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January 01: 12 Months of De-Cluttering Tips for 2018
- 01/01/2018 at 9:00 am
- 12/31/2018 at 5:30 pm
12 MONTHS OF DE-CLUTTERING TASKS FOR 2018
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travel accessories for vacations; shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies; and replacing outgrown, busted or outdated sporting gear each season.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. Declutter 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, holey 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, repurpose 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 repurposing 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 declutter 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.
April 04: LOCKS - Does it really make a difference?
- 04/04/2018 at 7:00 am
- 12/31/2018 at 5:30 pm
- Greystone Self Storage
- Even after you’ve chosen a secure storage facility, you still can take steps to make sure your belongings are safe.
Many storage facilities let you choose your own lock for your unit’s door. Taking the time to choose a lock that will hold up against bolt cutters is highly recommended.You should avoid buying a lock with a long shackle, which is the loop that passes through or around the object you’re locking.
Disc locks are the most popular self-storage locks. We recommend purchasing a disc lock which is difficult to cut making it much more burglar-proof. For starters, it can’t be snapped with bolt cutters because of the way in which they’re designed. What’s more is that other tools, like hammers and lock picks,are also largely ineffective. It can be manipulated and picked, yes, but it will take a considerable amount of time to do so compared to other types of locks. That’s notable considering that most thieves are looking for a quick, easy in and out. In fact, to manipulate a disc lock, most thieves would have to turn to grinding it, which is messy, loud and time consuming.
Disc locks actually originated for the sole purpose of securing self-storage units. They’re typically made of stainless steel, so they are able to thrive in year-round weather. Perhaps the lone disadvantage of going the disc lock route is that these locks will cost you more than the padlock or the combination lock. But when it comes to your personal belongings, it’s better to spend a little bit more money upfront than have to spend a lot of money replacing your valuables later on.
If you have a few high-value items among your stored possessions, it is recommended that you place those valuables in the back of your unit. Doing so can protect yourmost important belongings from what is referred to as a “crash and grab” theft.In this type of burglary, thieves break into several units and quickly seize whatever looks like it holds the most value. Because these burglaries often happen so quickly–usually in a matter of minutes–crooks will be less likely to snatch important items if you’ve made them more difficult to grab.
May 09: GIVE YOUR MOM A STORAGE UNIT THIS MOTHER’S DAY!
- 05/09/2018 at 9:00 am
- 12/31/2018 at 5:30 pm
- GIVE YOUR MOM A STORAGE UNIT THIS MOTHER’S DAY!
Mother’s Day is right around the corner and men everywhere are scrambling for just the right Mother’s Day gift. Many of those same men probably are thinking about purchasing yet again, another item for Mom, something that will just take up more space. Why not give Mom, something she has been asking for? A self storage unit.
I know, I know your wife has not been asking for a storage unit. But if your wife is like me, she has been asking you, or, maybe even nagging you to clean out that garage,shed, yard or extra room in the house. You know get rid of some of that junk,uh, stuff you are saving…… saving for I don’t know what. You know that stuff,the stuff you just can’t bear to get rid of. The stuff, you just might need again someday, right. Sure, I know it’s good stuff after all.
So, here’s my suggestion for a Mother’s Day gift. A gift that might just make Mom and yourself happy at the same time! Maybe even save your marriage. Ok, I’m stretching that one…
But seriously, if there is a room that your wife has been asking you to clean out,now would be a good time. And it would be a great Mother’s Day Gift too. So, go through the garage, shed or whatever room she wants you to clear out. Separate the things you might need or use in the next few months from the things you might use only once a year. Discard the things you know you will never use again, that is if you have any (lol). Now you’re ready… Give Greystone Self Storage a call and let us get you into that unit that is perfectly perfect! You can also go online and see what all our facility has to offer and reserve your unit at www.greystoneselfstorage.com
Once your unit is rented, you can begin to move all the stuff you need or want to save to your new self storage unit, thereby cleaning out that space your wife wants cleaned out. Want to make this gift even more special? Spruce up the newly cleared out space with a fresh coat of paint, or, window treatments, etc. Ok, I know, now I’m pushing it. Although a potted spring plant would be a nice touch.
Just think how happy your wife will be to be able to park her car in the garage. Or how happy she will be when she is working with her orchids on her new potting bench in the shed. Or, how much fun she will have redecorating the new guest room, or,working on her crafts in her new space.
See, a self storage unit can be the perfect Mother’s Day gift after all!
August 10: IT IS THE TENANT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO NOTIFY THEIR STORAGE FACILITY ABOUT CHANGES
- 08/10/2018 at 7:00 am
- 12/31/2018 at 5:30 pm
Regardless of what you are storing in your self storage unit, it is important to you; and when your contact information is out of date, you risk losing the contents of your storage unit. Emergencies happen, whether it’s a fire, storm damage, or theft. When emergencies happen, Greystone Self Storage needs to be able to get in touch with you quickly. If they cannot reach you in a timely matter, your belongings are put in jeopardy.
Keeping your contact information up-to-date with your storage facility may also help you avoid having the contents of your storage unit sold at public sale in the event your rent goes unpaid. Often, past due reminder letters are returned for a bad address, reminder phone calls reach disconnected phone numbers, or emails are undeliverable. In some cases, storage facilities don’t know the circumstances behind unpaid rent and they cannot continue to store the contents indefinitely. If rent has not been paid within a certain period of time the storage facility will auction the contents of the unit to recover the unpaid balance. Unfortunately, the delinquent rent may be the result of a simple oversight on the part of the renter because they’ve moved and the notices aren’t being received at their new address.
In other cases, those who have established automatic credit card payments forgot to update their account information with the storage facility when any of their contract information changed. This can be easily avoided by alerting us when there is a change in your contact or credit card information (expired date, change of card, etc.) so that your information can be updated prior to the payment becoming delinquent.Whenever your contact information changes, Greystone Self Storage recommends that you provide them with your current home and mobile phone numbers, home address, and e-mail address. At the same time, you should also provide current information for an emergency contact. This can be anyone you trust who knows how to get in touch with you quickly if needed, such as a family member or close friend.