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California Wildfires

The western coast of the United States, particularly California, is well known for wildfires. California experiences the greatest number of wildfires out of all of the states, and in 2019 alone, over 1.3 million acres were burned in 5,300 separate fires. Wildfire occurrence and the annual amount of acres burned has been increasing since 1950.

California Wildfires

Fire season in California typically occurs from August to November. Fire is a natural occurrence in many California ecosystems, including brushlands and forests. It helps clear out the leaf litter on forest floors and dry vegetation in brushlands, adding more nutrients to the soil and fostering new life.

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Spotlight on Peoria

Discovery Trail, Peoria, Arizona

Peoria, Arizona is a rapidly expanding city located 30 minutes northwest of Phoenix. 164,000 people call this Sonoran Desert city home, and it is well known for its parks, open space recreational areas, and lively entertainment district. 

Peoria was established in 1886 by William J. Murphy. Murphy was working on a canal construction project in Arizona when he realized the great potential of the area. He returned to his home in Peoria, Illinois and recruited families to found an agricultural community of the same name in Arizona. Over the years, Peoria grew, and it was formally incorporated in 1954. 

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Schooling at Home

storage space for distance learning

August and September are always crazy months for parents with school-aged children. School is starting up again, and typically the kids are stoked to go back and see their friends. For the parents, starting a new school year can get a little hectic, especially for those with elementary aged children. There’s a new teacher to get to know, a giant supply list to go out and shop for, back to school night, and so much more. This year however, parents have a whole new hurdle to overcome when it comes to getting the kids back to school.

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Saving Space in the Dorm Room

In the midst of summer, planning for the next school year may be the last thought on students’ minds. Parents with children preparing to go away to college may want to begin planning and packing now, as to not feel rushed at the last minute. With little space for storage in dorm rooms and shared apartments, it is important that incoming students pack the essentials first; however, this doesn’t mean that they must leave sentimental items behind. One great way to save memories without taking up additional space is by making a no-sew t-shirt blanket.

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Spending Fast

Save Money with Storage

We’ve covered various aspects of minimalism in previous posts.   From downsizing to getting rid of excess clutter in your home without losing your mind. Maybe both of those ideas seem slightly extreme for you and you’d like to test out the waters of minimalism without making any permanent commitment, or maybe you aren’t interested in the minimalist lifestyle at all, but would love to challenge yourself financially. 

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What Size Storage Unit Do I Need

Large Storage UnitOnce you’ve made the decision to get a storage unit, the next big decision is deciding the size of the unit to meet your needs.  Here at Dollar Self Storage, we have many different amenities including storage units that range in size from 25-1000 square feet.  The goal in getting a unit is to make sure everything fits comfortably with enough room for you to access anything you may need in the unit. Continue reading

Valentine’s Date Ideas

Valentine in Storage BoxHas your wallet just recovered from Christmas and now you’re sweating Valentine’s Day?!  Well have no fear!  You don’t have to go the traditional route with roses, chocolates and dinner reservations at a fancy restaurant that will charge you twice the amount that they normally would with their Valentine’s fixed priced menu.

Part-Time Money put together a list of 33 inexpensive and non-cheesy Valentine’s ideas that are sure to please your significant other.  Here are just a few of our favorites:

  1. Acts of Service

Who doesn’t love a little extra help around the house?  Surprise your loved one by doing a few of their chores for them: dishes, laundry, cleaning up, sweeping the floor or grocery shopping.  It’s a sweet gesture that will be greatly appreciated (and unexpected)!

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Toast to Christmas

Holiday Storage DrinksDecember is here and that means holiday parties, holiday cheer and well, holiday drinks!  Whether you are hosting a party or attending one, here are a few holiday inspired beverages that are sure to please the crowd.  Just remember, nothing can ruin a party like having one too many drinks—so be responsible.

Here are a few favorite adult and kid friendly delicious drinks that will taste like Christmas in a glass.

White Christmas Martini (per inspiredbycharm.com/white-christmas-martini):

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 2 ounce white chocolate liqueur
  • 1 ounce white creme de cacao
  • 1 ounce half-and-half
  • Honey and coarse sanding sugar for rim garnish

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Thanksgiving Leftover Hacks

leftovers storageIt’s Friday and you thoroughly enjoyed your Thanksgiving dinner the night before. You wake up, open the fridge and what do you see? Leftovers. Turkey, potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, gravy, rolls, pumpkin pie…the list goes on. You may be okay eating another Thanksgiving meal or two, or you might find yourself craving something different but feeling guilty for not consuming all the leftovers you have in the fridge.  That’s where some creativity and an adventurous spirit come in.

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Trick or Treat in the Rear View Mirror

trick or treat storageWell, Halloween is officially behind us now. If you’re like millions of other Americans, you probably have way more candy in your house than you’d like. Maybe you don’t want your kids to consume that much sugar or maybe you lack self-control and those fun size chocolate pieces and rainbow colored sugar candies are a constant source of temptation.  Whatever your situation may be, we have a solution for you!  Store it!  Rent a small storage unit at one of our convenient locations convenient locations and store that sugar in a small, air-conditioned unit. Continue reading