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Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Dallas Home

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Dallas HomeDon’t look now, but today (March 19) is officially the first day of spring! While not everyone in Dallas participates in spring cleaning each year, many consider it an annual tradition. Here are some cleaning survey results from the American Cleaning Institute (ACI):

  • 91 percent of Americans engage in spring cleaning
  • 76 percent of them participate every year
  • 60 percent do it because their home needs a thorough cleaning
  • 46 percent deep clean the bathroom first (and most often)
  • Spring is the most popular season to deep clean homes

While spring cleaning is popular, it can be overwhelming for some. If you’re planning on cleaning or organizing your Dallas home, here are some tips to help you out:

Tip #1: Plan Where You’ll Clean

The average home size in Dallas is 1,433 square feet, so there’s a lot to clean. You don’t want to try and tackle it all at the same time. Start with one room, move on to the next and go on from there. As mentioned above, people tend to clean the bathroom most often, so you can start there. Other popular rooms are the kitchen, living room and bedrooms.

Tip #2: Use the Right Products/Gear

Some people don’t clean because they’re affected by fumes or skin irritations, but you can use eco-friendly products that are ideal for the senses. Also be mindful of the clothes you’re wearing and be sure to put on gloves (and/or a mask) for extra safety.

Tip #3: Rent a Storage Container While You Clean

It can be difficult to clean your Dallas home if it’s filled with clutter. By renting a portable storage container, you can temporarily move your belongings out of the way and store in a safe, secure location until you’re done. At SAM (Store & Move), our containers can be delivered on site and picked up on your timeline. It’s a simple process and they’ll keep your belongings safe and secure.

Tip #4: Get Everyone Involved

All hands on deck! The more people in your household involved in the cleaning, the better. Not only will it help the process go faster, but it can also be a bonding experience as well.

Tip #5: Organize While You’re At It

Many Dallas residents choose to organize while cleaning in the spring. This especially makes sense if you rent a portable storage container, as you can decide how to maximize your space while most of your items are out of it.

Tip #6: Don’t Go All Year Without Cleaning or Organizing

The reason spring cleaning can be overwhelming for some people is because they go all year (or longer) without doing it. Try to do a little cleaning and organizing two-or-three times a year. Winter is the second-most-popular season for cleaning, so consider taking some time during the colder months to give your home a quick makeover.

If you’re interested in a storage container to help with your spring cleaning, give us a call at 972-GET-A-SAM today.

How Much Space Do You Need In Your Storage Container?

How Much Space Do You Need In Your Storage Container?
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The phrase “elbow room” goes back to Shakespeare’s day. A common phrase at the time, he used it in one of his plays to signify one of his character’s need for space. Today, a lot of us yearn for this same space in the places where we live.

That’s where portable storage containers come into play.

Whether you’re moving, looking to reorganize or wanting to clear up some “elbow room,” a portable storage container can be handy. But how much space do you need? Here are some questions to ask yourself when it comes to container size and number of containers:

How big is your home?

This is a good place to start, as the size of your living space is a good general indicator of how many storage containers you’ll need. 

  • If you’re in an apartment, you will need one-or-two containers.
  • If you’re in a house with up to three bedrooms, you likely need three.
  • If you have four bedrooms in your house, you might need four containers.
  • Five bedrooms require at least five containers and it goes on from there.

Are there any items you can get rid of?

Another factor is the number of items you have. If you have a three-bedroom home, for example, but two of the bedrooms are empty, you might be able to get away with two containers. Also, if there are any items you can sell, trash or donate before renting your container(s), that might dictate how many you need.

How big are our containers?

There are online tools and blogs that will help you calculate if your stuff will fit in a moving container, but size can vary depending on the storage container company. Some of them get pretty complicated. At SAM (Store & Move), we like to keep things simple: every container is approximately 16′ long, 8′ wide and 8′ high. 

How much fits in each container?

SAM containers are big enough to hold the contents of a typical 1,500-square-foot home, so they go a bit further than some of our competitors. Additionally, we have a storage calculator on our website where you can input all of your items (everything from baby strollers to wine racks) to see how much percentage of a storage container they take up.

How are you going to pack your container?

How you pack your space will actually play a role in how much space (or how many containers) you’ll need. Packing more efficiently will maximize the amount of space in each container.

How many containers will you need?

Now that you’ve answered all of these questions, you should have a good idea on how much space you need. The only question is, how many containers will provide this amount of space? It’s simple math, but we’re here to help you out.

Whether you need one or several storage containers, 972-GET-A-SAM can meet your needs. Give us a call for a quote today.

5 Organization Experts You Need to Follow On Twitter

5 Organization Experts You Need to Follow On TwitterThe first day of spring is just a couple of weeks away (March 19). Many people use this time as an opportunity to clean or get more organized. If you’re not the cleaning type, you’re in luck. 

There are several organization experts out there with lots of insights to share, especially on social media. If you want to get more organized, here are five of our favorite must-follow organization experts on Twitter that we’d recommend you start following:

  1. Marie Kondo (@MarieKondo)

Known for her popular Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” this bestselling author and self-proclaimed “tidying expert” focuses on helping people make their space feel comfortable and personalized. By only keeping items that “spark joy,” she’ll teach you how to maximize your storage space and get the most out of your living area. The result is a space that echoes you and your personality.

  1. Lorie Marrero (@loriemarrero)

Formerly known as “Organizer Girl,” Lorie Marrero will give you tips for freeing up time and getting rid of clutter. She often tweets advice with the hashtag #ClutterTweetTip and wrote a fantastic book on organizing your home office. If you’re looking for someone to motivate you on how to use your time and organization skills wisely, this is the account to follow.

  1. Monica Ricci (@MonicaRicci)

While she’s a productivity expert who also is vocal about a healthy diet, Monica Ricci specializes in organization coaching and advice. She likes to post videos, so if you’re more of a visual/auditory learner (or if you like a variety of topics in your feed), she will be a good follow.

  1. Lisa Woodruff (@organize365)

An organizer by trade (“organize” it’s in her Twitter handle, after all), Lisa Woodruff focuses on sharing her organization and productivity insights via her blog and podcast. She’s very active on both and has been a member of Twitter since 2011.

  1. NAPO National (@NAPOnatl)

Lastly, an expert that isn’t a person. It’s an entire organization! The National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO) “has approximately 3,500 members dedicated to helping people and organizations bring order and efficiency to their lives.” Their feed is full of good tips, advice, images and events.

Another expert you can rely on? SAM (Store & Move). To get storage and organization advice, or to get a quote on a storage container, give us a call at 972-GET-A-SAM today.

Best Practices for Saving Space in Your Garage

Best Practices for Saving Space in Your GarageDo you have a fear of messy garages? If you do, you’re not alone. Entamataxaphobia, or fear of messy garages, isn’t a real thing—but it should be. According to a recent survey, one-in-four Americans say their garage is too cluttered to even fit one car in it. 

Whether your garage is in a similar state or you’re simply preparing for spring cleaning, there are a few ways to organize and clean your garage while saving space. Here are some best practices to follow.

Rent a Container While Reorganizing

For starters, you need somewhere to put all of the existing stuff. It’s likely that you’ve used your garage to store items you couldn’t put anywhere else, so you probably don’t have any extra space (aside from the driveway, which would leave items unprotected and out in the open). This is where a portable storage container would come in handy.

With a portable storage container, you can call a company like 972-GET-A-SAM to have it delivered right outside your garage, load it up at your convenience and either leave it on site while you reorganize your garage or have it stored in a warehouse while you work. Either way, the container will safely and securely store your items while you get your garage under control.

Think Above the Floor

Next, think outside the box when it comes to storage solutions. Ideally, you want to get rid of some items, but there are a few different ways you can store items in your garage while not taking up any valuable floor space. Here are a few ideas:

  • Wall organizers
  • Shelving units
  • Wall racks
  • Bike hooks
  • Tool holders
  • Pegboards

Organize Into Zones

Garages can get messy and unorganized when your items don’t have any specific place to go. That’s why organizing your garage into zones is helpful. For example, you can store seasonal or little-used items in a far corner and often-used items like canned goods, pet food and paper towels in a corner by the door. Your workbench and related tools can go on one wall while lawn care items like shovels and rakes can go on another. You get the idea. 

Upgrade Where You Can

Whether you’re organizing into zones or not, it might make sense to upgrade your existing storage. Foldable workbenches are a great way to save space while modern garage cabinet options are getting more and more efficient and convenient. Investing a little now can pay dividends in convenience later. (Hey, you might even be able to actually park your car in the garage again!)

If you’re interested in a storage container to use while you save space in your garage, give us a call at 972-GET-A-SAM today.

25 Items You Can’t Store In a Storage Container

25 Items You Can't Store In a Storage ContainerRules are often created for a good reason: to avoid consequences. Highways, for example, have speed limits to ensure everyone on the road is as safe as possible. Playrooms often have plugs in electrical outlets to protect toddlers. Perhaps unsurprisingly, then, storage containers have types of items that you aren’t allowed to store in them.

This post will dive deeper into that last example. From hazardous materials to animals and plants, there are certain items you can’t store in a storage container. Let’s cover why certain items are restricted, as well as go over a couple dozen examples of restricted items so you’re in the know.

Why Are Some Items Restricted?

First, let’s go over a few reasons why a storage container company doesn’t allow certain items to be stored in their containers (just in case you were wondering):

  • It could be dangerous: Anything flammable, corrosive or explosive puts people and belongings at risk. The item itself could be dangerous, or it could be dangerous when combined with another item. So, hazardous materials are usually banned.
  • It could be messy: Anything perishable has the potential to die, spoil and create mold. In order to maintain a sanitary environment, most perishable items (like fresh, frozen or opened food) aren’t allowed to be stored.
  • It could be costly: Storage containers are built to be extremely durable and secure, but you still probably don’t want to store your family’s most precious items in them. Keep things like wedding photos, birth certificates and cash in a safe instead. 

Items You Can’t Store

So, what are some examples of items you can’t store in a storage container? While there are definitely more than 25 items, we rounded up some of the most common examples. (If you’re interested in learning whether a specific item should be stored in a storage container or not, give us a call at 972-GET-A-SAM.)

Here are 25 items you can’t (or shouldn’t) store in a storage container:

  1. Animals
  2. Plants
  3. Frozen or refrigerated food
  4. Produce
  5. Gasoline
  6. Batteries
  7. Lighter fluid
  8. Pool chemicals
  9. Cleaning solvents
  10. Firearms
  11. Ammunition
  12. Paints
  13. Fireworks
  14. Bleach
  15. Matches
  16. Nail polish/nail polish remover
  17. Fertilizer
  18. Pesticides
  19. Home or vehicle keys
  20. Cash
  21. Jewelry
  22. Laptops
  23. Stocks, bonds and IRAs
  24. Deeds and titles
  25. Oversized items like cars or pianos

If you’re interested in a storage container (assuming you’re not storing any of the items listed above), give us a call at 972-GET-A-SAM for a quote today.

Who Benefits Most from Portable Storage Containers?

Who Benefits Most from Portable Storage Containers_One-out-of-three Americans will need storage at some point in their lifetime. Regardless of age, gender or income level, we all have belongings and need somewhere to store them (aside from your mother-in-law’s garage). 

Some people require more mobility with storage than others, however. Let’s take a look at who benefits most from portable storage, as well as what to look for in a portable storage container.

Who Benefits from Portable Storage

The need for portable storage can depend on where you’re located, what your lifestyle is like and what stage of life you’re in as well. In fact, anyone could potentially benefit from portable storage depending on their circumstances. But here are a few types of people who tend to benefit the most from portable storage containers:

  • Frequent movers: Some professions require employees to relocate more than others (such as the military and flight attendants). If you find yourself moving every one-to-three years, a storage solution that can move with you is ideal.
  • Apartment dwellers: Building off the first point, people who live in apartments tend to move more than homeowners, and they also don’t have as much space. So, a storage solution that is easily accessible is ideal.
  • Recently married: When two people come together as one, they often have twice as many items to think about. A portable storage container can help you store these items while you figure it out, then be delivered on site once you do.
  • Younger people: Younger people don’t tend to settle down in one place as often as older people. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average age of a homeowner is 56 and the average age of a renter is 40. For a younger person who is always on the go (like a college student), a portable storage container makes sense.

What to Look for in a Portable Storage Container

Obviously, a container should have enough room to store your belongings. It should also be fairly affordable. But what other factors should you look for in a portable storage container? Here are a few for you to consider:

  • Simplicity: It should be easy to schedule the delivery and pickup of the container. Just give the company a call and they’ll move it where you want or store it remotely, or bring it back to you).
  • Flexibility: Whether you prefer your container at your location, at a warehouse or an entirely new location, there should be flexibility where you use your container. Also the number of containers you can rent should be flexible.
  • Convenience: You should be able to pack and unpack on your timeline.
  • Safety: The containers should be designed with safe loading and unloading in mind. They should also sit level to the ground.
  • Security: Look for well-built containers constructed with weather-resistant materials. Tie-down rings are also helpful to keep items from shifting.

If you think you could benefit from a portable storage container, contact the 972-GET-A-SAM team today for a quote.

Getting to Know the SAM (Store & Move) Website

Getting to Know the SAM (Store & Move) WebsiteAt SAM (Store & Move), our No. 1 goal is helping customers store and move their belongings better. In fact, we designed our website with that goal in mind. Whether you’ve only checked out our blog, only follow us on social media or simply haven’t had a chance to peruse our website yet, here are some of the sections you may have been missing out on. 

Storage Calculator

Not sure how much stuff you have or how many containers you’ll need? Our storage calculator will help you determine how many SAM moving and storage containers you will need for your DFW-area move or storage project. Simply press the add or subtract buttons for each item you’re looking to store and watch as the storage container at the bottom fills up with a percentage to show you how much space you’re taking up.

Competitor Comparison Chart

Want to compare SAM (Store & Move) to our competitors? This easy-to-read comparison chart takes a look at PODS®, Pack Rat® and U-Pack® to see who offers services like delivery to your location and containers with features like translucent roofing.

Storage and Moving Blog

If you’re reading this, you’re likely aware that we have a blog. But you might not know how many insightful articles we actually have. We publish weekly posts on topics related to storage, moving, cleaning, organization and everything in between.

Interactive Container Features

If you’re interested in all of the features of our storage containers and want to take a virtual tour, our interactive container features section is for you. Simply click on the different areas of the container and you’ll learn more about them, as well as get a closer look. The container door even moves up and down. Neat!

Service Areas

If you’re not sure whether SAM (Store & Move) services your area, we have a handy map of our service areas that easily explains it. With other companies, you may have to dig around to find it—or call them.

Quote Request Form

Finally, you’ll see a quote request form on the left-hand side of most pages. After answering a few short questions, you’ll be able to submit your request for a free quote and one of our representatives will be in touch with you soon.

Ready to learn more about our storage containers? Contact us today at 972-GET-A-SAM.

Benefits of Jobsite Storage: Home Builders Edition

Benefits of Jobsite Storage_ Home Builders EditionWe’re wrapping up our three-part series on jobsite storage with a post about home builders and home renovators. If you work any sort of residential construction-type job, this post is for you. Have you ever wondered if there was a more efficient way to keep your tools, equipment and materials safe yet accessible? Portable storage containers might be the best solution. Let’s take a look at why they’re so beneficial for home builders, what kind of items you can store in them and where to find the best one for your industry.

Benefits of Jobsite Storage for Home Builders

Portable storage containers are especially ideal for home builders and home renovators who often find themselves needing more (or alternate) supplies and equipment than they have on hand. They also provide more protection and security for building materials, which normally either have to be stored with minimal protection on site or transported from wherever the construction company is storing materials on an as-needed basis. Here are some of the other benefits of jobsite storage for home builders:

  • Construction or renovation can begin quicker, as materials will already be on site in a portable storage container that is delivered by the container company.
  • Multiple storage containers can be used to store all equipment, supplies and materials (click here to calculate how much space you’ll need).
  • Valuable and weather-sensitive tools, equipment and materials will be safe and secure in a container that can be locked up for overnight storage.
  • Commonly used equipment/tools (or unused materials) can easily be transported to the next home construction or renovation site.
  • Items can be kept on site in case of delays or bad weather.

Types of Home Building Items That Can Be Stored

The number of items a home builder or renovator needs to keep on hand can be overwhelming, but portable storage containers make it easier. From electrical testers and measuring devices to wood, cement and plaster, keep everything you need on-hand and secure. Here are some of the types of home construction items that you can store:

  • Hammers, nails, screwdrivers and screws
  • Power drills and saws
  • Level and tape measures
  • Electrical testers
  • Wood, cement and plaster
  • Wrenches, reamers, benders and cutters
  • Bricks and masonry tools
  • Extension cords and crowbars
  • Knives and pliers
  • Sanders and nail guns
  • Drivers, chisels and multi-tools
  • Ladders and brooms

How to Find the Best Storage Solution for Home Builders

Whether you are remodeling a current home or building an entirely new one, SAM (Store and Move) containers will make your job easier and allow you to spend more time actually doing work. We can even store your valuable home building and renovating tools and equipment between jobs. Simply give us a call once you’ve finished working on a home and we’ll store your equipment/materials or deliver it to your next worksite.

If you’re interested in jobsite storage for your home building or home renovating business, give us a call at 972-438-2726!

 

Benefits of Jobsite Storage: Contractors Edition

Benefits of Jobsite Storage_ Contractors EditionIn the first part of this three-part blog series, we focused on the benefits of jobsite storage for roofers. This time, we’ll turn our attention to the world of contractors (plumbers, electricians, painters, etc.). Portable storage containers are a convenient way to store your equipment and materials on the jobsite and move them from location to location. Let’s take a look at the benefits of job-site storage for contractors, the types of contracting items that can be stored and how to find the best storage solution.

Benefits of Jobsite Storage for Contractors

Portable storage containers are great for contractors who move from jobsite to jobsite and have to work on a variety of tasks. You often don’t even know what tools you’ll need for the job until you get there, so why waste all that time with trips to find what you need? Have everything on hand with a storage container. Here are some of their benefits for contractors:

  • You don’t have to wait to start working (or make trips for supplies); your container will be ready for you as you begin your day!
  • Since most jobsite storage containers are spacious, you’ll have plenty of room for your contracting supplies (click here to calculate how much space you’ll need).
  • Some contracting items are valuable, but you can have peace of mind knowing they’re safe and secure in a sturdy, durable container. They can even be locked up overnight.
  • Once you’re done, the container company can quickly transport your container to the next house.
  • Your items can be left on site and ready to go in case of any complications during the job (flooding, surges, mold, etc.).

Types of Contracting Items That Can Be Stored

From valves and gaskets to filters and pipe extractors, contractors deal with a wide variety of tools, materials and equipment. Keep them all on hand at the location where you’re working with a portable storage container. Here are some of the types of plumbing, painting and electrical items that can be stored:

  • Conduit, pipe and tubing reamers
  • Pipe and tube cutters
  • Drains and tarps
  • Pumps, hoses and fittings
  • Screwdrivers, pliers, nut drivers and wire strippers
  • Tape measures and other measuring devices
  • Fish tapes and poles
  • Power drills and saws
  • Ladders and step stools
  • Brushes and rollers
  • Tarp and drop cloths
  • Paint buckets, trays and liners
  • Sprayers and respirators

How to Find the Best Storage Solution for Contractors

Store your painting, plumbing, electrical and other equipment/materials on the jobsite with SAM (Store and Move) containers. Whether you are repairing a sink, installing a chandelier or painting a ceiling, our containers will make your job easier and allow you to spend more time actually doing work. We can even store your valuable contracting tools and equipment between jobs. Simply give us a call once you’ve finished working on a home and we’ll store your equipment/materials or deliver it to your next worksite.

If you’re interested in jobsite storage for your contracting business, give us a call at 972-438-2726 today!

Benefits of Jobsite Storage: Roofers Edition

Benefits of Jobsite Storage_ Roofers EditionIf there’s one common complaint among on-site service professionals, it’s that you have to lug around your items from one location to the next. Or, if you don’t take your items with you, a trip back to your office (or a nearby home improvement store) is in order. Either way, having to leave your job site wastes valuable time and money.

Portable storage containers are a great solution for this common problem, as they provide a convenient way to store your equipment and materials on the jobsite. In this first part of a three-part series, let’s take a look at how jobsite storage containers benefit roofers specifically.

Benefits of Jobsite Storage for Roofers

Portable storage containers are especially ideal for roofers, as their jobs are often dependent on the weather and can be interrupted by rain. Tarps only provide so much protection (and very limited security), while vans have limited space. Jobsite containers, on the other hand, offer greater capacity and security. Here are some of their other benefits:

  • You’ll be able to start on the roof right away and work on site all day; no trips for supplies or equipment!
  • There is ample storage space for your roofing items; you’ll likely only need one or two portable storage containers (click here to calculate how much space you’ll need)
  • Your valuable roofing tools and equipment are kept safe and secure; they can also be locked up overnight.
  • The storage container company provides quick, easy, and reliable transportation for the container to the next roof you’ll be working on.
  • Your items can be left on site and ready to go in case of bad weather (like rain) creating an unsafe working condition on the roof.

Types of Roofing Items That Can Be Stored

Imagine being able to keep all the items you need close by in a storage container instead of having to drive (and waste time) to find them. Here are some of the types of roofing items that can be stored in portable storage containers:

  • Shingles
  • Chalk, gravel and asphalt
  • Hammers, tackers and snips
  • Caulking materials
  • Nails and nail guns
  • Brooms, rakes and ladders
  • Safety harnesses
  • Adhesives, sealants and cement
  • Felt and plywood
  • Jacks, cutters, tanks, generators, carts and kettles
  • Hoses and lighting
  • Tarps/plastic sheeting

How to Find the Best Storage Solution for Roofers

SAM (Store and Move) containers are a great way to store your roofing equipment and materials on the jobsite. Whether you are replacing or repairing a roof, our containers will make your job easier and allow you to spend more time actually doing work. We can even store your valuable roofing tools and equipment between jobs. Simply give us a call once you’ve finished working on a roof and we’ll store your equipment/materials or deliver it to your next worksite.

If you’re interested in jobsite storage for your roofing business, give us a call at 972-438-2726!

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