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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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.


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.


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

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.