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Taking the Stress Out of Your Move

When my husband found a new job several provinces away, I knew that we needed to move as soon as possible. I rushed to find boxes, tape, and a moving truck that I could rent myself. In the excitement and rushed state of the move, I ended up breaking a computer, several antique dishes, three vases, and a recliner. The move ended up costing me several hundred extra dollars on replacement items. When my small family needed to move again, I did my research. I found out how to pack correctly and I also learned how to use pods, storage spaces, and professional movers to my advantage. Not only was this move less stressful, but it was far cheaper. Learn from my research to make sure your move is stress free. You will find tips on my blog whether you are moving a household or relocating to a dorm room.

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How To Declutter Your Storage Space

by Deann Wade

Storage units can often get cluttered and be unorganized as may people just simply open the door and throw everything inside. An organized storage unit will help you locate items faster and will allow you to store more inside the unit with everything neat and tidy. Here are a couple simple tips that you can employ to declutter your storage unit.

Sort Everything Into Bins

One of the best ways you can organize your storage space is to sort through everything and group similar items into bins. For example group any articles of clothing together in one bin and any household items, such as pots or pans into another. You can also have different colored bins for different items to allow you to offer up another level of separation between different items. Clearly label each bin with a white sticker and then take a black marker and write the contents of the bin onto the sticker. Sorting through everything will also allow you to collect items that can be thrown in the trash that will also help you free up space.

Keep An Up To Date Itemized List of Contents

Many people have no clue what is even in their storage unit because they failed to keep a list. Once your unit is sorted into bins, write everything down on a list which you can keep on the inside wall of the unit itself. When something new gets added or removed from the unit make sure that it is added to the list or taken off. With a list on the inside wall of the unit you can quickly reference exactly what is inside the storage unit and you can tell the location of the item.

Stack Bins Up On Skids

Measure the height and width of your storage unit so you know exactly what size space you have to use. Then take your organized bins and stack similar bins onto skids, which will also help to prevent items from being damaged in the event of flood. Stack items no higher than a couple feet to ensure that the items don't topple over on one another and potentially damage the contents of the bin. Stacking up bins will allow you to free up more space on the group, which you can use to  add more contents to the unit or free up space to move around inside.

Organizing the contents of your storage unit will help you reduce stress levels when trying to locate something. Consult with your local storage vendor (such as Campbell Creek Mini Storage Ltd) to get an idea of what types of units are available in your area and to know if they are climate controlled. 

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