Monday, November 5, 2012

Closet Clean Out Time & The Invisible Household Assistant

Overloaded, unusable closet

One of the reasons we Californians don’t wear coats and hats, is that we may not have any place to hang them!  Just kidding, it’s California’s better weather that really allows us to go without layers and the heavy over coats prevalently seen in January in Maine.

All kidding aside though, we Californians are notorious for filling up our closets with everything under the sun, leaving no room for even the light-weight coats we do need.

Since winter is coming, it’s time to get in motion and get ready for company and the holiday season.  That’s also the best time to clean out all the closets.  You can do it all at once, and keep only what you frequently need in them.

Here’s an excellent solution to the overloaded closet syndrome: take all that sports gear, boxes of Christmas decorations, tools, books, out of season (or out of style) clothes, miscellaneous stuff and those shoe boxes of old a storage unit at 5A Rent-A-Space!          

Organized, usable closet

Now that you've stored all the rest of the stuff at 5A ……you can breathe easy and be ready for whatever comes your way. Plus you’ll have plenty of room to hang up your guest’s things when friends or relatives drop in for a festive time with the family.

Once again, your 5A storage unit has played the important role of your “invisible household assistant”!

Monday, August 27, 2012

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Great Organization Ideas!

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Cleaning!


With spring weather here, if you’re feeling over-whelmed with clutter, disorganization or unfinished projects at home - you need help!
The answer lies in teamwork, organization and storage.

So we’re here to help you get your home ship-shape and free you for a relaxing summer vacation! Our helpful suggestions:

Make a list of the “Projects” you want to accomplish on one piece of paper, and write "Storage" at the top of a second piece. Now have a group meeting with family or housemates and schedule dates to concentrate on one project at a time. For each project list all supplies, tools and equipment you'll need, and assign team members for the work.  If you live alone ask friends or neighbors for a suggested handy person to help you.

As you prepare to work on your projects, list everything that isn't necessary for everyday use on your "Storage" sheet.  Pack those items in boxes, label them and stack them aside.  Be ruggedly realistic with yourself and each other. If it’s an item that hasn’t been used in many months or longer, it can go into storage.  Remember your goal is comfort and a clutter-free, relaxing life.

Your home project list might include painting, cleaning out the garage, attic or basement, reorganizing closets, or turning a cluttered extra bedroom into your long dreamed of home office or den.

Just before you start on the projects, load a van or pickup with all the boxes and any extra, unneeded furniture. Take them to your nearest storage location. 5A Rent-A-Space even offers a “free” truck or van at each of our locations, available for transportation when you sign up for a storage unit.

Keep a copy of your "Storage" list at home in a file with your storage unit contract.  Post a copy on the wall inside your unit as inventory of what you’ve stored.  Remember to load the items you may need again near the front of your unit, and stack boxes with fragile items on top of the heavier ones.

Now you can work in a clutter free space, complete your projects and feel secure the stored items are well taken care of.  Best of all, if you accomplish your projects this spring, you don't have to spend your vacation doing them!  Here’s a thought; your 5A storage unit has really become your “silent household assistant.”

Friday, March 9, 2012



Show casing is one of the key elements in making a home sell faster. What does that mean and what can you gain by it?

It means  dressing your home like the House Beautifulmagazine ads, or like the models at a contractors new housing development....and you can gain far more Bang for your Buckthan you could ever imagine.

Shop a few homes yourself. Did they clean the closets, put away all the personal family stuff?  If not, chances are the place will look cluttered and it wont be easy for you to envision what your own furniture would look like in the rooms.

Take notes on the best looking homes and what they did that impressed you. There's no reason you can't borrow good ideas and apply them to your home.

Realtors will tell sellers;  do touch-up painting, take everything out of the closets except what you absolutely need Store  a fourth of your furniture, store sports and computer equipment, get valuables and knickknacks out of sight, and clean out the garage!  They also suggest getting the yard in top shape - curb appeal really counts.

What do you do with the table saw, ski-doo, Grandmas heirloom weaving loom and everything else?   Store it at the nearest storage facility.

Short-term  storage is the perfect answer to the home sale dilemma.  Storage facilities have several sizes and prices to choose from, one will work for your budget.

Organize your short-term storage for delivery all at one time. As you box items, make an inventory list so youll know where everything is.  On the outside of each box list the contents with a black marker.

Wrap fragile items and glassware in bubble wrap or other protective materials to cushion against breaking.   Storage facilities have a wide range of boxes and often special glassware boxes. Ask them about their packing materials.

Remember to place the boxes you need to get to frequently near the front of your unit.

Now you can go about the business of dressing up your home to make that important impression on prospective buyers.

Each  room needs  to be clean  and  nearly  bare, but have  an appealing focal point. You want to allow space so the architectural design and size of the rooms are apparent.

A large silk flower arrangement on a long dining room table, or a beautiful octagonal area rug in an entry  hall are some examples of attractive focal points. Purchase one set of color- coordinated towels each for the guest and main bathrooms and only put them out on House Showing days.

Get a number  of home and decorating magazines and review different  room arrangements  for ideas.  You can  see  how interior designers accent a room, place the furniture and what colors mix well.

Showcasing your  home, will be well  worth your  small investment in organization, dollars and time, and a storage unit for the overflow will help you get that decorator look to sell your home faster.

by J. Boyd, VP Marketing, AAAAA Rent-A-Space