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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.

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.

How To Make A Small Space Feel Larger

How To Make A Small Space Feel Larger - Affordable self storage garfield

How To Make A Small Space Feel Larger

Have some extra time on your hands? Now you can take on figuring out new techniques to improve you space at home. Whether you rent or own, you can easily make a room more functional by maximizing your current square footage. The key is getting creative!

Trying to maximize the space you have is a constant mission that seems to never end so here are some great tips on how you can make a room feel bigger.

Furniture Flow

Furniture like beds, tables, couches, and chairs tend to take up a lot of space so it is important that everything is placed in the right way. Especially if you are living in a studio apartment, you want your space to feel open and spacious rather than cramped and crowded.

Consider Storage

Our favorite topic to discuss! Built-in bookshelf and cabinets are always a great option if you are not looking to add any extra furniture into a space that is already small. In case this is not an option for you, then a self-storage unit is probably a better fit. It is a wonderful quick fix to clearing up clutter and opening up space. 

Hang Up Mirrors

Mirrors are a great trick to making a room feel bigger. Hang mirrors high and low, and watch how the space will double in size due to all the reflections coming back at you. You will instantly notice the space has more depth and dimension. It is also a good way to get any additional natural light in a room.

How To Make A Small Space Feel Larger continued…

Pick The Right Rug

A rug can serve a lot of purposes – as a room divider and décor. In addition, rugs can add comfort and color.  One large rug as a focal point can do wonders instead of multiple small rugs.

Maybe you do not need to try all of these methods, but they are great suggestions for optimizing your space. As long as you keep balance in mind, you can find expand and transform any room.

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Benefits To Downsizing Your Home – Cheap Self Storage Garfield
Posted on March 23rd, 2020
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.

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