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Babies grow up fast. Before you know it, you have a huge pile of clothes they can’t fit into, a car seat that they’re too big for, and a whole lot of baby toys that don’t keep their interest anymore. It can be tempting to get rid of everything as soon as you don’t need it anymore, but before you do, you need to ask yourself this question: are you going to have another kid?
If the answer is “yes,” or even “maybe,” then you shouldn’t get rid of everything just yet. While it will make sense to get rid of some things and repurchase them as needed, there are several things that you should definitely hang on to and use when it’s time to have another baby.
Here are the things we recommend storing so you can use them with baby number two.
A car seat can be a significant expense, so it will benefit you to get as much use out of your infant seat as you can. If you opted for a seat that can only hold an infant (that is, it isn’t convertible and doesn’t grow with your child), you should still hang onto it so you can use it when the next baby comes. Make sure, however, that you don’t use a seat past its expiration date. Most seats last a good 7-10 years, so it shouldn’t be a problem, but always double check.
Do you really want to go through the process of buying all new baby furniture—again? Chances are, you did a good amount of research to find the best crib, rocker, and changing table for your new baby. As long as these items are in good shape after using them with your first baby, you should definitely keep them in storage until they’re needed again.
Clothes are a tough one. You probably invested quite a bit into your baby’s wardrobe, but a lot of those clothes have probably been stained or otherwise damaged over the course of your baby’s short (but messy) life. Here’s what we recommend: keep a sentimental outfit or two (to set aside as a keepsake); throw away anything that’s substantially stained or damaged; donate items you simply don’t like or never used; and store the rest. This will save you some storage space while also getting your next baby’s wardrobe off to a good start. Make sure you separate gender neutral clothes from the gender specific ones, just in case your next baby is a different gender than your first.
Swings, rockers, play mats, and other “gear.”
Hanging on to larger items will save you money down the road. As long as your baby gear is still in good shape, there’s no reason to get rid of it. The biggest problem with these items is that they can be bulky and awkward to store, as most of them don’t fold flat or compress well. This is definitely where a self storage unit comes in handy, as it gives you a place to store items like these that is both safe and out of the way of your daily life.
Classic or favorite toys.
Baby toys can take over your house quickly, and it can definitely be tempting to get rid of them as soon as your older child is done with them. However, we recommend holding on to certain toys. Classic toys, like blocks and rattles, will withstand the test of time and will be great to have on hand for your next baby. Any toys that your baby didn’t like (or that you didn’t like, for that matter) can be donated or passed on.
Things you can get rid of.
All the things listed above would probably be beneficial to hold on to, but there are plenty of things that are safe to get rid of as well, when your first baby is done with them. Most of these things are so easy and affordable to replace that it simply doesn’t make sense to store them. Here are a few.
- – Used pacifiers and bottle nipples
- – Bottle brushes
- – Infant bath products, lotions, or diaper creams
- – Bathing sponges or infant baths
- – Bath toys (often get water stuck inside and can become moldy)
– Worn out clothes or shoes
Growing your family brings a lot of changes to your house. Save yourself some time and money when your second baby comes along by keeping these items in storage instead of getting rid of them. With multiple kids, you’ll have much more important things to worry about, anyway.
Need a secure self-storage option in the Phoenix area for storing all these baby items? Arizona Storage Centers is here for you, with centers in Phoenix, Glendale, Gilbert, Chandler, and Deer Valley. We offer exceptional storage options and customer service, to help our customers through every stage of life. Give us a call at 480-386-6022 to learn more, or contact us through our website. We look forward to hearing from you!
While winter is more of a concept than a reality in Phoenix, it’s still refreshing when spring arrives. The days get longer, the trees start to grow new leaves, and the temperatures are absolutely beautiful (at least for a few weeks, until they hit triple digits).
Maybe that’s why, even in Phoenix, the idea of spring cleaning is an attractive one. We want to hit the reset button on our homes, clear out the clutter, dust every nook and cranny, and enjoy a fresh, new start.
When most people think about spring cleaning, they think about all their cleaning supplies: the sprays, the cloths, the vacuums, and the tools. What they don’t often think about, though, is something that could truly be a game-changer for anyone taking on a spring cleaning project. That is self storage.
Self storage units are incredibly convenient when you’re moving, holding an estate sale, or storing extra inventory for your business. But they also provide an excellent solution to everyday storage—the kind that frees up tons of space in your home and leaves it feeling spacious, clean, and uncluttered.
Here are some things you should consider moving to self storage as part of your spring cleaning routine:
Although the Phoenix area doesn’t have to deal with ice and snow in the winter, we can still experience some pretty low temperatures, and many of us tend to have a good collections of sweaters, coats, scarves, and other cold-weather gear. As part of your spring cleaning, pack these thing away in a storage unit and free up the space in your closet or under your bed.
Winter sports gear.
If you’re the type that gets away on skiing trips every winter, there’s no need to fill up your garage with your gear during the summer months. Pack it all away into your storage unit instead.
During your spring cleaning, you’ll probably come across some items in your home that don’t get much use: unnecessary furniture pieces, extra small kitchen appliances, and so on. If you don’t want to get rid of these things, self storage gives you the chance to safely store them in a place that’s out of the way.
Decluttering is a big part of spring cleaning. Getting rid of excess “stuff” in your house does a lot to make a home feel open, bright, and fresh. Of course, most of us have some sentimental items that, while we don’t use them regularly, are too meaningful to give up (family heirlooms, linens, kids memorabilia, collections, etc.). Utilize self storage space to get these things out of your house without getting rid of them entirely.
Spring cleaning is a great way to get your home in tip top shape before the summer heat hits. Take it up a notch this year by getting a self storage unit to help you get your home in tip top shape!
Arizona Storage Centers provides excellent self storage options to the Phoenix area, including Phoenix, Deer Valley, Glendale, Chandler, and Gilbert. Learn more about our facilities and options by visiting one of our centers, or give us a call at 480-386-6022. We look forward to hearing from you!
One of the best things about living in the Phoenix area is the “winter” weather. From November to April, Phoenix boasts mostly mild temperatures that leave snow-covered cities green (or white, as the case may be) with envy.
Perhaps this is why winter visitors, more often lovingly referred to a “snowbirds,” flock to the Phoenix area during these months. Then, when things start to heat up in April or May, they head back to their home states to enjoy a summer that isn’t quite as intense as a Phoenix summer. Weather-wise, they get the best of both worlds.
While life as a snowbird certainly has its advantages, it can be tricky from a logistical standpoint. One of the biggest concerns snowbirds have as they prepare to leave Arizona in the spring and summer is how to keep their belongings in Phoenix secure until they come back the next year. Leaving your home in Phoenix with your valuables in it is sure to attract thieves, but it’s far too much of a hassle to pack all your belongings back and forth between two homes.
Enter self storage.
Renting out a self storage unit is the perfect solution for snowbirds leaving Phoenix—or for anyone else who is leaving for an extended period of time to escape the blazing heat. Self storage brings along many benefits, including:
With self storage, there’s no need to move furniture, decor, seasonal clothing, and other items back and forth between your winter and summer homes. Everything you need in Phoenix will be right there waiting for you when you get back.
Self storage units are some of the safest places you can leave your belongings. With security at both the unit and facility level, you can rest easy knowing even your most valuable items are safe from thieves while you’re away. They’ll also be safe from potential damage to your home, such as burst water pipes.
Have temperamental items to store, like wood furniture, musical instruments, or valuable art pieces? You can find a temperature controlled storage unit to keep these items in tip-top shape, no matter how hot it gets outside. There are also a wide variety of storage unit sizes, so you can store anywhere from a closet’s worth of items to a whole garage’s worth. Whatever your needs, there’s a self storage solution for you.
Reliability and affordability.
Some people might consider hiring someone (or paying a friend) to keep an eye on things while you’re gone. Unfortunately, this is not a very secure plan of action, and hiring a professional company to monitor your home could get expensive. Self storage offers reliable security at a modest price.
Self storage is a great solution for anyone looking to store their belongings in a secure way, but it’s especially beneficial to Phoenix’s winter visitors. Arizona Storage Centers has multiple locations throughout the Valley, including Phoenix, Deer Valley, Glendale, Chandler, and Gilbert, so no matter where your winter home is, we won’t be too far away. With our high-level security and excellent customer service, you’ll feel safe about leaving your valuables in our hands. So before you pack up for the summer, check out one of our storage centers, or call us at 480-386-6022 for more information. We look forward to serving you!
Let’s face it: garages have become more than “a place to park your car.” In fact, many homeowners end up not parking their car in the garage at all, instead opting to use the garage as a catch-all storage space.
Unfortunately, if you live in the Phoenix area, this could be bad news for your car. Many people in the area, especially those that live in surrounding areas like Glendale, Chandler, or Gilbert, own their cars and rely on them for transportation, yet are unable to keep their cars in their garages.
Today, we’re going over the biggest reasons why you should make room in your garage, so you can actually park your car there.
If Phoenix is known for one thing, it’s the brutal summer heat. Those triple digits hang around for months; from early morning to late night, it’s really, really hot outside. Parking your car in this heat (not to mention exposing it to the sunlight) can affect your car in several ways, including battery life, tire longevity, and even gas mileage.
A car sitting on your driveway or in the street is a prime candidate for theft. Even if the car itself isn’t taken, it’s not too hard for someone to break into your car and steal valuable items out of it. Locking your car doors will certainly help, as will making sure you don’t leave valuable items in the car, but the problem could be solved if you were able to park in the garage.
Likelihood for damage.
A car that’s sitting outside is more vulnerable to damage. Arizona monsoons can get very strong, blowing around debris, knocking over trees, and sometimes even bringing hail. Not to mention the dust! Beyond that, cars parked outside are also susceptible to human damages, like being backed into or sideswiped. Keeping your car in your garage is your best bet for avoiding unnecessary damage.
Convenience to owner.
Have you ever touched a steering wheel of a car that’s been sitting outside in the Phoenix heat for a while? It’s not fun. On the opposite end of the spectrum, winter mornings can be pretty cold, and climbing into a cold car and waiting for the heat to warm up can be pretty miserable. Plus, if the weather is bad, the walk between your car and your house could be brutal, leaving you exposed to rain, heat, or dust. When your car is kept in the garage, the temperature remains much more stable, resulting in a more comfortable experience, no matter what the season. And trust us, carrying groceries in is much easier when you don’t have to do it in the rain or the summer sun.
There are plenty of reasons to make room in your garage for your car, but if you’ve been used to parking your car outside for a while, it’s safe to say that your garage has probably accumulated quite a bit of “stuff.” Is it even possible to get it all cleaned out so you can park your car inside?
With self storage, it definitely is. A self storage unit can basically act as a second garage—the place where you keep all the stuff you aren’t ready to get rid of but don’t need to access regularly. Think: holiday decorations, off-season sports equipment, sentimental items, unneeded furniture, and so on. Anything that’s taking up room in your garage can be kept in a storage unit, freeing up your garage space for more important things (like your car).
For exceptional self storage options in the Phoenix area, check out Arizona Storage Centers. We have centers all around the Valley, in Phoenix, Glendale, Deer Valley, Chandler, and Gilbert, so your belongings are never too far away. Plus, we pride ourselves on our highly secure units, our available features (like temperature control), and our top-notch customer service. For more information, check out our website, call us at 480-386-6022, or stop by one of our centers today. We look forward to helping you!
There’s nothing quite like deep cleaning your house. It’s incredibly refreshing to get rid of clutter, clean out those cramped spaces, and enjoy a cleaner, more organized home.
Of course, it’s not always realistic to spend an entire day cleaning and decluttering your home in one fell swoop. This kind of project is much easier to handle if it’s done consistently, over time.
We’ve discovered some simple tips—life hacks, rules to live by, and just good old common sense—that will help you take baby steps towards a cleaner, more organized home. Don’t feel like you have to implement all of these at once; instead, find one or two that you’d like to try and see how they work for you.
One in, one out.
This popular clutter-prevention method encourages getting rid of an item for every new item you buy. For example, if you buy a new pair of shoes, donate an old pair of shoes. If you buy a new slow cooker for your kitchen, give the old one away. The point of this method is to keep unnecessary or duplicate items from piling up (as they tend to do if you’re not careful!).
The two-minute rule.
Sometimes we look at messes around the house and think, “That will take forever to clean up,” and you end up not cleaning it after all. If that sounds like you, the two-minute rule is worth a try. Tell yourself that you’ll only work on a certain task—like sorting through junk mail, picking up toys, or folding laundry—for two minutes, and no more. Not only will you be surprised how much you can get done in two minutes, but you’ll also likely be willing to keep working beyond the two minutes, once you’ve gotten started. This is a great way to chip away at seemingly large projects that are easy to put off.
Don’t hang on.
If something is broken, stained, torn, or damaged, and you don’t immediately know how to fix it, it’s probably best to just let it go. These types of things tend to hang around your house waiting for the “someday” when they’ll be fixed and used again, but the day never comes. Unless the item has high sentimental value or you plan on fixing it right away, don’t hang on to it.
The permanent “donate” box.
You probably have things around your house that you would be willing to donate, but you might not have time to gather them all up and take them to the closest donation center. This is where it comes in handy to have a permanent “donate” box—a place to put everything you’re ready to donate. When the box is full and you have time, all your stuff is already in one spot, making it easy to load up and go.
Utilize self storage.
Some people think self storage is only useful for big life events, like moving or storing a loved one’s estate. The fact is, self storage is a great option for keeping anything out of the way without getting rid of it completely. This could include things like off-season clothing, outgrown baby clothes/gear, sentimental items, furniture you don’t need but might use someday, and so on. Plus, self storage facilities offer a wide variety of unit sizes, along with high security and even extra features like temperature control, so you can find the exact right unit for your needs.
Having a clutter-free home is worth the effort, but these tips will make it a little simpler. By developing these good habits, your home will be more consistently clean and organized.
Need self storage in the Phoenix area? Arizona Storage Centers is here for you. Our top notch facilities are located around the valley, in Chandler, Gilbert, Deer Valley, Phoenix, and Glendale. Call us at 480-386-6022 to discuss your storage options, or stop by one of our centers today. We look forward to serving you!
Decluttering your home is a chore, but it’s also important for keeping your home in a clean, well-organized state. Clutter can leave your home feeling chaotic and can negatively affect your daily life.
That’s why, when you move into a new home, you shouldn’t move the clutter, too. Moving is the perfect time to rid your house of all the extra “stuff” that makes your spaces crowded and messy.
Today, we’re breaking down decluttering before a move. Here’s why, when, and how you should jump on this opportunity to clear your clutter.
Why: to get a clean slate
Moving into a new home is the perfect time for a fresh start. This is your chance to make your home into whatever you want it to be—and most people want a home that’s clutter free. Plus, the more you can get rid of before you move, the less stuff you have to pack away.
To help motivate you on a more personal level, take some time to discover a “why” of your own. How do you feel when your home is messy and cluttered? How does the clutter affect your life, and how would your life be better if you could cut the clutter out? Write down some words that describe the feelings you want to have in your home, and think about how your current clutter situation gets you closer to or farther from those feelings.
When: as soon as possible
Once you know that a move is coming, it’s never too early to start prepping for it. Before you even start packing, keep an eye out for things you can get rid of. Designate a “donate” box and a “self storage” box, and, if you decide to hold a garage sale, set things aside for that as well.
Only when you start packing will you realize how much stuff you really have. Since packing requires you to pull everything out of closets and off of shelves, it gives you a second great opportunity to get rid of clutter. As you’re packing, ask yourself, “Do I really want to take this with me?” Get rid of anything that doesn’t pass that litmus test.
How: one step at a time
The idea of decluttering your entire home can be overwhelming, but it becomes a little less so when you realize that small steps will add up to big results. There are many different methods for decluttering, including sorting by category, by room, or by severity of the problem (i.e. do the worst area first). Whatever you choose, here are some things to remember:
– If you haven’t used it in a while, you can probably get rid of it.
– Get rid of anything you wouldn’t buy again.
– Toss anything that’s broken or damaged.
– Follow the 20-20 rule: if you aren’t sure about an item, but you could replace it in 20 minutes or less, for $20 or less, you can get rid of it.
– If you discover an item you’d forgotten about, you don’t need it.
– If you have more than one of something (e.g. kitchen utensils), toss the duplicates.
– Don’t talk yourself into keeping anything. Trust your instinct and move on.
– If you’re having a hard time letting go of sentimental items, but you don’t have a place for them in your new home, consider getting a self storage unit. You can keep things safely out of the way while also being able to access them if needed.
If you take the opportunity to declutter before your move, you’ll find that not only will your moving process go more smoothly, but you’ll be happier and more at peace in your new home.
Arizona Storage Centers can help you with your self storage needs in the Phoenix area. We have centers in Gilbert, Chandler, Glendale, Phoenix, and Deer Valley, and we offer secure storage options and exceptional customer service. Come to one of our centers to see for yourself, or call us at 480-386-6022.