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StorageMart Announces Contest Winners

by Holly Robinson July 9, 2012 7:25 AM
StorageMart announced the winners of their “Show and Tell and Win” All-Star Game giveaway. Mitchell D of Willoughby, Ohio will receive passes to attend the 2012 MLB All-Star Game FanFest at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Tammy L of Kansas City and Bryson N of Lincoln, Nebraska will each receive four tickets and parking passes to upcoming Kansas City Royals home games. [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]

Texas Self Storage Business Survives Loss of Roof to Microburst

by Winnie Hsiu August 25, 2010 5:40 PM
At this time of the year, we hear a lot about tornadoes in the news. But this Monday, a Sherman, Texas self storage facility was hit by a different, but potentially just as devastating, kind of wind that can also come from a severe thunderstorm -- a microburst, which is a kind of downdraft. A-American Self-Storage lost the top layer of the roof off one of its five rows of self storage units to high winds from a microburst. Fortunately, A-American’s roof is well made. The lower layers of the roof held steady, and tenants later reported that only a few light sprinkles of water, at worst, were able to penetrate the damaged roof during the remainder of the storm. [More]

Self Storage Companies Offer Military Discounts to Relocating Families

by Tony Gonzalez May 12, 2010 1:00 PM
In 2005, Congress established BRAC, the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission, to make recommendations about the future of military bases all over the United States. BRAC's job was to evaluate the future needs of the Department of Defense, weighing the military value of bases against the human impact of changes that might be made. Having done that, the Commission made its recommendations.

Most of the recommendations made by BRAC are scheduled to be completed by late fall 2011. In some cases, the process of reorganizing the bases has already begun. In many communities, though, the changes are just beginning. Some communities, such as the Washington D.C. area, will experience a fairly massive relocation of military employees and their families. [More]