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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.

People rent self storage units for all sorts of reasons, but there is one that everyone hopes will never apply to them: natural disasters. Many of the reasons that people rent self storage units are ones that they see coming. They can plan for them, and they don’t cause much—if any—trouble or discomfort. However, when it comes to events like wildfires, tornadoes,...

Starting a self storage company is challenging enough, but keeping it running and actually getting it to turn a profit is another thing altogether. So when one not only remains open, but manages to grow by close to 800 percent over the last decade, the feat is certainly worthy of recognizing and examining. Tuesday, August 12, was a very special day for Extra Space Storage....

Photo via Value Store It Facebook page Take one vacant, ramshackle old building, put in a lot of hard work, and what do you get? A beautifully restored town landmark that now houses a self storage facility. Several years ago, Value Store It Self Storage purchased an old vacant building in Mount Vernon, New York. They anticipated tearing it down and building a new facility....

Recently, Bloomberg Markets magazine published its annual list of the best-performing alternative investments. Rather surprisingly, the hottest REITs are the self storage ones. In fact, three out of the top five REITs (real estate investment trusts) in the 141-company index are self storage companies. And, out of those three, Extra Space is the top performer. When people...

If you want to find a number to a self storage facility you could use a phone book, but these days you are more likely to find one being used to prop up the corner leg of a table than anything else. Why use one when you can go online to a website and find not only a phone number but pricing information and so much more? @AAANews/Twitter As the popularity of the industry—and...

Many facilities in the self storage industry make it a practice to get involved in their communities. Not only does it endear them to the community, but the resulting press coverage is great publicity. So than why would a company get involved in a community that is over a thousand miles away? That is exactly what A-1 Self Storage has done. The company is based out of San...

Getting published has always been a challenge. Everyone thinks they have the next great American novel in them, but more often than not they never get the opportunity to see their vision in print. However, if they were to take the route that the creators of the self storage-based comic book series Unit 44 did they just might! Unit 44 is a four-part comic book series that...

We all want more money. We want to make more of it so we can spend it on all the things that we want and/or need. We want it so that when we retire we can do as we wish and not worry about paying bills. So how do we earn more money? Well—we could get lucky and win the lottery, be a famous actor or athlete that makes millions, or make some stellar investments—like in...

Developers for a proposed self storage facility in South Vallejo have reached a compromise with the city council. Both sides appear to be pleased with the agreement. Five months ago back in March, the developer proposed to the city to build a 925 mini storage facility. The lot was at the corner of Sonoma Boulevard and Solano Avenue and sat on 3.9 acres. The neighboring...

Companies—like people—are faced with many decisions throughout their existence. What they want to do is one of them; not just literally what, but how to go about it. Do you just do your task and leave it at that or do you try to leave your mark and make the world a better place? For many in the self storage industry it is the latter. On just about any given day you...