The #GreatSpace Vine contest is officially over. We thank everyone who participated in the contest and took the time to submit a video of their #GreatSpace. So many great spaces out there! Now what you’ve all been waiting for…who claimed the grand prize? Winners announced below: Grand Prize Winning Vine – $500 American Express gift card:   Second...

One of our units stored a solitary baby grand piano. That in itself is not very interesting or peculiar. But when it was dark, in the middle of the night, the owner would enter his unit and practice his piano. Classical music would float around the entire storage facility. Occasionally we would hear some Broadway music. The night manager’s favorite was when...

I recently bought a house from a widower who had remarried. His new wife didn’t want stuff from the house that he’d shared with his first wife in their new home, so he gave me first dibs on many valuable things — among them a 9-by-12 beige wool rug with a pretty pattern of flowers, leaves and vines. After unsuccessfully trying to pawn the rug off...

We’ve all gotten them: wrong numbers. You miss a number when dialing and instead of your Aunt Mildred, you have dialed a urologist’s office. Our Bonita Springs, FL location gets called so often for a 5-star hotel, it is surely not just a misdialed number. We don’t suggest sleeping in our units, but we think they are pretty 5-star! What is the best/funniest/weirdest...

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Buying or renting a new home isn’t just about selecting a physical building: You also want to find the right neighborhood to live in. Here are some things to think about when deciding on which neighborhood will suit your needs: 1. Neighborhood Safety Safety is a primary concern of many people, and for good reason. It’s hard to relax if you are living in...

We’ve reached high season for vacations, moving…and yard sales! If you’re taking the opportunity to clean house, lighten your load, and gain a bit of extra space this summer, here are five tips for hosting a successful yard sale. 1. Create some buzz. How will friends and neighbors know about the great bargains you’re offering if you don’t tell them?...

FACT! It’s not uncommon for our storage units to house weight-lifting equipment, but every once in a while there will be a storage unit that has been turned into a complete weight room and gym. We have heard of people counting a move into their unit as their daily workout, but it isn’t often that people get their daily workout in their storage units. What’s...

Storage in a non-climate-controlled room can damage many types of things. Wine can turn to vinegar in low humidity. Photos can yellow and curl. Grandma’s antique credenza can suddenly look a lot more like a flea-market steal. Trust me, grandma will not be amused by the crack in the credenza. Musical instruments can also be easily damaged by extreme heat and cold,...

We’ve seen some truly amazing submissions to our #GreatSpace contest on Vine. (If you haven’t shared yours yet, there’s still time!) For those seeking a bit of inspiration (or just something pretty to look at), here are six great spaces we’re jealous of right now. 1. Joanna Goddard’s living room (via Ryan Liebe for Cup of Jo) 2. Frederico de Vera’s garden...

Summertime means fun in the sun, barbeques, and boat trips on the water. But before you take your family and friends out to sea (or on the lake), follow these steps to make sure your boat is ready for the water once it comes out of storage. 1. Clean the boat. Use gentle cleaning products to clean the windows and foot traffic areas of the boat. Also, make sure that...