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January 01: 12 Months of De-Cluttering Tasks for 2017
- 01/01/2017 at 9:00 am
- 12/31/2017 at 5:30 pm
- 12 Months of De-Cluttering Tasks for 2017
Here's a sample month-by-month plan to get you started. Customize your calendar plan to fit your typical seasonal agenda, for example, purge before events such as acquiring new travel accessories for vacations; shopping for back-to-school clothes and supplies; and replacing outgrown, busted or outdated sporting gear each season. Base it on calendar holiday themes or schedule individual rooms to tackle each month.
- January. It's the New Year. De-clutter ghosts of Christmas past to make room for the new gifts. Things to toss, donate or sell include anything you don't ever use -- or that you outright dislike. You may feel that you're somehow betraying the giver if you get rid of the gift, but the egg extruder must go!
- February. This is the perfect time to dump those stacks of old love letters, Valentine's Day cards (all old greeting cards, for that matter), photos (business cards, too) of people whose names and faces you can no longer recall, and sentimental knick-knacks you don't associate with anyone meaningful -- as well as quite a few that you do.
- March. Soon it will be time for gardening. Go through the potting shed and throw out expired seeds and broken pots, torn gardening gloves and broken spray nozzles and bottles. Properly dispose of toxic herbicides and pesticides you no longer really want to use but think, maybe someday? You won't. If you've been planning a winter project with old scraps or unused items you've been saving and you haven't done it yet, get started now or donate the unused materials to a school or artist.
- April. Look for sporting equipment the kids have outgrown over the winter. It's the perfect time to donate or sell old bicycles. Go through your car's trunk and glove compartment. You may find things in there you forgot you had, which means they are ripe for purging. Shred and dispose of papers you no longer need for tax purposes.
- May. Before the weather gets too warm, move boxes and large or heavy items out of your storage unit, the garage, the basement or the attic. Go through those boxes you haven't opened in years and re-evaluate why you are still keeping the contents. Get rid of anything that's been broken or damaged while it's been stored. Make an inventory of what you keep, and label boxes with contents before putting them back.
- June. Evaluate the condition of your travel accessories and camping gear. Some of these items take up a lot of space, so if you are planning to replace them with something more up-to-date, donate the old. If your luggage is past it's travel-worthiness, re-purpose it for storage, a pet bed, or toss it.
- July. Survey your closets for spring and summer clothes, scarves, accessories and handbags you haven't worn or used since last year. Donate or sell them so someone else can still enjoy them this season. Inventory supplies for your home office, personal desk space, and kids' school and art supplies. Toss dried up pens. Melt stubby crayon bits in muffin tins to make big, multi-color crayons. If you take stock of what you have, you can avoid overbuying.
- August. Go through the kids' artwork and school papers that they (and you) have been saving. Keep only the best of the best examples of their work unless you need a large portfolio to accompany applications. Set up a shallow bin to save this year's exemplary papers and a frame to display new artwork that you rotate in and out all year.
- September. The kids are back in school and fall projects are waiting. Get your craft room, man cave or workshop back online by purging old supplies and taking stock of what you need for new projects. Once you have everything pared down, you can DIY a new organization system with modules from the big box stores, IKEA hacks or by re-purposing old cabinets. For a more upscale remodel, call in a custom closet organization specialist.
- October. The holidays are coming 'round again. Get your kitchen reorganized by starting with the pantry. Throw out expired foods, especially if you can't remember when you bought them. If the shelves are deep, line them with sturdy baskets to corral small stuff -- no higher than eye level, however, or the contents may fall on your head when you pull the bins out. Go through cabinets and drawers. Purge chipped plates, one-task appliances and gadgets.
- November. As you buy new holiday decorations and home decor, weed through the old ones. If you don't want to run into the same storage problems you had last year, now is the time to release those you're not overly fond of to make room for some new ones. Donate them, not just for the tax write-off, but because you know someone on a tight budget is also hoping for some new-to-them decorations.
- December. Take the beginning of the month to de-clutter your closets of warm clothing you didn't wear last year and drop it off at your favorite charity. If you already know you're planning to buy newer versions of old electronics, donate them, too. If they no longer work, drop them off at an e-waste collection center.
September 06: Failing To Properly Store Your RV Could Cost You Thousands In Damage
- 09/06/2017 at 9:00 am
- 12/31/2017 at 5:30 pm
Food attracts pests and if you leave it in there, you’ll be surprised later to find out that parts of the interior were damaged.
It’s important that when you’re going to store your RV for a long term that you go cabinet by cabinet through the entire vehicle and make sure that you’ve removed any and all food.
Make sure all the food is removed. It’s important that you make sure that the refrigerator is thoroughly cleaned from the top to bottom and the freezer. Defrost the freezer. We also recommend that you insert a box of baking soda to eliminate moisture and odor. And then finally we recommend that you leave the door a jar.
Make sure all the windows and roof vents are closed. Sun exposure is rough on RV interiors but closing the blinds helps.
: . We recommend that you disconnect the auxiliary battery before you store the vehicle so the appliances don’t drain it over time while it’s in storage.
If you don’t winterize the water system and it freezes over, it could cause damage to all the different water systems in the vehicle. You can take it to your RV dealer and they can winterize it for you or refer to your owner’s manual to do it yourself.
Cleaning the RV will remove all dirt and grime that can damage the exterior of the RV over time. If your RV has an awning, be sure it’s completely dry before you store it. Failing to do so will cause the awning to mold.
As you’re driving around with your RV,the tires are constantly throwing up dirt, grime, salt and other chemicals from the road. These cause the undercarriage of the RV to corrode overtime. It’s important that you get the undercarriage washed. We recommend that you take it to a professional RV wash where they can do a thorough job of washing the undercarriage.
Rodents are the enemy when it comes to storing an RV. We recommend that you use silicone or an expanding foam to fill in all gaps and holes to prevent rodents from getting in and damaging wiring and other parts of your RV.
You want to avoid getting flat spots in your tires by keeping the tires inflated to recommended pressures. But I also recommend that you cover the tires to protect them from sun damage and sun exposure.
Change the oil and maintain all operating fluids. We also recommend that you add a fuel stabilizer. If you leave your fuel without a stabilizer for months, it will start to varnish and that could damage the engine.
We recommend that you shut off the propane to live valves. If there is a propane leak, even a small leak, you will end up not having any propane in the best scenario and in the worst case scenario it could be a hazard.
If you want your RV to last and look good for a long time,it’s important you cover it. It will protect it from the sun, the wind, the rain and winter weather. If you don’t have a full RV cover, we recommend that you at least wrap and cover the air conditioning unit.
September 11: Is Your Self Storage Unit Ready for Fall?
- 09/11/2017 at 9:00 am
- 12/31/2017 at 5:30 pm
Before you know it, summer will be over and the cool, crisp feeling of fall will be upon us. If you already store with us, now is the perfect time of year to get into your self storage unit and give it a check-up to make sure it is ready for fall. If you are planning to start using self storage this fall, it’s a great time of year to move things into storage with the cooler temps and lower humidity.
Here a few steps we recommend you take to ensure that your valuables are in good shape after surviving the hot summer months, and while in storage during the fall and winter months.
After the heat and humidity of the summer, and, if you used a drive-up storage unit all summer long, you really need to get in there and check that everything is in good shape – especially if you rarely visited. No matter what type of storage unit you have, be it drive-up, inside access or temperature controlled, this is an important step to take when the seasons change.
Everyone knows the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind.” That can be the case quite often when using storage. Come visit your unit and re-familiarize yourself with is contents. If you haven’t visited in a while, it’s easy to forget what you have tucked away in there. Now is the time to replace the container of Damp-Rid you placed in there during the spring. This will help keep the moisture levels inside your storage unit as low as possible and help prevent mold or mildew. If you simply gathered free boxes from the grocery store to pack away your stuff and they are falling apart now, you may need to purchase some new ones. Overton Road Self Storage is fully stocked packing and moving supplies, including a variety of boxes that resist crushing, will stack nicely and are specially treated to help prevent mold and mildew.
We suggest that you use a disc lock to provide the most efficient security for your unit.Disc Locks have been created specifically for the storage industry and will provide your valuables the most protection and keep your mind at ease.
Is your door bulging, drooping or squeaking when you open and close it? This is very unlikely, but if you do notice anything of this nature, please stop in the office and notify the property manager in our business office. We can then have our maintenance team take a look and keep everything in tip-top shape.
If you store with us all year long, the fall months are the ideal time to pack away your patio furniture, pool accessories, and, summer gear in preparation for winter.You can also move your lawnmower and other yard equipment and tools into storage since you won’t be mowing the grass in November (well, let’s hope not!). Just remember that you need to drain the tanks of gas, oil and other flammable liquids before placing them into storage.
While you are packing away the summer gear, be sure to unpack the winter gear and take itwith you. Make sure your sweatshirts and comfy jeans are pulled from storage and placed into rotation in your closet; and you move the tank tops, sandals and swimwear into storage. Don’t forget to take everything you plan to use frequently during the cold months that should either go with you, or, be moved close to the door so it is ready when you need it.
Call the experts at Overton Road Self Storage for more tips and advice to help with your Fall storage!
September 21: Summer Items You Should Store This Fall: Which Will You Choose?
- 09/21/2017 at 8:00 am
- 12/31/2017 at 5:30 pm
- Fall is upon
us – and if those cooler temps will tell us anything it’s that winter is not
far behind. Before the winter sets in, take some time to pack away some of your
summer items to clear up more space for living.
Tell us which of these items are you planning on storing this fall? Visit our website at www.overtonroadselfstorage.com, click on the events page, and, our top 10 must-store items for the winter are listed. Keep a tab in your head as you run down our list.
Your lawn chairs and outdoor furniture aren’t meant to withstand the cold of winter. In fact, snow and ice can shatter your glass-top table. Store these in a safe location, out of the elements to keep them safe.
Unless you’re planning on making a chilly winter excursion, you won’t need that tent and sleeping bag until next spring. Store your camping gear away from the elements – and free from mold and mildew – for the winter.
Your lawnmower, hedger, and even your smaller tools like your spade and clippers won’t be getting use for a while. Pack them away to make room for all your winter supplies.
4. Summer clothes. Pack away all your t-shirts, shorts and flip-flops until warmer weather arrives again. Meanwhile, you will have more room for all of your winter sweaters, coats and boots.
5. Barbecue grill. Don’t risk wind and freezing temps breaking your prized barbecue grill. Store it indoors to keep it free of snow and ice until Memorial Day hits.
6. Pool equipment. You winterize your pool each year, but do you take steps to ensure your pricy equipment (like nets, hoses or vacuums) stay safe throughout the winter? Store these items out of the elements until you open your pool again next summer.
7. Sand and pool toys. If your kids are like most, they accumulate a lot of sand toys. Store them all in one big container until next year.
8. Kayaks and boats. Nothing is more fun than water sports in the summer, but the enjoyment runs out once the water temp drops to freezing. Store all your watercrafts safely so they’re in tip top condition come spring.
9. Bikes. We all love going on family bike rides when the weather is mild, but all that biking equipment gets a big break once the weather turns chilly. Store your bikes, helmets, and even your bike rack out of the elements for the winter.
10. Camper/RV. Did you know that storing your RV improperly could cost you $5,000 in damage? Be sure to winterize your camper or RV correctly so it withstands the harsh winter weather until spring.Now that you know what items you need to store, give the experts at Overton Road Self Storage a call at 205-956-5552 or stop in for a visit, 5101 Overton Road, Birmingham, AL 35210
October 11: LOCKS - Does it really make a difference?
- 10/11/2017 at 9:00 am
- 12/31/2017 at 5:30 pm
Even after you’ve chosen a secure storage facility, you still can take steps to make sure your belongings are safe.
Many storage facilities let you choose your own lock for your unit’s door. Taking the time to choose a lock that will hold up against bolt cutters is highly recommended. You should avoid buying a lock with a long shackle, which is the loop that passes through or around the object you’re locking.
Disc locks are the most popular self-storage locks. We recommend purchasing a disc lock which is difficult to cut making it much more burglar-proof. For starters, it can’t be snapped with bolt cutters because of the way in which they’re designed. What’s more is that other tools, like hammers and lock picks, are also largely ineffective. It can be manipulated and picked, yes, but it will take a considerable amount of time to do so compared to other types of locks. That’s notable considering that most thieves are looking for a quick, easy in and out. In fact, to manipulate a disc lock, most thieves would have to turn to grinding it, which is messy, loud and time consuming. Disc locks actually originated for the sole purpose of securing self-storage units. They’re typically made of stainless steel, so they are able to thrive in year-round weather. Perhaps the lone disadvantage of going the disc lock route is that these locks will cost you more than the padlock or the combination lock. But when it comes to your personal belongings, it’s better to spend a little bit more money upfront than have to spend a lot of money replacing your valuables later on.
HELPFUL TIP:If you have a few high-value items among your stored possessions, it is recommended that you place those valuables in the back of your unit. Doing so can protect your most important belongings from what is referred to as a “crash and grab” theft. In this type of burglary, thieves break into several units and quickly seize whatever looks like it holds the most value. Because these burglaries often happen so quickly–usually in a matter of minutes–crooks will be less likely to snatch important items if you’ve made them more difficult to grab
October 26: Overton Road Self Storage Offers 7 Tips to Store Your Motorcycle
- 10/26/2017 at 6:00 am
- 12/31/2017 at 5:30 pm
- There are more thorough tips for storing your motorcycle, but, if you just want the basics, go with the list below.
- Top off the tank and add fuel stabilizer. Refill or replace your brake, clutch, and coolant fluids.
- Old mucky oil can corrode engine parts in just a few months sitting in the garage.
- Either take your battery out, trickle charge is while it’s in storage, or charge it completely initially and renew the change every month.
- The best way to store your bike is on some kind of rack that prevents weight from resting on the wheels. If that’s not possible, fill up your tires, rest the bike on its center stand, and if possible, rotate the front tire once a week.
- Wash, dry, and wax your bike to make sure rust doesn’t creep in over the long months of rest.
- Spray them with WD-40 and shove a clean towel in the pipes to keep moisture and little creatures from making them their home.
- Sunlight can stress your leather and paint, so find a dark space such as a self-storage unit to store your machine. Now that you’ve got everything in order, make sure your covers anything that might happen while it’s sitting idle waiting for the warmer weather.
Overton Road Self Storage offers severalstorage options for your motorcycles and gear. Call today 205-956-5552.