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5 Reasons To Utilize Self Storage When Staging Your Home

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Oct 2017

5 Reasons To Utilize Self Storage When Staging Your Home

Staging your home, making it look like a spacious blank canvas, is an essential technique for selling your home quickly and for a higher price. Staging, in case you haven’t bought or sold a home in a while, is making your well-lived in home easier to picture as someone else’s new home.

Your realtor may have already mentioned staging, or at least decluttering your home and spiffing it up a bit. You need somewhere to put a good portion of your stuff until your house sells and you are ready to move. Self-storage is an inexpensive way to keep your belongings safe and secure, while your home is on the market.

Let’s take a look at five reasons why you should use self-storage when staging your home.

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Declutter the Living Room or Family Room

Your living room sees most of the activity and traffic from all members of the family. There is plenty of seating, surfaces with piles of books and papers on them, and your entertainment system with all the components and big screen TV. The walls are covered in family photos and the vintage Star Wars posters you collected.

Does it look a bit overcrowded to you? Is every square foot filled with furniture, lamps, accessories, and pictures? Staging your living room or family room means clearing a good portion of that stuff out.

• Box up extra books, CDs, and DVDs.
• Take down the photos to store.
• Remove the Star Wars posters (sorry) and replace them with mirrors and conventional artwork.
• Take out some of the furniture.
• Reduce the number of electronic components.

Now you have several boxes and some furniture that need a place to stay. A climate controlled self-storage unit is the perfect place to put all your books, photos, electronics, and furniture. Self-storage units come in a variety of sizes with wide doors to allow you to carry large items inside.

Climate control will keep your furniture, electronics, and photos from becoming overly damp or dry as well as eliminate the chance pests will get into your things.

Rearrange the furniture that is left to create open spaces to walk and tidy up any cords and cables around the television and lamps. If you need to clean or replace the flooring, there is now less to move or work around, and you easily avoid getting paint on your furniture.

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Pack Up the Kitchen

Like the living room, the kitchen sees a lot of action, but it becomes the dumping ground for extra dishes, duplicate supplies, and staples, as well as the home for the junk drawer. People buying a new house will check for storage space, so let them see sparsely used cabinets and nearly empty drawers.

• Pack dishes, pans, and utensils you won’t need for the next few weeks.
• Clear out all the drawers and throw or give away things you no longer use.
• If you own pets, sweep all the dust and hair out of the lower cabinets.
• Store as many countertop appliances as you can.

Take your boxes of dishes, pots, pans, and utensils to your self-storage unit. You can also take appliances of any size to storage as well. Perhaps you have a chest freezer that is crowding your kitchen or an extra refrigerator. Self-storage has plenty of space, and you can still access items you find you need later.

If you collect cookie jars or kitchen decorations, put those away, too, so potential buyers will be able to imagine their own things there.

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Clear Out the Closets, Basement, and Attic

It’s amazing how much stuff you can cram into a closet. Everything from old clothes and towels to tools you no longer need. Closets are where you put things away for later and forget about them. People who are thinking about buying your house want to see empty closets because, again, they are looking for storage space.

Set aside plenty of time to sort through the contents of your closets and other storage areas. Don’t forget to reclaim the bedroom that is now a junk room. Throw away, give away, or sell anything you don’t use or need. Get rid of broken items you meant to fix.

Keep enough linen on hand to put a set of sheets on all the beds and towels in the bathrooms. Pack up what’s left and take it to your storage unit.

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Improve Curb Appeal

Do you own a huge RV or a boat? Are you storing a jet ski beside the driveway? You can rent self-storage for those items as well. Don’t block off the view of your lovely home, show it off by taking all your large toys off the property and putting them in safe, secure storage.

Other items you might consider storing are outdoor furniture, a grill, or other accessories in the backyard, so your yard will look as big as possible.

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Get the Packing Done

One of the best things about staging your home and packing up all the extras into self-storage is that you are now nearly packed to move! Many moving companies will make a second stop at your self-storage unit to load up your belongings into the same truck as the items from your house.

With so much of your stuff packed up, it’s fast and easy to carry it all out to the truck. If you have an interior climate-controlled unit, check to see if the facility has a loading dock so the movers can load the truck faster and with less heavy lifting.

A self-storage unit is your ticket to staging your home to emphasize the amount of storage space available as well as creating an airy, open living arrangement that isn’t overstuffed with furniture, appliances, or accessories.

Meanwhile, you are mostly packed to move so when your house sells you will have much less to do to move out. Your furniture has been saved from paint and spills. Everything is ready to be unloaded into your new home as soon as you get there.

You can store almost anything in self-storage to help your realtor beautifully stage your home for a quick sale. You might even get more money for it!

Steve Wright works for Whirlwind Steel. Whirlwind Steel designs and manufactures Sturdi-Storage metal self-storage buildings.


Top 10 Places To Live In 2017

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Mar 2017

Top 10 Places To Live In 2017

Moving comes with a lot of thought and consideration. People choose to relocate due to reasons such as family, jobs, lifestyles, and the cost of living. Whatever the reason is families are sure to migrate to certain areas throughout the year. It seems the South is headed towards a population increase. Florida itself holds 3 cities that are in the top 10 places to live for 2017. Let’s take a look at the ten cities and why they have become a popular place to move. (more…)


5 Traditional Items That Can Be Used For Storage

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Aug 2016

5 Traditional Items That Can Be Used For Storage

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Using different items for their unintended purpose is something that most people disregard. Shower hooks are used to hang shower curtains and file sorters sort out bills and other papers. The names of the items pretty much explain the products purposes, right?  Well what if those shower hooks could be used to store and organize other items such as hats?Genius!

There are plenty of items and products that can be used for storage instead of their intended purpose. Here are just five items that people are using to create more storage around their home.

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1. tension rods

When you see tension rods they are usually hanging some type of drapery or curtains, but they can also be used for other purposes. Tension rods are great when storing cleaning supplies under the sink. This keeps the bottles from being knocked over while giving you more storage space below. Tension rods also work wonders when creating storage in the kitchen. It can keep things like metal pans, cutting boards, and Tupperware lids organized.
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5 Space-Saving Tips For Your Dorm Room: Fall 2016

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Aug 2016

5 Space-Saving Tips For Your Dorm Room: Fall 2016

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Summer is wrapping up and Fall 2016 is just around the corner. College students are moving on campus or to small apartments as the semester approaches. Some might have some warped notions about the size of the college dorm rooms before moving into it.

The reality is, however, you never have as much space as you think you will. This is why organization skills and creative storage tips are always great to learn before making your move. Here are 5 space-saving tips to use this semester.
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5 Inventive Ways to Use Pegboards for More Storage

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Jul 2016

5 Inventive Ways to Use Pegboards for More Storage

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Many people lack the amount of storage they truly need within their home. Creating storage can be difficult and strenuous. Most people look for places in cabinets or on counter tops, but what about vertical storage on the wall?  Pegboards are one of the more popular storage solutions at the moment. They are one of the most versatile options that will declutter any room in the home.

The vertical storage not only gives a home to your belongings, but it will fill up the blank spaces on your walls. Pegboards can be painted, enlarged or reduced in size, and can hold objects on every inch. Not to mention the objects can easily be rearranged or you can move the pegboard as a whole. The options are endless with pegboards. Here are just five ways you can use pegboards for more storage around your home.
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Creative Ways to Re-Use Jars For Storage Around Your Home

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May 2016

Creative Ways to Re-Use Jars For Storage Around Your Home

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Creating more storage isn’t always easy and affordable…but this time it is. You can create more storage by reusing items that are no longer being used for their original purpose and taking it to a whole new level. Use those items, instead of throwing them away, for something else. Many reusable items can be used for creating super organization while gaining a great deal of storage. Jars are a great item to recycle and reuse. Many things are purchased in a jar like candles, sauces, pickles, and baby food. So don’t throw those jars away. You are about to get creative. Here are some ways to reuse jars for more storage around your home!

 

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Food Storage:

Don’t you find that everything tastes better when it is stored in glass? Use the glass jars for storing your leftovers. You can also use them to store your macaroni, rice, sugar or just about any food item. They will fit nicely in your pantry and will stay fresh as well. You won’t have the worry that your food items will attract ants either like you would with an open bag or box. With a lid that screws on you will know that your food is safe from the critter invasion. If you are making something in the kitchen to give to someone else you can deliver it in a jar. Dress it up with a ribbon and a little gift card and your thoughtfulness will shine through.
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How to Succeed at Storing Outgrown Baby Gear

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Jan 2016

How to Succeed at Storing Outgrown Baby Gear

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Despite how small babies are, they generally require an incredibly large amount of gear. Changing tables, diaper genies, cribs, strollers, car seats, and playpens can take up an inordinate amount of space in your home, especially as your child ages and more furniture, toys, and accessories are required. Before long, it may be hard to remember what it’s like to have a nice, clean, normal house.

As your children grow up, you may be faced with the task of figuring out how to handle the unneeded baby gear that’s now limiting livable space. Organizing your unneeded baby equipment and de-cluttering is a great way to maximize the room you have available, but there’s still one big question that needs answering: what do you do with it?

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How-To and What-To Pack for College: The Ultimate Guide

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Jul 2015

How-To and What-To Pack for College: The Ultimate Guide

It’s mid- July and if you aren’t taking summer classes, you most likely have a month and half or less to buy dorm essentials, pack, and move away to college. That’s a little taunting, especially for those of you attending college out-of-state. What weather changes should you expect? Can you take everything you own with you to school? (The answer to that one would be a big no.) It’s not easy to pack for college, but it’s also not impossible.  Follow this how-to and what-to pack list for a stress-free move.

 

File dividers and file folders

This is not high school anymore; there are no lockers to keep your old tests and loose papers. Invest in a pack of 4 or 5 file folders to put in a drawer in your dorm. Keep it organized by naming each file folder by class or activity.

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21 Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Maximize Dad’s Space for Fathers Day

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Jun 2015

21 Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to Maximize Dad’s Space for Fathers Day

Fathers Day is June 21 this year, so here are 21 ways that Dad can organize and maximize his space with various tips, tricks and techniques.

1. Magnetic tool bar in a garage

Save time by using this magnetic tool rack to store all your tools. You can build your own or find one on Amazon.com. Easy to reach and no more digging through a drawer!

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