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January 01: 12 Months of De-Cluttering Tasks for 2017

    1. Start:
    2. 01/01/2017 at 9:00 am
    1. End:
    2. 12/31/2017 at 5:00 pm
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    2.  12 Months of De-Cluttering Tasks for 2017

      Here's a sample month-by-month plan to get you started. Customize your calendar plan to fit your typical seasonal agenda, for example, purge before events such as acquiring new travel accessories for vacations; shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies; and replacing outgrown, busted or outdated sporting gear each season. Base it on calendar holiday themes or schedule individual rooms to tackle each month.


      • January. It's the New Year. De-clutter ghosts of Christmas past to make room for the new gifts. Things to toss, donate or sell include anything you don't ever use -- or that you outright dislike. You may feel that you're somehow betraying the giver if you get rid of the gift, but the egg extruder must go!
      • February. This is the perfect time to dump those stacks of old love letters, Valentine's Day cards (all old greeting cards, for that matter), photos (business cards, too) of people whose names and faces you can no longer recall, and sentimental knick-knacks you don't associate with anyone meaningful -- as well as quite a few that you do.
      • March. Soon it will be time for gardening. Go through the potting shed and throw out expired seeds and broken pots, torn gardening gloves and broken spray nozzles and bottles. Properly dispose of toxic herbicides and pesticides you no longer really want to use but think, maybe someday? You won't. If you've been planning a winter project with old scraps or unused items you've been saving and you haven't done it yet, get started now or donate the unused materials to a school or artist.
      • April. Look for sporting equipment the kids have outgrown over the winter. It's the perfect time to donate or sell old bicycles. Go through your car's trunk and glove compartment. You may find things in there you forgot you had, which means they are ripe for purging. Shred and dispose of papers you no longer need for tax purposes.
      • May. Before the weather gets too warm, move boxes and large or heavy items out of your storage unit, the garage, the basement or the attic. Go through those boxes you haven't opened in years and re-evaluate why you are still keeping the contents. Get rid of anything that's been broken or damaged while it's been stored. Make an inventory of what you keep, and label boxes with contents before putting them back.
      • June. Evaluate the condition of your travel accessories and camping gear. Some of these items take up a lot of space, so if you are planning to replace them with something more up-to-date, donate the old. If your luggage is past it's travel-worthiness, re-purpose it for storage, a pet bed, or toss it.
      • July. Survey your closets for spring and summer clothes, scarves, accessories and handbags you haven't worn or used since last year. Donate or sell them so someone else can still enjoy them this season. Inventory supplies for your home office, personal desk space, and kids' school and art supplies. Toss dried up pens. Melt stubby crayon bits in muffin tins to make big, multicolor crayons. If you take stock of what you have, you can avoid overbuying.
      • August. Go through the kids' artwork and school papers that they (and you) have been saving. Keep only the best of the best examples of their work unless you need a large portfolio to accompany applications. Set up a shallow bin to save this year's exemplary papers and a frame to display new artwork that you rotate in and out all year.
      • September. The kids are back in school and fall projects are waiting. Get your craft room, man cave or workshop back online by purging old supplies and taking stock of what you need for new projects. Once you have everything pared down, you can DIY a new organization system with modules from the big box stores, IKEA hacks or by re-purposing old cabinets. For a more upscale remodel, call in a custom closet organization specialist.
      • October. The holidays are coming 'round again. Get your kitchen reorganized by starting with the pantry. Throw out expired foods, especially if you can't remember when you bought them. If the shelves are deep, line them with sturdy baskets to corral small stuff -- no higher than eye level, however, or the contents may fall on your head when you pull the bins out. Go through cabinets and drawers. Purge chipped plates, one-task appliances and gadgets.
      • November. As you buy new holiday decorations and home decor, weed through the old ones. If you don't want to run into the same storage problems you had last year, now is the time to release those you're not overly fond of to make room for some new ones. Donate them, not just for the tax write-off, but because you know someone on a tight budget is also hoping for some new-to-them decorations.
      • December. Take the beginning of the month to de-clutter your closets of warm clothing you didn't wear last year and drop it off at your favorite charity. If you already know you're planning to buy newer versions of old electronics, donate them, too. If they no longer work, drop them off at an e-waste collection center.


September 06: Failing To Properly Store Your RV Could Cost You Thousands In Damages

    1. Start:
    2. 09/06/2017 at 9:00 am
    1. End:
    2. 12/31/2017 at 5:30 pm
    1. Location:
    2. 5345 Highway 280 E Birmingham, AL 35242
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    2.  Tip #1: Scrub the interior and vacuum the entire vehicle. Food attracts pests and if you leave it in there, you’ll be surprised later to find out that parts of the interior were damaged.

      Tip #2: Make sure you empty out all the cabinets. It’s important that when you’re going to store your RV for a long term that you go cabinet by cabinet through the entire vehicle and make sure that you’ve removed any and all food.

      Tip #3: Defrost and clean both the refrigerator and freezer. Make sure all the food is removed. It’s important that you make sure that the refrigerator is thoroughly cleaned from the top to bottom and the freezer. Defrost the freezer. We also recommend that you insert a box of baking soda to eliminate moisture and odor. And then finally we recommend that you leave the door a jar.

      Tip #4: Close the windows, vents and blinds. Make sure all the windows and roof vents are closed. Sun exposure is rough on RV interiors but closing the blinds helps.

      Tip #5Reduce battery drain. We recommend that you disconnect the auxiliary battery before you store the vehicle so the appliances don’t drain it overtime while it’s in storage.

      Tip #6: Winterize your water system. If you don’t winterize the water system and it freezes over, it could cause damage to all the different water systems in the vehicle. You can take it to your RV dealer and they can winterize it for you or refer to your owner’s manual to do it yourself.

      Tip #7:  Clean and completely dry the exterior of the RV. Cleaning the RV will remove all dirt and grime that can damage the exterior of the RV over time. If your RV has an awning, be sure it’s completely dry before you store it. Failing to do so will cause the awning to mold.

      Tip #8: Wash the undercarriage. As you’re driving around with your RV,the tires are constantly throwing up dirt, grime, salt and other chemicals from the road. These cause the undercarriage of the RV to corrode overtime. It’s important that you get the undercarriage washed. We recommend that you take it to a professional RV wash where they can do a thorough job of washing the undercarriage.

      Tip #9: Fill the gaps and holes. Rodents are the enemy when it comes to storing an RV. We recommend that you use silicone or an expanding foam to fill in all gaps and holes to prevent rodents from getting in and damaging wiring and other parts of your RV.

      Tip #10: Inflate and cover the tires. You want to avoid getting flat spots in your tires by keeping the tires inflated to recommended pressures. But I also recommend that you cover the tires to protect them from sun damage and sun exposure.

      Tip #11: Condition the engine. Change the oil and maintain all operating fluids. We also recommend that you add a fuel stabilizer. If you leave your fuel without a stabilizer for months, it will start to varnish and that could damage the engine.

       Tip #12: Disconnect the propane. We recommend that you shut off the propane to live valves. If there is a propane leak, even a small leak, you will end up not having any propane in the best scenario and in the worst case scenario it could be a hazard.

      Tip #13: Cover the RV. If you want your RV to last and look good for a long time,it’s important you cover it. It will protect it from the sun, the wind, the rain and winter weather. If you don’t have a full RV cover, we recommend thatyou at least wrap and cover the air conditioning unit.

September 11: Is Your Self Storage Unit Ready for Fall?

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    2. 09/11/2017 at 9:00 am
    1. End:
    2. 12/31/2017 at 5:30 pm
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    2.  Is Your Self Storage Unit Ready for Fall?

      Before you know it, summer will be over and the cool, crisp feeling of fall will be upon us. If you already store with us, now is the perfect time of year to get into your self storage unit and give it a check-up to make sure it is ready for fall. If you are planning to start using self storage this fall, it’s a great time of year to move things into storage with the cooler temps and lower humidity.

      Here a few steps we recommend you take to ensure that your valuables are in good shape after surviving the hot summer months, and while in storage during the fall and winter months. 

      Give Your Storage Unit a Check-Up!

      After the heat and humidity of the summer, and, if you used a drive-up storage unit all summer long, you really need to get in there and check that everything is in good shape – especially if you rarely visited. No matter what type of storage unit you have, be it drive-up, inside access or temperature controlled, this is an important step to take when the seasons change.

      Everyone knows the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind.” That can be the case quite often when using storage. Come visit your unit and re-familiarize yourself with is contents. If you haven’t visited in a while, it’s easy to forget what you have tucked away in there. Now is the time to replace the container of Damp-Rid you placed in there during the spring.This will help keep the moisture levels inside your storage unit as low as possible and help prevent mold or mildew. If you simply gathered free boxes from the grocery store to pack away your stuff and they are falling apart now, you may need to purchase some new ones. Greystone Self Storage is fully stocked packing and moving supplies, including a variety of boxes that resist crushing, will stack nicely and are specially treated to help prevent mold and mildew.

      We suggest that you use a disc lock to provide the most efficient security for your unit.Disc Locks have been created specifically for the storage industry and will provide your valuables the most protection and keep your mind at ease. 

      Is your door bulging, drooping or squeaking when you open and close it? This is very unlikely, but if you do notice anything of this nature, please stop in the office and notify the property manager in our business office. We can then have our maintenance team take a look and keep everything in tip-top shape. 

      Pack Away the Summer Gear 

      If you store with us all year long, the fall months are the ideal time to pack away your patio furniture, pool accessories, and, summer gear in preparation for winter.You can also move your lawnmower and other yard equipment and tools into storage since you won’t be mowing the grass in November (well, let’s hope not!). Just remember that you need to drain the tanks of gas, oil and other flammable liquids before placing them into storage.

      While you are packing away the summer gear, be sure to unpack the winter gear and take itwith you. Make sure your sweatshirts and comfy jeans are pulled from storage and placed into rotation in your closet; and you move the tank tops, sandals and swimwear into storage. Don’t forget to take everything you plan to use frequently during the cold months that should either go with you, or, be moved close to the door so it is ready when you need it.

      Call the experts at Greystone Self Storage for more tips and advice to help with your Fall storage! (205) 991-5123

September 23: Public Sale - Saturday, September 23, 2017

    1. Start:
    2. 09/23/2017 at 10:00 am
    1. End:
    2. 09/23/2017 at 11:00 am
    1. Location:
    2. 5345 Highway 280 E, Birmingham, AL 35242
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    2. Please come and bring a friend! 
      A public sale is scheduled to be held at our facility on Saturday, September 23, 2017, to begin promptly at 10:00 am. Sign-in is required prior to beginning of sale. We hope to see you here.!

      There are currently (3) units scheduled to be sold. Number of units available is subject to change prior to date of sale.