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Category: Storage Tips

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.

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. 

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!

Benefits To Downsizing Your Home – Cheap Self Storage Garfield
Benefits To Downsizing Your Home - Cheap Self Storage Garfield

I am sure you heard the term less is more, but have you ever thought about that when it came to your home? Downsizing and getting a smaller home is not the worst thing that can happen. Sometimes it can be the best decision you ever made. Downsizing can free up money you spend on monthly home expenses and would free up equity.

You have to make sacrifices to meet your goals, and cutting costs at home can make a big difference. Selling your home may not be an option for everyone, but it is one that should be considered. These steps can help you along the way. 

Less Clutter

Having less space will really force you to prioritize your belongings. If you are planning to have less space then you have to have a plan for the stuff that may not fit. As you move, getting a self-storage unit will allow these items to have a new home. And think about it, the cost of storage is probably still less than the costs you were paying in monthly bills.

Donate to Others

It is always nice to give back to charity. For any items that you do not plan on sending to storage, consider sending them to a location charity or GoodWill location. You would be surprised how many things you have that are in great condition but are not being used. Things from furniture, books, clothes, and gently used toys can all be donated if they are in good condition.

Create A New Space

You are the creative director of your life! It is up to you to look around and decide what you need and want. As you move things into your new space, think about things more intentionally. Creating a space that suits your more minimalist lifestyle is important so that you do not get back to old unorganized habits. 

Lower Energy Use

A smaller space will be more environmentally efficient. You will use less electricity which will result in a lower energy bill. And what does a lower bill lead to? Saving money! The less space you have, the more you save on heating and lighting.

Moving can be a big task and we know it is not a decision that is made overnight. However, know that if you do decide downsizing is a good choice for you, we are happy to provide you with the perfect self-storage unit for your needs.

Spring Clean Your Home and Your Life with this Easy Method – Storage Units

Spring cleaning… you hate it, but you love it. You hate having to go through the process of digging through your belongings, but you love the feeling it gives you after knowing that you are one step closer to getting organized!

We are just a few weeks away from the start of spring – who else is counting like us! Before the weather gets nice and distracts you from cleaning, get a head start and think about what you can do. You know what they say, “Out with the old, in with the new!”

Step one – do not procrastinate. While that is easier said than done, putting off your annual purge can potentially stop you from doing it all together. Instead, try to think ahead to how liberating and satisfying you will feel about your “fresh” start. And while you are cleaning your home, why not clean out your life too! Do not just limit this concept to your home, shed some dead weight in your life too. 

Popular cleaning expert Marie Kondo swears by her “KonMari” method, which suggests if the item does not bring you joy, let it go. Easy and simple, right? For some, yes, but sometimes spring cleaning can become a little more complex so we decided to modify her concept a bit and add another answer, a “maybe.” We understand that sometimes it is not easy to part ways with your belongings so instead of having to make that permanent decision, this is a great time to put them in a storage unit instead.

The benefit to having a storage unit is the flexibility it gives you. Having the ability to store your items away for a brief period of time without making the permanent commitment of ridding yourself completely can help your spring cleaning process move along a little smoother.

We challenge everyone reading this to give it a try this weekend! Hopefully this updated “KonMari” method will have you less stressed and more excited about tidying up for a cleaner, happier home and life!

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