2013 December Archive

Throwing the Perfect New Year’s Eve Party

By Storbox Self-Storage on December 27, 2013 - Comments off

Why drive to a crowded location surrounded by strangers when you can ring in the New Year with your friends at home? Hosting a New Year’s Eve party is a great way to avoid the traffic while making memories right where you live.

Here are a few tips to help you host the perfect New Year’s Eve Party.

Invite Your Friends to Bring Food

Your food and drink selection will benefit from having a diverse group of people contribute. Your friends probably want to bring something, so encourage them to help out. No hosts should feel obligated to handle all of the food preparation on their own. Have one friend bring vegetables, another can bring a dip, and so on. Read the rest »



Keep Your New Year’s Resolution: Get Organized

By Storbox Self-Storage on December 24, 2013 - Comments off

Here’s a great New Year’s resolution that everyone should keep: get organized!

If you are running out of room at your home and the clutter is becoming an eyesore, it’s time to make some changes. Don’t let boxes and messes take over your life. There are ways to get rid of the clutter.

Assess What You Have

When taking stock of everything you have, you may be surprised by what you need and what you no longer use. There are many things, such as holiday decorations, that you need to store, but don’t need for most of the year. There are other items that you simply no longer need around the house. Make a list of items you want to store, want to sell, and what you should just throw out. Read the rest »



Make the Most out of Last Minute Christmas Gifts

By Storbox Self-Storage on December 20, 2013 - Comments off

If you begin your Christmas shopping on Black Friday, you have about a month to get all the gifts you need. A month may seem like a long time to go shopping, but the holidays are a busy time of year. And it’s easy to run out of time. The good news is that many retail stores offer last-minute deals. You could even end up saving money by doing your shopping at the last minute.

At STORBOX, we know the many worries that come with gift shopping. But we’re here to brighten your day and hopefully make the season merry once again!

You Are Not Alone

There is no reason to feel guilty about having to shop at the last minute. According to The National Retail Federation, only 11.3 percent of shoppers have all of their gifts by Dec.13 each year. Stores will capitalize on this trend. So know that there are deals out there. You may not even have to go to the store. Read the rest »



Make Your Christmas Decorations Last, Store Them Right

By Storbox Self-Storage on December 17, 2013 - Comments off

Many people buy a few new Christmas decorations each year, but never get rid of their old decorations. After all, there are fond memories of past Christmases attached to older ornaments, wreaths, and stockings. So, with each passing year, there are more decorations to put away.

At STORBOX, we have the experience and the space to store countless holiday knickknacks. Here are a few helpful tips to save room and ensure that your prized decorations are preserved.

Storing Artificial Christmas Trees

Of course, artificial trees are really the only ones you can keep year after year. But don’t keep your tree in the box it came in. Cardboard boxes can fall apart and are not great for stacking. Furthermore, cardboard is not strong enough to prevent insects or animals from getting inside if you are storing your tree in your home. Instead, look into getting a Christmas tree bag or a Christmas tree box. Read the rest »



How Much Do You Know about Christmas Trees?

By Storbox Self-Storage on December 11, 2013 - Comments off

Eleven months out of the year, many of our drive-up and interior units contain boxes and boxes of ornaments, decorations, and Christmas trees. If you use STORBOX Self Storage, you may have a tree or two at our Pasadena storage facility right now.

But how much do you know about Christmas trees?

In the Beginning

The history of holiday tree decoration begins long before the advent of Christianity and the celebration of Christmas. Today, we decorate our homes with different types of evergreens such as pine, spruce, and fir at Christmastime. Evergreens, however, have very little to do with Christianity. Before Christmas was celebrated, many different cultures put up evergreens to ward off evil spirits and illnesses. Other cultures decorated evergreen boughs as a reminder during the cold winter months that green plants would grow again and sunshine would return. Read the rest »



When it Comes to Storage Units, Does Size Matter?

By Storbox Self-Storage on December 4, 2013 - Comments off

Once you decide that you need a self-storage unit, the next step is to determine how much space you need. Estimating the amount of space you require can prove challenging. We are here to help. Here are a few steps to help you choose the right sized unit.

Figure Out What You Want to Store

Make an exhaustive list of everything you want to store. It is important to write down all of the large items you want out of your home, but you should also list smaller items that can fit into large boxes.

Group the Items

Identify which items will need to be packed in boxes and if they can be safely stacked on top of each other. Make notes regarding which boxes you’ll want to easily access. Label the boxes so that you know which ones to store near the doorway. Then, group your items by weight. Consider the weight of your items, which belongings can bear weight and which are fragile or awkwardly sized. Read the rest »



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