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January 01: 12 Months of De-Cluttering Tasks for 2017
- 01/01/2017 at 9:00 am
- 12/31/2017 at 5:00 pm
- 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travel accessories for vacations; shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies; and replacing outgrown, busted or outdated sporting gear each season.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.
May 02: Greystone Storage Loves It's Students!
- 05/02/2017 at 5:00 am
- 05/31/2017 at 5:30 pm
- Greystone Storage Loves It’s Students!
It’s that time of year again. You’re preparing for finals, wrapping up courses, and making plans for the summer. But I have a question, do those plans include bringing everything you have in your dorm or apartment? Well I’m here to tell you that they don’t have to. Leave your items you do not need over the summer at storage. Don’t lug your furniture, winter clothes, and other dorm room essentials back home. It is much easier to leave them in a secure, nearby location and retrieve them upon return to school.
Well luckily, Greystone Self Storage has many great size options just for you! Are you still not convinced? How about this, we are giving all students who store with us their first month for FREE! That’s right, just swing by our office, put your belongings in your unit, and you’re all set. It really couldn’t be easier. So relieve some of the stress of moving out for the summer and give one of our storage professionals a call. Check out our website at www.greystoneselfstorage.com and reserve your unit today!
May 08: A JUNE WEDDING IN YOUR FUTURE? Brides Need Storage... NOW!!!
- 05/08/2017 at 9:00 am
- 05/31/2017 at 5:30 pm
Flowers, favors, programs, dresses, candles, centerpieces, boxesof bird seed, pedestals for flower arrangements… this snippet of a list comesfrom a bride’s more complete list of things to have for a wedding. An entireroom in a house can become overwhelmed with taffeta and bows in a matter ofdays. Brides don’t need the stress of looking at all of this clutter day in andday out while trying to live their normal lives while planning a wedding. Brides need a place to keep all of theirhard work safe and organized. A safe, climate controlled storage unit neartheir residence or the wedding venue is just the ticket.
Brides want everythingperfect on their wedding day and organization is one of the keys to less-stresswedding day. However, most people think that turning their living rooms intowedding central is the only way to keep all of the items for the rehearsaldinner, ceremony, reception, day after brunch and all of the other weddingfestivities together.
Greystone Self Storage can show you, as thebride, how easy it can be to keep everything in one climate controlled spaceand how it can make a world of difference. Also that there are no pesky pets orkids running around your precious, and usually expensive, wedding gear.
Brides of any budget will want to keep their items organized andout of the way. Brides and their entourages are always looking for deals andways to improve the entire wedding experience. People getting ready forweddings are already handing out cash hand over fist. Why shouldn’t they spenda little more on a self-storage unit to make sure that all of their investmentsfor the big day are being kept safe?
A person’s wedding day should be the best day of their lives.Having all of the wedding “stuff” sitting around and getting in their wayleading up to the big day isn’t conducive to the happy day goal. Havingeverything in a storage unit all in one place ensures that all of your weddingthings will be brought to your venues on that day. Anybody you trust can pickup what you need from your wedding storage unit and see that everything iscleared from your unit. If you send somebody by your residency to pick upthings, a box might get lost in the shuffle or somebody might not even noticethe pile in the corner that was supposed to be part of your Candy StationCreation favor table.
The storage unit ensures that everything is there, organized andready to go. Call the professionals at Greystone Self Storage for more tips. We are ready to help provide you the leaststress-free experience possible. We also have the perfect sizedtemperature-controlled unit to accommodate your need at a very affordableprice!
Call us today at Greystone Self Storage, (205) 991-5123.
May 09: Get Ready For Your Wedding- Brides Can Use Climate-Controlled Self Storage Before and After the Special Day
- 05/09/2017 at 9:00 am
- 05/31/2017 at 5:30 pm
- When Is Your Big Day? The answer to that question always depends on the couple. It may be next week, next month, or next year. Preparing for a wedding is a time consuming affair. With so many details to handle, it is overwhelming for many. A surprising thing that many people do not realize is the large amount of items you collect for a wedding. This is especially true if you are doing your own wedding. When getting ready for your wedding day, every bride will find she can use the help and benefits of a climate controlled storage unit from a self storage facility.
What Does Self Storage Have To Do With A Wedding?
If you are planning your wedding, you know a million little things you need to gather and begin preparing for the big day. Some things you may rent, but to save money, doing a lot of the setup and preparation yourself is a good idea. Begin gathering tables and chairs from friends and family, as well as the centerpieces and other decorations for the ceremony and reception. Where are you going to store these, and possibly several other items? You will find plenty of wedding and bridal storage in a self storage unit.
How Do You Organize Your Self Storage Unit?
The time to plan wedding and bridal storage in self storage facilities, begins as soon as you start accumulating decorations and accessories. Piling things into the unit without thought can lead to damaged items. Make sure you have shelving available for the smaller items, and keep like items together. For example, stack folding chairs in a corner of the unit, and use the tables as flat space for smaller items if you do not have shelves. Otherwise, fold up the tables and stack them next to the chairs. Anything in boxes should be clearly labelled. Leave plenty of space to walk around the unit so you can easily find things. Keep a detailed inventory of what is in the unit. Also, if you are borrowing things from friends or family, label those items clearly so you can return them after the big day.
Why Choose A Climate-Controlled Unit?
If you need to store anything that may deteriorate in hot or humid conditions, a climate-controlled unit is the only logical option. You can keep your wedding gown safe from mold, and your paper goods free from humidity. Think about everything you plan on storing in the unit. If anything is vulnerable, choosing a climate-controlled unit makes sense.
Where Do I Find A Climate-Controlled Unit?
Rent a climate-controlled unit at GREYSTONE SELF STORAGE. Our staff can help you find the best unit to store your wedding items. You can rent on a month-to-month basis so if you need to leave some things in storage after the big day, it is not a problem.
Call us today at 205-991-5123.
May 24: RV Emergency Kit: What to Pack
- 05/24/2017 at 9:00 am
- 06/30/2017 at 5:30 pm
- 5345 Highway 280 East, Birmingham, AL 35242
- In an ideal world,
every vehicle would have an emergency kit stowed in back. In reality, most
drivers keep nothing more than a spare, a jack, and maybe some jumper cables.
Either that or an AAA card.
RV owners can’t get away with that kind of blasé attitude. RVs really cover the miles; something is sure to go wrong eventually when you’re on the road for days or weeks at a time.
It’s important to have not only emergency vehicle repair equipment on hand, but also important articles to help you survive in remote areas or in cold temperatures.
- Tire pressure gauge
- Toilet chemicals (for toilet-equipped RVs)
- Wood blocks and levelers to help level your RV
- Rock salt to soften water
- Power inverter
- Windscreen wash
- Engine coolant
It’s also important to stay hydrated if you end up stranded; pack several gallon jugs of water. And don’t forget the first-aid kit. Include bandages, scissors, tape, gauze, antiseptic ointment, painkiller, bug spray, and sunscreen.
Is there anything else RV owners should include in their emergency kits? Have you had to use any or all of these supplies on the roadside?
May 29: Memorial Day Hours
- 05/29/2017 at 9:00 am
- 05/29/2017 at 5:30 pm
- 5345 Highway 280 East, Birmingham, AL 35242
- Greystone Self Storage will be open on MEMORIAL DAY, Monday, May 29, 2017.The business office will open9:00 am - 5:30 pm.We wish everyone a happy and safe weekend as we honor all veterans and active service members.GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!