Moving Day Checklist – Tips to Help You Prepare

moving day checklistIt’s moving day! Now what?

If you haven’t prepared adequately for your move, then it’s probably not going to go very smoothly. Don’t worry, we’ve put together a checklist of helpful tips to make sure Moving Day is as pain-free as possible.

2 Weeks Before the Move

Give yourself ample time to prepare for your move, so you’re not stressing out the day of:

  • Change your address on any important mail including bills, utilities, etc.
  • Make one last grocery store run to avoid throwing out food on the big day.
  • Definitely begin packing if you haven’t already—it’ll take longer than you think!
  • Pack with care and be sure to mark boxes with breakables as fragile.
  • Label boxes while packing and be specific. Label what is inside and where they will need to go at your new place to make unpacking easy.
  • Donate items you don’t want or never use to a thrift shop or charity organization.
  • Arrange child or pet care for the day of your move so there is one less thing to worry about once the movers show up.

T-Minus 24 Hours

Your move is so close, you can taste it! Here’s what to check off the day before Moving Day:

  • Pack an overnight bag—you’ll be too tired to try and find anything that first night.
  • Put any other items you want accessible in a clear bin so you can find them right away, i.e. toilet paper, paper towels, phone chargers, power strips, trash bags, etc.
  • Disassemble all furniture that needs it in order to be moved.
  • Put all small parts (bolts, screws, etc.) of disassembled furniture somewhere safe, like in a plastic ziplock bag that has been securely taped to the furniture it belongs to.
  • Unplug all of your large appliances so they are ready to go—think washer, dryer, and fridge, if possible.
  • Put all cords in a gallon size ziplock bag (electrical, extension, etc.) so they are easy to find on the other end.

Moving Day!

The big day has finally arrived, and it’s time to get down to business:

  • Be ready! Make sure everything is packed before your movers arrive.
  • Take the time to make your movers aware of any items that need special care.
  • Have some light refreshments for your movers—donuts, muffins, pizza, or anything you can just grab and eat is perfect.
  • Do a final walk through to make sure nothing has been left behind.
  • If there’s time, clean what you can before meeting the movers at your new place.
  • Try to relax—your movers are professionals and know what they are doing!

The Day After

You thought you were done, but the fun has just started:

  • Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Just do what you can when you can.
  • Start unpacking boxes room by room—it seems much less daunting that way.
  • Take it easy and enjoy your new home!

By checking off all the above preparations for you move, you’ll be relaxing in your new place sooner than you ever thought possible!

If you need packing supplies, Simply Self Storage offers essentials such as boxes, packing tape, and mattress covers.

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4 Places To Give Your Old Books New Life

old-books-436498_1280Packing is never fun. Ever.

Have you noticed how it’s not until you’re packing to move that you realize how much stuff you have? Where on earth does all that stuff come from?

While packing does offer the advantage of helping you find items you may have previously considered lost forever, deciding what to do with all of that clutter can be a daunting task. It’s usually pretty simple to find a place to recycle old magazines or donate unwanted clothing, but when it comes to books, finding a new home for them can be difficult.

Here are 4 places to consider when looking to donate those books you’re having difficulty parting with to be sure they will go to good use.

Non-Profit Organizations

The Salvation Army and Goodwill are often the first places to come to mind when you think about donating to a non-profit. Donating to one of these organizations means your books will be sold in a retail store for a small fee, and the majority of that money will be invested back into your community.

The Salvation Army uses the money earned in their brick and mortar stores to support a program they have in place for men going through drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Goodwill, on the other hand, uses the money they earn from your items to provide job training and other resources necessary to help members of your community find jobs.

Deseret Industriesis another nonprofit that takes the money they earn from your books to help with job training and humanitarian aid.

Donations made to any of these organizations not only provide a way for your books to find a new home, but also for a person struggling in your community to get the help they need. To donate to one of these non-profits, you can visit their website and find the store or donation drop-off location nearest you.

Books for Soldiers

Books for Soldiers was started during the Gulf War as a way to get reading material to soldiers stationed overseas who were experiencing huge periods of down time. This non-profit charity now serves as a way for soldiers overseas to convey their requests for books, and people back home to fill their needs.

The process is relatively straightforward; once registered on the site, you receive a User ID that allows you access to the names and addresses of the soldiers participating in the program. From there, you can find soldiers looking for specific books you are looking to part with, or send the whole lot to a platoon in need of reading material. The only downside to this option is that you have to pay for shipping yourself.

Books for Africa

Another charitable venture, Books for Africa, gathers novels, textbooks, and reference books to be sent to Africa to incite an interest in reading and empower children there with knowledge. This charity asks that books sent are no more than 15 years old, especially when sending encyclopedias and other instructional materials. You can check their website for a complete list of what they are looking for and what they cannot accept. Please note that you are responsible to cover shipping costs to get your books to the charity’s main location in St. Paul, MN.

Friends of Libraries

Most local libraries have their own chapter of Friends of Libraries, a non-profit group that gathers donated books either to be sold to earn money for the library, or to help build up the library’s inventory. If this option interests you, you can find out more information about making a donation by contacting your local library.

Packing is stressful, but now that you know where to take your books for donation, you don’t have to take all of those heavy boxes with you. Each of these charitable organizations allows you to help a different cause, so you can decide who you want to benefit from your donation. Now get out there and put those old books to good use!

If you need a place to store your extra stuff, find a Simply Self Storage location near you!

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Can You Guess Which Strange Items Were Found In Storage Units?

buy-self-storage-units-at-public-auctions-670x442Everyone has something, that special item that they treasure and want to keep safe. Storage units are the perfect option for storing those things that are extra special or don’t have room for in your home…just yet.

Over time some of these treasures can be forgotten and end up in someone else’s hand. Take our quiz to see if you can guess which of these strange and unique things were found in storage units.

Simply Self Storage believes in taking the hassle out of self storage. With low prices, no long term contracts, and packing supplies, it’s no wonder why more people are turning to Simply Self Storage to keep their treasured items safe.

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3 Creative Design Ideas For A DIY Storage Bed

Are you tired of having to cram all of your stuff into a minimal amount of storage? Are you constantly looking for ways to to create more storage? A storage bed could be the solution to your organizational problems.

Incorporating discrete shelves into the frame of your bed is the perfect way to store clothing, shoes, bedding, and any other items or clutter that might need a home. If you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty, creating a DIY storage bed is much easier than it may seem. This simple outline walks you through three innovative design ideas that can make your bed-building process easy.

The Bookcase Bed

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Photo via Shanty-2-Chic

Using just three bookcases, you can create an entire storage bed. You can look for bookshelves similar in size, or build bookshelves from scratch. The following dimensions are designed for a queen-sized bed:

  • Side shelves: 76” in length, 15” in height, with two cubbies measuring 29 ⅞” in length
  • End shelf: 54” in length, 15” in height, with two cubbies measuring 26 ⅝” in length

Secure a 63 ½”-long 2×4 to the back of each side shelf. From here, you can screw in several  30 ½” slats to help make a sturdy base. Once your frame is put together, fill screw holes with wood filler, sand down rough edges, apply a layer of primer and finish with your choice of paint or stain.

The Rolling Crate Creation

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Photo via Teal and Lime

For beds with taller frames, consider building four rolling crates that can snugly roll underneath. Measure the height and length of your frame and draw out a blueprint considering the following:

  • Your crates should clear the frame by approximately ½ inch
  • Keep in mind that you’ll be attaching 2” tall wheels
  • You’ll likely need to cut wood slats according to length and height measurements

After constructing your boxes, stain and attach casters (wheels) to all four corners of your crate. From here, you can add handles or knobs, fun spraypainted designs, etc. that help your crate fit with the tone of the room.

The Drawer King

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Photo via Do It Yourself Divas

Make the most of your bedroom and your storage with a king size storage bed. You’ll need:

  • Wood and plywood
  • Screws
  • A piano hinge
  • Wooden shelves
  • Clamps
  • A circular saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint
  • Wood glue

Draw up a blueprint. Your bed will be divided into three even sections: the two outer sections will have three drawers each; the middle section will be separated into two sections with the piano hinge. Unlike the previous two options, this design allows you to take advantage of the entire space rather than just a portion of it. For detailed instructions, check out Do It Yourself Divas in depth instructions.

For more information on ways to improve organization or for other creative storage ideas, stop by your local Simply Self Storage location.

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