Babys playing together.

Our children grow faster than you can imagine. And with their growth they will go through a variety of clothing, furniture, and toys. Instead of just tossing or donating the baby items you aren’t using anymore you can easily store them at Peninsula Storage in Sunnyvale until your next bundle of joy arrives. Below are some tips for you to try when it comes to storing the baby items you aren’t using anymore.

 

Clothing

It is important to wash all clothing before placing it in storage. This way no old food particles left on the clothing will attract any unwanted guests. Make sure the clothes are completely dry before placing them in storage as to prevent mildew. Depending on how long you plan on storing the clothing will determine what you should place the clothing in. For short term storage a standard cardboard box will be more than sufficient. If you are planning are storing for long-term it is wise to store the clothing in a plastic bin or bag that seals tightly. Remember to store in an organized fashion. Sort clothing by age and size to make it easier when you come back to remove the clothing from storage.

 

Furniture

Cleaning and even polishing your furniture will ensure its quality during its time in the storage unit. To fit more in the space of your storage unit disassemble any and all the furniture you can. It is easier to store smaller pieces of furniture rather than large, bulky items. Once you have your furniture placed desirably in the storage unit, cover it with a large sheet or packing blanket. This will protect it from dirt, dust, and other potential spills or hazards. If possible do not store furniture items on the floor. Prop up the furniture by placing it on a pallet, bricks, or a tarp. This will ensure the safety and quality of your belongings.

 

Toys

Children outgrow toys as fast as they do clothing. It is smart to go through your child’s toy box every few months and organize. After sorting through and figuring out what to toss or donate, you can keep the sentimental pieces in storage. Again, we recommend that you clean the toys thoroughly with soapy water to remove any excess food or dirt. Plastic bins will be needed for long term storage of toys. This will keep them in pristine shape when you are ready to part with them.

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Woman taking a lemon out of the fridge

Depending on the size of your kitchen and the amount of items you are storing in it, it can be hard to keep organized. To help you in having an organized and clean kitchen we at Peninsula Storage in Sunnyvale can provide you with a storage unit for all of the kitchen supplies you just don’t need every day of the year. We have also gathered some organizational tools and methods for you to try in your own home.

 

Properly Storing your Canned Goods

Canned goods can easily take up the most available space in your pantry. You can reduce the amount of space they take up by easily converting your old 12-pack soda boxes. Spruce them up with a bit of decorative paper and label them if you like. This solution is cheap, easy, and can be replaced without much cost.

 

Measuring Spoons

Measuring spoons can add unwanted clutter in any drawer. To have them within reach you can install hooks or magnets on the inside door of your cupboards. Command Strip makes easy to use hooks that you can place on the inside of your cabinets as well. These will remove without causing any damage to the interior surface space of your cupboards.

 

Pots and Pans

To help you in the organization of your pots and pans you can purchase storage made specifically for the organization of your pots and pans. These can be found at most home goods stores. They even make storage bins that can pull out for ease of use.

 

Organizing your Fridge

With the variety of items we have to store in our fridge it can easily get out of hand. To give your fridge some organization you can invest in buying a few plastic bins to keep like items together. To get handle on all of your condiments employ the use of a Lazy Susan. This will help you save on much needed fridge space while giving you ease of access to everything you need.

 

Drawer Dividers

To keep your drawers from becoming a cluttered mess, you can either create your own or buy drawer dividers. These will help you to keep things in their place and keep you from having to dig through a mess. If you create your own, you can customize the size of each divider to fit all of the items you wish to store in that drawer.

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Piggy bank with calculator

Moving is expensive. The costs to put down a deposit and firsts month’s rent/ mortgage payment is enough to ruin your budget for a couple months. We at Peninsula Storage want to help you in easing the moving process with one of our storage units and the tips for moving on a budget below.

 

Go Through and Purge your Belongings

A great way to save your money and your budget is by getting rid of the items in your home you just don’t use any more. Holding a garage sale or even selling some of your household items online can help you to make enough to cover the costs of your move. When you have less to move you spend less on moving supplies and truck rentals. For what you can’t sell, consider donating it to a local Goodwill or placing it in your storage unit at Peninsula Storage. You will be thankful you have less to move and unpack when it is all said and done.

 

Thrifty Packing

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on boxes and packing supplies, use what you can around you. When it comes to non-fragile items you don’t need to get fancy when it comes to moving it from one house to another. Fill up any storage bins, backpacks, duffle bags, and suitcases with less fragile items. Utilize clothing to double as a protective wrap for the fragile items you are placing in boxes. Socks and t-shirts work just as well as bubble wrap and newspaper.

 

Movers vs Friends

While hiring movers to help you with the moving process has some perks, it could put a serious dent in your wallet. Instead, try and enlist in the help of some of your trusted friends or family to help you throughout the process. To make it easier on them, have everything packed and ready to go. Then all they have to do is help with the heavy lifting.

 

Reanalyze your TV and Internet

Moving is the perfect excuse and opportunity to see if there is a better deal out there when it comes to your TV and Internet. A lot of companies will have lower monthly payments for a set amount of time when you are joining them as a new customer. Do your research and you could end up saving some money in the long run.

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Move. Cardboard boxes in empty room corner.

If you have found yourself no longer needing a self-storage unit at Peninsula Storage in Palo Alto then you should have an idea of what it will take to clean out your storage unit. To help you in the process we have put together some tips and tricks to help you when it comes time to empty out your storage unit.

 

Make a Plan with an Ending Date

A lot of times it is hard to find the motivation to clean out your unit. To help you when it comes to making a plan and holding yourself accountable, you will want to create a deadline. Make the deadline reasonable to accomplish and plan for any unexpected events that might occur before your set deadline. Creating a goal always helps you when it comes to completing a task.

 

Create and Accomplish Small Tasks

Trying to clean out your storage unit in one day is hard and stressful. Instead of trying to accomplish a lot in a little amount of time, break up your clean out process into small and manageable tasks over a period of time. This will make the process easier and stress free.

 

Avoid Just Throwing Items Away

As you are cleaning out your unit you may come across items you just don’t want or need anymore. Instead of just throwing it away you will want to try and find it another home. You can donate your items to your local Goodwill or even try and sell a few online. If the item is beyond repair then it is acceptable to toss it in the trash.

 

Avoid Storing in your Home

The whole point of your storage unit was to reduce the clutter in your home and give you the needed storage space. When cleaning out your unit you will want to avoid turning your home into a makeshift storage unit. Find a home for all the items you wish to keep and donate the rest.

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Home fun for kids

Keeping a clean home with growing child might seem impossible. As soon as you have the house clean and organized they have the ability to create a mess within minutes. There is a way to change this. With the help of a self-storage unit at Peninsula Storage in Sunnyvale and the tips listed below, you may be on your way to keeping your home clean and organized with your growing children.

Get Rid of Some of your Items
The reason you can’t seem to keep up with the messes your children create is largely due to the fact that you just have too much stuff in your home. This is especially true when it comes to children’s toys, books, and clothing. Children will outgrow large amounts of toys and clothing within a few months. Take the time to sort through what you have been holding on to and see what you can get rid of. If you just can’t seem to part with those items or you are saving them for a future child, a self-storage unit at Peninsula Storage in Sunnyvale is the perfect solution. Placing the items you child doesn’t need in a storage unit can help you to lessen the amount of items you have to clean up and give you the storage space you need for the items you and your children use every day.

Control and Contain the Clutter
Once you have purged yourself of the majority of toys, books, clothing, and other household items you just don’t need, you can now begin to contain what you have. Enlisting in the help of decorative bins or hidden storage solutions can help you in finding a place for each item. When it comes time to clean up you have a specific place for each item and you are then left with a clean home.

Have your Children Help
Getting your children to help you in the daily clean-up will help you while giving them a sense of responsibility. Encourage them in cleaning up their toys by making it into a game or by giving prizes. Your children will often jump at the opportunity to help you with a grown-up activity.

Stay on Top of the Organization
While it may take work, you will want to stay on top of the clutter and clean a little each day. If you find yourself accruing a lot of items again then it is time to perform another purge. Have your children help you in sorting through the things they don’t use any more.

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Adult Son Moving Out Of Parent's Home

College acceptance letters have arrived and it is now time to get your child ready for their big move to their new college. We at Peninsula Storage in Palo Alto can help you by giving you the storage space you need for the items they can’t take with them. We have also provided some tips to help your child move to their new home at college.

 

Sort and Organize

Dorm rooms are often cramped and won’t be able to hold all of one’s belongings. It is important to sort and organize your child’s belongings into what will be essential for college. Stick to the basics. For all of the other items sort into what you will store and what you can donate. This will start the college moving transition on the right foot. You can trust Peninsula Storage in Palo Alto to keep all of your child’s items safe in a storage unit while they are away at college

 

Scope Out your Space

Check out the floor plan of your child’s future dorm or living space. It might be necessary to buy amenities that aren’t included. Such things will consist of fans, mini fridges, microwaves, and closet organizers.

 

Set up the Utilities

Help your child transition into adult hood and give them a crash course on setting up their utilities. Many college dorms and apartments will need phone and internet set in place. Doing this before the move will help alleviate stress for your child.

 

Avoid the Moving Rush

If possible, try and move your child in mid-week or a few days before the semester starts. Many students will move in the weekend before the start of term. Moving mid-week will allow extra time to get organized and used to the new environment your child will be spending most of their time in.

 

Be resourceful

When packing the essentials make sure to be resourceful when it comes to packing those fragile items. Old newspaper, towels, and even thick clothing can be wrapped around those items that tend to break. This makes clean up easy and moving cheap.

 

Involve the Family

The moving transition can be tough for parents and children. So make it a family affair. Moving by yourself is hard and stressful. Get everyone involved in the packing and moving of your college bound child. This will not only get your child packed up and ready to go, but provide the love and support your nervous child might need in their life.

 

Prepare for Weather

Weather is always unpredictable. Make sure valuables are packed in a way that will not get damaged in the move not matter the weather. Perishable foods should be put in coolers. Anything that can melt or get wet should be placed with items that will not stain or get damaged. Zip lock bags for bathroom and cleaning products are a must.

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Garage Storage

Moving can be a stressful process. Try reducing some of that stress by packing up the items you don’t need right away and storing them in a self-storage unit at Peninsula Storage in Palo Alto. We like to help you conquer the moving process so we have gathered some mistakes to avoid while moving to your new home.

 

Not Planning Ahead

Moving takes preparation. There are a lot of hidden aspects and necessities that need to happen when moving from place to place. You will need to plan out each aspect of your move. Things to think about before moving day include: renting a truck, hiring movers, change of address, setting up utilities, and organized packing. Not planning out your move can add a huge amount of unwanted stress.

 

Not Shopping Around

If you do choose to hire a moving company to assist you in your move, it is wise to do some research and shop around. Moving companies will all charge different rates. Not shopping around could result in you not getting the best deal in town. It is also worth reading customer reviews of each moving company. You are entrusting this company to move your valuables, you will want to make sure they are legitimate.

 

Keeping Unnecessary Junk

The biggest mistake most people make is not getting rid of the junk that has accumulated in your home before your move. Moving or storing your junk is not worth the time or money. It is always good to take the time before your move to get rid of anything you haven’t used or can’t see yourself using in the future. This way you can move into your new home without the unnecessary clutter.

 

Over-Packing Boxes

You will make the move harder on yourself and everyone involved by over-packing your boxes. When moving or storing items, it is always best to stick with a similar sized box. This will help when loading the moving truck or stacking items in a storage unit. When packing heavy items, such as books, only fill up the box half way as to not but strain on the box or the person lifting it.

 

We at Peninsula Storage in Palo Alto love to help you in all aspects of moving and self-storage. We hope that the tips above can help ease the process. Check out our website for more tips and tricks regarding storage and organization.

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Led TV on TV stand with black wall

Whether you are moving, reorganizing or upgrading you need to know how to properly pack your TV for its stay in a self-storage unit at Peninsula Storage in Sunnyvale. We have provided you with some steps to follow as you are packing up and moving your TV to your newly rented self-storage unit.

Clean it Thoroughly

Before placing it in the box and putting it in your storage unit you will want to take the time to thoroughly clean your television. Electronics are known for attracting dust and dirt, even when they are sitting in our homes. Use a soft wash rag and a mild glass cleaner to clean the surface of your television. Don’t forget to wipe down the electrical cords and remotes as well. Dust can cause damage to your electronics over time.

Boxing it up

The best way to ensure the safety of your television is by packing it back into the box it originally came in. The boxes are specifically designed to hug your television and keep it from moving around or getting damaged. If you do not have the original box there are other options. You can still keep your television safe and sound by packing it in a sturdy box and wrapping it at least twice with bubble wrap. Fill up any empty spaces within the box with newspaper, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or Styrofoam to make sure the television won’t shift or move within the box during transit. To help with the packing process you might want to use a rubber band to wrap up your cords and keep them from causing a mess inside your box.

Placement

Now that you have your television cleaned and properly packed it is time to place it in your new self-storage unit at Peninsula Storage in Sunnyvale. Placement of your television in your storage unit is also crucial. Make sure you set your television on a sturdy surface and away from any items that could potential cause any spills. Never place your television on its back while being stored. This can cause damage to its internal electronics.

Label

Before placing anything in storage you will want to properly label your box. Label all the contents within the box alongside your television. Write on multiple sides of your television box so you can easily see what is inside the box from all angles.

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Young couple moving house

Moving day has finally arrived and you have enlisted the help of a moving truck, but do you know how to properly load it? If your moving truck isn’t properly loaded and makes its way to your new home or your storage unit at Peninsula Storage in Mountain View you may have some damaged items during transit. To avoid this, we have provided you with some tips when it comes to loading your moving truck the right way.

 

Have a Plan

The worst thing you could possibly do on moving day is just winging it. It is important to have a game-plan ready when the moving truck arrives. Make sure all of your items are packed, labeled, and ready to go. Talk with those helping you move to decide what items to load first. Make sure you aren’t driving your moving truck during times of heavy traffic or severe weather.

 

Stability of Items

It is very important to try and make sure your items will remain as stable as possible and not move during the drive. In order to make sure your items won’t shift and move on the way to your new home or to the storage units, invest in moving-grade boxes. These boxes are made specifically to withstand the constant movement from the truck. Other boxes, such as the ones being reused from grocery stores, are not made to withstand large amounts of weight or movement. You can never have enough bubble wrap or packing peanuts to put into your boxes. You don’t want the items you place in the boxes to move around and possibly get damaged. If you are really worried about the stability of your items in the truck you can also purchase tie downs. Taking the necessary precautions is always a good idea.

 

Loading the Truck

In order to make the transition from the house to the truck, it is best to have a clear path from the door and onto the ramp of the truck. By consolidating all of your items in a room near the front door you can easily have a repetitive path to follow. When you begin loading the truck it is best to start with the heaviest items on the bottom and near the back. Save the lighter items for the top and front of the truck. After the truck is loaded and you are on your way it is best to go directly to your destination. The longer items are moving around in your truck the more likely they are going to get damaged.

 

Now that you know how to properly load up your moving truck you can be on your way to your new home or to your newly rented storage unit at Peninsula Storage in Mountain View. Our facility has everything you need when it comes to storage. Call us today to learn about the units we currently have available.

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Happy couple lying on the floor

Just because you are moving into a rental property doesn’t mean you can’t create the space you have always wanted. While space might be tight and landlords might be tough, we at Peninsula Storage in Mountain View can help. A storage unit at our facility can hold the items you just can’t seem to fit in your new rental. The products listed below are ones any renter can use and easily remove when needed.

Double Sided Carpet Tape

This handy tape can help you when you are adding rugs to provide that personal touch to your living space. This tape is easy to use and easy to remove when you are moving out of your rental. They can be used with rugs, carpet tiles, and even rubber flooring.

Peel and Stick Tiles

If you have ever had the urge to add a creative backdrop above your kitchen counters you can purchase peel and stick tiles. You can find these tiles at most Home Depots or hardware stores. These come in a variety of styles and patterns and can easily be installed over the preexisting tile.

Command Wall Hooks and Strips

These are a life saver when it comes to decorating a rental. Most landlords will not want you to hammer nails into the wall when hanging pictures or pieces of art. Command Hooks or Strips is an easy and fairly cheap solution. These strips are specifically designed to hold a variety of frames to the walls of your rental and can be easily removed without damaging the wall.

Temporary Wallpaper

Since most landlords prevent you from painting the walls of your rental, you can still add your own personal touch with temporary wallpaper. Temporary wallpaper comes in a variety of styles and designs you can choose from. It has the elegance of real wallpaper but doesn’t come with the hassle of removing it or damaging the walls.

Window Film

Window film comes in handy when you are wanting that extra privacy from a crowded neighborhood or apartment complex. Window Film is usually a static cling or adhesive film that you can easily put up or take down.

The amount of removable products renters can use for their homes is always increasing. Don’t be afraid to make your rental space your own. Enlisting the help of a storage unit at Peninsula Storage in Mountain View will guarantee your space to remain clean and organized throughout your stay. Call us today to learn more about what our facility can do for all of your storage needs.

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