When renting an apartment in New York City, the size of the kitchen may not hvae been a concern or consideration. But now that you’ve moved in, you’re quickly realize how frustrating it is to get even the basics, like a pot, a pan and a few utensils, to fit in it. Before you turn your oven into shoe storage and become Seamless’ customer of the year, read these four tips from the storage experts at Gotham Mini Storage on how your New York City kitchen can go from frustrating to functional, so the only thing boiling is the water on top of your stove.
- Use not-so-obvious spaces. The area above and below your cabinets can be a great way to save countertop, cabinet and pantry space. Perfect items for on top of your cabinets include wines and liquors, bottles of cooking oil and balsamic vinegars or for displaying personal touches such as vintage cookie jars or vases. To take advantage of space under your cabinets, install a rail that can hold items such as pots, pans or to hang cooking utensils or wire baskets for spices.
- Reuse other home organizers. Using something like a filing rack can be an easy and affordable way to divide some of your kitchen items. For example, place a filing rack inside of your cabinets to organize your baking sheets, frying pans and cutting boards.
- Let (certain) items double as décor. Some kitchen items can be stored in a way that makes them look like chic decorative touches. For instance, hanging your wooden cutting boards or coffee mugs on your wall can add a unique flair. If you have stylish kitchen canisters, display these on your counter and use them to store flour, pastas, rice or coffee—freeing up some cabinet space while adding personal touches to your countertop.
- Store large appliances. Bulky pieces, such as a stand mixer, slow cooker and panini press, can be hard to wrangle and even harder to maneuver around if countertop space is limited. It’s best to keep them out of sight in an as-easy-as-possible-to-access location. If you don’t use your oven much, consider storing one or two of these items in there (just remember to remove it before use the oven, of course). If you don’t have enough space in your NYC apartment these larger must-have appliances, consider placing them in a mini storage unit—it’s a small change that can make a huge impact on your kitchen’s space.
For more tips on how to organize your (tiny) NYC kitchen, contact the team at Gotham Mini Storage.
Loft apartments in Manhattan can be great—high ceilings, open floor plans, spectacular windows—but they can also give off a cold, industrial vibe that can make the space feel unwelcoming. How do you make sure your loft doesn’t give off the same standoffish vibes as a fashion magazine editrix? The storage and organization experts at Gotham Mini Storage have four tips to help transform your New York City loft into a comfy, chic apartment that feels like home.
- Opt for a loft bed. A loft bed can do wonders for a one-dimensional loft space. Not only will you be able to utilize the space underneath it for a desk, dresser, clothes rod or vanity, but it’ll also add dimension to your space. Since your loft bed will be higher than other pieces of furniture, it’ll break up the space and give it a nice variety. Loft beds come in a variety of styles and sizes, so no need for uncomfortable climbs in and out in the middle of the night.
- Get creative with furniture placement. Just as a loft bed creates dimension, other furniture pieces, when positioned in an untraditional way, can break up the expansive loft layout. For example, position an armoire perpendicular to the wall, rather than flush against it, to create the feeling of a room on either side. This modular wall can move as the mood strikes you. To create a mock living room space, put your couch along the wall and a large TV stand across from it. This way, the TV stand gives the illusion of a wall while also giving you additional cabinet space.
- Utilize every inch of wall space. Typically, loft apartments don’t have walls separating one room from another. While this makes them feel more spacious than traditional apartments, it also means noises echo and little to no storage space. To cut back on the cacophony of sounds, hang large art pieces, tapestries or create a gallery wall; the art will help absorb the sound while giving your loft the très chic urban look. For storage, consider dedicating one wall to a shelving unit, cabinets or closet system. jYou’re not relegated to ugly plastic bins; since everyone else in NYC is constantly on the hunt for more storage solutions, home designers have listened and responded with modular solutions and even modern furniture that lifts up for storing clothes. Looking for additional storage space, but not willing to clutter your sloft pace? Opt for a mini storage unit that offers around-the-clock security and a free van to help you move in.
- Incorporate tons of textiles. Many times, loft apartments have been converted from an industrial environment, leaving you with gorgeous brick walls, exposed ceiling beams and ductwork. While these elements can be chic, they can sometimes feel dark and chilly. To warm up your loft’s atmosphere, consider using a white shag rug under a brass coffee table, velvet pillows in light colors on a leather couch or soft linen curtains in neutral or pastel shades around the windows.
For more ways to make your NYC loft feel like home, contact the storage team at Gotham Mini Storage, located in Chelsea.
With the long winter behind us and warmer days ahead, the next endeavor many of us tackle on our to-do list is an annual favorite: spring cleaning. But what do you do with all of things you don’t have room to keep? Host a yard sale or stoop sale, where you can find them a new home—and find you some extra cash to kick your summer off right! Yard sales are a great way to declutter your apartment, give your neighbors great deals on your gently used items, and take a real inventory of what you can—and can’t—live without. Though the prep for your stoop sale might be minimal, for success, you need to take the time to do it right.
- Know your laws. Many areas now require a permit to operate a yard sale, mandate that you charge sales tax and may even require you to report earnings on your taxes. While you may be tempted to roll the dice because you don’t think there’s a likelihood you would get caught, ask yourself if the amount of money your stoop sale may earn would be worth a potential ticket. It’s always better to stay on the safe side, so see if your city is one of these areas or you could face some hefty fines. Fortunately, NYC dwellers don’t need a permit for a pop-up yard sale.
- Pick a convenient day and time. Saturday and Sunday are popular days for obvious reasons, but don’t forget that nearly 30 percent of people work on the weekend. An early evening sale on a weekday may draw more people than you think. For weekend sales, there are pros to both starting early or waiting until late afternoon. A morning sale means it won’t be too hot outside, but it might attract early birds who think nothing of ringing your buzzer at 6 a.m. Afternoon sales mean more heat, but can also mean more foot traffic, as more people are up and out and about.
- Advertise! It’s a basic understanding that, with the exception of neighbors or people who are walking or driving by, people won’t come to your yard sale if they don’t know you’re having one. While the tried-and-true method of putting up signs around the neighborhood and at local stores is still a solid way to draw crowds, it’s not the only one. Post an ad with at least three online sources, such as Craigslist, Yard Sale Search, Garage Sale Hunter, Yard Hopper, and Garage Sale Source.
- Prepare for cash and card payments. “Cash only” can be the kiss of death in a time when only 24 percent of Americans predominantly use cash. That’s not to say you should ignore that 24 percent, though. You don’t want to miss out of sales because someone pays cash, but you can’t make change. The ideal way to cater all buyers is to have a change drawer of at least $75 total in 10s, 5s, and 1s, as well as $20 in quarters (just make sure your prices are either full dollar amounts or in $0.25 increments). And for the 76 percent of credit and debit card users, you may want to consider a payment app like Venmo, PayPal or Square Cash for secure, instant transactions.
- Set realistic prices. The purpose of a stoop sale is to declutter your apartment while earning some extra cash. But just because an item has sentimental value or cost a lot when you originally purchased it doesn’t mean people will be willing to hand over top dollar. Try to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and ask what you’d pay for such an item at another person’s tag sale. Then price accordingly. And be prepared for haggling and bargaining. For any pieces that may have collector’s value or other hidden value, take those items to a professional to be appraised; otherwise, you might part with a mirror worth $25,000 for a mere $2!
Once you’ve held your successfully coordinated stoop sale, donate what you don’t want to a local charity. Still squeezed for space? Contact the storage experts at Gotham Mini Storage, and move your belongings into a secure, climate-controlled unit today.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.