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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 Make A Small Space Feel Larger

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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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Self Storage in Garfield NJ – Most Common Items Put in Storage
Posted on March 16th, 2020

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Most Commons Items Put in Storage

Space, we can never seem to get enough of it. We are constantly looking for different ways to consolidate or throw out items we no longer need. Can you take a guess what some of the most popular items are that people put in their self-storage? Here are seven common items in self-storage.

Holiday Decorations

Since holidays only come up once in a while, putting them in a self-storage unit out of the way is a good idea. It is the best way to keep them out of the way and save yourself from using up space in your basement, attic, or garage. All of those Halloween items, Easter eggs and baskets, special Hannukah dishes and decorations can all afford to sit in your storage unit until they are needed.

Clothing

When clothing begins to take over your closet, you may need to re-evaluate which items you really need. Maybe you have maternity clothes you’ll use again, or you’re experiencing weight loss or gain. Putting these clothes into a self-storage unit will allow you to have your wardrobe organized and waiting for whenever you are ready for them.

Antiques

Collecting beautiful décor can be a wonderful thing, but sometimes there is not always room to display it all. A lot of these antiques may hold sentimental value so instead of putting them in your next garage sale, place them in a climate-controlled storage unit where they will be safe and sound.

Paper Work

As much as we try to be paperless, we end up with hard copy personal documents that cannot be disposed of. Documents like your tax returns, bank statements, business expenses, medical bills, or receipts you will need for the future. Instead of keeping them all in your home, storing them in your self-storage unit can serve as another safe space to hold them.

Old Furniture

The furniture we need and use often depends on our lifestyle during that time. For the students returning home from college with extra furniture, or the family planning to downsize their home, you do not have to feel stuck with the option of getting rid of it. Instead, you can put it in your self-storage where they are safe and available.

These just happen to be the most common items you will find a self-storage unit useful for. There are plenty of other items you can think of, and StorageBlue may be the perfect place for you!

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Self Storage – Getting Organized
Posted on January 20th, 2020

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!

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Three Types of People Who Should Consider a Self-Storage Unit
Posted on December 24th, 2019

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.

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. 

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