What’s Behind The Storage Door: Storage.com Closet Giveaway

Who hasn’t had the daydream of coming home to a perfectly clean inviting house or waking up each morning to an immaculately organized closet?  HGTV has a plethora of exciting shows that capture my imagination as they transform a plain space into something so much more functional and beautiful. One of the most fun things about these programs is that more often than not the labor, creativity, and cost are all a gift to the recipient. Ever wish you could win an opportunity for some of these prizes without the hoopla of being part of a televised production? Your golden opportunity may be here with the Storage.com monthly giveaway contest.  In September we’re doing a Closet Giveaway, you can enter to win from September 5th to September 30th. At the Storage.com Closet Giveaway page www.storage.com/contest your opportunity to win depends on you.  You’ll have the opportunity to choose the prize behind door one, two, or three.  Depending on what door you choose (and your luck) you could win a gift card to The Container Store or to Staples, or even the grand prize of a closet giveaway valued at $1000 from Easyclosets.com. The fun doesn’t stop there however; if your chosen door doesn’t reveal one of these prizes immediately, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a Google Tablet, the Nexus 7. Best of luck on our Closet Giveaway Contest and if you don’t win in September come back in October and November for a chance to win more exciting prizes to get you closer to your vision of a perfectly organized home. Kenneth...

Apartment Location: Finding Out What Matters to You

When looking for a place to live, consider your apartment and your neighborhood to be a complete package. While your apartment is certainly the place where you eat, sleep and relax, your neighborhood is, ideally, where you’ll be doing most of your living. Decide what you want to be close to before you go apartment hunting, and you’ll have a better chance of finding a place that you are happy to call home. A Word About Safety Prioritize safety when looking for a place to live. Living in an unsafe area is not only potentially dangerous, it is also frustrating: You feel trapped inside your apartment, friends are afraid to come by and your stress levels go through the roof. Yes, the rent may be cheap, but you may end up spending a lot of cash for taxi rides home at night and replacing stolen/vandalized property. Things To Think About When Considering Location When choosing a location, write down your priorities in order of importance. You know your own circumstances best, so use that self-knowledge in developing your list. Below are some ideas, not in any particular order, of places and amenities that you might want easy access to: Public Transit:  If you don’t have a car, you’ll want a place that’s close to public transit options. If you do have a car, you may still want to live near a bus or train station so that non-driving friends and family can visit you. Work: You don’t get paid to commute, so make sure that you live someplace that’s convenient to your workplace. Daycare for Pets & Kids: If your...

Garage Sale Apps: Never Miss A Deal Again

Its official, even garage sales have gone tech! Do you love the rush of waking up on a beautiful Sunday morning ready to get out and find some amazing bargains at a few local garage sales? But are you never quite sure where to look, or worry you are missing a once in a lifetime sale? That’s the big problem, right? A garage sale, flea market or estate sale could be just around the corner with some incredible deals, but if you don’t know where they are you’re stuck. Thankfully the world of technology has answered the call. There has been an explosion of garage sale apps on the market, both for iPhone and Android based platforms. So now there is never an excuse not to find that secret flea market a few towns over, or a thrift store that is going to supply your craft room with projects through the next decade. 5 Garage Sale Apps to Check Out Craigslist – Old faithful for any tried and true garage sale junkie, this is a quick and easy place to find a lot of action, especially in your area. You are able to search by the items that you may have your eye on for future craft projects or re-sale options. Garage Sale Rover – This app has a ton of pretty cool features, not only does it show all local garage, estate, tag, and yard sales on a map, but it also has a driving route optimization feature, so you can everyone via the fastest route. It also has a search feature, so if you are looking for...

Dual Purpose Furniture Ideas for Small Spaces

You love your new apartment; it’s cute and cozy, perfect for one. But, how do you decorate it? Many small apartments are fantastic, except for the whole lack of extra storage thing. Don’t get turned off by a lack of storage, instead be smart about it. There are plenty of ways to create incredible amounts of storage space for an apartment of any size. One of the best ways to do this is to consider dual purpose furniture. Many companies now make pieces that are not only functional, but they also provide extra storage space tucked away in a cool design. Types of Dual Purpose Furniture: The Ottoman One of the best, and most common used, dual purpose furniture is the ottoman. An ottoman is a small apartment dwellers best friend because it has so many uses. Make sure to look for one that has storage capability; many now have a top that opens revealing a nice deep storage space underneath. Use this storage space for extra pillows and blankets for guests, your extra socks, or your comic book collection; it doesn’t matter because everything is neatly hidden away! The best part is, an ottoman can be used for additional seating, for putting your feet up after a long day, even for a coffee table, if you put a piece of wood or cut glass over it. The Day Bed A day bed is another really perfect piece of furniture to have for a small apartment. This serves the ultimate dual purpose, especially for those who live in a studio; it can be both a bed and a couch....

Getting The Most Out Of Your Garage Sale

Whether you are planning a big move or just need to de-clutter your home, a garage sale is a great way to get rid of your extra stuff while earning some extra money. Successful garage sales require some advance planning and, ideally, a little help from your friends.   1.     Set a Financial Goal Decide what you’d like to earn, and what you’d like to do with your earnings, before holding your garage sale.  This can help you select items to sell and how much you want to charge for them. 2.     Check Local Ordinances Some towns require residents to get a permit before holding a garage sale. The same holds true for homeowner associations. Don’t risk having your garage sale shut down, or a fine, just because you didn’t get the proper permissions. 3.     Team Up With Your Neighbors Talk to your neighbors about holding a multi-household garage sale. Several sales on the same block attract lots of buyers. Plus, you and your neighbors can share publicity costs. 4.     Publicize Your Garage Sale Craigslist “For Sale” sections are great places to post a notice about your garage sale, but there are plenty of other options as well. Notify your friends via social medial accounts and create a Facebook event page with photographs of some of your garage sale items. Old-fashioned methods work well too. Put up signs about your garage sale around town and in local businesses. Local newspaper ads are also a good idea, particularly if you live in an area where many people still aren’t Internet-savvy. 5.     Select and Price Your Items People go to garage...