Last year my friend Anna did a great job getting her family organized for summer so I asked her to write another article on her tips for summer fun. Thanks Anna.  - Jessica Johnson We’re starting to plan our summer already. Last year we made a huge list on a poster board of all of the things we wanted to do (see post here). It was great, but we’ve been...

Posted on Jun 7 2013 - 10:25pm by Jessica Johnson
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  Summer is in the air, and there are so many fun things to do in just a few short months. So why not get a jumpstart organizing for the season before your activities begin. Try these 5 sanity-saving tips to help you plan ahead and gather your gear lickety-split. Then when the mood strikes, just grab the family and go. Organizing for summer fun has never been...

  You know exactly what you’re cooking for your Fourth of July party, but have you considered adding some good, old-fashioned American style to your bash?   I’ve got some Fourth of July party decorating inspiration for you!   ...

  Picnic weather is finally here! I love picnics because they allow me to get the whole family together to enjoy a delicious meal outdoors. Picnics are beautiful and memorable, but I like to take care of nature too by planning eco-friendly picnics. Yes, picnics have carbon footprints just like everything else, but you can take steps to reduce the impact of your...

  As with most things involving children, babyproofing can become an expensive ordeal. Alternately, with a little prioritization and a few basic supplies, the process can be cheap and simple. Some parents opt to install locks on everything and nail anything portable to the table. Others take a more laissez faire attitude, doing just the basics first and then...

  What to do with unused rail tracks 30 feet above ground in New York City… Oh, what to do? If you’re a passionate New Yorker, you’ll save the tracks from demolition and turn them into a unique park! That unique park goes by the name High Line, a public space owned by New York, and operated by Friends of the High Line, the group of passionate...

  Maybe you’re curious about what it’s like to attend a storage unit auction, but you’re also intimidated. That’s common! I recently had a chance to speak with storage auctioneer Bryan Garbutt of Northeast Storage Auctions, and he says that he frequently receives phone calls from newbies who aren’t sure what to expect. Bryan also estimates that about 30 percent of those attending his auctions aren’t his regular, seasoned buyers. So, if you’re a newbie, you aren’t alone!   Bryan conducts about five to seven storage...

  Last year, I shared the news of the addition of hybrid vehicles to our fleet driven by branch managers. That was an exciting change for Extra Space Storage. Now we know the results of that change. Yes, we keep track of everything from the energy generated by our solar panels to the gas saved by our hybrid cars! It’s all about ensuring we’re making good business decisions, as well as good environmental choices.   Toyota Camry Hybrid versus Chevy Malibu Hybrid Our fleet includes both Toyota Camry hybrids and Chevy Malibu...

  Maybe you didn’t want it this way, but you’re moving yourself on a hot day. It happens! However, you don’t have to sweat moving in warm weather. Just plan ahead to stay cool and collected. It may help you feel better to remember that you’re not the only one moving during hot weather. Summer is a very popular moving time! Many houses are sold and...

  I love cities, but sometimes they can be a bit lacking in green spaces. That’s one of the reasons I like rooftop gardens. When you can’t plant in the ground, why not plant on your roof? Rooftop gardens can be created using containers, or planted directly on the roof using a waterproof membrane, insulation and a root barrier. Rooftop gardens have been popular for a long time in Europe, and in recent years they’re also popping up in the U.S. ...