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How to Organize a Storage Unit You Frequently Visit

Bet you may not have known that there is a secret to organizing your storage unit if you plan on visiting frequently. The last thing you want to do is take a trip to your self storage unit and get lost in all your belongings. Whether you use the unit for your small business or your out of season clothes, these organization tips will be a lifesaver. 

Allow us to give you these tips on how to create a space that allows smooth and hassle-free access to your belongings whenever you need it. 

Try to Select One Box Size

One way to help narrow down digging through your storage unit is by stacking boxes for accessibility. You should also know what size boxes fit best for your items. For example, large boxes are best for items that are not very heavy and typically fit better at the bottom of a stack. Should you book a storage unit with us, we have boxes of all shapes and sizes ready for purchase. 

Identify Frequently Used Items

If there are specific things you use on a regular basis, it is important to know exactly where they are. One you have considered what these items are, place them in a special part of your unit. Winter or summer clothing, holiday decoration, kids toys, and office supplies are some popular frequently stored items.

Plan A Layout

Having a game plan is always important, so if you have an idea how you want to lay things out then you should write it down. Ideally, you want to place the larger items against the wall and leave the boxes along the side. Do not forget to include a path in the middle of the unit so you can weave in and out.

Label Boxes

Placing a category or unique number on your boxes will help you keep track of things. The more detail you use while labeling, the easier the access will be once it is time to retrieve your stuff.

At StorageBlue, our flexible hours and various unit sizes can be a perfect fit for you. Check us out at one of our New Jersey locations and get a quote today.

Avoid These Mistakes While Moving and Consider a Storage Unit
Avoid These Mistakes While Moving and Consider a Storage Unit

If you are moving during the COVID-19 pandemic, you probably have a lot on your mind. If you do not have the ability to wait until the situation changes, then it is time to create a game plan to keep you from making any potential mistakes. Check out these tips to prevent spreading or catching the Coronavirus during your moving process.

Communicate with Movers

If you are planning to hire a moving company, you will want to find out what their policy is in and how things have been modified to avoid any health risks. Since the virus is known to spread through person-to-person contact, it would be great to know how many people you will be working with and if they will be wearing any gear to protect themselves as they move throughout your home.

Wear Protection

Even if you do have movers helping you, it is still important to protect yourself and those around you by wearing masks and gloves. Taking this extra step while maintaining a safe distance of at least six feet will prevent the spreading of any germs.  

Use Your Own Supplies

While it may be tempting to borrow boxes and supplies from neighbors and friends, it is best to stay on the safe side and stick to your own belongings. By using items from other people, you run the risk of spreading germs from different surfaces. Avoid this problem altogether by finding out where to get new boxes and supplies.

Get a Self Storage Unit

For those who have to move out of their home quickly, consider getting a storage unit. This is a great quick solution to move your belongings out of your old home and get them ready for their new home, or to stay in the unit where they are.

Lucky for you, we are running a special to help our new and current customers move without stress and guaranteeing minimal contact. Visit our website or give us a call today and we can help you move or send your items to self storage contact-free.

How To Avoid A Stressful Moving Experience

How To Avoid A Stressful Moving Experience

For the most part, moving can be pretty stressful. While yes, it is an exciting experience filled with new beginnings, the getting-your-stuff-together part is not always as fun. Especially during a time like this when we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not just the safety of your items you have to think about, but also yourself as you practice safe social distancing.

Do not let anxiety get the best of you during your next move. Follow these steps to reduce your stress during your move.

Make a Game Plan

You know what they say – when you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Creating a checklist to help keep yourself on task will help alleviate your stress.  Often times we underestimate how much time it will take us to pack our belongings and we get stuck doing things at the last minute. With a checklist, this can be avoided. Help keep yourself accountable while keeping track of your progress.

Schedule A Break

This may be something you overlook so make sure you do not skip this step. You do not want to burn yourself out while you are moving. By taking breaks in between packing, it will help maintain your sanity. While moving is a big priority, so is your health during this time.

Hire Professionals

Doing it all yourself always sounds great in theory. While it may be a good way to save money, the stress that comes from doing it all may not be worth it. Instead, recruit friends, family, and a moving company if possible.

At StorageBlue, we can make moving easier and stress free during this time. Right now, we are allowing customers to take advantage of a no contact pickup, or we can send movers to help you move everything. That should be music to your ears if you are moving right now! Check out our website and learn more about how we can assist you with getting a self storage unit. 

Why Small Businesses Benefit From Using A Storage Unit
Why Small Businesses Benefit From Using A Storage Unit

Why Small Businesses Benefit From Using A Storage Unit

As a small business owner, keeping business costs low is very important. At the start of your business venture, you probably are not able to get the large office of your dreams.

Think about your current office. Are you stuck working at your parent’s house while you are getting your business off the ground? Do you have a small apartment that can barely fit all your stuff now? If limited space and clutter is causing you stress, then it sounds like it is time to consider getting some additional space.

Find out more about the benefits of getting a storage unit as a small business owner.

Reduce Costs

Saving money is never a bad thing, and if your budget is tight, then a storage unit may be a great solution. The amazing thing about having a storage unit is they tend to be fairly cheap. Besides that, you will have the convenience of having your belongings nearby and available whenever you need them. If you live in the tri-state area, we can help you find the perfect size unit to fit your budget!

Secured Facility

One of the greatest things about having your items in storage is that they will be safe and secure. For the most part, storage facilities require a passcode in order to enter so any intruders or unwanted guests will not be able to retrieve your personal and business information. Imagine how good you will feel to have less clutter, and your belongings in an environment where they are protected.

More Space

Of course, the main reason you would be considering a storage unit is if you want more space at your current office. With more space you can be more productive instead of worrying about being buried in paperwork. The possibilities are endless once you have more space!

If you want more peace of mind, then a storage unit would be perfect for you. Call us today and we can help you get the unit you are looking for! With five locations in New Jersey, we can help service your storage needs. Let us provide you with a storage unit that will help accommodate your small business needs.

Reducing Clutter Before Moving Day
Reducing Clutter Before Moving Day

Moving gives you an opportunity to have a fresh start and get rid of any clutter you do not wish to bring into your new home. It is a great opportunity to use this clean slate to reorganize and curate your new home to cater to your needs.

Leave the clutter in the past where it belongs, or bring it to a storage unit. From extra toys in the garage to old clothing you may be holding onto, shifting items into a self-storage space will have you feeling lighter and less stressed about moving day.

Let us help you get those extra items off your hands by following these suggestions on how to reduce clutter in your home.

Seasonal Items

Chances are you have some extra items that you do not use all year ‘round that are being stored in your home. Save yourself the space in your new home by bringing any holiday decorations, bulky winter clothing, travel gear, or sports equipment to your personal storage unit.

Antiques and Décor

While we may love to hold onto our parents’ hand me downs and keepsakes, sometimes we fail to realize how much space these items take up. Storing them in an attic or basement risks them being exposed to weather conditions that could ultimately cause damage. A temperature-controlled storage facility is the perfect place to preserve your valuable precious belongings.

Extra Furniture

If you are downsizing, bringing all your furniture may not be ideal. Maybe you are not ready to make the commitment to sell or giveaway these pieces, so why not store them away for future use. Items like dining room tables, extra chairs, or tables can always be easily relocated back into your home should you decide you need it.

If you are looking to live a clutter-free life in your new home then these steps will help you get there. And if you need help getting a storage unit, give us a call, we would love to get you information on your future unit!

Reserve your storage unit today!

Hiring The Right Moving Company
HirinThe Right Moving Company

Hiring The Right Moving Company

Whether you are a new couple moving into your dream home, relocating for a job, or moving out of state for college, at some point you will have to tackle the process of moving. For those who are not able to move their belongings on their own, it is important to find a company you trust to bring your items to your new home.

Check out how you can determine the right moving team for you.

Take Inventory

Most reputable moving companies have pricing based on the bulk and weight of the furniture. Once you know what furniture needs to be moved, you can usually contact a company online or by phone to find out the estimated cost. It is important to get an accurate quote so you do not run into any surprises on moving day.

Avoid Paying A Large Deposit

Usually a company that requires a deposit beforehand can be a red flag. Moving is a service you should not necessarily have to commit and pay for in advance. If anything, a moving company should ask you to provide your credit card information in order to confirm the booking. 

Use Recommendations

Chances are, you may have a friend, family member, or co-worker who can share a recommendation for a moving company. Sometimes word of mouth research can be a great way to weed out the good and bad companies.

Find Out About Fees

Make sure you know exactly what services you are paying for and any fees that may pop up. Do you live in a five-story apartment? You may want to ask if there are any additional fees due to the amount of stairs. Struggle to find parking on your street? Give the movers a heads up to avoid getting stuck paying any parking tickets.

Moving Insurance

Last but not least, it would not hurt to get some liability insurance during your move. You would hate to see any valuables go missing or get damaged. Better safe than sorry!

These tips will lead you in the right direction to finding the right moving company. If you need to store some items along the way, you know where to find us!

Need extra space after your move? Reserve a self storage unit here.

How To Organize Your Storage Unit

How To Organize Your Storage Unit

 

Looking for a way to free up space? Well, that is the primary reason most people get a storage unit. 

A self-storage unit is a great temporary or long-term solution to storing your possessions. Live a more organized life by managing all your stuff and opening up more space. 

Here are three people who are likely to need a storage unit:

College Students

Attending a college or university in another state? A storage unit is a convenient space for your belongings that aren’t being used. No need to worry about the hassle of having to bring your stuff back and forth to school each semester when you can just store your things at a facility located near your school.

How To Organize Your Storage Unit… 

Job Relocation

If the job of your dreams is in another city, make your move a little less stressful by using a storage unit. It is a great resource to use in between moving. While you are finding a home, your belongings will stay safe and sound until you are ready to get settled in. 

Entrepreneur

At the start of a business, it may be hard to find a space that can hold all your belongings. As you continue to build up your inventory and accumulate more products, you will need more space. Using a storage unit will allow you to store your belongings to be used on an as-needed basis.

Overall, having a storage unit can be more beneficial than you may realize! Save money, time, and stay organized by only surrounding yourself with the things you need. 

Important Tips for New Homeowners – Self Storage NJ
Important Tips for New Homeowners - Self Storage NJ

Important Tips for New Homeowners

New homeowners have a lot of their plate. The house hunting process is a journey in itself and a huge investment, so job well done for getting there! If this is your first home, then you will want to check out a few tips to help you kick off your experience successfully.

Introduce Yourself to the Neighbors

As the new person on the block, it is always nice to meet your neighbors, especially the ones living right next door. You never know when there will be a time when you need some sugar or help grabbing the mail when you are on vacation. Establishing a relationship with those in your neighborhood will help you feel at home.

Find a Handyman

Everyone should have a reliable handyman to call for at home projects. Chances are you will have a project or two to be worked on once you move in. From hanging a television to helping with electricity, a good handyman can help solve any issue you may come across. 

Important Tips for New Homeowners – Self Storage NJ continued…

Identify Renovation Projects

The best thing about owning a home is that if you make the right improvements, you can increase the value of your home like renovating the kitchen or adding an outdoor patio. These are projects that can happen over time, but if you can manage to get something done while you are moving in that is even better.

Increase Your Emergency Fund

People always warn you about having an emergency fund for a rainy day, but now with a new home, you may want to increase your emergency cushion. You should be prepared for major issues to occur like plumbing problems, pest problems, or any other unexpected issues.

Clean and Sanitize

The previous homeowners probably did not do a deep clean before moving out, so consider doing a good scrubbing before you get settled in. This clean should be more than just a wipe down, but you will want to disinfect all surfaces, especially high traffic areas.

You may have a long road ahead of you, but it will be an exciting one! A new home can be the start of a bright future.

Five Tips to Streamline the Packing Process
Five Tips to Streamline the Packing Process

 Five Tips to Streamline the Packing Process

Moving can be both a challenging and exciting time. While you prepare to close one chapter and get ready for what is to come, you want to start off the process with a good plan. It can take a lot of hard work to pack up a dorm, apartment, or home you once lived in. But if you check out these ways on how to streamline the process, your next move can go pretty smoothly!

Organize Everything

To help get an idea of how many boxes you’ll need and what supplies to use, you will need a plan to divide and conquer. Go through each room in your home and use labels, markers, sticky notes, or whatever else you need to help identify your items. This step may seem unnecessary, but it is mandatory if you are going to organize beforehand.

Order Your Supplies

As you organize, make sure to order any boxes, wrapping, and packing tape for your belongings at StorageBlueSupplies.com. This will help minimize stress and prevent any last minute trips to the store for items you may have forgotten.  

Declutter

Do not feel the pressure to bring everything from your old home into your new home. Now is the perfect time to eliminate clutter and items you no longer use as you organize everything to pack. Place items in storage, give them to charity, dispose of things, whatever you see fit.

Disassemble Furniture

If you are using a moving company, this part may not be so difficult, but if you are moving on your own you will want to breakdown as much as possible. Furniture like beds, tables, dressers, and sofa are just a few things that typically require disassembly.  

Personal Items

Last but not least, you should always save your personal items and valuable for last. Those essential items like toiletries, undergarments, and jewelry are some things you tend to need at the last minute. It is better to carry those with you than to transport them on a moving truck.

Brace yourself, moving can be quite a process! But at least these suggestions can serve as a way to stay organized and manage stress during this time. Good luck!

How to Reduce Spreading Germs and Getting Sick

How to Reduce Spreading Germs and Getting Sick

For the past couple of weeks COVID-19, better known as the Coronavirus, has been the focus of many all headlines. What started across the world in Wuhan, China has now affected many countries, and been officially ruled a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

Since then, companies have closed their doors and encouraged employees to work from home to avoid putting themselves at risks. Italy has shut down, many events and destinations around the world like Coachella, the NCAA Basketball Tournament, and Disney have been suspended, postponed or closed.

As we prepare to reduce our exposure and chance of contracting the disease, it is important to be aware of the many germs that live everywhere and can be brought into our homes. We are here to give you a few tips on how to reduce your risk of getting sick.

Disinfecting Your Home

Whether you live in a house or an apartment, there are many high-touch areas where germs live. This disease is known for clinging on to surfaces and staying with you on your clothes, shoes and even cell phone so it is important to wipe down essential high traffic surfaces in your home. Some of these places include doorknobs, countertops, and other handles where microorganisms can live on surfaces for many hours.

Washing Your Hands

According to the CDC, washing your hands vigorously for 20 seconds with soap and water will help do the trick. So that means, as soon as you walk inside your home, you should head straight for the sink to wash your hands. It is also important to wash your hands before preparing food, eating, and after using the bathroom. Hand sanitizer is always a great backup to have, but make sure it has at least 60% alcohol.

Practice Social Distancing

Research shows social distancing can help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. On a daily basis, it is important to be aware of who you surround yourself with and the amount of people you expose yourself to. If possible, avoid being out in the world unless you are picking up food or during an emergency.

While some may not take this seriously and do not see the need to take precaution, we advise everyone to know the facts and understand how you can help avoid the spread of this awful pandemic. For more information on the COVID-19 visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/.

Our facilities are still open!

Due to the COVID-19 curfew in NJ, the StorageBlue facilities will be open from 10am – 6pm on Monday – Sunday at our Jersey City, Hoboken, Union City & Garfield facilities, until further notice.  Our Newark facility hours have changed to 11am – 5pm until further notice.  We want to operate in accordance with the Tri-State area’s implementation of curfews in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

 

We Sincerely thank you in advance for your prompt adjustment to these necessary changes.

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