New Year’s Resolution – 4 Easy Steps to Get Organized

2016 is just days away, so it is time to start thinking about your New Year’s Resolution. According to Nielsen,  a consumer research firm, the Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in 2015 were:

  1. Stay fit and healthy
  2. Lose weight
  3. Enjoy life to the fullest
  4. Spend less, save more
  5. Spend more time with family and friends
  6. Get organized
  7. Will not make any resolutions
  8. Learn something new/ new hobby
  9. Travel more
  10. Read more

Additionally in 201 5, Statistic Brain reported only 45% of Americans made a New Year’s Resolution with only 8% of them successfully achieving their resolution, and the remaining 92% losing motivation after the first two weeks. We say it every year, “This year will be the year that I finally follow through with my resolution” but it is the same cycle over and over again, you are committed in the beginning and then drop out at the end. Maybe, it is time to start re-evaluating your resolution and choose something more attainable, like number 6 on our list “Get Organized”! Being organized is a good start to helping you achieve all of your other new year’s resolutions, whether it be organizing your priorities or your home. It can help you with your goal of weight loss by freeing up some space in your living room to accommodate an area for an exercise machine or give you ample room to do a workout video. It also helps relieving stress that is caused by lots of clutter. Here are 4 easy steps to help in successfully achieving your New Year’s Resolution of getting organized:

Step 1: Say Farewell to the Holidays

Vowing to achieve and stay organized is a major task and takes a lot of energy, therefore it pays off to start with smaller tasks and then work your way up. An easy first task is to pack up your holiday decorations. This will allow you to get rid of all the unnecessary clutter and give you a fresh base to start organizing the rest of the house. Invest in some storage bins in order to safely package your items and find a place to store them that is accessible and easy to find for next season, whether it be in a hall closet, attic, basement, or even a storage unit. Doing this now will also help you with packaging and storing decorations for all of the holidays.

Step 2: Go through your wardrobe:

Once all those decorations are packed away, it is time to start on the next task, and that is your personal closet. It is said that we follow the 80-20 rule with regard to our clothes; we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time. Think back to the last year, if you hadn’t worn a particular item at all, then toss it. Or better yet donate them to your nearest Salvation Army or Goodwill stores. If you feel like you still have too many clothes or cannot fathom parting with any, consider separating them into 2 categories, summer and winter, and then moving one out of your closet until it is needed. You can find another location in your home, or you can consider renting a climate controlled storage unit to ensure that your clothes are kept in a cool, clean, dry and dark place at all times.

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U-Stor-It Self Storage of Beverly Storage Units

Step 3: Find a home for every item:

Next it is time to make sure that everything in your home has its own designated space. Finding these areas can help you determine what it is you actually need/ want. If you find that there is simply too much extra stuff that you cannot accommodate for, it means you need to either get rid of it, or find another place to put them. Again, this is where having a storage unit can really come in handy, it allows you to keep your things safe and secure until you need them again without having to give it away!

Step 4:  Make a long-term commitment:

Once you finish steps 1-3, you are already well on your way to realizing your New Year’s Resolution, however the hardest part is to keep everything organized. Trying to change your lifestyle is difficult, however there are many tools to keep you on track. Take advantage of the hundreds of helpful blogs and websites that offer great tips and tricks. You can also create a weekly cleaning schedule to help make sure that you are keeping your house clean. Lastly, get a calendar or planner so you can write down everything that you will be needing to do on a particular day, including your cleaning schedule. This will not only help with keeping your house organized, but also yourself!

 

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Photo of our Beverly Self Storage Facility

U-Stor-It Beverly wishes you a happy organizing for the end of the holiday season and good luck with all your New Year’s Resolutions! Make sure to check out our website to discover the perfect storage unit for your storage needs.

Toys for Tots at U-Stor-It is a Success!

From the city of Streamwood, IL to Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, for the past two months, U-Stor-It Self Storage has opened its stores across the Chicagoland area to become a drop center for the United States Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Drive.

For those that do not know, Toys for Tots is a charity program established by the U.S Marine Corps Reserve that gathers new and unwrapped toys during the months of October, November, and December, and distributes them to less fortunate children in communities across the United States each year. With the help of local businesses, organizations, and schools the program is able to cover large swathes of the nation in an attempt to provide convenient locations for individuals to donate.

U-Stor-It Self Storage was very excited to once again participate in the fantastic program, and this year hundreds of children in the Chicagoland area will be able to experience the joys of Christmas thanks to the help of current and past residents, as well as other community members.

Toys collected for U-Stor-It Streamwood's Toys for Tots Drive
U-Stor-It of Streamwood collects board games and Nintendo toys for their Toys for Tots Drive

This year the U-Stor-It locations in Auburn Gresham, Beverly, Lisle, and Streamwood had incredible turnouts. Lego, Disney Princesses, and Super Mario Brothers were all incredible toys to see dropped off. A storewide favorite was definitely the Star Wars Command action figure set that was dropped off at U-Stor-It of Beverly, especially because of the its timeliness and The Force Awakens just about to be released.

What was most notable to see was the amount of toys collected at U-Stor-It of Lisle, throughout the Naperville, Downers Grove, and Woodridge areas. The store was able to fill their allotted Toys for Tots bin, which although impressive in itself, could not compare to the two equally sized stacks of toys sitting next to the bin. This was a site of immense generosity and something the store was incredibly excited to be a part of. Regrettably, U-Stor-It was not able to snap any photos of the toys before the United States Marine Corps Reserve team visited to pick up the donated items. They ask for any pictures that may have been taken on site.

U-Stor-It Self Storage sincerely thanks those that contributed to this year’s drive and look forward to seeing everyone next year for 2016’s Toys For Tots drive.

Happy Holidays!

6 Places to Hide Holiday Gifts – Beverly

You’ve finally found the perfect gifts for every member of your family, but you overlooked where to hide them until the big day. Whether you’ve got a nosy spouse or curious children, finding true hiding places can be tricky. Here at U-Stor-It, our Beverly location has come up with some tried and true hiding places to keep your holiday gifts a surprise.

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Borrow a Friend’s House

Swap storage spaces with a friend or neighbor and you won’t spoil any surprises. If you buy gifts online, have them mailed to a friend or neighbor’s house instead of yours. You might even consider paying a little extra for gift-wrapping so the present is a secret the moment it arrives. Or if you purchase gifts in store, consider wrapping them before you take them over so no one gets nosy at your friend’s house, too. If you’re buying someone a big present, like a car or a bicycle, a friend’s house would be an easy place to stow it.

Rent a Storage Space

If you have too many presents to hide, you might need to consider places outside your home. A storage unit is the perfect solution. Choose a storage unit with a location that’s convenient to where you do your shopping and you can drop your gifts off at the unit before you even return home. Depending on the size of the unit, you can even wrap up everything there before bringing it home. U-Stor-It has six convenient locations in Illinois that would be perfect for your holiday storage needs! To find a location near you, click here.

Garage

Depending on the age of your children, the garage may be the ideal spot to hide your presents. Many garages have rafters and other out-of-the way spots that kids rarely venture. Wrap up the gifts and place them in large, black garbage bags. The kids will never suspect a thing. This is also a great place to stow gifts for your spouse or significant other if they tend to avoid cleaning the garage.

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A car trunk makes an excellent place to store presents.

Pop the Trunk

Your car trunk can be the perfect place for gifts as long as kids don’t have access to your car. Be careful about keeping electronic items in your trunk. These items won’t appreciate excessively cold or warm temperatures. Keep in mind, this won’t work if you have an SUV or hatchback, but if you have a car with a trunk that’s closed off from the backseat it’s a great place for presents.

Mislabeled Boxes

Sometimes you have to opt for hiding gifts in plain sight. Find big boxes and get creative with the labels you place on them. Kids won’t be interested to look in boxes labeled “tax returns” or “baby clothes”. Place the boxes anywhere that you would ordinarily store items and your kids will probably pass right over them.

Cleaning Supply Closet

It might seem cliché, but chances are your kids don’t go into the cleaning supply closet, which makes it a perfect place to hide holiday presents. In fact, a cleaning bucket placed on a shelf can conceal small trinkets and gifts. You can also pop presents in a garbage bag or a shoebox and store them with the cleaning supplies.

With a little creativity, you never know what hiding places you might discover. A word of caution, though – don’t get so creative that you forget where you put items. Scrambling to look for hidden gifts can definitely put a damper on the holidays. Once you succeed in truly surprising your loved ones with gifts they never expect, you will see the importance of hiding holiday gifts.