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.

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

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

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

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!

 

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!

Battling with your wardrobe and falling clothes every day due to a lack of space and proper organisation? Here are three ideas on how to keep your clothes, shoes, bags and accessories organised and maximise your wardrobe space.

 Do a proper spring clean of your wardrobe

Before you start organising your wardrobe, you should declutter and consider donating your clothes that you no longer use or wear. We recommend this routine every quarter if you have a small wardrobe space. This will help create more space in your wardrobe for your new clothing or those clothing lying on your floor and around your room.

Trying the KonMari folding method

If you hastily fold your clothes before putting them away in your wardrobe, not only will they look wrinkled, you will also be wasting your precious wardrobe space unnecessarily. When it comes to folding hacks, people would recommend the KonMari folding method. The KonMari folding routine includes folding your clothes into neat bundles that can stand on their own so that you will be able to see everything at one glance. Her space-saving techniques will be a lifesaver if you have many clothes but insufficient space to store everything. This folding system includes many tutorials on folding various clothing like tops, socks, sweaters etc., that you can try out.

Get creative with organising your wardrobe 

You should try organising and arranging your wardrobe based on your personality and personal habits. For example, you can organise your clothing based on colours, seasons, garment type or even the order of how you get dressed.

For those seasonal items that are bulky and take up a lot of space, you can also try using a clothing vacuum bag that will help to pack your items into tightly sealed bags and minimise the overall storage space required to store them.

If you are looking for extra space to store your seasonal items or items that you hardly use, try storing them in a self-storage unit. Some perks of using a self-storage unit include the freedom to store more than your personal belongings. This dedicated space can also be used for your collection hobby, business inventory — you can even share spaces with your family members to fully optimise the storage unit.

It is also like your home where you can access any time, any day, 24 hours. At Extra Space Asia, we also offer climate controlled and air-conditioned storage units to store your temperature-sensitive items in peace. For more storage enquiries, you can also contact Extra Space Asia Self-Storage today at 1300 22 0288 to learn more about our various storage solutions. Feel free to also visit any of our 4 storage facilities located in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya today from 9am to 6pm (Monday to Friday) or 9am to 1pm (Saturday) to learn more about our various storage solutions.

 

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.

 

To sell or to donate? When you undertake the task of spring cleaning and decluttering your home or office, you might ask yourself questions like: ‘What should I do with this?’, ‘Would this come in handy one day?’ Doubt it. ‘Does it still have value?’ ‘Would anybody buy this?’ These questions are enough to leave us stuck and eventually put off the entire task altogether.

Stop procrastinating. We’re here to help. Let’s weigh the pros and cons together!

Selling

Selling can actually net you quite a fair bit of profit if done right. However, always consider the time investment you have to put in to sell it. Do it if the resale value is high, as selling would justifying the amount of time and effort spent. If you’re looking to make money, by all means, catalogue your possessions that you would like to sell and utilise the various platforms that are available like the Facebook marketplace, flea markets, Carousel and so on. Some people enjoy selling as to them it’s a win-win situation, they get to offload their clutter and at the same time make some cash out of it! It’s also a good training ground should you consider a career in sales at some point in the future.

Do also keep in mind that there are fussy buyers out there and they might make unreasonable demands at times. Imagine customers demanding discounts, original receipts, original boxings/casings and more. If this thought feels frustrating to you, selling may not be the path you seek. There have also been horror stories of how sellers take the time out to meet a potential buyer at an agreed location and time only to be stood up. Time wasted is equivalent to money wasted! As in every aspect of life, there’s always the risk of things not working out as intended.

Donating

On the other hand, if time is a constraint for you, donating your belongings sounds just about right! Not only are you doing a good deed, but there are convenient drop-off points for donation drives. Simply bag it up and head on over to the nearest drop-off point! Your house has now been purged from clutter.

However, there are also several points to consider before donating. Do remember that when you donate, someone is going to be using it for their own use. Only donate items that are still in decent condition. So pause and ask yourself before you donate, does this item still serve its main function properly? If the answer is no, it probably belongs in the bin.

It’s entirely up to you to sell or donate your pre-loved items. Take some time to understand the pros and cons, and you’ll have a clearer idea of your next steps. However, if both these options are not ideal for you – if you feel the need to clear the items yet NOT get rid of them – consider storing with us at Extra Space Asia! We’ll take good care of your stuff until you find a need for it again one day in the future. Till then!

You’ve taken the first step, and have rented your first self-storage unit. If you’re like most people, you’re in it for the long run, perhaps on a 6-month basis or up to a year or more! For some, renting a storage unit and keeping their belongings would undoubtedly mean ‘out of sight, out of mind.’

 

We at Extra Space Asia are all about hygiene and cleanliness, especially in times like these. This is why our premises are regularly sanitised and kept clean by a team of professionals frequently.

 

However, the cleanliness of your own unit falls outside our purview as we have no access to your unit. It’s crucial to clean out your own unit every now and then as dust will build up and can lead to serious health complications. Studies have shown that the accumulation of indoor dust contains numerous chemicals that are harmful to one’s health. So, we’ve come up with 3 tips to help you keep your unit clean and safe!

 

Psyche yourself up for the task

 

Tidying up seems to be a daunting task, which may lead to further procrastination. But instead of being overwhelmed, you can stop and visualise just how satisfying it would be if you get it done! After all, storage units can be seen as an extension of your home, it could give you the same sense of satisfaction once it’s clean and neat! Set aside some time to complete the clean-up, but do remember to give yourself ample time. If the allocated clean-up time is limited, you might feel pressured to get it done and would probably not do a good job in the end. As the saying goes, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day.’ Rome wasn’t built by one person alone too. So, bring along a friend or family member for that extra mental support!

 

Making a list of every item in your unit

 

It may have been a while since you last stepped into your unit, and it’s not uncommon to forget what you’ve stored there. While it’s a good practice to always keep an inventoried list of items, there may be times when we don’t update this list accordingly. So, note and take down every item in your unit before cleaning, as it’ll give you a better sense and idea of how much time you would need to clean.

 

“Does it spark joy?”

 

The next step here is where we take a page out of Marie Kondo’s playbook. Hold up each item individually and ask yourself, “Does it spark joy?” If yes, keep it! If no, extend your thanks and gratitude to the item and remove it from your unit. While it may not be practical to actually do this to every single belonging in your storage unit, it’s a good mentality to practise. Because if you’ve stuff in there that you’ve forgotten about, it shows that these items might not be as valuable and useful to you anymore. It could come in handy for others, especially the less fortunate should you decide to donate it to charity! For the items that you’ll be keeping, dust them down either with a wet wipe, towel, or a microfibre duster. To prevent too much dust from getting onto your larger items, you can also use a cover to drape over them. Cloth tarpaulins are a popular choice here, amongst other options such as plastic wrappers or even old blankets!

 

Cleanliness is an important element in our lives, be it our personal hygiene, our homes, cars, and so on. The same emphasis we put on cleanliness applies to your storage units as well. If you ever need any advice, don’t hesitate to reach out to us! Many of our staff are fellow storers as well and can give you their own personal tips and tricks.

 

Till then, stay clean and safe!