Christmas Storage

Holiday decorations

‘Tis the season for “extra stuff” to clutter up your home. There are gifts waiting to be wrapped, wrapping paper and Christmas decorations taking up every available spot in your home. While the decorations are great to enjoy during the holiday season, they tend to get in the way and fill up your closet space during the rest of the year. Larger holiday displays such as inflatables, artificial Christmas trees, wreaths or outside lighting displays could take up a large amount of storage space in your home. Renting a self storage unit is a great alternative to keeping your holiday items in your attic, basement or garage. This will help de-clutter your storage space and allow you to put other items that you might need on a daily basis in storage in your home. The extreme temperatures of an attic or the moisture of a basement could cause damage to your holiday displays. To protect your artificial Christmas tree or holiday wreaths, place them in a climate controlled storage unit.

 
There are certain things to prep your holiday decorations for storage either in your home or a self storage unit. If possible, store your ornaments in specially designed ornament boxes. Wrap delicate ornaments in tissue paper or bubble wrap and store them in a separate box from your regular ornaments. Bundle strands of lights around an empty paper towel or gift wrapping tube for easier storage. This will help to elevate time spent detangling the strands of lights next year. Store the artificial wreaths in a large box with extra filler for protection. Place all of your holiday wrapping paper and ribbons together in a box for storage. Make sure to label the boxes, so you will be able to access them when you need to for the next year’s holiday season. Doing these extra steps will allow continual use of your holiday displays and decorations for years to come.

The week after Christmas is time to set your goals and resolutions for the New Year and start taking down your Christmas decorations. De-cluttering and keeping your home organized after the craziness of the holiday season is the first step of accomplishing your New Year’s goals. Renting a self storage unit is one of the best ways to help you de-clutter your home. Stay tuned for some re-organization and de-cluttering tips in future Stop N Stor blog posts.

The Holidays are the Season of Giving

Wreath with food ornaments

The holiday season is in full swing in the Savannah area. There are holiday light displays to see, orchestra and choir concerts to attend, shopping to finish and gatherings to take place with family and friends. The holidays are a time of giving and receiving. This is also the time of year when people can be in the most need. For charitable organizations, both nationally and locally, this is the biggest fund raising time of year. There are many organizations in the Savannah area that are helping fulfill the need for food, toys and other items this holiday season by holding toy collections, food drives and donation contests. Many local companies, retail shops and businesses are still taking donations and collecting food to help out the local food pantries during the holiday season.

The Savannah & Hinesville areas have many organizations, which you can get involved with in this season of giving. The Savannah Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia  is the Savannah area’s food bank. Savannah’s Second Harvest has a yearly holiday food drive called “Feed It Forward” as well as other events throughout the year that donate to the organization.  The Savannah Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia receives daily truckloads of donated food from local and national grocery chains, business and individual donors. The donations are then sorted, stocked and then distributed to 300 non-profit agencies in a 24 county service area. The agencies that are served include local food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, domestic abuse facilities, senior centers and lower-income daycare centers. Hinesville is just one of the cities that are helped out by Savannah’s Second Harvest. Savannah Feed the Hungry Inc. is hosting two Christmas dinners this season in Savannah and Hinesville. The Savannah dinner will be held on December 22nd from 12-6pm at Forsyth Park. Savannah Feed the Hungry will provide a hot meal to over 6000 needy families during that time. The event will also help families in need with extra help for toys for Christmas, free health screenings and clothing. The Liberty County Manna House will be serving Christmas dinner on December 23rd in conjunction with Savannah Feed the Hungry from 4-6pm. Savannah Feed the Hungry is a non-profit 100% volunteer organization that helps feed need families and restore their dignity.

There are also traditional giving campaigns by national organizations during the holiday season. The bell ringer and red kettles for the Salvation Army has been a traditional sight for decades. The Marine Reserves have been collecting new toys for Toys for Tots  for nearly 70 years. The Savannah area drop off point for toys for Toys for Tots will be collecting toys through this Friday, December 14th. Local companies such as Chatham Toyota/Lexus, have raised over $5,000 in donations and toys to help Toys for Tots.  Once the toys are collected, they are sent to a central distribution point and then distributed to local community organizations that partner with Toys for Tots. You can continue to make donations to this very worthwhile cause after the holidays by making a donation at the Toys for Tots website.

The holidays are time for family and friends to gather to enjoy the traditions of the season. It is also the biggest season for giving. Stop N Stor wishes all of their customers, vendors, family and friends all the best this holiday season.

Micro-Apartment Trend in Big Cities

Micro Apartments in San Francisco

Possible design for micro-apartment in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of sfgate.com

Based on a shortage in available housing in large cities across the globe, there is a new focus on changes to the urban housing market. For example, New York City has 1.8 Million one and two person households, but there are only 1 Million studio and one-bedroom apartments currently available in Manhattan. This means that many apartments have been “illegally” converted to multiple units in order to meet the demand. There has been a newer trend for these cities to look at building micro apartments ranging from 220 square feet to 300 square feet. The smaller units are rented at a lower amount, making it more affordable for recent college graduates moving to the big city. The micro-apartments in New York City will rent for $2,000 a month while the micro apartments in San Francisco will rent for $1,500 a month. These apartments are close to major business areas and transportation in the city. Large cities such as Boston, Chicago and London are also looking at updating housing and zoning laws in their towns to build these micro apartment buildings.

The micro apartments average 300 square feet with some spaces actually being even smaller. The room has a kitchen, living space and a bathroom. The living space can also be used as the bedroom or sleeping area. With places this small, you will need to be very creative with your furniture, storage and belongings. Furniture will need to serve multiple purposes in the room. For example, an ottoman will need to also be a coffee table (or even a table) and be used for storage. A micro-apartment dweller will need to be very organized and use every nook and cranny in the allotted space. In some cases, this could include storing a bike in the bathtub! You will not be able to clutter the spaces in these apartments with a lot of “stuff”.

So, what do you do with your belongings that won’t fit into a micro-apartment?  You will need to rent a storage unit. It is important to find a storage facility that is near you apartment so you can easily access your items. If you are a recent college graduate, the micro-apartment can be a great option, but what will you do with all of the items that you have accumulated during your college years? You will need to find a storage option, because the micro-apartment will not have much storage. If you decide to downsize and move to the city to be closer to your job, then you will have to think about what you will want to keep in your apartment and what you will need to put away in storage. Storage units are perfect to store clothes, suitcases and boxes of personal belongings that you cannot throw away.

Time will tell if these micro apartments will be successful and will help alleviate some of the housing problems in the big cities. If you have a chance to move closer to a job in the city and live in a micro-apartment would you?