The Best Way to Pack your Moving Truck

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  • When moving to your new home or even to your new storage unit at Ogden Self Storage you will want to make sure all of your belongings get there in one piece. The best way to make sure this happens is by loading your moving truck correctly. Below are some tips to apply when packing your moving truck.
  • Make a Plan
  • The worst thing you could possibly do on moving day is to not plan ahead. It is important to have a game-plan ready when the moving truck arrives. Make sure all of your items are packed, labeled, and ready to go. Talk with those helping you move to decide what items to load first. Make sure you aren’t driving your moving truck during times of heavy traffic or severe weather.
  • Stability of Items
  • It is very important to try and make sure your items will remain as stable as possible and not move during the drive. In order to make sure your items won’t shift and move on the way to your new home or to your storage unit at Ogden Self Storege, invest in moving-grade boxes. These boxes are made specifically to withstand the constant movement from the truck. Other boxes, such as the ones being reused from grocery stores, are not made to withstand large amounts of weight or movement. You can never have enough bubble wrap or packing peanuts to put into your boxes. You don’t want the items you place in the boxes to move around and possibly get damaged. If you are really worried about the stability of your items in the truck you can also purchase tie downs. Taking the necessary precautions is always a good idea.
  • Loading the Truck
  • In order to make the transition from the house to the truck it is best to have a clear path from the door and onto the ramp of the truck. By consolidating all of your items in a room near the front door you can easily have a repetitive path to follow. When you begin loading the truck it is best to start with the heaviest items on the bottom and near the back. Save the lighter items for the top and front of the truck. After the truck is loaded and you are on your way it is best to go directly to your destination. The longer items move around in your truck the more likely they are going to get damaged.

How to give your Kitchen the Organization it Needs

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  • An unorganized kitchen can be a nightmare to deal with. It makes meals harder to cook and cleaning almost impossible. To help you in your kitchen dilemma we at Ogden Self Storage have gathered some organization tips for you to try on your kitchen.
  • Empty all of your Cabinets
  • The best way to get an idea of all the items and kitchen accessories you have is by pulling everything out of your cabinets, drawers, and pantry. This way you can go through all of your kitchen items and decide what you can toss, store, or use. For the items that are mostly used during the holiday season or large family gatherings, you may want to consider placing them in a storage unit at Ogden Self Storage. This way you will have more available storage space in your kitchen.
  • Group Like Items Together
  • The best way to have an organized kitchen is by grouping like items together. Separate your items into different categories such as: baking goods, cookware, seasonal, and dishware. Then you have an idea as to how much of each item you have and how much space you will need in order to store them together.
  • Organize your Items
  • Now that you can see all the items you are going to keep in their respective groups, you can begin to organize them and put them away in designated cabinets. Keep the items you are going to use the most for cooking or baking near the stove. You might want to keep your dishes near the dishwasher or sink. Do what makes the most sense to you and provides a sense of ease around the kitchen.
  • Use Containers
  • The majority of your kitchen accessories may be small. This will cause a jumbled mess if they aren’t contained properly. The best way to control the clutter caused by various kitchen accessories is with clear containers. You can keep like items together in a labeled container that will also allow you to see what is being stored in each. These will easily fit in your cupboards or pantry and allow for easy grab and go use.
  • Use Available Vertical Space
  • Most kitchens are lacking when it comes to ready and available storage space. You might have to get creative and use the available vertical space that your kitchen provides. Place hooks underneath cabinets to hold mugs above the countertop. This will free up considerable cabinet space. You could also hang adhesive hooks on the inside of cabinet doors or pantry doors to hold tools such as measuring cups, oven mitts or other kitchen gadgets.

Getting the Most out of your Closet; An Organization Guide

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  • Closets are known to be one of the messiest storage areas in your home. It is all too easy to shove in what you don’t want seen and close the door. When it comes to your closet in your bedroom you need to have it clean and organized if you wish to have an easier time getting ready each day. To help you in the process we at Ogden Self Storage can provide you with a storage unit for your out of season clothing and items you just don’t use anymore. Below is an organization guide to help you in organizing your clothing closet.
  • Completely Empty Out the Closet
  • The best way to start any organization project is by emptying out all of the items you have in your closet. Designate a space in your home to place all of your items. Once you have everything removed you can go through your belongings and decide what you will keep, donate, or place in storage. You can create a lot more storage space in your closet by switching out seasonal clothing and placing the out of season clothing in a storage unit at Ogden Self Storage. To help you with the sorting process you can use bins and/or a hanging rack to help you to get a better idea of exactly what you will be keeping.
  • Eliminate Non Clothing Items
  • If you are using your closet as an in home storage unit you will want to find them a new home. Every item should go in the room it coincides with. If you are still unable to find the space you need, your new storage unit will help you to free up some storage space throughout your home.
  • Clean the Closet Surfaces
  • When we say clean, we mean it. Now is the perfect opportunity to give your closet a good scrub before placing all of your clothing back on its shelves. Wipe down all of the surfaces with a disinfectant wipe or wet wash cloth. You will be surprised at how much dust has accumulated throughout the use of your closet. If you have carpet on the floor of your closet you will want to give that a good vacuuming as well.
  • Put Away and Enjoy
  • Now you can begin placing the items and clothing you decided to keep back in your closet. You will begin to notice how much room you have. Stay organized by using bins to contain your smaller wardrobe accessories. Purchasing a shoe rack or organizer is also a must. You can color code your clothes or separate them by pants, skirts, and shirts. Do what would work the best for you and your morning routine. 

How to Create the Relaxing Bedroom you Need

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  • After a long and stressful day you need a room that you can wind down and truly relax in. Why not make this room your bedroom? Your bedroom needs to be a tranquil and stress free environment to help you in getting the best sleep and relaxation so you feel revitalized the next day. To help you in this endeavor we at Ogden Self Storage in Ogden, Utah can help you in getting rid of the junk you don’t need that has accumulated in your room with one of our storage units. Below are a few tips to try when creating the relaxing bedroom you need.
  • Be Your Own Guest
  • The frame of mind you have when preparing a guest bedroom should be the same frame of mind you have when preparing your own bedroom. You would go out of the way to make sure the bedroom was clean, neat, tidy, and felt like a relaxing place to be in if it were for a guest. You should be doing the same for yourself. A simple decluttering, vacuuming, and changing of the sheets can make a huge improvement on your bedroom.
  • Consider your Needs
  • Take a look around your room and think about the items you use every day. Gather those items and find a way to organize them so they are easy to use and look good in your bedroom. Employing the use of decorative bowls for smaller items is an option. For larger everyday items consider decorative bins or hooks.
  • Limit your Accessories
  • An abundance of smaller items scattered throughout your room can easily make it feel cramped and cluttered. You will want to keep your room as clean and simple as possible. Store your accessories in hidden storage bins or in plastic containers under the bed. It might even be a good idea to consider placing some of the accessories you don’t use every day in a storage unit at Ogden Self Storage in Ogden, Utah.
  • Color Choices
  • Believe it or not, the color of your room has a great effect on your mood. If you have the opportunity to repaint or buy new bedding, you should pick out colors that are known to be calming. Lighter hues of color will bring a spacious and airy feeling to your room. If you are looking for a cozier feel, chose a warmer shade of color. 

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.