Jack o lanterns Halloween pumpkin face on wooden background and autumn leafs

Spruce Up Your Spookiness This Halloween

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year. I love dressing up, decorating my home and watching my neighborhood transform into a haunted lane. We’ve had a few memorable LifeStorage customers who take Halloween as seriously as I do, including someone who visited his unit each week, explaining he needed to “feed his gorilla.” He came so often that we began to wonder if there was any truth to his story, and it turns out there was: inside his unit was a vintage gorilla costume, awaiting the annual Halloween party.

As you think about creative ways to decorate this Halloween, I wanted to share a few fun ideas to spruce up your spookiness! In addition to retrieving your stored decorations, here are three decoration ideas that will add some pop to your Halloween festivities this year:

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Outdoor gas Grill(bar-be-que) covered with snow

Maintaining Control Over Your Winter Storage

Fall is finally here, and the brisk chill in the air signals that winter is not far away. I like to use this time of year to prepare my home for the cold months ahead. The sight of my bedroom filled with piles of sweaters, jackets, and scarves usually motivates me to carefully organize and pack up seasonal items to make room, but it’s also a great way to ensure my clothing and décor are well maintained year-round.

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Heading off to college

Heading Off To College: Packing Tips for Moving

Heading off to college can be a stressful and overwhelming experience for everyone involved. Parents worry over their child leaving the nest, and students stress over class schedules, making friends and moving into a new home.

As more than 20.2 million students are expected to attend colleges across the nation this fall, packing up bedrooms in preparation for the next chapter is something that everyone will be focused on. Here are my top three tips to make packing for the college move a little bit easier for everyone involved:

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Project of a new building

Staying Organized During a Summer Home Remodel

Summer is a great time of year to make improvements to your home due to more agreeable weather. Remodeling is a growing trend across the county. Houzz and Home recently reported that over half of their home-owning survey respondents have renovated their home in the past year.

Any change in your home can be stressful, and a renovation is by no means an exception. After talking with our LifeStorage customers about their own remodeling experiences, we’ve identified three most useful tips to help you stay organized, and most importantly sane, while living through any home remodel.

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Flowers in a vase

Refresh Your Home Without Redecorating

Every time I channel surf past a home decorating show on television, I have to stop and check it out. Dream remodels look amazing and rejuvenating, but they can be expensive and lengthy. A recent report from Houzz shows many remodels cost tens of thousands of dollars, and take an average of six months from planning to completion.

There are some great ways to make your home feel fresh without swiping your credit card. I’ve included some of favorite ideas for “flash” redecorating below.

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Tool Organization

Preparing For Summer Projects: Organizing Your Tools

Depending on where you live, a long, cold or rainy winter might have wreaked havoc on your landscaping and home. Your backyard looks neglected and no one has ventured into it for several months. But you aren’t alone. Every year, 39% of American households plan to rejuvenate their backyards after the season changes, from building a deck, to putting in a garden bed or paving an outdoor area for summer entertainment.

However, if you haven’t organized or looked after your tools during the winter months, the cost and time it takes to repair or replace them and tackle these summer projects can greatly increase. Here are some important tips that will help you organize and care for your tools:

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Home Organization Zen

Kick-Off Spring With a Clean Home

Spring cleaning always sounds daunting, doesn’t it? Every year I’m surprised by how quickly spring arrives. While my immediate reaction is put off cleaning up the house, I always feel better when it’s done.

I’ve learned a few simple things that make the process easier and faster. Here are my top three tips to master the spring cleaning challenge this year:

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Tax Time Woes

Five Tips for Tax Season Organization

We all know the feeling we get when we look at our calendar and realize April 15 is looming on the horizon. If you’ve ever waited until the last minute and struggled to organize your tax-related documents, you aren’t alone—roughly 25% of taxpayers file between April 1 and 15, and another 12% file after the April 15 deadline.

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