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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.

Sometimes people are intimidated when it comes to landscaping around their self storage facility. They feel that they don’t know enough to plant the right shrubs or flowers. They might feel that they don’t have enough money to pay a professional to do their landscaping. So they end up with a business front that is not visually appealing. Armed with just a little...

Most sports fans will be familiar with the phrase ‘If you build it, he will come!’ from the 1989 movie Field of Dreams starring Kevin Costner, Ray Liotta, and James Earl Jones. While most people in a customer driven business like the self storage industry wishes that was all there is to it when it comes to being a success, it is not. You can build it, but if...

Every person or entity that goes into business does it with one reason in mind—to make an incredibly large amount of money. Most are would like to give back to the community and/or environment as well (as long as it does not hurt the bottom line). What if you could actually do both? One self storage company thinks they have figured out a way to do just that. StorageMart,...

The purpose behind the self storage industry is pretty clear. It is intended to provide people with a place to store whatever they need after their home or office has run out of room. As the business has evolved through the years, just providing people with a basic storage room is not enough to be a successful business. Many self storage businesses have come to offer...

Ronald Boorstein, who has worked in the self storage industry for twenty-one years, was inducted into the 2011 Self Storage Hall of Fame. Those inducted have made meritorious contributions to the self storage industry and to the Self Storage Association. The ceremony was held at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.  Boorstein, a Harvard Law School graduate, had a successful...

Anyone that watched an NFL game last Sunday noticed the emergence of the color pink on many of the players and coaches. Hats were striped pink, cleats were pink, towels were pink; the color was everywhere as part of the NFL’s drive to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They are not the only ones doing so. Every October, a number of charities have organized a...

San Diego Self Storage is the host sponsor of the 18th Annual International Relief Teams (IRT) “Gifts of Hope Gala.” The Gala will be held October 22, 2011, at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. and goes until 11:00 p.m. Tickets are $155 each along with tables of 10 or 12. Contact IRT at 619-284-7979 or visit www.irteams.org...

In this day and age there is one thing that every customer wants, no matter whether they are renting a unit from a self storage facility, buying a new car, or going grocery shopping and that is convenience. People don’t want to have to work hard at spending their money; they work hard enough to earn it. Many within the self storage industry are doing what they can...

The UK Self Storage Association recently released data that indicated people have increased the length of time that they keep their possessions in storage units. In 2007, the average length of stay was 22 weeks. In 2010, the length increased to 38 weeks – almost double the length of time compared to what it was in 2007. On average, businesses use storage for 56 weeks. Cory...

There is nothing wrong with trying to do something challenging on your own. The feeling of doing a job well-done is a good one, and something that everyone needs to experience at some point in life. However, one of the many tricks to be successful at whatever you do is to know when to strike out on your own and when to seek out and accept help. The self storage industry...