2016 Summer Bucket List

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Summer is finally here! Don’t let it slip away without completing your summer bucket list. Here are some ideas to make your fun-packed carefree summer bucket list:

1. Go to the beach!

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If you don’t go to the beach at least once this summer, then you’re doing it all wrong!! Taking a surfing lesson, play a game of beach volleyball with strangers, go paddle boarding, build a sand castle, collect sea shells, or bring a book!

2. Camping anyone?

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Only one rule: there must be s’mores, a lot of s’mores.

3. Start a food fight.

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Hook-style. And if you don’t know that reference, maybe take a summer day dedicated to Robin Williams movies, starting with Hook. You will not be disappointed.

4. Slip n slide!!

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Water-fueled sliding apparatus’ are essential to summer. Even if it usually ends with somebody hurt….

5. Tie-dye everything.

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Ensure back to school shopping by ruining your clothes.

6. Watch a thunderstorm.

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Enjoy the rain. See if you can get a cool picture or time-lapse of lightning!

7. Jump off the high dive at the local pool.

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It’s only scary the first time!

8. Play chess.

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Or if you don’t know how to play, then take a day to learn. Then play a chess game at the park!

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Kitchen Challenge

For our fourth and final blog in the Spring cleaning series, we have decided to talk about the Kitchen by implementing a cool and interesting cleaning “game” we have recently found out. We encourage anyone reading to try this method out and post their experiences in the comment section or by reaching out to us on social media. In an attempt to bring the best tips to you, we would definitely like to hear from you about your experiences. Enough of that, though, you’re here for the tips themselves, so we’ll get to it. Here’s the 30-day kitchen challenge.

 

Challenge Your Kitchen For Thirty days:

 

The challenge is simple enough. Get a box, a big box, and put it down right on the counter. You want it accessible and sort of in the way to promote actively thinking about your challenge. Now, with the box set-up, put all of your kitchen tools and utensils in the box. Your kitchen will be bare, but everything will be in this box so you’ll know where it is. Here’s how the challenge goes:

 

  1. Whenever you need something, go to the box and use it. When your done, the item is deemed useful so you can put it back in its proper spot.
  2. Repeat this process over the 30-day period
  3. Anything that doesn’t get used will be left in the box. If there are things in the box after 30 days, then it is safe to say you do not really need them cluttering up your kitchen space.
  4. Donate the box because, although you may not need what is leftover, someone else might need those exact items for their own kitchen.
  5. Enjoy the fruits of the challenge by beholding a clean and organized kitchen where everything in it is 100% useful.

 

Try this out for the month of May and get back to us on how it went. We know all to well how cleaning can be tedious, but by using this little challenge as a game for organization, you might find yourself enjoying the process and the outcome. 30-days may seem like a long time, but as the days go by you will notice your kitchen becoming less cluttered and more useful and that can only mean good things for you. As always, we strive to bring you the tips and advice you need to make your moving, storage and spring-cleaning process seem less of a struggle. We’re going to be trying out some new things on our blog in the upcoming weeks, but for now we hope you enjoyed the month long spring-cleaning series.

You and Your Yard Sale

It’s week three and we’re talking Yard Sales. Yes, yard sales. A simple enough concept, but how you put your yard sale on really matters. There are many benefits to putting on a yard sale, ones that bring a unique attribute to any move, but the main reason for having one is to get some money for belongings that are taking up too much space. We decided, then, to drop some useful tips on how to make your yard sale the most successful one on the block.

 

Three Tips For A Successful Yard Sale:

 

  1. Organization will lead to purchases: We’ve all seen the yard sale on the street that has everything lumped around. Most people don’t want to rummage through a bunch of stuff on the off-chance that they will find exactly what they are looking for. By organizing your areas ( we recommend using collapsible tables) in a similar way to a retail store, people coming through can browse much easier thus increasing the chance of more purchases.
  2. Know what you have: If we are being honest, don’t put out things that are broken. If you want to make some money, the working stuff that are complete will fetch a far better sum than the broken stuff you charge for fifty cents. Make sure things are as complete as possible before you put them out.
  3. Do a group Yard Sale: Yes, a group yard sale might sound tedious, but by having a greater variety of things available, you are bound to attract far more people than if you had done it solo. Make sure each group joining in to the yard sale knows how to identify what they are putting out. We suggest using color-coding for various items (Example: You label your stuff with blue tags, I would do yellow, while Tim and Sara from across the street do red).

 

It isn’t an exact science, having a successful yard sale, but the better presentation will always win in my book. It all comes down to foot traffic so if you pick a good day and follow these tips, you can maximize the potential of your yard sale. We really like yard sales for the simplicity of it and, with a little extra work, there can be a great pay-off with your moving and storage finances and the organization of your house.

5 Tips for Your Garage

Following our trend from last week, we are bringing the latest in our spring-cleaning series. Last week we tackled going through your bedrooms and decluttering that space and this week we have a much bigger project in mind. Oftentimes, closets and garages gather up a lot of unused or unwanted things. That extra space lends itself well to a set it and forget it mentality. With spring-cleaning we thought we would give a rundown on how to approach these two areas with these 5 easy tips. Check em’ out.

 

Clearing Out The Garage or Home Storage Spaces:

 

  1. Examine The Area: With that first glance, try to make a mental map of what is there and when the last time you used it was. Once you have this information, you will be able to discern what things are staying and what things are going.
  2. Pick A Spot and Go: It’s important to not get overwhelmed with your garage size, or the extra storage space you are cleaning out. Do the area in small increments to avoid this burden. Find that first doable spot and get right to it without moving on to the next before it’s done.
  3. Organize: While you’re going through, review the mental map you made. If you come across and old, let’s say, CD player you haven’t used in years ask yourself this simple question: “Do I really need this still?” if the answer is no, then put it in the throwing out pile (see last week’s blog post about pile making). You’re going to have to be a little brutal with your decision-making, but the benefits of a cleared up space will be tremendous.
  4. Donate: This is something we are going to mention often. Things that you don’t use or need anymore can have a second life. Rather than throw it out, consider, if you will, the possibility that item might have on someone else. Sure, you aren’t using that CD player anymore, but someone might need that exact thing for his or her own enjoyments.
  5. Implement New Organization: What better time to further your organization than after a big clean? With the new space, you’ll be ready to implement some new shelving units or containers to keep your stuff in line for a more organized garage or storage space.

 

And there you have it. These 5 easy to follow tips will help you on your way to a more organized home space. Keep in mind there are always things you can do to make this process easier. These tips cover the broad strokes, but you also know what kind of process works best with you. Feel free to mix and match these tips with your own cleaning philosophies to ensure the best experience possible. Check back next week for the next installment.

 

3 Tips To Start Spring-Cleaning

We’re talking about it all month. Spring-cleaning that is, and we are going to spend each week talking about the variety of ways you can systematically tackle the challenge of organizing your belongings. Today, we are going to talk about what you can do with all of those extra clothes from the winter, or just those clothes you no longer wear. Tis the season for cleaning, and here are three things you can do to eliminate all of the extra clothes in your closet.

3 Simple Spring-cleaning Tips:

 

  • Rummage: With spring-cleaning and clothing, sorting through your closet and drawers is a crucial component. For some people it can be hard to part with clothing, but in order to organize and make room for the new, it’s important that you are a little cold when it comes to holding onto the memories of your clothes.
  • 3 separate piles: Here’s where it can get a little fun. Create three separate piles for your clothing: Things to keep, Things to Store, Things to throw out. Seasonal clothing is a big factor when it comes to sorting things out, so you may not want to throw out your winter garb, but storing it for next season will help you save space and money by not having to buy additional winter clothes when that time inevitably comes back.
  • Donate: So one of your piles is a toss out pile, but you just cannot bring yourself to do it. Don’t worry, there is another thing you can do to get rid of those clothes, but ensure they go on living a happy life without you. Donate them. With a clothing donation, you may very well help out someone find that one perfect article of clothing they always needed, while you organize your living space. That good karma is bound to come back to you.

 

Everything you do during spring-cleaning months adds up, so why not start with this simple task to get you motivated for the rest of your efforts? When it comes to cleaning out your closet, a systematic approach will do wonders for reducing stress and increasing your productivity. It’s the quickest and simplest thing you can do during the season, so we thought we’d start off our spring-cleaning month with this simple yet effective method to organizing your home.

 

March Madness

If you’re like us, then you have been paying attention to how the Wildcats are doing in this year’s March Madness basketball playoffs. And, if you have been watching, you know that, as of last night, the Wildcats have made it to the elite eight, once again playing against Wisconsin.

 

Last year, Wisconsin beat U of A at this exact same position, and the folks downtown did not take too kindly to that fact. We are hoping that this weekend is different and that the Wildcats move past Wisconsin and, hopefully, all the way to the top of the charts.

 

We would also hope that (knock on wood) if they lose, people will not do what they did last year and cause a ruckus downtown. For the following week, our city was all over the news, but not for any good reasons. We all love Basketball and were upset that the team lost, but there are better ways to mourn. It’s a moot point anyway, because the Wildcats are going to beat Wisconsin.

 

So, for those of you getting ready to spend your weekend by watching the Basketball team, we hope you have a safe time and enjoy yourself responsibly. Next week we are going to have some great tips to share with you and we hope to see you back here.

 

Have a good weekend and Bear Down.

 

Street Fair

This weekend marks the start of the weekend long street fair and we are excited about it. The street fair is a bi-annual event that takes the downtown area by storm and we love the variety of things you can see just by walking up and down the street. With the events happening this weekend, we thought we’d give you a run-down of the three most important things to keep in mind.

 

  1. Buying: Typically the vendors accept cash, but not everyone wants to carry all of their cash on them for things they might buy. If you fall under this category, keep in mind that there are ATMs scattered throughout the event that you can take advantage of should you find something that you absolutely need to take home
  2. Weather: Today is going to be a little cloudy for the most part, but Saturday and Sunday are going to be clear with a temperature in the low to mid eighties. This is perfect weather for being outside and taking in all that the street fair has to offer.
  3. Enjoy yourself: The street fair only comes around twice a year and it is always a great time in the community. Make sure to give yourself a lot of time to really take in all that is happening, and maybe even check out a few events you normally wouldn’t have considered. It’s always the right time to try something new.

5 Tips For Moving Simply

Moving and Storing is a stressful thing. For some, it can even be a traumatic experience, but it does not have to be. With the proper amount of planning and patience, moving and storing your belongings can be a very easy, stress free task. With these tip blogs, we hope to give some insight to those of you about to begin a moving and storing effort by giving  some information we have found useful throughout our many years of business. With that said, let’s get into this week’s tips.

 

5 ways to make storing simple:

 

  • Save newspapers: Preparation can be done even when you are not anticipating a move. If you are getting junk mail newspapers, or have left over coupon books, save them. These are perfect for wrapping plates, dishes, and anything else that is fragile. By keeping some for a rainy day, you’ll have to worry about one less thing.
  • Store within things being stored: Getting the most out of your unit is a crucial part of moving and storing. That is why storing smaller things within the larger things can help you stay organized while taking up less space. For example: you are storing a dresser and a bunch of old baby clothes. Go through the clothes and fold them into the drawers of your dresser. Tape the drawers shut and you have prepped two things for storage in one swoop.
  • Pack Based on Room: Start in one room and do not move on to the next until you are done with that room. This tip will lead you to a more organized moving and storing situation.
  • Move in Teams: Having one group of people pack and move the boxes outside, while another group moves those boxes to the storage facility, will create an “ assembly line” of efficiency.
  • Ask for help: It is ok to ask for help. If you feel like doing the job yourself, ask some friends or family members to help you. If you want a more professional touch, you can always contract a moving company to help with your efforts. Either way, you will get the help you need.

 

These are just some quick tips and we will have more for you each week. Knowledge is power, and so with these weekly blogs we hope to give all our readers the things they need to construct the best moving and storage plan around.

5 tips On Spring Cleaning With A-Family

Spring is on its way and that means spring-cleaning. To ensure everyone has an effective and proficient spring-cleaning, we thought we would give you some information about our storage facilities. We all know that knowledge is power, and the more information you have, the better your spring-cleaning and storage will go.

 

5 ways A Family will help you get organized:

 

  1. Lots of units: No matter what size you need, we’ve got it. For those of you worried about taking out too much space, we’ve got smaller units that will have you covered. For those worried about not enough space, we have large units that can hold everything you want. The hardest thing you’ll have to do is choose what works best for you.
  2. Storage Supplies on site: For those in need of additional packing material, we have plenty of things available at each location to ensure the easiest move for you.
  3. Moving Truck: If you have need for a moving truck to alleviate some of the moving stress, we offer one to our renters. This offer is only at select locations, and has a fee of five dollars, so be sure to ask an attendant at your closest facility.
  4. Hobby Units: In addition to multiple storage unit sizes, we offer hobby units. If you got a room getting taken over by your passion projects, consider cleaning it out and relocating into a hobby unit. You’ll have everything you need and more to pursue the latest craft or hobby.
  5. Live-in Managers: We have live-in managers that are able to keep an eye on the entire facility

 

There are many reasons why A-family is the best option for your spring cleaning storage needs, or any year round need for that matter. Take a look here and then at our website to see how A-family can make moving and storage easier for you.