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Free up Office Space by Promoting a “Go Green” Workforce

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Decluttering the office won’t just make the space cleaner, it will also increase productivity. A clean environment is a positive one that helps increase efficiency and output. Going green is a great way to start decluttering. By focusing on reducing waste, you will naturally reduce unnecessary items taking up space. Eco-friendly practices in the office will encourage employees to look at their space differently, ensuring they maintain a closer watch on the waste produced. How to Create an Eco-Friendly Office Here are some tips on incorporating eco-friendly practices into the office that will help free up space. Have a Designated Recycling Station Having a visible and accessible place for employees to recycle their trash correctly is a sure way to ensure the office is clean and helps the environment. Working in an office means having recyclable office supplies. Encourage employees to leave their reusable items in their designated place so that their co-workers can use them as well. This station can also function as a place for repurposed items. Instead of throwing away a big box, it can become a storage container in the office. Maintaining a designated area for recycling will ensure recyclable items are disposed of properly and keep the office clean. Implement a Paper Conscious Policy Most paperwork these days is handled digitally. The digital age is good for reducing paper waste. Your office can take advantage of technology to avoid using paper unless necessary. There is no longer a need to have piles of paper on desks or in storage rooms. Encourage your employees to keep their paperwork digital. Digital records will also help streamline any paper passing within the office. Recycle Electronics As a company, it’s essential to keep our electronics up to date for efficiency. Don’t just throw out your old electronics, instead recycle them. Local nonprofits and companies can help you recycle your electronics. Nonprofit organizations will also accept your old electronics as donations. Recycling or donating any old electronics in the office will free up space and give you more ...


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September 22nd, 2021


Marie Kondo’s Top 5 Storage Tips

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Marie Kondo, best known for her books and Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kando, has introduced a new way to organize our homes. Her iconic question, “Does it spark joy?” has reshaped the way people think about their belongings. An item in your home shouldn’t just take up space; it should serve you, and as Marie Kondo says, it should bring you joy. Understanding Marie Kondo’s Top 5 Storage Tips With Marie Kondo’s approach to our home’s space and objects in mind, here are five tips on utilizing storage. 1. Take Inventory of Your Belongings Step one to reorganizing your home is to know and understand what you have. As we saw in her Netflix show, Marie Kondo recommends taking everything out of its current storage space. Lay out every single item of clothing, all your coffee mugs, every trinket and then look at each individual object. To move forward from this step, you have to know precisely what items you have, how much you have, and if you need all of them. Each object must spark joy and serve a purpose. 2. It’s About Categories, Not the Room When we clean, we tackle each room individually. Marie Kono’s advice is to tackle organizing by categories. Things used regularly should be easily accessible and stored in the same place. Clothing should be broken down into its own categories for organization and locating.Breaking down clothing into categories can look like storing it by tops, bottoms, or items that need hanging. This same approach can work in your kitchen by breaking down your kitchen appliances into their categories and storing them accordingly. Tackling organizing room to room rather than by category isn’t as effective because it can result in items being spread around your home rather than stored together. 3. Store Items Vertically, Not Horizontally Objects stored vertically not only look better, but they are more accessible. Instead of folding your clothes and stacking them, consider arranging them vertically. With your shirts and pants stored like books on a ...


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September 12th, 2021


6 Tips for Throwing a Successful New York City Stoop Sale

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Big cities like New York often mean having to live in small spaces. When there’s limited storage in our home, our living space can quickly become cluttered. A common and profitable way to declutter is to have a stoop sale. Hosting a stoop sale isn’t just about collecting random items in your home and then laying them out for people. Like most things in life, a stoop sale takes planning. How to Throw an Awesome New York Stoop Sale Here we have six tips to help you throw a successful New York stoop sale. 1. Sort Your Items Before planning the stoop sale, it’s necessary to sort through the items you no longer want. For example, if you have a big-ticket item such as a computer, a stoop sale might not be the place for it. Most people are not willing or able to drop a couple of hundred dollars on the spot, especially if they happen to stumble onto your stoop sale. It would help if you considered selling more expensive items like computers or iPods on eBay or Craigslist.Go through the items and determine their value as well as their quality. Avoid selling “fixer-uppers” at your stoop sale because it undermines the quality of your other items. People don’t want to buy sweaters with old coffee stains on them. Only selling what is still in good condition can be priced under 75 dollars. 2. Keep in Mind New York’s Law Most stoop sales aren’t subject to sales tax registration requirements, but it’s essential to know what to do to avoid having to register. Under Tax Law section 1115(a)(18), it states that a stoop sale can not be more than three days or it will be subject to sale tax regulation and registration. Another detail to keep in mind is that your sales can not exceed 600 dollars under the same tax law section. The limitation of $600 is also why it’s recommended not to sell expensive items such as computers in your stoop sale. 3. ...


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September 8th, 2021


How Storage Can Be Your Best Friend When You Have a New Baby

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When you’re a parent, stress is heightened, especially so when you have a new baby. Even if this is your fifth child, new babies require a level of care and attention that older children don’t. At Treasure Island Storage, we strive to make life easier and relieve stress in any way that we can. Believe it or not, there are many ways storage can be your best friend when you have a new baby.With a unit at Treasure Island Storage, you can make room for your new baby, store gifts from loved ones, and make room for moving or remodels. Make Room for Your New Baby If this is your first child, it’s time to make way for the many things that are going to come with parenthood. This may mean that you need to clear space in your extra bedroom or garage for the baby to be comfortable in.Maybe you were using your spare bedroom as a guest room with a full-size bed and a crib needs to take its place. Or maybe you were using the garage to store your bikes and now you need to make way for a stroller. Whatever the case, a storage unit is a perfect solution for the items you are not ready to say goodbye to just yet. Store Gifts from Loved Ones When it comes to having a new baby, the number of gifts you receive may be overwhelming. Of course, they are appreciated, but they eat up space nonetheless. Especially when it comes to babies, people tend to gift things you won’t need right away.As an example, someone may buy an awesome bouncer for your child, but the baby won’t be able to use it until they are at least three to five months old. Items like this would do very well waiting patiently in your unit at Treasure Island Storage. Having Space for Remodels or Moves With a new baby can come the need for more living space. Whether you are adding on to your ...


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April 19th, 2021


Storage Ideas and Hacks Inspired by Tiny Homes

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The tiny home movement has dominated the housing market for nearly a decade. These homes typically range from 100 to 300 square feet, so space is a luxury for these homeowners. People who live in tiny homes have to be creative with storage, and you might find yourself inspired to bring some of the helpful tricks to your own living space. Hide-and-Seek Furniture Furniture, especially beds, can take up a lot of space, but a hide-and-seek bed can easily fold into the wall during the day. Plus, when the bed is out at night, you can store collapsable tables and chairs underneath. Just look for an inexpensive Murphy bed and adjustable height furniture to maximize your space. Use Space Above Windows and Doors To use all the storage space in your house, consider putting shelves above windows and doors. You can use these spots for pots and pans or install a shelf for books, plates, and other knick-knacks. Buy Mirrors Mirrors are the easiest way to spread light and make an enclosed space feel more open. Try suspending one or two in a tight bedroom or even cover the whole wall with tiny mirrors. They have a fun way of tricking the mind into thinking the space is larger than it actually is. Hang Lights When you don’t have much floor space, buy lights that can hang from the ceiling or attach to the walls. Not only will it keep the floor open, but lights can help make rooms feel more welcoming. Mini Appliances If you rely on microwavable meals or eat out regularly, acquire more space-friendly appliances like a hot plate, toaster, and microwave oven. You’ll increase your available counter space and can easily store small appliances when they’re not in use. Multi-tasking Rooms An easy way to save space is by making certain rooms multi-purpose. For instance, you can stack your washer and dryer in the corner of your bathroom or turn your kitchen into an at-home office space. This will eliminate the need for extra space and help you ...


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February 11th, 2021


A Guide to Transforming Your Home into a Minimalist Sanctuary

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People all over the world are adopting a minimalist lifestyle. This is especially true in their homes. Simplicity, sustainability, and elegance have been increasingly popular trends as minimalists preach the “less is more” motto. But how do you transform your home into a minimalist sanctuary when you have stuff everywhere? The key is to get rid of the unnecessary, freeing up room to give everything in your home a specific place. Clutter is a big no-no, and organization is everything. If you’re not sure if a minimalist home and lifestyle are for you, consider the following benefits and characteristics of a minimalist home.  What Are the Benefits of a Minimalist Home?  Minimalism may not solve all your problems, but it will surely change your outlook on life. Many minimalists look at it as living through experience rather than through materialistic possessions. Almost all of us own unnecessary stuff that we just can’t get rid of. It’s hard to move forward in life when you have things weighing you down, even if it’s a bunch of old clothes in your closet. If you find the courage to create a more minimalist home, you may notice an endless amount of opportunities follow. Not convinced about a minimalist lifestyle? Check out the main benefits of a minimalist home: Reduced stress Visual appeal Easy cleaning Saving money  Removing clutter  More freedom Increased productivity Healthier environment  While minimalism sounds like it’s just letting go of possessions, it’s more than that, and it doesn’t come naturally to everyone. It’s living with less: less stuff and less spending. We spend our lives collecting and accumulating things—some are necessary, but most are not. The decluttering process is time-consuming, but the rewards outweigh the process.  What Does a Minimalist Home Look Like?  So, what does a minimalist home look like? Blank walls and empty drawers? No—in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Minimalists find a place for everything in their homes in a way that keeps them organized. They optimize spaces for efficiency, access, and quality while investing in products that last. Keep ...


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October 21st, 2020


How to Kick-Start the Decluttering Process

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You’ve likely accumulated a bunch of stuff over the last year, and with 2021 just a few months away, you may be looking for a nudge of motivation to declutter your home. Here’s your reminder that it’s okay to get rid of stuff you no longer need. Whether you’re moving or just looking to tidy up your house, decluttering can help improve your overall health and wellbeing. But how can you start the decluttering process when you have so many things? Especially in large spaces, you may start to feel overwhelmed with how much there is to do. The best piece of advice to kick-start your decluttering journey is to take it day by day, one room at a time. Decluttering doesn’t have to be boring—grab a friend or family member, play your favorite songs, and prepare some of your favorite treats. Here are some simple ways to declutter your life. Visualize Your Decluttering Goals To be productive, you must have an end goal. Focus on how you want your space to look and feel before you do anything. This will allow you to align your goals for your home with your purpose for decluttering in the first place. When you are more mindful of your goals, not only will you feel more productive, but you will also take pleasure in the process. Realize that it’s not about where you are now or how you got there—it’s about the journey and how free you’ll feel once you reach your goals. If your goal is to just get rid of stuff, then picture your space without those things. On the other hand, if your goal is to get organized, then determine what it is that you want to organize and what you want your space to look like. There must be intent: rearranging the space for a particular purpose to make your life easier and more efficient. Whatever your goal may be for your home, there’s always a solution. It starts with using visualization to ...


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October 19th, 2020


4 Self-Storage Mistakes People Make

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Self-storage units are great for those looking to stockpile their belongings before a move, declutter their space, or downsize their home. But without the proper care and approach, what was meant to be a straightforward and useful accommodation can quickly turn into a nightmare.Self-storage units are, put simply, a place to hold your stuff. The concept is simple, but there are a number of frequent pitfalls that customers tend to fall into when storing their belongings. Before you just toss your items into a box and slam the door shut, consider avoiding these common self-storage mistakes.   Common Oversights When Using a Self-Storage Unit From choosing the wrong-sized unit to stacking without a plan, here are the most common mistakes that we see from self-storers. Choosing the Wrong Unit Size It’s not unusual to be halfway through the packing process only to come to the devastating realization that not every item is going fit. It can be extremely frustrating and force you to do double the work. Of course, it’s understandable that you may want to pick a smaller storage unit in order to be more cost-effective, but you want to make sure that you’re not painting yourself into a corner. In an attempt to be economical, you may find yourself in a bind. Many self-storage facilities, like Treasure Island Storage, provide useful storage guides and practiced experts who will help you determine the exact size for the unit you’ll need based on the specific items you intend to store. Stacking Without a Plan It’s important to be tactical about the way you store your items so that you can make the most of your space. Begin by stowing the biggest items first, then go for the second-biggest, third-biggest, and so on. Take advantage of the back wall, then begin to line the side walls so as to form a U-shape. Line each item up as far back as possible so you’re leaving yourself plenty of room to fit the rest of your boxes.Once you have plenty ...


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September 25th, 2020


How to Get the Most Out of Your Storage Unit Space

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Storage units are a smart and practical solution for keeping those items you don’t use often. Not everything we use infrequently is something we’re ready to part with, so using a storage unit clears up space in your home and gives you a safe location to access your belongings whenever you need them.If you’re ready to rent your first storage unit, you could be wondering what size you need, and how to get the most effective use out of that space. Those are great questions, so here are some tips on how to get the most out of your storage unit. What Are Smart Uses for Your Storage Unit? One of the most effective ways to use your storage unit is to know how to organize it. That’s going to provide you with several advantages, including: Being able to fit more items inside the unit Being able to quickly find whatever you need in there Not feeling confused about where you put something And using up as much space as possible  Another great benefit of having a self-storage unit is the comfort of knowing your belongings are safe and secure. A good example is the New York City storage units at Treasure Island Storage, where the facilities offer advanced security measures like video surveillance, front gate access, and enhanced indoor and outdoor lighting to protect the units. The units at Treasure Island Storage also have climate control to ensure sweltering summer heat and humidity or dry, bone-chilling winters can’t damage your belongings, either. The staff here can help you find the unit that’s just the right size to meet your needs. And the best way to take full advantage of your storage unit is to make sure the space you have is fully utilized and you’re wasting any space through poor organizing.  What are Good Ways to Organize Your Storage Unit? When you’ve selected the items that you want to place in storage, consider labeling their containers. Whether you label those boxes as Halloween or Christmas decorations, toys your kids ...


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May 22nd, 2020