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4 Ways to Utilize Space in an Apartment

4 Ways to Utilize Space in an Apartment

By Vince Mancuso, StorageUnit.com The growing trend of shrinking apartments is nothing new to the country at this point, having begun years ago. People are willing to pay more for less space as long as the amenities are good and the location is right. Still, just how much have multi-family homes shrunk? As many renters trade size for amenities, new apartments shrunk roughly 7% in Atlanta and Denver, 11% in Austin, 15% in Boston, and as much as 18% in major cities like San Francisco and Seattle over the past 10 years. For example, Seattle’s average new apartment size went from 1,012 square feet in 2004 to 756 square feet last year. And this doesn’t include the rapidly growing trend of micro apartments, with apartment sizes as small as 200 square feet. While new renters are comfortable paying for less space, there are things you can do to make the most of your small apartment. Here are 4 things you can do to utilize all the space you can in your apartment. 1. Shelves Create Vertical Storage. You’re apartment isn’t going to get any more square footage. Adding a bookshelf in your living area, bedroom, or both will greatly increase your vertical storage space, which can be used for so much more than books. Shelving is relatively cheap and easy to self install, which means you can also add shelves to your bathroom, dining, and kitchen spaces as well to increase the usable space for storing toiletries, cutlery, or non-perishable foods. You can even utilize that dead space behind doors by adding a small ladder to store blankets. 2. Store...
6 Organization Products You Didn’t Know You Needed

6 Organization Products You Didn’t Know You Needed

By Vince Mancuso, Storageunit.com Whether you’re using a 5×5 or a 10×30 storage unit, you’re going to want to make the most use out of your space. Rather than cramming your stuff in a Tetris-meets-Hulk style, there are a number of products you can use to help you better organize your storage unit and maximize your square footage. If you’re wanting to better organize your unit, here are some products you need to check out: 1. Shelving   True, some storage facilities do provide in-unit shelving, but in case yours doesn’t, there are a number of shelf products you can purchase. For smaller boxes and items, you can use typical wire shelving that you have to assemble—just be sure to find the kind that includes wheels for easy mobility. If you’re storing quite a few larger plastic storage bins, you can also build your own shelving for fairly cheap by using PVC pipe, which is strong enough to handle heavier loads. 2. Stacking Bins If making shelving big enough for your bins seems like too much, perhaps you should change your bins. Some brands offer stackable hopper bins, which will stack on top of one another while still allowing you easy access to the contents inside through a flap in the lid. Much like shelving, stacking bins allows you to make the most of your vertical space, which could be the difference between staying in a 5×5 instead of bumping up to a 5×10. 3. Vacuum-sealing Bags   One of the most common reasons for self storage is seasonal clothing. A vacuumed-sealed bag is designed to suck all the air...
3 Things You Never Knew About Denver

3 Things You Never Knew About Denver

By Vince Mancuso, StorageUnit.com Denver is an inviting place that consistently attracts new residents, a fact that has earned the city a top spot on Forbes America’s Fastest-Growing Cities list in 2014. The Queen City of the West is home to a growing economy, nationally recognized sports teams, amazing outdoor recreation opportunities, and about 300 days of sunshine each year. While these aspects of Denver life are well known, there are a number of other gems that make the Mile High City truly stand above the rest. If you’re moving to the area to take advantage of employment opportunities in industries such as education, health care, or even logging—or if you’re moving to Denver for the adventure of mountain living—be sure to check out these three things about the city to make yourself seem like a local in no time.   1. Broncoville is full of more than football fans. Sure, Denver is home to major sports teams like the NFL Denver Broncos, MLB Colorado Rockies, NHL Colorado Avalanche, and the NBA Denver Nuggets, but there’s even more sporting action than that! Denver hosts the Colorado Rapids, one of the ten founding Major League Soccer clubs in the United States. For fans of truly out-of-the-norm sporting events, you have your pick of not one, but two top-ranked roller derby teams with the Denver Roller Dolls and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls.   2. Belly up to My Brother’s Bar for an original saloon experience. If you truly want to appear native, learn exactly where you can find My Brother’s Bar. Operating since the 1880s, it’s believed to be the oldest bar in the area, so enjoying the brew and...
3 Things You Didn’t Know About Fort Myers

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Fort Myers

By Vince Mancuso, StorageUnit.com Fort Myers is a great place to visit in the spring for a sunny and active vacation, full of golfing, baseball, and water sports. It makes for an even better place to stay all winter long, with temperatures averaging in the 70s. However, the City of Palms offers so much more for those who live and work in the city each and every day. If you’re looking to move to Fort Myers, here are three things you can look forward to about living here! 1. Fort Myers Loves Thomas Edison Fort Myers boasts being home to one of the largest nighttime parades in the world: the Edison Festival of Light parade. While he didn’t live in the city year-round, Thomas Alva Edison wintered in Fort Myers almost every year from 1885 to 1931. As a way to honor this famous community supporter who invented the lightbulb, among other things, the Edison Festival of Light has been around since 1938. The annual event has grown into a three-week celebration and includes an antique car show, a science fair, fun runs, and the annual Grand Parade that begins at 7 p.m. This two-hour extravaganza, recognized as the largest night parade in the Southeast, brings the community together each year. 2. Bennett’s Fresh Roast is an Eye-Opener Whether they were up all night enjoying the parade or actually got a full night’s rest, locals love starting the day with coffee and donuts from Bennett’s Fresh Roast. This breakfast shop roasts nearly 800 pounds of coffee each month, which is nothing compared to the 15,000 hand-cut donuts they make to go along with...
Ask the Squirrelologist: Protecting Your Cache

Ask the Squirrelologist: Protecting Your Cache

By Vince Mancuso, StorageUnit.com StorageUnit.com is here again with Dr. Phil Myers for another edition of “Ask the Squirrelologist” to give tribute to our beloved mascot, Hazel the Squirrel. Myers currently serves as Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Curator Emeritus of Mammals at the University of Michigan. He is also one of the brilliant minds behind Animal Diversity Web, a site dedicated to giving information about all sorts of animals—including 95 species of squirrels! In our last interview, we spoke on what squirrels store and how much space they use when storing. This time, we’ll take a look how squirrels protect their belongings.   Hello, Dr. Myers. Hope all is well in Michigan. Seen any of our furry friends out and about this winter? Just the usual gray, fox, and red squirrels that are common in my area (Michigan). We saw a few chipmunks foraging on a warm day in December, but they’re under the snow now, as are our groundhogs and ground squirrels. Flying squirrels might be out and about, but I haven’t seen any. Speaking of winter, and we’ve talked about it before, but what exactly do squirrels do to protect their food sources over the winter? Do chipmunk burrows protect against cold? How? Earth is good insulation, so yes, being underground protects chipmunks from cold. And if there’s snow on the ground, so much the better—snow also is very good insulation. Cold wouldn’t affect their food very much; their stores are primarily seeds, which should keep well whether frozen or not. What about scatter hoarders like the fox squirrel? How do they keep their...