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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travel accessories for vacations; shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies; and replacing outgrown, busted or outdated sporting gear each season.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.
March 01: Does it really matter what type of lock I choose to use on my storage unit?
- 03/01/2017 at 9:00 am
- 03/31/2017 at 5:30 pm
This lock type is considered the industry standard. There are many advantages of choosing a disc lock. To start, they were actually developed specifically for self storage facilities and are recommended across the industry as the go-to lock to use. These locks cannot be removed using bolt cutters because the hasp (which is the “U” shaped part of a padlock) is designed in such a way that it cannot be reached. Hitting one of these locks with a hammer will not break the lock, like it can on keyless locks and padlocks. Picking this lock type is also not an easy feat when compared to other lock types. To remove a disc lock without having the key requires a bit of time and tools. You actually need to grind it off. Someone who is not authorized to be on the property will quickly move on to an easier target (like a padlock or keyless lock) because grinding off a disc lock takes a lot of time and makes a lot of noise. These locks are also stainless steel, meaning no rust will form when being outside in the elements year-round. Another benefit to this style is that many insurance companies offer a zero deductible or lower premium if you secure your storage unit with a disc lock.
There aren’t many disadvantages of choosing a disc lock. So it will cost a little more than a standard padlock. But I think you would agree it is well worth the price to keep your belongings safe. At Fieldstown Road Self Storage we sell disc locks and carry a wide variety of storage, packing, and moving supplies.
March 24: A June Wedding In Your Future?
- 03/24/2017 at 9:00 am
- 04/30/2017 at 5:30 pm
- A JUNE WEDDING IN YOUR FUTURE?
Brides Need Storage
Flowers, favors, programs, dresses, candles, centerpieces, boxes of bird seed, pedestals for flower arrangements… this snippet of a list comes from a bride’s more complete list of things to have for a wedding. An entire room in a house can become overwhelmed with taffeta and bows in a matter of days. Brides don’t need the stress of looking at all of this clutter day in and day out while trying to live their normal lives while planning a wedding. Brides need a place to keep all of their hard work safe and organized. A safe, climate controlled storage unit near their residence or the wedding venue is just the ticket.
Brides want everything perfect on their wedding day and organization is one of the keys to less-stress wedding day. However, most people think that turning their living rooms into wedding central is the only way to keep all of the items for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, day after brunch and all of the other wedding festivities together.
Fieldstown Road Self Storage can show you, as the bride, how easy it can be to keep everything in one climate controlled space and how it can make a world of difference. Also that there are no pesky pets or kids running around your precious, and usually expensive, wedding gear.
Brides of any budget will want to keep their items organized and out of the way. Brides and their entourages are always looking for deals and ways to improve the entire wedding experience. People getting ready for weddings are already handing out cash hand over fist. Why shouldn’t they spend a little more on a self-storage unit to make sure that all of their investments for the big day are being kept safe?
A person’s wedding day should be the best day of their lives.Having all of the wedding “stuff” sitting around and getting in their way leading up to the big day isn’t conducive to the happy day goal. Having everything in a storage unit all in one place ensures that all of your wedding things will be brought to your venues on that day. Anybody you trust can pickup what you need from your wedding storage unit and see that everything is cleared from your unit. If you send somebody by your residency to pick up things, a box might get lost in the shuffle or somebody might not even notice the pile in the corner that was supposed to be part of your Candy Station Creation favor table.
The storage unit ensures that everything is there, organized and ready to go. Call the professionals at Fieldstown Road Self Storage for more tips. We are ready to help provide you the least stress-free experience possible. We also have the perfect sized temperature-controlled unit to accommodate your need at a very affordable price!
Call us today at Fieldstown Road Self Storage, (205) 608-3337.
April 27: Public Sale - Thursday, April 27, 2017
- 04/27/2017 at 10:00 am
- 04/27/2017 at 11:00 am
- A public sale is scheduled to be held at our facility on Thursday, April 27, 2017, to begin promptly at 10:00 am. Sign-in is required prior to beginning of sale.CASH ONLYThere are currently (2) units scheduled to be sold. Number of units available is subject to change prior to date of sale.