PACKING & MOVING HOMES WITH KIDS

Moving is stressful and exhausting. Add kids to mix and the level of tension and fatigue is multiplied. If the daunting take of juggling between packing chores and parenting responsibilities a must this summer while school is out, follow these tips to help keep summer vacation fun and the move entertaining for those little ones full of curiosity and energy.

Learning Through Packing packing-toys-for-children

Kids are hands-on learners. Moving offers a teaching opportunity for kids of any age. Keeping kids actively involved in the moving process not only teaches them skills they will use later on as adults, but will also keep them occupied as they help the family in moving.

Smaller Moving Boxes for Smaller Movers

Show your child how to properly pack using smaller boxes based on the size of their belongings. This encourages them to be active participants as they pack their own boxes with their favorite toys and carry them to the moving truck. Smaller boxes can include old shoe boxes which your child can easily place their action figures or Barbie’s into. If the small boxes can be made as light as possible, you can also have your child carry their own boxes from their rooms to the moving truck or garage. This experience teaches your child to have responsibility for their toys and makes them feel part of the moving team!

The Game of Moving

Who hasn’t played (or at least heard about) the game TETRIS? The goal of the game is to fit different sized pieces together without leaving gaps and without allowing the area to overflow. Add a timer to it and the challenge has been heightened! Moving is a lot like TETRIS. Have your child figure out how to make all their toys fit in a small box. This will encourage him/her to organize all those toys better. For older kids, have them time themselves to see how fast they can finish packing up their toy room! Encourage them to maximize the space of the box by utilizing their TETRIS skills. Congratulate them when they show you that they are applying their game skills and reward them for jobs well-done with treats during breaks. Using games to engage your children during the relocation process makes the task of packing more enjoyable for kids and very helpful for you.

Creating Art on Moving Boxes with Children

After your child is done packing a small box with their toys or clothes have them note what is in the box by writing or drawing at the sides of the boxes. This teaches them to organize and help find that specific toy there are sure to need as soon as you go to your new home. Creating art on the boxes is a fun experience that will keep them both productive and occupied. When it comes time to unpacking the boxes in your new home, have your kids help by having them seek out the boxes based on their own labeling. Ask them to find a specific toy to show them how their organizing and labeling helped you out!

KEEPING NERVES AT BAY FOR KIDS DURING RELOCATIONS reading-kids-new-home-moves

Moving is hard on kids not only because their caregivers are preoccupied with packing, but also because they are nervous about the change. Make them feel comfortable by keeping their favorite toys and activities accessible to them throughout the relocation. A backpack for them to keep around them is a convenient way of not losing track of these items and an easy place for your child to store their items.

Keep Them Reading!

Marvel comic books, bed-time fairytales, or the latest magical series, keep kids occupied with learning. Before the hectic packing and moving period starts, make a visit to the book store or library and have them pick out books specifically for that week. While their minds escape to the far and wide adventures, you can focus on the moving chaos.

Coloring & Activity Books

Keep your child’s creative juices flowing! Coloring & activity books will keep their minds engaged and is a stress-reliever for them. Have them get a head start on the summer homework or make birthday cards for any upcoming celebrations. The best part of having coloring and activity books for them is they are easy to carry and don’t take up much space. Your child can work on them in the car or even at the self-storage unit while you’re busy working in your unit.

Electronics & Learning Apps

With the ever-changing options on electronic devices these days, learning apps that entertain your children while teaching them math, reading or creative thinking, are life-savers during home moving! Managing screen time when you’re busy is difficult, setting up screen time parental controls on iPhones and tablets will help control what they are doing and for how long they are on the device. Don’t forget to fully-charge the devices in case you need it at the self-storage unit or on the long drive to your new home.

Pack for a 3-Day Vacation

Moving to a new home is certainly not anything like a vacation. But, when it comes to the first few nights in your new residence, packing for a three-day trip will make those transition days much easier. Packing, loading, unloading and unpacking rarely come without any hiccups: misplaced phone, forget to empty out the fridge or don’t know who has the new apartment keys. When 9 PM hits, the last thing you want to worry about is where the tooth brushes and favorite blankets are. Have each person’s essentials packed up in their individual luggage and alleviate the night and morning frustrations of a “just-moved in” unorganized home.

Sleeping Bags

Sleeping bags are a crucial must when moving, especially when you have disassembled and packed away the bed. You may not be able to re-assemble the bed frames in the new bedrooms. Keep this in mind and anticipate that there may be a possibility of sleeping on the floors on the first night. Having the sleeping bags and pillows accessible will allow for a quick setup for the night.

Bedtime Stories night-light-new-home-bedroom

If reading bedtime stories is a nightly routine on a normal (non-moving) day, stick to the routine and provide comfort through stability. Have the kids choose a few books to pack in their luggage so you can read during bedtime as you help them fall asleep. For older children, ask them about their week and talk to them about how the move went. Spending some time with them will help them feel at ease as they try to wrap their minds around the big move.

Teddy Bear & Night Lights

Moving can be scary for younger children. The unfamiliarity of the new home can be frightening especially during the dark night hours. Pack your child’s comfort toys in the luggage along with some night lights throughout the new place. This will also minimize bumps in to moving boxes as you try to get to the restroom in the unfamiliar home in the middle of the night.

Take a Break & Explore your new Neighborhood with the Family!new-neighborhood-moving-tips

Soon after your family is moved in, the focus is on unpacking and settling your things into the new spaces. But, it’s also important to settle into your neighborhood. Take a break from the packing for an hour or two and explore the neighborhood. Take a family stroll to the nearby parks or the local store. You and your kids will enjoy the break together as you meet your new neighbors and get familiar with your surroundings. After all, the task of moving may not be fun but a new beginning in a new neighborhood is exciting!

If moving to Lakeside neighborhoods near SuperStorage, visit the following links for helpful family-friendly activities and resources:

Travel Lakeside–Top activities to do in Lakeside.

FunBelievable— A great place to take the kids in Lakeside! This indoor gymnasium center keeps kids entertained for hours!

 

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Tips To Get You Moving Into Your Storage Space!

Making sure your items are organized yet protected requires a mixture of creativity and detail: stacking boxes to keep fragile items on top; keeping things you may need sooner than later in the front; figuring out how to maximize your unit space with large appliances. Packing and moving is stressful enough without having to think about how best to secure your stuff and plan your storage unit move-in!

7 Quick Tips To Keep In Mind When Packing For Your Move To SuperStorage in Lakeside

1. Boxes are better at living in Storage Units than plastic bags.

Sturdy & stack well, taking up less space, boxes are just better at keeping those photos from curling at the edges. Plus, sealed plastic bags can trap humidity. Damaging mildew is the last thing you want to worry about when returning to your belongings.

2. Baking Soda makes Appliances feel good.

3. Tag ‘em, Mark ‘em, Label ‘em. Boxes Need Names!

A sharpie pen will be your favorite gizmo during your home or business move. Remember to label them with helpful content references on every side of the box. Locating that can’t-do-without fairy cap will be so much faster. Plus when it’s time for your moving crew to work those heavy boxes into your new place, they can help you out by placing them in the appropriate room.

4. Bubble Wrap saves things from cracking up.

Carefully swaddle fragile dinnerware, wine glasses, holiday ornaments, picture frames with bubble wrap individually to ensure protection. Next, pack them tightly into strong reinforced boxes such as plastic bins. Fill the gaps with scrunched paper, left over bubble wrap, air pillows or Styrofoam peanuts. You can even recycle old newspapers and old clothes as filler to add cushion support for your delicate artifacts.

5. Books are meant to be flat

Those precious pages to distant adventures have delicate spines. Once the binding is damaged, the pages unravel swiftly. Older, antique books especially need extra care during packing. Lay your favorite books flat in moving boxes to prevent page bending and wear on book spines.

6. Make it an easy walk down the Aisle

7. Metal & Oil can work together Tips on Storing Appliances in Storage Units

To stop rusting, grease your metal items like toaster ovens by wiping the metal areas with a bit of oil. This will keep them still usable when you’re ready to shift them out of storage.

Serving Lakeside, California: 
SuperStorage has a range of unit sizes  

Whether or not you have the time (or energy!) to use these unit organizing and packing tips, our team is here to help you find the right storage space. Visit us to tour your options and our professional staff will help you budget and advise on your move-in plans.

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Moving & De-Cluttering Easily

How To Get Clutter Moved Out Of Your Home

Spring cleaning or summer moving, the task of de-cluttering or packing is dreadful (yet worthwhile) when done right. Planning, timing and organizing helps stay focused.

Plan Your Move

Sometimes just starting the process is challenging. Where to begin cleaning? Which closet should I start organizing? Which items can I start packing before my official moving date? These questions can be overwhelming and easily result in procrastination. What should you do? The answer is simple: start small!

Small Spaces Are Easier To Clean

Plan Your Move to StorageTackling a smaller space or a simpler closet as the first goal keeps the stress more manageable. Mentally note that it’s a smaller (or an easier) area and remind yourself that it won’t take as much time. Best part about it is, once you’re done, you are going to feel the positive effects of de-cluttering (Read Why Decluttering Is Good For Your Health) and will want to continue the momentum.

Set Aside Time Just For Packing

Often times, even with the best of intentions, multitasking ends up being less productive. With daily demands of family, home and work, we are already stretched for time. Adding a home move to that juggle can amount to high levels of anxiety. Additionally, studies have shown that multitasking can cause us to get more tired which is counterproductive to your plan of staying focused and motivated to get through that long packing list. Read more about why Neuroscientists Say Multitasking Literally Drains The Energy Reserves Of Your Brain.

Multitasking Drains Productivity

De-clutter For Storage TipsIt’s important to commit some time to packing or cleaning. As with other areas of your life, give yourself a realistic time limit to accomplish the goal. If it’s a small drawer you are trying to empty or organize, maybe schedule an hour of uninterrupted time to go through it instead of taking a few minutes here and there between phone calls or appointments. If it’s an entire closet, chances are you will need half a day to a full day. So, maybe Grandma and Grandpa can spend some quality time with the kids on Saturday!

Organize Your Space

The whole idea of spring cleaning is to freshen up your space by de-cluttering and well…cleaning! Which means: actually clean out your space by removing unnecessary items. Simply shifting items from one place to another without deciding on its need in your home is another form of procrastination. For instance, if you’re packing for a move, think how much time and energy you will save by getting rid of these extra items before you move into your new home. The laborious task of packing and moving items from your old to new place is undoubtedly tiring mentally and physically. By not adding unwanted extras to your boxes will, at the least, save you some time even when it’s time to unpack.

Organizing & Packing Your HomeOrganizing can help make your daily routine run smoother. Knowing exactly where something is, having a safe spot for those cherished items you use occasionally and maximizing your living space (think impromptu dance moves or laughs over dinner with friends) makes living your life so much easier and more fun!

Moving homes or cleaning is not fun (not for most right?). But, managing it by planning, scheduling uninterrupted time and organizing will get you through it. Most importantly, remember that it will get done!

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Fishing Boat Storage

By Patrick Galvan, Storage.com

Anglers take great pride in maintaining the physical condition of their fishing boats. But preserving a fishing boat’s quality isn’t just a matter of pride—it’s essential for water safety and good resale or trade-in value.

When not using your fishing boat, you’ll probably need somewhere to store it. Keeping it in the water is a bad idea, as it puts your boat at risk for weather-related damage or rusting. You could keep it in your driveway or garage, but both of those options mean taking up valuable space you could use for other vehicles. Not to mention, some neighborhoods don’t allow residents to keep boats, campers, or RVs in their driveways. So what do you have left?

Find a self storage facility that can accommodate your fishing boat storage needs. Many facilities offer boat storage throughout the year to owners of pontoons, speed boats, and, of course, fishing boats. But before you jump right into storage rental, there are a few things you should know about fishing boat storage.

Pre-Storage Concerns

The number of precautions you must take before putting your fishing boat in self storage varies depending on the season. For instance, in colder climates, motorized boats should be winterized in preparation for the oncoming sub-zero temperatures. Every boat model is slightly different, too, so be sure to consult your owner’s manual before changing the oil or flushing the engine.

You should also make sure your boat is covered when not in use. No matter what type of boat storage you end up going with (indoor, outdoor, or covered), a fishing vessel needs protection from the elements, dust, mold, and mildew. It’s highly recommended you cover your boat with something flexible and strong, such as a tarp or a boat cover made for your boat’s model. This also protects the carpeted flooring, seats, controls on the dashboard, motor, and any gear or tackle you keep inside the boat while it’s in storage.

“We recommend our customers use high-quality boat covers when storing,” says Al Gardes, Director of Operations for Elmwood Self Storage in Harahan, La. “A quality boat cover will protect boats from the elements, as well as increase the trade-in or resale value.”

But where can you find a boat cover if you don’t already have one?

“Most manufacturers offer some sort of custom cover for their boat models,” explains Brian Caughron, a regional sales manager for Alumacraft Boats. “There are also custom cover companies that consumers can locate in their area through a quick internet search.”

The Advantages of Indoor Storage

Obviously, boats are capable of withstanding exposure to the outdoor world. But when put to use, they typically only spend a few hours outside before being brought back to shore. When it comes to storage, fishing boats benefit greatly from the protection of indoor storage. Not every storage facility will have indoor boat storage options, mind you, but it’s definitely worth looking in to if the facility you’re interested in offers it.

The main advantage of indoor storage is that your boat is protected from the weather outside. If your boat is left outdoors when it rains, the carpeted flooring could get soaked and develop mold and mildew. Wind also has the potential to be a nuisance by blowing dust, dead leaves, and other debris onto the hull, flooring, and seats, which can be a pain to clean up later.

There’s also an additional level of security that comes with storing your fishing boat indoors. Rather than having it sit outside in a parking lot (which is often behind a gated fence), an indoor space keeps your boat out of sight and makes it harder to get to.

Using Climate Control for Boat Storage

When storing sensitive belongings (like electronics, musical instruments, photos, etc.), many people turn to climate-controlled self storage. With this technology, tenants can manually set and adjust the temperature and humidity levels inside their storage unit, thereby assuring their belongings remain in good condition. Climate control can be valuable for boat storage, too.

Problems usually arise when the vessel is stored in extreme temperatures for long stretches of time. “[I]n some cases, where it gets really hot, [the temperature can cause fading in] the carpet, the top coat (especially on fiberglass models), and the seats, causing them to crack and tear,” explains Caughron.

For these reasons, you may want to get an indoor unit with the climate control feature.

Other Storage Features for Your Boat

There are a couple of storage features you should keep in mind when choosing a facility for boat storage. Apart from the aforementioned climate control and indoor boat storage, the facility should be equipped with modern security amenities, such as gated access. Also, a facility with wide-drive aisles will make it easier for you to hitch up your boat and maneuver through the facility without bumping into anything and damaging your boat.

Your fishing boat probably cost you a good chunk of change when you bought it. Don’t let it rust, grow mold, have chipped paint, or get cracked seat cushions. Move it into a storage facility that offers boat storage!