Steal This! Professional Organizers Tricks

 

Organizing your home can be tricky. Sometimes, you just do not have time or you do not know how to keep your abode organized. But, there is a way out. Take it straight from professional organizers themselves.

Nothing disorients one’s mind like a disorganized home. It prevents you from enjoying your house and bars you from inviting friends in. However, home organizing does not have to be a nightmare. All you need is to learn the tricks used by professional organizers. Below are some tips to help you keep your house tidy and welcoming:

Sort items in piles

Before you embark on organizing your home or apartment, consider placing all the items in piles. In case of clothing, sort the items in terms of frequency of use. For instance, keep seasonal clothes in one pile and the regular ones in the other. In addition, remove all the clothes that you do not intend to use. You will have to discard them later on safely.

Always aim to declutter rather than create more space

Prior to going out to buy some more storage containers, it is important to sort out and discard what you do not want.  Placing more bins in your home indiscriminately, will only add more clutter. This can make home organizing, more exciting.

Sell or give what you do not fancy or need any more

It is understandable how you are attached to those keepsakes. Some of them have been passed over generations and you just cannot give them away. However, if you really want to maintain an organized home, you do not have a choice.  Sell them or give them to friends or family or you might also consider donating to charities.

Invest in organizers

Be it in the bathroom or the kitchen, you will need these handy equipments, to make organizing your home easier.  There are varieties of organizers in the market; you can buy at affordable prices.  They
will help you to hold various items and prevent them from cluttering.

Create a schedule

Home organizing is not easy and it can be overwhelming.  However, a schedule can make things a bit smooth. Make a plan of your cleaning and organizing activities, such that you do not leave anything undone. It is important that you follow it to the letter.

You do not need an expert to organize your home and neither do you have to live in a disorganized home. Steal these tricks from professional organizers so you can enjoy a more Livible home.

Moving Tips for Easing the Process


Moving? You’re looking forward to an exciting new home base, yet dreading the process that takes you there. The cleaning, the planning, the packing…there is just TOO MUCH work to do! Don’t stress – we’ve come up with a list of moving tips to help ease the process!

Label, label, label

Make sure your boxes are labeled correctly! You wouldn’t want to end up putting a heavy box in an upstairs bedroom that was really meant for your basement, and have to relocate it. Save your lower back!

Write it down

You should write down the items that are in each and every box. That will help you out if you need something last minute and haven’t had time to unpack the entire house! We recommend using red duct tape to indicate the most important boxes.

Fragile

Worried about your breakables? You can use linens or other soft things that you’re already packing to wrap up and safeguard your fragiles from breaking. We don’t however, recommend using your linens to wrap up your furniture just in case they do get stained during the move.

Wrap it up

Plastic wrap is your BFF! Consider covering the top of cosmetic bottles with plastic wrap and an elastic band to avoid spilling your favourite lotions and potions.

Last but not least

Which room to pack last? Make sure to leave the kitchen to the end. That way you can still enjoy the amenities of a home cooked meal during the crazy packing hours!

When it’s time to get packing, remember that Livible is your friend! If you’ve got limited space in your moving van or car, consider packing some things up with us. We’ll deliver the boxes, you pack up using our clever Livible App to help take pictures and label the contents and we can take them from your old home to your new home.

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7 Tips to Minimize Clutter in a Small Space

Owning a small apartment and managing things perfectly in it is an art itself. Not many people succeed in managing clutter. Here are 7 ways to take care of all the mess and minimize clutter with ease:

Minimize Clutter
  1. Own What You Need
    This is kind of an obvious point but yet very important. One needs to own less in order to have to manage less. Try to purge as much as you can. Keep things that are important to you and let go of things that are of no use anymore because the less you own the less you have to take care of. Things that are not needed anymore can go to the Goodwill pile and that way you will get more space for your stuff.
  2. Fix A Place For Everything
    When there will be a place fixed for everything, there is no chance of you living in a cluttered apartment. If things do not have a fixed place then they either lay on the floor or on the table or anywhere inappropriate which contributes to creating mess. Consider sneaky storage places if your apartment is not too big to store everything you wish to keep.
  3. Keep Extra Spaces
    Clutter keeps on expanding, slowly and sneakily without you even noticing. That is when extra spaces come in handy. While fixing places, always keep extra spaces empty for future use to keep things that do not have a fixed place. This way, things won’t clutter or float around; pick up if you see anything floating around and put in the extra space without reorganizing your whole apartment.
  4. Make Walls Useful
    Organizers and shelves that hang on walls are something you should really consider having. They just hang there and keep your stuff and do not occupy much space, apparently. If you own anything that exists in three-dimensional space then you have the option of hanging it on the wall somehow. Try hanging storage spaces about things, like a dresser or above a little cupboard so that it does not look odd or out of place.
  5. Avoid Transparent Storage
    Prefer storing your things in drawers, cabinets with doors and boxes that do not have the property of seeing through them. Storing things in clear boxes only looks good in stores where everything else is also unusually perfect and more than managed. Actual human beings do not live in fairy houses and their possessions are not all too beautiful. Therefore keeping things hidden also makes them look managed.
  6. Don’t Let It Flood
    Clutter does not just appear out of nowhere. It comes from the front door just like you do. As said before, it expands without you noticing. Solution to this is creating a landing strip near the door; it doesn’t take much space and is a great way to control clutter.
  7. Outsource your storage
    If you have something that you don’t want to trash out and is planning to use only once or twice a year, like holiday decorations, winter clothes, kayak or even bike, consider putting it in Livible. You may be surprised at how affordable and convenient it is. Just download the app to get started. And don’t think of it as spending more to store your stuff. By temporarily storing your things away, you are increasing your living space and you’ll realize it’s all worth it.

6 Things Better Kept in Storage when Selling your Home

When you place an ad for selling your home, you need to see what
elements does a prospective buyer needs to see in your house which means you have to let go emotional attachment and create a new ‘show home’. To make it appealing, here is a list of six things that are better kept in a temporary storage rather than on display when selling your home.

Selling your Home

 

The old armchair

In almost every home is one scruffy, old armchair. These armchairs take up some considerable space and gather an awkward position in the room. It is important to create space that can be lived in but all unnecessary items should be put away, including your old armchair.

 

Old clothes

Buyers like to snoop around the house to see how tidy the seller is. The
problem when selling your home is we all leave clothes hanging in our cupboards that we do not wear and never even plan of wearing again. We think that a complete evacuation is unnecessary, but for the time your property is on the market you will not need more than 50% of the clothes hanging in your cupboard.

 

Personal Pictures and Souvenirs

To make the place feel welcoming, a few carefully hung pictures or artwork can be put around. However, the buyer might not be interested in seeing your old family photos or pictures of your trips. Instead, clear your place with these items and perhaps replace it with a potted plant or
candles.

 

Some kitchen appliances

There are appliances in the kitchen that are used infrequently and just
keep lying. To give your kitchen some perspective, it is better to have an
uninterrupted working area with only few useful items. It would be ideal
not to stuff your kitchen with unused appliances as the buyer can snoop in
it and may think that the kitchen lacks space.

 

Tools

The type of tools lying around the house depends on the type of household
you live in. Whether it is a well maintained house or not, the fact is that
if there are still things that need to be fixed in your house, then it shouldn’t be on the market. Put away the tools somewhere safe and instead project a spacious and well maintained house.

Selling your Home

 

Bikes

Seattle has ever since opened up its streets to people biking and having
one in your house is logical. But having your bike lurking around when a
potential buyer scans your house may not necessarily leave a good
impression. Never let your bike be the first sight that catches the buyer.
Find some place keep your bike to make space in your home’s entrance.

To sum things up, focus on eliminating distractions to make your house more appealing to interested buyers. Put stuff in boxes or garbage bags and stash them under the bed. Or better yet, let Livible help you temporarily store your bulky stuff in an indoor, locked and climate-controlled unit, plus, we’ll get all your items conveniently delivered to your new home.

Lessons from Tiny Homes: A New Approach to Living with Less

Around a decade ago, tiny homes revolution started and people are
downsizing the space they live in with emphasis in small spaces and
simplified living. Not only that, it also make the occupants to cut down
their belongings to only the necessities and gives them innovative ideas
for consuming every inch of the house.

Here are some insightful lessons we learn from tiny homes and discover a
new approach to living with less.

Architectural Details

Just because a house is small in size it doesn’t mean that it has to be
lacking in something. Maybe on the inside there might be no room for
fancying it, but the outside can bear all of the architectural design that
highlight it more like a traditional home, such as the ceiling, dorms,
turned posts and fences or a fancy roof.

Carefully Chosen Furnishings

People who reside in tiny homes don’t have the luxury of oversized couches
or lots of chairs and tables, so what they do have is counted. Enfolded
into a bright compartment, a simple chair can act as a solo spot for
catering guests, for reading or can act as a comfy place for doing office
work or for using the computer etc.

Indoor-Outdoor Connections

Because the interior is concise, the outdoor space becomes an important
part of a miniature house’s living area. Beachfronts and gardens help
extend the amount of usable outdoor space. Glass sliding doors which opens
to the patio provides the illusion of sufficient room.

Compatible and Folding Furniture

Furnishings that can be folded or put away when they’re not in use give
your miniature house the flexibility it requires. Portable tables, which
stand with the wall so as not to occupy the floor area folds up or down
depending on the need.

Efficient Storage

When the covered area shrinks, it’s time to get innovative, specially
people who live in scaled-down houses know it well. Every inch is like an
opportunity, such as sleek drawers for more efficient storage.

Petite Appliances

There isn’t room for full sized appliances. Instead mini versions that
don’t take space, such as this miniature kitchen.

Slimmed-Down Structural Elements

In a small house, there’s no room for a staircase, or railings etc. So
the inhabitants have to bare minimum. Like a narrow staircase tucked
against the wall gives access to the sleeping loft without using extra
space.

Lofts

Increasing space in a small house is difficult. The loft is used as a
sleeping area — some have built-in beds that are folded up to make room
during the daytime, and others have inflatable mattresses.

Reflective Surfaces

Shiny elements like mirrors help spread light, which makes a small home
seem bigger. These objects fitted into the walls amplify the light coming
from the window and prevents it from appearing cramped.

Rising Rents Drive Millennials to Buy Houses


Young Americans are slinking towards homeownership. Now this is not happening because of their parents, this is happening because of rising rents. In a recent Bloomberg post, millennials are now shifting to buying houses due to rising rent. They are thinking of saving up for down payments instead of spending all their money on rents.

According to a recent study millennials formed about 32 percent of the United States housing market in the previous year and have drawn ahead of the Generation X as the biggest fragment of buyers. The purchases by young Americans are likely to increase even more as millennials work the way out of their problems like debts, employment, etc. The purchases will grow gradually unlike the previous generations. We are living in an era where young people are becoming homeowners, slowly and gradually than the other generations. This is impacting the economy in a good way, there are 5.2 million renters who are expected to purchase a house by the end of this year, hence the employment rate has been increasing rapidly too. However, the mortgage and lease rates have been also increasing rapidly as the result.

The job market is basically driving the home sales for all the millennials, their employment rate is increasing and research shows that their unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent, which is quite amazing and is doing absolute wonders for the economy. The reason of why they are so keen to buy their own homes is that they are getting crushed between their low incomes and their high rents. Rents keep going up so the millennials keep getting squeezed between all their expenses and their income. This gap is extending to an implausible level, which is why the young people are being forced to buy houses because the value to pay is better.

It’s getting very expensive for people to live in big cities because of the rising rent rates so the people are inclining towards homeownership because it’s better than paying high values for rents. Millennials are trying hard to get their houses by getting more than one job at a single time. A lot of people are waiting for the decrease in the rates of houses which seems like just a dream; the market is quite competitive so there’s no chance of decline, the only way they can get their own homes is by saving for down payments and mortgages.

With the rising rent in Seattle, will you consider buying your own home?

10 Easy Ways to Enjoy Spring

Everything is brightening up and as the winter bids farewell, it’s time to get out and make the most of the much awaited spring season. Spring in Seattle means letting the sun shine into your home with rekindled spirit. So why waste time being stuck inside reorganizing your living space or making long trips to your storage unit when there is a much better way to enjoy the season? Shed your winter coats and let Livible help you store it away so you can get started on this 10 easy ways to enjoy spring!

1. Dress for spring

Prep yourself for the season by adding color and life back into your wardrobe. Bring out your spring clothes and wear some color!

2. Bring in fresh spring flowers

Add a pretty spring flair to your home with fresh tulips, daffodils or other cut spring flowers.

3. Feel the sun on your face

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” said Helen Keller. Welcome the new season with renewed spirit and fresh perspective.

4. Go for a walk

Breathe some fresh air and go for a walk. Bring your loved ones to share good stories with. Sounds simple, but trust me, you’d feel a lot better.

5. Draw pictures on the sidewalk with chalk

What better way to enjoy spring outdoors than to grab some sidewalk chalk and draw!

6. Enjoy seasonal produce

Visit a farmer’s market and shop for seasonal produce, like a bunch of asparagus, spinach or sugar snap peas.

7. Get a new hairstyle

Have your hair cut, or better yet, try on a new hair color! This will surely do wonders on rock this season with a new look.

8. Open the windows

Bring the fresh spring breeze in by leaving your windows open.

9. Get your feet pretty for spring

Be prepared for the sandal season by getting a pretty pedicure! Keep your feet fab and show off your nails with your favorite flip-flops.

10. Kick off the grilling season

The grilling season is upon us! Polish up the tongs and feast with your family and friends into your favorite spring recipe!

So how do you intend to enjoy Spring?

5 New Smart Products for a Smart Home

Transforming your living space into a fancy, connected and smart home is now a reality. From security to bulbs to mattresses, there is a new tech product for all things home automation, allowing you to manage your house, whether you’re away or at home, in real-time. And before they even hit the market, check out these five new smart tech products to make your home smarter.

Lockitron Bolt

With Lockitron, you can now unlock your door with your phone. It’s a little wireless device that slips onto a deadbolt and can be controlled by a smartphone. In addition to unlocking your doors, Lockitron lets you know if someone has knocked on your door, and it can sense if your door has been unlocked, dutifully notifying you immediately through your smartphone. Arriving in March 2015, Lockitron releases its open beta Bolt Preview which can be pre ordered for $99.

Flic

Flic is a wireless button that creates a shortcut to your favorite actions on your phone. At first peep, the Flic is a soft, nice-looking button that can be attached to several surfaces. However, once you sets up the functions for their Flic through a supplementary app, the true power of this smart button shines through. Each Flic can execute three actions – one by clicking, another by double-clicking and yet another by holding. The button will retail for about $30 and shipments are about to begin in April 2015.

Canary

Canary is a simple device packed with smart sensors that empowers you to keep your home safe and secure — controlled through your mobile device. There’s no installation needed. Simply put Canary on a shelf or table in a central area of your home, plug it in, and connect to your Wi-Fi. When Canary senses anything out of the ordinary, you receive a notification with recorded HD video of the event, as well as the option to watch live. If anything happens, you have the option to sound the siren, contact the authorities, call a neighbor, or ignore the notification—it’s up to you. Priced at $249 per unit, you can expect initial shipment by March 2015.

Misfit Bolt

A wirelessly connected smart bulb, Misfit Bolt works directly with your mobile device – no complicated hubs or setup needed. Bolt is a wirelessly-connected light bulb that lets you personalize your home lighting to create beautiful lightscapes. You can Integrate Bolt into your lifestyle with a simulated sunrise to wake you gently or soothing light and sound shows to help you fall asleep. Transform your environment with millions of colors and combinations available through the Misfit Home mobile app. You can pre-order Bolt Smart Bulb at $49.99 with expected shipping by mid-February.

Luna

Luna is the world’s first mattress cover that intelligently warms your bed, tracks sleep, and makes your bed smart. On its own, Luna learns your regular bedtime and sets your bed to a comfortable temperature to help you fall asleep faster.

Luna tracks the quality of your sleep including sleep phases, heart rate, and breathing rate, without you having to wear anything to bed. It combines this knowledge about your night with information about your day and uses those insights to recommend what works best for your sleep. You can get Luna starting at a discounted price of $199 and you can expect delivery by August 2015.

And of course, if you need an ideal solution for an off-site storage, download the Storrage app to quickly request next-day pick-up or delivery of things that eats up a considerable amount of space in your home – including seasonal items like golf clubs, ski gear and bikes. Now that’s more living space for your smart home.

Can’t bear to get rid of your old stuff?

We know the feeling. Old letters, photos of families and friends some of which you no longer speak to and haven’t seen for more than 20 years. Small ornaments and cute little vintage dolls. Clothes you don’t wear and stuff that reminds you of your first crush. Even your old little doll house. Not to mention bundles of birthday, Valentine and Christmas cards. These are only some of the old stuff you simply can’t part with.

But someday you know you will have to, especially if there is already no room in your house to store them all. And deep down you knew it’s time to make tough choices. Identifying real treasures in your home will help you create more space for more important things, appreciate the beauty in less, and even make smarter choices when buying stuff in the future.

But if you feel you can’t part with your stuff just yet, don’t set it free – store it!

Our gift to you (or your special someone) starts with delivery of one of our empty boxes to your door that’s yours to keep. You fill the box up with keepsakes or other items you don’t need underfoot like seasonal clothes, shoes or decorations. We’ll pick up your full boxes and bulky items like luggage, bikes, or skis and safely store them until you need them back. It only costs $1/box or bulky item for new customers including storage for the first month.

Parting with your old stuff is not easy, we know. Some things we don’t want to leave behind as we move into the new phase of our lives. Perhaps one day they will go where they really belong. But for now store them with Livible. Because entrusting your whole childhood worth of stuff with us means having the peace of mind in knowing that you’ve still got them – only that they’re just stored in another safe and secure location and always available when you needed them.

3 Simple Rules for Small-Space Dweller

Are you a small-space dweller? What do you like best about small spaces and urban living?

We answer, everything! We love how small living make every part of our urban life becomes personalize and intentional – even for Seattle metro renters. How many things you can keep, where is everything placed and the entire flow of your day is greatly affected by your limited space. That’s why here at Storrage, we are on fire to make this year the year Seattleites breathe and live better urban living. After all, we can still create a heavenly haven in Seattle metro and live comfortably and contentedly in 400 square feet – or less.

So to make a quick turn so we can start this year with new rules to live by, here are three to consider.

Rule #1. Identify your real treasures and figure out what’s important to you.

Limited space is every urban-dweller’s foe. Given a small space, you knew you were in to make tough choices – what are the things you’d like to keep and what are the things that should be tossed out. Imagine how much space you allot to less important things. If you allow everything that eats up much of your living space, de-cluttering can be a real pain. Pinpoint the things that you really use every day or the ones that contribute to your daily routine. There may be also some things that you do not regularly use but you really love or enjoy – like books or wall art. Identifying real treasures in your small home will help you create more space for more important things, appreciate the beauty in less, and even make smarter choices when buying stuff in the future.

Rule #2. Let go.

We all own things. But these are just things. While some of them are essential part of your city life, most of them are just stuff which you can eventually boxed out and finally let go.
Of course, this is easier said than done. At some point we all cling to every stuff in our home. But learning the habit of letting go means that we are allowing for stuff that matters – our real treasures (see Rule#1).

After finally deciding which piece you don’t want to keep, you have three options on where to take them – sell, donate, or trash. If you are still unsure whether to let go or keep an item but don’t have a space for it in your home, box it up and send it to Storrage. If for 60 days you don’t miss or need it, then it’s time these items go.

Rule#3. Learn how much is enough.

Our worldly society demands us to crave for more. More shoes, more clothes, more gadgets, more stuff. We are so engrossed at acquiring material possessions that we fail to realize that the stuff we buy are slowly weighing us down. When will you have enough?

We’ve all been there. It’s a fleeting reward that we give ourselves and before we know it, we keep buying more – even we don’t have enough space to fill it in our homes. Figure out how much is enough and learn to limit your buying habits. Buying less means less stuff, less clutter and more space, time and money for purposeful things. Isn’t it liberating?

We feel this quote just says it all:

There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.

Small living does not necessarily mean getting rid of stuff to free space or try to become Martha Stewart or something. It’s about discovering a new way of living urban life – creating meaningful experiences, making smart choices and finding contentment in less. After all, we only have a limited time (and space!) to live. Make each day of this new year a little better than yesterday.