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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Role Reversal: Packing and Moving a Parent

Everyone knows how stressful it can be to move to a new home. Now imagine that you have lived in your own home for decades and must now figure out how to pare down a lifetime of memories and experiences…

How to Pack Fragile Items

Packing your belongings can be time-consuming and tiring work. One thing that many people worry about when packing is making sure that their fragile items – things like china, crystal, and fine keepsakes – are packed in such a way…

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…

Moving Across the Country with Your Kids

The stress of uprooting your life to move across the country is magnified when you have kids. No matter how young — or old — they are, they will be just as stressed about the move as you, if not…

Stay Safe During Your Move

No one questions that moving is financially, psychologically, and emotionally stressful. Keep in mind that it is also a physically demanding activity and that there are any number of ways for you to get hurt. If you have friends and…

Dorm Cleaning Tips - Video

Learn from the best in this cleaning and organizing video: airmen at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base demonstrate dorm cleaning tips and show how to prepare your room up to Air Force inspection standards. Lots of great information for university and…

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.

Decluttering Tips for the New Year

Have you followed through on your New Year’s resolution to declutter your home? Perhaps you feel overwhelmed and don’t know how to declutter. Relax and take a few deep breaths. These decluttering tips should make it possible to achieve your…

How to Load a Moving Van

Anyone who has ever loaded a moving van or helped friends load a truck knows that there are countless approaches to this necessary task — and everyone has their preferred method. If you are facing the unique challenges associated with…

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…

Best Cities to Move to

The American economy continues to improve.  The housing market is getting back to “normal.”  Even the job market is looking up for many people.  You may be thinking that now is a good time to relocate to another part of…

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…

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…

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…
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