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Advantages to Downsizing
Advantages to Downsizing There are many advantages to downsizing that you may have never considered being important before. As we approach our mid-20’s or early-30’s, buying a home is a typical life-changing event that most of us go through. Sure, a three-bedroom house with a yard, basement, and garage may be necessary for a growing family, but do we have to live in this much space forever? Getting locked into a 30-year mortgage may seem like the only option, but it doesn’t have to be. Continue reading to find out why downsizing might allow you to live the life you’ve always dreamed of living. 1. Smaller homes cost less. This is a no-brainer, but have you ever really thought about the money you could be saving on bills and maintenance? Your mortgage could be cut in half, along with other expenses like home insurance, gas, electricity, and so on. Think realistically about the space in your house that you don’t use. Could you live without that spare bedroom, office, or basement? If any room in your house is being used for storing belongings, remember - renting a storage unit is much cheaper than paying a high mortgage each month for many years! Mayflower Properties is here to help, call us and we can help you find just what you need and where you need it! 2. Save a lot of time cleaning and decluttering! How much time do you spend every week sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, and dusting? The larger your house is, the more hours you spend on maintenance which we all know can be a never-ending headache. Also, for those that get their homes professionally cleaned, think of all the money you could save if you had a smaller space! 3. Smaller homes can be financially freeing. The less stuff you have, the less time you spend worrying about it. Getting rid of household items you never use or old clothes that are simply taking up space can feel SO refreshing! This ...
February 3rd, 2023
Storing your appliances!
Have you ever wondered how you should properly store your appliances? For optimal care, there are a few steps to take before simply unplugging them and placing them in your storage unit! Step 1) Find a temperature controlled unit It's important that all your appliances including your refrigerator, washer and dryer, microwave, stove, etc., are all stored in a temperature controlled self storage unit. These temperature regulated storage units will protect your appliances from the Minnesota winters freezing temperatures and summer heat! Step 2) Clean & remove water After emptying your appliances, remove water hoses and inside components such as the filter or tank, so the item can properly defrost and dry. Once the inside is dry, you can wipe your appliance thoroughly from all food residue including stickiness, crumbs, oils, etc.! Storing these items without doing so can cause major damage due to rodents and mildew after being stored for any period of time. Step 3) Tape all doors When you are ready to start packing up your appliances, use storage tape to ensure all doors on the appliances are securely shut during the moving process. Avoid taping excessively, as you will want to leave these appliances open once they are stored in the unit to allow continuous airflow, preventing mold. Step 4) Wrap your appliances Just like any expensive and important household item, you will want to carefully wrap your appliances with moving supplies such as bubble wrap for extra protection. You can even use household items such as blankets and towels during transportation to avoid scratches and dents. Step 5) Transporting appliances Once you are ready to load appliances into your moving truck, place them upright, and make sure to tie down with moving straps. If you don't have moving straps and dollies to help with loading, call your self storage provider to see if these moving supplies are included with a moving truck rental or if there are any available for rent. Step 6) Use a cover when storing For both ...
January 16th, 2023
How to Pack Boxes for Moving
How to Pack Boxes for Moving In the U.S, according to experts, the percentage of people that move every year equates to 14% of the population. That’s around 40 million Americans every year! That’s a lot of moving, and with moving being pretty stressful, you want to make sure you get things right - and as streamlined as possible! One of the stressful things about moving is getting all your belongings packed properly in moving boxes. There’s the right way to pack all your stuff and the wrong way. Understanding this difference is essential in order to keep your belongings in ideal condition and manage them in an organized manner. So, in this article, we’re going to go through all the aspects on how to pack boxes, in particular, packing boxes for moving, and what not to do! But first, here’s the quickfire answer as to how to pack boxes for moving, then we’ll dive into more details... How to pack boxes for moving - Accurately assess your needs, gather the right quantity and quality of boxes, packing materials, and equipment. Pack heavy first and light on top, ensure you stack boxes correctly, label by contents and destination room or space - and use this as an opportunity to declutter. Contact Knollwood Self Storage with Mayflower Properties for your moving supplies. That’s the quick answer, but there’s more to it than just that, so read on for more hints and tips! Often, using specifically collected boxes and other ideal equipment to make moving easier can be of great help as well. So, before you carelessly dump your belongings into random boxes, consider the following tips on how to effectively pack moving boxes before shifting. Collect all your packing supplies Along with gathering your packing boxes, a number of other packing supplies are also available around most homes to make packing your stuff much easier while keeping them in ideal condition. Below are some recommended packing supplies: Bubble Wrap Packing Peanuts Cushion Foam Packing ...
January 21st, 2022
What you can do with boxes after moving
What you can do with boxes after moving If you have already moved or you are looking forward to moving soon, have you thought about what you are going to do with your leftover storage boxes? Before you toss them out in the recycling bin, check out these ways to use your moving boxes for other purposes after settling in! 1) Keep them for your future move! Ofcourse, we know, storing away moving boxes for long periods is not the fun answer you were looking for, but can save you A LOT of time and hassle later down the road. This solution is perfect for college students who move frequently in and out of apartments/dorms or for those who move around for their jobs. If you know you will be moving in 6 months to a year, save your boxes so you don't have to worry about getting more from your storage facility or local hardware store. Trust me, you will be relieved when it comes time to move and you already have them handy to start packing. 2) Use them for home storage If you are moving into a new home, chances are you will be organizing your house and buying new household items for your new transition. Moving boxes will come in handy for seasonal items you aren't currently using and need to be stored in your garage, attic, basement, closet or in storage for the time being. 3) Use them for self storage You may not need self storage right after moving into your new place, but you might eventually begin to remodel or declutter your living space. Renting a storage unit at one of our Mayflower Properties storage locations can help minimize your belongings with items that are essential for everyday use. If you have antiques, memorabilia, photos, books, or other items you want to keep (but don't want to store in your house) consider keeping your boxes so you can move them into a self storage unit if ...
October 25th, 2021
How to Prepare Your RV for Storage
Following the proper steps to prepare your RV for storage is essential to keeping your motorhome in its best condition! Mayflower Properties will provide you all of the useful tips needed to store your RV away for the winter and will provide you sources to store your RV at their many self storage locations located in Minnesota. Here is a list of our locations: Town Centre Self Storage, Tonka Self Storage, U-Save Park Self Storage, Gopher Mini & Outside Storage, New Hope Storage, Knollwood Self Storage, Lakeville Dodd Self Storage, Coon Rapids Storage, Highway 8 Self Storage, Meadowbrook Self Storage & Airlake Self Storage.As you spend hours traveling on the road using your RV as a portable home, the vehicle will require a lot of care and a few easy steps to follow before storing it for the winter. Whether you choose to use outdoor RV storage or indoor RV storage, check out this list to prepare your vehicle for both short and long term parking. Step 1. Wash the Exterior Thoroughly wash the exterior of your RV to get any dirt, salt, bugs, etc. off before storing. If you avoid this step, the exterior of the RV including the paint, wheels, and underneath of the vehicle could show major signs of deterioration in a short amount of time. Step 2. Clean the Interior Deep clean your furniture, flooring, cabinets, kitchen/cooking area to remove all crumbs and trash that could attract rodents or bugs. If you are storing your RV outdoors, make sure you close all curtains or cover your seating areas to ensure your upholstered items don't fade due to sunlight exposure. Step 3. Seal Entrances Seal off any entrance to your RV including pipes, vents, or windows. Sometimes small animals end up crawling in these tight spots and cause lots of damage to the inner workings of your vehicle. After doing so, place some kind of pet deterrent near these areas for extra precaution. Step 4. Remove Battery If you are ...
September 29th, 2021
Making Room for Your Baby In a Small Space
Making Room for Your Baby In a Small Space While experienced parents may tell you that you need a much bigger home, making a smaller apartment work for a new baby is very possible. You simply have to know how to maximize the space that you do have and be willing to compromise on a few things, including your decor, to make room for the baby. There is no need to buy or rent a new home right away because you have added another member. You can make use of a few of the following tips and turn your small space into a great place to raise your family. Self Storage Spaces Homeowners or renters who have limited space need to think outside the box or, in this case, above the box. Self Storage is the key to organizing small spaces and it can work perfectly for when your new addition arrives. If you are lacking closet space, consider hanging a bar on the wall and display your baby's clothes. Not only does this get them out of the way, but it can be a great addition to the décor. Hidden Storage in Empty Spaces Take advantage of modular storage units that can be suspended directly from the ceiling. Whether you want to store extra clothes or baby supplies, it is a great way to get them out of your way and keep them from causing clutter in your home. Double-Duty Furniture A baby in your home can easily overwhelm you and leave you with a mess. Organizing your small space is the only way you are going to be able to keep yourself sane. A great way to get organized is to make your furniture do double-duty. Utilize seating that can be also used for storage. A bench can hold clothing and other essentials that you do not wish to display. You may prefer the stylish look of your entertainment center, but putting your television on a beautiful dresser will also provide you with hidden storage space. Use ...
August 23rd, 2021
STORAGE SIZE BY TRUCK LOAD
Calculating storage unit size based on truck load So, you have your moving truck packed and you're headed to one of our storage facilities surrounding the twin cities in Minnesota to unload it into your brand new storage unit. You have a couple of key pieces of information, but you still can’t figure out what size storage unit you need. a) You know the size of the truck but you have no idea what size storage unit you need. Or, b) Your moving company tells you that you have a 7,000 pound truck load but when you go to reserve your storage unit online your options are 5’x5′, 10’x10′, 10’x20′, etc. Now, this is quite a math equation. If you are loading up a moving truck to bring items into storage but you do not know what size storage unit you need, you’re in the right place! Our managers at Town Centre Self Storage, Tonka Self Storage, Gopher Mini & Outside Storage, New Hope Storage, Knollwood Self Storage, Lakeville Dodd Storage, Coon Rapids Storage, Highway 8 Self Storage, Meadowbrook Self Storage and Airlake Self Storage are all here to help! Let our trained professionals take that weight off of your shoulders! They can recommend moving supplies, strategies to organize your space for optimal use, whether you need climate controlled or standard storage and much more!Other helpful links: How to properly store photos, Tips for decluttering, How to move quickly. ...
July 23rd, 2021
HOW TO PROPERLY STORE AWAY YOUR PHOTOS
HOW TO PROPERLY STORE AWAY YOUR PHOTOS Photographs are memories. You want to be completely assured that they are protected during storage. There are numerous factors to consider when storing your oh so precious reminders of the past. As you read further, you’ll understand the suitability of climate-controlled storage to prevent mold, mildew, and fading. Keep in mind that we are discussing developed, not digital, photos. Choose the Proper Containers for Your Photos Do not make the mistake of purchasing the cheap albums and boxes for your photos as the quality doesn’t provide you the protection you will need. They could potentially contain acids or adhesives that can harm, age, and degrade your photos. Look for items that are archival quality: photo safe, acid, lignin, and PVC free. Contact Town Centre Self Storage to speak to one of our trained managers for tips and moving supplies. Properly Load Your Photo Containers Even archival quality storage containers will not protect your photos if not filed properly.Overfilling an album can cause your pictures to bend or crease. If photos are not affixed properly, they can fall out of your album resulting in loss or damage. Overfilling a photo box causes the same problems as an overfilled album. Underfilling allows pictures to move around, causing curled or frayed edges and scratches. Additionally, it can cause your photos to stick together in either circumstance. If your box isn’t full, use archival quality dividers to prevent shifting or sticking. Town Centre Self Storage can provide you with wrapping paper/newsprint/packing paper to help take that additional step in protecting your photographs. It’s okay to stack photos loosely if you’re not storing in a humid or high temperature environment but for extra precaution, Town Centre Self Storage has the moving supplies you need.Some additional recommendations: Do not use tape or glue to affix photos in albums. Mount photos only on archival paper. Never hold photos together using paper clips or rubber bands. It’s not a good idea to store ...
July 13th, 2021
Tips for Decluttering!
Tips for Decluttering Your Home! Will it Fit in a 5x10 Storage Unit? How to Move Quickly! Clutter in your home can not only cause added mental stress, but also holds dust, dirt, and unwelcome critters in your home. By taking a few simple steps, you can prevent your home from accumulating unnecessary items that eventually result in piles of clutter. Below is Meadowbrook Self Storage’s top tips and tricks on how to clean current clutter in your home while also preventing it in the future. Keep, donate, trash, storage Next, go through your clutter one room at a time and decide what you would like to keep, donate, put into storage or toss in the trash. One rule to keep in mind is to think of the last time that you used or needed it. If you cannot remember the last time you used it, or have not used it in the past 6 months, you will be better off either throwing it away or donating it. If you are not ready to part with your items Meadowbrook Self Storage has the storage and moving boxes you need to declutter your home. Uncover the truth One of the most important steps in decluttering is discovering why you have clutter in your home. Are you unable to part with items from your past? Are physical items bringing you comfort? Unveiling the reason for holding onto items that you truly have no use for will help you overcome allowing a cluttered home in the future. Design a layout Now that you have organized your items that you would like to keep, you will need to design a layout for those items. Place similar items together, or group by purpose or use. Meadowbrook Self Storage’s packing supplies will be helpful. This will help you mentally prepare for how you would like them organized. Grab a piece of paper and design a layout for how you would like the items to be organized, Whether using filing cabinets, bookshelves, ...
July 13th, 2021
How to Move Quickly!
How to Move Out Quickly! Planning a move and having months to pack is already a huge task in itself. If you have found yourself looking to move in less than a week, well, that is a bigger obstacle. You may think it is impossible to pack and move all of your belongings in your home within a few days, but with Coon Rapids Storage’s help and a strong mindset, you can move out of your home quickly and easily! Step 1) Begin packing immediately Start by packing the most challenging room in your house, which is most likely your kitchen or basement. These rooms tend to have a lot of separate household items that require more time to pack than other rooms. Do not procrastinate on packing, as it often takes longer than you anticipated! Do not forget to pick up your moving supplies from Coon Rapids Storage in advance! Get the proper packing supplies Click here for a list of supplies Coon Rapids Storage offers. We have all the necessities needed to pack your items safely and conveniently. Create a keep, throw away, and donate pile for each room The less stuff you have, the less time your move will take. Do not be afraid to get rid of items that are no longer needed. If you have not used the item in over a year, you can probably live without it! If you know where you are moving to next, think about how much space your new home will have. Make sure to downsize accordingly so you are not stuck moving with objects you don't have space for! Pack one room at a time When you are in a time crunch, it is easier to organize and pack all of your items in one room at a time. This way, your moving boxes will be full and organized according to each room and will make ...
July 13th, 2021