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Money Saving Tips for Moving on a Budget

Streamwood / Bartlett, Illinois:
Moving to a new place can be extremely exciting, but many people dread the process. Not only is it hard, but it can cost a lot of money as well. Thankfully there are ways to manage the amount you spend, and our Streamwood & Bartlett U-Stor-It storage team is here to assist you.

Find Cheap Boxes

Boxes can come at a hefty price. There are lots of options on places like Craigslist for cheap or free boxes, but that road can be a major hassle due to unreliable sources. Boxes can be found for a great price at your local U-Stor-It or from various suppliers in the area.


Garage Sale

You will be surprised how much stuff you don’t need yet let sit around in your residency. Dispose of them by selling them, giving them to friends or charity, or just throwing them in the trash or recycle bin. These items could include books, clothing, and excess furniture/décor. This will make the move lighter, and it may save a decent amount of space.

Irving Rd


If you can afford the time and effort, moving without a moving company is ideal. For many the amount of time necessary as well as the stress of the labor makes the value of a moving company significantly higher than doing it yourself. The saved time and effort of a moving company can have you feeling better in the long haul even though it puts more of a hole in your wallet.

If you do choose the DIY path you will need to plan extra time than you thought initially—the last thing you want to happen is to run out of time because the process took longer than expected.


If you need a storage facility during your move be sure to look at our local facilities. In the Streamwood and Bartlett area our facility is located at 145 W Irving Rd, Streamwood, IL 60107 near Bartlett road and Park Avenue. Whether you live in Schaumburg, Hanover Park, Elgin, or Streamwood, we’re eager to help you find the space you need.

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!




Extreme Makeover: Self Storage Edition

We hear about “make-overs” all the time in the media, whether it is the latest of episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Cinderella stories of all those corny rom-coms, or even notifications from your friends dramatic  transformations on your Facebook feed. The term makeover is “a complete transformation or remodeling of something, especially a person’s hairstyle, makeup, or clothes” and you can add self-storage facilities to the mix. In the past, these buildings were never described as “sexy” “beautiful” or anything of that matter, but rather thought of as “warehouse” looking eye sores. The self storage facilities of today have top security, much more convenient locations, and are more attractive than ever!

The Beginning of Self Storage: 

The concept of storage has been around of years, however it was not until 1964 in Odessa, Texas, where the first self storage facility was founded. Since its beginning, the self storage industry had boomed to become a national phenomenon and has proven to be a very successful industry, guaranteeing Americans a safe and convenient place to store all of their most prized belongings. Since its inception, there have been three different eras of self storage facilities: Generation 1, Generation 2, and Generation 3.

Generation 1:

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An example of a Generation 1 storage facility.

These storage facilities make up the majority of the beginning facilities in the 1960s. They are very basic and consist primarily of garage-style doors and outside units, hence the warehouse comparison. They did provide their customers with the convenience of drive-up access. However, they had only basic security measures due to lack of technology.

Generation 2: 

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Interior storage units.

Once the demand for self storage increased, the facilities phased into Generation 2, which comprises the majority of self storage units that we are most familiar with. The basic “garage-style” units were then connected to buildings with interior units. These indoor unit allowed for extra precaution when it came to harsher weather conditions. They also upped their security measures and they started offering on-site managers and even live-in managers at select locations.

Generation 3:

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An aesthetically pleasing storage unit that blends in with environment.

 In most recent years, there has been a more dramatic transformation as these facilities moved into Generation 3. These building are known for their newer technology such as climate controlled units and in-door drive up units, and tighter security measures such as cameras, gates, keypads access, etc. They have also been experiencing a new trend in the construction or renovation of these facilities, which is the “blend in to stand out”

Blend in to Stand Out: 

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A rendering of a design for a new self storage facility in South Beach, Miami, Florida.

The storage facilities of Gen 1 and 2 were quite the image problem. They took up a lot of space, were bland, and looked like a warehouse fortress; which is mostly attributed to the fact that  were originally restricted to industrial zoned areas. Increase in demand has caused consumer expectations of the industry to change as they are demanding better locations, security, and innovative features. The storage facilities of the 21st century are able to enjoy prime locations nestled within retail or residential areas, which have led to the sophistication of their construction. These newer facilities emphasize aesthetics to match the communities that they serve, hence blend in to stand out. Some of the other trends include multi-story buildings, vibrant colors, lush landscaping, unique architecture, and niche storage options for boat, RV, and wine.

Benefits of Generation 3 Facilities:

Not only do these new buildings help with the aesthetics of the community, they benefit you, the consumer, as well! These are important features that you are typically looking for when searching for the perfect storage facility. Rest assured that these generation 3 buildings are going to have everything you want to keep your items safe such as climate controlled units for your electronics and sensitive items, top-notch security, and convenient locations. The main goal is to create a stable, secure, upscale environment that you can trust!

Here at U-Stor-It, all of our facilities are Generation 3 buildings which come with all the perks! Our Carol Stream and Streamwood locations especially go along with the trend “blend in to stand out”. They are beautifully designed to match the community that they serve. U-Stor-It in Carol Stream looks like an office complex and Streamwood has the beautiful brick architecture similar to the rest of the town. We also have a new location opening up, U-Stor-It of South Loop which is our first storage facility located in the heart of Chicago. It also offers wine storage options. This location will be opening up this winter so go check it out and the rest of our locations.

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U-Stor-It Carol Stream
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