7 Ways to Use Self Storage While Living in a Tiny House


Living in a tiny house comes with challenges that self storage can help solve. Whether you’re in an RV, a cramped single-family home, or a 150 ft² tiny house on a trailer, you can use self storage to simplify your living space. Here are some essentials you can put in self storage to free up space and give you more flexibility while living tiny.


Extra Food and Supplies

Financial freedom is one of the top reasons to move into a tiny home, but having so little space means you can’t buy in bulk. Because you don’t have a large pantry for storage, you have to buy food and other supplies in small amounts, which is more costly than bulk purchases.

With a 5×5 storage unit, you can take advantage of sales and bulk purchases for items you regularly use like paper towels, toilet paper, and canned foods. Your self storage unit essentially becomes your long-term pantry or supply closet. Then, you can save on your everyday purchases while also saving on your household budget.


Important Documents

Important documents, such as passports or business-related forms, typically aren’t needed on an everyday basis, yet they’re still essential to keep. Depending on your lifestyle, you might have only a few documents or a drawer full of them.

In both cases, it can be wise to put these vital documents in a self storage locker, where they will be safe. Then, you won’t have to buy a bulky, fire-proof safe for your records or worry about where to store them safely in your tiny house. Plus, storing your documents elsewhere will free up space in your home for daily essentials.

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Seasonal Clothes and Bedding

If you live in an area of the country with four seasons, you probably have different wardrobes and bedding for winter and summer. Storing these seasonal clothes can take up a significant amount of space: especially bulky winter blankets, coats, and boots.

Why not put these seasonal items in a self storage unit instead? Then, those extra clothes and bedding won’t be taking up space all through the year. You can get them out when they’re needed, and put them back when the weather changes.


Festive Clothes

One challenge tiny house owners face is how to handle special events like weddings and holiday parties. Because their homes are too small for a large wardrobe, they might only have one dressy outfit for parties and special occasions. In other words, whether going to a wedding, a job interview or traveling abroad, outfits for special occasions take up valuable space.

If you prefer having a varied wardrobe so you can dress well for all kinds of situations, you can put a rolling clothing rack in a small self storage unit to expand your wardrobe while still living tiny. Then, you won’t ever have to feel embarrassed by what you’re wearing just because your home is small.


Holiday Decorations

Decorations for holidays like Christmas and Halloween can take up a lot of space. Even if you only have a few decorations, those items can suddenly seem large when you’re living in a tiny home.

Since you only use holiday decorations once a year, they might be the first thing you jettison while downsizing your home and life to fit a smaller house. But if you love celebrating holidays, you don’t have to get rid of everything. You can put the decorations you love the most in your self storage unit, so you can still have a festive, holiday atmosphere in your tiny house.


Big or Heavy Objects

Some hobbies, like skiing or camping, require equipment that doesn’t easily fit into a tiny home. Camping, fishing, and skiing gear might be large and bulky or unusually heavy – a problem for tiny houses with a weight limit.

While you can work around this problem by building a home that prioritizes your hobbies, it’s easier to put your hobby equipment into a self storage unit. Then, you won’t have to limit the number of sports or activities you can do. You’ll be free to pursue whatever hobbies you want.

Related: Storage Units Can Hold Recreational Gear for All Seasons


Sentimental Items

Souvenirs, photo albums, and love letters are a few examples of special items that are hard to throw away. And why should you? Even if memorabilia take up much-needed space, they represent meaningful moments and significant changes in your life, memories that are worth keeping.

If you only have a couple of sentimental items, you might be able to keep these in your tiny house without any inconvenience. But if you have a box full of photos and letters, you might struggle to find a place for them with such limited space.

That’s where climate-controlled storage can be a huge relief, saving you from throwing away items you’ll later miss. Especially if you’re planning to live in a tiny house temporarily, there’s no reason why you should sacrifice valuable keepsakes just because your home isn’t big enough.

With a self storage unit, you can stay on a small budget while still keeping items that are important to your life. Self storage is an affordable way to have a minimalistic, low-cost home without losing any valuable items.

For information and prices, check out what we offer at Metro Self Storage and find a self storage facility near you!

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Reboot Your Wardrobe with Closet Organization

by Stephanie Kay-Kok


Good closet organization doesn’t just look nice. It can also boost your confidence, improve your style, and make you feel happier about your wardrobe.

That’s because maintaining an organized closet requires you make important decisions about the clothes you wear and the style you have. Instead of buying everything you like until your closet is packed, you have to consider your wardrobe thoughtfully and be strategic about your shopping decisions. This careful strategy will ultimately make you into a more stylish person.
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Home Organization as the Seasons Change


Say bye-bye to winter baggage and hello to home organization this Spring. From winter snow storms to flood watch alerts, we understand that in many parts of the country winters can be long and brutal. Oftentimes, rain showers dominate Springtime. As winter transitions into spring, transform your home to simplify your life and boost productivity.

With a little inspiration from Netflix’s Marie Kondo, we’ll show you how to make home organization as winter comes to an end and we welcome spring! 


Tidy by Category, not by room

We always recommend great storage organization tips to our customers, so why not approach your house in the same way? When it’s time to get ready for spring cleaning – think about your items as belonging to categories. For example, if you are ready to go through your clothing, tackle all clothing in the house, not just in the bedroom. 

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You likely have things in a front closet, the garage, or another family member’s room which is important to include in the cleanout. Tidying by category will allow you to think of your home in a more holistic manner, rather than focusing room by room. Follow the below approaches to clear out seasonal or expired food, miscellaneous clutter, winter bedding, and large coats.


Empty out the Food

Does your fridge still have eggnog in the back? The best day to organize the refrigerator is the night before trash day – the items you are discarding can go from the fridge, freezer, or pantry, straight to the recycling or garbage truck as fast as possible without hanging around and smelling up your garage or side yard. Kitchen Storage Organization

Spring weather tends to bring out a different style of eating. Your local health food stores and restaurants may be offering a Spring Cleanse. A popular way of eating that is gaining traction across the country is Whole30.

Whether you’re an omnivore or vegetarian having an organized refrigerator will make meal pres easier and more enjoyable.


Declutter the clutter

The smallest way to make the biggest difference in your home is to eliminate the clutter. It’s everywhere–sitting out on the counter, inside a junk drawer, in the pockets of your coats, or lingering in unexpected places. In addition to regular clutter, you might find receipts for gifts from the holidays or maybe even some holiday decorations and other festive trinkets are still lingering about that you can put away as winter comes to an end.

An organized and minimalistic home is proven to enrich productivity. Don’t forget to go through any place you might store medications and get rid of anything old or expiring. You’ve been stuck inside in the cold, with all the germs, but now that you can open your windows and get fresh air and look for soon to be outdated cold and flu medicines. Clutter can creep up on even the most organized among us—how many junk drawers do you have? Can you get down to just one?


The care and keeping of linens

When the weather starts to turn towards Spring, if your bedroom gets warmer,  it’s a hint that it’s time to put away flannel sheets and other seasonal bedding. An important step before you store your sheets and linens is to wash them in hot water with two rinse cycles before putting them away. Even comforters and blankets doesn’t appear dirty, washing will get rid of residue oils that can discolor fabric.

And even more importantly, any dead skin cells or food particles that could attract bugs! If you are putting away multiple sheet sets, use a pillowcase to store an entire sheet set. That way the right colors and patterns all stay organized throughout the summer when your winter bedding is away. To make the most of your storage unit space vacuum seal everything before putting it in storage, and enjoy the space you’ve freed up for summer linens.


Organize winter coats by putting them in storage

Another category that takes up space is winter coats. Similar to the bedding, store the coats clean and dry. If you don’t have hanging storage – use a plastic box. It will be easier to identify the items when it’s time to pull them out again and avoid using cardboard which can wear down and potentially damage your winter furs.

You’ll be amazed at how much extra room you have in your closet without large winter coats. If you’re transitioning from a harsh winter, make sure you still have your raincoat handy for April showers.

Hopefully, you can put away snow boots, ice trekkers, hand warmers, and other snow gear. As your closet clears out, your stress will melt away with the snow.

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Before you store the items, make sure you really want to wear them next winter season. After you decide what no longer sparks joy, donate items to your favorite local charity.

Home organization is essential in every aspect of your home. Your organizing will allow clean energy to flow from your fridge to your window sills, to under the bathroom sink. Challenge yourself – what would Marie Kondo do? Does every belonging spark joy? Organizing and decluttering your living spaces will elevate your transition into spring.

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4 Tips and Tricks for Awesome Toy Storage


Toy storage tips and tricks can save a parent’s sanity. They help cut down on clutter and can prevent problems like lost toys, crying children, or an overflowing toy closet. With the right storage ideas, you can transform a play area from being a chaotic no-go zone into a fun place for everyone.

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Do’s and Don’ts of Refurbishing a Historic Home in Knoxville, TN


Knoxville, Tennessee is an area rich with history and beautiful homes; it’s why refurbishing a historic home in Knoxville is a trend gaining in popularity. From its beginnings as a jewel on the bridge from the east to the Midwest to its role in the Civil War, and now its present-day status as one of America’s most underrated cities, Knoxville has endured continually as one of the best places to live in America. Continue reading “Do’s and Don’ts of Refurbishing a Historic Home in Knoxville, TN”

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Easy Green Home Upgrades to Make Before Listing Your Home


No matter what time of year it is, there are reasons we want or need to sell our home. Before listing your home for sale, we have some hot tips on clean, easy green home upgrades that might help you sell your home faster. And if you and your potential buyers feel better about the planet, that’s a win-win.

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A 101 Guide to Planning and Designing a Kitchen Remodel


Remodeling any part of your home is daunting. While some areas, like your garden or yard, might be easier to revamp by using tools like an electric lawn mower, designing a kitchen remodel can be an intimidating task. That’s due to the overwhelming number of choices available, even if you simply want to update countertops and cabinets to refresh the style.

Before calling in a professional or beginning work yourself, you should consider the many different elements that make up a kitchen. Keep track of your ‘must haves’ and dislikes while planning. Doing so will set the foundations for design aspirations and help avoid building your dream kitchen from turning into a nightmare.

Below are some basic steps for preparing and carrying out kitchen remodeling works of all types: Continue reading “A 101 Guide to Planning and Designing a Kitchen Remodel”

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New Jersey Home Renovation Trends for 2018


Times are changing in the housing market. With the speed of modern looks and personality, homes are starting to be remodeled left and right. The thought slips in your head once, and then you look around your house and notice all of these sections that can be updated dramatically. Now, it’s time to gain inspiration and take action! By breaking down the New Jersey home renovation trends for 2018, we help you gather some great ideas that are personal and in style.

These trends will be grabbed all over New Jersey. Places like Andover, North Plainfield, Pennsauken, Springfield, and Stanhope are either already ahead of the curve, or soon to jump on. Here are our New Jersey home renovation trends of 2018!

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How to Shrink Wrap Furniture and Hard-to-Pack Household Items


Knowing how to shrink wrap furniture and awkward items can save you a lot of hassle during a move. Shrink wrap can keep household items secure and protected. It saves you from worrying about damage and dirt, and it helps keep loose things like wires and drawers in place.

Better yet, shrinkwrap, when appropriately done won’t stick to your furniture or leave ugly marks. Unlike tape, it doesn’t have an adhesive backing. It sticks to itself, and that’s it! Continue reading “How to Shrink Wrap Furniture and Hard-to-Pack Household Items”

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Going Green | Home Remodels that Add Value and Comfort


Are you faced with either moving to downsize or remodeling to age in place? Maybe your family is outgrowing your home but you’re in the town’s top school district. Every year millions of Americans are faced with the choice to remodel or move.

Deciding which is right for you can be difficult. However, if going green and healthy living appeals to you, a green home remodel might just be the answer you’re looking for. Continue reading “Going Green | Home Remodels that Add Value and Comfort”

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Home Renovation Survival Guide


Home renovations are notorious for being stressful. Whether you’re taking on a large project like a historic house or “just” remodeling your kitchen, home renovations can challenge your relationships, budget, and sense of sanity.

However, it is possible to cut down on the stress and conflict of a home renovation. Here are some tips to help you manage a renovation with fewer headaches and more joy.

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Home Remodel | How To Keep Cat Safety in Mind

There’s no denying, moving is stressful. It is stressful for people, and it causes stress in cats. Moving is so stressful that many homeowners decide to stay put and renovate. Keeping cat safety in mind during a home remodel will be at the top of your list whether your remodeling plans include creating a cat-friendly home, replacing drafty windows, or something more extensive.

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Kitchen Remodel: How to Pay Less for Appliances


We have all heard the saying, “They don’t make ‘em the way they used to,” and that has never been truer than for appliances.If you are planning a kitchen remodel, how to pay less for appliances is no doubt at the top of your list.

Anyone who has purchased more than one appliance in their lifetime understands this harsh new reality. What used to last for 25+ years now lasts for 12 years, maybe. If you’re lucky.  Continue reading “Kitchen Remodel: How to Pay Less for Appliances”

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Craft Storage: How Self Storage Can Help You Create

If you are passionate about crafting, you’ve probably experienced first hand how quickly your work space can go from clean to cluttered. Crafting utilizes many different types of objects, which can make craft storage at home a challenge. Add small children or pets to the equation, and you may choose to opt for offsite craft storage.

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5 Tips for DIY Home Storage


Decluttering before guests arrive, tackling spring cleaning or a visit from an outspoken friend or relative can inspire you to finally get everything organized and stored properly. While self storage is a great option for some, you may also decide to find enough space for home storage without ever leaving the hosue. If you choose to “do it yourself,” keep in mind the following 5 tips to increase your chances of success.
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8 Crafty Creations Using Cardboard Moving Boxes


There are more than 101 things to do with cardboard boxes, and besides building an actual skyscraper or luxury ocean liner, almost anything can be made out of a moving box. From napkin rings and picture frames to castles, airplanes, and rocket ships, it would appear that when it comes to cardboard, inventions range from the sublimely simple to museum-worthy art pieces.

The Imagination Foundation’s Cardboard Challenge invites the world to play with cardboard and build anything they can dream up. With 46 participating countries and almost 500 events in the United States alone, thousands of children around the world have the opportunity to bring their ideas to life with their cardboard creations. Here are a few humble ideas for a day of play with your moving boxes that will offer a welcome respite from the stress of moving. Continue reading “8 Crafty Creations Using Cardboard Moving Boxes”

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3 Simple Home Staging Tips to Help Sell Your House

According to top Realtors across the country, home staging is the key to selling a home. Moving season is here again; maybe it’s the warmer weather and the fact that the future looks brighter now that the sun isn’t hiding behind gray clouds.

One of the most important things you can do to sell your home quickly and for the highest possible price is to understand the value of staging. Getting a full-price offer within a reasonable amount of time is every homeowner’s dream.
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