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Using a Storage Unit During a Divorce

Divorce isn’t easy on anyone. Dividing your assets and moving out of your old home are just two of many trying steps to the process. However, there are several ways in which having a storage unit can make this part of divorce more organized and less stressful.

 

Collecting Your Things

 

As you begin the process of divorce, you can immediately start distancing yourself from the experience by moving some of your things into a storage unit. Collect items that are unmistakably yours and bring them to a storage unit that’s close to your old home. It’s important to stay organized throughout this process, so keep a running list of the items you have moved into the storage unit. This will help protect your from being accused of hiding assets later on.

 

Deciding What You’re Keeping

 

Renting a storage unit during a divorce is not only good for collecting your things, but it can also be good for downsizing in the process. As you move things out of your old home, be decisive about what you want to take with you in the next chapter of life. As long as you and your ex spouse can agree on what stays and goes, you can sell unwanted items and split the money later on.

 

Preparing for Your Next Home

 

When you’re going through a divorce, you don’t want to rush into a new, major life decision, like buying a new house. Grant yourself a little time to figure out your next move by moving all of your furniture and belongings into the storage unit. You can revisit this space when you have time to go through the steps above, both sorting, organizing, and in some cases disposing of your belongings. Taking inventory of your belongings in a storage space can also let you decide what you may need to purchase on your own for your next house, condo, or apartment. When the time comes for you to move into your new home post divorce, your clothing, furniture, and other items will all be ready to move.

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Kids Leaving for College? Use a Storage Unit to Help Downsize

It’s hard not to experience empty nest syndrome when your kids move away for the first time. After all, any type of change can be difficult, and when you’re left with a big, empty house it can be a challenging adjustment. After the shock wears off, you might find that downsizing can be a step towards a fresh start, a new chapter, and can help you organize your belongings and get rid of what you don’t need. Here are three things a storage unit can help with when you’re downsizing.

 

Repurposing a Bedroom

If your kids have gone off to college, they may not have space for a lot of their belongings. However, that doesn’t mean you ought to keep their bedroom together just as a storage space. Instead, rent a self storage unit away from home and use it to store items from their bedroom. This opens up the space so that you can repurpose the room to meet your needs, whether you turn it into a craft room, a music studio, a workout space, or whatever suits your fancy.

 

Moving Into a Smaller Home

 Some parents might consider moving into a smaller home once their kids have left for college. As long as you have a storage unit on hand, there’s no need to toss out all of your belongings in the process. A climate controlled storage unit can be a safe and handy place to keep Christmas decorations, seasonal recreational gear, old photographs, and anything else that was once tucked away in an attic or basement.

 

 

Storing Furniture for Later

Downsizing your belongings or your home will likely mean getting rid of furniture you no longer want or need. But if your kids are in college, there may come a time in the immediate future when they’re looking for a new couch or a kitchen table. Keep large pieces of quality furniture in your storage unit so that it’s available as a hand-me-down to your kids without taking up space in your home.

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How to Use Storage to Stage a Wedding

Wedding planning is no easy task, and the long to-do lists plus the many materials you acquire for the big day can make it a stressful one. One trick that can make the whole process feel easier and more organized is using a storage space to stage the wedding planning and preparation. A storage space can be transformed into your wedding office, your craft room, and the space where you keep all of your rented furniture, your tablecloths, your dishes, and everything else together in once place.

Staging DIY Projects

If your wedding planning involves some DIY projects—as many crafty or budget-friendly weddings do—you can use a storage space as your project workshop. Set up a folding table, a chair, and a good light source. Plastic bins can hold all of your supplies as well as the finished products. Having your crafting station set up at a storage space allows you to work on your projects in steps without having the supplies clutter your home.

Storing Party Rentals

Renting a storage space will allow you to get ahead on some of the more daunting chores of day-of planning, like picking up your party rentals. Store tables, chairs, and other important pieces of the setting in the storage unit. This keeps your house and garage clear of clutter, so you can keep a more relaxing environment at home.

Practicing for the Day of the Wedding

With the extra space in your storage unit, you can try setting up your tables as you plan to have them for the reception or other portions of the wedding. This will help you work out any potential kinks and to perfect the arrangement. You can prepare even more by sorting your decorations, programs, and other items into bins labeled with post-it notes. Finish off your day-of planning by writing up a step-by-step list for set up that refers to the organized bins for easy coordination.

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Using a Storage Unit to Declutter Your Office

It’s all too common to see an office turn into a disorganized storage unit of its own. How is one expected to work efficiently when their desk, filing cabinets, and even the surround floorspace is covered with unused supplies, old but important papers, and other miscellaneous items? If you’re facing this problem, fear not. These easy steps will show you how to use a rented unit for storage so your office will be decluttered for work.

Take Inventory

Before you can declutter your office, you have to take a step back and recognize what’s causing the clutter in the first place. Take an inventory of everything in your office, and organize things into three categories: items you need on a regular basis, items that can go into storage, and items that you can throw away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take Action

Now that you’ve been honest with yourself about what you’re using and what you’re not using, you can begin the purging project. Shred and recycle all of the papers that you no longer need to keep. Donate any supplies or electronics that might have made it to your “throw away” list. Stop by your local office supply store to pick up plastic bins where you can organize the papers and supplies that you want to keep, but don’t need regularly. As you pack away these items, be sure to label the storage boxes in the project and update your inventory list accordingly. This will help you find what you need later.

Rent a Storage Unit

With all of your smaller supplies and papers packed away neatly, it’s time to put them out of sight and into storage. If you’re planning to store important documents, a climate-controlled storage space will keep these items protected from damage. Other larger, less fragile items like office furniture can safely go into a non-climate-controlled unit. Move your items into your new storage space, and mark their location in the space on your inventory sheet.

 

 

 

 

Put the Office To Use

Now that your desk and floor are uncluttered, you can use smaller bins and trays to keep the things you need on hand nearby in an organized manner. Be sure that you keep your inventory sheet on hand too. That way you’ll know exactly where to look when you need to fetch something from your storage unit.

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How to Preserve a Wedding Dress in Storage

Your wedding dress is probably the most expensive clothing item that you own, and as a souvenir of your special day it’s worth far more than just its initial cost. Use these tips to properly preserve your wedding dress in storage and your gown will live “happily ever after” too.

 

Get an Expert Cleaning

Before you tuck your wedding gown safely away in storage, you’ll want to have it cleaned by an expert. A regular dry cleaning session won’t do here. Each gown has unique care instructions, so read the tag carefully and consu

lt someone with experience in wedding gowns.

Consider a Professional Preservation

 

If you take your gown to a professional preservationist, they will often do the cleaning for you as well. Preservationists can remove any stains or make minor repairs. Afterwards, they will store the gown in a specially designed box or a special garment bag. Another option is to purchase a DIY wedding gown preservation kit, but for the surest results professional preservation is probably the way to go.

 

Proper Storing Conditions

 

Gowns should be kept in cool, dark, and dry place. Humidity can cause damage, and sunlight can cause yellowing. Therefore, attics and basements are not recommended.

Long-Term Storage

 

Experts suggest taking out your wedding gown from storage every two or three years in order to let it breath and refold it. When you do so, be very careful in opening its storage bag or box. Wash your hands before handling, or even wear a pair of clean, white, cotton gloves to keep your dress pristine over the years to come.

 

 

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How to Organize for Spring

When the warn weather returns, there are always a few slight changes in our lifestyles. For one thing, we no longer need to spend ten minutes bundling up before we run errands. We can start exercising outside, and we might change the types of meals we’re cooking. This annual transition is always made easier with a little intentional home organization. These tips will help you organize for spring.

Swap Sweaters for Sun Dresses

After months of heavy layering, it always feels good to put away the sweaters for another warm season. What’s even more satisfying is getting sweaters, wool pants, heavy winter coats, and other cold-weather items out of the house all together. All items should be cleaned before storing, then kept in a space that’s 70 degrees or below, with low light and low humidity. Garment bags are great for coats, while sealed plastic bins will keep sweaters and shirts safe. With those things in storage, you’ll have plenty of room for your warm-weather clothing at home.

 

Adjust Your Home to the Flow of Spring

Now that your overcoats are in storage, your coat closet will have space for your light jackets. This is just one way in which you can adapt your home to go with the spring flow. Place an umbrella rack by the door to keep wet umbrellas off of the floor and there when you need them. Hang a three-tier fruit basket in the kitchen for quick access to fresh produce from the local farmer’s market. Purchase some colorful baskets and bins where your kids can store their outdoor toys when not in use. Solid home organization is all about anticipating what you will and won’t need in your day to day life and finding a place where it can be easily accessible and out of the way.

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Milford, OH Summer Sale!

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Spring has sprung!

Spring has finally sprung folks!  Along with Spring comes cleaning and preparing the family and home for summer.    Most people have their own list of chores that they use to do their Spring cleaning.  Listed in the link below are some tips and tricks that will come in handy while doing your deep, thorough clean.

~Happy Cleaning!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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