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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.
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 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!
Self Storage – Getting Organized
Getting Organized for the New Year
It’s 2020! A new year, a new decade, and a new opportunity to make some New Year’s resolutions to make some improvements because who doesn’t love a fresh start?
Whether you live in a house or an apartment, we all could use some extra space, especially living in the tri-state area. Unless you are a minimalist with little to no furniture, clothing or other items, chances are you have things that are taking up a decent amount of space in your home. Every once in a while, it is nice to hit the reset button and get organized!
Now for the fun part, how do you actually get started on becoming more organized this year?
It is easy to become overwhelmed and try to avoid having to take that deep dive into determining what is actually being used versus what is just occupying space in your home. You think about how much other stuff you have to do, or where will things go once you start sorting through your belongings.
Stop right now and create a plan first! Carving out some time on the weekend to sort through your belongings is a great way to start. As you go through your belongings, consider making the following three piles:
1) Things you want to keep – This should be the easy part. Set aside the items that you absolutely cannot live without, which are things that you typically use on a daily basis.
2) Things you want to give to charity or throw away – Now this is when the narrowing down process really begins. Chances are you have some clothes and shoes that you have not worn in a month, so that would be perfect for GoodWill, which we can help you with! We partnered with GoodWill so that if you use our StorageBlue NOW service, we can bring your items to storage and drop off any donated items to GoodWill.
3) Things you want to put in storage – All of those wonderful items that you do not quite have space for can come to us! With units in various different sizes, we can certainly find the perfect space for your belongings.
The sooner you begin getting organized, the better! You will not believe how much it can help set the tone to have a more neat, organized and clutter-free year!
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:
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.
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.
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.