Make Home Organization Fun For Kids

Let's face it, when you have kids at home, cleaning up is never easy. You could move all your clutter to our storage units in Garden City, New York. However, wouldn't it be easier if you had a few hands to help you out around the house first? In this guide, we will take you through our top six tips on making home organization fun for your kid and teach them why it’s important to develop storage and organization skills. 


1. Start at a Young Age

Unlike what some people may have told you, you can start teaching your children how to declutter as early as three years old. Instead of organizing your home alone, bring your baby with you. Talk about what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Although this may seem like a weird process, your baby can understand what you’re saying, which can help their decluttering skills down the line.


2. Set A Good Example

Kids learn a lot more from our actions, that what we say. You can help teach your kid to organize themselves better by first doing it yourself. Instead of simply telling them to clean their room, offer them to watch you clean your room, so they will know it’s what they should be doing.


3. Set Home Routines

Kids in preschool learn that after playtime they should pick up their toys. You can do similar storage and home organization exercises in your New York home. Start by teaching your child to clean up their room before dinner, or teaching them to put their clothes in the hamper after changing.


4. Crank Some Tunes

Music responds well to children and can often boost their mood if they’re doing something they don’t necessarily like doing, such as cleaning the house. However, putting on the radio can help get the whole family in a better mood for some fun home organizing!


5. Work Together

Simply telling your child to clean won’t work as well as cleaning side-by-side. Don’t forget, prevent giving your child tasks they can’t accomplish, and help them if they need a hand. Plus, there’s nothing better than a reward after a hard day of cleaning. You can better improve your kid’s organization participation by offering an incentive once all their work is done.


6. Turn It Into a Game

Another way you can get your children to help organize the home is by making it fun. One way to accomplish this is by turning cleaning into a game. Here are a few game ideas that you can incorporate into your cleaning routine.

- Set a timer and if your child completes a cleaning task within the time period, reward them with a prize.

- Get a few large buckets. Then, label one trash, one donation, and one Garden City, NY storage units for those items you will store at our Long Island facility.  Then, take turns tossing objects into the barrels like basketballs. You could also do the same with dirty laundry.

Let's face it, when you have kids at home, cleaning up is never easy. You could move all your clutter to storage units in Garden City, New York. However, wouldn't it be easier if you had a few hands to help you out around the house first? In this guide, we will take you through our top six tips on making home organization fun for your kid and teach them why it’s important to develop self-storage skills.

So, what are you waiting for?

Let’s get to work!



Declutter - Sell Your Stuff

If you are getting reading to move or just cleaning out your house or storage unit, decluttering is necessary. Why just toss out your unwanted things or place them in self-storage when you could make some money selling your stuff online. A simple way to sell your belongings. Here is a one-stop guide to online selling.

Where To Sell Your Stuff Online

1. Craigslist
Craigslist sees more than 60 million visitors every month, making it a great place to list your old belongings. In fact, 32% of people who are moving have said they tried selling things on Craigslist. This site is perfect for larger items like furniture and appliances.
2. Free Apps
Nowadays, there is a range of free mobile apps designed for the purpose of selling stuff. Some popular ones are OfferUp, Letgo, and Decluttr.  
3. Amazon
Amazon is another great option for selling belongings. The Amazon marketplace allows you to sell anything that they sell with a primary, individual seller’s account. Listing items are free, but the site takes a 99 cent commission on each item sold. The best items to post on Amazon are smaller things like DVDs, books, and video games.
4. eBay
eBay is similar to Amazon, but it provides a larger audience for your listings. Almost 25% of people moving have said they have used eBay to sell their belongings. With that larger audience, however, comes a greater amount of sellers. The site has more than 25 million merchants around the world. All this competition may be overwhelming for some less experienced sellers. Search your self-storage for collectibles, small electronics, and high-end clothing as these are the best sellers on eBay. 

Tips For Online Selling

Clean Before You Photograph
Start with cleaning the product you are selling. Things can get pretty dirty when kept in storage. Thoroughly clean off any dust, dirt, or grime. If your item looks dirty or dingy, people may try to haggle a lower price or overlook it entirely.

Clear The Background
When photographing your item, back sure nothing is distracting in the background. This may detract attention from your item. Clear away any clutter from behind your item and try to place it against a solid colored wall or sheet.

Pay Attention To The Lighting
You don’t need a professional setup to light your photos well. Try using natural light when taking your photos. This will allow potential buyers to view the product and all its details.

Showcase Unique Features
Does your item have something that makes it truly unique? Take a photo of it! Even if it does not, make sure you include a few close-up photos that show off the details of your item. Good images of the unique details can make the difference when trying to close a sale. 

Don’t Hide The Flaws
When listing your belongings for sale, make sure you are honest about any imperfections. People need to know ahead of time if they are getting an item that is not in perfect condition. Take a close up photo of the issue and try to mention it in the product description, too. And, price your item accordingly.

Need Climate Control for Your Storage Unit?

Renting out a storage unit is a great way to store your precious belongings, without taking up too much space in your home or apartment. However, if you don’t rent out a climate controlled unit you may face humidly and temperature threats to your belongings.

Having a temperature and climate controlled can reduce the risk of damage to your belongings if you plan on storing them for a long time. Renting out a unit with both temperature and humidity control can help reduce deterioration of your stored items and keep your more personal belongings in better condition.


The Benefits of Climate Control Self-Storage

Especially in the Southern and Western parts of the United States, climate can wreck items that are stored away. Heat is a serious issue to your belongings and climate control can keep your items safe. Plus, keep in mind that temperature can cause damage to wood, leather, pictures, videotapes, etc. It can cause some of your belongings to warp or crap, along with turning some of your paper documents unreadable.

It’s also important to keep in mind that these objects are also at risk of becoming damaged without climate control:

- Metal appliances

- Books

- Sports gear

- Mattresses and bedding

Climate control can help reduce risk to your items being stored by providing both cooling and heating to keep your belongings at a safe temperature while they are stored away. The climate control usually keeps your unit above freezing, but below 90 degrees.



Humidity Control

Units can also offer humidity control that keeps humidity levels around the 55 percent mark. Humidity can be a dangerous thing to your items and can cause hundreds of dollars of damage to your belongings.

High levels of humidity can cause photos to stick together, ruining them, along with warped wood. Plus, any leather items that you keep in storage without humidity control can crack. With too much moisture in the air, humidity can also cause pianos, artwork, and electronics in your unit to become damaged.

When you put personal belongings that are prone to becoming damaged under the influence of humidity, you should be looking for a unit that can dehumidify the air. Unfortunately, units with air conditioning simply aren't enough to protect your items. According to humidity specialists, the humidity level that you want to aim for in your unit is 55 percent.



Is Climate Control Necessary for You?

Not everyone needs climate control, especially those looking for an affordable storage unit. Those who are looking to store their belongings for short-term amounts of time should most likely stick to regular units. People who aim to store their belongings for long-term use in a storage unit are much more recommended to opt in for climate control based on the nature of their items.

Plus, climate control is expensive and not everyone can afford it. If you’re looking to keep your belongings in a safer environment for a long amount of time, it is smart to opt in for climate control and keep your items safer.

Summer: Great Time to Declutter

Getting ready for summer’s slow schedules also means time to knock out necessary household projects. With warmer temperatures, you may not entirely want to spend all your time outdoors, but it offers plenty of time to work on de-clutter your home. In this article, we will be going over our best tips for home organization, as well as our top projects to tackle this summer.

Decluttering Tips

Get an Early Start

It takes more time to plan and declutter your home than you think. Seana Turner, a professional organizer, suggest getting an early start. After all, decluttering your home does take time, and you don’t want to pressure yourself into it.


Start Slowly

It’s best to work on one room at a time when decluttering your home. You should start in your least cluttered room, probably a room that you don’t spend much time in, and work up from there.


Organization Is Key

When cleaning clutter out of your home, you are going to come across items you need to store away or get rid of. The best way to set aside these items is to put them in an empty area out of the way. Plus, keep in mind that it’s wise to box and label these items to make putting them easier. Especially if you plan to store items away for a period of time, pre-packaging your items will help take time out of your larger decluttering projects.


Check out our decluttering project ideas below to help you free up space in your home this summer!


Five Decluttering Project Ideas for Your Home

1. Keep Your Kitchen Fresh

If you find yourself grilling during the summer, it’s important to make sure you have clean utensils that are easy to access. Work on replacing your old or outdated condiments and spices with new alternatives to keep things fresh.


2. Go Through Seasonal Clothing

While decluttering your closets, go through your personal gloves and coats and see what your discover. You’ll be surprised what you may find!


3. Basement Clean-Out

Basements are most likely to become cluttered throughout the year. Tackle this are with your family and go through each area, getting rid of old gear and furniture to make room for new amenities. Plus, you may even be able to set up a new entertainment room for everyone to enjoy.


4. Garage Revamp

If you find that your garage is full of empty space, it may be time to start revamping the area with new bookcases, storage, and gardening gear. There’s no better area to store your snowblower, lawnmower, etc. than a garage with plenty of space.


5. Cleaning Out the Shed

Sheds get cluttered just like any other room in your house. However, since it detached from your house, it is more likely to get neglected. Work on cleaning out old gardening tools, pots, plants, etc. that are starting to pile up and clutter up your shed storage. You can even work on replacing your gear with new ones for the next upcoming seasons.

Document Shredding Cuts Risks & Costs

There is no question that to reduce the risk of a data breach and to comply with data protection laws, companies must destroy sensitive materials when it is no longer needed. Some small businesses think it is less expensive and easier to do it themselves, but unforeseen costs including money, time, and security all become apparent. Most staff cannot be bothered with using a shredder which are usually slow and jam easily, so papers are often tossed casually in the garbage. When using a professional shredding company your sensitive material is removed and handled by trained professionals. Also, a Certificate of Destruction is essential if a business is asked to provide evidence that their confidential information was securely destroyed. Using an in-house shredder provides no real proof. Compared to the cost of outsourcing secure shredding services, an office shredder can be an unexpected financial drain, with ongoing maintenance, repair and replacement. Employees also have to take time away from their work to shred documents and increase the risk of a costly security breach. It can be tempting to retain and store every document your company may ever need but this approach is never cost effective. This becomes even more wasteful as the amount of information your business generates continues to grow. Just as you need to identify and store important files, you also need to identify those that don’t need storage and can be destroyed. Physical destruction is the only 100% secure way to permanently destroy confidential data on a hard drive which cannot be done with store bought shredders.

Once you have considered using a professional document destruction company, rice should only be part of your decision. It is just as important to understand the cost of a security breach to your business and to feel confident that the company you choose has the experience to help protect your business, customers and employees. Make sure the company has expertise in the industry and their employees have undergone training and background checks. They must have a secure chain of custody for shredding your confidential documents on and off-site the premises. Have the company you choose provide references and proof that there are no security breaches in their history. These factors will help when evaluating the right security and budgetary fit for your business.

Besides the environmental impact, it is not a good idea for any business to simply throw away old documents. There are federal and state regulations that mandate the secure destruction of many types of information; social security numbers, medical records and other industry specific data. There is also your own companies secure data to consider. Any information that your business or your customers might consider confidential cannot pass through your existing recycling program. Secure, locked shredding consoles may be another option for your business. Your employees dispose of sensitive material in special locked bins. The shredding service picks up the bins on a regular basis in a secure vehicle to a secure shredding facility. The documents are then shredded beyond recognition It then goes to a pulping mill for recycling. These factors all help determine the best plan for your business when deciding on your document destruction needs.

By Liz Geller, Marketing Director
(516) 794-7300

Published in HIA Hauppauge Industrial Association Newsletter  -






New Year Organization Tips

Organization part of your New Year's Resolutions in 2017?

Here's a tip to get your super-organized 

Downsize - Get rid of clutter and your home will instantly appear more organized. Sometimes you just have too much stuff to put away so it ends up spilling over every available surface from desk to the dining room table.