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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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
We have mentioned bubble wrap a few times throughout our blogs, but are so enamored with the stuff that we felt it best to devote an entire post to how it can help with your moving and storing. It seems odd to think so much about bubble wrap, but when you get down to it, there are many nuances it brings to a moving and storing effort that we had to mention at least five things about it. Here they are:
- Contained Support: As opposed to packing peanuts, bubble wrap is a self-contained support item that can be put into a box with fragile items. When you are done unpacking these things, clean up is nice and easy.
- Utilitarian: You would be hard pressed to find something that isn’t benefitted by bubble wrap. Whether it be corners of tables, dishes, or anything else you can think of, bubble wrap has it covered. Literally.
- Inexpensive: Compared to a lot of other moving supplies, bubble wrap is typically inexpensive. This is great since the uses are limitless.
- Reusable: Unlike tape or packing peanuts, bubble wrap can be used time and time again. Once you make the purchase and have unpacked it, you can store it for later use, increasing its value and preserving its worth.
- Easy to store: Bubble wrap is not cumbersome. It can be put in a spare box and tucked away in a closet out of sight. This means its reusability does not have a disadvantage to your houses organization should you decide to reuse.
These are just some of the reasons we find bubble wrap to be such a diverse and critical packing supply. If you think about it, there are much more things you can do with bubble wrap outside of popping it. Like with most critical packing supplies, we offer bubble wrap at our locations, so don’t fret if you forgot to get some. We have you covered…in bubble wrap (couldn’t resist the joke).
Valentine’s Day is here again and that means a few things. For those of you who are trying to shower your significant others with affection, having a romantic weekend plan can be of a great benefit. Not sure how you want to go about it? We got you covered with these easy to follow tips.
5 tips for Valentine’s Day:
- Plan ahead: If you haven’t made a dinner reservation yet, do so right away. People love eating out on Valentine’s Day so restaurants usually get filled up pretty quickly.
- Have a night in: Didn’t get that reservation? That’s O.K.—Find out your significant other’s favorite dinner and make it for them. Homemade dinners are always the best way to celebrate.
- Make your own card: Speaking of homemade, Get a little crafty with your card this year. A personalized card will mean so much more and will be custom for whomever you give it to.
- Make it all weekend long: Why not? Do a special dinner on Saturday and a special breakfast on Sunday. Go the extra mile and let that special someone know how much you care.
- Enjoy yourself: At the end of the day, it is just a moment in the year where you acknowledge your relationships with special people in your lives. Enjoy it.
At the end of the day, what you chose to do for your significant other is your own business. These tips, however, can help you frame the way you go about your plans. Either way, we hope you have a great weekend and a special Valentine’s Day.
With the move toward February there is a lot of emotions in the air. Mainly because of Valentine’s day, but it also signifies a true moving on of the year. Last weekend was the Super Bowl and now we are on a slow glide through the tail end of the winter season. If you’ve been outside, however, you will have noticed that the temperature has been warmer, making it seem like spring.
This is all a different story for a different day. Today we want to focus on the top five things you can do to have a better moving experience. Here they are:
- Find The Closest Location To You: A-Family has over 17 locations in Tucson and can accommodate your storage needs with the closest facility near you.
- Plan Everything: We always mention this, but that is because it is the single most important step in the storage process. When moving, having a plan will allow you to make the best decisions concerning your move.
- Use Perks: A-family offers a free moving truck to our customers. By taking advantage of this service, you can make your moving process go smoothly.
- Packing Supplies: We ran a blog about the importance of packing supplies and how much of a difference they can make. We offer a variety of packing supplies in our store and can help you choose which ones will make your storage experience best
- Don’t wait Until The Last Minute: This goes with planning, but having a clear cut idea as to how you are going to store your belongings will make way for understanding what size storage unit it you will need well ahead of time.
By following these simple steps, you will be on your way to ensuring a great moving experience. And remember: storage doesn’t have to be just for people who are moving. A unit can do wonders for organization and space enhancement. There is always storage for every need.
This weekend brings the time-honored tradition of the Super Bowl party. Each year people gather around at one location to watch the biggest televised sporting event in America. The Super Bowl party has become sort of a national holiday and making sure a Super Bowl party goes off without a hitch is something on the minds of hosts everywhere. By following this simple list, you can be sure your Super Bowl party will be the event of the year.
- Closet space is king: People are going to have jackets and shoes and other clothing items, so make sure there is ample closet space for your guests.
- Set-up a table just for food: You aren’t going to want your living room overcrowded with food trays. Clear off a table in a separate room and place your food there buffet style.
- Start Early: Like thanksgiving, the superbowl is a big food event. Don’t stress out by waiting until the last minute. If you can make dips and other snacks the night before, do so.
- Seating: Depending on how many people you have at your house, you might want to rearrange the seating so people can see the game and interact with each other as well.
- Potluck: For the Super Bowl it is always the more the merrier. By having people bring additional food items, you will be able to spend less time preparing foods and more time getting your house ready for the company.
Regardless of who you are hoping wins, a good Super Bowl party is a good Superbowl party. By following these five simple tips, your Super Bowl party will be a fun time for everyone, yourself included.
For those of you that don’t know, A-Family is the biggest traditional storage company in Tucson. We got that way by being the best, and we strive to keep this level of commitment each day. We bring the best services around because we care about the people who use our services. For those of you getting ready for the Superbowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, and are in need of Superbowl party storage, we thought we’d get a few words in edge wise on how our storage services are both diverse and helpful. Check out the list below:
- Ample storage of three convenient sizes.
- Warehouse and hobby units.
- R.V. and Boat storage (Select Locations)
- Packing materials available at every location.
- Attendants on location to answer all your storage questions.
As game day gets closer and closer, having the best storage on your team will make for a great experience. Stop by today to see what one of our units can offer you.