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Repacking the Holidays

The winter holidays have come and gone, and if you’re feeling particularly proactive, you might already be taking the lights down and switching out the decor of your home. For many that means “Doing it right this time.” Making it, so next year isn’t such a hassle to get to what you need and when you do have the boxes in hand they’ll be easy to use. Here are some tips to put to work now, so later isn’t such a hassle.

1) Get Rid of Excess

We know, a storage facility telling you to get rid of the excess seems like heresy, but we’re in the business of storing your valuables, not enabling hoarders. As it is every season as the stores convert to the holidays, folks find newer decorations, new light formations or yard pieces, and every year more items find they have no place to go on your home. As you’re packing away what you used this year, take inventory. If it didn’t get used this winter, chances are you won’t be putting it up next year either. Donate the excess decorations to make sure you’re only holding on to things you will be using!

2) Pack it Away Neat

It always starts out as priority number one, but as the days wind on, you find yourself stuck with two half full containers of decorations, and this weekend is the only time you can get to the unit, and dangit, well it’s easy to see how it turns into shoveling everything into cubish shapes and calling it a day. But with a bit of pre planning, you can make sure that this time it goes smooth. For storing artificial trees, bloggers recommend using old belts to cinch the branches in tight, minimizing space needed. For lights, open up old coffee cans and spiral them inside. Cans will keep individual strands from tangling into a real Gordian knot. Packing the cylinders is then easy-peasy.

Come back next time for more Holiday Repacking tips! Don’t let this opportunity to get your decorations under control pass you by.

How To Organize in-shower Products?

How many products do you currently have in the shower? A bar of soap? Three or more shampoos, and maybe even four bottles of conditioner? Even if you’re a single person living on your own, everyone loves trying out new products to help us look, smell, and generally feel better. And while nothing is wrong with that, you might find yourself with less and less legroom as time goes by. Whatever the case, anyone can benefit by putting effort into organizing their shower products. Here are the best tips we have to increase your overall organization…

Razors

First of all, keep them off of the floor. Anyone who has ever used a razor has cut themselves at least once in their lifetime. So a good way to avoid an avoidable injury is to keep your razors off of the floor. What you can do is buy yourself a small basket that fashions itself onto the wall of your shower (usually with some suction cups), and keep your razors in there, with the head facing down. Just make sure that the basket has holes on the bottom to keep excess water and bacteria from building up.

Shampoo and Conditioner

You probably have more than one bottle if you’re like most people. The very first thing you’ll want to do is throw away any product you haven’t used in the last four weeks. Even if you think you’ll use it again at some point, everything has a shelf life, including your hair products. It’s better to throw things away than letting them continue to take up space. Then, buy yourself a basket with holes in the bottom, just like the one you bought for the razors! You can also purchase a shower basket that hangs from the shower head itself. Whatever you choose, be sure to throw out your old product, and organize what you decide to keep!

Bar Soap

Always keep bar soap in the little soap-holder fashioned into the shower. Honestly, none of your other products will fit in there anyway! Another great tip is to combine your bar soap when one gets particularly low. Rather than throwing out the last bit, bring a new bar into the shower with you, get it wet, and place the old bar onto the new bar. Trust us, this works!

We hope that you’ve enjoyed learning how to better organize your shower products!

How To Organize Out-of-shower Products

For all you ladies and gentlemen who absolutely love their beauty products and makeup, this blog is for you! If you’re anything like most people, your products are most likely spread out around your vanity, sink, or shower. And while it can seem more of like an “organized chaos” than a serious issue, it’s always a shame when we lose or misplace these daily necessities.

So how can you better organize all these items? Luckily there are a number of ways!

Makeup

When it comes to organizing makeup, a lot of where to begin actually depends on how much makeup you own! To get a better idea of the space you’ll need, lay out and separate all related items together. So that means eyeliners with eyeliners, and eye shadows with eye shadows. Once you’ve done this, go out and buy yourself a mini plastic drawer organizer, and some small, cute baskets. Once you’ve done that, you can have one drawer designated for one or related items! For instance, the top drawer can be all of your face makeup, including foundation, contour, etc. which can be followed by a drawer designated for eye shadow and eyebrows, and all the way down to a drawer for random items like hair ties and bobby pins! But why the baskets? We all know some eye shadow pallets can be pretty big, so you can lay them flat or place them like books against each other for easy access. And brushes? Those can be put in small baskets as well, brush side facing up, of course!

Beauty Products (not in the shower)

Both men and women could benefit from organizing their hair and beauty products. The best way to do this is in a basket. Have all of your product standing upwards, so that nothing falls down or becomes too loose in the basket. You can even keep this organized by product type, with hair spray on the left, and things like dry shampoo on the right. If you have things like putty or hair gel, you can rearrange this to fit all of your products into one basket as well!

Organizing Your Garage 101 (Part 2)

Welcome back! We hope that you’ve taken the time to clean out your garage and get those “donate” and “sell” piles going! If you have, that’s excellent. If you haven’t, then you should really consider doing so! Without further ado, here are the last set of tips when it comes to how to better organize your garage…

Put apples with apples and oranges with oranges.

Please, please don’t store any fruit or vegetables in your garage! Rather, and what we mean by putting apples with apples and oranges with oranges is compiling “like” and “similar” items together. This can be done in a number of ways. We think that it’s best to do this by person and by relevance. For instance, instead of putting all winter clothes together in one large box, have multiple boxes designated for one person’s winter clothes. When it comes to things like holidays, you can have one large box with all related holiday decorations, etc.

Stack and build.

To maximize the storage space in your garage, you’ll want to stack your boxes on top of each other. To make this process easy for you in the long-term, be sure to place the items that you use less frequently on the bottom, so that you won’t have to unstack and restack your boxes all of the time. To make things even easier for you, keep all related items together when you stack them, so that you don’t have to fumble through box after box.

Label, and never get lost again.

While you might have your organization down to a T, the way you stack your boxes won’t be any help if you don’t have them labeled! But remember, always put the label facing outward, so that boxes are easily identifiable and accessible when you need them.

Good luck with your organization!

Organizing Your Garage 101 (Part 1)

When it comes to organizing your garage, you might be a bit intimidated by the large task at hand. After all, some items in your garage can go untouched for years! But fear not! Because we are experts when it comes to organizing large spaces, we are here to help you.

Just like organizing a storage unit, there are a million methods that can be considered. However, garages are a bit different in that you will more than likely be parking a vehicle in there, in addition to all of your other items. Be mindful of these organizational tips to help you maximize the space in your garage…

Clean your garage.

While this isn’t really a tip, removing all of the items from your garage will help you in the long run. Not only will it let you give your garage a thorough cleaning (because let’s be honest- there is probably more than one cobweb in there), but it will give you a better idea of the space you have to work with.

Go through your items one by one.

Even though this might take a massive amount of time, going through all of the items in your garage, as well as what’s inside the individual boxes you have, can save you space and even earn you a bit of money! For instance, if you have a lot of old clothes or books that haven’t been touched in a while, it might be a good idea to create separate piles of things that can be donated or sold to a second-hand store. What’s great about going through old boxes is that you can even find things you thought you had lost a long time ago. What you’ll soon find is that you’re donate/sell pile will get larger, meaning that when all is said and done, you’ll be storing less in your garage, which will give you more room!

History of Storage Units (Part 2)

Ready to learn more about the awesome history of storage units? We are! It’s hard to imagine that people began using storage units as far as 2,000 years ago in Ancient China. And it’s even harder to believe that the Berkin Company used to use horse-drawn carriages to move goods to and from their units! Good thing that modern technology has made moving things around much easier than in the old days. But let’s pick up where we left off on our last post.

We left off right before World War II, when Berkin began reinforcing their units with fire-proof walls. But it wasn’t until after WWII that storage units began to become more commercialized, rather than only for military or large-item storage. In effect, Berkin emphasized the use of storage units in four major areas, including moving house-hold items over long-distances, moving locally or within the community, moving internationally which included both civilians as well as military personnel, and anything else where storage units and their services could be of use.

It’s important to understand a few things about the Berkin Company. First of all, they were really the modern-day pioneers of storage units. However, they began to shift from storage to being more of an actual moving company as time went by. But rather than the Berkin Company who really made an impact on commercializing storage units, it was the Collum family from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who opened the first fully commercialized storage unit facility in 1958. Soon after, large chains of storage unit facilities began popping up throughout the country, with the largest of the earliest chain units in the late 1960s in Texas.

Today, there are over 50,000 storage unit facilities in the United States, alone. That also means a large number of competitors in the industry, who all offer the same service. However, time and time again, Allstate Self Storage has set itself above the rest for our multiple units in a number of sizes, as well as emphasizing our customer service. Find an Allstate Self Storage location near you, and start storing with us today!

History of Storage Units (Part 1)

While you might not think much of your storage unit, they have a pretty rich and interesting history we thought you’d enjoy learning more about. So, let’s get to learning!

The history of storage units dates back nearly 2,000 years ago, with some of the first storage units being found in China. Unfortunately, not much research has been done on the specifications of the units, or what they were used for, aside from storing goods. See, what makes these types of units different from food storage, which has its roots as long as humans have been around, is that storage units were designed specifically to house goods, rather than store food. So, with that out of the way, commercialized storage units for the public didn’t actually become a thing until the late 1950s, believe it or not! But a lot happened over the course of over 2,000 years. In effect, storage units made their way from China to Europe through trade routes. The British took this idea even further, and even began placing watchmen, or security guards, around crates of goods that were kept in things like barns and stables, as a form of long-term storage.

This concept was brought to America and capitalized by the Berkin Company in Omaha, Nebraska in 1891. The entire company consisted of 12 employees who used 3 horse-drawn carriages to move goods back and forth. Just a few years later, and with a rise in the popularity of the automobile, the company expanded Westbound to Los Angeles, where they began to use large vans to transport goods, which is obviously way more effective than horse-drawn carriages.
Throughout this time, storage units became more and more modernized, with many of them being made of more resilient material in order to keep items safe and secure. In fact, just after WWI and right before WWII, the Berkin Company began reinforcing their units with fireproof walls.

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse (Part 4)

Okay, this will be the last part in our “zombie attack survival kit” blog series. We won’t waste any time going over the last few articles, since every minute you spend reading, we are one minute closer to a zombie attack. Here are additional essentials you need in your storage unit to survive a zombie apocalypse…

• Lighting: Whether you go with flashlights, unscented candles, or lights, have a ton of these things on hand. Obviously, storage units are quite dark, so make sure that you’ll be able to see the whole unit once you’re inside with the door shut. We suggest staying away from candles since they emit smoke, which could make it hard to breathe. Instead, have candles be a last source of light.

• Misc. Items: You’ll need to buy a ton of batteries to keep all of your items powered. Even if the zombies only stay for a few days, you’ll want to be overly prepared for an attack. Be sure to keep a few Swiss Army Knives on hand, as well as a few can openers in case any of them break for any reason. Again, it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to a zombie attack. Remember to keep things like blankets and pillows on hand! If you want to do this in a smart manner, you’ll already have a lot of furniture in your unit.

• Items for you: Seeing that no one knows how long a zombie attack will last, you’ll want to bring many of your own personal items to keep you distracted throughout the chaos. Bring things like books, or even a sewing/knitting kit to keep you thoroughly occupied. On that note, don’t forget to pack things like your toiletries and other hygiene products. Even though you’ll be in the midst of a zombie attack, you’ll want to be looking fresh when you come out of your unit for good!
Thanks for reading along!

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse (Part 3)

Ready to learn more about how you can prepare for an imminent zombie attack? Good. Because we have a lot more important information regarding what you’ll need to have ready in your storage unit if you have any chance in surviving. We covered a lot of the basics earlier, including food, heaters, and the necessity of having an adequate amount of water in plastic jugs on hand. Keep more of these items in your unit to be fully prepared…

• First Aid Kit: Have more than one on hand, for sure. While some say that zombies can smell human blood, no one has confirmed this for sure. Either way, if you or anyone else in your party sustains an injury, it’s best to have it taken care of right away. Likewise, keep a lot of Advil on hand. Not only will it help those in pain feel more comfortable, it’ll relieve any headaches you’ll have from this stressful and unfortunate zombie attack.

• Bleach: You’ll want to keep a few bottles on hand, to serve multiple purposes. Have one bottle serves as a disinfectant; use it when something spills so you can actually clean items. Also, you’ll want to have one bottle designated for bodily fluid-related waste. Going back to the importance of First Aid Kits and blood, since we don’t know if zombies can smell human blood, throw any Band-Aids or gauze in this bucket of bleach. While it might not be the most acceptable way of masking any smells from body fluid, it is the most practical way in this situation.

• Communication Devices: It’s not smart to have a small generator on hand because it makes too much noise while it runs. And since you won’t be able to charge your phone while you’re in your unit, make sure you have a number of Walkie-Talkies on hand, so you’ll be able to communicate with people in your party who leave the unit to go to the bathroom, scout out the area, etc.

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse (Part 2)

Zombies! AH! But don’t worry, keep reading our information series on how to survive an imminent zombie attack to make sure that you’re prepared for any and all zombie-related events. In the first part of this series, we covered the importance of having an escape plan, safe area (your storage unit) and the need for a fan to keep yourself comfortable in the unit. Here are even more essential items you must have in your unit to survive a zombie attack…

• Food: Food is probably the most important thing you’ll need to survive the end of the world or a zombie attack. Why? Well, because it keeps us alive! And we need it! Obviously, perishable food items are out. Instead, stick with all non-perishable food items. These can even be freeze-dried foods! Luckily, there are lots of manufacturers that have been coming out with more and more freeze dried options. If you can’t find them in the stores, buy them bulk online, and keep them in your storage unit. You can also have things like canned food items that need to be heated, and we will get into how to heat them later on.

• Water: Another essential to stay alive. Purchase large amounts of water, and keep more water in your unit than anything else. It’s best to buy plastic water jugs, than keeping water in anything metal. This is because water tends to react more to metal than plastic, meaning that you’ll be able to extend the life of your water, and extend the time that it will taste better, by storing in plastic.

• Heaters: When we mean heaters, we mean everything from stand-alone heating devices, or things like hot plates. But remember, these should be battery operated if possible! Not only will you be able to keep yourself warm, but you’ll be able to heat up any canned food products that you’ve stored up for the event.