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New Self Storage Business Model Becoming Popular

by Kim Kilpatrick December 9, 2013 10:56 PM
In 1969, the computer that NASA used to put a man on the moon filled a whole room. It had only 64 kilobytes of memory. Fast forward to 2013. The iPad Mini is only 7.87 inches tall, 5.3 inches wide, weighs .73 pound, and comes with either 16, 32, 64, or 128 gigabytes of storage space. It’s an understatement to say that computers have drastically changed over the years since 1969.

Computers are not the only things that have changed over the years. The self storage industry has change -- and is currently undergoing some remarkable changes. [More]

A New Self Storage Business Debuts in Los Angeles

by Kim Kilpatrick September 6, 2013 3:23 PM
Want to stash away your summer clothes? Finished using your water skis, kneeboards, and baseball equipment? Want to organize your closet? Or your garage perhaps? Clutter is the answer to your clutter. [More]

Businessman Takes Innovation a Step Further in the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez September 4, 2013 9:54 PM
Ask some people and they will tell you that there is no such thing as a new idea; that in today’s world someone somewhere has thought of it, said it, written it, or done it. If no one ever tried to come up with something new and different than there never would be anything, well—new. Without something new competition in the business world—self storage and otherwise—becomes a whole lot harder. [More]

Peoples' Need to Clean Pays Off for the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez January 11, 2012 12:14 PM
Have you ever heard the old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure? The concept may seem a little silly or overblown; if something had any real value people wouldn’t throw it away, right? When it comes to the people in the self storage industry, other people’s proverbial trash can become ‘treasure.’ [More]

Home Improvement Trends on the Uptick Causing Increased Need For Self Storage

by John Stevens June 13, 2011 7:17 AM
According to a recent survey of 53 industry experts, home improvement trends for 2011 point to staying put, making small changes and creating comfortable, natural and uncluttered living spaces. Due to the housing market, homeowners are choosing to stay in their homes and invest in updates rather than upgrading by moving. Self storage is reaping the benefits of increased home renovations, as people find the need for additional storage space for furniture and other belongings in rooms being updated. [More]

For a Happier, Healthy Life, Experts Say Get Rid of the Clutter

by John Stevens April 7, 2011 6:47 PM
Clutter has a way of creeping into everyone’s lives. Piles of paperwork stack up, mounds of books overflow off the bookcase and old shoes crowd closets. “I buy, therefore I am” is a Western way. But experts agree clutter is not just an eye sore; it can also be detrimental to one’s health. Clutter can be a big trigger for stress and can affect peace of mind, especially when coming home to a vision of unsightly chaos. [More]

How Self Storage Can Help You Sell Your House

by Tony Gonzalez February 7, 2011 11:35 AM
When it comes to many things in life proper planning is the key to successful execution from giving the big presentation to enjoying the big game to just getting to work on time every morning. Failure to do so can result in losing your job or not getting the big promotion, missing the big play as you run to the kitchen for more chips, or being late to work and getting stuck in traffic. [More]

Professional Organizers Offer Kitchen Advice

by John Stevens September 9, 2010 12:38 PM
The parallel to spring cleaning, it seems, is back to school organizing. In newspapers and on websites at this time of year, professional organizers are offering tips to help keep families from drowning in clutter. In many families, clutter tends to migrate into the kitchen. But organizing kitchen clutter does not have to be an impossible chore.

Most organizers suggest a twofold kitchen organizing strategy. First, move or store any items that do not truly need to be in the kitchen. Second, organize the items that remain, maximizing your use of space and expanding into previously unused spaces whenever possible. Kitchen counters, kitchen drawers, kitchen cupboards, kitchen cabinets can all be organized so that their entire space is functional. [More]

Spring Cleaning Gives Way to Summer Organizing

by Winnie Hsiu July 9, 2010 11:01 PM
Whatever happened to spring cleaning? Many families never had time to do spring cleaning, and home organization and housekeeping have been suffering ever since. During the summer months when children are out of school, the sense of structure imposed by the school day can sometimes cause a family’s routines, including house cleaning and decluttering routines, to devolve into clutter and chaos. In newspapers all over America, professional organizers are offering their advice on everything from spring cleaning tips, getting rid of clutter, closet organization and closet organizers, organizing everything from children’s schedules to basements, and how to decide what to keep, what to throw out or recycle, who might be able to reuse certain items, and what should be safely stowed in a secure self storage unit or other secure location. Most of all, they are offering tips on time management -- how to make time to declutter, clean, and organize. [More]

Spring Cleaning Starts With National Clutter Awareness Week

by Kim Kilpatrick March 18, 2010 4:37 PM
We’ve turned our clocks ahead, the weather is warming up, the first day of spring is approaching, and taxes are due in a month – that means it is time for spring cleaning. For the National Association of Professional Organizers, this week is Clutter Awareness Week. Next month, when taxes are actually due, is Stress Awareness Month. The idea is, clean up your clutter, get organized, and then you will not have as much stress to deal with during Stress Awareness Month. [More]