With travel restrictions being lifted and beach holidays being back on the menu, it’s high time to start working out for that beach bod! Oh yes, and also the health benefits you stand to gain from working out are pretty amazing too. However, for many (or is it just me), going to the gym is one of life’s toughest struggles. It’s a constant battle lazing on my bed versus going to the gym, and more often than not my bed wins! Well, if going to the gym is an issue, why don’t we bring the gym to you! It’s actually not as hard as it sounds, to set up a simple home gym! Here are some tips and pointers:

Step 1: Finding and choosing the right space

Picking the right place and having ample space is crucial. Ideally, we should choose a large empty compound, as having more space wouldn’t go amiss. But it is important to also keep in mind the type of workout and exercise you’re aiming to do. You may need as much space as you think, when you’re doing High Intensity Interval Training cardio as compared to strength training, which will require bulky equipment. Do ensure that you like the spot you chose, and that you feel good about it, as having the right mindset will motivate you more to workout.

Step 2: Having the right equipment

As mentioned, determining the type of workout that you will be doing most often is important as you will then know what equipment is needed. Some small and simple equipment to get for cardio training include skipping rope, yoga mat, resistance bands and so on. If you have ample space, you may also opt for a treadmill. For those who are looking to bulk up and do some strength training, will need weights such as dumbbells, kettlebells, barbell and rack especially, and so on.

Step 3: Setting up your home gym

Now that you know what you need, you can begin setting up your very own home gym! Clear out all unnecessary items in the area that you have allocated as your workout space, as it can be distracting. A space that is clutter-free helps clear the mind, putting you in the right mood and motivation to work out. If you’re running out of space to store your excess belongings, know that Extra Space Asia is just a call away! You can store just about anything with us, and enjoy great flexibility in the sense that you can upsize or extend your storage duration should you wish to!

If possible, having a mirror full-length mirror for your home gym would be ideal. You will be able to monitor your own form when doing various exercises to ensure you’re doing it right. Not to mention the fact that you can check out how good you look too!

Step 4: Wipe down and clean after use

Always make sure the area is clean and tidy, especially after use! It would be dangerous to use weights lying around, as one could trip over it. With hygiene being our top priority these days as well, do wipe down your equipment after use. This keeps the place from reeking of sweat, which can be a turn off and demotivates one from working out.

Having a home gym is highly convenient and it would make it hard for one to procrastinate about working out anymore. It does not have to be expensive, and you can always make do with the space you have at home, with the help of Extra Space Asia!

We are absolutely delighted to announce the opening of our 4th facility in Malaysia – Extra Space Asia Kota Damansara! Located in the heart of Damansara, Emporis, the facility is easily accessibly via public transport and boasts ample parking as well. This expansion is in line with the company’s pipeline to continuously expand its footprint across the country, to serve the ever-growing demands for self-storage.

In recent times, space has slowly transformed into a luxury instead of a necessity. The scarcity of space and the skyrocketing prices of land and property in Malaysia are two of the many reasons people are starting to turn to self-storage as a solution. A foreign concept to many in the previous years, self-storage is now beginning to grow in popularity. More consumers are picking up on the many benefits of self-storage and its affordability, making it highly attractive.

Extra Space Asia’s commitment to flexibility is a breath of fresh air in times of uncertainty and doubt. More often than not, customers who rent a storage unit can only estimate how long they will need it for. Construction work timelines are unpredictable, and inventory forecasts may not always be accurate, lockdowns – these are just some examples of unforeseen circumstances. As such, Extra Space Asia has always held on to their policy that customers are not only able to extend or shorten their rental duration, but also to upsize and downsize their storage units as they wish.

At Extra Space Asia Kota Damansara, you need not worry about security in the slightest. Safety has always been the company’s priority, without compromise. CCTVs are installed at prime locations within the facility area and are running round-the-clock, 24 hours, 7 days a week. What’s more, entry to the storage area is only granted to customers of Extra Space Asia – so rest assured! Each customer will be provided a unique Pin code during the move-in process which you will use to access the storage area any time, any day. In terms of storage units, they can only be accessed by the customers as only you will have the keys to your storage units.

Unsure of the storage unit size you might need to store all of your business and personal items? Don’t worry! At Extra Space Kota Damansara, we offer both Lockers and Walk-in storage units with a wide range of storage sizes ranging from as small as 12sqft to as large as 189sqft. If you have any storage enquiry, feel free to visit our Kota Damansara facility during our operational hours from Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm. Our on-ground Customer Service Executives will be glad to show you around our storage facility and also the various storage sizes available that might fit all of your storage needs.

If you’ve made it all the way here, we have a juicy titbit to reward you! Extra Space Kota Damansara will not be the only new facility opening in Malaysia for the year. Plans are underway for our 5th facility, which will be up and running by Q4 of 2022, so stay tuned for more details!

Extra Space Kota Damansara is located at R-03A-03, Emporis, Persiaran Surian, Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan. Click here to find us via Google Map. Drop us a call within office hours to speak to our team at 03-2027 4771 or swing by to have a chat with us!

Image: Extra Space Kota Damansara's Reception Office

Image: Extra Space Asia storage area featuring lockers and Walk-in units

 

 

 

As time progresses, space is becoming more scarce in recent times. We have to pay a premium to enjoy the privilege of having ample space, which is not something everyone has access to. That’s where we come in!

Extra Space Asia, the leading self-storage provider in the region, aims to help customers live the way life is meant to be lived – clutter-free. Many often associate self-storage with renting a warehouse, but that notion cannot be further from the truth. Self-storage is way cheaper, and the commitment period is highly flexible.

In Malaysia, a self-storage unit rental price can range from as low as RM70 a month up to RM1500 a month! There are a few factors that come into play for the pricing of self-storage, and they are as follows:

 

Storage Size

Size matters. Smaller units will naturally be cheaper when it comes to the rental rate than larger units. To ensure that you’re getting the most out of your money, choose a size that fits your needs. Sometimes, a smaller unit may suffice if you were to arrange and pack everything properly in your storage unit.

As Extra Space Asia offers flexible terms, you may also opt to start with a smaller-sized unit and upsize as and when the time and need comes. If you’re unsure what size suits your needs best, check out our Size Estimator for a better idea. Alternatively, our friendly customer service team is always at your call and beckon if you need their professional opinion and advice!

 

Storage Duration

Your length of stay is an important factor too. The longer you commit, the more potential savings you can enjoy! Store with us for a minimum of 2 months, and your first month’s rental will only cost you RM1! Talk about a steal.

However, that does not mean you need to tie yourself down to a long, lengthy contract with us! You can choose to store from as short as 14 days and extend to however long you need depending on your needs.

 

Storage Types

Did you know that we have different storage types? Here at Extra Space Asia, you can choose from non-airconditioned storage units, air-conditioned storage units and wine storage!

Some items you store may require a certain temperature to maintain optimal quality, especially in a country as hot and humid as Malaysia. That is why we offer air-conditioned storage units. The area is kept cool 24/7, regardless of time and day. Air-conditioned storage units will always cost more, too, because of the energy power requirements. Thus, choose wisely if an air-conditioned unit is something you truly need!

With that being said, these are the three main factors that will influence the pricing of your storage unit rental. Feel free to drop us a call at 1300220288 to speak to any of our friendly consultants who will be able to guide and advise you throughout the whole process!

Planning for a renovation to spruce up your home? We understand that it can be both exciting and stressful.

During the home renovation process, you’ll be letting third-party contractors and workers roam and work freely around your home. In order to create more space for everyone to move, most homeowners would start to declutter right about now, clearing items they no longer need and keeping their personal belongings in boxes neatly. Renting a self-storage unit is also one of the most convenient ways for your personal and family items. Here are three reasons why.

  1. Safe and secure

By storing your items in a self-storage facility like Extra Space Asia, you can rest assured that your items are in safe hands. Customers have their own unique PIN code, which they will require to access the storage area. Each storage unit will also be locked by your very own personal lock. This will ensure that only you have access to your storage units and your items.

There is also 24-hour CCTV monitoring in the storage facility premise to assure the absolute security of your items. What’s more, unlike other storage companies, Extra Space Asia remains staffed during operation hours to provide you with further assistance when needed.

  1. Keeping your things in good condition

When your home is undergoing a renovation, it’s inevitable to find dirt or dust around. Even if we were to move all of our personal belongings to one isolated room covered with a huge protective canvas, they might still be dusty. Or worse, covered with paint.

By storing your items in a self-storage unit, you’ll be able to ensure that they are not compromised in any way. To keep your items dust-free, you might want to clean all of your items before storing them in a clear plastic box and vacuum-sealed bags. This will help you organise, and you’ll also be able to see what items are stored in a single glance. This will be useful and time-saving when you plan to retrieve your items.

  1. 24-hour storage access

A self-storage is like an extension of your home where you can access any time and day you wish. All you need to access your storage unit would be your PIN code and key to your storage unit. It’s that simple.

In addition, you’ll be able to also enjoy extra space to keep all of your personal collection, furniture and family items all in one place. This will make things more convenient when you decide to bring your items back home in one trip.

If you’re in need of a reliable storage provider, visit Extra Space Asia Self-Storage today or call us at 1300220288.

With the rise in property prices in recent times, land is quickly becoming a scarce commodity. More and more people are starting to look towards self-storage as a quick and easy solution to a lack of space. However, we often get many questions in the form of, “What can and cannot be stored?”.

 

Today, we shall address this very question and clear up any misgivings you may have thus far.

 

Let’s start with what you CANNOT store in a self-storage unit.

 

CANNOT BE STORED

 

Hazardous Materials

Well, this goes without saying. If it goes boom, it’s not allowed. This means no gasoline, oil, chemicals, cleaners, propane, and so forth. Our facilities are not equipped to store this sort of materials. The environment may not be the most conducive for said materials, as some may require a certain optimum temperature to be kept safe.

 

It would be best to store any non-hazardous liquids such as beauty supplies in containers and bags so that in the event they do leak, it will not contaminate anything else.

 

Perishable Items

Perishables generally refer to food that has a shelf life and is required to be stored in the fridge. Avoid storing any form of perishable food such as meat, dairy and produce as it may go bad, and the smell would then be the least of our worries! Decomposed food could attract unwanted attention in the form of rodents and bugs! Canned and tinned goods are fine, but remember to check back every once in a while on the expiry date. Don’t let food go to waste!

 

Living items

While we know how comfortable our units may be, keep in mind that it is not a place to live in! Please do not keep your pets in here as well. It’s not ideal to be kept in a confined space for long periods. A gentle reminder that this also applies to plants. Most plants won’t survive without sunlight, and our storage units would be a death sentence for them, which could lead to bacteria and pests appearing.

 

Stolen or illegal goods

This pretty much speaks for itself. While we may not know the contents stored in your unit, we are obliged to report to the authorities should we be aware of any stolen or illegal items kept in your storage unit. Let’s all be good citizens and not steal anything in the first place, and the world shall be better.

 

CAN BE STORED

Now, we move on to what actually can be stored. And the answer is just about anything else that is not listed above! We figure it would be easier to list out what cannot be stored first. 

 

Examples of some of the more common items stored with us include furniture, documents, books, building materials, commercial stock, wine, antiques, sports equipment, and many more! Our clientele comprises toy collectors, business owners, homemakers, students, corporate entities, film-makers, and so on.

 

 If you’re ever in doubt and need some clarification, please do not hesitate to visit our website at Extra Space Asia to find out more, or you can call us at 1300220288 to speak to our customer support team!

Hiring movers just a tad bit too expensive? That sofa doesn’t look too heavy, I can do it myself – we often think to ourselves. Moving homes can often be a stressful process, not to mention an expensive one. More often than not, we try to save money where we can and hiring movers is one area where we try to save on. Not to worry, we’ve got your back! (literally and figuratively). Here are some tips and tricks that we’ve put together to help take the load off.

  1. Knowing your limits

The first step to moving heavy furniture/objects is to actually know your own limits. There are times when we think we’re stronger than we really are, and instead, we’re sorely mistaken. It’s important to know this, as the health implications on our body can be painful. Always lift with your legs and not your back, as this is the easiest way to blow your back and cause years of backaches. Wearing proper clothing will also help. You don’t want to be doing the heavy lifting in a pair of jeans that is not stretchable. Bend your knees when picking stuff up, and keep your back straight as well.

  1. Protect your furniture

Often enough, we find ourselves bumping into doorways and corners when lifting heavy objects, especially as our line of sight is somewhat limited. The professionals would recommend wrapping your furniture in bubble wrap as the best form of protection, but alternatively, you can also use towels and even comforters! You don’t want to move into a new home only to have your furniture all dented and scratched!

  1. Remove the items inside your storage furniture

To ease your burden, it’s a good idea to remove everything from inside a piece of furniture before moving, such as clothes from a wardrobe, books and ornaments from a cabinet and so on. Some will argue that it’d mean double work, as eventually, the clothes will go back into the same wardrobe. But lighter furniture to lift will save you a ton of time and energy, so we say that’s a better outcome! One can also consider disassembling a particular piece of furniture and assemble it back later on in your new place. However, it’s important to note that repeatedly taking apart and reassembling furniture back together will cause some wear-and-tear over time, so do so at your own discretion.

  1. Use the ‘Friends and family’ lifeline

As the saying goes, ‘Many hands make light work.’ This couldn’t be any truer in this context when one is moving homes. Call in favours from friends and family. You can even turn it into a party at the end once the process is done, ending the day with some good food and some drinks. The more, the merrier! Everyone pitching in will definitely speed things up and, of course, lighten the load. Your back will thank you in years to come.

All in all, it’d probably be best to leave it to the professionals, but if one had to do it yourself, do keep in mind these pointers that we have compiled for you! They may come in handy one day! Should you also need a space to store your furniture and belongings that are too bulky and troublesome to handle during your moving transition, consider Extra Space Asia! Drop us a call today at 1300220288 to find out more.

When you have children at home, expect toys, books and knick-knacks scattered all over the floor. We know this mess can be frustrating to look at. But it does not have to be that way. Here are 3 smart ways for all parents to try today!

  1. Make use of storage boxes

One affordable way to organise all of our kid’s toys, books and miscellaneous items is to use storage boxes. Parents can instantly make a room look more orderly and clean by storing all of these items in different storage boxes and labelling them.

Parents can also explore the option of using transparent storage boxes, so that they can see the contents inside easily without opening each and every box to find something. It will also be good to have different sizes of boxes so that every item in the room has a dedicated storage space. For even more space, you can also think about adding furniture with clever built-in storage compartments.

  1. Involve your kids

Good habits start young. It is never too early to introduce and instil good healthy habits in our children. So, encourage them to clean up their toys after playtime. We can start by organising the items in their room properly so that they get accustomed to seeing things in an orderly and organised manner. Once they are older, they can be a part of your small cleaning and home projects. By building all of these good habits regularly, our children will soon learn and make an effort to keep their items and room organised.

  1. Explore the KonMari Method

Parents can try the KonMari method, Marie Kondo’s minimalist-inspired approach to tackle your items by category instead of by room. This method begins with tidying our clothes, then moving on to books, papers, miscellaneous items and finally sentimental items. We should only keep items that speak to the heart and discard those that no longer spark joy in our life. We can thank these items for being in our lives and then let them go.

By utilising the KonMari method, it will also help to organise every aspect of the kid’s room. This will also allow our kids to let go of stuff that they don’t require. If the items are still in good condition, we can choose to donate and pass it on to people who would find them useful. Through this process, we can also educate our children about the benefits of decluttering, where we are giving their items a new home and not just getting rid of it. We understand that the process of decluttering and organising a room takes loads of time and effort. However, if the end result is a clean and organised room for children to play, study and sleep in, it will definitely be rewarding.

With these 3 smart tips, you can say goodbye to the stress and frustration when organising your kid’s bedroom. If you are planning to make even more space at home to live in comfortably, you can always consider storing those hardly used items or seasonal items in a self-storage facility like Extra Space Asia. Call us at 1300220288 today to find out more about the various storage plans.

New Year, new me. That’s what many of us say on the first day of a brand new year. But instead of just a ‘new me’, why not include changing up your home situation for the better too? With many of us still working from home, our homes have become a place where we live for more than 12 hours a day. So it’s definitely important that we find simple ways to keep our home clean and organised. We’ve come up with these 3 simple ways which can be applied any day and any time.

  1. Tackle one room at a time

Most of our homes will include more than one room on top of the living room space. This means that you’d definitely need more time and effort to clean up every inch and corner of your home if you were to tackle it all at once. The easier (and forgiving) way would be to clean up room by room. You can always start with the messiest room or the room where you spend most of your time in. Start from the floor space, followed by your closet or your table. By combing these space section by section, you can start finding pockets of space.

You should also find time on a daily or weekly basis to do some personal hygiene tasks such as vacuuming and mopping your floor, changing your bedsheets and curtains, cleaning the surfaces that you often use like your desktop or vanity top to ensure that they are clean with minimal dust accumulation.

  1. Remove messy corners

We all have that one messy corner in our home where we would just happily leave our items there, and watch it slowly start to pile up like a mountain. Instead of that, consider clearing and wiping up the mess way before it starts to clutter. You can start by clearing up the current messy corner and make use of storage boxes to hold your small knick-knacks.

Try buying the same type of storage boxes so that if you need to stack them up in your room, it’ll be more consistent and organised looking too. You can also purchase transparent storage boxes instead of those opaque ones so that you’ll be able to find your items much easier over time without the hassle of opening each container. You should also place small labels on each storage boxes so that you can categorise them easier. Also, consider stacking the items from top to bottom according to how often you use the items. This will save you time and effort in future should you need to use the items.

  1. Declutter your room

In need of extra space to grow your personal collection, work comfortably and for your kids to play? Start your decluttering your home by first removing items which are hardly used. Once you’ve cleared these items either by throwing or donating them, you’ll be able to enjoy more space at home. With these newfound space, you’ll also be able to move furniture around to create a new vibe for your home. However, if after clearing up those unwanted items, you’re still in need of extra space for business or personal reasons, you can explore the idea of storing the bigger bulky items, seasonal items and even business items in a self-storage facility.

By storing in a self-storage facility such as Extra Space Asia Self- Storage, you’ll still be able to retrieve these items any time, any day as your storage unit is accessible 24/7. You can also contact the self-storage provider today at 1300220288 to find out more about their various storage solutions for personal and business use or even wine storage.

In a blink of an eye, we’re now fast approaching the end of a truly eventful year! Many of us will be more than happy to put the year 2020 behind and to look forward to the new year. For some, the end of the year signifies the end of their tenancy agreement. This marks the start of searching and moving into a new home. This may be stressful, as it involves planning and coordination work to a certain degree. Coupled with our daily workload and other obligations, it all adds up and we find ourselves overwhelmed. We hear your pain! Thus, we’ve compiled a list of tips that may just help ease your moving process.

Make a checklist

As Benjamin Franklin said it best, “failure to plan is planning to fail.” Prepare a checklist beforehand to ensure that you do not miss out on any steps or checks. This will help organise and streamline your entire process, which will make life easier for you! Once you have a checklist in place, just ensure you tick all the boxes, and you’ll be good to go!

Pack and declutter

Moving homes is often the best time to get rid of unwanted belongings that you have held on to for the longest of times. Now is the time to free yourself and toss them away! Of course, keep those of sentimental value, but for all else, either donate, sell or throw them away! You can refer here for help with your decision making process! It may even be a good time to upgrade on some furniture – we know you have had your eye on that luxurious king-sized bed for a while now. Perfect time (and excuse) to reward yourself!

Enlist the help of movers

Moving is indeed a tiring process, there’s no denying it. Especially if you’re single and moving out alone. Try enlisting the help of your friends and family, but of course, treat them to a meal at the end of the day! Alternatively, you could enlist the help of movers which will definitely help ease the burden of heavy-lifting when transporting large items and furniture. Should you have any fragile items, such as a piano or glass cabinet, it’d be advisable to get the experts to help as they’ll know how to best package and transport it.

Unpack necessities first!

Moving day is finally here! After unloading all your furniture and belongings into your new place, it’s time to start unpacking. But wait, it’s also the best time to do a thorough cleaning, as there are no obstacles in your way for now. Wipe down, vacuum and mop thoroughly, and make sure to sanitise often! After which you can now begin unpacking for real. It’d be a good idea to spread out unpacking over the course of a few days, so start with unpacking the necessities first. Clothes, toiletries, daily essentials, kitchenware takes priority over others, as you’ll need these in your daily life. From there, take your time to unpack so as to not get overwhelmed with too much in one go.

All in all, moving doesn’t have to be as stressful and painful as you think. Some may even find it enjoyable! In the event if you ever find yourself with a lack of space for your belongings, be it because you move into a smaller space or simply having too much stuff, we’re here for you! Self-storage is the answer to your woes. Store your excess belongings with us at Extra Space Asia and free up your home from clutter.

 

Home is where the heart is. This saying resonates stronger than ever before, especially in the face of the pandemic that is COVID-19. Many are stranded away from home due to work or personal reasons, with the majority of the countries locking down their borders. Although we know nothing compares to your actual home with your family and loved ones, let’s try to make the best out of the situation to transform your current dwelling into the next best thing – a home away from home. Here are five easy tips!

Lighting, lighting, lighting.

This is so important, we feel the need to emphasise it thrice! The one most crucial element for any room or space to look bigger and more spacious boils down to the lighting. Natural light works wonders in opening up the interior of a room. If you don’t have access to natural lighting, consider painting the walls and ceiling white for an open and airy aesthetic. No more feeling cooped up and confined in a small space!

Revamp your bedroom

For many, the bedroom is a sanctuary. It’s where we spend a majority of our lives for resting, sleeping, studying and working. There’s no place safer than the comfort of our bedroom. In a new country, it’d be best to replicate as closely as possible to your own bedroom back home. This gives you a sense of familiarity as well as a sense of security. Zest it up a little, of course, with scented candles and a good sound system!

Channel your inner Gordon Ramsay

Missing the food back home? With the wide array of digital tools online these days to help us learn and pick up cooking, you’ll be able to learn and whip out a dish in no time! Some of us actually find grocery shopping therapeutic, and it’ll be a thrilling experience to explore the local market and foods of the area where you’re currently residing. Cooking traditional food from home is one of the best ways to cure the homesick!

Keep in touch!

 Thank God for technology, right? Connections are now so much easier with tools such as WhatsApp, Facetime and practically dozens of other applications out there! Although you may not be there in person, you could at least be there in spirit and in video for events that you may be missing out on back home.

Keep your home clean and tidy

Coming home after a long day of work to an empty house or room may be disheartening, but on the bright side, it’ll look amazing if you keep it clean and tidy! Being in a foreign country is a daunting task, and many of us would pack more than what is needed. As my mother used to say, you’ll never know when you may need this. From experience, these items would just be lying around taking up space. Should you have too much stuff around, consider decluttering your space and store what you don’t need with us at Extra Space Asia. Where you can access it any time, any day as our facilities are open 24/7!

There’s no place like home. But while we’re somewhere else, let’s soldier on and we do what we must to rise above these unique times.