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How To Stop Your Bad Clutter Habits
How To Stop Your Bad Clutter Habits

How To Stop Your Bad Clutter Habits

You might hate to admit it, but do you notice your home  starting to accumulate clutter lately? With our homes now serving as our school, office, and living space, it is not surprising that things might be quickly piling up. Instead of being overwhelmed by everything around you, try to take small steps to rid yourself of clutter.

Are you ready to end your relationship with your bad organization habits? We have these great tips to help you live a clutter free life!

Stop Buying More Than You Need

Sometimes this can be easier said than done, especially if you have a big family and are used to buying things in bulk. But while it might be tempting to give into sales, it is the quickest way to start accumulating clutter. If you do not have a place to store it in your home, consider doing without it.

Focus On Recycling

Some people stray away from throwing things out because they do not want to contribute to waste, so instead, go green! Instead of throwing things out, think about items you can repurpose, donate, or sell. Create a consistent schedule to take inventory of what can be recycled and watch what a difference it can make. 

Letting Go Of Sentimental Items

This tip is probably the hardest. Many of our belongings hold sentimental value that we find hard to detach ourselves from. Instead of getting rid of everything, consider which items mean the most and actually serve a purpose in your home. Chances are you might be struggling to make a permanent decision, so rather than adding clutter to your home, consider using a self storage unit for your meaningful belongings.

If you are ready to part ways with clutter in your home, we can help. Let us store your unwanted belongings in a safe and secure storage unit of your own. With our various locations, allow us to find the perfect unit for you today. We promise, you won’t regret it!

Important Tips on Decluttering & Downsizing Your Home
Important Tips on Decluttering & Downsizing Your Home

Important Tips on Decluttering & Downsizing Your Home

Whether you are moving to a smaller home or just ready to declutter, getting rid of things and clearing out space is never a bad idea. In fact, if you are moving to a smaller home, you might feel relieved to get rid of items instead of worrying about taking everything with you. Taking the time to decide what you can and cannot live without will help you live a happier, more organized life.

If you are ready to begin tackling this process, you will probably need some guidance on where to begin. Check out these essential tips on how to approach decluttering your home.

Plan Ahead

Give yourself as much time as possible to begin cluttering before you move. You will not want to rush things because that is how mistakes are made. Start by identifying larger items like furniture and work your way to smaller items. Once you move things around and clear up space, you will be amazed at how quickly the process can go!

Create Categories

This is probably one of the most important steps especially if you are downsizing your home. It is important to take the time to decide what will be taken to your next home versus what you can throw away or store for later. This is the great thing about having a storage unit, you will not have to worry about making a regretful decision by throwing something out that you may need later.

Go Digital

A lot of us have cabinets filled with old paperwork, but if you keep everything online you can save yourself lots of space. Whenever possible, try to utilize paperless options. The same goes for photographs and music, taking time to upload your files online will be worth it in the end.

After all the decluttering, you might want to give us a call and book a storage unit today. We will watch after your belongings at one of our safe and secure five locations in New Jersey. Give us a call today, we are waiting to help!

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Maximizing The Space In Your Storage Unit 2020
Maximizing The Space In Your Storage Unit 2020

Maximizing The Space In Your Storage Unit 2020

When you think of your storage unit, do you think of chaos or peace? The idea should be that it brings you peace by providing you an alternative to storing everything in current space. The more organized your storage unit is, the more you will be able to optimize your office space or home. 

Consider this your beginner’s guide on how you can maximize the space in your storage unit. Learn more on how to maximize your current or new storage unit and create the perfect layout for your belongings.

Select A Size That Fit You

Once you get an idea of how many boxes, furniture, or any other items you plan on storing, you should be able to get an idea of the right size space for you. The worst thing that can happen is you get a space that is too small or too large. Another thing to think about is climate control depending on the type of items you will be storing away.

Invest In The Packing Process

This might be one of the most important and underrated steps. Making sure that you have boxes and essential packing materials such as bubble wrap, tape, and markers. Even investing in new boxes may be worth it to ensure they are sturdy.

Map Out Your Unit

Congratulations, you have selected your unit! If you haven’t view our available locations. Now for the fun part… moving in and organizing. The best way to save yourself time and energy would be to visualize how your belongings will fit. One great pointer to keep in mind is clearing an aisle so that you are able to navigate around all the boxes. 

Making the most of your space from the start a decision you will not regret. Whether you have a cluttered home, junky office, or want to make room for more space, we want to help you find your storage solution. Let us find you the perfect unit today Click Here to view some of our available units.

How To Handle A Move During A Busy Time
How To Handle A Move During A Busy Time

How To Handle A Move During A Busy Time

The summer tends to be a busy time of year when it comes to people moving. Between job relocations and students moving into college dorms, you can count on many moving companies being booked and busy. 

If you happen to be moving this time of year, these tips will certainly come in handy.

Book In Advance

We cannot emphasize this enough! Since the summer is already a busy moving season, companies can get booked up pretty quickly. Imagine how awful it would be to have all your boxes packed up but no moving truck to help! As soon as you plan to move, pick out your moving date and determine if there are any important services you have to book. 

Look For Discounts

Since you are already moving during a peak time, prices may be more expensive than usual. Spending time searching for coupons and discounts can make a difference in the long run. Besides, who does not want to save a little money when they can!

Stay Cooled Off

The last thing you want to do is overheat while you are moving. Make sure you turn the fan or air conditioning on to keep yourself cool. Also, it would help to wear lightweight clothing that prevents you from sweating while moving around.

Avoid Moving On A Weekend Or Holiday 

This may seem like common knowledge, but some people do not realize the extra costs that come moving on the weekend or during a holiday. Consider moving during the week if you are looking for cheaper rates.

Book A Storage Unit

If the thought of moving all your belongings during a busy time overwhelms you, booking a storage unit may be the right option for you. Maybe you are unsure if this is a permanent move, so storing your stuff rather than paying to take everything with you would be helpful.

Looking for a storage unit in the tri-state area? We would be happy to help! Whether you are moving permanently during peak season or returning home during college break, you can trust us to look after your belongings with care. Check out our website and give us a call today.

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.

How To Handle A Last Minute Move By Using Your Storage Unit
How To Handle A Last Minute Move By Using Your Storage Unit

How To Handle A Last Minute Move By Using Your Storage Unit

One thing is for certain, life can be unpredictable. From changing jobs to moving out of your hometown, these are just two examples of things that may cause you to move and pack up quickly. Moving with limited time can be stressful, so we are here to help. These three easy tips will help kickstart the process of your last minute move.

Do Not Stress

I know this sounds easier said than done, but try to stay as zen as you can during this process. Take a deep breath and prepare yourself to tackle this big task ahead of you. Once you get in the groove of things, you should start to feel accomplished and less stressed as you see yourself make progress.

Make A Plan

Since you are already short on time, it is important to know exactly what needs to get done. Although packing all your stuff on short notice may not be ideal, it is possible. Make a list, recruit some friends, and get to it! This is not the moment to waste any time, so make sure you book your moving truck, organize your belongings, and have all your supplies handy.

Keep, Store, Or Donate

A question you may ask yourself many times as you pack. Certain clothes and furniture that no longer serve you can be donated to your local GoodWill. Any items that you are looking to store? We can help! If you have stuff you are not quite ready to say goodbye to, storing them away in a storage unit is always an option. That way it is there when you need it. 

This process may come with a lot of emotions so stay focused and positive. Before you know it, everything will be packed up and you will be on your way to a new start in a new home. For any of your extra belongings you no longer wish to take with you, store them with us at one of our five storage facility locations. We will keep you items in good hands until you are ready to use them again.

What To Bring To Your New Home And What To Put In Storage
What To Bring To Your New Home And What To Put In Storage

Are you moving into a smaller home? Will you need new furniture to fit your new space? If the answer to these questions are yes, then chances are you will need to make some decisions on what to bring and what should go into a storage unit.

These three tips will help you decide what to bring to your new home and what can go into your storage unit.

Consider The Layout

It’s very important to have an accurate floor plan laying out the measurements of all the rooms in your new place. This is especially important if you are downsizing. You will want to make sure you have the correct measurements so that the furniture you are bringing in fits. Instead of assuming and guessing if the couch or table will have enough room, you can record the dimensions and measurements on your floor plan.

Think About The Design

Maybe your new place has more of a modern feel, instead of your old contemporary house. WIth that being said, some of the furniture you currently have may not fit the decor and feel of your new home. If that is the case, your storage unit is the perfect place to store your extra things. There is no need to waste money and toss perfectly good furniture that you can use in the future.

Be Flexible

In the best case scenario, you will be able to bring a majority of your furniture instead of having to pack it all away. If there is furniture you can use temporarily until you buy something new, that would be a great option. Be open to using different things that you already have and ignore the impulse to buy all new furniture if you can help it.

Bottomline, not everything you currently have needs to come to your new home. Whether you are moving to or from the tri-state area, one of our StorageBlue locations can be perfect for you and your belongings. Contact us today and help us find you the perfect 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

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.