With Chinese New Year 2023 right around the corner in January, it is the time of the year again to start your spring cleaning routine! Here are three quick ways to prepare your home for the year ahead.

  1. Out with the old, in with the new

The start of most spring cleaning routines is the process of cleaning and decluttering your home. You can start by throwing the old items and donating those in good condition. Once those are done, you will have some extra space to introduce new items such as blooms or even new furniture pieces.

If you have maxed out on all the available space at home to store your personal collection and seasonal items such as thick winter clothing, the Christmas tree and festive decoration, you can opt to rent a storage unit at storage facilities like Extra Space Asia Self Storage. These self-storage units can come in handy as they serve as an extension of your home that are accessible 24 hours, any time, any day.

This Chinese New Year, be the first 50 new customers to sign up for a storage unit at Extra Space Asia Self Storage and stand a chance to enjoy up to RM288 worth of storage rental rebates. Call 1300 22 0288 today to find out more about the wide range of storage options available.

  1. Introduce some touches of red and gold CNY decoration to welcome some luck

If your home lacks a festive vibe, it would be good to incorporate some Chinese New Year decorative items. You can hang decorations on your main door or over the interior walls to welcome blessings and warm, celebratory themes.

The colour red is also regarded as an auspicious colour. By adding some touches of red and even gold, your home will become instantly look more vibrant and festive looking, which makes for great additions at home to welcome the Lunar New Year.

  1. Spruce up your home with some New Year blossoms

Why not spruce your home further by simply shaking some things up a little? For a start and at no cost, you can try rearranging the furniture layout so that there is more space for family members and friends to hang around the common spaces in your home.

Next, you can purchase festive flowers to add spring colours to your decor. Here are some flowers choices and their significance:

– Tangerine tree for wealth and good luck.

– Pussy Willows for growth and prosperity.

– Lucky bamboo for strength.

– Peach blossoms for prosperity and growth.

– Plum blossoms for endurance and courage.

 

 

Packing your Christmas decorations and trees away? We can always store these festive decorations in boxes and unbox them again next year. However, it can always be more organised when it comes to your storage process so that you will know where everything is stored. Here are five storage ideas for storing your Christmas items.

  1. Store Christmas ornaments by colour themes

Love buying new baubles and ornaments every year? Over the years, you may find yourself with many different colour themes. As such, why not try storing these festive items by colour? You can use the same size boxes or transparent bins to see what is stored in the containers easily at one glance. Storing them in the same size boxes will also allow for a smoother stacking process.

  1. Label your Christmas bins and boxes

Moving boxes from one location to another can be tricky if we do not know what is in each box. If your box includes fragile items such as glass or ceramic items, it will be good to indicate labels such as “fragile” or “this side up”, which will be helpful when you are going through your boxes. You should also include details such as what is in the boxes (e.g. Christmas lights, Christmas baubles, bells and so on) so that you do not need to open up all the boxes to find one item.

In terms of storage, you should always face the label side of the box outwards so that you can see them easily.

  1. Protect those fragile glass ornaments

It can be tricky to store all of the ornaments neatly. When storing those fragile ornaments, it is good to first organise them based on the pattern type or the colours. Once that is done, you can use bubble wrap to wrap those fragile ornaments. This sequence will act as a layer of protection in case you drop them or decide to keep them for a long time.

You can use egg trays to store them away for those baubles of similar colours or smaller sizes. You can also add cotton wool balls to protect against any breakages. You can also cover the baubles with coffee filters for an added layer of protection.

  1. Store your Christmas trees with stretch films

As we will only be using these festive items in December, they will usually be in the storage room or storage unit for one year. Thus, to keep your Christmas tree intact and dust-free, it would be good to utilise stretch films to hold the Christmas tree for easy transportation. Those planning to save even more time might end up wrapping up the Christmas tree with all the ornaments and ribbons rather than taking the tree down. If you are taking this approach, it will be good to store your tree in a standing position so that the decors are intact.

  1. Wrap your Christmas lights in cardboard

Storing Christmas lights is always a hassle. If they are not stored properly, the lights will end up tangled up in a bad state. If you have many different Christmas lights, you can easily store them in a box by wrapping them in cardboard. This will keep them in an organised state, and the lights will also be tangle-free. Once you have tied them around the cardboard, you can label the type of Christmas lights on the cardboard so that you do not have to try all of them every time.

Extra Space Asia Self-Storage

Are all the seasonal decoration items and clothing taking up too much space at home? Why not free up your home by renting a self-storage unit with Extra Space Asia today? We’ve got storage units in various sizes, from Lockers to Walk-ins, to fit every customer’s needs. Contact us today at +1300 22 0288 or visit our storage facilities to learn more about our storage solutions.

Winter clothing can be real costly! Therefore, proper long-term storage is the key to ensure that your winter clothing is in tip-top condition for your next winter vacation. Here are 3 simple storage tips to keep your winter outfits in good condition for future uses. Try it out!

  1. Wash and store

Just came back from a winter vacation? Be sure to clean everything well before storing them. Sort all your winter outfits materials by either machine wash or dry-cleaning. Wash them before storing as unclean items may contain residual perfumes, oils and even lotions that can cause stains and yellow spots on your clothes.

After wash, add some Lavender in your storage space to prevent musty odours. Lavender scents work well to repel moths and keep your winter outfits smelling fresh and clean. Don’t forget about the footwear: wipe down and condition your winter shoes before storing them.

  1. Storing your winter outfits the right way

Believe it or not, the way you store your winter outfits affects how they look like in the future. Do not store your winter outfits in plastic garment bags as these bags retain moisture that may cause your winter clothes to smell and have yellow spots. Try not to cramp too many winter outfits into one vacuum-sealed bag. It may be space-saving, but the items could lose their shape over time.

As for tall winter boots, simply fill them with plastic boot sharpers or by stuffing loads of tissues inside for a quick and cost-effective alternative!

  1. Choosing the correct storage spots

Heat affects how and where you choose to store your winter clothing. Always choose a spot that is dark, cool, dry and away from direct sunlight as sunlight can fade the colours on the winter clothes.

Most winter clothing like your thick coats and sports gears can take up quite a lot of space in the wardrobe! Since winter outfits, accessories and sports gears are necessary yet not frequently used, why not consider storing them at a self-storage facility like Extra Space Asia. By storing in an air-conditioned unit at Extra Space Asia, you can be ensured that the temperature and humidity factors are constant, safekeeping all your winter gear in their optimum condition.

The next best part about having an Extra Space Asia’s storage unit is the 24/7 access to your extended personal storage space where you can retrieve and store anytime, any day you like! ‘Cool’, right?

Call us today at  1300 22 0288 if you need extra storage space for your winter items.

As we approach the end of the year, it is also a nice time for all family and friends to gather. Most of us will also be getting into the Christmas spirit! If you are planning to host guests this Christmas, preparing your home will be something you have to plan for to create a Christmassy atmosphere for everyone coming over.

Here are five quick ways to prepare your home for Christmas!

  1. Plan ahead of time 

As the festive period comes, there will be a lot of preparation that needs to be done should you plan to have a gathering at home. There can be various lists and plans that you have to decide on in advance, including items such as your guest list, gift list, party list, food list, catering options and more. By making a to-do list, you will also be able to see what you need to do urgently or what can be done later to help you plan more efficiently.

If it is your first festive party you are hosting, you can also try to engage your friends’ help and split the workload so that you do not miss out on anything.

  1. Take out all your festive décors

Festive decors are definitely a must-have for Christmas parties to spruce up your home! Prepare your Christmas tree and decorations ahead of time. It is also a good time to involve your kids in the Christmas décor preparation work and encourage them to join in the Christmas spirit. Add lights and various festive decorations in your living room and common spaces to curate a festive vibe all around.

If you need more help, create a to-do list and delegate the tasks so that everything will be ready in time. Remember that the holidays are meant to be a time for rest and relaxation, so don’t be stressed out and try to have fun!

  1. Stock up on party necessities

With parties, we will definitely have to stock up our kitchen and all the necessary party items so that everyone will have a fun time at your home party.

Remember to stock up on disposable kitchen wares, tissues, and trash bags for your party or dinner rubbish. As for your kitchen and pantry, it is good to keep it filled with festive sweets, finger food, wines, cheese, and maybe some frozen food for last-minute entertainment and hosting.

  1. Clean your home and guest rooms

Before the start of your party, schedule a quick clean-up of your home so that it will look presentable and welcoming to your guest. If you are tight on time, you can always hire a part-time cleaner or someone who can assist you with the cleaning while you deal with the other parts of the to-do list.

If you have a guest room, it might be a good time to clean it just in case someone wants to stay over during the festive period. Remove the dust and dirt on hardly-used items and replace your old bedsheets and guest towels so your room is always ready.

  1. Declutter and make space for everyone

When you have plans for home parties or any form of gathering, it is important to make space at home so everyone can comfortably sit and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Here are some things you can do to make extra space at home:

– Move your festive door to the wall or the corner of your home so that you have more space in the middle of your home.

– Move that bulky furniture or seasonal items you hardly use to your room or your self-storage unit if you have them.

If you are looking for extra space to store your personal and family items, you can also explore renting a self-storage unit at storage providers such as Extra Space Asia Self-Storage. They provide a wide range of storage sizes, from Lockers to Walk-in storage units. Did you know that by renting a storage unit, you can also enjoy flexible storage terms? Yes, you can decide to store from as short as 14 days to as long as you need. There are no fixed storage duration terms to adhere to. With a storage unit, you will definitely be able to enjoy more space at home for your loved ones this holiday season.

Psst! For those looking for a storage unit this December, rejoice as there is a fantastic Christmas promotion at Extra Space Asia Self-Storage that you would not want to miss out on!

Extra Space Bingo – A Xmas Special

Sign up for any storage unit at any Extra Space Asia storage facility and stand a chance to win up to RM100 storage rebates in a Christmas BINGO Lucky Dip. If you are the lucky one who strikes BINGO, you will enjoy an additional chance at the Christmas BINGO Lucky Dip. Don’t miss out on this year-end storage promotion! Come on down and sign up for your first storage unit at any of our five storage facilities today.

 

We understand that choosing the right self-storage unit can be tricky, but it is important to make an intentional decision so that you do not have to pay any additional cost for the extra space you do not need. If it is your first time renting a self-storage unit, here are three smart tips to help you choose the ideal unit.

Take note of what you are planning to store

Before getting a storage quotation, you should consider what you are planning to store. You can start by making a list of the items or number of boxes you need to use. Boxes can be stacked and piled in most cases, so if you only have a few boxes, a small walk-in or locker storage unit might just be sufficient.

owever, if you are planning to store odd-sized items or furniture, make sure you are aware of the exact dimensions (with added buffer) before you find a storage unit size. If your items are temperature sensitive, it would be important to store them in a cool and air-conditioned temperature storage unit.

Take a look at the storage size estimator 

Most self-storage providers will showcase their general storage size estimator on their website to give their customers a feel of the available storage sizes. Consider looking at the storage size estimator to get a rough sense of what storage sizes best fit your needs.

Take a look at our size estimator here for reference. Usually, the size estimator page will provide a storage size measurement and simple information such as how many boxes can the particular unit fit. If you are unsure about what storage size you need, you should always contact the storage provider for more assistance. If you need to have an estimate on the storage cost, you can also submit a web quote as seen here, and you will receive a free web quotation within 1 minute!

Visit the storage provider to have a tour around the facility

If you are unsure about the storage sizes you need, visit the storage provider to tour the self-storage facility. During the visit, you will see the various storage sizes in person and have a real feel of the storage sizing.

During your tour, ensure that the storage unit facility has certain features such as CCTV, insurance, pin code or card access to the storage unit area. These safety and security features are essential as they will give you peace of mind knowing that you have stored your items in safe and secure storage space.

For more information on choosing the right storage size, feel free to visit any of our storage facilities to have a personalised storage tour or call us at 1300 22 0288.

Our friendly Customer Service Executive will assist you through your storage journey and find you the best fitting unit for your storage needs.

 

Held on November 11 every year, more commonly referred to as 11.11, it’s the one day in the year when you will see massive discounts on all shopping platforms—both physical and e-commerce. 11.11 Global Shopping Festival is a day that most businesses will not miss out after seeing the popularity of the sales and the amount of sales volume one can earn in just one day. As such, it is critical to prepare well ahead of 11.11 if you own a business. Here are three tips to get you started.

  1. Optimise your website and app for mobile use

Based on statistics, people buy a lot of things online and with time, it seems like more people are making those orders through their mobile phones. That is why it is important that businesses perfect their mobile experience so that there is a higher conversion rate when consumers enter the web store or app interface.

Prior to the 11.11 sales period, businesses should make sure that their pages and products are well laid out. From showcasing the best deals to the best-selling products, your business should have clear headings and consistent branding across web pages. This will be useful for SEO purposes too. Businesses should also ensure that the website and app have a good loading speed and do not crash upon a large-scale web volume entering the page.

  1. Advertise and communicate your promotional deals early

Despite being called the 11.11 sale, we all know that many businesses will tend to launch their pre-sale deals before the actual 11.11 sale date. A savvy shopper will definitely scour various sites to see what deals are worth buying. It would be strategic for businesses to advertise and communicate their promotional deals early. Advertisements should be done on relevant social media platforms and platforms your target audiences tend to see and engage in. With these advertisements, you might also reach out to new audiences or audiences that tend to have similar behaviours as your current customers. These will help boost your sales volumes as 11.11 might be a good time for new customers to try out new products they have been wanting to test.

Businesses can also engage Key Opinion Leaders (KOL) and influencers to reach out to the mass audience. It is key to reach out to the right audience if you are selling a niche or specific item to ensure that you will achieve a good sales volume during the sales period.

  1. Ensure that you bring in enough business stock

If you are running an 11.11 promotion or a special deal, always ensure sufficient inventory for those items that are high in customer demand or under the sales or flash deal category. With sufficient goods available, you will be able to fulfil all of your business enquiries and sales faster too! For those in the dropshipping industry, it is also good to prepare a storage space in advance so that you will not have storage issues when all your goods arrive.

If you are looking for reliable and safe storage space, you can always try Extra Space Asia Self StorageExtra Space Asia is the region’s dominant operator in self-storage solutions.

Today, Extra Space Asia has 72 facilities across Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Taiwan and Japan. With a wide selection of storage solutions and flexible plans to choose from, you will be able to find a suitable storage unit to store your business inventory. Check out our 5 storage facilities located around Malaysia, accessible 24 hours for customers and highly safe & secure too!

Psst… if you have read till here, we have some good news to share! We will also be having some exciting 11.11 deals in November. So, do keep a lookout if you are looking for extra space this November.

Just rented your first self-storage unit to store your personal and business items to enjoy more space? If you are planning to access your storage unit frequently, it is ideal to store your items neatly to access them with ease.

Here are three clever ways to effectively maximise your storage unit space over the years.

Tip 1: Dismantle your big ticket items and furniture

If you have big-ticket items and furniture pieces that you plan to store in your storage unit, consider dismantling them so that they take up lesser space in your unit. Items such as bed frames and bookshelves should be dismantled and wrapped neatly to be easily retrievable when needed.

Did you know that when you rent a self-storage unit, you are essentially paying for every square foot or square metres you rent? Thus, it is always encouraged to list down all the items you plan to store first and see what can be dismantled and wrapped so they will take up less space. This way, you will rent a more cost-effective storage unit that fits your needs and budget.

However, if you have more things to store over the years, you can always upsize your storage unit easily when you rent a storage unit at storage facilities such as Extra Space Asia Self-Storage.

Tip 2: Stack items or furniture to your best ability

If you have items such as chairs that can be stacked, you should try your best to stack them safely so that they will take up less space in your storage unit. Stacking also makes for a neater arrangement for easy access in the future.

For box storage, it is key to stack the ones that are heavier and bigger at the bottom so that you can retrieve them easily without straining your back. Do remember to label the boxes too, so that you do not need to open them up just to find one item. It would also help if you stacked the boxes of similar sizes so that they would not stick out in an untidy manner or fall over.

If you need some sturdy boxes, you can always purchase them at Extra Space Asia’s Box Shop.

Tip 3: Utilise the vertical space in your storage unit 

When you have a self-storage unit, shelving can be a good organisation tool to add. The shelving will be great for dividing the space into your storage units according to your needs.

If you are renting a storage unit to store all of your business inventories, it would be good to organise your items based on popularity. Or sort them in a first-in-first-out basis so that you can do your stock-taking easily in your storage unit.

With proper sturdy shelving, you will also be able to fully utilise every inch of space in the storage unit from top to bottom. By optimising your storage space, you’ll be able to save on cost, spending only on what you truly need!

If you are looking to upsize or downsize your storage unit, you can always visit our reception during our operating hours and our friendly Extra Space Asia‘s consultants will be glad to assist you with your next storage unit of a different size.

 

Starting to feel that your children’s toys are taking over most of your space at home? We understand that it can definitely create a level of stress for parents who are constantly cleaning up their kid’s toys every day. As such, here are three ideas to organise toys and items neatly over time.

Choose storage solutions that can survive wear and tear

As we all know, when it comes to playing, kids might throw their items in all directions that could end up damaged in no time. Thus, for children’s storage, it would be good to purchase high-quality plastic bins as they are more durable, easier to clean and allow for labels that can help with your packing and organising process.

However, opting for durable items does not mean parents can only choose those unattractive toy boxes. To spruce it up, consider purchasing different coloured storage boxes to help categorise items and toys. For easier stacking, go for same-size boxes for that neat overall aesthetic.

Use a toy storage system that encourages kids to clean up

To keep the idea of storage fun and easy, parents can try different toy storage systems that fit their kid’s playing methods. For instance, if you have younger kids, you can use labels with pictures instead of words.

Toys that are often used should be placed at locations that are easy to retrieve and put away. For example, on lower shelves, children can reach out easily without much difficulty. For heavy toys, parents can position them on the floor area close to the play area.

It would be preferable to avoid placing all the well-loved toys together in a big box, as that arrangement would encourage children to pull out all the toys and create a mess just to retrieve one single item.

Only keep toys that are frequently used 

Toys have a way of multiplying over the years and over various occasions such as birthdays and Christmas. Year after year, parents might find themselves having to spend more time sorting through more toys. Thus, it is a good practice to narrow down your kid’s toys and only keep those that they play with frequently. This habit will also give the kids a chance to learn how to gift and share their toys with other children who might have lesser or no toys to play with.

If you find your home over-cluttered with toys and rarely-used items, you can also consider storing them in a self-storage unit with your other family items to make more space at home. These unused toys and clothing might come in handy in cases where you are still planning to have more children in the future.

We understand that it can be hard to create an organised home when you have children around, but it is not impossible to create an organised play area for your little ones. We hope these toy storage tips will help you find a toy storage system that works for you and your family.

If you need extra space at home, you can always store unused items at self-storage facilities such as Extra Space Asia. Come visit our clean and secure storage facilities located at Ampang, Chan Sow Lin, Kota Damansara, Section 51A and Segambut from Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday, 9 am to 1pm, to learn more about our various storage solutions. Alternatively, you can also contact us at +1300 22 0288 today to find out more.

Planning to relocate back to your hometown or another country for work? Relocating is one of the most stressful things, even for those who do it regularly. Thus, self-storage might be a useful tool for most expats to try.

Here are three benefits of self-storage to expect:

  1. Safe and secure extra storage space

The idea of self-storage will come in handy for expats who have moved from a bigger home to a much smaller home but still have many pieces of furniture or boxes that would not fit into the current home. They can start to rent a self-storage unit first to store those items that do not fit in their homes during this transition period.

By storing your items in a self storage facility such as Extra Space Asia Self-Storage, you will be provided a unique Pincode to access the air-conditioned storage area. For added protection, only the storer has access to the storage unit. Even our Customer Service Executives do not hold any keys to the lock on the storage unit.

  1. Flexible storage duration

In cases where you are planning to relocate soon, the storage space becomes a safe and secure choice for storing your personal items and furniture. It is a good transition space where you can store your items first until the relocation details are finalised for the transporter company to move everything to your new location.

For self storage providers such as Extra Space Asia Self-Storage, expats will also have the choice of storing from as short as 14 days to as long they require. There is no fixed storage contract to adhere to. If you require more time to settle your relocation arrangements, simply extend the storage duration by speaking to the Customer Service Executive directly.

  1. Cost-effective storage solution

Compared to continuing the property rental for a prolonged period, which can be expensive in Malaysia, expats can save more by storing their personal items at a self-storage facility that offers a more flexible storage plan and duration to fit their storage needs. You will be glad to know that you only need to pay for the storage size you rent, some administration fees and insurance coverage.

Did you also know that if you plan to store for a longer time period, there might also be more storage rental discounts that can bring about more cost savings down the road? Thus, it is important to always check in with the various mini storage providers to check out the latest promotions that best cater to your needs.

About Extra Space Asia Self-Storage 

Searching for a stable, safe, secure self storage operator in Malaysia? Extra Space Asia Self-Storage might be what you are looking for. We offer a wide range of storage services with 24/7 CCTV monitoring, 24/7 pin code access. We also have 5 storage facilities located around Kuala Lumpur and PJ area.

Come visit any of our storage facilities from Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, Saturday, 9am to 1pm to learn more about our wide range of storage sizes in our climate-controlled facilities with flexible rental duration based on your needs. Call us today at +1300 22 0288 to find out more!

 

Overwhelmed by all the items you own and looking for a good storage solution to store your growing personal hobby items and enjoy more space at home?

Good news! Here are some long-term practical storage ideas for you to consider.

Bike Storage

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When it comes to bicycle storage, there are a few storage options to choose from. Firstly, you can purchase a sturdy wall frame to hang your bicycles on the wall while freeing up the floor space for other uses. Simply mount the bike storage hooks on the wall and hang your bicycle. If you have limited space at home, you can also explore storing your bike outside your home. When you store your bike outside, remember to ensure that your bicycle is secured with an added cover to protect it from dirt.

However, if you have purchased an expensive bicycle, you can consider storing them in a self-storage unit facility such as Extra Space Asia. Choosing this option will make sure that your items are stored in a secure environment. On top of your bicycles, you can maximise the use of your storage unit by storing other rarely-used family household items.

Golf Clubs

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Looking for a storage solution to store your golf clubs and gear when not in use? If you want your golf equipment to last, it would be advisable to store them properly to keep them in the best shape possible.

Did you know that moisture and humidity can cause your gold club to rust? That is why it is important that you store them in a temperature-controlled, dry environment, as extreme hot or cold temperatures can cause the glue to weaken on your club heads and grip area. As such, explore the option of storing them in a self-storage facility such as Extra Space Asia, equipped with 24/7 air-conditioning and dehumidified storage. These features help to ensure that your temperature-sensitive items will be stored optimally for the long term.

Fishing Rods

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Storing your fishing rods the right way can help to keep them protected against any form of wear and tear. Even though fishing rods are known to be strong enough to withstand heavy loads, they are also very delicate and vulnerable to damage.

With proper storage, you can effectively extend the life of your fishing rods, reels and lines. You can choose to store them vertically or horizontally, with the reels attached or removed, but it is important that you carry out proper cleaning and drying before storing them as moisture can lead to damage too. Some home storage options include wall-mounted racks to hold the rods horizontally on the wall or a vertical storage rack to keep them off the floor and within easy reach. If you have a growing collection of fishing rods, think about keeping them in your storage unit to make more space for other gear at home.

If you have any storage questions, it would be good to speak directly to any of our Extra Space Asia consultants at 1300 22 0288. Alternatively, you can visit any of our Extra Space Asia Self-Storage facilities located around Malaysia during our operating hours from Mondays to Fridays, 9am to 6pm, Saturdays, 9am to 1pm to find out more!