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By Karlyn, Jan 10 2017 07:23PM

So we’re more than a week into the New Year--and how are your resolutions going? If you’re anything like me, your motivation is already waning! Here are three simple tips to defibrillate your resolutions! Ready...“Clear!”


(1) Keep it simple. We all have about a billion things we’d like to finally accomplish, or even just learn to do better. And of those billion, we can all probably list off the top of our heads about a dozen really important ones. And of those dozen or so really important ones, we probably have about three that we’re dead-set on accomplishing...kind of like, “If I don’t have these three figured out by 2018, I give up!” Which is commendable, really, but in order to ensure success, we’ve got to take it a step further! We need to choose just one resolution. Just one?! Yes, just one.

By choosing only one resolution, you can entirely focus on accomplishing it, which greatly increases the likelihood of success. It’s similar to the myth of multitasking…Focusing on multiple goals at once feels more efficient, and certainly appears more ambitious, but in the long run your focus is too spread out. Like that old adage about either doing everything but not doing any of it well, or doing one thing with excellence, it’s best to focus your energy on one thing at a time.

So pick ONE resolution, and knock it out of the park!

(2) Track your progress. Whatever your resolution is, find a way to measure your progress! You will find yourself much more motivated to “stick with it” if you have a physical or visual representation of how far you’ve come already. The first step here is going to be setting “mini-goals” for yourself. You’ll need to have some benchmarks in place in order to see your progress. So decide on your mini-goals, then pick one of these ideas for tracking the progress of your resolution:

Chart: Go old-school with a fundraising-type chart that you can fill in as you get closer to your goal. This is great for financial and fitness-related goals!

“Keep the Chain Going”: Are you trying to break an old habit? Make a new habit? Try the “chain” approach. Keep a calendar nearby and for every day you accomplish your goal for the day, cross that day off. The longer you go, the more filled-in your calendar will be, and the less you’ll want to see a blank square on the chain!

Jar: Designate a clear jar for the purpose of tracking your progress. Every time you meet a mini-goal, drop a marble, or a dollar, or a slip of paper with the date you met your mini-goal, into the jar. Watch the jar fill up as you get closer to making your resolution a reality!

Bullet Journal: If you’re the visual-learner type, invest in a bullet journal! Bullet journaling is a great way to keep your goals fresh and inspirational by utilizing colors and art, while keeping everything organized and handy. And Pinterest is chock-full of goal-tracking templates for bullet journalers.

Vision Board: For the kinetic learners among us, the “learning by doing” types, a vision board can be a great way to track your goals. Find some images that represent your resolution and tack them to a bulletin board. Then find some images that represent your mini-goals, and every time you meet a mini-goal, add it to your board, too!

Accountability: Round up some back up! Get your friends and family in on helping you make your resolution happen. Let them know about your mini-goals, too, and ask them to help you brainstorm some ways to celebrate accomplishing your mini-goals! But most importantly, ask them to nag you! Sometimes one of the most effective ways to track your progress is simply being able to answer an accountability partner’s nagging with a triumphant “Yes!”

Rewards: Attach a reward to each of your mini goals! Whether it’s a day at the beach or the spa, a trip to your favorite museum or sports center, tickets to a concert or a game, pick some rewards and when you reach your mini-goals, celebrate! (No cheating, though!)

(3) You’ve gotta want it. If you want to succeed in keeping your resolutions, the motivation has to be personal! Internally-driven goals are more likely to succeed than externally-driven goals. For example, while your friend might be setting a super inspirational goal like taking a month-long Hawaiian vacation, make sure that if you decide your resolution is also to take an extended exotic vacation, that you’re not doing it out of a sense of competition or a bad case of KUWTJ (keeping up with the Joneses). Typically, “trendy” goals, or goals set under external pressure, aren’t as likely to succeed--and you’ll be left feeling much less satisfied if you do happen to achieve them, because you never really wanted them in the first place. So find out what you really want, and go after it!


I hope that helped give your motivation a jolt! Take these three tips to reach your resolutions in 2017! Pick one goal, measure your progress, and make it personal.

(And if your resolution happens to involve getting organized, stay tuned! January is National Get Organized Month, and we’re going to be celebrating by posting organizational solutions for your messiest rooms in the house!)


Keep on resolving!

Karlyn at A Better Rate Storage



By Karlyn, Dec 27 2016 08:28PM

Ah, the week after Christmas. The holiday festivities are winding down, you’re exhausted, and you are beginning to consider what might actually happen if you left your Christmas decorations up till, say...Easter?


But what you lack in motivation, we’ll make up for in tips! We’ve scoured the interwebs for the easiest ways to make packing up the holidays a breeze instead of a chore. You won’t even have to roll up your sleeves.


Tip for Trees: Store your artificial Christmas tree on the same floor as where you put it up. That will save you a lot of lugging it up & down steps!

Tip for Ornaments: Despite what all the “Better-Homes-and-Gardens” types want you to think, you don’t actually need a velvet-lined, multi-tiered, customizable ornament trunk to safely store your ornaments. There are a lot of common household items you can use to pack away fragile bulbs and baubles! Try some of these: Egg cartons, empty wrapping paper/paper towel tubes (cut into short tubes), coffee filters, fast food cup carriers, cardboard coffee cup sleeves, tennis ball containers, plastic apple/pear containers (the kind from bulk food stores like Costco or Sam’s Club)

Tip for Wreaths: Wrap wreaths in plastic, or put in a children’s garment bag, then hang from a nail on your attic or garage wall.

Tip for Lights: First of all, label your lights! Use some masking tape to make a “tag” near the end of the light strand, then label the tag with how long the strand is, or where on your house it belongs. No more guessing games! Once you have all your light stands labeled, use an empty coffee can for a spool. Wrap your light strand around the can, then poke a hole in the lid to hold down the end. Voila! Headache-free light storage to ensure you stay on Santa’s nice list next time you have to hang lights.

Tip for Wrapping Supplies: Tight on storage space? No problem--utilize vertical storage! Corral your wrapping paper into a garment bag. Organize all your wrapping accessories, like scissors, tape, ribbon, and bows, into a hanging shoe storage bag. Then, hang both the garment bag and the shoe storage bag next to each other in a closet. Easy to find, simple to store.

Bonus tip! Super-easy DIY ribbon dispenser


There you have it, folks. All the post-Christmas tips you need to make sure you won’t be mowing around Rudolph come springtime.


Happy de-decorating!

~Karlyn at A Better Rate Storage



By Karlyn, Dec 13 2016 03:15PM

Here at A Better Rate Storage, we are all about doing things better! That includes wrapping presents! Here are our Top 7 Present-Wrapping Hacks!

1. Old paper grocery bags make great rustic-looking gift wrap! Add some twine for some real country charm.

2. Use magazines to make bows. Everyone has old magazines lying around--put them to good use! Click here for an easy bow-making tutorial.

3. Use a scarf, old t-shirt, or sweater to wrap a gift. Turn up the texture and give your presents a real “wow” factor!

4. Newspaper. Always a classic! The comics make especially fun, quirky wrapping.

5. Washi tape: Doubles as ribbon and tape! Skip the hassle of wrestling with taping and tying up ribbon. Just apply holiday-themed washi tape across the present the way you would ribbon, and voila! A beautiful present with half the effort.

6. Use double-sided tape. Never make another tape donut again!

7. Use an old potato chip bag turned inside-out for a festive, silvery, eco-friendly wrap. Don’t believe us? Check it out! You’ll never go back to normal wrapping paper!

Now you have all the present-wrapping hacks you need to wrap your presents like a pro.

That's a wrap!

~Karlyn at A Better Rate Storage

By Karlyn, Dec 6 2016 07:17PM

It’s December in Southern PA--and you know what that means! It means it’s anyone’s guess as to what that means! This time of year the weather is all over the place. So far we have gotten a few flurries and a few balmy days. But we can bet that with colder days fast approaching, a real snowstorm won’t be too far behind.

Here are some snowy-weather storage tips for you!

1. Get your shovels, salt spreaders, and snowblowers out of your storage unit...before the snow hits!

2. Tie a plastic baggie around your padlock. This will keep your lock from freezing!

3. In the event of snow, enter the property at your own risk. Paul, the owner, goes to great lengths to get everything plowed in a timely fashion, but he does prioritize the main thoroughfares through the property. It may take some time until the snow is cleared away from your unit.

4. Slow down! The drive leading to the gate is a downhill slope. When you pull into the drive, please slow down. We have those big windows in the office and we see some of you flying in here like you’re on the set of Fast and Furious. Slow down! Especially when it snows!

With these tips, you can have a safe and warm snowy season!

Happy storing,

~Karlyn at A Better Rate Storage

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