Category Archives: San Diego

2nd Annual U-Stor-It Backpack Giveaway a Success!

For the second year in a row, U-Stor-It partnered with One San Diego, Univision San Diego, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman, and the San Diego Police Department to give away 1,000 backpacks and school supplies to local elementary school students in the Lincoln Park area! The event was held on August 24th, just before the school year began.

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Officers from the San Diego Police Department helped hand out supplies to the kids.
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1,000 backpacks were donated by Univision San Diego.

Students were able to choose the color of backpack and pencil box they wanted, and had them packed with pencils, crayons, colored pencils, erasers, keychains, and stickers.

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Kids and families were excited to receive their free supplies.

Students were excited to start the school year strong with their new backpacks and supplies.

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Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman, Councilwoman Myrtle Cole, and Mayor Kevin Faulconer.

After picking up their supplies, students and families were treated to gourmet bacon-wrapped hot dogs and Hawaiian shaved ice, which everyone couldn’t get enough of.

Overall, the event was a huge success and provided Lincoln Park area kids with the supplies they need to succeed in the coming year. A big thanks to the San Diego Police and Fire Departments, One San Diego, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman, Univision San Diego, Porter Elementary, KUSI News, CBS 8, NBC 7, and everyone that volunteered and visited the 2nd Annual U-Stor-It Back to School Bash!

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.

How to Build a Bed Frame

San Diego Storage:
Our Lincoln Park U-Stor-It team is back with another home project for those out there trying to save a little money on furniture. This simple bed frame design is made to last, but also provides a modern sleek look for any bedroom. While the overall price is low, the quality is to the standard of any mid-price option, and far greater than the particle board used by IKEA or South Shore furniture for a similar price.

What you’ll need

Wood: 324” (27 feet) of 2×4 boards, 270” (22.5 feet) of 1×4 boards, 96” (8 feet) of 4×4 boards.

Supplies: 28 2” wood screws, drill with drilling and screwing bits, latex paint of your color preference, a large paint brush, sand paper, and 35” of Velcro.

Assembly

Have the boards cut so that you have two 74” 2x4s, one 71” 2×4, two 51” 2x4s, and five 51” 1x4s. Sand all boards so they are smooth and splinter free.

The two 74” boards, and the 51” boards make up the base of the frame. Screw them together so that the corners form butt joints with the 51” boards in-between the two 74” boards. Each joint should have two screws.

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Next the 71” board will be placed snugly into the middle of the frame and screwed in.

Take the 4×4 boards and screw them in on the inside of each corner of the main base. These act as the legs. A minimum of 4 screws in total should be used on each leg so that it remains very secure and easily bears the weight.

Paint

Apply two coats of the latex paint to the bed frame; make sure to get it into all cracks and crevices that might show. Paint only the first 3 inches of each side on the spare 1×4 boards.

The Latex in the paint helps protect the color from chipping and creates a nice texture on the wood that is more familiar to furniture than a standard paint.

Support

The last boards will lay across the frame short ways. Lay them out starting in the very middle and placing one down every 14 inches; this will space them out well and create the best support.

Once you’ve figured out where they go, cut up the Velcro to the length of the boards. Apply one side to the frame where the board will go, and the other to the board. Place them down, and the bed is complete! All it needs is a full mattress for the top, however these plans can easily be expanded or shrunken to adjust for other sizes of beds.

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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.

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!

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.

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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.

U-Stor-It Donates $2000 to Monarch School for Homeless Children

For Immediate Release

February 14, 2017
U-Stor-It Donates $2000 to Monarch School for Homeless Children
By Barron Lutes
San Diego, CA – Last December, after matching a Talonvest donation of $1000, members of the Lincoln Park U-Stor-It team were invited to see firsthand the behind the scenes magic of Monarch School.

The Lincoln Park team got to tour the entire camous, and learn all about the culture of the school as well as the difficulties homeless children face daily.

The staff was impressed to find classes are very project and skill oriented. For instance, geometry is paired with woodworking class to stress the application to the real world. This dynamic helps students prepare for life outside of school by both creating a fun and growth-oriented educational experience, and allowing students to explore various career pathways along the way.

“It’s great to know that the money donated is going to such an amazing cause!” – Blake, U-Stor-It Marketing Manager

Monarch School needs your help too! Their annual fundraiser is approaching fast. The school will provide hors d’oeurves, craft beer, wine, a live auction, and student performances. The event is $150 per person all going directly towards the school’s education objectives.

For further information contact Katie Bradel at (619) 652-4100 or kbradel@monarchschools.org or visit the Monarch website at http://monarchschools.org/

WHERE: Monarch School, 1625 Newton Ave, San Diego, CA 92113

WHEN: April 27th, 2017 from 5:30PM – 7:30PM

About U-Stor-It Self Storage

U-Stor-It Self Storage, in conjunction with U-Stor-It Managers, their management team, are developers and operators who have entitled, developed, and managed north of 50 properties in the Chicagoland and Southern California regions. Having been in business for 28+ years, they continually seek to improve and enhance the communities in which they serve.

About Monarch School

Monarch School provides schooling K-12 for homeless children of the San Diego area. Located in Barrio Logan, the school handles up to 350 students daily. Monarch’s approach is different than that of most schools; they understand that creating a hands-on and applied learning environment fairs extremely well for students.

Contact

Blake Johnston, Marketing

blake@ustorit.com

1,000 New Backpacks Given to Local Students

This week was U-Stor-It’s Back to School Bash and Backpack Giveaway hosted at U-Stor-It Self Storage in Lincoln Park! With the help of the First Lady Katherine Stewart, Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman, San Diego Police and Fire Departments, as well as One San Diego, a 501(C)3 non-profit, the event was able to hand out 1,000 backpacks and school supplies to local elementary school children in the Lincoln Park area.

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Student trying on his new backpack.

A large assortment of colors were available, for girls and boys, so everyone had a wide variety to choose from and of course show off on their first day of school!

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Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman hands out backpacks to local students in Lincoln Park.

It was clear from the start that the turquoise and light blue backpacks were definitely the most popular.

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Police helped hand out backpacks and school supplies.
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Police helped hand out backpacks and school supplies.

Along with each backpack, students received a pencil box, containing two erasers, two pencils, and either a pack of crayons or a glue stick, or colored pencils and a pen, depending on the grade level of the student.

After picking their new backpacks, students and families also escaped the summer heat to have a quick snack.

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Pencils and supplies at U-Stor-It’s Back to School Bash
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An assortment of colors of pencil boxes and notebooks.

The event benefited elementary schools such as Porter Elementary, Chollas / Mead Elementary, and Horton Elementary in the Lincoln Park area. The event came just in time for the upcoming 2016 – 2017 San Diego Unified School District school year.

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U-Stor-It Self Storage, One San Diego, Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman, First Lady Katherine Stewart.

A big thanks to the San Diego Police and Fire Departments, One San Diego, First Lady Katherine Stewart, Chief of Police Shelley Zimmerman, Porter Elementary, KUSI News, CBS 8, NBC 7, and everyone that  volunteered and visited – helping to make the 2016 Back to School Bash so much fun and such a pleasure. Enjoy your school year!

A Back to School Bash for Local Students

For Immediate Release

August 23, 2016
A Back to School Bash for Local Students
By Blake Johnston

San Diego, CA – U-Stor-It Self Storage and One San Diego, will be will be hosting a Back to School Bash and Backpack Giveaway at U-Stor-It’s new facility in Lincoln Park. The event will provide backpacks, school supplies, and food for the local students and their family members in the area.

“Connecting San Diegans to opportunities to succeed begins with our youth,” said Barbara Ybarra, Executive Director of One San Diego. “Many of the elementary aged school children lack the supplies.  We have identified [local schools] where the need is great — 84% of the students participate in the free or reduced lunch programs. [These] are students who could benefit greatly from new backpacks and supplies for the 2016-2017 school year.”

The event is free, and backpacks, school supplies, and food will be available while supplies last. Visit www.ustorit.com for more about U-Stor-It Self Storage and One San Diego’s Back to School Bash.

WHERE: U-Stor-It Self Storage (930 S 47th St, San Diego, CA 92113)
WHEN: August 24th, 2016 from 10am to 2pm

About U-Stor-It Self Storage
U-Stor-It Self Storage, in conjunction with U-Stor-It Managers, their management team, are developers and operators who have entitled, developed, and managed north of 50 properties in the Chicagoland and Southern California regions. Having been in business for 28+ years, they continually seek to improve and enhance the communities in which they serve.

About One San Diego
One San Diego is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to promoting equal access to economic prosperity, safe and vibrant communities, and an enhanced quality of life to ensure every San Diegan has the opportunity to succeed.

Contact
Blake Johnston, Marketing
blake@ustorit.com
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How to Make Use of Your Useless Surfboards

Let’s face it San Diego, our surfboards are accumulating dust, reminding us of that time we tried to fit the Southern California surfer stereotype. We’ve all been there… but we can’t just throw them out or give them away — they were expensive and deep down, we are still hoping that one day we may become the next Kelly Slater or Alana Blanchard. While the surfer image is appealing, surfboards take up a lot of space. No matter how often we try to rearrange them or find a place to store them, they seem to always be in the way. So you may ask, are surfboards really worth keeping if they cause such a hassle?

Yes! Even waterlogged or retired surfboards have great potential to become an interesting decor piece for your home and may be a fun art project as well!

Our team at U-Stor-It is always looking for ways to help brighten and improve our living space. We’ve developed a few creative ways to incorporate your surfboard into your home without wasting space. With the right supplies you can turn your unusable surfboard into a piece of art or furniture.

Mosaics and Chalkboard’s:

This is a great activity to do with your friends and family this summer. The right supplies and a positive attitude are all you need to make a beautiful piece of art to brighten your home. If you are looking for something to do with a skimboard or surfboard that has been laying around collecting dust, you can easily turn it into a chalkboard to hang on your wall in three easy steps.

  1. Cover the board with chalkboard spray paint and let it sit for a day.
  2. Use acrylic paint to decorate the borders (optional).
  3. Drill two holes for string to hang the board around your home!
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Photo used from Pleasure in Simple Things. Small aesthetic alterations in your home, whether it be  in San Diego or elsewhere could brighten nearly every environment.

For more of a challenge, try creating a mosaic. Your finished masterpiece will give your home a unique flare and leave you feeling like an accomplished craftsman.

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Shelves and Tables:

If you love a good arts and craft project, we have just the one for you! A great way to spruce up your living room or bed side is by adding a homemade surfboard table. York Surf  gives a great tutorial of how to make a table from your old surfboards that are taking up too much space no matter how you organize your home. Additional shelves and tables are always an easy way to add more storage space for your home and be organized.

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Vintage Wooden Boards Provide Classic Wall Art:

Storing your surfboard has never been so easy. All you need is a small rack to attach to your wall! You can buy a rack at nearly every surf shop or hardware store and they are very affordable. Propping your board up around your home creates a beachy and relaxing environment that San Diego is known for.

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Items such as surfboards can be used in creative ways beyond its intended purpose. While the aforementioned art projects are a great way to reuse old surfboards, they can also be kept in storage until the next time you’re inspired to get back in the water.

U-Stor-It  offers this alternative at our newest location on 930 South 47th St San Diego CA 92113 . We safely store all your memories and possessions that are too difficult to let go. Remember to keep your mind open towards the opportunities that could keep your valuable possessions close without the consequence of clutter.