Author: storagegenie

6 Mudroom Organization Ideas

With the arrival of spring comes the familiar urge to rethink your organization. From traditional spring cleaning to special projects that make your home more livable, there’s just something about the freshness of spring that inspires you to do some refreshing of your own. Your mudroom is one place where you can focus your energy. It’s a major passageway in and out of your house, so it needs to be a functional, usable space. And spring is the perfect time of year to harmonize that area of your house. To that end, here are our top six mudroom organization ideas. #1 Install Bench Seating  Benches are a classic staple of mudrooms near and far.1 This is because an entryway bench offers a space-efficient spot for you and your family to put your shoes on when you leave the house and take them off when you get home.  But bench seating can do more than give you a comfy perch for lacing up your sneakers. They can also: Double as personal storage – Models with hideaway storage under the seat are great for storing winter coats, hats, and gloves during the spring and summer. On the other hand, models with open cubbies below the seat offer built-in shoe storage. Regardless of the style, it wouldn’t hurt to have a storage bench.Help optimize space – With their combination of out-of-the-way seating and...

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5 Tips for Moving in the Rain

Spring is known as a season of new beginnings. All around, trees are sprouting fresh leaves, flowers are budding new blossoms, and gray winter lawns are turning green.  For many, those new beginnings are symbolized by a change of address. Spring offers mild weather, seasonable temperatures, and the promise of fresh starts, all of which make it a popular time to move. In fact, spring is the unofficial start of moving season in the United States.1  The savviest spring movers know the importance of preparing for wet conditions.  So whether you’re moving your belongings into your new home or into a self-storage unit, here are five top tips for moving in the rain.  #1 Wrap Everything You Can  The hands-down best way to protect your belongings during a rainy move is to wrap them in plastic. Fortunately, you have a few easy options for doing so:  Shrink-wrap – Shrink-wrap is a time-tested method of protecting your belongings during a move, not only from rain but from bumps, scratches, and knicks that can also occur during transit. Shrink-wrap adheres tightly to your belongings, keeping water out. Garbage bags – Garbage bags are a relatively inexpensive way to wrap your belongings. They can be especially handy during unexpected showers.Plastic tarps – You can also protect your belongings with plastic tarps. Be sure to tape down the edges and secure the tarps with rope or...

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A Guide to How to Store Winter Clothes

When summer arrives, it’s time to say a temporary farewell to the puffy coats, mittens, and scarves that kept you warm all winter long. But before you put them into personal storage, there are a few things you should know about how to store winter clothes properly. Follow this helpful guide to make sure your winter clothes hibernate safely before the winter snow rolls in again.  How to Clean Your Winter Clothes Before Storing Them Before you start boxing up your winter coats and heavy sweaters, you should wash and dry them thoroughly.1 This is a crucial step to ensuring that your winter clothes stay free from pests and mildew. As such, here’s a quick and helpful guide for cleaning all of your winter clothes. Step 1: Wash Your Coats and Other Outerwear  Most winter clothing items are rather delicate. When it comes to your winter coats, you should always check the care instructions before cleaning. That said, there are some basic guidelines you can follow based on the fabric and style of the garment:  Nylon coats and puffy jackets – Nylon coats and puffy jackets filled with down are washing machine safe.2 Set your machine to gentle and use cold water with regular laundry detergent.Wool coats – You’re best off taking your wool coats in for dry cleaning, but you can also wash them by hand at home. Be...

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5 Steps on How to Move A Piano

Moving your piano requires all the skills needed to play one—dexterous technique, attention to detail, and a bit of hand-eye coordination. Whether you’re moving into a new home or looking to place your piano into personal storage, pianos are fragile instruments that must be moved with great care and caution. That’s why learning how to move a piano before starting can make the process relatively easy and safe—for you and your piano. For anyone wondering how to move a piano yourself, we’ve put together this handy guide of 5 steps that will help you transport your eight-eights from point...

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5 Steps on How to Move a Pool Table

Your pool table is the centerpiece of your game room—it’s the proverbial hearth around which you gather with friends and loved ones for a little fun and friendly competition. That’s why it’s important to take the proper steps to move your pool table safely.   So, how do you move a pool table? Whether you’re moving your table into personal storage, downstairs to your renovated game room,  or transferring it across the country to your new home, you must take the proper measures to protect your pool table, from its felt field to its legs. Your safest and easiest option...

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6 Steps on How to Move a Refrigerator

As your midnight companion for savory treats and your morning go-to when you’re craving that first sip of OJ, your refrigerator is, no doubt, a treasured kitchen appliance in your household. And like all faithful companions, you’d never think of leaving it behind during a move. Even if you’re placing your refrigerator into personal storage for the time being, you’ll need to know how to move a fridge.  Luckily, all that’s required when learning how to move a fridge without movers is some brains, a smidgen of brawn, and a dash of ambition. To make this move as efficient...

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6 Modern Kitchen Décor Ideas

The kitchen is an essential part of any home. From late-night snacks to four-course meals the kitchen space is where we feed our stomachs and our loved ones. It’s also a go-to when it comes to personal storage—where else could you simultaneously store your favorite linens and that pumpkin-shaped Le Creuset cast iron you love so much? To make your kitchen’s aesthetic match its importance, you can update its look. Whether you’re an avid chef or an instant noodle aficionado, a modern, well-designed cooking space is something to appreciate. Let’s look at six kitchen decor ideas to spice up...

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How to Decorate a Bathroom

From an interior design standpoint, bathrooms are the sparkling throne of home renovations and personal storage upgrades. After all, most days begin and end in front of the bathroom mirror—it’s only natural that homeowners wish to suffuse their lavatories with style and find comfort in its rejuvenating oasis. Whether you’re updating the downstairs guest bathroom or redecorating the master bath from the ground up, this guide on how to decorate a bathroom is for you. Step 1: Decide on a Style There are many different aesthetics to choose from when decorating your bathroom. Deciding on a theme will help...

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