August 12, 2010

Finish that home project

1-800-Pack-Rat - May Moving Madness


Overcoming Procrastination...
Finish Up That Summer Project
If you started a home renovation, organization or clean-up project during the summer and it's still not complete, you're not alone. Procrastination affects most people at some time or another. Unfortunately, as the fall schedules become busier, your summer project may get further and further behind, leaving your home in disarray and your family frustrated. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that folks procrastinate when a task seems abstract or they have underestimated the time it will take to complete the project. You may have started with a clear picture of what you wanted to accomplish, but if it didn't go according to plan, procrastination may have crept in. 

Consider these helpful tips to overcome pesky procrastination and finally complete those projects:
  • Reward yourself and your family: Want to finish cleaning out that garage and store unnecessary clutter? Set a date to have it done and then plan a party in the newly organized area.
  • Be accountable: Enlist a friend or neighbor to check up on your progress. While your family might not be willing to hold you to a calendar, maybe your best friend will.
  • Make small lists: Sometimes the task just seems overwhelming - the attic is too big, the basement too cluttered, the garage too dirty. What comes next? Create short, concrete lists of tasks that can be accomplished in short periods of time. Identify who will do what and when.
  • Envision the final product: You may have forgotten how great your home will look once you've stored all the clutter. 
We've all given in to procrastination at some time or another, so don't despair. With some planning and a little help from your friends and family, you can get those summer projects completed!

Don't procrastinate.
From the PackRat...
Preparing Outdoor Furniture for Storage

Unless you live in the deep south, winter approaches quickly once the dog days of summer are over. To protect your investment, outdoor furniture should be placed in storage until spring. Protecting your outdoor furniture from the elements ensures you enjoy it for years to come.

If you have wood furniture, be sure to treat it while it's still warm outside. Oil any screws or metal fixings, and consider eliminating any rust, as well, before storing it.

Rattan or wicker furniture should be cleaned and protected according to manufacturer's instructions. 

Resin furniture is the most durable, but still requires cleaning. Wash it well, touch up any areas, and then stack carefully in the storage facility.

All cushions should be cleaned, disinfected and placed in storage boxes. 

Storing your outdoor furniture in a local 1-800-PACK-RAT facility ensures it comes out clean and mold-free next spring, protecting your investment and delighting your family.

  August 12, 2010
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Giving Back     

The 1-800-PACK-RAT culture rewards community involvement, and we had the opportunity to do that in July.

About 50,000 Boy Scouts, some from as far away as Asia, descended upon Fort A.P. Hill, in Virginia, for the National Scout Jamboree. The Jamboree celebrated 100 years in Scouting and was held from July 27th through August 3rd.

1-800-PACK-RAT was honored to be able to help support the Jamboree attendees and the Boy Scouts of America.

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1-800-PACK-RAT provides portable storage units to the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts

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