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10 Crafty Ways to Upcycle a Coffee Can

10 Crafty Ways to Upcycle a Coffee Can

By Jaclyn Pitt, StorageUnit.com Food containers of any sort can be saved for a variety of uses. Whether you use them for organizing, storing odds and ends, or making crafts, there are many ways to repurpose containers! In this post, we’ll show you 10 ways that you can upcycle a coffee can. 1. FLOWER POTS For this DIY, you’ll want to use metal coffee tins. Other supplies you’ll need are outdoor patio paint, spray paint, and painter’s tape. Spray the entire outside of the can with the color of your choice. Once dry, create striped patterns with painter’s tape. Then, paint desired sections of the can with the outdoor patio paint. Lastly, fill them with plants! Check out The Crafted Sparrow for design ideas. 2. MULTIPURPOSE ORGANIZER A leftover Folgers coffee can is perfect for this idea. Grab your favorite color(s) of spray paint and chalkboard labels, spray the entire outside of the can (excluding lid), and place your label on the front once the paint is dry. It’s as simple as that. Now you can use your decorative container to organize anything you want! See how Hometalk created their coffee can upcycle. 3. THEMED WINDSOCKS Windsocks are a fun and crafty way to celebrate any holiday, especially if you have kids! You will need tin coffee cans, ribbon, twine, spray paint, and contact paper (optional). Spray the cans, then add cut-out designs with the contact paper (optional), and use a glue gun to add strips of ribbon to the inside edge of the can. Then, using a screw driver and hammer, make two small holes in the bottom...
4 Ways to Utilize Space in an Apartment

4 Ways to Utilize Space in an Apartment

By Vince Mancuso, StorageUnit.com The growing trend of shrinking apartments is nothing new to the country at this point, having begun years ago. People are willing to pay more for less space as long as the amenities are good and the location is right. Still, just how much have multi-family homes shrunk? As many renters trade size for amenities, new apartments shrunk roughly 7% in Atlanta and Denver, 11% in Austin, 15% in Boston, and as much as 18% in major cities like San Francisco and Seattle over the past 10 years. For example, Seattle’s average new apartment size went from 1,012 square feet in 2004 to 756 square feet last year. And this doesn’t include the rapidly growing trend of micro apartments, with apartment sizes as small as 200 square feet. While new renters are comfortable paying for less space, there are things you can do to make the most of your small apartment. Here are 4 things you can do to utilize all the space you can in your apartment. 1. Shelves Create Vertical Storage. You’re apartment isn’t going to get any more square footage. Adding a bookshelf in your living area, bedroom, or both will greatly increase your vertical storage space, which can be used for so much more than books. Shelving is relatively cheap and easy to self install, which means you can also add shelves to your bathroom, dining, and kitchen spaces as well to increase the usable space for storing toiletries, cutlery, or non-perishable foods. You can even utilize that dead space behind doors by adding a small ladder to store blankets. 2. Store...
5 Must-Have Organizing Apps

5 Must-Have Organizing Apps

By Patrick Galvan, StorageUnit.com When it comes to storage, organization can sometimes be a hassle. Even if you take the time to carefully group related belongings into their own containers, it can be easy to forget just which particular container holds the specific item you are looking for. A physical inventory list is a great tool, but hey, don’t forget: we’re in the digital age now! There’s an app for that. In fact, there’s a couple hundred apps for that! Here are the top 5 apps you must have for organization. 1. Evernote Mobile Platforms: Apple, Android Pricing: Basic: Free Plus: $24.99/year Premium: $49.99/year College students: you’re probably very familiar with this app, as it is the digital alternative of taking notes on paper. With a mobile app on your phone, you’re less likely to leave it behind like you might with one of your many notebooks. But this isn’t its only function! If you have a storage unit, Evernote can also be used for categorizing belongings. A “note” can include all the text you want, and it can come in the form of lists and check boxes as well. Don’t forget about photographs. Archiving pictures of your storage items, as well as the containers they are in, will make it easier for you to locate what you are looking for. 2. Quip Mobile Platforms: Apple, Android Pricing: Basic: Free Business: $12/user/month Enterprise: See website for more details You know a mobile app is efficient when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proudly uses it! Quip is a great tool for commercial storage tenants who need an archived list of their...
Free Printable Storage Labels for the Chic Organizer

Free Printable Storage Labels for the Chic Organizer

By Graci Woodworth, StorageUnit.com Tidying up every room in the house can truly be a pain, we know. So in an attempt to help you regain some order over the chaos in your home, we’ve compiled a few of our favorite free storage printable labels below. Simply print them out and attach them to the desired apothecary, basket, or bin for more systematized storage methods throughout your humble abode. For the Kitchen Need to add some pizzazz to your walls on a tight budget? You’re in luck! These free prints are about as trendy and kitchen-themed as they come. For the Pantry Round up an assortment of glass canisters for this free printable decal tutorial. Have you ever seen dry ingredients look so good? For the Medicine Cabinet Transform your dusty medicine cabinet into a stylish space by labeling storage boxes with these free printables. For the Bathroom Give toiletries and homemade remedies a dreamy makeover with these printable spa labels. For the Kids Room With these free printables for closet organization in the kids’ room, miscellaneous items will always have a designated space (although we can’t promise that the kids will remember that)! For the Office Organization in the office doesn’t have to be boring. Dress up your work space with these patterned printables. For the Garden Green thumbs and amateur gardeners alike will swoon over these crafty printables for sorting precious seeds and bulbs. Did we miss any free printable labels that have helped you calm disorder in your home? Share them with us below in the...
6 Organization Products You Didn’t Know You Needed

6 Organization Products You Didn’t Know You Needed

By Vince Mancuso, Storageunit.com Whether you’re using a 5×5 or a 10×30 storage unit, you’re going to want to make the most use out of your space. Rather than cramming your stuff in a Tetris-meets-Hulk style, there are a number of products you can use to help you better organize your storage unit and maximize your square footage. If you’re wanting to better organize your unit, here are some products you need to check out: 1. Shelving   True, some storage facilities do provide in-unit shelving, but in case yours doesn’t, there are a number of shelf products you can purchase. For smaller boxes and items, you can use typical wire shelving that you have to assemble—just be sure to find the kind that includes wheels for easy mobility. If you’re storing quite a few larger plastic storage bins, you can also build your own shelving for fairly cheap by using PVC pipe, which is strong enough to handle heavier loads. 2. Stacking Bins If making shelving big enough for your bins seems like too much, perhaps you should change your bins. Some brands offer stackable hopper bins, which will stack on top of one another while still allowing you easy access to the contents inside through a flap in the lid. Much like shelving, stacking bins allows you to make the most of your vertical space, which could be the difference between staying in a 5×5 instead of bumping up to a 5×10. 3. Vacuum-sealing Bags   One of the most common reasons for self storage is seasonal clothing. A vacuumed-sealed bag is designed to suck all the air...
10 Inexpensive Ways to Get Organized Around the House

10 Inexpensive Ways to Get Organized Around the House

By Patrick Galvan, Storageunit.com Whether you are preparing your household belongings for storage, getting ready for home staging, or simply trying to create room around the house, freeing up space can be a tricky process. In addition to finding a place to store your possessions, you’ll also need to find ways to organize them so you can easily access them whenever you need to. Here are ten useful and inexpensive tools for storage and organization. 1. PLASTIC BINS Plastic bins are useful for both storage and organization. Because of their size and depth, you can store multiple related items together to clear space as well as keep belongings categorized. Also, unlike cardboard boxes, plastic is waterproof, so you’ll know your belongings are safe from water damage. Did you know that wet cardboard releases sugar? And in turn attracts insects? Gross! Thankfully with plastic tubs, this is not a concern. 2. LABELS When it comes to categorization tools, labels are hard to top. Regardless of what storage system or technique you are using, you can use labels so that you always know what you have and where. There are tons of different labels you can either buy, make, or print for free. 3. STORAGE RACK Even if you have a suitable system of storing and organizing items, you can save additional space and make categorization even simpler with storage racks. In addition to saving horizontal and vertical space, storage racks allow you to pull out bins and tubs from the bottom without first removing those on top. You not only save space, but you also have less-physical effort. 4. MEDICINE BIN...