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Getting Ready for Spring

While it may not seem so, spring is right around the corner! With warmer weather approaching, now is a good time to prepare your home for the spring season. Here are some tips to ensure you and your home are ready for spring.

Inside

Not all of spring has to do with lawn maintenance, as spring is also a time where your home itself needs to be ready too. First, you may want to check if your air conditioner is functioning properly. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and realizing your AC isn’t working properly on the first hot day of the year would be less than ideal. If there are any problems it is best to schedule an appointment now for a time in the future than wait until they have tons of people trying to schedule repairing appointments. Changing your HVAC filter is also something you should look to do before you have to use it. Procrastination is tempting, but overcoming it is extremely rewarding. It is also a good time to check your refrigerator’s filter before your refrigerator becomes an indispensable item during warmer months. This may also be a good time to inspect your clothes dryer vent to ensure it will function properly as well. If you end up with some broken appliances in need of repair, consider our home storage options to help with the logistics of it!

Outside

The biggest change that comes with spring time occurs outside. After the snow has completely melted it is the perfect time to start inspecting your home. Walk around and inspect the entire exterior to see if there are any areas that need to be repainted or have been damaged during the winter. It is also a prime time to trim trees and branches that might get too close to your home. Once they bloom a close enough branch can act like a freeway for bugs to enter your home in the spring.  Another important thing to check is your drainage systems. Before it starts raining too often, making sure your gutters are clear of debris and are ready to roll is a very important way to avoid water damage. Inspecting your roof is also another very important place that the winter could have damaged. You don’t want any damaged or missing shingles, or even a defunct chimney, to become a problem before it’s too late. Making sure your sprinklers are ready to operate for the spring and summer time is also another good way to get ahead of the game. Trying to repair sprinklers during their peak season of use will be a decision that you’ll feel in your pocket and will take more time than sorting out any problems now.

The arrival of spring will be an exciting time for many. But like all exciting opportunities, you must prepare for them in advance. By getting ready for spring now, you will be ahead of the game and will ensure your home is in tip-top shape.

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3 Tips For an Awesome House Party

Hosting a party is one of the few scenarios where you can dictate how enjoyable your night is. The amount of time and effort you put into making your party a success will directly correlate to your friends and family having a good time. Here are a few tips to get your next party on the right path.

The Playlist

Having someone DJ shouldn’t be a last second call. The earlier you figure out who will be controlling the music and what the playlist will be, the less likely you’ll run into any speed-bumps on game day. You don’t want your guests to second guess your choice of music or question ho’s controlling the music, it should be a seamless part of the party. You should know the guests you have coming and what type of playlist will suit the atmosphere you’re trying to create. You can even use the playlist to have the party peak at a certain hours and then gradually die down.

The Guest List

Undoubtedly the guests at your party will determine how it goes. It’s important to segment your guest lists into the type of friends they are and how’ll they’ll be at a party. Try and balance your party animal friends with the number of more socially relaxed ones. Make sure a good portion of your friends groups overlap so the party won’t be too cliquey. And, most importantly, if you know which friends will show up late and which will show up on time, give them different starts times to everybody starts showing up at the time you want the party to start happening.  If you want a dry party, try and avoid inviting friends who may not follow any house rules you may set. The most important thing to remember is that you are not obliged to invite anyone, it’s all up to you.

Proper Spacing

A good party usually involves some nice mingling and interactions among your guests. The best way to facilitate this is to have a set-up that is inviting for people to interact. Whether you want to set up a dance floor or just clear some space for guests to roam around more easily, this is an often underrated part of a party. If you need help creating space for this, we have storage options that can help you make your party the best it can be.

A good party can be planned for, and these tips will help get you on the right path.

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5 Travelling Storage Tips

Summer is synonymous with vacations. Taking a week or two off from work is the perfect way to get the most out of your summer. When travelling, there are a few storage tips to ensure your belongings are safe, secure, and you can bring the most items with you to your destination. Here are 5 tips to make all of this come true.

Taking Care of Home

Travelling isn’t just about what you bring with you, but also what you leave behind. Making sure all of your possessions are safe and sound is a very important part of vacationing with a sound mind. Make sure you have someone trustworthy with a key to your house in case of any emergencies. If you have any valuables that you don’t feel comfortable leaving at home, you can either leave it with someone trustworthy or Take advantage of our safe and secure storage options. Letting your neighbors know that you will be gone for some time can also be helpful.

Money Belt           

Do you worry about theft when travelling? Especially when travelling internationally, losing your passport or money can be a horrific situation to find yourself in. Rather than keeping your valuables inside your pockets, a money belt can be a wise investment. Inaccessible to thieves and pickpockets, a money belt under your shirt is a safe and sound way to travel with valuables.

Pack Light

Airlines usually have a bag limit for travelling. Not only is this profitable for the airline, it should serve as a benchmark for how much you should pack. Unless you’re moving, if you’re going above the limit for weight and number of bags, you’ve packed way too much. It is important to balance needs with wants when packing. You probably need less clothing than you think, especially for a short vacation. Logistics and travelling becomes much easier the less items you have to bring with you.

Leave Space

Stuffing items into your bag is a recipe for disaster. When you’re on your travels, you are guaranteed to see clothing and souvenirs that you will want to buy for your friends and family. These are once in a lifetime purchases that you should have room for in your bags. Do not worry about whether or not you can fit them back at home, because worst case scenario our home storage options will ensure any memorabilia you have can fit into your home décor plans.

Avoid New Clothes

If you’re vacationing or just travelling, you don’t need to pack your newest and best clothes. Traveling is the perfect time to expand your wardrobe to more comfortable clothing that you usually don’t want to wear because of your appearance. The comfort/looks tradeoff leans heavily towards comfort when travelling.

Hopefully these travelling storage tips will make your next vacation the best one yet!

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Fun Outdoor Projects

If you’re looking for something to keep you occupied as well as allow you to enjoy the outdoors this spring, why not try a DIY project? A DIY (do it yourself) project can be a fun hobby that pays off in the end. Here are a few examples of potential projects for you to do this spring.

Treehouse 

The most standard project there is, a treehouse is a great way to hone your craftsman skills into making something worthwhile, especially if you have kids. A treehouse can be a place to escape into during a summer night, one that you can design/decorate in any way you please. It can be a place for your kids to have fun and hang out with friends, or it can be your own personal place of solitude. If this interests you, there are tons of guides online on how to approach building a treehouse. And we can make sure any storage issues you have in the process will be taken care of!

Bench

At first glance, this seems to be a rather bland project. A bench can easily be purchased at any time. A bench is not too fancy and is not too long of a project. The utility from a bench is not like that from a completed treehouse. However, an important caveat that is overlooked by these assumptions is how the human spirit manifests itself in the creation of something. Even if a simple bench may seem to be trivial, it is the art of creating something of your own and perfecting it that can make this a worthwhile endeavour. Once you make a bench, it can be used and passed on for generations. You can carve your name into the bench and make it a landmark of your own spirit. All of this can be accomplished with some simple craftsman skills and some motivation.

Bird Fountain

A bird fountain is a third and often overlooked potential project. This project can get a little tricky as the fountain itself needs more than simple woodworking abilities. The amount and weight of the materials may become more than it would be for a bench, but remember that storage problems can always be answered.  However, if you find yourself to be a person who harmonizes with nature, this project can be a way to give back. A bird bath will attract birds and can make any ornithological dreams of yours come true in your own backyard!

These three examples are only to give you an idea of potential projects. There are endless possibilities, but just remember that a outdoor project can be your next hobby.

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Reimagining Your Living Room

It’s easy to get sucked into the annual ritual of spring cleaning without thinking outside of the box for a second. However, when you muster up the energy to clean your house, you can also allocate some of this energy to make some change that can go a long way. Here are some ways you can look to reimagine your living room.

Segments

One of the best ways to rethink a room is to make segments. This way it can be much easier to think of new options and definitively free up space. Just like municipal governments use zoning in urban planning, creating zones in your living room can be a solid foundation for a redesign. Creating an open area for just a rug or just a coffee table can give you a base to work around.

Bookshelves

Another important stepping stone in the redesigning process can be bookshelves. You want to be able to clear your walls and start fresh when you think of your room, and the first items you should reintroduce against your walls can either be some bookshelves or couches. Bookshelves can serve as nice dividers between segments in your planned living room, and can leave an aura of sophistication. When moving your bookshelves to and fro, our home renovation storage options are the perfect way to held reduce the headache that logistics can cause.

Color Scheme

If you didn’t have a thematic color scheme beforehand, now can be the perfect time to introduce one. The color scheme can go with your wall and other furnishing around your house, or it can be used to create a distinct mood in your living room. You can even try to tell a story with colors throughout your house, with each room having a thematic presence or being a chapter in this story of colors. Whichever way you decide to utilize colors in your home, we recommend that you do so as they can be an underrated way to shift the mood in any home.

Walls

Often people think clutter is a good solution for design. You have a lot of nice pieces of furniture? Well, there’s still no need to employ all of them. The same goes for wall pieces. Just because a wall piece, whether it is simply a design piece or a piece of artwork, is expensive or has value attached to it, doesn’t necessarily mean it has to fit with the vista of your living room. Try to have your wall pieces reflect a theme and color scheme. Look at artwork and wall pieces you may have thrown aside in the past and try and reemploy them. And if you decide to remove some paintings or wall pieces, just put them in storage, and maybe they can be reused sometime in the future.

Hopefully these tips will help you reimagine your living room. These are only some stepping stones, however. The actual design is up to your creative muscles.

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Deck Restoration

A nice deck can be a very inviting portion of your house that encourages you to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Conversely, a deteriorated deck can be unsightly and deter guests. So after the winter and early spring weather wears and tears your deck, how can you properly restore it?

Check for Rot

Wood tends to rot. It is a physically property of wood that is especially induced through moisture in wood. Untreated redwood, cedar, and other untreated woods are susceptible to rotting, and it is important to check the entirety of your deck for any rotting. Rotting tends to occur in dark and damp places, usually on the underside of your deck. If the rot is a half inch or deeper you should replace that piece. If you realize you need to replace multiple pieces of wood, our home renovation storage options can make it easy for you.

Washing the Deck

Before you start washing, make sure your deck is clear of any debris. A leaf blower is the perfect tool to clear a deck of any remaining debris. When it comes to actually washing your deck, you have two options. The easier yet more expensive options is to purchase a form of a power washer, preferably a specified deck washer, and use this to wash your deck. This would be purchasing a good directly for a need that you have. A power washer is something you can purchase and leave in storage for 364 days a year, and take it out when necessary. However, if you’d like to save some money, getting on your hands and knees and scrubbing is another effective method.

Finishing

The last step in deck restoration is applying finish to the wood. Before you do this, if you notice that your wood is discolored or stained, you may wish to take care of that before applying the finish. There are multiple deck restoration products you can apply to the deck to make the wood itself look fresh again. Always remember to wear eye protection and rubber gloves when handling any of these chemicals. Look into what type of wood your deck is made from to determine what products are best for you. This goes for the finish as well. Applying the finish is sealing the deck, and you should only do this after you’ve let the deck dry. You can tell this by applying a few drops of water and seeing if they are absorbed by the wood. If they are, the wood is dry. Also, if you want to paint the deck with deck paint, you should do this before applying the finish. Once you apply the finish, you’re finished, and your deck should be restored.

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How to Maximize Closet Space

Most people could use some more closet space. Whether or not you think you have too many clothes, and organized and spacious closet can be a small but significant improvement to your day to day life. Here are some ways to maximize closet space.

Cleaning

The most important way to maximize space is to get rid of things you don’t need. It’s as simple as that. It may seem like a tedious task, but there are bound to be items in your closet that you will never wear, and they’re doing more harm just sitting their. Getting rid of closet clutter is the first step to reorganization. In the process of screening your clothing, you have the opportunity to clear your closet and see the amount of space you’re working with. Getting a complete fresh start will make the reorganization process much smoother. And if you need professional advice, we’re here to help you in the clutter-removal process.

Build Up 

If you have one rack of clothing and think you’re using your closet to its fullest potential, you’re wrong. Vertical space is criminally underutilized. When you’re going to start re-organizing your closet, start from the floor and build up. Floor space is an excellent place to keep clothing items that don’t need to be hanged. A simple storage fixture and you can keep your socks, underwear, even your jewellery all in your closet! The same goes for having a shelf above your clothing rack. Clothing that it’s not necessary to hang up or various accessories can be kept up there. Use this opportunity to put a lighting fixture in your closet to make it more visible. The reorganization of your closet can be an exciting time to spice things up. Storage related tasks can be fun, we can show you how!

Cherry On Top

Another extremely forgotten way to maximize space are closet doors. That revolving fixture can surprisingly hold up a lot of items with proper equipment. You’re a simple purchase away from being able to keep your shoes or your towel attached to your closet door. By simply doing that you can save a ton of closet space and remove clutter from other areas of your home. Finally, the most important way to ensure that you maximize your closet space is to maintain the space you’ve created. Once you’ve gone through the process of reorganization, it is up to you to maintain the precedents you’ve created. And when you do, you’ll be proud of yourself.

A messy closet can be an irritating daily experience. By re-organizing your closet and maximizing your closet space, you can make a small but noticeable improvement to your life.

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A Fresh Start

A new year offers a way for people to embrace a fresh start. Making a New Year’s resolution is a common embodiment of this way to start with a clean slate. A commonplace on many resolutions is to literally start with a clean slate and organize! There is no better time to organize your home and in turn have a fresh and clean start to a new year. Here are some tips on how to do so.

Location

Organization can be hard to focus on, and easy to give up on when you start. That is why it’s important to start off by organizing the parts of your home that you see the most, including you living room and entrance way into the home. By simply putting back misplaced items in these areas and tidying up the perceived success of organization will be strong right off the bat. The appearance of a tidy room can motivate you to keep up with your newfound desire to be organized.

Cleanliness

Before you can reorganize and change the setup of your home to become more tidy, the simple initial step is to cleanup. The best way to do this is a power session. Turn on the music, get pumped, a quick and inspired cleaning session can get done surprisingly fast. Ever clean up your place at the last minute before a guest arrived? If so, you know how efficiently it can be done.

Reorganization 

Here comes the actual change. The last two steps are important to get the ball rolling, however the actual setup of your home is the same, it’s just more tidy. Reorganization needs to be planned out. Labeling items and having designated areas for items is a easy way to organize and change your place for the better. This is the part where the storage areas of your home first start becoming important. Labeling items in your garage and closet can streamline the organization process. The major key to successfully organizing is to focus on downsizing. Over the course of time most people clutter their living spaces with an excess of items and furniture. Just because you own a piece of furniture does not mean you need to use it. And if you’re worried about not having space for furniture you might want to take out, consider our home storage options to ensure that you can safely own the pieces without having them clutter your home.

Storage

The storage parts of your home are the backbone of the whole organization operation. While they may not be in sight, if they are organized it ensures that you can have fluid access to your items and are avoiding clutter. Items you keep at home should be ones that you may need to use on a momentary notice. If you have items in your garage and/or closet that you have no plans of using, but are storing because you own it, you’re not efficiently using your space. These are items that would benefit from safely being kept in storage.

These tips are obviously ambiguous, as each person’s individual situation varies. However, by using this outline and keeping the major points made in mind you can successfully fulfill a resolution promise to organize your home.

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Why You Should Organize Your Home

Leaving a mess is very easy. You get home, put something down, and forget about it. You’re too tired or too lazy to put it away, and leave the burden for your future self. As time progresses, you are left with a messy home, that is extremely disorganized. You are not a messy person, but just too lazy to organize. However, the benefits of organizing your home are sure to motivate you to make some changes.

Space

The most obvious reason to organize your home is to free up space. A cluttered home is less spacious than an organized one. A more spacious home can be more comfortable and inviting. When organized and clean your house will feel more free and be open to more items. Once you organize your stuff you can see if you don’t have enough space, and then can make decisions on how to free up space. Our home storage options are always a way to free up clutter and help you organize.  You’ll have so much space for activities!

Less Cleaning

Organizing a cluttered home may seem like a lot of work. After all, the cumulation of a mess can be difficult to clean. However, once you clean it, you’ll have less to clean. With your items organized, you can actively put items away without building a mess. Once you get rid of items you may not need you will simply not have to clean them anymore, saving you time.

Hosting

Nothing motivates someone to clean like an impending guest. But wouldn’t it just be easier if your home was organized in the first place? You won’t have to scramble to clean your house when you know you have guests coming. You can invite people to come over knowing that they’ll be impressed with your organized home, and they will think of you as someone who has their life together. And best of all, an unexpected guess wouldn’t be a nightmare, as your home would always be presentable.

Concentration

With a mess in front of you, it’s easy to get distracted. It’s hard to organize your thoughts when your surroundings are unorganized. Not only that, but not being able to find an item can be a huge time waster that also breaks your concentration. The next time you’re looking for the glue, wouldn’t it save you time and piece of mind if you know where the glue is? This is why we offer solutions for you to get rid of clutter at A Space Place, as we know that a cluttered home is one that can affect your life in a multitude of ways.

It’s easy to become disorganized, but the laziness it takes to not clean will come back to haunt you with the difficulties of living in a cluttered home. Taking simple steps to organize your home can help improve your concentration, free up space, have less for you to clean, and make you a better host.

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When to Replace Appliances

Appliances are an important yet underrated part of your home. Often expensive devices, they are necessary household items. Ranging from a microwave to a washer, replacing one of these can be quite the task. That is why it’s important to decide whether you need to replace an appliance or can get it repaired.

When to Repair

If one of your appliances is broken the first thing you should consider is if it’s repairable. First, check if it’s actually broke. You’d be surprised how many times people think something is broken only to find out it’s not plugged in or it simply needs to be cleaned. Especially washers and dryers can have filters that get filled with lint and dust. If it is actually broken, check if you have a warranty for that appliance. If it is still under warranty you can easily schedule a service call to have professional repair the items for little to no cost. However, if you do not have a warranty, this is where decisions have to be made. If you consider yourself to have some handy-man skills, DIY (do it yourself) could be the most cost effective option. However, if you cannot fix it yourself, you need to consider the age of the appliance and the cost of a repair. You can search online to see what the life expectancy of your product is, and you can obtain a quote for a repair.

When to Replace

If your appliance is past the halfway point of its expected life cycle, and a repair costs more than 50% of a new appliance, then its time to consider replacing. Generally, it is nice to replace appliances that are towards the end of its life cycle if your budget permits. However, when an appliance is actually broken and a repair cost more than half of a new appliance, then purchasing a new appliance is the most cost-effective option. At that point the old appliance would become a liability to break again and is already an outdated model. Newer appliances perform better and are generally more energy efficient. When purchasing a new appliance, look into possibly purchasing designated energy efficient appliances.  While they cost a bit more, if you’re planning on using the appliance for 10 or more years the savings you can get from having an energy efficient appliance may be worth it. Now what do you do with your old appliance? If we’re talking about an old washer or drier, selling these or recycling them can make you an extra buck. Look into companies that pay you to take the appliance off your hands, and while waiting to figure out what to do with the option, consider our storage units as a place to store that big appliance instead of out on the street.

The decision between repairing or replacing a broken appliance can be a very important one. By weighing in all of the variables around the decision, you can save a lot of money and have a working appliance in the process.

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