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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.

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!

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

NYC 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. 

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

Are you moving into a smaller home in Jersey City or within Hudson County, NJ? 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.

Bottom line, 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.

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Your Perfect Moveout Checklist

Your Perfect Move Out Checklist

Is your moving date quickly approaching? Brace yourself and stay organized by creating a move out checklist to keep track of your tasks. Whether you are renting or moving out of your first home, you want to make sure your home is spotless on move out day. Especially if you live in an apartment since that can impact getting the money back from your security deposit. 

Here is a list we put together of important tasks that should be included on your checklist.

 

Pack Up Your Personal Belongings

This may seem obvious, but it should be the first thing on your list. You do not want to run the risk of leaving anything behind. So make note of everything from items in your backyard to art on the wall.

Clean The Floors

Let’s face it, whether you had carpet or hard floors, your floor has faced wear and tear. Make sure to use a broom, vacuum, and mop to make sure you get every inch. 

Sanitize The Kitchen

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen then you may want to give it some extra TLC. Over time our cabinets can accumulate dust and crumbs so make sure you clean up any dirt or residue in your kitchen cabinets. Also, after you empty out your fridge, going inside and wiping down the surfaces with a disinfectant spray or wipe will do the trick. 

Fix Wall Damage

Chances are you may have hung art or shelving on the wall. If so, you will need to cover up any holes left behind. Should you need to do any work to the dry wall it may be best to hire a professional.

Take Care Of Paint Touch Ups

Leave your walls looking extra clean by picking up fresh paint from your local hardware store. With a small brush, walk around your home or apartment and look for any marks that can be removed with a touch of paint.

If after you complete this checklist you realize there are items you do not wish to bring to your next home, come bring them to StorageBlue! At one of our five facilities, we can find you the perfect space to store your extra belongings safely.

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.

How To Avoid A Stressful Moving Experience

How To Avoid A Stressful Moving Experience

For the most part, moving can be pretty stressful. While yes, it is an exciting experience filled with new beginnings, the getting-your-stuff-together part is not always as fun. Especially during a time like this when we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is not just the safety of your items you have to think about, but also yourself as you practice safe social distancing.

Do not let anxiety get the best of you during your next move. Follow these steps to reduce your stress during your move.

Make a Game Plan

You know what they say – when you fail to plan, you plan to fail! Creating a checklist to help keep yourself on task will help alleviate your stress.  Often times we underestimate how much time it will take us to pack our belongings and we get stuck doing things at the last minute. With a checklist, this can be avoided. Help keep yourself accountable while keeping track of your progress.

Schedule A Break

This may be something you overlook so make sure you do not skip this step. You do not want to burn yourself out while you are moving. By taking breaks in between packing, it will help maintain your sanity. While moving is a big priority, so is your health during this time.

Hire Professionals

Doing it all yourself always sounds great in theory. While it may be a good way to save money, the stress that comes from doing it all may not be worth it. Instead, recruit friends, family, and a moving company if possible.

At StorageBlue, we can make moving easier and stress free during this time. Right now, we are allowing customers to take advantage of a no contact pickup, or we can send movers to help you move everything. That should be music to your ears if you are moving right now! Check out our website and learn more about how we can assist you with getting a self storage unit. 

Reducing Clutter Before Moving Day in Newark NJ
Reducing Clutter Before Moving Day

Reducing Clutter Before Moving Day in Newark NJ

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 in Newark NJ. 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. 

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