Money Saving Tips for Moving on a Budget

Streamwood / Bartlett, Illinois:
Moving to a new place can be extremely exciting, but many people dread the process. Not only is it hard, but it can cost a lot of money as well. Thankfully there are ways to manage the amount you spend, and our Streamwood & Bartlett U-Stor-It storage team is here to assist you.

Find Cheap Boxes

Boxes can come at a hefty price. There are lots of options on places like Craigslist for cheap or free boxes, but that road can be a major hassle due to unreliable sources. Boxes can be found for a great price at your local U-Stor-It or from various suppliers in the area.

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Garage Sale

You will be surprised how much stuff you don’t need yet let sit around in your residency. Dispose of them by selling them, giving them to friends or charity, or just throwing them in the trash or recycle bin. These items could include books, clothing, and excess furniture/décor. This will make the move lighter, and it may save a decent amount of space.

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DIY

If you can afford the time and effort, moving without a moving company is ideal. For many the amount of time necessary as well as the stress of the labor makes the value of a moving company significantly higher than doing it yourself. The saved time and effort of a moving company can have you feeling better in the long haul even though it puts more of a hole in your wallet.

If you do choose the DIY path you will need to plan extra time than you thought initially—the last thing you want to happen is to run out of time because the process took longer than expected.

 

If you need a storage facility during your move be sure to look at our local facilities. In the Streamwood and Bartlett area our facility is located at 145 W Irving Rd, Streamwood, IL 60107 near Bartlett road and Park Avenue. Whether you live in Schaumburg, Hanover Park, Elgin, or Streamwood, we’re eager to help you find the space you need.

How to Make a Corn Hole Set

San Diego Storage:
In honor of our U-Stor-It Lincoln Park storage location near Logan Avenue and Imperial Avenue, we have put together a fun project to enjoy the San Diego weather. Everyone loves the tailgating atmosphere whether it be at a local sports facility or a simple beach day. Corn Hole is a great game that anyone can play, and the process of making your own boards is easier than it may seem.

What you’ll need:

Base:

4×2 Plywood Board, 2×4 boards that add up to at least 16 feet in length.

Supplies: 320 and 60 grit sand paper, drill with drilling bits in addition to screwing bits, wood glue, 2” wood screws, jigsaw.

Paint: Clear coat gloss, colors of your choice for design.

Optional: 3/8”x4” screws to make the legs retractable, wood putty, to hide holes made from drilling on top of boards, handles to make transportation easy.

All of these items can be picked up at a local home improvement store. Just across the freeway from our Lincoln Park U-Stor-It facility in the Imperial Marketplace is a Home Depot. It can be conveniently accessed by crossing the 805 freeway to Ocean View Blvd and Marketplace Ave. The Home Depot can also make all of the main wood cuts necessary on the project.

Construction:

Base:

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The base is 48”x24”. Start with your 4×2 plywood face down and measure the wood so it perfectly measures to the edges of the plywood. Have the short ends measure all the way across the plywood and adjust the long ends to account for the wood of the short ends. The short boards will measure approximately the full 24” but the long ends will be somewhere around 44” rather than the full 48”.

Glue the boards to each other in simple butt joints, and also glue them to the plywood. This will need to dry for about a full day before continuing. Once dry screw in the butt joints, and screw the plywood into the base.

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The legs of the boards will need to be measured so that, once they are fit in, the board stands 12” tall from the back.

The hole is 6” in diameter, with the very center being 9” from the top and “12 from each side. Measure it out and trace it using a compass. Use a drill to puncture a hole, then use your jigsaw to cut along the circle. After this you can sand the entire board with the 60 grit sandpaper.

Paint:

The design of your paint can be done however you would like. Common designs include a triangle coming down from the hole with a logo or design in the center. When you’re satisfied with the paint design you have created it becomes time for clear coat.

Clear coat protects your project while also providing the slipperiness on top of the board that makes the bean bags slide. After each coat, except the last coat, you want to lightly sand it down with 320 grit sand paper to ensure it comes out evenly and smooth.

You’ve now created your very own Corn Hole boards to enjoy and play with at your next gathering. The only downside is they take up space—not to worry, we have plenty of units available in a U-Stor-It facility near you!

Whether you are in Lincoln Park or Chicago, there is no way not to have fun with these boards!

Elmhurst to Capitilize on Electronic Recycling Drop

Elmhurst, Illinois is ready to take advantage of its annual Electronics and Recyclables Drop Event allowing you to clear a few items from storage. The event will be held April 1, 2017 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church parking lot.

Everyone struggles when it comes to handling old electronics and figuring out what to do with them. It can be easy to throw some of these items in the trash, however state law prohibits it and for good reason. These products may have toxics and non-disposable parts that negatively affect the Earth—not to mention the proportions of these items that can be recycled or repurposed.

The event will accept all sorts of various items; only old TV’s will require a small fee. Computers, video game consoles, cell phones, servers, lawn mowers, snow blowers, coppers, brasses, leads, pots, pans, cords, wires, circuit boards, many forms of batteries, and much more will cost nothing to drop off at the lot.

Can’t make the April 1st date? No worries! There will be another event held at Elmhurst College on April 29th. The Elmhurst College Recycling Extravaganza is held in the Alexander Street parking lot.

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The April 1st date is located at 142 E Third Street, Elmhurst, Illinois 60126

Our U-Stor-It Elmhurst storage facility is located only 3.9 miles away at 877 IL-83, Elmhurst, IL 60126. The facility is just across the highway from the local Walmart.

Directions from our facility are as follows:

Head north on Frontage Rd toward S Riverside Dr

Turn left onto S Riverside Dr

Turn right at the 1st cross street onto IL-83 N

Turn right onto W North Ave

Turn right onto N Michigan St

Turn left at the 1st cross street onto E 3rd St

The destination will be on the right.

Wheaton / Carol Stream Storage: Building the Ultimate Man Cave

Wheaton / Carol Stream: Every guy’s dream is a room where they rule all—where they are surrounded by the possessions that matter most to them, and relaxation is the only obligation. Whether the goal of your man cave is a more traditional sports theme, a gamer’s paradise, or whatever hobby or special feel you’re going for, there are basic steps that will generally have to be taken regardless.

Clearing Clutter

First and foremost, man caves are often built in the garage or a room not often used. Unless you are newly moved into a home and starting fresh, it is likely the proposed room is full of unused furniture, boxes, and random belongings.

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These items are going to need to find a new home, but there is likely no other room in the house seeing that they were piled there in the first place. A storage unit may be necessary to hold these items, but thankfully it makes the transition immensely easier.

Planning Around Key Features

Man caves require some specific planning for features that are limited or unique to the room. Electricity is an important aspect as it is likely there will be many various electronics in the room. Outlets can come at a premium, and you don’t want to over plug.

Shared walls are also something to keep at the top of mind. If a wall of the cave backs up to a bedroom it is probably best to avoid putting a TV or sound system against it.

Attending Garage Sales

Garage sales are your best friend when looking for things to add to the cave. They are perfect for finding signs to hang, various decorations, or furniture. It’s always possible to hit the jackpot when searching around, but you’ll never know if you don’t look.

 

These tips were provided by our Wheaton & Carol Stream U-Stor-It staff. Located at 120 Tubeway Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188 near North Avenue and Gary Avenue.

Wheaton / Carol Stream Storage Tips – Reorganizing Your Bedroom

Wheaton / Carol Stream – Whether you want to save valuable space or improve the feng shui of your bedroom, reorganizing is never a bad idea. Our Wheaton and Carol Stream U-Stor-It self storage staff is here with the best tips for moving around your furniture and ultimately creating a new bedroom and living experience!

Utilize Corners

Not every room is perfectly square with 90 degree corners. It is important to know which corners of the room are available for square furniture. The best option for saving room is to place your bed with the head against one wall and either the left or right side against the other wall of a corner. There will only be one entrance and exit from the bed, however those few extra square feet saved from pushing it against the wall add up and make a big difference.

Exercise Simple Shelving

Adding light shelves to a wall not only looks great, but creates a new place for books, baskets, or trinkets. Placing baskets on these shelves, let alone other places like under your bed and in your closet, is a great space saver. Belongings can easily be grouped and put in the appropriate basket and shelf which vastly improves organization.

Work Around Odd Spaces

Similarly to non-square corners, there are sometimes strange features of rooms you must plan around. These may include built in cubbies, wall extensions, or window ledges to name a few. Every room is different, so for this aspect you have to get creative.

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In a past room of mine there was an odd brick ledging that protruded about 2 feet from the wall and was 2 feet tall; the ledge ran all the way across an 8 foot wall. What I ended up doing was building a bed frame that could rest along the ledge so that it was no longer wasted space. I built the bed frame following a guide online, but then didn’t attach two of the legs. This resulted in two legs of the frame rested on the ground like normal, but the portion of the frame where the legs had been omitted rested comfortably on the brick ledging. This saved an incredible amount of space especially since the ledge took up so much room on its own.

 

Wheaton & Carol Stream Residents Begin New Tradition

For the first time ever, the Dupage Craft and Vendor Show will meet at the Wheaton Montessori to showcase local vendors. The goal of the event is to gain enough interest from Wheaton, Carol Stream, and other locals so that it can be held monthly. The event will provide an easy channel to connect with the talent from the area and support the local economy.

A wide variety of arts, crafts, and merchandise will be available for exploration as you navigate the various vendors. Some of the most popular items will be jewelry, clothing, candles, oils, and makeup. Vendors include LuLaRoe, Perfectly Posh, Premier Designs, Scentsy, Stella & Dot, Paparazzi, Pink Zebra, and Usborne Books!

The event is Saturday, March 18th from 10AM – 2 PM, and parking and admission is free.

The event is Located at the Wheaton Montessori, 1980 Gary Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187.

Our U-Stor-It Carol Stream/Wheaton Self Storage facility is less than a mile away, located at 120 Tubeway Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188.

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Directions from our facility to the event are as follows:

Head east on Tubeway Drive towards Gary Avenue

Turn right onto Gary Avenue

You’ll reach the event in 0.7 miles

Tips for Attic Storage, U-Stor-It Lincoln Park

Here in San Diego, California it is extremely rare to find a basement or space for easy storage. Fortunately many homes have attics, but storing items above your head is a process. Our Lincoln Park U-Stor-It team has the tips to make sure everything goes as smoothly as it can.

Install Lights

Even rarer than a basement is an attic that is developed to have light fixtures. Whether it’s a simple push light or old lamp, your experience will be greatly improved from the alternative of trying to do everything with a flashlight!

“I recommend the push light. You might not have easy access to an electric plug for a lamp or light fixture. The push light is battery operated and can be mounted easily to any wall or wood beam. The push light is exactly what it sounds like, simply touch it to turn it on and off.”

– Rachel, Manager U-Stor-It Lincoln Park

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Place Plywood Flooring Down

Many attics don’t have major open area—instead there are wood beams with only insulation in between them. It’s a horrible mistake to place anything on top of the insulation as that is the only thing in-between your item and a hole in the ceiling below you.

Installing plywood flooring is easier than anticipated. Simply buy the plywood and lay it down evenly distributed over the wood beams. Be aware of the quality of the ply wood, but generally it should be able to hold you and the weight of your belongings without collapsing.

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Take Advantage of Storage Bins

It’s unlikely you’ll be heading up and down to access the attic all the time. This means easy access doesn’t necessarily become top priority. Instead saving space, especially in such a confined space, becomes the necessity.

Group your smaller items and place them in labeled stackable bins. The downside of attic storage is that it is extremely difficult to store large items; you may need a storage unit for these large items. At least with the smaller to medium sized items, just about everything can fit into these bins making storage very efficient.

Chicago South Loop Preparing for Good Food Festival

The annual Good Food Festival is right around the corner for South Loop and other Chicago district residents interested in healthy, sustainable, and delicious foods. For the first time ever admission to the final day will be completely free! The festival takes place March 16-18, with Saturday the 18th being open to the general public.

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Information on better eating will be provided in a number of ways; there will be symposiums with talks and panels about the future of food as well improving your diet. In addition, there will be walk-up booths, chef demos, and an exhibit hall full of vendors sourcing all of the best foods in the area.

Be sure to check out the presentation of Good Food Chef of the Year 2017, awarded to Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp of Honey Butter Fried Chicken – Chicago. The two will also be providing an insightful demo after the ceremony.

For those looking to explore the ground roots of the operation, there will be an offsite bus tour lead by Breanne Heath to three new urban farms. The bus tour requires a small ticket charge.

The Good Food Festival is located at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL.

Directions from our U-Stor-It Chicago Self Storage facility are as follows:

Starting from U-Stor-It South Loop, 615 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60605.

Head south on S Wabash Avenue towards E Balbo Avenue.

Turn Right onto E Roosevelt Rd.

The UIC Forum will be on the left however parking lots include Lot 5 to the right on S Morgan St, and Lot 6 to the right on S Halsted St.

Elmhurst, Illinois Exciting Attractions

In celebration of our newest U-Stor-It facility in Elmhurst, Illinois, here are the facts that you’ll want to know if you ever pursue a move to the neighborhood.

There is no shortage of local sports. While the Bears, Cubs, White Sox, and Blackhawks all have major fandoms, you’ll also find great games to watch at the local high schools as well as at Elmhurst College. York Community High School has a legendary track and field team while IC Catholic Prep has won the state football championship multiple times including the 2016 championship.

For those with kids, there are plenty of opportunities to keep them occupied. Sky Zone, located on Lake Street just off of Highway 20, allows you to watch from the observation deck as your kids bounce around and have a blast below in the indoor trampoline park.

For those looking for a more peaceful experience, there are plenty of museums, parks, and trail ways. Wilder Park on Prospect Avenue contains multiple attractions; these include the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art which specializes in one of a kind jade and gemstone carvings and the Elmhurst Public Library.

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Though the heart of Elmhurst is very suburban, there is massive industrial business around the area. With this comes some major freeways. Make sure to take some time to learn the various directions and navigation you’ll need to complete your day-to-day to make it to all of your new activities.

There is plenty to do in the area—it’s an exciting feeling for anyone considering the Elmhurst area!