Four Easy Steps for Organizing and Storing Holiday Decorations

The holidays are over, and alas, the decorations await return to their eleven annual months in storage. But where to begin? Holiday organization might seem a daunting task, but a few easy steps can simplify the process.

Start Sorting

Christmas ornaments on a fake tree in Minneapolis, MN

One of the simplest ways to start is by taking the decorations and placing them all on one surface. Then, start sorting. This can be done by color, theme, or sentimental value—whatever works best. Once everything has been divided up, cheap organization tools like plastic sandwich bags and zip ties can keep things in one place.

Invest in Ornament Boxes

Most ornaments and decorations come with boxes that can be used for storage, but if these aren’t available or are too flimsy, then hard plastic boxes with dividers can be purchased for safe storage. For smaller ornaments, egg cartons are an easy (and eco-friendly) solution. For large or awkwardly shaped ornaments, leftover tissue paper from gift wrapping works well to prevent breakage. Used wrapping paper can be used, as well. Then, the items can be packed into cardboard boxes or small containers with lids.

Tote It

Large plastic totes are a holiday organization pro’s best friend. Ornament boxes, lights, packaged decorations, and everything else that has been sorted and boxed can be organized neatly into bigger totes. That way, there are significantly fewer containers to store, and the sturdiness of plastic tote boxes provides extra protection. Additionally, plastic totes fit neatly into portable storage containers.

Store It Safely

Now that everything is packed up, it’s time to talk about safe, secure storage. Containers from Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage serve as the perfect solution. With many advantages over traditional storage, the climate-controlled containers come in three convenient sizes, so there’s a container for every need (and every holiday). Valued customers have the option of keeping the weatherproof containers at home or at a convenient Go Mini’s® location.

Holiday organization doesn’t have to be complicated. The key is starting with the basics and relying on safe, long-term storage. Go Mini’s® is the perfect option for the final step. It’s not just organization and storage; it’s convenience in the form of a container. Contact us for a quote!

A Perfect Fit: Which Size Storage Unit Is Right for You?

Whether across town, across the country, or across the world, moving is never an easy task. On top of that, movers have to find a portable storage container to transfer their possessions—with seemingly endless brands, sizes, and features to choose from! But finding a moving container doesn’t have to be stressful. These techniques can help anyone looking to move or store their possessions find the right size container for their needs.

Take Inventory

A storage unit filled with different possessions in Minneapolis, MN

Before reserving a moving container, the first step is to take inventory of possessions in the home. Larger items, like furniture and appliances, should be measured for the most accurate size estimate. It’s also important to closely estimate the number of boxes required to avoid renting a container that’s too large or too small.

During this time, it’s crucial to note anything unusual that should be taken into account, whether shipping the moving container or using it for storage. This might include items such as paintings, paperwork, or something else that may require temperature control. Antiques or oddly shaped items may also require special consideration. The inventory process is also a great time to sell or donate any unused or unwanted items before the big move!

Consider the Types of Items

Transporting possessions from one location to another isn’t quite as simple as moving it all into a container. Even if all of the items will fit into one container, it’s important to think about what items can be shipped or stored together and which ones should be separated. For example, no one wants their beautiful, expensive living room set to be right next to the dirty lawnmower and patio furniture! Some people may want to break up the items or cover them with moving blankets, while others may choose to use an additional container instead.

Ask the Experts

The good news? The person moving doesn’t have to figure out which size container they need all on their own! Companies like Go Mini’s® Moving & Portable Storage have local portable storage specialists who can assist those who aren’t sure which size container to choose. Since they help people find the right size container for moving or storage every day, they can give an accurate estimate of how much space someone will need based on their current home size and special needs.

Contact a local Go Mini’s® facility today to reserve your container. For added convenience, you can use their online storage calculator to get a size estimate right now!

Four No-Fail Home Organization Resolutions

Want to get organized in 2018? Setting a New Year’s resolution is a great way to stay on track by creating specific goals. These are our four favorite home organization related resolutions. Borrow the ones that strike a chord to get on the path to an orderly lifestyle.

1. Downsize Belongings

A man smiling and stacking boxes next to a storage unit in Minneapolis, MN

The fewer unused items in a home, the more organized the space will be. Some organizing experts swear by the rule of three: for every new item brought into the home, three old things must be removed. This guideline can create an especially powerful effect during the holiday season when we’re beset with gifted candles and body lotions. The items that are kept should have a specific spot within the home and be put away when not in use. Items you want to keep but don’t regularly need can be moved to a storage container so that they are not underfoot and creating clutter.

2. Create a System

Breaking home organization into daily, weekly, and monthly checklists can help make sense of a daunting task. Getting into the routine of doing certain chores at a certain time keeps the home cleaner overall and prevents a backlog of laundry or a sinkful of dishes from developing.

3. Label Everything

It’s much easier to decorate the home for Christmas or get summer sports equipment out of storage when boxes are labeled. This year, take time to put things away thoughtfully, labeling each box so it can easily be located. Tech-savvy homeowners might even create a searchable spreadsheet with instructions like, “Christmas decorations, three boxes in the basement.”

4. Develop a Family Calendar

Whether digital or on paper, resolve to keep better track of social commitments. Families who feel like they’re always rushing around might be surprised at how much they actually do when it’s written down. Just as downsizing belongings can assist with organization, carving out time for family and relaxation is an excellent way to feel more refreshed and improve quality of life.

Those who need additional storage as they begin to organize should consult with Go Mini’s® by calling 1-866-GOMINIS. Our storage solutions include convenient, portable containers, storage at one of our locations, and even indoor, climate-controlled storage.

Four Ways to Protect Your Back When Moving

Lifting heavy objects is one of the most common causes of back injury, so it’s important to take preventive steps when moving to a new home. Those who are moving should keep these four loading and unloading tips in mind to avoid strains and other painful, debilitating back issues.

1. Warm up the Muscles

A woman clutching her shoulder after moving in Minneapolis, MN

As with any workout, it’s important to stretch the muscles before lifting heavy items. Pay attention to the arms, legs, and back, as well as the core muscles. The warmer they are when lifting begins, the lower the risk of injury.

2. Look Before Lifting

Assess the size and weight of a box before picking it up. For example, try moving it with a foot to see how heavy it is. If it can’t be lifted safely, leave it alone until you have assistance. Avoid packing boxes with too many heavy items, and load containers with the heaviest items at the bottom.

3. Create a Clear Path

Never lift a heavy box without ensuring that a path is clear to its destination. If it becomes necessary to stop, putting the box down and lifting it again creates another opportunity for back injury. Obstacles in the path can also cause a dangerous fall.

4. Use Proper Form

If a box is safe to lift, then start by placing feet shoulder-width apart. Squat down by bending only the knees and hips while keeping the back straight and shoulders back. When it’s time to stand up again, slowly straighten the hips and knees and lift without twisting. Engage your arms, legs, and core muscles to lift the load; do not lift using the back. Hold the box as close to the torso as possible and avoid bending forward.

Those who are concerned about injuring their backs while moving should consult with Go Mini’s® to make the process easier. In addition to loading and unloading assistance, we provide packing supplies, storage solutions, and full-service moves.