Wheaton Apartment: Wheaton 121 Pool Party A Success

This past weekend, luxury Wheaton apartment complex Wheaton 121 apartments held their 3rd annual pool party, which turned out to be their best yet! Residents enjoyed food, drinks, music, and time with their neighbors. The theme was “Get Your Glow On”, and Wheaton 121 residents were definitely in the spirit.

Wheaton 121 3rd Annual Pool Party

U-Stor-It joined the party with gift baskets and merchandise to give away to Wheaton 121 residents. The wheel was spun, prizes were won, and at the end of the day everybody walked away a winner!

Wheaton 121 3rd Annual Pool Party

Our U-Stor-It Wheaton / Carol Stream Storage facility is located just a couple miles away, at 120 Tubeway Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188. From Wheaton 121, the directions are as follows:

Head north on N Cross St toward Wesley St, and turn left on Wesley.

Turn right onto N West St.

Turn left onto W Harrison Ave.

Turn right onto N Gary Ave.

Turn left onto Tubeway Drive, and you’ve arrived! U-Stor-It will be on your left.

For additional pictures from the event, check out Wheaton 121’s Facebook event page.

 

Back To School Tech Must-Haves

It’s already here. The end of summer. I know, it all happened so fast. As you’re starting to pack for school, make sure you pick up these back to school tech must-haves to stay ahead of the game this semester and make your roommates jealous.

1. A Smart Pen

Smartphones, smart watches, smart cars, and now… Smart pens? Yup, they’re here and they’ll make your life a lot easier by making note-taking a breeze. By converting handwriting to digital text, you can go seamlessly between your physical notebook and your digital one. Not only that, but many come with built-in microphones to record lectures, and even convert those lectures into text. Pretty cool, huh? Pick one up here.

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2. Tablet Keyboard

If you’re one that likes to be light and quick, you probably use a tablet for class rather than a heavy laptop. Outfit that tablet with a keyboard to make typing easy as can be. Grab one here.

3. Voice Assistant

Adding a voice assistant will allow you to change music, make calls, send and receive messages, even change the color of the lights in your dorm, all hands-free and voice-controlled. These are bound to impress any guests you have over, and can be relatively cheap.

4. A Smart Bulb… Or 10

Smart bulbs are the next step in your back to school dominance. They can be paired with a voice assistant as well as your smart phone to change the colors in your dorm room. An instant conversation starter and vibe-creator. Buy one, or buy 10, and make your whole house a customizable experience.

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5. An E-Reader

Ditch the textbooks this year. Get a nice e-reader that you can download everything on to make your backpack lighter and your wallet thicker.

6. A Charging Station

As you start to rack up the amount of devices you have, your charging situation will quickly become a mess. Handle the mess with a sleek charging station that will keep all your devices in one place and ready to go when you leave for class in the morning.

As you prepare this year’s new tech arsenal and pack away the old stuff, consider using storage to keep your old technology and furniture safely packed away and keep the clutter out of your dorm. Back to school doesn’t have to be a drag – get excited about the new year by upgrading your technology game.

Tips For A Great Tailgate Season – Chicago South Loop

It’s already August, and football season is right around the corner. Get a jump on this year and become Chicago South Loop tailgate champion – Here’s how.

Have A Game Plan

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Set yourself up for success: Weeks ahead of your first tailgate, you should begin to list what you already have and what you may need to update. Whether it’s a new grill or ice chest, giving yourself plenty of time to game plan will help avoid the stress of last-minute scrambling. Each Friday before gameday, make sure to have your food menu and any other adjustments planned out so you can just pick them up from the store and be ready by Sunday.

Expect The Elements

We all know how unpredictable Chicago weather can be. Always have a tent and rain tarp on hand in case the weather goes south unexpectedly. Bring space heaters for those cold winter games.

Make It A Big Deal

If you and your friends love tailgating, make it into an event everybody wants to be a part of every week. Send out custom team-themed invitations, create a Facebook page to promote it and get people involved, and make the party so good that everyone forgets there’s a game going on.

Get Creative

Tailgating is an art, and your setup is your canvas. Whether it’s making jello shots in your team colors or a DIY football tablecloth, taking some time to get creative and make a unique experience for your tailgate attendees will always pay off.

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Storage, Storage, Storage.

Make the dreaded set-up and clean-up process a breeze by utilizing storage efficiently. Bring your supplies in pre-packed sets of plastic drawers so that everything is handy and organized throughout the tailgate, and a large plastic tub to hold all the dirty trays and utensils. Consider keeping your tailgating essentials in a storage unit near the stadium for easy access and to keep the clutter away from your home.

With just a little time and effort, you can be the star of this tailgate season and make it one to remember.

Minimalist Living: How To Get Started

Whether you have a big move on the horizon, are sick of constantly fighting through clutter in your house, or just want to make a change, adopting a minimalist lifestyle could benefit you greatly. By opening up your physical space you will also open up your mental space, and from there the possibilities are endless. Here are some tips to get you started.

Make a minimalist plan.

Before you do anything at all, imagine what you want your space to look like. Perhaps look for minimalist living inspiration online, in magazines, blogs, or other places. Write it down if you want, but definitely spend some time planning your attack before you dive in.

Start small.

Since you’re new to this lifestyle, start with something small and easy to handle before you tear apart your entire house. The desk in your office, the kitchen counter, the nightstand by your bed – something easy to get your feet wet.

Identify what “essential” really means.

Depending on the degree of minimalism you want to be, decide what you really need and what you don’t. Perhaps you really only need a lamp on your nightstand, and a notebook and pen on your desk. Everything not in the essential category is in the nonessential category, and minimalists eliminate nonessentials.

Decide how to eliminate the nonessentials.

Now that you’ve started to clear your space, you have to decide whether to get rid of or keep the nonessentials. Some of the stuff you can either toss, donate, or sell, and some you may want to hang on to. Most of us aren’t ready to get rid of our precious belongings but still want a clean and tidy space, which is why self storage is a minimalist’s best friend. Take the nonessentials that you want to keep and organize them into clearly labeled boxes or bins, and put them in a space where they are still there if you need them, but aren’t cluttering your space.

Pursuing a minimalist lifestyle and using space more efficiently can open up your home, office, or yard while at the same time relieving anxiety, stress, and mental clutter.

Auburn Gresham: How to Prepare for a Road Trip

It’s summertime in Auburn Gresham and you know what that means! Time to plan a road trip. Road trips are an essential part of the American lifestyle, so grab some friends and family and head in whichever direction you please. Wait! I wish it was that simple…but like with all fun getaways, it requires some time and effort to prepare. Here’s a short guide to help you prepare for driving to that special place across the country you’ve always dreamed of visiting.

1) Plan your Road Trip Route

This is obviously one of the most essential preparations to make. In the end, it comes down to how you want to spend your time on the way to your final destination. Are you trying to get there as quick as possible? Are you trying to save money? Do you not care about time, and just want to take the most scenic routes?

If your priority is to save money on gas along the way, be sure to check out GasBuddy.com. This is a great tool for finding the cheapest gas stations along your route from start to destination. If your priority is instead to find interesting stops along the way, check out RoadTrippers.com. This is a great website for making the best of your journey along the way.

2) Schedule and Plan your Hotel Stops

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To save you the hassle and worry along the way, it might be a good idea to make hotel reservations prior to leaving (if you know how long and far you’ll be driving each day). There are several websites out there, like Hotels.com, that can help you find good deals at nice places during your road trip journey.

3) Stay Entertained in the Car

Let’s face it, sometimes the long drives on road trips can get a little (I mean really) boring. One way to prevent this kind of boredom from bringing down your level of hype and excitement is to plan for some fun activities with your buds in the car. Here’s a few ideas:
– Listen to music. Nothing says peace and elation like listening to some good music.
– Play the license plate game. This classic road trip game will keep everyone entertained and busy along the way.
– Bring Mad Libs! This is something that would keep my family and I laughing and entertained on our several past road trips.
4) Schedule and Stop at Tasty Restaurants

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Don’t be surprised, sitting in a car all day (especially if you’re driving) can still build up quite a nice appetite. If you’re a foodie like I am, take a look at your route prior to leaving and research some of the best restaurants that happen to be located on or near your road trip route. The best resource I can recommend is Yelp for this task.

5) A Clean Car and a Safe Car is a Happy Car

One last thing. Before departing with your friends or your family on the trip, make sure to give it a good clean on the inside, because nobody wants to sit in a dirty car for several days in a row. Secondly, the last thing you want is for your car to break down in the middle of nowhere. To prevent this from happening, get a quick checkup on your vehicle before the big day.

That’s it, you’re all set for a road trip of a lifetime! Have a great time and remember to be safe. Remember to follow our blogs for more lifestyle tips and tricks and click here for more info on our storage options at our Auburn Gresham location.

Auburn Gresham Living: Moving from Apartment to House

Moving to your first house after living in apartment complexes for your whole life is an exciting new chapter to begin. More space, privacy, and your own parking spot is a lot to be excited about. Unfortunately with all of this excitement, also comes overwhelming pressure on how to make it work. Here’s a few tips that will help you settle into that new dream home of yours in Auburn Gresham with ease.

1) Furnishing the New Space

While it may be exciting to see how much more space you have, it will definitely take some work to fill up all that extra space that you didn’t have in your old apartment. If the furniture you had in your last apartment all shared a consistent style and theme, be sure to stay consistent with that look in your new home when looking for new furniture to add. This will ensure that the overall finished interior design of your home looks crisp. Here’s a few ideas for how to find furniture at a favorable price:
Ikea is always an option. The quality of the products may not be the best and they may deteriorate over time, but you can count on finding some modern designs that may just suit the style of your new home in Auburn Gresham. You can always count on package sets and other deals that make a trip to Ikea a great idea when shopping on a budget.
Craigslist. With this option, you are guaranteed to find the cheapest prices out there from second hand sellers, all in your local area.
Check with friends and family if they have furniture they no longer need. There’s no better price than free!

2) Hire Movers

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This is almost a necessity. It takes a lot of hard, physical work to move your belongings into a home, especially if there are multiple floors. By hiring movers, it will make the moving process much faster, while also probably saving you from pulling a muscle at some point.

3) Prepare for Yardwork

A major perk of moving into a house is having that lawn space you’ve always dreamed about. Whether it’s used for outdoor games, gardening, or relaxing, it’s important to know that it requires constant upkeep. A trip to Lowe’s or Home Depot might be a good idea so you can stock up on lawn mowers, lawn care products, and outdoor furniture. Also, be sure to have a general idea of what kind of insects populate your area so you know what insect repellants to buy. The last thing you want are ants invading your new home!

4) Meet your Neighbors

Socialize! Another great thing about moving into a residential neighborhood is the opportunity it provides you with meeting new people and making new friends who live around you. This will make you feel more comfortable adjusting to living there, knowing who is a part of your community. Who knows, some of them may even offer to help with your move.

You’re now ready to move into your new home in Auburn Gresham! Enjoy that new dream home of yours and don’t forget to check back here for more blogs to come. To learn more about our availability with storage units at our Auburn Gresham location, click here.

San Diego School Johnson Elementary Get Happy Meals

U-Stor-It Holds 2nd Annual Event for San Diego School Johnson Elementary

Students at San Diego School Johnson Elementary had something more to be excited about than it just being their last day of school. Similar to the backpack event held last August in the Lincoln Park neighborhood, U-Stor-It Self Storage decided to treat the students of Johnson Elementary to a fun day of activities, making it their 2nd annual event with Johnson Elementary. To stay energized, a total of 160 McDonald’s Happy Meals were provided to the kindergarten students. The Happy Meals included milk or juice, a free beanie baby toy, and of course, French Fries! (because it’s just not a Happy Meal without the fries)

Some of the festivities included a dance party, balloon games, chalk drawings, and more. There were a total of 5 kindergarten classes that attended the event, and 5 of U-Stor-It’s corporate volunteers were involved.

“It was great to work with the Johnson Elementary School again, and to be able to give back”, said Blake Johnston, Marketing Manager for U-Stor-It.

“We really appreciate what U-Stor-It has done for our students with these events”, remarks Ms. Williams, one of the teachers at Johnson Elementary.
This is the first of several events that the San Diego area can be expecting this summer. Keep an eye out and make sure you don’t miss any of these future events by following our blog!