7 Tips on How to Safely Store Couches

Has your living room started to feel cramped lately? Or have you got your eyes set on a stylish, comfy new sofa but don’t know what to do with your old couch? Either way, you probably want to clear some space and get your old sofa out of the way. Until you’ve found the right solution for your old sofa, you’ll likely need to store it.

Why Store Couches?

Why not just sell them or throw them out and get rid of the headache entirely? That would make sense if your furniture is altogether beyond use, and you don’t need it all. However, if your couch is worth something or it holds sentimental value, you might feel torn between keeping it and giving it away. Perhaps you have a near-adult child that will be ready for their own place in a few years, or a vacation home or cabin is in your family’s future.In either case, storing it is the perfect solution. You don’t don’t have to get rid of it, and you can get it out of your way, too. 

7 Tips to Safely Store Your Couch

1. Consider Your Storage Options

Storage units come in all shapes and sizes, with different amenities to consider depending on your local climate and the materials your couch is made of.Think of how big your couch is or how many pieces there are. What are the couch’s dimensions, not just on its own but also with whatever cover or padding you’ll place around it? What other furniture or things will you store along with the couch? All this will help you determine which storage unit size will be best for you. Furthermore, you’ll also have to think about the material of your couch and how long you plan to store it. For instance, if you’ve got a leather couch and you’re thinking of more long-term storage, you might want to look into a climate-controlled storage unit. In these units, you can protect your couches from moisture, humidity, and other weather elements. Other than that, when choosing a storage unit, renting at a facility that is clean and well-maintained can help ensure your couch stays clean, too. 

2. Clean Your Couch

With your storage unit selected, it’s time to prepare your couch to go into storage. It’s important to thoroughly clean your couch before storing it away. Depending on the type of couch, use the right tools and cleaners to clean it thoroughly. Most importantly, make sure you dry your furniture completely before storing it – and especially before wrapping it with any protective materials. This will prevent the growth of mold. 

3. Disassemble Your Couch

It’s not much of an issue if you’ve got a small couch, but larger couches can be a big headache to move and transport. Not only are they hard to move, but there’s also a higher chance of damaging them. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to try and disassemble it as much as you can. Remove the cushions. Detach the legs. Keep any screws or bolts separately in a labeled bag. The couch will be easier to transport when it has fewer parts.

4. Wrap Your Couch

To keep your couch as safe as possible from damage and deterioration, it’s wise to add another layer of protection. This can be in the form of an additional sheet or blanket over the sofa. If you’re storing other things alongside your couch, the sheet will prevent them from scratching or tearing your couch during the transport. However, whatever you do, don’t use a plastic sheet to cover your couch, and more importantly, don’t wrap it too tightly. A plastic sheet won’t let the furniture breathe and can eventually trap moisture and lead to mold. You should use a plastic sheet under the couch, though, as an added measure to protect the legs.

5. Position Your Couch Properly

If you’ve got a lot of things to store, you might be tempted to place your couch vertically in the storage unit to make more space. This might even work in the short run, but in the long term, storing a couch like that can damage its inner foam, coils, and the overall shape by putting stress on the frame. Not to forget, if it slips and falls, it’ll sustain even more damage. Therefore, it’s always ideal to keep the couch horizontal. Be sure to leave a few inches of space between the couch and wall for airflow.

6. Keep Your Couch Above Ground

Another essential tip to safely store your couch is to keep it off the ground. You can use bricks, pallets, or even a simple plastic sheet, as mentioned earlier, to slightly raise it above ground.

7. Don’t Stack Heavy Things On Top of Your Couch

Stacking items on the sofa can have a negative effect if left that way for long periods of time, such as when in storage. It can damage your couch and affect its shape. To avoid dents, sagging, and other wear and tear, don’t stack a lot of stuff over it while in storage. If you are running out of space in your unit, we would suggest going for the next size up rather than cramming everything in one area and damaging your couch. Home furniture, such as a couch, can be hard to let go at times. 

Whether it’s the memories attached to it or because you paid a lot of money for it, thankfully getting rid of it isn’t the only option for furniture you’re not using right now. 

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Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd Templeton, California 93465 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections with state-of-the-art security features. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

A Handy Guide to Create Space For A Home Office

Whether you permanently work from home, or would simply like a home office for days when you do bring the work home with you, it takes some consideration to select the right space to set up. Finding room for your home office can be as simple as adding a desk and chair to an empty room that is already available, or placing your laptop on a center table and getting to work. However, if you want to make space for a dedicated home office, here are 9 tips that could come in handy.

Spare Room

Let’s start with the most obvious option. If you have a spare room that is not being used at all, or is maybe being used for storage, then it would be the most likely space to set up a home office. If the room is completely empty, you can maximize the space and introduce your interior design skills to make the space your own. The first two things to consider are a moderate desk and a comfortable chair.

Save the embellishments for last and apply them as the space allows; these would include lamps, centerpieces, plaques, calendars, etc. You may think that some of these embellishments are vital to your creative juices, but an overcrowded desk and workspace is likely to restrict your flow as well. 

Unused corner

Sometimes a spare room is not available or simply not an option. However, corners can sometimes be wasted space in a home, but they are also ideal places for aptly shapes space savers and can also be your new home office. This could be a space in your living room, dining room, bedroom, or any other space that has a free corner that wouldn’t be too distracting.

After locating that perfect corner, the next step would be to get a small L-Shaped desk to fit right in. Measure the available space before you start shopping. Try not to get too fancy as this space is likely to be small and you do not want to overcrowd it with an unnecessarily extravagant desk. Try to get a small chair that can be pushed all the way in when not in use so that it doesn’t constantly stick out in the room. It would be best if the chair is adjustable and if an armrest is necessary, try to get one that can also be adjusted to allow the chair to go fully under the table. However, while these features are amicable for the purpose of space-saving and aesthetics, your first consideration should always be comfort. Your chair should offer back support and comfortable padding for your derriere. 

Hallway

Having an office in your hallway is not exactly space-saving, but when you have no space to begin with, its the perfect solution for a home office. Hallways are often empty except for the occasional pairs of shoes or coat rack. But with a long narrow desk and a small comfortable chair, it can be the perfect place to set up your office space. Try to get a desk with more space going off to the sides and less coming out towards the front. 

Closet

If your closet is already completely overstuffed with comforters, shoes, handbags, and too much clothing, then this may not be the solution for you. But if you are short on space and your closet is not being fully utilized, it can be the perfect way to make space for a home office. You can close the closet door when you are not using the office and if the closet is too small to the point where your desk and chair sticks out a little, that is still ok, you can simply put up a curtain that will blend back into your room’s decor while separating your home office from the rest of the room. 

Portable home office

A portable home office can be as simple as a folding table or a small full-size desk on wheels. This is especially handy when you use a laptop as opposed to a desktop. You can also use a chair that you already own like a dining room chair or vanity chair. Then once you are done, the desk can be rolled back into an area where it is out of the way or is used for something else until you are ready to pull it back out. It may not allow you to have embellishments such as table lamps and a vase of flowers, but it will definitely help you to get some office work done even though you do not have a dedicated office space. 

Basement 

Some basements can seem cold and grungy, and the tiny windows and limited lighting doesn’t improve its air of gloom. But a basement can make a good home office with a few decor adjustments. Firstly, select an area that has ample space away from any clutter or pipes or storage items, then install an area rug that suits your style and taste. Now select and place your desk and chair with your back towards the wall so that you can look outwards towards the door or window. You probably won’t see much of anything, but you won’t feel as couped-up. Select a nice table lamp or plaque, or vase, or whatever makes you happy and have it close by. You can even have a floating shelf where you can add additional tools or embellishments to make the space more comforting and efficient.

Attic

Similar to the basement, you will have to select a dedicated space to make your own. Attics tend to have more windows and natural lighting than basements, but can still feel claustrophobic. So it’s up to you to adjust your furniture and incorporate your own flair of decor and aesthetics to make it feel like your own efficient office space. 

Garage

If you have a garage but don’t own a vehicle, it’s likely that your garage is being used for storage. All you would be required to do, is organize your storage space and limit it to one side of the garage and adjust the order side to be your office space. However, if you do own a car, a garage home office will require a little more finesse to make it work depending on the size of your garage and the size of your vehicle. A floating office shelf would probably be best. It would need to be the perfect height to allow you and your chair to come and go, and also be wide enough to hold a laptop and possible a mouse or keyboard as well. 

General tip

Aside from finding the space to set up as your home office, you should also take other things into consideration. Ensure that you are installing your desk near an outlet. This is especially important if you are using a desktop and not a laptop. You want to minimize the use of extension wires which can be a trip hazard or just add to the clutter in a small space. On that same note, try to be close to your modem if you use a wired internet connection, or at least be close to your router if you use wifi. Another thing to consider is how to blend into your existing decor. If you do not have the luxury of a spare room, you will most likely be sharing the space of an existing room with existing furniture. Try to purchase office furniture and decor that fits in with the furniture that is already situated in the room. This way your office seems like its a part of the room rather than a random addition. 

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Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd Templeton, California 93465 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections with state-of-the-art security features. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

Get On Up: 11 Tips to Simplify Your Summer Move

Moving from one place to another is never easy, but if you prepare for it well and pack properly, it can lessen the burden. It is reported that most people choose to move in the summer. While the summer heat may make the process even more unbearable, most people move in the summer because it is more ideal in terms of time and availability, especially when children are involved. Summer marks the time between the end of one school year and the beginning of another and if switching schools is necessary, this would be the best time. Also, children are on holiday and can spare more time to help with the packing and preparation.  Here are 11 tips to help with packing for a move in summer.

1. Secure Packing Supplies

Before you even start organizing or packing, you should start sourcing boxes. You can start doing this up to a month before your move. You can source boxes from your supermarkets, liquor stores, and other places that receive items in bulk. They tend to have clean boxes of various sizes and often do not have any reservations in giving them away or saving some for their customers. While you are at it, pick up a few rolls of packing tape, markers, and bubble wrap. 

2. Organize and categorize

Go through your items and make a list of what will be going with you and what will remain behind. This includes everything from furniture and clothing to books and toys. Once you have broken them down into those two categories, go ahead and do a further breakdown into what can be donated or sold and what needs to be discarded.

If possible, you can go ahead with the donation from a month before and put the items that need to be discarded in the trash at that time as well. If you are unable to discard or donate before you start packing, you should create a specific pile for those items so that they do not accidentally get packed up.

3. Put Your Documents Together

During summer when its peak moving season, you want to ensure that everything is easy to find because any mistake or losses during that period can be a pain to recover or replace. Locate and compile all documents such as travel documents, medical documents, school documents, files relating to your new home, and anything thing else that you may need to access before you fully unpack in your new residence. You should also have some cash that you may need for stops along the way or to tip movers if applicable.

4. Reserve Your Moving Company

Many people move in summer, so its best to reserve your moving company early. However, you should do some research and/or get recommendations from families and friends to ensure that you select a company that is most suited for your needs. Check to see if the companies are registered before considering them and find out their payment plans and processes. Some will ask for a deposit when you book while others will ask for full payment.

This is also the perfect time to see which days are cheaper as weekends can sometimes be more expensive than during the week. Also, check their list of services to see if there have any services you can combine or utilize to make the process easier, such as packing and unpacking or the supply of packing equipment. Another thing to pay attention to is their policies including their insurance and the way they handle damages and packaging. Some companies only accept boxed packages and won’t allow the transportation of bags or baskets.

5. Create a Schedule to Disconnect Utilities

Based on your moving date, set a time to schedule disconnection of your electricity, cable, gas, etc. You want to ensure that you are not racking up extra bills to pay after you have left. You can mark off a day on the calendar or set a reminder to call each company to have the service disconnected. If there are any equipment to be returned or picked up, ensure to make a note of that as well and put it into the schedule. 

6. Update Your New Address

If you generally make purchases online or have your physical bank statements sent to your address, you should update these accounts with your new address at least a week before you move. This way, the next bill will go to your new address and if you make a purchase online, it is less likely to be accidentally sent to your old address. This will minimize or eliminate issues with forwarding or returns.

7. Label and Number Your Boxes

It goes without saying that you should label your boxes, but to make things easier, you should be thorough. Label the boxes with the category of items as well as the room that they are packaged from. For instance, you can have “decorations from living room. Box #1”. Also, number each box so that you know exactly how many boxes you should have and which boxes are missing if that should ever occur. Once the boxes are numbered, make a list of the box number as well as its contents. This also makes it an easy reference for unpacking and recovering loss.

8. Acclimate Your New Home

If you have access to the new home or can contact someone to access it the day before you arrive, have the home aired and then have the AC turned on, so that it is nice and cool when you and your family arrive. If this option is not possible, try to turn the AC on as soon as you enter so that it starts cooling down while you get comfortable. 

9. Pack with the Heat in Mind 

Many things do not do well in heat, but will be fine for the trip to your new home. However, electronics or more susceptible to heat damage, so you should ensure that these items are packaged properly and packed in the moving truck last. You should check if you have the original boxes and use those first. If, not, try to use a box that is as similar to the original packaging as possible. When the truck arrives at the new residence, ensure to remove, unpack, and inspect these items first.

10. Consume Your Groceries

Use the last two weeks before you move to utilize groceries that were already bought. Try not to buy new groceries unless they are products that can be used up within a day or two. If there are things that cannot be packaged for the trip and you can’t use them up by yourself, you can maybe host a moving party and cook for friends or neighbors to utilize them more quickly, or give them away if that is an option.

11. Avoid Heatstroke

Last but not least, ensure that you stay hydrated throughout the entire process. Bring water on your journey and take breaks periodically. You should also try to book your mover early in the morning so that you can start moving before the sun is high and extremely hot.

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Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd Templeton, California 93465 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections with state-of-the-art security features. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://abbysselfstorageca.com/.




9 Tips to Keep Your Stored Rugs and Carpet Looking Their Best

Rugs and carpets enhance the aesthetics of any room and bring a warm and inviting touch to the place. Like other home décor items, experimenting with rugs and carpets transforms the ambiance of the room. You might want to replace your oriental rug with a vibrant piece to give a fresh look to the place. That’s an amazing idea, but the question is what you would do with the old carpet one? The best solution is to prepare it for storage and store it properly to keep you rug looking its best for when you’re ready to use it again. 

If you want to know the important steps for effective storage, you are in the right place. Here are some tips for storing rugs and carpets safely so you can use them in the future.

Prep for Cleaning

First and foremost, clean the rug or carpet thoroughly before putting it in the storage. Find an outdoor area, perhaps in your driveway or ideally, a car wash nearby, to do the cleaning. You may want to pick up a cheap sweeper and if you have one, a portal vacuum cleaner, before you start.  

The Right Way to Clean Different Fabrics

Analyze the fabric to choose the right way to clean the rugs and carpets. The label also includes cleaning tips, so follow those if they are mentioned. There are a number of recommended steps to clean, wash and vacuum rugs and carpets.   

After vacuuming, proceed with the other cleaning steps. If it’s a synthetic material, you can wash it in a machine or clean it with a steam cleaner. Carpets and rugs made of natural fiber like wool, and hemp, etc. should be cleaned with carpet shampoo cleaners and a sponge.

Clean fur and sheepskin rugs without water, just put some talcum powder on the entire surface and leave it for some hours. Then brush off the powder and repeat this cleaning process if necessary.

Wool and Plastic Don’t Mix

A wool rug should never be stored wrapped in plastic or in a plastic container. In fact, keeping wool and plastics away from each other is always a good idea. Because wool’s naturally very moist — and resistant to flame because of this quality — wrapping it in plastic would cut off its natural air circulation. The rug’s fibers would thus become damp and decompose.  

Roll It

Whether it has monetary or nostalgic value, you want to ensure your rug or carpet doesn’t become unusable in storage. So, here is another tip that helps you keep them safe. Folding the rugs or carpets can cause creases and wrinkles on the fabric. If you have visited carpet showrooms, rugs are always kept rolled up. That’s the professional way to keep them in top shape.

Always roll the rugs to preserve them in good condition. There is also a tried-and-true method to roll the rug, which is to start rolling it from the bottom. You might be unsure about how to determine which side is the bottom side. Here is the solution: 

  • Run your hand on the fiber and see which direction is with the grain and which is against the grain. 
  • Start rolling from the side, which is with the grain as that’s the bottom part and continue to the other side. 
  • When you are done, secure the roll with a tight rope to prevent it from opening.

Wrap It

Rolling the carpet is the first step, but to prevent it from exposure to unwanted elements, wrapping it up is a must  Remember, your goal is to protect the rug/carpet in the best way when storing it to be able to use it again someday. So, it’s recommended to wrap it in a brown kraft paper, which should be big enough to wrap around the roll two times. After wrapping it, put a tape to keep the paper in place. To further secure it, wrap the rolled carpet/rug in a polyethylene bag and put tape again. Don’t ever use a plastic sheet to cover the rug or carpet, since it restricts breathing of the fiber.

Standing, Not Lying

The carpet’s fibers are something you want to consider when placing it in storage. The position of storing the carpet or rug really matters, so never keep a rolled carpet or rug in a lying position. Always keep the roll standing and store it off the ground if possible as an extra precaution. You can use a wooden pallet to keep the carpet or rug at least six inches above from the floor. Otherwise, if you have a table or shelf, put it on that to keep it away from the floor. 

Don’t Put Stuff on Top

Never stack anything on top of a stored rug. Heavy boxes, bags, cartons, and other stuff can affect the shape of the rug/carpet.

Where to Store It?

The most important thing is to keep the carpet/rug away from direct light as it can fade its colors. Wherever you decide to store, it’s essential to make sure that it’s a dark and well-ventilated place — a clean self-storage unit is the best choice. Generally, storing carpets/rugs in a climate-controlled storage area is a must to preserve their look and feel. Garages, attics, basements and plastic storage containers are stuffy and less than suitable places for storage. If you opt to go with a garage or basement, a  dehumidifier will help keep the temperature conditions just right. Don’t forget to shutter or cover the windows to prevent sunlight exposure. 

Check It Regularly

It is best to check your rug/carpet once every 6 months. However, if the carpet/rug is especially valuable, check it every month to make sure it’s in good condition. It’s suggested that you unroll and vacuum the carpet/rug to get rid of any dust particles. Then, wrap the roll again and put it back in standing position, and you are done.

Put these tips to use when you have to store a carpet or rug and you’ll find that it will emerge in the same shape that you first put it in storage. While the cleaning and maintenance requirements are different among the types of rug or carpet — for example, Oriental rugs and sheepskin rugs require completely different care — there are some basic cleaning steps that should be followed. If you’re unsure you can get it done, always consult multiple expert sources.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd Templeton, California 93465 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections with state-of-the-art security features. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

9 Ways to Help Your Friends with a Big Move

Relocating is a significant event in an individual’s life. When it comes to moving, the vast majority of us need assistance from our friends and family. They are an intrinsic part of our lives.

Helping a friend or a family member isn’t that hard. We’re all occupied with something or the other, however, we can make an attempt to assist them with little and specific tasks which shows them exactly the amount of love we have towards them. Here are some ways through which a friend or a family can make relocating easy for their loved ones.

1. Gathering information

The principle phase of moving is finding a place to live. This requires a lot of time and effort. The first and foremost thing you should do is to prioritize your wants. Some people might be looking for a backyard in front of their house while others might be looking for a pool or a tennis court.

Our family and friends are just a call away. We don’t have to give second thoughts before calling them. They are supportive when it comes to moving. At first, they might feel sad that you are moving but eventually, they will understand and provide you with a lot of information regarding the place you are planning to live.

During this period, sometimes we get so much engrossed in finding places that we might miss out getting suggestions from the children because they are the ones who get the most affected. Another thing that you can do is to take them along with you whenever you go out looking for an apartment of a house so that they can provide some input.

2. Help you label your stuff

When it comes to moving, you can never have enough boxes and sometimes just for the sake of packing, people end up shuffling things in a box. To make things go easy, friends and family can help you label your stuff. This will make it easy for you to unpack your stuff as soon as you reach your new place.

Another advantage of labelling boxes is that you won’t have to unpack everything at the same place. Doing this you would create a mess at your new place. This is something that can be eliminated. For instance, all the boxes that should be opened in the kitchen and in this way, you will be able to unpack everything without much burden.

3. Host a goodbye party

Hosting a goodbye party can be an incredible way of marking an end to the incredible phase that you spent with your friends and family before moving to a new place. This gathering with your loved ones will allow you to have work with all of them one last time collectively. You can address all those who are present at the party. You can just expect the party to be full of fun. There will be some sadness and tears as well.

4. Help them get rid of clutter

Hardly any hectic task isn’t made better with the addition of a buddy. This is the ultimate advantage that an individual can get while they are packing their stuff before moving. We can’t call packing a fun task. It becomes difficult to decide where to start from but if you have your family and friends by your side, then things can be made a little easier and packing would no longer be a hectic and boring task. The first thing to get rid of the clutter should be to decide whether you want particular stuff at your new place.

5. Be in regular touch

Just the physical presence can bring a lot of change. Your friend who is moving might have a decision framework that they would like to follow they also might prefer doing it alone and be fine doing it, however, that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t love to have somebody to spend time with while they complete everything.

If your friend won’t mind a bit of distraction, then you can ask if you can come by and just sit and talk with them while they work. It will make things easy for them as they will be able to do work at a fast pace and at the same time, you and your friend can spend time with each other.

6. Gift them things that they might need at their new place

Few things need to be replaced with the old ones once you are relocating. You can also gift your loved ones some gifts that might be useful to them at their new place. In this way, you can show your love and care towards them as the gift will always be close to their heart. Anything like grocery, decorative material that they are looking for their new home can be given. Another advantage of gifting such things is that they won’t have to spend extra money.

7. Bring them food

It might be difficult to cook food at the time of packing stuff in boxes and after relocating. Before relocating, some ready-made meals should be kept in the freezer. Even after relocating, getting the meals on the dining table would be hard so a friend or any family member could make dinner and bring that over to the place. Instead of the glass plates, disposable glasses and plates should be used so that they won’t have to wash them again and again.

8. Extend a sympathetic ear towards your friend

Your friend will positively have a lot of misgivings and stresses, desires and expectations regarding the approaching relocation. Tell your friend that you’re going to miss them and their relocation won’t affect their relationship and won’t cut off your unique bond. Make all such efforts to ease their anxiety. Ask them to keep some time for themselves and you should make sure that you are making the best use of this time. Family and friends provide as much support to their loved one who is planning to relocate.

9. Look for a well-established moving company for your friends to hire

Helping a friend or family member move away may appear to be a lot harder than it seems but if everything will be well organized beforehand, then such things can be carried out easily.

There are a couple of things that can be considered before choosing a moving company:

  • Read moving reviews, surveys online, surf moving websites and compare how much they charge.
  • Make sure that the moving company is trustworthy.
  • Allow your social network to give you suggestions or recommendations.
Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd Templeton, California 93465 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections with state-of-the-art security features. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

All Well Kept: 11 Practical Ideas to Store Bedding

Blankets, quilts and duvets are key items for comfortable living, but they also very seasonal. You don’t need a heavy wool blanket in the summer, just like a light duvet won’t get you much comfort in the winter. Storing your bedding effectively or swapping out blankets may take some effort, but it shouldn’t require buying additional storage bins or furniture. Using items you’re likely to have around the house already, all it takes is initiative and some creativity.

Since every abode is arranged differently, there is no one formula for organization and storage. However, some ideas are universal and can apply to any size apartment or house. So, if you are looking for some ideas to store your blankets and other bedding, then take some inspiration from these hacks.

man makes bed

Baskets should be used to store and separate your linen

This is the first and foremost idea that arises in an individual’s mind when they think about storing their bedding. One needs to be aware of the ways of keeping your linens. There are a couple of factors that should be kept in mind. For instance, just for the sake of storing people sometimes keep their linen in baskets randomly and later on, they forget which linens are stored in which basket. This can be avoided by marking your baskets as per your requirements.

Another advantage of using baskets to store your linens is that they can be easily moved from room to room when it’s time to change the bedding.

Store quilts in pillowcases

This hack doesn’t require any additional product from outside your home. It helps in organizing your bedsheets effectively and efficiently. It is a practical way to store the bed sheet that needs to be put on the bed every other day.

Not just a single bed sheet but a couple of bed sheets can be contained inside a pillowcase. This is an easy way to keep more things in a single place. To make things simpler, a label can be put on to differentiate between the occasions on which it should be needed.

If you own a shallow cabinet, then the sheets that are often used should be handy and the sheets that are not required much can go on the end.

Under the bed storage boxes

DIY hack- you can make the under-the-bed drawers in case you feel that linen closets don’t fit in your budget.

You’ll never need to recall which basket or box you put away your quilt. By storing it under the bed drawer, it also becomes handy and even children will find it easy to take their favorite quilts without the help of parents.

guest room with bed made

Keep your bedding closet fresh

Nothing can destroy your bedding, quilts and blankets faster than moths. To protect your linen closet from moths, you need to keep it fresh. Before storing your linen, you should wash them and let them dry under the sun. One thing that needs to be ensured is that the linens are clean and dry. Even if you find that the quilts are drenched, don’t go on storing it. There are a couple of methods that can be considered.

• Hang lavender sachets in the bedding closet so that they can keep up the delicate, simply wash smell.

• Apart from lavender sachets, baking soda can be put in your linen closet to assimilate terrible smells.

Store in a dark and dry place

Bedding closet is an ideal place to store your bedding but in case you feel that they may cost you an arm and a leg, then you can simply make use of the dark and dry place at your home and keep your linens safe.

If you think that only a few people can take care of their linens, the easy answer to this is no. If you handle your linens with care, then you can also be an expert. It is also suggested to iron the white bedsheets from both sides before storing them.

Protect your bedding from dust

An ultimate way to protect your linens from catching dust is to keep them in a fabric-friendly bag. Before putting any linen in a bag, you need to ensure that the linen is clean and dry. Even if you find your washed linens damp, do not go on storing it.

It is considered a good practice to keep the bedsheets, quilts and blankets in a dry and dark place to avoid the risk of catching dust.

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On the wall or over the door hanging organizers

On the wall or over the door hanging organizers is the easiest way to store the bed sheets or linens that are often used every day. One thing that should be ensured is that the bed sheets or linens that you require every day should be kept in front of your eyes.

Avoid plastic

Although plastic is advantageous in our everyday use, it is creating a disturbing risk to nature. It is a non-biodegradable substance that cannot be decayed by any means. To protect our earth from such risks, the responsibility lies in the hands of each one of us.

While you are planning to store your linens, you should eliminate the use of plastic bags. There are many alternatives that can replace plastic.

Zipper bags

To avoid plastic, zipper bags can be made easily at home. There is a simple DIY method which you can do and make a bag out of it. You just have to find those clothes that you do not wear anymore and with the help of a sewing machine, you can stitch a bag and can attach a zipper to it. In this way, you will be able to make a zipper bag in which you cannot just keep a single bed sheet but it can hold a lot of bed sheets and quilts.

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Roll the quilts if falling short of space

An extraordinary space-saving approach for storing your bedsheets, quilts and blankets is to roll them. This proves to be useful especially with shallow racks.

Try to organize your linens by category

When you have your bedsheets, quilts and blankets arranged and sorted out, you can keep it into various baskets and categorize them by labelling. There are quite a few ways through which you can organize your linens by categories. For instance, you can categorize your linens based on color, size or even occasion. In this way, you won’t face any sort of problem when you will be looking for bed sheets for a specific occasion.

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Tips On How To Make Your Loved Ones Feel Comfortable While Caring For Them in Your Home

Parents play an important role in shaping our lives. They have worked hard just to make us what we are today. Caring for parents should be the topmost priority of a child. These days, it’s evident that people are engrossed so much in their work that they do not find enough time to spend with their parents. As a result of which, they employ caretakers for their parents. They will take proper care of them but there will always be a lack of love, care, affection.

Some people are taking care of their parents, grandparents or even sometimes their elderly relatives. They might sometimes find it difficult to do this task. It can also become a challenging task but it’s an individual who can make things easy go. Along with looking after the elderly people, there are few things that you as a caretaker should keep in mind. Just like you are finding it difficult, in the same way, your parents or grandparents may also find it onerous to depend upon their children or grandchildren. Even if we are not doing it today, then at some point in our life we will.

If some elderly person is living with you, then there is a need to prepare or sometimes rearrange your home to make them comfortable. Along with the tips for what is to be done, some other things are there that should not be done.

To make the elderly people fit at home, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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Strap chairs with high backs

Backless dining chair having sharp edges can be replaced with strapping chairs with high backs. Problems like backache start to arise with growing age. If the chairs that you are having are not elder-proof then you should replace at least a couple of chairs with high backs so that it will become easy for the elderly people to sit and enjoy food.

Another thing that you should keep in mind while replacing the furniture should be that the size of the furniture should be according to the size of the person who will be using them in future. It is suggested that you should take your parents or grandparents along with you while you are planning to buy the furniture.

Some people find it difficult to get in and out of their sitting position. For such cases, lift chairs are suggested.

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Comfortable chairs for reading

We surely have seen our parents or grandparents reading newspapers every day in the morning. They might also suffer from backaches. It’s is suggested that they should read while sitting at a comfortable place, as a result of which, arm-less, backless and low chairs should be avoided. Going for chairs with high backs will make it easy for elderly people to get in and out.

For people suffering from severe backache, joint pain, comfortable high back chairs should be recommended.  

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The ultimate solution for storage

Backaches, joint pains are the most common problems that elderly people suffer from. Storage should be at a reachable height. Storage drawers below the bed should be replaced with cabinets or almirah having shelves wherein things can be kept easily. If the storage drawers are built below the bed, then elderly people will find it difficult to bend down and it will involve a lot of stretching.

When you are planning to buy a cabinet, you should keep a couple of things in mind:

  1. The handles of the drawers of the cabinet should be of bright color and easy to slide.
  2. The almirahs should be see-through doors which will enable the elders to spend less time to find things that they need.
  3. The storage closet should be made of sturdy material so that it does not tip over.
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The bed should be comfortable

Backaches and joint pains are common among elderly people. As a result of which, they might find it difficult to sleep. A good mattress will aid with the alignment of the spine and may sometimes reduce the backaches and joint problems they are facing.

Before going to buy a mattress, you should consider the priorities of the elderly people for whom you are buying the mattress. Apart from the mattress, the back of the bed should be comfortable so that they can support their back with it.

Apart from the things that children should consider while providing a comfortable environment, they should also focus on the things that should not be done and avoided.

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Lighting should not dim

Apart from the joint pain, weak vision is another such problem that is prevalent among elderly people. If the room, kitchen and drawing room will be well lit then there should not be any problem with finding things. A lamp can also be placed on the side table which should be kept next to the bed. It will be easier for elderly people to move in and out of bed at any point in time.

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Get rid of slippery floors

You should get rid of slippery floors because you may sometimes slip while walking. Even at night when they will feel thirsty and they need to go to the kitchen, but if the floor will be slippery then they will fall and might hurt themselves.

Or else, even if you are in a hurry and moving around the house you may fall due to the floor being slippery. So, such floor tiles should be avoided.

Edgy tables should not be on your priority list

While sitting in or getting up from the chair, elderly people may hurt themselves. When older people get hurt they can feel the pain at a much bigger magnitude as compared to the younger people.

As a result of which, edgy tables should be replaced with the round ones.

The rooms should not be filled with extra furniture

All the extra furniture from the room should be removed so that it will be easy for elderly people to move around the house with no troubles. Only the necessary furniture should be placed in the room.

These were the factors that need to be taken into consideration. By rearranging the furniture and other things at your place, the ultimate goal is to create a safe and cozy environment for your loved ones. You should understand that they are at an age when they need care and love. Another thing that we need to keep in mind is that just like the way they used to look after and care for us, they deserve the same care to be reciprocated.

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Tidy Up: How to Organize Your Laundry Room

All of us like wearing clean clothes but the task of getting your clothes clean and neatly ironed is a task in itself! Laundry is the one chore that by far is not liked by most of us but is an essential part of our “to-do list.” The initial thought of even making space for a washing machine is something that makes us regret this weekly – or biweekly? — chore. You just need to devote some time initially to set up your laundry room and make this chore simpler and something that you look forward to and not procrastinate on.

Make Space

The first thing that you should do is designate a space for your washing machine. This space can be in the form of a laundry room in your house, or an unused, small corner that can be made into a makeshift laundry corner. You can also look at converting an empty closet into a laundry space just by making some fittings and adjustments. It does seem like a daunting task but it’s not a very complex task to make space for a washing machine and the utilities which are required when we clean our clothes.

Space-Saving Accessories

In case of a small laundry space, you could look at buying some extra hangars and compact trolleys. These compact trolleys can be the type with wheels as they are easier to move around. Also, these trolleys come with partitions, which can be used for color, whites and another category of clothes. You could label these trolleys and all the family members can put their clothes in the respective compartment for cleaning. You could look at putting up some lightweight extension rods, on which you could hang some hangars. These hangars can be used for hanging your delicate clothes as soon as they come out from the machine, keeping them wrinkle-free which also helps further in ironing them out cleanly.

Organize Your Laundry Space

Once you decide on how much space you can spare for your laundry, sit down and write down all the things that require washing and cleaning periodically. You can look at keeping all the cleaning and utility supplies in one place, which you quickly pick up to start doing your laundry. You could keep your washing detergent for shoes, a small sewing kit, some fabric softener, stain removal liquids, lint roller, etc. All the supplies or things which are related to your laundry work can be neatly stacked together. You could fill a glass jar with the detergent; makes it easier for you to know when a refill is required. Pick up some ready-made labels and label all the cleaning supplies and the various bottles and boxes.

Space Saving Fittings

It is not a very difficult job to drill some holes and put up a couple of makeshift shelves, hooks and rods in your laundry space. These fittings would only help in organizing your laundry space further. You could park your ironing table in a small space between the washing machine and the wall or even hang it with the support of some hooks over a laundry wall. The shelves can be used to keep your labeled supplies, and the hooks can be used to hang your cloth cleaning brushes, ironing table etc. You could buy some eco-friendly lightboxes to keep your small towels and put up a shelf for the bigger towels. You could fix wall-mounted racks, which can be used to dry your delicate innerwear. Also, pick up a laundry bag, match it off with the laundry room décor and put it in a corner for the kids to put in their play clothes and extra-dirty laundry.

Beautify Your Laundry Room

It is never advised to put anything on top of a washing machine, so ensure that you make an enclosure around it.. This enclosure can be a wooden one, which can be used as a platform to fold your clothes while the laundry is being done. You could also think of putting a laundry guard around the machine so that the clothes do not keep falling off behind the machine. Pick up some light movable laundry basket containers, which can be used to segregate the clothes before they are put up for drying. Look at buying some matching boxes and accessories which would make this corner look pretty and organized. Replace all your huge plastic and cardboard boxes with transparent glass jars for your laundry supplies.

Cozy Corner

In case you are doing laundry once a week, it could take up a long time sorting clothes from colors from the white ones. Then, washing your clothes separately and drying them takes up some time. How can you put this time to effective use? Install some makeshift shelves where you could stack some books of your choice, throw in a bean bag and make yourself comfortable and read until your laundry is done. As an alternative, you could put up some speakers in the laundry room, plug  them – or pair with Bluetooth — your phone and play some music of your choice. Adding these small perks could make you enjoy this household chore and also give you some personal time to relax.

Make Some Charts

Laundry is very simple and can be taught to your children too. To teach them, you would just require making some charts and pinning them up on a soft board. These charts can explain the time and speed settings of your washing machine. You could also specify the quantity of detergent required when putting on the machine. These charts can be quick and easy to read laundry instructions which can be followed by your adolescent children. This way they would be helping you out with the household chores and you can use that time for something more important. You can also make a stain chart with their respective remedies for your reference so that you know what to use in case you come across a stain on your clothes. Stains can be of ink, grease, tea, coffee, oil etc. You could also put up some small instructions on how to clean lint, delicate clothes, etc.

In today’s world, there are enough user-friendly options for buying space savings laundry accessories. You could shop online and get enough accessories for your laundry room to make it spacious and at the same time a proper storage room. Laundry is not a chore that you should  be scared of anymore or procrastinate doing. You can plan and make this chore a relaxing time for yourself.

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Foot on the Pedal: Tips for Moving and Storing Your Treadmill or Stationary Bike

Exercise is a vital part of your life if you want to lead a healthy lifestyle. Gone are the days when people would be rarely diagnosed with heart disease and diabetes. Fast food is marketed towards the baby boomers, Gen X and millennial consumers at a rapid clip. The importance of daily exercise can’t be overstated – and we all know that it’s about consistency.

The motivation to reduce the risk for developing diseases should be an organic desire and a way to ensure your bones and muscles function and don’t fail as you age. You can simply go for a walk in the morning and instantly decrease your chances of suffering from diabetes. Likewise, you can stretch and practice yoga.

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Another option is to buy sports equipment, and exercise whenever you want. Exercising on a regular basis is the key to strengthening your heart muscle and keeping your blood pressure where it needs to be. You will feel rejuvenated if you exercise for even 15 to 20 minutes every morning. You might not be able to wake up early in the morning and do brisk walking. It’s okay if you’re not an early riser.

For the people who don’t want to wake early in the morning, but want to get the benefit of exercising, purchasing fitness equipment is the preferred route. However, this equipment can be bulky and a hassle to move from place to place, especially if you’re moving residences. People generally find it difficult to move and store objects they don’t often use, so here are some tips that you can go along with while moving and storing your fitness equipment.

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Treadmill

Every treadmill is different, whether in size, prize or weight. Some are easier to move, while others are a headache and half. Generally, treadmills are made to be more mobile than ever. We’ve comes up with some tips to keep in mind when moving your treadmill.

Tips on how to move a treadmill without hassle

  • Before you think about moving your treadmill, it is important to disassemble it. At this stage, the instruction manual is something you’ll want to dig up and keep handy. In case your treadmill can be folded, perform the following steps.
  • The treadmill should be unplugged and the safety key should be removed carefully.
  • Once you are done with unplugging the treadmill, you can fold the wire.
  • Fold the treadmill.
  • Be careful when transporting your treadmill down a flight of stairs. Ensure that you are not hurting yourself, bend your knees appropriately and don’t overburden your back.
  • Rent a truck to simplify the move.
  • Make sure that you cover the treadmills with blankets, because while moving the truck may toss your treadmill against the side, and cause damage. Make sure it’s adequately wrapped.
  • Re-assembling the treadmill should be seamless if you follow the manual carefully. Pro tip: If you can’t find the manual, try searching for it in Google by inputting the make and model number.

If you don’t have a treadmill that can be folded, follow these instructions:

  • Similar to the foldable treadmill, unplug it and fold the cord.
  • If the treadmill can be folded, ask for assistance from a helper so that you will be able to hold one end and s/he hold the other.
  • Keep your foot on the wheels of the treadmill and ask your helper to do the same on the side where s/he is standing.
  • By doing this, you will be able to balance the treadmill and once you have balanced it, you can now remove your foot from the wheels instructing your assistant to do the same.
  • You can now easily lift the treadmill and keep it in the truck that will help you to transport it to your new residence.
  • Don’t forget to cover your treadmill with blankets so that it doesn’t get damaged.
  • Once at your new residence, you can unload it and assemble at a place where you want it to be.

Expert tips on how to store your treadmill

Surely there are people who will never think they have enough space to keep sports equipment, and these folks prefer to avoid setting up their home gym.. One will always find it difficult to get a things done, but if you are clear in your head that you want it, then nothing can realistically prevent you from getting your gym in order. Here are some tips to draw from whenever you think that you don’t have enough space to keep your fitness equipment.

  • A foldable treadmill is ideal as an option for smaller spaces  because when you fold it,  and it’s not in use, you can arrange the space as you see fit.
  • Keep the treadmill at a place where you can clean it every day so that dust doesn’t settle. Try to keep a mat under it and protect it with a treadmill cover.
  • Make sure your treadmill is secured at a leveled surface.
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Indoor Cycling Bike

Most of us are busy as it is – we just don’t have the time to get to cycling whenever the motivation happens to strike. However, by cycling just for 25-30 minutes a day, you can protect yourself from diseases like diabetes, heart attacks, depression, and obesity. This is also why more people are reaping the benefits of indoor cycling bikes — they can get the feel of cycling from the comfort of home. This equipment is also much more compact than gym equipment and is’s easy to store.

Tips for Moving an Indoor Cycling Bike

  • Carefully unscrew the pedals of the cycling bike.
  • Keep the screws where you can easily find them you so that they don’t get misplaced.
  • Your cycling bike is compact it’s easy to transport, so you can simply rent a truck to move it around.
  • It’s a good idea to cover it with blankets so that the bike doesn’t get damaged during the move.
  • Now that you have your cycling bike at your new place, you can simply unload it from the truck, reassemble it and keep it in a designated storage area or even your living room or bedroom.

Now it’s ready for you to use for the morning or late night exercise routine.

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Tips for Storing an Indoor Stationary Bike

The cycling bikes are very compact and generally don’t require much space.  You can put it anywhere, whether it’s your bedroom or your living room.

  • If you have a long enough balcony or patio, you can always set up your cycling bike  there and enjoy the outdoor workout.
  • Like most gadgets around the house, your cycling bike requires maintenance. Keep it in a place that you can clean every day. Another alternative is to buy a cover so that dust doesn’t accumulate.
  • It’s not a bad idea to keep that indoor cycling bike near your office – or in your office — so that you can get work an exercise routine into your day stay inspired to maintain an active lifestyle.
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Short-Term Storage: Making Room for Holiday Guests

The holiday season brings together family and friends from near and far. The happiness and joy that comes with hosting your loved ones is often accompanied by the question “where will we put them?”

Making space for more people in an already occupied space can feel like more of a chore than a blessing, but some advance and thoughtful planning can help simplify the process. Read on for some ideas to see how you can make space for your holiday guests, and make them feel at home.

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Unclutter

There are many houses where the guest room is used as a storage space for most of the year. This storage space is usually filled with things like extra furniture, old clothes, empty suitcases, and boxes full of unwanted household products waiting to be donated. Hosting house guests is the perfect time to assess the items in this space. Clear out the things that you no longer need, store what you want to keep in a basement, garage, or a storage unit, and make the guest room liveable for your visitors.

Multipurpose Furniture & More

For out-of-town guests (and lots of other occasions), keeping some pieces of multipurpose or compact furniture can come in handy. One we’re all familiar with is, of course, the sofa bed. Another hardworking multitasker is a dining table or desk that can be folded back into the wall when not in use, making space for other activities.

If several of your guests are children, sleeping bags are a fun choice for accommodations that can easily be packed away after their visit is over. Pitching a tent in their sleeping area adds to the fun.

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Closet Space

Anyone who comes to stay with you for more than three days shouldn’t have to live out of a suitcase. Make them feel welcome and provide a place for them to organize their travel wardrobe by clearing some space in the closet or dresser in their room. Provide a few empty hangers for their delicate clothing, or empty a drawer so that the guest has an option of folding their clothes and keeping them.

Making some room in the hall or entry closet will also help to keep your house clean and tidy, especially if lots of wet or muddy shoes will be coming in from outside. It also makes your guest feel welcome to share your personal space.

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Warm & Welcoming

Since your guests are in town for the holidays, don’t forget to add some fun decor to their space, too. Try some lights or paper decorations hung where they’ll be sleeping or some festive soaps in their bathroom. By adding adding these little personal touches you can make their home-away-from-home extra inviting.

In case you have a pet, then make an extra effort of cleaning up their fur from your couches and beds. Double-check that the lighting in the room you plan to give your guests is working with no burnt-out bulbs. Both are easy things to overlook in rooms where we may not normally spend much time.

If you have space, you could throw in an armchair and a lamp to make a cozy nook where your guests can read or relax.

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Bathroom Stock-up

Long distance travel + packing enough warm or fancy clothing + remembering to get everyone’s gifts into their suitcases = a few forgotten necessities. Just like clean counters and fresh, fluffy towels, houseguests always appreciate the gesture of supplying them with some basic toiletries.

Things like shampoo, soap, body lotion, new toothbrushes, and toothpaste can be all put in a pretty basket and kept in the washroom. This avoids your visitor the embarrassment of asking for toiletries and also helps you maintain your title as Host/ess with the Mostest.

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Making them Comfortable

Chilly weather and holiday movies are an ideal combination for relaxation. Put a TV in the guest room so your guests can relax and catch up on shows they might not otherwise make time for in their busy lives.

Share your Wi-Fi passwords or any other house-related security passwords your houseguests may need to make their stay comfortable. In case they may be working over the holidays, a chair and a small table would make a perfect work corner where they can catch up on their official commitments.

If your visitors are there to stay for a long time, consider sharing a set of house keys with them so they can come and go without having to trouble you or disturb your daily routine.

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A Good Night’s Sleep

Everyone has a problem sleeping the first few nights in a new bed. Your relatives have left their comfort zones and might need a little extra help getting comfortable at bedtime.

Try giving your guests the most comfortable room along with easy access to the washroom. In case your house is small and you do not have the space to give your guests complete privacy, then you could try putting a folding screen in the biggest room which would give them some privacy instead of none.

You could add a small table along with some fresh flowers and a couple of books for your guests to read, or set out some earplugs and sleeping masks for some extra peace and quiet. And of course, you can’t go wrong with extra blankets for adding coziness and warmth that they can adjust to their needs.

Planning their Stay    

If your visitors are new to your city or state, give them a little information that can help them see the sights. Leave a few local magazines, travel brochures, or guide books of your city at their bedside. Or make a list of your favorite tourist spots, local parks, museums and restaurants and display it in their room.

If you know your guests will want to go exploring during their stay, play Travel Agent and speak to them ahead of time to see which sites or activities they’re interested in seeing or doing during their stay.

Take the local flavor one step further with a stock of locally made snacks in the guest room for your visitors, or leave out a kettle with some tea and coffee varieties that they can enjoy whenever they want.

 

A little planning can help enhance the space you offer your holiday guests, and take some of the stress out of hosting. Happy Holidays!

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How to Store Hanging Clothes in a Storage Unit

Are you running out of closet space to store your clothes? Are you constantly looking for room on the closet rod to squeeze in just one more hanger?

These issues are bound to come up for every well-dressed lady and gent sooner or later. But who doesn’t have extra clothes? We never seem to have enough space to store our clothes, but somehow keep acquiring more.

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Seasonal Clothes

Most of our wardrobes have a combination of clothes which are worn throughout the year and seasonal clothes. We have certain items of clothing and accessories for specific seasons, that are only used during their season and not throughout the year.

Summers may have beachwear, shorts and dresses that are long forgotten during cold winters or the rainy season. Raincoats and galoshes are great when it’s raining and wet, but tend to just take up space when the sun is shining. And of course, during the cold months, our clothes are bulky and bigger, taking up a lot of space in our daily wardrobes.

Occasional Clothes

We have special occasions in our life like weddings, pregnancy, job interviews, and holidays. The clothes which are worn by us on such occasions are often more expensive and delicate than those we wear daily (or in the case of maternity wear, don’t fit us the same after a certain amount of time). These clothes help us create special memories and build brighter futures, and require proper storage so that they look as bright as new when we’re ready to wear them again.

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Storing Clothes

You can store clothes in an extra room at your house or, if space is lacking, you could look at renting a storage unit to keep your extra clothes and other accessories that you don’t use daily. Renting a self-storage is a great way to get some extra space in your place by providing a place to store extra items you may not need every day – including your clothes.

Hanging Clothes

The clothes that we typically wear can often be folded and kept in a drawer or cubby, or kept on a shelf, but there are clothes in our wardrobe which cannot be folded. The same clothes that fare better when hanging in our closet also must be hung when we put them away in storage. Below are a few pointers as to how you can best store your hanging clothes in a storage unit.

1. Discard Unwanted Clothes

Before you rent a storage unit for your seasonal clothes, go through all the extra clothes you have and decide if you are going to wear them again. Typically there are clothes that you have outgrown, whether the fit no longer flatters you or the trend is long over. You could donate these clothes to charity, or host a yard sale or use a reselling app like Poshmark to make some money off these clothes.

2. Clean Your Clothes

Once you’ve selected the clothes you want to keep off-site, you have to ensure the clothes are washed and dried properly before you put them away in your storage unit. Clothes that require hanging are typically your special occasion outfits, which also likely need to be dry cleaned. You should never store unwashed clothes as any stains or odors on worn clothes can attract harmful bacteria.

3. Get a Wardrobe Box

The storage facility where you are renting may also provide wardrobe boxes for storing hanging clothes in a storage unit. These wardrobe boxes come in various sizes so you can take your pick according to your needs. These wardrobe boxes have built-in hangers, and provide an extra layer of protection for your clothing while also keeping your storage unit organized. Use a cloth to cover your wardrobe box, to further protect the fabric from any settling dust.

4. Keep Fabric Fresh

Pick up a charcoal odor absorber or use cedar blocks or sachets to keep stored clothes smelling fresher longer. Follow the package instructions and place your odor absorber at the bottom of the wardrobe box or hang it on the end of the hanging rod. Whichever you choose, wrap it in fabric or otherwise create a barrier to prevent the cedar or charcoal from coming into direct contact with your clothing.

5. Get the Right Hangers

You should refrain from using metal hangers to hang your clothes, especially in a humid climate that could cause the metal to rust. Rust can cause permanent marks on your delicate clothes. It is suggested that you use wooden hangers or padded hangers which are a safer option for these expensive clothes, and help clothes keep their shape.

6. Clothes Need to Breathe

There is a myth that goes around that we should vacuum pack our clothes when we store them. This is not true; clothes are made of fibers which requires breathing, and also vacuum packing the clothes may leave permanent marks and wrinkles from being so tightly compressed. For these reasons, vacuum packing your clothing is not recommended.

7. Space out your Clothes

There is no need to fit all the clothes in one box; you have to keep sufficient space between two hangers for the air to pass by, again to let your clothes breathe. The quality and life of your clothing is largely influenced by the care and consideration with which they are stored, so providing adequate spacing is a must.

8. Temperature Control

There are some special clothes that not only must be hung, but must also be temperature controlled when stored. Antique dresses and furs are examples of clothing which require to be maintained at a certain temperature to keep the material supple and prevent cracking. If you plan to store these types of special garments, check with the storage facility you are considering to see if they offer climate controlled units.

9. Inventory Check

Make an inventory list of the clothes that you hang in the wardrobe box. This will make it easier for you to know what’s at home and what’s in storage, so that you can easily grab the outfit you need the next time you want to remove some clothes from storage.

Depending on the size of your collection, you could look at color coding, numbering your clothing items or labelling to make the inventory list.

 

The clothes you wear give the first impression of your personality, and they have to be in proper condition. We spend a lot of money on buying expensive and delicate clothes, but maintaining them also requires some attention and time. By being careful when preparing and storing your clothes, you can help maintain the colour and quality of your garments, giving them a longer life.

 

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Clear the Decks: 5 Storage Tips for Outdoor Furniture

The leaves are changing, the days are getting a little shorter, and the nights are getting a
little cooler. The days spending evenings in shorts and t-shirts on the patio will soon be a thing of the past. As the weather cools, there are fewer opportunities to enjoy the outdoors on our decks or patios. Here are five tips for storing your outdoor furniture this winter.

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Tip #1: Implement A Weekly Cleaning Regimen

You may not be ready to store away the outdoor furniture, yet. Folks in the south or in
California might stretch their patio days out until the late fall, while folks in the Midwest,
Northeast, and Northwest will be facing cooler temperatures, rain, and snow sooner than we hope.

Wherever you are and however your climate is changing seasons, cleaning your outdoor
furniture weekly will keep it ready for entertaining and for winter storage.

Before you jump to moving everything on your deck to storage, the first step is to make
sure that all of your outdoor furniture is cleaned thoroughly before it’s stored. Wipe down all table surfaces, plastic textures, aluminum and metal furniture with warm water and mild soap. Use a cloth to dry.

For aluminum and metal surfaces, if the finish has a shine or gloss to it, apply a fine
automotive wax to the surface. If it’s a textured aluminum or metal, use baby oil or mineral oil.

Wood surfaces should have the dirt and grime brushed off. You can use mild soap and
water, but be sure to dry as thoroughly as possible after washing. If there is mold or mildew buildup, try a mixture of bleach and water, or white vinegar and water. If you’d like to apply a sealant to maintain color and original texture, you can do so after a thorough cleaning before storing it.

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2. Use Furniture Covers Year-Round

Oftentimes, patio furniture covers are only used in the case of rain or the winter season,
but if the furniture is protected when it’s not being used, it will experience less exposure to the elements, and as a result, experience less wear and tear.

There are varieties of kinds of furniture covers that patio lovers can find. For stackable
patio chairs, try stacking the chairs when not in use and purchasing a stacked chair cover. For patio dining furniture sets, try a cover that protects the entire set, rather than
a separate table and chair cover. Even plastic surfaces could stand to be covered when not in use and definitely during the winter.

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3. Select A Safe Spot For Winter Storage

The safest spot for your outdoor furniture during the winter is indoors. This might be a
shed, a closet, or a small storage unit. Use a backyard shed or a storage unit to securely stash away your outdoor furniture once the weather begins to turn. Again, be sure to thoroughly clean items before storage.

While some households may have the option to purchase long term, off-site storage,
or to move all outdoor furniture to an indoor location, others might not have that option. If you must leave your furniture outdoors during the winter and you live somewhere with lots of rain and snow, you’ll want to get creative.

Scope out areas of your patio or deck that get the least amount of moisture. Move all
your furniture there. Can anything be stacked? If so, stack them and place a cover over it.
Secure the covers with elastic or straps so that the covers don’t fly off. it is important that all outdoor furniture be protected from the elements during the winter with a cover of some kind.

 

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4. Keep Furniture Off The Floor

A separate storage unit or shed is the ideal place to store outdoor pieces, but before
placing your items in a shed or a storage unit, lay a plastic tarp over the floor.

Next, elevate the surface you’ll place the items on with cinder blocks or wooden palettes. This elevation will give extra protection from the elements and from flooding damage.

 

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5. Store Fabrics, Cushions, and Rugs Indoors

We all know how this story goes: we buy beautiful and vibrant outdoor fabrics like throw pillows, cushions, and outdoor rugs and curtains, and by the end of the summer, their colors have started to fade.

The good news is that outdoor fabrics are durable and relatively easy to revive.

First, give all of your outdoor fabrics a good dusting off and bring them inside. Next, wash the pillows, umbrella fabrics, and outdoor cushions and curtains in the washing machine using a color-safe detergent. There are even some brands of detergent that boast restoring color. It’s worth a try!

Tumble dry on low heat for 20-30 minutes and let them air dry the rest of the way.
Take the outdoor pillows and fold up the curtains or umbrella fabrics, and seal them in a
plastic tub for the winter.

Outdoor rugs can undergo a good scrubbing using any carpet cleaner or mild soap and a
warm cloth. Once they’ve dried from cleaning, drag them inside and vacuum, or if you have a cordless vacuum, do the job out on the deck.

Roll the rug up, store inside a sheet or plastic bag, and stick it in the back of a shed or closet standing upright. If you put the rug in an outdoor shed or storage unit, be sure to seal the plastic around the carpet so that no moisture gets into the fabric.

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6. Store Upright and Covered

It might seem like enough to simply place the furniture in the shed or in a storage unit,
but it’s just as important that the furniture is upright and covered to protect it further during the winter.

Try not to set tables and chairs on their sides as it can alter the integrity of the shape of
the materials. You’ll also want to be sure if you need to disassemble a piece of furniture to keep the pieces all together and the screws/fasteners in a bag attached to the rest of the materials. Don’t forget to keep instruction manuals handy for putting everything back together come springtime.

Expensive furniture covers aren’t totally necessary, either. Old bed sheets or blankets
will work just fine for covering in storage, too.

 

Take Care Now For A Beautiful Patio Next Spring!

Even if you’re not ready for the cooler temperatures and you long for those hot summer
nights, just remember, that proper storage of your outdoor furniture now will result in perfectly maintained outdoor furniture to go back onto your patio or deck come springtime. You’ll also be ready to store your outdoor pieces more quickly and easily if you start planning today.

 

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Sole Collector: The Best Way to Clean Sneakers

While storing your coveted sneakers in their original boxes or on the floor of your closet can be useful and quick, you may feel that your shoe collection has outgrown “box” or “floor” methods. There are several other ways to properly store shoes.

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Take Inventory and Organize

Before you begin organizing and strategizing storage methods, take stock of your sneakers. How many do you have? What size? Are they traditional sneaker shapes or high top sneakers? Do you own riding boots or tall boots? Sandals? All differences in size and the number of pairs will dictate the kinds of storage options available to you.

For example, if you own quite a few boots, you won’t be able to store them in regular shoe-sized clear, plastic containers. You’ll need to get a longer, more rectangular container. Sometimes, even high top sneakers require a larger shaped container than the traditional shoe size. Keep a measuring tape or ruler handy to double-check before purchasing any containers.

Lay out your shoes on the floor in their respective pairs by category. You can create your own categories, or you can use existing categories like slip-on, athletic kicks, low top, high top, casual/authentic/canvas (think Vans, Converse), leather/designer, etc. If you’re hoping to organize by color, then lay out your shoes in each of the above categories by color.

Most home goods retailers sell attractive shoe storage options. Be sure to take into account what kind of space is available to you prior to purchasing or planning your method.

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Prep Your Shoes

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning your shoes before storing them. Many low top sneakers can be washed in the washing machine inside a mesh garment bag. Be sure to remove the laces prior to washing, so that you don’t get the shoe caught on the machine. Keep the soles of shoes fresh with shoe deodorizers, if desired. Leather surfaces should have a leather conditioner applied to them.

Winter shoes can often collect dirt, scuffs, and residue from the elements. Make a solution of equal parts vinegar and water to clean the surfaces. If your winter shoes are leather, be sure to purchase a leather conditioner or cleaner after you clean with the water and vinegar solution. Dry the shoes with a cloth and allow them to air dry the rest of the way. When they’re completely dry, polish or buff with a cloth. Then, they’re ready to be stored.

Once cleaned, decide if the shoe will be stored for short or long term. For short term storage, you don’t need to worry about stuffing the shoe or keeping its shape, but for long term storage, consider purchasing a wooden form, plastic shoe form, or if you’re budget conscious, try acid-free tissue paper. Stuff the shoe just enough that it keeps its shape. Be careful not to over stuff. Boots will need a bit more stuffing so that if they are stored upright, they remain upright.

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Storage Solutions

If you have ample space in your closet, or you’re storing your shoes in an individual storage unit, keep your shoes protected from temperature changes, odors, spills, etc., with clear plastic shoe containers stacked neatly on top of each other. For an added touch, label each container with the type of shoe, brand, and color. If you are storing shoes for a long period of time (winter shoes during summer/fall months), they should always be kept in a box.

This method does take up plenty of closet space, so if you have a larger collection and a small space, it might not be the right storage solution for you. Instead, try storing your shoes in a canvas closet organizer. Shoes can be safely and compartmentally stored either hung over the closet door or in the closet itself.

Shoe enthusiasts might also consider installing built-in fixtures. Neatly display your collection on built-in shelves designed exactly for shoe storage so that you easily select the right pair for any occasion. Or, try one of the built-ins with shoe drawers or pullouts. Either of these methods also works well for the capsule wardrobe shoe owner. You’ll be able to see clearly the few pairs you own and make wardrobe choices accordingly.

Perhaps your budget doesn’t allow for a professional closet remodel, but you still have a large space to work with. You can create a similar look on a budget in your own closet from local home goods or hardware stores with stackable wood or plastic shelves. Place these at the base or top of the closet and arrange your shoes by category. A quick internet search will return many options for displaying shoes in closets in a range of prices. Shelves and shoe trees are excellent methods for short term storage or for shoes that you wear frequently. A rotating shoe carousel tree can help save space and provide the user with plenty of opportunities to display their footwear.

Temporary storage can be cost-effective and fun. Try putting your shoes in the closet on hangers shaped especially to rest the shoe inside. This works well for flip-flops and sneakers. There are some retailers selling boot hangers, too.

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Storage and Lifestyle

Whatever storage method you choose, make sure it matches your lifestyle. For some, the idea of returning shoes to the right container after each use could be daunting. If you know keeping shoes in containers or displaying them will only end in chaos, you might ease-up on storage expectations. Perhaps aim for a simple go-to method like a basket or drawer at the bottom of your closet.

Families on the go might opt for more simple and temporary, quick storage of their shoes. In this case, purchase a basket for each family member and place it near the front door under a bench or coat rack. When family members enter or exit, they can use the basket to grab or drop their shoes quickly. This mudroom storage method is effective and keeps clutter off the floor.

Help lengthen the life of your shoes by taking a bit of time to organize, prep, and store your shoe collection. Just the simple step of storing your sneakers off the floor and inside a box or on a shelf or in a basket will drastically improve the life of your shoe.

 

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Home Away From Home: Dorm Room Essentials for New College Students

Every high-school student dreams of the day when they will begin college life and move away from home. Moving into a dorm and finally having the freedom to decorate how you want, clean (or not!) when you choose, and live life by your rules is one of the most exciting things about going to college. When move-in day finally arrives, you don’t want to be struggling with packing, or worse, forget any of the simple necessities that you may have taken for granted at home. It’s important to prepare your checklist of dorm room essentials ahead of time so that you can focus on the fun and excitement of move-in day. Here’s what you need to pack before you leave home.

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Bed Linen

There may or may not be a provision for bed linen, including pillow cases, bed sheets, comforters etc. Thus, it is a great idea to keep at least two sets of bed linen. Of course you can bring more, but having two sets is ideal for easy storage because when you wash one, the other will adorn your bed. Bring your pillow and an extra cushion, for support while studying, reading, or watching a movie in bed or on the floor. You can always keep it aside when you don’t need it, and it adds an extra layer of comfort to your dorm decor.

Clothing and Accessories

We all love to show off our style, whether we’re walking to class or walking into a party! However, unlike the plentiful storage space that we find at home, dorm rooms have very limited storage space. Thus, you should only pack enough to fill this storage space comfortably (and to get you through from one laundry day to the next). If you bring too much clothes, shoes, or accessories, all your storage space will be occupied and can make a small space look and feel even smaller. Plus, you need to save room in your wardrobe for all the new clothes you’ll buy at the bookstore to show your school spirit!

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Clothes Hangers

While you will have limited storage space in the dorm room, you can make the most of it by bringing and using a variety of hangers. They will not only tidy up your room, but will allow you to neatly stack more clothes within the same space. Look for thin, velvety hangers for shirts, tops, or dresses. Their narrow width will allow you to fit more in the closet than plastic hangers, and the soft coating keeps clothes from falling off. You may also want to bring some different types of specialty hangers, like those designed to hold multiple pairs of jeans or skirts, or a scarf hanger for belts and accessories.

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Baskets (For Storage and Laundry)

While storage space in dorm rooms may be limited, baskets can help you make the most of what you’ve got. Storage baskets can help you organize a variety of items, from clothing to school supplies, and give your room a neat appearance by selecting baskets in coordinating colors or materials.

Similarly, a laundry basket will be a savior when you look for a ‘dumping station’ for your dirty clothes. As a bonus, a decorative laundry basket can help you hide the pile in style when inviting over friends or a date. If you don’t want to carry basket, opt for stackable or foldable cartons that can be easily shoved under the bed or in the closet when not in use.

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Alarm Clock

College life is not only about fun and freedom, but also about responsibility. Thus, you will need an alarm clock when you have those early morning lectures. While mobile phones can serve the purpose of an alarm clock, many of us may forget charging after a late night studying or hanging out, and accidentally skip an important alarm. Alarm clocks also give an old-school charm to your dorm room, and make it easy to check the time at a glance.

Room Décor

Your dorm room will be your home-away-from-home for a good part of the next few years. Therefore, you should definitely spruce up its look by adding wall art or décor that you like. You don’t have to go over the top and fill your room with random clutter, but include a few special items will make you happy to come back to your room at the end of a tiring college day. If you are a painting or art enthusiast, or a photographer, you should take some of your own masterpieces to adorn the walls of your dorm room. Family pictures, greeting cards and other such memorabilia also make great room décor, and help keep warm memories fresh.

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Bathroom Essentials

Towels, a bathrobe, and flip flops are necessities to keep you comfortable and clean during and after a shower at the dorms. A tote to carry your toiletries makes it easy to keep your bathroom stuff in one place, making everything easier to store and easier to carry to or from the bathroom.

Kitchen Essentials

You might have a central kitchen or a personal kitchenette. Whatever the case may be, you should inquire with the school about what supplies and equipment are allowed to be brought. If you are sharing a room with others, it is a great idea to divide these items among yourselves. The cafeteria is going to be a prominent and very exciting part of your college life, but it is recommended that you bring some appliances like a microwave or toaster, to save you on those occasions when you are unable to fetch a meal from outside. An electric kettle will also come in handy for making things like instant coffee, tea, or ramen – the official food of broke college kids everywhere.

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Important Documents

You should make a list of all the documents that might be needed in the university, not only during the initial registrations and memberships, but also in the long-run. If you need specific documentation, identity cards, or permissions, it is best to arrange for them well ahead of time. It is best to make copies of important documents and save them properly in digital formats too.

First-aid Kit and Medicines

While it is extremely likely that your dorm will have a first-aid kit and medical room, it is advisable to stock up on these items yourself, too. This way, you won’t have to rely on the availability of a nurse or medical attendant for small needs like band-aids or aspirin. If you take medicines regularly, you should store your prescriptions safely and in a place that can be easily reached. Stock up on your medicines and be sure to refill them before you run out.

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Stationery Items

You will likely lose a few pens, notebooks, and post-its. Therefore, keeping some stock of these items is a great idea. Make a list of these items and keep them handy. Bring glass markers and permanent marker to put a label on all your personal belongings that will be kept in common facilities.

Hanging a white board with erasable markers can help you plan your tasks in advance and be more organized. If you are more of a traditional student, hang a monthly or yearly calendar on the backside of your door or on a wall. If you like to maintain a diary, then you should definitely bring one with you to document your experiences.

 

While this checklist is by no means complete or exhaustive, it should help you get started with packing for dorm life. Once you’ve moved in and can compare your items with what your friends and roommates have, you will figure out what’s left to get. By having the necessities in your bags on move-in day, you’ll ease the transition from home life to dorm life, and set up a comfortable space to call your own.

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Christmas in July – Organizing and Storing Seasonal Items

It is difficult to imagine Christmas during the summer when the temperature is soaring high. Unless your house is in a place where the temperature is always freezing, you probably do not think about a summer Christmas. However, summers can be the best time to make plans for your winter festivities. Some of the top reasons why you need to start preparing for Christmas in July include:

  • You have a fewer number of parties to go to in July than between Thanksgiving and New Years.
  • It is much easier to go gift shopping in the off season than during the holiday rush. The checkout lines are shorter and the malls are less crowded.
  • The summer holidays are spaced far from the Christmas holidays and therefore there are lesser distractions in July.
  • In July, when the temperature is soaring, you can stay inside your house and plan your holiday.

Come December, being unable to locate certain holiday decorations or easily distinguish which items are stored where can is a common setback that can delay or even halt your holiday decorating for a day or two. Don’t let that missing Wise Man ornament or rumple tree skirt dampen your Christmas cheer! Take advantage of the summer lull and get organized with these Christmas in July off season storage tips.

 

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Holiday Decorations

July is best month to lay out all your Christmas ornaments and get them organized. Remember when last Christmas was over? You had just stuffed away all your decorations in a box to deal with next year. You rolled up all your beautiful twinkling lights in a ball and tossed them in an unlabelled box. Getting your Christmas ornaments in order was not on your mind last January; getting your space tidied up and ready for the New Year was the goal.

If you sort out the ornaments in July, you won’t have to sort out them when you have a million things running in your mind. July is the best time to sort out all your decorations and even purchase some new ones.

Sort and Reduce

Since you do not have the pressure of putting up a tree and get the whole family together, you can sort through the decorations and throw out the ones that are broken or outdated, unless of course there is sentimental value attached to any of them. This will be easier to do during the long days of summer.

 

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Cooking & Serving Equipment

During the holidays, you take out all your fancy cooking and serving equipment and have a nice family time. But after the festival is over, you have a ton of extra silverware just lying around the house, ready to be stored away in their boxes again. If you have just stuffed them away in a box without giving it much thought, you can use the long months of summer to sort through your cutlery.

If you do not have enough space in your drawer, you can hang your silverware in storage buckets.

If you do not have a deep drawer, you can store your things in an upright position in a cupboard and create small compartments in it to store like cutlery together.

Larger cooking equipment like a turkey fryer or roasting pan can be put back directly in their places. Somewhere out of the way such as the garage or a rented self storage unit is best to keep these infrequently used implements.

 

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Car Care Items

Though not typically used for decorating, you likely have a supply of car care items that are only used seasonally. Things like antifreeze, ice scrapers, de-icer spray, and floor mat protectors may be taking up space in your car when they’re not really needed. Or, they may have ended up randomly stored on a shelf or in a lower cupboard after your holiday road trip. July is a great time to get everything out of the car or rounded up together, and to create a designated storage bin that’s easily identifiable come the first sign of frost.

 

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Sports & Outdoor Equipment

Storing sports equipment can be a big headache. Skis, sleds, snowboards, and the like take a lot of space and need to be tucked away very delicately so that they do not get damaged.

You can install a shelf or make use of bags or bins to store all your sports gear. Bags and bins will keep equipment from getting lost in the mix and protect it from getting damaged as well.

After the season is over, each family member should go through their sporting equipment and determine which ones need to be stored and which ones need to be donated or replaced. July is the best time to go through all your winter sporting gear to get ready for the season beforehand.

 

Seasonal Clothing

Almost every household has a bunch of seasonal clothing that comes out only during the colder months and is stuffed away in closet, box, or under the bed for the rest of the year. July is the best time to go through Halloween costumes, snow boots, winter coats, etc. After the holiday season is over, take out all your seasons clothing and send them for dry cleaning, repair them, fix the lost buttons and donate the ones that you and your family won’t need anymore.

 

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Luggage

We generally do not pay much attention to the care of our luggage, but it needs to be looked after as well. During the off season (which could even be during winter break, depending on your typical travel schedule), take out each of your suitcases, duffel bags, garment bags, etc. and clean them inside and out. If any of the zippers or handles need repairing, now is the time to send them in. You should also determine if you need to buy any new luggage and make arrangements to donate the pieces you no longer need.

 

We often have so much planning, shopping, celebrating, (and eating!) to do during the Halloween to New Year’s Day holiday season that it’s easy to misplace a special decoration or forget where we put the turkey carver last year. Taking time to plan for Christmas in July and to organize all your seasonal items, can really help alleviate feelings of overwhelm and frustration to make more room for the joy of the season.

 

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The Camping Kitchen: 7 Must-Haves for Cooking in the Great Outdoors

There is something unique and indescribably satisfying about cooking your own meals on your camping trip. Whether it’s the rustic charm of simpler times or a welcome break from your usual cooking routine, meals prepared and enjoyed at the campsite are very special. Sharing a delicious meal in the beauty of nature brings family and friends closer, creating wonderful memories that last a lifetime.

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While there are many gadgets and accessories available to stock your camping kitchen arsenal, the most important thing to consider while choosing your camping kitchen gear is its utility. When possible, you should select equipment and utensils that serve more than one purpose. This way, you can create a multifunctional cooking space that can be packed in and packed up with ease. Whether you’re gathering the basics for your first camping cookout, or looking to streamline what you already have, the following gear will help you put together a well-appointed and efficient camping kitchen.

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Cast Iron Skillet

Believe it or not, the good old skillet made of heavy cast iron is among the most useful cooking accessories in the US. Their versatility makes them a perfect fit to different types of cooking, including stove, bonfire, and oven. What’s more? You can prepare a huge variety of dishes and menus with this single magic utensil. Cast iron skillets require minimal maintenance, and even come in lightweight versions equally as strong as their heavier, more traditional counterparts.

Aeropress Coffee Maker

We all need our cup (or cups) of coffee to start the day off right, and during a camping trip is no exception. While there are many automatic coffee makers that prepare coffee in a jiffy, they still leave all the cleaning up to you. A better, low-fuss alternative is the Aeropress. This instant coffee maker doesn’t need electricity, is small enough to fit in your backpack, and produces a perfect cup of coffee in no time. What more could you ask?

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Hand Blender

Few cooking accessories will serve you while camping as much as a good-quality hand blender – also known as an eggbeater. You can use this multipurpose tool for preparing soups, sauces, smoothies and much more. Additionally, it can be used to chop nuts, fruits and vegetables, and also to whisk eggs.

Compact Colander

Cooking in a camping kitchen can require a lot of washing and rinsing. This is where a compact colander, preferably one that can be collapsed, comes to the rescue.  These kitchen helpers come in a variety of sizes, designs and materials; silicone and metal are the most popular. With the right one in tow, you will have no problem rinsing fruits and vegetables or cleaning a freshly caught fish.

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Disposable Plates and Cups

You should always carry at least some disposable plates and cups on your camping trips. They come in handy for situations in which it would be difficult to pack or wash traditional reusable dishes or cups. You don’t have to frown at the mention of the word ‘disposable’. There are some amazing, eco-friendly disposables available on the market.

Covered Knives

You will undoubtedly need knives of different shapes and sizes on your camping trips, and it’s wise to keep a separate set designated for cooking. All knives in your camping gear should have covers, especially your cooking knives. Having covers makes it easy for you to keep the knife blades clean, and store and retrieve them without hurting yourself in the process. Needless to say, this is especially important if you have kids with you.

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Insulated Gloves

On your camping trip, you will (hopefully) build a bonfire or campfire. Cooking over the open flame means you could be handling hot utensils. This is why you need good-quality gloves to protect your hands. You will be able to prevent many unpleasant burns and injuries with these simple yet effective accessories.

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The most important thing to consider before purchasing any of these cooking accessories is their first-hand feedback. Look for options that are used and trusted by many people. Online reviews and user experiences should be your guiding light when purchasing these items. Incorporating these cooking accessories into your camping kitchen can make a big difference in how you prepare meals at your campsite. Once you start using them on the go, you will realize how much of your time and effort they save, giving you additional time to spend enjoying the experience of the trip and making memories.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections with state-of-the-art security features. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

What You Shouldn’t Store in a Self-Storage Unit

If you are planning to move, reorganize your dwelling, or downsize, or only looking for extra storage space to stow away your stuff for short-term or long-term, you would have found the idea of rented storage very appealing. There is no doubt that rented storage units are a great way to manage your stuff and ensure it’s safeguarding without hassles or stress, many people make glorious mistakes while using their rented storage space. Here is a handy list of items that should never go in your rented storage unit.

Abby's Self Storage no pets allowed

Living (or Dead) Organisms

This might sound strange, but many people have been found living in and operating their life from rented storage units. They seem to have mistaken these units for rented homes, which are obviously not the same. Rented storage units are only meant for storing your ‘non-living’ stuff. This means that neither you nor your pets or plants can be in there. Even professional gardeners are not allowed to store their plants in storage units.

Abby's Self Storage no foods allowed

Perishable Items

No matter what the label of a food or other biological material says, it is bound to perish and decay sometime. Stored food items that go bad are very messy to clean up and are potentially hazardous to human health. The same holds true for boxes and containers that have traces of food or other perishable items.

Firearms and Explosives

Items such as firearms, gunpowder, explosives, and munitions are never allowed inside any storage facility. This is because they carry the risk of potentially harming tenants and damaging the facility.

Hazardous Material

Corrosive, toxic, odorous, and chemical materials are not allowed inside storage units. The same holds true for insecticides, pesticides, fertilizers, bleach, aerosol cans, lead paints, petroleum products, and radioactive compounds and asbestos.

Scented Items and Wet Items

Most storage facilities don’t allow storage of scented or wet items because they have the potential to attract insects or lead to the growth of mold and fungus that may damage other stored goods.

Cash and Expensive Items

Storage facilities require you to disclose the value of the items that you are going to store in their units. Any item that costs more than $5,000 is identified as expensive and is off limits for storage. Also, stolen goods are not allowed.

Abby's Self Storage no drugs allowed

Illegal Items

It is not a good idea to store banned substances in a storage unit. The same holds true for stolen goods. Don’t be misled by movies and don’t think about storing these items in a rented storage unit, for your own well-being.

Construction Materials

Since spare and unwanted construction material can be recycled and disposed of properly, it is also not allowed inside a rented storage unit. If you have trouble in getting some materials recycled, contact the concerned authority instead of stacking it up in a rented storage facility.

Abby's Self Storage no vehicle allowed

Uninsured, Unlicensed and Non-Working Vehicles

If you are thinking about storing your vehicle in a rented storage unit, you have to ensure that it is registered and has a valid license. At the same time, the vehicle should be insured and in working condition.

Now you know about what items are not supposed to be stored in a rented storage facility. However, it is always best to clarify all relevant concerns with the facility and understand their policies for the specifications of the stored items.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections with state-of-the-art security features. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

3 Tips to Prepare for a Long Term Storage

Rented storage facilities are a blessing if you are looking for options where you can safely stow away your stuff for long-term. Long-term storage of your items may be needed if you are planning to move out of your city or country temporarily for business or military deployment, studies, or if you have an extensive remodeling and revamping plan for your existing dwelling. Whatever the reason be, long-term storage of items requires special considerations to ensure their safety. Here are the three most important tips that will help you in preparing for long-term storage.

Abby's Self Storage plans for long term storage

Plan The Storage

This might sound absurd, but you need to plan the entire long-term storage drill in your head before actually starting to pack your stuff. This includes some serious research about the suitable storage facilities, thinking about the pros and cons of different packing materials, chalking out the information that you will put on the labels, etc. The most laborious and time-consuming aspect of this drill is to make a list of items that you will store. Only when you have thought the entire process through in your head, you should proceed to the next tip.

Abby's Self Storage pack for long term storage

Start (and finish) Packing

Once you know which item will be going to the rented facility for long-term storage, you should start packing each. There are several points to remember in this process:

  • You should thoroughly clean each item before packing. Even a little bit of dust and dirt should not be left. Use the vacuum cleaner if needed.
  • Apply protective sprays to wooden furniture and leather goods.
  • Use a bleach solution to disinfect the internal surfaces of equipment like the refrigerator, washing machine, and dishwasher.
  • Ensure that all items are completely dry and odorless before you pack them for storage.
  • Disassemble all bulky items that can be disassembled. This will not only make packing easy but also give you more space when you stack it in the storage unit.
  • Never close the doors and lids of these items completely to prevent moisture build-up during storage.
  • Use only new boxes for stacking the stuff because new boxes are sturdier.
  • Avoid wrapping the items in plastic bags because they can retain moisture in the long run.
  • Pack fragile and delicate items with special care. Use ample bubble wrap and fillers. Use corrugated sheets to separate them and stack all fragile items in one place.
  • Prepare elaborate and tidy labels and paste many of them on each box to ensure visibility on all sides of the box.

Remember to keep this list safe because it will be helpful when you take the items out of the storage facility.

Abby's Self Storage packing for long term storage

Choose the Right Storage Facility

The final tip on preparing long-term storage is to choose the right storage facility. There are different kinds of storage units available in the market and each has its own feature. For example, a climate-controlled unit will regulate temperature as well as humidity and may be preferable over a standard unit that doesn’t have these regulatory features. Ask the facility owner about their policies regarding long-term storage and inquire about the insurance details. You should ensure that the storage facility has a sound security system to safeguard your belongings in your absence. The overall maintenance of the facility should also be considered.

If you keep these three tips in mind while preparing for long-term storage, you will come back to find your belongings in great condition. Also, you will be able to retrieve every item without wasting time and making any additional effort.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings for the long-term, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections and top-notch security. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

5 Storage Unit Tips You Didn’t Know About

When you hear storage units, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Well, when we talk about storage units, it’s often viewed as a moving solution or as a seasonal storage solution. But nobody seems to be talking about how amazing storage units can be during a home renovation. Whether you plan on expanding your living room or adding an additional bedroom, you’ll probably need to make room for the remodeling. Often times “making room” means you got to move your furniture and items away from the renovation site. Otherwise, your furniture will get its own makeover and we wouldn’t want to happen.

Abby's Self Storage storage tips

When it comes to home renovations, the most common issue people run into is the lack of space to properly store their belongings. This is where storage units come in handy.

When renting a storage unit, most people have the big aspects covered – comparing prices and locations, noting the hours the unit is accessible, etc. Here are 5 storage unit tips you didn’t know:

Take Advantage of the Amenities

Rental storage units are a business. Like any business, the owner offers perks and amenities to keep their clients satisfied. Offering free amenities might seem counterintuitive for a company trying to make money, but getting more clients based on word-of-mouth reviews is an equal hand-off.

When considering a storage unit, be sure to ask about their amenities. Some places offer anything from a free moving truck to furniture covers.

Understand Your Belongings Before Storage

Most people have the general idea of tightly packing as many of their belongings into a single storage unit. We get it; you want to maximize your storage space. However, it’s important to understand your belongings before you store anything in them. Some items may require a climate controlled unit to help maintain your furniture in tip-top condition. Depending on how big your home renovation project is, it could take anywhere between 4 to 8 months before completion. This piece of information is often times overlooked and may possibly help with deciding between a regular storage unit and a climate controlled unit.

Thermostat

Benefits of Climate Controlled Units

Many storage unit facilities offer climate-controlled units for a slightly higher price. You might balk at spending more money than you absolutely have to, but it is something for you to consider if the items you plan to store are fragile or valuable. For example, photo albums can easily warp in units that aren’t climate-controlled.

Storage Unit Security

Arguably the most important factor when it comes to storage units and with good reason. Often times, a clean facility is a good indicator that the facility has security cameras. Think about it, would you litter if you knew someone might be watching you? Live security cameras are an industry standard nowadays when it comes to a storage facility. What often sets a secured storage facility apart from one another is having individual storage unit alarms. This little attention to detail security add-on is a great indication that the facility really cares about you and your belongings.

Reserve the Unit ASAP

If you’re planning on having a home renovation within the next couple of months or years, we highly recommend factoring in your storage unit rentals in your planning. Reserve your unit couple of days or months in advance by communicating with the managers. Keep in mind, storage units fill up fast especially if it’s from a reputable facility with great attention to detail and care for their tenants.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered in this department. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections and top-notch security. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

6 Must-Have Storage Unit Tips & Tricks

If you have ever tried organizing small spaces in offices or homes, you will understand how daunting a task it can be. This is because there is a need to place the right items in the right position to maximize space.

The same principles also apply to storage facilities. Rely on the manager for help determining what size unit you will need. Once your unit is rented, you should carefully determine how best to arrange your items in your unit.

The tips & tricks are centered on overall room utilization. Proper space utilization guarantees that your items are well stacked, secure and easy to access.

So, what are those must-have tips and tricks for storage unit space utilization?

1. Consider Your Heavy Items

Abby's Self Storage bed

While considering heavy items, keep in mind that you are working on saving space and also protecting your items. Heavy items work well as bases, as they are typically more stable, but always check on their fragility to avoid breakages.

Spread out the heavy items around the floor of the room and then start building up from there. Continue to stack boxes according to weight and how fragile the contents are.

Heavy, odd-shaped items like couches may be able to stand on one end depending on how they are constructed. Use items like couches as bases for lighter boxes.
2. Dismantle your Furniture

Abby's Self Storage sofa

Have you ever thought about how easy it would be to carry that piece of furniture in smaller pieces? If you haven’t then you should give it a thought.

Dismantled items are easy to transport, store and even stack. The whole process revolves around making the storage space more flexible. Think about removing legs from dining tables or breaking down modular furniture that you plan on storing for a while.

3. Fully fill your Boxes

Abby's Self Storage box

If you are thinking of protecting those fragile items, then you also have to think about fully filling your boxes. Filled boxes reduce the chances of unsafe shifting of items. Ever had a box’s contents shift on you and cause you to lose your grip? The fuller the box, the less likely that shifting will occur.

Apart from the constant knocks and break, there is also the scratching of those precious items of yours. You want to keep your items in good condition, and to do so, you should consider wrapping the items individually. If one item breaks it is less likely to damage another.

Work on placing similar items in the same boxes for easy accessibility. If the boxes are not completely filled, then you can use old blankets, bubble wrap or toys to cover the empty spaces.

4. Choose the Size of your Boxes Wisely

Take a look at warehouses around you. What is that common stacking procedure that you see? If you have not already noticed it is the same size boxes for the same level of stacking. It’s proven that same size boxes fit into smaller space and are easy to stack.

Typically boxes are stacked largest to smallest. Buy as many like-sized boxes as possible to maximize storage efficiency. When using multiple sizes, just be sure to use the largest ones as the base and the smallest ones at the top.

5. Protect your Items

Abby's Self Storage lock

Consider keeping your items in good condition even when in storage. Sheets work great for covering large furniture items to keep them from getting dust and dirt. Couches and mattresses especially should have protective covers as they are harder to clean than wood surfaces. Treat your wood items with a nice protector before storing and protect your items by using quality locks for the storage unit.

6. Consider Accessibility

Save on time spent looking through boxes for specific items by planning before moving items. Planning will help you sort out items that you might need sooner. Don’t stack too high and be sure to label the outside of each box with the contents so you can easily find what you need when you need it.

If you have room, try to create a center row that can be used as an access point for all items in the unit.  Remember to always place important things at the front!

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://abbysselfstorage.com/.

4 Ways Templeton Businesses Can Take Advantage of Storage Units

Everybody knows that whether you are moving, cleaning out a garage or basement, or just need a place to store your extra stuff, self-storage facilities like Abby’s Self Storage in Templeton, CA are a great place to rent some extra space.

That isn’t really exciting though. Did you know that our storage units can be used in other, more unconventional ways?

1. Using Self Storage for Excess Inventory

Is your business expanding but you are having trouble finding extra space in Templeton? Expansion for local businesses usually happens slowly. Typically, you don’t go from a smaller office to “I need a huge warehouse” overnight.

Abby's Self Storage inventory

As your inventory grows, our self-storage units can offer space to expand. The best thing is, we have a wide variety of unit sizes to accommodate your needs. As you grow, we can find larger units. Our goal is to give you one less thing to worry about when expanding your business.

2. Using Self Storage for File Storage

Tax season is starting now and it is the perfect time to go through your files and organize everything for your CPA. While you are working to get the files you need together, maybe it makes sense to have your employees take some extra time to organize the office.

Abby's Self Storage files

Our smaller units can be a great place to store your excess files. It will free up space in your office but still keep them nearby so you have access to them when needed. Think about how that space can be better utilized. If you move out a few filing cabinets, could you make room for that accounting assistant you’ve been talking about? Maybe you would have room to add a desk for a new salesman to help increase revenue for 2019.

Whatever the case may be, we’re happy to help!

3. Storing Items While Redecorating

Abby's Self Storage office

Do you have plans to paint your office in 2019? Maybe you are going to redecorate and modernize to improve customer experience. In any case, Abby’s Self Storage can also offer temporary storage for excess furniture and equipment.

4. Using Self Storage for a Photography Prop Warehouse

Are you an on-location photographer? Whether you shoot weddings, newborns or college graduates, you realize how important having the right props for your photo shoot are. Backdrops, lighting, baskets, and boxes…they all take up space. Our storage units offer a convenient and secure place to store all of those. Best of all, your CPA may agree that the rent on the unit is a business deduction!

Abby's Self Storage photography

Photographers aren’t the only ones that use props. With the real estate market booming, we know that home stagers are getting more and more clients. More houses to stage mean more inventory to store! As your business expands, so do your storage needs and we can absolutely help!

Templeton Storage Units for Businesses

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

There are lots of different ways that self-storage facilities like ours can help businesses in 2019. Storage units can give your business that much needed extra space. Cleaner, tidier workspaces may help improve employee efficiency and oftentimes result in a better customer experience when clients stop by.

For any business that needs it, including home-based businesses like photographs, property stagers, and even home-based sales…we have a wide variety of storage units to fit your growing needs.

Do you have a different reason for needing storage for your business? Give us a call or visit our website at https://abbysselfstorageca.com/. We’d be happy to discuss options to find the right fit for your business!

 

Prepare for the Holiday by Decluttering

It’s that time of year again to make some space in your home.  Between more items entering your living space, and relatives and friends coming over, you might consider de-cluttering. Cleaning up for the holidays will make it much more enjoyable for your guests and your life a lot more stress-free. Even if you aren’t hosting any parties, these tips can also help you prepare for the new year. Here are a few places in your home that could do with some clutter management.

Abby's Self Storage kitchen

Kitchen

The kitchen can be one of the busiest places in your home when you have people over.  When you’re baking, cooking, and serving drinks, it’s better to have everything to be organized and not overcrowded.    Go into your fridge and remove anything that is expired.  Non-perishables such as rice and canned goods can be donated to food banks or charities.  Then go through your cabinets and find things you no longer need or have too many of.  Kitchen tools, appliances, and other miscellaneous items can also be donated.

Now that your kitchen is slightly more clutter free, now it’s time to store the remaining items.  Keep things you use every day up front, like pots and pans, so they are easily reachable.  If you happen to be hosting and baking during the Holidays, put everything you know you’ll use in one cabinet that is easily accessible

Abby's Self Storage garage

Garage

Spend some time in your garage making room.  You’ll want access to decorations, shovels if you need them, winter supplies, and other things you might want to pack away once the holidays are over.  Garages are often the place we leave neglected items, things we no longer have a use for.

Give away anything that fits this description or, if it’s no longer useful, toss it out.  You may want to store the remaining items on shelves rather than the floor of the garage.  This will give it a neater appearance.  Anything that still has use or sentiment can be put away in a storage unit for safe keeping.

Abby's Self Storage kid

Kids Rooms

If you have children, then you’re aware of the clutter that can pile up rather quickly, between games, crayons, books, and toys.

Think of all the items your child no longer uses.  These things can be donated to a local charity or family in need, especially during this time of the year.  Anything that has been outgrown or forgotten will certainly be well loved by a family less fortunate.

Some children may be more attached than others to certain items.  If they don’t really use it, try putting it away for a while and if it isn’t used again then consider donating it.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

Self Storage is another option when it comes to anything you may want to put away for a while, but don’t want to give up.  Holiday decorations are especially good for a storage unit as they don’t clutter up parts of your house for the rest of the year.  If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Securely store your belongings! Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

4 Benefits of Self Storage

You may be considering self-storage, but are also wondering if it’s actually worth it.  There are a number of benefits to renting a storage unit, many you may not have even thought of.  Here are just a few reasons self-storage may be a worthwhile investment.

Cleaning up clutter and Holding onto valuable items

Do you ever wish you had more space around your home, but don’t want to give up everything you own?

You may be reluctant to cast an item aside, even if you don’t use it often and it’s in good condition.  You may wish to keep it in case you want to use it in the future or pass it along to somebody else.  Maybe it’s a toy, an old bike, or some books.  That furniture you don’t need could be stored away when your children buy a home and need a few dressers.

More and more, people want to own fewer possessions.  Some people would rather have fewer things around the house, but if you’d rather not completely get rid of those things then self-storage may be the right choice.  If you are downsizing, but aren’t entirely sure which pieces are staying or are being sold or tossed, a self-storage unit will help while you make a decision.

Abby's Self Storage - living room

There are more people in your living space

Whether you have a baby on the way or moving in with new roommates, and need to completely clear a room, you don’t have to put everything up for sale. Put any spare beds along with any furniture that you don’t need into a storage unit.  If your situation changes you can always take them back out and use them or sell them.

Abby's Self Storage - packing

Moving between places

We all know how stressful it can be to move, making sure all your furniture can be transported, your breakables in a safe place and making sure nothing gets left behind.  Sometimes, self-storage is a great option when you want to store certain items before your move so that nothing gets lost, and you can figure out what your space is going to be like before you bring everything into it.

Sometimes, people have to move out of the home they are selling before they can move into their new place.  Renting a self-storage unit is ideal in this situation as it gives you a safe, secure place to store your belongings until you can move those items for good.

Abby's Self Storage - pumpkins

Keep seasonal items

All of those Halloween cobwebs and Christmas tree lights and wreaths are taking space up in your home.  You don’t need to keep those decorations around all the time (unless you’re a fan of Christmas in July).  Storing them in a self-storage unit is a good solution for keeping those items out of the way when they aren’t being used.  Take those Halloween decorations and costumes back out when the spooky season starts again.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

These are just a few reasons Self Storage might be a good option for your situation.  If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Securely store your belongings! Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

Why You Should Store Your Furniture in a Self Storage

Sometimes you may need to store away your furniture for a while. You might be moving to a new place, or you may no longer have the space to keep all of it.  Whatever the reason may be, storage facilities are a great option if you don’t want to get rid of those items.  However, there are precautions you should take when storing more delicate pieces of furniture.  It might take some work, but these tips are extremely useful in helping to keep your possessions in working order and looking good when you retrieve them.

  1. First, be sure to make the necessary repairs that need to be made. If any of the furniture is damaged, it is likely to become even more damaged in the process of moving or while stored away.

Abby's Self Storage coffee

  1. Cover your Furniture. Any upholstered or wood furniture you have can be wrapped with plastic wrap or shrink wrap. Wrapping can prevent furniture from rubbing together and help keep insects or animals from burrowing in them.  If you don’t have plastic wrap, use blankets, sheets, old curtains, or anything else you can think of to cover. Lining the floor of the storage room with thick plastic sheets helps protect both your furniture and the floor in case any moisture occurs in the unit.  Another good idea is to place padding on the edges and corners of your furniture to prevent breakage of other fragile items.

Abby's Self Storage chair

  1. It may be a good idea to disassemble any wood furniture you have to prevent damage. Wood expands or contracts according to the climate. Remove the legs on tables and chairs, and the headboards and footboards on bed frames.  Make sure to keep the screws, nuts, bolts, locks and keys in a labeled container with the pieces so that when the time comes to put the furniture back together, you aren’t missing anything.

Abby's Self Storage living

  1. If wood dries out, it’s more susceptible to cracks. To prevent that from happening, use a wood cleaner to protect the finish. You may then treat your wood furniture with furniture polish, which adds moisture, before storing it. If you can, store dresser drawers and desk drawers separately.

Abby's Self Storage table

  1. Before you store you fabric furniture, make sure it is clean by wiping it down or vacuuming it, to be sure there is no dust, mold, or mildew. You can use an antibacterial wipe, one that is safe for fabrics. Make certain your furniture is completely dry before wrapping or putting away.

Abby's Self Storage computer

  1. Store electronics and televisions in their original packaging. If you put away appliances such as these, it is best to protect them as much as possible from dust, so placing them in their packaging should help.

Abby's Self Storage couch

  1. Polish metal furnishings made from metals such as brass, nickel, or silver to prevent oxidation. Use a polishing cloth and a metal cleaner to do this. This will get rid of any current oxidation and help in delaying future tarnish.

Abby's Self Storage cat

  1. If you bunch up your belongings, you run the risk of objects brushing up against each other, which could lead to cracks in wood tables or chairs. Make sure there is plenty of space. Start with the largest items and work from there.  Be sure to create an aisle that makes access through the unit easy.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Securely store your belongings! Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

Improve your Quality of Life with a Self-Storage Unit

Did you know that our quality of life can be improved if we’re just a bit more organized? Studies have shown that our moods can be dramatically improved when we surround ourselves in an organized environment. As a byproduct of our enhanced mood, our productivity also improves. It almost seems like the more organized we are, the more likely our quality of life improves. So if that’s the case, it’s almost a no-brainer to start getting organized! If becoming more organized is something you’re looking for but you simply don’t know where to start we’ve got you covered. Let’s get started.

Abby's Self Storage table

Renting out a storage unit is probably one of the most overlooked first steps towards becoming more organized. Majority of the time, being disorganized occurs when there are too many things all over the place with not enough room. The reason behind this is because our home only has a limited amount of space. It also doesn’t help that each year we buy tons of new toys and gadgets while keeping our old toys as well.

Abby's Self Storage couch

Storage units come in different sizes from 5×5 units to 10×30 units and maybe even bigger. Regardless of how many stuff you have at home, there will always be a storage unit that’ll accommodate your needs. Once you’ve picked out your storage facility, we can begin our journey to a better quality of life.

Abby's Self Storage living room

The trick to a better quality of life is decluttering your home. A little game I like to play when I’m on a decluttering session is to hold 2 separate trash bags. In one of the trash bags, you’ll toss all trash or junk you no longer need. On the other trash bag, put anything and everything you want to be put in your storage unit. So what’s considered trash and what’s considered storage worthy? Let’s face it, if you have stuff that hasn’t been touched or used in the last 12 months there’s a pretty good chance you found your trash. Now I’m not talking about decors and sentimental items. I’m talking about outdated stuff. Let’s say you recently bought a new vacuum and from that day forth, you only use the new vacuum and neglect the old. As the saying goes “out with the old, in with the new.” Make this game a little more interesting by adding another trash bag. For this third trash page, put stuff that could go towards charity or perhaps even a yard sale. Once you’ve finished your game, you’d be rewarded with a clutter-free home with a bit of organization.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

So if you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Secure your belongings at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of storage units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

 

7 Reasons Why People Use a Self-Storage Unit

Nowadays it seems like we can’t go anywhere without noticing a self-storage facility. The reason behind this is because self-storage has become increasingly popular over the last decade. With space becoming more and more of an issue for many of us, a storage unit would be the perfect simple solution. But beyond the space issue, there are several other reasons why increasing numbers of people have begun to use self-storage units. Here are some of these reasons.

Abby's Self Storage kitchen

  • Moving to a New Home – With the housing market at all-time highs, we’re seeing an increasing number of people buying/selling homes. In this complex housing market, moving to our new home isn’t always a straightforward process that can be accomplished within a day. Often times, there may be unexpected move-in/move-out delays where the new home isn’t ready for the move-in transition. Fortunately, self-storage units provide a solution for holding your belongings until the move-in process is completed.
  • Home Renovation – Whether you’re looking to reconstruct a leaky roof or add on an additional room, the last thing you’ll want to see is debris and dust on your floors and furniture. During these times when your home is under renovation, a self-storage unit can provide a safe temporary solution to house your valued items and furniture. Once the renovation is completed, you’ll have the opportunity to redecorate your home with your stored belongings.
  • Safe Haven for Seasonal Belongings – A storage unit is a perfect place to store seasonal items such as Christmas lights, Halloween decorations, gardening tools and etc. It’s a great way to declutter and organize your garage. It’s also a great place to store surplus items that take up space in your home. This also holds true for vehicle storage as well such as dune buggies, lawn mowers and the like. Depending on the size of your unit and the facility’s policies, you may even be able to provide extra protection for your belongings such as climate controlled units.

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  • Gap Year – Many students choose to either come back home to their parent’s house or spend a year traveling before entering the big world of work. In either scenario, many will find that they have nowhere to store their belongings after college. There’s probably no room back at the parent’s home. Who knows what sorts of things the parents might have acquired over the last 3 – 4 years. A possible solution to this temporary dilemma would be a storage unit.

Abby's Self Storage baby

  • Baby on the way – If you’re expecting a new addition on the way, you’ll need to clear up your spare bedroom and replace the spare bed with a crib. You can store your spare bed, furniture along with any additional belongings that aren’t needed at a storage facility.

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  • Our Hobbies – We all know that a dedicated hobby can take up a lot of time and space. For example large fishing rods and golf clubs, so let’s remove the clutter from our homes and keep our hobbies away from the family. Whether your hobbies are the outdoors or a collector, a storage unit can help keep your hobbies from clashing with your family space.

Abby's Self Storage car

  • Keep your Vehicle Safe – If your prized vehicle is collecting dust in the garage, keep it safe at a storage facility. Whether your prized vehicle is a car, boat, trailer or motorcycle, you can rest assured that it’ll be safe.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

So if you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Secure your belongings at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of storage units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

 

 

Micro Apartments are on the Rise! And Self Storages are right behind!

Major cities across the nation have begun noticing the rising popularity of micro-apartments. They’re on the rise due to the lack of housing available in the downtown areas of these cities. A typical micro apartment can range anywhere between 200 – 400 square feet, which is considerately small in comparison to the average 500 – 800 square feet apartment. So this sort of begs the question, why would anyone choose to live in such a small living quarter? And what is causing micro apartments to be in huge demand? And how does the rise in micro apartments influence self-storage? Let’s find out.

Abby's Self Storage Micro Apartment

Let’s begin from the top. How can micro apartments become a viable solution to combat the housing crisis in major cities as well as alleviate some of the monthly rental cost? Well for starters, a typical apartment in or near the downtown area of a major city may range anywhere between $2,000 to $4,000 dollars per month. That’s an insane amount of money just to put a roof over your head. According to financial surveys, more than 70% of Americans spent close to half or one-third of their paycheck into their housing cost. The rest of the paycheck goes into necessities such as food but also in technology. With the advancement of technology, it’s enabled us to access our e-books, data, and information via a computer, tablet or phone. In other words, we don’t need the extra square feet for book shelves and other remnants of the past necessities within the living quarters. With the reduced square feet in the living quarters, surely the cost of rent will also be reduced. So as a solution to not only save space and reduce the cost of living, micro-apartments have become viable and sought after solution. Times are definitely changing and millennials are at the forefront of this change and they’re looking to pave a new direction.

Abby's Self Storage Major City

On the psychological side of this micro-apartment movement, we have to understand that people have a really strong desire for wanting a place of their own. It’s a huge signifier that you’ve reached a certain stage in life and it also gives you an opportunity for privacy. Micro-apartments are becoming the next alternative to owning a property of their own. Especially since the average cost of a home is well beyond most typical American’s budget range, let alone a regular sized apartment or loft. Micro-apartments ring true to the phrase, “less is more”.

Abby's Self Storage Apartment

Micro-apartments are typically built in or close to the downtown areas of major cities so everything is in close proximity. Although your living quarters are reduced significantly, it’s made up in other aspects such as shorter distance to and from work, groceries, and if you’re a green environmentalist that’s a huge bonus. Most micro-apartments are also built with a communal layout in mind. In other words, there are designated communal workspaces and lounging areas. These communal areas are usually themed with a coffee setting atmosphere and ambiance to help improve social interaction and ultimately build a community. Think of these communal spaces as your unofficial living room with the added bonus of making new friends.

Abby's Self Storage Micro Apartment Bird-Eyes View

With the size of micro-apartments ranging only a couple hundred square feet, there are bound to be some major items and belongings we simply can’t store. As a possible solution, self-storage will become their next best friend. It just makes more sense to spend a hundred dollars on a storage unit to store your belongings than to spend a couple extra thousand on a slightly bigger apartment to hold your belongings. With health and fitness becoming increasingly popular among newer generations, it’s to no surprise why walking to and from work is no big deal. That’s just the direction we’re headed, so if you need something from your storage unit, just remember it’ll only be a quick stroll away.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

So if you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, Abby’s Self Storage has got you covered. Secure your belongings at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide range of storage units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

 

 

3 Long-Term Storage Tips You Should Consider Before Living Abroad in Another Country

Before we dive right in, it’s important to ask yourself how much stuff you need to store and how long you plan on living abroad. If hypothetically speaking, you plan to book the earliest flight to London with the intention of staying abroad for more than a year. I would highly recommend that you move out of your apartment or the place you’re currently staying at to avoid unnecessary monthly payments. Let’s be honest, we all love money (some more than others) so why not save a few hundred dollars from rent. Savvy? So let’s say you decided to take our recommendation. Yay money! Great! But then it hits you, where are you going to store all your belongings now that you don’t have a place to store them. Fortunately, that’s where a storage facility comes in! Storage facilities typically offer a wide range of storage sizes so you’ll have no problem storing all your belongings. Whether you only have a little bit of stuff or whether you have a closet full of stuff, a storage facility will accommodate your every need. A storage facility is a perfect solution for storing your belongings at an affordable price while keeping your stuff safely secured. Most storage facilities pride themselves on their security so you can bet that they’ll have state-of-the-art security features to help ensure you’ll have a peace of mind when traveling. But before you jump onto this idea, check out these 3 long-term storage tips first!

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1. As obvious as this tip may be, you’d be surprised how often this tip gets overlooked. Properly storing and packing. Now, this goes without say. Please make sure that when you’re packaging your boxes or containers to be mindful of your items. Now, what do I mean by this? Don’t toss stuff or randomly stack your items in a box, especially if you’re planning to store your belongings for the long-term. Be mindful of stacking the harder and sturdier items on the bottom of the box and work your way from heavy to light. This is a great way to ensure that your boxes or containers won’t deform and collapse onto one another. You definitely wouldn’t want your heavier boxes smooshing your lighter boxes underneath now, would you?

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2. Decide whether or not a climate controlled storage unit is beneficial for you. How would you determine this, you might ask? This is the part where you would sit down in front of your stuff and laser-beam focus on the items that could potentially be damaged if left alone. When I said potentially “damaged”, I’m talking about the items in your possession that are climate sensitive such as wood furniture, electronics, musical instruments and so forth. These climate controlled units, however, are a little more pricey and expensive than the standard storage unit. But the increased cost is well worth it in protecting your belongings in the long run. To a degree, this may even help provide a better peace of mind knowing that your items aren’t subjected to temperature changes.

Abby's Self Storage seat

3. To invest in storage insurance or to not invest in storage insurance? Hmm, that’s a good question to ask oneself, especially if you’re going abroad for a number of years. I strongly suggest looking into storage insurance for precautionary measures. It doesn’t really hurt to add another layer of security to further increase your peace of mind. And in the event of a natural disaster occurring within the facility, you can rest assured knowing that your items are insured. Like the old saying goes, “it’s better safe than sorry.”

Abby's Self Storage plane

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your belongings before you embark on your journey abroad, Abby’s Self Storage just might be the facility you’re looking for. Whether it’s a short-term or a long-term storage, Abby’s Self Storage can help accommodate your storage needs. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer a wide variety of storage units at low competitive rates! To learn more about our storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

 

Don’t ruin the Surprise! Store your Christmas Gifts in a Self Storage!

Season’s greetings everyone! It’s that special time of year again; where cheer and joy surround us and excitement fill the air!

Christmas is the time of happiness but also can be a time of stressfulness especially when it comes to completing your Christmas shopping list. Am I right? We know the struggle of buying the presents we need. From toddler toys to more elaborate gifts for friends and family. Although the struggle of finishing your Christmas shopping list may seem difficult at the time it’s actually nothing compared to when you have to hide your gifts until Christmas Eve. Packing and wrapping the gifts may pose another new set challenge to some but that could be managed when the kids or extended family members aren’t there. The real problem comes after the presents have been wrapped. It’s definitely not easy storing or hiding a big glimmering shining present from the eyes of a child. We can all agree that children are very adventurous and they’ll find some way to stumble upon things we never thought would happen. Which is why I propose we hide our Christmas presents in a self-storage facility?

Abby's Self Storage warp

Depending on the presents you bought, you might want to double check if a climate controlled unit would work best to store your presents. Now, I understand that this may seem like a lot of effort just to maintain the excitement. However, kids actually anticipate Christmas not because of what they know they will receive but because they know that they’ll be surprised. I also like to think that most parents are concerned about storing gifts before the holidays. Say for example, sometime in August or September you stumble upon a sales event and in that event, there was something that caught your eye that would make an excellent gift. Now if I knew any better, chances are you’re most likely going to buy it and store it and use it when the time is right. This occurrence is what I’d like to call fate shopping or simply seizing the opportunity. Instances like these where we buy gifts far in advance have many perks and benefits. One benefit is that we have 1 less gift to worry about when it comes down to complete our Christmas shopping list. The second benefit is avoiding the long lines and last-minute shoppers at the checkouts. As for the perks, there are just too many to name so I’m going to share with you my favorite perk. Discount Sales. That’s right, discount sales. I’m talking about online shopping discounts as well as in-store discounts.

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Now I can’t say this about everyone but I know that majority of us wouldn’t mind saving a few dollars here and there. Agree? I’ll take that as a yes. With that said, I for one love the idea of saving a few dollars while checking off my Christmas shopping list at the same time. Now I say this only because we can all relate just how expensive gifts can be. Before you say anything, I know that some of you may say that we don’t have to spend a lot of money on gifts. This, in my opinion, is absolutely true! I can even go as far and say the cliché saying “it’s the thought that counts.” Now although this may ring true to some, I think a carefully thought up gift that’s inexpensive as well as practical and useful can go a long way.

Abby's Self Storage candles

Christmas shopping can be a stressful task but it doesn’t have to be! Careful planning can help minimize the burden of completing your shopping list. Once you complete your early bird Christmas shopping and have them all neatly wrapped up, it’s time to store them! What better place than to store them than your Self-Storage Facility? Store your gifts and presents in your storage unit until the December rolls around or in most cases until the Christmas tree is in the house.  Christmas is an exciting and wonderful holiday. A few thoughtful planning for this annual event is nothing compared to the wonders and joy it brings to those around you.

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Give yourself some time to think about storing your Christmas gifts in a self-storage facility. While you’re thinking about that, it’s also important to think about whether or not the storage facility is secure. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we have video surveillance and electronic pin-code access entry gates to ensure your belongings are properly secured. Abby’s Self Storage offers a wide variety of secured storage units in Templeton, California . To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at http://abbysselfstorageca.com/ today!

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

 

5 Simple Starter Tips: For those who never rented a Self-Storage Unit before

Let me guess, you’ve heard about self-storages before but never really had any reason to use it until recently. You’re probably also wondering where do you start and which facility is right for you. What unit sizes would you need and what to look out for and what not to look out for. While all these questions are great to keep in mind, this article will help simplify some of these questions to help you decide which facility is right for you. With that said, understand that a self-storage is a great way to save and preserve your belongings. People typically use self-storages for a variety of reasons such as clearing up space in their home or apartment. While others may view a self-storage as a temporary solution for their moving transitions. Regardless of what your case may be, we can all agree that keeping your belongings safe is one of the most important factors when deciding which storage facility to sign up for. With that said, let’s check out the 5 simple starter tips for beginner self-storage renters.

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1) Find a self-storage facility with several security features – such as 24/7 video surveillance, electronic pin access gates, alarm systems, well-lit facility and more. These are some security related features you should definitely look for at any facility. Another tip to keep your eyes open for is how tidy the facility is, both inside and outside. The more well-kept a facility is generally translates to how regulated the overall facility is maintained. This is typically a good sign. Another great sign of a secured facility is if they have an on-site employee 24/7 as it’ll help bring in a physical presence to help deter potential shenanigans.

Abby's Self Storage pen

2) Find out if the self-storage facility offers insurance – whenever a facility offers insurance, that’s always a good sign. It shows that the facility is confident in securing your belongings. Additionally, having insurance on your belongings is always good to have in case a security breach occurs or your belongings are damaged. It’s highly recommended to ensure your belongings if you plan on storing your items for a long period of time.

Abby's Self Storage chair

3) Find out whether your belongings are sensitive to the environment – in other words, if you’re renting an outdoor storage, it’s important to make sure that your unit is completely sealed and secured to prevent any damages from the environment such as the weather. Depending on the items you plan on storing, a climate controlled storage unit is typically the best option. Without proper environmental protection, you belongings may be in danger of damages from such elements as floods, fires and rust.

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4) Find yourself a secure lock – one of the most important security measures you can do is to take matters into your own hands. While a lock may seem like the most obvious signs of security, people tend to not take into consideration the lock quality. Keep in mind that some facilities may require you to bring your own security lock for your own protection while other facilities have their own security measures to ensure your belongings are safe.

Abby's Self Storage notes

5) Find yourself a notebook or something to record your items – it’s important to keep a map record of where your belongings are located. This’ll ensure that no one has been in your unit and that it was exactly as you had left it. Additionally, having a record of your belongings is great because it’ll help you stay organized come time to move. Another important reason why you should keep a record of your belongings is in case of an insurance claim.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

These are the 5 simple starter tips for those who have never rented a self-storage unit before. Take into consideration some of these helpful tips in figuring out your self-storage facility. A secure self-storage facility is important to have as it’ll help give you the peace of mind. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we have video surveillance, alarm systems and an electronic pin-code access entry gate to ensure your belongings are properly secured. Abby’s Self Storage offers a wide variety of secured storage units in Templeton, California to help maintain your peace of mind. To find out more information about our self-storage facility, please contact 805-434-9000 or visit http://abbysselfstorageca.com/ today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Storage Unit: If You Got A Bunch Of Books Lying Around! It’s The Perfect Opportunity To Create Your Own Library!

Have you always dreamt about having your very own library but just can’t seem to find the right amount of space? Well you’re not alone. Most book lovers’ envision their ideal library with shelves and rows of their favorite books, magazines and comic books. One of the interesting perks of having dedicated book shelves for your favorite novels or comic books is how aesthetically pleasing and organized it’ll be. This DIY library is truly a book lovers’ paradise!

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Did you know that storing your personal belongings for months to come isn’t the only thing that a Self-Storage Unit is designed to do? With a bit of imagination and creativity you’re able to transform your self-storage unit into your own personal library! Yep, that’s right! Your own personal library filled with tens to hundreds of your favorite books. So, checking out a book won’t be necessary or a problem. You also won’t have to worry about whether your favorite books are available because they’re all on reserve for you! Find out how you can transform your self-storage unit into a DIY library in these 3 simple steps.

Abby's Self Storage Books

  • Rent a Storage Unit with the Most Optimal Space – The decision to pick out the right sized storage unit space is one of the most critical steps in building your own storage library. Yep, that’s right! Figuring out the size of your storage library is going to help you in the long run. Guess what it all boils down to? You guessed it! It’s the amount of books you’re likely and willing to store. If you’re planning on storing the remaining books you’ve kept stored all around your house, then a smaller storage unit space is the ideal choice. However, if you plan on expanding your book collection, it’s recommended to invest in a larger storage unit space. We wouldn’t want you walking into your library to only come to realize you ran out of storage space.
  • Line Your Book Shelves Against the Wall – Now that you’ve got your storage space ready, it’s about that time we start building our library! What’s the first thing that pops in your head when it comes to libraries besides books? If you’ve guessed book shelves, you’re absolutely correct! It’s not considered a library if book shelves aren’t in place. With that said, book shelf placement is really important when it comes to building your storage library because of the limited space available. We highly recommend measuring the dimensions of the book shelves with the dimensions of the storage unit to see exactly how many book shelves you’re able to optimize and maximize.
  • Organize Your Books with a System – This is where your library will come alive! There are a few methods in organizing your books in a systematic sort of way which is either in alphabetical order or separate them by genres. We recommend separating books by genres with generic categories such as action, adventure, romance, horror, comedy and miscellaneous. Once separated then you may proceed organizing the books in alphabetical order.

Abby's Self Storage Library

Having created a privately DIY library is incredibly satisfying and rewarding to say the lease. Storing your favorite books, magazines and comics in a Self-Storage is one of the best ways to create free extra space in your home even if it’s a little. Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we can help accommodate your storage needs. If you’ve got stacks of books, piles of magazines and collections of comics taking up space in your room or home, Abby’s Self Storage, may be the storage solution for you. Abby’s Self Storage offers a wide variety of storage units in Templeton, California to help you find the most optimal storage space for your DIY library. To find out more information about unit prices and sizes, contact 805-434-9000 today!

 

 

5 Helpful Tips: Organize Your Self Storage Like a PRO and Stack ‘Em Right!

Believe it or not, using a Self-Storage Unit is actually considered an art form. Don’t believe us? Try it out yourself! Stack your boxes from left to right or from right to left in the self-storage unit and let your creativity run wild. With an added bit of careful thought and preparations, your stacks will not only look organized but it’ll be organized and that’s not even the best part! The best part is you’ll know exactly where you put each item so that it will not be hard to find what you’ll be looking for! Check out these 5 helpful tips in organizing your self-storage unit to ensure a successfully organized master piece! Let’s get started!

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1. Choose One Specific Box Size (if possible) – Having same sized boxes will definitely help make your planning process a whole lot easier. You’ll have a clearer estimation of where the boxes should go and how many boxes should be allocated to one side of the self-storage unit or the other. Additionally if you’re into detailed planning, you may go as far as measure the width, height and dimensions of the box for an even clearer plan of action. To make matters even easier and more flexible when you’re stacking, you may look into boxes that are interchangeable. For instance, using two small boxes that equal the size of one large size box. This is helpful and beneficial for you because you may want to store specific items in a box that you wouldn’t normally store in another.

Abby's Self Storage box

2. Identify & Prioritize The Items You May Need – Let’s be honest here, there are certain items that you use regularly and items that you do not use regularly. The trick is to store the items you do not use regularly on the lower boxes. The idea of this tip is to have your most regularly used items on top of the storage for easier accessibility. One note to mention is to give extra thought to seasonal items such as Christmas lights, Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving decorations and etc. You may also consider separating the self-storage unit in half with one side having seasonal and frequently used items such as tents, sleeping bags, sleds and etc.

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3. Label Each Box You Pack – This is where true organization comes into play. Labeling each box on the top and the sides of the box will help keep you sane when it comes time to dig through your belongings. There are several methods of organization when it comes to labeling your boxes. You can color code each box with a specific color to represent a specific group of items or use numbers to distinguish the boxes from one another. Perhaps even a combination of both color and number.

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4. Create The Master List – Some people may refer to the master list as the holy bible of their self-storage unit. The reference is by all means nothing short of excellence. So once you are completed with your desired method of labeling, a master list should be created. This master list will be your ticket to maintaining your sanity. The master list will come in handy when you need to locate a specific item, especially if some of your boxes are completely out of view. With technology becoming more advanced by the second, you can save yourself the trouble of hand-writing the entire list of the self-storage unit. Instead you can opt to using Microsoft Word or another digital recording application to write down your specifics. With all that said and done, if you’re a detailed planner and you want to be extra. We recommend writing down the corresponding box color/number with a list of the items that the box contains as well as the location of the box in the self-storage unit. This is of course, one hundred percent optional.

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5. Place A Map Of Your Belongings Inside The Self-Storage Unit – Drum roll please! The last step to an organized self-storage unit is a map. That’s right! A Map! A simple friendly reminder of the interior layout of your self-storage unit is the final tip in becoming a pro. Typically, the average person that visits their self-storage unit ranges between a few weeks to a few months depending what is stored in the facilities. We sometimes tend to be forgetful at times and as a safety measure, a map can help alleviate time spend digging through your belongings.

Abby's Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States
Abby’s Self Storage | 50 Abby Rd. Templeton, California 93465 United States

Storing your belongings in a Self-Storage Unit is one of the best ways to create free space in your home. Whether it’s for a short-term storage or a long-term storage, Abby’s Self Storage can help accommodate your storage needs. If you’ve got fold-up tables for family parties, household supplies and seasonal decorations hogging up space in your garage, a Self-Storage Unit may be the solution for you. Here at Abby’s Self Storage we offer a variety of storage units in Templeton, California at low competitive prices. Rent a 10×10 storage unit for $119 a month to store your belongings. Rent or Reserve online today or call us for additional information at 1-805-434-9000.

Easy Ways To Move Homes Or De-Clutter

How To Get Clutter Moved Out Of Your Home

Spring cleaning or summer moving, the task of de-cluttering or packing is dreadful (yet worthwhile) when done right. Planning, timing and organizing helps stay focused.

Plan Your Move

Sometimes just starting the process is challenging. Where to begin cleaning? Which closet should I start organizing? Which items can I start packing before my official moving date? These questions can be overwhelming and easily result in procrastination. What should you do? The answer is simple: start small!

Small Spaces Are Easier To Clean

Set Aside Time Just For Packing

Often times, even with the best of intentions, multitasking ends up being less productive. With daily demands of family, home and work, we are already stretched for time. Adding a home move to that juggle can amount to high levels of anxiety. Additionally, studies have shown that multitasking can cause us to get more tired which is counterproductive to your plan of staying focused and motivated to get through that long packing list. Read more about why Neuroscientists Say Multitasking Literally Drains The Energy Reserves Of Your Brain.

Multitasking Drains Productivity

Organize Your Space

The whole idea of spring cleaning is to freshen up your space by de-cluttering and well…cleaning! Which means: actually clean out your space by removing unnecessary items. Simply shifting items from one place to another without deciding on its need in your home is another form of procrastination. For instance, if you’re packing for a move, think how much time and energy you will save by getting rid of these extra items before you move into your new home. The laborious task of packing and moving items from your old to new place is undoubtedly tiring mentally and physically. By not adding unwanted extras to your boxes will, at the least, save you some time even when it’s time to unpack.

Moving homes or cleaning is not fun (not for most right?). But, managing it by planning, scheduling uninterrupted time and organizing will get you through it. Most importantly, remember that it will get done!

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For more options on how to maximize your space, read about storage units in Templeton, CA.

EXTRA, EXTRA! STORAGE UNITS OFFER SPACIOUS OPTIONS WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE ROOM AT HOME

event vendor storage locations

Let’s face it, we all wish we had extra room. To have less clutter at home, to store extra furniture, or to be more efficient by organizing business equipment to make your living space, well, more livable! Until you renovate, get a bigger home or move into an office space, there is a more affordable option to get that extra storage room without having to relocate!

Medium-Sized Storage Unit to Store Content of a One-Bedroom Apartment

organize clutter in storageDid you know that a 10′ x 13′ can fit the entire contents of a typical one-bedroom apartment? And yes, that includes major appliances such as a washer, dryer, refrigerator and furniture like a mattress and a couch! Depending on the size of your furniture and your packing skills, you may
also fit in an heirloom piece like a grandfather clock or couple of antique chests and cabinets.

A generously-sized space, a 10×13 unit is ideal for storing needs in-between moves that will require renting a space for a month or longer. It is also a convenient solution for businesses that have out grown their current storage capacity or are home-based requiring a more efficient way to organize and access their business equipment.

Affordable Storage Solutions for Businesses

Considered a medium-sized option in most facilities, a 10×13 self-storage unit offers a quick and easily accessible option for businesses to store extra supplies, boxes of paperwork, or bulky equipment. From home-based event planners to contractors who service a wide service area, vendors enjoy the convenience of having a centrally located space that is manageable in terms of organizing and rental rates.

Space for Event & Party Supplieswedding supplies storage

Event vendors have to keep up with the latest fads. Which means their list of supplies is always growing. Inflatable fun like bounce houses, Chiavari Chairs, large circular banquet tables, or centerpiece vases with elaborate fillers to decorate a large venue take up a lot of space but are also the key pieces of a party planners business. A good sized storage unit can be used to categorize and better manage the collection of themed decorations. Expensive and fragile items like the versatile glass vases that are used for so many different events can be securely stored without the risk of damage that often worries the budget-conscious planner working with highly sensitive brides. Additionally, a storage facility near their most frequented venues can cut down a lot of time, energy and stress when things don’t go as planned and a quick backup is needed.

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Local suppliers such as vending machine equipment providers deal with large, heavy equipment. Unsold machines and extra servicing parts can be stored in a 10 by 13 unit and moved easier into trucks for delivery from storage facilities that have drive-up access. There is also the added benefit of peace of mind when choosing a storage facility that is equipped with additional security options like 24/7 video surveillance or individual unit alarms and alerts so that your  expensive machines are not easy vandalism targets.

Business File Storage 

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Every business has years of records and paperwork that needs to be stored. Even with the expanding need to go paperless, many businesses know how crucial having hard copies of important agreements can be in potential legal proceedings or if their company computers are hacked or infected with a virus. While the need to access these documents is unlikely, if the need does arise, being able to dig up a file in 7 years of storage boxes can become a costly and time consuming task. Storage units are a simple way to place these boxes sorted by year. Businesses can use the space to create a system of discarding older files as they replace them with more recent year documents.

Photographers and Videographers

props studio storage spaceBackdrops, photo booths, set furniture, studio props, lighting equipment and camera stands are all part of the creative workings of a photographer or videographer. For professionals who spend so much time on the road between events or shoots, being able to quickly provide a large selection of options to their clients means a better chance of securing a contract.

Storing Surplus Inventory

Keeping up with demands with on-hand inventory can be daunting, especially with unpredictable customer preferences. Storing additional inventory by stocking up gives owners and managers the leeway to purchase supplies in the off-season (often times at lower prices!) in preparation for their peak season demands.

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Getting that extra room at home may not be a practical option. Renting a storage unit that is sized comparable to a one bedroom apartment is possible! If you are looking for a facility centrally located in Templeton, a 10×13 unit at Abby’s Self Storage is currently renting at approximately $140 per month. To tour all storage unit options and to check on current space availability, rental rates, and promotions, contact an office manager at (805) 434-9000 or visit the storage facility website.

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Make Space for your 2017 Resolutions

Behind on your 2017 Resolutions? Here is how you can still clean up your act!

New Year’s Resolutions often are set at the peak of the excitement and celebration of the beginning of a year. Starting afresh with a positive mindset; working towards new goals as you make this year better than the one before. Unfortunately, as life happens, the path to meeting these resolutions is often abandoned. Since home organizing tends to be a common resolution, what better time to remind you how easy and simple meeting that goal can be?

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Large lawn decorations that earned you the “best lights on the block” title, the hand-knitted sweater that your aunt gave you that would be unfashionable to wear in February but you can’t bear to donate, and those baking gadgets you thought you wanted to challenge Martha Stewart with beyond the holiday entertaining season are cluttering your relaxation space. It’s okay to set these things aside and get back your home to before the holiday chaos happened!

By temporarily putting away your spur-of-the-moment holiday collection, you will feel less stressed. As you feel more relaxed, your focus and energy recharges. And voila! You are back to thinking about your goals and how you plan on accomplishing them. So, don’t give up your dream of baking the triple-layered chocolate cake embellished with the Star Wars figurines you won as your white elephant gift. Just allow yourself some time and space by putting away the items which, at least at the moment, are causing anxiety every time your eyes catch them in the corner of your living room or in the garage as you drive off to work

Self-storage facilities provide the perfect (and affordable!) place to safely store away the items you’re simply not ready to use yet. With many storage locations offering a range of unit sizes and 24-hour gate access, you have the convenience of choosing the right space for your needs and budget plus access your belongings whenever you are ready to kick-off your new year resolution! After all, the year has just begun!

For all your needs of self storage in Templeton, CA, contact Abby’s Self Storage for the best prices on unit rentals! Abby’s Self Storage offers an array of unit sizes for your custom needs, from 5×5 to 10×15, and you can even get units that are climate controlled for your most delicate items! Reserve online today or call Abby’s Self Storage at (805) 434-9000.

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10 Fun Facts about the Holidays

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The holiday season is here and that means spending quality time with family and friends in celebration. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanakkuh or Kwanzaa, here are 10 fun facts about the Holidays to get you in the festive mood.

1. The most popular Christmas song is Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is you.”

2. On average, a person spends around $700 during the holidays for presents.

3. The Christmas tree was made popular in the 1850s as a result of Prince Albert introducing Queen Victoria to the German tradition. The two royal sweethearts even had a portrait of themselves done next to a Christmas tree and this prompted Christmas tree fever in England before moving across the Pond into the United States.

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4. Santa Claus has many names, including St. Nicholas, Sinter Klaas, Kris Kringle, and Father Christmas, just to name a few.

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5. Before Rudolph gained his famous name, he was considered to be named either Rollo or Reginald. Rudolph was decided in the end after much deliberation.

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6.  This year, over 17 million oily doughnuts (sufganiyot) will be eaten in Israel during Hanakkuh, celebrating the miracle of oil.

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7. Unlike Christmas and Hannakuh which are religious celebrations, Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration celebrated between December 26 through January 1, commemorating the first harvest of the year and centers on 7 principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

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8. For Hannakuh, the candles are placed in the Menorah from right to left but when they are lit they are approached from left to right.

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9. The world record for largest Christmas Stocking is held by Children’s Society in London as of December 2007 with the stocking being 106 feet long and 49 feet wide. It held nearly 1,000 presents and was created for a promotion to help poor children receive presents during Christmas.

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10. President Coolidge started the White House lighting ceremony in 1923 and this tradition has continued every year since!

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For the best storage in Templeton, CA , Abby’s Self Storage is the perfect location to store all your belongings in self storage. Staff is friendly and helpful, and they offer all important amenities needed for safe and secure storage. Call Abby’s Self Storage today for more information at (805) 434-9000. Or visit the website at (http://abbysselfstorageca.com/).

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8 Fun Facts about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a reflective holiday spent with family and friends to give thanks for the gifts of one’s life. Families celebrate with the conventional Turkey dinners, gathering around the dinner table and enjoying one another’s company on the fourth Thursday in November. For Thanksgiving we would like to provide 8 Fun Facts about the Holiday in celebration.

1. 90th  annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – Not only will this year mark the 90th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but an estimated 3.5 million people will line the streets of Manhattan to witness it live!

2. The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 – 395 Years later we are celebrating in commemoration of that day when 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians gathered to feast with one another.

3. Thanksgiving was made a national Holiday in 1863— President Abraham Lincoln was convinced by Sarah Joseph Hale who campaigned on behalf of the tradition for 17 years to make Thanksgiving a national Holiday. Hale wrote the song “Mary had a Little Lamb.”

4.  Presidential Tradition: Pardoning the Turkey— Ever since President Truman began the tradition in 1947, the president each year pardons a turkey from being eaten during Thanksgiving. Last year, President Obama pardoned a turkey named Courage.

5. The Football Tradition started 96 years ago—In 1920 the NFL started the Thanksgiving classic games and the tradition has carried on until today. For decades there were only 2 football games but beginning ten years ago, a third game was added to the roster.

6. The heaviest Turkey ever recorded was 86 pounds!

7.  Turkeys were not consumed at the First Thanksgiving – According to historians, it was likely that deer, ducks, lobsters, and fish were consumed at the feast.

8. Benjamin Franklin wanted Turkey to be the national bird—If Benjamin Franklin had it his way, the Turkey would have been the national bird instead of the bald eagle! Food for thought!

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13 Wicked Fun Facts about Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner! Candy corn, pumpkin spice, and talk of witches and black cats fill the air. Families are putting finishing touches of their Halloween decorations and children are hanging their costumes, ready for the fun-filled night coming this October 31. To add to the celebrations, here are 13 Wicked Halloween Fun Facts about the Holiday.

1.  The largest pumpkin ever recorded weighed at 836 pounds! It was grown by Norm Craven who broke the previously held world record in 1993.

2. The mask used by the character Michael Meyers in John Carpenter’s 1978 Halloween film is a Captain Kirk mask that was sold in the 70s. The film crew was on a strict budget and purchased the mask as it was the most economically feasible option for them at the time. They manipulated the mask to make it appear as spooky as possible and to separate its likeness from Kirk.

3. Halloween was also once known as All Hallows’ Eve, Samhain, Witches Night, Lamswool, and Summer’s End.

4. Trick-or-Treating is based on the Celtic holiday Samhain where food and sweets would be put outside to feed the spirits who came out on that night. This would be the last day of the Celtic calendar year.

5.  Harry Houdini, the world renowned magician, died on October 31, 1926.

6.  Salem, Massachusetts, is the Halloween capital of the world having history in the Salem Witch trials.

7.  The record for most Jack O’Lanterns lit at one moment (over 30,000!) is held by Boston, Massachusetts.

8. The Salem Witch Trials took place in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693 and more than 200 “witches” and “wizards” were accused of practicing magic.

9. The most well-known Halloween song is the “Monster Mash” which was sung by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and released in 1962, featuring lyrics on all the famous monsters like Frankenstein and Dracula.

10. Jack-O-Lanterns were originally created from turnips, beets, and potatoes years ago.

11. A survey revealed that 50% of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy when trick-or-treating during Halloween, 24% prefer non-chocolate candy, and 10% prefer gum.

12. In accordance with Scottish traditions, if someone wears their clothes inside and out and walks backwards on Halloween, they will see a witch at midnight! “

13. Americans will buy 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween.

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Five Frightfully Fun Facts about Self Storage

October is the month to celebrate the spooky, mysterious, and frightfully fun elements of Halloween. This is the month to watch all your favorite horror films and indulge in candy corn, attend costume parties, or get lost in a corn maze at your local pumpkin patch. To celebrate this Halloween, here are five frightfully fun facts about self-storage.

1. Self Storage was first used in Ancient civilizations. In Ancient China and Ancient Egypt, clay pots were used to store items that needed preservation and protection, including salted meats and jewelry. Many of these clay pots were stored inside or in the ground.  There was even storage quarters or caves for the public to store their pots, with each family receiving a designated spot. Guards would stand in front protecting the stored items. This was a practice commonly used in Ancient China and Ancient Egypt.

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2. The most famous private storage units, and also one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, are the Ancient Pyramids of Giza. Enclosed inside the pyramids are the coffins and remains of the Pharaohs and their heirlooms that they believed carried with them to the afterlife. The most famous discovery of a private Pharaoh’s treasure was done by Archaeologist Howard Carter when he discovered the treasures of King Tutankhamen. It is said Howard Carter suffered from the curse of the Pharaohs when he entered King Tut’s tomb and moved the mummy from its resting place.


3. Pirates Booty was found in a self storage unit! A foreclosed locker was auctioned off and inside was a treasure chest of gold and silver coins. The entire value of the chest and its contents was half a million dollars! The mystery remains of where the booty came from.

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4. Rare Amelia Earhart Photographs taken right before her doomed flight were found in a self storage unit in California. The images were gifts given by Amelia Earhart herself and stored away in self storage, passed on from generation to generation, until they were found recently. The photos appraise for about $1,000 each!

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5. A storage unit was filled with brains! A former medical examiner had used a self storage unit to fill up his work, including housing human tissue and organs in containers filled with formaldehyde. When his unit was opened up because of the strong odor, the containers of brains and other body parts were discovered.

DISCLAIMER: It is illegal to house human remains in self storage.

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Need Help Choosing a Storage Unit?

Do you need help choosing a storage unit that fits your needs? If you are thinking about renting a storage unit, you are probably asking yourself a lot of questions: how much stuff will I be putting into storage? What size of storage unit do I need to store the stuff I have? Will I be putting more stuff into storage in the future? Do I need climate controlled units? These are all legitimate questions and all of us here at Abby’s Self Storage are here to help answer all questions.

First thing is first, have you put your items in boxes or containers yet? When you pack away your belongings in containers and physically see them before you, you can have a better understanding of what size of storage unit you need. If you find that you have only a handful of containers and aren’t planning on putting more items into storage in the future then you may want to rent the smaller sized units, such as 5×5 units.

If you are clearing out your garage or attic and have many boxes and items that you are placing into storage, then you will likely need a larger unit, such as 10×13 and 10×15 units can house many boxes, furniture, drawers, lamps, grandfather clocks, and wardrobes, just to name a few. This is perfect for heirlooms and other items sentimental to your family that you need preserved but have no room for. If you only need to have a few items in storage for the time being but are going to need to put more items in the near future, you may want to reserve a larger unit now to save you the hassle of moving from a smaller unit to a larger one in the future. Also packing the larger unit now can help you conceptualize where you want to place things so they are easily accessible to you when you visit your storage unit in the future to grab the items you need.

Do you have a car that you need in storage, too? Not a problem! The 10×30 unit can house a car and many boxes and household items. This is the prime unit to fit everything that you need in storage, including space for a car, which is handy if you need your vehicle held in storage.

If you need advice or suggestions on what unit size to get for your belongings, you may speak to the manager on site here at Abby’s Self Storage, who would be more than happy to help. For the best storage in Templeton, CA, contact Abby’s Self Storage at 805-434-9000. Or visit the website at (http://abbysselfstorageca.com/).

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Climate Controlled Storage Units Save from Summer Heat

The intense heat of summer affects everything it touches, from people to objects to nature, which is why people actively engage in staying cool in the summer by swimming and staying indoors in the air conditioning. Objects aren’t adaptable to the heat and often times the sun can cause irreversible damage. If you are storing items in a garage, basement or attic, care must be taken to ensure heat damage does not occur. Climate controlled storage units are built for exactly such purposes and help tenants store their temperature-sensitive belongings in a controlled environment to minimize or eliminate possible damage due to temperature.

Items that are impacted by heat include antiques, musical instruments, paintings, and photographs to name a few. If you are storing items like these, it is important that they are stored in climate controlled units. The heat can de-tune instruments, cause cracks in the wood and overall wear it down. A wooden clarinet or an oboe, for example, are extremely sensitive to the heat and could easily split under the heated pressure. Paint melts from heat so art made of paint and other sensitive material could melt away in non-climate-controlled storage. Similarly, the cold weather in the wintertime could also cause damage to the structural integrity of items, especially musical instruments. Detuning of instruments would be the least of someone’s worries when putting them in units that are not climate controlled.

If you are unsure if your items need to be placed in climate controlled storage in Templeton, California, you should contact our manager on site who would be more than happy to help you. They have the knowledge and experience to help assess the items in question and give the proper suggestion as to if a climate-controlled unit is suggested. It is always better safe than sorry because belongings that are damaged from heat and cool temperatures are often irreversible.

Here at Abby’s Self Storage, we offer climate controlled units in the sizes of 5×5, 5×10, 10×10, and 10×20 unit and they are perfect to store all your temperature-delicate belongings. Staff is friendly and helpful, and Abby’s Self Storage offers all important amenities needed for safe and secure storage. Call Abby’s Self Storage today for more information at (805) 434-9000. Or visit the website at (http://abbysselfstorageca.com/).

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10 unique facts about Independence Day

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On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress, declaring the United States as an independent nation, free from British Rule. Every year since, Americans have celebrated our independence with festivities, parades, and patriotic camaraderie. Recent traditions on this day include picnic BBQs with hotdogs and hamburgers in the daytime and fireworks in the evenings. Here are 10 unique facts about Independence Day that you may not have known!

1.  The United States is turning 240 years old this July 4, 2016.

2.  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two original signers of the Declaration of Independence who also later served as President of the United States, both died on July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

3. In 1870, Congress declared Independence Day as an official holiday and later in 1938, Congress declared the day as a paid federal holiday. Before 1938, it was an unpaid holiday for federal employees.

4. The tune “Yankee Doodle” is now known as an American patriotic song but the tune’s origins prior to the Revolution and was sung by British military officers who were mocking the colonist “Yankees” who they believed were unorganized and unsophisticated.

5. President Calvin Coolidge is the only American president to have been born on Independence Day, having been born July 4, 1872, and would become the 30th president of the United States.

6. The White House had its first Independence Day celebration party on July 4, 1801, when Thomas Jefferson was President and Aaron Burr was vice president.

7. The famous Macy’s fireworks display is held in New York City and has been televised on NBC since 1976, making its 40 year anniversary this year.

8. There will be an estimated 150 million hot dogs consumed this 4th of July across America.

9. The fourth of July parade in Bristol, Rhode Island, is the oldest continuous Independence Day Parade that continues on through today, originating all the way back to 1785.

10. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on a writing desk that is placed on a person’s lap, known back then as a “laptop.”

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10 Cool Ideas to Beat the Heat This Summer

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Summer has arrived and with it comes the heat! Temperatures can spike, especially in the afternoons when the sun is straight overhead. Staying Cool is one of the most important things in the summertime for your health. Here are 10 Cool Ideas to beat the heat this summer.

1. Community Pool or Personal Pool – Pools are one of the best ways to beat the heat and get exercise! Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise and in the summer days, you can keep cool in the body of water as you wade of swim. If you don’t have the personal pool, there are community pools open to the public in the summer. Contact your local city council for more information on where your community’s pool is.

2. Ocean, River, and Lakes— Any major body of water supplied by nature will definitely help you stay cool and the greatest part is that access to them are free! Certain access points may require payment for parking by the local Parks and Rec services but otherwise, this is a low-cost venture. For the ocean you can boogie board or swim near the shore. For River and Lakes, you can swim but also take a raft and wade in the cool water.

3. Go to the Mall or Catch a Flick—The mall is free to attend and it blasts its air conditioning to keep its patrons cool. Or you can go to the cinemas to watch a film in the A/C and just escape for a few hours. A lot of great films are being released in the summertime to keep audiences entertained, including Finding Dory and Independence Day 2.

4. Make your Own Waterslide— You can make your very own waterslide with household products at home! If you have a tarp, you can lay it on soft grass and use your garden’s hose to cover it with water. The most important step is to add either shampoo or dish detergent because you need it to make it slippery to slide along easily, which you can easily buy at the local dollar store.

5. Run through Sprinklers— If you are watering your lawn, you can run through your sprinklers with your bathing suit and keep cool that way. Kids particularly love this activity and whatever water isn’t picked up by moving bodies can be absorbed by the grass.

6. Take a cold shower or a cold bath – This is my favorite way to cool down. I like to fill my bathtub with cool water, grab my rubber duckie and a magazine to read and lay there for an hour relaxing on a hot summer’s day. Also, taking a five minute cool-water shower helps too.

7. Slurpee, Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt – Eating chilly snacks like a Slurpee, Ice Cream, or Frozen Yogurt helps to cool you from the inside. Plus these snacks are delicious!

8. Water Park – If you live near a water park, try visiting it during the summer! Not only are they fun but they will keep you cool as you fly through water slides. Many water parks have special discount days throughout the summer so if you contact your local water park, you can discover which days are cost-efficient.

9. Water Balloons – Water balloons and water guns are some of the best ways to getting wet while having fun! Kids love to have water fights and chasing one another while spraying water. Water guns and water balloons can be found for cheap, even in local dollar stores.

10. Ice Skating – Summer is the best time to visit the ice skating rink because of how cool it is in the inside of the building and also for how much fun it is to ice skate. A lot of times the rink will have discount days so call your local ice skating rink and find out when the family days are or when the discount events are.

For the best storage in 93465 area code, Abby’s Self Storage is the perfect location to store all your belongings in self storage. Staff is friendly and helpful, and they offer all important amenities needed for safe and secure storage. Call Abby’s Self Storage today
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Five Facts about Flag Day

Flag Day is celebrated annually every June 14 and it is the date to celebrate the official adoption of the American Flag. The way to celebrate is to display the American flag at homes and businesses on June 14, as well as celebrate at any local parades and festivals in commemoration. Here are five facts about Flag Day:

1. President Woodrow Wilson declared June 14 as Flag Day in 1916 but it is not an official federal holiday because the holiday was never passed through congress.

2. There are countless festivals and parades throughout the United States commemorating Flag Day across the United States annually on June 14.

3. Nicknames for the American Flag include “Stars and Stripes.”

4. Since its creation, the flag has been changed 27 times. The latest change was on July 4, 1960 to include the 50th state, Hawaii.

5. Flag Day has its origins in 1885 when an elementary school teacher in Wisconsin honored “the Flag’s Birthday” on June 14, taken from the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777, which defined the parameters of the flag to represent the new independent nation of America.

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Five Low-Cost Ideas for Memorial Day

Memorial day is the day we honor the soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice—their lives—protecting the Freedom and liberty of this great nation. There have been many wars over the years, including the great World Wars I and II, and the soldiers who lost their lives from each war is commemorated on this day every passing year. One unique fact about Memorial Day include that it was once called “Decoration Day” because on this day they would honor deceased soldiers by decorating their graves with flowers and American flags. Another unique fact is that Red Poppies are the symbol of remembrance on this day and it is a tradition to wear them.

Enjoying the freedoms of this great nation while remembering the sacrifices of the fallen soldiers on this day can be low-cost! Here are five low-cost ideas to celebrate Memorial Day:

1. Picnic at the local park— The parks will be filled with families enjoying the day outdoors. Some local parks will have activities lined up such as parades and carnival-type of games so check your local city’s plans for the day in the parks and take your family and friends out for the day.

2. BBQ at home— This is the go-to on Memorial Day, BBQ some hotdogs and hamburgers at home and you can put the varying news channels on in the background as you BBQ so you can watch the varying Memorial Day special programs that they air. Usually the President will commemorate Memorial Day and the news channels will cover the ceremony.

3. Celebrate at the Local beach, lake, or River—If you are near any bodies of water, you can stay cool in the heat by celebrating in the local body of water while celebrating aside others who are thinking the same and staying cool in the heat. Going to a beach, lake or river is generally free and if not, cities generally have Memorial Day discounts for entrance. Contact your local parks and recreation department to find out the specials for the day!

4.  Celebrate at the Mall— A lot of malls will have special memorial day celebrations and concert performances from local performers. Checking out what the local malls have planned is low-cost as many of the public performances are free or donations-based.

5. Find a Parade—Many cities and towns host a memorial day parade to honor the fallen soldiers. They are typically free to attend and it is great to support the locals marching in the parade, as well as see the marching bands play live music.

For the best storage in 93465 area code, Abby’s Self Storage is the perfect location to store all your belongings in self storage. Staff is friendly and helpful, and they offer all important amenities needed for safe and secure storage. Call Abby’s Self Storage today
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10 EASY WAYS TO REDUCE AND RECYCLE

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Earth Day is Friday April 22, 2016, and in lieu of this green day here are 10 easy ways to reduce, recycle, and reuse:

1. Reusable bags and containers – Use these every chance you can! Shopping, traveling, lunches, picnics, even around the house! The less you use plastic bags, the better it is for the environment.

2. Avoid Single-Serve Items – Many items in the grocery stores are packaged with snack packs or single serve items which leads to excess garbage. Try buying these items in bulk and packaging them in recyclable containers to alleviate excess and unnecessary garbage.

3. Compost Food & Yard Waste— If you don’t have a compost bin, we highly recommend you get one! Many food scraps and yard waste can be tossed into a compost bin in the backyard. This reduces waste in the landfill and yields free, nutrient-rich fertilizer for your garden.

4. Go Paperless – There are a lot of options nowadays to go paperless, such as bank statements and other bills. This helps reduce the amount of paper used and ultimately saves our trees.

5. Buy Rechargeable Batteries – The lifespan of one rechargeable battery can equal that of countless regular batteries, and it is better for the environment. When you can, be sure to use rechargeable batteries. Don’t forget, once a battery is no longer working, you can recycle them!

6. Place Recycle Bins Everywhere!— When recycle bins aren’t accessible, people will often toss recyclable items in the trash. Take a few minutes to add a recycling bin where they are most likely to be used. A paper bin in the office, for example, will help recycling efforts tremendously.

7.  Buy Recycled-Content Items— Many food items are packaged with recycled content so that you can use and re-use them. Similar, many consumer items are made of recycled content such as green toys products and moving comfort active wear. Wherever you can, buy items that incorporate recycled materials into their packaging.

8.  Re-use the used—Used items can be re-used or donated. You can re-use empty boxes and containers for storage and unwanted items such as books, clothing, accessories, technology, can be donated to charity or local library.

9. Borrow and Share from Family and Friends— Sometimes if we just reach out to others, we can collectively share items such as tools, sports equipment, tables and chairs, or other items that would need to be rented. Communal sharing helps the environment in the long run.

10. Avoid using Disposable Items—Avoid using disposable items such as plastic and paper plates and instead use regular plates and utensils. The disposable items are manufactured in ways that increase unneeded trash!

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for more information at (805) 434-9000. Or visit the website at (http://abbysselfstorageca.com/).

Top 10 Spring Cleaning tips for 2016  

Spring is at our doorstep and that means the time has come for Spring Cleaning! Spring Cleaning is that tradition we’ve all grown up with where we spend a week or two extensively cleaning out our homes: pulling everything out of our drawers and tossing what we don’t need, dusting every nook and cranny, shampooing our furniture and carpets, extensively organizing our closets, we’ve all been there! It can be daunting before beginning, but once we all go underway in our Spring Cleaning, we find that we feel reenergized and refreshed!

Here are some great tips that will help you in Spring Cleaning:

1. Clean your Garbage Disposal—This is the one thing people tend to forget in their annual cleanings! You can drop in some household cleaners and run the water and disposal to let it circulate, or for a more natural remedy, put in the lemon squeeze with salt and run the garbage disposal with cold water so that it can work to clear away the residue and eliminate odor.

2.  Degrease the Microwave – Microwave stains that build up are sometimes difficult to get rid of. It’s also hard to let things soak in there so one method outside of regular cleaning agents is to use lemon juice mixed with water and a bit of salt to clean the residue. The acid of the lemon helps to break it down and makes it easier to scrub.

3. Wax On Wax Off –  I heard this from a mechanic  who uses the same method as his house: after you clean your stovetop, put a little bit of car wax and buff it in as it helps with the aesthetic, the coat, and makes future spills easier to clean off.

4.  Lemon & Salt Clears Rust – Lemons and other citruses are natural cleaning agents one effective way to clear rust. Just sprinkle salt and put lemon juice on the rust stain, let it sit and scrub every ten minutes and the acid will tear through the rust. After an hour, rinse and the rust stain should be gone!

5.  Clean the Fridge’s Coils – You know the condenser coils, it’s in the back of the fridge and we all wish we can ignore it but without cleaning it annually, we risk the fridge overheating. Pull out your fridge and use a vacuum or a long dust brush to get all the lint, dust, and muck from behind there in order to preserve the lifespan of your refrigerator!

6.  Bathe your Walls – When periodically cleaning our homes, we tend not to clean our walls. We focus on the floors and surface tops but the walls need a bath at least once a year. There is enough dirt and soot that clings to the walls and a simple sponge with dishwasher detergent can do the trick. Using a sponge mop can make the process go faster while getting at hard-to-reach places.

7. Light Cleaning, pun intended – Even the lights need their spring cleaning! If you use a sponge and all-purpose cleaner agent, or a polish cloth, you can clean the lights and dust off the soot which will help in preserving the integrity of the light in form and luminosity.

8. Microwave your sponge – Every time you need to disinfect your sponge, squeeze out all of the water and place it in the microwave for 1 minute to kill all the germs. This little trick will save you on having to constantly replace your sponge! For the rest of the year, it’s recommended to replace your sponge every month!

9. Clean Out the Coat Closet – One sweater and one light jacket is all you really need in most climates so go ahead and clean out your coat closet and donate whatever you don’t wear to your local Goodwill or homeless shelter!

10. Clean those Ceiling Fan Blades – The ceiling fan blades collect dust very quickly and if they’re not cleaned often, the fan could help spread the dust when on, which can aid in allergies and sinus infections. There are specially designed long-handle dust sweepers and brooms that help with cleaning the fan blades. You could also climb up a step-ladder to hand wash them but make sure to be careful when you and follow all safety precautions!

For the best storage in Templeton, CA , Abby’s Self Storage is the perfect location to store all your belongings in self storage. Staff is friendly and helpful, and they offer all important amenities needed for safe and secure storage. Call Abby’s Self Storage today
for more information at (805) 434-9000. Or visit the website at (http://abbysselfstorageca.com/).

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I’m Packing in the rain, just packing in the rain

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It’s that rainy season again and sometimes we find that we have to pack or unpack a storage unit under such conditions. Many storage facilities have built-in drains to facilitate the water away from the doors, which is extremely helpful, and here are a few ideas to best help with such a scenario:

**Hand cart, Dolly … Wheel it all at once! A lot of facilities have hand carts and dollies for tenant use, you just have to ask the manager! This helps immensely with moving in rain or shine, but above all when having to move in and out in the rain. Put them all on the dolly or hand carts and cover them when wheeling to and from your vehicle.

** Tarps. Tarps are the best method to completely protect your items from the rain and they are reasonably priced at local hardware stores. Cover up all items before wheeling them out into the rain and they’ll stay dry.

** Rent a unit you can drive up next to, that way you can access the unit during the wet season and not have to worry too largely about getting your items wet. Look for a unit that has drive up access instead of a hallway.

**Cloth / old sheet.  Cover your items with old clothes, old sheets, old towels, anything old that you can use to cover your items and protect them from the rain and water damage!

** Waterproof Plywood sheets.    Placing the waterproof plywood sheets on the ground can help with moving in and out, especially if you can’t have a dolly or a hand cart and you want to make sure that your items do not come in contact with the wet ground.

**Wear Rain clothes/ Warm Clothes.  Wearing appropriate attire is nearly half the battle when loading and unloading in the rain. You don’t want to risk getting soaking wet when loading or unloading a unit!

**Bring an Umbrella Large umbrellas can help cover smaller items as you carry them in and out of the unit, while also keeping you dry!

For the best storage in Templeton, CA , Abby’s Self Storage is the perfect location to store all your belongings in self storage. Staff is friendly and helpful, and they offer all important amenities needed for safe and secure storage. Call Abby’s Self Storage today
for more information at (805) 434-9000. Or visit the website at (http://abbysselfstorageca.com/).

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New Year, New Resolutions: Storage

2016 brings a new year and with all new years, there are exciting and endless possibilities! The world is our oyster! With the new year comes new resolutions and sticking to the resolutions is definitely a year’s effort!

One common New Year’s resolution is to become more organized at home. This could be remedied by placing unused items into storage. A lot of times we discover that we have important items that we store in our home that are taking up much-needed space, but that we hardly ever use. Family heirlooms are one great example. Another great example is old toys and items from growing children that are too sentimental to part with. Placing these items into self-storage units could free up space in the home to refine the organization.

Self-storage allows for peace of mind because the items are stored safely and can be accessed year-round. And having the extra space in the house will make it feel like your home is bigger. You can Feng Shui your home and make it feel brand new for the new year!

A great tip is that small, closet sized units are very affordable and a great way to store items, including holiday and seasonal items, that are only needed at specific times in the year. Abby’s Self Storage has closet-sized 5’x5′ units starting at under $64 per month for convenient and affordable storage. For more information on self storage in Templeton, CA, call Abby’s Self Storage at (805) 434-9000. Or visit the website at (http://abbysselfstorageca.com/).

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