Whether you want to prepare gourmet meals or just get dinner on the table quickly, organizing your kitchen will make it easier for you to cook. Clear clutter. Mysterious items can migrate to the backs of cabinets and the depths of drawers. Clear out things that you never use and you’ll find you have more space than you thought. Toss orphan plastic container...

I have boxes and boxes of old photos and home videos from my growing-up years. Once a year, I get a bee in my bonnet to look through all of them and spend a few hours down memory lane. These photographed memories are priceless to me. They are also extremely vulnerable. Fire, flood, theft, or any number of natural disasters could permanently destroy them. Even a rogue...

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand to be hot! I’d much rather be chilly and throw a jacket on. However, it’s easy to pay a hefty price for staying cool when the summer heat arrives. With Earth Day coming up on April 22, it’s the perfect time to think about how to reduce your home cooling costs. Landscaping may be the answer you...

Posted on Apr 2 2012 - 10:00am by Jessica Johnson
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Selling your stuff the old-school ways (like I wrote about last week) can usually ensure you get some money in your pocket relatively quickly. Nothing is certain, of course. So why not try to make even more money from your items? Online selling gives you a bigger potential buyer pool, which increases the possible value of your items. At a yard sale, Joe from four...

I believe it’s comforting to know that no matter where you live on Earth, you get sunlight at least part of the year. And it’s nice that the sunlight can be helpful to the old wallet. Right now, I have spring fever and want to jump into a sparkling swimming pool that’s just the perfect temperature. Heating a swimming pool to that great temp is expensive,...

I think a good vintage desk from the “Mad Men” era (that’s 1960s for nonfans) is far out. And yes, I’m using some 60s slang here! I also believe everything old can be made better than groovy again. So, I say to you, go ahead and dust off that lonely desk sitting in your storage unit, or start a search for an outta sight vintage desk at a thrift...

Posted on Mar 27 2012 - 11:36am by Jessica Johnson
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Is it me, or does it seem that lately there is major excitement and interest over self-storage auctions? It has me thinking about cleaning out my own house (and garage) and freeing up some extra cash. But how? There are so many different ways to sell your stuff. Which makes the most sense and the most money? Sometimes Old School is Better The online world can be fickle....

After reading all of the recent Extra Space Storage blog posts about organization, I have come down with a case of organization FEVER! Having bought our first home last year, my wife and I are slowly but surely going room to room organizing and decorating to our tastes and desires. One of the first areas we decided to tackle was our pantry. When walking in from the...

Plastic shopping bags and those little packing peanuts, aw, things I love and hate, or is it love to hate? Annoying or not, these items (sometimes) have a place in my world, and they just might have more life to give after I’m done with them. By the way, are you surprised that packing peanuts are considered a plastic? As all delightsome things must come to an...

As a child, it didn’t matter how many times my mother helped me clean up my room, because 24 hours later it was as though a tornado had played with every toy and tried on every clothing item and dropped it on the floor. Maybe that tornado looked a little like me, but a bit smaller. If only the magic of Mary Poppins were real in cleaning up children’s rooms....