The global behemoth that is Extra Space Storage auto-magically appeared in 1977.  However, the story of how Extra Space Storage got started back in the late 60’s.  The credit is all due to the vision and entrepreneurial spirit of former CEO and current board member Ken Woolley.  As a doctoral student at Stanford University (yeah, he’s sorta smart), Ken was hired as a consultant to do analysis on real-estate and came across a new concept called mini (self) storage.  Intrigued by the concept, Ken convinced...

Hi Readers:For the next four weeks, each Monday I’ll be looking at an area of the house, and exploring how you can get it organized. Now for me, I like to be clean enough so I don’t have to stress, but organized to where I can find everything when I need to. I’ve found I can keep my home organized without spending big bucks on plastic dividers and fancy boxes.  And it’s decorative as well!  With a little organization (or un-organization) and these simple tips you can use your own unconventional storage...

Posted on Jan 13 2012 - 11:31am by Tim Eyre
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There’s a clichéd opening to more movies than I can count, where a wife is reminding her husband to clean out the garage (I chose the word “reminding” after my own wife disapproved of the word “nagging”).  These men, who are often big name comedians, are usually comfy in their large leather chair.  Or perhaps ready to watch a big sports event – maybe even headed out for a round of golf.  It’s as though the director went out of his way to ensure these women were picking the...

In light of the recent success rate of storage and repo auctions, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss some of the different tactics involved with the resale business.  Yes, most everyone is following the rules and using self storage auctions as a way to make an honest living.  But, unfortunately, like every profiting business, there are those who have found a way to cheat the system.  So if you repo for profit, watch the shows, or know a friend who’s headed to an auction, be aware of those who aren’t...

If you’ve ever seen a movie that’s set back in the 1800s, chances are you’ve noticed a few differences compared to how we live today. Yes, they travel by horse-drawn carriage, and the clothes are more labor intensive, but there’s also one that I find the most interesting of all: the living arrangements. In those giant Victorian homes, it’s as though there is no end to the amount of people living in a single house. Extended family members, friends, a traveling guest who just never left. They all seemed to...

Posted on Jan 5 2012 - 11:19am by Jessica Johnson
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Although winter is a season I enjoy very much, each year I am overwhelmed by the thought of “winterizing” my home.  I love curling up by the artificial fireplace as much as the next person, but there’s no doubt that the season change brings along extra work.  However, the sooner I get my house winter ready, the sooner I can start enjoying cold weather walks, hot baths, and testing out new flavors of coffee. Winter has already struck in the Northeast and for the rest of the nation its hard-hitting winds aren’t...

Whether your belongings are monetary or sentimental, items kept in a self storage unit aren’t any less important than what is kept at home. Perhaps its belongings that the owner knows he or she won’t need for a long period of time. Maybe a unit renter simply couldn’t afford rent for all of their large pieces of furniture. Or maybe the owner is traveling overseas and needed a spot for safekeeping. No matter the reasoning behind using a storage unit, it is important to understand renters insurance … and everything...

Every year before the holidays, the season begins to feel more frantic than it does festive. Commercials bring back all the shopping that needs to be finished, and virtually every meal time reminds me of all the cooking that needs to be done before the big day – both goodies and for Christmas dinner. Hopefully, most of you aren’t as crazy as I am when it comes to getting things under control. But, no matter your level of holiday-planning stress, I have a few tips to help make life easier. ...

Moving day can be one of the most stressful days you’ll ever encounter. Between all of the packing and cleaning there’s hardly time for a resting moment. One of the biggest struggles is packing all of your belongings safely, and, more importantly, so they’ll last. Photos may be “safe” in a shoebox, but chances are they won’t make it past a leaky pipe or years of being stored neglect. With these easy tips, you can help pack even the most fragile of items with peace of mind, and store them for years afterward. ...

It’s nothing new to hear, yet again, how the economy has taken another turn for the worst.  Mortgage rates continue to fluctuate in an unsteady mess, and in an unforeseen twist, two “high-ranking financial whistleblowers” said they warned their respective companies about upcoming money crisis on 60 Minutes.  But, no matter the amount of hindsight warnings that may come to light, millions of Americans are still finding themselves in financial trouble – financial trouble that may involve losing a home or...