Start the Year off right by Getting Organized!

Now that the New Year has begun, it is a great time to start getting organized. If you get organized now, you can be clutter free in 2018. If you have never been much of an organizer, don’t worry. There are a few simple ways that you can declutter your home, and you don’t need to be a professional organizer.

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Clean Your Closets and Cabinets

The first thing that you should do is clean out your cabinets and closets. When you start cleaning, create two piles. One should be for any items that are broken or damaged that you intend to throw away. The second pile should be for things that are in great shape but you no longer use. These are items that can be donated to charity. One great way to get rid of your charitable donations is through Give Back Box. This website makes donating your items simple. You simply pack up your belongings in a shippable box. Next, go toGiveBackBox.com to download, print, and attach your prepaid shipping label. Finally, ship your boxes out. Since your donation is tax deductible, after your box is received, you receive a tax receipt via email.

Try Some DIY Organizing Projects

There are plenty of clever ways that you can organize. Pinterest has plenty of great ideas. For example, placing multicolored bins in the kid’s room is a great way to organize their toys and books while giving it a pop of color. There are also ways that you can organize your kitchen cabinets. For example, hanging your pan lids on the cabinet door will save space and keep your pans neatly stacked. The internet is loaded with articles containing DIY organizing tips that can help with your project.

Rent a Storage Unit

It is not uncommon for your belongings to outgrow your home. When this happens, your basement, closets, and your garage can become cluttered with things that you don’t want to part with. If you are in this situation, you should consider moving your things to a storage unit. Storage facilities are secure. Most facilities have a staff member working during the day. At night, most facilities are monitored by closed-circuit television. A storage facility is also very convenient. If you need something that you have stored, you can go to the facility to remove whatever you need. After you are done with that item, you can put it back in the unit if necessary. Finally, you can be sure that your items won’t be damaged in the unit. If you store your items in the basement or the attic, they can be damaged if there is a leak or flood in the home. This wouldn’t be an issue if you were to store your belongings in a storage facility. Abba Self & RV Storage is a secure and inexpensive place to keep your belongings.

Decluttering your home will take time; however, when it is done, you will be happy and feel more comfortable in your home, realizing space you never knew you had.  Abba Self & RV Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes available, from small enough for a closet cleanout to large enough to hold an entire house worth of belongings – we’ve got you covered.  Stop by today and tour our state-of-the-art secured self storage facility.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at http://www.abbastorage.com/start-year-off-right-getting-organized/.

Thanksgiving Food Storage Tips for a Safe Holiday

When most people think about storage, large spacious units to keep mementos and other important belongings come to mind. Let’s consider a different type of storage for this time of year: food. Thanksgiving and the holiday season bring numerous gatherings, parties, and other festive outings. A major part of spending time with family, friends, and co-workers is preparing and serving food. Correctly storing food is crucial for a safe, healthy eating environment.

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Food Storage Tips for a Healthy Holiday

  1. Clean Work Area

Proper food storage starts at the time of preparation. Consider implementing extra cleaning measures prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. Prior to purchasing your holiday food, spend time cleaning your refrigerator and wiping down counters, cutting boards, and other spaces for preparing food. During the food preparation and cooking process, keep these general rules in mind.

  • Keep your preparation and cooking area clean.
  • Practice proper hand washing especially after handling fish and poultry.
  • Use an antibacterial spray to wipe down counters and other cooking areas.
  • When handling the turkey, use separate (or wash between uses) cutting boards, plates, and other cooking utensils.
  • Cook all food items as directed.
  • Do not thaw the turkey or other poultry on the counter. Use the refrigerator to thaw the meat.
  • Using warm water, attempt to keep your dishes washed as you progress through the cooking process. Unclean dishes, utensils, or cooking ware may harbor bacteria.

Implementing basic precautionary measures in the kitchen will help you maintain a healthy holiday.

  1. Watch the Temperatures

Another crucial component of proper food storage is temperature. When serving food, keep in mind, hot foods need to stay hot. Cold foods need to stay cold.

  • Using warming plates or slow cookers to keep food around 140°F.
  • Place ice in larger bowls than set your colder dish down into the bowl. The ice will help maintain the proper temperature.
  • Use a food thermometer. Checking temperatures help in keeping the food safe from forming bacteria.
  • Do not leave food set out for long periods of time.
  1. Storing Food Properly

After eating the Thanksgiving feast, storing food properly is vital for healthy, edible leftovers. Plastic containers, bowls with lids, freezer bags, tin foil, and plastic wrap are all valuable items for storing food.

  • Use shallow bowls or containers for warmer food storage. Once placed in the refrigerator, the food will cool down at a faster rate.
  • If applicable, remove the stuffing from inside the turkey prior to storage.
  • Cut turkey into smaller pieces or remove from the bone for easier storage.
  • Remove food from cooking dishes. Place food into smaller, easier to store containers.
  • Limit food storage in the refrigerator to up to four days.
  • Placing turkey in high-quality freezer containers or bags provide a longer storage time. Consume frozen turkey within four months to maintain flavor.

Proper food handling, preparation, and storage is a vital part of the Thanksgiving meal. Failure to implement basic guidelines may result in illness from bacteria.  At Abba Self & RV Storage, we have a variety of storage unit sizes available to meet your needs, including storing any leftover holiday decorations.  Stop by today to tour our storage units in Concord, CA and find the one that will work best for you.

This article originally appeared on Abba Self & RV Storage’s blog at http://www.abbastorage.com/thanksgiving-food-storage-tips-safe-holiday/.

WSI Connect Expands Partnership with Local Storage Company

There are a large number of options for storage in Concord, California. Abba Self & RV Storage is a locally owned and operated self-storage business with easy access to Highways 680, 4 and 242. Abba’s facilities offer numerous storage units in varying sizes to meet the needs of any potential self-storage customer. Abba’s pricing is competitive, but their facilities and customer service are unparalleled.

Given the heavy competition in the area from both locally owned businesses as well as larger conglomerates, the owners at Abba wondered what they could do to set their business apart from the rest. They entered into a partnership with local Internet marketing agency, WSI Connect. WSI was initially brought in for SEO work. They conducted keyword research and competitive analysis to determine the best search terms to incorporate into their website. WSI also created local listings for Abba as well as a Google+ page.

Soon Abba was happy to extend the partnership to include development of a quality pay-per-click (PPC) program to supplement the SEO efforts. WSI developed ads and campaigns tailored to the most relevant keywords and search terms.

Again pleased with continued performance, Abba engaged WSI Connect to deliver a responsive website. You may or may not know that Google is set to make a significant change to its algorithm on April 21st. A mobile-friendly site will be highly favored in the new algorithm and WSI did not want Abba to be left behind.

The site showcases various uses for self-storage units such as:

  • Self Storage Concord

 http://www.abbastorage.com/abba-self-storage-concord-ca/

  • Contractor Storage Units

http://www.abbastorage.com/contractor-storage-units-available-abbas-concord/

The site also focuses on geo-specific pages for storage:

  • Concord Storage Units

http://www.abbastorage.com/concord-storage-units-abba-locally-owned-operated/

  • Pleasant Hill Storage Units

http://www.abbastorage.com/pleasant-hill-storage-needs-abba-variety-options/

Abba’s new site also includes fresh content by way of a new blog. WSI utilizes Google Analytics to monitor Abba’s website traffic as well as the on-site behavior of its customers. This helps them see what on the site is working and what is not so WSI can make changes accordingly and encourage the continued success of the site. WSI uses Google AdWords to monitor the PPC campaigns, ensuring the most value for Abba’s paid search dollars.

There are a lot of storage options in Concord, California, but WSI Connect is helping Abba to advertise their unique value to the local community.

This was originally posted on the WS Connect blog at: http://info.wsi-connect.com/blog/wsi-connect-expands-partnership-with-local-storage-company

Boat Storage Concord CA

Looking for boat storage in Concord, California?

 

Summer is here and what better way to enjoy it than a day at the lake.  Just North of  Concord, California lies The Delta.  A great place for boating, water skiing, tubing, fishing and much more.  If you are located in the Easy Bay, it’s likely that you will pass by Abba Self Storage.  That makes it a great place for boat storage in Concord, CA or any other type of recreational vehicles.

Interested in learning more, take a look at their Yelp reviews:  Abba Self Storage Yelp

Or see a tour of their facility on YouTube: Abba Self Storage – YouTube

From their website:

Abba offers both inside and outside storage for your watercraft. Whether you have a 15’ bass boat, a 40’ sail boat or something in between, Abba has a storage space for you. All storage spaces are on concrete pavement inside our well lit site. Video surveillance cameras and a restricted access gate system help keep your boat secure. Our wash and detail station allow you to keep your ride clean.

Abba Self & RV Storage is a locally owned and operated self storage business in Concord, CA with easy access to Highways 680/4 and 242. We serve many satisfied customers in Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and other East Bay communities. Our facilities are amongst the newest in the Bay Area with security and cleanliness being our highest priorities.

Abba Self and RV Storage is ready to serve your needs whether it is for large or mini storage units, more space for your business to grow, or boat and RV storage. Our customers from East Bay communities have been extremely satisfied with the secure, clean facilities offered by Abba’s Concord storage units.

Local Business Spotlight: ABBA Self & RV Storage

Today’s local business spotlight is ABBA Self & RV Storage located in Concord, California.

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ABBA Self & RV Storage is a locally owned and operated self storage business in Concord, California.  Proudly serving customers in Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek and other East Bay communities.

They offer secure, clean storage facilities with old fashion, friendly customer service.

More than self storage…

ABBA offers five different storage options to meet consumers of all types.  In addition to self storage, they offer:

  • RV Storage,
  • Boat Storage,
  • Auto Storage, and
  • Record Storage.

They also offer to new customers free use of their 14-foot moving truck. That’s customer service!