Summer is ending, fall is upon us, and if you’re like many of us, you’re ready to shake things up at your house and get organized. Especially if you’ve spent more time than usual staring at your clutter lately, you may be in the mood for a good fall cleaning and overall purge. That’s a great idea! Here, we offer some tips to help you get organized.
- Come up with a plan. Take stock of your surroundings, set goals, and decide on a date by which you want to be done with this project. Determine exactly what you want to organize, then break the process down into manageable steps and set appointments with yourself to follow through. In your home office, for instance, you might start by organizing one desk drawer, and set a time on your calendar to do the next one.
- Start by decluttering. Get rid of the obvious clutter, like piled up mail or old magazines. Then look with a critical eye at your things, deciding what you actually need and use. Sort your things, and determine what you want to keep, then make sure everything has a home before you move on to the next room. Looking at your wardrobe, for instance, think about summer things you didn’t wear this year and start a donation box. Then put the rest of your summer clothes away in well-labeled storage bins.
- Find simple storage solutions. Store your things in ways that make sense to you, so that you can easily find things when you need them. Fall brings a lot of bulky items, from sweaters and overcoats to large sporting goods, so it’s wise to look for space-saving storage. Save closet space by using cascading hangers and look for creative ways to make the most of the rest of the space in your home. Attractive baskets and bins keep necessary items like boots, gloves, paperwork, and bathroom necessities tucked away so that your rooms don’t become cluttered. Installing drawers in your kitchen can help keep things from getting lost in the recesses of your cupboards and cabinets. Sporting goods can hang on brackets or go neatly into bins, and a craft station hung on the wall can keep supplies attractively organized. Don’t forget to look for ways to use vertical space or the hidden areas under furniture, in corners and nooks, or even behind the bed, for clever storage solutions.
- Find creative ways to store your things. Hang hats on the wall, or put shoes on a display shelf, to use your accessories as art. Choose storage that’s aesthetically appealing as well as practical, like interesting hooks, beautiful baskets, or sleek cabinets. Get creative, looking for new ways to use items. A decorative ladder can be a towel rack, a teacart can hold gloves and hats in the mudroom, or a pretty tray can turn bathroom essentials into an attractive display.
- Stash away the summer. The best way to make room for the new season is by packing away the one that’s just passed. Whether it’s swimwear, beach-themed tableware, summer-themed linens and throw pillows, or out-of-season sporting goods, the best thing to do with things you won’t be using for awhile is to store them.
- Make your routines more manageable. Be sure to store things where they’re easily accessible and conveniently located. Create “stations” to make everything from packing a lunch to sorting the mail to getting out the door in the morning simpler.
- Look ahead to the holidays. Fall is a great time to start getting your home ready for the holiday season. If your guest rooms are cluttered, clear them well ahead of company. Look through your kids’ toys, weeding out those that don’t get much play. It might even be smart to take stock of your holiday items, noting what you already have and getting rid of anything broken before the holidays arrive.
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One result of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many people currently from home. Some people aren’t used to working from home, while others who usually work remotely are unaccustomed to doing so with their roommates or family sharing their space. Staying organized can help make everything a little easier.
When You Already Have a Home Office
If you’ve already got dedicated office space at your house, you’re ahead of the game. Organizing it and keeping it that way should just take a few simple steps.
- Declutter. If you don’t know where to start, choose three things to throw away. Do you have pens that don’t work? Outdated periodicals? Knick knacks that have outlived their usefulness? Get rid of the things standing in the way of your productivity.
- Clean out your files. Start with one filing drawer, weeding out anything unnecessary or outdated. Once you’ve sorted them, decide how you want to organize them. You might put them in alphabetical order, sort them numerically, or color-code them, but whichever system you choose, make sure it’s one that makes sense to you.
- Tidy your desk. Start with the drawers, and if that seems too daunting, start with just one. Rid if of anything unnecessary and fit it with an organizing tray to keep its contents in line in the future. Moving on to the desktop, clear it completely, even moving electronics elsewhere, then clean it and vacuum around it. Sort through everything that had been on the desktop, and only put back the things with purpose. Commit to keeping it pristine for at least a week.
- Set yourself up for success. Organizing your office won’t any good if you don’t have a plan to keep it that way. Establish a system, with an inbox for assignments, bills, letters, and anything else on your to-do list, a file rack for current projects, a trash can, recycling bin and shredder, and a filing cabinet. Make sure your office has plenty of storage, perhaps using bookshelves or cubbies with bins and baskets. Don’t forget to make the most of vertical space as well, utilizing whiteboards, bulletin boards, file systems, and shelving.
Organizing Yourself to Work from Home
Sometimes it’s not about the space as much as it is the mindset. Use these tips to pull yourself together and get ready to work.
- Design a routine. Get dressed every morning, and keep set business hours. Find ways to mentally transition in and out of work. If you usually listen to a podcast on the way to work, for instance, keep this routine, simply listening to it as you get ready to start your day.
- Create a dedicated office space. You don’t have to have a separate room, but you need an area that’s entirely for work, to put you in the right frame of mind.
- Build flexibility into your schedule. Take breaks when you need them, perhaps taking a walk outside or moving around. Let yourself off the hook from time to time, especially if you aren’t feeling well or have a family member who needs you more than usual. That being said, be careful not to let distractions cause too many interruptions in your day, and set a timer when you take a break to keep yourself on track.
- Take care of yourself. Be mindful of your body, sitting in a supportive chair, and using good posture to keep your neck and back aligned. Communicate with your coworkers, and be aware that most people are dealing with unusual situations right now. Pay attention to your mental health, and don’t forget to have a social life, even if it’s done virtually.
When There’s No Room for an Office
Even if you don’t have a home office, you can find a way to carve out a space that will work for you. You may have to get creative, perhaps setting up shop at the end of a hallway or in a corner of a room, but ultimately you probably don’t need much space. A good chair is non-negotiable, but many things can double as a desk, including shelves, a vanity, or even an armoire. In fact, during the current situation, many people have gotten creative, using things as varied as a ladder, an ironing board, and a highchair as desks. Make sure to incorporate storage into your workspace.
If You Have to Share Your Space
When more than one person is working from home, remember to be considerate of each other. Be mindful of your noise-level and courteous of how you share your common space. If you’re having trouble working at the same time, consider implementing a schedule so that you can use the space at different times. Remember, communication is important when everyone needs to get things done.
Pouch Self Storage has been operating mini-storage facilities since 1979 and is committed to keeping our clients’ belongings safe. Founded by John Yelland, who hails from Australia, Pouch Self Storage is named in honor of the kangaroo’s pouch- nature’s safe and secure storage spot. At our nine Southern California facilities, you’ll find state-of-the-art computer monitoring systems that allow our self-storage managers to monitor the opening and closing of every storage unit door, 24 hours a day. Currently, we’re abiding by CDC recommendations and implementing social distancing, but you can still reach us by calling (800) 378-4598 or contacting us through our website.
Renting a storage unit from POUCH means you’ll get a great price on a secure self-storage space that is just right for your needs. Did you know it also means you can move your items with a free moving truck? Our We Move You FREE program makes moving into your storage unit as easy and affordable as possible.
To reserve a free moving truck, you must have a confirmed reservation for a new storage space. Simply contact your storage facility to set up a date and time for the truck. We provide the truck, driver, and gas free of charge. The driver is not allowed to assist you in moving your items, but the truck comes equipped with an appliance dolly and 10 moving pads at no extra cost.
Free moving trucks are available within a 15-mile radius of your POUCH Self-Storage facility. To reserve a truck or learn more about storage units in Lake Forest, call (800) 378-4598.
When you have a retail store, every inch of space counts. That means you have to get clever about the way you manage your inventory. Fortunately, business storage can help you keep the items your customers need without making your space unmanageable.
This video offers advice for maximizing your retail space. Carefully monitoring sales and making sure you’re not wasting space on items that don’t move can help. Using a storage unit to hold extra inventory will also ease your space constraints.
Get additional space for your inventory by renting a storage unit at POUCH Self Storage . We even offer a FREE moving truck to make transferring your goods easier. Contact our storage facility in Lake Forest by calling (800) 378-4598.
Sofas are common items in self-storage units , but keeping them in good condition takes a little bit of preparation. If you plan to put a sofa into storage, follow these tips to ensure it stays looking like new until you’re ready to use it again.
Clean Before Storing
It’s always a good idea to clean your sofa before putting it into storage, even if you don’t see any signs of stains or dirt. Sofas take a lot of abuse, so putting it away without cleaning means you’ll be locking in sweat, germs, and odors. The right method of cleaning your sofa depends on its upholstery materials. Generally, synthetic fabrics can be cleaned with water, while natural fabrics require a solvent-based cleaner. Leather sofas can be cleaned with a few drops of olive oil massaged into the leather using a microfiber cloth. Ensure your sofa is thoroughly dried before moving it to your storage unit.
Choose Climate-Controlled Storage
Climate-controlled storage facilities will reduce the impact of temperature extremes, moisture, and humidity on the wood and upholstery of your sofa. Although climate-controlled units often cost a bit more, they are worth the extra money to protect your investment in your sofa. Be sure to select a unit of adequate size to accommodate your sofa and any protective padding you want to put around it—you shouldn’t have to push the sofa against a wall or the door.
Store the Sofa Off the Ground
One of the easiest and most effective ways you can protect your sofa in storage is to put it on pallets to keep it off the ground. This will protect your furniture piece from dirt and moisture. It will also help air circulate freely around your sofa. Cover the sofa with drop cloths or padded cloths, but avoid plastic, which traps air and moisture and encourages mold growth.
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Your recreational vehicle, or RV, is your home away from home while you’re on the road. When you’re not heading to your favorite camping spot or traveling across the country, your RV can potentially take up a lot of space on your property, especially if you own a smaller lot. To ensure that your RV is protected against the elements, damage, and theft when it’s not being used, you should have it stored at a secure storage facility that offers jumbo storage units and RV storage. Here are a few steps you need to take to prepare your RV for storage.
Thoroughly Clean Your RV Inside and Out
To prepare for RV storage, give your vehicle’s exterior a good wash and wax—waxing helps to deflect harmful ultraviolet rays from your RV, as well as to make it harder for dirt to build up. Be sure to clean the inside of your vehicle, too.
Inspect All Seams and Seals
After a thorough cleaning and waxing, inspect all of your RV’s seams and seals, and assess their conditions. Silicon seams and rubber seals are prone to cracking as well as wear and tear. If you notice failing seams or seals, repair them immediately. Otherwise, you may potentially allow moisture, or other potential dangers, to invade and damage your RV while it’s being stored.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
Moisture is a major concern when storing anything. If excessive moisture is present inside your RV, it can encourage mold and mildew growth, which can cause the interior of your vehicle to have a musty odor. To prevent this from happening, leave your RV’s rooftop vents open. Use vent covers that are designed to allow adequate airflow in and out of your vehicle while not allowing rainwater to get in.
Are you interested in using high quality RV storage facility in Orange County? If so, POUCH Self Storage definitely fits the bill. Call us today at (800) 378-4598 to learn more tips on how to prepare your RV for storage , or to schedule a reservation.
Small businesses tend to have a lot of hurdles to jump over in order to be successful. The best way to keep a small business running smoothly is to stay organized. If office supplies or inventory starts to clutter your workspace or storefront, consider renting a self storage unit. Some storage facilities offer supplementary services for your convenience, such as a free moving truck, so do your research. Watch this video to learn another way to keep your business organized.
Since 1979, POUCH Self Storage has been providing our customers with fantastic business storage units, as well as standard self storage units in Anaheim. Call us today at (800) 378-4598 for more information, including how you can reserve one of our personal or business storage units.
Moving the contents of a home can be a daunting endeavor. There is always a lot of work involved. However, following a few simple guidelines can help to make your move more manageable. If you are packing boxes for moving or to put in a storage unit, watch this video for some helpful tips.
The video suggests the first step is to identify possessions you no longer want or need and gift, donate, or dispose of them. The video also recommends packing electronic goods in their original boxes. The presenter cautions against packing more than 50 pounds of your items into a single box, to avoid the danger of breaking your items. The video advises movers to sort boxes by destination room.
Here at POUCH Self Storage, we believe that moving the items from your home or office can be a stress-free experience. To discover more about our packing supplies, moving trucks, storage units, and boxes for moving , visit our website, or call one of our Self Storage Specialists (800) 378-4598.
Do you have a stack of important paperwork sitting in your home or office that needs to be organized? It can be difficult to keep up with records management, especially when you have so many other things going on in your life. To get your problem under control, you should find an organizational system that works for you and then use self storage in Fullerton to keep your important documents safe. Here are tips for organizing and storing your documents.
Keep any documents that are difficult to replace in a fireproof safe at home.
There are certain documents that you simply cannot afford to lose. For example, your birth certificate, Social Security card, and will are all examples of documents that you should have on hand with you at all times. These documents can be placed in a locked safe and kept at home. You should not take them to self storage units because you will need to access them often.
Place tax returns in sturdy plastic containers and keep them inside climate controlled storage.
You should maintain your tax records for seven years after filing them with the IRS. The problem, of course, is that these tax records can take up a lot of space in your home or business. For that reason, you can take care of your tax records management by organizing important tax forms by year , placing them into plastic bins, and then using self storage units to store them.
Create categories for your other important documents and keep only what you need.
Over time, you will likely accumulate other important documents, like warranty information, payment records, and more, that you will want to hang on to for as long as you need them. This paperwork can be stored inside of a filing cabinet once it has been organized. Go through it occasionally to see what you should keep and what you can toss.
POUCH Self Storage offers jumbo storage units for individuals and businesses looking to store important items. You can find out more about our self storage units by contacting us at (800) 378-4598.