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Tips for Moving in Winter


Moving in winter can present some unique challenges due to the weather conditions. Here are some tips to make the process easier: Plan Ahead: Check the weather forecast and plan your moving day accordingly. Try to pick a day with the mildest weather possible. Dress Appropriately: Layer up with warm, waterproof clothing, gloves, hats, and sturdy, waterproof boots to stay comfortable and dry. Prepare the Pathways: Clear snow, ice, and debris from driveways, walkways, and entrances at both your old and new home. Spread salt or ice melt to prevent slips and falls. Protect Your Belongings: Use sturdy, waterproof packing materials to protect your items from moisture. Plastic bins or heavy-duty plastic bags can be more resistant to snow and moisture than cardboard boxes. Wrap Furniture: Cover your furniture with blankets or plastic wrap to shield it from snow, moisture, and damage during transport. Keep Essentials Accessible: Pack a separate box or bag with essentials like warm clothes, snacks, toiletries, and important documents. Keep it easily accessible during the move. Utility Preparation: Make sure utilities are turned on at your new place before you move in, so you have a warm environment immediately upon arrival. Hire Professionals: Consider hiring professional movers experienced in winter conditions. They'll have the necessary equipment and expertise to handle the challenges. Use Proper Equipment: If you're moving on your own, ensure you have the right equipment for snow removal, like shovels and snowblowers, to clear paths and driveways. Take Breaks: Moving in winter can be physically demanding, especially in cold weather. Take breaks indoors to warm up and stay hydrated. Protect Yourself: Be cautious of slippery surfaces to avoid accidents. Take your time and prioritize safety over rushing through the process. Backup Plan: Have a backup plan in case weather conditions worsen unexpectedly. Be flexible with your moving date if needed. Use Storage: Rent a storage unit to store nonessencial items to move when the weather is more accomidating. By preparing well in advance and taking precautions for the weather, you can make your winter move smoother and ...

December 6th, 2023

How Storage Can Help You This Holiday Season


The holiday season can be a hectic time, and self-storage can come in handy for various reasons during this period. Here's how self-storage can be helpful during the holidays: Decluttering: With guests coming over and decorations being put up, you might need extra space. Self-storage allows you to temporarily store items you don't need during the holidays to make your home more spacious and inviting. Seasonal Decorations: Many people accumulate a lot of holiday decorations over the years. Self-storage provides a perfect solution to store these items during the off-season, keeping them safe and organized until you need them again. Safekeeping Gifts: If you're worried about hiding gifts or want to keep them away from curious eyes, a storage unit can be a secure spot to store them until the big day. Temporary Storage for Guests' Items: If you're hosting guests and need to clear out space in your guest rooms or common areas, a storage unit can serve as a temporary solution for storing their belongings. Travel Convenience: For those who travel during the holidays, self-storage can be a safe place to store valuable items or even a vehicle while away, offering peace of mind during your trip. Inventory Management for Retailers: Businesses, especially those in retail, often experience increased inventory during the holiday season. Self-storage can provide additional space to store surplus stock or seasonal items. Transitioning Homes: Some people use the holidays as an opportunity to move or transition to a new home. Self-storage can facilitate this process by providing a place to store belongings during the transition period. Remember, when using self-storage during the holidays, it's crucial to plan ahead. Reserve a storage unit at one of our locations in advance, especially during this busy time, and ensure you pack and store items properly to keep them safe and in good condition.If you're considering using self-storage during the holidays, think about what specific needs you have and how a storage unit could make your holiday season more enjoyable and stress-free. ...

November 29th, 2023

Home Organization and Mental Health


Absolutely, home organization is a game-changer when it comes to creating a space that feels comfortable, functional, and stress-free. Here’s a breakdown of some key aspects: Decluttering The Marie Kondo Method Marie Kondo's philosophy of keeping items that "spark joy" has gained immense popularity. The idea is to keep only the items that truly bring happiness or serve a practical purpose. Minimalism Adopting a minimalist approach involves consciously reducing possessions to the essentials. It’s about quality over quantity, ensuring that every item serves a clear purpose. Storage Solutions Maximizing Space Utilize all available space, including under-bed storage, vertical wall shelves, and multi-functional furniture like ottomans with storage space inside. Baskets, Boxes, and Containers Using these helps compartmentalize and organize items. They’re perfect for storing smaller things and help maintain a tidy appearance. Off-site Storage Renting an off site storage space can help to keep belongings that arent for every day use. Renting a storage unit can help keep out the clutter and make for a tidier home. Room-Specific Organization Kitchen Group similar items together, utilize drawer dividers, and employ stackable containers to optimize pantry space. Consider purging expired items regularly. Bedroom Invest in closet organizers and use space-saving hangers. Implement a system for rotating seasonal clothing to free up space. Living Room Minimize clutter by only displaying items that hold sentimental value or serve a decorative purpose. Use storage furniture like coffee tables with hidden compartments. Home Office Organize papers using filing cabinets or digital solutions. Use desk organizers for frequently used stationery items. Maintenance and Habits Daily Routines Designate a few minutes each day to tidy up. Small, consistent efforts can prevent clutter from building up. Regular Purging Schedule periodic decluttering sessions. Donate or discard items that are no longer needed or used. Labels and Categorization Label storage containers and shelves to make it easier to find items. Categorize items logically for quick access. Emotional Benefits Stress Reduction A tidy and organized home tends to reduce stress and anxiety. Knowing where things are located can provide a sense of calm. Increased Productivity An organized space can enhance productivity and creativity. A clutter-free environment fosters focus and clarity of mind. Conclusion Home organization isn’t ...

November 15th, 2023



Small space decorating ideas can be very valuable in making your home feel more inviting and cozy. As the price of house rises you are getting less space for your dollars, these decorating tips can be a life saver for maximizing your space. 1. Think Multifunctional Using multifunctional furniture like a trundle or murphy bed, ottomans with storage, folding shelves and tables can help with saving space and organization. Yes you may be thinking, some of these items are larger pieces but, using these larger items that have multiple uses can actually help to save space by keeping your home clean and organized. 2. Think Tall When decorating your small space think about optimizing your vertical square footage. Take advantage of your walls and hang photos and artwork to draw the eye up. This will help you to personalize your small space to make it more of a home. Another way to take advantage of vertical real estate is tall walling hanging shelving. Shelving that goes all the way to ceiling will help create the illusion of higher ceilings and larger spaces. This will also help with extra storage to keep things neat and tidy. 3. Think Light and Bright It is no secret that brighter spaces seem larger. Take advantage of natural light to help make your space seem larger and more inviting. Using mirrors to reflect light is a great way to take advantage of your natural light. Same goes for paint colors, lighter and brighter paint colors and themes will help your space seem larger. White is usually the best choice for this with light accent colors all around. Solid clean patterns and lines rather than busy, heavy patters will also help to add that pop of color and create a great focal point making your space seem larger. 4. Think Practical You may have items that you want to keep but do no need on a daily, weekly or even monthly basis. In order to get the most out of your space it is ...

February 28th, 2023



Your car, those boxes, and whatever else you have in your garage could be losing you $1,000 per month or more!  New laws have allowed utilizing renovated garage space as a rental unit. What would you do with that kind of monthly income? This new wave of real estate development/passive income property is sweeping the nation. It is time to get on board.“ But what do I do with my Christmas Decorations, old photo albums, those skis and that bicycle”! EASY! STORE IT! Small to large storage units are the best way to easily store items in a safe and climate-controlled environment. For a tiny fraction of the profit, you will receive from renting out your garage space; a storage unit is the best and easiest solution. Look into your local laws and HOA and see if this is a potential money-making fix for your financial challenges. As the economy changes the best thing to do is diversify and a renovated garage rental is a great way! Do a little research and give a call to the local storage management to see how easy it is. Here are some helpful links to learn more! Key Factors to Consider When Turning Your Garage into a Rental | Mere Disciple How to Convert a Garage or a Spare Room Into a Rental Property and Earn Extra Income - Rentce ...

January 16th, 2023



A lot of people find themselves questioning if you can work out of a Storage unit. The answer is no, but there are ways that a storage unit can benefit your small business. No, it is not allowed for you to change your unit into an office or workshop, but standard self-storage can be very useful for your business. Everyone can benefit from extra space to store extra inventory, records and any other excess business-related items, and a storage unit may be the perfect low cost space for your business. Self-storage can be a great solution for storing business related items for the following types of businesses Online retailers- Storage units are a great solution for online retailers to store their inventory. Contractors and Landscapers- Storage units work great for storing tools, supplies and trailers Theaters and Galleries- Climate controlled self-storage units can be a great please to store art and stage equipment for a small theater or gallery. Important things to remember when renting a unit for your growing business. Ask a manager before conducting any following business activities inside your unit: Operating machinery Meeting customers Installing anything including but not limited to wiring, phones, attached shelving ect. Connecting to electricity Self-Storage is more useful and versatile than you would think. Small businesses are always welcome to StorWise Self Storage. Take a look at our locations and see if we can accommodate your small or large business today. If you have any questions done be shy to contact your local StorWise Manager. ...

January 11th, 2023



As the year comes to an end StorWise Self Storage and Haggar Group Celebrate an incredible year by giving back. Kicking off a time of giving back started with the annual Haggar Group Christmas party, a casino themed night with blackjack and roulette. Each guest attending had the opportunity to donate, every $20 donation was converted to fun chips, the 3 guests at the end of the night with the most chips were given a surprise gift. To continue with the giving spirit StorWise Self Storage has given the opportunity to donate to all its associates including managers, partners and friends, through out the end of the year. Once all donations have been collected, Haggar Group will be matching each donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation. We at StorWise are so appreciative of our community and are excited at the opportunity to give back. ...

December 22nd, 2022



We understand that each year gets more and more difficult to find hidden places to store your holiday gifts. Whether you are trying to outsmart the cleverest detective of your loved ones or just have run out of ideas to keep the holiday magic alive we may have the solution for you. In a Garage/Shed A garage or shed is the perfect place to hide larger gifts that can’t easily be concealed. Just remember if you place gifts in the common areas to put them in plain boxes. Labeling plain boxes incorrectly can also help conceal gifts. Attic Most loved ones will not make the trek up to the attic to look for Christmas gifts. Attics are the perfect place as t come along with the reputation of being spooky. The same that applies to garages with inconspicuous plain boxes applies to attics The trunk of your car The truck of your car is the perfect place to hide small gifts from prying eyes. Your car will always be with you so you will not have to worry about someone finding them when you are not around. In an RV or Boat If you have a small RV or boat in your drive way is normally just sits there in the winder months. Most will not venture outside in the colder months to lor gifts. Remember if you are choosing this option, it is best to avoid storing food items to protect from critters. A Storage Unit Sometimes storing your gifts away from the home is the best option. A storage unit is the perfect place to collect, store and wrap all of your gifts in one place that only you have access too. Since Self-Storage is month to month it is the perfect short-term solution. If your storage unit is heated or climate controlled, it is even better. The added bonus to getting a storage unit to hide your gifts is you will now have a place to store all of your decorations once the holiday ...

December 14th, 2022



Here are tips for storing your seasonal toys like snowmobiles and jetskis If you like to have an active lifestyle but do not have the space to store your favorite outdoor toys self-storage might be the answer for you. In this article we will explore tips and tricks to safely and securely store your outdoor toys. What to do when storing Jet Skis or Snow Mobiles To prolong the life of your toys here are some tips: Consider adding antifreeze to the exhaust system. While this step is optional, it is of particular importance if your jet ski will be kept outside or exposed to extremely low temperatures. Get out your owner’s manual and follow winterizing instructions regarding antifreeze. Each model will have particular recommendations to follow. Drain or fill the gas tank. If you are storing your skis inside a unit it is important to drain the gas tank as gas is flammable and storage facilities do not allow flammable items to be stored in an enclosed unit. If it is being stored outdoors and you want to keep the gas in it, fill the tank and add fuel stabilizer, to ensure the gas does not go stale. Get an oil change. A fresh oil filter and new synthetic oil will give your jet ski the best chance at starting up again like new next season. Make sure also to lubricate areas like the brakes and steering equipment using a spray lubricant to prevent corrosion. Remove the battery and place on towel or mat. If you keep the battery plugged in, it will lose its charge over time. Removing it is the only way to ensure it’s not drawing any power from the PWC. Make sure the battery is kept in a climate-controlled environment. For added protection, keep your battery connected to an automatic battery charger during the offseason away from anything flammable. Drain any water from the engine prior to bringing the jet ski into storage. Make sure when you bring the PWC onto the trailer, you position the ...

November 28th, 2022

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