Tips for Downsizing a Senior’s Home

Tips for Downsizing a Senior's Home

Moving. It is one word that brings stress to the most level-headed person. The average person moves at least twice in their lifetime.  There are many reasons why people move from relocating for a new job, new school or opportunity, needing a larger home or downsizing to a smaller home. There are a lot of different tips and tricks  to help make the moving experience easier for the entire family including pets.  If it is time to consider downsizing your home, the thought of going through all your belongings and deciding what to keep, what to store, what to donate, or what to give to family members can make entire moving process extremely overwhelming.

For senior citizens the decision to downsize to a smaller home can be a difficult decision. They might require to move to a smaller home due for many reasons ranging from health issues, cost of living or they can no longer do the maintenance on a larger home.  Regardless of whether seniors are moving into a smaller apartment, in with family, or into an assisted living facility, there will need to be time to go through belongings and organize items for the move.  Downsizing a home for a senior can be both challenging and emotional for the senior as well as the family and friends helping with the move.  For many seniors, downsizing is an emotional task that brings physical challenges as well. If the senior has lived in the home for a long-time, there is a lifetime of memories to sort through.

Downsizing and Self Storage

Part of the downsizing process is determining which items can be stored, donated, given away to family members, sold or thrown away. Belongings that need to be kept, but will not fit in the smaller home can easily be stored in a storage unit. Renting a storage unit close to the senior’s new home is a great idea, then the senior can have access to their items at the storage unit. Storing the items in the storage unit will also give the senior and family members more time to sort through items. Stop N Stor has  6 location in the Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah  areas that offer a variety of storage options from climate controlled to non-climate controlled storage units to outdoor RV and boat storage.  Our storage professionals can help solve your downsizing storage needs.  

Downsizing and Packing Tips

Moving to a smaller apartment or condo can be a difficult task as it requires a lot of planning and sorting through personal belongings.

  • The first step for moving and downsizing is sorting through the many belongings of the home. When moving to a smaller home, keeping everything is not an option.
  • Getting family members and friends involved in the sorting and moving process. Loved ones can help make decisions can help designate items for family members. This will allow the senior to know that the items are going to a place where they’ll continue to be well cared for.
  • Create a sorting system to make the downsizing process easier to handle. Make a list of what you need to do and when it needs to be completed. This will help keep the project organized and on task. Make lists of the things to keep and place in storage, things to give to family members, and items that can be donated or sold.
  • Do the downsizing project room by room. Do not attempt to do the project all in one day. Don’t forget to go through the attic, basement, and closets. These could be items that can be quickly sorted and put into a storage unit.
  • Know the plan or layout of your new home. This will help you know what furniture you can bring along and how much storage space you’ll have access to. You can figure out where your belongings will be placed ahead of time to make the moving day less stressful for everyone. If there is access to the new home, move your items over in several trips before the official moving day.

10 Steps To An Organized Child’s Room

organized child's bedroomA child’s bedroom serves many purposes from a playroom, a place to do homework, as well as a place to sleep every night. The room serves so many different purposes that it can easily get messy and disorganized.  The new school year started over a month ago and projects and paper are starting to come back home cluttering up a child’s room.  Now is a perfect time to get a child’s “stuff” organized before they become too “out-of-control”.

Tips for Organizing a Child’s Bedroom

A child’s bedroom can be full of un-played with toys, unread books, clothes that the child has outgrown and school projects and papers that they have accumulated over time.  How can you organize a kid’s room and keep it organized? Below are a few tips to get you started in the organization process as well as tips to keep the room organized.

  1. Look at the room from a child’s point of view. Sit on the floor of the room and visualize everything from a child’s eye level. This will help you get a good idea of where you should start with an organization and decluttering project.
  2. Involve the child in the organization and cleaning project. Allow them to help pick the type of storage solutions that would work best for their needs.
  3. For younger children, adult storage solutions will not work. Remove closet doors, so little ones do not get fingers stuck. Lower the closet rods and invest in child-size hangers so children can hang up their own clothing.
  4. Create zones in the child’s bedroom for toys, crafts and books. As the child gets older and heads to school, add a desk to the room for a homework zone.
  5. Sort through the toys and books in the room. The child should help sort through their toys that they don’t play with anymore or have outgrown and ask them if it is okay to donate, sell or share with another family.
  6. When a child has grown out of clothes donate or share them. These items take up vital drawer, closet and storage space in a room.
  7. Store the toys that the child plays with the most on the bottom shelf of a shelving unit within easy reach. Use the higher shelves for less frequently played with items.
  8. Clean plastic bins are perfect for toy storage. Place the toys, in their plastic bins at floor level. Keep like toys or books together, such as arts & crafts supplies in one bin, dolls in another or Legos in another bin. If the toy is made up of many smaller pieces, place these items in a smaller plastic box.
  9. When a desk is introduced into the room, make sure that it is tidy and organized. Have designated places for pens, pencils, markers and paper. Create folders and binders for a child’s school papers and projects and create a specific home for them in the room. As the child gets older, introduce a filing cabinet or drawer filing system for school papers.
  10. Set up a maintenance schedule to keep the room organized. Go through toys, books and clothes every 6 months to determine what to keep and what to donate, throw away or place in storage.

 

As the child gets older, they will accumulate more items that they might want to keep. However, there might not be enough storage space to store these items in the bedroom.  Self storage is a great option for storing excess home items including children’s school projects, sports equipment and arts and crafts supplies. Stop N Stor has a variety of sizes of climate and non-climate controlled storage units that are great for storing children’s items as they grow older. Stop in at one of our 6 locations to find out how we can help with you with any personal and business storage need.

How to Prepare for Long Term Storage

long term storage

Renting a self storage unit can be a great storage solution for both personal and storage needs. A storage unit can be rented for short-term needs such as moving, storing items during a remodeling project or for long-term needs such as a long trip, military deployment, long-term job assignment or a college student studying abroad for a year.

Advantages of Long Term Storage

 When you need to do long-term storage, you need to figure out what you need to store. Do you need to store the entire contents of your house or apartment while you are gone or do you just need to store a few items? This will determine the type and size storage unit that you will need. Military personnel or business people who will be away from home for a longer period of time might need to store their vehicles, so they would need to find a self storage facility with vehicle parking and storage capabilities.  If you will need to store furniture, electronics, and other items that might be affected by extreme temperature changes then it would be a good idea to rent a climate controlled storage unit. These units will give the renter peace of mind that their belongings will be in good condition over long-term storage. Stop N Stor offers vehicle parking at their 6 storage locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah. Stop N Stor offers month-to-month storage options, so you can store for as long as you like based on your needs.

Long Term Storage Tips

 When storing long-term, there are extra precautions that need to be taken above and beyond normal storage preparations.  Following these long-term storage tips will help keep your items in good condition while they are being stored:

  • Do not pack items in plastic bags. Plastic holds in moisture and humidity which can create mildew and mold over a long period of time.
  • Use sturdy boxes for storage. Do not store belonging for an extended period of time in “used” boxes from the grocery store. Use boxes of smaller, similar shape. This allows for easy stacking, moving and access in the storage unit.
  • Wrap fragile items carefully in bubble wrap or newsprint and make sure to fill the box up with filler material. Stack the most delicate items on the top of the box stack in storage.
  • Make sure to label boxes and create a master inventory list of items that you have in storage.
  • Vacuum seal heavy curtains, clothing and bulky items in vacuum sealed bags for long-term storage.
  • Thoroughly clean appliances before storage. Add bleach or baking soda in the cleaning mixture to make sure it is extra clean. Leave the door for the appliances slightly ajar when storing.
  • Place items above the ground on shelving units or pallets. Cover the floor with a canvas tarp or sheet. This will allow for airflow to continue in the storage unit around the boxes and furniture as well as help keep the items off of a damp floor.
  • Before storing furniture long-term, vacuum the furniture with a brush to remove any excess dirt and then apply furniture polish. This will seal the wood and slow the advances of mold.
  • Cover the upholstery on furniture with clean 100% cotton white sheets. Do not use dark colored sheets as these could bleed color onto the stored items if there is moisture in the storage unit.
  • For people traveling in a RV-Find a storage unit outside the city with easy access to a highway. Store items that you might need in the front of the storage unit. (such as switching out seasonal clothing and items.)

Tips for Storing Power Tools

How to store power toolsMost people have a variety of tools at their home from small hand tools like screwdrivers or wrenches up to large power tools that usually can be found in workshops or tool shops. Tools can get stored all over home from the basement to the garage, but if they are not stored properly, they could rust and break. Contractors and construction workers also need to make sure that they properly store their tools and construction equipment. Contractors can store their tools and equipment in a self storage unit to allowing them to keep their overhead low and to have a handy place to keep everything organized in one place.

When it is time to keep these tools safe and in good working condition, where and how should they be stored? Most people will keep their tools in their home in the basement, in a workshop or in the garage. There are many different home tool storage ideas from DIY solutions to expensive storage cabinets that you can find at your local hardware store. A handy way to keep tools stored at home is to hang peg boards on the walls of your work room, in the garage or basement. This will keep tools off the floor and organized. For smaller tools and accessories, use a drawer storage system to protect from dust.

How to Prepare and Store Power and Hand Tools for Storage

Before storing, tools need to be properly prepared and maintained. The goal is to keep tools in good working condition while storing so they can easily be used right away when removed from storage.

  1. Consult with the manufacturer’s instructions for specific instructions on how to store power or hand tools as each have different requirements for care and storage.
  2. To keep tools tidy, clean them after each use. Wipe down with a rag or towel to be sure that they are free of dirt, grease and debris. Clean every metal surface with water and scrape away any soil and dirt. Completely dry the tool with a towel or rag before it is placed in storage.
  3. As you do your cleaning, check for damage or defects on the tools. If the tool cannot be repaired, then throw it away. Do not leave it to clutter up extra space.
  4. Coat the metal parts of the tools with a lubricant metal protector spray.
  5. Do not place tools directly on the ground for storage. Place small hand and power tools on shelving or in plastic bins. Store short-handled tools in a plastic bin or box. Organize like-sized tools together in a bin.
  6. Tie together long-handled tools, such as hoes and shovels in a garbage can while in storage. Otherwise hang these tools on a wall.
  7. Power tools should have all surfaces cleaned and completely dry before storage. Spray lubricant on all metal surfaces.
  8. Keep an inventory of the tools that you have in storage. Label each tool storage box with contents, so you will be able to find the tool that you need much easier.

Where to Store Power Tools

If there is not enough room to store tools in the home, then consider renting a self storage unit. Putting tools in a self storage unit will keep them safe, away from children and frees up space in a basement or garage for other items.  Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes in both climate and non-climate controlled that are great options for storing power tools from 5×5, which would be great for storing a small tool collection to 10×30, which would allow more than ample space for large and small tools and equipment. Stop N Stor has a state-of-the-art security system, keypad gated entry and residents managers to give our customers peace-of-mind that their belongings are safe while in storage. Our facilities have easy access to the storage units allowing for easy loading and loading of tools. Stop in to our 6 locations to find out how Stop N Stor can help with any storage need from business to personal storage.

How to Store Summer and Fall Sports Equipment

Storing Summer & Fall Sports EquipmentIt is very important to take care of sports equipment when they are not in use. This applies for seasonal sports like baseball, golf, football, soccer and lacrosse. Everyday workout equipment also has to be properly prepared and stored in the home or in a storage unit. If sports equipment is properly stored, then it can be reused for many years. Children who are participating in sports need to be trained not to throw their equipment, uniforms, and shoes in the corner in the laundry room, closet or garage. Equipment and uniforms should be properly cleaned and maintained between each match and game in order to make it easier to prepare for off-season storage. Once the season is over, certain steps should be followed to keep equipment in good working order.

Renting a self storage unit for storing sporting equipment in the off-season is a great storage solution. This will reduce the amount of clutter in the home. Plus, as parents, you will know exactly where the sports equipment is stored (unlike just throwing in a corner). Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes to help with storing sports equipment. The best storage solution is storing the equipment in a plastic storage bin while in storage. You can keep all the equipment for one sport in one bin. The storage bins also allow for easy storage on storage shelving.

Sports Equipment Storage Tips

Below are a few tips to make sure that your summer and fall sports equipment are ready to be stored:

Baseball Equipment                                           

Before storing, inspect all the equipment to make sure that it is in good condition and does not require repair. The repairs should be taken care of before placing in storage. Once a baseball player has chosen a glove, they could use it for the rest of the time that they are playing the game, so it is very important to keep it in good condition during the off-season. Clean and condition the baseball gloves before placing in storage. Clean bats, helmets and balls with wet wipes and air dry before placing in storage.

Golf Clubs and Bags

A quality set of golf clubs last a lifetime if properly maintained.  Before storing, clean the golf club heads with a toothbrush dipped in warm soapy water. This will loosen any dirt that has gotten into the groves. Clean grips with soap and water. Inspect the grips to see if they need repair. If they do, take them to your local golf professional for repair. To clean the golf bag, completely empty the golf bag of all contents and clean it inside and out with soap and water. Remove all garbage stored in the pockets of the golf bags. Inventory accessories such as golf balls, tees and gloves to see if you need to replace them during the off-season.

Soccer

After the fall soccer season, soccer jerseys and practice clothes need to be fully cleaned before putting them into storage. Treat and remove all stains from the clothing, so they will not set into the cloth while in storage. Clean cleats and shin guards with wet wipes. If the shoes are leather, condition them before placing in storage. Properly inflate the soccer balls before placing in storage and have the inflation device on-hand for re-inflating after storage.

Football

Once the football season is over in the fall, football pads and jersey’s need to be prepared for storage. As with soccer jerseys, make sure all stains are removed from the uniform before storage. Wipe down all pads, helmets and gloves with wet water and mild soap. In order to remove “the stink” from the equipment before storage, place the shoulder pads and knee pads in a closed bag with a bowl of baking soda for about a week. The baking soda will absorb odors! To keep odors out during storage, stuff the shoulder pads, helmets and knee pads with newspaper. The newspaper will absorb odors over time.

“End of Summer” Celebrations in Savannah

Happy Labor Day from Stop N StorLabor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September as a day off for all American Workers. The day is the annual celebration of the social and economic achievements the American work force. The holiday has its origins during the industrial revolution during the late 1880s. The extreme working conditions for young and old workers caused the labor force to join together with reformers to improve working conditions for all. Labor Day was first established as an official holiday in 1887 by the state of Oregon and other states soon signed the holiday into law. By 1894, 23 states had adopted the holiday to honor workers and soon after, Congress declared the first Monday in September as a national holiday entitling laborers to a day off. Today, Labor Day is celebrated as the “unofficial last day of summer” with picnics, parades and fireworks displays.

There are many Labor Day Weekend events in Savannah area from free concerts to food festivals.

Bacon Fest

Celebrate all things bacon at Bacon Fest at Rousakis Riverfront Plaza on River Street in downtown Savannah. The 2nd annual celebration is Friday, September 4th and Saturday, September 5th.  Local participating restaurants will be offering creations made from what else, bacon! There will be live entertainment from “The Breakfast Club” at the Plaza Arbor Stage on Saturday evening. Friday night, there will be First Friday Fireworks along the waterfront.

Tybee Island Labor Day Beach Bash

Tybee Island is the place to be for Labor Day weekend. The Labor Day Tybee Island Beach Bash takes place Sunday, September 6th at the Tybee Island Pier and Pavilion. The festivities start at 7pm with music from the Swingin’ Mediallion and end with free fireworks from the Pier. The fireworks can be viewed from any of Tybee’s eastern beaches.

Savannah Craft BrewFest

The 8th Annual Savannah Craft Brew Fest  takes place at the Savannah International Convention Center on Saturday, September 5th. The Savannah Craft Beer Fest has multiple indoor and outdoor beer gardens featuring dozens of the best local, regional and national craft beers.  There will be educational beer seminars, great food, entertainment, a mixology garden and much more. You can keep track of the latest information on performers and seminars on the Savannah Craft Brew Fest Facebook Page  and Twitter Page. 

Visit a Historic Fort

The Labor Day holiday weekend is a great time to get out and enjoy the historic squares of downtown Savannah. The nearby parks will all be open to explore and have one last summer picnic with friends and family. The local historical parks will be having special holiday weekend events. Ft. Pulaski  will be having a Civil War Living History Event. Fort McAllister  will also have living history events with a cavalry unit as well as a nationally recognized reptile expert, Jason Clark, doing daily presentations.  Fort Morris  will have a special program with Revolutionary War soldiers and musket and cannon firing demonstrations.

Stop N Stor’s offices will be closed for the Labor Day holiday, but you will still be able to access your stored belongings via our 24/7 gate keypad entry access. Stop N Stor wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day!