Articles posted under: Organization

Sep 21

Decluttering is Key to Selling your Home

Posted by into Gainesville, Organization, Why storage?

Have you decided to sell your home and want to make it look its best? One of the most important things you can do to prepare your home for sale is to declutter each and every room. From too much furniture to knickknacks, to personal photographs, it all has to go. Well, not all, but most…

Is most of your furniture pushed up against walls? Consider grouping a sofa and a couple of chairs around a coffee table away from the walls creating a nice conversation area as well as an easily distinguishable traffic flow which will make the room seem larger.

Is the floor in each room predominately covered by furniture, baskets, shoes and daily discarded items? Get everything up off the floor so the eye can make it from one side of the room to the next without obstruction. Be sure the furniture is proportional to the size of the room or eliminate it while it’s on the market.

Are your walls, shelves and mantelpiece completely covered with pictures? Select a few of your favorites and temporarily pack away the rest. Home buyers need to be able to picture themselves in the space and it may difficult to do that with all the family pictures and knickknacks collecting dust.

According to HGTV, to make a room appear to be bigger than it is, “paint it the same color as the adjacent room. If you have a small kitchen and dining room, a seamless look will make both rooms feel like one big space.” Another design trick: “If you want to create the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery. It will give you a seamless and sophisticated look.”

Now, what do you do with all furniture, pictures, and cherished heirlooms you need to temporarily move safely out of your home? If you’re thinking, move them into your closet, I wouldn’t recommend it. Closets, or lack of closet space, can make or break the sale of a home. If your next guess would be the garage, it’s probably not the best idea as potential buyers also like to see the additional work space and can’t if it’s stacked to the ceiling with boxes, plastic bins and furniture.

Renting a storage unit can be the perfect solution. It eliminates having to part with your belongings while keeping them protected in a climate controlled location. With various sized storage units available, you can find the perfect size to suit your needs. Stop by 34th Street Mini Storage today to reserve your unit.

5 × 5 – $48 per month, plus tax
5 × 10 – $70 per month, plus tax
10 × 5 – $70 per month, plus tax
10 × 10 $105 per month, plus tax
10 X 15 – $149 per month, plus tax

34th Street Mini Storage is secure with 24 hour access and is close and convenient to I75 at two different exits located at Williston and Archer Roads. 34th Street Mini Storage offers clean, affordable heated/cooled units in various sizes with security cameras on the property and kiosk for 24 hour assistance. Need carts or a hand truck? We have that covered too! Give us a call at (352) 358-4151 or stop by and visit us at 3447 SW 42nd Avenue to reserve your unit today!

Aug 22

Holiday Décor Storage Solution

Posted by into Apartments, Gainesville, Organization

School is back in session and for me that means the holidays are upon us in quick succession. With the beginning of October right around the corner, many will be putting away the summer wreaths and garden flags in exchange for festive fall decorations and Halloween décor. Soon thereafter will be all the decorations for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas.

In my home, storage space is at a premium and the thought of trying to get just a couple of items out of the holiday closet & cabinet requires me to unload everything just to get at the one or two beloved pieces I am looking for. So, what do I end up doing most of the time…disappointing my children and not bothering to seek out their favorite, fun decorations because the thought of a making a huge mess is just too overwhelming. What’s the point of having all of these beautiful keepsakes if they’re always hidden?

Last year, while packing Halloween decorations away in their color-coded orange and black bins, it occurred to me that maybe I should consider a storage unit. I did nothing at the time, but as I was packing away the Christmas decorations in their red and green plastic bins, and dreading trying to find a place to store the bins, I decided it was time for a change.

I took the plunge and decided to rent a small storage unit and I am really happy with my decision. I am currently looking forward to walking into my climate-controlled unit and easily grabbing the bins that I need next month. No more fumbling around pulling everything out looking for the appropriate decorations because the color coded bins make it a cinch! Not to mention I love having the extra closet and cabinet space in my home available for other uses.

If space in your home is at a premium, and you’re looking for a space saving solution, check out 34th Street Mini Storage. 34th Street Mini Storage is secure with 24 hour access and is close and convenient to I75 at two different exits located at Williston and Archer Roads. 34th Street Mini Storage offers clean, affordable heated/cooled units in various sizes with security cameras on the property and kiosk for 24 hour assistance. Need carts or a hand truck? We have that covered too! Give us a call at (352) 358-4151 or stop by and visit us at 3447 SW 42nd Avenue.
What could you do with additional space in your home?

Jan 12

New Year's Resolutions for Your Home: Do's and Don'ts For Your Home's Value

Posted by into DIY, Gainesville, Organization

Happy New Year! It’s time for a fresh start, a clean slate. Many make resolutions to drink less, eat right and workout. But have you ever thought about resolutions you shouldn’t make? With housing prices on the rise, now is the time invest in your home to capitalize on its value. Here are five home improvement resolutions to stay away from and the solution that will help you make the most of your investment.

1. Landscaping without Forward-Thinking

Don’t
Are you planning on a major landscaping redo? Curb appeal is everything, even if you don’t plan on selling in the near future. Don’t plant trees too close to the driveway. It will create havoc later by not only cracking pavement with the root system, but creating a rise on certain sections making an unsightly mess. It may also increase your homeowners policy.

Do
Look forward 15 years and plant accordingly. Plan on placing trees and shrubbery far enough way from the foundation, driveway, sidewalks and walkways to the front door leaving plenty of room for future growth. It saves money on future landscaping, fixing pavement, and prevents homeowners insurance from increasing.

2. Choosing A Wild & Crazy Exterior Color

Don’t
Are you considering painting the exterior of your home brown, green, red or that lovely shade of lavender? Be aware, be very aware.

Do
Be aware of your surroundings and select a color that is common and will blend well with the other style and color of homes in your neighborhood. For example, there is a home in a newer neighborhood near my home with lovely neutral colored homes surrounding it throughout the subdivision. However, this particular home is fire engine red. While it’s nice to be different, consider your surroundings so you don’t look out of place.

3. Lackluster Front Door Appearance & Hardware

Don’t
Does your front door or entryway leave a lot to be desired? Is the hardware rusty or the lock a bit challenging? A potential buyer doesn’t want to walk up to a home and be met with challenges before they even walk through the door. If a realtor has to finagle a lock or traverse a rugged front walkway, a buyer will wonder what else hasn’t been properly cared for on the inside of the home.

Do
Create an inviting entryway with a clean walkway free of leaves and other yard debris. Adding a potted plant or a wreath is also a nice touch. Be sure hardware is clean, rust-free and in proper working condition.

4. Choosing Wild & Crazy Interior Colors

Don’t
Do the colors in your home appeal to a select few due to a loud color palette or unique taste? How about the trim throughout your home? Is it clean and neutral or eccentric?

Do
If you’re planning on selling, embrace neutral tones. Only 10% of people can see beyond what they see as they walk through a property. Anything taste-specific is difficult for buyers to overlook when selecting a home. Taste-specific decor can include wallpaper, family pictures, foliage (faux or real), wall art etc. Creating a home full of clean, neutral colored walls and trim will sell a home faster.

5. “Updating” the Fireplace

Don’t
Is your old, dated, brick fireplace not the focal point you’d like it to be? Resist painting the exposed brick as it may reduce the value and appeal of your home.

Do
To bring new life to your fireplace, simply update the mantle and leave the beautiful exposed brick. Replace the outdated mantle with a clean, sleek looking, custom stained mantle and keep the exposed natural brick creating a warm, eye-catching centerpiece.

Feb 3

Get your home ready for guests

Posted by into Organization

Come a family event and you are bound to have a few family and friends fly in to celebrate the season with you. Unless you have a large manor, chances are that you will short on space to fit everyone. While your guests will try to be as accommodating as they can be, you want to make sure that they don’t feel like an imposition or afterthought when they are over at your place. At the same time, if your home is normally cluttered, they might have to put up in cramped guestrooms, storage spaces and home offices, they can’t help but feel that way.

There is no reason to embitter the time with friends and family, so before your guests arrive, make sure you clean out your living space and move everything that you will not likely need during their stay into storage. If you don’t have space in your premises, choosing to store your property in self storage is a good way to ensure that your belongings are kept safe while you begin to give a few rooms in your house a makeover to prepare them for the people arriving.

Tips for creating space

Give them storage options

Your guests will probably have a few luggage, more if they have come prepared for a cold weather. So you will need to provide storage room for their belongings. This doesn’t mean that you empty your cash into buying new furniture. You can easily get a cheap deal online or at your local yard sales. It would also be a good idea to check with a storage facility if they are opening abandoned storage units and if there are any furniture for sale.

Increase storage space

Any furniture you choose, for your guest room or otherwise, should try to occupy as little space as possible while fulfilling the purpose you bought it for. So opt for folding beds, folding study tables, coffee tables and book shelves that save on space within the house. You can buy extra furniture for cheap depending on how many guests you are expecting, and then store them in a self storage unit until you need them again.

Add warmth to the room

A plain room with few furniture will not make your guests feel at home, so make sure you add some bath and bed linen, curtains, scented candles, magazines, books and a few art pieces to give the room a nice look.

Clean guestrooms

If your guests are staying for more than one or two days, make sure that you arrange for their rooms to be cleaned regularly, especially the bathroom. Change their sheets and towels once in a while, replenish their bathroom supplies of toilet paper and hand washing liquid and place a room freshener in their room. Add a few flowers to brighten up the décor every few days. They will also need to do their laundry if they are staying for long, so make sure they have access to laundry detergents and the washing machine when they need it.

When your guests leave, move the extra furniture that is in the guestrooms to the self storage room and bring back your former belongings. These storage facilities are available in a variety of sizes and at very affordable rates, so you can use them not only to store your guest furniture but any other thing that you cannot find a place for in your home.

For more helpful tips visit ManAndAVan.com

Dec 26

Office refreshers

Posted by into Apartments, DIY, Organization

I love my little home office area, but I like to refresh it every once in a while so I don’t get bored and end up sitting in front of the TV (my chiropractor also likes this idea). Here are some DIY projects and products that will add a little flair to your space.

Clockwise from top left:

1. This atlas cork board set from Urban Outfitters is cute and makes you look smart and worldly.

2. A Creative Mint won us over with this great idea: Mark dates on your calendar or planner with colorful washi tape. That way everything is color coded and bright.

3. These maple and brass rulers by Best Made Co. are beautifully well designed. This isn’t a ruler to stick in a drawer — it’s begging to be displayed on your desk.

4. These drawer liners by Hammocks & High Tea are bright and fun. They’re sure to make you smile.



Clockwise from top left:

1. The folks at A Creative Mint have another great idea: Hang some photos and mementos with neon washi tape straight to the wall. Create your own fun, bright gallery!

2. We love the idea of monochromatic pencils in this simple initial mug. We saw the combination over on Annixen‘s blog.

3. Painted embroidery hoops as mini cork boards that pack a punch? We’re already on our way to Michael’s. These are adorable. The Voilet Hours/Project Kid is bringing it.

4. We got all giddy when Eva Black took us on a tour of Lindsay Stetson Tompson’s home studio. Those drawers are our favorite, and you can grab them at IKEA.



Clockwise from top left:

1. OK, so we’ve got a think for cool cork boards. How else are we going to get all of our cool finds up on the wall? For a more typographic approach, try these Pottery Barn Kids Harper corkboard letters.

2. A Beautiful Mess took us on another home tour of Sarah Sherman Samuel’s abode. We thought this super simple but very chic black ribbon inspiration board idea in her studio was great. Don’t you agree?

3. There’s something about fancy desk accessories that just makes us happy — including this great collection of fancy scissors. Want to snag yourself a display-worthy pair? We’re pining for this Hay Shop pair.

4. Fellow Fellow gets crafty with another great way to use all of that washi tape you’ve been hoarding: Make temporary polka dots that look like wallpaper! They’re simple to make and add a lot of pop!

Jan 29

We have a lot of IKEA furniture, too.

Posted by into Apartments, Organization

It’s expensive to buy furniture. As a college student, and even as an after-college professional, it’s not really something worth investing in yet. So, like everyone else, most of us turn to the Swedish furniture superstore otherwise known as IKEA. We become way too familiar with LACK and KLIPPAN and EXPEDIT and develop a liking for Swedish meatballs with lingonberry jam.


And what happens? All of our apartments end up looking like one variation or another of everyone else’s. We add our own things and touches, but at the end of the day, we all have the same GISLEV rug as everyone else. And that’s OK. But if you’re longing for just a bit of individuality for your Billy bookcase, we’ve got you covered.


Enter Mykea. They love the well-designed furniture of IKEA, but hate that they see it everywhere — and that it all looks the same. So they’ve designed some pretty darn awesome decals for your IKEA pieces that make them a little more personalized.

We found Apartment Therapy about how to customize your IKEA furniture. You can read the article here.


Here’s to doing it a little differently!


Jan 20

33 organizers to make life easier

Posted by into Organization

Looking to get organized? Finally ready to tackle your home office, or maybe even your garage? Are you a college student looking for some dorm room organization ideas?

Well, the folks over at MarthaStewart.com have a list of 33 closet, storage and office organizers to help in your quest to find a logical place for everything. Check them out here.


Jan 8

Stylish shelves for office storage

Posted by into Organization

Looking to organize your home office? We’ve chosen some of our favorite shelving an storage units to get you started.

1. Overstock.com Addison cappuccino bookcase display stand // $211.99

2. Overstock.com Myra bookcase // $249.99

3. West Elm Whitewashed wood + metal shelves // $899.00

4. The Container Store Skandia library shelves // $547.00

5. West Elm Freeman storage – double two-tier unit // $159.00 – $449.00

6. Pottery Barn Studio wall shelf // $349.00

1. Crate & Barrel Pop up green folding three-shelf bookcase // $109.00

2. Lowes Edsal freestanding shelving unit // $77.98

3. IKEA Expedit shelving unit, birch effect // $199.00

4. Home Decorators Collection Reflections bookcase // $399.00

5. Target Espresso wide 3-section bookshelf // $77.99

6. Office Max SEI Black “X” etagere // $149.99

7. CB2 Array orange bookcase // $189.00

8. The Container Store 4-shelf iron folding bookshelf // $119.00


Dec 9

Organization tips for your home office

Posted by into Organization

We love these office organizational tips from Chris Plantan for Traditional Home, expecially since they’re great for those of us who don’t have the space for a dedicated home office. Kitchen cooling trays as paper organizers? Genius. They’re great tips for dorm room organization, too. Chris is the founder of russell+hazel, a company that creates stylish, colorful, functional items for home, work and school.