Author Archives: George W

Living With Less

Small HouseThere are usually a few times in one’s life where you think you just want to sell all your stuff, simplify and go live somewhere where there are less people, less noise and less stress.  For most of us, these are fleeting thoughts for one reason or another.  But maybe you’ve had this thought and it isn’t going away.  You’ve been watching HGTV shows like Tiny House Hunters and Tiny House, Big Living and you love the idea of downsizing and simplifying your life.

Look no further than New Frontier Tiny Homes, according to their website they have been in business since 2015 and they have three different models: Alpha Tiny House, Escher Tiny House and Cornelia Tiny House.  How tiny are these homes?  According to their website they are 24′ x 8’6″ x 13’6″ tall.  Each model is slightly different in the layout to offer either a loft for a baby or an office/guest room space. Continue reading

Storage – Fun Facts!

self storage growthWe’re coming up on springtime and that means getting outside and connecting with neighbors. But what happens when the small talk starts to run short? Well here’s an answer – just bring up storage – because who doesn’t want to know some interesting self-storage facts?!

Whether you are looking for a storage unit or already have one, here are some fun facts about these precious extra units of space that are sure to make you the hit of the neighborhood! Continue reading

Storage: Then and Now

Clay Pot StorageFor as long as people have had possessions, we have needed a way to store and protect them.  In Ancient times, storage was mainly used to protect and preserve the most prized possession: food.  Since Ancient civilizations lacked refrigerators they needed to come up with a way to preserve their meats.  In Greece, Rome, and Egypt they used salt to remove the moisture from the meat to preserve it.  It was then stored in clay pots.  These clay pots become the ancient world’s first storage unit.  Along with meat, grains like wheat and barley were a valuable commodity that needed to be properly stored and protected from insects and small rodents.  Beginning in 8500 BC they built above-ground buildings out of pottery known as granaries.  According to Wikipedia, granaries were used in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Great Britain. Of course, we now know the ones used in modern farming as grain elevators.  Continue reading

You’ve Got Storage – Now What – Part 2

appliance storageIn our previous post we had tips on the best way to pack/store boxes and how to properly prepare furniture for storage. Today, we wanted to discuss some steps on how to prepare large appliances for storage. Once again, we want to remind you that these are just suggestions and you should always consult any manufacturer instructions you may have as well as using your best judgement.

Some general rules are to: Continue reading

You’ve Got Storage – Now What

Storing BoxesYou finally realized you need a storage unit.  Your house is cluttered, your garage has more boxes than it can handle and you aren’t ready to part with a large majority of these items, so you finally rented a unit. Now what?

In today’s post, we have some tips on how to store boxes and furniture to make sure that your items remain undamaged. We hope you find this information useful, but as always, please use your best judgment and follow any manufacture instructions regarding long term storage.

When preparing items for storage, you want to organize and pack them in a systematic and practical manner, so that you can easily find and access whatever you might need and any time. You also want to ensure the best possible protection against dust, dirt, moisture and possible damage. Continue reading

Love the Holidays – Hate the Storing

storing holiday decorationsChristmas is always such a wonderful time of year. The mood around town is festive, homes are decorated with lights, a Christmas tree and all sorts of festive décor fill our homes with warmth. But come January 1, most of us are ready to pack up Christmas and put it away. But boy, Christmas sure takes up a lot of room.

Every year, I am amazed that over half of the garage is filled with bins that hold Christmas items. Bins that are taking up precious garage space….bins that are only needed for a very small window of time. Continue reading

Stored Memories

storage of memorable itemsWe all go through life collecting memories. We collect them in our head, heart and the material things around us. The christening gown your mom saved for you, the high school year books signed by people who once meant so much to you, your old varsity jacket, your wedding dress, the blankets you brought your baby home in, photos of parties, milestones, life….and the list goes on. When you look around your home, memories are attached to the things that you keep. In your 20’s there aren’t too many “things”, but as you get older and life keeps going by those things start collecting. Add in a spouse and a couple of children and all of a sudden you realize you have more things than you ever thought you needed, but you can’t seem to part with them. You cringe when you think of Continue reading

Spotlight on Apache Junction

Apache Junction Self Storage SignApache Junction, Arizona is located at the base of the Superstition Mountains about 35 miles east of Phoenix. Incorporated in 1978 it has a current population of approximately 40,000 people.

Like many parts of Arizona, Apache Junction is rich in Western heritage. In fact, just a few miles away is the historic Goldfield Ghost Town. Adding to its western heritage is a history of film-making with many movies of the Western genre having been filmed in the area.  Movies with stars such as Audie Murphy, Elvis Presley,  Jason Robards, and John Wayne were shot nearby. Continue reading

Integrating Your Storage Unit into Disaster Preparations

sandbagsNo matter where you live in the country there are natural disasters that we all need to make preparations for. From wildfires and earthquakes in California to hurricanes and flooding in the southeast – there are potential perils.  Additionally, a disaster could be very local and personal in nature – a flood or fire in your own home.

Depending on where you live and what calamity is most likely to affect you – you’ll want to take the necessary steps to protect and prepare yourself.  This month states such as California, Arizona, and Nevada participated in their annual “shake out” where emergency response services are practiced in the case of a major earthquake. Continue reading

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