Author Archives: Ashley Moore

Spring Cleaning

 

As the weather starts to warm up it is the perfect time to bust open those windows and let some fresh air inside!  With a little decluttering and a good deep clean your indoor spaces will be spring fresh in no time.  Here is a checklist to help you tackle the infamous spring clean…

Start with the garage. It’s always the last space I want to do, so if I make a point to start here I know it will get the attention it deserves.  Stash away the snow shovels and snow blower and get the mower out and serviced.  It’s nearly time to get patio furniture back out. I especially enjoy lunch on the deck this time of year, while the bugs are still at a minimum.

Whether inside or in the garage, decluttering is key. Let your home be a living space not a storage space.  We have all kinds of storage options available, stop in to see one of our storage counselors to find the right space for you.  Once you’ve stored and organized the clutter, deep cleaning will be a breeze.

Give all the windows around the house a good clean both indoors and out. It’s the perfect excuse to get outside for a few minutes!

Dust all surfaces, and wash the walls and baseboards. Wipe down cabinetry.  Wash curtains and other linens.

Change your air filters and check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Shampoo the carpets, it always shocks me how much dirt and dust they hold. It’s a great time to move all the furniture and vacuum underneath, maybe do a little rearranging while you are at it.

Don’t forget about your appliances. Clean the oven, the exhaust hood, inside out outside of the refrigerator (including the top and rear), the dishwasher, and look up manufacturer suggestions for cleaning your washer.

Made it through the spring clean?  Celebrate your accomplishments and splurge on some fresh flowers.  Nothing says spring like the colors and scents of flowers! 

 

Tackling the Clutter

If you are anything like me, your dining room table has a tendency to collect clutter amid the hustle and bustle of daily life.  Why is that?  For me it is the things that just don’t have a place that tend to find their way to the table.  An organized and clutter free space really does contribute to lower stress levels.

Creating intentional, convenient spaces makes all the difference when trying to tackle the clutter.  Here’s some tips from our storage experts:

Get a mail organizer.  Look for wall mount to save counter space.  If the mail has a place to go, it won’t find its way to the table.

Get a coat rack, or a rack/cubby combo.  I like to think my kids will take the time to hang their coats in the closet when coming inside, but let’s be honest, half the time I don’t either.  Coats tend to get hung on the back of dining room chairs while hats and gloves end up on the table.  After a couple days it has turned into a pile.    Racks and cubbies just inside the door offer a convenient, organized alternative.

Find a spot for keys.  A decorative dish, or series of hooks just inside the door.  Once keys end up on the table it can be a headache to locate them when you need them.

Create a charging station for your devices.  There are some really neat charging station organizers out there.  It’s worth the investment!

Consider a buffet, armoire, or secretary.  Let’s face it, no matter how well intentioned you might be, life happens.  Having the right furniture makes all the difference.

Store anything infrequently used.  Kitchen and entryway space is prime real estate.  Pack up and store anything you don’t use regularly.  Fine china used once a year?  While displaying in a hutch or stacking in a buffet is tempting, those spaces can go to better use storing the things you use daily.

Our lobbies carry a full selection of packing supplies, give us a ring and our storage counselors can help you figure out how best to pack.  And if you find yourself in need of a little extra space we have a plethora of options to choose from!  We can help you choose the perfect storage space for your needs and for optimum value, we make storage simple.

It’s Officially Sweater Weather!

Hello Friends!

It’s that time of year again.  The wrap up of fall sports, the arrival of pumpkin everything, and just one week to go until it feels dark out by the middle of the afternoon!  There are several ways that Quality Care Storage can help you prepare your home, closet, patio, garage and even vehicles for the fall and rapidly approaching winter months.

Packed Closet?

Chances are your closets are still full of all of summer’s clothing essentials. However, it’s time to start thinking about sweaters and jackets. We are here to help! Make room in your closets and dressers by renting one of our new Aromatic Cedar Closets in North Liberty.  Complete with a hanging rod and shelf, these small storage rooms feature the wonderful smell (as well as pest-deterring properties of Cedar wood.)  Aside from clothing, these rooms are a perfect size for small collections or memorabilia that you do not have a spot for in your home.

Who Wants to Park the Car They Drive Daily Outside in the Freezing Cold?

Make room in your garage for your car!  If you are anything like us, scraping your windows on a frosty fall morning or getting soaked from a torrential fall rain is not your idea of a good start to the day!  To make sure that your car windows will never be frosted over, consider clearing out your garage of the excess sports equipment, camping gear, and other things you will not use again until spring.  We have spaces large and small and great winter specials for seasonal storage.

Wishing you had an EXTRA garage stall?

Maybe your prized classic car is a mint condition ’61 Corvette? Or is it possibly a not so mint, but still equally prized ’67 VW Bus? No matter what make or model your classic car might be, keeping it out of the winter elements is always a top priority. Come in today and take a look at one of our drive up temperature controlled storage rooms Quality Care Storage in Tiffin. The Tiffin location is conveniently located just off of Exit 237 on Interstate 80 westbound. Stop by any time, we would love to show you some storage rooms to house your prized classic car.

 

Storage Tips for Students

Welcome Students!  Congratulations on finishing up your year.  If you have been with us before, don’t forget to bring in your lock to be entered in a fun drawing.  If you are new to storage, we have some tips to help you put your things away for the summer.

Choosing a Room Size
A 5×10 storage room is perfect for most students. A 5×10 comfortably fits a mattress and box spring, a futon, a few boxes or totes, and a mini-fridge. Looking to save a little money? Consider sharing a storage room with a friend. Only have books or a few items? Ask about our locker options for a great deal!

Temperature Control or Drive Up Access?
Our temperature controlled rooms are kept at a moderate temperature and are great for an added level of protection for more delicate and treasured belongings. We recommend temperature control storage when storing leather furniture, electronics, musical instruments, books, photographs, and artwork. Our drive up rooms are super convenient and are great for storing most household items.

Preparing Your Stuff
Make sure you defrost and clean your fridge and microwave before storing and wipe it completely dry. The defrost process can take a couple days so be sure to plan ahead. Always store your refrigerator in an upright position to protect the compressor. Leave the door slightly ajar when you place it in storage. Following these precautions will protect your appliances so that you can rely on them next year when you return to school.

Protect Your Belongings
By following some simple best practice recommendations for self storage you can ensure that your items are protected. Pack all your smaller items into boxes or totes. We have some great specials for discounted boxes and supplies and would be happy to help you pick out the essentials. In hot and humid Iowa summers damp checks are a life saver! For each month you plan to store we recommend using one damp check for every 50 square feet. We also suggest using mattress covers when storing your mattress. Before placing your items in storage, it is important to put a plastic drop cloth down as a barrier between the concrete and your belongings and/or to place your items on pallets.

Do I Need Insurance?
Yes!  If it’s important enough to store, it’s important enough to insure! Our rental agreement asks that all guests have insurance on their belongings for your own protection. Almost all of our student guests choose the $9.00 a month premium for $2,000 worth of coverage.

Opening and Closing Your Storage Room
The door to your storage room is similar to a garage door and will roll up when lifted. First you will need to slide the latch to the left to release the door. If the latch feels tight and won’t move easily then step on the handle. Putting pressure on the handle with your foot should allow the latch to move with more ease. Once the latch is released you can pull up on the door to open it. When you are done pull down the door and reengage the latch by sliding it the the right. Make sure you get the latch slid all the way over before putting your lock on. Questions? Give us a ring and we are happy to assist!

Parking

Please park parallel next to your storage room rather than perpendicular.  That allows other guests to easily drive around your vehicle and there is less risk of damaging the building.

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When you return for the summer and are ready to move out…

Please take everything out of your room, including trash to avoid a cleaning fee.  The lock and keys are yours to keep.  Please take them with you so that we know you are finished with the storage space.  Stay tuned for a great special to continue to rent your 5 x 10 for the winter months.  Store your scooter or bike when the weather gets cold or to store items you cannot fit in your apartment or residence hall.

 

Mailbox Solutions Are Here!

Do you run a small business from your home and want to protect your privacy?  Will that package left on your front porch be there when you get home?  We’ve all been there, expecting a document or package only to find a pastel colored notice in our mailbox or stuck in our door reminding us we weren’t home to sign for it.  We understand and we think we can help!

Consider renting a mailbox at our Tiffin, Coralville, or North Liberty store!

Personal Mailboxes

 

Here’s some food for thought:

  • 24 hour access lets you pick up your mail whenever it’s convenient.
  • A real street address can be more beneficial than a P.O Box.  The U.S. Postal Service doesn’t accept mail from carriers such as UPS, FedEx, and DHL.  Any carrier can deliver to your mailbox with us.
  • We accept mail and packages and sign on your behalf so you never miss a delivery.
  • Our stores are staffed six days a week.
  • Mailboxes are available in three sizes in Coralville and one size in North Liberty and Tiffin.
  • If you move (locally anyway!) you don’t need to change your address.
  • Keep your business and personal mail separate.  Having a separate business address away from your home can prevent unsolicited sales “drop-ins” and help preserve your work-home balance.
  • If you’re new to the area and not sure where to settle down, our mailbox rental terms start at 3 months.  We also offer a 6 month or 1 year option.  They’re super easy to set up and with the first two months absolutely free right now, it’s worth a try!