Tips for an Efficient, Happy Home

From where you live to what brand of laundry detergent you use, you make choices to provide yourself and your family with an organized home, money to spare, and rich quality time.  Some people call it “intentional and creative living.”

Here are some ideas and tips.

By focusing on the timing of life’s chores, you can make the most of your day.  For example, tidy up your house at the best hour of the day.

Curious?  Here are more time-saving strategies.

When it comes to creating a clean and organized home, why does timing matter?

Doing things at certain times saves you time and money. If you stock up on frozen foods at the right time, you don’t have to clip coupons or go to five different grocery stores. Or if you take time before Christmas or before a birthday party to declutter the toys, it’s a lot easier to fit those new toys in.

What are are daily strategies for clutter control?

Try to clean up almost every night so it’s not building on top of yesterday’s clutter; it’s just today’s clutter. You can get it cleaned up in 30 minutes and the house is as good as new.

What’s a favorite timesaving strategy for decluttering?

Set a timer, and say that I am going to declutter for 15 minutes today. Go through a drawer in your kitchen and say, “Which of these utensils have I not touched in the last six months?” Do it slowly and don’t try to force yourself to get rid of everything at once.  You can always use self storage to keep the things you’re not ready to donate, etc.

If you’re overwhelmed by disorganization, how should you get started?

Having your bed made up can make a big difference to your day. Identifying those pressure points and starting there is a really good way to feel more in control. You’ll feel better, and then you’re more motivated to tackle other areas.

What are the biggest obstacles to organizing your home and getting rid of excess clutter?

If you think you’re doing it because you’re supposed to, and not because you really want to. I have a friend who has four sons and three of them play hockey, so she is not thinking about organizing right now, because they’re gone to hockey practice four nights a week. For her, spring cleaning might come in June when things slow down.

“New LED Lights for Your Improved Safety and Comfort”

When you chose to store old furniture or family treasures with us, you wanted a place that looked clean, safe and had ample lighting at night.
Providing you with clean, well-lit space to store your memories is very important to us.
To do that, we have outdoor lighting that’s always on for you … from dusk until dawn.

And you’ve probably noticed that traditional lighting produces a dim glow where thieves can hide in the shadows of the gloomy light.

So to increase security around your unit, we’ve chosen to install LED lights … a brighter and more efficient option for you.

What does that mean?
It means that LED lighting consumes 50-80% less energy than traditional lighting options.  By updating our outside exterior lighting to LED to improve the lighting quality, we’ve created a safer environment for those of you loading and unloading items at night and allows you to feel safer when accessing your unit in the evening and lets you feel at peace when you’re away, knowing your valuables are safely. And we can also see more detail on its 24-hour security cameras thanks to the brighter light.
Our new LED lamps are made with durable die-cast aluminum housing that can withstand extreme weather conditions much better than traditional outdoor lamps. And the bright light from the LED lights outside will help capture footage of people inside and outside of the units. Security cameras are no benefit when they do not capture clear images as you can see in the pictures above.

Here are some of the other benefits to you:

Lower Operating Temperature

Led lights are cool to the touch because they are 90% efficient. Less than 10% of the electricity used is converted to heat. Which means they don’t heat up your storage space.

100% Recyclable

LED Lights contain no harmful elements like mercury and are 100% recyclable. That’s less environmental impact. LED lighting can be an important component in helping us achieve LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Healthier Light

LED lighting emits no ultra-violet (UV) or infra-red (IR) light. Because of this, LED lighting will not harm your eyes or skin. LED lighting can increase your productivity because it does not cause headaches and sore eyes like florescent and incandescent light can.

More Durable

LED lights contain no high-pressure gasses or thin filaments. This makes them highly-resistant to vibration and temperature changes.  In addition, their lack of glass make them safest for you.

Instant On

LED lights turn on instantly and are dimmable. LED lights do not require a long warm-up or cool-down period before they can be turned on. They are also dimmable down to 1% without losing their color temperature.

Please call us today at 744.1400 x3 for more details about our new lighting … we’re excited it because it improves your storage experience with us.

Ask Dave: “What Self Storage Tips Do You Have For Me?”

Question:  “Hi Dave, I’m moving and will need more storage soon.  What storage tips do you have for me so I’m more productive this time around?”

–Kim Jackson, Marana

Dave’s Answer:  “Hi Kim, great question and thanks for asking it.  Here are some of my favorite tips I like to share.  They’ll make your storage experience much more enjoyable … I promise!

Here are my top 3:

1.  Map the locations for all your “must find again” items.

2.  Divide and conquer:  keep a clear path down the center of your unit.

3.  Be upfront:  keep your frequently used items in the front of your unit.

I’ll post more of my favorite tips next week, so stay tuned!

To your successful and enjoyable storage experience,

Dave

“How to Use Storage to Increase Your Profits and Productivity”

Imagine having the right-sized business space … now.  Your documents and inventory are stored or you downsize your office space because you have the clean, convenient, secure space you need for your business around the clock.

You can get your extra space or create extra cash flow, and transform the office space you already have into the productive and profitable space you need in this new economy.

Whether you’re a business owner who is expanding too fast or you want to cutback on your normal office and warehousing commitments for short periods … your office space should meet your current needs so you can focus on your business.

Storage can help you increase your profits and productivity if you answer “yes” to any of these questions:

  • Need extra space for archiving your documents, files or paperwork?
  • Are you an expanding small-scale warehouse or distribution service?
  • Are you storing excess inventory, either on a permanent or seasonal basis?
  • Are you a sales rep needing to store your samples, displays or exhibition equipment?
  • Are you unable to keep up with the time demands of the delivery and storage of valuable data and merchandise?
  • Is your office too small for that extra office furniture?
  • Are you thinking about storing items that are not needed on a daily basis?
  • Do you need temporary or long term storage for a company vehicle?

Or, Do You Need Less Space?

Let’s say you fall in the other camp …

  • Are you spending money on long term warehouse rental space to store your business equipment?
  • Do you need to cut your office space to a bare operating minimum and use self-storage to keep everything that isn’t needed on a daily basis in one place with easy access?
  • Do you need to free up or to cut down on expensive office space?

Self-storage is a great solution for all types and sizes of business and it’s proven to be a successful business logistics solution for an increasing number of businesses.

Is your business one of them?

Ask Dave: “How Exactly Can I Increase My Profits and Productivity?”

Question:  “Hi Dave, I’m an accountant and attorney.  How exactly can I use storage to maximize my business’s profits and productivity?”

— Sue Henderson, Accountant and Attorney

Dave’s Answer:  “Hi Sue, great question … especially in this economy!  Here are some ideas for how you as an accountant and attorney can best use storage to maximize your profits and productivity:

  • Archive documents, files and paperwork
  • Free up office space by storing items you don’t need on a daily basis
  • Store extra office furniture and equipment
  • Store office equipment and files during a move
  • Store office supplies, which allows your business to buy in bulk and gain discounts

For you, specifically, you’ll want to look at climate controlled units that are adapted for archiving.  This means so your business documents will be kept in good order and you’ll be able to access them whenever and however often you wish.

Please call us at 744.1400 x3 to learn more about how we can increase your profits and productivity.

50% Off 6!! Months – Storage Special – Limited Time Only

For a limited time, we’re offering 6 months of storage at 50% off!

We’ve never done this before and it’s only available for a limited time, while we have space available.

Call us, Linda or Dave, at 744.1400 to reserve your extra space today!

Happy International Women’s Day! Special Offer $1 STORAGE – TODAY ONLY!

How are you celebrating?

In honor of women everywhere, we’re offering $1 STORAGE … TODAY ONLY!

Call us at 744.1400 for details and to reserve YOUR extra space.