My New Year’s Resolution: Read More

  Are you starting to think about goals and resolutions for the New Year?  We’ve asked writer Katie Gustafson to tell share her thoughts about goals and resolutions for 2013.  Her message: when it comes to goals simple is better!   Katherine Gustafson is an award-winning writer, journalist, and editor whose articles, essays, and stories have been published in numerous print and online media, including The Christian Science Monitor, Johns Hopkins Magazine, and Best Women’s Travel Writing.  An advocate for sustainable food she is the author of Change Comes To Dinner.   How many people do you know who actually keep their New Year’s resolutions? I personally stopped making … [More]

Sustainability Roundup: Our Eco-minded Posts for 2012

  I’ve really enjoyed being part of Extra Space Storage’s “Storage Blog” in 2012 and talking about our sustainability efforts at Extra Space Storage.  I’m not the only one at Extra Space Storage who’s been busy writing this year. Our resourceful blogging team was very prolific. Together, we wrote hundreds of blog posts on organization, DIY, sustainability, moving, holidays and storage. Since my writing has focused on sustainability, I’ve decided to gather everything we’ve written related to this sustainability this year.  Below is a roundup of all our collective writing on sustainability in case you missed something this year. Enjoy! Corporate Responsibility Initiatives Energy Efficiency Initiatives at Extra … [More]

Do New Years in Style: Party Ideas from Around the Web

  Is this finally the year you throw a really great New Year’s party? You’ll need to be organized, but more importantly, you’ll need eye-catching ideas. The Web is swimming with creative inspiration about how to ring in 2013 in style. Here’s a brief tour of some highlights. Brainstorm Start by browsing fun party ideas. There’s no place better for this task than Pinterest. Check out these pages all about planning New Year’s festivities by Lindsay Evans, Courtney Whitmore, and Kathy Sheffer. Invite Get your guest list together and find some neat invitations to send. Here’s a cute one featuring a pyramid of champagne flutes, and here’s one … [More]

Crafting Realistic New Year’s Resolutions

  Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you keep them? Come about the third week of January, I start hearing from folks who have already broken their resolutions, and in many cases, these folks actually sound relieved. The relief, I suspect, is the result of no longer having to meet their own unrealistic expectations of themselves. Of course, this also means that they may no longer be motivated to affect significant and necessary changes in their lives. To avoid this foolishness (and making resolutions that you can’t possibly keep is foolish) let me offer a modest proposal: Take a little extra time when crafting resolutions for 2013 … [More]

Gift Wrapping Tips from the Experts

If you’re doing it right, gift wrapping is so much more than slapping some paper and tape on a box and calling it a day. I find there’s nothing so satisfyingly thoughtful as a well-wrapped gift Not sure where to start? I’ve collected some tips from wrapping experts to help you up your game. Supplies Of course the basic things you need are a sharp pair of scissors, a roll of tape, and some wrapping paper. But a few other items can really help you make the job easier and better. Martha Stewart’s gift wrapping supplies  include using a T-square, a rotary cutter with straight and decorative attachments, … [More]

When to Hire a Professional Organizer

  “A place for everything and everything in its place” may be an old chestnut, but it’s also a valuable maxim. After all, it’s hard to make use of your belongings if you don’t know where to find them. If you’re having trouble keeping clutter to a minimum or can’t find anything in your closet without pulling its contents out, it’s time to get organized. For some people, getting organized is a matter of gleaning helpful organizing tips from websites and tv shows, buying some shelves and getting rid of excess stuff. For others, these options don’t really work. Instead, folks who aren’t natural organizers might want to … [More]

15 Holiday Foods to Make Ahead

  The last mad dash of holiday preparations always has my hair standing on end. There’s so much to do in those last few days before the guests descend and the actual merry-making begins that the lead-up to Christmas can feel somewhat less than merry.   I’ve decided to take control this year by thinking about what recipes I can make ahead of time by a day . . . or three. Plenty of the food I want to serve will keep for a bit, and might even improve with the aging. So this year, my dinner table might well sport some of the following make-ahead options. Side … [More]

Our Year in Sustainability: Highlights from 2012

  We’ve had a wonderful year of teamwork among our facilities management team, storage facility managers and solar power partner! In 2012, we moved forward with implementing some major projects to improve our commitment to corporate responsibility. And I’m happy to say that we saved a lot of energy by adding more solar power and tackling other energy-efficiency projects. Looking to the future, we’re exploring additional ways to be more sustainable, such as rainwater harvesting and providing more hybrid cars for our district managers.   Here are the highlights of our year in sustainability: Reduced our carbon footprint by adding solar power to more storage facilities, bringing the total … [More]

Best of the Web: Sustainability Infographics

  Infographics have the powerful ability to make complex information both compelling and easy to understand.  Although Wikipedia reports they’ve actually been around for centuries, in recent years they’ve been popularized on the internet through the power of social sharing. Infographics are a powerful tool to communicate sustainability messages enabling organizations and non-profits to educate, increase awareness, and ultimately change behavior. Given the power of infographics to share sustainability messages, these have become increasingly popular over the past few years. One of the most famous infographics of the past few years is Tracking Carbon Emissions, a piece that is both visually powerful and data rich.  Created by Stanford … [More]

DIY Holiday Gift Guide

  The holiday season is my favorite time of year. That cheery spirit’s in the air, and there’s always an excuse to eat cookies. So it’s a shame that the need to spend so much money on gifts can cast a pall over things. To protect my wallet this year, I decided to find fun gift ideas I can make myself. I started out dubious, wondering whether I’d just end up giving everybody lame handmade cards. But I found a treasure trove of possibilities. Here are some of my favorites:   Things to wear These floral shoe clips liven up even the most staid flats. What to make … [More]