At the start of every year, we make a list of resolutions to improve certain areas of our lives. It’s a great idea in theory, but in reality, most of us end up ditching our resolutions a few weeks after all the New Year’s excitement has faded. If one of your resolutions is to be more organized, we’ve made a list of seven ways to help you keep the momentum going for the entire year.
- Start by Decluttering. Between the holidays and the sales, we often end up with a lot of new things after the holiday season. Combat the clutter by getting rid of one old item for every new one you add.
- Put It Away Right Away. Whenever you take something out, make it a habit to put it back where it belongs as soon as you’re finished. This might sound obvious, but it’s amazing how quickly things pile up. At the end of the day, one big mess is harder to clean up than separate smaller ones.
- Have a Place for Everything. Assign a place for all your belongings. Even if it is something you usually keep out, like remotes, magazines or your tablet, mentally assign it a certain spot on your table or counter to keep life more organized and tidy. And remember, having a miscellaneous junk drawer or corner in your house will not do you any favors!
- Label It. If you have a hard time assigning things a particular spot, try using labels to motivate you to put things where they belong. Stick them on bins, drawers or shelves and make your labels as specific as you need to.
- Allot Time. With a busy schedule, it can be hard to find time to clean or organize your space. Try setting aside at least ten minutes a day to organize a specific area in your home that needs a little TLC.
- Partner Up. It always helps to have someone alongside you when you are trying to achieve a goal. Find a partner to join you on your quest for organization. If you live with others, share your organization goals so you can transform your space together.
- Practice Makes Perfect. Resolutions are hard to keep but give yourself a grace period. If you don’t stick to a goal you’ve set, start again! It takes awhile to maintain good habits and develop organizational skills; but in order to improve, you need to stick with it.
Put these seven tips into practice and you’re guaranteed to have the most organized year of your life! If you are in need of a place to put some of your belongings once you get into the swing of things, contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage and find the perfect place for all your things.
There are so many reasons to love the holiday season. The cheerful spirit in the air, spending time with loved ones, and the joy of exchanging thoughtful gifts with friends and family make for fun times and great memories. This season, make your gifts stand out from under the tree with these five creative ways to spruce up your holiday giftwrapping.
- A Sweet Surprise. Attach treats like holiday cookies and candy canes to your presents to make gift giving extra sweet! Use customized holiday cookies as nametags or pinch candy packets in the center and secure with a string for a bow that can be eaten.
- It’s for You! Creatively label your gifts in a more personal way. Spell out your recipient’s name in letter game tiles and glue them together or use paint samples for a colorful nametag. You can also attach your favorite picture of you two to the front of the present with thin string or ribbon.
- Bring It to Life. A 3-D feature can add character to your overall presentation. Small flower arrangements, plant sprigs, Christmas ornaments, small wreaths, and bells make the perfect accent. Tie smaller gifts to the backs of stuffed toys, plastic animals, or toy cars to create the illusion that a caravan is transporting the present.
- Customize Your Paper. Not impressed by the wrapping paper at the store? Make your own! Wrap your gifts in white or brown butcher paper and customize with illustrations, painted designs, ink stamps, stickers or handwritten messages of holiday wishes. Use black paper and white chalk for a trendy blackboard look.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! There are many things lying around your house you can repurpose as wrapping paper. Use old sheet music, the comic sections of your local newspaper, maps, or last year’s holiday cards. Add some ribbon to tie the look together and you’ll have an inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and uniquely wrapped present.
Now that you know five new tips to boost your giftwrapping abilities, you need a place to keep your supplies once the holiday season ends. Store all your wrapping accessories at Secure Self Storage until it’s time to deck the halls next year!
The holiday season is upon us! With so much going on this time of year, it can be easy to put off decorating the outside of your home. It may seem like a daunting task, but with a few tricks up your sleeve, decking out your home can be an exciting tradition you look forward to every year. We’ve created a guide to outdoor holiday decorating that will make it easier to have the most-festive house on the street.
- Out with the Old! Before you start, get rid of any decorations that are broken or not functioning properly. You are better off tossing them beforehand so you don’t accidentally use them up or put them back in storage for yet another year. Are only one or two bulbs causing a problem? Invest in a Christmas light tester, they not only tests bulbs, they fix them too, saving entire strands of lights!
- Save Some Money. Including lights in your outdoor holiday display can leave you with a sky-high electricity bill at the end of the month. To keep it in check, purchase a timer that automatically turns them on and off at selected times. Consider LED lights, which last longer and are more energy efficient than traditional ones. Battery-operated lights are also a great alternative.
- Minimize Damage. Wreaths can be hard to hang without damaging your door or using an unsightly hook that ruins the aesthetic. Rather than attaching it to the front of your door, hang your wreath discreetly and with minimal damage from the top. Just open your door, drill a small screw on top, flush enough so your door will still close. Then simply tie fishing line from the screw to your wreath on the other end. With the fishing line and screw out of sight, your wreath will look as if it is effortlessly floating! Save more than your door: Hang lights and garland on columns, poles, railings and fences with zip ties that can easily be removed at the end of the holiday season.
- Consider Outlets. Make sure to locate your outdoor outlets before you put any lights or other decorations up. Measure distances and the length of your lights to gauge if an extension cord is needed. If you have areas of your house that cannot be reached, try using battery-operated lights to add to some holiday cheer.
- Cheat a Little. If all of this still seems too much but you still want your home to embody the holiday spirit, there is something made just for you! Easy-to-install light projectors cast colors, patterns and shapes wherever you aim them on your home. They’re an affordable and hassle-free way to “decorate” your home for the holidays.
Now that you’ve learned some new outdoor decorating tricks, make sure you keep your holiday decorations safe and in good condition after you to take them down. Contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage and find the perfect place for all your holiday decorations today!
Outdoor furniture is an investment that beautifies your space, creates room for entertainment, and makes your own corner of the great outdoors feel more like home. With the harsh winter approaching, it’s time to protect your pieces from the elements and tuck them away for the season. We’ve compiled five tips to help you properly store your outdoor furniture so it looks its best when it comes time to move the party back outside!
- Wash Your Cushions. Make sure to wash your furniture cushions before you put them into storage. This will kill any mold and mildew before they can worsen when packed away. Dust off and vacuum dirt and pests before putting cushions in the washing machine. If your covers aren’t removable, scrub them by hand instead. If you use bleach to kill mildew, wear plastic gloves and read the manufacturer’s instructions on the tag to avoid damaging your cushions (and your hands).
- Clean According to the Type. Outdoor furniture is made of a variety of materials, so remember to clean accordingly. Most materials, like metal and plastic, can be thoroughly cleaned with a homemade soap-and-water solution. Clean glass furniture simply with glass cleaner. To clean wicker furniture, brush it with a water-and-bleach solution before rinsing with water. Though they are sometimes more efficient, be wary of using pressure washers to expedite your cleaning. They may actually do more damage to your furniture, especially pieces made of weaker materials like wicker.
- Leave Them to Dry. It’s important to make sure your furniture is dry before storing. Leftover moisture and dirt can cause mildew to grow over time. To help with the drying process, don’t fully drench your wicker and wood items. They tend to absorb water, making it harder for them to dry completely.
- Time for a Tune-Up! You might want to throw a fresh coat of paint or a protective finish or wax on your outdoor furniture so it’ll look as good as new when you take it out again. For any folding tables, chairs or umbrellas, lubricate the frames’ moving joints to keep them working properly.
- Cover and Stack. Once you’re ready to move your furniture inside for the winter, stack your chairs and tables to make good use of your space. Finally, cover your furniture with a tarp or blanket to protect from dust and moisture.
Now that you know how to properly store your outdoor furniture during the winter season, you need a spacious and safe place to do so. Contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage to find the perfect spot for your outdoor furniture until it’s time to break it out again for spring!
It’s a joy to watch children use their imagination and creativity to learn and play—but then you’re left with an endless mess of toys, books and whatever else they can get their hands on. If playtime often results in a long and drawn out cleanup or your activity space looks like a constant mess, these five tips can help you manage your toy storage.
- Ditch the Toy Box. If a toy box is currently housing most of your child’s playtime things, it might be encouraging the mess. The inside of a large box doesn’t encourage organization and can also result in broken toys. Not to mention that you need to rummage through it to get something at the bottom, leaving a huge pile of clutter outside the box until the right toy is rescued. Instead, place smaller, labeled bins on a short rack in your child’s play area for a neater space and a great way to keep organized, motivating your child to practice putting things back where they belong.
- Utilize Door Space. Use the space behind a closet door or bedroom door to hang a shoe organizer. The compartments are great for storing anything from dolls and stuffed animals to toy cars and art supplies.
- Keep Toys Off the Floor. Use storage that isn’t so close to the ground and, while it might be tempting, stop using under the bed as toy storage space or you’ll end up with a mess under there too. Try hanging toy hammocks or hanging closet organizers as alternative space solutions.
- Clean Up Your Library. It’s true: The best way to organize books is on a bookshelf! If you have smaller children, a forward-facing bookshelf allows them to see the covers without taking the books off the shelf, preventing a mess from forming as they search for the right title. If you don’t have space for a bookshelf, stand the books up in small boxes or bins and arrange on a shelf.
- Arrange Your Games. If your board games and puzzles are taking up too much space in their boxes, transfer them to smaller containers. Use plastic containers, freezer bags or pencil bags and don’t forget to label them. Kitchen organization items can also translate to the playroom, like organizing Play-doh cans on a coffee pod carousel and using a plate rack to keep puzzles and books neat on shelves.
Follow these five tips to prevent a toy overflow in your home and make playtime (and cleanup) more fun! As your kids grow a little older, you’ll need a safe place to store their toys (and other prized possessions) until the next generation is ready for them. Contact the storage professionals at Secure Self Storage and find a safe place to keep all your children’s favorite toys today.