Moving Away to College 101: Packing Tips for New Jersey Students

A smiling young woman labeling packed boxes for college.

Heading off to college is exciting, but you have a lot of items on your to-do list. From buying textbooks to registering for classes, you're going to be pretty busy between now and the first day of school. Since no one is born knowing how to pack for college, you'll be glad to learn it isn't that difficult—as long as you don't procrastinate.

Be Transparent


We can't say enough good things about clear plastic bags. From the zippered variety to the vacuum-sealed type, these bags make it easy to keep track of toiletries and bulky hoodies alike. And in a tiny space like your dorm room, you can skip the dresser and fill floating shelves or the area under your bed to save valuable square footage. They also simplify the process of loading your things into your dorm or storage unit.

How to Pack for College Dorm Closets


You may think you'll need your entire wardrobe, but you'll be surprised at how few items you actually wear. Consider packing only these basics:

  • Two or three pairs of jeans
  • A few t-shirts or casual knit tops
  • A couple of hoodies and warm sweaters
  • A convertible jacket
  • An outfit for interviews
  • Something formal if you think you'll need it

Save closet or shoe rack space by investing in a pair of dark sneakers that can double as business-casual shoes. Bring only two weeks' worth of socks and underwear or buy a whole new batch when you get to school. Roll your clothes and pack them in tightly to maximize space both before and after moving in. Be sure to carve out space for rain gear and your backpack. Hooks are your best friend!

Downsize, Downsize, Downsize


Limited space makes downsizing your belongings a must. When considering how to pack for college, remember that you'll probably have even less space than you anticipate. Skip anything that isn't a necessity; you can always bring more of your things from home on your first break. Check with your school's housing and residential life department to see what items come with your dorm room.

Sometimes a desk or mini refrigerator is included so you don't have to lug these bulky items onto campus. Consider buying organizers for your desk, toiletries and snacks or cooking supplies. If it can't fit in the organizer, it doesn't come with you.

Move-In Day


Pick up several uniformly sized cardboard boxes for your move. Cardboard boxes are sturdy and roomy and can be broken down and stored for re-use later. Only re-use boxes that are in good condition. Clearly mark the front of each box with its contents. After all, it’s best to list every single item so you're not left scrambling to find your toothbrush or electric kettle for late-night ramen. 

If you'd rather just buy new moving supplies later, many storage facilities sell everything you need. Clear storage bins make great alternatives to boxes! Plus, you can buy stick-on labels to organize them. As a bonus, you can re-use them for storage in your dorm. Keep it all under control by creating an inventory list. Just jot everything down, or search for a Word or Excel template you can print out.

Reserve a Self-Storage Unit


Keeping some of your things off-site in a storage unit gives you more space in your dorm room or apartment. Here are some items you can place in storage to give you a little breathing room:

  • Sports equipment
  • Old textbooks or reference books
  • Other things you need—but not right now

Keep seasonal items at home if you can make it back for breaks. If not, put off-season clothes, decor, and equipment in storage until you need it. Safeguard Self Storage offers convenient, secure storage at several locations in New Jersey. Reserve a unit online to take advantage of our web-only specials!

Ideas for Empty Nesters’ Extra Bedrooms in New Orleans

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Now that your kids aren't kids anymore, you have some extra space available in your home. While you miss them, having an empty bedroom or two at your disposal gives you the chance to indulge in a hobby, entertain out-of-town guests more often, or just enjoy a space that's all yours. Here are some of our ideas for what to do with your extra bedroom.

Craft a Hobby Room


Whether you're into crafting, painting, collecting stamps, or restoring old clocks, you'll appreciate having a place dedicated to your hobby. Most hobbies require only a modest investment to turn an empty bedroom into a studio. However, if you have the budget, by all means, enlist the aid of a professional team to install cabinets or equipment. The only caveat is to avoid going crazy with the custom installations if you plan to sell your home anytime soon.

Beat a Retreat


If 2020 taught us anything, it's that a little breathing room can be a good thing. That's why a "cave" is one of our favorite extra bedroom ideas. Whether it's a man cave or a mom cave—or, if you're lucky, one of each—having your very own oasis is a dream for many of us. Customize your space with the following options:

  • Reading nook
  • TV or gaming area
  • Coffee, wine, or traditional bar


Half the fun of a cave room is decorating, and plenty of retailers cater to customers with man caves and she-sheds. Even online resellers target this market with funny signs, themed decor, and the coolest accessories imaginable.

Surrender to Pure Relaxation


Remember the hygge craze from a few years ago? Hygge, a Danish word, roughly translates to “coziness.” The trend was so popular because we all crave that feeling of contentment that comes with being in soft surroundings, preferably in our own homes.

While you don't have to buy hot chocolate in bulk or knit an insanely chunky throw, it's never a bad idea to design a refuge that's drenched in softness. These tips will help you transform an empty bedroom into a “soft zone”:

  • Install a dimmer switch
  • Fill the room with candles
  • Invest in a cashmere throw blanket
  • Stick with soft, easy-on-the-eyes colors
  • Top a daybed or window seat with dozens of cushy throw pillows


The possibilities are endless! Just think soft and comfy. So, grab a drink from the hot beverage bar, slide into your fluffiest robe and slippers, and sink into a cozy chair in front of the faux fireplace with your favorite book.

Create a Multipurpose Guest Room


Maybe you invite the occasional guest for the weekend but still crave a little space to call your own. Good news! You can have your guest bedroom and use it, too.

Whether you have a Murphy Bed installed or put a daybed in a corner, the only consideration is ensuring that you have the space and resources to render the room guest-friendly. That might simply mean stashing supplies and equipment to convert your new gift-wrapping or exercise room back to a bedroom, if only temporarily.

Hold onto Your Extra Room’s Contents with Safeguard Self Storage 

 

We hope these extra bedroom ideas inspire you to optimize your home now that your kids have left the nest. Sometimes, however, giving their old bedrooms a makeover leaves you with the dilemma of finding a place for keepsakes. Our Erato Street facility in New Orleans has all the amenities you need to safely store old toys, furniture, and clothing so you can make the most of being an empty-nester.

If clutter is preventing you from building the room of your dreams, reserve a unit online with Safeguard Self Storage today.

Your Essential Guide to Living in Largo, FL

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For many people, the option of working remotely has opened the door to moving farther from their jobs (either seasonally or for good). Whether you’re ready to hang up your snow shovel permanently or you simply want a change of scenery, choose Largo, FL, as your new home or seasonal hideaway. 

Located in Pinellas County, Largo offers the best of both urban and suburban lifestyles. From a wide variety of local restaurants and spacious parks to its proximity to the larger city of St. Petersburg, this town of approximately 84,000 residents is perfect for retirees and young professionals alike. Discover more about this Floridian gem with Safeguard Self Storage! 

The History of Largo, FL

Originally inhabited by the Tocobaga tribe, the Largo area was settled and claimed by multiple countries throughout the course of several centuries before being incorporated as a town in 1905. Five years later, the community experienced a population boom of 500% between 1910 and 1930. 

The town’s agricultural economy depended on citrus groves, hog farms, and cattle ranches. In fact, its time as a center for citrus packing, canning, and shipping earned Largo the nickname “Citrus City.” 

The Largo of Today 

Following World War II, Largo experienced an even larger population increase, transforming the agricultural community into a bustling suburban area with extensive neighborhoods and shopping centers. Now, more than a century after its incorporation, Largo has become a well-established bedroom community. 

While many of its residents are retired, working members of the Largo community can enjoy an easy commute to the larger cities of Clearwater and St. Petersburg. The industries with the most job growth in Largo include healthcare, law enforcement, and retail. Learn more about Largo’s cost of living, neighborhoods, and more below. 

Largo Cost of Living 

With an overall cost of living index of 96 (with the highest score being 100, it’s no surprise Largo has been rated as one of the best places to retire in the United States. While Largo’s older population has contributed to a slightly higher cost of living index for healthcare, its low costs for housing and transportation make it a more affordable option than larger nearby cities.  The median value of a Largo home is $263,992, and the average monthly cost of rent falls around $1,400.

Largo’s Neighborhoods 

An illustration of a mid-century modern home in one of Largo, FL’s neighborhoods.

As a community with more than a century of history, Largo features a wide variety of dwelling styles, from modest mid-century modern homes to coastal contemporary condominiums. Some of the area’s most prominent neighborhoods include:

  • Belle Oak Villas
  • Fairway Village
  • Palm Hill
  • Paradise
  • Walsingham Heights
  • Water View Estates
  • Town & Country

When choosing a future area in Largo to call home, you should take community amenities into consideration. Belle Oak Villas, for example, features two private pools for residents to enjoy. Additionally, the neighborhood is just down the road from several shops and services, including The Haus Coffee Shop, Bro’s Pizzeria & Bar, and more.

Alternatively, Fairway Village offers a private golf course for its residents. Even if golf isn’t your cup of tea, the community is a short drive to Belcher Soccer Complex. 

Prefer being near the great outdoors? When you move to Walsingham Heights, you’ll enjoy being around the corner from the Florida Botanical Gardens and Walsingham Park. Unplug, unwind, and relax with a nature walk or picnic!

Depending on which community you live in, your home may fall under one of five Largo ZIP codes:

  • 33770
  • 33771
  • 33773
  • 33774
  • 33778

Education

The Pinellas County Schools (PCS) district’s administrative headquarters is located in Largo. PCS serves more than 104,000 students in the Pinellas County area through 140 schools and centers. Largo is home to several of these schools, including:

  • Fuguitt Elementary School
  • Mildred Helms Elementary School
  • Largo High School
  • Pinellas Park High School
  • Pinellas Preparatory Academy
  • Plato Academy Largo
  • Plato Academy Seminole
  • Ridgecrest Elementary School
  • Walsingham Elementary School

In addition to primary and secondary schools, Schiller International University’s campus is also located in Largo. The private, for-profit university was established in 1964 as a program designed for American students studying abroad in West Germany.

Transportation

While walking to convenience shops or nature trails is fairly easy in Largo, the town is still relatively car-dependent. You can also take advantage of Largo’s public transportation system, the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA). Feel like getting a workout while you explore the community? There are extensive bike trails throughout the area you can enjoy.

Things to Do Around Largo

 An illustration of the Largo, FL, Public Library.

There’s never a shortage of things to do in or nearby Largo. Have some little ones who need to burn off energy? Take them out for a day of fun and sun at the Splash Harbour Water Park in neighboring Indian Rocks Beach, or bounce down to Clearwater’s Sky Zone trampoline park.

For some slower-paced activities, you can always stroll the paths around McGough Nature Park or comb through Largo Public Library’s endless treasure trove of books. You can also take a look at the library’s calendar for fun activities, classes, and more.

Want to connect with your neighbors? The Largo Community Center is brimming with opportunities to meet new friends through special events, programs, and chances to volunteer. Older residents can also enjoy social clubs, trips, and afternoon games of bingo.

Other things to enjoy in Largo, FL, include:

After burning off energy exploring the town, reward yourself with some local Largo fare. Grab a bite at Roosterfish Grill, go outside your comfort zone with some tastes of Thailand at Veggie Thai Cafe, or beat the heat with an ice cream cone from Twistee Treat Largo.

Make Space for Your New Life in Largo, FL, with Safeguard Self Storage

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Whether you’re a longtime Largo resident downsizing for retirement or you need a secure place to store all your belongings while you finalize the sale of your old house, convenient storage can be hard to come by during any transition.

With Safeguard Self Storage on Walsingham Road in Largo, you can make your move easier with an affordable, accessible storage unit. Our state-of-the-art storage facility provides a wide variety of unit sizes for all kinds of needs, from a 5x5 unit to keep your golf gear tucked away to a 12x45 outdoor parking space for your car, boat, or RV.

Additionally, while you may enjoy Largo’s balmy weather, your wooden furniture, vinyl records, and other temperature- and humidity-sensitive items don’t. Minimize the chance of your belongings warping, cracking, or melting in the Florida heat with one of Safeguard’s climate-controlled units! Other convenient features we offer include:

Chat with our storage experts on Walsingham Road in person, or rent or reserve your unit online today to take advantage of web-only discounts and special offers!

7 Tips for a Successful Summer Garage Sale

Vases, mirrors, picture frames, and other items labeled for a garage sale.
In the midst of summer, everyone is out and about. Whether that’s just to get a nice walk in, or because they’re bored and looking for something to do. This makes it the best time of the year to hold that garage sale you’ve wanted to do for a while, and clear up the excess space in your home.

Discover with Safeguard Self Storage seven ways you can host an effective summer garage sale, and how storage might be helpful to you both before and after it’s complete.

Garage Sale Tip

In an information market over-saturated with advice, here are seven key garage sale tips that we believe stand out among the rest.

Don’t Immediately Discard Older or Broken Items

Don’t get caught up in the idea that because you no longer want a certain item, no one else will, either. Some collectors or tinkerers don’t mind mending, fixing, or cleaning items like old clocks, clothing, or furniture. You never know what will appeal to people, so just make sure it’s all available and let your customers decide.

Advertise Your Sale

Probably one of our best garage sale tips is that you should always try to advertise your sale. This doesn’t mean just signs at the end of the street; make posts on your neighborhood or town’s social media pages, or buy a spot in the local newspaper. Just make sure you don’t break the bank over it­­­. You’re doing this to clean up space and make money, not lose it.

Borrow Tables and Shelves

If you don’t properly present the items you’re selling, your potential customers may be less inclined to explore your sale. Either organize your items with your own tables or shelves or borrow some friends to make your for-sale belongings look more appealing. The more options you have to organize your products for sale, the better.

Have Plenty of Change Ready

Nothing can kill the momentum of a sale if the buyer has a $20 bill for a $5 item, and you can’t return the difference. Make sure you start with plenty of change ready for potential purchases, especially smaller bills like $1 and $5. If things go well, you may have even more cash to work with after a few hours.

Don’t Underestimate Value

There are some people who hunt garage sales specifically looking for items that have been mispriced because their owner didn’t understand their value. Make sure before you put something out for sale, that you can’t get more for it by selling through an online market. This is especially true for technology, vintage toys, and some rarer items, like certain comic books.

Make Things Look Pretty with Lights

Lights, streamers, colorful tablecloths. Tying into an earlier point, if your belongings have an alluring presentation, you’re likely to get more sales. Giving things this charm creates the impression that you care about your belongings, something that was probably true while you owned them. The more memorable your belongings are the more customers that may take a look at your sale.

Keep Yourself Safe

This garage sale tip is different from the others on our list, but always prioritize the safety of yourself and your home. Don’t let anyone into your home for any reason. This is a garage sale, not a convenience store. Also, don’t leave your money out where someone could easily steal it, like a cash box. Carry your cash around on your person, and regularly check your pockets to make sure it’s still there. At the end of the day, your safety is more important than selling some old things.

Safeguard Your Belongings

Whether you’re preparing for a garage sale or you still have some stuff leftover after one, chances are you have more stuff than you want or need at the moment. Self storage is a simple, convenient solution for storing any of your belongings while you decide what to do with them. Safeguard has been dedicated to the highest standard of service in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, and beyond, for more than 30 years.

For more useful information like our garage sale tips, take a look at our blog. It's brimming with articles to make your life a little easier through the convenience of self storage.

School Supply Storage Ideas for Plainview Teachers

Binders, pencils, rulers, and other school supplies piled on a teacher's desk.

Like many educators, teachers in Plainview, NY, are often responsible for figuring out the organization and arrangement of their classrooms. With so many different materials and

supplies to consider, it’s easy to become stressed out. That’s why Safeguard’s storage experts have put together a few school supply storage ideas for teachers.

Plainview’s students deserve an opportunity to thrive, and teachers shouldn’t have to struggle to meet that end. Discover how to create a well-organized classroom with Safeguard.

School Supply Storage

Here’s a few solutions for Plainview teachers who want more storage space out of their classrooms.

Rolling Carts

Take advantage of vertical space in your classroom with solutions such as standing storage. Some forms of standing storage include rolling carts with multiple drawers. In addition to their mobility, rolling carts often include drawers, which you can color-code to create even more organization.

Ziplock Bags

Easily labeled and even easier to organize, Ziplock bags are especially valuable for things like puzzle pieces, erasers, certain types of toys, and other small school supplies.

When you use Ziplock bags, it’s harder to lose or mix up things that would otherwise just be loose and unorganized.

Color Everything!

You should use colors as much as possible to improve your school supply storage options. Whether that’s as simple as alternating blue-green-blue buckets for different supplies or assigning different types of supplies to different colors (red for schoolbooks, blue for writing utensils), or even subjects to different colors (red for math books, blue for history books), as long as there’s consistency in your assignment of colors, this can prove incredibly helpful.

If you lack containers of different colors, you could also try labeling things in different colors to achieve the same effect.

Portable Cases or Bags

Fortunately, toolkits and other teacher storage that are designed to carry all of the worksheets and lessons for a subject or lesson are easy to find in Plainview, NY. If you designate one of these to each thing you plan to teach, it’s easy to organize them into convenient, portable resources that are intuitive for both you and the students. Label the case/bag with the subject to make it easier for younger students to organize as well and help minimize clutter.

Self Storage

As any teacher knows, sometimes even the most organized classrooms still need additional storage space. Before you cram your classroom closet or your home’s basement with homework assignments, craft supplies, and other materials for your students, visit Safeguard Self Storage.

We offer a wide selection of unit sizes to fit all your teacher storage needs, from a 5x5 unit for documents to a larger unit perfect for storing major student projects. Plus, our climate controlled units shield paper and other sensitive items from extreme temperatures and humidity.

Discover Plainview Teacher Storage Solutions with Safeguard

Expand the potential of your classroom’s space with these helpful school supply storage options. Safeguard in Plainview also offers self-storage units for when you have excess supplies that you don’t want to keep in the classroom, or which can be rented in the months between school years to hold your belongings.

Visit Safeguard Self Storage on Old Country Road today and prepare for your next successful school year!

Backyard Design Ideas for the Best Summer Yet

A backyard patio dining set at night, surrounded by string lights, lanterns, and potted flowers.

 

You're tired of Zoom meetings. You're ready for real face time with family and friends. Backyard organization and upgrades can help make it happen. Say goodbye to being cooped up and hello to a personal summer oasis with these great backyard design ideas from Safeguard Self Storage.


Brighten Up Your Outdoor Space


Let new walkways inspire your makeover plans. New pathways help organize and define outdoor space. Give outdoor space a sense of direction by laying down roll-out pathways. Hardwood plank walkways are portable, affordable, and keep feet dry on rainy days.

 

Fresh colors and fragrances also work magic on large and small backyards. Plant a garden bed dedicated to perennials. Choose beautiful flowers with dramatic good looks, like lilies of the valley and bleeding hearts. Graceful lavender is a fragrant choice for completing the floral atmosphere.

 

Building a trellis is another simple small backyard idea. Get crafty with an old headboard or fishing net stashed in your storage unit. Set a vertical backyard stage for sweet honeysuckle, Boston ivy, or purple passionflower.


Decorate a Perfect Summer Patio



Backyard organization turns tired, cluttered spaces into lively gathering spots. Make room for these easy summer patio decoration ideas by moving old patio stuff to self storage.

 

Use an inviting porch swing to expand patio seating options. Hammocks make comfy guest accommodations too. Give the kids fun chair options with single-seat swings suspended around patio edges.

 

Finally, for some added privacy and a bit of flare, hang up sheer curtains. Lightweight materials make this project a breeze, and even simple tiebacks give you control over soft translucent walls. Patio sheers hold back hot summer sun, too.

 

Keep Your Patio Bright and Cozy

 

Enjoy spending time outdoors after the sun sets? Illuminate backyard entertainment by stringing globe lights over the patio. Mini lanterns and fairy string lights are also sparkling choices. Don't forget extra Christmas lights in your storage unit.

 

In addition to keeping your patio bright, make things comfortable with decorative outdoor rugs underfoot. The fade-resistant throws combine style and function with beautiful patterns and weather-resistant materials in patio-friendly shapes and sizes.


Design an Entertainment Destination


Turn your outdoors into a backyard entertainment destination with fun backyard ideas. In addition to being a grill master, become known for your outdoor oasis by creating a venue that keeps everyone happy even after the burgers are gone.

 

For after-hour hangouts, keep summer nights bright with a fire table. The evening glow of these modern campfires always warms up conversations. They're also perfect for roasting hot dogs and toasting s'mores.

Additionally, you can turn your backyard into a movie theater. Mount a white sheet on wooden dowels, or drape it down an exterior wall. Connect your favorite streaming device to a projector and speakers.


Achieve Your Backyard Design Goals with Safeguard

 

It's fun to upgrade your great outdoors, but it takes some organizing skills, too. When you want to make room for your best backyard design ideas, let us help. Safeguard Self Storage has room to spare in a wide range of storage unit sizes, and we're always open year-round.

 

Whether you’re sprucing up your sprawling yard in Larchmont, NY, or making the most of your square foot garden in Chicago’s South Loop, you can find the space you need at Safeguard Self Storage. Visit one of our facilities in New York, New Jersey, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Florida, or Illinois today!

Organize Your Junk Drawers Once and for All

A junk drawer crammed with papers, books, office supplies, and other clutter.

 

The best intentions don't work on junk drawers. You try, but they always fill back up. Figuring out how to organize junk drawers shouldn't be that hard. That’s why the storage experts at Safeguard Self Storage have put together a selection of helpful junk drawer organization ideas. Discover more below!

Using the KonMari Method to Tackle Clutter

The KonMari Method is a great source of inspiration for organizing your junk drawers and keeping them tidy. Combine that discipline with determination, and add nearby self storage. You're ready to reclaim valuable drawer space with the following six steps:

1. Get Everything Out

You can't start organizing junk drawers until each one is completely empty. As you clear everything out, use a little KonMari visualization. Imagine the beauty of rescued drawer space.

Toss obvious trash. If it's broken, expired or just beyond practical use, pitch it. Don't try to sort through the rest. Instead, step back for an overview of what you're dealing with.


2. Dust, Clean, and Measure


Clean junk drawer interiors with a microfiber cloth. Dust outside edges, glides, and hardware. Lightly spray interiors with vinegar and water, wipe clean, and let the drawers dry.

Your tape measure is probably somewhere in that pile you emptied out earlier. Grab it, measure each drawer's dimensions, and make notes. They'll come in handy when it's time to compartmentalize your project.


3. Sort With Purpose


When you know how to organize junk drawers with purpose, you're following the KonMari path to decluttering. You're ready to let go of stuff you don't really need, and that's liberating.

Items that get to stay are things you use on a regular basis. They might be scissors, tape, spare keys, or extra chargers. Now, visualize it all in simple drawer compartments.

 

4. Organize Your Storage Options

Make the most of recovered space with junk drawer organizers. Reference your earlier measurements, and stock up on mini boxes, stackable organizers and drawer divider systems. Try a mix of these DIY junk drawer organization ideas with a number of items, such as:

  • Small muffin tins
  • Flatware or makeup trays
  • Zip-top plastic bags
  • Ice cube trays

 

5. Keep It Simply Sensible

 

Simplicity is a basic tenet of KonMari. Focus on that with simple drawer layouts that make sense. You don't need staplers in the kitchen drawer or grocery coupons in office drawers.

The best storage ideas for junk drawers turn them into easy-to-access storage units. Streamline grouping strategies so that newly reclaimed drawers work for you and your entire household.


6. Stay in Control


You've conquered junk drawer clutter, so make it a permanent change. Regularly check drawers to be sure they're staying organized. It's a simple routine that pays off with space where things never get lost.

When items that don't belong start to sneak in, set them aside for your next trip to self storage. You're in control of those former junk drawers, and that's a positive change for the better.


Enjoy Expandable Space


Whether it's drawers, closets or the garage, all your space is valuable. The determination you put into keeping it organized deserves to be rewarded. Once you’ve reorganized your junk drawers, you can create even more deserved space with a storage unit from Safeguard Self Storage.

From Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, NY, to West Rogers Park in Chicago, IL, our storage facilities feature a wide selection of storage unit sizes and features to help you make the space you need when you need it.

Visit one of our locations in New York, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, or New Jersey and let us make it easier for you to stay organized.

Breathe Life Into Your Small New Orleans Living Space With These Houseplants

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It's fun to refresh your New Orleans home or apartment with a touch of green. Indoor plants make small rooms seem bigger. Transfer tabletop clutter to self storage, and make way for these easy plants to grow indoors.

Don’t have the greenest thumb? No problem! There are plenty of low maintenance houseplants that are perfect for your busy schedule. Plus, if you tend to be forgetful, many low maintenance plants only require watering a couple of times a month.
Discover how to brighten up your space with Safeguard Self Storage on Erato Street! We’ve tracked down a wide variety of fun, low maintenance plants to welcome into your home or apartment.

Best Easy House Plants for Full Sun

A jasmine plant with white blossoms sitting on a window sill.

Jasmine

Jasmine does well in windows with southern exposures. This indoor version of the outdoor vine fills a room with sweet fragrance. Give jasmine a small trellis, and watch it grow into a beautiful climber.

Hibiscus

This is another outdoor plant that does well inside. If you keep it on a sunny windowsill, the hibiscus produces gorgeous blossoms. Its vividly colored flowers liven up any room.

Sweet Basil

Sweet basil thrives in sunny kitchens and supplies fresh flavor year-round. Move seldom-used countertop appliances to your storage unit, and replace them with a miniature herb garden.

Low Light, Low Maintenance Indoor Plants

A polka dot plant with green leaves covered in pink speckles.

Polka Dot Plant

This little hybrid is a showy standout in rooms with limited natural light. Its spotted leaves are rainbows of reds, pinks and whites. The diminutive polka dot plant fits perfectly on shallow shelving.

Lucky Bamboo

You don't need a sunny corner to get lucky with this woody favorite. It's considered by many to be a Feng Shui must-have. Lucky bamboo is one of the best indoor plants for water-filled containers.

Christmas Cactus

It's not really a cactus, but its rounded leaves resemble the spikes on prickly outdoor plants. Each fall, the Christmas cactus adds a festive touch to interiors with cascading crimson blossoms.

Safe Indoor Plants for Pets and Kids

A zebra plant with spiky tendrils covered in white, compact, horizontal stripes.

Zebra Plant

This non-toxic succulent is one of the best easy houseplants for busy lifestyles because it only needs watering every three or four weeks. The zebra plant does require plenty of sunshine to maintain its charm.

Parlor Palm

Even the smallest home has space for a coconut tree's relative. The parlor palm has been gracing shady corners in tight spaces since the Victorian era. It's completely safe around children and pets.

African Violet

If you love kid- and pet-friendly indoor plants with flowers, you'll adore colorful African violets. The elegant little plants are surprisingly low-maintenance, but they do prefer lots of sunlight.

Unique Indoor Plants for Small Spaces

Air Plant

Of all the easy plants to grow indoors, the air plant holds a special place. It doesn't need soil to grow. Just set it out in a shallow bowl, or suspend it from a shelf with a fishing line.

Golden Pothos

A small, humid bathroom is ideal for the golden pothos. Yellow variegation adds a pretty pattern to its green heart-shaped leaves. Golden pothos plants only need minimum sunlight.

Spider Plant

Every indoor plant decoration idea should be this easy. Fill a hanging basket with a spider plant, and watch it mature into a cascading room accent.

Enjoy Storage Space That Grows with You at Safeguard

Indoor plants can breathe life and color into even the smallest rooms. Your only problem may be finding a spot to securely perch your plants. When you need to make room for your plants, Safeguard Self Storage on Erato Street can help you expand those tight spaces.

In addition to our facility on Erato Street, we have convenient storage facilities throughout New Orleans and Louisiana. When you need room to grow, we have room to spare. Determine how much room you need with our helpful space estimator, and find a Safeguard Self Storage facility near you today!

How to Create Passive Income by Buying a Second Home in Plainview, NY

Miniature houses resting on stacks of coins.

Have you outgrown your Plainview, NY, home, or do you simply want a change? You’re not alone—there are lots of reasons to look for a new home, from downsizing to upsizing to providing a better location for you and your family. Plus, historically low interest rates provide quite the incentive.

While most people simply sell their old home and use the proceeds towards a down payment on the new one, that’s not the only way to make use of your old property. Here at Safeguard Self Storage on Old County Road, we’re experts at providing storage for movers and renters alike, and we’ve got the tips you need to figure out how to create passive income by buying a second home. 

Why You Should Consider Renting Your Plainview Property

With many benefits to renting your property, it’s no wonder why so many people are doing so. A few of the benefits include:

  • Passive income generation—Earn money without working for it. A good deal!
  • You can sell at an optimal time—By renting, you can choose to sell when it benefits you most.
  • It provides a safety net—Should you need to move back or sell for fast cash, you can do so.

How to Buy a Second Home and Rent the First

There are few steps that can make the process of renting out your first rental property a little easier. After all, if it were straightforward and didn’t require planning, everyone would do it. 

Save, Save, Save

Normally, when you sell your home, you can use the proceeds towards a down payment for your new home. Depending on how much equity you have in your old home, the proceeds could account for the entire down payment on the new one.

Of course, if you’re renting your first home out, you won’t be able to use that money for a down payment. That makes it absolutely crucial to save as much as you can for your second home’s down payment.

Use Non-Conventional Loan Methods—Literally

A conventional home loan requires you to spend 20% of the price of the home as a down payment. Spend less, and you’ll be forced to add PMI, or private mortgage insurance, to the loan.

But did you know that the traditional 20% down isn’t your only option? Conventional loans actually just require a minimum down payment of 3%, and while you’ll have to pay PMI, that could easily lower the required down payment by tens of thousands of dollars. If you don’t have good enough credit or a low enough debt-to-income ratio to qualify, another option is an FHA loan, which has a minimum requirement of 3.5% and fewer income/credit requirements.

Get Self Storage to Help in Plainview, NY

When you’ve got your plan set for acquiring your second home and renting out your first, there’s logistics to deal with. One of the best ways to make your move easier and conquer your logistics problems is through the power of self storage. With a storage unit near you, it’s possible to store extra belongings, tools, and more for your rental property and your second home (especially if you downsized).

At Safeguard Self Storage in Plainview, NY, we have affordable storage units and convenient features and amenities to help you create the storage solution you need. Find your Plainview storage unit and get started with your passive income today.

Moving back in with your parents? Here’s how to keep a level head.

Traditionally, the expectation of young men and women is to become independent of their parents after certain milestones, whether it’s graduating college, becoming financially self-sufficient, or reaching a certain age. As of July 2020, however, 52% of young Americans live with their parents or other family members. And now, in the age of the COVID-19 pandemic, even more young people have had to move home during or after college for safety.

Moving back into your parents’ home may not have been in your original plan, but  it does come with benefits—you can use money that would have gone to rent to pay student loans, create a stronger bond with your parents, and more! Discover how to keep a level head while living with your parents with tips from Safeguard Self Storage.

Communicate and Establish Boundaries

After being away from home for college a gap year, or just becoming an independent adult in general, your dynamic with your family will likely have changed. Both you and your parents have gotten older, which could mean that expectations for chores, running errands, and generally helping around the house have changed. That’s why it’s important to have a conversation to establish boundaries and set expectations. Agree on rules, chores, and other responsibilities you’ll have around the house.

Make Your Space Your Own

Whether your parents have left your room untouched since you moved away or converted it into an office or gym, it’s probably time for a little rearranging. Your room is your sanctuary, so spend time decorating it and making it feel as peaceful and comfortable as possible. Need a place to store your childhood keepsakes and other belongings? Give them a home away from home in a self storage unit.

Create a Plan and Set Goals

If living with your parents isn’t something you want to do long-term, it’s important to take active steps toward saving your money and finding a job to provide for yourself. Things you can do to move closer to finding your own space include:

  • Applying for jobs
  • Searching job sites for available positions
  • Opening a savings account
  • Freelancing to build up savings 

Keep Enjoying Your Hobbies

Just because you’re living with your parents doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Video call your friends, enjoy your hobbies, and stay active as often as you can. Staying cooped up in the house may lead to some less-than-sunny moods for both you and your family. Get out and have fun! In the event that your sports gear, or other equipment for your hobby take up space, you can find a 5x5 storage unit near you o keep them close by and out of the way. 

Store Your Belongings With Safeguard 

Now that you’re condensing your space to one room, you’ll probably have to do some decluttering. Your parents probably already have furniture, kitchen appliances, and other household items, so you’ll need a place to store them. 

Safeguard Self Storage has the right storage solution for you! From our flexible month-to-month rentals to our climate controlled units, we make your moving experience as easy as pie. Visit us and find out why Safeguard Self Storage is the simple choice today!