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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!

4 Reasons to Temporarily Store Your Stuff

It’s no secret that space comes at premium prices in New York City. And the longer you stay in one place, the more stuff you tend to accumulate. So, what to do when you’re just out of space but you don’t want to get rid of anything that you have.

Temporary storage can help. Here are four reasons why you might consider renting some extra space for a short period of time:

Swapping Seasonal Items

If your closets are getting too stuffed to hold both your winter coats and summer shorts, you can use temporary storage to keep your seasonal items. Rotating your clothes gives you more space and makes it easier to see what you have.

You can also store seasonal décor so that your home has a fresh look as the weather changes. Switch out your cozy, warm décor for lighter, brighter touches in summer and vice versa when the seasons shift.

Clearing for Renovations

If your space is already packed tightly with your belongings, it can be difficult to keep everything in place while you’re planning a renovation. You can make it easier for contractors to finish the work faster when you temporarily store your furnishings. You’ll also be able to protect them from getting dusty, scratched or damaged accidently during construction.

If you want a truly seamless experience, ask us for a recommended decorator or contractor. We work frequently with some amazing renovation professionals, and can help you find the right resource for your needs.

Inheriting and Transferring Furniture

Sometimes an unexpected piece of furniture comes into your life. Maybe you inherit a piece that you want to keep but don’t yet have room for it yet. Perhaps it is something you’re giving away to your relative, but they can’t pick it up right away.

If you have no more room in your home, keep it safe and sound in a temporary storage space. You can keep the piece can stay undisturbed until its new owner comes to retrieve it or until you create space for it.

Staying Clutter Free When School’s Out

If you have a college-aged child coming back from school for the summer, you may not have the space to keep everything they are hauling back from the dorms. Store their excess furnishings and items just for the summer to keep your home clutter free.

Need temporary storage? We have our own storage facility that’s perfect for both short and long-term needs. Learn more about our secure storage or contact us for more information about pricing and availability.

 

How to Prep Your Home for Sale

Even when the real estate market is hot, you can still maximize the profit of your home sale – and shorten the selling time – by preparing your home before you put it on the market. Here are some of our best tips for preparing your home for sale:

Clear Out and Store Your Stuff
Potential buyers want to be able to envision themselves living in your place. It can be challenging to do so if all of your belongings are in the way of their visualization.

You can temporarily store your belongings in a secure storage space. Rainbow Movers has one such space conveniently located next to their offices. The best part about storing in our space is that we’re there every day to make sure your items are secure, and we can easily retrieve them for you and move them to your new space when you’re ready.

Make it Crisp and Clean
Stage your home with clean lines and neutral furnishings if possible. Use spare pops of color to draw interest without distracting too much from the ultimate goal – to get your home sold.

For example, you can make the bathroom feel spa-like by adding in clean, white linens and a fresh, citrus candle. Keep the kitchen modern and minimalist by clearing the counters and adding a few choice props – a shiny teakettle and some gourmet cookbooks.

Size Matters
You can make your place seem more spacious by carefully choosing your staging furnishings. Swap out the king-sized bed for a queen or full-sized bed to make the bedroom feel bigger and more relaxing. Downsize the sectional sofa by taking part of it out, or switching it for an extra-large love seat. Add more floor space in the living room by using a smaller coffee table.

You can also add space and dimension by hanging mirrors throughout your space. Large mirrors naturally widen rooms or draw more light into a darker room if positioned correctly.

Get The Right Team in Place
If you don’t have the right furnishings to stage your home, you might want to hire a professional staging expert to make your place look picture perfect. Real estate agents and staging professionals often work together to set the best tone so your property is most appealing to buyers.

We have worked successfully with many of these professionals over the years and would be happy to connect you with them if you are still assembling your team.

You can also brows through Rainbow Mover’s resources guide to find some of our recommended real estate professionals to help you sell your home. All of our resources are people that we know, like and trust to recommend to our customers.

 

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.

 

Painlessly Declutter Before Your Move

Three Steps to Painlessly Declutter Before Your Move

If you live in one place for more than a couple of years, it’s almost inevitable that you will have accumulated more things than when you originally moved in. This is totally normal, but it can pose challenges when you’re planning to move.

To make moving painless, it’s essential to get rid of all of the things that you no longer need. However, many people find that even if they don’t love all of their possessions, they still develop an attachment to having stuff.

Decluttering your home before you move will save you lots of time, space, and moving costs if you make an effort to pare down your belongings to only those that you use, love, and that make your home feel great.

How do you overcome the overwhelm of decluttering? Here are three simple steps to making the process pain free and happy (because happy is good):

1. Take Baby Steps

If you have to purge many years of things, don’t try to do it all at once. Working on your whole home in one day or one weekend can be emotionally and physically draining. Instead, try working on one room – or even one closet – at a time.

Break down the process even further by setting a timer for 15 minutes. Focus solely on decluttering for those 15 minutes, and when the bell rings, give yourself a 5-minute break to step away and focus on something else. Once your break is over, take another 15-minute time increment to continue the process. When you break down a big project into small steps, it makes your work seem easier and faster.

2. Love It or Leave It

Make three piles of stuff: Keep, Give, and Toss. Keep only those things that you really love, or have special meaning for you, or that you use regularly. The Give pile can either be donated to a worthy cause or sold in a stoop sale or on EBay or Craig’s list for extra cash. Toss the things that are worn out or broken.

Be ruthless – if you have trouble sorting through your belongings, have someone help you. A neutral party can help you push through any emotional attachment you have to the things that don’t really add to your happiness or wellbeing.

3. Store Your Extras

So, say you’ve tried number one and number two, and you still have more than will fit in your space. Or you may have seasonal items that don’t need to live at your place year round. Well, you are still in luck. Why? Because Rainbow Movers has our own secured storage space where you can rent storage space for your extra belongings. Then, when the season rolls around, or when you clear new space in your home, you can have us retrieve them and deliver them to you when you need them.

Easy Steps to Deciding Whether to Store

Top 5 Easy Steps to Deciding Whether to Store or Not to Store

“To store or not to store?” That is the question people often ask themselves, whether in planning a move, or in reorganizing their living or work space.  You may be engaging contractors for the long planned renovations and need everything packed and removed so the work can go on efficiently. It could be for a long or short time. Whatever your storage needs, whether it is your household or your business, whether its a large or small number of items, Rainbow Movers NY storage service is reliable, adaptable to your needs, and fairly priced.  To help you determine exactly what those needs are, please read these Five Easy Steps:

1. Decide whether you really want to keep the things you’re thinking of storing.

It makes little sense and costs many dollars to store things you don’t need or that have outlived their utility.  It is understandable that there are some things you just can’t part with. Sentimental storage is a subjective decision you’ll need to make, since the value of the old comfy chair, the LP collection, the kids drawings, the figurine from your Great Aunt is often not in their financial worth. But the den furniture needing repair or refinishing, the old furniture from your office (will you ever really want to use that old metal desk?), the extra mattresses, the window air conditioner from your last apartment, CRT TV, computer, college textbooks… are in quite another category. Will you ever really want to use them again? We advise you to give some thought to the things you want to put in storage and only store the things you are certain you want to keep.

2. Pack your things carefully and number your boxes.

As you pack your boxes, imagine the day you will be unpacking them and using the items again. Won’t it be great to find them as usable as the day they went in the box?  So make sure everything is washed, folded and organized for the time you need to use them again. Number each box and write a key word describing the contents on the top and sides of the boxes so that you can easily track and identify each one.

3. Make an inventory list of everything you put into storage.

An inventory with box numbers and content descriptions is a great way to track and remind yourself at-a-glance of everything you have in storage. The movers will always prepare an inventory based on their numbered tickets and can easily add your numbering to the paperwork, so if you need to pull out something specific, like a box of cookware or books, your tax papers or next season’s clothes, you just have to refer to the inventory list to find the right box. When you move your belongings out of storage, the inventory will help the efficiency of your entire move, reduce a good bit of the stress that might be there otherwise, and ensure that the boxes end up in the right rooms.

4. Use the right size boxes.

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. It is important to use the right size boxes for your belongings. Large boxes filled with heavy items like books can end up being too heavy to lift safely and are more likely to split open for exceeding their designed weight limit.  Boxes that are not filled completely may get damaged or crushed in a stack, so use the right sized box and fill it completely. Rainbow Movers NY can help you figure out sizes and quantities of boxes you’ll need for your storage items, give you some tips about packing your boxes, and we can supply them for you too.

5. Set a target date in the future to re-evaluate whether you still need to store your things.

You’ll want to give a thought to your storage unit on a regular basis. One way to do that is to put an appointment in your calendar every 3-6 months. When that appointment reminder pops up on your computer or cellphone, pull out your inventory and have a good look at it. If you still need to store these things, then make another appointment to think about them again in 3-6 months. If you want to bring them home, sell them or get rid of them, set a date and make a plan.

So if you are thinking about putting any or all of your belongings into storage, please contact us for a quote. We can pick up, store, and re-deliver your things. We can also help you pack and label them properly, and then deliver them back to you when you are ready.