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.

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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 To Make Storage Work For You

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:

 

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.

Nine Moving and Storage Tips

A-Family Storage Tips:

 

When it comes to storage, we know all there is to know. When it comes to storing belongings in the most efficient way possible, well, we know all of that, too. For this week’s blog, we thought it would be a good idea to drop some storage and packing tips to all of our readers. Follow these nine tips to ensure your storage plan is in-depth and stress free.

 

  • Devise a storage plan that will make the process easier.
  • Pack all belongings based on room.
  • Use specific colors to denote which room they came from.
  • Label everything.
  • Make your storage facility trips by room.
  • Use tarps to help transfer your belonging. They can line the bed of a truck, or cover open-air belongings from weather conditions.
  • Wrap furniture in blankets and bubble wrap.
  • Pack the storage unit concisely to ensure easy access.
  • Leave a tarp with your belongings so you will not forget it when you unload.

 

By following these nine simple tips you will be on your way to having the least stressful storage experience possible. It always helps to ask for moving help from friends or family members, and with a well thought out plan, they will be more inclined to help. Also, ask us about our free moving truck options. That’s all for now. Have a nice weekend.