Sending your Kid off To College: Dorm Organization Tips

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  • The time has finally come to send your kid off to their first semester of college! To help them in getting started on the right foot we at Logan Self Storage have gathered some dorm room organization tips for your college bound child.
  • Sort, Purge and Organize
  • Dorm rooms are known to be very small and won’t be able to hold all of one’s belongings. It is important to sort and organize your child’s belongings into what will be essential for college. Stick to the basics. For all of the other items sort into what you will store and what you can donate. A storage unit at Logan Self Storage can hold all of your child’s extra belongings while they are away at school. This will start the college moving transition on the right foot.
  • Research your Available Space
  • Check out the floor plan of your child’s future dorm or living space. It might be necessary to buy amenities that aren’t included. Such things will consist of fans, mini fridges, microwaves, and closet organizers.
  • Set up the Utilities
  • Help your child transition into adulthood and give them a crash course on setting up their utilities. Many college dorms and apartments will need phone and internet set in place. Doing this before the move will help alleviate stress for your child.
  • Avoid the Moving Rush
  • If possible, try and move your child in mid-week or a few days before the semester starts. Many students will move in the weekend before the start of term. Moving mid-week will allow extra time to get organized and used to the new environment your child will be spending most of their time in.
  • Condense and Limit Their Items
  • It is important to remember to only bring what is necessary. Comfy basic clothes, bedding, and organizational storage are essential. Don’t overload your move with unnecessary décor, clothing, accessories, and furniture. The cleaner the room, the more relaxing the space. If something is forgotten don’t fret. Many college stores on campus carry the dorm necessities you may have left at home
  • Be resourceful
  • When packing the essentials make sure to be resourceful when it comes to packing those fragile items. Old newspaper, towels, and even thick clothing can be wrapped around those items that tend to break. This makes clean up easy and moving cheap.  

How to Give your Kitchen a Refreshing Makeover

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  • Has your kitchen been looking a little drab and unorganized lately? It might be time to give your kitchen the refreshing makeover it needs. With the help of a rented storage unit at Logan Self Storage you can create the workable and clutter free kitchen you need in your life.
  • Sort and Purge your Kitchen Accessories
  • To start off the organization process of your kitchen you will want to go through and remove all the items from your cupboards, drawers, and pantry. Now is the time you will want to sort through and decide what you should keep, donate, or store. Decreasing the amount of items you have in your kitchen will reduce the amount of clutter and give you the storage space you so desperately need. For those kitchen accessories you don’t use every day you might want to consider placing them in storage in between use. A rented storage unit at Logan Self Storage can keep all of your items safe while giving you the storage space you need.
  • Clean Everything Inside and Out
  • Now that you have your cupboards and drawers empty it would be the perfect time to give them a good wipe down. This way your dishes won’t accumulate any dirt or grime when you place them back in their proper place. If any of your dishes are feeling sticky or look unsatisfactory, give them a wash. Remember to clean all of your surface areas including those on your kitchen appliances.
  • Create Workable Zones
  • Try to imagine yourself cooking a meal. What do you need within reach? Where should specific items be located to help you during the cooking process? With this in mind you can begin putting things away. You want the organization of your kitchen to work for you.
  • Storage Solutions
  • As you are putting away all of your kitchen accessories you will want to make the best use of all the storage space you have available. Using drawer dividers and pot organizers can help you to use all of your space effectively. Continue the trend in your fridge and pantry. Employ the use of plastic bins and Lazy Susan’s to give you the best use of space in limited areas.
  • Add some Color
  • While you are organizing your kitchen you might as well rethink the décor. If possible spruce up the walls with your favorite paint color. Add coordinating kitchen towels and pot holders to give your kitchen the new and refreshing feel it needs. 

Keeping your Car’s Quality in Storage

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  • If you are one of many who are traveling this summer you will faced with what you need to do with your car while you are away. The safest option would be to rent a storage unit at Logan Self Storage. Our facility can provide you with the protection your precious car needs while you are away. Below are some steps that should be taken before placing your car in storage to keep its outstanding quality.
  • Use a Cover
  • 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 it Thoroughly
  • Clean up and clean out your vehicle. Many people spend a lot of time 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 and create a stench that attracts critters. Most people wouldn’t pack dirty food, cover clothes, or furniture, so pack a dirty vehicle.
  • Fill up the Fluids
  • 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.
  • Now that your car has been prepped for its stay in Logan Self Storage you can place your car in your new unit and go off on your summer adventures. For more information regarding our facility make sure you check out our website. 

Preparing your Couch for Storage

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  • Whether you have just upgraded to the latest and greatest when it comes to couches or you are holding onto a family heirloom, you will want to make sure that your couch is protected when placing it in your new storage unit at Logan Self Storage. We have provided you with some steps to take when preparing your couch for its stay in storage.
  • Clean it
  • Before placing anything in storage you will want to make sure it is properly cleaned. Having a clean item in a storage unit will reduce its risk of receiving any wear, tear, and damage. Do some research as to how you should clean the particular fabric for your couch. If your couch is made of cotton, try to avoid cleaning it with water or water-based cleaning products. Vacuum every nook and cranny of your couch to remove any food or dust particles. Make sure the couch is completely dry before placing it in your storage unit.
  • Scope out the Storage Space
  • Before placing your couch in a storage unit at Logan Self Storage you will need to make sure you are renting the appropriate size to fit your couch. Take measurements of your couch and rent a storage unit that will hold your couch with room to spare. Trying to store your couch in a unit that is too small increases the risk of damage to the couch. 
  • Invest in Quality Protection
  • To keep the quality of your couch intact you will want to take the proper precautions when it comes to protection. Before transporting the couch to your new storage unit you will want to disassemble any pieces you can to make it easier on your and the couch during transit. While it is in storage you may want to cover the couch with a drop cloth or sheets to protect it from any dust or dirt that might gather over time. Never use plastic-covers over your couch. They tend to create a build-up of moisture and will result in mildew on your couch. Try to store your couch off of the ground of your storage unit floor. Use wood pallets or tarps to provide a protective barrier between the floor and your couch.

Items that are Not Allowed in your Storage Unit

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  • We love that you have decided to rent a storage unit at Logan Self Storage. We want you to be aware of some of our rules and regulations when it comes to what you can and can not store in your unit. Below are a few items we prohibit storing in our facility for the safety of your items and the items of your storage unit neighbors.
  • $1Cash should be placed in a bank account or safely in your home. Never in a storage unit. The risk of having it in a storage unit where it can become damaged or broken into is a risk we don’t want you to take.
  • $1Plants 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.
  • $1Firearms, 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.
  • $1Perishable 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.
  • $1Living in or Kenneling in a storage unit is not prohibited. 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.
  • $1Hazardous 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.

How to Create the Home Office of your Dreams

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  • For those who are lucky enough to work from home, you know how important it is to have an office space that is clean, organized, and built around the concentration you need to do your job. If you are lacking in such at office space we at Logan Self Storage in Logan, UT can help. Clearing out a room or area in your home and storing the items you don’t need in one of our storage units is the first step to creating the home office of your dreams. Below are some tips you can try to create the perfect home office space.
  • 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 current lifestyle.
  • Sort and Organize
  • 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 Logan Self Storage in Logan, UT. Sorting through your items will give you a clear idea as to what you have and what you want to keep in your office.
  • Streamline your Documents
  • Offices are known for piles of paper on every available surface. Before your 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 work 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. You can even purchase a small filing cabinet that fits in a closet or under your desk to help you in staying organized.
  • Decorate
  • Now that you have removed any unnecessary items from your 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 office clean and clutter free. Display interesting art pieces and don’t be afraid to get creative to really make the space your own.

Helping your Child Stay Organized

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  • When you have a house full of children you have to have an organizational system in place so you don’t find yourself in a mess. The best way to help your child in keeping your home clean is by using some of the organizational tips below and giving them a fresh start and storing the items they don’t need in a self-storage unit at Logan Self Storage.
  • Bookshelves
  • The best way to keep all the clutter off the floor is by installing on-the-wall bookshelves. This will maximize your floor space for larger toys and accessories. On-the-wall bookshelves can also be installed in areas that are not often used such as behind the door. These shelves can be easily installed and tailored to fit your current home décor.
  • Craft Station
  • Instead of shoving crayons, markers, and paper in any available drawer, have them organized together in a functional craft station. This craft station can grow with your child and easily become a homework station. This is an area where you can get creative with your storage and use what you already have around the house. By using colorful bins, buckets, and muffin tins you can easily store all the odds and ends that come with doing arts and crafts. Make them fun for the children to use by adding their favorite characters to the design.
  • Label
  • The key to keeping your child organized is to have them participate in the organization process. By labeling all the bins and areas of storage with what is supposed to be placed in them can help your child in the cleanup process. Whether you label them with letters, pictures, or words is up to you. This will ensure everything gets put back in its place at the end of each day.
  • Hide-away Storage
  • With hide-away storage you can store a variety of items out of site and in places that aren’t often used. Small storage bins can be purchased to specifically fit under the bed. When purchasing these storage bins make sure they are easy to use for your children. Rolling storage bins helps them to grab what they need and put it back when they are done.
  • For the items your child just doesn’t seem to use or that are taking up too much space you can easily rent a self-storage unit from Logan Self Storage. We give you a variety of sized units to choose from so you can get exactly what you need. Call or stop by today to learn more about our facility and what we can offer you. 

Book Storage Solutions

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  • As an avid reader and book collector you will need to know how to store and organize books in your home. Books can easily become a cluttered mess if you don’t have a plan of organization or a rented storage unit at Logan Self Storage. Below we have provided you with some book storage solutions for you to try in your home.
  • 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.  

Creating the Perfect Guest Bedroom

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  • When you are expecting family or friends to stay at your home you want to give them a space of their own to feel comfortable throughout the duration of their stay. Preparing the perfect guest bedroom can be a process but having a storage unit with Logan Self Storage can make the process easier. Below we have provided you with some steps to take when creating the perfect guest bedroom.
  • Declutter and Organize
  • The key to creating a peaceful space is by having an organized space. It’s time to clear out all that extra stuff you have acquired and stored in your guest bedroom. Go through your belongings and decide what you want to incorporate into the new guest bedroom, place in a storage unit, or donate. For the items you do decide to store you can find the perfect size storage unit Logan Self Storage. We have a variety storage units to choose from to fit your specific storage needs. Once the guest bedroom is cleared out of any unnecessary items it is time to give it a deep cleaning session.
  • Think about Lighting
  • Natural light provides a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. Get full use of your guest bedroom windows by adding curtains that allow in light during the day. If you are dealing with a smaller window you can hang curtains higher up on the wall to create the illusion of a larger window. Adding table lamps with soft light lightbulbs will provide a relaxing atmosphere for your guests as they prepare for bed.
  • Style and Décor
  • Decide on a certain style or theme for your guest bedroom. Many choose to go for a more relaxing, retreat like décor in order for their guests to feel at ease while they are on vacation. Simple and light colors can help you achieve this look. Adding a fresh coat of paint to the walls will help brighten up the room. You can even paint pieces of furniture to help have cohesiveness in your décor. Remember to keep it simple. Overloading a room on décor accessories can make it feel cramped and uninviting.
  • Adding the Extras
  • After having successfully put together your guest bedroom, it is now time to add the necessary touches to make it feel like home. Add some interesting reading material for your guests during their down time before bed. Provide extra towels and blankets for their use. Hang pictures of your family and friends to add the extra personal touch of love. 

Properly Storing your Mattress and Bedframe

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  • Whether you are moving, traveling, or upgrading your furniture you can rely on Logan Self Storage to give you the storage space you need to keep all of your belongings safe and secure. When preparing to move your mattress and bedframe into storage you need to make sure you have it clean, disassembled, and protected. Below are the instructions for preparing your bedframe and mattress for its stay at our facility.
  • Thoroughly Clean the Mattress and Bedframe
  • Before placing your items in storage you will want to make sure everything is thoroughly cleaned. The easiest way to clean a mattress is to vacuum it on both sides to remove as much dirt and dust as you can. Follow up by using an upholstery cleaner. To properly clean your bedframe you can just use soap and water to remove any dirt or dust. Make sure everything is completely dry before placing it in your storage unit to avoid damage and/or mold.
  • Disassemble
  • To make the move from your home to your storage unit easier you will want to disassemble your bedframe as much as you can. Make sure you keep track of all of the parts and take note of where they belong. The easiest way to do this is to take pictures of where each screw, nut, and bolt belongs before removing it. Place all the small parts of the bedframe in a plastic bag and attach it to the bedframe itself so you don’t end up misplacing vital parts.
  • Protect
  • While your mattress and bedframe is in storage you will want to take the proper precautions in protecting them from dust or moisture. High quality mattress bags can be purchased fairly cheaply. Make sure there are no rips or tears in the mattress bag. Avoid using plastic covers if you can. These tend to trap moisture and cause a buildup of mildew. To cover and protect your bedframe you can use sheets or drop cloths.
  • Placement in your Storage Unit
  • When placing your mattress in storage you will want to make sure you have enough space to lay it flat. Placing it in your storage unit on its side can damage the inner workings of your mattress and warp it. Elevate the mattress up off the floor of the storage units by using pallets or a tarp. Place your bedframe in a place that will keep it from falling or getting damaged.
  • Now that you have made all of your preparations to your mattress and bedframe you are ready to place it in a storage unit at Logan Self Storage for as long as you need. For more information on our facility and the rates of our storage units, check out our website or give us a call today.