Clutter is the enemy of productivity. Space and Organization are the enemies of clutter. At Exodus, we believe in making life easier; in your move and in your storage. But how does one know if they need to take that step and actually rent additional space to provide a proper home for their belongings? Here is our top 5 list of the little things you might notice about your life when it’s time to get some storage.
5. The Trunk of Your Car is Full
For many of us Road Warriors, it’s a common occurrence to keep a few things in our cars. Perhaps we have a first aid kit, an umbrella or even a bottle of water. But when you find yourself at the car wash and when vacuuming comes into play you don’t even open your trunk because you know there is absolutely no hope of seeing the bottom, you might need storage.
4. When Closets = Avalanches
On any given Sunday, when you find yourself looking for that old favorite board game you might end up approaching your closet. If a feeling of panic ensues as you consider just how much caution should be practiced as you turn that door knob, you might need storage.
3. Your Car and Your Garage Have Never Met
Most people would agree that the garage is a great place to store those things that don’t want to throw away but you don’t want in the house. Reasonable things to keep in the garage might be a chest with extra blankets or a few cans of already opened but still half full paint. But when it becomes so full that your perfectly good vehicle sleeps nightly on the external pavement or on the street, you might need storage.
2. Rooms Have Invisible Signs: Do Not Enter
If you have an extra room in your house such as an office or a guest room, it can be a real spatial relief. And sometimes, these rooms can have a few more things in them then one might prefer. But, when those impromptu guests show up at your door and you realize that there isn’t actually enough space for them in the guest room, you might need storage.
1. You Buy It, Again.
The many appliances, gadgets and house wares that grace your home can make your life so much easier. But when things are unorganized, sometimes you just can’t find the things you are looking for when you need them most. If in the last 3 months you have bought at least 2 things that you actually already own, you might need storage.
Walk into your storage and take a look around. This is your life, in bags and boxes. It’s the beginning of a new year and it’s time to ask yourself 3 important questions: 1) What do I have? 2) What do I need? 3) What can I give away?
At Exodus, we are more than happy to help you move and store all your worldly possessions. But in honor of this fresh annual start, we challenge you to take the time to free yourself from clutter. Liberate yourself from the things in your life that you do not need and allow it to open up your heart to the new things on the horizon. It’s been said that one mans trash is another mans treasure. There are organizations in your community and countrywide that need your help and could use your stuff to help others. Why not take the time to do everyone a favor and get on the donation train in 2011!
Who They Are: This is an organization created for the purpose of inspiring and empowering individuals through the use of job training, employment placement and other educational opportunities. Their network includes 165 independently run community based Goodwill Stores in North America who use their proceeds to fund their core programs and relief efforts.
What They Need: Each store sells clothing, furniture and a myriad of misc household goods. These are all collected through tax deductable donation from the individuals in the communities where the stores are run. Goodwill will also accept monetary donations but they are primarily a place to offload additional items from your home or storage.
How to Get in Touch: (800) 741-0186 or firstname.lastname@example.org or checkout the community locator on http://www.goodwill.org/
Veterans of America
Who They Are: This organization was founded in 1978 to service the needs of the large group of disenfranchised veterans of the Vietnam War. Primarily funded through donations and the sale of donated goods through qualified retailers, they seek to maintain programs that support the physical and mental needs of those who have been touched by this difficult war.
What They Need: The VVA accepts clothing, books, appliances and most kinds of household items. There are very few things that they will not consider a valuable donation.
How to Get in Touch: (301) 585-4000 or http://www.clothingdonations.org/service.htm or visit the official website at http://www.vva.org/
Right about now we all start thinking of resolutions for the New Year. The end of Dec is a very natural time to review the previous 12 months and make some decisions about the future. What was good about the year? What wasn’t so good? What do you want more of this year? What do you want less of?
One of the most underestimated components of a peaceful life is organization. More often than not, if you live in a space that is full of clutter it is hard to see your way to a clear state of mind. And its natural in this busy world to lose track of this kind of organization when there are so many other things in your life competing for your attention. When it comes time to move, many people often say that they are surprised at how much stuff they have. The following are some top tips for getting organized for moving, for storage or just for your life in general.
Everything in its Place– All of your things need a predictable place where they live. The number one reason why people lose track of everyday items is that their whereabouts vary so often. Designate a logical place for each thing, preferably in a space where it is often used so that you don’t have to go to another room to retrieve it. Also, keeping everything in re-usable Tupperware containers makes re-organizing, cleaning around and packing your stuff up all the more streamlined and efficient.
Regular Regrouping– Set a dependable time to put things back where they go. This can happen as often as 10 minutes first thing every morning to perhaps an hour once a week on Saturday. You can have the most amazing system of organization in the world and it will be only a matter of time before it falls apart without regular maintenance. The important part of this is finding a time that is good for you, that will inspire you to feel good about what you are doing.
Keeping it Together– Make sure to keep items of similar use and function together. If you have vitamins that you take every day with your morning coffee, it might make sense to put them in the kitchen near the coffee maker. If you have 3 places in the house where you currently keep batteries, consolidate. Keeping like items together will save hassle and guess work and will also make sure that you know how much of something you have in the house in order to avoid over purchasing.
Resolve to Simplify- This last tip will mean different things to different people. But at Exodus, we would like to encourage you, this year, to clear out whatever it is in your life that is holding you back. Whether you need to make space in your current location through the use of storage, or you need to move to a new space in order to create a fresh environment for inspiration, we are behind you 100%.
We wish you clarity of space and peace of mind in 2011!
After all the jingle bells have jangled and the chestnuts have been properly roasted on that open fire, you may find yourself surrounded by the decorative aftermath of the holiday season. Not to worry, all you serious decorators, when it comes to clean up its all about the organization. Taking the time to pack up Christmas will not only help to usher in a clean and orderly new year, but it will serve as a preemptive strike against next year’s mayhem of merriment. The following are our top four tips for packing up Christmas.
The Power of Red and Green– Store your holiday cheer in color coded containers. Most multipurpose and container stores sell red and green boxes for storage. Sticking with these colors to designate the location of your favorite snowman collection and other festive bits will save the guess work when you are searching next November. Another good idea is to use seasonal colors for other decorations ie- Black for Halloween, Orange for Thanksgiving and Pale Green for spring decorations.
Original Packaging– The secret to good storage is original packaging. The box that it came in is your friend especially for easily damaged items. The original box is usually created to withstand some form of transport. Breakables such as ornaments, bulbs and lights are obvious package savers as these items are often fine and fragile. Also purchasing durable wreath holders will save them from experiencing the crunch over time.
Make a List & Check it Twice– Next year when you want to pull out your nutcracker place holders without having to look through your 6 Christmas boxes, you will be glad that you took the time to create a detailed list of each boxes contents. Number the boxes and be as detailed on your inventory list as possible. Type your list up and save it somewhere that you will know to look next year such as a file on your computer called “Christmas”.
Box Writing– If you want the contents of each box actually written on the box, use clear wide packing tape. Write each item on the box with permanent marker. This is a great way to make the box re-usable and more importantly re-packable.
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.
Sometimes companies forget what they are in business for. This happens more often than not, especially as they grow. It’s easy to get distracted by the myriad of responsibilities that accompany building a successful organization. There are administrative tasks, management duties and of course the day to day operations of creating and maintaining whatever product or service it is that you actually sell. But one of the most important things for a company to remember is what they do their business for, their customer.
At Exodus Moving and Storage, your satisfaction is only a minimum. We prefer your delight. We want to bring ease and clarity to the two activities that almost no one looks forward to: moving and storing. For this reason we are excited to find out when we are making your life a little bit easier because it reminds us that as a nationally capable mover, we are still putting our focus on what is most important: you.
I want to thank you and your staff for a wonderful move. Tim and Phil were EXCELLENT to work with. Couldn’t have handpicked them any better myself!! From start to finish they were very enjoyable to work with. GO HUSKERS!!!! Your company helped make our move less stressful.
Amazing job! If we ever move again, I wouldn’t think about using anyone else. I highly recommend Exodus Moving for anyone’s moving needs.
When storing those elaborate holiday decorations, do yourself a favor and take photos as you go through the dis-assembly process. This will cut down your assembly time drastically next year when you’ve forgotten what the decoration that mini-broom goes on, and how it’s attached.
Photographs will also remind you of how you got the amazing look from the leaves and how they were arranged, or why you might want to try something different with the scarecrow this year.
Make sure to label boxes not only by by what is in them, but the QUANTITY and in as much detail as possible – a box labeled ‘table decorations’ is much less useful than one labeled ‘full set of 8 orange and brown silk placemats and napkins w/ matching tablecloth and chargers’.
Hope this helps you have a wonderful and stress free holidays!