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How to Maximize Your Space and Save Money on Storage

New York City apartments are not known for ample square footage. Space can make a huge difference in the quality of life in your home. Storage can make more space for you!

At Rainbow Movers, you can store your extra stuff for as short or as long as you like. We take care of all of the details – from moving it out of your place to our storage, to protecting it, to delivery once you want to retrieve it.

How can you maximize this service so you save money, time, and can easily access your belongings when you need them? Here are 3 ways to make the most of your Rainbow Movers storage space:

Store wisely
We only charge you for the space you use and our minimum space is just 200 cubic square feet. When you store your belongings, choose the items that you truly want to keep but just don’t have space for in your apartment at the moment. You may have belongings that you don’t really need or love – consider selling those or giving them to a good cause instead of storing them needlessly.

Know your retrieval dates
Sometimes you will know ahead of time that you will need to get some of your belongings. If you let us know ahead of time, we’ll be able to save you money on the retrieval by positioning them in storage for easiest access. Be sure to discuss this with us to make the most of this opportunity.

Store seasonally
You probably won’t need your holiday decorations and ski clothes until December or your deck furniture until May. These items are ideal for storage, and since you know when you’ll need to retrieve them, you can just let Rainbow Movers know. Keeping us informed ahead of time will make it easier for us to retrieve what you want when you want it, and will save you money on storage and retrieval fees.

You can learn all about our secure storage in our services section. If you have items you want to store, you can give us a call or email us today.

We’re always happy to speak with you to find out how we can help you make your living space happy and stress free. Because happy is good!

How to Simplify for Smaller Space

How to Downsize and Simplify for Smaller Space

Moving on to your next living space is not always a case of bigger is better. Sometimes it makes sense to downsize your living space. For example, if you’re merging two homes into one, moving into a more desirable neighborhood, or have an empty nest, you might realize you need less space than your current home.

Of course, less space also means you’ll need to downsize your belongings.

Here are some easy steps to simplify and downsize without becoming overwhelmed by the process:

The Destructor Beam Disaster

Sometimes it takes a little imagination to see what you really want to keep in your life.

So imagine this: What if a giant destructor beam from outer space reduced everything you had to dust and left you only a prepaid debit card secretly loaded with enough value to replace only 2/3 of your belongings.  Once you exceed the secret limit, you will be back to rubble again with no more chances. What to do???

You will need to prioritize, what will you NEED to replace, what will you WANT to replace, and what will you thank the destructor beam for destroying. Taking stock of the belongings that have meaning to you can make it easier to let go of the things that you know are just taking up space. When you can clear away the clutter that doesn’t add to your life, your life has more room for including only those things and experiences that enhance your being.

Try A Little Help From Friends

Scaling back your possessions can be an emotional activity. Get help from someone who doesn’t live with you – a friend, family member, or even a professional organizer. We have worked with several over the years and would be happy to connect you.

Having an objective party to help you sort through your things and decide what you truly love and need will make it much easier for you to choose only the things that you really want in your life. They will help you let go of your out-of-date party outfits, books you know you’ll never crack open again, and the worn-out, faded furnishings.

Turn Trash Into Cash

As it’s been said many times, one person’s trash is another person’s treasures. Some of your belongings may be in good shape, but just not appropriate for you. Give them a new home and make some extra money for yourself by selling off your goods.

An easy way to sell off your goods is to post them on Craig’s list and create your own virtual stoop sale. If you have valuable items and want to maximize the sale, you can post your items on Ebay and get potential buyers to bid for it.

Keeping Precious Items

Sometimes, you find that there are still belongings that don’t fit in your new home and you’re not willing to give them up. In this case, you might consider securing them in a storage space.

You can keep your belongings safe and sound in Rainbow Mover’s secure storage space located next to the offices. We can pick up any belongings you want to store and place them safely in the space. When you’re ready to take them back, all you need to do is give us a call and we’ll arrange a time to deliver them to you.

Contact us to learn more about renting space in our storage and for recommended resources for downsizing your home.

 

Moving into Your New Dorm

Five Tips for Moving into Your New Dorm

When it is the start of your new school year, whether its August or January, maybe, just maybe, it might be a good time to at least start planning your move into your new dorm room. Here are some quick tips for getting ready to move into your new dorm.

1. Understand how small your dorm room really is

In general, dorm rooms are pretty small living spaces. So when you’re packing all the things you want to bring with you, keep in mind that 200 square feet is roughly the size of an average guest bathroom. Plan accordingly. If you can, visit your dorm ahead of Move-In Day to see what is already provided (chairs, desk lighting, tables, etc.) and what the layout looks like. This information will help you figure out exactly what you need to bring – and what to leave at home.

2. Use multipurpose storage containers

Instead of transporting your clothes in suitcases, get a trunk. They come in a wide variety of styles, from old school wooden chests to modern collegiate trunks in almost any color you want (search for “storage trunk” on Google and check out the 3.8 million results). During the school year, trunks double as storage and coffee tables. And check in your attic – your parents may have kept their trunks for a moment just like this one. Also look into all the clever storage ideas out there for maximizing your closets, under your bed and spaces that may have never even occurred to you or your mom (although the latter is unlikely).

3. Bring things the right size appliances

Face it: you’re not going to be cooking 5 course meals in your dorm. But you will need a snack here and there. That’s why they make things like dorm-size and even desktop refrigerators. You can get small microwave ovens as well for popcorn emergencies. We advise staying away from hot plates and space heaters, as they can be a fire hazard.

4. Be smart about your electronics

Back in the day, kids with the best dorm rooms had full stereos, speakers and TV’s. But today, most of these items are about the size of a book (remember books?), or smaller still. Your laptop or iPod can serve as your stereo with a pair of powerful mini speakers. You can stream most of your favorite shows any time of day or night on your computer, iPad or iPod, so no need for a big TV. Think through your electronics set up and cut out the pieces you don’t need.

5. Know what you can and cannot bring

Before you run off to Sears, check with your college or university and see what you are allowed to bring into your dorm, as there will be restrictions and guidelines around size, safety and energy use. There is no sense in buying something you won’t be allowed to use. And you definitely want to keep the safety and comfort of your room mate, your classmates and yourself first.

One final thought: your roommate. Odds are that you’ll have at least one of them. In some cases, it could be even more. The best way to maximize your space is to talk with your future room mate and plan out what furniture and appliances you both need and who is bringing each item.

Rainbow Movers moves students into and out of dorms every season, and we also provide storage so that you don’t have to lug everything back and forth between school years. We congratulate all the freshmen coming into New York’s universities, colleges, and other higher education and training institutions. But first, enjoy the rest of your summer.