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How to Best Organize Your Self-Storage Unit

Self-storage allows you to keep your home clean and organized by keeping your surplus belongings in a separate and secure space. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll store your things in your unit, and completely forget about them!

To maximize the benefits of your self-storage, you need to make sure it is well organized and maintained so you can quickly find and access things whenever you need them.

  • Secure your things in boxes & label them
    Group similar items and place them carefully inside boxes. Label the boxes so it’s easier for you to find your stuff when you need to use them again. Marking boxes is particularly helpful for indicating those that contain fragile items.
  • Make an inventory of the items you’ll be storing
    Can’t remember if you’ve put the silver cutlery you received as a wedding gift in your self-storage unit? Making a list of items you’re keeping in storage can help you avoid situations like this. An inventory allows you to track things easily and keep your belongings in check. So the next time you need your tent, sleeping bags or BBQ grill, you know where to find them!
  • Place frequently used items near the entrance of your unit
    Bulky winter clothes, seasonal clothing, sports equipment, camping gear, and holiday decorations are just some of the items you might need to store in the front area of your unit. This way, you won’t have a hard time going through all your stuff just to find and get what you need.
  • Fragile on top, heavy on the bottom
    Heavy items such as furniture, shelves and extra mattresses should be placed inside boxes that will be placed at the bottom of your stack. This strategy also allows you to use the heavier items as a sturdy foundation for the boxes you’ll be placing on top of them. Ideally, lighter items should be stored in the boxes or containers you’ll be putting at the top.
  • Plan a sensible and easily accessible layout
    Your self-storage unit should definitely not be a maze. Before you head on to your self-storage unit, start visualizing your space and how you’ll be arranging your things. As much as possible, plan a layout that enables you to see all your stuff so you save on time trying to find where things are located. Make sure your layout also gives you enough walking space to reach items even at the back. 
  • Use stable and smartly designed shelves
    If you want to further improve the way your items are stored, you can invest in sturdy shelves that will hold your containers and boxes. Using shelves helps you maximize every available space in your unit, including the wall space, while keeping everything within sight and in order.
  • Do not keep hazardous items
    A friendly reminder: Never store flammable and/or hazardous materials inside your unit to prevent fire and other unpleasant incidents. Remember that it’s not just for your safety and the protection of your possessions, but also for the well-being of others.
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9 Steps to Breeze Through Your Summer Cleaning

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Summer has officially come to Dubai! And that means it’s time to get started on your summer clean-up. If you want to get it done in no time, here’s a step-by-step guide that will help make it easier and actually enjoyable!

  • Declutter your home
    In case you haven’t noticed yet, we’re avid fans of decluttering. One golden rule we go by is the 6-month-rule. If you don’t see yourself using something in the next 6 months, then you can choose to do any of three things: 1) store it, 2) donate or 3) throw it away.

    Regularly decluttering your home gives you more space for things you actually need and use.

  • Give TLC to your carpets & rugs
    Time to vacuum your carpets and rugs, or give them a thorough washing! Summer is the best time to do this so your rugs and carpets dry quickly. While you’re at it, try and give your home a new look by rearranging your carpets and furniture.
  • Pack up things you won’t need for the summer season
    Still have your winter boots on the doorway? It’s time to pack them up, along with your winter jackets, coats and beanies, and keep them in your storage unit. This will help you free up space for things that you’ll need for summer, such as…
  • Your beach umbrellas, floaties and beach loungers!
    Out with your winter stuff, in with your summer must-haves! Time to take the trip to your self-storage and bring out your beach chairs and loungers, floaties for the kids, or even that inflatable swimming pool!

    Just make sure to clean them first and find an easily accessible space in your home to store them.

  • Mirror, mirror on the wall
    Summers in Dubai can be extremely humid. This can cause your mirrors to collect more dust and dirt than usual, so it’s good to make time to clean them. The same applies to your windows!
  • Pay special attention to your garbage bins
    Intense summer humidity can also cause garbage cans to smell their worst. You can avoid this by adding an extra liner on the bottom of your bin to prevent spills and leakage. Make sure to take out the trash more often in the summer to prevent the smell of rotting food from invading your home.
  • And your washing machine!
    Did you know that your washing machine can also be affected by strong humidity in the summer? Yes, these machines tend to get dirty and smelly during the humid season. Avoid washing your clothes in a smelly washing machine. Clean it first by simply running an empty load with detergent and hot water. Once done, leave its door open to air dry.
  • Freshen up your outdoor furniture
    Summer means more time to hang out by the poolside! Spruce up your pool and outdoor furniture by giving them a quick clean. Make your own gentle cleaning agent: water + soap. Spray the furniture with water first, apply the solution, then gently clean it off with a soft brush.
  • Rummage through your pantry
    Food spoils faster in the summer. So give your pantry a quick inspection and look for food items that are about to expire. Either use them right away or throw them out so you don’t have to deal with rotten food. And wipe out crumbs and food bits from your pantry while you’re at it.
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5 Personal Storage Lessons From Star Wars That Will Turn Your Life Around

Today is Star Wars Day!

In celebration, here are 5 storage lessons we can learn from the hugely successful movie franchise:

1. A Simple Life is a Good Life
The Jedi live a frugal and simple lifestyle for good reason: Only having what you need lets you focus on the more important things in life – like being one with The Force, or in our case, just being more productive with our day!

Decluttering your living space and placing your unnecessary valuables in a personal storage unit removes anything that can distract you from your daily tasks, so you can accomplish more, in a shorter amount of time.

2. Resourcefulness Can Lead to Great Things
When Qui-Gon Jinn placed a bet against Watto in a Podrace for Anakin’s freedom, they didn’t go out and buy a new pod for Anakin to race in.

They hunkered down, got their hands dirty, and tinkered with Anakin’s homemade podracer until they got it ready. Sometimes, that’s the same attitude we need to take with our personal stuff.

Every time you consider buying something new for your home, think, “Do I really need this, or can I work with the one I have?”

This kind of fixer-upper attitude helped Anakin win the Podrace and the same perspective can keep you from cluttering your home with new stuff you don’t really need.

3. Small Changes Can Lead to Big Things
Yoda is famous for lots of quotable lines, one of them being this, “Judge me by my size, do you?”

Just as his size didn’t keep him from becoming head of the Jedi Council, the small steps you take towards a decluttered space can mean a big deal in the long run.

The simple task of sorting all your items at home can help you realise how much space you’re clogging up with unnecessary stuff.

Taking that next step and moving all your extra stuff to storage can also bring about new and important realisations – like figuring out what you need and don’t need in your life!

That extra space you free up won’t just be a refreshing home improvement, your bank account will also thank you for it.

4. Learn to Let Go (of Old Stuff)
Yoda went into hiding after he failed to stop the destruction of the Jedi; the Resistance abandoned their ships to flee from Emperor Snoke’s fleet; Obi Wan let go of Anakin after realising he’d gone to the Dark Side.

In each of these situations, something or someone had to be let go, hard as it may be.

In the same way, we must learn to let go of the things we no longer use if we want to be more productive and efficient with our space at home.

One way to know if you should let go of something is by asking yourself this question, “Do I see myself using this in the next 6 months?”

If the answer is “yes”, keep it at home; if the answer is “no”, it’s time to put it in a box to send to personal storage.

5. Commit to Your Decision and Tough It Out
“Do or do not – there is no try.”
                                            -Yoda
Once you decide to declutter your life, stick to it no matter what!

It may seem like a tough lifestyle change moving your stuff to storage after being with them for so long, but it’s worth it in the long run!

Ready to declutter your home? Call us today at +971 4 340 6962 and inquire about our affordable personal storage units. We’re more than happy to help you with your needs!