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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.

If you can’t figure out what to ask Santa for Christmas, let me give you a suggestion. Get something that will help you in your business and your personal life. That ‘something’ is an iPad. Here are some ideas how an iPad can help you in your self storage business. First, the iPad has a built in camera. You can take pictures of your facility, of your...

This is a busy season of the year for the self storage industry. Many facilities are helping out with food drives, toy collections, collecting clothing and winter wear, and other types of charity work. There are a lot of other things going on besides Christmas events. Randy Soggs owns a plaza in Watertown, New York. Part of that plaza is a roller skating rink. For the...

Growing up did you know a kid that got upset if he got a ‘B’ on his/her report card? Did you try to comfort that person by telling them that a ‘B’ is good; heck, that it’s a lot better than a ‘C.’ Did they respond by saying that an ‘A’ would be better? At that point you may have started to edge away from that kid and...

It’s party time for the folks at Highland Moving and Storage in Edmonton, Canada. They are holding a party to celebrate both Christmas and their 75th anniversary of being in business. The party will be held Saturday November 30 at the German Canadian Cultural Association Hall for all of their 200 employees. They have come a long way since their humble beginning....

Years ago, my aunt read a book called Clutter’s Last Stand by Don Aslett. She loved that book because it helped her figure out ways to de-junk and de-clutter her home. SpareFoot in Austin, Texas, is providing impetus (like the book did for my aunt) to help people ‘clear that clutter’ from their home. SpareFoot is sponsoring a ‘Clear that Clutter’...

The SpareFoot culture is becoming to the self storage industry what the Google culture is to the Internet. That culture can be summed up in one word: great! The Top Workplaces program named SpareFoot as the Austin area’s best small employer. “In 2013, this is the third program that has recognized SpareFoot as an exceptional place to work,” said Chuck...

Do you know someone that still uses a flip phone? Do they claim they have no need to switch and that they are able to do what they need from it? More often than not the only reason they say that is because they don’t have a clue how to use newer phones. That is understandable; new phones are more like mini-computers than phones. Using them can be difficult if you...

You’ve seen those ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures where a woman is given a makeover. She gets her hair cut and styled and a professional make-up artist applies the latest make-up colors. The change is so drastic that it’s hard for even close friends to recognize who the woman is.  Some self storage facilities are getting a make-over...

Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away which of course means that another holiday—Christmas—is coming up as well. Lots of folks are already shopping, and if they haven’t they probably will on Black Friday. Plenty of kids have probably sent their letter to Santa as well. To make sure that he is able to fill each and every list members of the self...

The saying ‘the only thing that is constant is change’ is so true. Business owners know that over time city laws change, zoning ordinances change, and the status quo changes. Greg Theriault, owner of One Stop Mini Storage, recently discovered that the status quo for part of his business has changed. His business is in Biddeford, Maine. In 2012, the city had...