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Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson (no, not Holly Robinson-Peete - the Autism advocate/actress/model/athlete's wife) works as a "staging expert" for a national real estate company, who has recently moved from a fast-paced metropolitan area to a slower-paced suburbia. In her spare time she keeps an online journal of the differences in these two worlds, and how she manages to keep a toe hold in each. Her topics often include "what you can live without" and "life's must-haves," - life simplification without sacrifice - which she has learned through her profession.

There are some things that are meant to go together and there are some things that are not. Chocolate chip cookies and milk, steak and potatoes, Bert and Ernie, movies and popcorn—all clearly belong together. What about self storage and soccer? In the UK the answer would be a resounding yes! In the United States the game of soccer is still growing, but as far as...

Remember the zany comedienne Phyllis Diller? Long skinny nose and rather homely? Homely that is until she underwent 15 facelifts and different procedures to change her looks. At the time, actors and actresses were very hush hush about having a face lift. But not Phyllis. Many of the jokes in her comedy routine focused first around her looks and then her plastic surgeries....

Every business—self storage or otherwise– has to start somewhere; usually at the bottom. Once someone becomes the first than others typically follow suit effectively laying the groundwork for serious expansion. When said groundwork is laid the next step is proving the ability to step up to the next level is there. How better to do that than to host a trade...

Networking. Sharing ideas. Getting answers to burning questions or problems. Learning how to be a better business owner. Meeting new people. These are all part of attending a conference or a business workshop. These professional development opportunities can also inject a renewed excitement and enthusiasm for employees. Those who know this, go to the conferences. The Illinois...

Children around the country are busily enjoying their summer vacation. They are swimming, camping, hiking, going to movies, playing, and generally enjoying the fact that they are out of school for the summer. But, going back to school is right around the corner. It will be here almost as quick as an ice cream cone melts on a hot day. Today, Personal Mini Storage Management...

After babies are born, their growth rate is slow and steady. The human body does not completely reach its full height until about 25 years of age. The growth rate for some self storage businesses is very similar – regular and stable and not a quick flash without a solid foundation. Stor-All self storage is one such business that has controlled, steady growth over...

There is safety in numbers. That much history tells us. It is one of those lessons that we see time and time again and applicable to a variety of walks of life from personal to professional. Why? Because when you work together more can be accomplished whether you are the new kid in town or in a business like the self storage industry. That is likely why a few self storage...

The Edsel car made its public debut on September 4, 1957. This was the second-largest launch for any new car brand to date. However, sales were not what the Ford Company expected. Total Edsel sales were 84,000 less than half the company’s projected break-even point. The Ford Company announced the end of the Edsel production on November 19, 1959 only two years after...

Work is hard. If you are lucky it can be fun too, but typically it is called work for a reason—because it’s not fun. What some people fail to realize is that work doesn’t always have to be as hard as we make it. Now it can be difficult to make some things fun, but sometimes you just have to try a little bit harder.  It may require a healthy amount...

Temperatures are soaring across the United States. Death Valley, California, got up to 129 degrees. Yuma, Arizona, registered 118 degrees. While temperatures in Las Vegas soared to 117, over the next couple of days they will drop down to a mere 110. A recent University of Montana study said that heat stroke causes nearly 1,000 deaths every year. It’s important to...