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How Your Business Can Benefit From Using a Storage Unit
How Your Business Can Benefit From Using a Storage Unit

How Your Business Can Benefit From Using a Storage Unit

Whether you are starting a new business or a serial entrepreneur, chances are you have a lot of stuff. Some companies have large inventories, while others may have big equipment that takes up too much space. Either way, as your business grows or downsizes, knowing that your items have a safe space will help provide you with comfort.

Here are some important items you may consider storing for your business.

Merchandise

A lot of businesses, like apparel companies, are known for having a lot of inventory. The problem is, a small inventory can quickly grow into a massive amount of items you may not have space for. Instead of drowning in boxes at the office, use your storage unit to store excess products without worrying.

Documents

As a business owner, you are constantly accumulating important documents. And although a lot of things are done digitally, it still is not uncommon to receive a lot of hard copy paperwork. With a storage unit you can store it and prevent cluttering your office with old paperwork. You would be surprised to see how much more organized your space will be without it.

Office Furniture

Maybe you no longer need the sofa that sat in your lobby, or that mini fridge from college. The best thing about a storage unit is while you get these items out of sight, you do not have to make the full commitment of parting ways and risk having to repurchase something in the future. Save yourself space and money, and watch how it will help you in the long run.

Short Term

Planning to downsize or expand your current office location? Short term projects like these are a perfect reason to get a storage unit. Get reorganized with a clear head and clear space. What better way to get situated then to shift any unwanted items into a secure storage unit.

Do not underestimate the power of a storage unit. We at StorageBlue would be happy to take any extra items off your hands. Contact us today and let us find you the perfect unit and location.

The Importance of Having a Handyman When You Move
The Importance of Having a Handyman When You Move

The Importance of Having a Handyman When You Move

Preparing for your next move? While your to-do list may be getting long, it is not complete without adding a handyman. Whether you are dealing with repairs in your old home or home improvements for your new place, a handyman is on the list of essential people.

There are a wide range of tasks you can assign your handyman to do. From home inspection issues to troubleshooting plumbing, the right licensed professional can help take care of a little bit of everything. 

Learn more about the important projects that a handyman can help you save time and money on.

Fixing Up The Walls

Depending if you had art and decor hanging on the walls or minor damage, it will be your responsibility to fix it up before the move. The good thing about getting an expert is you will not have to worry about damaging anything further.

Plumbing Issues

Chances are we have all come across a plumbing problem before. Do not leave the buyers in a bad position with plumbing issues and have your handyman take care of it. For the most part, a handyman can help you solve most simple issues.

Furniture Assembly

Once you move into your new home, you may need some assistance putting together cabinets and shelving. Recruit your local handyman to come by and help put things together. It will make your move a lot easier!

Hanging Items

Hiring a professional to hang blinds and curtains can become a lifesaver. It will save you time and energy to have someone do these installations for you. Especially hanging light fixtures, most handyman know how to do basic electric work so they should be able to lend you a hand.

Do you have a move coming up? If so, let us store any extra belongings you have. We would love to help, call or visit our website today!

Self Storage Tips You Need To Know
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Self Storage Tips You Need To Know

At StorageBlue, we consider ourselves self storage experts! From U-Haul rentals to moving supplies, we try our best to give our customers the tools they need. With that said, here are some crucial and important tricks for your self storage unit. 

Be An Organized Packer

Organization is key, especially when you are getting a storage unit. If you are able to properly organize at your home before bringing your things to your storage unit then you are halfway there. Feel free to use sticky notes, tape, markers, and whatever else is needed to make sure everything is accounted for.

Take Photos Of Your Belongings

What better way to take inventory then to have photos for you to reference. It is a great way to keep track of your items. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even take a video of your storage unit to help you remember everything that is there. Either way, it will help you know exactly where your things are.

Empty Appliances 

This may seem silly, but you would be surprised how quickly people may forget. If you are storing something like a freezer, lawn mower, or washer and dryer, make sure that they are completely empty before you bring it to your storage unit. Besides the inconvenience of having to go back to your unit and pick up clothes you left in the dryer, leaving any food or oil in these appliances will leave an unpleasant smell in your unit. 

Heavy Boxes At The Bottom  

If your storage unit will be filled with boxes, making sure they are placed correctly is important. To prevent tipping boxes or items being misplaced, you should make sure the large heavy boxes are on the bottom. That way they will serve as a foundation for your lighter boxes and belongings. 

We hope you found these tips hopeful, and whenever you are ready for your new storage unit, we will be here to help. With five locations in New Jersey, we can find the perfect space for you. 

Need Room In Your Home Office? Make Room Using A Storage Unit 
Need Room In Your Home Office? Make Room Using A Storage Unit

Need Room In Your Home Office? Make Room Using A Storage Unit 

Working from home has become the new normal for a lot of people. While some people have the luxury of having a nice size home office, others have had to make room for their new office space. Unlike your regular office, you may be a bit cramped for space. If that is the case, a storage unit is a great solution. Check out these suggestions to make for a better working space.

Determine Your Working Location

Is there a specific place in your house you have decided to set up? It could be the dining room, the basement, or a spare bedroom. Whatever you decide, take a look around and determine if there are things that can be moved. 

Isolate Yourself

What we mean is, pick a spot with the least amount of distractions. For some that means setting up in a location where your kids will not interrupt an important conference call. If you reduce the amount of distractions in your surroundings, you will find yourself a lot more productive.

Organize

One of our favorite tips across the board! If you can learn how to prioritize what is needed then that will make it easier to clear the way for more space. The more you can reduce your paper trail, the happier you will be. And of course, that is what self storage is best for! Helping you store away your personal belongings to give you more peace of mind. 

Aim For Vertical Storage

You would be surprised how helpful this trick is. This is also perfect if you do not have a lot of space. Filing cabinets tend to take up a lot of room so shelves will be a lot more helpful.

We hope this brings you one step closer to creating your ideal home office space. If you find yourself with no space to store extra belongings, we can help. Visit our website and give us a call so we can get you into a new unit today!

Ways to Keep Your Storage Unit Organized and Manageable
Ways to Keep Your Storage Unit Organized and Manageable

Ways to Keep Your Storage Unit Organized and Manageable

Whether you are getting a storage unit for long term or short term, keeping things together will save you so much time and energy. If you are already a storage unit owner, then you may be familiar with the stress and dread that can come when it is time to move things in or out of your unit.

Emptying out your storage unit may not be a fun task, but we are here to help you alleviate your stress about it. Keep in mind, your storage unit is considered an extension of your home so keeping things tidy and organized all year round will provide the best outcome.

So if you feel overwhelmed about cleaning your unit during your next trip, follow these steps to know how to tackle the job.

Breathe and Prepare Yourself

It is easy to procrastinate tasks that we dread, and cleaning out your storage unit may be one of them. Especially if you have not done a deep clean in a while. If you have sentimental items in your unit, brace yourself for an emotional process. Overall, if you are mentally prepared then the process will be a lot less painful. It also would not hurt to have a friend there to provide additional support.

Take Inventory

Once you are mentally prepared, the next step is to take notes of what items are currently being stored. The easiest way to start is by jotting down the larger items and work your way into the boxes. If your unit is small and you are concerned about space, carve out a small corner to use as your workspace to take inventory and label boxes.

Try a Decluttering Method

Our last suggestion is to use the Four-Box declutter method. This technique suggests sorting items by the following – keep, toss, donate/sell, and store box. Remember, even when using this method it is important to start slow and analyze each section at a time. If you are thorough about what stays and goes, your unit will be organized before you know it!

At StorageBlue, we do our best to provide various sizes of units to fit your needs. Our team takes pride in keeping our facilities clean and we would be happy to set you up with your unit today.

How to Organize a Storage Unit You Frequently Visit
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 with storage facilities in Garfield, Newark, Jersey City, Hoboken and Union City. 

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!  Our storage advisors an assist you with choosing which storage unit size will best fit your needs.  We’ll also assist you with ensuring that we make the entire process as simple as possible.  We offer free curbside pickup or, for an additional fee we can arrange for movers to come and do all of the heavy lifting for you.  Regardless, we’re sure to be able to find the best solution for you. 

Reserve your storage unit today!

Hiring The Right Moving Company
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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.