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Tips for Packing Items into a Tight Space

If you are moving yourself, you probably want to save as much time as possible. Furthermore, you often don’t have much space. Perhaps you are renting a truck, borrowing a pickup from a friend or using your SUV to haul…

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…

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…

Packing Tips for Moving a Washer and Dryer

Moving to a new home is a big job.. That’s true even if you only move furniture and clothing. Moving a washer and dryer can be especially challenging. A typical dryer weighs around 125 pounds while a washer tends to…

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…

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…

Organizing Tips: Four Steps to a Successful Seasonal Clothing Storage Switch-Out

Helpful Hints for Seasonal Clothing Storage Last season’s clothes are in the way. This season’s clothes are too crowded in the drawers or closet. That’s a sign you didn’t make the winter seasonal clothing switch-out. Now that’s it colder, take…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Tips on Going Paperless

Is your home or office overflowing with paper? It used to be the norm for everybody to conduct important business on paper, but that is no longer the case. Even the most important legal documents can be created (and signed)…

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…

Coping with Eviction: Tips for Getting Through a Difficult Time

Apartment and home rentals are very common, but they can also be expensive. If you run into financial difficulties, whether it’s because you lost a job or had unexpected medical bills, you might find yourself facing the prospect of eviction.…

Organizing Tips: How to Live with Messy Roommates

Sometimes a living situation turns into a real-life version of The Odd Couple. You’re neat Felix Unger and your messy roommate is an unrelenting, Oscar Madison-type slob. It was funny on television, but when you’re in the middle of a…

Tips to Help Get Your RV Ready for Storage

If you typically travel in your RV during the warm months, it is essential to know how to store it properly for the winter. Failure to prepare your RV for storage can result in serious damage and costly repairs. However,…

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…

What Does Self-Storage Mean?

At Storage West, we operate dozens of self-storage facilities across the Southwestern United States.  We have storage facilities in Texas, Arizona, Nevada & California.  But what does self-storage mean? Potential tenants sometimes ask us for clarification, and we decided to…

De-Clutter Your Schedule with These Time Management Tips

For many of us, the days never seem to be long enough to get everything checked off our to-do list. The demands of life multiply and it can be impossible to stay ahead of them. If that sounds familiar, the…

Best Wine Storage Ideas and Tips

Have you just started to collect wine? Or, are you a wine connoisseur? Either way, you might be wondering if you are taking the proper precautions when you store wine to drink later. Wine storage ideas go back centuries, but…

Kitchen Storage Ideas

Your kitchen can be the center of your home, not just the place where you eat — unless you live in a dwelling with a tiny kitchen. In either case, you probably share one thing in common with everyone else…

Preparing Your Boat for Storage? Remember These Tips

Boat ownership is a big responsibility. If you want to be sure that your boat is in good condition, you must make sure to take the time to prepare it properly before you put it into storage. Failure to do…

Tips on Job Relocation - Video

This is a video offering tips on job relocation from The Intern Queen.  She graduated college and made the move from Florida to California. She did not have a job offer, but had some clear goals in place.  There were…

Home Organization Tips: Where to Hide Presents

It’s officially shopping season — and most parents are buying holiday presents for their curious, inquisitive children who turn into expert detectives this time of year. The last thing you want to do when coming home after a day of…

Storing Winter Clothes

The weather is finally starting to look like spring in much of the country.  That means it’s time to figure out what to do with your winter clothes for the next few months.  Most people choose to pack away their…
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