Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Business

A messy desk is a less productive desk. Spring clean up your act with these tips!

Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Business

Spring cleaning fever is spreading! People in the workplace can participate in the time-honored tradition, too. Of course, you won’t be sweeping, mopping or cleaning appliances. We’re going to clear out the clutter, organize your office and power up your productivity with these spring cleaning tips for your business.

How To Organize Your Office

Cleaning in the business place is more about organization than anything else. A lack of organization within your organization costs you time and money. Have we stressed the importance of organization?
Let’s start with your desk’s surface. Can you see it, or is it buried under a stack of papers and folders? Sift through that to see what’s no longer relevant. Toss that stuff right away. For the items that still need tending to, sort them by priority and stack them neatly in one spot on your desk.

Next, consider the arrangement of items on your desk. Most people in the modern workplace spend the majority of their day looking at a computer screen. Make sure yours is directly in front of you, and if possible, have the screen level with your eyes to reduce neck and back issues.

If you spend a lot of time on the phone, make sure it’s close at hand and easily visible. Position your most-used office supplies in a similar fashion. Items that see use everyday probably don’t need to go in a drawer. If your stapler, staple remover, tape dispenser or other items are only needed occasionally, keep them tucked away in a storage area or on a shelf.

Personal belongings like photos, awards and other mementos are a great way to spruce up the place, but don’t let them take over your workstation. If that action figure collection distracts you throughout the day, it shouldn’t stay.

Organizing Your Email Inbox

Now that your desktop is clean and well-organized, has your email inbox blown up? We have a few ideas on how to get that part of your work space under control, too.

This may sound counterintuitive, but check your inbox less often. Many of us are distracted when those email notifications pop up—just begging to be read. How many times have you been in the middle of an important project only to have your train of thought derailed by that intrusive little pop-up window? Did it take a while to get back on track? Was it worth it?

You might go so far as to turn the notifications off and designate a few times throughout the day that are reserved for checking messages. You can also reduce the amount of email flying back and forth with a few phone calls or in-person chats. It can difficult to convey context with written communication sometimes, and you might save everyone some time with a little more personal interaction. As an added bonus, they get to see your smiling face!

Storage For Your Business

As your business gets organized, you may find yourself with more stuff than you can adequately store on site. Some items could be donated to charities or raffled off to employees, but you might need to keep some of it. Where will you put it?

That’s where StorPlace can help. Our self-storage facilities offer security and convenience with storage units in a variety of sizes to fit your needs. Our friendly managers are willing to go the extra mile to make sure your storage experience is as stress-free as possible. They can answer any questions you might have about extra features like climate-controlled storage units, and they can offer guidance on the best ways to maximize the use of your space. Call or visit a StorPlace location near you for more information.

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Bedroom

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Bedroom

If you’re more scared of what’s hiding under your bed or in your closet now than you were when you were a child, it’s time to spring into action. Every year, millions of Americans practice the grand tradition of cleaning their homes from top to bottom. Before you bring the annual cleaning crusade to the bedroom, take a look at these bedroom spring cleaning tips.

A man vacuums the bedroom floor.

Bedroom Organization

We’ll get to the actual cleaning in just a second, but first, let’s talk about organizing your bedroom. As you move from area to area, consider the most effective use of your space. There might be room for storage under the bed, in the closets and elsewhere that could be put to better use. You always want regularly needed items in the most convenient places. Things that you need rarely can go to the back of the closet or in the bottom drawers. When emptying areas for cleaning, take the time to sort the objects into keep, sell (or donate) and storage piles.

Bedroom Cleaning Advice

We realize every bedroom is different, so feel free to customize these suggestions to fit your needs.

  1. Closet: Using our sorting suggestion above, empty this space completely. That way, you’ll be able to reach into all the corners and thoroughly clean it from top to bottom. Dust and wipe off any shelving, and then finish up with the vacuum. When you return the items you’ll be keeping, remember to organize as you go!
  2. Furniture: Move onto any dressers, nightstands or drawers you may have. Dust the outer areas. Empty and clean the drawers, and then, return items in an organized fashion as you did in the closet. With the bed, dust and wipe from the top down so you catch any falling dust and debris as you move from area to area. Don’t forget to check under the bed. No boogeymen to worry about, but if you haven’t cleaned in a while, it could still be a little scary.
  3. Windows: Wipe down the windows and windowsill. Drapes and curtains should be washed or otherwise cleaned according to instructions on the labels. A professional cleaning company can help with this if needed.
  4. Floor: After everything else is finished, give the floor some love.
  • For carpet, break out the vacuum. Consider having it shampooed. You might be able to rent equipment and buy supplies at the local home improvement store or have the pros take care of it for you.
  • For hardwood floors, you’ll need to vary your approach depending on what kind you have. Newer surface-sealed flooring has a protective coat that makes cleaning a snap. Grab the broom and mop and go to town! Most other types of wood floors are a little different. Liquid or paste wax is recommended. If you don’t know which kind you have, try to smudge it with your finger. If you can’t do it, you have a surface-sealed floor!

Storing Household Items

For any items that you want to keep—just not in the house—we can help. StorPlace Self-Storage offers climate-controlled storage units that are the perfect home away from home your belongings. If you’re not sure how much space you might need, check out our Storage Size Finder. If you still have questions, our self-storage professionals would love to talk with you. Stop by any of our facilities today!

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your Garage

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your Garage

For many Americans, the garage tends to be a holding area for all sorts of objects. Broken tools or appliances, future projects (that may or may not be completed) and a variety of other items can overwhelm the space if you’re not careful. Make sure your spring cleaning plan includes some quality time in the garage.A teenage boy helps clean the garage.

How to Clean the Garage

The following list is a good place to start, but you may want to take a few extra minutes to customize it to your situation. Work smarter, not harder!

  1. Start with a blank canvas. Before you can turn your garage into a carefully organized work of art, you have to clean it out. Move items to your patio, driveway or yard. Instead of shuffling things from side to side (and shuffling dirt and dust around with them), this will ensure that you’re able to wipe out all the dirt in one pass. It will also let you know just how much stuff has accumulated in your garage. You might be surprised at what you find!
  2. Dust, sweep and rinse. Dust off any unmovable surfaces like large shelving units, wall-mounted organization racks and anything else that’s stuck in there. Once the dust has settled, break out the broom and dustpan. Finish everything off with a mop and bucket or at least a good spray from the water hose. If you keep the floor clean out here, you’ll minimize the mess that follows the family’s feet into the house.
  3. Determine what stays and what goes. Anything that’s clearly unsalvageable should be tossed. If you have some broken items that you’ve been meaning to get around to repairing eventually, be honest with yourself about the likelihood of that day coming. Some items could be donated to local charities or taken to recycling centers. Sort through it all and decide what should have a place in your home.
  4. Get it together. Now that you’ve made the hard decisions, it’s time to get organized! Group items by themes so you can easily find them when you need them. You might need to get some shelving units or containers to keep everything nice and neat going forward. Once it’s all in place, try to maintain it! If you let little messes mount up, it gets easier and easier to delay the cleaning effort until you’re left with a big job—like today.

When You Need More Space for Garage Items…

After the job is done, you may decide you need additional space for your garage and other household items. StorPlace Self-Storage has you covered! We offer storage units in a variety of sizes with features like additional property protection, heated and cooled units, packing supplies and more. If you need tips on packing and storing items, check out our videos, or ask our friendly, knowledgeable managers for advice. They are ready and willing to go the extra mile to make sure your self-storage experience is as stress-free as possible.

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your Kitchen

Spring Cleaning Advice for Your Kitchen

It’s time to roll up those sleeves and start cleaning. A tradition that dates back hundreds or thousands of years, many cultures have taken the arrival of spring as a sign that it’s time for a fresh start. Let’s kick things off with one of the hardest places in the house to keep clean: the kitchen.

Check out these tips to make your kitchen spring cleaning a success.

This woman is prepared to tackle the task of cleaning her kitchen!

With daily meal prep, morning coffee and midnight snack runs, it can be hard to keep all the crumbs and messes from accumulating in the dark corners. Let’s cover a few guidelines you should keep in mind before your kitchen cleaning crusade commences.

Guidelines for Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

Creating a detailed checklist is a good place to start. You’ll save yourself time in the long run with a few extra minutes of preparation up front.

  • Divide and conquer. Breaking your kitchen down into categories or areas will prevent you from cleaning in circles. You could start with big appliances like your refrigerator and stove first before moving onto smaller ones. Then, take care of the cabinets and drawers. Save the floor for last because there’s a good chance your other cleaning efforts will end up spilling some collateral damage down there.
  • Empty before cleaning. Don’t just scrub around plates in cabinets or food in the fridge. Remove everything from whatever area you’re currently cleaning. While you’re doing this, be on the lookout for any expired food so you can throw it out. Take drawers and shelves out of the refrigerator, and give them a thorough cleaning in the sink.
  • Soak away caked-on crud. If shelves or drawers have sticky stains or other debris that’s rough to remove, try soaking them in soapy water. If your oven knobs are looking a little crummy, you can place them in a vinegar solution for a little while to loosen the grime.
  • Make this easier on yourself next year. Stay on top of your kitchen cleaning duties daily to keep messes from mounting. Your future self will thank you.

Organizing the Kitchen

Take the opportunity to put things in order while you clean. Putting pots and pans together and nesting smaller items in larger ones will help free up space in your cabinets and drawers. If you’re not already doing this, you may find you have more storage space in the kitchen than you thought! And if everything has a permanent home, you won’t find yourself flinging open all the drawers to find that measuring cup—not that that’s happened to us or anything.

Find a convenient space to store all your cleaning supplies. You’ll want to keep them away from anything edible or anything that will touch food, really. If children are around, you should also make sure to childproof whatever storage area you choose. Underneath the sink is usually a handy spot.

Storage for Household Items

While you’re cleaning out the clutter in your kitchen, keep in mind that you don’t have to keep everything in your home. When space is at a premium, let us help. At StorPlace Self Storage, we offer storage units in a variety of sizes. Our friendly managers can help you find the solution that’s just right for your needs from a few small household items to an entire home’s worth of belongings.