Tips for Preparing a House for a New Baby

Organizing and setting up a baby's nurseryWe go through many different life events from graduating from school to getting married to downsizing a house. Life events actually parallel the need to rent a self storage unit. There are times in our life when we will need to store personal or business belongings. Stop N Stor offers a large variety of storage options from climate controlled to non-climate controlled storage units to fit personal storage needs that one through the many phases of life.

One of life’s major events that will require planning and preparation is starting a family. The arrival of new baby is a time of great excitement and great change for a family. Starting months before the baby is born, new parents will need to decide where to create a baby room and where to put all of the accessories that come along with having a baby. Rooms will have to be re-purposed to a nursery, cleaned, painted, and furniture will have to be moved and stored. All of this will need to happen before the new baby comes home. When starting re-organizing projects, place extra furniture that is not currently needed in a storage unit. Self storage is a great option for household storage from furniture to room accessories. Move these items to the storage facility as early as possible to eliminate additional clutter in your home.

Preparing a Baby’s Nursery

It is very important to be prepared for a baby’s arrival. Create a checklist for the baby things that you and what you will need to purchase for the nursery. In order to prepare for a new baby, you first must figure out where you will have the nursery. Then you will need to figure out the best way to maximize the storage that is already in the home to accommodate all of the baby’s things from clothing to diapers to toys to swings!

Clean the new baby’s room from top to bottom before you begin re-decorating.  After painting the room and adding the baby’s furniture, then do another cleaning. According to Healthy Children.org and The American Academy of Pediatricians, rely on common sense when preparing and maintaining a baby’s room. New parents should not need to sterilize the baby’s room to eliminate dust and germs before bringing a new baby home, because it will be difficult to keep up with that level of cleaning after the baby is home. Create a cleaning & maintaining schedule for the room is more important.

Organizing a Baby’s Room

The baby room should start with only have the basics: crib, dresser, changing table and a rocking chair. Do not clutter up the room with additional items. Furniture with built-in storage will also be a big help for organizational purposes. Organize the baby items and accessories that have started to accumulate in the room.  Create “stations” in the room for diapering, dressing and feeding. Also, have stations set up in other parts of the home. This is especially important if there are multi-levels in the home.  The set-up of the baby’s room should be convenient for the new parent. This is extremely crucial for middle-of-the-night feedings and changings!

Start baby proofing the baby’s room and home now for when the baby starts crawling and walking. The furniture in the nursery should be sturdy and secured to the walls, so toddlers can’t pull it over. There are other things that should be taken care of as the baby gets older in order to make the home safe. Put latches on cabinets and on the lower dresser drawers. Purchase baby gates for the top and bottom of staircases and for rooms you will not want toddlers to explore. Put plastic safety plugs into electrical outlets. Place non-stick pads below rugs in the baby’s room to prevent the toddler from slipping when they are taking their first steps to first run around the room.

Once you have everything set up and your home is prepared for a new baby, it is time to enjoy the time with your new family! Congratulations on your new arrival!

 

Spend the Summer in Savannah

Summer in Savannah

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day weekend is the time to enjoy family picnics and welcome the “lazy hazy” summer days. There are many thing to do in the Savannah area during the summer. Summer is a great time to check out the farmers markets in the area, visit some historical sites or just take a walk along the beach. We have listed just a few of the events taking place in Savannah during the summer. Stay tuned for more events throughout the summer.

River Street

Every first weekend of the month is filled with festivals and fun along River Street in Historic Downtown Savannah.   June 5th to 7th is the Blues, Jazz and BBQ Festival at Rousakis Riverfront Plaza. Enjoy great food, blues, jazz and fun the entire weekend.  River Street host’s Savannah’s Fourth of July Celebration on Saturday July 4th starting at 4pm with music, fireworks and more. August ends the summer festivals with the Dog Days of Summer from August 7th to 8th. This is a dog-friendly event for the entire family including pet portraits, puppy pools and canine parades.

Tybee Island

Tybee Island is a perfect escape from the heat and humidity of the summer. In fact, it was created as a summer retreat for the families of Savannah. Tybee Island is a barrier island on the mouth of the Savannah River and Atlantic Ocean. There are many great places to visit on the island including the beach, restaurants and shops, the Pavilion and Pier, the Tybee Lighthouse, and Tybee Marine Science Center.

There is never a dull moment on Tybee Island. There are events planned throughout the year. During the summer on the third Saturday of the month Tybee Island hosts Movies in the Park .  Bring the family to enjoy the fun of outdoor movies at Memorial Park.

Tybee Arts Association has bi-monthly art shows and sale at the Tybee Arts Building throughout the summer. The art show and sale will showcase local artisans including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, prints, photography, pottery and much more!

Sand Gnats

What says summer more than attending a baseball game? The Savannah Sand Gnats are the minor league affiliate of the New York Mets in the South Atlantic League. They play their home games at Historic Grayson Stadium. Minor league baseball games are fun to watch because you can be up close to all of the action. The Sand Gnats have many events throughout the season to help out the community including baseball camps, girl and Boy Scout nights and packing the park for charity. Check out one of their exciting games this season now through late August.

Stop N Stor  is proud to be a part of the great Savannah area and community. We know that the summer months are the busiest time for travel, moving and storing.  Stop by our locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth (including our newest location at 8901 Georgia Highway 21) and Savannah for help with all of your storage needs.

Tips for Storing a Trading Card Collection

Tips for storing Trading Card CollectionCollecting comic books, toys and sporting cards has become a very big business and there are many industries that have been created just around collectibles.  What do you do with all of these items when you don’t have the room for them in your home anymore and you are not planning on selling them?  The best option would be to store the collectibles in a self-storage unit. Stop N Stor has locations that offers climate controlled storage units to help protect your comic book or sports card collections from damage from extreme temperatures and humidity. It is important to make sure that the collectibles are properly packaged and prepared for storage. Below are some storage tips to keep your collectibles in pristine condition.

Sports Card Storage Tips

Baseball and sports card collecting has been going on for over 100 years! There have been recent media stories about very rare cards being found and then sold for thousands of dollars in auction. For most people collecting sports cards is a life-long passion and is usually shared and passed down between generations.

It is very important to keep the collection protected and in mint condition. Trading cards are made of cardboard and can be extremely fragile, if you bend a card by mistake the value of the card will go dramatically down.  There are special precautions that need to be done in order to protect the cards for future generations.

  1. To keep trading cards protected, store them in individually in plastic covers. Do not leave a card outside of protective covering for long periods of time.
  2. Keep trading cards away from direct sunlight as it can cause the colors on the cards to fade.
  3. Cards can also be placed in specially designed plastic protective pages in a D-ring binder. However, the cards need to be handled very carefully when they are being inserted or taken out of the protective pages. Any bending or creasing of the card will decrease the value.
  4. Store trading card collections in specially designed storage boxes. The boxes contain dividers that prevent the cards from moving around in the box. Trading card storage boxes are usually made of corrugated cardboard and can hold anywhere from 50-50,000 sports cards each. These boxes are also easy to stack and to place on shelving.
  5. Trading cards should be stored in a cool, dry place. It is crucial to keep your collection in a climate-controlled storage unit to protect it from damage from extreme temperatures and humidity. Higher moisture levels can create mold or mildew that can damage the card.
  6. In the storage unit, place the boxes of trading cards above the grown. The optimum storage solution would be to store the trading card boxes on a shelving unit. This would also be a good suggestion for storing the trading card binders. Do not store them on the ground.  You can also organize the boxes of trading cards by sport, type and year much easier on shelving.
  7. Create an inventory list of your trading card collection. Place a copy of the list in the box as well as keep a list with you. This allows for easier access when you need to find a specific card.

If you properly store your sports trading cards, they will continue to be in great condition to pass along to future generations. Stop in to Stop N Stor to see how we can help with your storage needs.

How to Organize a Kitchen Pantry

Kitchen Pantry organization TipsOne of the most daunting spring cleaning projects is cleaning and organizing the kitchen. The kitchen is where everyone gathers for meals, conversations with family and friends, homework and other get-togethers. A kitchen can easily get cluttered with everyday items like backpacks, purses, books, and mail. Kitchen counters can also be covered with kitchen accessories, food items and cooking utensils take up a lot of space to make a small space look very cluttered.

The kitchen pantry is one of the most visited areas in a kitchen! The pantry is used to store everything from dry goods to pet food.  It can easily get over full if we buy too many of a staple that we might have already had. Or if we buy food basics, but never eat them!  During a spring cleaning or kitchen organization project, the pantry should be one of the first places that get cleaned and organized.  Once it is organized, it will make cooking and baking that much easier.

When you are finished cleaning and organizing your pantry, keep it organized by only using it for food stuff and not for storing other items such as kitchen accessories, plates, pot and pans and other supplies that you have accumulated over the years.  A self storage unit is a great option for additional household storage for items such as little used kitchen appliances, excess pots and pans and other kitchen accessories.  Stop N Stor has a wide variety of storage units, from climate controlled to non-climate controlled, that are perfect to store these additional kitchen accessories that you just can’t part with. If you just have a few accessories to store, then a 5×5 storage unit would be perfect, if you need to store larger items, then consider storage unit sizes from 5×10 to 10×30!

Kitchen Pantry Organization Tips

  1. To start your kitchen pantry organization project, remove all of the items that are currently on the shelves. Throw out any expired food. Spices should not be kept more than a year. Donate items that will not be used before the expiration date to a local food pantry.
  2. After you have taken all the items out of the pantry, wipe down the shelves and change any shelving paper. Sweep, mop and vacuum the floors of the pantry.
  3. Once you have thoroughly cleaned the pantry, take time to sort the items that you will be returning to the pantry that into categories. Keep like items together. Sort the items as follows:
  • Dry goods: Sugar, flour or other baking goods
  • Canned Goods
  • Dried Food: pastas, dried beans, rice
  • Boxed Items: Cereal, Crackers, Mixes
  • Spices
  • Beverages
  • Root Vegetables such as potatoes and onions
  • Pet food and treats
  1. Create specific zones in the pantry for each food category. This will make it easier for you to find the items that you need when you need them! Place the bulkier and heavy items, such a pet food on the bottom shelves of the pantry. Put lighter items on higher shelves and place cans and jars on mid-to-lower level shelves. Have the items that you access the most within easy reach.
  2. Invest in containers and bins to keep your pantry organized. Glass or plastic containers with locking lids are perfect for cereals, rice, pasta, sugar, flour and children’s treats. Putting the items in containers will also allow for easy categorization and keeps your pantry looking organized. Store root vegetables, such as potatoes and onions, in a bin or basket without a lid. Bagged items such as nuts, chips or dried beans can also be stored in storage bins.
  3. Keep spices in air tight jars or tins either on your kitchen counter or in the pantry.
  4. When putting away food, place newer food behind older food on the shelf, so you will use the older food first before it expires. This is very helpful for canned goods and pasta sauces.
  5. Create an inventory list for your kitchen pantry items. This will help you track what you need, so you will not over buy and end up wasting food. The inventory list can also be used as a grocery list when you need to replenish the supplies.

10 Tips for Packing and Storing for College Students

Packing tips for college studentsThe end of the college year can be stressful for students with taking final exams, setting up internships or summer job and packing up a dorm room or college apartment.  At the end of each college year, students have to pack up their personal items, electronics, furniture and all other memorabilia that they acquired over the school year and transport it back home for storage for the summer.  This can be very stressful for the student and the family! A better solution is to rent a self storage unit to store these items during the summer months.

10 Packing Tips for College Students

College students might need a gentle reminder about how to properly pack their items for home. There are also certain items that should be placed in storage versus what should be taken home with the student.  Below are ten tips for college students when they are packing their dorm or apartment and moving home for the summer:

  1. There are certain items that college should place in climate controlled versus non-climate controlled storage. Climate controlled storage is comparable to storing in your home, where non-climate storage is like storing in your garage. Personal items such as clothing and toiletries are better off through the summer months in climate controlled storage, where they are not exposed to the elements. Also, laptops, computers, printers, electronics, TVs and other higher-end electronic equipment is better kept in climate controlled storage as well.
  2. Self storage is great for storing everything else not listed above including books, furniture, mattresses, comforters, linens, kitchenware including plates, pans and glassware, mini refrigerator and other kitchen appliances including a blender, toaster or microwave.
  3. Books should be packed horizontally in a sturdy smaller box. Storing books vertically can damage the spines of the books.
  4. Clothing should be packed in clear plastic boxes or new cardboard boxes. Do not use grocery store boxes as these can contain food and other residue that can ruin the clothes. Wash all clothing before packing them for storage.
  5. Hang winter coats, heavier quilts and blankets in wardrobe boxes.
  6. Do not pack linens, comforters or quilts in plastic bags if they are going to be stored in non-climate storage. Moisture can form inside the bad causing damage to the items.
  7. Pack glasses, plates and dishes in bubble wrap or plain newsprint in sturdy cardboard boxes. Do NOT use regular newspapers as it can leave a print residue on the items. Place heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter objects at the top of the box. Place filler material between the pieces and layers of items for additional protection. Once the boxes are packed up to an inch of the top, add filler material and then completely seal the boxes with packing tape before storing.
  8. Clean out all appliances before placing in a storage unit. Leave the door to a mini-refrigerator open while in storage to allow for air flow.
  9. Label each box with the contents of the box on all four sides and the top of the box. If you are storing plastic boxes, tape of list of the contents to the outside of the box. Create an inventory list of the items that you have stored that lists the contents of each box that you are storing.
  10. Utilize all storage space by storing items vertically and in stacks whenever possible.

Self Storage for College Students

Stop N Stor in Savannah is nearby for Armstrong, SCAD, and Savannah State students. Stop N Stor offers month-to-month rentals, which is perfect for college student’s short term needs and budget. When choosing a self storage unit, start with the smallest size that will fit your books, linens, winter clothes and kitchen items. If you need to store furniture or larger items, then choose a larger size storage unit. Stop N Stor has storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 that any serve any student’s storage needs. The state-of-the-art security including gated access, digital camera systems, anti-pick locks and on-site managers, at Stop N Stor will also give students peace-of-mind that their belongings are safe and secure when they are in storage.

Stop N Stor offers a 10% discount to students with agreement to auto-draft terms.  Stop in to our facilities in Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah with your student ID to find out more information.