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Menards Goes Into the Self Storage Business

by Kim Kilpatrick October 4, 2010 11:15 PM
What can you do with a large, empty building that was previously used as a discount retail superstore? Make a self storage warehouse out of it. That’s what several retailers and real estate developers, after trying unsuccessfully to sell vacant buildings in a rough real estate market, are concluding. Over the summer, a group of Dallas real estate developers bought an old Walmart and converted it to a Just Store It facility. Now Menards has followed suit, turning its old Eau Claire, Wisconsin facility into a self storage business -- Menards Self Storage. [More]

New Job Search Engines Target “Green” Jobs

by John Stevens October 1, 2010 7:28 PM
Is there such a thing as a “green job”? Several new “green job” and “green collar job” search engines have sprung into place over the past few months. If you are in the process of going through a move, downsizing, or a relocation, and are looking for green jobs or have the skills to reinvent yourself as a “green worker,” these search engines may help you in your green job search. [More]

Australian Investors Looking for Self Storage Opportunities

by John Stevens September 22, 2010 10:47 PM
About a year ago, two pioneers of the Australian self storage industry, Dallas Dogger and Sam Kennard, reported in Inside Self-Storage that the Australian self storage market was starting to decline. New inquiries about self storage in Australia had, as of last November, dropped about 10 to 20 percent from their peak in 2007 and 2008, possibly in response to the global recession. Earlier today, though, several investors reported in The Australian that the Australian self storage market is beginning to heat back up. [More]

Decluttering and Storage: All Natural Solutions to Getting Rid of Bedbugs

by John Stevens September 21, 2010 11:20 PM
Bedbugs can survive freezing temperatures. They can also survive pesticide application, now that they have developed a resistance to it. But if you are willing to be patient, there is one thing that bedbugs cannot survive -- storage for long periods of time. Bedbugs cannot go more than a year without a food source. If you are able to store belongings that have a persistent bedbug infestation for more than a year (sealed in clear plastic bags), any bedbugs that remain in the object should die. Scientists say that people who store their mattresses with vinyl covers, or who store stuffed animals and clothing inside sealed plastic bags, should not have to worry about bedbugs infesting their belongings, no matter where they live or where the items are stored (in a closet, attic, basement, or self storage unit). Likewise, decluttering is an important part of addressing a bedbug problem, because it eliminates places where bedbugs can hide. [More]

AAA Self Storage Collecting Cell Phones for Soldiers

by Kim Kilpatrick September 13, 2010 5:14 PM
Woodland, California self storage company AAA Self Storage has begun collecting cell phones to send to troops overseas, as part of Cell Phones for Soldiers. The nonprofit organization started by two Massachusetts teens turns recycled cell phones into minutes that can be added to prepaid calling cards used by U.S. troops overseas. [More]

Don’t Burn Your Stored Books Yet -- Scholars Say Bound Books More Accurate Than Google

by John Stevens September 13, 2010 3:51 PM
Have rumors of the demise of the hardbound book been greatly exaggerated? Some scholars, especially linguists, say so. Google Books is being criticized by a growing number of sources for providing inaccurate metadata -- the informational tags that tell searchers what they can hope to find in a given source. If you are making decisions about what to do with books saved in a self storage unit based on the possibility of finding texts online using Google Books, you may want to think again -- and hold onto stored books a little longer. [More]

Namibia’s First Cold Storage Facility Opens

by John Stevens September 3, 2010 4:44 PM
Windhoek, Namibia (in southwest Africa, north and west of South Africa), has become the first town in the country to offer cold storage, a capability which is critical to commercial shipping of refrigerated, perishable foods in a hot desert country, and to the food industry. The new facility, Prosperita Commercial Cold Storage, will open early in November. Prosperita can hold 4500 tons of frozen food, and its temperature and hygiene levels conform to European Union guidelines for cold storage. [More]

Seattle Engineer Takes Downsizing to a New Extreme

by Holly Robinson August 31, 2010 5:46 PM
These days, many people are downsizing their homes to reduce expenses. A small house or home may not only cost less in terms of rent or a mortgage payment, but also costs less to heat and cool, and uses less electricity. The first part of downsizing is decluttering -- giving away, reusing, recycling, or throwing out whatever an individual or a family can live without. Part of the decluttering process, for many people, is storing items that are not needed year round in a self storage unit. The second part is making a small house plan: exactly how much space do you truly need to live in? Some people even draw up their own small house plans. For many, the downsizing process, especially when it is supported by good storage options, leads straight to tiny houses and the tiny house movement -- a movement for people who are determined to live in the smallest possible space. [More]

UK Self Storage Facility Encourages College Students to Recycle

by Kim Kilpatrick August 30, 2010 12:56 PM
Cardiff Self Storage, a storage facility located in the United Kingdom, has decided to participate in a campaign to encourage local college students to recycle unwanted items. The recycling campaign, called Get It Out for Cardiff, will donate clothing to the Salvation Army, and nonperishable food items to FareShare. The campaign will also benefit the British Heart Foundation and Raise and Give. So far the campaign has been a phenomenal success, raising several tons of materials to donate to local charities. [More]

Moving Companies Face Hard Times When Families Stay Put

by Holly Robinson August 27, 2010 3:36 PM
Analysts say that the decline in new home sales is starting to hurt moving businesses, which normally would be starting to hit their peak season at this time of the year. In July of this year, new home sales fell to their lowest level since the government began tracking home sales in 1963. According to the American Moving and Storage Association industry fact sheet, almost 50 percent of residential moves occur when families upgrade their homes (looking for more space) or buy their first home. Now that home sales are down, Americans are moving less, and some moving companies are suffering. [More]
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