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 is Coming

Spring Cleaning IdeasThe weather is heating up, as we open our windows and air out our homes for the first time in months we begin to see the tale-tell signs of bunnies.  Not those adorable rabbits hopping around outside… no, we find the dust bunnies that have accumulated throughout the colder months. As you begin you take in the full extent of the surfaces in your home, which have been covered in the grey sheen, you may also stumble over the various pieces of junk that have crawled into your house sneakily disguised as useful items to be used one day. Then just as you begin to panic, wondering what you were thinking letting all these useless items pile up, you notice it, you thought it couldn’t happen to you, but the delusions of winter had deceived you! Your house is covered in drab. That’s right. It’s ok it happens to the best of us.

Those curtains, rugs, throws, bed spreads and even decorations that looked so perfect all winter long under the deceptions of poor lighting and the hallucinations brought on by the cold, suddenly catch the first rays of warm bright sunshine and now you see them for their true worth. You suddenly realize there is no way you are letting this go on a moment longer! It is time for an overhaul, a make-over, a reclaiming! It’s time to shed the delusions of winter and prepare for a bright and colorful spring!

It’s time for spring cleaning! While you’re deep cleaning every surface those winter dust bunnies dared to visit, why not pull out some boxes. Pack up that useless junk, the present your neighbor totally re-gifted to you, that work-out bench you swore to your family was a good idea, and that table that sits in the corner and is only used for storing junk mail. Pack up those drab accessories, the bright festive holiday, but oh so warm, throw blanket. You know, the one with the random scenery on it? Those dark and thick curtains that keep all the cold out but also block all hopes of sun rays, and let us not forget that dreary painting that has been hanging in your hall for years that you are tired of looking at. While you are at it, pack up those winter clothes, it’s time to show the weather it’s not your boss anymore. It’s spring and now and it’s time for you to wear those shorts and tank tops that you love so much. As you are taping that last box and the panic begins to set in that winter will return again in 6 months or so, remind yourself its ok. You can take those boxes down to StorPlace Self Storage and let us keep them safe from the dust bunnies while you enjoy the beauty of spring and summer.

Store at StorPlace Self Storage

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The weather shifts and so do our moods! Spring is here and what better time than to empty out those attics, garages, and cluttered closets?  StorPlace Self Storage offers a variety of packing essentials, from industrial-quality boxes to peanuts and bubble wrap, geared to meet your every moving need.  Current and new tenants can receive a 10% discount of all packing and moving supplies that are in the store.

Once you have done your spring cleaning projects, sorted the items in the rooms, where, you might ask, will you put all the items that don’t fit back into the room and that you can’t throw out? Renting a self storage unit for these leftover items would be a great option. It helps relieve the clutter in your home after you have done your spring cleaning projects.  Visit your nearest StorPlace Self-Storage facility and take a tour of the property!  We have units in every shape and size, from 5×5’s to store those bulky Christmas totes, up to 10×30’s ready to house a car!  You can be reassured that a StorPlace Self Storage employee will take personal interest in matching you with the most appropriate unit, putting the safety and security of your items at the top of their agenda.

Need a closer look?  StorPlace Self Storage is an entirely fenced-in property.  Tenants enter/exit through our main gate, using their own personalized and unique gate codes.  24/hr-video surveillance and a well-lit grounds make moving-in after dark a worry-free exercise.  You can access your storage units 7 days a week from 6am to 10pm via our gated entrance. Our friendly staff are available 6 days a week to serve any of your storage or moving needs, even opening early at 8am on Saturday to help you get an early start on your move!  Reserve a unit online today to receive a discount on your unit rate, as well as check out any other special internet offers we’re running!

It’s one thing to store your personal items in a storage facility, but it’s another to store with a facility that prides itself on customer service, customer appreciation, and customer happiness.  Our goals are simple: to provide you with a safe and secure atmosphere, as well as friendly service, so that your stay with us can be one free of hassle and worry. Don’t hesitate to call, don’t hesitate to move, get a jump on your spring cleaning and store with StorPlace Self Storage.

 

Spring Cleaning Ideas

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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

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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.