7 Things You've Always Needed to Keep Your Home Organized

Home organization doesn't have to be a challenge. It shouldn't be something that stays one step ahead of your best intentions. You can conquer it. You just need smart strategies, clever organizing tricks, and convenient self storage. These seven simple tips from Safeguard Self Storage in Metairie, LA, keep even the busiest home organized and clutter-free.

7 Items That Are Great for Organization

1. A Stop at the Door

Start decluttering the house at the front door with decorative hooks and shelves for bags and jackets. Toss keys, sunglasses, and phones into a big, bright bowl on a small entryway table.

2. A Dresser in the Closet

Move an unused dresser into the closet. Position it against an open wall or slide it under hanging clothes. Fill it up with anything that doesn't have its own place.

3. Self Storage Under the Beds

Keep home organization easy and out of sight with rolling under-bed storage. Gliding trays can hold everything from seasonal clothes and bedding to the kids' toys.

4. Drawer Baskets Under the Sinks

Stacked, mesh basket drawers are a perfect storage fit under kitchen and bathroom sinks. Their open construction keeps humidity at bay, so feel free to fill them up with countertop clutter.

5. Restaurant Kitchen Rails

Take a decluttering tip from commercial kitchens. Mount simple, space-saving rail organizers on walls or inside cabinet doors. Hang sliding hooks on the rods and fill them up with kitchen stuff.

6. Ottomans With Room to Spare

Make home organization fashionable, inviting, and comfortable with a cushy storage ottoman. The functional furniture seats extra guests while it keeps clutter tucked away. Storage ottomans are great in the kids' playroom, too.

7. An Easy-to-Use Scanner

Once a week, convert papers that pile up into digital files. Transfer invitations, receipts, insurance documents, and general paperwork to your computer or cloud storage. Be good to the planet by recycling your scanned papers.

Expand Home Space With Self Storage

Now that you're in control of general clutter, give yourself room to spare. A storage unit is perfect for expanding your organizing strategies with these simple tricks.
• Free up kitchen cabinets by storing seldom-used pots, pans, and countertop appliances in your unit.
• Seasonal decorations stay safely out of the way in climate-controlled self storage.
• Set up clutter bins in the unit to catch things you plan on selling or donating.
• A small file cabinet in one corner keeps important papers and documents safe until you need them.
• Give the car room to breathe by moving garage clutter to your unit.

Congratulations on Conquering the Challenge

It feels great to be on top of home organization. We're happy to help with affordable storage solutions that work hard for you. When you need extra space, Safeguard Self Storage in Metairie, LA always has plenty of room.

How to Get Your Security Deposit Back

A smiling young woman wearing cleaning gloves while holding a washing cloth in one hand and a bucket of cleaning supplies with the other hand.

Moving into a new apartment gives you a sense of starting over in a brand new place with clean carpets, freshly painted walls and shimmering appliances. However, moving out of an apartment or a condo creates an entirely different feeling altogether, such as dreading the cleanup and loading your belongings. You also have to check and make sure you've left the place in good condition if you plan to get your security deposit back.


When you move into a new apartment, you have to sign a contract that outlines certain guidelines, such as whether you can customize the apartment to your liking. Some places let you paint the walls as long as you repaint them before you move out. Damage, such as burn spots in the carpet, may also affect whether or not you receive your deposit. Consider these tips when you plan to move so you can leave your apartment in prime condition.


  1. Clean each room thoroughly.
  2. Repair screw holes on the walls.
  3. Repaint the wall with its original color.
  4. Soak the tub in bleach and water to remove stains.
  5. Clean out and wipe down the refrigerator and other appliances.


Between moves, place your furniture and belongings in an Elizabeth storage rental. With the furniture out of your way, you can deep-clean the floors and find stains and debris you might have missed. For your sensitive items, store them in Elizabeth storage units with climate-control, computer controlled access, unit door alarms and digital video recording for maximum peace of mind.


Before you make the move to your next apartment, store your belongings in Elizabeth storage units. Since there's not a lot of time between move-out and move-in dates, you can use an Elizabeth storage rental to move your belongings while you clean your apartment. Afterward, you can get your deposit back and move into your new apartment with ease.


Safeguard Self Storage has an array of storage unit sizes all with month to month rentals so you can keep your items in storage for as long or as short as needed. Safeguard offers self storage solutions for every storage need. Contact Safeguard Self Storage to find out more about unit availability, our affordable rates and current specials!

Say Goodbye to Winter Clutter

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With its emphasis on renewal, spring is a natural time to de-clutter your home. Cleaning out excess items now will free your time for spontaneous late-spring and summer fun. Renting a unit from Safeguard Self Storage is a great way to help you clear out extra "stuff" without tossing everything for good.

Numerous books and TV shows have been written about de-cluttering for a reason. Items that don't fit into your current lifestyle do nothing but create a messy atmosphere and drain your energy. Even if you don't realize it, objects that don't serve a purpose in your life can really weigh you down emotionally.

Now that summer is in the air, lightening your mood and your decor truly makes sense. The problem for most of us lies in our fear of getting rid of the wrong things. We may need them later, or our sentimental attachment may cause us to regret throwing them out or selling them. Fortunately, you don't have to risk "de-clutterer's remorse."

Safeguard Self Storage offers an affordable, secure home for items that create clutter, but have either financial or sentimental value. You can still sort your belongings into "keep," "toss," "sell" and "donate" piles. Items that don't fit unquestionably into any of these categories may be good candidates for storage. 

From Grandma's promise ring or your prom dress to collectibles that could make a comeback, keep your items in great shape and out of harm's way. Clean every item before packing it in a zippered container or box with a well-sealed lid. Consider packing clothing with cedar blocks or mothballs.

Clean, secure storage units in a convenient location make protecting your belongings easy. Whether you keep them under wraps for a year or decades to come, Safeguard Self Storage offers the perfect way to keep those seldom-used items clean and secure yet out of the way. Find a Safeguard location near you to clear out winter clutter and embrace summer!