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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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!

Wheaton Apartment: Wheaton 121 Pool Party A Success

This past weekend, luxury Wheaton apartment complex Wheaton 121 apartments held their 3rd annual pool party, which turned out to be their best yet! Residents enjoyed food, drinks, music, and time with their neighbors. The theme was “Get Your Glow On”, and Wheaton 121 residents were definitely in the spirit.

Wheaton 121 3rd Annual Pool Party

U-Stor-It joined the party with gift baskets and merchandise to give away to Wheaton 121 residents. The wheel was spun, prizes were won, and at the end of the day everybody walked away a winner!

Wheaton 121 3rd Annual Pool Party

Our U-Stor-It Wheaton / Carol Stream Storage facility is located just a couple miles away, at 120 Tubeway Drive, Carol Stream, IL 60188. From Wheaton 121, the directions are as follows:

Head north on N Cross St toward Wesley St, and turn left on Wesley.

Turn right onto N West St.

Turn left onto W Harrison Ave.

Turn right onto N Gary Ave.

Turn left onto Tubeway Drive, and you’ve arrived! U-Stor-It will be on your left.

For additional pictures from the event, check out Wheaton 121’s Facebook event page.

 

Tips for your Summer Garage Sale

Wheaton Self Storage:
The summer season is about to hit full stride. With the improved weather comes the chance to attract locals to a garage sale. It is important to shed a few possessions every once and a while, and the extra cash is always a benefit as well. Here are tips from our Carol Stream and Wheaton U-Stor-It storage team.

Attract Attention

Marketing is key—don’t underestimate your natural advertising abilities! What is the purpose of a garage sale if you can’t get customers to the property to buy your stuff? There are many steps that should be taken leading up to the sale.

Craigslist is your first step. Post an ad early to get those planning on looking around onboard fast. This is your initial customer base, so it is crucial to make sure they hear about and can plan on attending the event. Craigslist posts your ad to the garage sale treasure map of the day which is another awesome feature.

Signs are your best chance at spreading the word and attracting those drive-by/impulse customers on a broad scale. Don’t underdo your signs. Make them unique and eye catching with an extremely legible font and size. Post your signs the night before your sale. This guarantees you’ll be visible for even the earliest early-birds, and it decreases the stress of getting all the signs up the day of the busy event.

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Consider a sign spinner. This is not a joke. Sign Spinning is a proven guerrilla marketing technique, there is a reason so many companies invest in it. It is comical, eye catching, original, and if you have a kid you can pay them a relatively small percent of earnings.

The Sale Itself

You just hyped up your garage sale, now you can’t allow the showing to be a letdown! You need to be prepared with a nice setup and offering to convert your incredible attendance into sales.

Group and display items nicely. There is no set way of going about this, but just try to make the offering look as much like a retail experience as you possibly can. Items that are hung, folded, or stacked are much more likely to sell than items thrown in a pile or sitting in a box.

Keep the business mindset throughout the process and your next garage sale will undoubtedly be a success. Good Luck!

U-Stor-It: The Self Storage Facility With U In Mind

Among thousands of storage facilities nationwide all with business-focused heads, one is shattering the norm! U-Stor-It prides itself in being customer centric—everything is done with the customer in mind. The goal is to provide and exceed all expectations of what a self storage facility delivers.

Keeping in Touch with the Basics

Having a clean and well maintained store should be a given, but it is a commonly mishandled aspect of the industry. U-Stor-It abides by the highest quality standards; all of the facilities are sleek in design, and extremely well kept. A full experience is offered at the facilities. Just about any features like climate control or U-Haul rentals are provided. Push-carts are available at all locations to assist those without drive-up units.

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Push-carts ready for use in the Carol Stream & Wheaton IL U-Stor-It

Community Involvement

U-Stor-It is a corporate company that wants to act and have the same impact as a local company. Local store managers stay involved by keeping consistent community outreach. Managers visit numerous apartments and housing complexes each month to stay current with consumer needs and interact with those in the area.

In addition, U-Stor-It partakes in multiple charitable efforts each year in order to give back to the communities that support it. Efforts include:

  • Backpack events at local schools
  • Supporting orphanage funds in Chicago, IL and Monarch School for homeless children in Barrio Logan, CA
  • Providing low-income kindergarten students in El Cajon, CA with lunches
  • And partaking in Toys-for-Tots across the nation

“My favorite efforts are the backpack giveaways. The students get so excited to have a nice new piece of school equipment,” said Blake Johnston, Marketing Manager of U-Stor-It. “We have organized multiple events in the past, and have many more planned!”

About U-Stor-It

U-Stor-It provides quality storage spaces at affordable prices. We have over 25 years of experience in high quality self storage. It is our mission to provide clean, affordable self-storage in an environment where customer service is the rule rather than the exception.  We are confident that you will agree that U-Stor-It Self Storage has first class facilities. Serving the Chicago and San Diego area communities.

Packing Tips for College Students: Wheaton, Illinois Storage

Wheaton, IL Storage:
Having trouble packing for your first day at Wheaton College? It can be difficult to know exactly what to bring and what to leave behind when heading to the dorms for your first year. We’ve compiled a great list here of essentials and items commonly forgotten.

Think Organization

Your dorm desk is going to get extremely cluttered since it will likely be one of the only free spaces to set items down. Bring only the essentials when it comes to the desk area: pens, pencils, and notebooks. Desk chairs, lamps and shelving will likely already be provided.

Keep the bathroom organization simple—you’re most likely going to have to walk everything to the communal bathroom anyways. Try to keep everything, aside from large shampoo bottles, inside a simple shower caddie.

Decorations should be brought at a minimum; for reference bring a max of pictures that would fill approximately the surface area of two standard posters. One extremely overlooked piece of a dorm is a room rug. Not only does it look nice, it feels nice, and is just nice overall. A rug really helps the room come together and become your home.

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Order Online

If you haven’t purchased things like food storage containers and the rug yet, wait! Items can be so easily delivered now—it’s not worth transporting it yourself. None of these items will be essential immediately anyways; you are extremely unlikely to cook a meal for yourself in the first few weeks, let alone at all.

Old Hobbies

There is a lot about what not to bring, but here are some things you don’t want to forget! College is a time to really explore what you love, so don’t limit yourself. If you were once passionate about something and are considering starting again, bring it! It’s likely you’ll find a group of students who are just as enthusiastic about it as you are.

Already Too Much Stuff

If you’re late to see this list or chose to ignore it, don’t worry—we’re still here for you. Our U-Stor-It Carol Stream & Wheaton Storage facility is located extremely close to the Wheaton campus at 120 Tubeway Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188. Check us out on our website by clicking here!

Top 3 Tips for Bathroom Organization

Carol Stream & Wheaton, Illinois Storage:
Bathrooms range in shape and size, but a common challenge among all of them is instilling well organized storage of all your toiletries.  Whether you are in a house, apartment, or condo you can benefit from these bathroom organization tips.

Create Artificial Space

If you are really lacking in cabinet, shelf, or counter space consider artificially creating some. If you have a small shower purchase a cheap corner shelf that easily attaches to the walls by suction power. These shelves are very strong if attached well, but they are easily and seamlessly removed when you no longer need it. Non-corner shaped shelves can also be applied to bathroom mirrors.

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Add small racks or hooks without drilling into the wall with adhesive brands such as Command. The formulas behind the adhesive create a strong bond with the wall that can withstand many pounds of force, but also are easy to remove. The adhesives are made to easily peel off once stretched, and won’t damage the wall while releasing.

Grouping

Grouping allows you to take advantage of as much space as possible. A cup or mug can be placed on the counter and can easily store all toothbrush accessories and toothpaste. Drawer dividers give your items a special place to always return to when you are done with them.

Extras

If you are really pushing for space consider a shower caddie. You can store all of the items in the caddie and keep the caddie in the abundance of space you have somewhere else in your residence. This allows you to use the valuable bathroom space for only large toiletries such as lotions or mouthwash.

If all else fails consider remodeling the bathroom or moving to a place with a layout that more suits you. After all, a little change is never a bad thing.

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Wheaton / Carol Stream Storage: Building the Ultimate Man Cave

Wheaton / Carol Stream: Every guy’s dream is a room where they rule all—where they are surrounded by the possessions that matter most to them, and relaxation is the only obligation. Whether the goal of your man cave is a more traditional sports theme, a gamer’s paradise, or whatever hobby or special feel you’re going for, there are basic steps that will generally have to be taken regardless.

Clearing Clutter

First and foremost, man caves are often built in the garage or a room not often used. Unless you are newly moved into a home and starting fresh, it is likely the proposed room is full of unused furniture, boxes, and random belongings.

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These items are going to need to find a new home, but there is likely no other room in the house seeing that they were piled there in the first place. A storage unit may be necessary to hold these items, but thankfully it makes the transition immensely easier.

Planning Around Key Features

Man caves require some specific planning for features that are limited or unique to the room. Electricity is an important aspect as it is likely there will be many various electronics in the room. Outlets can come at a premium, and you don’t want to over plug.

Shared walls are also something to keep at the top of mind. If a wall of the cave backs up to a bedroom it is probably best to avoid putting a TV or sound system against it.

Attending Garage Sales

Garage sales are your best friend when looking for things to add to the cave. They are perfect for finding signs to hang, various decorations, or furniture. It’s always possible to hit the jackpot when searching around, but you’ll never know if you don’t look.

 

These tips were provided by our Wheaton & Carol Stream U-Stor-It staff. Located at 120 Tubeway Dr, Carol Stream, IL 60188 near North Avenue and Gary Avenue.

Wheaton / Carol Stream Storage Tips – Reorganizing Your Bedroom

Wheaton / Carol Stream – Whether you want to save valuable space or improve the feng shui of your bedroom, reorganizing is never a bad idea. Our Wheaton and Carol Stream U-Stor-It self storage staff is here with the best tips for moving around your furniture and ultimately creating a new bedroom and living experience!

Utilize Corners

Not every room is perfectly square with 90 degree corners. It is important to know which corners of the room are available for square furniture. The best option for saving room is to place your bed with the head against one wall and either the left or right side against the other wall of a corner. There will only be one entrance and exit from the bed, however those few extra square feet saved from pushing it against the wall add up and make a big difference.

Exercise Simple Shelving

Adding light shelves to a wall not only looks great, but creates a new place for books, baskets, or trinkets. Placing baskets on these shelves, let alone other places like under your bed and in your closet, is a great space saver. Belongings can easily be grouped and put in the appropriate basket and shelf which vastly improves organization.

Work Around Odd Spaces

Similarly to non-square corners, there are sometimes strange features of rooms you must plan around. These may include built in cubbies, wall extensions, or window ledges to name a few. Every room is different, so for this aspect you have to get creative.

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In a past room of mine there was an odd brick ledging that protruded about 2 feet from the wall and was 2 feet tall; the ledge ran all the way across an 8 foot wall. What I ended up doing was building a bed frame that could rest along the ledge so that it was no longer wasted space. I built the bed frame following a guide online, but then didn’t attach two of the legs. This resulted in two legs of the frame rested on the ground like normal, but the portion of the frame where the legs had been omitted rested comfortably on the brick ledging. This saved an incredible amount of space especially since the ledge took up so much room on its own.