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Moving? These Tips Will Make Packing Easy

Very few people enjoy packing their belongings for a big move. It’s a lot of work and often takes longer than you think it will. That said, it’s a necessary evil. Since it has to be done, the key to success is doing it as efficiently as possible. Here are some tips to help you accomplish it with a minimum of stress. Purge First The first order of business is to purge things that you don’t want. If you miss this step, the likelihood is high that you’ll end up packing things you don’t want or use. To make it easy, try taking a pointer from organization expert Marie Kondo, inventor of the Kon-Mari system. Instead of sorting by room,… Read More

Tips for Packing Items into a Tight Space

People tend to have very strong opinions about packing. Many of us hate to do it. We dread the process of sorting through our possessions and trying to consolidate them. The problem can be compounded when we have to attempt to pack our items into a small space. For example, if you have overflow items from your moving truck that you need to pack in your car along with your family, you might wonder how you will make everything fit. The same is true if you are moving using a small rental truck, or have rented a small storage space. Fortunately, there are some pro tips you can use to help fit as much as possible into your small space… Read More

Tips for Packing Your Kitchen

Preparing for a move can be a strenuous and stressful experience for many people, especially when you don’t make the necessary preparations. The same applies if you are planning to put items in storage. One room in your home that will likely require more attention than others is the kitchen. While it would be nice to be able to magically transport all your dishes, utensils, pots, pans and small appliances to your new kitchen, it simply isn’t that easy. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make the task of packing your kitchen easier and more organized. Read on for tips that can make packing up your kitchen more efficient and organized. Protect Your Valuables When packing up your kitchen… Read More

Tips for Moving a Washer and Dryer

Moving to a new home is a big job no matter how you slice it. That’s true even if you only move the usual things, such as furniture and clothing. Moving large appliances adds an extra challenge to the process – and yet for many families, bringing a washer and dryer along to their new house is a must. Here are some tips to help you move them safely and efficiently. Cleaning and Preparation Begin by running a rinse cycle in your washing machine. If you have detergent residue built up in the drum, you may want to add white vinegar to the cycle to remove it. You’ll want to do this several days before you move. Once the rinse… Read More

Selling Your Home? Use These House Staging and Self-Storage Tips to Get Ready

Are you getting ready to sell your home? Whether you’re selling it on your own or working with a real estate broker, you need to think about how you will stage your home. The goal is to make it look as good as possible so that buyers will be able to imagine themselves living in it. One aspect of home staging that many sellers don’t consider is what to store and what to display. If your home is cluttered, it won’t show to your advantage. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you stage your house so it will sell quickly. Depersonalize the Space It might surprise you to know that one of the best things you… Read More

Traveling for Business? Here Are Five Tips for a Smooth Trip

Whether you travel for business every once in a while or every week, you know that traveling comes with some real challenges. It seems that the entire process – from booking a flight to checking a bag – has become more difficult than it used to be. That said, there’s no reason that you can’t take steps to make the traveling process as simple as possible. Here are five tips to help ensure that your trip is a good one. Streamline Your Travel The first thing you can do is to streamline the travel process. One good way to do that is to apply for TSA Pre-Check status (or Global Entry if you travel internationally.) It takes a while to… Read More

Packing your Home for Moving – Video

Packing up your house can be a stressful business as you have probably accumulated much more stuff than you ever imagined! But if you check out this video you will find out that it may be a lot less stressful than you imagined – especially if you follow the tips that they suggest to make it go smoothly. How to Pack up Your House – video transcription Woman: We have a lot of boxes in our hallway. Man: Yeah. Woman: You know what I’m really good at lately? Man: What? Woman: I’m good at packing. Man: You are? Woman: Yeah. So, Kendrick, do you want to talk packing tips? Man: Desperately. Woman: Okay, let’s go. Man: My favorite topic. Woman:… Read More

Making Two Families into One: Storage and Organization Tips for the Blended Family

Blending two families together is a common phenomenon of modern life. People break up and get divorced, others lose partners to death, and eventually they move on. While finding someone new to love is reason to rejoice, there is no denying that the process of packing up two families’ worth of belongings and fitting them into a new space can be stressful at best. If you’re in the midst of such a life change, fear not. If you follow the simple process outlined here, you can be sure that your move will be successful and as easy as possible. Take Stock of What You Have One of the most challenging things about blending two families is that you are very… Read More

Tips for Student Storage

The average dorm room has only 228 square feet of living space. That’s not much, and incoming students have to fit everything they need into it – and often while sharing with at least one other person. That means that storage space is at a premium. Storage is no less of a problem between school years. Students who are attending school far from home don’t have the option of bringing everything home for the summer. This article will address both issues, helping you find the ideal storage solutions for the schoolyear – and the summer months. Dorm Room Storage Ideas Fitting everything into a dorm room can be a challenge, but here are some tips that may help: Think vertical… Read More

Tips for Driving a Moving Van or Truck

Moving is stressful no matter how you slice it. Even when you’ve prepared and have plenty of lead time, it always seems to be more work than you think it will be. Packing and sorting would present enough of a challenge, but for many of us, moving also means driving a vehicle that’s considerably larger and more unwieldy than our usual modes of transportation. The goal of this article is to give you some tips about how to drive your rented moving vehicle safely. Renting the Truck The first thing you need to do is decide how large a truck you need. In general, the smaller the truck is, the easier it will to be to handle. Do your best… Read More

Packing and Organizing for a Long Trip

There are few things more exciting than preparing for a long trip. Whether you’re traveling with your family, some friends, or by yourself, the anticipation and thrill of leaving your usual surroundings and immersing yourself in a new area or culture is unmatched. The one part of extended travel that people tend to dread is the preparation. You know you’ll be living out of your suitcase and you want to be sure that you’re ready for whatever you encounter. If your trip is spanning many countries or more than one season, the challenge of knowing what and how to pack can be overwhelming. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make the process simple. Organizing Your Wardrobe The… Read More

Planning a Move? 10 Tips to Help You Get Organized

Moving to a new home is exciting, but it can be a stressful experience, too. There are so many things to remember to do, and if you don’t approach the process in an organized way, it can be all too easy to miss something important and end up scrambling at the last moment. The key to ensuring that your moving process is smooth and as anxiety-free as possible is to have an organized plan of attack that you put in place as soon as you know that you are moving. Here are 10 simple tips that can help you get everything done with a minimum of stress. Get a binder to help you keep all of your moving information organized.… Read More

Any storage tips for drawers?

Use your bureau drawers as packing space. Fill them with some of your fragile items and use blankets, sweaters and towels for padding. Do not use printed newspaper to pack with. The ink may smudge off on your items.

Tips for Downsizing Your Home

Facing the prospect of downsizing your home can be challenging.  Whether you’re scaling down for philosophic, economic, health, or other personal reasons, think of this as an opportunity to launch a new life — one without the weight of unused and neglected possessions. It’s a great excuse to rid your life of clutter and focus on the things that actually make you happy either by serving a function or simply for being beautiful. The process of downsizing will overwhelm most people, even those who embrace the process. Here are some tips to help you tackle the work ahead of you, whether you are moving yourself or helping a friend or senior parent downsize their life. Tip #1: Map it Out… Read More

Packing a Diaper Bag

An essential skill new parents need to master is how to pack the diaper bag. Knowing what to put where — and what to leave at home — can be the difference between an efficiently packed bag and a black hole of baby stuff that can literally break your back. Let’s start with the actual essentials for a diaper bag, versus the “I have to take everything everywhere” approach: Now, take a look at this mom’s method for packing her diaper bag: Lastly, how do you know what diaper bag is right for you? What diaper bag tips do you have for new parents?

On the Road: Packing for the Family Road Trip

Summer is finally here! And so is that time-honored tradition: the family road trip. Whether you’re hitting the road because it’s cheaper than flying or because you want to show your kids the beauty of the country, the one thing you probably dread about a road trip is packing. Unless you have an RV with unlimited space, knowing what to pack can be confusing, esp. if your spouse or kids demand that they be able to take every little thing they “might” need. There are some general guidelines you can follow to make sure that you have what you need and a few things that your family wants too. General Packing Tips Several weeks before your trip you should set… Read More

Summer Break: Packing Your Kid Off to Camp

Sending your child to camp is a rite of passage not just for the kid, but for you as well. No doubt you’re fantasizing about the quiet days and evenings spent alone with your spouse. Sure, there will be some “empty nest” feelings, but you know your kids will be back home in a matter of weeks, so you plan to make the most of them. But before all that fun can happen you have to pack, and probably shop. The best advice out there for parents who are sending their kid to camp for the first — or fifth time — follow the list provided by the camp as to what is needed and what is forbidden. Now, this… Read More

Organizing & Packing Ski Gear

Preparing for a ski or snow boarding trip involves packing and hauling more than just a suitcase or two. You’ll have boards, skis, helmets, boots, and other gear to prepare for travel. The videos below give you some tips on how to transport that gear, whether you’re flying away on a trip or just taking a quick drive to your local mountain. This video shows you how to pack the most in the least bags, to avoid/reduce costly baggage fees on airlines (NOTE: the video was produced in March 2014 and airline policies/fees may have changed): In this one a woman shows how she packs her snowboard and her husband’s ski equipment for their car trips:

Military Deployment: What to Bring (and Not Bring) on a Deployment

You’re settled into your home and things are good – and then you get the word. You’re being deployed, and you need to work quickly to determine what to do with your belongings. That means figuring out what to bring, what to get rid of, and what to store. If you have a family, then your large items will stay with them. However, if you live alone, you’ll need to think about storing furniture and other items, so they’ll be ready for you when you get back. Here are some tips to help you. What Should You Bring on Deployment? Let’s start with what to bring. You’ll have some resources from the military, but you may want to check out… Read More

How to Save Money While Moving

Moving is expensive. In addition to the cost of buying a new home or renting a new apartment, you must also pay movers or rent a truck and spend hours of valuable time packing and unpacking your belongings. It’s a lot, which is why we’ve put together this list of things you can do to save money while you’re moving. #1: Get Free Packing Materials Not everybody has access to a car, but if you do, you can get free packing materials in many different places. For example, you could stop by your local supermarket or liquor store to get empty boxes. Most retail stores get tons of boxes delivered every day. Another option is to check sites like Freecycle… Read More

10 x 20 Storage Unit: Perfect for 3 or 4 bedroom home

Whether you’re preparing for a military deployment or taking an extended trip, you might need to store some or all of your belongings in a safe and secure location while you’re away. For many people, the ideal size is our 10 X 20 storage unit. Typically, this size is ideal for between a three-bedroom and a four-bedroom home A drive-up unit in this size is ideal for storing a vehicle if you need someplace to keep your car, motorcycle, or ATV. You can simply drive your vehicle right into the unit. All of our units are air-conditioned and safe for vehicle storage. You can be sure that your car will be in good condition when you’re ready to use it again.… Read More

How a Storage Space Can Help You Stage for Annual Trade Shows

Trade shows are a must for entrepreneurs and business owners. They provide an opportunity to interact in person with an array of potential customers. If you plan and stage your booth properly, a single trade show appearance can lead to new sales – and increased profits. The trick, of course, is having a place to store your trade show booth and props between shows. Things like backdrops, cut-outs, and even printed materials can take up space that you need for other items. Renting a storage space from Storage West can provide the solution you need. Storage for Trade Shows Creating a professional-looking and enticing trade show booth takes time, effort, and money. Few companies can afford to buy new displays… Read More

How to Properly Store Books

If you’re a book lover, you know that books are treasured possessions. They need to be handled and stored properly to prevent the pages from fading, the bindings from cracking, and the books themselves from falling victim to dampness, heat, or mildew. Instead of risking losing your beloved books, learn how to properly store books so you can enjoy them for years to come. In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to do to keep your books in good condition. Shelving Books Bookcases and shelves are a natural place to keep books. However, it’s essential to do more than just pile them in haphazardly. Here are some tips:   Position the bookcase away from heat sources and direct sunlight… Read More

How to Store Your Luggage, Suitcases, and Carry-on Bags

Have you ever had the experience of preparing for a trip and finding that your luggage has been damaged because it wasn’t stored properly? If so, then it’s time to learn how to store your suitcases and other bags properly so that they’re in great condition and ready to use when you need them. Because suitcases and luggage are used infrequently by most of us, it can be easy to stuff them in the back of a closet or storage space and not think about the way we store them. Here are three simple steps to help you keep your luggage in perfect condition. #1: Clean Your Bags Before Storing Them The first step is to make sure your bags… Read More

How to Pack and Store Glass, Mirrors and Fragile Items

Whether you’re getting ready to move to a new home or simply packing up some belongings to put into storage, it’s important to take special care when packing glass, mirrors, and other fragile items. Proper packing methods can mean the difference between preserving your belongings and finding them cracked when you unpack. With that in mind, let’s talk about the best methods for packing and storing your most precious and breakable possessions. How to Pack Fragile Items To pack your fragile items, you’ll need quality packing supplies like small, sturdy boxes (packing too much into a large box can result in boxes being too heavy), packing tape, painter’s tape, flexible cardboard pieces, a permanent magic marker, and plenty of packing material.… Read More

How to Organize and Find Things in Your Storage Unit

Renting a storage unit is one of the best ways to make up for living somewhere with little storage space or transitioning from one living situation to another. However, there are some challenges involved with packing your belongings into a small storage cube. If you need to find something in your unit, you’ll need to have a system in place to ensure that the process isn’t a frustrating one. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you organize the items you place in your self storage unit so you can find them when you need them. Tip #1: Take Inventory of What You Plan to Store The first step is to take a complete inventory of what… Read More

How to Pack Fragile Items – Video

An instructional video showing excellent tips relating to packing and moving fragile items such as mirrors, glass, pictures etc. Moving or storing these types of items can be stressful so its useful to check out professional tips before attempting it. Follow our blog and make your next move or relocation a breeze. How to pack fragile items, pictures, glass, in boxes & cartons – Video Transcription Okay, now that we’ve covered the small carton, we’re going to move on to the medium carton. Here in the living room, its most common uses would be lamps, lamp shades, or small pictures, which we are going to start with first. You can also find this box to be useful in the kitchen… Read More

Organizing for Staging Your House for Sale

Selling a house is a major endeavor no matter where you live. Not only must you find a real estate agent to list your home and pack your belongings, you also have to stage your home so that it looks as beautiful as possible when prospective buyers come to see it. Organization is the key to a successful home staging. You’ll have to be meticulous and thorough to ensure that everything goes according to plan. These four tips can help you do it. Tip #1: Declutter Your Furniture If you need to continue living in your home while it’s on the market, the first thing you should do is decide which pieces of furniture you need to have to be… Read More

Downsizing Into A New Living Space – Video

This video includes tips for downsizing yourself or elderly relatives when moving into a new living space.  This will help ensure a smooth transition and reduce the stress factor for all parties!  If an elderly relative moves in to your home this information can be invaluable. Downsizing: Tips from Professional Organizer Vicki Norris Helen Raptis: When you have a parent or relative who needs to downsize, it really can be tough on everyone emotionally and logistically. So after helping her grandmother downsize from a home to a care facility, Restoring Order’s Vicki Norris picked up a number of very helpful tips for a smooth transition. You’re taking a look at Grace Nurse, and she is grandmother to Vicki Norris. Now… Read More

How to Develop a Moving Checklist

The process of moving can be a very stressful one, even when you know the move is a positive thing and you’re excited about it. One big reason that moving is such a headache is because there are so many things to coordinate. You have to deal with the physical process of packing up everything you own and transporting it to a new location. On top of that, there are many other tasks, large and small, that go along with a move: notifications, paperwork, utilities, and so on. If you want to make your move a smooth one, the best way to do it is to create a master moving checklist before you start. Having everything in writing will allow… Read More
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