A Guide To Storing Your Treasures

Hello, my name is Pete Stone. Over the years, I have met a lot of interesting people and we have exchanged gifts. Many of these gifts are very unique and irreplaceable, with some being custom-made or created by the gift giver himself or herself. The problem is that I live in an apartment that is not very large. My only solution to this problem is to purchase storage space. There is an art to using a self-storage unit that I have discovered. With the right storage techniques, your belongings will last. Because I have learned so much, I have decided to create this blog to share my knowledge with anyone who needs it.

Staging Your Home Without A Professional: In Four Easy Steps


Staging a home is the process of making a home look as appealing as possible to potential buyers. According to research by the National Association of Realtors, two thirds of agents believe that staging increases the dollar value of the home and the price that a buyer is willing to pay. So, if you are thinking of selling your home in the near future, it only makes sense to stage it. While you could certainly hire a professional to stage your home, it's actually not too difficult to stage a home yourself if you follow these four steps.

Step 1: Rent a Storage Unit

The first thing you'll need to do is rent a storage unit in the area. Make sure you choose a spacious one so that you don't run out of room halfway through your staging process. A 10' x 10' unit is likely large enough if you have an average, 3-bedroom home, but if you have a larger house or a lot of extra clutter to store, you may want to go with a 10' x 20' unit to be on the safe side.

Choose a climate-controlled storage unit so that you can put photographs, electronics, and wooden furniture in it without worrying it will be damaged by humidity or high temperatures. Try to find a facility as close to your home as possible so that you can make multiple trips to and from the storage unit as needed.

Step 2: Put Personalized Items In Storage

One of the primary goals of home staging is making the home look less personalized. If you have family photos and vacation memorabilia all over your home, it will be hard for potential buyers to see themselves in the home. So, go through your home and collect anything that is overly personalized.

This includes family photos, trophies from sports competitions, and obscure relics that mean something to you but may not make sense to others. Movie posters, comics, and other popular media-inspired decor is also best removed, as it may turn off buyers who do not share your entertainment preferences. Pack all of these items neatly into boxes and place them in the storage unit.

Step 3: Clear Out Other Clutter

If you have other clutter that's not overly personalized, you should put it in storage, too. For example, if you have a shelf that's overfilled with decorations, try removing all but the most attractive two or three. Removing extra clutter makes a home feel more spacious, which is important to buyers.

Also, clean out your closets, leaving only items that you can keep neat and organized. Buyers will want to look in closets to see how much storage space a home has. Having non-cluttered closets will make it easier for them to assess whether the closets meet their needs.

Step 4: Clean Everything

Now that your home is clear of any extra clutter, it's time to make it shine. Clean from top to bottom. Tackle tasks like washing the curtains, shampooing the carpet, and wiping off the light fixtures, as these tasks are often skipped during standard cleaning routines. Make sure your windows are especially clean, as dirty windows can make a whole home look dirtier.

When you're finished cleaning, place a few open boxes of baking soda around the home. Let them sit in place for a day or two. They will absorb odors, making the home smell fresh. Before a potential buyer comes, light a scented candle for a few hours. 

If you follow the tips above, your home will seem clean, organized, and more appealing to buyers. 


22 June 2017