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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 two things that businesses—self storage and otherwise—are always trying to reduce. They want their customer attrition rate to be lower (or non-existent) and their expenses. One significant cost that every business would like to reduce is their energy bill. What better way to do that than to install solar panels? In recent years it has become more...

This spring, the area where I live has been inundated with magpies. Their noisy squawking is annoying and cleaning their droppings off the patio, patio furniture, and sidewalk is a major pain in the neck. They are building such a huge nest in our pine tree that I’m afraid the branch will break. Then, there are the robins. They eat all of our strawberries and raspberries...

Sometimes people think that a box, is a box, is a box when it comes to boxes for moving. However, not all boxes are made equal. Banana boxes have too many holes and are too flimsy. Apple and orange boxes are sturdier with nice fitting lids. If a moldy apple or orange hasn’t been left in it, they make pretty good boxes for storage. But not for document storage. Boxes...

There is a new business model that self storage businesses across the nation are embracing. That model is offering a business center for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Clovis Self Storage & Office Suites in Clover, California, is one such self storage facility that successfully incorporated that new model into their business plan. Clovis Self Storage literally...

Everybody who is anybody has heard of social media. Facebook. Twitter. Foursquare. Flickr. Instagram. The new kid on the social media block is Pinterest. According to Pinterest, it is a tool for collecting and organizing things that you love. Think of it as a bulletin board. You cut out a newspaper article and pin it to your bulletin board. Or a recipe. Or a picture of...

The peak moving season (between May 1 and September 30) is now upon us. When potential customers visit your self storage facility, give them a flyer that lists ideas that can help them through their packing and moving experience. Here are some ideas that you can include in your flyer. Consider moving mid-week.  It is typically less expensive than moving on weekends...

Pop culture is full of zombies.  The BBC aired the first of a three-part miniseries last night about zombies. There was the book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies which was a parody of Pride and Prejudice. Then, there was the recent movie Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies where good ol’ Abe leads a team of Secret Service agents to fight and destroy an outbreak of the...

Fifteen years ago, businesses were on the cutting edge if they had a website.  Now, to be on the cutting edge, businesses need a website with a responsive design. (A responsive design can tell what platform a person is using – tablets, cellphone, computer – and displays the site accordingly.) In just the last year, mobile searches have quadrupled. Secure...

Before they started their moblie self storage business in Australia, Ben Cohn and Jeremy Rosen had never driven a truck or a forklift. They were used to wearing suits and ties while working in executive offices instead of wearing Levis and hoodies and in working in warehouses. They weren’t used to managing older staff members and didn’t have any experience...

Today across America, people remember the men and women who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. They place flowers and flags on their gravesites and hold programs to honor those who have served. Initially, Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day and was celebrated on May 5. It originated after the Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate...