In recent years, the problem of hoarding has got a lot of media attention, primarily because of the popularity of reality TV shows that document the problem, as well as the suffering of the hoarders themselves. If you are concerned that someone you know may be a hoarder, confrontation can be a first step in helping him or her regain control over his or hear...

  I talk a lot about energy savings for business but as a homeowner I’m also interested in saving energy at home. Now that 2013 is here, it’s time to make some New Year’s resolutions for your home! Following through with those resolutions will not only be helpful for the environment, but will also save you money. Before you can make your goals, you’ll...

  Personal items are some of the more troublesome things to keep organized. They’re often small—cuff links and little tubs of make-up—and frequently used, so they have a tendency to get lost and jumbled in the bottom of your purse or bag. What can you do to make organizing these things more functional and stylish? The more user-friendly and appealing your...

Winter is here! There’s so much to enjoy this season, not least of which is a pristine blanket of snow. But even if you don’t live in a snowy clime, you can discover the pleasures of colder weather, including hot beverages, snuggly coats, and the cozy ambiance of life indoors. ...

Since I care about the environmental and financial benefits of saving energy, I spend a lot of time making sure Extra Space Storage properties are energy efficient. I also put that passion for energy efficiency to work at my home on weekends!   Believe it or not, there are plenty of weekend projects you can complete that will make a difference all year long...

  Are you starting to think about goals and resolutions for the New Year?  We’ve asked writer Katie Gustafson to tell share her thoughts about goals and resolutions for 2013.  Her message: when it comes to goals simple is better! Katherine Gustafson is an award-winning writer, journalist, and editor whose articles, essays, and stories have been published...

  I’ve really enjoyed being part of Extra Space Storage’s “Storage Blog” in 2012 and talking about our sustainability efforts at Extra Space Storage.  I’m not the only one at Extra Space Storage who’s been busy writing this year. Our resourceful blogging team was very prolific. Together, we wrote hundreds of blog posts on...

  Is this finally the year you throw a really great New Year’s party? You’ll need to be organized, but more importantly, you’ll need eye-catching ideas. The Web is swimming with creative inspiration about how to ring in 2013 in style. Here’s a brief tour of some highlights. Brainstorm Start by browsing fun party ideas. There’s no place better for this...

  Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Do you keep them? Come about the third week of January, I start hearing from folks who have already broken their resolutions, and in many cases, these folks actually sound relieved. The relief, I suspect, is the result of no longer having to meet their own unrealistic expectations of themselves. Of course, this also...

If you’re doing it right, gift wrapping is so much more than slapping some paper and tape on a box and calling it a day. I find there’s nothing so satisfyingly thoughtful as a well-wrapped gift Not sure where to start? I’ve collected some tips from wrapping experts to help you up your game. Supplies Of course the basic things you need are a sharp pair of scissors,...