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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

Polypropy-What?!?

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.

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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.

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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.

Merrionette Park Hosts 5th Annual Magicpalooza

Back for its 5th year, Magicpalooza will appear out of thin air in the heart of Merrionette Park! The event is hosted by Open Heart Magic and will feature food, an open bar, magic, raffles and live music from Windy City Rev Ups.

Proceeds from the event will support Open Heart Magic’s efforts at hospitals on the south side to engage, inspire, and help children during such a stressful and uncertain time. It strives to reach young patients one-by-one regardless of their disease, medical situation or physical ability so that all children may benefit from the engaging and entertaining therapy.

Tickets for Magicpalooza are $40 and are available online and at the door on the day of the event. To purchase tickets, visit the website at openheartmagic.org.

Directions to Magicpalooza

Magicpalooza will be located at 3359 West 115th Street, Merrionette Park, IL 60803. Our U-Stor-It Beverly storage facility is located less than 2 miles away at 11118 S Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60655. From U-Stor-It Beverly, directions to the event are as follows:

  • Head west on W 111th St toward S Talman Ave.
  • Turn left onto S Kedzie Ave.
  • Turn right onto W 115th St, and the event will be on your left!

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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Grouping

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.

Follow-Up

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!

Beverly, Illinois Residents Getting Spiritual

Chicago Storage:
Beverly district residents are preparing for the Strength Finders’ Chronicles on Thursday April 20th, 2017. The Spiritual Gathering intends to bring the community together by explaining the distinction between Humanity and Spirit, and how the two work harmoniously to provide abundant living. The event hopes to bring the community together for a peaceful and intellectual conversation.

At the Strength Finders’ Chronicles you’ll be able to hear from spiritual leaders, ask critical questions, and collaborate with the rest of the community attending. Light refreshments will be served during the initial meet and greet.

The event is April 20th from 5:30PM – 8:30PM at the Beverly Public Library. The library is located at 1962 West 95th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60643.

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Our U-Stor-It Beverly Storage facility is located not far away near Western Avenue and 111th Street. The address is 11118 South Rockwell Street, Chicago, IL 60655.

Directions from the U-Stor-It storage facility are as follows:

Starting on Rockwell Street, Head east on West 111th Street toward South Maplewood Avenue

Turn left onto South Longwood Drive

Turn left onto 95th St

The Beverly public Library will be located on the right.

 

For further information about the event check out the Strength Finders’ Chronicles event page on EveryBlock.com

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Beverly Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk

The 8th Annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk is coming your way on Saturday, Nov. 26 starting at 9am. This year is expected to break records for the annual 5k, with over 2,000 participants. For those that have not attended, the event leads walkers, joggers, runners, and spectators through the beautiful tree-lined streets of the historic Beverly neighborhood.

The Beverly Turkey Trot benefits the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the 19th Ward Youth Foundation. You are able to register online at the 19th Wards website.

Beverly Turkey Trot Details

Beverly Turkey Trot Pre Registration
Adults: $30
Youth: $20
Unlimited Family Walk: $65

Beverly Turkey Trot Race Day Registration
Adults: $35
Youth: $25
Unlimited Family Walk: $75

Packets to sign up for the event can also be picked up at the following locations.
Private Bank 3052 W 111th St, Saturday, November 12th & 19th,
10am-12pm

Running Excels, 10328 S Western, Tuesday, November 22nd,
4-7pm

19th Ward Office, 10402 S Western, Friday, November 25th,
12-5pm

Members of the Chicago Area Running Association will receive a $5 discount, and all participants who are preregistered for the event will receive a gift bag, including a t-shirt. Awards for the The Beverly Turkey Trot will be divided by gender and age.

The Beverly Turkey Trot is starting at the Christ the King Parish Center at 9235 S. Hamilton, Chicago, IL  60643, so get there early. Our Beverly self storage facility is located at 11118 S Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60655, which is luckily only 2.9 miles away.

Directions from to the Beverly Turkey Trot from our Beverly storage facility are as follows

Head on S Rockwell St

Turn RIGHT onto W 111th St from U-Stor-It Self Storage Beverly

Turn LEFT onto Western Ave

Turn RIGHT onto W 99th St

Turn LEFT onto S Leavitt St

S Leavitt St turns RIGHT and becomes W 94th St

Turn LEFT onto S Hamilton Ave

The Beverly Turkey Trot will be on the RIGHT

 

6 Places to Hide Holiday Gifts – Beverly

You’ve finally found the perfect gifts for every member of your family, but you overlooked where to hide them until the big day. Whether you’ve got a nosy spouse or curious children, finding true hiding places can be tricky. Here at U-Stor-It, our Beverly location has come up with some tried and true hiding places to keep your holiday gifts a surprise.

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Borrow a Friend’s House

Swap storage spaces with a friend or neighbor and you won’t spoil any surprises. If you buy gifts online, have them mailed to a friend or neighbor’s house instead of yours. You might even consider paying a little extra for gift-wrapping so the present is a secret the moment it arrives. Or if you purchase gifts in store, consider wrapping them before you take them over so no one gets nosy at your friend’s house, too. If you’re buying someone a big present, like a car or a bicycle, a friend’s house would be an easy place to stow it.

Rent a Storage Space

If you have too many presents to hide, you might need to consider places outside your home. A storage unit is the perfect solution. Choose a storage unit with a location that’s convenient to where you do your shopping and you can drop your gifts off at the unit before you even return home. Depending on the size of the unit, you can even wrap up everything there before bringing it home. U-Stor-It has six convenient locations in Illinois that would be perfect for your holiday storage needs! To find a location near you, click here.

Garage

Depending on the age of your children, the garage may be the ideal spot to hide your presents. Many garages have rafters and other out-of-the way spots that kids rarely venture. Wrap up the gifts and place them in large, black garbage bags. The kids will never suspect a thing. This is also a great place to stow gifts for your spouse or significant other if they tend to avoid cleaning the garage.

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A car trunk makes an excellent place to store presents.

Pop the Trunk

Your car trunk can be the perfect place for gifts as long as kids don’t have access to your car. Be careful about keeping electronic items in your trunk. These items won’t appreciate excessively cold or warm temperatures. Keep in mind, this won’t work if you have an SUV or hatchback, but if you have a car with a trunk that’s closed off from the backseat it’s a great place for presents.

Mislabeled Boxes

Sometimes you have to opt for hiding gifts in plain sight. Find big boxes and get creative with the labels you place on them. Kids won’t be interested to look in boxes labeled “tax returns” or “baby clothes”. Place the boxes anywhere that you would ordinarily store items and your kids will probably pass right over them.

Cleaning Supply Closet

It might seem cliché, but chances are your kids don’t go into the cleaning supply closet, which makes it a perfect place to hide holiday presents. In fact, a cleaning bucket placed on a shelf can conceal small trinkets and gifts. You can also pop presents in a garbage bag or a shoebox and store them with the cleaning supplies.

With a little creativity, you never know what hiding places you might discover. A word of caution, though – don’t get so creative that you forget where you put items. Scrambling to look for hidden gifts can definitely put a damper on the holidays. Once you succeed in truly surprising your loved ones with gifts they never expect, you will see the importance of hiding holiday gifts.

Donate to Toys for Tots at U-Stor-It!

Toys for Tots is a charity program established by the U.S Marine Corps Reserve that collects new, unwrapped toys during the months of October, November, and December, and distributes them to less fortunate children in the community each year. Countless businesses, schools, and other organizations participate nationwide. We are proud to announce that U-Stor-It will be one of those businesses! This year hundreds of children in the Chicagoland area will be able to experience the joys of Christmas thanks to your help.

However, there are a few requirements to keep in mind when dropping off toys:

  • All toys must be unwrapped and clearly seen in order to be evaluated.
  • All DVDs, CDs, and Video Games must be sealed and in their original shrink-wrapped packaging.
  • No toy weapons (including squirt guns, play swords, etc), gift cards, or food (including candy) will be accepted.

Click here for more information on the Toys of Tots organization.

The following U-Stor-It locations are now accepting toys:

U-Stor-It Auburn Gresham

8737 S Ashland Ave

Chicago, IL 60620

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 773-779-1090; 88thstreet@ustorit.com

 U-Stor-It Beverly

11118 S Rockwell St

Chicago, IL 60655

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 773-779-8700; beverly@ustorit.com

U-Stor-It Carol Stream/ Wheaton

120 Tubeway Dr

Carol Stream, IL 60188

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 630-462-7300; garyave@ustorit.com

U-Stor-It Streamwood

145 W Irving Park Rd

Streamwood, IL 60107

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 630-372-4636; streamwood@ustorit.com

U-Stor-It Lisle

2100 Ogden Ave

Lisle, IL 60532

Office Hours: M-F: 9:00am-6:00pm; Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5:00pm

Contact Information: 630-527-4100; lisle@ustorit.com

If you do not have time to run to the store to get a new toy, you can always submit a cash donation to the Toys for Tots Charity here.

You have until December 6th to bring in those toys! We at U-Stor-It are extremely excited to be participating in such a wonderful charity event. Help us spread the holiday cheer to all of the children in need of a Christmas present this year. Make sure to like our Facebook page for important updates regarding Toys for Tots and other events!

 

 

 

Free Pumpkins & a Fall Festival at U-Stor-It!

The leaves are beginning to brown and the wind has started to howl, which means that Fall is in the air! Tis’ the season to bundle up and eat pumpkin flavored everything , and in order to celebrate the coming of Autumn, U-Stor-It is hosting a Fall Festival at our Carol Stream/ Wheaton and Beverly locations. Each festival will take place on October 30th from 4pm-6pm. The events are sure to be a lot of fun! All guests, large and small,  are welcome to come dressed in their best Halloween costumes. There will be a spinning prize wheel where you can win an assortment of cool prizes and a bean bag toss to test your skills amongst your family and friends! Lastly it would not be a festival without a delicious assortment of candies, chocolates, and soda. Be sure to get there fast because the first 60  Fall festival-goers will get a FREE pumpkin to take home and carve with the rest of their family and friends. Once you are done carving your pumpkin, send us a picture of your hard work and we will feature it on our Facebook page! Be sure to join us on the 30th for an afternoon of family fun! This is definitely an event you that you will not want to miss!

Locations:

U-Stor-It Carol Stream/Wheaton
120 Tubeway Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188

U-Stor-It Beverly
11118 S Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60655

For more information please contact U-Stor-It at (630) 473-3503 (Carol Stream) or (708) 746-0521 (Beverly). We cannot wait to see you there!

Stay tuned at www.ustorit.com for events coming to a location nearest you! Also be sure to check in to our Facebook page, and give us a Like so that you will have the chance to see your picture featured!

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The Right Moving Truck for You

Moving is always a stressful time. Whether you are moving to Beverly Hills, Southern California or Beverly Hills, Chicago; no matter how much you plan, organize, pack and store, things always tend to go awry. So, it’s important to get one thing correct during your move; the truck. If you rent a truck that is too large, well then your efforts are not cost effective. And if you rent a truck that is too small, causing you to unpack and get the next size up, or take multiple trips; you’ve then wasted precious time and money. To avoid kicking yourself later, ask yourself one important question; “How much stuff do we have?”

One of the simplest ways to get a good idea is to go through your home, room by room and take note of everything (large pieces of furniture) that will not fit in your standard storage boxes. Once you have your list in hand, visit your local truck dealer and follow their guidelines, which usually follow two common methods:

A) Number of Rooms
Usually, there should be a list of trucks displayed with their corresponding room size. Although this is a great time saver, it’s basically a guesstimate of the average bedroom or studio apartment. If the rooms in your home have quite a lot of furniture, it’d probably be beneficial to look into a truck that is one size larger than is suggested. This rule of thumb also applies to a room that contains very little furniture. In any case, here are some trucks and their corresponding sizes to give you an idea.

Cargo Van: An Average Studio Apartment
12 to 15 Foot Trucks: 3 Rooms or Less
20 Foot Trucks: 4 to 5 Rooms
24 to 26 Foot Truck: Between 6 to 8 Rooms

B) Cubic Feet
Some companies tend to give you the trucks physical size, rather than a generalization that you may find to be inaccurate, making you rethink your decision to decline your acceptance into Bongo’s Clown College of Beverly. For this, it might just be easiest to plug all your dimensions into an online calculator and go from there. Take note that it is probably beneficial to allow 150-200 cubic feet per room for a general miscalculation of space. Remember, this is also an estimate.

Tips
– Consider adding insurance: It may seem unnecessary when you are rushing through the rental agreement, however you would be surprised how much a side mirror cost to replace.
– Do not forget to take into account anything that outside (barbecues, patio furniture, trampolines, etc.)
– Consider a larger truck