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Did you know that one in five households move to a new place every year? If you’re planning to settle down in a brand new home, you might be curious about when is the best time to do so. 

Peak moving season is typically described as the time between the months of June and August but can begin as early as April or end in late October. This timeframe is usually when college students are moving out of their dorms and apartments and potentially finding new ones. Additionally, many families with K-12-aged children want to make sure they’re fully settled in and familiar with the area by the time the new school year starts. 

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The spring through fall seasons makes for a much better time to move than the winter and holiday season. Who wants to stress about major holidays and family gatherings in addition to moving or looking for long term storage

Moving is not going to be easy, but it doesn’t need to be a miserable time either. So many things need to be accounted for during the moving process, whether it’s hiring movers, making lists, planning ahead for utilities or schools, and closing on your house. Getting a plan in place has worked wonders for a lot of people when it comes to leaving your old home and settling into the new one. By avoiding these common moving mistakes and planning ahead, you can prepare better for the unexpected and make things run more smoothly.

At Ample Storage, we’ve been helping Northern Nevadans store their valuables since 1987 and have considered your convenience and security first. This also applies to the packing process too, because we’ve been around long enough to know what works and what doesn’t! 

  1. To avoid copious amounts of stress, start packing up to a month before the move. The more you pack up ahead of the date, the easier it’ll be for you to take care of other moving details and tasks as your deadline approaches. Start by packing one room at a time, and beginning with the rooms you use the least until you get to the high-trafficked parts of your home.
  2. Before the big move, stock up on supplies such as box cutters, permanent markers, packing tape, paper towels, and garbage bags. This will help you stay organized and make sure your items are packed securely.
  3. Other helpful equipment to look into includes moving blankets, straps and dollies to make lifting and shifting furniture easier. Be sure to clear a path to the door and put protective covering on the walls and flooring as an easy way to prevent dents and dings.
  4. Don’t overpack boxes, but make sure to prevent any large spaces if items still can fit. If a cushion is needed to protect valuables, using towels, cloths and even articles of clothing can work to fill up those spaces.
  5. When packing, try to keep your items together. It’s much easier when unpacking if you keep all kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom essentials together. Be sure to either label or color code the boxes to note what rooms the items are for.
  6. Works of art are a common and tricky thing to pack. Our experts suggest making an X with masking tape across the glass to not only strengthen and reinforce it, but also hold it together if it potentially shatters. Wrap the pictures in bubble wrap or paper and put them in a frame box, which is a special moving box with a piece of cardboard between each frame for a cushion. Another tip to keep in mind is to make sure not to wrap oil paintings in regular paper as it’ll stick together and smudge.
  7. If you’re not working with a team of movers, getting a moving truck with a ramp is a must. Even if renting a truck without one seems like the cheapest option, the struggle with getting all the furniture up and in the truck can add hours of backbreaking labor to your move.
  8. Many people feel that the most challenging part of the packing process is deciding what to keep or throw out. If it has been a prolonged period of time since you used something that can be an indicator that it might be time to sell or donate it. Be sure to ask yourself if a piece of furniture that’s on the larger side is also something that is worth moving to a new house, too.
  9. One of the more important tips on packing is being able to detach yourself from any emotions or sentimental value when deciding to keep or toss an item. A popular option to get rid of things is to host a moving sale, and it’s an easy way to make money for items that are still in excellent condition.
  10. With packing taking up so much time, a moving sale may not be feasible. Instead, another time saving option is to donate your items to places such as Goodwill or other thrift stores that take furniture and/or clothing. The local library may also be interested in any old books in excellent condition, too!

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Downsizing when moving is important, and if you’re looking to move some items into storage until you’re ready to use them at your new home, consider using our storage services to keep them safe. Ample Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes with sizes ranging from 5x5 and 20x20. 

Free up space in the moving truck and get organized today. Our team looks forward to being a part of your new journey!

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Storage units are most commonly used to keep unwanted items out of your home, but there are many other reasons one might seek out the use of a storage unit. Not only do storage facilities help free up space in your home or business, but they also give you the freedom and flexibility to do what you want with your belongings when you’re ready. With our temporary or long-term storage options, you can rent a self-storage unit for as long as you need. And keeping your items with us ensures that they stay safe thanks to our 24/7 security. Whether you’re moving to a new home and need somewhere to put your unused items or just need to keep some seasonal business items away for a bit, a self-storage unit is just the solution you’re looking for.

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If you’re like many others who simply just have too much stuff, then you may want to consider getting yourself a storage unit. Self-storage units are great for storing away unwanted or unused household items. They’re also a great solution for families or individuals that are moving and need a temporary place to store their things. Moving is already a stressful event due to the disturbances in your daily life and the hassle of packing. Fortunately, a self-storage unit makes moving easy.

Benefits of Storage During a Move:

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Businesses can also benefit from storage facilities in many situations. Self-storage units provide a convenient and affordable solution for unused items that you’re not able to part with yet. Most companies utilize storage services for archived paperwork that legally can’t be thrown away for some time and for storage of stock overflow. Whether you’re looking to declutter the office or need somewhere to store all your extra product, look to a storage facility for help,

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We provide the Reno, NV area with safe and secure storage options for both short-term and long-term needs. With several updated security features and on-site staff, we are committed to keeping your personal belongings safe. Not only are we safe, but we’re also affordable and convenient. Whether you’re moving or have extra belongings to store, consider Ample Storage. Reduce your clutter while still keeping your possessions in good shape and stored away with our self-storage units.

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When you first open up your Ample Storage space you’ve been desperately needing, it can look huge. Once you get a few pieces of big furniture, space can quickly dwindle away. Maximizing your storage space can be cost-effective, efficient, and overall easier to use. These tips and tricks can help you figure out how to maximize your storage unit and make your unit feel organized and clutter-free.

Get Rid of Stuff

This is the easiest, simplest way to make room in your storage unit is to get rid of some things. Go through piece by piece of what you plan to keep in your storage unit, and thoroughly assess if you will need this item or if it will just be collecting dust in the back of the unit. This will help you save space before you even start. Instead of just throwing unwanted items away, you can donate them to your local thrift store. 

Create a List of Inventory

Chances are, you won’t be able to remember every single item that you put in your storage unit. Creating a list of inventory will make it easier to grab things from your unit when you need them, and you won’t have to dig through a mountain of stuff to get to it.

Map it Out

No matter how tedious this may seem, it is a great way to save storage space. While you’re creating an inventory list, you can also start to map out where exactly you’ll be putting things. You could even resolve some problems before you start, realize you could get by with a smaller unit or need to get a size up. Try to think where is the best place for fragile items? Seasonal items? Outdoor gear? These are all important factors that can maximize storage space.

Disassemble Furniture/Large Items

Disassembling large items is a sure-fire way to create some more storage space. Check and see which items you can disassemble, (many new furniture pieces can be quickly disassembled for ideal storage) and refer back to your floor plan on where the best location would be. Be sure to hold on to all the extra pieces!

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Store Heavy Items on the Ground, in the Back

While this seems intuitive, it can easily be overlooked when you get started filling up your storage unit. You’ll be able to stack lighter items on top, and you won’t have to dig through your heaviest items just to get to those family photos in the back. Once you start putting things away, it’s hard and time-consuming to have to take everything out and start over. So again, refer to your custom floor plan so you don’t forget!

Stack Vertically

Starting with the heavy items on the ground (of course) stack boxes, crates and storage bins as high as you can. This will enable you to utilize the full capacity of the storage unit. You can even stack furniture like couches and tables upright to make more space. Also, take advantage of extra storage space if you’re storing items like bookcases or shelving.

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We hope this blog has provided some insight into how to maximize storage space and taken some of the stress out of the process. Here at Ample Storage, we strive for customer convenience, and we guarantee the safety and security of all our self serve storage units. Feel free to contact us or pop into our office at 8057 S. Virginia Street to get started!

Is your business space getting cluttered with paperwork that you never use but can’t get rid of? Or maybe your growing business is starting to feel cramped because of all the things you’ve accumulated since opening your doors. Whatever is making your office or workplace feel small and uncomfortable, a Reno storage unit can help get your space back. Not only are they cost-effective, a bonus to any business owner, but they can also help your business grow and prosper more rapidly. Take a look below at all the ways a self-storage unit can benefit your business. 

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Store Sales Materials and Supplies

Marketing samples and extra sales materials can take up a lot of space in your office that you could be utilizing for other business needs. Rather than let paperwork and goodies take up an entire corner, or more, in your office, store it away in a business storage unit. Our self-storage units are easily accessible and completely secure. Not only will your important documents and supplies be safe in our units, but you’ll get the space back that you need to run an efficient and productive business. 

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Store Paper Documents

Most businesses require that official documents are kept for a certain amount of time before they can be disposed of or destroyed. Usually, this paperwork is kept as a precautionary measure and the papers are rarely looked at after their done being used. Paperwork like this can take up huge amounts of space in your office and get in the way of other necessary office supplies. Fortunately, a business storage unit helps keep these important files secure and out of your way. And if you do ever need to access them, our storage units allow you to easily and conveniently get to your documents as often as you need.  

Store Office and Work Equipment

If you’re in the process of moving or remodeling, or simply don’t have space for some of your office or work equipment, then a business storage unit may be the solution you need. Ample Storage offers temporary storage to businesses so they can store their belongings securely, without being tied down to a lengthy contract. And with easy access to your equipment, you won’t have to worry about putting commonly used equipment in storage.  Reno Storage Unit

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We understand the stress that comes with moving to a new building, having a cluttered workspace or unexpected business hardships, and we strive to make that transition as smooth as possible for you. We offer competitive prices and prioritize the safety and security of your belongings. Connect with us to see what business storage unit sizes we have available and get your space back!

moving boxes renoWhen it comes to long term storage, utilizing Reno storage facilities will be your best option. Self-storage units are an efficient and safe way to keep personal items that you don’t want to part with, while also freeing up space in your home. Here are the benefits to long term storage using Reno storage facilities and some tips for planning and preparing your storage unit for long term use. 

Benefits of Long Term Storage

There are many benefits to using a self-storage unit to keep your special belongings. Whether you’re looking for a storage unit to declutter your home, or you just need a space to put things for a while, a storage unit can be extremely convenient. 

#1 Saving Space and Decluttering Your Home

Using a self-storage unit is an effective way to remove excess stuff from your home that you don’t want to get rid of. We all have sentimental items that we keep because of the memories we have with them. But sometimes there just isn’t enough room in your home to keep these items that you most likely aren’t using. The same goes for holiday decorations and seasonal items. Obviously you don’t want to get rid of your Christmas lights just because they’re not being used, so where do you put them? A storage unit is a great place to store these seasonal or sentimental items that you don’t want to get rid of, but also don’t want cluttering up your home.

#2 Temporarily Store Items During Home Renovations

Home renovations can be unpredictable. Instead of moving your things to another room in the house and cluttering up your home, use a storage unit during the renovation. By using short term or even long term storage, your items will be out of the way and allow you to focus on your big project. 

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If you’re in the process of preparing for a new baby, or having a friend or family member move in then using a self storage unit is a great option for you. You can easily clear out any furniture or other items from the room to open it up for someone else. Your furniture and keepsakes will be safe and secure, and the best part is, you don’t have to get rid of anything. And if you’re getting new furniture but can’t part with your old stuff, storing those belongings in a secure unit can provide a great solution. 

#4 Storing Important Items Safely

Most storage units are well protected by added security that you may not have at home. Keeping important items that aren’t used often in a storage unit is a great way to keep them safe. The guards, gates, and padlocked units make it difficult for theft to occur, making your items very secure. 

Long Term Packing Tips

Preparing for long term storage should be done thoughtfully. The last thing you want is to find out later that your things have been damaged due to poor planning and improper packing. Here are some tips to help you pack up your things for a long term stay.

#1 Determine How Much Storage Space You Need

Decide what items you would like to store and rent a unit that will accommodate all of them. If you’re only packing away a few boxes, then you won’t need a very large unit. And if you’re packing away an entire room, make sure you have enough space in your unit to fit everything comfortably. 

#2 Properly Pack Items

Some of your items will be harder to pack away than others, You should keep in mind the materials you're storing and the condition they’ll be in during their stay. For example, leather couches should be cleaned beforehand using a leather cleaning solution, and then properly protected with an old sheet or even a sofa cover. Your items should be in the same condition when you pull them out of storage as they were when you put them in. 

Be sure to pack breakable items with plenty of cushioning so they don’t break, and be extra cautious with your more valuable items. Also, when storing household appliances, they should be thoroughly cleaned out before hand, and left open to prevent mildew from growing. You can also take a look at our Storage Unit Tips to help you pack. 

#3 Consider Climate Control

Climate controlled storage units are necessary for storing certain items. Electronics and wood furniture for example, should be stored in climate controlled units. This is because extreme heat and extreme cold can negatively affect these items.  

#4 Get Storage Insurance

Some self-storage companies require that their tenants get insurance, but usually this is optional. Having the added insurance can provide peace of mind, and will protect you and your belongings in case of an accident or incident. 

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Ample Storage is the perfect place to keep important items for long term storage. There are many Reno storage facilities in the area, but we offer a wide range of storage sizes all the way from 5x5 to 20x20. We also understand how important the security of your items is, which is why we provide around the clock security 24 hours a day. Contact us today for unit availability and sizing options.

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No matter how much stuff we already have in our house, Christmas always tends to create an unbelievable amount of clutter. Even when we don’t ask for things for Christmas, relatives and friends still seem to get us presents. It might not seem like it at first, but all of these gifts add up and take up space. Before you know it, you have a cluttered situation on your hands and another chore added to the list. We have a few ideas, including Reno storage units, to help you keep your Christmas clutter-free.

Spring Clean in the Winter

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Around the holidays, you should plan on doing some spring cleaning. I know spring cleaning in the winter doesn’t make much sense, but I promise it will help. If you are able to remove some of the clutter, you can make room for new stuff. The best time to get this cleaning done is between Thanksgiving and New Years. The kids are home to help, you have some time off work, and you have to clean up for company anyways.

Get the Kids Involved

The kids are home from school for a couple weeks during the holidays, so getting them involved is a great idea. They probably aren’t going to be too happy about having to clean up on their break, but there is a way to persuade them. Institute the “If you want it, make room for it” rule and they will be glad to help. If they want that skateboard on their Christmas list, they are going to get rid of the old skates and scooter to make room. This little incentive will get the kids helping and reduce the clutter of toys around the house.

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Mini self-storage units can be the perfect way to get a cluttered situation under control. Sometimes, the holidays just get too busy before we’ve had a chance to sit down and sort everything from mismatched chairs to overrun toolboxes to overflowing bookshelves. But there are relatives to make room for, and potentially more incoming furniture, tools, books, and other things. A self-storage unit like the ones at Ample Storage can keep your stuff organized, safe, and out of your way until after you’ve enjoyed (and recovered from) the festivities.

Ask For Intangibles This Year

Consider letting friends and family know that you want to do Christmas differently this year. Suggest eliminating tangible gifts and point to experiences you’d like to have, places you’d like to go, and charities you’d like a donation sent to in your name. Better yet, suggest pooling all your money and having a great experience together as a family on vacation. These gifts mean so much more and won’t create clutter in your home.

Make your holidays more enjoyable by cleaning out the clutter early and investing in storage in Reno, NV. Ample Storage prides itself on being the cleanest, nicest, and most secure Reno storage option. With the best value facilities and the space to store your stuff, Ample is your partner in safe self storage.

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Decorating for the holidays should be an exciting activity to do with your family, but often times the worry about where to put it all causes unnecessary stress. If you live in a house that’s limited on storage space, you know this stress all too well. Where are you going to store the tree? How can you keep ornaments from breaking? Tis’ the season for storage containers and holiday storage units! We’ve got just the ones for you.

Getting the right holiday storage units can make all the difference this holiday season, especially if you’re using Ample Storage. So, here are a few holiday storage tips to reduce stress this season.

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Protect Your Christmas Tree for Next Year

Fake Christmas trees take up a lot of space and can be a hassle to assemble and store, but can be a good investment if you take care of them. Neatly packing your tree into a storage container can help keep the branches looking new and allow you to use it for many years. If your tree stays assembled all year round, you can cover it and store it upright in your storage unit, or buy a special bag for even easier storage. Whatever method you choose to protect your tree, keep it in a storage unit and save space in your closet or attic.

Preserve Your Precious Ornaments

ornament storage containerDisassembling a Christmas tree is already a sad thing to do at the end of the holiday season, don’t let broken ornaments make it even more difficult. A few handy storage containers can make packing up holiday decorations a breeze. Creating a good organization system will keep delicate ornaments from breaking, and also easy to find the following year. Investing in some of these organizational containers can protect your precious ornaments and make taking the decorations down a little less painful.

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It’s very easy to want to throw out left-over holiday gift-wrap, tags, bows, and bags after the holiday season is over. While you may think it’s only a few dollars, that money adds up. Storing away gift wrap and accessories in a neat container can allow you spend the money you saved on more presents. Purchasing an organizational storage container and putting it away in a storage unit will prepare you for next year and save space in your house.

Use an Affordable Storage Unit to Store Holiday Decorations and Save Space

Because holiday decorations are only used once a year, it makes sense to save space in your home and store them elsewhere. Renting a storage unit will be one of the best decisions you make this holiday season. Once you have an affordable storage unit, make holiday decorating a breeze by scheduling a day to pick up all your holiday décor.

After the holidays, write on your calendar a day to take everything down and take it back to storage. Your house will remain clutter free, and you can start the New Year off right.

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Storing your Christmas decorations in an affordable storage unit will keep it out of sight and out of mind during the rest of the year. It’s a great way to free up closet space and make space for things you use more often. As an extra bonus, it cuts down on clutter and makes the holidays a “special time” when you get to bring out the décor each year.

Don’t let anymore time go to waste! Call Ample Storage today to find the perfect affordable storage units in Reno, Nevada for all of your holiday decoration needs.

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storage unit tipsWith the spring season just around the corner, everyone starts to shift those all-too-common winter woes into excitement about warmer days – and the need for spring cleaning. Still recovering from holiday décor clean-up and being cooped up indoors for the cold months can create the need to declutter and start spring cleaning before the season even begins. Spring cleaning can be an enjoyable task, as decluttering with the help of Reno NV storage units can help homeowners make room for new household goods or a necessary change in décor. Before you start your spring cleaning and decluttering, however, it is beneficial to know some time tested and homeowner approved spring cleaning tips.

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You may think your spring cleaning won’t require any additional space, but for most, the need for a self-storage unit makes the process of spring cleaning less stressful. In order to declutter your home in an efficient way, it is necessary to separate the items you know you want to keep from those you want to get rid of all together. Having a self-storage unit in place before you begin to declutter will reduce the pressure of disposing of things you truly want to hang on to. It will also allow you to take more time with your spring cleaning if you know the self-storage unit is there, waiting for those precious keep items.

#2 Have a Plan

In addition to securing a self-storage space, creating a plan of action focused on organization is one of the most meaningful spring cleaning tips. Decluttering typically takes time, and spring cleaning is something that should be tackled with some degree of clarity so that you do not end up getting rid of items you will regret letting go of down the road. Establish an objective for yourself over the course of a few days or a few weekends, and start with one room at a time. For instance, beginning to declutter the bedroom can be a smart start to your spring cleaning, as rotating
out heavier winter clothes for lighter springtime options is a simple task. The outfits and heavy coats that won’t be needed until next winter can be organized in stackable bins that will easily fit in your self-storage space. Working to declutter the garage or basement can also prove beneficial in spring cleaning. Transferring the bulky items like large tools or sporting equipment that isn’t used often but is taking up unnecessary space to your self-storage unit helps create a clean slate.

#3 Get Organized

One of the most important spring cleaning tips is the suggestion to get organized during your spring cleaning and declutter process. Once you’ve sorted your items into keep or get rid of categories, be diligent about organizing what is staying with you, either in your home or in your self-store unit. It is helpful to label the containers that are being used to hold things like winter clothes, holiday decorations or other items that are not needed for the spring, and keep like items together either in a dedicated space in the house or in your self-storage unit. You may also want to make a list of what you set aside and in what location to make retrieving your kept items that much easier in the summer or fall.

Spring cleaning tips do not have to be burdensome, but instead can pave the way for a fresh, clean slate for you and your home. Following some of these spring cleaning tips and ideas to declutter in a smart way will help you stay on task this spring, and will create a much easier transition between seasons.

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