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Northlake Halloween Events

Northlake Halloween are hard to come by, which is why we have compiled the best Halloween events near you in Northlake, Illinois. Don’t forget to bring your costume, because you’re going to need it!

Northlake Public Library Halloween Party

Date: October 26th, 2017
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Northlake Public Library

Can’t wait for Halloween? Kids and families are invited to Northlake Public Library’s Halloween Party Thursday, October 26th, 2017 from 6:00-7:30pm. The event will include carving pumpkins, eating the spookiest of snacks, and of course a goulish screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas (for those of you who can’t wait for Christmas to come sooner). The festivities will be held in the library’s lower level in the Program Room! Don’t forget your costume!

Directions to the Northlake Public Library from U-Stor-It Melrose Park are as follows

  1. After exiting U-Stor-It Melrose Park, head west toward S 46th Ave
  2. Turn left onto S 46th Ave
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto W North Ave
  4. Turn right onto N Wolf Rd
  5. The Northlake Public Library will be on the right

Northlake Public Library
231 N Wolf Rd
Northlake, IL 60164

St. John the Baptist Halloween Party

Date: October 27th, 2017
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: St. John the Baptist Hall

Join the Northlake St. John the Baptist Hall for a fantastic evening of Costume Contests, Trick-Or-Treating, Arts & Crafts, snacks, and so much more! Tickets are just $10 for anyone 4 years and older. Contact the Church for more details and tickets.

Note: Guest are invited to participate in a Dessert Pot-Luck!

Directions to the St. John the Baptist Hall from U-Stor-It Melrose Park are as follows

  1. Walk West on W North Ave for about 2 minutes
  2. Arrive at the corner of North Ave & Janice Ave
  3. John the Baptist Hall will be on your right.

St. John the Baptist Hall
200 E N Ave
Northlake, IL 60164

Northlake Halloween Trick-Or-Treating

Date: October 31st, 2017
Time: 3:00-6:30pm
Location: Northlake, Illinois

Have you already watched every Nightmare on Elm Street movie and now can’t think of a better option to spend your time this Halloween? Why not go Trick-Or-Treating? Pick out an old costume and the hit the streets with your friends and family this October 31st! The Village of Northlake asks that you keep your Trick-Or-Treating festivities between the hours of 3:00-6:30pm on Halloween.

Have some time to pick out a costume? Here are directions to Northlake’s Walmart from U-Stor-It Melrose Park

  1. After exiting U-Stor-It Melrose Park, head west toward S 46th Ave
  2. Turn left onto S 46th Ave
  3. Turn right at the 1st cross street onto W North Ave
  4. Turn left onto N Hillside Ave
  5. Walmart of Northlake will be on the left

Walmart of Northlake
137 W North Ave
Northlake, IL 60164

Clarendon Hills Halloween: 3 Events This Fall Season

Halloween is finally here! We hope you’ve picked out your costume, but even if you haven’t its probably time to start figuring out your plans. Sure it’s fun to sit around binge watching Season 2 of Stranger Things, but of course there’s much more to do in Clarendon Hills, IL this Halloween!

Halloween House Decorating Contest: Clarendon Hills

Date: October 25th, 2017
Time: 5:00pm
Location: The Community House

The Village of Clarendon Hills is looking for the best decorated house this Halloween! Each house will be judged on originality, creativity, and arrangement. All decorations, spider webs, and bleeding walls should be put up by the family or tenants of each house to be able to participate. Winners will be announced via the Clarendon Hills Park District Facebook page. Do you have what it takes?

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will win gift certificates to a local restaurant

Enter Contest Before: October 23rd, 2017 by 5:00pm
House Judging: October 25th, 2017 between 6:00-7:30pm
Winners Announced: October 27th, 2017

Directions to the Clarendon Hills Park District from U-Stor-It Westmont
1. After leaving U-Stor-It Westmont, head west on Plaza Dr toward Blackhawk Dr
2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Blackhawk Dr
3. Turn left onto E Chicago Ave
4. The Clarendon Hills Park District will be on the right

Clarendon Hills Park District
315 Chicago Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

Clarendon Hills Pumpkin Masterpieces

Date: October 26th, 2017
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Location: Community CenterClarendon Hills Halloween Pumpkin Event

Tired of the same old jack-o-lantern carving every year? Join the Clarendon Hills Community Center for an afternoon of pumpkin decorating! Grab your friends, family, and neighbors and let your imagination run wild in designing your Halloween pumpkin. Pumpkins and snacks will be provided, but remember to dress in your painting clothes, as it could get quite messy! The event will only host 35 participants, so register early!

Directions to the Clarendon Hills Community Center from U-Stor-It Westmont
1. After leaving U-Stor-It Westmont, head west on Plaza Dr toward Blackhawk Dr
2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Blackhawk Dr
3. Turn left onto E Chicago Ave
4. Destination will be on the right

Clarendon Hills Park District
315 Chicago Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

Clarendon Hills Halloween


Date: October 31st, 2017
Time: 3:00-7:00pm
Location: Community Center

What better way to celebrate Halloween than some ol’ fashioned Trick-Or-Treating. Grab your best costume and join your friends in collecting as much candy as possible. Clarendon Hills asks that you keep your trick-or-treating activities between the hours of 3:00-7:00pm. If you are looking for something a bit more structured, check out the Clarendon Hills Chamber of Commerce Annual Family Trick-Or-Treat event, which will be held October 28th, 2017 from 11am-2pm, in downtown Clarendon Hills.

Directions to the Clarendon Hills Chamber of Commerce from U-Stor-It Westmont
1. After leaving U-Stor-It Westmont, head west on Plaza Dr toward Blackhawk Dr
2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Blackhawk Dr
3. Turn left onto E Chicago Ave
4. Turn right onto N Prospect Ave
5. The Clarendon Hills Chamber of Commerce will be on the right

Clarendon Hills Chamber-Commerce
4 S Prospect Ave, Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

Westmont Halloween: 3 Events This Fall Season

Halloween is here and we are ready to keep you informed of all the great Westmont Halloween events near you! From Haunted Hayrides to Costume Parades, strap in and get ready for a very fun Halloween Season!

Westmont’s Wicked West Fest

Scarecrow Decorating Contest


Date: October 9th, 2017 – October 23rd, 2017
Time: 8:00am-3:00pm
Location: Downtown Westmont on Cass

Want to get extra creative this Halloween? Westmont’s Chamber is hosting an event for you. Gather your friends and family to decorate a scarecrow! All entries will be on display in downtown Westmont for the entire Westmont community to cast their votes for their favorite scarecrow! All winners will be announced at the Village of Westmont Board meeting on October 26th.

3 Votes can be submitted
– Best Scarecrow by a Business
– Best Scarecrow by a Community Organization
– Best Scarecrow by a group of Children

$5.00 to Enter a Scarecrow
FREE to Vote

Directions from U-Stor-It Westmont to see the scarecrows on display are as follows
1. Leave the U-Stor-It Westmont Parking Lot and head west on Plaza Dr toward Blackhawk Dr
2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto Blackhawk Dr
3. Turn right onto Algonquin Rd
4. Turn left onto Iroquois Dr
5. Turn right onto Burlington Ave
6. Turn left onto Cass Ave
7. Destination will be on the right

Corner of Cass Avenue and W Dallas St in Westmont, IL 60559

Westmont Halloween Haunted Forest Tour

Date: October 21st, 2017
Location: Diane Main Park

For one night only, Twin Lakes Woods will host a magical night of fun! Guided tours on hay racks will take participant’s throughout the first half of the trail, telling stories of the haunted woods. The trail will become alive with ghouls, creatures and more as you make your way through.

$6 ticket sales will range from 4:30-9:00pm with tours throughout that time. Get there early, as the popularity of the event from prior years will surely draw crowds.

Merry Monsters Matinee (Kid Friendly): 5:00-6:30pm
Sheer Terror Tours: 7:00-9:30pm

Directions from U-Stor-It Westmont
1. Leave the U-Stor-It Westmont Parking Lot and head west on Plaza Dr toward Blackhawk Dr
2. Turn left onto N Cass Ave
3. Turn right onto W 59th St
4. The Westmont Haunted Forest Tour will be on the right

Twin Lakes Learning Center
200 W 59th St, Westmont, IL 60559

Halloween Fun Fair of Westmont

Date: October 31st, 2017
Location: Westmont Community Center

What better way to spend your Halloween than at a FREE Carnival! Packed with prizes and carnival games galore, join the Westmont Community Center for a family friendly evening of trick or treating! With special event features like a monster bounce house and Parade of Costumes, it is sure to be an evening to remember. Join the parade to win a special prize from the Westmont Park District! Fresh food and drink will also be served!

Games: 4:30-6:15pm
Concessions: 4:30pm
Parade of Costumes: 6:30 pm
Showtime: 6:45 pm

Directions from U-Stor-It Westmont
1. Leave the U-Stor-It Westmont Parking Lot and Head west on Plaza Dr toward Blackhawk Dr
2. Turn left onto N Cass Ave
3. Turn left onto E Richmond St
4. The Halloween Fun Fair of Westmont will be on the right

Westmont Park District Community
75 E Richmond St, Westmont, IL 60559

3 Steps To Refresh Your Closet and Wardrobe

Every few months, we all should look to refresh our closets. This doesn’t necessarily mean throwing everything out and starting fresh, but there are definitely some steps every fashion-forward person takes to make sure their closet and wardrobe is fresh and updated.

1. Categorize That Closet

The most obvious step should be to take everything out of that closet. Don’t worry, we’re not getting rid of all your stuff. But… we are getting rid of some of it. Face it, that dress from 10 years ago isn’t going to be worn again. Make three piles: Things you absolutely have to keep, your in-betweeners, and things you can live without. The “in-betweeners” pile should include pieces you like but just don’t have an outfit for, or just don’t fit correctly, etc.

closet and wardrobe
2. Purge That Closet

Now that you have your “in-betweeners” pile, let’s dig into it. Break that pile into two more piles: one for things that you don’t have an outfit for, one for things that don’t fit right. For the outfit-less pile, begin to make a shopping list. These are pieces that can potentially stay in the closet, so find some supporting pieces online that can be put together to create an outfit. Focusing on one clothing item at a time can make this process easier. If it doesn’t work out, move it to the “can live without” pile.

For the ill-fitting pile, consider taking these pieces to get altered so that they fit properly or just selling them or giving them away. There are plenty of mobile phone apps out there to make selling your closet easy and efficient. Anything that you’re getting rid of, move to the “can live without pile”

Golden rule: If it takes you longer than 2 minutes to decide on keeping or getting rid of a piece: Get rid of it.

For things you just can’t decide on, storage is a great option. For fairly cheap, you can hold on to your stuff in case you decide to keep it later.

3. Re-Assemble That Closet

Now that you have your piles squared away, get rid of everything in your “can live without” pile and keep the pieces you made arrangements for. Now, stare at your empty closet. Imagine how you’d like it to look. Some people like to color code, others like to code by clothing type. Some people like to get new shelving, or lighting, or a dresser to vamp it up. Whatever your organization system or decorating scheme, make sure you have one. Keeping this consistent will help your outfit selection in the morning and enable you to look your best each and every day!

closet and wardrobe

With these simple steps, you can take back control of your closet and feel good about opening up that door in the morning. Your arsenal is refreshed and ready to go every week!

Storing Baby Clothes – 6 Easy Tips

From baby booties to flower dresses, there are so many outfits that must be saved for all eternity. Special garments are saved for a multitude of reasons – a valued memento,  special hand-me-down, or even for your future grandchildren. It can be challenging to choose what baby clothes to keep, given the emotional attachment these pieces have, and even harder to store the safely. Here are some helpful tips, for experts who once stood in your shoes.

Desert Island Scenario

Oftentimes when you keep too much, you forget why you kept an item in the first place or why it was so important. “Choose only the clothes that have strong sentimental value and are in good condition,” Susan Manning of Streeterville says. There’s plenty of outfits to choose from, but save the ones that preserve a meaningful memory. The perfect question to ask yourself is, “If I was on a Desert Island, what one item would I keep.” Something handmade from a lost relative or a baby blanket are important to save.


Wash, Dry, Repeat

Wash or dry clean any clothes that you wish to put into storage. Often times clothes may house unseen stains that may come to the surface with time, if they are not properly treated and prepared correctly. Once thoroughly cleaned, wrap each piece in archival, acid free tissue.

Note: do not store any clothing or garments in plastic bags. Mildew can develop from the trapping of moisture within plastic bags – inevitably causing your clothing to smell.

Wash Baby Clothes

Keep Baby Clothes Separate

Frequently we do not just keep baby clothes. Toys, books, and other baby keepsakes are also great mementos of your time as a new parent. Do keep these items, but avoid storing them in the same storage container as the clothing you wish to keep. With age, battery operated toys, crayons, and even books may stain your garments or eventually create an undesirable odor.


Choosing the correct storage container for clothing is important to ensure that the material remains in the condition you left it in for future use. Jessica Lindt of Wheaton, IL explains that “bunching multiple sizes together can create problems, develop a system.” Keep each clothing size to a different size box, otherwise you will create a new mess when it comes time to find the special onesie that you brought home from the hospital.

Other ways to organize your boxes can include color coordination. Red for 3T, Blue for 5T, and so on. Stick with plastic bins if you can. Other materials may stain clothing over time.

Whichever boxes you choose make sure they are acid-free or plastics, made of polypropylene.

Note: These plastics will show a PP or #5 to indicate that they are in fact polypropylene.

baby storage box

Location, Location, Location

Lindt of Wheaton also recommends to avoid any and all damp areas, including attics, basements, garages, sheds. All of these areas can experience drastic temperature changes, especially in the Chicagoland areas, that can affect the materials stored. Look into a suitable climate-controlled solution – such as an area under the bed, an interior closet, or even a storage unit.

It is best to do an annual check on items like these to make sure they remain in the condition you left them in. If the condition has otherwise changed, make alterations to the location you have stored them in.

Save Space & Get Creative

Given any circumstances, maybe you are not able to save all of the clothing from your son or daughter’s early years – but you still want to keep a memento to document the memories. Although this may seem hard, some moms say – Resist! Carol J. of River North in Chicago says that for years she had kept little things, which continued building and building, eventually “overwhelming her living space.”

Here are a few ideas to keep the memory and avoid the mess.

    • Take photos of the garments, outfits, and fashions. For starters, those overalls will never look as cute as they did when your son was wearing them on the local tire swing. Take lots of pictures of your children in action. They’ll make the clothes look even better and help you better remember the moment.
    • Scrapbooking is oftentimes a therapeutic way to archive your past. Cut a pocket, logo, or graphic image off of your child’s favorite shirt (once they’ve grown out of course) and keep it for a page in your scrapbook. If a scrapbook is not your style, try a shirt quilt or a shadow box.

  • Maybe letting go is more difficult for you. Think about donating to a worthy cause that you’d like to support. Hand-me-downs are excellent for social services or foster care organizations. Jenny Parsons, from the Beverly area of Chicago, went above and beyond collecting “unwanted clothes from friends, families, and neighbors during the holidays.” Instead of donating to any organization, she went directly to people in need of clothing in downtown Chicago – allowing them to pick and choose the sizes they need for their children. The added bonus was buying additional food and supplies (water, tooth brushes, hand sanitizer) so people did not leave empty handed. “It allowed us to free up extra space and give our children an opportunity to make a difference.”
  • Tight on a budget? You may be able to make a few dollars by selling or putting your extra baby clothes up for consignment. In going this route to could be able to buy new garments for new memories.


We know it’s tough, but you’ve got a long road ahead full of torn jeans, busted Converse, and poodle skirts – so pick your favorites and live in the moment, because it only lasts now.

River East Lofts: The Pros and Cons of Loft Living

Lofts can be one of the most luxurious and sought-after apartment types out there. They are especially popular in the River East, Chicago neighborhood and offer their residents many benefits — however, like most things, they have some drawbacks. Here are some of the biggest pros and cons of living in a loft.

Pro: High Ceilings

As remodeled commercial buildings, loft apartments typically have vaulted ceilings – often in the 10’ to 15’ range.  High ceilings make the place feel open and spacious—something you won’t necessarily find in a traditional apartment layout. Often times loft-style apartments have more windows, so if you don’t like feeling closed in, a loft-style apartment gives you the light and airy surroundings you desire.

Con: Expensive Utilities

Huge windows and old construction can mean major heating and cooling costs if the temperatures in your city fluctuate with the seasons. And in Chicago as we all know, they do quite a bit.

River East
Pro: Open Layout

Lofts are inherently wide open, with very little walls or barriers. This makes even the smallest lofts feel spacious and provides plenty of decorating opportunities. Artists and other creatives often prefer this layout so that they can make the space their own and feed their creativity.

Con: Limited Storage

Because lofts are so open, this often means they lack closets, cupboards, or other storage areas that require walls. This gives many loft owners headaches when they try to store away their possessions in a way that they’re not cluttered in plain sight. That is why self-storage is a loft owner’s best friend. U-Stor-It South Loop is conveniently located at 615 S Wabash Ave, Chicago IL 60605 and has everything you need to keep your loft uncluttered and luxurious.

Pro: Industrial Style Details

One of the charming characteristics of a typical loft apartment is the inherent industrial-type details in the architecture. Exposed brick walls or air ducts are not uncommon in loft apartment. These details are often embraced as these help to create an chic, relaxed vibe within the space.

Lofts certainly aren’t for everyone — but if you prefer a wide-open, airy creative space, they’re just what you need.

5 Easy Tips for a Dog Friendly Home

Thinking of bringing home a cuddly, four-legged, wet nosed, ball of joy (dog) – think first of how your the rooms in your house are organized to accommodate a new addition to your home. Kitchen, bathroom, backyard, living room, all of it. Here are a few easy tip to making sure your house is extra comfortable for your new fur friend.

1. The Last Temptation of Chewbarka

Phones, remote controls, glasses, books – all excellent and surprisingly tasty appetizers  and chew toys for a dog. Tammy Jensen of Wheaton, Illinois keeps all of her shoes, socks, and more safe by placing them far above her Boston terrier’s reach. “Try above the kennel or dog house first,” she explains. Do what you can to avoid an accident. Or don’t. Give yourself and excuse to buy that new Kate Spade bag.


2. Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares

Think of your dog as you child. I’m sure you already do. (Hopefully you don’t think of Slippers as your enemy). A lot of what you are going to do in preparing your house is like child-proofing for a toddler. Jill Plummer of Mt Greenwood urges to “never leave chocolate on the counter.” Keep anything toxic to pooches far from reach. They do not know any better – they’re just looking for a snack. Think of it as an opportunity to cut chocolate out of your diet.


3. 2 Queen Beds – Nonsmoking

The thought of getting a new dog is great, until you can’t get Buster off the couch. Think about placing doggy beds in two or three rooms in your house. Even if you can create a makeshift bed from old comforters or folded blankets, most dogs will be ecstatic with their new bed. Not only will your pup feel like a King with multiple nap pads, but your couch will thank you.

4. Safeguard Your Backyard

The backyard is like a 2nd home to your dog. (Well, maybe like a third or fourth considering how many doggy beds you just set up). You are going to want to doggy-proof everything, similar to your kitchen, so little Skippy avoids any and all harm. Roll up hoses and put away any sharp gardening equipment. Remember to block any escape routes (gaps where a dog can dig or even a holes in the fence) and never leave your dog outside while you’re out. Boredom leads to barking which leads to mad neighbors which leads to torches and pitchforks and your eventual moving to nowheresville.


5. The ReX Files

This should be on everyone’s to do list if you have not already. Keep a file on everything related to your dog. Adoption papers, veterinary records, Tinkle’s birthday! Keep these files at home and not your storage unit, because you’ll want this information nearby. These will all come in handy when you’re rushing out the door during an emergency with a pained pooch. It will save you headaches a million times over and definitely avoid any more stress in a time of urgency. Once you create a doggy file, go ahead and make one for your kids too.


Wheaton Illinois – Best Restaurants

From southern BBQ to decadent desserts, these are the top restaurants Wheaton, Illinois has to offer when it comes to satiating your taste buds. Moving season is here, lose the pizza – dine in style!

Family Friendly Wheaton

Steamboat BBQ
Specializing in smoked meats, Steamboat BBQ located in Wheaton off of E Geneva Rd, cooks daily with fresh-cut hickory wood producing the most authentic, southern style BBQ in the Wheaton area. They are dedicated to the process and passionate about BBQ.

Must tries from locals always go to Steamboat’s ribs and potato salad. One patron said “The rib tips were large in size and very meaty.”


Not only do they specialize in BBQ, but the wide selection of flavorful sauces is something to awe at. From vinegar and mustard based sauces, to sweet and hot-n-spicy -they have it all!

Family friendly, the BBQ joint wants to make sure the experience is shared with friends and family the way good food should be eaten.

Best Sport Bar

Warren’s Ale House
First opening its restaurant doors to Wheaton in 2013, Warren’s Ale House (part on Wheaton’s Town Square off of S Naperville Road), offers an assorted menu from Italian Beef Egg Rolls to incredible burgers. Not your typical Sports Bar, Warren’s caters to families and friends who want to catch the latest game or relax after work. Be sure to come with a big appetite.


A local Wheaton favorite, the restaurant’s truffle fries are mentioned consistently throughout their Yelp page. Well-seasoned and skinny, these fries come in abundance topped with large parmesan shavings and an incredible mayo dip.

Previously mentioned, the Italian Beef Egg Rolls are everything a local Illinoian would want? Think Italian Beef in a crispy coating. Juicy Italian beef, giardinara, herbs, cheese. What more could you ask for?! Oh ya. Don’t forget to dunk it in the au jus. Sweet sweet perfection.

Best Steak

Ivy Restaurant
Steaks, Chops, Seafood. Ivy of Wheaton is located right downtown, across the street from the Wheaton Grand Theatre on N Hale St. Located in a 1920s old chapel, Ivy has some of the most interesting ambiance and decor in Wheaton. Old lanterns and historic memorabilia hide throughout the restaurant, while large stained glass windows and large archways provide an impressive setting to this steakhouse.


With a meat selection that is tender, full of flavor, and literally falling off the bone this is definitely the “go to” spot for steaks. The House Cut Ribeye is the restaurant’s crown jewel – rich, juicy, tender, and full of flavor. If this isn’t your first choice, it surely will be your second, third, fourth, and fifth; because you’ll be visiting often.

What decadence Ivy provides in it’s steak selection only continues onto it’s Dessert menu. Chocolate mousse, Crème Brûlée, Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Tiramisu Crème De Cocoa – and the list goes on. All perfect accompaniments to fantastic meals at Ivy.

We know picking storage can be just as difficult as picking a restaurant, however thankfully you’re close to some of the finest restaurants Wheaton, Illinois has to offer. After a long day of storage unit Tetris, you will be sure to have an appetite. From a new spin on a Chicago favorite, Italian Beef Egg Rolls, to authentic, southern rib tips you’ll be happy with your choice.

Happy eating!

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.

back to school tech
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.

back to school tech
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.