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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?

Prizes
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

Trick-Or-Treating

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

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.

clean-baby-booties

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

dog-kitchen

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.

chocolate-dog

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.

dog-backyard

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.

file-storage

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.”

wheaton-bbq

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.

wheaton-sports-bar

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.

wheaton-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!

The Effects of Hoarding

I have a lot of “stuff” in my apartment, old assignments that I keep for reference, years of old birthday cards, gifts and other random items that I have accumulated over the years that now overfill my drawers and clutter my desk. You can almost say that I am hoarder of pointless items, however there is a big difference between being a bit disorganized and being a hoarder. A hoarder is classified as someone whose ability to function has been obstructed by piled up items. These people often experience severe anxiety or emotional detachment when throwing away items. They either feel that they will need these items in the future, have an intense emotional attachment to them, or just don’t want to be wasteful. However one’s own health and the health of their family is at risk.

Hoarding as a mental disorder

hoarding, storage, disorder, anxiety, hoarders
The Bedford Citizen

An estimated 3-5% of the American population are hoarders and this number is increasing. This is a common problem that is difficult to treat Hoarding is recognized as a mental disorder similar to major depression disorder or anxiety and attention deficit disorder. Studies have found that the frontal lobe, the area that is responsible for weighing options and thinking rationally, works different in the minds of a hoarder. As a result, their priorities are different than that of a non-hoarder. Symptoms and behaviors of hoarders include:

  • The inability to throw away possessions and anxiety when attempting to do so
  • Difficulty organizing
  • Feelings of embarrassment and distress
  • Suspicion of others touching their items
  • “Just in Case” mentality, fear of running out of an item and needing it in the future
  • Loss of living space, social isolation, family problems, and health hazards

Hoarding is a health and safety hazard

hoarding, storage, hazardous, clutter, hoarders
The Minimalist Mom

Overtime items begin piling up in the living room, kitchen, bedroom, garage, etc., making it impossible for the residents to live comfortably. These obstacles increase the risk of tripping and getting a serious injury, pose a fire hazard, attract infestations of vermin such as bacteria, maggots, and rats, and cause respiratory problems due to the build-up of dirt, dust and mold.

Hoarding can negatively impact relationships

Hoarding, storage, relationships, hoarders
Sparefoot

Hoarding not only affects the person hoarding, but also, their relationships with their families, friends, neighborhood, and community.  Hoarders often do not realize that they have a problem; therefore they cannot tell if their actions are having an effect on their relationships.

Families: Family members often feel embarrassment, frustration and resentfulness towards the hoarder, which results in a very tense environment. The family cannot spend time together because of the lack of living space.

Friends: Hoarders also tend to not have a social life and are often confined to their homes. They live in a very anxious state, compulsively save everything, and have a “just in case” attitude which can be emotionally straining.

Neighborhood: As far as their neighborhood, extreme hoarding cause fire hazards, plumbing problems, and the build-up of “trash” causes infestation which pose a threat to their neighbors.

Community: If there are complaints from neighbors, the city will get involved and take correctional action. In some cases, animal control will be involved (if the situation involves animal hoarding) and even child services in cases where a harmful environment is present.

Ways to treat a hoarding problem

hoarding, storage, hoarders, A&E, TLC, Buried Alive
Nope it’s Mine I Need It

Often hoarders refuse to get help because they do not believe that they have a problem. It is usually up to their families and friends to intervene. This is portrayed on numerous TV shows such as TLC’s Hoarding: Buried Alive and A&E’s Hoarders which follows different people on their hoarding issues and how the problem was solved. Approaches used include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which teaches people to see the objects around them in a new light. They help the hoarder learn to make more reasonable and quick judgements when deciding on whether or not to keep an object, and practice throwing away items while sorting through the emotions that they trigger. Another approach is to hire a professional organizer who can give an objective opinion and help to clean up the clutter. Lastly, one can find other places in which to store their possessions such as a their attic, basement, or self storage unit.

Here at U-Stor-It, we promote maintaining a healthy living environment. If you are finding yourself with too much stuff and not enough space, come check our storage units at any of our 5 self storage locations in the Chicagoland area! We can guarantee you top-notch security on all of our units to make sure that your valuables are kept safe.

Locations:

Streamwood

Carol Stream

Lisle

Beverly

Auburn Gresham