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Closets Bursting at the Seams? How to Get the Most Out of Your Storage Space

If New York City apartments are said to be the size of shoeboxes, what does that say about the size of the closet? Nothing good. Luckily, there are ways to free up your closet space to get the most out of its small dimensions. From the hanger selection to creative use of the walls, getting creative with the space inside your closet can help open it up and stop any clothes, shoes or accessories from overflowing into the rest of your apartment. Here are five tips from the self-storage experts at Gotham Mini Storage on how you can get the most of your closet space.

  1. Purge outdated possessions. This doesn’t just refer to those jelly shoes or harem pants. Anything that’s either too small, too big or hasn’t been worn in two years or more should be donated. And those shirts with the embarrassing pit stains? You can just go ahead and throw those out.
  2. Give your closet the upper hand. The space above your built-in hanging bar can be an important asset. If your closet already has an shelf, then start prioritizing items: most used items hang at eye level, less used are piled on the floor and least used should go on this shelf. If your closets has no shelving, not to fret; adding one isn’t a huge undertaking and can be completed in an afternoon.
  3. Floors made for more than walking. Like an upper shelf, using your closet’s floor space can be a huge help when it comes to maximizing storage space. Generally, shoes are best kept here (to keep mud, dirt and other city germs away from your hanging clothes), and a tiered shoe rack will give you the most bang for your buck. As stated in tip #2, this space is also good for your “less used” items. Unlike upper shelf items where you may need either a step ladder to reach or your “Go-Go Gadget” arms, floor items are more easily accessible.
  4. Use a tie hanger in a new way. Since tie hangers are longer than they are wide, they’re a great way maximize the limited space on the hanging bar in your closet. And just because they’re technically made for ties doesn’t mean that’s all they can hold. Belts, scarves, handbags, backpacks and other similar accessories are easy to add.
  5. Declutter the mess. If you went to the dry cleaner a month ago and the clothes are still wrapped in the plastic bags, it’s time to discard them. Voila! Already more space. Shoeboxes can also clutter your closet, so whether they’re empty or full, go through them with a critical eye and decide if you want to keep, donate or store them. Not ready to get rid of those unworn shoes that you know will kill your feet? Don’t worry. Storing seasonal items (like those poufy down jackets) or anything you’re unsure about (like those killer strappy heels) in a mini storage unit is an easy, space saving solution.

For more ways on how to get the most out of your closet space, contact the team at Gotham Mini Storage, located at the corner of 38th Street and 10th Avenue in NYC.

How to Store Sports Equipment in a Mini Storage Unit

Space is hard to come by in New York City apartments, so if you live an active lifestyle—but are tired of tripping over your equipment as you stumble out of bed every morning—then here’s your Hail Mary: mini storage units. Whether you’re a snow bunny who likes to hit the slopes in winter, a surfer who enjoys riding the waves in summer, or a family whose kids play every sport under the sun, utilizing a mini storage unit is the perfect solution for New Yorkers. Here are five tips for storing your sports equipment in a storage unit, so you can curtail the clutter in your apartment.

  1. Control the climate. Choose a storage facility that offers climate control; it should be top priority. Golf clubs, skis, snowboards, skateboards and surfboards are all negatively affected by heat and moisture, so keep them in tip-top shape by storing them in a climate-controlled facility.
  2. Clean before you store. No matter what sporting equipment you wish to store, cleaning it is step one. Scrape off any grass, mud or dirt, and wipe the equipment clean. To avoid mildew, ensure your equipment is completely dry before placing it in its container or bag for storage.
  3. Preserve the shape. To ensure items such as snow boot liners, baseball mitts, cleats or hockey pads keep their shape, fill them with newspaper. This way, your equipment will be ready for action when you are.
  4. Take the stink out. If you’re storing things such as football gear, helmets or skiing/snowboarding boots, wash the pieces before storing, if possible. If the items can’t be thrown in a washing machine or dishwasher, sprinkle the equipment with baking soda—it absorbs lingering odors.
  5. Extra effort goes a long way. You don’t give it 50 percent when you’re flying down the trails, so don’t give 50 percent when storing your equipment. For skis and snowboards, wax them before storing to prevent rusting. To avoid scratches or dings, invest in specialty bags, such as a rain bag for golf clubs or an insulated bag for stand-up paddleboards.

To learn how to which mini storage unit is your perfect fit, contact Gotham Mini Storage. We offer a free truck at move-in so you’re not schlepping those skis, clubs, protective gear or surfboard on the subway.

Living Small in the Big Apple: Tips for Manhattan’s Micro Apartments

While living space has always been at a premium in Manhattan, the opening of New York City’s first official micro apartment building in mid-2016 takes the concept to a whole new level—and gives all of us some great tips for making the most of our own small places, even if they aren’t officially “micro.”

Located in Kips Bay, Carmel Place features apartments ranging in size from 260 to 360 square feet, which is slightly larger than the average one-car garage at 200 square feet—and roughly half the size of the average Manhattan studio. What do these expensive shoeboxes have that yours doesn’t? The ultimate in professional minimalist design. But you can have it, too, albeit on a slightly more modest scale. Here are some tips for making your NYC studio feel more spacious.

  1. White, light and bright. From windows to wall color, the lighter and brighter you can make your small space, the better. So, pass on that burgundy or dark grey paint chips. Light colors will just make your place feel
  2. Convertible furniture. And this doesn’t just mean install a Murphy bed (although it helps). Look for furniture that can serve more the one purpose: the futon that goes from sofa to bed, the workstation that doubles as dining table, the couch whose cushions lift up to reveal storage underneath, niche shelving and removable partitions.
  3. Shelves, shelves and more shelves. While a Carmel Place micro apartment comes with built-in shelving, you can always add your own shelves and bookcases (floor to ceiling, if you can) to create more places to put your stuff. And they don’t have to be from a Swedish DIY store—searching online for “apartment-size furniture” results in more options.
  4. An eye for organization. There’s no such thing as being too organized when you’re living small. Remember what your mom told you: there’s a place for everything—and everything in its place. Stores that specialize in organization solutions usually have a holder for just about everything and in a variety of sizes, from over-the-door shoe organizers to kitchen tool setups.

While you may not have a professional design team helping you make the most of your NYC micro apartment, a little tough love where your possessions are concerned can go a long way. If you don’t use it, lose it—or at least move it to a secure self storage facility like Gotham Mini Storage. Conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, Gotham offers a range of storage unit sizes—and a free truck on move-in day—which can make freeing up your living space (no matter how limited) just a little easier.

See us in the Wall Street Journal!

Gotham Mini Storage was featured in an article about the thriving self storage industry in New York. The photos for the story were taken at our site, showcasing the one-of-a-kind views from our storage unit floors and our lobby, which offers free Wi-Fi.

Self-Storage Thrives in Cramped New York City

Decluttering may be what New Yorkers talk about, but what they really do is rent more space. And self-storage companies and real-estate investors are ready and waiting to fill the demand.

Charles Z. Alvarez is an example of the dream tenant. The 33-year-old asset manager rented a storage space a few years ago when he was preparing to sell his 600-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood.

Today, Mr. Alvarez lives in a larger space farther north, in Williamsburg, but still rents the storage space.

To read more, visit the WSJ site.

For information about our mini storage units, please contact us, and be sure to ask about our rental specials!

5 Steps to Organizing Seasonal Decorations

In New York, we know the associate the “four seasons” with three things: an iconic restaurant frequented by the famous, a magnificent world-class hotel and the passing of a year marked by changes in the weather and surrounding scenery. We embrace, welcome and celebrate these changes with decorations galore to adorn our living spaces with. It is not until the moment we go to pack them all up that we realize we have nowhere to put them… perhaps this is why by March, the streets are dotted with apartments still decked with boughs of holly and icicle lights. Don’t be one of those homes! From your ever-growing Christmas tree ornament collection to that life-size Frankenstein you bought for the annual Halloween bash, keep up with the seasons by organizing and packing your decorations into a mini storage unit.

Use these 5 steps to organize your decorations before packing them away:

  1. Sort it out. Before packing your seasonal decorations away for another year, use this time as an opportunity to look at everything you’ve accumulated, and to reflect on why you have so many decorations to begin with. Perhaps you have miles of garland and could afford to donate a yard or two, or maybe it’s time to part ways with those plastic snowmen you haven’t put out since Y2K. Once you’ve narrowed down your collection, sort decorations by season.
  2. Organize the organized. Now that you have everything presorted, it’s time to organize those decorations even more. Pack like items together for each season, which will make next season’s decorating chore much less daunting.
  3. Take a break, then pack it up. Take a 15-minute break to give your brain a rest, then start packing up all of your organized piles into the appropriate-size boxes. Need packing supplies? Your local storage facility may offer them for sale at their location—no need to be a customer.
  4. Label everything. This is probably the most important step in this whole process. As you’re packing, label each box with a number, its contents and the corresponding season. That way, you won’t be ripping through seemingly endless boxes of Christmas decorations just to find the New Year’s Eve noisemakers and party hats.
  5. Put it down on paper. Keeping this information as an organized list at home and at your storage unit ensures you can find it fast when you need it.

New York City doesn’t pause between seasons, and now, neither do you. Contact the team at Gotham Mini Storage today to find the perfect unit for all your seasonal decorations.

Small Business Guide to Holiday Inventory Solutions

According to the National Retail Federation, American consumers plan to spend a whopping average of $935.58 during the holiday shopping season this year and one in four shoppers plan to purchase from small or local retailers. This upward trend in “shopping small” means big things for small businesses. Will your business be prepared?

Small business retailers report that up to 40% of their annual sales occur during the holiday season, meaning businesses must identify their best sellers and utilize their inventory space accordingly to optimize sales. But what happens when you run out of space? Finding a larger location and uprooting your business right before the holidays is not a favorable option, nor is allowing limited inventory space to dictate your holiday sales potential. For resourceful business owners grappling with spatial dilemmas, the light at the end of the tunnel is lit by a self storage company sign.

Here are several reasons why renting a self storage unit at Gotham Mini Storage may make sense for NYC-based small businesses:

  • Flexibility. Maybe you only need extra space during the holiday shopping season, or maybe your business is always seasonal. Look for a mini storage company that offers month-to-month leases to keep your extra inventory in check.
  • Inexpensive. What good is having more room for inventory if it doesn’t make sense financially? Gotham offers some of the lowest pricing in NYC and ensures customers are perfectly matched with amount of the space they need.
  • Safe keeping. Your products are a lifeline of your business, so keeping them safe is a priority. Rest assured that the 24/7 video surveillance, high-tech keypad entry system, and TSA monitoring means your property is in good hands at all times.
  • Do business on your own time. You come and go as you please at your own business, so why be limited to the hours of operation at another? The facility is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, with access is granted via a personal code.
  • No storefront? No problem. With free Wi-Fi and space to create and operate with your unit, self storage has been an increasingly popular and affordable option for online and startup businesses that lack a physical location.
  • Additional Perks. When you initially rent your mini storage unit, a free moving van and driver is available to help you transport your items to your space. Plus there’s drive-up access to the oversize elevators. Worried about too much (or too little) heat? Gotham’s storage space is regulated by a museum-quality climate-controlled system.

Don’t miss out on holiday sales this year! Call Gotham Mini Storage today and let the knowledgeable staff help you find the right unit for all of your business and inventory needs.

Don’t Get Bamboozled: Five Hidden Moving Costs to Look Out For

Moving in Manhattan can be expensive: buying packing supplies, hiring movers, renting a move-in truck, utilizing a short-term storage unit. But there may be even more charges you aren’t aware of. With a bit of planning, you won’t be left high-and-dry by whoever is moving you to your new NY pad. Here are five hidden charges you should be on the lookout for, so you don’t get taken for a sucker. (You’re on your own with the New York City cabbies.)

  1. Insurance can ensure added costs. In some circumstances, after signing your contact you are entitled to basic insurance coverage. However, this generally won’t insure any damage that may happen to your belongings. In order to protect your precious items and any damage that may incur, you will need to purchase additional coverage. Or, the movers’ insurance may only cover what they pack themselves—so saving money by foregoing the full-service move option may backfire in the long run.
  2. Elevators and parking and stairs—oh my! If your moving company has to park a significant distance away from your doorstep, expect to be charged $90 to $120 every 75 feet. Dealing with an elevator? There’s generally a one-time fee of $75. A lot of stairs? This will also increase the cost of your move.
  3. The bigger the item, the more expensive it’ll be to move. When moving large items such as pianos, pool tables or valuable antiques, additional charges will most likely apply. To avoid surprise charges the day of your move, be honest and upfront with your movers about all of your bulky items and measure them when possible.
  4. Canceling can cost you. By notifying your moving company with more than a week’s notice, you can avoid any cancellation fees. However, if you notify them one week before your scheduled move, you could potentially be charged $50 to $100. Canceling with five days or fewer to go before your move-in date can land you a whopping charge of $300 or even the full moving deposit.
  5. Transportation could add up. Movers will generally charge a travel fee, but if extra time is needed, there may be an additional cost. To avoid this, opt for a company that gives you transportation perks, such as a free move-in truck when you rent a storage unit.

To learn how a storage unit can help your moving process, contact the team at Gotham Mini Storage today.

Ideas for Storing Seasonal Items

Do you have a big lifestyle, but a small home? Whether it’s clothing and accessories, decorations, sporting equipment or something else, most of us own things that don’t have a  purpose year-round. We end up hiding these off-season items in the backs of closets, under beds, in attics or, worse, in the garage, leaving our vehicles out in the cold or heat. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution: store your seasonal belongings in a nearby self-storage unit. Find a storage center that offers you as much or as little space as you need and declutter your home. But first, follow these storage tips to ensure your things make it to next season:

  1. Do your clothing storage homework. It can be tempting to just throw all of your seasonal clothes into boxes or containers and get it over with. Instead, you should sort and donate or sell things you haven’t worn in the past year, so they don’t take up valuable space. All clothes should be laundered as well—moths and pests are attracted to food and stains, and untreated stains often become darker. Also iron clothes and ensure fabrics are dry prior to storing, as moisture will create mildew and the heat will destroy any potential moth eggs.
  2. Use the right storage tools. Plastic containers that protect against moisture and pests are the best way to store things; ideal ones are transparent. Create an inventory of the items in each container, tape it under the lid and then label the outside of the container for easy sorting. Want even greater protection for your favorite clothes? Disinfect and line with a cotton sheet, muslin or acid-free tissues before adding clothing.
  3. Don’t forget about seasonal kitchenware. Your clothes aren’t the only things that change with the season—our eating habits can too. You may not have a need for a slow cooker or roasting pan in the summer or an ice cream maker or grill in the winter, so why let them take up room in your home?
  4. Bring the great outdoors inside. Making room in your garage or attic for your shovels, snow blowers, ice melt and other cold-season must-haves can be frustrating or impossible if your home doesn’t have many storage options. Putting these, as well as warm weather outdoor items like patio furniture, tiki torches (free from fuel), cushions and gardening tools in storage is an easy way to keep them protected from the elements and free up space in your home.   
  5. Don’t be the house with year-round Christmas lights. Decorations can be lost or easily forgotten when they’re mixed together. Organize your holiday decorations in well-labeled, clear containers and keep them grouped together for easy access.

You can’t stop the seasons from changing, but you can stop their accouterments from overtaking your home. Contact the experts at Gotham Mini Storage today and greet the changing seasons with open arms… and an organized home.

5 Big Tips for Small NYC Businesses

As of 2015, the Small Business Administration (SBA) reported that there were 28,443,856 small businesses in the United States, and of which more than 5.7 million had employees other than the owner. Many small businesses don’t possess the need or funds to open their own location and are left with no option but to run their business out of their home (or garage, if they’re lucky). What they may not know is that there’s a little-known third option to separating your home and work life: renting a storage unit. Read on to discover how operating out of a storage unit can help your business—and your bottom line—grow.

  • It keeps your overhead low. Signing a lease that could cost thousands of dollars every month is a huge commitment. You may find that your business doesn’t flourish in that area, that you have more inventory than space or that you don’t have the financial room to hire more employees. Utilizing a storage unit like Gotham Mini Storage is budget-friendly, won’t lock you into a long-term lease and gives you the freedom to upgrade to a larger unit as your business grows.
  • It’s a secure way to protect your inventory. Unless your business sells security devices, your office equipment and inventory are vulnerable. Many storage units offer comprehensive security measures in addition to your unit’s lock and key, like 24/7 video surveillance, motion detectors, sign-in requirements and keypad entry into the building.
  • You control the weather, but not Mother Nature. Climate-controlled storage units guarantee your inventory won’t experience extreme hot or cold conditions in a way your home simply can’t. Whether you sell wood furniture, instruments, art, wine, books or electronics, keeping them at the appropriate temperature is one less thing you’ll have to worry about.
  • It’s ideal for keeping records. Even if your business warrants an independent location, the files and records you need to keep can be overwhelming. Ensure your files are safe and secure in a mini storage unit. Many storage facilities even offer custom racks and organizational tools for the best record-keeping possible.
  • It can give your business the ZIP code you can’t. Depending on your industry, your clientele may be more receptive to a business operating out of a city with an upscale reputation. With a storage unit space in a good neighborhood, you can afford to give your business a more enviable address than might otherwise be possible.

Running a successful small business can be difficult and expensive, but finding a place from which to run it doesn’t have to be. Contact the experts at Gotham Mini Storage today and start building your (small) business empire!

How to Get the Most Out of Your Mini Storage Unit

Whether you just moved to Manhattan or simply want to declutter your current apartment, packing your items into a mini storage unit can feel a lot like Tetris. But unlike the video game, you can’t start over with a clean slate when the boxes come crashing down due to poor stacking. Here are a few tips that will help maximize your storage unit’s space without the headaches.

  1. Easy access. Prioritize your furniture and boxes so the more important belongings are in the front. Being able to access boxes that are filled with things like seasonal clothes will be less of a pain when the frigid NYC winter and scorching summer hits; you’ll be able to just grab, swap and go.
  2. Maximize space. Take advantage of your furniture and large appliances by using them as additional storage. Fill that empty mini-fridge with boxes and store items on top of and inside of dressers, nightstands and wall units. Use a strip of tape on the outside of large pieces to indicate what you’ve packed inside. This will help you stay organized and prevent a guessing game later on.
  3. Make a list and check it twice. Moving can be overwhelming, and when you store your belongings, it’s easy to forget what you put in your unit and where. Avoid this headache by making a diagram of all of the items in your unit and their approximate location.
  4. Consistency is key. When choosing the size of your boxes, it’s smart to only use two different sizes. Stacking your boxes will be a much easier feat!
  5. For peace of mind, store in pieces. For pieces of furniture that easily come apart (ahem, Ikea), dismantle before you add to your unit. To avoid vital screws and other hardware, put them in a plastic zip-top bag (along with the original assembly instructions, if you have them) and tie or tape together table legs, bed rails and shelves.

To learn how to correctly and safely organize your mini storage unit to maximize the space available, contact the storage professionals at Gotham Mini Storage.