The History of the City of Amarillo | How Route 66 Shaped One of America’s Most Iconic Towns

 

It’s impossible to talk about the history of the city of Amarillo without highlighting Route 66. Texas is the only state along Route 66 with just one major city along the historically significant route. That city is, of course, Amarillo. Located in the heart of the Texas Panhandle, Amarillo once embodied the essence of why Route 66 became a famous thoroughfare in the 1960s. Continue reading “The History of the City of Amarillo | How Route 66 Shaped One of America’s Most Iconic Towns”

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How Millennials Meet People and Make New Friends When Relocating for Work

 

How millennials make new friends after a move is a lot like dating. Sometimes, it’s easy and natural, but most of the time, it’s difficult, awkward, and fraught with uncertainty. Millennials are waiting longer to get married, shy away from buying a home, and switch jobs every two to three years. Like their phones, millennials are both mobile and connected too; this means making friends in realtime can be a challenge. 

Psychology Today author, Hara Marano writes, “Friendship is a lot like food. We need it to survive.” Without it, our health suffers. Psychologist John Cacioppo of the University of Chicago found that a lack of friendship causes increased stress, artery erosion, high blood pressure, poor memory, and a reduction in one’s quality of sleep. In other words, friendships are vital to our emotional and physical well being.

How millennials meet people when they have to relocate to a new city for work is different from how previous generations of movers and shakers did it.

 

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2 Girls and a Cat Driving a Moving Truck to Chicago

 

When I agreed to help my best friend Samantha with a DIY move from San Francisco to Chicago, I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. When I moved to Chicago from California two months earlier, it was via airplane, so I was excited about my first cross-country road trip. It’s important to mention that Samantha has a cat, a bed, and a lot of other belongings that made her decide to rent a moving truck to Chicago—it was the most economical way to get across the country. Continue reading “2 Girls and a Cat Driving a Moving Truck to Chicago”

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9 Ways to Make Moving Easier for Young Children

 

Moving is stressful for people of all ages, but young children are especially sensitive to moving. They’re old enough to feel grief and anger about the change, yet too young to understand the reasons behind it. They have to cope with this confusion in addition to the other stresses of the move.

Fortunately, there are many ways to make a move easier for young children. A lot comes down to good planning. If you can plan the move well in advance, keeping the following tips in mind, you can help your child adjust faster and feel happier during the move. Continue reading “9 Ways to Make Moving Easier for Young Children”

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The Best Neighborhoods in Knoxville for Lifestyle and Culture

 

The best neighborhoods in Knoxville have two things in common: they’re beautiful, and they have a great culture. If you’re moving to Knoxville and are worried about where you’ll live, rest assured: Knoxville is diverse and culturally-rich. There’s sure to be a neighborhood you’ll love. Continue reading “The Best Neighborhoods in Knoxville for Lifestyle and Culture”

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Moving to Illinois? The Best Chicago Suburbs for Families

Are you dreaming about moving to one of the best Chicago Suburbs in Illinois? Beginning in May, people from all over the country start making plans to move to a new home or apartment. Some people move across town and others across the country. Here in Chicago, moving over the summer months is a million times easier than moving in Chicago during winter. Continue reading “Moving to Illinois? The Best Chicago Suburbs for Families”

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Moving to Georgia (Part2) | The Best Atlanta Suburbs for Millennials, Outdoor Enthusiasts, and Families

 

In Part 2 of our series on the best Atlanta Suburbs, we drill down to why so many people are moving to Atlanta. Some of the greatest suburbs in the nation are often located near big cities like Chicago, Minneapolis, and Houston. The Atlanta metro is connected by MARTA the region’s commuter rail network. An easy commute makes our list of ‘burbs great places to live for those working in the city but seeking to escape the high prices, traffic, and the hubbub of big-city life. Continue reading “Moving to Georgia (Part2) | The Best Atlanta Suburbs for Millennials, Outdoor Enthusiasts, and Families”

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The 4 Essential Moving Day Meals for Omnivores

 

You’ve packed the boxes. You’ve hired the truck. You’ve reserved your storage unit. But what are you going to eat? This extremely important question is often overlooked on moving day. With the powers of these 4 essential moving day meals, you will set yourself up for success on the big day.

What are the 4 Essentials?

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Moving to Georgia (Part 1): The Best Atlanta Suburbs for Education, Arts, and Sustainability

 

Between cultural, ethnic, and geographic diversity and historical significance, Atlanta has a lot to offer people living in and moving to the area. Atlanta is made up of a complex network of neighborhoods in its Metroplex. While the urban areas of Midtown, Downtown, and Buckhead are attractive for professionals and artists, the best Atlanta Suburbs attract people from all over the world. Continue reading “Moving to Georgia (Part 1): The Best Atlanta Suburbs for Education, Arts, and Sustainability”

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Moving and Living Abroad | Things to Know before You Go

 

Moving and living abroad is both exciting and daunting, wonderful and challenging. Your experience will vary greatly depending on where you’re going, but one thing will stay the same: adjusting to change.

Whether you’re living in Thailand for a year or permanently emigrating to France, you will discover a totally new way of existing and thinking, which might change you forever.

This new life may be the very reason you’re drawn to living abroad. Or perhaps you’re moving out of necessity, due to your job or your spouse’s career. Regardless of your motivations, moving abroad takes a lot of preparation, research, and paperwork. Here are a few things to expect as you embark on this journey. Continue reading “Moving and Living Abroad | Things to Know before You Go”

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6 Interesting Things To Do in Corpus Christi to Cross Off Your Bucket List

 

If you find yourself looking for things to do in Corpus Christi, whether as a visitor or as a long-term resident, chances are you’ll want to explore the area and see what South Texas has to offer! While there are many things to do in the area, both indoors and outdoors, here are some of the most impressive and beautiful.

From the nearby shores to the historical vessels there is no shortage of impressive sights to see. Here are 6 adventurous things you will want to experience while in Corpus Christi:

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The Best Rock Climbing Destinations in the Midwest

 

The best rock climbing destinations in the Midwest are somewhat less famous, but have many unique characteristics and offer many experiences for those brave enough to seek them. The sport of outdoor climbing is complex and deeply linked with the sense of adventure and exploration. 

All across the world natural rock formations exist, waiting to be discovered and climbed. While some are well traveled to and others are hidden away deep in the wilderness, many have been found and developed by people who love to ascend these striking features. 

Climbers constantly roam the country in search of new areas, typically referred to as crags, to develop for new and differing challenges.  Continue reading “The Best Rock Climbing Destinations in the Midwest”

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Moving to Texas? 4 of the Best El Paso Suburbs

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Nestled in the far western corner of Texas, El Paso is on the Rio Grande (Río Bravo del Norte) and right across the U.S.-Mexico border from Ciudad Juárez. El Paso is the state’s 6th largest city and ranks as one of the best cities to live in America, according to U. S. News and World Report rankings for 2017.

The magazine also ranks El Paso suburbs 5th in top places to retire, which takes into account quality of life, housing affordability, retiree taxes, and healthcare quality.  El Paso also gets props for access to the great outdoors as well as having some of the best drivers among the nation’s 75 largest metro areas.

Let’s face it, whether part of a family, a young professional, or a retiree, we all appreciate many of the same attributes of great neighborhoods. If you plan on moving to the El Paso suburbs, here are a few of the best burbs for access to outdoors, entertainment, education, and employment.

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Travel to Tampa | 18 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

 

There are plenty of reasons to start packing for a trip to Tampa. The region’s beauty is defined by year-round sunshine that brings warm weather so typical of Florida. Travel to Tampa, and find the perfect destination whether you love outdoor adventure travel, urban experiences, or both. Tampa has a spot for you.

Besides its natural beauty—think lush green foliage and sugar sand beaches—Tampa weather is wonderful. Moreover, the casual lifestyle and excellent entertainment options are the perfect cure for destressing and regenerating.

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How to Make Moving Easier with Self Storage

 

When it comes to knowing how to make moving easier, you need solid advice, great customer service, and helpful friends and family. The storage teams a Metro, we understand that moving is a stressful event – whether you are combining households, separating households, or moving to a new city that promises fun and excitement.

The difficult process of packing, unpacking, and changing homes inevitably causes some stress. That stress doesn’t have to overwhelm you, though, especially if you use self storage as an interim solution.

Besides providing you with moving supplies like boxes, a self storage facility can help ease the difficulties and complications of moving. Here are four ways renting a storage unit can make your next move much easier. Continue reading “How to Make Moving Easier with Self Storage”

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5 Tips To Help You Downsize in Lakeland, Florida

 

Americans spend $10 billion dollars a year on ways to downsize, reduce, and organize their homes and businesses. It is quite possible that the art of simplicity has never before been so complex. Or expensive. For many, finding happiness is only a move away and what better place to live than a town with plenty of sunshine and easy access to sugar-white-sand beaches. Continue reading “5 Tips To Help You Downsize in Lakeland, Florida”

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Explore These 6 South Side Chicago Neighborhoods to Live in or Visit

 

These South Side Chicago Neighborhoods Offer Something for Everyone

If you are looking for a socially diverse and connected community, moving to a South Side Chicago Neighborhood could be for you. From the University of Chicago and Jackson Park to affordable housing and culturally diverse neighborhoods, this part of Chi-Town is filled with possibilities. Continue reading “Explore These 6 South Side Chicago Neighborhoods to Live in or Visit”

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How Sheepshead Bay Self Storage Makes Apartment Living in Brooklyn Easy

 

Big city apartments are usually high on costs and short on space, especially in terms of storage space such as closets and cabinets.  The trend towards smaller apartments in New York continues to gain popularity. Prefabricated in Brooklyn, New York, these modular micro-apartments range anywhere from 260 to 360 square feet. It’s no wonder many Brooklynites turn to Sheepshead Bay self storage to make their lives more manageable.

While the idea of living in a minute amount of space may come as a shock to most, for many New Yorkers, a self storage unit often serves as their second home because it provides the extra space people need to make living the apartment life in Brooklyn more enjoyable.

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Moving Tips to Reduce Pet Stress

 

Looking for ways to reduce pet stress during your next move? It turns out humans aren’t the only animals to thrive on healthy routines. Fido and Fifi do too.

Anyone who has moved knows that it requires planning, preparation, and a tremendous amount of hard work. Moreover, it disrupts our familiar daily routines, which is precisely what behavioral health scientists believe creates stress in both humans and pets in the first place.
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Tips for Moving with a Newborn Baby

 

There is no denying, moving is stressful. When children are involved, multiply that stress exponentially, and if you are moving with children and pets, then organizing will become your best friend.

But what about moving with a newborn baby? The majority of the pregnancy advice you get will probably be to move before the baby arrives. However, here at Metro Self Storage, we understand that life happens.

Moving with a newborn baby is possible. Whether you are actively looking for a new home to buy or decided to move out of your rental because of a leaky roof. Especially, if you can plan ahead and extend the time it takes to unpack everything in your new home.

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