Signs You Have Too Much Stuff and Not Enough Storage

 

If you’ve lived in the city long, you know how expensive it is to rent an apartment or loft on your own. If you share your current residence with other people, you have even less space to work with. That doesn’t mean that you can’t display what you love, though. It does mean that you’ll have to be more selective in what you keep in your space and what you choose to put in storage.

Too Many Things to Hold Onto

Here are five signs that you have too much stuff and not enough storage:

You can’t enter or exit your area of the apartment or loft without knocking something over. There is a difference between convenience and clutter. If you knew that you could retrieve the storage bin you rented day and night, would you feel more comfortable renting one? What if you didn’t have to retrieve your belongings yourself and instead had them delivered to your residence? Could you justify paying $25 a month for storage?

You got boxes stacked on top of boxes of things. You’re not sure what’s in them but you know you have no room to store the contents unpacked. That’s why they remain where they are. You can’t part with them but you can’t display them, either.

You don’t remember the last thing your friend borrowed from you. Whatever it was, it can’t be too important. After all, wouldn’t you want it back right away? If your friend tells you that they have something of yours but you can’t recall the object, you’re likely lacking in the storage department and need an offsite bin to help you get organized.

You’ve filled every basket, bin, and tote that you own. There is not another place to store a thing. You’ve hidden away nearly everything you own and you just can’t squeeze another inch of space out of your living area. You’ve even rearranged things in an attempt to put another tote somewhere but you’re out of luck.

You’ve got the largest area of the apartment or loft to call your own but you still have no room to work out, study or entertain friends. It’s time to prioritize. If having your stuff at hand is more important than having space to move around, that’s your choice. If you rather be clutter-free, renting a storage bin is the option for you.

You don’t have to get rid of what you own to make more room in your small apartment. City dwellers know just how convenient it is to rent a bin from urBin Storage. For one low monthly fee, they can stow away half a closet’s worth of items safely and conveniently. If you’re looking to increase the space inside your shared apartment or loft, this is the way to go.

 

Donate What You Don’t Want to Keep

Family Circle suggests donating things that you’d rather not put in storage. It’s about blessing others with your abundance. You can give things away to a friend or opt to donate accepted items to a non-profit organization or thrift store.

The point is to only store items that mean something to you. If you’re holding onto something because you think it might help someone else, now is the time to give it to them. You don’t know how appreciative people are to be given an item they truly need.

U.S. News and World Report notes that certain items are tax deductible when donated to charity. This includes things as large as a sofa and as small as a pair of shoes. Keep in mind that donations must be itemized for them to count on your tax return.

 

 

 

Getting Ready for School

Getting Ready for School

With school in session once again, it’s time to consolidate your belongings so you’re better able to manage them. If you’re transitioning from one living space to the next and limited in the amount of square footage made available to you, it’s time to get real about what you need and what to stow away. Taking into consideration your current lifestyle and what it takes to make you comfortable gives you a starting point for packing and unpacking all the things you’ve brought to campus with you.

Factoring in weather conditions, what your roommate owns, and the amount of space you have left after accounting for furniture, appliances, and electronics gives you an idea of what you’ll want to place in a storage bin. The following list of suggestions helps you prepare for school without bringing too many things with you.

Consider Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

Deciding what clothing to bring with you to college is a big deal. It’s hard to know what you’ll feel like wearing with a busy schedule like yours. One of the easiest ways to tackle this issue is to create a capsule wardrobe full of items that you like and wear often.

A capsule wardrobe consists of 35 to 40 versatile garments. They’re usually solid in color with minimal pattern. This allows you to mix and match items with ease and create a number of outfits without having to buy new clothes to achieve a certain look.

Apartment Therapy states that instead of shopping the racks of a department store or boutique, you shop your own closet. This keeps you from buying things on a whim that you’ll need additional storage to keep. Bulkier items such as coats and parkas can be placed in an urBin and stored until you need to wear them.

Go Digital

If you love to read but just don’t have the space to keep books, consider buying an e-reader or downloading a digital book reading app on your tablet. This will allow you to free up space that wouldn’t be available if you fed your reading addiction with hardback or paperback books. A whopping 6,000 books can be stored on an 8GB Amazon Kindle device!

You can also download movies, music, magazines, and textbooks this way. It will prevent you from packing too much and ensure that you’re thoroughly entertained between classes. You can always buy hard copies of the things you really, truly love and store them elsewhere until you need them again.

Store Winter Clothing and Blankets Until You Need Them

If you don’t go back to your hometown on weekends, it’s difficult to retrieve items that you need through the colder months of the year. You may have brought plenty of blankets and winter clothing with you to help you get through the coldest months of the year. Why keep these items on hand when you aren’t going to use them right away?

Free up space in your residence by storing heavy covers and sweaters until the first frost occurs. You’ll have them close by when you need to retrieve them, but you don’t have to deal with the hassle of tucking them under the bed or in a corner during warmer weather months. If the space you’re in is minuscule, you don’t have to deal with clutter for the sake of being comfortable during the winter.

If you’ve found that you overestimated how much built-in storage you have in your dorm room or apartment, don’t fret. urBin offers affordable solutions for students just like you. For what it would cost to eat dinner and see a movie, you have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are carefully tucked away in storage where you can retrieve them anytime you want.

Top 6 Couches for Small Spaces

Just because your living room is on the smaller side doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Or comfort, for that matter. Everyone needs a good plushy couch to snuggle up on and binge-watch Netflix on the weekends, or evenings, or when you’re sick, or just lazy…you create the occasion, okay? But you don’t have to cram a big bulky sectional in there either. There are plenty of small options out there that will help you save on space and still make a statement. Just for you, we rounded up our top 7 favorite couches for small spaces. Maybe one of them will work for you!

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How to Organize Your Apartment in 5 Easy Steps

How to Organize Your Apartment in 5 Easy Steps

We’ve all been there. Organization is not always a top priority when you’re drowning in other tasks. It’s easy to fall behind and get comfortable with chaos. But if you’re ready to step things up and get organized, here are five steps to take (and they’ll help you stay organized too!):

1. De-clutter

The very first step you should take to seriously organize your apartment is to get rid of some things. The more junk you have, the harder it is to stay organized. Go room by room and decide what absolutely needs to stay, and what’s just taking up space. Make a bag for donation and a bag for garbage and lighten your load. You’ll find yourself with so much more space to work with—and less stuff to organize. Try putting some items into storage with UrBin Storage. They’ll come to you and store all your items in a safe place until you’re ready for them again. That way, you won’t have to say goodbye forever. And they’ll bring them back to you too!

2. Get Thrifty

The dollar store is your friend. They have everything you need to organize your apartment, and it’s affordable too. Stock up on baskets, tension rods, command hooks, and racks. These are the tools of the trade. Buy baskets in all sizes. You can use small ones to organize bathroom and kitchen drawers, and medium and large ones to organize your closets. Tension rods can be used for a plethora of things: hanging cleaning products, providing extra hanging storage in closets, and even as separators in your cabinets. Command hooks are just as handy. Use them on the inside of cabinets, the side of your fridge, or in your bathroom. Racks will help you organize particularly your kitchen and bathroom. Here are some links for inspiration on how to use your new tools:

30 Wonderful Ways to Organize your Life with Command Hooks 

Pantry Organizing Ideas

Perfect Use for that Cupboard Above your Fridge

Dollar Store Bathroom Drawer Organization

3. Invest in a Label Maker

Ah, the satisfaction that a label maker brings is like no other. Not only are labels pleasant to look at and extremely functional, they’re a huge help if you live in a multi-person home. They are constant little reminders to keep putting things in the right place, so you can stay organized no matter how chaotic your life is, and no matter how terrible the people you live with are at staying organized. They also make finding things significantly easier. Rather than searching around your cluttered home for items when you’re in a hurry, you’ll have everything clearly marked and easy to reach. Label drawers in your medicine cabinet, items in your pantry, the baskets in your linen closet—label everything. You won’t be disappointed.

4. Make the Most of Your Space

This one is a biggie. Most of us do not make the most of our space. Even if you live in a tiny one-bedroom apartment, you probably have more space than you realize. Use wall shelves to create vertical storage, utilize the backs of doors and cabinets, and squeeze small racks or sets of drawers into unexpected places. Give yourself the room to stay organized. Here are a few links that will help you make the most of your space:

Organized Linen Closet

Cleaning Tips – DIY Cleaning Closet

29 Sneaky Tips for Small Space Living

5. Get Smart

Items that work together stay together. Make sure when you’re organizing that you put items that you typically use together with each other, and put them close to where you use them. This way, you won’t leave items lying out when you’re finished with them because their storage place is out of reach, or in an inconvenient place.
We hope these tips help! Now go get organized!

Design Highlight: Contemporary Apartment Living

Design Highlight: Contemporary Apartment Living

Is it time to update your old digs and redesign your apartment? Playing around with different styles is a fun way to express yourself and make your home feel truly yours. Contemporary design is easy to pull off. Since it’s so simple, it’s relatively inexpensive to create, which is perfect for a rental where you don’t want to put too much time and money into painting the walls and filling it with knickknacks you’ll just have to move later.

So, if you’re ready for a simple, gorgeous apartment makeover, here’s what you need to know about contemporary apartment style:

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Clever Book Storage

Clever Book Storage

Calling all bibliophiles! Stacking your books up all over the floor of your bedroom and living room is relatively effective, sure, but what if we told you there is a better way? Actually, what if we told you there are multiple better ways? And that they include super comfy reading nooks and offer convenience and functionality like you’ve never seen it before? What if we listed a bunch in this article for you?

Here are some clever book storage techniques that might pique your interest:

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How to Get Your Small Space Ready For Summer

How to Get Your Small Space Ready For Summer

For most of us, the transition from spring into summer is a welcome one: no more dramatic weather variations, seasonal allergies, or school. You can walk outside without bundling up or getting drenched. Things are just easier. Why not maximize those easy-going summer vibes by prepping your home?

Here are some ways you can:

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