Friday, March 13, 2020

Tips for Packing up Your Home during a Separation or Divorce

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When people get married, they don’t anticipate a divorce. Yet, the unfortunate thing is that divorces happen. Finding a new place to reside can be hard, but what is often much more difficult is packing up years of togetherness into a few cardboard boxes. While it is painful to weed through pictures, wedding gifts, and dozens of sentimental items, it may bring hard feelings to the surface, you mustn't let your emotions rule. Emotions may lead you to make choices about your stuff that you will later regret, but there are hope and options.

Begin the process of packing up your belongings by renting one of 5A Rent-A-Space storage units near Lamorinda. It can make the process of moving smoother and lighten some of the stress you are going through. We offer many sizes and will even move your items to your unit with our free moving van. Let us help you during this difficult time.

Suggestions to Keep Things Simple during this Emotional Time
Whether things are amicable or not with your ex, sorting and moving can be made a little easier when you set a plan in motion:
  1. Rent a Storage Unit: Start by finding a convenient storage space to move the items that you are going to keep. This will give you a landing pad. You can quickly put up shelves for boxes and then move furniture to the other side.
  2. Grab Your Supplies: Gather together boxes and totes, tape, scissors, and markers. This will help you as you box things up and help you find them easily when you need them. 5A Rent-A-Space sells many different packing supplies for wrapping and packing.
  3. Write a List: As you begin the process of separating your stuff, make a list of what you are keeping, storing, getting rid of. This may help in future court proceedings.
  4. Start by Separating Items with the Least Sentimental Value: You may find that sorting through the towels is much easier than picking out the photos you each want to keep! By starting with the least emotional items, you can practice practicality to prepare you for the more sensitive stuff.
  5. Keep the Clutter Down by Moving Items to Storage: Having boxes strewn across your marital home can add to your stress. By removing the filled, taped & labeled boxes to a storage unit near Lamorinda, you open up space to continue going through belongings.
  6. You Do Not Have to Go Through Everything Now: If the emotional upheaval becomes too much, choose to pack items in a box and mark it for later sorting. This will give you time to deal with your emotions during this difficult time.
  7. Stay Practical and Don’t Let Your Emotions Rule: This may be the hardest step to do, but it is imperative. Sometimes emotions can lead you to make poor decisions and can ruffle the feathers of your ex. Instead, calm negotiations can make the whole process much easier to handle.
Begin Your New Life – a 5A Rent-A-Space Storage Unit near Lamorinda Helps

Life can begin anew after a divorce. Take some time to move your items into a 5A Rent-A-Space unit and go through your belongings on your terms. We have several sizes of storage units to fit your needs. Let us help you with your fresh start.

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 925-643-2024 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you.

Help Move Your Senior into a Retirement Community

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Most senior citizens would choose to age in place and stay in their home as long as possible. When this is not possible, then moving into a retirement community may be the next best choice. Problems arise when Mom has 60 years of stuff that she wants to move into her new, small sized home. The question arises, how can you get her to pare down her things so that her new place isn't overrun?

Storage units near Maui are the answer. 5A Rent-A-Space has many different sizes to accommodate all your loved one's belongings. We sell packing supplies and will even move you with our free moving van when you rent from us. Moving Mom and Dad is much easier when storage space is available to de-clutter, sort, pack and organize properly.

6 Tips to Make Moving Your Senior into a Retirement Community Easier
Moving can be hard and stressful. Take steps to help your loved one make the transition easier. Start here:
  1. Talk with the retirement community about items that are not allowed: Find out if there are certain things your Dad will not need because they are supplied. For example, his new apartment may already have a microwave, so he will not need to bring one.
  2. As soon as possible, start sorting through stuff: Try not to wait until a few days before the move to start sorting and packing. Instead, begin immediately to help Mom sort through her belongings.
  3. Rent a storage unit: Give Dad more room by renting a storage space to house his seasonal clothing and sports gear like his beloved fishing poles. When he needs to head out on the water, his angling gear will be conveniently located for easy pick up on the way.
  4. Use offsite storage to rotate beloved decorations: If Mom will not give up all of her knick-knacks, negotiate a truce by having her keep some and store some. When she is ready to redecorate, "new" items are only a quick stop away.
  5. Give Dad time to process through his belongings: Downsizing can be very hard on the elderly. They have a lifetime of memories wrapped up in their stuff. Offer a helping hand but also try to give him some room to process some of those emotions.
  6. Encourage three piles – throw away, keep, and donate: Just as not everything your senior owns can go with them, they also cannot place all their belongings in storage. Work with your loved one to sort through items and get rid of things that are unusable where they’re moving to, keep the stuff they use and love, and donate gently used items they no longer need.
Ease Your Seniors’ Move with a 5A Rent-A-Space

Make the transition to senior retirement living much easier on everyone by utilizing storage units at 5A Rent-A-Space. Our spaces come in a wide range of sizes to fit the needs of your loved one. We will even move your parent's belongings with our free moving van. Give us a call today!

Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 808-745-1616 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you.

Spring Allergies Can Intensify in Your Home!

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The allergy season is tough on sufferers. While Mother Nature is bringing trees and flowers back into bloom, many people live with stuffy noses and watery eyes throughout spring. They may have to deal with regular shots or over-the-counter medicines to gain relief. Their homes can make matters worse when there is a lot of clutter and little dusting. Spring cleaning is one way to combat your symptoms and give you a little relief. De-cluttering is a great start, as well.

You can remove the potential for dust collection when you minimize the amount of stuff in your home. You don’t have to throw it all out either. Choose storage rentals near Foster City and breathe easier this allergy season. We can even help the process by moving your stuff to your new storage space with our free moving van when you rent from us.

6 Suggestions to Ease Spring Allergies

Here are more steps to make breathing much more comfortable in your home:
  1. Develop a cleaning schedule: A simple step is to establish routines that will keep your home clean all year long and decrease the amount of dust and mold that builds up. Staying on top of cleaning can make your home a pleasant oasis from the outside allergens.
  2. Vacuum regularly: Instead of using a broom, which picks up more dust than it removes, break out the vacuum at least twice a week. Remember to use the attachments as well, to sweep your furniture, baseboards and under things. This routine will help keep the allergens at bay.
  3. Dust at least weekly: Ideally, you will want to use microfiber cloths that pick up all the dust particles, pet hair, dander, and pollen that came in on your clothes and shoes. The fibers are like time suction cups that will pick up the dust instead of spreading it. 
  4. Wash your bedding once a week: All sorts of allergens can creep into your bed because of pets and what blows around in the air. Freshen up your bed by laundering your sheets once a week, vacuuming your comforter twice a week, and your mattress, monthly. If you own pets, you may want to increase the frequency.
  5. Take care of curtains and blinds: Window treatments are natural collectors. Use your vacuum attachments to sweep your curtains about once a month. If they are washable, you can launder them instead. Cleaning your blinds with a microfiber cloth will help keep the dust down as well.
  6. Do some spring organizing and de-clutter your home: Clutter makes it harder to do cleaning and dusting, which can add to breathing difficulties. Take some time to conduct a thorough de-cluttering and put your extra and seasonal items in a storage unit near Foster City. 
Breathe Easier with Spring Cleaning, and Use a Convenient Storage Unit

You don’t have to suffer as much from allergies when you spring clean, put extra items in storage, and establish a regular cleaning routine. Our rental units make it easier to keep your belongings close without overrunning your home. Take charge of your home and your allergies and stop the suffering!
Reserve your self-storage unit online now. Call 5A Rent-A-Space at 650-338-0016 or toll-free at 1-800-5ASPACE (1-800-527-7223) to learn more. Not sure how much space you will need? Use our online Space Calculator to estimate the best unit size for you.