• The Advantages of Being an Ex-pat

    38428504_lEx-pat as in ex-patriot, not as in ex-sexually ambiguous Saturday Night Live character.

    An expatriate is someone who resides in a country other than the one in which they have citizenship. For many people, the thought of living anywhere but on their native soil is inconceivable, but this is only because they haven’t given it some serious consideration. And why would you, when you are busy with more important things in your life, like taking a selfie of your awesome abs, sending mean letters to pregnant meteorologists, and creating a color-coded excel spreadsheet to help you stop wasting your time.

    Here are the advantages of being an ex-pat:  (more…)

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  • Celebrate Your Clutter!

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    Ah, spring… the cold weather has finally subsided and it’s time to throw open the doors and let some fresh air into your home. Let the sun shine in on your living space and—if you are like so many people—you will be shocked by what you see! Stacks of mail, half-finished projects, even a few holiday cards hiding out in the bookshelf. Before you can even think about spring cleaning, you’ve got to begin with the logical first step: clearing your clutter.

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  • How to Clean Your Windows

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    There’s nothing quite like the afternoon sun streaming through your windows… it makes your house or apartment feel like home. Whether you live in a snowy climate or enjoy perpetual sunshine, whether your dwelling is in the country, city or by the shore, you can bring a bit of the outdoors in when your windows are clean, window treatments are in working order, and when the window sills are free of clutter.

    Let’s begin by taking a good look at every windowsill in your home. (more…)

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  • 4 Opportunities to Refresh Your Home for Spring

    11 March 2015 by
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    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…)

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  • Easy Eco-Friendly Approaches to Spring Cleaning

    8 March 2015 by
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    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…)

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  • Avoid Making Your Storage Unit a Permanent Home for Belongings

    7 March 2015 by
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    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…)

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  • 3 Ways to Launch into the Spring Cleaning Frenzy

    6 March 2015 by
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    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…)

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  • 10 Organization Tips to Help You Get Ready for Summer

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    To quote U2: It’s a beautiful day!

    As spring arrives, you may need to invest some time in reorganizing the house to prepare for warmer weather. Changing seasons likely means your family will need different items and organization to have a fun, adventurous, and healthy summer.

    Here is a simple set of ten tips to help you make a successful transition as the sun comes back. (more…)

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  • Ingenious Storage Solutions to Try While Spring Cleaning

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    Springtime… FINALLY! Time to air out your home and get a-cleanin’!

    After a long cold winter, precious little can feel as good as spring cleaning your home. As the sunlight starts to stream in your windows again, take the opportunity to deal with more than just dust. Instead of just cleaning your home, tackle your clutter with these helpful organization and storage tips.

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    If you make the food, you’ve likely fallen victim to a cluttered kitchen. These storage solutions will help keep your spices and sanity in order. (more…)

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  • Preparing to Downsize

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    In the coming months if you’re thinking of downsizing to a smaller home you’ll want to examine your belongings to determine what will fit into the new home. Maybe you’re family is going to be experiencing moving an older relative from a family home into a care facility. Downsizing is never an easy task, whether you’re going it for yourself or someone else.

    Knowing where to start downsizing can save you stress that can come with the job. It may be difficult to identify where you’ll take your belongings you no longer have room for. If you’re finding it difficult to part with any of your belongings try making a list of where to place the items. Giving items to family members who will treasure and take care of your belongings may make parting with the items a little bit easier. Unable to part with a select few items, consider placing items in Salt Lake City self storage until you’ve fully decided what to do will make the process easier.

    So, before you decide what to give away, decide where each item will go; relatives, friends, charities, auctions or Salt Lake City storage. Make a list of the belongings you no long have room for and label them for their new destination.

    Pack as you go through each item. Sort the items into piles (take, give away, storage) and pack them into boxes. Once you have a pile of items to give away to relatives, friends, charities, or auctions, take the items to their new homes and eliminate some of the clutter around your house.

    Go through each room and determine the amount of use each belonging gets. Start with the areas of your home, such as the attic and basement, which you don’t use much. It’s easier to start in rooms being used as extra storage, since these items are being unused already. There is less sentimental attachment to these items which are being unused, and already placed in storage, so deciding to get rid of these belongings or move them into your Salt Lake City self storage unit will be easier.

    Ask your realtor if you can have a blueprint of your new room, finding out the exact dimensions of each room will help you access which large pieces of furniture you can take during the move. Knowing which pieces will fit and which won’t will make the decision of which pieces to take easier.

    Use graph paper to map the dimensions of each room, then measure each piece of furniture and decide if you will have enough room in your new home. For example, will your couch fit in the living room along with matching chair and love seat; is there a way to arrange the room so everything will fit? Mapping out the layout of each room will also eliminate the stress that comes with unpacking when moving into a new home. If you’re unsure of where or not an item will fit in your new home, placing the item in Salt Lake storage will save you from having to repurchase an item.

    Being prepared and organized will help your downsize go smoother. Block out time to start going through your belongings, so you don’t feel overwhelmed by time constraints.

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