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Creative Ways to Hide Christmas Gifts

Cleaning And Organization

It’s that time of year again: the leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping, and the end-of-year holidays are fast approaching. Soon the rush to purchase Christmas gifts for your family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else you may consider important will become the major focus of your free time. But there’s an important question that comes with this process: what is the best Christmas gift hiding place? 10 Federal Storage has been there, done that, and we want to float you our best tips and tricks to keeping your gifts under wraps until the big day. Close to the Heart Of course, the simplest solution is to store your gifts right in your own home. They’re available to you for immediate access, and you never have to question where anything is. Except, of course, for the fact that Christmas gifts multiply fast, and before you know it you may have more gifts than you have space for. After all, there’s only a finite amount of space in your closets, attic, garage, and under the bed, and if you buy gifts for more than a few people you will likely find your potential hiding places filled up before your shopping is done. This problem is only exacerbated if the people you’re shopping for have their eyes set on larger gifts for the holidays. While small gifts may be creatively maneuvered to maximize the effectiveness of your storage space, medium and large gifts are inevitably going to dominate whatever space they are stored in, especially considering larger gifts (such as televisions) almost always come in even larger boxes. Let’s also not forget the struggle of having nosey children (or even a nosey spouse) in the house. While you may think that your gift hiding strategy is foolproof, never underestimate the determination of a determined gift hunter, especially a child who is eager to know if they’re getting that new electronic or toy they’ve dreamed about for months. Even if they’re unsuccessful the first year ...

November 28th, 2022

You’ll Want to Remember These 10 Moving Tips for Your Next Move


If you have ever moved before, you know that it can be an arduous process from beginning to end. If you have done it more than once, you probably have learned some tips and tricks to help make the process easier. However, even if you have plenty of practice, moving can still seem daunting. In this article, you will find tips for moving, including packing and unpacking tips. 10 Important Moving Tips 1. Contact Any Services Well in Advance The worst thing that could happen is waiting until the last minute to call a moving truck company or moving assistance and not having anything available for the day you want or have to move. To ensure that you can have the proper resources you need, you should call the companies at least one month in advance. If you wait for longer, you risk not having the service you need or costing yourself more money to use the service. This includes any services you may need when you get to your new place. 2. Make Yourself a Realistic Schedule Having to rush in the week before your move will only cause you more stress. Planning ahead and building a realistic schedule can help you stay on track and give you the certainty that you have everything you will need in your next location. You may even be able to plan it out so you are packed well in advance of the move. Having a schedule can also allow you to break the packing into shorter amounts, so the process doesn’t seem as overwhelming or tiring. So, what does a realistic schedule look like? If you work a normal 40-hour week, you likely aren’t going to be able to come home and get an entire room packed in a night. Try to segment your rooms up as best you can to start the packing process little by little while utilizing days off to pack bigger amounts. For example, aim to get ...

October 6th, 2022

Self Storage for Small Businesses: Why It Can Help

Business Storage

While running a small business, you have many projects, operations, and other aspects to juggle. Regardless of where you run your business, space is always a factor that impacts how smoothly you can run your business. Self storage for businesses allows you to maximize your office space and have the flexibility of utilizing another space for your inventory. Benefits of Self Storage You Can Have Flexibility Within Your Office Utilizing a storage unit enables you to change the look of your office or even clear out unnecessary items inside your office without upgrading to a larger space with less maintenance. Keeping items that you don't use on a day-to-day basis in self-storage opens up the space in the office. This also enables you to change out furniture, seasonal decorations, or additional products without having the clutter of storing in the office. The possibilities are endless within your office with more space! Additionally, as your business grows, you can easily adjust your storage unit needs. You Can Have Flexibility Within Your Schedule Finding the right storage unit for you is key! Whether you need climate-controlled or non-climate-controlled storage, 24/7 access in an option at many of our facilities. This allows you to come whenever it fits your schedule to either change items or add more items to your storage unit. In addition, drive-up access right to your unit allows for convenient unloading and loading from your unit. You Can Address Supply Chain Issues Having a commercial storage unit, you can address the everchanging timetable of import shipments. If your business has received a surplus of products but has limited shelf capacity, being able to store the rest for a later date when needed is beneficial to your business space and, ultimately, your profit margin. A storage unit also comes in handy for a surplus of seasonal products. At the end of each season, it is sometimes ...

August 31st, 2022

Common Questions About RVs

Rvs And Boats

exploring the countryside, a reliable motorized RV can be your best travel companion! If you’re new to having an RV, or are considering getting your first one, you might have a lot of questions before you’re ready to hit the open road. To get your RV journey started, we’ll answer a few of the common questions you might have about RVs. From what RV actually stands for to parking solutions for these big vehicles, we’ll get you up to speed on the basics! Here at 10 Federal Storage, we can also help you find a home for your vehicle between road trips - if you’re all ready to rent a place for your RV, just take a look at our storage locations and find a parking spot! What does RV stand for, anyway? Actually a fairly broad term, RV stands for “Recreational Vehicle.” This means that, technically, camper trailers, motorhomes, pop-up campers, and really any drive or tow-able vehicles with living quarters could be considered RVs. However, RV is frequently used to describe drivable/motorized recreational vehicles, and not trailers and campers, which are towed. Motorized RVs are technically called motorhomes, but chances are you’re used to hearing them referred to as RVs, so we’ll follow that trend! In this context, we’ll stick to the term “RV” to just describe drivable vehicles. While we're classifying vehicles, it’s worth reviewing the different types of RVs. There are three major RV classes, and, surprisingly, they’re not in order of size! The main RV classifications are: Class A RVs - The largest types of RVs, class A RVs pack in some serious living space with plenty of room for luxury. Running up to about 45 feet in length, these RVs can often sleep a small group of people. Some of these RVs have expandable slides, and can even tow a car! Class B RVs - These are actually the smallest types of RVs. Often referred to ...

August 15th, 2022

Start Cleaning and Organizing Your Garage Today

Cleaning And Organization

Summer is one of the best times of year to do a deep-clean of your garage. Provided the weather cooperates and isn’t too hot, you can easily use the sunshine and warm weather to clear out some extra stuff from this valuable storage space. But if you’re not sure how to clean and organize your garage, you’ve probably got some questions about how to get started. Luckily, 10 Federal Storage can help. We’re pretty good at cleaning, moving, and organization. We can help give you some great clean garage organization ideas and help you with the process of decluttering from start to finish. Deep Cleaning Tips for Your Garage What’s the best way to clean a garage? Carefully. It’s probably been a while since you’ve given it a good cleaning, so it’s worth it to take things slow and make sure you’re focused—not to mention that there are probably plenty of sharp or heavy items in your garage that pose the potential for injury if improperly handled. Only after you give it a good clean can you start to organize and declutter. For starters, the right cleaning materials make all the difference. If you don’t have the following things handy, make a trip to the store to pick them up: Push broom Dustpan Trash bags Gloves Wet/dry vacuum Move everything out before you start cleaning. The best way to clean a garage is to give yourself space to do it. If there are vehicles parked inside, move them out and park in your driveway or along the street. If your garage is the only place to park your lawnmower, move it out, too. Once your vehicles are out, start moving items away from the walls. Sweep the floors and dispose of any trash. Using a push broom and dustpan, sweep out the corners of your garage and move as much dirt and debris toward the center of the room as possible. ...

July 20th, 2022

How to Find a Home When It’s Hard to Buy a House


If you’ve so much as peeked at the housing market within the last couple of years, you know that it’s not the most buyer-friendly status quo right now. Depending on your income, location, and home expectations, some possibilities are reasonable and attainable, but even if you can afford a house, it’s probably not at a price you’d like to pay. This is an affliction hitting many would-be home buyers that want to take the plunge into home ownership but are finding themselves repelled by the prices. 10 Federal Storage is made of employees who sincerely empathize and want to do what we can to help you navigate your home options. At the end, we’ll navigate you to a reliable self storage option to help facilitate your move into a new home. How to Analyze the Housing Market The housing market is a crucial part of the overall economy. It can be used to measure the economy’s current health, as well as a predictor of future economic conditions. In order to analyze the housing market, you need to understand the different factors that influence it. The most important factor in the housing market is supply versus demand. The level of demand for housing affects both prices and construction activity. When there is high demand for housing, prices go up and more new homes are built. When there is low demand for housing, prices go down and fewer new homes are built. At the time of this writing, the housing market is experiencing a surge in pricing across the nation, which has forced many otherwise prospective homebuyers to put off their purchase plans in favor of more affordable options. Should I Rent an Apartment? As the housing market continues to suffer, more and more people are considering apartment rental as an alternative to owning a home. Is this a wise decision for you? There are pros and cons to both renting and owning a ...

July 5th, 2022