Christmas Shopping in River North Chicago

Have you been procrastinating your Holiday shopping? Don’t panic yet. Chicago has some of the best Christmas shopping destinations in the Midwest. It is an exciting place to be any time of the year, but at Christmas, the sky is the limit in Chicago. Get ready to bundle up because you can watch the Magnificent Mile sparkle, ice skaters doing pirouettes in Millennium Park, and free concerts everywhere.

But perhaps the biggest treat in store for tourists and Chicagoans alike this holiday season is Christmas Shopping in River North Chicago.

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Home Organizing Tips for the Holidays

If you Google “Home Organizing Tips for the Holidays,” in exactly 0.37 seconds you will get 101,000 results. Two questions immediately come to mind: Where does one possibly begin, and aren’t the holidays already stressful enough? There are probably at least 50 organizing tips for every room in your house, and at that rate you might be organized in time for next Christmas.

If you are super-organized, say, like Martha Stewart, the real queen of home organization, then kudos to you. The other 99% is green with envy, especially if you have a team of minions at your beck and call as Martha does. However, for most of us getting ready for the holidays is simply a way of ensuring that our loved ones will not have to deal with an overly-emotional, stressed-out version of ourselves.

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The Zombie Apocalypse: Self Storage Can Save Your Life!

We’ve all seen at least one zombie apocalypse movie about the undead taking over the world. However, unlike aliens, who come from outer space, where zombies originate remains a mystery as does why the zombie brain has only one program running: Eat! Eat! Eat!

Are you looking for ways to survive this Halloween’s Zombie apocalypse?

You can learn more about zombie behavior and survival strategies at the Zombie Research Society, we’re not joking, this really exists and it has loads of information to satiate your curiosity.

Here is our simple suggestion for the best way to survive an attack: Take shelter at your local self storage facility; it is the ideal anti-zombie fortress.
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Keeping Spiderman and Other Pests Out of Your Storage Unit

Battling unwelcome insects and rodents in your living space is one thing—you are there to wage war on a daily basis. However, preventing rodent and pest infestations in your storage unit takes special care and consideration. The most popular type of items people put into storage is furniture. Think overstuffed sofas, plush recliners, mattresses, and grandmas antique kitchen table. So it is a little creepy to think the things we take out of our homes and put into storage can then become home to pesky little creatures such as mice, cockroaches, ants, and spiders.

Just in case you doubt the importance of finding a clean, pest-free storage facility, did you know that mice leave a trail of urine wherever they walk? Not only are they prolific breeders but they produce thousands of fecal pellets that may contain millions of bacteria or viruses. Grossed out yet?

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How to Prepare Your RV for Storage in Chicago

Get Ready! Winter in Chicago is On its Way

Winterizing your RV for the winter is just the tip of the iceberg. If you are moving to or live in a colder part of the country like moving to Minneapolis or moving to Chicago find a suitable winter home for your vehicle before the mercury really starts to plummet.

If you’re lucky enough to have access to indoor climate-controlled RV storage, and can afford the fee, this type of facility will allow you to skip some of the winterizing steps and tasks that are typically required for RV winter storage in freezing temperatures.
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Moving to Philadelphia Suburbs & Delaware Valley

10 Fun Facts You Should Know

When it comes to deciding what to do and see in Philadelphia, there is no shortage of options. Take the stress out of your move to the Philadelphia Suburbs and have fun in Delaware Valley. It’s the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States. With a rich heritage and culture, great entertainment, and a thriving population it’s no wonder people love to move here.

 

There are wonderful communities to live and raise a family, excellent schools, and a variety of employment opportunities. Once you’re moved in and unpacked, be sure to check out all the places to see and incredible Philly foods.
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Declutter Your Student Storage Before Heading Back to School

 

Taming a dorm full of clutter can be a daunting task. But decluttering a storage unit isn’t nearly so intimidating. Just think of it like you would a closet. Anyone can handle a closet, right?

Besides, after being away from the things that you didn’t think you could live without at the end of the last semester, you might discover they look a little less like treasure.
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5 Things That Need Climate Controlled Storage

 

When it comes to deciding whether or not to rent a climate controlled storage unit, it’s not just high temperatures that you have to worry about. When planning to store valuable business and household items, also think about moisture and humidity as well as freezing temperatures.

While most self storage companies offer slightly higher storage unit rates for climate controlled storage features, keeping your belongings from sustaining damage due to high temperatures, humidity, or freezing conditions is worth the investment.

 

Electronics

Climate Controlled for electronics

The best methods for storing electronics include remembering that technology evolves faster than lightening, and if you put something out of sight will it be relevant by the time you unpack it from your storage unit.

Of course, vintage electronics are popular collectibles and keeping any electronic gadgetry safe and protected from the elements is a worthwhile investment.

Be sure to remove all batteries, and not store anything directly on the floor where it will be more susceptible to moisture. Label boxes as “fragile” and use bubble wrap or foam padding to protect delicate items. But don’t wrap electronics in shrink-wrap because moisture can be trapped inside.

It’s better to use paper wrapping, moving blankets, or beach towels that you can pick up cheaply at the local Goodwill store.

 

Wooden Furniture

Climate Controlled for Wooden Furniture

Wood expands and contracts with changes in surrounding temperature and humidity, which is why a temperature-controlled unit is usually the best option. But before you store, prepare your wood furniture beforehand. Painted furniture may simply need to be wiped down, but stained, dyed, oiled, and waxed wood furniture may require special care such as applying linseed oil or a specific type of furniture wax.

After you’ve prepped your furniture one way to keep it protected is to wrap it with moving blankets and then shrink-wrap it. This will keep it from getting scuffed or dinged during transport and storage.

Plan to allow for space between items so that air circulates between the furniture and you can remove your pieces more easily should you need a particular item in the future.

 

Wine

Climate Controlled for Wine

Storing wine in “perfect” storage conditions is something wine geeks can argue about all day long. While that makes it impossible to give definitive advice about the “perfect” wine storage conditions, you’ll be fine if you put wine in a dark, largely undisturbed place with a moderate and fairly constant temperature.

When it comes to storing your wine in a storage facility choosing whether or not you need a specialized wine storage option or simply a storage unit that meets your storage needs depends largely upon where you live. Talk to your local storage facility manager about how long you need wine storage and how often you plan to access the collection.

In the meantime, if you want to start a serious wine collection, take your time and remember this advice: “The only collection worth having is one filled with wines you like.”

Hmmm … you may find yourself asking whether or not you need wine storage after all.

 

Photos and Artwork Climate controlled for artwork

When it comes to storing your most treasured possessions, family photos, paintings, and art supplies are usually at the top of the list. Not only do these items need to be protected from UV exposure and humidity, but they also need to be packaged and stored properly. Storing photos of family, friends, and travel adventures are easy if you have a Flickr or Smug Mug account.

But what about grandmas’ family tree of ancestral photos tucked into an aging photo album? Or the hundreds of baby pictures mom and dad took of you and are now stored in boxes? Exposures.com offers photo sleeves made of photo-safe materials that pass the same safety test used by the Library of Congress and the National Archives.

Storing photos in a climate controlled storage unit is a temporary solution until you have the time or inclination to transfer them into digital files.

 

Medical and Pharmaceutical ProductsClimate controlled for medications

Pharmaceutical reps often turn to their local self storage facility to keep their inventory and shipments safe. Besides choosing a climate controlled storage unit, facility, reps should also ensure the storage unit is clean and that there are no signs of bug or rodent infestations and conveniently located. New or renovated storage facilities are always more attractive, but older facilities with good maintenance programs and reputations are also good choices.

Most but not all storage operators accept deliveries without an extra charge. At Metro Self Storage our friendly storage managers will happily accept deliveries and work with each pharmaceutical rep to create a plan for deliveries to avoid running into any issues down the line.

Bonus Tip: At the end of the day, if you still find yourself asking, Do I really need climate controlled storage? We can help. It’s one of the most popular questions we hear in the storage industry. Answering these three easy questions will help your storage facility answer your biggest questions about climate-controlled storage units.

 

  1. What are the temperature ranges where you live?

  2. What are you planning to store?

  3. How long do you plan to utilize a self storage unit?

How to Pack a Moving Truck | Use Your Head, Save Your Back!

 

Moving day is not only stressful, but it’s also downright physically demanding. Especially if you’ve signed up for a DIY move that requires you do all the heavy lifting. Bending over to pick up and lift moving boxes for hours at a time is not your back’s idea of a good time (and probably not yours either).

But alas, moving day is all about picking up moving boxes, furniture, and other household items and loading them onto the moving truck. Then, of course, unloading everything once you arrive at your new home.

If you aren’t practicing proper lifting techniques, you might end up with a back injury and a pile of medical bills. These will soon cancel out all the money you planned to save in the first place by managing your move on your own.

Do what you have to do to get your friends to help on moving day; beer, pizza, and cupcakes come to mind. Here are some pointers to share with the group before you pack your moving truck.

Essential moving equipment

Let’s start with the basics. If you’re moving on a budget, or in a big hurry, it might be tempting to take shortcuts when it comes to packing. But don’t skimp on moving boxes and try to pack your pots and pans in a “grocery store” box or plastic tote.

Instead, save some greenbacks by finding the cheapest moving truck rental in your town, and then splurge a bit for moving-grade boxes to pack heavy stuff including kitchenware and books. Place books in small boxes because they’re heavy, and create a much weightier box than you might imagine.

Moving dolly or hand truck?

Pay a little extra and rent a dolly or a hand truck unless you already own one of these must-haves on moving day. Piling boxes on a dolly and wheeling them onto the moving truck is a lot easier than carrying them one by one.

If you’re bringing your appliances too, rent an appliance dolly; it will serve two purposes by helping you transport the heavier boxes. Not only will a hand truck or dolly save you a lot of time, but they will also save your back.

The safe lifting zone

The most recommended way to lift heavy items like moving boxes is to keep them between the knees and shoulders. If you’re placing a box or item above your shoulders, use a stool or ladder and be very conscious of our posture as you lift. If your shoulders start to scrunch up underneath your ears, then it’s a clear sign that the box is too heavy and you need to get help.

Lift with your legs!

When picking something up off the ground remember to lift with your legs. Plant your feet firmly to get a stable base and tighten your abdominal muscles to support your spine. Think navel to spine as you scrunch-in your abs. Keep the load close to your body and your back in its natural posture as much as possible.

Moving trailer or moving truck?

A moving truck is more expensive to rent than a trailer, but it has distinct advantages. For starters, you can wheel your items onto the truck using the moving truck ramp instead of lifting things into the truck.

The door heights for moving trucks range from approximately 5’7” high to 6’10” high. If you’re 6’2” rent a truck with a door opening that will accommodate your height so you don’t have to bend over every time you enter and exit your truck rental.

Whether or not you rent a trailer depends on the type of vehicle you have. Does your car or truck have a trailer hitch? If so, trailer rental companies will require that your vehicle be equipped with adequate hitch and lighting connections.

You’ll also need to consider the age of your vehicle, its towing limit, and how many miles you’ll be driving on moving day.

A small 4 x 8 cargo trailer from U-Haul weighs 850 pounds empty and has a maximum 1,650 pounds weight limit when fully loaded. Imagine bending over to load and unload 800 pounds of stuff into 3’1” x 3’5” door opening. Hmmm… maybe it’s time to hire a professional moving company.

 

And remember the moving day motto, if you need help, just ask!

Moving to West Chicago, IL: 7 Things You Need to Know

Located 30 miles due west of downtown Chicago in DuPage County, the City of West Chicago has a rich history. It was created when three railroads came together in the area. Manufacturing jobs, eating houses, and hotels for travelers soon sprang up because so many trains met at this juncture. Most of the residents were chiefly farmers and railroad employees.

 

Today, West Chicago is a popular commuter town (due to its more affordable rents) to nearby Chicago. Additionally, you can leave your car behind and take public transportation (the Metra) to downtown Chicago.
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How To Prepare Furniture for Storage

Whether you are a homeowner getting ready to move or a real estate agent staging a home for sale, self storage can provide both short- and long-term options to reduce clutter during a move. Home furnishings usually represent the largest investment inside a home, and the wide range of styles and quality characteristics makes finding the right type of storage very important. If you are wondering how to store furniture long term, we’ve got some handy tips to keep your belongings in the best possible condition.
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How to Properly Care, Store, Handle, and Retire the American Flag

 

Flying the American flag is acceptable any day of the year, especially on National Holidays like Veteran’s Day and Labor Day. However, every June 14th, we celebrate Flag Day to commemorate the adoption of the official symbol of the United States of America; the flag called the “Stars and Stripes.” This happened on that date in 1777 by a resolution of the Second Continental Congress.
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College Student Storage 101 | Find Clean, Reliable Storage Near Your Campus

8 Insider Tips on How to Get the Best Student Storage Deals

Finding clean, secure, and convenient student storage becomes more of a challenge as summer approaches. As a college student, you understand better than anyone that there are only so many nooks, cubbies, and crannies to cram stuff into in a dorm room.

When faced with sharing a room, the big question is, “What do I do with all this extra stuff?” From a surplus of college books and university gear to clothes and kitchenware, it’s easy to accumulate more stuff than you have room for in your dorm room.

As the end of the school year approaches, you need to figure out how to get everything home—or, do you?
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3 Time Saving Post-Holiday Tips to Declutter Any Home

 

The decorations are put away, and the new diet has begun. With a renewed commitment to the gym and perhaps a few moments to reflect on the past 12 months, January is the time of year to make that infamous list called “New Year’s Resolutions.”

Even if you don’t believe in resetting your resolutions every year, clearing out the clutter is worth putting on your to-do list. Maybe you got some really cool presents you want to show off. Perhaps you have a tortured relationship with “stuff.” Maybe you’re married to the King or Queen of Clutter.

It’s not too late to get a head start on the New Year and begin clearing out the untidiness that might otherwise undermine your best efforts to begin anew. Here are three timesaving tips to help declutter your home.

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