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.
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).
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.