Electronic waste, or e-waste as most of us call it, is a threat to human and environmental health when not disposed of properly, but I’m happy to announce that Extra Space Storage is helping residents of California do the right thing by providing a free and convenient way to recycle their unwanted electronic items. Starting on March 9, residents of California...

As winter thaws and the days lengthen, the ritual of spring cleaning begins. This year, turbo-charge your seasonal spruce-up and get organized for spring. It’s a great time to clear clutter and re-organize so that you have easy access to the things you’ll use most often as the weather warms up. Clear Clutter Think of it as spring clearing – clear...

Plastics may seem like a dull topic at first, but I found that when I started paying a little attention to those translucent nobodies, they were lifted out of the trash and back into the world as useful items, keeping people warm or providing a seat for the game. You may be familiar with the triangular recycling symbol composed of arrows on soda cans and other containers,...

I love beaches as much as anyone else, but sometimes it’s fun to go against the tide and explore a city for spring break vacation. Why? There are so many interesting cities, and not enough vacation time! Plus, spring break is peak season for many beach towns, but deals may still be found in some cities.  Chicago, IllinoisYes, it’s worth it to abandon...

When you think about improving your productivity, do you think you’ll need to learn a complicated time management system or that it will require expensive new technology or software? Good news: you can improve your productivity by simply addressing common time-wasters. After working with hundreds of clients one-on-one, I’ve found that there are common ways that most people waste time. Follow these tips and you’ll be able to get more done in less time. As an added bonus, you’ll probably find you have more energy,...

Posted on Feb 24 2012 - 11:30am by Tim Eyre
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As parents with a playroom for our kids, my wife and I are happy, carefree beings walking on clouds. Right? Sure! Having a well-used playroom is good for the rest of the house, but what about keeping the playroom organized? I firmly believe in that old saying about a place for everything and everything in its place. Sure, the playroom is a fluid environment. Things...

The world of stuffed animals keeps getting more complex. In addition to the beloved teddy bear, kids today can cherish a stuffed animal of almost any type – from a blue-footed booby to a Pekingese! And don’t forget the cartoon and movie characters. It’s easy to get nervous as your child’s stuffed animal collection grows, and there’s good...

If you exceed an airline’s limits for weight, size or quantity of bags, you could end up paying sky-high fees. Skip the fees by planning ahead, allowing you to fly the friendly skies and still have funds to spend on fun stuff, like riding a bike down a volcano in Maui. Yes, you can do that. Baggage weight and size limits vary among airlines, and may differ depending on whether you’re flying first class, business class or economy. Policies may also differ between domestic and international flights. Check the luggage policies...

Posted on Feb 17 2012 - 10:44am by Joshua Zerkel
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Boosting your productivity (by my definition, getting more of the right things done), doesn’t have to be a big, complex, or lengthy process. Rather, you’re better off doing a few small things, one at a time, that all add up to a big result. Here’s a few easy ways to get started on the road towards major productivity gains: Get rid of what you don’t...

The prices of groceries are surging. This past September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that retail grocery prices had risen 6.3% from the previous year. Many are suggesting that the current trend will raise grocery prices another 4% or more. There hasn’t been inflation like this since the 1970s. (source: WSJ) If you keep in mind that each percentage...