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6 Suggestions for Redoing Your Small NYC Balcony on a Budget

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Balconies are the best way to enjoy a warm summer evening or a winter snowfall, but small balconies can make it tough to unwind and appreciate your space. However, there are many affordable ways you can transform your NYC balcony into an area that will make your neighbors jealous.After renovating your balcony, you might find yourself needing space for the items you stored there. If that’s the case, consider renting a storage unit from Treasure Island Storage. We have facilities across New York City and New Jersey, so there’s sure to be a location close to you. Buy a Small Outdoor Rug If you’re on a tight budget and aren’t sure where to start, an outdoor rug adds a nice pop of color to any space. Find one with a fun vibe or a pattern that speaks to you. It might be just what you need to make your balcony more appealing. Light Up Your Balcony You don’t need to spend a lot to update your NYC balcony. Buy some inexpensive lights and wrap them around the railing. Just make sure they are secured well enough so they don’t blow away or fall off. You can also hang lights from the ceiling if it’s covered. Affordable Deck Options for a Balcony Decking is expensive, but you can purchase interlocking deck tiles at the hardware store. They’re easy to install and take off, so they’re perfect for renters and will add some sophistication to any balcony space. Grow a Vertical Garden in New York City Most New York City balconies aren’t roomy, so you probably won’t have space for a garden. Wall planters are a great alternative for bringing some nature to you. You can also secure a planter on the railing to grow some herbs or veggies. Turn Your Balcony into an Outdoor Kitchen Gas grills are expensive and bulky, but electric ones are more affordable and space-friendly, and might be accepted by landlords. Along with a small bistro set from Ikea or Target, you’ll have a perfect outdoor kitchen. DIY ...


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February 23rd, 2021


Unique Ways to Transform Your Basement into a Livable Space

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More than ever, people are spending extended periods of time inside their homes. All this time cooped up inside is leading some to reorganize their living space. One notable trend is the recent rise in revitalized basements.Typically, when you think of an average basement, you might imagine it as a recreational space used for storing boxes holiday decorations. Modern renters and homeowners are taking advantage of basement space by converting it into a unique living space. These are just a few ideas that can turn your basement into the coolest room in your home. Build a Family-Friendly Game Room Board games have made a resurgence in recent years, with puzzles and games like Scrabble and Monopoly becoming a staple in many households. These activities are a great way to entertain the whole family. It can be challenging to find space to do a puzzle or set up an intricate board game, which is why a dedicated game room has become a popular choice in basement remodeling. Create Your Own Movie Theater Experience Another fun idea is to turn your basement into a private movie theater. With a custom movie theater experience in your basement, you can experience the atmosphere of a theater from the safety and comfort of your home. Construct a Modern Home Gym or Fitness Room If you’ve been keeping up with your New Year’s resolution to exercise more, consider turning your cluttered basement into a home gym. Fitness equipment is notorious for taking up a great deal of space, and moving them to the basement is a great solution that opens up room in the rest of the houseBuilding a fitness room in your basement is much less complicated than it sounds. Rubber mats or tiles are relatively inexpensive and can be easily assembled. You can even install Bluetooth speakers to keep your workout playlist going. Any basement items that you need to clear can go into a handy self-storage unit. Design Your Ultimate Home Office or Library Many adults have found themselves transitioning to ...


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February 18th, 2021


Pros of Using Business Storage as an Independent Contractor

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Space is always a premium need for running a business, no matter how big or small. As a construction worker, landscaper, or home improvement contractor, your space may be taken up by large tools and equipment that are only used occasionally. Besides, you probably also spend more time than you’d like to admit searching for the right tools and hauling them from one job site to the next.You also have to worry about where and how you’re going to store all your equipment. These tools are often too big to keep in your house or garage, and you certainly don’t want weather to ruin them. The smart and affordable choice would be to store them in a self-storage unit. As an independent contractor, your business has plenty of reasons that make a unit beneficial to you. Reduce Risk of Injury at Home Keeping your tools and equipment at home can pose a severe safety issue. It’s best to keep the dangerous items locked away in a self-storage unit. The risk is even greater if you have young children. They may cut themselves on a sharp object or shock themselves on a power tool. Those same risks apply to everyone in the house. It’s easy to trip and fall when making your way through a maze of tools. Reduce Risk of Your Equipment Being Damaged As an independent contractor, you probably have many tools that can get damaged easily. Power tools can short circuit if plugged into the wrong outlet, and saw blades can dull if they’re not stored properly. Even if everyone in the house is properly cautious regarding the tools, the tools themselves are still prone to other damages. Basements can easily flood, or tools can rust in the garage. Self-storage units are climate-controlled and will help you avoid these risks. Storage Units Offer Tight Security Contractor tools and equipment are expensive. Still, it’s what you need to complete the job and do it well, so it’s an investment in your business. When you’re not ...


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December 10th, 2020


Garage Sale Items You Shouldn’t Sell but Store Instead

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If you often find yourself dusting off overcrowded shelves, sifting through cobwebbed attic spaces, or still trying to close that one craft drawer that just won’t shut, it may be time to declutter. A garage sale is a great place to start if you’re looking to downsize your home or tidy up your space. Not only does a garage sale allow you to give your unwanted items to someone who will value them more than you, but you’ll also earn a little extra money.Before you set up shop, it’s important to consider what you should and shouldn’t sell at your next garage sale. Contemplate the following do’s and don’ts. And while you’re at it, those items that don’t make the cut need a home too, and not your own again. Here are some guidelines. What You Should NOT Sell at Your Garage Sale  There are plenty of items that can, and should, be sold at a garage sale. However, it’s important to consider the short list of garage sale no-nos. Garbage: While “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” is a good rule of thumb at a garage sale, don’t take the mantra too literally.   Used toiletries, beauty products, or skincare: Anyone want an old tube of toothpaste that hasn’t seen the light of day since 2008? Unlikely. Though new products that are still in their seal are perfectly fine to sell, avoid unloading used makeup, skincare, or soap to sidestep the spread of bacteria. Outdated Electronics: Consider the practicality of your item. Unless your old Nikon camera from 2003 is a vintage collectable, you may want to withhold it from the sale. Sentimental Objects: If an item evokes a feeling of nostalgia or strong emotion, keep it! The buying price will never be good enough, and you may not feel right selling it to a complete stranger. Either give it to a loved one that will treasure it, or put it in storage. Broken Appliances: Broken items are tough to sell, even for a dirt-cheap ...


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September 9th, 2020


Four Questions to Ask Yourself Before Renting a Commercial Storage Unit

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Finding the right commercial storage unit for your business is imperative to protecting your items. Whether you’re looking to store inventory or office equipment, a commercial storage unit can take your business to the next level. However, choosing a storage unit isn’t as easy as picking a name out of a hat. You need to know exactly what you’re looking for and make sure that the facility you choose can accommodate the specific needs of your business. By asking yourself these four questions, you’ll be one step close to finding the perfect commercial storage unit. How Long Do You Plan to Rent? Knowing how long you plan to rent your commercial unit is critical when choosing a commercial storage facility. If you only plan to temporarily utilize a commercial storage unit while you’re moving offices, then you want to make sure you’re not signing a contract that requires you to pay for a longer duration. When choosing a facility for short-term storage, whether it be a few days or a few weeks, specific features may not be as important to you.On the other hand, if you need a long-term commercial storage unit, you may need additional amenities to secure your items. For example, if you plan to store inventory or important documents in your commercial unit, then you’ll need certain features that will help you to store your belongings with extra care.  What Are You Planning to Store? The types of items you plan to store will determine what type of commercial unit you will need. Do you need to store office furniture? Or will you need a storage unit to hold electronic and technical equipment? By creating a list of items you plan to store, you can identify how much space you’ll actually need. Failure to adequately account for all the items you need to store could leave you with not enough or too much storage space. The problem with choosing a unit that is too large is that you will end up wasting ...


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September 4th, 2020


How to Protect Your Furniture in Storage

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If you’re renovating, moving, or downsizing homes, you may wonder what to do with all your furniture. Finding enough space for furniture around your home can be difficult, as most people don’t have the extra room to store large fixtures in their homes. Renting an accessible and secure storage unit may be a logical solution to your problems. However, storing furniture correctly isn’t a walk in the park, especially if you want to preserve it for future use. With the following furniture-specific storage recommendations, you can ensure that any piece of furniture you store stays in prime condition, for all types of materials—from couches and coffee tables to bed frames and desks, whether they are treasured antiques or furnishings for your new home.  How a Climate-Controlled Unit Can Protect Your Furniture in Storage When you’re searching for storage facilities, it may be in your best interest to choose a location that has climate-controlled units. Climate-controlled units are ideal for storing valuable and delicate items, allowing you to protect your furniture from:  Heat  Cold Moisture  Mold  Cracks  Climate-controlled units are designed to maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level throughout the year using systems like dehumidifiers, HVAC systems, and thermostats. These systems work together to stop moisture from forming and ruining your items.   The Importance of Cleaning Your Furniture Before Storing It  Over time, your furniture collects bacteria, dust, and allergens that drastically affect its value. Failure to give your furniture a deep cleaning before storing it can further compromise the quality of your furniture. Untreated stains and smells can permanently set in place while left in storage and may cause your furniture to discolor or rot. Properly cleaning your furniture before storage comes with several benefits, including:   Cutting down on mold and dust in your storage space Extending the life of your furniture Improving the durability of your furniture Keeping your home and family healthy  Before you clean your furniture, there are a few factors you need to keep in mind when determining how to clean your furniture properly. Depending on the type of material you’re ...


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September 2nd, 2020


Self-Storage Hacks for Your Business

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As your company grows, it is likely that you will run out of space for inventory and equipment. This is a good problem to have, and solving it will boost your productivity and increase your gains. While your first thought might be to move to a larger office or warehouse space, it might be a good idea to try some other cost-effective options. When your business starts to expand, the first step is to identify how much extra space you’ll need to scale up your operations. If you conclude you need more space than what you already have but not quite enough to warrant a bigger office, you might want to consider renting a storage unit. Here are some self-storage hacks for your business.  Get Rid of Unnecessary Items The first step to maximizing your space is to get rid of any items you no longer need. Get rid of any items that are broken, cannot be repaired, or have not been used in over a year. With a more organized office, you can work more productively.  Add Storage Sections to Your Desk If you have a traditional desk, there is probably unused space underneath it you aren’t taking advantage of. There are many stand-alone storage features you can add to your desk that will free up valuable space in your office. Adding a set of drawers underneath your desk to store documents and other materials is a great way to remove any bulky cabinets that are occupying precious real estate.   Make Use of Your Wall Space The value of wall space is often overlooked. Maximizing your wall space is a great way to free up clutter on your desk. Adding decorative shelving above your desk will provide aesthetic storage for your office supplies. Put Wheels on Your Desk and Chairs For any growing business, being able to easily rearrange office furniture is a must. Adding wheels to your desk and chairs makes it easier to move furniture when you need to reorganize.  Put Surplus Inventory in a Self-Storage Unit If ...


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August 26th, 2020


Benefits of Using Self-Storage While Deployed

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Serving our country in the military is one of the biggest sacrifices a person can make. If you are deployed, figuring out where to store your belongings can be a challenge. Self-storage is a great resource for military personnel looking to store their belongings in a secure place. If you suspect a deployment is in your future and are looking for a way to save money, protect your belongings, and avoid paying rent, a self-storage unit is a great solution. Here are some benefits of using self-storage while deployed.  Avoid Paying Rent  Paying rent while deployed is a frustrating expense. Rent is expensive, and it is unnecessary to pay the price for a room that you won’t be living in. With a storage unit, you can avoid paying rent by placing all your belongings into an affordable, secure location. Putting your items in a storage unit will keep your belongings safe for an affordable monthly rate. When you return, you can simply use a key or code to unlock your unit and access the items you need. This is especially useful for military members who might be serving multiple deployments with short trips home in between.  Get a Good Deal With a Military Discount Most storage facilities offer military discounts. This means that during deployment, you will receive a discounted rate on a storage unit. Additionally, many storage companies offer special promotions that can be combined with a military discount. When compared to rent, the choice to store your furniture in a storage unit makes the most economic sense.  Rent Out Your Room to Make Money Why pay for an empty room when you can rent it out and make some money? Self-storage provides the option of renting your room while you’re away. This can pay for house upkeep, mortgage bills, internet costs, and any other bills that might arise during your deployment. Depending on how much you rent your room for, you could make a monthly profit. This could accumulate into a hefty savings nest ...


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August 25th, 2020


Tips for New Self-Storage Renters

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Self-storage units are the perfect way to store your belongings for short- and long-term purposes. To ensure you’re getting the most out of your storage unit, you want to carefully pick the storage unit that has the amenities you need to protect your items. However, selecting a good storage unit is only half the battle. For new renters that have never utilized self-storage before, knowing where to start can be stressful. Here are some informative tips to help you get started, so you don’t have to worry about your storage issues any longer. Generally, there are three phases of storing: choosing, packing, and moving. The following information will provide you with some tips and tricks to help you through each phase of your storing experience.  Choosing a Storage Unit  Do Your Research  First time renters may be able to take advantage of discounts or promotions. Explore facilities that are offering a free month’s rent or referral discounts. Do your research online for facilities in your neighborhood and look for the following elements: Remote and instant access services High-tech security features  Sites with a variety of unit sizes  Decide on a Size Determine a size that will best fit all your belongings. You can do this by making a list of everything you need to store and then contacting your facility of choice to decide on a unit that will comfortably fit it all. The last thing you want is to get a space that’s too large and lose money, but you also don’t want to get a space that’s too small and have to stress out over running out of space. Identify Whether You Need Additional Protection If you’re planning on storing any fragile or delicate items, you might want to choose a storage facility that offers additional protective amenities. For example, if you plan on storing wine or art, you’ll want to consider facilities with climate-controlled units. That way, you can keep your sensitive items at a consistent temperature year-round. Look for Insured Facilities Even if facilities are monitored, gated, and have ...


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August 19th, 2020


5 People Who Should Consider a Storage Unit

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While it’s true that people primarily rent storage units for moving purposes, that’s not always the case. People have transformed their storage units into grab-and-go workspaces, distribution centers, and even giant closets! As long as you follow the storage facility’s protocol, storage units can serve as the private space you’ve always wanted. Given this new perspective, you may be wondering if you would benefit from a storage unit. Although storage units can be of great use for anyone who’s looking for extra space, there are some that may find more value in it than others. Here are the top five people who should be considering a storage unit. College Students  When it comes time to move out of their dorms or apartments, college students usually need a temporary, affordable, and convenient space to store their belongings. Most college students traveling home or studying abroad don’t need to lug home unnecessary college furniture like: Mini fridges Sofas and futons Bedding and mattresses Decorations  When the end of the semester approaches, exams and study time increase. At the same time, students have to worry about getting all their belongings packed up in time for room inspections. Not only do they realize that they’ve accumulated more than they came with, but they can’t fit everything in their cars. Renting a cost-efficient storage unit close to campus can help college students alleviate the stress associated with transitional move-in and move-out phases while in school. Expecting Parents Parents expecting a baby are most likely trying to create a beautiful space for their newborn in their home or apartment. Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of an extra bedroom to use as a nursery. This means that certain possessions need to be packed and stored away to allocate room for their newborn’s necessities. A storage unit will be an excellent decision for parents looking to declutter or free up some space in their homes.  In addition, for parents planning for another child, a storage unit can be the perfect way to store baby items that aren’t ...


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August 17th, 2020


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