Maybe you’re curious about what it’s like to attend a storage unit auction, but you’re also intimidated. That’s common! I recently had a chance to speak with storage auctioneer Bryan Garbutt of Northeast Storage Auctions, and he says that he frequently receives phone calls from newbies who aren’t sure what to expect. Bryan also estimates that about 30 percent of those attending his auctions aren’t his regular, seasoned buyers. So, if you’re a newbie, you aren’t alone!   Bryan conducts about five to seven storage...

  Last year, I shared the news of the addition of hybrid vehicles to our fleet driven by branch managers. That was an exciting change for Extra Space Storage. Now we know the results of that change. Yes, we keep track of everything from the energy generated by our solar panels to the gas saved by our hybrid cars! It’s all about ensuring we’re making good business decisions, as well as good environmental choices.   Toyota Camry Hybrid versus Chevy Malibu Hybrid Our fleet includes both Toyota Camry hybrids and Chevy Malibu...

  Maybe you didn’t want it this way, but you’re moving yourself on a hot day. It happens! However, you don’t have to sweat moving in warm weather. Just plan ahead to stay cool and collected. It may help you feel better to remember that you’re not the only one moving during hot weather. Summer is a very popular moving time! Many houses are sold and...

  I love cities, but sometimes they can be a bit lacking in green spaces. That’s one of the reasons I like rooftop gardens. When you can’t plant in the ground, why not plant on your roof? Rooftop gardens can be created using containers, or planted directly on the roof using a waterproof membrane, insulation and a root barrier. Rooftop gardens have been popular for a long time in Europe, and in recent years they’re also popping up in the U.S. ...

As with most things involving children, babyproofing can become an expensive ordeal. Alternately, with a little prioritization and a few basic supplies, the process can be cheap and simple. Some parents opt to install locks on everything and nail anything portable to the table. Others take a more laissez faire attitude, doing just the basics first and then waiting to see what potential hazards the baby discovers and taking action at that point. If you’re on the budget, the latter is the way to go. The first piece of useful advice is:...

  I love cities, but sometimes they can be a bit lacking in green spaces. That’s one of the reasons I like rooftop gardens. When you can’t plant in the ground, why not plant on your roof? Rooftop gardens can be created using containers, or planted directly on the roof using a waterproof membrane, insulation and a root barrier. Rooftop gardens have been popular...

  I recently moved into a new apartment that has a kitchen with about half the storage space—and floor space—as my previous one. For days, I was stuck unable to unpack several boxes because I simply had nowhere to store the gear inside. The kitchen has the distinction of being one of the most heavily used rooms in the house as well as usually one of the smallest....

Posted on May 17 2013 - 10:48pm by Jessica Johnson
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Summer is around the corner. Are you ready to get the most out of the season? There are so many things—some little, some bigger—you can do to enhance your summer enjoyment at your home. What improvements can you make beyond the obvious things like increasing the time on the Slip ‘n Slide and eating popsicles every day? ...

  We’re moving, and the new place has a smaller kitchen than I’m used to. We currently store our voluminous spice collection on a little set of bleachers on the counter, but there won’t be room for such indulgences in our new apartment. What to do with all those jars?   A little poking around online told me there are many spice-storage options. The...

  Shoes are one of those items that tend to defy organization. They are oddly shaped, come in pairs, and can be dirty. Each of those elements complicates matters, resulting in plenty of shoes dumped in the bottom of closets or kicked willy-nilly under the bed. Keeping shoes straight is made even more difficult by the fact that types vary so much in shape and...