts of the world, the seasons are about to change dramatically.  That means everything from seasonal wardrobes to seasonal tools such as lawnmowers and gardening tools, will be pulled out of storage. At the same time, you may have a lot of things that you’d like to put back into storage: snow blowers, sleds, winter sports gear, or holiday decorations that never got put away. There’s no denying that it’s an ideal time to clean; if you can find the energy.

There are two ways to handle spring cleaning: the gradual method and the all-at-once method. If you can spare a weekend to do nothing but clean, the all-at-once method has a distinct advantage. You can get the whole job done at once, especially if you’re entire family can be persuaded to help. But if you can’t free up an entire day or weekend, you are stuck with the gradual route. Don’t worry, it can be done! Here is a week-by-week planner to help you accomplish your spring cleaning well before Memorial Day:

Week 1: Tackle one room of your home each day this week. Focus first on the stuff that you need to get rid of: the things that you plan to give away, throw out, or recycle. Go through one room at a time, sorting clutter into these three categories. Each day, when you are done, end the day by taking trash bags to your dumpster or bins, and packing the trunk of your car with bags and boxes of things to be given away or recycled. At the end of the week when you are running other errands, stop to unload your already packed trunk of donatible items.

Week 2: Next, go back to your closets at your home. Empty and clean each closet. Put back into the closet only what you will need there for the season. Anything else you can pack up and put into the trunk of your car, just as you did with the “to donate” items during week 1. When you have finished going through your closets (and possibly your basement, attic, or garage), drive your thoroughly packed car over to your storage unit and do a rotation: putting out-of-season items back into storage and taking newly in-season items out of storage. Or if you do not use a storage unit, modify this process for your basement, attic, or other preferred storage space.

Week 3: It’s time to declutter your home’s living space. But this should not be such a hard process, now that you’ve already pulled out everything you wanted to get rid of and  have cleaned out the closets. Here are some tips to help you deal with the most challenging pieces of clutter you may find:

  • Make a special box for home office clutter. At the end of the week, gather all of the home office clutter that you’ve collected and go through it. Make sure that you have a designated location to save tax information and receipts, as well as a place to save reference materials such as account numbers, school directories, and the like (a three-ring binder is a good choice for this).
  • Take digital photos of children’s art work. Use the photos to make a screen saver for your computer, or load the photos into a digital photo frame to put in your living room. Then, ruthlessly throw out the originals. Alternatively, if your children have produced original art work that is too precious to throw out, even if you have a digital picture of it, frame it and put it on your wall. That way, you can still enjoy the art, and it won’t be floating around where you can trip on it, spill things on it, or lose it.
  • Make liberal use of book shelves. Book shelves are an organizer’s best friend. Shelves don’t have to be used to hold books. They can be used to hold files, children’s art supplies, baskets of craft items, etc. The same stuff that looks like clutter when it is sitting on your living room coffee table will look artfully organized if you throw it in a wicker basket and put it on a shelf.

Week 4: Finally, you’ve reached cleaning week. Even if you don’t like to clean, this week shouldn’t be that bad. You have already decluttered and cleaned your closets. This is the week when you can go through the house doing all those once-a-year jobs that tend to get put off: washing the drapes, cleaning the windows, steam-cleaning the carpets, testing smoke detectors, and if you are very thorough, dusting on top of and behind appliances such as your refrigerator and stove. If you again divide the week up, doing one chore per day, you should be rewarded with a sparkling clean house by the end of the week.

If you have to, there is an even faster spring cleaning method. It’s not organized, it’s not ideal, but it works in an emergency. Collect boxes and go through each room in your house. Throw anything that won’t be missed for a while into a box. Empty rooms of clutter as ruthlessly as possible. Take your clutter-filled boxes and put them immediately into storage. Do the same thing for your closets. You’ll find that your rooms and closets look much more organized right away, as soon as they are clutter-free. Then, go through and do your personal version of a superfast emergency housecleaning. This method will leave you with a storage space full of clutter-filled boxes that you’ll need to  sort out at a later time. But, if you need to have your home clean and organized in a hurry, this is what you’ll want to do. If you’re lucky, you’ll find that nobody misses the clutter that you stored in your whirlwind house cleaning.

StorPlaceSelf Storage makes it easy to store your things.  We also sell packing supplies and boxes that can help you during your spring cleaning and decluttering projects. Stop in to any of our Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, KY locations to find out how we can help you with all of your storage needs.

Spring Time Storage

Cherry Blossoms

Happy Spring!

It is that time of year; Springtime. It is also the time of the year for all the “honey do” projects that have piled up from the winter season. Whether you have been assigned the task of de-cluttering closets and spring cleaning the house, cleaning out the garage and sheds, or an even larger remodeling project; there is a solution to your woes of all of the extra things impeding your progress:  storage.

One of the main projects that will show up on a “honey-do: list is cleaning out closets and spring cleaning the house. It can be a very tedious project, but only because there is so much extra stuff to find a new home for. Christmas decorations just get thrown back into closets anywhere they can fit and old, still working, items that have been replaced with new throughout the holiday season get shoved somewhere out of the way. Many people will go into the spring season with the intent to have a garage sale to get rid of some of the extra clutter and make room for all the new. Why not go about it in an organized way?  Stop by Hickory Hollow StorPlace Self Storage and pick up boxes to get those extra items packed up neatly. While you are at StorPlace Self Storage, reserve your storage unit.There are several smaller sized units that would be perfect to store extra decorations out of the way and also to keep everything organized for that upcoming sale.

The next thing on a lot of people’s lists is to tackle the messy garage. Everyone knows that garages and sheds become the “catch all” during the winter time. All of the things that do not need to be kept inside the house but do not need to be thrown away either, get placed in the garage or shed. Storing these items in self storage may be a perfect option for you. There are several medium-sized storage units that would be perfect for all the boxes, extra lawn equipment, and even tools. You can conveniently access the storage units by just pulling straight up to them and unloading all of your extra stuff until a later date when you might need them.

Another spring time project that you would benefit with having a little extra space would be remodeling.  No matter if you are just storing the furniture from different rooms that need painting, all the items in your kitchen that is being remodeled, or storing building materials for that new addition to your home; we have the perfect sized storage unit for you! Another benefit to storing at StorPlace Self Storage is there is no long-term commitment, so if your project is supposed to only take a month you can still benefit from storage. You can also stay as long as you would like for those projects that take a little longer than expected.

There is no spring cleaning or organizing job too big or too small. StorPlace Self Storage of Hickory Hollow has storage unit sizes to accommodate a wide range of requests. Stop by StorPlace Self Storage of Hickory Hollow at 5251 Mt. View Rd in Antioch Tennessee and someone will be more than happy to help you assess your storage needs.

 

 

Choosing the Right Box

StorPlace offers packing supplies

When it comes to moving there is one thing that we all have to do, and that’s pack our belongings safely and soundly to prevent  damage during the move.  Whether you are moving your belongings yourself or trusting your favorite local moving company, everything has to be boxed up nice and tight.  At StorPlace Self Storage, “Your Neighborhood Storage Center”, you can choose from a variety of affordable boxes at any of our 14 locations.

When packing, we want to get as much of our stuff as we can into the biggest box we can find. After filing the box, you find out that it is too heavy to move or that the box is not strong enough to hold the weight of the contents. Then you wind up with a box with the broken bottom and you have wasted time and possibly a box.

When picking your moving or storage boxes there are several things to keep in mind. First, buy your boxes from a respectable moving box retailer. The boxes you get from the local food store or liquor store may be free but they could lead to trouble down the road.  These boxes contained bottles, bags, canned goods and produce and could have come from anywhere around the world.  Bugs can get in these boxes and lay eggs. These eggs may or may not hatch till the retailer has discarded them. So, if you have used one or more of these boxes, you could have bugs in your personal belongings.  And, if you are storing your belongings at a storage facility, you could also infest your neighbors belongings as well.

Another thing to think about is rodents.  Mice and rats love to eat and are constantly searching for that next meal. If they smell food on your boxes, they might pay you a visit.  While taking up residence in your storage space, they may decide to poop and pee or even worse, nest.  So, when you move your belongings into your new home, you may have to share it with your new friends that have come along for the ride in your boxes. Then, you will have to add the added cost of getting an exterminator at your home. So buy your boxes, you will be happy you did in the long run. Don’t take any chances, run on down to your local StorPlace Self Storage facility today.

Remember that bigger is not always better when it comes to packing boxes. Pack heavier items such as dishes, books, or compact discs in the small 16×12.5×12.5 box. You can also use the medium 18x18x16 box for the same items as well. Just don’t over pack this sized box. Save the large 24x18x18 box and the extra large 24x18x24 box for lighter things such as lamp shades, pillows, comforters, blankets and towels. You can also get the 24x21x48 wardrobe box. This box, or “mobile closet” is great for suits and shirts or slacks that you do not want to get wrinkled.  It is even designed to open so you can take something out and put it back in without opening the whole box. StorPlace Self Storage also offers specific boxes for lamps and mirrors and pictures and other unusual sized items. StorPlace Self Storage also offers moving kits which consists of 10-small 16×12.5×12.5 boxes, 7-medium 18x18x16 boxes and 1-36x8x29 mirror or picture box. The kit also includes 55 yards of packing tape and also 25 feet of bubble wrap. This kit is a great start to help you in your packing supplies.

Lastly, allow yourself plenty of time to pack. When we take our time, we make better decisions.  When we make better decisions, we save time. And let’s face it; time is money, especially these days.  So, get your moving and packing supplies today and let’s get started! StorPlace Self Storage is here to help!

 

 

 

StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue Helps With Your Storage Needs

Computerized entry at StorPlace Self Storage

You have your own personalized access code to the gates at StorPlace Self Storage

It is getting to be the time of the year to think about spring cleaning, decluttering or maybe even staging your house to put it on the market. Renting a self storage unit is a great asset in all of these situations. At StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue, we have  heated and cooled storage units as well as non-heated and cooled storage units. We have many different storage unit sizes to choose from starting with closet size to a walk-in closet and it keeps going up from there. The two smallest sizes storage units are inside an interior hallway but we do offer carts to help you load your items into these storage units.  For the larger storage units, starting at 10 x 10, we have drive-up access to the storage units. The heated and cooled storage units are also inside an interior hallway as well as a  few of the larger non-heated and cooled storage units.

When you rent a storage unit with StorPlace Self Storage, we do have a one-time $25.00 admin fee, which includes a high security lock. StorPlace Self Storage  of Bellevue has state-of-the-art security cameras and for extra security, there is a resident manager who lives at the facility. The property for StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue is completed fenced in. All of our customers have their own personal gate access code.  To save you some money, your rent is pro-rated when you rent your storage unit and if we know ahead of time, we can pro-rate you when you no longer need your storage unit. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue also rents Budget moving trucks for local and one-way rentals.

StorPlace Self Storage makes it as easy to pay your monthly storage unit rent. You can  set your account up to get an invoice mailed to you for $2.00 extra per month or you can set your account up to get an email invoice. Another option is to set it up your payments on autopay, where we run your card automatically each month. If you choose to get one of the invoices sent to you,  then you can come in to our location office and pay, mail your payment, pay online or even pay by phone for no charge.

If you start out with a large storage unit and need to downsize to a smaller size, we try to make the process as easy as possible. We try to make the process of moving from a smaller storage to a larger unit a simple process as well. StorPlace Self Storage requires you have insurance for your belongings that you are storing. If you do not have your own homeowners or renters insurance, we have different protection options. There is no deductible with our protection option. Give us a call today or stop by one of our many properties to see our awesome facilities!!