Posted on Dec 14 2011 - 11:25am by Jessica Johnson
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If you’re anything like me, you love Christmas shopping. There’s a holiday cheer in the air, and a sense of accomplishment that comes with finding a present you know the receiver will love. Whether you’re an October shopper, have just a few things left to pick up, or have yet to start your holiday shopping, there always seems to be that last minute gift to pick up. But, rather than whipping up a batch of cookies for an unexpected gift exchange or handing over cash, I’m sharing my go-to list of last minute shopping...

Posted on Dec 13 2011 - 10:59am by Tim Eyre
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Almost everyone has heard of the show Hoarders – the A&E documentary that features people’s homes buried in mounds of junk, because they simply can’t throw anything away.  Hoarders will keep newspapers from decades past, empty tissue boxes and even the used tissues themselves.  And while this may be the very extremist of cases, being a pack rat is still a reality for many people.  While it can’t be pin pointed exactly as to why some people save and others don’t, it is safe to say that, at...

It’s no secret that the holidays can be a stressful time.  Although pegged “the most wonderful time of the year,” what is known as “wonderful” can also be extra pressure and work – buying and wrapping presents, traveling, planning to spend time with family members. But while there’s no fix-all cure for the holidays, there are a few things that can help your season go a little smoother. When it comes to wrapping presents, I like to keep my supplies all in one organized space so I can easily...

A couple of weeks ago I went to my very first storage auction. I can’t lie, I’m a fan of the popular storage auction TV shows, and since watching, I’ve always had the desire to observe this firsthand. So, I took my lunch break early one day, and away I went! As I pulled up to the storage facility it was evident that I wasn’t the only one whose curiosity had the best of them. Cars lined down both sides of the street and a group of more than 40 individuals hovered around the access gate, all anxiously waiting for...

The term “going green” is no longer just a few trying to promote planet health but everyone.  People are doing more and more to help save the environment, companies have begun advertising toward keeping a greener earth, and recycling is hitting an all-time high.  For example, in Connecticut, 64 towns recycled more than 92 tons of “waste” in the 2010/2011 year.  But what if going green wasn’t just about the good of the environment?  As important as that is, sometimes going green is also...

We’ve all seen the candy apple red 1961 Ferrari 250 GT convertible in the classic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. If you haven’t seen this movie, do yourself a favor – drop everything and go rent this movie. Better yet, find it online and buy it! It’s that good. At the climax of the movie, Ferris’ friend Cameron takes a stand against his dad’s obsessive and unhealthy love for this car (warning to car lovers: viewer discretion is advised): Every swift kick to the front of the car makes a car lover’s...

Fellow blog readers, When I was offered the opportunity to become a writer for the Extra Space Storage blog, I jumped at the opportunity.  After years of working in the self storage industry, I now have an outlet to share some of my hard-learned knowledge on the self storage, storing items, and how to best take advantage of your unit’s space.  You may be asking yourself “what is there to learn about storage” or “what interesting topics might he write about”? We will do our best to keep our topics...

Storing away your weather-specific items is one of the easiest ways to ensure they’ll last into the next season.  Although many may think they live in an area with milder winters as well, chances are you’re not using your outdoor items so store them!  As a married man with kids, and lots of outdoor items, getting them stored sooner than later will score some serious brownie points with your wife. If you are anything like me, I have to force myself to get these sort of things done and when I really buckle down and...

Every man needs a place to call his own – where he can escape life’s stresses and submerse himself in the things that he enjoys most, without interruption – an area often known as “the man cave.”  Some men design their future homes to include a specific room for their manly hobbies and interests, while others remodel and convert an existing room or garage into their ultimate man cave.  And if neither of those options work, or, frankly you need a little more freedom, there’s also a third option:...

Posted on Nov 22 2011 - 9:30am by Tim Eyre
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Yesterday I wrote about sharing Thanksgiving with family members who can’t attend in person, especially the ones serving our country in the military overseas.  My wife got me into watching So You Think You Can Dance and even Dancing with the Stars, so I’ve been following the amazing and inspirational JR Martinez. Hey, what can I say, his partner Karina Smirnoff is not exactly ugly! Anyway, he enlisted in the Army and was deployed to Iraq. His Humvee was blown up and he was almost burned to death.  He’s had over...