Packing Tips

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Moving is a stressful event that can make even the most mild-mannered individual turn a bit snippy. Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard you try and how hard you work, there will always be surprise frustrations and incidents that require your full attention and sometimes even a change of plans. You can’t control everything – some of this is inevitable. What you CAN control, however, is the way in which you pack. Packing correctly can greatly reduce the potential for surprise stresses and frustrations. At Holladay Self Storage, we understand how daunting a move can be and want to help however we can. Keep reading for some tips to pack smarter!

 

Keep it Balanced

 

First of all, you should always pack heavy items on the bottom of your boxes. This helps keep things grounded and works to prevent spills or topples that can lead to your items getting broken or lost. If you’re packing a box that needs to contain both clothing and books, for example, put the books in first and then place the clothing on top. This will help keep your items safe and balanced!

 

Use Your Words

 

Or, more specifically, use your labels! There is nothing quite so frustrating as staring at a mountain of boxes in the middle of your dining room and knowing that you have to unpack every single one of them… and you have no idea which box goes where. This is a huge issue if you live in a bigger home, or one with multiple stories. Wouldn’t it be easier to ensure that the boxes went to the appropriate room when they were first carried in? Of course it would be! To accomplish this, take the time to clearly label where the box should go on both the top and the sides.

 

Use Good Boxes

 

It’s tempting to just use whatever old box you have on hand to pack things up, and while that usually works fine, sometimes you’ll find yourself with a particularly old and banged-up box. When in doubt, toss it out! It’s not worth the chance of tearing in transit and spilling your items all over the place. Instead, use boxes that are in good shape and will be able to withstand a lot of jostling.

 

 

 

The Dangers of a Messy Home

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One of the biggest challenges facing any homeowner is the gradual accumulation of items that seems to inevitably take place. Sometimes it seems like these possessions sprout up almost overnight and soon take over our homes. Not only is it frustrating when this happens, but it’s also a potentially dangerous and costly situation. Disorganization can lead to all sorts of negative outcomes when it comes to your family’s health and happiness. Let’s look at how you can beat the organization blues and keep your home tidy, orderly, and always ready for company (even at the most inopportune times). 

 

While many people will acknowledge that a messy home is a frustrating home, it’s rare that anyone takes the time to talk about the more serious downsides. Holladay Self Storage wants to help you keep your home, family, and finances in order – so let’s take a look at how keeping a disorganized home could cost you in the long run. 

 

Have you ever been in a situation where you’ve decided to invest in something new – a new tool set, perhaps, or even crafting supplies – and then find out that you already own the same products? Imagine how often this might happen in a home that’s full of unnecessary items filed away with no rhyme or reason. This might not seem like a big deal at first, but think about how costly this kind of expense could become if it was repeated even semi-frequently throughout the course of the year? You could be throwing away hundreds of dollars, if not more, every year because you’re buying duplicate items to “replace” the items you’ve forgotten about. This kind of thing happens far less often in a thoughtfully organized home because you tend to know exactly what you own and where it is located when you take the time to mindfully tidy and categorize your possessions. 

 

Additionally, think about how dangerous it could be if you accidentally leave out things like art supplies, tools, or cutlery where children or pets can access them. If your home is disorganized, this kind of situation can happen all too easily, even if you have the best of intentions. To avoid putting your loved ones in harm’s way, consider organizing your belongings in a logical way and avoid the situation altogether. 

 

Self-Storage

 

If you find yourself with too much “stuff” and aren’t sure where to turn, you might want to consider investing in a storage unit. Contact us today if you’re interested in getting more information.

Moving Ideas and Tips

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Moving to a new home is fun and exciting. Unfortunately the packing and actual moving can be a lot of work, stressful and not so fun. It’s the time of year when people move the most so we thought we’d share a few ideas to help make your next move easier. 

 

Preparing for Your Move

The first thing we suggest you do is start by creating a list and categories of everything you will be moving. That way you will have a good idea for what moving supplies you will need and it will help you determine how gig of a moving truck you will need. We suggest you get all of your moving supplies a day or two before you need to start packing so you aren’t left scrambling at the last minute or left without the supplies you really need. Keep in mind specialty moving supplies like glass and dish boxes, TV boxes, wardrobe boxes and mattress bags. You might also want a bubble pack to help protect your fragile things. 

 

Get rid of your unnecessary items

Moving is a great chance to get rid of items you never use and may never use. It’s human nature to hang onto our stuff. You can sort your stuff as sellable, toss out, donate or the last pile will be items you still just can’t part with. For those things you can’t bring yourself to get rid of, call our self storage in Holladay and we will help you find the right sized unit for you. Your items will be safe and secure and you will avoid cluttering your home with these things.

 

Packing Tips

Here are a few ideas to help you with packing and loading your moving truck:

 

  • Keep your cleaning supplies all together. When you load the truck, you will want to keep them packed towards the back in case you need to get to them if your new place is a mess and needs some quick cleaning.
  • Don’t forget a dolly. No need to break your back on your appliances and furniture. And make sure you have the dolly for both ends of the move.
  • Don’t forget to defrost your refrigerator and freezer.
  • Use your luggage for packing heavier items like books, as it will be an easy way to move them around.
  • In case you arrive late at night at your new home, have a box packed and easy to get to with your essentials like toothbrushes, etc….
  • Label your boxes with bright colors and bold text. You might even want to print your labels so they are clear to read.
  • Check your yard equipment like your mover to make sure the gas and oil have been fully drained out.
  • When loading your moving truck, you should put the heavier things in first and when you pack all of your boxes, it’s best to keep them at as even a height as you can to prevent shifting.

 

These are just a few tips that we hope will help make your next move easier. Call us at Holladay self storage if you need a unit for any extra stuff that you don’t want to move to your new place.

Habits to Keep for a Cleaner Home

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Too often we sit in our home and wonder why we just can’t seem to get a handle on all of the clutter. There are two main causes to this dilemma. The first is the overabundance of items you are trying to store in your home. Sort what you can and decide what you can place into a storage unit at Holladay Self Storage. The second cause to clutter is due to bad cleaning habits. Below are some habits you should try to keep in order to have a cleaner home.

 

Make your Bed

By making your bed when you wake up each morning your room will already feel clean and organized. Even if you just pull up your comforter and straighten your pillows you will see the difference. This will help you get a jump start on your day and help you to complete the remaining tasks that lie ahead.

 

Empty the Dishwasher

Emptying the dishwasher first thing in the morning will help you to keep up on your dishes. Having an empty dishwasher will allow you to rinse each dish after you use it and place it directly in the dishwasher. This prevents you from having a sink full of stinky dishes after a long day. Just run the dishwasher at night and start again the next day.

 

Laundry

Doing at least one load of laundry a day will help you to keep on top of your mess of laundry. Doing a load to completion means washing, drying, folding, and putting away. After doing this consecutively you will find that doing laundry is no longer an all-day event and you can easily keep up with this demanding chore. 

 

Clean as you go

This is a great habit to keep. As you use items throughout the day make sure you put them away right after their use. If you are cooking dinner clean the countertops and stove as you finish up. This can work with your vanity in your bathroom as well. Doing this as you go about your day will help you tremendously when keeping your home clean.

 

Always have a Clean Kitchen

Never go to bed with a dirty kitchen. If you are successfully following the above habits your kitchen should be nearly clean to begin with. Leaving a dirty kitchen overnight will just make it harder for you to clean the next day. Leftover food can spoil and create a terrible smell and a difficult dish to clean.

 

Holladay Self Storage wants to help you in all of your organization endeavors. Whether it’s just keeping a clean home or doing a complete organization overhaul, we can help by providing you the storage space you need. Our units come in variety of sizes and are perfect for all the items you may need to store. Call us today to learn more about our facility and the units we have available. 

Creating a Large Living Room in a Small Space

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If your current home seems to be lacking in space there are always tips and tricks you can use to make a small space seem larger. The first and most necessary step in making a small space larger is by sorting through your belongings and getting rid of or storing what you don’t have the room for. A storage unit at Holladay Self Storage in Holladay can give you the space you need to keep all of your valuables. As for making the small living room in your home feel larger, we have provided you with some tips and tricks to try in your home. 

 

Contain your Clutter

With the items you have to have on hand in your home, you will want to keep them as contained as possible in order to maximize the little space you have available. You can easily do this by containing your clutter into storage bins or by installing shelving. Utilize what wall space you have available by installing floating shelves to store a variety of items. Investing in storage bins with wheels can allow you ease of access when placing these bins under coffee tables or end tables. 

 

Lighting

One trick to consider when trying to make your small space feel larger is to have as much natural light in the room as possible. Expand the natural light by strategically placing mirrors on the wall in your living room. The light will bounce off the mirrors and make the space seem a lot larger than it actually is. 

 

Add Height

Another trick to use when enlarging a space is to hang artwork or shelving higher up on the wall than you normally would. By placing these items high on the wall you create the illusion of higher ceilings. Before hanging these items you can test their placement by hanging newspaper cut to the exact size of the frames. This way you can move around the newspaper and get the right arrangement of where you want your artwork before making any unnecessary holes in the wall. 

 

Paint

It is important to expand your pallet when it comes to paint colors. If you are trying to expand the space you have, it is important to stick with a lighter color. Dark colors will make a space seem smaller and more confined. Painting the walls and furniture a lighter tone will open up the space and make it seem larger than it actually is. 

 

Having a small space doesn’t mean you can’t make it seem larger. By following these tips and tricks you can easily make your living room into one you can see yourself in every day. For the items you just can’t seem to find the space for in your home, you can have peace of mind knowing they are safe and secure in a storage unit at Holladay Self Storage in Holladay. For more information regarding our unit sizes and pricing please come by our facility or call us today.