Tips for your Summer Garage Sale

Wheaton Self Storage:
The summer season is about to hit full stride. With the improved weather comes the chance to attract locals to a garage sale. It is important to shed a few possessions every once and a while, and the extra cash is always a benefit as well. Here are tips from our Carol Stream and Wheaton U-Stor-It storage team.

Attract Attention

Marketing is key—don’t underestimate your natural advertising abilities! What is the purpose of a garage sale if you can’t get customers to the property to buy your stuff? There are many steps that should be taken leading up to the sale.

Craigslist is your first step. Post an ad early to get those planning on looking around onboard fast. This is your initial customer base, so it is crucial to make sure they hear about and can plan on attending the event. Craigslist posts your ad to the garage sale treasure map of the day which is another awesome feature.

Signs are your best chance at spreading the word and attracting those drive-by/impulse customers on a broad scale. Don’t underdo your signs. Make them unique and eye catching with an extremely legible font and size. Post your signs the night before your sale. This guarantees you’ll be visible for even the earliest early-birds, and it decreases the stress of getting all the signs up the day of the busy event.

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Consider a sign spinner. This is not a joke. Sign Spinning is a proven guerrilla marketing technique, there is a reason so many companies invest in it. It is comical, eye catching, original, and if you have a kid you can pay them a relatively small percent of earnings.

The Sale Itself

You just hyped up your garage sale, now you can’t allow the showing to be a letdown! You need to be prepared with a nice setup and offering to convert your incredible attendance into sales.

Group and display items nicely. There is no set way of going about this, but just try to make the offering look as much like a retail experience as you possibly can. Items that are hung, folded, or stacked are much more likely to sell than items thrown in a pile or sitting in a box.

Keep the business mindset throughout the process and your next garage sale will undoubtedly be a success. Good Luck!

Reorganizing Your Refrigerator

Beverly, Chicago Self Storage:
Here at U-Stor-It we know a thing or two about storage. Specifically we know a lot of you need help when it comes to organization and overall storage. These tips will help you with reorganizing your refrigerator to stay more organized, and stop finding expired leftovers on the bottom of the back shelf.

Get a Fresh Start

The first step is clearing out what you currently have in there. Try to wait to reorganize when the fridge is low on food. If you just made a shopping trip you might want to hold off for a week or two until the items will be more manageable and less of a hassle.

When you are ready to start, grab a trash bag. Everything that is not going to be eaten in the next three or four days should be trashed (or donated if applicable). Get the fridge to a bare minimum. From here clean the shelves and inside as this is maybe one of the only easy opportunities you will get.

Move the Shelves

You don’t have to live with the hand you’re dealt. Move the shelves around to whatever works best for the type of items you purchase.

Better yet, change it up completely. Place a turntable on the bottom rack. You’ll never have to dig in the back of the fridge again; simply turn the table to access whatever you need easily. This may decrease the amount of food you can keep inside, but for anyone with a limited assortment this is ideal for simplification.

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Grouping

Being organized starts with pure organization. Foods should be grouped accordingly in the fridge. Dedicate an entire shelf only to drinks, strategically place heavier items on the bottom, and actually use the drawers dedicated to fruits and vegetables.

Most importantly, especially if you cook often, is to dedicate a space to leftover foods. Leftovers are often times the factor that crowds your fridge and creates chaos. By having a designated spot for leftover containers, you will always have a grasp of just how much food is in there. It will also minimize the number of times food gets forgotten about and pushed to a back corner.

Follow-Up

Lastly, it is critical you remain on top of your new found organization. It is easy to fall back into old habits, but if you just give it a little time you will create a new healthy habit. By making an effort to stay organized eventually it will become easy and the way of life.

Enjoy how pretty and efficient you’re new fridge will be!

Summer Storage Tips

Wheaton Self Storage/Carol Stream Self Storage:
Summer is right around the corner. Whether you are finishing up finals in school, or simply preparing for the warmer weather—there are many factors to keep in mind when storing your possessions this season. Our Wheaton and Carol Stream U-Stor-It staff have the key tips to keep in mind for all of your various storage needs.

College

If you are renting summer storage while you return home for college be sure to look into the various options that you have. The most important thing is to choose the appropriate size of unit. If you only have boxes or minimal furniture like lamps or night stands a 5×5 unit is the right size for you. If you have a bed or some extra furniture then you will likely have to bump up to a 5×10.

Many students often overestimate the size they need. Larger than a 5×10 is rarely necessary. At U-Stor-It ceilings are high so many items can be stacked to maximize space and efficiency.

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Snow Gear/Equipment

Sadly the skiing and snowboarding season is officially over, and so it is time to pack it up until next year. Clothes are always recommended to be vacuum sealed, however our facilities are sure to keep them safe either way.

For all equipment from snowboards to snowmobiles, preparation is necessary. Skis and snowboards should be cleaned and given a fresh coat of wax to keep the base in prime condition. If you have a bag for either that is great, but if you don’t there is no need to worry! Simply hang the equipment or leave it on top of other stored items to make sure it stays off of the ground and more easily avoids being nicked.

Large items like snow mobiles require proper cleaning and engine maintenance. They should be stored with a cover over them, and elevated by a jack so that the weight does not rest on the bearings. This prolongs the life of your possessions.

Clearing Room for Summer Guests

Be sure to take advantage of the tools and deals U-Stor-It has to offer. U-HAUL trucks are available to rent and move your items easily from your place to the facility. If you are not completely sure on the size of unit required, use the U-Stor-It storage calculator which gives a precise estimate of the measurements you will need.

U-Stor-It to Beautify Lincoln Park, San Diego Community

The typical story: a corporation comes in, constructs a massive building, and takes advantage of the surrounding community. What if it didn’t have to be that way? U-Stor-It doesn’t think so—in fact they strive for quite the opposite. Coming soon, U-Stor-It Lincoln Park will be investing in landscaping and beautification of the surrounding Lincoln Park, San Diego neighborhood. Efforts will include planting and maintaining flowers and shrubbery, painting over graffiti, and cleaning up the streets and walkways.

“It’s a great opportunity to give back,” Blake Johnston, Marketing Manager stated. “We have been extremely grateful for the support of our service in the area. The Lincoln Park location is our first building in California, and it gives us a lot of pride to be a part of the local culture.”

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Currently the street lines could use an upgrade. Plant life is minimal and dull; there is a lot of opportunity here. Some retaining walls and fences have old graffiti tainting the surrounding image. Plans are not confirmed yet, but there are numerous ideas being considered.

  • Bright flowers will make the street sides beautiful and eye catching.
  • Other various shrubs or small trees will instantly create a view that fits closer with the true character of San Diego.
  • Lastly, removing the graffiti will dramatically change the atmosphere; long term solutions to keeping graffiti away are an important part of considerations.

For more information or to give suggestions contact Blake Johnston, Marketing Manager of U-Stor-It at Blake@ustorit.com

About U-Stor-It

U-Stor-It provides quality storage spaces at affordable prices. We have over 25 years of experience in high quality self storage. It is our mission to provide clean, affordable self-storage in an environment where customer service is the rule rather than the exception.  We are confident that you will agree that U-Stor-It Self Storage has first class facilities. Serving the Chicago and San Diego area communities.

U-Stor-It: The Self Storage Facility With U In Mind

Among thousands of storage facilities nationwide all with business-focused heads, one is shattering the norm! U-Stor-It prides itself in being customer centric—everything is done with the customer in mind. The goal is to provide and exceed all expectations of what a self storage facility delivers.

Keeping in Touch with the Basics

Having a clean and well maintained store should be a given, but it is a commonly mishandled aspect of the industry. U-Stor-It abides by the highest quality standards; all of the facilities are sleek in design, and extremely well kept. A full experience is offered at the facilities. Just about any features like climate control or U-Haul rentals are provided. Push-carts are available at all locations to assist those without drive-up units.

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Push-carts ready for use in the Carol Stream & Wheaton IL U-Stor-It

Community Involvement

U-Stor-It is a corporate company that wants to act and have the same impact as a local company. Local store managers stay involved by keeping consistent community outreach. Managers visit numerous apartments and housing complexes each month to stay current with consumer needs and interact with those in the area.

In addition, U-Stor-It partakes in multiple charitable efforts each year in order to give back to the communities that support it. Efforts include:

  • Backpack events at local schools
  • Supporting orphanage funds in Chicago, IL and Monarch School for homeless children in Barrio Logan, CA
  • Providing low-income kindergarten students in El Cajon, CA with lunches
  • And partaking in Toys-for-Tots across the nation

“My favorite efforts are the backpack giveaways. The students get so excited to have a nice new piece of school equipment,” said Blake Johnston, Marketing Manager of U-Stor-It. “We have organized multiple events in the past, and have many more planned!”

About U-Stor-It

U-Stor-It provides quality storage spaces at affordable prices. We have over 25 years of experience in high quality self storage. It is our mission to provide clean, affordable self-storage in an environment where customer service is the rule rather than the exception.  We are confident that you will agree that U-Stor-It Self Storage has first class facilities. Serving the Chicago and San Diego area communities.

Packing Tips for College Students: Wheaton, Illinois Storage

Wheaton, IL Storage:
Having trouble packing for your first day at Wheaton College? It can be difficult to know exactly what to bring and what to leave behind when heading to the dorms for your first year. We’ve compiled a great list here of essentials and items commonly forgotten.

Think Organization

Your dorm desk is going to get extremely cluttered since it will likely be one of the only free spaces to set items down. Bring only the essentials when it comes to the desk area: pens, pencils, and notebooks. Desk chairs, lamps and shelving will likely already be provided.

Keep the bathroom organization simple—you’re most likely going to have to walk everything to the communal bathroom anyways. Try to keep everything, aside from large shampoo bottles, inside a simple shower caddie.

Decorations should be brought at a minimum; for reference bring a max of pictures that would fill approximately the surface area of two standard posters. One extremely overlooked piece of a dorm is a room rug. Not only does it look nice, it feels nice, and is just nice overall. A rug really helps the room come together and become your home.

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Order Online

If you haven’t purchased things like food storage containers and the rug yet, wait! Items can be so easily delivered now—it’s not worth transporting it yourself. None of these items will be essential immediately anyways; you are extremely unlikely to cook a meal for yourself in the first few weeks, let alone at all.

Old Hobbies

There is a lot about what not to bring, but here are some things you don’t want to forget! College is a time to really explore what you love, so don’t limit yourself. If you were once passionate about something and are considering starting again, bring it! It’s likely you’ll find a group of students who are just as enthusiastic about it as you are.

Already Too Much Stuff

If you’re late to see this list or chose to ignore it, don’t worry—we’re still here for you. Our U-Stor-It Carol Stream & Wheaton Storage facility is located extremely close to the Wheaton campus at 120 Tubeway Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188. Check us out on our website by clicking here!

Beverly 40th Annual Memorial Day 10K & Parade

Beverly, Chicago Storage:
This coming Memorial Day the Beverly and Morgan Park, Chicago neighborhoods will host the 40th annual Ridge Run and Parade. With thousands of friends and neighbors lining the course’s streets, the Ridge Run is known as one of Chicago’s friendliest races.

All participants in the race who register before May 4, 2017 are guaranteed a race shirt. In addition to the competitive 10K race will be a 5K run/walk, and a youth (ages 6-10) mile race. The top 3 men and woman from each category will be recognized as winners of the event.

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The Parade will be held directly after the race, and will include a festival with food, a beer truck, entertainment, and activities. Participants and spectators are encouraged to join community leaders in the laying of the wreath and Memorial Day ceremony.

The race is Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 7:50am for the start of the 10K, and 10:30am for the start of the parade. Contact the Beverly Area Planning Association with questions at (773) 233-3100 or ridgerun@bapa.org. Registration forms and additional information can be found at http://bapa.org/events/ridge-run-parade/.

Our U-Stor-It Beverly Storage facility is located at 11118 S Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60655. Directions from the storage units to the race finish line are as follows:

Head east on W 111th St towards S Maplewood Ave

Turn left onto Western Ave

Turn right onto W 107th St

Turn left onto S Longwood Dr

The destination will be on the right at 9625 S Longwood Dr, Chicago IL 60643

2017 Midwest BBQ Fest

Carol Stream & Wheaton Storage:
Love chicken, ribs, beef, and other barbecued meats? You are in for a treat with the 2017 Midwest BBQ Fest! April 22nd at the DuPage County Fairgrounds you can join the Illinois BBQ Society as they celebrate the art of the barbecue.

There will be plenty to witness at the event. In addition to knife skill demonstrations, food preparation demonstrations, and smoking and grilling demonstrations there will be a Sauce Championship. 120 different BBQ sauces will be put to the taste to find the best. The public is invited to participate and vote on the sauces to decide the winner of the People’s Taste Award.

There will be a special guest appearance from “Sweet Baby Ray” Dave Raymond. As if it was not good enough already, admission and parking are free!

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The event starts at 10:00am – 4:00pm on April 22, 2017. It will be held at the DuPage County Fairgrounds at 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, Illinois 60187.

Our U-Stor-It Carol Stream & Wheaton Storage facility is located not far away at 120 Tubeway Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

Directions from our storage units to the fairgrounds are as follows:

Head east on Tubeway Dr toward Gary Ave

Turn right onto Gary Ave

Gary Ave turns slightly right and becomes Ellis Ave

Turn Right onto W Wesley St

Continue onto Bridge St

Turn right onto Manchester Rd and you will arrive at the BBQ Fest!

Beverly, Illinois Residents Getting Spiritual

Chicago Storage:
Beverly district residents are preparing for the Strength Finders’ Chronicles on Thursday April 20th, 2017. The Spiritual Gathering intends to bring the community together by explaining the distinction between Humanity and Spirit, and how the two work harmoniously to provide abundant living. The event hopes to bring the community together for a peaceful and intellectual conversation.

At the Strength Finders’ Chronicles you’ll be able to hear from spiritual leaders, ask critical questions, and collaborate with the rest of the community attending. Light refreshments will be served during the initial meet and greet.

The event is April 20th from 5:30PM – 8:30PM at the Beverly Public Library. The library is located at 1962 West 95th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60643.

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Our U-Stor-It Beverly Storage facility is located not far away near Western Avenue and 111th Street. The address is 11118 South Rockwell Street, Chicago, IL 60655.

Directions from the U-Stor-It storage facility are as follows:

Starting on Rockwell Street, Head east on West 111th Street toward South Maplewood Avenue

Turn left onto South Longwood Drive

Turn left onto 95th St

The Beverly public Library will be located on the right.

 

For further information about the event check out the Strength Finders’ Chronicles event page on EveryBlock.com

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Top 3 Tips for Bathroom Organization

Carol Stream & Wheaton, Illinois Storage:
Bathrooms range in shape and size, but a common challenge among all of them is instilling well organized storage of all your toiletries.  Whether you are in a house, apartment, or condo you can benefit from these bathroom organization tips.

Create Artificial Space

If you are really lacking in cabinet, shelf, or counter space consider artificially creating some. If you have a small shower purchase a cheap corner shelf that easily attaches to the walls by suction power. These shelves are very strong if attached well, but they are easily and seamlessly removed when you no longer need it. Non-corner shaped shelves can also be applied to bathroom mirrors.

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Add small racks or hooks without drilling into the wall with adhesive brands such as Command. The formulas behind the adhesive create a strong bond with the wall that can withstand many pounds of force, but also are easy to remove. The adhesives are made to easily peel off once stretched, and won’t damage the wall while releasing.

Grouping

Grouping allows you to take advantage of as much space as possible. A cup or mug can be placed on the counter and can easily store all toothbrush accessories and toothpaste. Drawer dividers give your items a special place to always return to when you are done with them.

Extras

If you are really pushing for space consider a shower caddie. You can store all of the items in the caddie and keep the caddie in the abundance of space you have somewhere else in your residence. This allows you to use the valuable bathroom space for only large toiletries such as lotions or mouthwash.

If all else fails consider remodeling the bathroom or moving to a place with a layout that more suits you. After all, a little change is never a bad thing.

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