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Setting Up Your Home Office for Success in the New Year

Cleaning And Organization

A number of items scattered across a cluttered home office workspace.

The new year is the perfect time to set new personal and professional goals, and decluttering and reorganizing can help you make these goals a reality instead of another failed New Year’s resolution. When boosting your work-from-home productivity, taking advantage of hybrid or remote work opportunities, or just dedicating a little extra time to work, creating a functional, organized home office can make all the difference. Not sure where to start? After you identify where your designated home office space will be, 10 Federal Self Storage has some helpful workspace organization tips and best practices that can help you make room and keep your area organized. Benefits of a Designated Home Office Space Chances are, your work emails, contacts, and stress are just a few clicks away at all times, which means finding an outstanding work-life balance can be difficult, especially if you’re trying to maximize your productivity and stay on top of everything at work. If you work at home all the time, or even occasionally, you might find keeping work and life separate especially difficult. Creating a designated home office space can significantly impact your stress levels and productivity. Find a space to work within your home and choose this spot for your new or upgraded home office. Ideally, you might have a whole room you can transform into a home office, but if not, don’t worry! Consider dedicating a corner of a guest room, dining room, or hobby space to work. If you can help it, try to avoid making your bedroom or living room your office space, as these are most likely the spaces you use to relax at the end of the day, and you don’t want your work setup and notes hovering in the background of your downtime. While choosing a spot, ensure you have room for your computer or other work equipment, a place to plug in electronics, and anything else you’ll need to get to ...

November 29th, 2023

Seven Tips for Packing Up Your Summer Clothes

Cleaning And Organization

A clothing rack of women’s summer clothing.

One of the best parts of fall is that it’s finally cool enough to throw on warm clothes like cozy sweaters and flannels. But when bulky coats and chunky sweaters compete for space in your closet, it can start to feel cramped. It’s helpful to pack up summer shorts, bathing suits, and tees so you can refresh your wardrobe for the cooler season without taking up more space. How To Organize Summer Clothes It might seem like a hefty task to go through your clothes, but if you set aside a few hours, it can be done quickly and easily. Here are seven tips to make packing up your summer clothes a breeze. 1. Purge Before you even begin to pack, decide which clothes should be stored and which items don’t have much of a place in your wardrobe anymore. As you rifle through your drawers and closets, make a pile of clothes you didn’t wear this past summer. Chances are, if you didn’t put it on, it’s time to donate it, sell it, or repurpose it. Although it’s not always easy to say goodbye, it’s helpful to know that all the items you’re packing up will be worn in the future. 2. Clean Your Clothes Before Packing After taking the time to separate your clothes into a giveaway pile and a keep pile, throw the keep pile into the laundry. Not only will your clothes smell better as you pack them up, but you’ll also wash off any dust, crumbs, or stains before they’re stored for an extended time. For valuable pieces, like wedding guest clothing, consider getting them dry-cleaned. 3. Decide if You Should Roll, Fold, or Hang Your Clothes Casual clothing like shorts, T-shirts, and bathing suits should be folded into thirds or rolled up to save space. Rolling results in fewer creases, which could be a better option for tops and tanks. For more delicate and fragile pieces, it’s best to hang ...

October 26th, 2023

How to Keep Your House Clean When You Have Kids

Cleaning And Organization

A father playing with his son while a mother and daughter pleasantly watch.

Raising kids is a journey of a lifetime, filled with love and laughter. However, it can come with the challenge of maintaining a clean and organized home. Balancing family life with a nice and tidy living space may seem like an unattainable goal, but with a consistent routine, keeping a clean home is achievable. At 10 Federal Storage, we are here to explore the best tips and tricks for busy parents to keep their homes in pristine condition. Tips for Keeping A Clean House With Kids The key to maintaining a clean home with kids is establishing consistent cleaning routines. One of the best organization tactics is creating a daily or weekly schedule that includes both quick and more thorough tasks. Assign tasks throughout the family, giving kids age-appropriate tasks. Along with that, setting aside tasks for entire family cleanups is a great way to incentivize everyone doing their part. Another tip is to recognize the tasks that should be daily or tasks that should be done weekly. To prevent you from having any added stress during the week, utilize the weekends for deep cleaning activities. If you are trying to get these weekend tasks done with your kids, getting a speaker and playing some great music can also create a high energy and fun environment. Please note that dance parties are encouraged during family cleaning days! How to Get Your Kids to Help with Chores Teaching kids to take responsibility for their items not only lightens the load on parents, but it instills great values on children. Younger kids can be responsible for putting away their toys or maybe wiping down the counter, where older kids could do the dishes or fold laundry. These are also great opportunities to demonstrate teamwork to your younger children. To encourage kids to clean with you, try playing a fun cleaning game. House Beautiful has a wonderful article of eight different cleaning games you could play with your children. Keeping a positive mindset is another ...

October 9th, 2023

5 Clever DIY Cleaning Tips

Cleaning And Organization

Keeping your home clean and organized is essential for a healthy and happy life. The start of a new season is the perfect time to get your home organized and ready for the rest of the year. While your full housekeeping strategy is up to you, this guide will help you stay on top of your cleaning responsibilities while creatively using the tools you have around the home to make the job easier. With our years of storage experience and facilities across the country, trust 10 Federal Storage to help you keep your home tidy all year long with these five DIY cleaning tips. 1. Natural Cleaning Solutions for Your Kitchen Cabinets Start by scrubbing down all your wooden surfaces with lemon oil. This time-tested treatment can bring back fading color while removing dirt and residue of all varieties. Skip the harsh chemicals and use this gentle yet effective cleaning solution to keep your whole kitchen clean and protected from grime. Tip - Use lemon oil on these wooden surfaces: ● Cabinets ● Counters ● Tables ● Floors ● Walls 2. Freshen Up Your Bathroom With Homemade Cleaning Products While larger messes (both in and out of the bathroom) are best handled with dedicated cleaning solutions, you can keep up on your regular bathroom maintenance with a DIY all-purpose cleaner. Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to make an effective and aromatic cleaner for your bathroom sink and shower. Add a little baking soda before you apply for toilets and other areas that require extra cleaning. 3. Clever Cleaning Hacks in the Laundry Room Your all-purpose cleaner also works great on your washing machine! Run an empty load with water, vinegar, and baking soda a few times a year to eliminate any stale or funky odors. On top of that, try using germ-free sponges as you clean out your washer, ...

September 21st, 2023

Deciding What To Sell and What To Donate

Cleaning And Organization

A woman holding a yellow shirt while cleaning out her closet.

Deciding what to sell and what to donate can be a difficult process, especially when organizing or downsizing. Whether you’re making a big move or just looking to declutter your home, 10 Federal Storage has you covered with helpful tips for deciding how to sell and what to donate. The process of determining what belongings you want to keep can be daunting at first. At 10 Federal Storage, our aim is to assist you in optimizing your space with our decluttering tips from leading storage professionals. Assess Your Needs and Goals It’s crucial to have a plan before you even begin to sort through your belongings. Deciding what your primary goal is will help you maintain a clear focus as you determine what gets sold or donated. Selling clothes or extra furniture is a great way to make a little money while clearing up some space in your home. Alternatively, donating items you no longer use can be extremely rewarding and helpful for your community. Regardless of what your intent is, having a plan and understanding your goals will help guide and inform your decisions. Categorize and Evaluate Items Once you’ve decided on what plan of action you intend to take with the items, sorting them by use or category is the next step. Making groups of items based on their use will make the decision-making process easier. Start out by sorting your belongings into categories like clothing, electronics, furniture, kitchen items, and so on. From that point, you can determine what would be worth selling or donating. Items that are relatively new and aren’t used as frequently are great candidates for selling. Possessions like clothing, furniture, and some tech can be reused or repurposed by other people, while items that may be older or worn are ideal for donations. During this process, it’s to your benefit to evaluate the practicality of each item. If something is extremely outdated and rarely used, it’s probably best to donate or correctly dispose of it rather than wasting your time trying ...

August 31st, 2023

Clearing the Clutter: Donating and Storing Outgrown School Items

Cleaning And Organization

A pile of various school supplies including rulers, pencils, notebooks, and sticky notes.

Clearing the Clutter: Donating and Storing Outgrown School Items The beginning of each school year is always full of excitement and anticipation, from purchasing new clothes and school supplies to learning what classes you are in. However, as the school year goes on, you may find yourself accumulating school supplies and items that you don’t need. When you find yourself with more school items than you know what to do with, it’s time to begin clearing the clutter. Whether you’re a student, a teacher, or a parent or guardian, 10 Federal Storage is here to help you declutter by offering advice on what to do with your school supplies. Read on to learn how students and teachers alike can donate, recycle, and store school items. Decluttering For Students and Families No matter how much you try to reuse school supplies from the previous school year, it always seems like you end up with more and more at the conclusion of each school year. For students and families of students, these school supplies can take up a lot of space around your home if you don’t find a place for them early on. Thankfully, we have easy solutions for clearing clutter and getting rid of outgrown school items. These solutions include: Donating school supplies Recycling school supplies Preserving sentimental school supplies Donate Unused School Supplies The easiest way to declutter old school supplies is to donate them to schools or other resale stores. Goodwill or second-hand bookstores are both great options if you choose to go that route. However, schools are always looking for donations of school supplies for classrooms as well as students who cannot afford school supplies. Donating supplies to local homeless or women’s shelters is also a good option to get helpful items into the hands of people who truly need them. Recycle School Supplies Rather than buying brand-new school supplies each school year, you can simply reuse the ones you kept from the previous school year. From notebooks with plenty of pages left or ...

August 31st, 2023

Five Tips To Help Downsize Your Closet During Spring Cleaning

Cleaning And Organization

A woman in a red dress holds up a yellow blouse

With warmer weather fast approaching, many people are rushing to get some spring cleaning done. One place that often needs some cleaning out is closets. As the year goes by, many people add clothes to their closets until they no longer have room for anything else. Spring is the best time to clean out those clothes that no longer bring you joy. If you simply need more space to store clothes that aren’t in season or clothes that you aren’t sure what to do with, 10 Federal Storage offers multiple different sizes of storage units that are perfect for clothing, holiday decorations, and more. Getting a storage unit after cleaning out your closet takes the pressure off, so you don’t have to stress about getting rid of extra clothes or sentimental items. Read on for some more tips to help maximize your closet space. Start with Easy Decisions It can be hard to know how many clothes is too many. The truth is, it’s up to you to decide. Many clothing items have sentimental value, which can make it difficult to decide what happens to the garments. Those are clothing items you’ll want to push aside to get to in the end. First, start with things that will be easy to part with. The best practice is to go through your closet looking for items that are stained, falling apart, extremely faded, or that just don’t fit anymore. These clothes should be items that are easy to remove from your closet. Unless the clothing item is severely stained or has tears in it, you can likely donate unwanted clothes to people who need them. Before you take all your clothes to donate, be sure you check with the specific donation facility to see what their guidelines are. Create a Sorting System To make sure that you aren’t mixing clothes that you want to keep with those that are trash or donation you’ll want to create a sorting system. ...

May 10th, 2023

How to Store Your Winter Clothes Over the Summer

Cleaning And Organization

A person holding a small box full of winter hats and scarves

Once the first signs of warmer weather move into your area, you probably want to do away with those bulky winter clothes that take up so much space. A storage unit is a great option for getting them out of the house to create more space for your summer closet, but you may be wondering how to store clothes in a storage unit. 10 Federal Storage has plenty of options for clothing storage, no matter the season. Read on to learn our best tips on winter clothing storage! Double-Check the Climate If you live somewhere that has attic space available for you to use, this likely is not the best place to store your clothes over the summer. To keep clothes from being damaged, they need to be kept cool and dry, and most attics are not climate-controlled. A storage unit equipped with climate control will keep your clothes at a consistent temperature all year, ensuring delicate fabrics don’t get ruined. Keep Pests Out Most insects and rodents like lots of clutter. To keep them from eating through or otherwise damaging your winter clothes over the summer, schedule a time to clean out your storage unit. If need be, try to reorganize it so that there is limited clutter for pests to hide in. Also be sure to thoroughly clean and dry all clothing before you put it in storage. Any food stains or crumbs left on your garments could invite pests like rodents or cockroaches. In case all else fails, you can also invest in pest control methods like sprays or traps. Storage Methods for Winter Clothes Now that you know where to store winter items and keep them safe, you need to know how to store clothes long-term. There are many different textures to winter clothes. The best rule of thumb when thinking about how to store winter clothes is to fold items that may get stretched when hung up for long periods of time. For ...

May 1st, 2023

Tips to Make Spring Cleaning a Breeze

Cleaning And Organization

Everyone knows the feeling, you’re just coming out of winter, it's starting to get warmer, and the sun breaks through the cloudy days. You want the inside of your house to reflect all the good vibes outside, when it hits, the inspiration to clean. Spring cleaning and decluttering is a must-do activity that helps bring in the new weather. As you’re trying to seize the inspiration and eliminate all the clutter you accumulated through the winter while also letting the breeze freshen up your space, consider these tips to make your spring cleaning easier provided by 10 Federal Self Storage. Why Is Spring Cleaning Necessary? You could ask, why is there no winter cleaning? Or summer cleaning? And the answer is after spending the fall and winter months inside more than outside, there’s a normal amount of accumulation of items and dust that could be hindering your day-to-day routine. Not only is spring cleaning necessary to maintain a neat space, but it also impacts how you might feel physically and mentally. Being in an over cluttered home increases anxiety and frustrations hindering productivity. Here are just a few reasons you should get into your spring cleaning mode: Better air quality: Cleaning out your personal space means removing unnecessary items that could be holding onto dust, dirt, and other allergens from your living space. Dusting your house can significantly help the air quality and remove the risk of an irritated respiratory system. Reduces stress and anxiety: All those items building up and getting disorganized in your environment can cause stress and anxiety which means a tidier space can boost your mood and promote relaxation. Cost-effective: If everything is getting overcrowded or consistently covered in dust, taking the time to clean it can help avoid costly repairs and replacements by preventing those issues early on which increases the lifespan of your home and appliances. Free up space: If you do ...

April 5th, 2023

Keep Your New Year's Resolution To Declutter and Organize Your Home

Cleaning And Organization

A napkin with a sketch of a house that reads "declutter your home."

New Year’s Resolutions are a great opportunity to wipe away past stress and make positive changes in your life. Many people take the time as the calendar flips to outline goals to get healthier, do better with money, or make another beneficial adjustment to their lives they may otherwise struggle to find the motivation for. Unfortunately, many people struggle to stick to their New Year’s Resolutions. Diets get thrown out and new hobbies get forgotten as people have trouble committing themselves to theselifestyle changes, often within just a few weeks of the year beginning. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, you need to plan ahead and think strategically. Becoming cleaner and more organized is a very common New Year’s Resolution, but also one that is easily abandoned. Cutting down on clutter takes work, and it’s easy to get complacent. But with enough dedication and work, you can start your year off right and become a neater and more organized person. One of the easiest ways to clear space at home is by renting a storage unit with 10 Federal Self Storage! We have facilities all across the country that provide affordable, spacious storage units with several features and amenities designed to make your life easier whether you’re a student, business owner, military member, or other person in need of some space. There are other ways to set yourself up for success, too. If your goal for the new year is to declutter and organize your home, here are some ways to ensure you can go the distance. Consider Your Needs When wondering how to start organizing a messy house, it’s important to begin by considering your situation in full. Walk around your home and assess what areas have the most clutter, then brainstorm some ways to condense space. Look for areas that simply need tidied up or organized, as they can be an easy way to open up some room. Think about places you’re not doing anything with that ...

January 11th, 2023

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