Are you thinking about renting a storage unit for the first time? Are you one of the many people across America downsizing to save money? Maybe you have always wanted to move to a cottage by the sea and finish your novel. Perhaps you are finally taking that summer backpacking trip through Europe. If the only thing between you and your dreams is your stuff, renting a storage unit is a great way to secure your treasured belongings and set you free to pursue your goals.
Often the problem with storage isn’t that you don’t have the space. It’s that space gets used up improperly and areas that could serve a purpose for storage get overrun by excess decorations and underutilized space.
If you find that décor is robbing you of your natural storage space, replace and reuse the areas in your home better by introducing a few new elements into your high trafficked areas. (more…)
“I bet I could sell this.” An excellent idea or famous last words?
You have a lot of stuff. There’s no shame in that. One of the fastest growing sectors of real estate is public storage. That means that you are not alone! We all have stuff—the things that we can’t quite throw away, that will someday find a home, or that we are sure could be “worth something.” It may be a set of baseball cards, some fine crystal or even Dad’s old saxophone… it seems valuable, so we hold onto it. It moves from dorm room to first apartment, perhaps to a friend’s basement for a while, and finally to storage. It’s definitely safe and sound, but why not take the big leap and sell it?
There are a lot of reasons to hold on to your little ones’ possessions. Whether you want to save onesies for nostalgia’s sake or you are keeping a crib for baby number two, there’s a lot of value in those tiny trinkets.
But like so many other valuables, you have to take certain precautions before stowing your baby’s belongings. Make sure your items stay safe and intact whether you are waiting a couple of years or you are waiting for decades.
Consider the Future Owner
Whether you are keeping clothes for your next baby or storing furniture for future grandkids, the fact that the next user will be a baby has to be considered.
You’ll not only want to protect these valuables from the natural wear and tear elements, but you also will want to make sure your baby items aren’t exposed to any harmful materials. Molds, chemicals and insects can do a lot of damage and cause a lot of harm to an infant.
If need be, have the area you intend to store these items properly inspected to ensure there aren’t any major threats already existing in the space.
Decide What is Worth Keeping
Though everything will have some level of sentimental value, there may not be a need to store everything. Special outfits and family blankets can hold their value and worth over time. However, your everyday one-piece and pacifiers are likely not worth keeping unless they will be used in the very near future.
Furniture will be able to hold its value more than most items in your nursery. Not only can these be used again years into the future, they can also be repurposed if there isn’t a baby to hand them down to.
Safely Store Baby Items
Professional organizer Amy Trager offers her top tips on how to best store varying items and avoid storing things that are not useful in the long run.
“The best place to store baby furniture while not in use is somewhere that will be temperature and humidity controlled. This could be self-storage, a basement or attic, depending on how your space is configured. No one wants warped, moldy or damaged furniture when it’s time to use it again – especially when it’s for a newborn,” says Amy Trager. “Clothes have similar needs, but can be easily stored in bins that protect the material from humidity. If there’s a small enough amount, it’s possible to store the clothes in closets or under beds, as well. Keep anything unisex that you would want to use again. Anything that was cumbersome, ruined or just not your style should be donated or trashed.“
For your precious little bundle and the sake of your storage spaces make sure you are storing your items securely and for the right reasons.
Storing can be a complicated endeavor. Finding the right facility, picking the right unit size and then deciding what will go in takes some planning. Sometimes though, you just need a fast solution for storing your belongings.
For common storage items, here are some quick tips for putting your possessions away safely and fast. (more…)
Some items being stored have more value than others. You may not worry how an old chair is holding up or how holiday decorations do while they are away for a year, but for items that hold sentimental and monetary value, you will want to take special care of these.
Baseball cards, historically significant newspapers and treasured family photos usually hold major value from a personal and financial standpoint. The right card or a really poignant front-page headline can be worth thousands and photos of a late loved one is priceless. The problem is, these items are fragile and don’t usually have a place among day-to-day décor and convenient storage spaces.
Often these pieces of memorabilia find a home in attics, closets and storage units. While these are perfectly acceptable spaces to stow mementos, how you store them is crucial to ensuring that they will survive years of being tucked away. (more…)
Springtime isn’t just about cleaning the dusty corners of your home and ridding yourself of excess belongings. It should also be an opportunity to create a renewed atmosphere. Clean is a great start, but making your home feel fresh can bring an added layer of comfort.
Once you’ve tackled the grime and clutter, take the opportunity to add brightness and warmth to your space with these simple, but impactful changes. (more…)
There is no shortage of items to clean and home space to reorganize, but sometimes there is a better way to do things than “the old way.” A great change to make in your home is choosing an eco-friendly approach.
Not only can this be better for the environment in a global sense, but it can also make your home safer and more hospitable for you and your family.
Even if you aren’t ready to go completely green, a couple slight changes can help save you money, energy or space.
Plan a few new initiatives that will get your home sparkly while using items that are “friendly.” (more…)
Having a storage unit is a great way to make more space in your home and safely stow the belongings that don’t necessarily need to be out in the open on a day to day basis.
There is a caveat to having this offsite area for your items though.
“When you rented the space you probably intended to have a clear start and end date for storing your belongings, but for many people temporary storage can become permanent. Why not make a trip to the unit and investigate its deep, dark hidden spaces,” says Nancy Peham of Helping Hands Personal Services. (more…)
Snow may still be falling, but spring is near and that means it’s almost time to clear out the clutter. Over the cold months, you’ve likely buried yourself in belongings as the weather buried your home in snow.
It’s natural to let your home become a little mismanaged while you are dodging ice roads and entertaining kids during snow days. But a new season calls for a renewed approach to spring cleaning. Start planning for a full take over (or take back) with these tips for launching into cleaning and reorganization. (more…)