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Upcycling to Clean Out Your Clutter and Help the Environment

by Winnie Hsiu September 30, 2010 11:47 PM
Got an old sweater that is too stretched out to wear? Make it into a sofa pillow, or use the arms to make child-size leggings, and the body to make a child-size winter skirt. Several old Gore-Tex jackets? Sew them together to make a beautiful and mold-resistant shower curtain. How about some plain white china plates? Paint or draw on them and sell the resulting work at a craft fair.

While many people are focused on finding ways to reuse or recycle things they can no longer use, others are finding creative ways to reuse stuff (clothing, dishes, you name it) by making something new out of something old -- turning storage problems into craft projects. While the practice is really just a new way to reuse or recycle things, it has generated its own word: upcycling. If your closets, kitchen cupboards, garage, basement, attic, or self storage unit is crammed to the gills or overstuffed with...stuff, then upcycling is the new green alternative to throwing things out. [More]

Self Storage Association Inducts New Honorees into its Hall of Fame

by Holly Robinson September 30, 2010 8:43 PM
This week the eyes of many members of the self storage industry have been on the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in New Orleans. Earlier this month, though, another important self storage conclave took place -- the fall conference of the national Self Storage Association. At the Self Storage Association conference, the Self Storage Association Foundation (SSAF) met as well. The SSAF Board, among its other responsibilities, also nominates persons to be inducted into the Self Storage Association Hall of Fame. This year, the SSAF inducted two new members into its Hall of Fame: Steve Wilson of Hide-Away Storage in Sarasota, Florida, and Bill Kenney of All American Self Storage in San Mateo, California. [More]

Self Storage Facilities Selling Well in Challenging Real Estate Market

by Kim Kilpatrick September 29, 2010 3:49 PM
Although the real estate market is still struggling in response to the recession, one sector of the market is still doing well: self storage. Several self storage facilities have either opened or changed hands in the last few weeks, some in all-cash transactions. Below is a state-by-state breakdown of some recent self storage real estate news: [More]

It's That Time of Year: Put Window Air Conditioners into Storage

by Winnie Hsiu September 29, 2010 12:50 PM
If you use a window air conditioner, one of the tasks you should undertake every fall is removing the air conditioner and putting it into storage. While most people assume the reason for moving a window air conditioner is to reduce heating costs from drafts through the window, there are also several other compelling reasons to put a window air conditioner into storage or self storage for the winter. Taking the air conditioner out of your window and putting it into storage reduces a family’s or business’ risk of fire, burglary, and an invasion by stink bugs. [More]

California Self Storage Operator Saves Life of Tenant

by John Stevens September 28, 2010 11:45 PM
Self storage operator Gina Kudo and her coworker saved the life of a tenant last month at her facility, Cochrane Road Self Storage, in Morgan Hill, California. The tenant was having a stroke, and his life was saved by the quick thinking and actions of Kudo and the rest of Cochrane's staff. After the incident, Kudo wrote in to Inside Self-Storage to explain the importance, from a safety standpoint, of stroke awareness, of getting to know tenants and of being aware of what may be happening in a self storage facility. [More]

Rental Housing, Too, Becomes Less Affordable -- Americans Continue to Downsize and Use More Storage

by Tony Gonzalez September 28, 2010 11:36 PM
Like homebuyers, many renters are having to downsize, putting more things in storage to make it possible to live in a smaller space, as housing prices become less affordable. Putting some things in storage makes downsizing a little bit easier by increasing the amount of space in a home available for use and decreasing the percentage of home space that is used for storage. While some renters use storage permanently as a way of decreasing the amount of living space that they need to pay for every month, others use it temporarily, while they transition to another home or to hold items that they are selling on eBay or Craig’s List. [More]

The Downsizing Boom

by Winnie Hsiu September 27, 2010 11:54 PM
For years, Americans were famous for building McMansions -- adding every bit of space possible to new homes. Home builders were adding rooms for home theaters, game rooms, exercise rooms, interior greenhouses, and even separate children’s and guest wings. But according to a survey conducted this year by the American Institute of Architects, that trend has come to an end. Instead of living large, Americans have begun to downsize -- putting items in storage if necessary to make it possible to live in a smaller space. Industry analysts say that the new trend will mean more business for professional organizers, interior designers, home furnishing stores, and self storage companies, as Americans try to figure out how to maintain their old lifestyles in less space. [More]

Are You Storing Any Banned Books? Now Is the Time To Read Them

by Holly Robinson September 27, 2010 2:05 PM
Banned Books Week began on Saturday and will continue through Saturday, October 2. If you are storing any banned books in a self storage unit or closet, or if you have some on your bedside table that have gone unread, you may want to read them now, during the Banned Books Week Readout. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Association of American Publishers, and the National Association of College Stores, as well as being endorsed by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. [More]

Storage by the Box Reinvents Self Storage

by Kim Kilpatrick September 25, 2010 6:09 AM
Chicago-area self storage owner Phil Murphy was just named Young Entrepreneur of the Year by suburban Chicago’s The Business Ledger a few weeks ago. Gradually, Murphy is beginning to get more media attention as people in the industry begin to realize how the concept of self storage for people who only need to store a few boxes could revolutionize the self storage market. Murphy’s brainchild, Storage by the Box, was featured in The Chicago Sun Times today. [More]

ISS World Expo Approaches

by Tony Gonzalez September 24, 2010 11:35 PM
It’s that time of year again -- time for the Inside Self-Storage World Expo, which will be held from Wednesday, Sept. 29, through Friday, Oct. 1 in New Orleans. The ISS World Expo is a wonderful opportunity for self storage professionals to meet, network, and learn about issues ranging from everyday facility maintenance and management, to green building, to financing and legal issues. Dozens of self storage industry suppliers will also be present with product samples and information. [More]
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