Adult Children Who Use Their Parents’ House as a Storage Unit

toysI made a shocking discovery recently: when your kids grow up and move out, they don’t take their stuff with them. Oh sure, they take the Xbox and all your good wine glasses, but the lifetime supply of Legos and their soccer trophies? Not so much.

To be fair, it is tough when you are first starting out in life. When you are living in a one bedroom apartment, you simply don’t have the room to take possession of all your childhood memories. Not to mention the fact that it is difficult for young people to know what keepsakes they will find most meaningful years from now. But I did see one really valuable piece of advice on this website about simplifying: the fewer things you keep, the more special they are. When your grandmother gives you a small keepsake box filled with precious memories she wants to share with you, it is a very moving moment. If, on the other hand, she has to have a forklift drop a packing crate on your front lawn filled with her precious memories … hmm, not the same thing at all.

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Extended Travel Storage

extended-travel-storageOccasionally the need arises for an extended leave of absence from your home or apartment. Maybe you are taking a long-term assignment for your job in another state or country. Or maybe, if you’re lucky, and have a nomadic streak, you have decided to take a year off and travel the world. Either way, you are going to have to do something with all your stuff.

There are a lot of things to consider in this situation:

  • Are you going to sell your home or give up your apartment?
  • If not, then, are you going to rent or sublet your home?
  • If so, are you going to rent it furnished or unfurnished?
  • If the renters have their own furniture, what are you going to do with yours?
  • And even if you rent it furnished, what are you going to do with all your stuff?

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Spotlight on Henderson


Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada

Henderson, Nevada was “Born in America’s Defense” in the 1940’s when the Basic Magnesium Plant was opened to mine the much-needed ore for the war effort. Around 14,000 people flocked to a previously uninhabited area of the desert between Boulder City and Las Vegas, which in 1941 was a tiny railroad watering station. From that historic beginning, Henderson has grown from a small “company town” to the second largest city in Nevada, with a population of over 275,000.

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Merging Households — When a Storage Unit is the Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

candy-heartThere is a lot of pressure surrounding Valentine’s Day. Sometimes that pressure makes us do crazy things. Like propose. Or break up. Yes, apparently February 10th has officially been designated “Dump Day”, since many couples that would rather have a root canal together than sit through another Valentine’s Day dinner together choose this day to break up.  But on the happier side are the couples that just give in to all the sentimentality of the holiday and decide to tie the knot. According to Time magazine, approximately 220,000 marriage proposals will take place on Valentine’s Day.

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the moving van. One of the first tests of the relationship rears its head very early – merging households. This is when “yours” and “mine” becomes “ours”.  Time to take a deep breath and focus on the relationship, not on the stuff. Continue reading

Store Your Sports Equipment in Glendale, Arizona!

deflated-footballGlendale, Arizona is making big news this month. The national media just can’t get enough of it. I’m sure you aware of all the fuss being made over Glendale being the home of the new state-of-the-art Dollar Self Storage facility. And it is also host to that sporting event, what’s it called? Oh yeah, the Super Bowl.

The Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots will square off in Super Bowl XLIX, which will take place this Sunday at the University of Phoenix stadium in Glendale. This is the second time Glendale has hosted the Super Bowl, the first time being in 2008.

As part of the city-wide celebration, the manager of the Glendale Dollar Self Storage is offering special prices for storing:

  • Deflated Footballs
  • Marshawn Lynch Press Quotes
  • Uneaten Chicken Wings
  • Unused Pro Bowl Tickets

The manager was also quoted as saying: “Good luck to the Seahawks and the Patriots – one of which will be the last Super Bowl winner before the start of an Arizona Cardinals dynasty!”

Storing Antique Furniture

antique-chairIf you collect antique furniture, or have inherited some from a family member, but don’t have a place for it in your home, it is especially important to take care when considering where and how to store it. Antique furniture represents an investment, with not only cash value but sentimental value if it has been passed down from a family member. A climate controlled storage unit that protects from extremes of heat and cold, such as the ones offered at our new state-of-the-art storage center in Glendale, Arizona, is without a doubt one of your best options for long-term storage. But before you start loading up the truck, let’s look at the full check list for storing your antique furniture:

The Storage Ghosts of Christmas

christmas-carolChristmas is a festive time when we welcome visitors into our home for celebration, when we renew bonds of kinship and comradeship. We look forward to these visits from our friends, our neighbors, and our family. But you might receive some unexpected visitors this holiday season, some ethereal spirits known as the Ghost of Storage Past, the Ghost of Storage Present, and the Ghost of Storage Yet to Come. Continue reading

Mining Your Storage Unit for Hidden Gems

antique-watchAnyone who has seen “Storage Wars” on TV has likely dreamed about the possibility of finding buried treasure in their family storage unit. Recently, a near-mint copy of Action Comics No. 1, the first comic in which Superman appeared, was found by the winner of storage unit auction in Los Angeles. It sold for over $2,000,000. Continue reading

Business Document Storage

file-foldersUsing a self-storage unit for document storage makes so much sense for businesses both large and small, and offers big advantages over either storing records onsite in your offices, or offsite in a document storage warehouse.

Although the digital age has had a big impact on the way most companies do business, there still seems to be a lot of paper floating around. Some of it can go right into the shredder or the recycling bin, but sometimes you have to keep it. Knowing what to keep and what to toss can vary from business to business; this IRS article on small business recordkeeping is very useful, as is this set of guidelines for record retention from Smead. Continue reading