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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.

More North American young adults (or younger adults) are saving money by living at home, according to census reports. U.S. Census Bureau figures reported over the last few weeks show that the number of adults in the 25- to 35-year-old age range still living at home with their parents has risen since 2008. In Canada, the most recent information is older, but shows an increase...

This week the eyes of many members of the self storage industry have been on the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in New Orleans. Earlier this month, though, another important self storage conclave took place — the fall conference of the national Self Storage Association. At the Self Storage Association conference, the Self Storage Association Foundation (SSAF) met...

Banned Books Week began on Saturday and will continue through Saturday, October 2. If you are storing any banned books in a self storage unit or closet, or if you have some on your bedside table that have gone unread, you may want to read them now, during the Banned Books Week Readout. Banned Books Week is sponsored by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers...

There are many reasons, happy and sad, to become a self storage tenant, but one of the saddest must be to have to put belongings in self storage because your home has been foreclosed on. But in a recession economy, foreclosures seem to have become the new American experience, with millions of Americans from all walks of life losing their homes. Self storage companies have...

Across the country, budgets for emergency services, including fire department budgets, have been shrinking steadily. Some departments have even begun to charge crash victims for the cost of responding to an accident or a fire. Now one Ohio fire department has found a more creative solution to its financing woes — it is constructing a self storage facility. Profits...

The Witch Creek Fire, one of the southern California wildfires that menaced the San Diego area in 2007, was extinguished three years ago, but fire survivors are still recovering from the loss of their homes. Shortly after the fires, a group of women founded a Witch Creek Fire support and recovery group, called Fired Up Sisters. Fired Up Sisters provides help to area residents...

“As a self-storage operator, you have a critical, ongoing role to play in the fight against terrorism,” Teri Lanza wrote in an editorial at Inside Self-Storage last week. But what exactly is the role of self storage operators in preserving our freedoms? Last November the U.S. Department of Homeland Security asked the national Self Storage Association to request...

Gonzales, Texas entrepreneur Henry Schmidt must have seemed like a poster child for a small business loan program or an economic development grant program. Schmidt had many years of business experience under his belt, working as a sales manager for used oil collection company Midstate Environmental Services. Then, like many men and women who have spent enough time working...

The City of Portland and the Portland Business Alliance have announced that they are working together to provide storage lockers to Portland’s homeless community. While many efforts to solve the problem of homelessness have focused on providing homeless shelters, in recent years a few policymakers have been turning to storage as a possible bandaid solution. The homeless...

Ever since the British Motorboat Museum closed last December, its prize motorboats have been sitting unused in storage. Now that the museum has closed, the boats are in the possession of the Basildon Council. Meanwhile, the council plans to turn the former museum into a green visitor center. The motorboats are slowly being collected by their individual owners, who may...