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Knowing When You Have Too Much Stuff

Knowing When You Have Too Much Stuff A guest post from Jenny Young Jenny works at Uncle Bob’s Storage. Despite my efforts to avoid storage, I acknowledge that there are some times when it is unavoidable. Here is her perspective on “stuff.” How do you know when you have too much stuff? It’s usually after you actually have too much stuff. You don’t realize it at first.  You can’t.  There isn’t a singular moment.  It comes after a time, gradually, and often it goes unnoticed by you.  Others may take notice and hesitate to say anything.  When it gets to the point that they do speak up, you’re probably in pretty deep. Having too much stuff has been sensationalized by various television programs in recent years and, as a result, it’s entered the public’s collective consciousness with considerable force.  It’s not really surprising we have so much stuff given the commercialistic and consumer-driven aspects of our society (or overly commercialistic, if you prefer). It can be challenging to know when you have too much.  It’s all relative, subjective, and it’s […]

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Travel the World or Pay Storage Company?

Travel the World or Pay Storage Company?

Self_storage_unitsI have always contended that outside storage can be a huge waste of money. I received this letter from a fellow blogger, who serves up a hefty helping of further evidence. Enjoy.

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It Pays To Be Organized

It Pays To Be Organized

A guest post by Stephanie Hyde from Monkey Bars Garage Storage System
To many people organizing seems like a daunting task that they’ll never get around to. If this is you, here’s a little push, simple steps like adding cabinets, shelving, overhead storage, and floor coatings can affect your home price by as much as 14 percent! (According to a Florida State University Study) Not only does this makeover give your wallet a boost, but it also helps increase the space in your home as well.

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How To Take Charge of Awkward Garage Storage

How To Take Charge of Awkward Garage Storage

It’s pretty easy to run out and buy some shelves and bins for storage in the garage, but so many of the items in the garage are what I would classify as “awkwards.” Your beautifully shelved bins can be sabotaged by items like fishing poles, bicycles, and garden tools. To take charge of your garage storage, accommodate these awkwards before you shelve the items that play nicely with others. Here’s how.

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Product Review: Rubbermaid All Access Organizers

Product Review: Rubbermaid All Access Organizers

This storage container has it all. It’s sturdy, stackable, visible, and accessible. I was an instant fan!

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Inbox or Invitation to Disaster?

Inbox or Invitation to Disaster?

Beware the inbox. On the face of it, an inbox makes sense. It provides a single collection place for your unsorted items. The problem is that you gain a false sense of organization, because while there is an easy plan for entrance, there is no easy plan for exit. The best solution may be no inbox at all.

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Gray Away

Gray Away

So what does hair coloring and organizing have to do with each other? Organizing is never as simple as black or white, keep or toss. There is a lot of gray that must stay, but must be stored away.

We’ve all been there. We can’t take that cluttered room anymore, so we go in with a trash bag and start tossing the old periodicals, the empty component boxes, but then we get stuck on a half finished craft project, the old documents, the expensive gift we never liked,

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Where Bad Organizing Goes to Hide

Where Bad Organizing Goes to Hide

There have been several occasions, when I have explained to my clients the importance of keeping action items visible and they respond by saying, “Yes, that makes sense, but there are other items I just want to hide.” They’re not talking about hiding cash from thieves or inappropriate materials from their kids. They’re talking about hiding items from themselves.

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Keep the Ball in Play

Keep the Ball in Play The World Cup has turned my thoughts to soccer, but not away from organizing.  There’s a useful organizing analogy out there on the football pitch. How well do you think a team would succeed if their strategy was to collect balls on the sidelines? Their chances of winning would be even worse than North Korea’s (5% according to the Daily News).   An essential step to achieving YOUR goals is to be sure you at least keep the ball in play. That may sound so obvious that it doesn’t bear saying, but here’s the point.  Good organizing is about having the ability to circulate the items you need to the goals you want.  All too often we are satisfied with storage that simply makes room for the stuff we have, but does nothing to keep these items findable and useable. If there’s no expectation for an item to be AT LEAST findable then there’s no point in keeping it.  Even archive files need to be “in play,” on some level.  Sure they can sit for 7 […]

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The ABC’s of Storage

Here’s a multiple choice question.  Fill in the blank with the best choice. “Just put it away in the_______________.” A.  Attic B. Basement C.  Closet D.  All of the above. Of course the correct answer is “D.”  Attics, basements, and closets are our storage friends.  All too often, however, they turn into forgotten wastelands.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  Here are some ways to make these storage areas more user-friendly. Keepsakes First and foremost, admit that this is a major category.  I see it in EVERY home we work in.  These are sentimental items that bring back special memories, but you have no intention of actually using or displaying. If they’re worth keeping, they’re worth keeping well.  Clear plastic boxes or drawers are the most user-friendly, but if you require 30 of them, they can get quite expensive, so do a focused sort and purge first. Old files I get it.  You need to keep these, just in case, but their location in your attic, basement, or closet should be as remote as the likelihood of retrieving them. […]

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