The holidays are here. The parties, the presents, the sweets and treats abound. And in the midst of the chaos, we are confronted with the convergence of both full shopping carts and calendars. But the question that emerges during this season is what to get for the person that has everything? How about storage?!
Ok, ok, so storage isn’t the most glamorous gift you can give. It’s certainly not the new espresso maker or gadget that they have had their eye on. It’s not gorgeous and glowing like those earrings she has been hinting about and it’s nothing you can play the latest action video game on. But the gift of storage is actually more than just providing a place to put extra things. It’s an invitation to organization. It’s an escape from the clutter that can so quickly overtake us especially in a season of gift giving and receiving. Think about it; this is the time of year that everyone gets more stuff. And unless we all plan to relocate to larger homes in January, we will have to find a way to implement the new things into our lives and either donate or store the old.
Disorganization of all kinds can lead to frustration and having more possessions than you have space for is a sure way to lose track of the things you actually use on a regular basis. So perhaps this season, you might want to bring in a new year of space for someone: mental, emotional and physical. And the physical bit, well that starts with storage.
I know I’ve never written before and for that I apologize. I want you know that I have enjoyed the contact we have had. You have filled me with so many wonderful things. Your clothes, your shoes and of course all the extra little things that make my existence so full. Even now, I am happy to be hiding those wrapped toys for the kids from “Santa”.
But this year, as you are preparing to take on even more stuff as the holidays go on, I feel it’s a good time to make a request…
I need HELP!
I am seriously overloaded. And frankly, I don’t know how much more I can take. I really think it’s time for some reinforcements. Maybe another closet or garage, or even better yet- you could rent some storage. This would give me the opportunity to have a little space and provide you with what you are looking for a little faster every time. Because in the end, I want you to be happy. And when you come to me and can’t find what you need, I think we both feel badly about it.
I’ve checked with other closets to see if this is something they too have experienced. They have told me what a relief it is when their owners give them more space. The concept of breathing room for us all is not to be taken for granted. I have stuck with you through full times and empty, renovations and reorganizations. But now I’m asking for something back.
Well, that’s it. Thanks so much for considering my request. I think additional storage could really take our relationship to the next level.
One of the least popular times of year to move is in January. As the middle of December looms, it is clear that the holidays are in full swing. It’s hard to go anywhere in public and not find some indication of the season. Decorations, sale signs and festive music abounds. But during this time of certain purchase and probable stress, an excellent opportunity emerges. This time of year is a fantastic time to realize that your wish list is often more beneficial for you if it can include others. If you are planning a move during this holiday season, perhaps it’s time to clean out your clutter and donate your extras.
Take an Inventory
Look at what you have, especially in storage. Do you need it? Do you use it regularly? Is it replaceable? Asking yourself if the things that you have are necessary is a wonderful thing to do when its time to plan a move. But it’s also a great thing to think about annually. Go through your home and your storage and ask yourself what really matters to you and what you can do without. Remember, every item you donate becomes one less thing you have to worry about on moving day.
Check Your Local Charities
Most communities are full of the spirit of giving during this time of the year. Ask your friends for recommendations of organizations they trust. Do a search online in your area for causes that are close to your heart. Call your local Red Cross or Salvation Army to ask if they need anything specific. This will help you to give a name and a purpose to your potential clean out as well as to be more effective in your giving.
It doesn’t take a genius to realize how fortunate we are, as individuals, as a community, and as a country. And no matter what our situation, no matter who we are or where we come from, we have something to give. Yes, this time can be hectic. The holidays, the pending relocation- it can be easy to be overwhelmed. But it’s important to remember that sometimes the best way to take hold of what really matters is to change your perspective. Take this opportunity to clean out what you don’t need and open your heart to what you have. Being generous in your donations is a wonderful way to celebrate life!
At Exodus we are high on the tide of thankfulness during this season of giving. Its important to us that we not only show gratitude to our community but also to our employees. As a local business with national capabilities, we understand that it is the people involved that make our every day special. In asking our employees what they were most thankful for during this time of year we found ourselves grateful for their responses.
I am thankful for my husband, my children and my faith. I am thankful for a warm home, enough to eat and clothes to wear. I am thankful to work for Exodus – a company founded on honesty, integrity and hard work. ~Lisa
Being a part of this company makes me realize what a work family is really all about. I am thankful to all of you! ~Joel
Happy Thanksgiving from Exodus!
Its about this time of year every year that we all start taking stock of what’s important to us. Thanksgiving is an opportunity to reflect on our priorities in this life. At Exodus, we strive to opperate in a grateful state. For this reason, even though we posses national professional expertise and capabilities, we continually remain philanthropically active in our local community.
We realize that as a business nothing is possible without the satisfaction and recommendation of our customers. And during the beginning of this holiday season we feel that saying thanks is one of the most important things we can do. This year, we are saying thank you with Eileens Colossal Cookies. So if you recommended Exodus Moving and Storage this year, you are probably enjoying these right now. From all of us, to all of you: Thank you, for being the best part of our business!
It’s that time of year again, the one right after costume time. Time to put away the gigantic plastic spiders and cotton webbing. It’s time to re-store the life size garden ghouls and find a place for the glow in the dark skulls to rest until they are needed again next year. It’s that time of the year right after Halloween when you find that more than ever, you need storage!
Halloween can be an eventful part of the season. All the dressing up and party decorating can give a real boost to the creative kid within you. But after the party is over and you are properly recovered from your sugar high, you realize that every year you seem to acquire more stuff. Of course we recommend having separate storage for Holiday decorations but here are some tips on how best to keep the scariness to a minimum:
- The Comb Over. A common mistake in wig storage and costumes that are primarily fur based is forgetting to brush them out before storing them. After the party they are often knotted, dirty or wet. It is important to try to get them back to their original state before putting them away. Airing and combing them out will insure that your long black Elvira wig and Ware Wolf costume will live to see another party day.
- Keep it Cool. Remember that humidity and temperature can have a great effect on fabric. If these factors do not remain constant, fibers expand and contract over time causing the deterioration of color. For your more expensive costumes and long term material storage in general, we suggest considering climate controlled storage.
- Color Wonder. Nothing says organization like color coding. If you are storing your Halloween stuff in boxes, use a large orange marker to label its contents. If you are able to purchase plastic bins, select appropriate colors like orange or purple. This will allow you to easily find what you are looking for when it comes time to drag it all out again next October.
- In Packaging We Trust. Whenever possible, it is great to save original packaging for all costumes and decorations. Often manufacturers take into consideration the long gevity of these items when designing their packaging.
There is no doubt that December is one of the busiest months of the year. We love being busy, in fact, we wanted to share with you some things we are excited about.
We assisted Realities for Children on their annual Bikes for Tykes event this year by providing trailers and assisting them in picking up bikes for donors here in Fort Collins. We were so pleased to receive a large thank you poster with wonderful thank you messages all over it from some of the kids who received bikes. We are also excited about our donation move for a Habitat for Humanity family.
We also just completed a complicated large move from Windsor, CO to Texas. It was 25,000lbs of household goods including a pool table that had to be crated. We delivered them on a Sunday so they would not have to miss any work and delivered the entire highly insured load with no damage. Also, we recently assisted Lee Cord (A Group Realtor) and the Larimer Chorale with the receiving, delivery and storage of their new risers. We received a nice card from Lee Cord where he stated, “You have solved a problem for the Larimer Chorale, and you made the purchase of the riders possible for us, thanks again, we will continue to refer customers to Exodus”.
As you can see, December was a busy month for us! We look forward to a busy and successful 2010 and hope to do business with you!