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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!

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8 Things You Really Should Move to Storage Now

Self storage facilities have clean, well-maintained units, modern climate control technology, CCTV monitoring, advanced security systems, and smart fire alarms. These features make them the ideal place for storing items that you would want to keep in excellent condition for years on end.

1.Furniture
Wooden and leather furniture pieces are made of materials that deteriorate when exposed to changing weather and environment conditions. If exposed to excessive moisture, wood may split apart or even decay, whereas leather fades and is prone to developing mold and mildew when not stored properly.

Climate control technology can help you keep your expensive furniture in their pristine condition and quality.

2.Artwork & art supplies
Museums follow strict climate control regulations to ensure all precious works of art in their safekeeping are protected from damage and deterioration brought on by time and changes in temperature.

Whether you have a Boticelli, a Van Gogh, or even your very own creations in your collection, it’s best to store these pieces in a climate-controlled environment to preserve their beauty and quality.

The same goes for your art supplies and equipment – be it fabrics, canvases, and special types of paper.

3.Collectibles
Aside from your artwork collection, you can also keep your collection of books, comics, stamps, movie posters, vinyl records, LEGO, action figures, and other collectible items in your self-storage unit. This gives you more free space at home, while making sure all your prized possessions are well-protected.

4.Office equipment
Do you have spare meeting tables, office chairs and filing cabinets? Keep them in good shape and don’t let your assets go to waste. Whether you’re in between moving offices, or downsizing at the moment, you can safely keep your office equipment at our business storage facilities.

5.Appliances & electronics
From your latest OLED TV to the very first computer you owned, you can keep them all at your self-storage unit. Like other valuable items, electronic gadgets and appliances last longer if you store them in a safe and secure indoor environment with regulated temperature.

Got a tripod or a camera lens you only use when traveling? Keep them at your self storage unit for now!

6.Official documents & records
Whether it’s your personal documents or your company’s official records that date back decades ago, storing them in your business storage unit will help keep the print clear and readable for years to come. Plus, you get to make space for more recent documents that you need to refer to more frequently.

7.Seasonal clothes
With the extreme summer and winter temperatures in Dubai, having seasonal clothes is a must. The good news is, you don’t have to stuff your wardrobe with all these clothes, shoes and accessories. When you’re not using them, you can store your summer dresses and winter boots and jackets in your personal storage unit. Not only do you get extra space in your closet, but you extend the life of your favorite outfits.

8.Things you rarely use
Winter is generally a great time to go camping. But during those months when the heat can be unbearable, and you don’t really use your camping gear, it’s best to put them away and just retrieve them when the weather starts cooling down once again. Store your tents, sleeping bags, fishing equipment and other outdoor gear you rarely use.