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

The Snowbird Lifestyle

open-roadAhh, you lucky snowbirds, it’s Fall again.  Flee the snow, seek the sun. It seems like such an ideal lifestyle, I think almost everyone gets the bug to try it — winter in the warm, southern part of the country then return home after the spring thaw, wherever home may be – Canada, Minnesota, Oregon (I think they call you folks rainbirds). Some people enjoy the snowbird lifestyle by actually owning or renting homes in two different locations. Then there are those adventurous souls who live in their RVs half the year, either returning to the same park and spending the winter with new (old) friends and favorite activities, or tapping into their inner gypsy and exploring new destinations all over the Sun Belt. Continue reading

Decorating for the Holidays – All of Them!

halloween-decorationsDo you love to decorate for the holidays? If you do, you have plenty of opportunities. “Decorating for the holidays” is not just about Christmas and Hanukkah anymore. It can mean Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, or the Fourth of July, just to name a few. It is pretty ingrained in us to recognize the change in the seasons: the bounty of fall (turkey and pumpkin pie!), the bright, glowing ornaments of Christmas that light the long, dark nights of winter; the lovely pastels of Easter eggs that mirror the new growth of spring; and the red, white and blue of the Fourth of July, a full-on celebration of summer as well as a marker of the birth of our country. For many people, the fun of transforming their home during the winter holidays has given them the bug to spread out the fun all year long. Continue reading

When the Band Isn’t Quite Ready to Get Back Together …

Storing musical instruments… you might need a place to store your instruments. Musical instruments and equipment represent a sizable investment of money, talent, time, and love. Whether you have weekly gigs with your old college buddies, or you just like to pull out your guitar when you are feeling blue, you know that taking good care of your mandolin, or marimba, or mixing board is important.

But if the gigs are starting to be few and far between, and your wife has had enough fun hanging the laundry on your drum set, it might be time to find a different place to store them. Using a self-storage unit for musical instruments and equipment is a great idea, especially if you choose an air-conditioned unit. Air conditioning will maintain an even temperature, reduce humidity, and help to reduce dust, aiding in the preservation of your equipment for the long haul. Continue reading

Creative Organization

pencil_circleSeptember always puts me in the mood to organize. I guess part of it is the old association with the beginning of the school year – a new backpack; clean, crisp notebooks full of potential; unbroken crayons in all the good colors. But unlike spring cleaning, which is all about squeaky clean surfaces, autumnal organizing brings out my creative side. It makes me want to decoupage that old wooden crate before I stow away my vinyl collection in it. It makes me want to put stickers on the old baby wipes container to make a new home for my kid’s marker collection. You get the idea.

So, if like me, September makes you want to sharpen a few pencils and get crackin’ on some “homework”, you might want to take a look at this article on Bob Vila’s website  about creative storage solutions that feature clever, re-purposed items, like old books, dish drainers, cake pans, worn out luggage – and even last year’s cast off lunch box! These fun ideas will help you get organized and get your creative juices flowing. Who needs finger painting?

When you get done organizing, if you have a few things you need to transfer to your storage unit, don’t forget that Dollar Self Storage has boxes and packing supplies, including specialized items, such as dish packs and wardrobes, which will make that job easier. When they are all packed up, you can put some stickers on them!

Back to School in Another Town

College studentGive your college student the benefit of extra storage all year long.

Back to school. The same simple phrase that strikes terror into the heart of school-age children everywhere brings secret delight to parents. Back to order. Back to routine. Back to a cup of tea in a quiet house.

If your child is a college student, back to school means back to campus – perhaps in another town, even another state. College students have a special relationship with storage units. Many college students who go to school far from their homes have to figure out what to do with their belongings over the summer break each year. Self-storage is a smart and handy solution that makes these times a little more hassle-free for both students and parents.

If you take advantage of self-storage in this way for your college student, you might want to consider keeping that storage unit all year long for them. There are several benefits to this idea: Continue reading

E-Waste: The Silver Lining

E-WasteHard to believe that fifty or sixty years ago, there was no such thing as “electronic waste”. One garbage can was all you needed. If you handed down your furniture and clothing, burned your leaves in the back yard, composted your food garbage for your victory garden, and lined the parakeet’s cage with the newspaper, there really wasn’t that much left over to throw away.

Then we got TVs. And TV dinners. And our trash cans have been growing in number and size ever since. Now we really have to stop and think about what we throw away and where we Continue reading