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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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Photo used from Saatchiart

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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Photo used from Houzz

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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Photo used from Corsurf

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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.

 

Spruce Up Your Space for Spring

After dealing with the winter blues, you’re probably itching to refresh your home for sunnier days. Updating your home doesn’t have to be costly; a few tweaks here and there are all you need to spruce up your space. Maybe you want to open up your space, or experiment with color—or maybe you’re just not sure where to start. Need a little bit of inspiration to get you started? Here at U-Stor-It, we rounded up some tips to whip your place into shape for spring.

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Refresh your home with pops of color

Add Some Color

Longer days and warmer temperatures make spring the best time to play with color. Take spring cleaning to a new level by giving your walls a makeover. Hang wallpaper on an accent wall or apply a new coat of paint for a dramatic but inexpensive way to update your space. If you aren’t interested in painting your space, add a few pieces of wall art to incorporate fresh color, without giving up your weekend. You can also bring in bright, airy curtains and add little pops of color throughout the room to create an atmosphere that screams spring.

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Bring the outside indoors with plants and flowers.

Embrace the Outdoors

Incorporate little bits of nature into your home design by decorating with flowers or fruits. Bright flowers such as sunflowers, carnations, or geraniums are a great way to refresh your home. They can be planted in a small container for a simple table centerpiece. You can also choose indoor plants that don’t need too much sunlight and are low maintenance, like succulents or bamboo plants. A filled fruit bowl adds a natural pop of color to your kitchen and reminds everyone that it’s finally spring. Even the tiniest touch of the outdoors reminds you that the seasons are changing.

 

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Use bookshelves as a way to organize more than just books.

Update Your Shelves

Bookshelves are quickly becoming a must-have multipurpose item and are no longer reserved for storing literature. Thanks to sites like Pinterest, bookshelves are used for everything from storing bath towels to organizing a shoe collection. For spring, use your bookshelf to organize spring necessities such as gardening tools.

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Bright throw pillows scream spring time

Rotate Items Seasonally

Adding a few new photos to your walls that embrace the spirit of spring is one of the easiest ways to create a seasonally appropriate design. Think bright colors, summery landscapes, and anything inspired by nature. Consider rotating accessory pieces throughout your home, such as curtains, throw pillows, and accent rugs. Add bright pillows and a table runner to give the room a fresh look. Even at U-Stor-It Lisle we change arrangements every so often, for a fresh new look.

Fortunately, it doesn’t take an expensive remodel to bring a much-needed refresh to your home. With the summer months approaching, now is the perfect time to bring new life into your home. A few little changes is all you need to spruce up your space and welcome the new season.

Your guide to a hassle-free spring break

Spring time is here which means thousands of students are exchanging their textbooks for swimsuits and beginning their spring break. US News Travel posted an article on the best affordable and accessible spring break destinations for college students. Popular destinations include: Miami Beach, Cancun, the Bahamas, Maui, and our very own San Diego, where our newest facility on 930 South 47th Street, San Diego, CA 92113 is expected to open May 2016. No matter where you are going, one thing is for certain, packing is stressful and a nuisance. Fear not, here are some tips that will make packing and preparing for your trip a whole lot easier.

Bring one bag: It may be difficult, but bringing only one bag that weighs around 20 pounds eliminates a lot of hassle. They can fit in an airplane’s overhead bin, saving you the cost of checking in a bag, and if you are going on a road trip, you won’t have to worry about your bag taking up too much space. Their small and light weight design makes it less of strain on your back and shoulders to carry or roll around which also decreases the risk of them getting lost or stolen.

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Spring breaker enjoying the freedom of traveling with only one bag

Pack light and very little: Believe it or not, you do not need to pack the entirety of your closet with you. To avoid bringing too much pack outside your suitcase by laying everything out that you think you may need and ask yourself whether or not it is worth it. Bring neutral colored clothing that you can mix and match or pack specific outfits for each day. You should also purchase travel-sized toiletries rather than bringing larger bottles. Lastly, leave your valuables such as your laptop at home; your smart phone should be enough!

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Rolling your clothes is the best way to make space in your luggage

Roll your clothes: Rolling your clothes instead of folding them not only creates extra space, but also prevents creases. It is also advised to invest in travel compression bags to keep clothes safe and well organized. This helps you pack lighter while ensuring that you are able to bring everything that you need.

Secure your dorm/apartment:  To prepare your dorm/ apartment for your departure, get rid of all perishable foods in your fridge and unplug all electronics to save you money on your electricity bill. To avoid burglary while you are away, make sure that all of your valuables are hidden out of sight and lock the doors behind you. If you feel uneasy about leaving your items unattended, look into renting a storage unit that you can keep for when it is it time to move out at the end of the semester.

Have Fun: Now that you are successfully packed and your apartment or dorm is well secured, you can fully enjoy your vacation. We at U-Stor-It hope that you have a wonderful and safe spring break!