Preserving Priceless Memories, Part II

file000588843409In a previous post, we talked about digitizing home movies and video, and how best to store the original media. In this post, we will discuss your photographs, particularly those taken in the pre-digital age.

Just about everybody has a few shoeboxes full of old family photos and negatives. It can be positively overwhelming to even get started when faced with a disorganized jumble of hundreds of family photos, but cardboard, wood, and many plastics give off gases that will damage your photographs, so it really is worthwhile to set up a system that will preserve your old photos and negatives, and that will preserve your sanity as you move forward with your digital collection.

Take a deep breath and dive in. You will be glad you did. Here are a few steps to help you along the way: Continue reading

Build Your Business with Self Storage

Push PinsAt first glance, renting a storage unit may not seem like a cutting edge business tool – but think again.

Businesses can store records, supplies, equipment, and inventory. It is also an excellent option for larger items, such as furniture and vechicle storage.

This is an effective strategy for a wide range of businesses, including: Continue reading

Apartment Living

file000328260278There are many advantages to apartment living, but lots of storage space is usually not one of them.

In expensive urban environments, apartments are the standard for housing. Certainly, the younger segment of our population, who often are more transient as they establish their careers, enjoy the flexibility of renting. And, in fact, attitudes toward home ownership are shifting – we may be approaching a time when it is no longer a requisite part of the American Dream.

Apartment Therapy is an interesting website whose stated mission is “Helping people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online.” They recently featured an article on using storage units to make apartment living more workable that we wanted to share with you.

Make it a Happy Father’s Day

Father's DayNews flash: according to Today Money, “Americans are expected to spend about $7.4 billion less on gifts and goodies for dads this Father’s Day than they spent on moms for Mother’s Day last month, according to the National Retail Federation.”

Are you shocked? Probably not. It’s not that we don’t love our dads. The article does go on to point out that there is more stuff to buy for mom, and men are notoriously harder to shop for. Truth be told, most dads would probably rather get a nice Starbuck’s gift card than another questionable tie anyway. But over the years, your dad has probably accumulated a fair amount of “stuff”, courtesy of Father’s Day: knitted golf club covers; “World’s Greatest Dad” emblazoned coffee mug, t-shirt, key ring, and mouse pad; a mounted singing big mouth bass; a complete set of unredeemed, hand-made, personal coupons good for back rubs, etc.; a Snuggie in a manly blue color – you get the idea. Continue reading

Storing Seasonal Clothing

Storing seasonal clothing.

How not to store your clothing.

Storing seasonal clothing is a great idea, especially if you have limited closet space. It’s one of those times when less is more. By that I mean, when you go to your closet to pick out something to wear, and you can actually move the hangers around and see what is in there, you suddenly feel like you have more options. If you are a woman, you might even see outfit combinations you hadn’t thought before. Come to think of it, I guess guys might do that, too.

But if your closet is so jammed with clothes you can barely extract an item without the Jaws of Life, you are going to get frustrated and just grab something that is easy to get to. Again. Or, worse yet, you will be tempted to buy something new, compounding your problem. Continue reading

The Mother’s Day Question

chocolatesFlowers and candy are nice, but what do Moms really want? An age-old question to which there is no single answer, but one thing is for sure, a little help around the house is always appreciated. Whenever I used to ask my mom what she wanted for Mother’s Day, she always answered “I want you to clean your room.” I thought that was a joke, so I ignored it, but now I think I get it. Moms are frequently held accountable for the appearance of the home, at least in their own minds. Other members of the family look only at their own clutter and think “what’s the big deal?” but Mom sees all of it. She may spend hours getting one area cleared up, only to turn around and find her work undone within minutes. I can see how that might be frustrating. Continue reading

Outdoor Living

file000612558478It’s almost May, and if you’ve been cooped up all winter (and even if you haven’t), it’s time to spend some time outdoors. These days, people are taking their outdoor living spaces to new heights of luxury and style – no more perching on a flimsy webbed lawn chair with a paper plate balanced on your knee. Now people serve pizza rustica from their wood fire ovens to guests around elegantly laid tables lit by outdoor chandeliers, or gaze at the stars while getting cozy by the fire pit with a snifter of brandy.

Outdoor furniture in particular has made incredible advances, with beautiful and comfortable pieces that rival the couch and chairs in your living room.  The most common materials for outdoor furniture frames are wood, wicker, aluminum, and wrought iron. Wood has a casual, natural look, is fairly easy to maintain, and can always be made new again with a fresh coat of paint. There’s nothing like a classic Adirondack Continue reading

Spotlight on Tucson

Tucson, ArizonaLocated 118 miles southeast of Phoenix and just 60 miles north of the Mexican border, Tucson is the second largest city in the state (after Phoenix) and a major city in the Arizona Sun Corridor.

With an elevation of 2,643 feet, and surrounded by five mountain ranges, Tucson is cooler and wetter than Phoenix. It has a monsoon season from late June through early September, and averages a surprising 11 inches of rain a year, even though it is a desert climate, with highs in the summer routinely exceeding 100 degrees. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning – Part Two

vacuumOkay, so in the last post, we talked about spring cleaning and renewal. We talked about the history of spring cleaning, and we talked about how easy we have it nowadays, and we talked about dust bunnies. We may be approaching the moment when we have to stop talking about cleaning and actually start doing it. But wait! First, we have to assemble our tools and cleaning products. Continue reading

Spring Cleaning, Part One

feather dusterIf you are starting to see those little green buds on the trees outside your house like I am, if the breezes feel like a refreshing drink of water, if the baby bunnies are nibbling at your garden (shoo bunnies!) then it must be spring. Spring is a wonderful time of renewal. The great outdoors beckons, it’s time to throw open the windows and let in some fresh air. And if the fresh spring breeze stirs up the dust bunnies in the corners (shoo bunnies!), the time may have come for a little spring cleaning as well. Continue reading