Storing Your Cold-Weather Items

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Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to make room for summer and move all that winter gear to storage. Don’t know where to start to kick the winter blues out of your home? Here’s how to best organize your winter items in your self-storage unit so everything stays neat and tidy until next winter:   Organize Your Clothes First, organize your cold-weather clothes. Gather up your entire family’s supply of heavy coats, hats, scarves, mittens, snow pants and boots. Make sure to weed out any unused or worn out items before packing up your boxes. Then, place clothing into plastic totes or vacuum storage bags. You can … [More]

Rotate Your Storage Unit

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  You know that rotating your tires is a good practice, but do you also know that now could be the perfect time to rotate your storage unit? Just to be clear, rotating your storage unit doesn’t involve moving your stored belongings to a different storage unit. Instead, when you rotate your storage unit, you’re moving items around inside the storage unit.   Unlike a simple spring-cleaning to remove dust and clutter, a storage unit rotation gets you into the guts of your stored belongings. Sound intimidating? It shouldn’t be, but devote a few hours to the task. First, let’s talk about why you should rotate your storage … [More]

Spring-cleaning Your Storage Unit

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At long last, spring is here! It couldn’t be more welcome, but it does bring a few things to worry about. One of those is your stuff in storage, especially unheated storage.   If your unit is climate controlled, you can breathe easy: A seamless transition between climatic states is part of what you’re paying for. But if you have your stuff in a standard unit, be aware that the increasing humidity and heat might affect your stuff in various ways.   Get ready to do a little “spring cleaning” in your unit to make sure nothing gets damaged.   Documents: These are sensitive to heat and moisture; … [More]

Five Tips to Make Your Home More Eco Friendly

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Being eco friendly in your home means a lot more than just being good to the environment, it also means saving money. Have some smart plans in place in your home to be more energy efficient can end up saving you hundreds of dollars each year. To get started, it’s pretty easy, let’s take a look at some easy ways to make your home more eco friendly. Fireplace Everyone loves a good fireplace in the home. And if you have a wood burning stove, it’s a fantastic way to heat your home without having to pay to turn up that expensive oil, gas or electric heat. An even … [More]

3 Quick Tips to Save Money on Your Heating Bill

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    The fall is always a great time of year, but for many, that means winter is just around the corner. Which means an increase in your heating bills. If you are someone who has oil heat, your bill can be even more expensive, with a tank refill costing hundreds of dollars in one shot. But, there is good news, there are some easy things you can do at home to help save your bill. Let’s try a few.   Annual Check Ups One of the very best ways to keep your heat down is to make sure your heating system is not leaking or broken. Many … [More]

Don’t Let Winter Decorating Eat Up Your Savings: 3 Tips to Lower Costs

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For many parts of the country, winter means more than just ski season is back, it means the holiday season is fast approaching! And while it’s great to experience a change of seasons, it can be a struggle in already tough economic times to try to scrape together those extra dollars to make sure you can still enjoy winter decorating. This is especially true if you are planning a bit show for winter lights around your house But, you do have some options. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to get your home and family prepared for winter in a way that will help both cut your costs … [More]

Ten Fall Cleaning Jobs to Start Now

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  With these lovely fall days, it’s the best time to get your whole house clean before the winter. I’m talking about your whole house, including your attic and garage. After all, when temperatures hover around 70 degrees, it’s the ideal time to clean unheated areas like your garage or attic, and get outside to clean the windows.   Why put that pumpkin spice latte on a coaster and bother with these jobs? It’s all for a sense of comfort and satisfaction. And, you’re usually too busy with everyday cleaning tasks like dusting and dishes to really take a deeper look at your home. You might be surprised … [More]

Three Easy Ways to Decorate Your Home for Fall

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Autumn is here, which means fallen leaves, pumpkins, spiced cider and beautiful rich fall colors. All of these are perfect for decorating your home for the next few months. Many people love to switch up the look of their home every couple of months as the seasons change. It makes for a welcoming looking and not to mention it’s fun to have a few craft projects going to celebrate a new season. Fall is one of my absolute favorite seasons to decorate for. I love the colors, the rich oranges and deep reds, which can make the perfect base for a number of different projects. Fall Terrarium Terrariums … [More]

Camping Essentials – building your basic gear stash, and then some!

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  Kim Rohrer blogs at Kim’s Kitchen Sink about everything interesting including things like knitting, gardening, baking, technology, and friendship.   A few weeks ago, I gave y’all a detailed list (with photos) of the contents of my super awesome camping box. That post will help you maximize your efficiency when it comes to packing for camping trips, and hey, since it’s so easy, maybe you’ll find yourself camping more often! But there are a few areas I didn’t cover with that post…clothing, food, hiking gear, bug spray…oh yeah. Things you need. Or maybe, not always things you need, but things that you might want. Or things that … [More]

5 Summer Sanity-Saving Tips

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  Summer is in the air, and there are so many fun things to do in just a few short months. So why not get a jumpstart organizing for the season before your activities begin. Try these 5 sanity-saving tips to help you plan ahead and gather your gear lickety-split. Then when the mood strikes, just grab the family and go. Organizing for summer fun has never been easier! Bag Common Necessities Whether you’re headed to the beach or to the mountains, don’t forget to pack a few must-have sundry items to keep bugs and sunburn from ruining your trip. Find a colorful bag or container you can … [More]