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What in the World Did I Just Inherit…?

By Storbox Self-Storage on April 26, 2017 - Comments off

teakettleIf your globe-trotting great uncle happens to be a collector of culturally-significant teakettles, you may find yourself one day inheriting lots and lots of teakettles. Just be thankful he wasn’t into obscure instruments of torture (of great historical value). But then again, if he was, your problem is the same: You have your own stuff. You can’t just throw his legacy away, but you definitely can’t keep it in your living room.

The history of inheriting stuff from parents and grandparents and even long-lost relatives is fraught with outrage and excitement. In ye olden days around the world, laws of primogeniture kept all the property in the hands of a firstborn legitimate son. Daughters, younger sons, illegitimate sons, and other relatives? Sorry; not for you! Notorious and vicious feuds over “who gets what after Dad dies” have plagued mankind since the dawn of time. Look no further than the Bible—or your daily newspaper. Remember the Anna Nicole Smith legal battle? Inheritance drama is still going strong!

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How to Prepare Your Washer for Climate-Controlled Storage

By Storbox Self-Storage on April 20, 2017 - Comments off

Climate Controlled Self Storage UnitProtecting your appliances is important when you keep them in storage. However, an ordinary storage unit can allow damage to your property. Your appliances need a climate-controlled storage unit to keep them safe. Knowing how to prepare your appliances for storage in a climate-controlled unit can make it easier for you to keep your property undamaged.

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Common Pests in Storage Units

By Storbox Self-Storage on April 12, 2017 - Comments off

pestStorage units can be safe places for your property. However, it is essential for you to take precautions to keep your property secure against pests.

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What You Should Look for in a Storage Unit

By Storbox Self-Storage on April 4, 2017 - Comments off

StorboxStorage units come with different features, but there are several things you should look for when renting a unit. Knowing what features you should look for before you rent can save you time, effort, and money, and prevent damage to your property.

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Holidays, Birthdays, Anniversaries: the Re-Gifter’s Paradise

By Storbox Self-Storage on March 21, 2017 - Comments off

giftWhether you’re parent, child, or office manager, you can agree that birthdays sometimes get out of control. The sheer piles of gifts, while delightful, can be daunting, even sobering: Do I really need all this stuff? Aren’t there starving children out there? Not to mention the invites: Who should I invite? Who do I have to invite? One of the most piquant characters you’ll find at the thrown birthday party is the “re-gifter:” That guy who just loves giving away his own stuff in the guise of a “gift.”

Re-gifters can be young or old. They can be male or female. They can have months of advance warning and still choose to wrap up that uneaten box of chocolates that was given to them last Christmas for your July anniversary. The re-gifter simply lives for the opportunity to catch hold of stuff and pass it along in a strange, generous yet stingy baseball game.

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Need to Hide That Something in a Hurry?

By Storbox Self-Storage on March 16, 2017 - Comments off

wall-home-deerImagine you’re the proud owner of a taxidermy collection. But your mother-in-law is a card-carrying member of that most enthusiastic of animal rights organizations—PETA. You once made the mistake of joking, “PETA, huh? Doesn’t that mean People Eating Tasty Animals?” at a family brunch and were subjected to a 45-minute lecture on the merits of veganism. So now that she’s coming to visit your private residence, you have a definite problem: your lovingly stuffed animal heads.

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Spring Is in the Air

By Storbox Self-Storage on March 14, 2017 - Comments off

box-8680860Spring is in the air, and as the snow in the mountains begins to melt and the days get longer, it’s time to figure out where to stow your ski equipment, snowboarding equipment, down jacket, and other assorted winter gear. You’ve considered the garage, but that’s still filled with your surfboard, water skis, Jet Ski, and camping supplies. You could swap out your summer fun stuff with your winter fun stuff, but summer’s still a few months away. Even though you live in Southern California, it’s not quite beach weather yet. Spring is kind of a crossover season when the weather is unpredictable, to say the least. It could get up in the 80s or down into a rainy 50s on a daily basis, so you can’t really keep anything outside. So what’s the solution?

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Save Money by Renting a Storage Unit

By Storbox Self-Storage on March 7, 2017 - Comments off

Rent for an apartment takes a substantial chunk of most people’s monthly income, leading many renters to consider downsizing in order to save a few bucks. But, if were you to downsize, you’d either have to get rid of a bunch of your stuff, or live in very cramped, uncomfortable conditions. No one wants to live like someone on the A&E show, Hoarders, but then again, no one wants to toss out treasured possessions like high school yearbooks, family heirlooms, photographs, wedding dresses, etc. Well, there is a way you can downsize and still keep the stuff you don’t want to get rid of—rent a storage unit. What? That makes no sense. If you’re trying to save money, why would you want to rent a storage unit in addition to renting an apartment?

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Help! What Do I Do with All These Books?

By Storbox Self-Storage on February 28, 2017 - Comments off

booksIf you’re the proud owner of a home library—as in, a room dedicated solely to the filing, display, and reading of books—you’re rare. Most of us will never have that grand room that the Beast unveiled to Belle in Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, which has caused unreasonable expectations in young girls since 1991 and created a next-to-impossible standard for men to live up to.

Nevertheless, why can’t you have a home library? Dedicate some countertops to artistically arranged stacks of books, buy a few bookshelves, and hide the rest under your bed. There are plenty of creative solutions, because necessity is the mother of invention. But here’s the problem, and it’s a big one: As any true booklover knows, you can never have too many books. That new James Patterson thriller—you have to have it! A stable of classics from Tolstoy to Austen, just in case! And those tatty old picture books you loved since childhood are being saved for the grandkids…

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When Art Supplies Attack!

By Storbox Self-Storage on February 21, 2017 - Comments off

art-suppliesThere’s a statistic told by the professors in both private and public art schools: 90% of all art school graduates will end up working in another field—not art. Whether that’s sad, funny, or plain obvious depends on your experience—and whether you know one of those grads! The fact remains that these students’ art supplies usually stay with them all of their lives, taking up space and picking up dust, whether or not they work in the art field. Most of us who draw, paint, or create consider ourselves “dabblers” and do it purely for the joy and fulfillment of the creative process. We pick up and add to our hobby stash whenever we can. So everyone, former students or not, knows how hard it is to let those tempting and expensive materials go….and so they pile up.

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