Organize Your Home With These 6 Great Storage Furniture Options

If you have a big heap of laundry clothes, unsorted mails which are cluttering your house, you can get these 6 types of storage furniture to organize your house.

1. Storage Ottoman

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Storage Ottoman from Amazon.com

These versatile types of storage furniture are not only stylish but also functional. It can be easily incorporated into the living spaces, bedrooms and basements. These ottomans look amazing, and can be utilized to stash the extra blankets, bed sheets or the heap of animals which your kids do not wish to leave. Apart from the storage features, these ottomans also serve as an excellent choice for seating too.

2. Re-purposed dresser

Repurposed dresser can be used if you wish to convert an old dresser into the mega storage. It can help you to instantly organize your space. Whether you wish to tidy up your room or bring order in your office, this furniture can prove to be a great bet.

3. Under bed storage

These are great storage furniture option to make use of the space under your bed. You can store your extra pair of shoes, accessories or clothes in these flat plastic boxes. These are not only easy to slide but also maximize the space in your living space or rooms.

4. Mail organizer

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Wall Mount Mail Organizer from Amazon.com

It may seem as one of the lesser useful items, but it can be a great way to reduce the mess in your house. These mail organizers can help you organize the mails and papers in your house. You can get these in a variety of styles. But, choosing one which has key hooks with it is better as in that case you can also keep your keys properly.

5. Cloth or Canvas Boxes

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Canvas boxes from Amazon.com

The best part about these boxes is that they can be simply incorporated in any space. You can use one in your library to store the books or one on your bedside to keep the magazines. There are a variety of uses these boxes can be put to.

6. Sofa Style dog bed

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Dog Bed with Storage from Amazon.com

If you too have a pet, then sofa style dog bed can be a life savior. You definitely need some place to keep your dog’s bone, or chewy toy and not scatter it in your room. These types of furniture can help you eliminate clutter and some have built in storage too. You can get it in a variety of styles and sizes.

Decluttering: Introducing our Livible Ecosystem

Livible is expanding our on demand services and partners to make it easy to do whatever you need with your household items. Introducing the Livible Ecosystem.

Decluttering. No one likes to do it and it’s been on your to-do list for months. One of life’s most satisfying feelings can be found in a freshly organized space, lifting a weight off your shoulders you never knew you had!

When you are decluttering your space, we know just how tedious and overwhelming things can be, so we came up with a few ways to help get you started. We believe that living well begins with a healthy environment, that includes your home and workspace, which is why we’ve created the Livible Ecosystem!

Our Ecosystem is made up of our fantastic customers, local businesses, community partners and more to help you re-organize your space. Let’s get you started today:

Organizing help!

Do you need help packing or sorting through your things? TaskRabbit is an awesome company that helps regular people get through all kinds of tasks and activities with the help of their skilled employees. Big or small, TaskRabbit does it all. To make it even cooler, you name the price and don’t pay until it’s done – TaskRabbit staff are the best! Neighbours helping neighbours, learn more here.

Fix it or throw it away?

That is the question! When searching through the back of your closet or in the garage, you’re sure to find those not-quite-functional items you just can’t throw away! A bike with a popped tire, expensive leather shoes with a worn sole or a shoulder bag with a broken strap, it’s time to take action! There are loads of great repair companies in Seattle to choose from so we’ve narrowed them down with our own list to help you out. Check them out here.

Donate it!

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – so stop throwing it away! We know you’re busy, stressed and pushed for time, and donating or recycling is an extra step you’re not always willing to take. We’re confident that our newest partners will make life easier and help you to be more environmentally conscious. Our friends at Seattle’s Value Village are accepting your donations with the help of Storrage. During any scheduled delivery or pickup, you can donate straight to Value Village. No car, no extra time needed – it’s that easy! Living Green Technology takes old electronics and safely recycles and disposes of the parts with our Earth in mind.

Remember, before throwing things out you can repair, share, donate, rent, sell, or organize and of course store!

We are looking for great partners! Please contact us at ecosystem@livible.com.

 

9 Tips on How to Make Your Small Space Studio Apartment Looks Big

Whether you just moved into your first apartment or you just need to transfer in a smaller area, studio apartments display some unique challenges. With just one room to fix and others out on display, separating
your bedroom from your kitchen is a tedious task. It does not matter what is your storage condition, these tips will surely help you design and modernize your studio apartment into the most elegant small area in the building.

1.    Allow the Light to Enter. Do not use heavy curtains and put lots of light fixtures to make the studio look larger, more welcoming and cleaner.

2.    Consider Your Movement. Consider how you will move in the room and place the furniture accordingly. You will feel even more overcrowded if you keep on tripping on the couch before you could reach the closet. Having clear pathways, you will enjoy the apartment even if you are clumsy.

3.    Organize the Furniture. Apply furniture placement to arrange furnishings in smaller groups in the room. Since walls are not available to act as dividers, you can use rugs, lighting and furniture to separate the areas while still keeping the area airy and open.

4.    Use Flexible Furniture. Multipurpose furnishings are preferred and in a smaller area like a studio type apartment, they can be a lifesaver. Heavy duty furniture is a good furnishing to have around.

5.    Organize Everything. If you can organize everything, it is best to do it particularly if you are living in a studio apartment where everything is on display. Look for some storage organizers that look attractive and then place those things that you don’t need at all.

6.    Add Artwork. To added effects and personality in your space, you can display some of your art work on the walls to make the area look unique. There are several ways to hang an art without using a hammer, so even renters can have a gallery wall.

7.    Manage Clutter. Some normally place piles of throw pillow in their sofa, but in smaller spaces, these will provide a chaotic feeling. To prevent the clutter, pick one unique piece to group things based on shape or color.

8.    Create a Pretty Storage. Keep organized, but make sure to do it attractively by placing stuff in colorful boxes and baskets.

9.    Vertical is Good. Since in floor space is limited in a studio apartment, you can use the walls to put some mementos on your floating shelves. These shelves are ideal for rotating displays, and you can change the look of your decorations base on the season and your mood.

How to Store Refrigerators and Chest Freezers

If you are in the middle of the large-scale renovations or is about to move, you cannot keep your freezer or refrigerator at home. Sadly, it is not just as simple as hauling these huge appliances into your unit. If you do, moisture can produce mold, mildew, and rust. To store refrigerators and chest freezers whilst you’re on the move, unplug these appliances one day before you plan to move them. This is enough time to let the ice defrost, take everything out of the cabinets and then clean the trays and shelves. Caustic cleaners are not required to do this. A mixture of water and soap is enough to get rid of any food stuck on it. If in case your fridge has a built-in ice maker, find the water holding tank and discard it. Disconnect the pipes that are connected to the water supply and allow it to dry.

When it’s time to get packing, remember that Livible is your friend! If you’ve got limited space in to store refrigerators, 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.

Ovens: Storage and Handling Tips

In order to keep your oven in good working condition even if you will not use them for the moment, you should know how to store them properly. Here are some quick oven storage and handling tips.

Firstly, you want to make sure that your oven is cleaned properly before you move it. To prevent the formation of mold and mildew from accumulating in your appliance, you need to get rid of any stuck mess. Check if the oven has a self-cleaning setting. It normally takes an hour to complete the cleaning process, from which the oven reaches its highest temperature to burn off the caked-on spills. As soon as it starts to cool down, remove any burnt residues.

There are instances that this setting does not work as expected, so you need to apply some elbow grease before you can store your oven. There are some commercial products that you can find on the market that will help you get rid of the hard to remove stains, but it is best to use a natural substitute. First, remove the racks and put them aside. Then make a paste by combining baking soda and water and rub it in the interior surfaces of your oven. After making sure that you have applied the mixture in every cranny and nook, allow it to stay on it overnight. After 12 hours, remove the mixture using a damp cloth and put some vinegar to any remaining mixture.

Do you need more storage space for your oven and other household items? Livible is easier, more convenient and costs 15% less than self-storage. Check out at www.livible.com.

Save and Store More with Automatic Savings Plans

Finally, with our automatic savings plans you get lower rates the more your store.

Save more with Automatic Savings Plans

You have been asking us to give you a price break if you stored more items. Others wanted pricing that compared directly to self-storage. Good news is – we’ve done both! We still offer our item plan for customers needing small amounts of storage but now provide five plans that provide automatic savings. We track all your items (you’ll notice we now show you the typical dimensions and cubic feet of each of your items) and automatically give you savings with each order. And unlike self-storage, we only bill you for what you actually store and give you a comparable price if you are between sizes.

With the new plans we’re also 10-20% less than traditional self-storage:

automatic savings plans

 

So are you still at the edge of your seat on trying out Livible? With our automatic savings plans, you can store and save more! Sign-up online, pack your boxes and we handle the rest.

 

Dealing with Keepsakes: 7 Tips to Preserve Old Photos

Similar to old clothes, toys and books, the boxes of printed photos can also eat up a valuable space in your home. Worse, if you store these photos in a damp basement or in the warm attic, you take the risk of ruining your precious prints and memoirs. You may have already discarded some boxes of photographs, but for the rest that matters, we share below 7 tips to organize and preserve old photos so you can enjoy and share them with family and friends.

Do not store the photos in the basement or in the attic

Photographs should be store in a stable temperature room, dry and cool room. The basement is too damp that will cause the pictures to become moldy and stick to each other. The attic on the other hand is too warm that could cause the pictures to degrade.

Protect the pictures from light

Too much exposure to light causes pictures to fade, so when keeping pictures in frame, it is best to maybe put the high quality copy instead of the original one.

Write who’s who at the back of the picture, but do not use pen

Use either pencil, or maybe use something that you can stick into the pictures, but never write directly into the pictures, with this, you may also invest with photo enclosures so you may write down special memories in them and not in the picture.

Buy picture enclosures to preserve old photos

If you need to keep those pictures somewhere, it is best to keep them either in picture enclosures or photo albums so that they will never stick together or become moldy. If you choose to put all your photos in a photo album, make sure that they lay flat and are not stacked together as it may case the pictures to stick together and cause damage.

Do not use supplies like fasteners, clips and rubber bands to store photos

Clipping pictures, using fasteners or rubber bands to keep them all together is not a bad idea, however, once you forgot about it, it may cause bent and leave markings on the photos which cannot be restored anymore.

Have a safe workspace

When working on with your old photos, it is best not to have any food or drinks near. And when holding photos, do have the option to wear gloves, and if you do not have, then just hold the pictures on the edges to avoid putting oil in the pictures that could cause damage.

For the most precious photographs, digitize them

Pick those precious photos that you want to cherish, scan them and save them either on a flash drive, in your computer, or upload them in photo applications so that you will never lose that moment.

Need more storage to preserve old photos and keepsakes? Now it’s more convenient and affordable if you just need to store some boxes of your old photos and prints through Livible. Feel free to contact us!

On-Demand Storage Versus Traditional Self Storage – Livible Releases Recent Survey Results

Livible Releases Recent Survey Results on On-Demand Storage Versus Traditional Self Storage

With 50,000+ self-storage facilities in the United States it
is pretty clear that Americans love having ample storage space at affordable rates. But before investing, developers may want to review a recent consumer survey conducted by Livible, an on-demand storage company. The nationwide survey asked consumers what they wanted when it came to self-storage.

The survey comes in response to some interesting performance
in the self-storage industry over the last decade. Investors were surprised
with how well the industry performed during the economic downturn. That surprise increased as the industry continued to perform well as the economy improved. Now developers are not just looking to provide consumers with more storage space—they are trying to give consumers exactly what they want.

“The self-storage industry is booming — with record revenues
and a true ‘space race’ to build more facilities to meet the seemingly
insatiable consumer demand,” Terry Drayton, CEO of Livible, said in a recent press release. Thus, the nationwide survey. And, many of the results are not surprising.

According to the survey, there is an ongoing need for more self-storage. Of the respondents. 55 percent of them said they wished they had more storage space in general, and 17 percent said they wished they had a whole lot more.

When asked whether they would prefer traditional self-storage or on-demand storage, the majority responded in favor of on-demand. This is a new trend, as Livible had once before conducted this survey and at the time found 42 percent of respondents preferred on-demand; this time that number was 63 percent.

On-demand storage has changed the self-storage landscape a
bit as it allows for the storage company to pick up the required storage,
rather than for the consumer to deliver it to a personalized, self-storage
unit. Most survey respondents said the convenience of on-demand and time saved was a primary reason (62 percent). Many liked not having to transport what they want stored (42 percent).

“What our latest survey reveals is the rapidly growing preference and need for more convenient on-demand storage alternatives. Millennials and downsizing boomers — who are increasingly living urban lifestyles — are driving this,” Drayton explained.

As convincing as the survey results may be, it may help to
have more details before drawing conclusions. The sample size was 522
respondents over a three-day span in January when the survey was made
available. Livible did have a good cross section of the population represented as the age range was between 18-65 with an equal split between men and women. Most lived in single family houses (56 percent) with the rest calling an apartment home (44 percent). Only three tenths of a percent had ever used on-demand self-storage before.

Respondents were all located in cities that currently have on-demand self-storage available (New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles).

Be Happy: Quick Guide to Living Within Your Means

Living within your means and knowing the difference between things you need and things you want is quite challenging. Finding ways of spending that makes you happy, and not your friends or neighbors, is easier said than done. Listed below are three tips to live happily within your means.

Maintain a balanced budget

Create a list of essentials, things you cannot do without like clothes and groceries etc. Estimate your monthly salary and think about how much you have got in your hand, this way you will be more careful about dividing the money evenly. Recording expenditures will never let you slip away, a list of what you bought and how much it cost you will always be helpful in managing money. Compare your income to your expenditures and decide if they are in accordance with each other. If not, work on spending less on things you need less. Categorize the things you spend on,
like “essentials” and “food” etc, doing this will also help you keep track of your money and you will be able to cut the fat from a particular category you are spending excessively on. If the ends still don’t meet, work on increasing your income by taking extra hours at work or doing another part-time job. Also,work on saving some money for the rainy day, hard times don’t ring bells. Start with throwing your change in an “emergency jar” at the end of the day.

Adjust your mindset about spending

Keep on telling yourself that you do not need luxuries you cannot afford with your current salary. For example, if a TV of smaller size would suffice in your little apartment, better gave up your dream for a big HD TV at the moment. It is okay to splurge on your ‘wants’ once in a while but do not make it a habit. Do not look at what your friends and neighbors are buying; they do not have the same income as you. Pay more attention to what can keep you from drowning in debts. Because being happy does
not always mean owning expensive stuff, a happy life can be lived by just
managing your means the right way. Be grateful for what you have already and know that spending less will not affect your quality of life at all if you are contented.

Save money

Eat at home whenever you can, it is never less exciting than eating out, it will also make you a better cook. Go out to eat once in a weak or two, this way you will be saving money for an unexpected dinner, like a coworker’s party etc. Wait for great deals to shop for things you like, it will make a huge difference. Cancel the subscriptions you don’t need. Borrow things that you can borrow, like a book from library instead of buying one.

Living within your means is being mindful of the difference between what you need and what you want. If you do it properly, you won’t
actually be depriving yourself of the things you really need in order to be
happy.  Do you have any tips for living within your means? We’d love to hear them, feel free to leave a comment below!