Sunday, 19 January 2014

3 Ways to Free Up Your Apartment Space

We live in a new, modern era where people have progressively become accustomed to high rise buildings and small living spaces. We oftentimes are confronted with the problem of not having enough storage space for all of our belongings. We accumulate so many things over the years, and they are piling up inside our homes, then we wonder what to do with them.  With three simple techniques, you can get back on the road to gaining back and conserving your valuable and already limited space for a more comfortable, spacious home environment.

Under bed storage: When browsing the market for a potential upgrade to your bed and mattress, make sure to choose a bed that is not only comfortable, but is lifted off the ground by at least 10 inches if it doesn’t come with built-in storage drawers. By making this simple decision, you instantly create a new storage compartment underneath the area of your bed.  You can buy storage boxes and hide away all of your bedding, extra pillows, blankets and the like. It is also an ideal place to store your shoes and winter clothing during the summer months and vice versa.

Look for double duty-furniture: Like the bed, the correct choice of furniture can make the difference between chaos and a highly organized and clutter-free home. You can take advantage of these versatile pieces of furniture to economize your space and get more bang for your buck.
Coffee table that doubles as a stool and storage. Buying this simple and versatile piece of furniture is one of the quickest ways to store some of your belongings such as books and magazines.
Sofa that can be converted to sofa bed. This goes without saying how much space it can save without the need to buy an extra futon or air mattress to accommodate our guests.
Wardrobe with extra space between itself and the ceiling. The space above can be used in storing bulky items like luggage that you don’t use often but take up quite a bit of space.
Bookshelf that doubles as room divider
Headboard with storage function

Take advantage of the walls: Without spending extra money for wall decoration, an easy DIY wall display can turn those items that occupy all of your extras space into decorations. These items can easily convert your bare wall into an eclectic and attractive display.
Use wall hooks to hang clothing accessories such as ties, belts, jewelry, purses, etc.
By installing shelving units, you can showcase your hats, sunglasses, or anything of your choosing. Keep other stuff in cool looking boxes.
Following the above pieces of advice should free up a lot of your home space, but if you still suffer from a shortage of space, it may be time to reconsider how much you need all of the clutter in your home in the first place. If you consider getting rid of some of the extra weight from your home, consider donating it to charity organizations that can put those items to good use. If all else fails, self-storage spaces can be an economical solution for the things you can’t part with, but don’t have an immediate use.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Mobile Storage vs. Traditional Storage Units

For a lot of people, there comes a time when you have simply acquired too many possessions over the years and storage space becomes a problem. This is especially true for those living in townhomes or apartments where you don’t have much space to keep the extra stuff. Or more likely, when are in transitions for a new home or a new job in different cities and need temporary storage. Let’s look at two types of modern storage solutions offered in the market.

Mobile Storage 
Mobile storage is a self-storage system that basically brings a storage container, also called a pod or a module, to your door step at your request. This unique storage concept only requires you to pack your goods into the container or pay the company to pack it for you after which you lock the container with your own padlock so that no one else will be able to access your module. The company then transfers your stuff to their climate-controlled storage facility. Some storage providers will sell boxes, locks and other packaging suppliers to their clients to make packing and safekeeping easier for them In terms of flexibility, they usually offer both short-term and long-term storage.
Mobile storage saves expenses for renting moving trucks.
It is suitable for people who are short on time or with busy schedules.
It saves you time in terms of packing, loading, unloading and travel. The containers are delivered right in front of your door and taken away when you are done.
Most of these companies will not allow 24/7 access and you will therefore be required to make an appointment.
The prices can be a little bit higher than the traditional storage concept.

Traditional Storage 
Traditional storage is a self-storage solution where a storage unit is rented out in a storage facility. This can either be short term or long term storage. Some providers may offer truck rentals as well as packing and moving supplies.
As soon as you sign a lease, you are assigned a unit based on your size preference which can range from a small locker to a unit that can fit all the furniture of an entire household. You are then given access to the facility.
Sizes vary from small, medium to larger rooms where you can even fit an entire household in there.
Most of these facilities offer cheap storage with storage prices varying from short term to long term storage.
You are allowed 24/7 access to your storage space.
You are allowed to bring your own lock so no one can access your space.
Highly advanced technology security systems to ensure the safety of your stuff.
You have to rent a moving truck to transport your stuff
You have to do the loading and unloading personally or hire hands.
Some companies require an upfront or security deposit.
Now that you know the pros and cons of both types, it is up to you to decide which is the right one for you storage needs.