Improving Attic Organization and Storage Space

Improving Attic Organization and Storage Space 

Whether it’s holiday decorations, old furniture, family heirlooms, or other seasonal gear, there’s always a ton of stuff in a house that requires extra storage space. Where do you store those items that are not currently in use? For many houses, the attic is a great place to set up storage space.

If you already store your extra belongings in the attic, you probably know how it can be a place where things just get shoved into with the thought of going through and organizing it later. But when will that later be? Let’s go over how you can start now to get better attic organization for the new year!

Find Someone Willing to Help

Getting things to and from your attic can be a tough chore. If you find a friend or family member who is willing to help you clear out your attic, it will make the initial process so much easier. From moving boxes up and down the ladder to moving the heavy stuff around, having a person there to help you through the task is very important.

Having a helper will also be better for safety reasons. The attic can be an unsafe place to work, and having a second person there will help make sure you are careful on the uneven floors and ladders.

Declutter Your Space

There’s sure to be many items already up in your attic that have seen better days but could still be used by someone else. If something has been sitting in your attic for more than a year, the chances of you actually looking for it and pulling it down to use are very slim.

Go through every box, bag, and tote and really assess everything that’s in there. Do you really need it? Have trash bags, boxes for donations, or even a dumpster ready as you start this process. As you look through everything, think about the reasons why you kept a particular item. Is it an emotionally valuable family heirloom? Do you actually want to use it in the future? Then ask yourself why and how it ended up in your attic to begin with, and whether or not it needs to find a new place to stay.

You can find more tips on decluttering from Porta-Stor here!

Categorize What’s Left

Once you’ve gotten the clutter out of your attic and into the dumpster or donation box, it’s time to assess what you have left that you want to keep and store.

There are several ways you can separate what you have left. You can organize by season for holiday decorations and clothing. You can organize by family heirlooms and keepsakes vs. more practical items. Whatever way works best for your belongings is great, as long as there’s a method to the madness that fits your needs.

If there are larger pieces, like furniture, and you want to keep them for later use but just don’t have the space, you can always consider renting a portable storage container. This will help free up the attic space for the things you need to keep stored close at hand to access more frequently.

Protect What You Store

It’s time to throw out those old, rotting cardboard boxes and invest in some plastic ones to protect those keepsakes and holiday décor. Using plastic totes keeps valuables safe from water damage and pests. Clear ones allow you to quickly see what’s stored in the bins when you go to look for something later.

Label, Label, Label

Proper labeling is something that often gets overlooked as you go through and organize anything. If you take the time to either color code your storage bins or label the outside by writing out the contents, it will help prevent you from having to do another attic organization again in the future every time you go to look for something.

Labeling your items will also make you less likely to just toss something else into a bin simply to get it out of sight and put up somewhere. If the boxes are labeled, you may be more inclined to place the new item in the correct box.

Look Up

If you’re storing seasonal clothing up in your attic, consider placing a hanging rod from your rafters. This will allow for the use of more attic space and keep the floor open for the storage of boxes and furniture, while also providing more space to move around in up there. Hanging some seasonal items also keeps them in better condition than folding and stuffing them into a tote.

Should you decide to hang those seasonal clothes, use garment bags with a dryer sheet placed inside to help keep them protected and fresh for when you pull them out next season.

Add Shelves

Some attics have enough space for you to add shelves to the walls. Doing this keeps things off of the rafters of your ceilings and puts less weight on them. It also helps with attic organizing. Before you set up the shelving, measure to make sure those new plastic totes can slide right in there with the labels facing out. Adding shelves is another way for you to organize and keep things protected where you can easily get to them.

Get Everyone on the Same Page

If your family helped you declutter and organize, chances are that they now know a bit about how it’s organized. However, if it was just you who took the time to get your attic in order, you may want to have a chat with your family to let them know what you’ve done.

Make sure they know what’s being stored in the attic and where it is. It’s important that the family be on the same page as you with what’s being stored up there and why. If they know where things are stored, they will be more likely to put other belongings where they should go instead of just tossing that winter coat up in a corner when the weather warms up.

Life can get hectic and things can get shoved and tossed wherever there is space in a rush. But if you take the time to create a space for everything and only keep what you need and what’s most important to you, you may find that proper attic organization is a great way to keep everything ready and available when you need it!

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Car Storage Tips 

Car Storage Tips 

There are several reasons why a person may want to store their car for a longer period of time. You could need to store that classic convertible for the long winter so it’s ready to cruise the road next summer, or you could be leaving town for an extended period of time.

No matter the reason you have for needing long-term storage for your car, it’s better to store it properly than simply leaving it sit out in the driveway or street. There are ways to get the most out of that storage and help assure you that your car will be ready for you to take out on the road when you do bring it back out of storage later.

Let’s go over some car storage tips as you get your car prepped and ready for that long winter’s nap:

Keep it Covered

The ideal option is to keep your car stored in a garage or other structure. This will protect the car from the elements and keep it at a relatively stable temperature. If your garage is holding other cars, acting as a storage space for other stuff, or you don’t have access to a garage, you can use rented storage to accommodate your car storage needs at an inexpensive price. These storage containers act as a garage of sorts and can hold your car if you rent the correct size.

If these options don’t work, and your only option is to store it outdoors, you should consider purchasing a waterproof cover. This will help keep the car clean and dry as it sits through the winter elements. It’s also a good idea to use a cover on your car, even if you do have it stored in a garage or storage unit. The cover can help repel dust and other debris that may get on your car or under the hood.

Clean it Up

Before you roll that car into storage and cover it up, it’s a good idea to give the car a good scrub. This may seem like a waste of time, but it’s a simple step that should never be overlooked.

Things like water stains, bird droppings, or other grime could lead to paint damage if it’s left while the car is in storage. As you clean the car, make sure you wash the undercarriage and wheels. This gets rid of the grease, mud, salt, and other road waste that has accumulated on your car.

Once you have cleaned the car top to bottom, also consider giving it a fresh coat of wax as added protection as it sits in storage.

Change the Fluids

If you’re storing the car for more than 30 days, you will want to make sure that your oil has been recently changed. This is also a good time to check all other fluids and make sure that they are topped of as well.

This also includes topping off the gas tank. Keeping the gas tank full will help prevent water moisture from accumulating in the fuel tank and will help keep the seals from drying out. You can also purchase a stabilizer to prevent ethanol buildup and protect the engine from varnish and rust.

Check the Tires

Make sure your tires are in good condition and aired up to the correct tire pressure. This will help prevent your tires from going flat while the car is in storage.

You can also consider taking the wheels off of the car and putting it up onto jack stands at the four corners. This takes a bit more work, but your tires will be in much better shape when you return. This is a decision that is up to you and based on how long your car will be stored.

Keep Critters Out

A garage will keep your car dry and warm, but this warmth also makes the location a welcome spot for rodents and other creatures to hide. To prevent this from affecting your car, you can cover any open gaps where rodents could enter, such as your air intake or exhaust pipe. Just make sure to remember to remove these covers when you go to drive it again!

You can spread mothballs or cotton swabs with peppermint oil around the car, as these scents drive rodents and other pests away. You can also set a few mousetraps around your car in case one does try and get into it.

Car Insurance

You may think that since your car is in storage, there’s no reason for you to keep the insurance current. It may seem like a great idea to cancel that payment and save some money for a few months, but there’s a chance that the insurance company could raise your rate due to the gap between coverage.

Your best bet is to call your insurance company and talk with them about your plans for the car storage, and see what they suggest as far as your insurance coverage goes.

While there is more you can do as you get your car ready for long-term storage, these are just a few basic ideas that can help you get the wheels rolling on prepping your vehicle. You know your car and what it needs best. Take the time to do car storage correctly, so it’s road-ready when you pull that cover off next summer!

If you want more storage tips from Porta-Stor, check out our other blogs, such as this one that goes over the best ways to store shoes!

Security Storage Containers in Meiners Oak

Security Storage Containers in Meiners Oak 

Security is the number one concern when renting a storage container. Our roll-off & cargo containers are equipped with locking boxes that securely lock and hide the lock on the container. This prevents easy access to the locks and decreases the chances of a break-in.

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• Lockable
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• Resistant to Heat, Cold, Water & Moisture.

Not sure which lock to buy for your container? We now sell locks for your convenience. Just ask us to add a lock (or two if you have double doors) and we will add it to your order for an extra $12 per lock. You can learn more about the lock here.

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Cargo, Roll Off, and Office Containers for On-Location, On-Set, and Film Production Storage in Meiners Oak

Cargo, Roll Off, and Office Containers for On-Location, On-Set, and Film Production Storage in Meiners Oak 

Our steel storage containers have been used for on-location television and film production storage. Like many other industries film, on set, and on location productions often require compact, weather resistant and secure storage.

Our containers are perfect for on location sets and will keep your contents safe and secure. Our Office Containers can also provide extra space for script writing, weather changes, makeup artists or to just a place to relax.

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Typical storage applications used by on location productions may include:

  • Film equipment
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With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around.  We will also transport containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for film production storage.

Commercial Storage Rental in Meiners Oak

Commercial Storage Rental in Meiners Oak 

If you are looking for a storage container for your commercial needs Porta Stor is the solution for you. Large or small our containers are suitable for storing records and inventory for your growing office or warehouse.

We provide clean, secure, water tight and weather resistant steel containers that will protect your inventory. We offer five commercial portable storage containers in different sizes and four of the five come with a removable shelving system, free of charge if needed.

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Typical storage applications implemented by commercial businesses may include:

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Our commercial portable storage containers have been a major help to Large and Small Office buildings, Auto Part Stores, Furniture Stores, Gyms and much more.

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Cargo Containers for Ranches and Farms in Meiners Oak

Cargo Containers for Ranches and Farms in Meiners Oak 

Ranches and Farms often have unique storage requirements which may include equestrian equipment, farming equipment, animal feed, and more. Our range of storage containers are suitable for most ranch, farm, and agricultural purposes.

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Typical storage applications implemented by ranches & farms may include:

  • Farm tools
  • Saddles
  • Hay
  • Feed
  • All of our containers are watertight, weather resistant, and secure to prevent theft. The type of materials you intend to store may determine which container is best suited to your needs.  We suggest you contact us so that we can help you choose the best storage container for your needs.

Not sure if our containers are suitable to store your materials?  Contact Us to discuss each container and choose the best container for your application and to inquire further about onsite storage for Industrial facilities.

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Rent Cargo Containers in Meiners Oak

Rent Cargo Containers in Meiners Oak 

Manufacturing facilities, textile factories, lumber yards, and many other industrial based operations have used our storage containers throughout the years to safely organize their inventory, supplies, and products.

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Typical storage applications implemented by industrial companies may include:

  • Paper documents
  • Uniforms
  • Industrial supplies
  • Tools

Because each container is watertight, weather resistant and secure, they are ideal for storing fabrics, hardwood, electrical components, and more. With high-strength locking systems, each container’s contents are safe from theft.

Not sure if our containers are suitable to store your materials?  Contact Us to discuss each container and choose the best container for your application and to inquire further about onsite storage for Industrial facilities.

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Rent Hospital Storage Containers in Meiners Oak

Rent Hospital Storage Containers in Meiners Oak 

Porta-Stor cargo containers and roll off containers are perfect for providing hospitals and medical facilities with affordable extra storage. These containers are airtight, watertight, and highly secure, which makes them ideal for hospital storage.

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Typical storage applications implemented by hospitals may include:

  • Medical records
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  • Uniforms
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  • Janitorial supplies

Hospitals, Medical Care Clinics, and many similar establishments utilize our steel containers for compact onsite storage.

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Storage Containers for Businesses and Office Locations in Meiners Oak

Storage Containers for Businesses and Office Locations in Meiners Oak 

Porta-Stor cargo storage containers and roll off containers are perfect for providing offices and large business with affordable extra storage. These containers are airtight, watertight, and highly secure.

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Typical storage applications implemented by hospitals may include:

  • Office Records
  • Paper documents
  • Extra furniture
  • Office supplies
  • Janitorial supplies

High rises, small office buildings and many similar establishments utilize our steel containers for compact onsite storage.

With our free delivery and removal throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles County we have the best prices around.  We will also transport storage containers between locations with our low cost “respot” fee, making us the best option for you.

Storage Containers for Meiners Oak Schools

Storage Containers for Meiners Oak Schools 

Are your store rooms filled with an excess of school supplies? Our steel storage containers can provide a cost-effective solution for your storage needs. A high quality storage container is the best way to stay keep your classrooms and offices free of clutter.

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Common storage uses for schools and colleges include:

  • Document and records storage
  • Storage of emergency supplies
  • Grounds keeping equipment
  • Sports and Athletic equipment
  • Unused electronics

Schools across all levels of education have made use of our storage containers – elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, private schools and more.

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