Ever wonder what to do when you have something really big to store? Ask the U.S. government. They have been mothballing fleets of military ships since World War II, off the coast of California, Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina and New Jersey. Photographer Amy Heiden was allowed access to the fleet in Suisun Bay in Northern California, and captured some dramatic and haunting images of the ghost ships. The Suisun Bay fleet used to number as many as 340 ships. That number is dwindling, as ships that have outlived their usefulness are dismantled and scrapped. (One ship in Suisun Bay avoided that fate — the USS Iowa, which was moved to San Pedro and is now an official naval museum.)
Dollar Self Storage in Corona offers storage units up to 1,000 square feet at our Third Street location. Not big enough for a battleship, perhaps, but if you looking to “mothball” your riding lawnmower, it might be just the ticket!
An empty nest can be a happy nest. In a previous post, we talked about using tough love to get your children who have left the nest to stop using your house as a storage unit. Now that you have tackled that issue, you are faced with the delightful dilemma of what to do with all that extra space. When you finally have the green light to repurpose your grown child’s bedroom, the possibilities are almost endless. Craft room, office space, meditation retreat, home theater – name your bliss.
There are some very sound reasons to do this that you might not have considered. A 12’ x 12’ room actually represents a sizeable percentage of your overall floor space. Most of us don’t live in big, old rambling houses with lots of room to spare. It just doesn’t make economic sense to turn 10% of your living area into a cobweb-filled, little-used space, especially if you are going to use it for a hobby that you were spending money to do outside the home.
Now, having said all this, you certainly don’t want to make your child feel they are not welcome in your home. But there is a way to do this without leaving their room just as it is, as some sort of shrine to their childhood. Keep a few carefully chosen pieces that represent the place they have in your home and your heart, and display them in your new reading room or game room. This will go a long way toward making them feel like they have come home when they come to visit.
Those of us who live out West don’t usually have the luxury of using basements and attics to store all our unused stuff. If you repurpose your child’s room, but need to keep their bedroom furniture just in case they have to move back at some point, or you decide you need a guest room more than a yoga room, you’re going to need a storage unit. If you live in the Phoenix area, there are several Dollar Self Storage facilities available that are clean, safe, and secure!
Remodeling your home can be a nerve-wracking experience. Aside from the obvious expense, the disruption of your life can be a huge factor in your decision to proceed with the renovation. Loud hammers and sanders, smelly glue and varnish, dust and debris everywhere, strangers in your home at all hours of the day – make no mistake, it is a noisy, messy experience. But if all goes well, the payoff can be tremendous. You will reap the benefits for years to come.
So how to survive the remodel without losing your sanity? Here are a few tips: Continue reading
I 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.
Occasionally 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?
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.
There 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
Glendale, 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!”
If 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:
- Temperature control
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Why would anyone rent storage space for their car? Well, a lot of people these days own more vehicles than their garage will hold. In addition to the car you drive to work every day, you might have: Continue reading