Sunday, May 28, 2017

How To Load Your Moving Truck



Loading a moving truck properly ensures that your items will remain the most protected and help you to maximize packing space. The key to loading is to be organized and load the truck in tiers. Protect each item with furniture pads, or filling materials and stretch wrap when necessary. Here are some tips on how to load a moving truck that will ensure your household goods are protected and secure during your move.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

DIY Room Organization And Storage Ideas




In this video, I show you a bunch of different ways to organize your room with a DIY storage box that can act as a DIY desk organizer, nail polish storage idea, paint display or storage, shelf organizer, makeup organizer, how to clean your closet, how to organize your closet, and bunch more!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Self Storage In 5 Easy Steps


Moving is always a time of transition. This is especially true when that transition involves moving to a place with less storage space. It might be a place with fewer bedrooms, the loss of a basement or attic, or more people living without more room. Whatever the cause, you might be faced with self storage requirements.

Save yourself time, stress and money on your self storage/ mini storage needs with the tips in this article.

Self Storage: The Basic Steps

1. Identify the size of the self storage unit you'll need and how long you'll need it.
2. Make a "Self Storage Feature List" of the features you'll need (climate control, security, location, 24 hour access)
3. Develop a list of potential self storage locations. Check your list against _______. 4. Visit top self storage locations and compare them against
5. Make your final choice and sign the contract.

Self Storage Step 1: Identify the size of the self storage unit you'll need and how long you'll need it.

Just to point out the obvious, you'll save money and time by putting fewer, smaller items into self storage. That means you're better off doing one or more of the following with excess items:

· Sell them at a moving sale.
· Donate them to charities such as Goodwill, The Salvation Army or The Purple Heart.
· Give them away to people who can use them now and value them.
· Store them with family or friends IF it's for a very brief time and they're willing.

Once you've eliminated what you can, it's time to figure out how much space you'll need. Self storage units vary from one location to another, but here are some basic sizes and guidelines, adapted from "The Storage Place Inc" website:

· 5' x 5': holds a small number of boxes or small bedroom furniture.
· 5' x 10': holds a few pieces of furniture, including a couch.
· 10' x 10': holds the contents of a small, one-bedroom apartment.
· 10' x 15': holds the contents of a small, two-bedroom apartment.
· 10' x 20': holds the contents of a small, two-bedroom house or a small car.
· 10' x 25': holds the contents of a larger, two-bedroom house or a larger car.
· 10' x 30': holds the contents of a three-bedroom house, or the contents of a 36-foot moving van.
· 10' x 40': holds the contents of a four-bedroom house.

Use this list to narrow down the size of space you'll use.

Self Storage Step 2: Make a "Self Storage Feature List."

After deciding on the size of self storage unit you'll need, to identify what features you want to go with it. Think of it as a "shopping list" for comparing self storage units.

It's a good idea to break down the features into 3 categories based on how important they are to you:

* A - Absolute musts. If a self-storage unit does not have this feature, you won't consider it.

* B - Better to have than not. These are features that would be plusses, but not required.

* C - Couldn't care less. As the name would imply, these features may exist, but don't really matter to your decision.

Here is our list to help you get started:

· convenient location
· climate control
· 24-hour direct access
· monitored security cameras
· security guards on premise
· sprinkler system
· alarm system
· insurance available
· payment methods accepted

Self Storage Step 3: Develop a list of potential self storage facilities.

Now that you know what you're loking for, it's time to begin the search process. You can kick off the process by investigating five of the most popular self storage companies:

· Public Storage
· U-Haul (yes, the same company that offers truck rentals)
· ExtraSpace Storage
· United Stor-All
· U-Store-It

Check your self storage candidates against the Self Storage Feature List that you created earlier. Any facilities that are missing "A - Absolute must" features should be crossed off.

Self Storage Step 4: Visit top self storage locations and compare them against one another.

Yes, I realize that actually taking the time to visit each of your top choices isn't convenient. However, there are things you will discover by visiting that you wouldn't otherwise. How does the location look? Does the neighborhood seem stable? Is the facility as easy to reach as you imagined? What's the condition of the existing storage units? Does the place seem well-maintained?

Take notes at each facility and clearly mark which property you're visiting. Eliminate from your list any of the locations that seem sketchy.

Self Storage Step 5: Make your final choice and sign the contract.

If you've followed all the previous steps in this article, this final step should be relatively easy. Try to order each of your final candidates by how well they did in each category. If you're finding it difficult to choose your top pick, try eliminating your least favorite option first, then repeat the process until you have your final pick.

Please note that the price of the monthly rate is a very important factor, but it isn't the only factor. There's something to be said about paying for peace of mind- if you lay awake at night worrying about the safety of your belongings, you've made the wrong choice.

Speaking of rental rates, be sure to ask your self storage facility manager if they provide any of the following discounts, programs or bonuses that might apply to you:

· First or last month free
· Rental discounts for seniors, students, or military personnel
· Discounts on related items or services such as moving boxes and supplies, rental trucks or moving companies

When signing the final contract, you may be offered insurance coverage. Make sure that you aren't already covered by your homeowner's insurance, and be very clear about exactly what is covered, whether damaged or stolen items are reimbursed at replacement cost levels, and what any deductibles may be. Ideally you wouldn't be storing anything of value in an unattended storage unit, but if you are, you want to make certain you aren't paying for insurance coverage that doesn't fully protect you.

These steps should allow you to have a successful self storage rental experience.



Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/3129384

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

10 Ways That Self Storage Units Are Valuable


We all have a tendency to accumulate too much stuff. If that's you, there's no need to feel guilty about it - especially when there's a perfect solution that doesn't involve getting rid of your prized possessions. Maybe you just need to find somewhere else to keep the things that are special, but don't need to be on display. A self storage unit is the perfect way to make your life less stressful. Here are 10 ways that self storage units can be valuable:

1. You can use a self storage unit to keep that extra furniture that you just can't bear to part with. You never know when you or someone else might need it and you know how expensive it will be to buy more. Maybe you've downsized your home and you don't need so many beds, tables and chairs. A self storage unit is a great place to keep your spare furniture until you are ready to decide what to do with it.

2. If you're lucky to be going overseas on a long-term holiday, you don't want to sell everything and have to start again when you return. It's much more sensible to rent a self storage unit for the duration of your time away. When you return, you'll be able to set up house and get back to normal more quickly than you expected.

3. Perhaps your kids have left home but they haven't taken all their worldly possessions. You want the house to yourself at last, but you don't want to get rid of their stuff. It's hard to know what they'll need and what they'll be happy to part with - and it's hard to pin your kids down to make a decision. Instead of fretting about all that, a self storage unit is a great value for money way of solving the problem. The kids' gear will be there when they need it and you'll have the house to yourself. Perfect!

4. If you are a sports lover, your garage is probably full to the brim with sporting equipment. If it means you can't fit the car in the garage, you might need to have a rethink. A self storage unit is a great solution. Your sports equipment will be safe, secure and kept at the right temperature. You can even set the unit up so it's all stacked and shelved to make life really easy. Just drive in, pick up the gear and off you go.

5. Maybe you have a hobby that needs its own space. It might be fixing an old car, making model airplanes or any number of other activities. If that's you, then you know what it's like when other people move your stuff. To make sure everything is left exactly the way you want it, rent a self storage unit for your hobby gear and you'll never have to worry about it again.

6. Life can generate a lot of excess paperwork and a lot of it can't just be thrown away. If you feel like you're fighting a losing battle with paper, documents and archived records, consider a self storage unit. It will make a big difference to your stress levels and keep your documents safe.

7. Sometimes you need a workshop or a studio to potter about in at the weekends and there's just nowhere suitable at home. A self storage unit is the ideal answer. You can get away by yourself, get creative and then get back to reality when you're ready. And you know that all your workshop materials will be in one place when you need them again.

8. If you've sold the house and haven't found a replacement, you might be thinking of a temporary solution. But what do you do with all your gear? A self storage unit is the answer. They come in several sizes, including a size that's just right to hold a houseful of possessions.

9. When you're trying to sell your home, the best thing to do is to go for the minimalist look! That means decluttering big time. But what do you do with all the extra stuff? A self storage unit is just the right answer. Your prospective buyers will be amazed at the look of your home and be much more likely to put in an offer - which means you'll be able to move to your dream home much more quickly.

10. If you have some really valuable possessions that don't look right in your home, it's hard to know what to do with them. One option is to store them in a self storage unit. You know they'll be safe and secure and - who knows - they might even increase in value!



Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6400615

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Strawberry Banana Pancake Skewers



STRAWBERRY BANANA PANCAKES
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 egg
1¼ cup milk
1 tablespoon of butter, melted
Powdered sugar, to taste
Maple Syrup, to taste

PREPARATION
In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients.
Beat together the egg, milk and butter in a separate bowl, then combine with the dry ingredients.
Gently whisk the mixture just enough to moisten the flour to be sure not to over mix. Transfer the batter into a larger squeeze bottle.
On a non-stick pan, squeeze a quarter-sized amount of the batter. Flip when bubbles rise and the bottom has browned.
When the pancakes are done, start assembly from bottom to top with a pancake, strawberry, banana. Repeat twice finishing with a pancake on the top and a skewer down the center. Feel free to use any fruit combinations to your liking.
Finish with powdered sugar and maple syrup.
Enjoy!