Downsizing a Senior’s Home

Downsizing a Senior's Home

 

Moving can be a stressful time for anyone. There are a lot of different tips and tricks to help make the moving experience easier for the entire family  including pets.

There are many reasons why people move from relocating for a new job, new school or opportunity, needing a larger home or downsizing to a smaller home. If you’ve made the decision that it’s the right time to consider downsizing your home, the thought of going through all your belongings and deciding what to keep and what to discard can make the process even more overwhelming. For senior citizens the decision to downsize can be a difficult decision. They might require moving to a smaller home due to many reasons ranging from health issues, cost of living or they can no longer keep up the maintenance of a large home. Regardless of whether seniors are moving into a smaller apartment, in with family, or into an assisted living facility, you will undoubtedly need to downsize and begin the chore of going through their belongings.

Downsizing a home for a senior can be both challenging and emotional for the senior as well as the family and friends helping with the move. There can be a lifetime of memories to sort through, which can be a daunting task. For many seniors, downsizing is an emotional task that brings physical challenges as well.  However, there are ways to start the process that can help make it far less daunting. Moving to a smaller apartment or condo can be a difficult task as it requires a lot of planning and sorting through personal belongings.

Tips for Downsizing Your Home

  1. Once decision to move to a smaller home has been made, the next step is to start to sort through the belongings. Unfortunately keeping everything is not an option for moving to the newer home. Just like with planning a regular move, a system should be created to make the downsizing process easier to handle.
  2. Make a list of what you need to do and when it needs to be completed. This will help keep the project organized and on task. You can also make lists of the things you know you want to keep, things to give to family members, and things you can donate or sell.
  3. Do not attempt to go through everything in one day. Go through room by room. If possible, move your items to your new home before the official moving day. This will help to eliminate doing it all at one time and will allow the family to see how much space there is for other items. Don’t forget to go through the attic, basement, and closets. These could be items that can be quickly sorted.
  4. Getting family members and friends involved in the sorting and moving process. Loved ones can help make decisions and can help designate items for family members. This will allow the senior to know that the items are going to a place where they’ll continue to be well cared for.
  5. Know the plan or layout of your new home. This will help you know what furniture you can bring along and how much storage space you’ll have access to. You can figure out where your belongings will be placed ahead of time to make the moving day less stressful for everyone.

Downsizing and Self Storage

Part of the moving and downsizing process should be to determine which items can be stored, donated, given away to family members, sold or thrown away. Renting a storage unit close to the new home is a great idea. Belongings that need to be kept, but will not fit in the smaller home can easily be stored in a storage unit and the senior can still have access to their items at the storage unit. Storing the items in the storage unit will also give the senior and family members more time to sort through items. Magellan Storage  has  7 location in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas with a variety of storage options from climate controlled to non-climate controlled to RV and boat storage. Our storage professionals can help solve your downsizing storage needs.

Los Angeles Labor Day 2015 Festivals, Fairs and Events

Labor Day Events in LALabor Day is an annual celebration of American workers. It is celebrated on the first Monday in September as a day off for all American workers. The holiday started by reformers who were fighting for laborers against the extreme working conditions during the industrial revolution during the late 1880s. The new labor laws allowed the workers and reformers to join together to improve working conditions for all ages. Labor Day was established as an official holiday in 1887 in Oregon and then more states agreed to the legislation. By the end of the 1894, Congress declared the first Monday in September as a national holiday to give laborers a day off. Today, Labor Day is celebrated as the “unofficial last day of summer” with picnics, parades and fireworks displays.

There are many things to do over Labor Day weekend in the Los Angeles area from cultural festivals to county fairs:

Los Angeles County Fair

The Los Angeles County Fair  starts Labor Day weekend and runs until September 27th.  The fair is held at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. There will be entertainment, carnival rides, livestock competitions and exhibitions, gardening exhibitions, food, horse racing, vendors and much more. You can find the daily schedule of events on the fair’s website. There are many attractions including “Popnology” where visitors can learn about science fiction to science fact, Luminasia, a display of larger-than-life Asian themed lanterns and the farm where visitors can learn about sustainable living, heathy eating and crop growing.

Fiesta Hermosa

The 43rd Annual Fiesta Hermosa takes place September 5th to 7th in downtown Hermosa. This event features 300 artisans including painters, sculptures, photographers, crafters, jewelers and much more! There will be entertainment featuring the best in classic rock and tribute bands on two stages at the festival. Kids will enjoy the “Kiddie Carnival” with a 30 foot slide, climbing wall, pony rides, petting zoos and more!

Orange International Street Fair

Downtown Orange, California transforms into the Orange International Street Fair Labor Day weekend. The Fair opens Friday afternoon at 5pm.  Four city streets are blocked off with a craft fair around the traffic circle in old town Orange. Each nation is then represented on a different street, where you can see ethnic entertainment, taste great food and visit the vendors. There are 9 stages for international entertainment including the Irish, Greek, German, Mexican, Polynesian, English and All-American Stages. There are also family and children’s activities throughout the fair.

The Taste

The Los Angeles Times annual food and wine festival, The Taste,  takes place Friday, September 4th to Sunday, September 6th at the Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood. Event goers can taste the dishes from local, regional, national and worldwide chefs! There are cooking and food seminars and demonstrations throughout the weekend. The tickets go quickly, so buy your tickets in advance for this event.

Buskerfest

Buskerfest, one of Long Beach’s famous music festivals, is on Saturday, September 5th from 5pm to 11pm at the East Village Arts District. Local and regional band play “unplugged” on the back of flatbed trucks at 4 designated stages for wooden nickels. It is a great competition between bands and a great way to end the summer.

Ehula Mau

Ehula Mau is a celebration of Hawaiian culture including a hula and chant competition. The events take place September 4th to 6th at the Terrace Theater and Plaza in Long Beach. There will also be arts and crafts workshops and island food. The festival is free, but special performances, seminars and competitions will have a special fee.

Queen Mary Shoreline Jam and Art Deco Festival

There are two vastly different events taking place at the Queen Mary over Labor Day weekend. First is the Art Deco Festival , on September 4th to 7th. This weekend trip back in time features entertainment, food, drink and artwork on the Queen Mary, which has one of the largest Art Deco collections in the world. Outside the Queen Mary, is the Queen Mary Shoreline Jam,  running September 5th and 6th. This festival features top performers in reggae, hip-hop and alternative music. There are also beach games, food and other events.

Magellan Storage  is very proud to be a part of the Los Angeles and Orange County communities. Our offices will be closed on Labor Day, but you can still access your storage units during gate access hours. Magellan Storage wishes you a safe and happy Labor Day weekend!

School Year Storage Ideas for College Students

Storage Tips for College Students

It is hard to believe that it is back to school time! Universities and colleges in the Los Angeles area will be starting back to school in a few weeks.  As usual, the summer went by way too quickly!  Some local colleges start their classes very soon!  Irvine Valley College is the first to get started back to school with the fall semester starting August 17th. Orange Coast College  in Costa Mesa starts classes on August 23rd.  Students at Concordia University in Irvine head back to class on August 24th.  University of Southern California (USC)  also starts classes on August 24th. The University of California  in Irvine starts back on September 21stCalifornia State University in Los Angeles  will start their classes on September 24th and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) students and faculty will also start classes on September 24th.

College students have different challenges than elementary and high school kids.  Freshman year for college students is a year of new experiences, challenges and adjustments. One of the biggest challenges for incoming college students is adjusting to sharing a dorm room with one or more roommates. Dorm rooms can be very small, some averaging only 300 square feet, so any type of storage space needs to be optimized. When there is little room for storage in a dorm, a great year-round college student storage solution is renting a self storage unit.  A self storage unit is a terrific year-round student storage solution for extra furniture, bedding, books, athletic equipment and seasonal clothing that does not fit in the small amount of space in a dorm room.

College students actually start off their school year with a limited amount of personal belongings, but gather more “stuff” as the school year (and years) progress. There are many college freshman school checklists that can help a new student (and their parents) prepare for the start of the school year with a minimum amount of items.  The list does include under the bed storage bins, which are great out-of-the-way storage options. But, as the student accumulates more items, they will run out of storage room much quicker. Instead of having a cluttered dorm room, a great storage option is to rent a storage unit.

Most self storage facilities, including Magellan Storage, rent their storage units on a month-by-month basis, which is perfect for students who are on a budget. Magellan Storage facilities offer specialized state-of-the-art systems and digital keypad access to the facilities giving students the peace of mind that their belongings are secure while in storage.  Also, Magellan Storage has climate controlled storage units, which can protect student art projects and artwork, musical instruments or sporting equipment that will not fit in a small dorm room.

Magellan Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes from 5’x5’ to 10’x30’ to cover any student’s storage needs. Depending on the size of the rented storage unit, students can place belongings ranging from books to loveseats in their storage unit. Students can also rent a larger storage unit and share the space with friends who have the same storage dorm room limitations! Storage units are perfect to store excess furniture, kitchen ware, seasonal clothing, mattresses and books. Stop by our Los Angeles and Orange County locations  to see how we can help college students with their year round storage needs.

How to De-Clutter Your Closet in 10 Easy Steps

Closet organization tips

It has been unbearably hot this summer in the Los Angeles area, but the change of season is soon upon us. Hopefully, that will bring some much needed temperature relief! With the change in seasons, it also brings on the change in wardrobe. Before the fall and winter shopping begins, now is a good time to reorganize and de-clutter your closet. Going into the new season with an organized closet will help you find the items that you want to wear easier and quicker.

Tips for De-Cluttering a Closet

Depending on the size of the home or apartment, storage space could be pretty limited. In fact, there usually are more things to store than there is available storage space. That is why it is important to have an organized and clutter free closet. Cleaning your closet clutter on regular basis is key to maximizing your storage space.

  1. As with any decluttering project,  only work on one room at a time. It is much easier to get one closet organized than trying to do 3 at one time.
  2. Remove any item that doesn’t belong in the particular closet and put it in its proper home. For example, you wouldn’t want to have paper towels stored in a bedroom closet!
  3. If you are struggling through cleaning out your closet, many experts recommend having a friend help you decide what items to keep or to get rid of. An “outside” opinion on the items in the closet will help you keep on track for your de-cluttering project.
  4. The first step of the decluttering project is to remove all items from the closet that you are going to reorganize. Put all of the items in a certain area of the room, (such as on and around the bed.) Removing the items allows you to see everything that you have placed into the closet allowing you to assess the items easier.
  5. Inventory the items that you currently have in your closet. Do you really need 4 black cardigans or 5 pairs of black pumps?
  6. The next step is the hardest part of the entire de-cluttering project: deciding what items to keep, donate, store or throw away. We can be very attached to the clothing and accessories that we have. The rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn something in a year, then you won’t wear it. It is time to get rid of it. If the piece of clothing is too big or small, don’t continue to keep it because you think you will wear it again. It will most likely just continue to take up space in your closet.
  7. Set aside damaged items that need to be repaired including purses, shoes and clothing.
  8. After sorting through the items that you are keeping in your closet, categorize them into “like” groupings like shoes, scarves, hats, or by season. Create your own categories and stick with them. Utilize all the storage space in the closet including shelving and the floor. There are great closet door storage ideas for shoes or accessories at stores such as The Container Store  or Home Depot.  Clear plastic bins are the preferred closet storage solution because you can see the items that you are storing. Label the boxes with the items that you are storing.
  9. Before you start put your categorized and organized items back in the closet, do a good cleaning of the closet space by dusting shelves and sweeping, mopping or vacuuming the floors. If you have the time, refresh the paint in the closet.
  10. As you are putting the items back in the closet, put the most frequently used items within reach. These items should have “prime” space in the closet. If you have room, put the “off-season” items towards the back of the closet and rotate every season.

The more often that you declutter and organize your closet, the easier the task will become. Instead of doing the closet clean once a year, do weekly decluttering of your closet. Put a bag or box in your closet to hold items that you can donate during a weekly cleaning. Once the box or bag is full, take it to the donation center and start the process all over again. If you need to keep the item for future use, then consider placing in a self storage unit.

If you do not have enough room for storing the excess items, then it is time to place your excess household belongings in storage. Self storage is a great place to store seasonal clothing and accessories. Just remember to wash the clothes before storage, so they will be fresh to use during the upcoming season. Magellan Storage offers a variety of storage unit sizes that can fit any storage need. Stop in to any of our 6 Los Angeles and Orange County locations to find out how we can help with storing items from your closet reorganization project!

 

 

10 Tips for Starting of the New School Year In The Right Way

Back to School in LA

It is back to school season!  The schools in Los Angeles and Orange Counties will be heading back-to-school now until early September. The Los Angeles Unified School District will be the first to head back to school on August 18th.  The Irvine United School District  starts back to school on August 26th. The Newport Mesa Unified School District students start back to school after Labor Day on September 8th. The Torrance Unified School District  is the last group of students in the area to go head back to school on September 10th.  For the next few weeks, school aged kids and parents are getting ready for back to school.  Back to school supplies and clothes are being bought and school year schedules are being set up. There are many things that families need to do to get ready for going back to school.

 

Back to School Tips for Families

If you are a parent with a child going to school for the first time or if you are a veteran of “first days”, it is important to be properly prepared for the beginning of the school year. Below are a few tips to make the first weeks of school smoother for everyone in the family.

 

  1. Get a good night’s sleep! Start going to bed 10 minutes early at least a week before school starts so the child will be adjusted to “school time” before the first day of school.
  2. Develop the back to school routine that includes morning, after-school homework and evening activities. Allow the child time directly after school to “decompress” and play before delving into homework.
  3. Designate a “homework only” area in the home. The area should be a clean flat surface with good lighting and be free from distractions from TV, video games, friends and other family members. Homework supplies (pencils, paper, glue sticks, etc.,) should be placed on a shelf near the homework spot, so a child can easily grab what they need.
  4. Prepare for the first day of school the night before. For younger children, pick out your first day outfit and have it sitting out ready for the next morning. If the child is going to a new school, take a trip to the school before the first day, so the child feels more comfortable with their new surroundings. Pack all of the school supplies for the first day in the backpack.
  5. Pack a healthy lunch the night before each school day. Don’t forget to include a mid-day snack with the lunch for the mid-day “lulls”.
  6. Have a designated spot to put backpacks every day when the school day is over. Parents and children should go through the backpack together in order to get homework assignments, notes from the school and any other information. Make sure that completed assignments get placed in the backpack every evening. For the first day, have all school forms, including permission slips, health forms and school supply lists completed and organized in a folder in the backpack.
  7. Create a family calendar of all events, play dates, and big homework assignments that are due in the first quarter of school. Post this calendar in a place where the entire family can see and reference it. Start the year off with good study and work habits. Students should write down work assignments and be able to keep track and finish all homework on time.
  8. Start school with a positive attitude. This is important with both children and parents. If parents reflect a positive attitude to their children, then that will help their children be positive on their first days.
  9. Be involved in school. Join activities, sports and groups in school. This will help new students acclimate better to the new school.
  10. Attend back-to-school open houses and “meet the teacher” events and parent/teacher conferences. Have an open communication channel with the child’s teacher via email or in person conference.

 

Magellan Storage wishes everyone a great new school year!

Nisei Week 2015

2015 Nisei Week

 

Japanese culture, history, entertainment and food are celebrated every year during Nisei Week in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles.   This year, the festivities for Nisei Week start August 15th and continue to August 23rd.  Nisei Week was first celebrated in 1934. World War II stopped the celebrations for a few years, but they started up again and the festival is celebrating its “diamond jubilee” or 75th anniversary this year. The theme of this year’s Nisei Week is “Let the Good Times Roll”, celebrating the rich history of the Nikkei and Issei cultures in Southern California. The events are sponsored and put on by the Nisei Week Foundation, a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers, whose mission is to promote Japanese and Japanese American heritage and traditions through arts and cultural education.

The festival kicks off Friday, August 14th with the opening ceremonies of the Tanabata (Star) Festival. The actual Tanabata Festival starts Saturday, August 15th at 11am. The festival includes a parade of beautifully colored handmade Tanabata Kazari (paper ornament streamers) made by over 3,000 Japanese and Japanese American community members. This is all part of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival that takes place August 15th, 16th and 22nd and 23rd at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) building. The festivities include free outdoor entertainment, taiko drums, Japanese dancers, martial arts, musical performances, children’s activities, cultural exhibits, food and much more. To find out more information about the events during the eight-day festival, check out the website.

One of the highlights of Nisei Week is the Grand Parade. The parade takes place August 16th in Little Tokyo at 5:30pm. The parade is led by the 2015 Grand Marshal, Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s Restaurants and Parade Marshal Kenny Endo, legendary taiko master. The parade will feature Japanese ondo dancing, taiko drum performers, local community groups, elected officials and the newly crowned Nisei Week Queen and her court. A rare treat for this year’s parade is the specially designed Nebuta float made of wood, special colored paper and hundreds of LED lights. These types of floats are typically a part of the annual Aomori, Japan Nebuta Festival, one of the largest and most popular parades in Japan. Look for this float towards the end of the parade.

One of the main events during Nisei Week is the Nikkei Games.   The competitions and events for the Nikkei games started July 19th and will run through August 30th. The Nikkei Games originated in 1928 as the Junior Olympics sponsored by the Japanese Athletic Union. After World War II, the games changed their name to the Relays with larger track events and participation of the Japanese communities. The Relays lasted until 1992 and were revitalized in 1994 into the Nikkei Games.  The games include track and field events, a karate tournament, martial arts demonstrations, basketball, softball, volleyball and golf tournaments and Taiko group demonstrations. The events are held at California State University, Long Beach and other venues throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.

There are so many events during Nisei Week 2015 that shine a spotlight on Japanese American culture and the historic Little Tokyo area. The JACCC Building will be the focus for displays of traditional Japanese and Japanese American arts during Nisei Week.  Other events will also be taking place at the Japanese American National Museum, and the Centenary United Methodist Church. The exhibitions include Ikebana, traditional Japanese flower arrangements, Japanese tea ceremony, Kimekomi Japanese hand-crafted dolls, Sashiko Japanese Needlecraft and much more.

Magellan Storage is proud to have our downtown facility at 801 Commercial Street  close to Little Tokyo! See you at the Nisei Week events!

Garage Sale 101

Garage Sale 101

 

Garage Sales are popular in the Los Angeles area throughout the year. But, traditionally these sales happen in the spring and summer, especially when a homeowner is getting ready to move or just went through a spring cleaning and organizing project.  If you had stored the items that you want to sell temporarily in a storage unit until you scheduled a garage sale, now is the time to remove the items from storage and get organized for the sale day.

Start doing research to find out if other homes in your neighborhood are doing garage sales at the same time as you are. If other houses on the street are doing one, it could be a good idea to do a combined sale to draw more potential customers. Once you have done your research, decide on the day of the garage sale. Garage sales can be held for multiple days (usually Thursday, Friday and Saturday), but usually Saturdays are the best day of the week to hold them. The items that are sold the most at garage sales are: collectibles, tools and sports equipment.

In order to have a successful garage sale, you need to be prepared and organized. Below are a few tips to make your garage sale is profitable:

Advertise Online and Offline:  Use all available outlets for advertising your garage sale such as social media, local newspapers, craigslist and hanging flyers up in local businesses. If you are selling larger, more expensive items, place their photos, descriptions and cost on craigslist the week before your sale to drum up attention and early potential buyers. Have your family help you make signage for the garage sale to put at the end of the street and at close by intersections.

Setting Up Your Garage Sale For Optimum Sales:  It is important to start prepping as early as possible for your garage sale. Gather materials that you will need for your sale such as poster board, colored price stickers, masking tape, Ziploc bags, markers a money box or aprons, (with pockets for change), for you and your helpers. Save newspapers for wrapping fragile or delicate items. Have plastic bags and boxes on-hand to allow your customers to easily carry away their new items.  On the day of the sale, have plenty of singles, fives and change for your money box. One person should be designated as being in charge of the money box.

Make sure that the items you are putting in your garage sale are clean and not damaged or broken. Try not to put items on the ground, put them in nice displays with like items on a table or a shelf. Put the larger, better looking items towards the street, so people can see them as they drive by. Use nice crates, sturdier boxes & shelving units to display your items. Hang clothing on a rack instead of folding. Use bags to place loose parts of toys, games, and collections together. Have electric outlets available so customers can try plugging in an appliance or lamp. Have batteries available to test out toys or remote-controlled items.

Pricing Your Items: The prices for each of the items should be clearly marked with sticker price tags or with a general sign stating the price. Price the items in round numbers starting with a quarter.  Do not over-price your sale items. Price the items a bit higher for those people who want to haggle, but still low enough to entice buyers. If it is late in the day on the last day of your sale and you still have a lot to sell, then try slashing the prices to 50% off.

Good Customer Service Goes a Long Way: Being friendly with the people who are shopping at your garage or yard sale is the most important component in having a successful garage sale. Greet people when they walk up to the sale and say “Thank You” and “Goodbye” when they leave. If you are selling children’s items, have a table for the kids to color or do crafts while their parent’s shop the sale. If it is a hot day, have cold water on hand to purchase or give out.

What To Do With The Leftovers? Remember that you were having the garage sale to help clear out the clutter in your home! After the sale, donate or throw away any of the items that you did not sell. You do not want to put the items back into your home. If you do still have some items that you have to keep, then consider returning the items to the storage unit or renting a new self storage unit.

If you follow these simple steps, you can have a successful garage sale! Magellan Storage has 6 locations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties to serve any storage need from RV and boat storage to business and personal storage needs.

Take a trip to the 2015 Orange County Fair

Orange County Fair 2015

 

It is county fair time. The Orange County Fair is back at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California.  For 2015, The Orange County Fair is hosting “One Big Party” to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Orange County Fair. The fair runs July 17th to August 16th with events including concerts, extreme motor sports, demolition derbies, agriculture competitions and much more!  The Orange County Fair welcomes over 1.3 million visitors during the 23 days that it is open. The hours of the Orange County Fair are Wednesday to Friday noon to midnight and Saturday and Sunday 10am to midnight.

 

There is entertainment and events at the multiple stages throughout the fair from musical performances to extreme rodeos to even motor home demolition derby! The concerts and special events at the Action Sports Arena, Pacific Amphitheater and The Hangar will have an additional cost.  The Pacific Amphitheater is hosting the Toyota Summer Concert Series during the fair.  You can see everything from classic performers to new bands including Willie Nelson, The Band Perry and Steve Miller Band. The Hangar Theater will feature rock, pop and R&B tribute bands. There is also free entertainment at various stages throughout the fairgrounds.

There are many exhibits and activities at the Orange County Fair. There are carnival rides and games for the entire family. You can buy tickets for the rides at booths throughout the fair. The Centennial Farm, a 4 acre year-round agriculture educational exhibit, is dedicated to agricultural education and showcasing California’s rich agricultural history. There are milking demonstrations, beekeepers, exotic fruit growers, as well as information on how to have a water-wise garden. There are many exhibition buildings for garden, floral, livestock, visual arts, culinary arts, handcrafts, hobbies and wine competition. There will be a Junior Livestock Auction on July 25th by the 4-H and Future Farmers of American clubs. The animals that will be auctioned off include turkeys, market swine, calves, goats, beef and rabbits.

There are many special events for the 125th anniversary year. There will be a Cattle Drive on August 8th. Cowboys and cowgirls will escort over 100 head of cattle through the streets of Costa Mesa to the Orange County Fair! To cool down during the summer heat, visit “Fairenheit 32 Degrees” for an ice skating rink, ice sculptures, and more. Check out the daily schedule of events on the website, so you can plan your trip to the fair. Each weekend, learn about wine at the Courtyard Wine Seminars.

Many vendors from great fair food to home improvement organizations will be represented at the fair. Every Friday afternoon from noon to 4pm during the fair, you can do $2.00 tastings samples of many of the food vendors.  This is a great way to taste all the great fair food!

Magellan Storage is very proud to be a part of the Costa Mesa community. Stop by our Costa Mesa location as well as our other Los Angeles and Orange County locations for all of your storage needs.

Unpacking Tips for Moving Day

Moving Day Tips

Moving days are always stressful; however, if you are organized and have created a strategy for your packing and your actual moving day, things will run more smoothly. The major decisions of renting a moving truck and having friends and family or Movers help you move has been made. The packing process is well under way and you are prepared for the big moving day.  Once moving day has arrived, it is crucial to pack the truck correctly to utilize every space and to protect your belongings during transit.

Once you have arrived at your new home, it is just as important to be organized when unloading your moving truck and starting the unpacking process.  While it can be done with two people, the more people helping, the quicker the move will be completed. As the homeowner, you should be the moving day coordinator. Let the people moving the items know what rooms furniture goes in as well as keep a running inventory of the items that are going into your new home compared against the items that were put on the moving truck.

A key point to remember is that the unpacking process does not have to be done in one day. The essentials should be unpacked first and then take your time with the other items in each room. Remember, it isn’t a race to get things set up. It might seem like a daunting task, but if you take breaks and give yourself time, you will be fully moved into your new home before you know it. Below are tips for unloading the moving truck and unpacking on your moving day.

  1. Make sure that doorways and hallways are big enough to allow you to move your items into the home or into room. Clear any obstructions or debris that will get in the way of movers in order to create a safe pathway from the truck to the house.
  2. When you are packing for your move, it is important to label boxes with their contents and the rooms where they belong. On moving day, place these boxes into their proper rooms.
  3. Take inventory of your items as they are being unloaded from the truck to make sure that nothing has been broken or lost. If using a moving company for your move, keep a detailed list of the damaged items to give to the moving company for insurance purposes.
  4. Have a plan for where you want to place large furniture and appliances in rooms before unloading the moving truck. Place the larger furniture in the room first, then put together beds and tables.
  5. Open the “open first” boxes to get to the items that you will need for unpacking and starting to set up your new home. This will include extension cords, tools, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning equipment, and garbage bags.
  6. Install and check appliances.  If the appliances are gas-powered, then have a professional do the installation.
  7. After the furniture has been loaded into the home, then it is time to start unpacking by room. First, start unpacking the kitchen. Have a plan set on where you want to put the items that you use every day. These should be easily within reach. The items that are not used daily can wait to be unpacked.
  8. The second room that needs to be unpacked is the bathroom. Set up the bathroom including hanging shower curtains, unpacking toiletries and putting toilet paper and soap into place.
  9. The living room and bedrooms should be unpacked next. Set up the closet organization first and then the rest of the room. Have children help unpack their bedrooms and decide where they want to place certain items.
  10. Make sure to designate boxes and items that will need to be moved to a self storage unit. These can be transferred from the moving truck before it has to be returned. Self storage is a great storage solution for items that you need to keep, but no longer have room for in your new home.

 

By following simple moving and packing steps, you can fit everything that you need to in your moving truck and make the moving and unpacking experience much easier. Select Magellan Storage facilities offers a free move-in moving truck  to move your items from your home to your Magellan Storage storage unit. The moving truck is air-conditioned and has automatic transmission to help make your moving experience much easier. Good Luck with your move!

Be Safe this Fourth of July

Fireworks Safety TipsFourth of July will be a long weekend of picnics with friends and family, parades, fireworks and trips to the beach. The holiday is always a lot of fun, but it can also be very dangerous due to mishandling and misuse of fireworks, improper grilling techniques and unsafe beach practices. There are many Fourth of July celebrations in the Los Angeles area from parades, festivals and fireworks displays.  Magellan Storage wants to keep your family safe this holiday weekend by sharing a few fireworks, grilling  and beach safety tips to keep your family and home safe!

Beach Safety Tips

Many families will be heading to the many great beaches on the Pacific Ocean during the long holiday weekend.  There are a few simple tips to remember when you spend large amounts of time at the beach that even the avid beach goer should remember.

  • Only swim in a lifeguarded beach within a designated swimming area. These areas are roped off for safety reasons.
  • Keep alert for local weather conditions. Storms can move in off shore very quickly.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Young children should always wear a coast guard approved life jacket.
  • Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10am and 4pm. If you are outside during these times, always wear sunscreen starting at SPF 15, if you are fairer skinned, then go with higher SPFs.
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeine and alcohol when outside in hot weather.

 

Fireworks Safety Tips

The Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted a study during the weeks surrounding July 4th to measure the extent of injuries caused by fireworks. The study found that 230 people on average go to the emergency room during that time with fireworks related injuries with over 50% of these injuries listed as burns. 74% of those injured were men and 23% were women! The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) put out a report stating that more fires were reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year! Fireworks accidents account for 2 out of 5 of these reported fires. In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires causing over $32 million in damage. It is recommended to attend public fireworks shows put on by professionals.  If you do plan on setting off fireworks, there are important fireworks safety tips that need to be followed.

  • Obey all local laws pertaining to fireworks and displaying fireworks.
  • Keep children and pets at least 500 feet away from where fireworks are being shot off.
  • Keep pets indoors if you are setting off fireworks. They could become agitated with the sights, sounds, and smells of fireworks.
  • Only use fireworks outside. Point fireworks away from homes. Keep fireworks away from trees and brush as these materials are extremely flammable.
  • Have a hose, a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher on hand for emergency situations. Soak all of the fireworks after use in a bucket of water before throwing them in a metal thrash can.
  • Light one firework at a time. Never relight a dud firework. Make sure to properly dispose of the dud firework in water before depositing in a metal container.
  • If you are using sparklers, it is important to hold on tight to the sparklers when in use. Do not use sparklers while sitting down and never throw them when they are lit.

Grilling Safety Tips

According to another report by the National Fire Protection Association between 2007 and 2011, there was an average of 8,800 home and outside fires.  It is very important to be prepared and safe when using both propane and charcoal grills.

  • Propane and charcoal barbeque grills should only be used outdoors. The grill should be placed away from the home, deck railings and overhanging branches. Clear away flammable debris that is near the area where the grill is placed. Make sure that the grill is placed in a well-ventilated area and is firmly in place and cannot be tipped over.
  • Never leave a grill unattended when it is in use.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill at all times.
  • If you have to start a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid to enhance or start the fire. Do not add any other flammable fluids to the fire. When you are finished using the charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before deposing them in a metal container.
  • For propane tank grills use, check the tank and hoses for leaks before using the grill for the first time of the season. If you smell gas while cooking on the grill, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill!
  • Use long-handled utensils when cooking on a grill to avoid burns and splatters.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing near the open flame of a grill. Use flame –retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents and grills.

 

Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!