Habits for a Consistently Clean Home

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  • Keeping your home consistently clean can be difficult. With the busy lives most of us lead it is difficult to find the time or energy to clean your home. We at Ogden Self Storage in Utah can help you in your dilemma. We have provided some cleaning and organization tips for you below that you really should get in the habit of doing so you can have the consistently clean home you need.  
  • Put Things Away
  • Putting things away right after you use them is a wonderful habit to make. This way you don’t leave any unnecessary clutter around your home for you to pick up later. Make sure to have a place for everything you use on a day to day basis. If you have an organized home it is easier to put things away after you use them each time.
  • Put Away your Clothes
  • Laundry is a chore that is often a mess maker. If you fold and put your clothes away immediately after they are done being washed it will save you from having a pile of clothes to sort through and put away later. This can also be applied to your shoes. If you take your shoes off where you store them you can immediately put them where they belong.
  • Wipe Down Surfaces
  • Wiping down surfaces such as your kitchen and bathroom counters after use will save you the hassle of having to clean an extremely dirty surface later. Keep sanitizing wipes near surfaces that are used on a daily basis to help you in the wipe down process. Keeping this habit will also make sure your counters are free and clear of clutter.
  • Get Rid of Extras
  • Owning double of things in your home will just take up space and create a hassle for you later. While it is good to have a back-up for later, keeping it in your home may not be ideal. For these extra items you need to stock up on, consider renting a storage unit from Ogden Self Storage in Utah. With the variety of sizes available you can rent the storage unit you need and not over pay for space you don’t use.
  • Doing the Dishes
  • Nothing is worse than having a sink overflowing with dirty dishes. One habit that will prevent this from happening is by washing and or putting the dishes in the dishwasher right away. This will prevent clutter and unsightly smells coming from your sink. Dishes can be done in a matter of seconds if this habit is kept.
  • Dusting and Vacuuming
  • Take a day out of your week and dedicate that day to dusting and vacuuming your home. This will not only provide the cleanliness you desire, but also keep you in check when it comes to picking up the items you use off of the floor.  If you have pets you might want to consider vacuuming a few times a week.  

How to Protect your Furniture in Storage

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  • When placing your furniture in a storage unit at Ogden Self Storage you want to make sure you are taking all the necessary preparations to ensure the quality of your furniture. Below are the preparations you should take when placing your furniture in storage.
  • Furniture Protectors
  • In order to ensure that your furniture will remain in top quality you will want to invest in materials to protect your furniture. By lining your storage unit’s floor with plastic as well as your furniture piece you can keep any harmful substances off of the piece. For added protection you can purchase moving blankets that will act as a padding for your furniture.
  • Disassemble
  • Most furniture pieces are too big, bulky, and awkward making it hard to place in storage. If possible, disassemble what you can. By breaking down furniture you can easily move and store the item. To help you remember how to reattach all the pieces correctly take pictures before disassembling. Make sure you store all parts together in bags with the furniture it belongs to.
  • Protecting Fragile Items
  • Take the time to ensure the safety of your fragile furniture pieces. Purchase the materials you need to protect them. You can help to protect those pieces from damage by making sure sharp corners or edges on items that are stored next to your fragile item are covered and padded. If you are storing fragile electronics try and place them in their original packaging. If this is not possible, make sure they are stored in a box with adequate packing material to make sure items won’t shift during the moving process. Label all fragile items so you or your movers know to handle it with care.
  • Strategic Storing
  • Putting all of your items in storage can be a little hard to figure out. Make sure you place the larger, sturdier items in the back and on the floor to serve as a base to hold other items. Stack from bottom up going heaviest to lightest. By placing the smaller items towards the front of your storage unit you can have easier access to them. Being smart and organizing your self-storage unit from the beginning will help you when you need to bring something out of the unit.
  • Now that you know what to do when it comes to placing your furniture in a storage unit at Ogden Self Storage you can rest easy knowing that they are safe and protected. For more storage tips and tricks make sure you check out our website. 

How to Maintain your Car in Storage

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                    • Do you have a classic car you just don’t have room to store? Or perhaps you are going to be traveling and need to keep your daily driver safe and secure? Renting a storage unit at Ogden Self Storage can be your answer. We have the unit you need no matter your situation. To make sure your car survives its stay in storage you need to take the time to follow the list of preparations below.
                    • Cover your Car
                    • You may have seen people who cover their cars in drive way or in the yard. You can use that same type of car cover when you put your car in the storage unit. You want to cover your car to keep dust and bugs from getting on the vehicle. Keeping it covered also protects it from the elements as well as scratches from boxes that may accidentally shift in the storage unit.
                    • Clean Up
                    • Clean up and clean out your vehicle. Many people live in their cars, which means a lot of different things can accumulate. By cleaning out your car you get to check and make sure you have gotten all of the important documents you need, music you like to listen to, and trash that would mold over, create a stench and attract critters. Most people wouldn’t pack dirty food cover clothes, or furniture, so pack a dirty vehicle.
                    • Change the Oil and Gas It Up
                    • Before you put your vehicle in the storage unit, you want to make sure it has a fresh oil change and a full tank of gas. This will help the car to start even if it has been sitting for an extended period of time.  Fresh fluids help fight against contamination which could damage the car’s engine. If your car will be in storage for an extended period of time, the full tank of gas will help to stop the fuel tank and its seals from becoming dry.
                    • Forget the Parking Brake
                    • For many people it is a natural tendency to use your parking brake. Do not use the parking brake while your car is in the storage. The temperature could cause the rooters and the brake pads to fuse together.
                    • Now that you have taken the time to prepare your car for its stay in a storage unit at Ogden Self Storage you can rest easy knowing it is safe and secure. For more information on our facility and the units we have available give us a call or stop by today. 

What you can’t Place in Storage

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                  • In order to protect your belongings and the belongings of others at Ogden Self Storage, we have put in place some rules when it comes to what you can and cannot store within your unit. We do this so you can rest easy knowing your valuables are safe and secure throughout their stay at our facility. Below are the items we recommend you leave out of your self-storage unit.
                  • Cash should be placed in a bank account or safely in your home. Never in a storage unit.
                  • Plants will not survive in a storage unit. They need fresh air and sunlight in order to thrive and grow. Additionally, they could attract unwanted guests such as bugs and rodents, which can cause damage to the other items you are storing in your unit. The attraction of pests can also damage your neighboring tenant’s items as well.
                  • Firearms, munitions, gunpowder and explosives are also not allowed. The probability of something going wrong with any of these items is too high for them to be placed in storage. If an accident does occur it can cause harm to your items as well as others who have units in the facility. It is best if they are locked up and stored properly elsewhere.
                  • Perishable Foods are also prohibited in storage units. When food is placed in a storage unit it can attract unwanted guests and have the potential to rot. It can cause extensive damage to the items in your storage unit as well as the units next to yours. One exception to this rule is canned goods as they do not perish and are protected from unwanted visitors.
                  • Living or Kenneling in a storage unit is not an option. While a storage unit may be cheaper than room and board for you or your pets, it is not suitable for living in. If you do place your animal in a storage unit you will be charged with animal cruelty.
                  • Hazardous material and waste storage should not be placed in your storage unit. If it’s corrosive, chemical, odorous, noxious or toxic, it can’t go in storage, either. This includes lead paint, asbestos, urea formaldehyde, polychlorinated biphenyl, petroleum, petroleum products and constituents, methane, medical waste, toxic substances and related materials as defined in several federal acts and state statutes.

Cleaning out your Storage Unit

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                • So the time has come to empty out your storage unit at Ogden Self Storage in Utah. While we will miss you as a customer we want to help you in your moving out process by providing you with some tips for success when it comes to cleaning out your storage unit.
                • Set a Deadline
                • A lot of times it is hard to find the motivation to clean out your unit. To help you when it comes to making a plan and holding yourself accountable, you will want to create a deadline. Make the deadline reasonable to accomplish and plan for any unexpected events that might occur before your set deadline. Creating a goal always helps you when it comes to completing a task. 
                • Create Small Tasks
                • Trying to clean out your storage unit in one day is hard and stressful. Instead of trying to accomplish a lot in a little amount of time, break up your clean out process into small and manageable tasks over a period of time. This will make the process easier and stress free.
                • Avoid Throwing Items Away
                • As you are cleaning out your unit you may come across items you just don’t want or need anymore. Instead of just throwing it away you will want to try and find it another home. You can donate your items to your local Goodwill or even try and sell a few online. If the item is beyond repair then it is acceptable to toss it in the trash.
                • Avoid Storing in your Home
                • The whole point of your storage unit was to reduce the clutter in your home and give you the needed storage space. When cleaning out your unit you will want to avoid turning your home into a makeshift storage unit. Find a home for all the items you wish to keep and donate the rest.
                • Get Help
                • Trying to clean out your unit on your own can be difficult. If possible, enlist the help of your family and friends. The more help you have the faster the cleaning and moving process will be.
                • Cleaning out your storage unit doesn’t need to be a stressful process. Doing a little each time can help you to accomplish your end goal. We at Ogden Self Storage in Utah can help with packing supplies and ease of access to your unit. Call us today to learn more about what our facility can do for you. 

How to take the Stress out of Moving

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              • If you are like most people then you absolutely dread the idea of moving. It is often too stressful and time consuming to make it anywhere near enjoyable. We at Ogden Self Storage understand the stress and can help to alleviate some of it. With the use of one of our storage units and the tips we have provided below you can conquer the moving process without the stress.
              • Have a Plan
              • The best way to make the moving process less stressful is to make an organized plan. You should start planning your move at least a few months in advance. Take this time to research moving companies and purchase boxes and moving supplies. Call up your friends and family to see if they can help you in moving most your boxes and furniture on moving day. Packing up the items you don’t use on a day to day basis ahead of time can also ease the moving process. You can even place these items in a storage unit at Ogden Self Storage to give you the head start in moving you need. Once you have a plan in place you will find that the majority of your stress is gone.
              • Sort
              • Packing up your home provides you with the perfect opportunity to sort through all of your belongings. Sort your items into separate piles of what to store, keep, toss, or donate. The goal is to move with less than you started with so you can have a clean and organized home to move into. The less you must pack, the easier it will be to move from one home to another. For the items you are choosing to place in storage, you can trust Ogden Self Storage to provide you with a storage unit you can rent that will keep all of your precious items safe and secure.
              • Packing Supplies
              • To protect all your items during your move you will want to invest in the proper packing supplies. Such packing items include small and medium sized boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, packing blankets, and markers for labeling. Utilize what you have by packing non-fragile items in duffle bags, suit cases, and storage totes. It is always wise to take the time to properly pack all your valuables to make sure nothing is damaged during transit.
              • Pack Smart
              • To make the moving process even easier you will want to pack smart. Pack one room at a time and label everything. Make sure you don’t overfill the boxes. Making the boxes too full and heavy can cause damage to your items and yourself if you aren’t careful. Take the time to properly wrap all of your fragile items in bubble wrap to reduce the risk of breaking.

Organizing your Home Office

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            • The current job market is allowing a lot of people the opportunity to work from home. Creating a space in which you can concentrate on your job is key. Ogden Self Storage can help you in getting rid of the junk in that spare room and creating the office you need to get your work done with one of our storage units. Below are some steps you can take when you finally decide to get your home office in working order.
            • Plan and Prepare
            • Before tackling the mess that has accumulated in your home office, you will want to make a plan. Decide how you want your office to look in the end and steadily work towards that goal. Make attainable tasks to finish within a set amount of time. You can either set aside a whole day or a few hours over a few days to get your office together. Do what you feel like will work best for you and your lifestyle.
            • Sort your Items
            • To start the organization process of your office you will want to start by sorting through all of your items. Decide what items you will keep, donate, store, or toss. The items you need but not on a day to day basis are perfect for a storage unit you can rent at Ogden Self Storage. Sorting through your items will give you a clear idea as to what you have and what you want to keep in your home office.
            • Streamline your Documents
            • Home offices are known for piles of paper on every available surface. Before your home office organization is complete you will need to come up with a filing system that will help you when it comes to keeping those papers in order. Do what you need to stay on top of your bills while remaining organized. Color coded filing systems are the easiest to manage and can help you stay on top of the demands of your life.
            • Decorate
            • Now that you have removed any unnecessary items from your home office and figured out where to keep all those pesky papers, you can finally decorate. Make it a space you want to be in. Invest in furniture that is functional as well as fun. Hidden storage can help you to keep your home office clean and clutter free. Display interesting art pieces and don’t be afraid to get creative to really make the space your own.
            • Throughout the process you will want to make sure you are creating a space that will help you in achieving your daily work goals. Removing any and all clutter and placing it in a storage unit at Ogden Self Storage will help. Call or stop by today to learn more about our current prices. 

Creative Ways to Store your Book Collection

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          • Any avid book collector will understand the struggle of finding the space you need for all of your beloved books. With the help of a storage unit at Ogden Self Storage in Ogden, Utah you can continue collecting your books and still have room to spare within your home. With the books you wish to keep close at hand we have provided some creative ways to store your most loved book collections.
          • Make Books part of the Décor
          • Incorporating your books onto your extra shelving or on your coffee table will add that extra personal touch your home needs. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your placement. Using books to display other decorations such as candles or trinkets upon a shelf can help on storage space and still give you a unique design.
          • Currently Reading
          • Keep the books you are currently reading close at hand. While some may prefer to lounge in their favorite chair or lie in bed with a good book, storing it close by is a must. Get creative with your bedroom book storage options. Rethink the décor of the foot of your bed. Adding a small bookshelf can store all of your favorite stories like a mini library. Adding shelving above your headboard is another option. If you prefer a more hidden and organized approach you can always add book storage under your bed.
          • Space Dividers
          • For those living in crammed quarters or studio apartments, space dividers are often needed to distinguish a bedroom from the living room. Using a book shelf to divide your space in a creative and modern way can help you do just that. This provides a place for your books to be on display as well as giving you the needed privacy in your small space.
          • Take Storage Higher
          • Many of us just don’t have the square footage needed to store all of our wonderful belongings, including books. That is why you need to start thinking up. Take advantage of the height of your walls and ceilings by installing shelves. Shelves help you save on floor space and provide an abundance of storage for your valuables and books. This is an easy and productive way to have the books you love on display.
          • Convert your Closet
          • If you so happen to have an empty closet that is dying to be filled, books can be your solution. Adding shelving might be a necessity but this allows for the storage of your books all in one place. This will also work as a concealed storing option for those who have children or don’t want their books on display all of the time.
          • Expand on Existing Storage
          • This is the time to use that extra dresser holding unneeded junk. By storing books within a dresser you can re-purpose the storage you already have and stay organized. This works especially well in children’s bedrooms because children’s books are often thin, allowing for more storage space in dresser drawers.  

Organizing your Basement

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        • Basements can either be your best friend or your worst enemy. It all depends on what you do with the space. Rather than leaving it as a catch all for all the junk you can’t find a place for, you can organize your belongings with the steps below or rent a storage unit at Ogden Self Storage to use the space for other purposes. Use the process below to help you get started.  
        • Sort it Out
        • Before you can have your basement transformed into the space you have always wanted, you will need to empty out its contents and sort through all of the items you have been storing. Creating piles of items that you will keep, toss, donate, or store. Be picky when it comes to the things you are thinking about keeping. For your sentimental items you just can’t seem to part with but don’t have the space for, you can trust Ogden Self Storage to keep them out of harm’s way.
        • Create Zones
        • Before you start putting everything back into your basement in an organized manner, you will need to create zones. Each zone should have a function and/or have similar items being stored together. For example, if you are using your basement primarily for storage you will want to keep all of your camping gear in one area, tools in another, and kitchen accessories in an area that is easy to reach. If you are creating a play room and office space you can use room dividers to separate the areas.
        • Contain your Items
        • To achieve ultimate organization you will want to invest in containers for the majority of your items. Not only will these containers keep everything together, it will also protect them from unexpected spills, dust, and dirt. Plastic bins with sealable lids are the best for storing the majority of your items. Remember to label and place your bins in an organized fashion. Buying and installing shelving is a great way to keep your bins organized and off of the floor.
        • Whether you are just organizing your basement for storage use or are creating new room-like additions to your home, we at Ogden Self Storage can help. Having a storage unit with us will free up the space you have always needed in your home. Call or stop by our facility today to learn more about our current offers. 

Using your Storage Unit to its Full Advantage

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    • So you have finally decided to rent a storage unit from us at Ogden Self Storage. We can assure you, you won’t be disappointed. To help you in getting the most out of your storage unit we have provided you with some tips for you to try.
    • Invest in some Pallets
    • The best way to ensure the safety and quality of all the items you place in your storage unit is by keeping them up off the floor. The best and easiest way to do this is by picking up some pallets and placing them in your unit. You will find that they come in handy when it comes to storing a larger amount of your furniture and boxes that you want to protect from any potential spill hazards. If you can’t seem to find any pallets you can use tarps will help you in achieving this goal as well.
    • Purchase an Extra Lock
    • While some storage facilities come with locks available on their units, it is a good idea to bring a second lock of your own. This will deter any curiosity from your unit while giving you the peace of mind you need knowing that your valuables are safely locked away. 
    • Label Everything
    • As you are packing up your belongings to place in storage you need to remember the most important step, labeling everything. You will want to label a couple sides of the box or container you are placing your items in for ease of visibility. Be as specific as possible when you are listing the items each box contains. This will save you a lot of time and hassle if you ever need to go back and retrieve a particular item from your storage unit.
    • Wrap it Tight
    • An easy trick to try when it comes to giving your boxes and containers an added level of protection against unwanted pests, is to wrap them with industrial sized plastic wrap. If any unwanted even should happen within your storage unit you can rest easy knowing your plastic wrap can help in the protection of your items.
    • If you are concerned about the well-being of your items while they are staying in our facility at Ogden Self Storage, you can always call or stop by to get more tips and tricks when it comes to getting the most out of your storage unit. We want to help you in all of your storage needs.