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January 01: 12 Months of De-Cluttering Tasks for 2017
- 01/01/2017 at 9:00 am
- 12/31/2017 at 5:00 pm
- 12 Months of De-Cluttering Tasks for 2017
Here's a sample month-by-month plan to get you started. Customize your calendar plan to fit your typical seasonal agenda, for example, purge before events such as acquiring new travel accessories for vacations; shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies; and replacing outgrown, busted or outdated sporting gear each season. Base it on calendar holiday themes or schedule individual rooms to tackle each month.
- January. It's the New Year. De-clutter ghosts of Christmas past to make room for the new gifts. Things to toss, donate or sell include anything you don't ever use -- or that you outright dislike. You may feel that you're somehow betraying the giver if you get rid of the gift, but the egg extruder must go!
- February. This is the perfect time to dump those stacks of old love letters, Valentine's Day cards (all old greeting cards, for that matter), photos (business cards, too) of people whose names and faces you can no longer recall, and sentimental knick-knacks you don't associate with anyone meaningful -- as well as quite a few that you do.
- March. Soon it will be time for gardening. Go through the potting shed and throw out expired seeds and broken pots, torn gardening gloves and broken spray nozzles and bottles. Properly dispose of toxic herbicides and pesticides you no longer really want to use but think, maybe someday? You won't. If you've been planning a winter project with old scraps or unused items you've been saving and you haven't done it yet, get started now or donate the unused materials to a school or artist.
- April. Look for sporting equipment the kids have outgrown over the winter. It's the perfect time to donate or sell old bicycles. Go through your car's trunk and glove compartment. You may find things in there you forgot you had, which means they are ripe for purging. Shred and dispose of papers you no longer need for tax purposes.
- May. Before the weather gets too warm, move boxes and large or heavy items out of your storage unit, the garage, the basement or the attic. Go through those boxes you haven't opened in years and re-evaluate why you are still keeping the contents. Get rid of anything that's been broken or damaged while it's been stored. Make an inventory of what you keep, and label boxes with contents before putting them back.
- June. Evaluate the condition of your travel accessories and camping gear. Some of these items take up a lot of space, so if you are planning to replace them with something more up-to-date, donate the old. If your luggage is past it's travel-worthiness, re-purpose it for storage, a pet bed, or toss it.
- July. Survey your closets for spring and summer clothes, scarves, accessories and handbags you haven't worn or used since last year. Donate or sell them so someone else can still enjoy them this season. Inventory supplies for your home office, personal desk space, and kids' school and art supplies. Toss dried up pens. Melt stubby crayon bits in muffin tins to make big, multicolor crayons. If you take stock of what you have, you can avoid overbuying.
- August. Go through the kids' artwork and school papers that they (and you) have been saving. Keep only the best of the best examples of their work unless you need a large portfolio to accompany applications. Set up a shallow bin to save this year's exemplary papers and a frame to display new artwork that you rotate in and out all year.
- September. The kids are back in school and fall projects are waiting. Get your craft room, man cave or workshop back online by purging old supplies and taking stock of what you need for new projects. Once you have everything pared down, you can DIY a new organization system with modules from the big box stores, IKEA hacks or by re-purposing old cabinets. For a more upscale remodel, call in a custom closet organization specialist.
- October. The holidays are coming 'round again. Get your kitchen reorganized by starting with the pantry. Throw out expired foods, especially if you can't remember when you bought them. If the shelves are deep, line them with sturdy baskets to corral small stuff -- no higher than eye level, however, or the contents may fall on your head when you pull the bins out. Go through cabinets and drawers. Purge chipped plates, one-task appliances and gadgets.
- November. As you buy new holiday decorations and home decor, weed through the old ones. If you don't want to run into the same storage problems you had last year, now is the time to release those you're not overly fond of to make room for some new ones. Donate them, not just for the tax write-off, but because you know someone on a tight budget is also hoping for some new-to-them decorations.
- December. Take the beginning of the month to de-clutter your closets of warm clothing you didn't wear last year and drop it off at your favorite charity. If you already know you're planning to buy newer versions of old electronics, donate them, too. If they no longer work, drop them off at an e-waste collection center.
February 01: Notify Your Storage Rental Company When Contact Information Changes
- 02/01/2017 at 9:30 am
- 02/28/2017 at 5:30 pm
- Regardless of what you are storing in your self storage unit, it is important to you; and when your contact information is out of date, you risk losing the contents of your storage unit. Emergencies happen, whether it’s a fire, storm damage, or theft. When emergencies happen, Fieldstown Road Self Storage needs to be able to get in touch with you quickly. If they cannot reach you in a timely matter, your belongings are put in jeopardy.
Keeping your contact information up-to-date with your storage facility may also help you avoid having the contents of your storage unit auctioned off in the event your rent goes unpaid. Often, past due reminder letters are returned for a bad address, reminder phone calls reach disconnected phone numbers, or emails are undeliverable. In some cases, storage facilities don’t know the circumstances behind unpaid rent and they cannot continue to store the contents indefinitely. If rent has not been paid within a certain period of time the storage facility will auction the contents of the unit to recover the unpaid balance. Unfortunately the delinquent rent may be the result of a simple oversight on the part of the renter because they’ve moved and the notices aren’t being received at their new address.
In other cases, those who have established automatic credit card payments forgot to update their account information with the storage facility when any of their contract information changed. This can be easily avoided by alerting Fieldstown Road Self Storage when there is a change in your contact or credit card information so that they can reach you to resolve the outstanding payment before your items end up being auctioned.
Whenever your contact information changes, Fieldstown Road Self Storage recommends that you provide them with your current home and mobile phone numbers, home address, and e-mail address. At the same time, you should also provide current information for an emergency contact. This can be anyone you trust who knows how to get in touch with you quickly if needed, such as a family member or close friend.