If you’ve visited a historic area like Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, you’ve likely had your sandals charmed right off your feet as you walked down the brick sidewalks. No matter where they’re located, there’s just something about historic homes that tugs at the heart.   I’m not sure whether our love for historic homes is about preserving history, or just about adoring houses that don’t look like those built in the last 50 years. By the way, the National Park Service, which runs the National Register for Historic...

  Long summer afternoons are the perfect time to do some delayed home improvements. While you’re at it, considering taking on an extra project or two to add a little something special to your home or yard. Here are a few good ideas—ranging from easy to difficult—to keep you busy. 1. Make a striped doorway with washi tape. If you’ve always dreamed of spicing...

Posted on Jul 1 2013 - 10:32pm by Jessica Johnson
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  Last year, my friend Anna wrote an article for organizing summer with kids.  It was so fun, I asked her if she had any new ideas for this summer and she did! Thanks again, Anna.  – Jessica Johnson Did you have a Movie Monday? We decided last Monday to have a Netflix marathon. The weather was so beautiful, though, that I made the kids get outside and play...

  Looking for fun Independence Day activities and events for the whole family this year? Chances are, a city or community near you will be celebrating this Fourth of July with not-to-be-missed events, such as parades, good food, music, and a if you’re lucky, an eye-popping display of fireworks. But if staying home feels like a drag, it’s not too late to go...

Last year, my friend Anna wrote an article for organizing summer with kids (see post here).  It was so fun, I asked her if she had any new ideas for this summer and she did! Thanks again, Anna.  – Jessica Johnson We’re starting to plan our summer already. Every day of the week will have a different “theme” that we can all participate in after we finish our...

Posted on Jun 21 2013 - 10:55pm by Dayna Hathaway
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  Long summer days call for some extra creativity to keep the little ones occupied. Once you’ve exhausted the week’s pool time and visited every play space you can afford, you might wonder how to while away the hours. Thank goodness the Internet is full of seriously creative people who are really into sharing their brainstorms. Parenting blogs are overflowing...

  Although Extra Space Storage uses hybrid vehicles that that don’t require charging, I like to keep up with the latest on other options for powering cars. And all-electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) just got a big promotion from Kroger. You’ve always needed groceries, but now Kroger is thinking you’re going to want to plug...

    The acidity of vinegar makes it a great natural germ-fighting cleaner for many areas of the house. It’s also very affordable! That’s the good part. The bad…  well, vinegar may be a good disinfecting cleaner, but it sure does smell rather awful!   Even if you’re committed to cleaning with vinegar, others in your household may challenge you due to the smell. But you have options. Don’t give up on cleaning with vinegar! ...

  Have you ever needed to quickly find the phone number or address of your storage property when you’re out and about? Or have you ever wanted to create a photo inventory of your storage unit? How nice would it be to use your smart phone to find out about recent payments, change your billing information or sign-up for auto-pay?  Extra Space Storage is pleased...

  If you’re planning on bidding at a storage unit auction for the first time, you’re probably wondering what to expect. It’s always best to be prepared when trying something new, so I’ve gathered a few bidding tips for you. If you missed it, make sure to check out our post Storage Auction Guide for Newbies: What to Expect  for some general guidelines...