Boat Storage

Boat and Trailer StorageAs summer winds to an end and the number of fall decorations and pumpkin spice lattes ramps up, there are some necessary chores to do to prepare for shorter days and cooler temperatures.  For many people, this means the days of wakeboarding, fishing, whale watching, and other boating activities are over.  In a previous blog post, we discussed the reasons that you might want to store a vehicle.For the cooler weather, storing your boat may be necessary, and we’ve compiled some tips on how to ensure that your boat is in the best storage condition as possible.  As always, make sure to do your own research and consult the manufacturer for the best information. Continue reading

Dishing Out More Space

Storing Dishes

In many restaurants, space is at a premium.  Despite the open and spacious layout that is the norm in most eateries, behind the scenes is often a different story.  Pots and pans are stacked haphazardly anywhere they can fit, utensils are piled in bins, and spare dishes and glasses line the walls.  It’s important to have a fully stocked storeroom with extra glasses, plates, and many of the other items needed to serve food.  If these dishes were indestructible, there wouldn’t be an issue.  They are not, however, and this can lead to problems.

It is quite routine for a customer to drop a glass, the bus boy to lose a plate, or the dishwasher to break a bowl.  These eventualities are almost certain, it’s the price that must be paid to use nice dining ware. Continue reading

Hold on to Your Hobbies

Store hobby equipmentSometimes free time can be hard to come by in the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day lives. Work, kids, and other obligations can take up so much of our time that sometimes hobbies can fall by the wayside.  These endeavors, while worthwhile, can unfortunately force us to put a hold on some of the other activities that we enjoy.

Whether you are an aspiring musician, amateur astronomer, or passionate micro-brewer, many hobbies can take up a lot of space or be too fragile to be left out in a common area. You wouldn’t want your 2-year-old knocking over a $2,000 telescope or the house-sitter wanting to try out one of your vintage fender guitars.

There are many reasons why a hobby could be put on hold, Continue reading

Old Clothes, New Space

 

storing-kids-clothesKids grow fast.  Before you know it, your little one will be walking, then going to school, then even driving.  All these milestones are incredibly exciting, and watching your child grow up is a joy.  Buying new clothes every six months – not so much.  Kids often grow out of their clothes so quickly, especially as babies, that their clothes can look brand new.  Often times, parents will donate these clothes or give them away to friends so someone else can benefit. Continue reading

Storing Power

rc slot carLast post we discussed how lakes are used as storage for water.  Lakes are not necessarily the first thing that people would think of when discussing storage, and this week’s topic falls into that same category – batteries.

Dating back to 1800, batteries have served as an excellent way for people to store power in a dense, portable form.  In a world with more and more electronics, batteries have become essential to everyday life.  They are in our phones, laptops, cars, and many other items that are used daily.  The batteries used in electronics are rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries, a technology that has been around since the 1970’s, although there have been many improvements. Continue reading

Unconventional Storage

hoover damIn a recent article from SFGate.com, it was reported that in the recent heat wave that caused temperatures in parts of the Western U.S. to skyrocket into triple digits, snow melt was accelerated. With the high temperatures turning snow into water, 12 billion gallons of H2O poured into Lake Tahoe in the last week.  That’s over 18,000 Olympic sized swimming pools!

Lakes and reservoirs are one of the main ways we store water – and they are crucial in dry areas like the Southwestern United States.  After the outlet from a natural lake has been damned, the water level can then be regulated in order to match the amount of rainfall, snow melt, and needs of the surrounding community. Continue reading

Letting Go – When it’s Just Not You

balloon-floating-freeIt is said that politics is the art of compromise.  This could also be said of marriage. Two human beings who plan to live together for an long period of time will need to learn how to successfully compromise.

One area of contention (and thus a great opportunity to compromise), is what to keep and what to get rid of – or more likely, when to get rid of it.

Often the level of emotional attachment to an object varies between the spouses – especially as life changes and situations change.  Children arrive into the world, grow up, and leave (or at least we hope they eventually leave). Those old college text books fade and become outdated.  The artwork that looked great with that brown couch didn’t cut it with the blue one and has been relegated to a position under the bed.  However, our emotional attachment to the items we no longer use may still be too strong to think about letting them go – at least for one of the members of the household.  So, how to make room for new things without causing a marital rift? Continue reading

An Uncluttered Mind

uncluttered areaIt’s not uncommon for people to ask our managers about whether or not our storage units are equipped to become an office or if they can be used as a workout room. The short answer is no. Although we store a lot of office items and business inventory, and also a lot of exercise equipment that is temporarily not being used – units are just not able to be used for those type of ongoing activities.

However, it’s likely the real reason for someone’s desire to use a storage unit as something other than a place to store things in is that it’s clean, uncluttered, and often air-conditioned. It’s away from the distraction of family, co-workers, phones, and to-do lists stuck on the refrigerator.

Order and tranquility are what are wanted; an uncluttered environment to think or work-out in. Shape magazine  had an excellent article of the benefits  Continue reading

Minimalism – Fad or Future

minimalism - bird on a wireThere is a lot of talk about minimalism these days. It may be coming about because as “first-worlders” we have the ability to accumulate a whole lot of stuff. We also have access to so much information and so much distraction that we can start to feel lost in the vastness of our personal empires of gadgets, user profiles, and twitter feeds.

Whatever the cause, the attraction to rid ourselves of clutter can become compelling. Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, two Minimalists,  have become well known by their journey to minimalism and their positive feelings toward it. Continue reading

Top Ten Reasons to Rent a Storage Unit – Part Two

top-ten-2We talked in the last post about how there are times in our lives when having a storage unit can really make our lives better – taking the pressure off during transitions, taking the clutter out of our lives, even helping us start a business. A quick recap of the first five reasons: 1) Downsizing; 2) Seasonal storage; 3) College students; 4) Baby proofing; 5) Business storage.

And now, without further ado, the next five great reasons to rent a storage unit! Continue reading