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Pittsburgh Self Storage Gets Creative with Art Studios

Pittsburgh Self Storage Gets Creative with Art Studios

By Molly Hammond, StorageUnit.com Plenty of people think of storage units as nothing more than holding areas; a place you keep the things you don’t want cluttering up your house, or a convenient way to manage your belongings during a move. While that could be said of traditional self storage facilities, some people in the industry are pushing the limits of a storage unit’s potential and finding ways to provide creative opportunities for artistic tenants. STORExpress, a company with several storage facilities in Pittsburgh, is one such business that has converted traditional facilities into artists’ studios and band practice rooms. STORExpress operates traditional storage facilities, but they’ve also expanded into multiple locations which cater to creative artists in an endeavor dubbed 448 Studios. These specialized facilities provide spaces for artists and musicians with amenities on par with the spaces they could rent commercially, without long-term leases and high rental fees. Jeff Ley, sales manager at STORExpress, explains that 448 Studios was a concerted effort to provide artists with a unique opportunity, modeled after other artists’ lofts in the city. “We took creative input from several local artists to construct a facility that catered to the most common needs. Our spaces have natural lighting, adjustable artificial lighting, wash sinks, ample power, private units, 24/7 access, and a lounge area.” The rehearsal rooms designed for band practice also come equipped with sound-resistant walls so that one band’s process doesn’t interfere with another’s. “We do find our facility unique,” says Ley, adding that all of the units in 448 Studios have electricity, an amenity that is fairly new among traditional self storage facilities....
Top 5 Reasons People Use Self Storage in Colorado Springs

Top 5 Reasons People Use Self Storage in Colorado Springs

By Molly Hammond, StorageUnit.com Between breathtaking scenery, unparalleled outdoor activities, and one of the coolest vibes in the country, Colorado is never far from the top of our travel wish list. In particular, Colorado Springs, the second most populous city in the state, is brimming with things to do and sights to see. For those who aren’t just visiting, though, living in such an exciting place can have its drawbacks—one of which is finding enough space. Fortunately, self storage allows Coloradans room for their lifestyle without breaking the bank. Here are the top five reasons people are using self storage in Colorado Springs.   1. Summer Recreation Equipment While people are prone to picture the snowcapped Pikes Peak when they think of Colorado Springs, the area has just as many wonderful things to offer come the summer months, like camping, kayaking, biking, and fishing (just to name a few). But when there’s snow on ground, the last thing you need in a crowded apartment is an out-of-season bicycle or tent poles to trip over. A 5×10 storage unit is the perfect place to squirrel away summer stuff during the beautiful Colorado winter. Once temperatures start to rise again, many outdoor enthusiasts swap winter gear for their summer essentials and enjoy another season of the great outdoors!   2. Winter Recreation Equipment We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention winter sports in the same breath as summer ones when we’re talking Colorado, right? The tough thing for avid skiers, snowboarders, climbers, and other winter enthusiasts is the size of the equipment. Skis and snowboards take up a lot of room, and...
Campaign Against Clutter: Clothes Closet Chaos

Campaign Against Clutter: Clothes Closet Chaos

By Molly Hammond, StorageUnit.com The Situation Look, I get it—dressing yourself every day requires not only time and energy, but also, closet space. And once you’ve made the investment in some fashionable items, it can be tough to get rid of them just because you’ve run out of room. There are shoes in my closet that have been in my life longer than my nieces have been alive. I remember some sweater purchases better than my best friend’s birthday. I have an entire drawer of T-shirts from high school theater productions that barely fit me then and don’t fit me now—but I’m definitely going to make an adorable and nostalgic quilt out of them someday (y’know, when I learn to sew). I won’t give this up. I know I’m not the only one. Becoming a clothing pack rat is easy to do; it’s a new handbag here, an impulse buy there. You promise yourself a bigger closet in your next apartment, your next home, your next life. Before you know it, it’s already too late. Clothes are everywhere. The choices loom. As you’re swimming in sweatshirts, you realize “I can maintain this lifestyle, and resign myself to a sea of sartorial chaos, or I can cut back. Make decisions. Donate.” What if I told you there’s another option? One where you maintain the fashionable life you love AND get reacquainted with the carpeting in your room? The Solution: Invest in a Self Storage Unit Self storage is the answer. Like the walk-in closet you’ve always dreamed of, a mini storage unit is the perfect place to keep your clothing overflow....
The #1 Reason People Use Self Storage in Tucson

The #1 Reason People Use Self Storage in Tucson

By Molly Hammond, StorageUnit.com As the second largest city in Arizona, Tucson has tons to offer residents. Between the University of Arizona, the recently revamped downtown district, and miles of beautiful desert landscape, there’s something for everybody—unless you’re looking for snow! Though Tucson is home to thousands of college students and plenty of young people, the city is best known as one of the most desirable spots in America to retire. While the picture of retirement might be golfing, gardening, or just plain relaxing, the truth is that living a life of luxury can take some careful planning before you can put your feet up. That’s the number one reason Tucson residents turn to self-storage: it’s the easiest way to keep a carefree lifestyle clutter-free, too! Storage Means Simplicity Part of retirement is basking in whatever environment you love most, and your ideal environment probably doesn’t include floor-to-ceiling stuff. Whether retirees are relocating to Tucson for their golden years or have been Arizonans since birth, retirement is the perfect occasion to simplify, but that doesn’t mean throwing everything away! A self storage unit is a perfect place to keep items that you don’t need on hand, but want preserved for kids or grandkids, as well as a way to deal with the downsizing that often comes with retirement. Moving things into storage during a relocation is an easy way to keep clutter from ever getting a foothold in your new home. Even if you’re not relocating, the extra space that storage affords can easily make an old home feel like new. Preparing for the relaxation of retirement is an excellent time...
5 Reasons People Are Using Self Storage in Houston

5 Reasons People Are Using Self Storage in Houston

By Molly Hammond, StorageUnit.com As the largest city in Texas, Houston has a pretty big image to maintain! Houston keeps up its ultra-cool reputation with a vibrant culture and bustling business world. Houston is a hot spot for all kinds of interests, some of which require a little more space than others. Here are five reasons that Houstonians are embracing self storage. 1. Space for Students Houston is home to more than ten institutions of higher learning, which means there are plenty of college students in the area with no money and even less space. There is no shortage of out-of-state students with futons and fridges and hauling these items between campus and home over school breaks is a hassle. A unit big enough to fit the contents of one dorm room, or even one-half of a dorm room’s furnishings, will be affordable for even the most cash-strapped students. Plus, facilities that offer student discounts and reduced (or free) rental trucks abound, which makes getting next semester’s room set up that much easier. 2. Business Storage As the home to more than 20 Fortune 500 Companies (as well as tons of other business ventures, from start-ups to well-established companies), Houston is an amazing place to do business. The largest city in Texas is known as a center of industry, and while that means plenty of revenue and job opportunities, it also means a lot of business stuff. Whether it’s unused office furniture, unwieldy equipment, or just a lot of paperwork, self storage can be a godsend for businesses. Many facilities offer dedicated file storage, which will make keeping (and later...