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Three Things You Never Knew About Portland

Three Things You Never Knew About Portland

By Patrick Galvan, StorageUnit.com Affectionately known as the City of Roses, Portland is the largest city in the state of Oregon. While it may not feature a coastal vista of the Pacific Ocean, Portland is a lush and alluring urban area with a strong economy, diverse culture, and numerous educational venues. Of course, moving to any large city creates some relocation-related challenges such as finding a suitable living space, not to mention finding space to store all of your belongings. However, if you have a Portland self storage unit, you can rest assured you’ll have some backup space for your belongings while you hunt down living arrangements to accommodate yourself and everything you own. Then it’s time to explore the city! Here are three things you never knew about Portland. 1. BREWERIES GALORE! Michael Jackson (the author, not the singer) wrote several books on beer and whiskey, so he knew what he was talking about when he called Portland one of two candidates for the beer capital of the U.S.–the other being Seattle, WA. The city is sometimes known as “Beertown” and “Beervana”, and it didn’t get these nicknames for nothing! Portland has more local breweries than any other city in the world: 58 are within city limits alone, and more than 70 reside in the outlying communities. No matter your personal taste, there’s a pub or brewery here which can satisfy your cravings and quench your thirst. If you have a taste for beer, you’ll be in paradise here in Portland! 2. CITY OF ROSES, GREAT FOR GARDENING Portland is called the City of Roses for good reason!...
5 Must-Have Organizing Apps

5 Must-Have Organizing Apps

By Patrick Galvan, StorageUnit.com When it comes to storage, organization can sometimes be a hassle. Even if you take the time to carefully group related belongings into their own containers, it can be easy to forget just which particular container holds the specific item you are looking for. A physical inventory list is a great tool, but hey, don’t forget: we’re in the digital age now! There’s an app for that. In fact, there’s a couple hundred apps for that! Here are the top 5 apps you must have for organization. 1. Evernote Mobile Platforms: Apple, Android Pricing: Basic: Free Plus: $24.99/year Premium: $49.99/year College students: you’re probably very familiar with this app, as it is the digital alternative of taking notes on paper. With a mobile app on your phone, you’re less likely to leave it behind like you might with one of your many notebooks. But this isn’t its only function! If you have a storage unit, Evernote can also be used for categorizing belongings. A “note” can include all the text you want, and it can come in the form of lists and check boxes as well. Don’t forget about photographs. Archiving pictures of your storage items, as well as the containers they are in, will make it easier for you to locate what you are looking for. 2. Quip Mobile Platforms: Apple, Android Pricing: Basic: Free Business: $12/user/month Enterprise: See website for more details You know a mobile app is efficient when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg proudly uses it! Quip is a great tool for commercial storage tenants who need an archived list of their...
10 Inexpensive Ways to Get Organized Around the House

10 Inexpensive Ways to Get Organized Around the House

By Patrick Galvan, Storageunit.com Whether you are preparing your household belongings for storage, getting ready for home staging, or simply trying to create room around the house, freeing up space can be a tricky process. In addition to finding a place to store your possessions, you’ll also need to find ways to organize them so you can easily access them whenever you need to. Here are ten useful and inexpensive tools for storage and organization. 1. PLASTIC BINS Plastic bins are useful for both storage and organization. Because of their size and depth, you can store multiple related items together to clear space as well as keep belongings categorized. Also, unlike cardboard boxes, plastic is waterproof, so you’ll know your belongings are safe from water damage. Did you know that wet cardboard releases sugar? And in turn attracts insects? Gross! Thankfully with plastic tubs, this is not a concern. 2. LABELS When it comes to categorization tools, labels are hard to top. Regardless of what storage system or technique you are using, you can use labels so that you always know what you have and where. There are tons of different labels you can either buy, make, or print for free. 3. STORAGE RACK Even if you have a suitable system of storing and organizing items, you can save additional space and make categorization even simpler with storage racks. In addition to saving horizontal and vertical space, storage racks allow you to pull out bins and tubs from the bottom without first removing those on top. You not only save space, but you also have less-physical effort. 4. MEDICINE BIN...
Collector’s Corner: How to Pack & Store Comic Books

Collector’s Corner: How to Pack & Store Comic Books

By Patrick Galvan In this day and age, superheroes are continuing to make their mark in modern pop culture with grandiose, multimillion-dollar appearances on the big screen, but the love and affection for their pulp paper backgrounds has not dwindled, either! Comic books—whether they are rare first editions valued in the thousands of dollars or the latest issues of a popular series—are an ingrained asset of contemporary literature. As a fan, maintaining the condition of your personal collection is a must. It would be a shame for those magnificent drawings and immortal catchphrases to become withered by time and poor preservation. Whether you need to store your comic book collection because you are moving, renovating your home, clearing space on the bookshelves, or simply trying to find a better locale for preservation, there are some important things you should always keep in mind. Packing Techniques and Containers for Comic Collections Comic books require protection from common threats such as water, moisture, and dust—even more so than most printed material since they are such a visual medium, and damage to their carefully inked drawings would destroy their worth. For example, constant exposure to sunlight could lead to the fading of their text and images. You also need to worry about the pages and covers becoming crumpled or torn from abrasion. For all of these reasons, you should never just place them willy-nilly in a random box, stack them on top of one another, and assume they will remain in good condition. Instead, place each issue inside a comic-sized plastic or polyester slip bag and then place a backing board behind the...
13 Things to Know When Attending Ohio State University

13 Things to Know When Attending Ohio State University

By Patrick Galvan Ohio State University, based in Columbus, Ohio, is well known for its football team, the Ohio State Buckeyes. Having recently won the College Football Playoff National Championship for the eighth time, campus pride is higher than ever. While the football program is a major source of school spirit and tradition, OSU has many other elements which make it an outstanding place to earn a degree. Here are some things to know when attending OSU if you plan to the make the most of your college experience as a Buckeye.   1. Bring Your Walking Shoes In a word, the Columbus campus is large. With more than 1,700 acres and 451 buildings, you can plan on getting your exercise just walking to all of your classes and events. For freshmen, this is especially true since first-year students who live on campus are not permitted to have cars at school. Don’t worry, though, there is an extensive campus bus system to help you get where you need to be. Ohio State is also huge in terms of enrollment. With more than 57,000 students at the Columbus campus, it’s one of the most populated schools in the nation.   2. Top-Ranked Academics Get You in the Game Among the 175 majors available at Ohio State, many of the programs are nationally recognized for their merit. Many departments in the Fisher College of Business and the College of Education and Human Ecology are ranked among the top 10 programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The geography department, the history department, and the political science department have also been...