7 Tips For a Successful Yard Sale

Yard Sale

If you are getting ready for a move, it is a good idea to go through all your belongings and try to downsize what you will need to pack up and move to your new home. One way you can achieve this is by having a yard sale. As we enter the cooler fall season, it is a great time to plan an outdoor sale where you can make a little extra cash for your move while purging things you no longer need. Not every yard sale is successful, however. Take a look at seven of our favorite tips to make sure your yard/garage sale gets good traffic and sales.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

If you live in a location that doesn’t get a lot of traffic, consider changing the location of your yard sale. Ask a family member or friend that lives in a large subdivision or off a busier road if you can borrow their yard for a weekend.

INVITE NEIGHBORS AND FAMILY TO SELL WITH YOU

If you don’t have a lot that you plan to sell, ask your friends and neighbors if they would like to join you for a multi-family yard sale. More stuff displayed outside will draw in more buyers than just a few tables.

GET ORGANIZED

Don’t wait until the morning of your yard sale to start throwing things together. Plan ahead so you have time to go through each room in your home to purge unwanted and unneeded items. Organize your items so they can be displayed in an intuitive way that makes it easy for a customer to browse. If everything is just thrown in boxes, people will be less likely to look through and find things they want to purchase from you.

LABEL EVERYTHING

Most people who go shopping, whether at a store or a yard sale, want to know the price of an item they are interested in without needing to ask someone. Invest in some good stickers and put a price on each item, or at least have specific value tables (example: everything on this table is $1) to make it simple for potential customers.

PRICE TO SELL

Unless you are on the fence about selling something, price your items to sell quick. Remember, you don’t want to have to pack all this stuff up and take it with you to your new house. Priced right, you will clear out a good bit of your unwanted things and still make some extra money.

PREVIEW ONLINE

If you have large furniture or pieces that you intend to price higher, consider taking good pictures and posting them for sale online prior to your yard sale. This will give you a longer time frame to make sure you get these items sold.

ADVERTISE

With social media, neighborhood apps, and local advertisement websites, advertising your garage sale may be the easiest part of this process. You don’t need to spend any money to advertise online, but you may want to spend a little to buy garage sale signs that will allow you to give drivers on the road clear instructions on how to get to your yard sale from the main roads. We hope these tips will help you host a successful yard sale before you move to your new home. We offer a safe and secure way to move and store your stuff. Give Zippy Shell a call at 888-947-7974 for a free, no-obligation quote. We look forward to hearing from you!

Jumpstart Spring Cleaning with These 5 Tips

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Although it seems like we just celebrated the holidays, spring is around the corner. This is a great time for a fresh start to ease into spring cleaning without being overwhelmed. If you are considering storing away some items, you will really be glad you got a jumpstart on your spring cleaning to-do list. While the hardest part is getting started, here are 5 tips to help you tackle this chore head on!

Declutter: A good purge always puts someone in a good mood. “Stuff” weighs us down and streamlining your “extra stuff” can be like a weight-loss tool! Focus on your spring cleaning by decluttering so you can attack the deep cleaning. If the item hasn’t been used in over a year, you may want to consider selling, donating, storing or trashing. If you are having a yard sale, put items away from sight or box up, tape up, and label “yard sale.” This will eliminate the temptation to dig back into the box.

Supplies: Keep an eye out for specials throughout the year on cleaning supplies. Stock up when discounts are available. Get a vehicle, such as a shower caddy, to hold the supplies so you can easily take them from room to room. Look for supplies that cover multi-tasks to eliminate lugging too many cleaning supplies around.

Make a plan: Once you have decluttered and made an inventory of your cleaning supplies, make a plan and set goals if you haven’t already done this. Decide what rooms to tackle first. Some professionals suggest clean each room in a circle or from top to bottom. These suggestions can help with the flow of cleaning making it more effective and manageable.

Think outside the routine: Keeping the surface areas clean is important, but don’t forget to think of areas outside the routine cleaning zones. Here are a few suggestions: between refrigerator coils, on top of ceiling fan blades, inside the washing machine, around HVAC vents, inside light fixtures, on and around windows, around door frames and crown molding, behind the toilet, etc. It’s also a good time to check the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Lighten up: Many people aren’t jumping up and down to tackle their spring cleaning to-do list. But with a shift in attitude, you can make this often-overwhelming feat much easier to bear. Crank up the stereo with your favorite tunes and jump in. Buy yourself something as a reward when you are finished. Another idea is to get the family involved. Assign age-appropriate tasks for the kids and make it a competition. As long as they aren’t adding to the chore list, the extra help should help you whittle down your spring cleaning to-do list quicker!

We hope these tips will help you attack spring cleaning with a positive, yet productive force. Just pretend that every room you clean will put you one step further to enjoying the fruits of your labor! And remember, if you need to store some items that aren’t being used right now, consider storing your things with Zippy Shell!

4 Tips for Successfully Storing Your Stuff

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Sometimes you simply have more stuff than you have room. Or, maybe you are simplifying and decluttering, and stuff needs to be out of the way. Whatever the reason, from time to time most people have the need to move stuff to another location for a period of time and store it.  Look no further than our Zippy Shell experts for the best tips to help you store your stuff more successfully.

First, evaluate your options and your needs.  Zippy Shell locations can be found throughout the United States, making the option to store your stuff convenient. Figure out how much stuff you have and what size container you will need. A Zippy Shell 10 foot container can hold up to one or two bedrooms. Our 15 foot container can hold up to two or three bedrooms. Take a close look at how much you need to store and then choose the appropriately sized unit for your needs.

Second, create a list of everything you’ll be storing and how it is labeled. You may even want to take photos of the items, boxes, and labels so when you start looking for that swimsuit, you’ll know where it is stored.

Third, pack your stuff to maximize storage container space.  Our Zippy Shell storage containers hold a lot of stuff and they can hold even more if you are a savvy packer. For example, bundle pictures and frames with bubble wrap and stand them up. Pack clothes in plastic containers with clip-on lids, label the contents (shirts, pants, etc.) and stack them. Think vertically, because that is typically under-utilized space in a storage unit. If you will be storing anything with height, like a bookcase or a piece of furniture, use those extra shelves to maximize your container.

Fourth, create walkways and prioritize your stuff in the container. When you pack your Zippy Shell storage container, leave room for walking and put anything you think you will need towards the front or top.

Finally, sleep soundly knowing that:

  • you can take up to three days to load your Zippy Shell at your location
  • we can drop off your unit in virtually any location (driveway, city, street)
  • your stuff is stored safely and securely at one of our Zippy Shell locations
  • your stuff is only a phone call away
  • we deliver it back to you when you are ready

With just a little planning, you can maximize your storage dollars. We look forward to answering your questions about the convenience of Zippy Shell.

Get Solutions for Your Toy Clutter Struggles

Parents play with their children and their toys

Do you have too many toys in your home or do you not have enough storage? Both issues can lead to feeling overwhelmed by the toy clutter. We have good news – the constant clutter of toys doesn’t have to rule your life! Let’s look at these two scenarios separately to provide you with the solutions you need to get the toy clutter under control. With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to get a handle on your children’s toy collections before you add more to them!

Too Many Toys

The first step to deal with too many toys is to sort all of them into groups. Your groups will look different depending on the interests of your children, but sort them into categories such as games, puzzles, dolls, automobiles, books, arts and crafts, building blocks, dress-up… you get the picture. Now that you have a clear impression of all the toys in each category, it is time to do some purging. Set a limit as to how many items your child needs in each category. Help them choose their favorites within that limit and set the rest aside. 

The toys you have set aside can be donated if your child has outgrown or no longer uses them. The rest can be put into a toy rotation bin. Toy rotation is simply storing some of your toys for a time. Then at regular intervals, you’ll swap the current toys for and the ones you stored away. Each rotation is like getting a new set of toys, which brings excitement back to play and helps with clutter!

Too Little Storage

Quite often, clutter is caused by simply not having enough storage or not having the correct type of storage. The first step is to allocate a play area. It doesn’t have to be an entire room, but toys need a designated place to land at the end of every day. Whether you choose to store toys in a basket or bin, on a shelf or in a cabinet, out in the open or hidden, toy storage needs to be practical and easy. Using cut out pictures taped to the appropriate box, bin, or shelf will help children who can’t read yet identify where items belong. Because the ultimate goal is to have your kids put their own toys away.

Once everything is organized, the key to eliminating clutter is to stay on top of it on a daily basis. At the end of each day, set a timer for five minutes. Have your children race to put everything they’ve been playing with back in the appropriate place.

If you are in need of some additional storage, give Zippy Shell a call! We not only offer moving services but can give you flexible storage options to fit any needs you might have. Check us out online or give us a call today at 888-947-7974 for more information.

3 Step Plan for a Long Distance Move

Young couple eating while unpacking belongings

Long distance moves are a major life event. The key to making sure yours goes smoothly is to make a plan and stay organized. The long-distance moving tips below will help you remember some of the key items you need to do ahead of time in order to have a successful move.

  1. The first step of your plan is deciding who is going to move your belongings. Choosing a moving company can be overwhelming. Our best advice is to get referrals, do your research to look for red flags, and then ask for in-home estimates. If you would prefer to have a little more control over your moving process, consider using Zippy Shell. Whenever you’re ready to move, we’ll drop off our Zippy Shell unit at your home. Then, you can either take up to three days to pack it yourself, or we’ll do it for you. When you’re all packed up, we’ll pick up the trailer and drive it to your new home.
  2. Spend extra time downsizing your belongings before you pack. You should get rid of unwanted items before any move, but especially before moving over a long distance. If you don’t use it, love it, or need it to survive, it doesn’t need to make the move with you. Decluttering can have positive effects on your mood to, as well as making packing and unpacking much easier in your new home!
  3. Create a change of address checklist. Changing your address requires updating your information in a lot of different places – utilities, insurance, doctors, banks, license and registration, post office, etc. And it gets even more complicated when you’re moving a long distance. Make sure to plan ahead and research what all needs to be updated in plenty of time before your move.

Did you know Zippy Shell offers 30 days of free storage for customers who are moving cross country and need to store items until they’re ready to move into their new home? Your items will be stored in one of our secure facilities until you arrive. Call Zippy Shell today at 888-947-7974 or go to our website to get a quote for helping you with your moving and storage needs!

Ingenious Ways to Make Small Spaces in your Home Bigger

Living room in a spacious home

Whether you’re in a cramped apartment, the kids are home for the summer, or your in-laws are coming to stay for a few weeks, we’ve compiled some creative ways to give your home some space. Goodness knows, we love their personal space.

Consider these top four ideas for enjoying a spacious, clutter-free atmosphere in your home.

  1. Spread out your living space. If you have outdoor spaces that are adjacent to your indoor ones (balconies, decks, patios and porches), consider how you might arrange those areas to compliment your spacing needs. Maybe a decorative cover or an umbrella outside will invite folks to sit there. Add some cozy furniture and a small television and boom! you have a whole new room.
  2. Put the excess in storage. Clutter – it can make you crazy. Even if you’re not having extra people in your home, the clutter has got to go. One quick way to clear it out, is to put it in storage. This way you still have access to your things, but they aren’t in the way. You don’t want to trip on that magazine rack from 1974! Separate what you need from what you don’t and save yourself some space in your home and peace of mind.
  3. Invest in some space-saver bags! These things are amazing. You can find them at most big box or home improvement stores. Put your out-of-season wardrobe, winter coats, extra pillows, and even those crocheted family blankets in these ingenious bags. Pile your stuff in, use your vacuum to suck out the air, and voila! It’s all been reduced to a third the size. Slip the bags under your bed or in a closet and you’re done.
  4. Consider multi-functional furniture. Some people are so clever and the ones who design and manufacture furniture that can be used in multiple ways need to be applauded. Benches that open and can store shoes by the front door. Tables that can be transformed into desks. Even beds that can be turned into tables. Really cool!

Then, when everyone heads back to school and back home, you can bring all your favorite things back in your home. If you think you may want to employ the use of a portable storage container, we hope you’ll think of Zippy Shell, too. Give us a call at 888-947-7974 or go online for a free quote to see how we can make moving and storage simple for you!

How to Maximize the Space in Your Bathroom

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Is your bathroom feeling a little cramped? Small bathrooms can be a challenge and adding square footage through a renovation isn’t always an option. But you can use these tips to make your cozy space feel larger and stay more organized.

Give the Illusion of Space

There are several tips and techniques you can use to provide an expansive feeling in a small bathroom or any small space:

  • A monochromatic color scheme or even varying shades of the same color can make your bathroom feel larger. Soft, pale, neutral colors on the walls and floor will give the biggest illusion of space.
  • Use reflective surfaces like glass and mirrors. Replacing a shower curtain with a clear glass door will open up the shower space giving the appearance of a bigger overall area. Larger mirrors will bounce light from windows and create the illusion of more square footage.
  • Keep your floor space clear and uncluttered. Less breaking up of the floor lines equates to less visual chopping with your eyes. Also freeing up your floor space gives you more room to move around!  
  • Draw the eye upward with a fun light fixture, crown molding, tall window treatments, or high shelves.

Organizing Your Way to More Space

Even a large room that is cluttered will feel small, so let’s get organized:

  • Create storage where there once was none by adding floating shelves to your walls utilizing the vertical space. 
  • An over-the-toilet shelf or storage cabinet is a great space saver and will give you more storage options.
  • Installing floating shelves or recessed storage in the shower can keep all your shower necessities organized. Another option is to use a hanging shower caddy.
  • Use a Lazy Susan or other revolving storage underneath your bathroom cabinet to corral cleaning supplies or hair products.
  • When you are really low on storage options, find an alternate place in the house for things like medicine, first aid supplies, and extra rolls of toilet paper.

Zippy Shell’s portable storage containers are perfect for storing items from the home, giving you more space to renovate, rearrange, and organize. Check us out today for answers to any questions you may have!

How to Keep Clutter from Coming Back

woman decluttering home

After it seems like you have finally gotten rid of all of your clutter, it somehow always finds a way to come back. Fight clutter with these organization tips!

Make it a Routine

Instead of letting things pile up, get rid of them immediately before it turns into a problem. Taking one minute of your day to freshen up your kitchen or bedroom before you head off to work is very doable.

Know the Usefulness of Your Items

You can also get in the habit of getting rid of anything in your home that you know you don’t use immediately. If you come across am item that you have been holding onto that is slightly broken or never gets used and won’t be used, be honest with yourself and throw it away.

Have a Place for Everything

If everything has a place where it belongs, nothing will get lost or get placed in something else’s space. Clutter can quickly form when you don’t have a designated spot for something. Then the next time you see something laying around, it will only take a second to put it right where it belongs.

Be Timely

When you get out a bag of donations or trash, don’t let it sit around for a week. The moment you bag it up, get it out of your home! This also applies for laundry; once you do it, take your basket to your room and put your clothes away immediately. This simple method will help force yourself not to let your belongings consume unnecessary space, thus making your home cleaner.

Major Cleanups

Every season schedule a cleanup for your home. This should involve cleaning out all your rooms, as well as getting rid of anything that has piled up and is not being used. Put those dates on the calendar, so you save time for them. It’s a lot easier to follow through when you have scheduled the time to do it.

Let Zippy Shell Help

Zippy Shell storage containers make decluttering your home simple and affordable. We’ll deliver a storage container directly to your door then store it in our secure, nationwide facilities. Your clutter will be out of sight and out of mind, and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to stay organized. It might be an everyday job, but it doesn’t have to be time consuming or disruptive to your daily routine.

How to Store Winter Clothes and Coats

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No matter the temp outside, it’s always a good time to declutter your living spaces, attics and garage, creating more usable areas for entertaining and storage for seasonal items. Zippy Shell of North Texas offers portable storage units that are delivered directly to you and picked up when you are ready. Then, we store them in a climate-controlled facility until you need something.

One of the best ways to utilize a Zippy Shell portable storage unit is to store all the winter items you no longer are using, thus making room for summer stuff that is more useful to us here in Texas.

Storing winter clothes: First, wash your winter clothes, polish those boots and match up those thick socks. Storing your clothing and footwear when fresh and clean will help maintain their appearance until late fall. Second, repair or mend any items that look a little ragged. It’s a great feeling to pull out your favorite sweater in December and have it look and smell great! Rather than storing it with that pull, go ahead and mend it now. Third, pack them properly in plastic storage containers. Your Zippy Shell portable storage unit has a lot of room for your things and using plastic containers can maximize that space. Mark each container with a colorful marker so you’ll know what it contains (shoes, sweaters, workout clothes).

Storing winter coats: Even in North Texas we need heavy coats sometimes, but they sure take up a lot of space. It’s a great idea to store them in your Zippy Shell unit, as well. The type of coat makes a big difference in how you prepare it for storage, but for all coats, what is universal is that they need to breathe. Zip them up or button them up and lay them flat or hang them up. Don’t stuff them into plastic storage boxes or fold them. 

One of the best ways to preserve your winter clothing is to ensure a cool, dry, dark place for their storage. A Zippy Shell unit is ideal for this purpose. When cold does come our way again, your clothes will be ready! Check Zippy Shell out today to see how we can help you!