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Why Self-Storage Is the Gift You Give Yourself

 
‘Tis the season for giving! This time of year, we spend a lot of time searching for the perfect gifts to give to friends and family. But some of the best gifts we give are the ones we give to ourselves, all year long. The gifts we give ourselves are often useful, practical things that make our lives a little easier, sometimes even solving problems we didn’t know we had.
 
We certainly think self storage falls into this category. It keeps giving all year long, benefitting your home and life in noticable ways. Here’s why we think self storage is the ultimate gift you can give yourself.
 

It frees up room in your home.

 
This is perhaps the biggest benefit self storage can bring to your life. A storage unit frees up valuable space in your home, whether that’s in the garage, the guest room, the linen closet, or the pantry. All that space can be put to good use by you and your family, but not if it’s overrun with clutter and items you never use but don’t want to get rid of. By moving some of your belongings into storage, you free up space for the things that you do use regularly. This ultimately leads to a cleaner, more clutter-free home and a more calm environment.
 

It brings peace of mind.

 
It’s true that having a less cluttered home can bring a little peace into your life immediately, but self storage can give you peace of mind in more ways as well. With a self storage unit, you know that your items are secure and protected. There’s no chance of them being stolen from your home, or damaged (by, say, a car pulling into the garage). Keeping your valuables out of the way protects them from any in-home accidents, and as long as they are packaged and stored properly, your items will stay in good shape until you’re ready to pull them out again.
 

It offers flexibility.

 
Need to store a delicate or temperature sensitive item? Some storage facilities offer temperature controlled units to keep valuable artwork, musical instruments, or antique furniture in top condition.
 

It allows you to keep things you don’t have a place for.

 
If you have an item that has sentimental value, but you don’t have room to keep it in your home, a storage unit is the perfect solution. You can hang on to items that you love, without sacrificing space.
 

It’s there when you need it.

 
If you have to move unexpectedly, have to manage a deceased loved one’s estate, need somewhere to store extra inventory for your business, or just need a place to hide Christmas presents, having a storage unit gives you a convenient solution for more space. It’s easily accessible and a total blank slate, ready to serve whatever purpose you need it to.
 
When you’re thinking about gifts you can give to brighten up the lives of your friends and family this holiday season, don’t forget to think about how you can make your own life easier with the simple addition of a storage unit. You just might be surprised at the difference it makes!
 
Need top-notch self storage in the Phoenix area? Then you need Arizona Storage Centers. With facilities in Phoenix, Glendale, Deer Valley, Chandler, and Gilbert, we provide flexible and reliable storage options that you can feel good about. Stop by one of our centers today, or give us a call at 480-386-6022 to learn more about us. We look forward to serving you!
 

12 Months, 12 Projects: A Year of Organizing

Many people want to keep their homes clean and organized all year long, but the task can quickly get overwhelming. Breaking the job up into smaller, more manageable pieces sets yourself up for success.
 
In that spirit, we thought we’d suggest twelve cleaning/organization projects that are perfect for spacing out over the course of a year. You can start at any point in the calendar year, but with the new year approaching, it just might be the resolution you need to make to get your home in shape.
 
Here are our ideas for the projects you can do each month.
 

January: Clear clutter.

 
It’s a new year and a fresh start, so start with a clean(er) slate. With the holidays behind you, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed at all the “stuff” starting to take over your home. Spend this month focused on clearing clutter and keeping only the things you need or truly love.
 

February: Organize pictures.

 
This is one of those projects that seems to be on everyone’s “to do” list. Whether you want to digitize your pictures, create scrapbooks or memory books with them, or simply get rid of excess photos, taking the month to get your photos in order will be a huge win.
 

March: Clean the garage.

 
While the weather is nice, take the opportunity to organize your garage. Throw away or donate old, broken, or unneeded items, create an organization system that works for you (overhead racks, pegboards on the walls, etc.) and clear some space. If your garage is full of stuff you never use but don’t want to get rid of, rent a storage unit to keep everything safe and out of the way.
 

April: Closets and bathrooms.

 
This is when you might start feeling a little spring cleaning fever, so freshen up your home by cleaning out your closets and bathroom cabinets, and deep cleaning your bathrooms if needed (clear drains, scrub tile grout, fix plumbing problems, etc.).
 

May: Electronics.

 
May can get a little hectic with school ending, so here’s an easy one: sort through and get rid of outdated electronics, cords, and adapters. Find a company that will recycle them for you, and you’re good to go!
 

June: Clear clutter.

 
Time for another clutter clearing month! Clutter is one of those things that tends to add up over time and sneak up on you, so it’s a good idea to revisit this task a couple times a year.
 

July: Outdoor stuff.

 
Spruce up your landscaping. Clean those pool toys. Hose off the patio furniture. Wash the outside of your windows. Find a place to keep all those gardening tools. Spend this month focusing on outdoor organization.
 

August: Office/craft/workspace.

 
Back to school time! Spend this month organizing your home office, craft room/area, desk, or other workspace. Sort through papers, shred private information, file away important documents, throw away broken pens. Having a clean and organized space to work could make all the difference in your productivity.
 

September: Books.

 
Books are one of those things that people love to buy, but hate to get rid of. Give yourself permission this month to get your book situation under control. Curate your collection to only include books you really love, and give away the ones that you won’t read again or that your kids have outgrown.
 

October: Cleaning supplies.

 
Cold and flu season is coming. Be ready for it by having a well-stocked, well-organized stash of cleaning supplies. Throw out anything that is old or unused (if you can’t remember when you bought it, it’s probably time for it to go). Have cleaning supplies handy where you need them most (like in bathrooms). Don’t forget to keep anything toxic out of reach of children!
 

November: Kitchen.

 
Your kitchen is about to get some extra use over the holidays, so now is the perfect time to clean it out and spruce it up! Make sure your kitchen is well-organized, well-stocked, and deep-cleaned to make all that holiday cooking and baking a little less stressful.
 

December: Toys.

 
Keeping toys organized is a tough and ongoing job. At the beginning of December, spend a little time sorting through your toys and keep only what is still loved and played with. If you don’t have kids, take the month off or tackle another organization project of your choice!
 
And there you have it: one well-planned year’s worth of organizing projects. By the end of the year, your home should be in great shape, and you won’t feel frazzled like you would if you did all these projects at once!
 
If you want to take your organizing to the next level, you definitely need a self storage unit. Arizona Storage Centers offers secure storage for your valuables, while keeping them conveniently close to you and, best of all, freeing up space in your home! We have centers in Phoenix, Deer Valley, Glendale, Chandler, and Gilbert. Stop by today or give us a call to learn about all the self storage options we have to offer. We look forward to serving you!
 

New Year, Clean Slate: How to Get Your Home Off to a Fresh Start

 
When the New Year arrives, many of us are excited for a new beginning and a fresh start. While we often take the time to set goals for things like personal health and finance, we shouldn’t underestimate the impact that a clean and tidy home can have on our attitude and mental state. Getting your home in order will give you a physical representation of a clean slate, and it just might help you feel a little calmer and more in control in the coming year.
 
Here are some organization-related projects you can do around your home that will have a huge impact on getting your home off to a fresh start this year.
 

Conquer the paper chaos.

 
Paper is one of those things that builds up slowly, but eventually becomes incredibly overwhelming. Before you know it, you can’t find anything, from your water bill to your kid’s friend’s birthday party invitation. There’s no better time than the new year to take care of the paper problem, once and for all. Some ideas:
 
Don’t give it a chance to grow – Keep a recycling bin right inside your door. After you pick up the mail, sort through it immediately, and recycle anything you don’t need or aren’t interested in. This alone could drastically cut back on your paper buildup.
Sort it out – Instead of piling anything and everything in the same place, find a way to sort the papers before you set them down. Get a file folder for each category (e.g. bills, action items, kids) and a file sorter to keep your folders organized.
Clear it often – Make sure you are regularly going through your papers, taking care of your action items, and getting rid of anything that is outdated. Don’t let it build up and become overwhelming.
 

Get things off the floor.

 
The floor space in your home should be reserved for large items, like furniture, large plants, and floor lamps. What should it not be used for? Piles of papers, linens, shoes, books…just about everything else. If you have a “pile” of something on your floor, something you’ve looked at a thousand times and thought “I’ll get rid of that…someday,” then it’s time to get rid of it! Everything in your home should have a place where it’s not in danger of being stepped on. And when your floor space is clear, your home will look and feel much cleaner.
 

Solve (little) problems.

 
Do you have a place to hang your keys? Can you never find a clean, matching pair of socks? Are you constantly losing the remote? Are your daughter’s stuffed animals taking over her bedroom, your family room, and everywhere in between? Take a minute to think about these pain points in your home, and the trouble they’re causing you. Often, problems like this can be solved quickly and inexpensively (case in point: get a hook for your keys that can adhere to the wall).
 

Ditch the clutter.

 
Nothing says “fresh start” quite like a less cluttered space. While clutter clearing is most easily done slowly and over time, doing a big push at the beginning of the year could motivate you to keep going. Start with one room (or even one closet!) and get rid of things that you no longer use or love. If you’re having a hard time parting with sentimental items, consider renting a self-storage unit to keep things safe while keeping your house clutter-free.
 
You deserve a new start this year—and so does your home! Tackling these problems will get you off to a fresh new beginning!
 
Need extra storage space? Arizona Storage Centers can help. With centers in Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Glendale, and Deer Valley, we offer secure and reliable storage to our clients, along with impeccable customer service. See for yourself by calling 480-386-6022, or stop by one of our centers today. We look forward to serving you!
 

Does It Spark Joy? What That Means (And Why You Should Care)

 
A few years ago, all of the buzz around home organization had to do with Marie Kondo and her bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Now, the KonMari method has come to the small screen, taking Netflix by storm with the new show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.
 
In the show, Marie visits homes that are in some serious need of decluttering and organization. But the KonMari method isn’t necessarily about throwing away as much as possible. Rather, it’s about keeping the right things—specifically, the things that “spark joy.” The idea is that if you keep only these things, your life and your home will be full of things that make you feel happy, calm, and peaceful.
 
The concept of “sparking joy” may sound simple at first, but, based on examples from the show and on Marie’s own words, it’s not very easy to implement.
 
We wanted to take a closer look at this approach to decluttering, to find out how it can help families have tidier, happier homes.
 

What does “spark joy” really mean?

At the most basic level, something that “sparks joy” brings you a feeling of happiness when you see, wear, or use it.
 

Why is it hard to decide which things spark joy?

 
It’s easy to look at your closet full of clothes and think, “ALL these clothes make me happy. I wouldn’t have bought them otherwise.” But in the KonMari method, “sparking joy” isn’t so much a mental experience as it is an emotional one. That is, the only things worth keeping are the ones that make you feel joyful—not the ones that you think should bring you joy or used to bring you joy.
 

How do I find the things that spark joy?

 
The KonMari method requires that you sort your items into categories (e.g. clothing), and pile everything in your house that belongs in that category into one big heap. Then, hold every item in the pile, one-by-one, to determine whether or not that item sparks joy in you. If it does, keep it. If not, it’s time to thank it and let it go.
 

What if I have a hard time knowing if something sparks joy?

 
You probably will. Marie says that the feeling is one you have to train yourself to recognize, and that it gets easier over time. (That’s why, when she’s helping to clear out an entire house, she saves sentimental items to the very end, when a client’s “spark joy” sense is more finely tuned.)
 
One way to get started is to find your very favorite item in that category (e.g. your favorite shirt), hold it, and recognize the feeling it gives you. Think about why you love it so much. Try to memorize that feeling as you sort through the rest of your items. If an item brings up a similar feeling, it’s sparking joy!
 

What if something doesn’t spark joy, but I still don’t want to get rid of it?

 
Marie suggests offering a heartfelt “thank you” to every item you get rid of, giving your “relationship” with that item a sense of closure, so you can truly let go of it. If an item doesn’t bring you joy anymore, but it has deep sentimental value, put it with the rest of your sentimental items, to be sorted through at the end of the process. Alternatively, you could use a self-storage unit to get the item out of your home, while still having access to it, if you ever need it.
 

Why should I try this?

 
As we mentioned before, the KonMari method is all about ending up with a home that is full of things that spark joy for you. Imagine being surrounded, all day, everyday, by things that you truly love and that make you deeply happy. That could make a profound difference in your mood, your family’s moods, and the energy in your home.
 
For more information about this method, and how the idea of “spark joy” can help your home, we highly recommend checking out Marie’s book or Netflix series. Hopefully, these resources will inspire you to create a tidy, happy home.
 
Arizona Storage Centers is here to help make that tidy home a reality. With secure self-storage units in a wide variety of sizes, we can help you store anything that you don’t want to keep in your home. Sentimental items, large pieces of furniture, documents, and more can be kept in a safe and accessible place, not far from your home. With centers in Phoenix, Glendale, Deer Valley, Chandler, and Gilbert, serving the entire Phoenix area. Visit one of our centers today, or call us at 480-386-6022 to learn about the difference self storage could make in your life.
 

Your Self Storage Shopping List: What to Buy to Be Self Storage Ready

 
Making the move into a self storage unit? We don’t blame you. Self storage is a convenient solution for a variety of storage problems—everything from moves, to estate sales, to simply freeing up space in your home.
 
But do you have everything you need to make sure your move into self storage goes smoothly? We’ve created a simple shopping list for you that includes several of the most important things you’ll need to buy to be ready for your big move.
 

Here’s your list:

 
Boxes. You’ll probably need more boxes than you think. If funds are tight, try borrowing used boxes from friends and family. Otherwise, invest in sturdy moving boxes of your own. Be sure to get a variety of sizes!
 
Tape. Packing tape gets used up quickly. Get two or three rolls so that you don’t have to keep passing the same roll back and forth between packers.
 
Masking tape. Masking tape gives you a good background for labeling your boxes.
 
Markers. Thick markers are a necessity for labeling your boxes clearly. You need to be able to easily see what’s inside each box.
 
Bubble wrap. Bubble wrap has many uses, not the least of which is serving as padding for fragile items.
 
Packing peanuts or newspaper. To keep the contents of your boxes from sliding around (and possibly getting damaged) during the move, fill the empty space with packing peanuts or crumpled up newspaper.
 
Dolly. A dolly could be a life saver (and a back saver) during a move. If you don’t want to buy one, you can probably rent one from a moving van company.
 
Gloves. Cardboard boxes can wreak havoc on your hands. Get a thick pair of gloves for protection.
 
strong>Furniture pads. These will protect your floors as you move large pieces of furniture.
 
Dust rags and all-purpose cleaner. Do yourself a favor and dust or clean items before packing them. This will help make sure that your items are still in good condition when it’s time to pull them out of self storage.
 
Blankets, sheets, or other furniture coverings. You’ll want to cover your furniture pieces while they’re in storage, to prevent them from getting dirty. Be sure to get mattress bags, too!
 
A bonus item on your shopping list: the right storage center. You want to find a facility that is convenient to your location, offers top notch security, and has the right size unit to meet your needs. You should also consider whether or not any of the items you are storing require a temperature controlled unit.
 
With any luck, you’ll be ready for your move into your storage unit with just one shopping trip. Happy packing!
 
Arizona Storage Centers brings safe, reliable storage solutions to the Phoenix area. We have centers in Gilbert, Chandler, Deer Valley, Glendale, and Phoenix, and we offer advanced security solutions and customer service that makes us a cut above the rest. Come see for yourself at one of our centers, or give us a call at 480-386-6022 for more information.
 

Budget Friendly Organization for Toys

 
Ask any parent what their number one woe is when it comes to storage and organization in their house. It’s almost guaranteed that many (if not most) of them will say the same thing: toys.
 
Toys seem to be one of those “can’t live with them, can’t live without them” things. On the one hand, toys provide entertainment for your kids and encourage creative play. On the other hand, toys can quickly turn a neat and tidy house into not-so-organized chaos.
 
Fortunately for you, we’ve got solutions. Here are some of our most budget-friendly options for organizing the toys in your home.
 

Under the bed storage bags.

 
While these bags most often get used for storing off-season clothing, they work great for storing just about anything under beds—including toys. The best part is that the toys will be completely out of view, without making a mess by just shoving them under the bed. And the other best part: these bags are relatively inexpensive, and can be found at just about any big box store or online retailer.
 

Woven baskets.

 
Woven baskets are the stylish superheroes of toy storage. Large, round baskets can hold large or bulky toys, including stuffed animals, and smaller baskets of any shape can hold small toys, game pieces, cards, and more. One great thing about this option is that they look nice, so you can keep them exposed on shelves without sacrificing the room’s aesthetic. Large baskets can even sit on the floor and add a natural element to your decor. Look for baskets at second hand stores or on clearance shelves to really maximize your savings.
 

Curtains over bookcases.

 
Open shelved bookcases can be found at a relatively cheap price, and can even be commonly found at second hand stores. On the other hand, storage cabinets with doors tend to be on the pricier side of things, but have the benefit of truly being able to hide the toys from view. If you want the best of both worlds, use a short tension rod to hang a cheap shower curtain over an open shelved bookcase. You can find a pattern and style that fits with your decor, and you’ll be able to easily hide away all the visual clutter that toys can create.
 

Over the door shoe holder.

 
Fabric shoe organizers, the kind that hang over your door and have multiple pockets, are perfect for storing small stuffed animals, toy cars, figurine sets, or any other small items. And since it stays behind the door, it’s off the floor, out of the way, and out of sight.
 

Large storage bins.

 
Large plastic storage bins may not be something you want to keep in your house all day everyday. Consider using them to help you get a toy rotation going. Put a bunch of toys in a large bin and put it in the garage or in a closet. In a few months, swap out those toys for the ones that have been out. Not only does this cut down on clutter, but it makes cleaning up much easier. Plus, your kids will feel like it’s Christmas every couple months!
 

Combine and conquer.

 
Chances are, you have more than just toys that you want to keep out of sight. Consider getting a self storage unit to hold everything in one safe place. It’s cost effective and can make a big difference in making your home feel more tidy and open.
 
Toys don’t have to be a parent’s worst nightmare. Implement these budget-friendly tips and stop the toy takeover in its tracks!
 
If you need self storage in the Phoenix area, you need Arizona Storage Centers. Our facilities feature top-notch security, a wide variety of units, and exceptional customer service. We’re here to help you! We have centers in Gilbert, Chandler, Deer Valley, Glendale, and Phoenix, so your valuables will never be too far away. Call us today at 480-386-6022 to find out how self storage could help you!
 

Moving Out of a Rental? Do These 5 Things First

 
Moving is usually a bittersweet affair. It can be exciting to move on to a new home and new chapter in your life, but as anyone who’s moved before can tell you, moving is also a lot of work.
 
When you’re moving out of a rental home, there are some extra things to take into consideration. You want to go the extra mile to make sure the home is clean, in good repair, and ready for the next tenant. You want to get that deposit back, after all! Here are five things that you absolutely must do when you’re moving out of a rental home.
 

Give notice ASAP.

 
Any landlord is going to appreciate having a good amount of notice before you move out. Be sure to look at the terms of your lease to be clear about how much notice is required, and then give your landlord written notice within the appropriate time frame. If there is anything about the move-out process that your lease does not make clear, ask your landlord for clarification. Sticking closely to the terms of your lease will work in your favor when it comes to getting your deposit back.
 

Take care of the technicalities.

 
This is true for any move, but if it’s not taken care of, it can be particularly annoying to your landlord or apartment complex. Make sure you set up a forwarding address for your mail (this can be done online within 30 days of your move) and schedule for your utility accounts at that address to be turned off when you move out. Schedule a reminder for yourself to update your billing and shipping addresses after you move, potentially saving you from costly mistakes.
 

Make repairs.

 
Depending on your responsibilities (as defined by the lease), you’ll probably have some small repairs to complete before you move out. This will likely include things like patching holes, repairing dents in the walls, replacing broken fixtures, and so on. If you do have to repair something that requires painting, talk to your landlord about whether or not they have any extra paint from the last time the home was painted. This could save you from a painful color-matching process, or from having to repaint the entire room or house.
 

Deep clean.

 
The less work your landlord has to do after you move out, the happier they’ll be. If you can hire professional cleaners, you should. That will be your best bet for getting the house in tip top shape. If that’s out of your price range, make sure you take your time giving the home a good deep clean. Clean the appliances, inside and out. Rent a professional carpet cleaner and clean the carpets well. Dust light fixtures, fan blades, and window treatments. Scrub marks off the walls. These things will go a long way towards making the home ready for its new tenant.
 

Document.

 
After you’ve completed repairs and cleaning, take some time to walk through the house and document the work you’ve done. This is just a precaution you should take to protect yourself in the event that your landlord tries to argue that you didn’t leave the house in good condition. A video would be best, since you can also narrate as you go.
 
No matter what, moving is probably going to be a lot of work. Make life a little easier when you’re moving out of your rental by following these five tips. Good luck!
 
Need some self storage to help you through your move? Arizona Storage Centers has facilities throughout the Valley, in Phoenix, Glendale, Deer Valley, Chandler, and Gilbert, that can meet any of your storage needs. Come and see how our secure facilities could help make your life easier as you complete your move, or give us a call at 480-386-6022. We’d be happy to answer any of your questions.
 

Decluttering Before a Move: Why, When, and How

 
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.
Happy decluttering!
 
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.
 

Simple Hacks for Keeping Your Home Clean and Clutter Free

 
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.
 
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4 House Projects to Complete Before Selling Your Home

 
Thinking about putting your house on the market? It’s an exciting time for you and your family, but it also probably means a good deal of work ahead. Not only is there the work of moving everything that you own into a new home, but you also have to prepare your current home to sell. And, you want to do everything you can to make sure it sells quickly, and at a price that is fairly close to your asking price.
 
So what are some of these things you can do to help move things along? There are plenty of small things, like making sure the house is very clean before opening it up for showings, putting a good amount of thought and care into your listing and the pictures that accompany it, and following best practices for staging your home. But there are a few bigger projects that you’ll want to tackle before you even list your home for sale.
 
Here are the projects we recommend getting done before selling your house.
 

1. Get rid of (a lot of) clutter.

 
You might be tempted to think this doesn’t qualify as a “bigger” project. Well, think again. Most of us have more “stuff” than we realize, and a move usually makes this glaringly apparent. If you take the time to clear out a lot of your stuff before you list your home, you’ll accomplish two things. First, you’ll make your move much easier, since you are already half-packed. Second, it will be much easier to give your home the clean, “blank slate” feeling that many buyers are looking for when choosing a home. So rent a storage unit, and pack up and clear out anything that you don’t absolutely need. It will make your life easier, and your home easier to sell.
 

2. Repair broken windows and doors.

 
Windows or doors that creak, stick, jam, or otherwise don’t function well, do not leave a good impression on potential buyers. If you have windows and doors that require a little attention, especially if the problem is visible, take some time to make these repairs before listing the home. All it takes is for a buyer to notice one broken thing to make them wonder what other problems the home is hiding.
 

3. Re-paint.

 
If there’s one thing you can do that will have a big impact on your home’s appeal, it’s updating the paint. Not only will you be able to say that the home has been freshly painted, you’ll also be creating a clean feeling throughout the house that will appeal to buyers. Choose a paint in a light, neutral color (consider asking at the hardware or paint supply store for popular options); this will lighten up the home and give it a fresh, updated look. If you’re unable to repaint your entire house, you should at least repaint rooms where the paint is noticeably bad. Or, if even that isn’t an option, touch up the worst places and wash or dust the rest. Remember: you’re going for a clean, bright appearance.
 

4. Give your landscaping some love.

 
Not only is the front of the house the first thing potential buyers will see, but the backyard will create a backdrop for everything they see once they’re inside. As such, it’s important that both the front and back of your house are well-kept and as clean as possible before listing. Clear out any trash, junk, or other debris from the yard, and make sure any toys or play equipment are in good, clean condition. Cut the grass, trim the hedges, and plant flowers or trees to show that you’ve taken pride of ownership in your yard (and by extension, your house). If you have a pool, fountain, or other water feature, make sure it is clean, clear, and functional before showing or taking pictures of the home. These projects can go a long way when it comes to selling your home successfully.
 
You’ll have plenty of work to occupy your time once the selling, buying, and moving process is underway, so get these large projects out of the way before the other chaos starts. These projects will pay off in the end as your home photographs well, shows well, and hopefully, sells well.
 
If you’re looking for a storage unit in the Phoenix area to help you with your upcoming move, look no further than Arizona Storage Centers. We have facilities throughout the Valley, in Glendale, Phoenix, Deer Valley, Chandler, and Gilbert, that offer flexible and convenient storage solutions for secure keeping of all your belongings. Give us a call at 480-386-6022 to learn more about our storage options, or visit one of our centers to talk with a friendly associate today. We look forward to helping you!