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5 Items to Consider for Climate-Controlled Storage

South Georgia summer temperatures will be here before you know it. Not only does this mean more summer fun-in-the-sun but along with it comes that dreaded high humidity. While Stop N Stor offers both climate and non-climate storage options, many items put in storage require climate control to avoid damage from the heat and humidity. Other items (such as lawn mowers and vehicles – anything that is stored in a garage) may not need to be stored in climate-controlled units. Before deciding whether to rent a climate or non-climate-controlled unit, ask yourself these questions:

  1.      Am I Storing Artwork or Photographs?
    If you’re storing any artwork or photographs climate-controlled storage is essential to avoid damage to these irreplaceable items. The high temperatures and humidity of the low country can cause photographs to blend together or deteriorate over time, permanently damaging your priceless memories. The heat and humidity have the same effect on paintings, prints and other works of art. Keeping these items in a climate-controlled storage unit ensures that your portraits and memories will stand the test of time (and heat).
  2.      Am I Storing Books, Paperwork or Documents?

    Storing paperwork, books or business files in a non-climate-controlled unit can lead to moisture damage from humidity causing paper to warp. Important papers such as tax forms, financial documents and other business documents can take up valuable space in your office. To maximize space in your office or place of business while ensuring these documents maintain their condition, we recommend storing in a climate-controlled storage unit.
  3.      Are my Items Electronic?

    Probably one of the most important things to store in a climate-controlled environment are your electronics. Televisions, sound equipment, computers and monitors should all be placed in climate-controlled storage. Not only are these items costly to replace, but they are extremely vulnerable in drastic temperature changes. Long-term storage in high humidity can cause electronics to accumulate moisture which ultimately damages them both inside and out.
  4.      Is my Furniture Wooden or Leather?
    When exposed to high heat and humidity, wooden and leather furniture like bed frames, nightstands, entertainment centers, tables, couches and chairs can warp, crack or even rot. Climate-controlled storage is essential when storing living room, bedroom and dining room sets along with other wooden or leather furniture. For extra protection, furniture covers are also recommended.
  5.      Are my Items Antiques or Collectibles?
    If you’re storing something that is irreplaceable or of extreme value, you should always consider climate-controlled storage first. Antiques and collectibles may lose their value and may not retain quality if they aren’t stored properly. In order to preserve collectibles and antiques and maintain their best condition, we recommend storing in a climate-controlled unit and if possible with a protective cover.

Climate-controlled storage has benefits for almost all your self-stored items. Although it is more necessary in certain cases than others, extra protection for your items is always a great idea. To find a climate-controlled unit near you, visit one of our ten locations in Hinesville, Savannah, Pooler, Port Wentworth, and Richmond Hill, Georgia as well as our newest location in Bluffton, South Carolina. For information on pricing, locations, or to learn more about climate-controlled storage in the South Georgia and South Carolina areas click here or give one of our highly trained managers a call at 844-913-STOR (7876).

How to Store Books at Home or In a Self-Storage Unit

Storing Books at Home or In Self-Storage

Nothing compares taking the time to relax and escape to different worlds and times by opening a good hardbound book. Even with the popularity of e-books, people still continue to have large cook-book, children’s books or other collections in their homes. Books are great to have, enjoy and read, but they do take up a lot of space. There is always a need for a good book storage solution.

Book Storage Solutions for the Home

There are many great home book storage solutions. Depending on the amount of storage space in a home, people can store books in home libraries, while others have to be a bit more creative in how they store their book collections. Books can be stored in wicker decorative baskets that can be put on shelving units, under tables and in corners. For smaller houses and apartments, use ottomans, stools and chairs that have removable lids for book storage or store “up” using every wall space for additional book storage. Also, book shelves make great space dividers for smaller studio apartment or open living or dining rooms.

Organizing a Book Collection

The larger the collection of books, the harder it is to keep organized. Organizing a book collection can vary based on your style. Books can be placed on a book shelve based on author, genre or even the color of the cover. Most home organizers recommend separating fiction and non-fiction and then do separate categorization from there. Special or limited edition books can be very expensive and hard to replace. Special care needs to be given to these types of books. Store rare books in custom sleeves for added protection.

The ideal place to store books is an area in the home that is well-ventilated and not subject to big temperature changes. Do not store books in a spot with high humidity. Books should be stored upright so you can read the spine correctly. Books are designed to be stored this way and can be supported by other books to keep them stable. Do not store books with the binding or spine pointing up, this will crack the binding, ruining the book. Dusting books on a regular basis will help keep books clean over the long-term.

Storing a Book Collection in Self Storage

A storage unit  is a great place to store excess books and other household storage items. When storing books in a storage unit, it is important to properly prepare and pack the books, so they stay in good condition. Below are eight tips for how to store books in a storage unit:

  1. Keep storage boxes out of direct sunlight and away from radiators and heating vents.
  2. Pack books in small or medium size boxes or plastic containers that are weatherproof and moisture-proof.
  3. For rare or limited edition books, take special care when placing them in storage. Wrap each book in a paper towel or cloth to protect the surface from dirt or residue buildup.
  4. Never wrap books in plastic bags, plastic wrap or foil.
  5. Store similar size books together, lying flat in the box. Do not stand the books in the box with their spines as this can damage the spines over time.
  6. Put heaviest books at the bottom of the container and go to lighter books, such as paperbacks at the top of the box. Make sure the boxes are packed tightly and use filler material to finish filling the box.
  7. Seal the boxes with packing tape. Label the boxes with a list of the contents.
  8. If possible, place boxes of books on shelving in the storage unit.

Stop N Stor has a variety of climate controlled and non-climate controlled storage units from 5×5 to 10×30 that are perfect for storing everything from a comic book collections to a cookbook collection. Stop by any of our six locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah to see how our storage professionals can help you with any of your residential or household storage needs.

Are Your Business Documents Organized for Tax Season?

Organizing business documents for tax season.

Tax day, April 15th, will be here before you know it and businesses need to start organizing their files now in order to have the correct documents to properly prepare their tax returns. Companies need to go through their documents from the previous year, and then organize and determine what files need to stay in an office and what business documents can stored in a self storage unit.

Business Documents Needed for Tax Preparation

Tax preparation services such as TurboTax have provided a handy small business tax planning checklist for the documents that are needed to fill out business tax forms. The IRS also has a website to help small company owners and those who are self-employed with their tax forms and preparation needs. Listed below are just a few of the required business documents that are needed in order to fill out a tax return. See the websites above and your professional tax preparer for more information that could be specific to your business:

  • Income Records-These documents include gross receipts from sales and services, returns and allowances, business checking/savings account interest and other income.
  • Cost of Goods Sold (If applicable to your business.)-This paperwork includes totals for inventory, beginning and then end of year total dollar amount, materials and supplies and any inventory purchases.
  • Expenses-There should be documentation saved for all business expenditures including, advertising, phones, computer and internet costs, and travel expenses such as hotel, mileage, meals, tips, tax, and internet connection.
  • Business insurance-These documents pertain to business insurance and not personal insurance, which goes under a different form category.
  • Professional fees-Any types of fees from lawyers, accountants or consultants would fall under this type of document requirement.
  • Office supplies-It is important to keep tabs of any pens, paper, stable and other consumables used by the company.
  • Rent expense-Office space rent and business-use vehicle lease paperwork are required for tax preparation.
  • Home office expenses-These documents include square footage of office space at home, mortgage interest or rent paid, homeowners insurance and utility forms.
  • Wages paid to employees-When you think of tax forms, the W-2 and W-3 forms instantly come to mind. These would also include employee payroll forms needed for federal and state payroll return, employee benefit expenses, contractor’s forms and 1099-Misc forms.
  • Other expenses-Lastly, there should be paperwork for repairs and maintenance of the office, estimated tax payments and other business related expenses such as health insurance and premiums paid.

How Long Should a Business Save Documents?

After businesses have gathered and then prepared their tax forms, documents should be organized and stored in a central area either in an office or in a self-storage unit. Federal and state laws require the retention of specific business documents for accounting records to personnel records.

According to federal and state laws, certain business documents can be placed into archival storage, while other documents need only to be retained for as little as two years. Business files for the current year should be kept within the office and then can be stored outside the office in a storage unit starting the following year.  All corporate and fixed asset records, accounting records such as financial statements, check registers, general ledgers and income tax returns need to be retained permanently. Other accounting documents such as accounts payable or receivables, bank statements, expense reports or charge and cash slips can be shredded after seven years.

Self-Storage Solutions for Business Files and Documents

Renting a self storage unit is a great place to store excess business equipment, files and documents. Storing documents in self-storage helps to reduce the clutter in your office, while increasing work space and productivity! Stop N Stor offers many business storage solutions, such as file and document storage at our 6 Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah area locations. Our storage professionals will help determine the best storage unit size for your business storage needs.

Tips for Storing a Comic Book Collection

Comic Book Storage Ideas

Collecting comic books, toys and sporting cards has become a very big business and there are many industries that have been created just around buying, selling and storing these specific items. Comic books and sports trading cards have always been highly collectible with collections being passed down from generation to generation.

Most people will store their childhood comic book collection in their attic or basement. While this is a handy place to put the comic books in a home, it actually isn’t the best place to store them in order to keep them in good condition. Extreme temperatures, especially in a hot and humid attic, can damage the paper of the comic books. The best place to store comic books is in humidity or climate controlled environment. If there is not room at home to properly display or store comic books, then the next best option would be to store the collectibles in a self-storage unit. Climate controlled storage units help protect your comic book collections from extreme temperatures and humidity.

Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes that are perfect for storing a comic book collection.  A 5’x5’ or 10’x10’ storage unit would be an ideal size to store comic book storage boxes. If there is enough space, add shelving to the storage unit to make storing the comic book collection more organized.

Comic Book Storage Tips

The condition of the comic book will affect the value of the comic book over time. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that the collectibles are properly packaged and prepared for storage. There are many comic book storage ideas that have been created to keep comic books in pristine condition. Most comic book stores will be able to provide you with these storage materials. If you follow the comic book storage tips below, your collection will continue to stay in good form:

  • Protecting Comic Books-Place individual comic books in protective polypropylene sheets with acid-free packing boards. The bags protect the comic books from fingerprints, scuffs and moisture. The boards, stored inside the bag, keep the comic book stiff and flat as well as helps to prevent bending and curling of the paper. Change out the boards every 2-5 years in order to keep the board from changing the color of the comic.
  • Mylar Protection Sheets-For more valuable comics, use Mylar comic book protector sheets for storing purposes.
  • Comic Book Storage Boxes-Store comic books in acid free comic book storage boxes. The comic book boxes come in two different sizes: long and short. The short box can hold up to 200 comics. The long box can fit up to 250 comics. Store the comic books standing up in the boxes.
  • Filing Cabinets-There are other comic book storage ideas such as storing a collection in filing cabinets or specially made cabinets as an alternative to storing in boxes.
  • Binding Comic Books-If you do not plan on selling the comic books in the future, then consider binding volumes of comic books together in a book or placing in a binder. This ultimately reduces the value of the comic book, but binding could make it easier to read, transport and store.
  • Comics Storage Tip-When storing comics, keep them away from direct sunlight as this can fade the colors of the book. Also, avoid storing comic books in wet, hot or drafty areas.

Renting a self storage unit is a great way to store large and small comic book collections. When storing the comic book storage boxes, do not stack the boxes too high and stack all like-sized boxes together. The larger comic book storage boxes can get heavy when they are completely full. Filing cabinets used for storing comic books can easily be moved into a storage unit. The state-of-the-art security at Stop N Stor gives our customers peace of mind their comic book collections are safe and secure while in storage.

 

Start Off the Year Right with 8 Easy Steps to Getting Organized

Organizing in the New Year

Every year, people make resolutions to get healthy, lose weight, save more and get more organized. According to a survey on New Year’s resolutions recently posted by Statistic Brain,  the number 2 resolution for last year was to get organized! There is no time like the present to start planning and acting on this resolution to better organize your life and declutter your home to make it more organized for the New Year! The New Year is in full swing and now is the perfect time to set-up your home to be clutter free after the chaos of the holiday season. The holiday decorations have been stored until next year’s holiday season.

Now is the perfect time to work on organization projects big and small. You can start with small projects such as organizing a closet and then move onto larger organization projects such as re-organizing your entire kitchen.

By following some of the simple organization tips below, you can easily start off 2016 on an organized path:

  1. Create a goal and vision for the space that you need to reorganize. This is great for small or large projects. Cut out photos of an organized room, closet or bookshelf and place them on the refrigerator or on a bulletin board to use as a guide to what you want to accomplish.
  2. Define your clutter. We are all very emotionally attached to our things; which in turn causes more clutter to gather in our homes. This is a good time to sort your items between what will stay in the room and what can be packed for storage.
  3. Donate the items that you don’t need any more to organizations that could use them. Donate books to a library or school. Donate clothing to local shelters and donations centers, such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
  4. Once, you have created a clutter free environment, it is important to keep it organized going forward by doing daily cleaning, such as putting away daily use items in their designated spots.
  5. Purchase organizational supplies such as shelving units, storage bins, door storage organizers, and baskets to give loose items “a home”.
  6. There are many great DIY ways to get your items organized from re-purposing ice trays to hold desk supplies to color coding a weekly family event calendar to keeping electrical cords coiled correctly.
  7. Sort your mail right away. Place magazines and catalogs that you won’t read directly into the recycle bin and place bills and other mail that have to be answered in a specially designated spot.
  8. Finish the organizational projects that you started! Do not leave projects half completed!

With proper planning and a goal in mind, you can declutter and reorganize your home and start a plan to keep it organized going into the New Year. Stop N Stor  has a variety of storage options, including climate and non-climate controlled, available for every storage need from storing unused exercise equipment to storing family heirlooms.

 

How to Store Rugs in Self Storage

Rug Storage Tips

There are many reasons that you might need rug storage from inheriting a treasured oriental rug to needing to remove an area rug during a move to a smaller home or during a home remodeling project.  Rugs and carpets can be unwieldy objects to store.  They also need to be properly prepared before placing in any type of storage.

Rugs should be stored in a dry cool environment, where temperature and humidity is set at an even level. Changing humidity levels can cause a rug to curl at the edges.  The best solution is to store a rug in a climate controlled storage unit. Stop N Stor  has a variety of storage unit sizes in climate and non-climate controlled that are perfect for storing furniture and rugs during remodeling projects or moving to another home. The size of the rug will determine the size storage unit that you will need to rent.

Tips for Storing Rugs or Carpets

Dirt and bugs (moths and carpet beetles) are the number biggest enemies for carpets. Bugs do not eat synthetic fibers such as nylon, polypropylene, acrylic or polyester. However, they can damage natural fibers such as wool or silk.

Following simple tips on how to store rugs will keep them in good condition for future use.

  1. Rugs need to be cleaned before placing in storage. Any dirt or soiling left on the rug should be removed or they could cause deterioration of the rug over long-term storage. Clean rugs or carpets based on manufacturer instructions. Woven or braided rugs should be washed differently from handmade, antique, wool and oriental rugs. If the rug is large and not able to be cleaned at home, have it professionally cleaned before storing.
  2. Vacuum the rug on both sides before wet cleaning. Vacuuming will remove pet dander, dust mites and any excess dirt. In order to vacuum both sides of the rug place the rug on plastic or wire mess fencing material on the ground. Vacuum one side and then flip over to vacuum the other.
  3. If you are not able to get the carpet professionally cleaned, wash the rug with a gentle detergent. For larger rugs, wet with a garden hose and scrub with a Woolite and water solution.
  4. Rugs should be completely dry before putting in storage. Use a wet/dry vacuum to extract as much water as possible from the rug before storage. If cleaning a rug outside on a warm day, allow it to air dry for 10-12 hours. (This is a great spring cleaning task.)
  5. After cleaning the rug, spray the rug with insect repellant. A DIY solution is 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar sprayed on both sides of the rug. Then, let the rug dry completely.
  6. It is recommend to roll a rug for storage instead of folding. Folded rugs can leave cracks and creases damaging the carpet and the backing of the carpet. To roll a carpet correctly, roll from the “bottom” to the top. To find the “bottom,” run your hand over the fibers to determine which direction is “with the grain” and which is against. Follow the direction that is with the grain to the edge and start making the roll from there. Roll the carpet as tight as possible and secure with a piece of rope.
  7. Do not store a rug or carpet in direct light. Direct light can fade the carpet’s colors. Keep rugs and carpets stored in a darker, cool and dry storage area.
  8. Wrap the rolled carpet in brown craft paper or canvas for storage. DO NOT wrap a rug in plastic. Craft paper allows the rug to “breathe” as well as allows any moisture build-up to escape. Plastic covering causing moisture build-up which could damage to the rug over time.
  9. Do not store rugs lying flat on the ground. Store the rug standing up off of the ground. This will help prevent moisture build up from the ground. Do not store anything on top of a stored rug. Boxes and other items can cause cracks and destroy a rug’s shape.
  10. Unroll a rug every 6-12 months during storage to make sure it is free of any damage.

Stop into any of the 6 Stop N Stor locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah  to see how our storage professionals can help you with find you the right rug or carpet storage solution.

 

 

How to Prepare Patio Furniture For Storage

How to prepare patio furniture for storageAutumn marks the beginning of slightly cooler weather and of pumpkin-flavored everything!  When the weather starts to cool and the leaves start to drop off of the trees, it signals that it is time to start thinking about preparing and moving outdoor items such as patio furniture into storage for the winter months. If you prepare outdoor chairs and patio furniture properly, then they can easily be set up and to be used again when the weather warms up again.

If you decide to keep the patio furniture outside throughout the winter months, it is important to have it covered with water tight coverings to protect it from the elements. Remove the fabric cushions and place them in a fully sealed outdoor storage container. As an alternative, putting your patio furniture into a self storage unit and keeping it out of the elements will help prolong its life. Stop N Stor   has a variety of self storage units, climate controlled and non-climate controlled, in sizes ranging from 5×5 to 10×30 for all of your household storage needs. Our storage units are easily accessible allowing for our renters to easily move their outdoor furniture into and out of their storage units.

Tips for Storing Patio Furniture for the Winter Months

Making sure to properly preparing patio and outdoor furniture is important for continual use. As with any outdoor items, including lawn equipment such as lawn mowers and gardening tools,  make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning and storing.  Below, learn easy to follow tips to prep patio items for the winter months.

  • Inspect the chairs, tables, cushions and table umbrella to see if anything is broken or needs to be repaired before going in storage. If the patio furniture appears broken beyond repair, then it is time to dispose of them.
  • Thoroughly clean your patio furniture before placing it in your self storage unit. First, clean off pollen and dirt from the furniture with a dry cloth then, wet clean the furniture based on manufacturer instructions.
  • Clean the fabric or canvas cushions with a solution of Lysol and hot water. The fabric and filings for the furniture cushions should be completely dry before placing in storage. Cushions will survive longer if stored in a dry cool place such as a storage unit.
  • Wash wicker, mesh or plastic furniture and wrought iron chairs with a solution of mild dishwater soap and water. Clean wooden furniture with wood oil soap. Let the furniture dry completely after rinsing off the cleaning solution.
  • Clean patio umbrellas according to manufacturer’s instructions. Canvas should be cleaned first by brushing off dirt and then cleaning the surface with warm water and mild soap. The umbrella should be completely dry before storing. The wooden frame can be cleaned with wood polish or wax.
  • To keep the furniture protected, wipe the wicker or wood furniture with a furniture grade wax, aluminum or plastic furniture with a car wax and metal furniture with a silicone sealant spray.
  • When placing patio furniture in a storage unit, stack patio furniture chairs on top of one another to gain extra storage space. Remove the legs of the patio table to give more space in the storage unit. Keep all screws and nuts together in a plastic bag attached to the table legs.

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.

Organizing Arts and Craft Supplies

 

Craft supply organizationArts and crafts supplies come in all shapes and sizes from very small to very large. Crafting supplies can end up all over the place in your home or crafting area causing the area to be cluttered and organized.  A messy craft area makes it harder to find the craft supplies that you need when you actually need them! A person will be more productive with their craft projects when they are working in a clean, comfortable space with all of the supplies visible and accessible.

Every home has an arts and crafts area for children’s projects and hobbies. If there is not enough room in the home for arts and crafts storage, then it is time to consider renting a self storage unit. Stop N Stor  offers a variety of storage solutions from climate controlled to non-climate controlled storage units. A 5×5 storage unit  would be ideal to store arts and crafts supplies. If you require a larger storage unit for your arts and craft, use our storage space calculator  to help you estimate what storage unit size you need. Adding shelving units in the storage unit will make the supplies even more organized and easy to find when you need access to them.

Tips for Storing Arts & Crafts Supplies

Now is the time to organize your craft supplies into one specific area; before you know it, it will be time to start working on holiday craft projects.  If possible, create a crafting corner or desk in a room. This will allow for place for you to work with all or your supplies close by.

  • Before you start a crafting supply organization project, take inventory of the items that you currently have at your home. This prevents overbuying items that you do not use. This is also a handy shopping list when you do need to re-fill your supplies.
  • It is very important to keep “like” arts and crafts items together. Each type of supply should be sorted to be with like items. For example, do not mix pencils and markers, but keep them separate. Specific tools, such as stamps, scissors, rulers, etc. should be kept with like items.
  • Use plastic storage bins to store your craft supplies, so you can see what is in the bins. Label the bin on the lid and side with the types of supplies, so you can easily find what you need. Plastic bins can come in all shapes and sizes such as specially designed bins for bead storage, rubber band loom bracelet supply storage or stamp storage. Plastic bins are also much easier to stack on shelves.
  • Scrapbooking supplies can take up a lot of space. Have enough space so you can store and keep all of your scrapbooking supplies. Make sure that you have all the supplies that you need on hand including stamps, stickers, photo albums, glue sticks and of course, photos.
  • Pinterest  is a great place to find storage ideas for your home crafting area. Buying storage solutions at your local craft store or creating your own DIY solution for your crafts will make it easy to find what you need when you need it.

Cleaning Out and De-Cluttering Your Closet

Closet organization Tips

Depending on the size of the home or apartment, the amount of closet or storage space could be very limited. In fact, there usually is more stuff to store than there is storage space. Cleaning your closet clutter on regular basis is key to maximizing your storage space. If you didn’t complete your spring organization projects, now is a great time to work on them. We are “in-between” seasons, which is a great time to organize and declutter your closet before it is time to get ready to switch out the closet to fall and winter clothing.

As with any decluttering project it is important to go one room at a time. This is also true when you are cleaning out your closet. Work on one room at a time, one closet at a time.  If you do not have enough room for storing excess items that you have removed from your closet, then it is time to place these household belongings in a self storage unit. Self storage is a great place to store seasonal clothing and accessories. Just remember to wash the clothes before storage, so they will be fresh to use during the next change of season.

How to Declutter and Organize Your Closets

Having an organized closet will allow you to find the clothing and accessories that you need to have for your day. Below are a few suggestions to get you started on your organizing and decluttering project:

  • Remove any item that doesn’t belong in that particular closet and put it in its proper home. Items that should belong in a kitchen or hallway closet should not be stored in a bedroom closet.
  • Remove all items from the closet that you are going to reorganize. Designate a certain area to place and then sort all of the items from the closet. This is a very important first step of your project. It allows you to see everything that you have “stuffed” into the closet allowing you to assess the items easier.
  • Once you have everything out of the closet and before you put things back in do a good cleaning of the closet space by dusting shelves and sweeping, mopping or vacuuming the floors. If you have the time, refresh the pain in the closet.
  • Have a friend help you decide what items you need to keep or get rid of in your closet. An “outside” opinion on your wardrobe or accessories will help you keep on track for your de-cluttering project.
  • After inventorying the items in your closet, then it is time to decide what you want to with the items.  Also, look for damaged items that need repair as well as items that are out-of-date.
  • Once you are finished sorting the wardrobe and accessories that you are keeping in your closet, then categorize them into “like” groupings like shoes, scarves, hats, or by season. Create your own categories and stick with them.  There are many closet storage solutions that are used specifically for this purpose. A good closet storage solution will create more space, streamline your organization and makes items easier to find. Utilize all the storage space in the closet including shelving and the floor. There are great closet door storage ideas for shoes or accessories.  Clear plastic bins are preferred for closet storage because you can see the items that you are storing. Don’t forget to label the boxes with the items that you are storing.
  • As you are putting the items back in the closet, put the most frequently used items within reach. These items should have the “prime” space in the closet. If you have room, put the “off-season” items towards the back of the closet and rotate every season.

The more often that you declutter and organize your closet, the easier the task will become. Instead of a daunting project once a year, do weekly decluttering of your closet. Move your excess items to a self storage unit for storage both seasonally and all year long.  Wardrobe boxes or plastic storage bins are a great storage solution for winter items such as sweaters and heavy coats. These items can be easily hung in the box and items can be switched out seasonally. You can find wardrobe boxes and plastic storage bins at your local home store, such as Lowe’s or Home Depot. Stop N Stor has a variety of moving and packing supplies and boxes, at their 6 locations to help with your packing needs. Stop N Stor has a variety of storage unit sizes that you fit any storage need. Stop in to any of our Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah locations to find out how we can help!