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Book Storage Ideas for Small Apartments – Printer’s Row

Printer’s Row is known for its rich history in books and literature, and whether you’re a big reader or just a student with books piling up, it’s always a struggle to get that book collection under control in your small Chicago apartment. Rather than cramming them into the corner of your room or under the bed, try some of these creative storage solutions to make great use of that small space.

Wall-Mounted Shelves

If your landlord allows it, wall-mounted shelves are a great option as they save the space that a large bookcase would take away. You can get very creative with these, arranging them in any which way and whatever best suits your space. To maximize storage, install shelving all the way up to the ceiling and all the way across the wall.

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If you can’t use an entire wall for storage, consider installing shelving along the top of the wall, or in corners like these examples above.

Get Book-Friendly Furniture

Whether you’re looking to pick up a couple pieces of furniture for a new apartment or just trying to switch up the old stuff you already have, opting for book-friendly furniture can be both stylish and practical. If you’re in the market for a coffee table, get one that has storage underneath it or inside it, perhaps a crate or shelving style. Need a new nightstand? Grab one that allows you to store books with sleek and stylish shelving. There are even some reading chairs available that offer book storage underneath seat or in the sides alone the arms. Whatever type of furniture you’re looking for, you can find pieces that serve your book storage needs.

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No Furniture, No Problem

Don’t want to spend a lot on furniture or shelves? No problem. The greatest thing about books is that they’re stylish all on their own. Stack them proudly along the hallway, on a table, or in the living room and they will become a nice addition to any space.

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Too many books for your small apartment? Self-storage is a great option as well; For fairly cheap, you can rent a small, secure storage unit to free up space at home and hold on to that precious book collection. U-Stor-It South Loop is conveniently located at 615 S Wabash Ave, Chicago IL 60605 and serves Printer’s Row as well as the South Loop area.

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.

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.

Tips for moving into your first apartment

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Downtown Chicago involves life with a lot of people. Unless you are insanely rich, you are likely one of the many in or on your way to renting an apartment. If it is your first time the inexperience can drastically affect the outcome of your moving experience—anyone who has rented before can tell you that. Our South Loop team has the knowledge for you, and they know a thing or two about the high-rise renting life; the South Loop storage facility is 21 stories tall!

Limit what you bring

It is so easy to think everything you currently own is absolutely a necessity, but a lot of the time you’re only deceiving yourself. Save a few boxes from being lifted by leaving behind your insignificant trinkets and furniture that get no/rare use.

Take advantage of delivery

While moving out of a place is never fun, moving in can be a breeze especially if you are obtaining all new furniture. The power of FedEx and UPS is strong, almost anything can be delivered right to your door step regardless of if your apartment is on the 1st or the 21st floor. As long as you are ok with taking a little time to build the furniture, having your stuff delivered takes away so much hassle of getting a fully assembled piece up the stairs or in the elevator.

Even mattresses can be shipped; they arrive at your door as a tightly packed box with a shrink wrapped mattress. You simply remove the shrink wrap and the mattress starts to expand to the normal size.

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Understand your cable

There will only be a limited number of cable outlets within the apartment, so be sure to know where they are when designing the look of your living room. Also important to keep in mind is that in apartments not all cable outlets can support any company you choose. The way things are wired may make it so that, for instance, one outlet can only support Cox where another can only do Spectrum. This can definitely complicate things, so be sure to get whatever provider you select to check it out early in the moving process.

Mount Items Correctly

One of the most important mistakes to look out for is wall damage. This becomes even more important when the wall has already been damaged by a previous tenant, but cheaply patched. Regardless of the quality of the wall you will always be the one responsible for new damage.

Use a stud finder to find the safest places to drill. Consider watching a tutorial as nothing here should be overlooked. Overall, just be smart about what you’re putting up—items with weight will require even more support.

The Age of the Apartments

A trend we are seeing in the marketplace in major cities across the U.S. are  as more and more millennials continue to gravitate towards convenience and location of living in desirable areas, are small urban dwellings under 400 sqft. While living in these micro apartments may give you savings in your bank account along with conveniences to be in the new hippest neighborhood in town, you may be leaving things behind which cause a larger financial impact in the long run. Aside from the fact you can pick up and leave in a moments notice to a new city, vacation or travel, throwing out these goods may not be the answer to a carefree, minimalist life in a big city.

A reality that comes along with living in these micro apartments and tossing out couches, tables, chairs, desks so you can into an overpriced condo is that you will eventually need all of these things again.

This causes a financial impact on young adults who will eventually need most of these items again if they ever decide to move into an apartment with that extra 200sqft or den, or office.

Millennial’s have all been actively endorsing vintage items, re-usable goods, and stylish family heirlooms over the years, but have consistently been eliminating these possessions from moves, travels, and new roommates.

A great solution to think about is self-storage in larger cities, with the option to avoid a financial burden later on and still have access to items which can help fill your new place when your done traveling, or have kids, even moving into a cheaper neighborhood with a larger place.An excellent option to keep these items at a minimal cost with a potentially huge reward later on and hopefully vintage items to pass onto the next generation!