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March 23, 2017

There’s no question that online resources have helped make the average buyer and seller smarter about real estate and their local housing market. Unfortunately, the ubiquity of online tips and listing tools has also created a dangerous overconfidence that realtors are somehow obsolete. In our experience, the exact opposite has been closer to the truth. Here at Closetbox, we’ve also noticed that...

March 20, 2017

Spring cleaning is as much seasonal rite as home maintenance. Whether you picked your weekend a month ahead of time or you randomly find time one Saturday, spring cleaning tends to find its way onto most people’s schedule. Even if it’s just an extra couple hours cleaning around the house, you want to be able to pronounce with the rest of your friends and neighbors, with an unmistakable...

March 15, 2017

There's something you should know about us: we talk to every customer on the phone. At least as of Spring 2017. The reason we go manual is because we need to know what you are looking to store and how much of it, so that we can send the right size truck and be sure we have space in our warehouse. At the traditional self-storage companies, they don't need to know—nor will they ask—what you are...

March 13, 2017

Most people know E.B. White as the author of Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little, but did you know he also wrote poems, style guides, magazine articles, and personal essays? “Good-bye to Forty-eighth Street,” the lead piece from the Essays of E.B. White, remains an incredibly poignant depiction of how pernicious clutter can be in our lives. White writes:   For some weeks now I have been...

March 06, 2017

The YIMBY (Yes, In My Backyard) Movement is based on the recognition that proactive development is essential for healthy, sustainable communities. It can sound like one of those things that’s just for the experts and policy wonks, but these development policies impact our communities, personal housing options, and day-to-day lives more than most of us would ever imagine. Closetbox knows: It even...

March 03, 2017

Once you get your orders for a Permanent Change of Station (PCS), you’ll need to quickly start preparing for the move. Amidst some combination of excitement, panic, and dreariness, you’ll need to navigate the various choices, required counseling, application forms, and logistical steps to complete your military move. The first thing you’ll need to do is determine how you want to deal with the...

March 01, 2017

Have you heard? Home staging pays off. That’s why we regularly advise sellers to work with a stager—at the very, very least for an expert consultation about how to best showcase the home. Still, we wanted to do even better than this for our storage customers. At this point, pretty much everybody knows about putting yellow flowers in the front yard during your spring listing. But what should you...

February 20, 2017

Looking for a comprehensive checklist and an easy reference for childproofing your home at any age? From bathing and burn prevention tips to safety gates and window guards, we have the information you need. More than just your ordinary checklist, however, we wanted to present these tips alongside a timeline of important developmental milestones….   Babyproofing (0-6 Months): “Until your...

February 13, 2017

Did you get engaged over Valentine’s Day? Being newly engaged is amazing. There’s a new glow surrounding your relationship. Everybody is excited for you. You get to look forward to an epic party thrown in your honor. Not to mention the engagement ring on your finger. And yet....the difference between elation and panic is put on a knife’s edge unlike any other time in your life. Suddenly,...

February 09, 2017

As with other aspects of moving in together, it’s essential that everybody keep an open mind when introducing pets. Veterinary assistant Jonathan Covert talks to pet owners all the time about the do’s and don’ts of pet introductions. “You can never tell how an animal is going to react when introduced to another animal. Even if you think you know your pet’s personality, they may still have the...

February 07, 2017

1. Homeowners and Historic Rowhouses The City of Baltimore is notorious for its abundance of historic rowhouses. Built to fit all levels of taste and budgets, these seemingly uniform structures vary greatly in size and storage space. Some of the smallest rowhomes may only be eight feet wide.  Though you may love living in a historic home, you might not have the storage space necessary to...

February 03, 2017

San Diego and Los Angeles moving companies are boycotting the Chargers move to LA. The campaign was started by HireAHelper and continues to gain momentum as something of a last-ditch effort to keep the team from moving. If you’re ever been part of a football team at nearly any level, you know how much equipment goes into the game. An NFL team, meanwhile, also has tons of office supplies,...

January 24, 2017

We needed some fresh video content. The video we had (don't watch that) worked early, but we needed a more public display of who we are as a company. Plus, we had changed our domain extension, website UX, and tagline, so a lot of pieces in the video were no longer accurate. It was a long process—over seven months—and it taught us some things. *Fair Warning.* You know all of this already. The...

January 12, 2017

Developed by the renowned social psychologist, Ellen Langer, the "illusion of control" is the tendency for people to overestimate how much they can control events and outcomes. The classic example is choosing to go on a long road trip rather than take a plane simply because you’re afraid to fly. That said, even if you don’t have a severe phobia when it comes to flying, you’re likely susceptible...

January 12, 2017

1. Bursting at the Seams with Entertainment: “The Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll” has a reputation to uphold and with its epic entertainment portfolio, Memphis is living up to that catchphrase. At any given time, big-name bands, theater performances and festivals can be enjoyed by thousands, including the Memphis in May International Festival. This highly-recognized event brings in more than $88...

January 12, 2017

Choosing a place to retire can be complicated. Potential residents need to know what the area offers beyond the typical golf course and community activities. Other important factors should play a large role in your choice of location: quality of health care, tax rates, safety, cost of living, and proximity to transit for when your family wants to pay a visit. Here are five of our featured...

January 09, 2017

Are you dealing with once-in-a-quarter-century rainfall and flooding in northern and central California? The first priority is personal safety. Don’t venture into parts of your home or business that have signs of structural damage. If you need help finding immediate shelter, we recommend you find the closest open shelter or contact the Northern California Red Cross. Once the worst has passed and...

January 05, 2017

Moving is stressful enough without having to sift through the misleading information that comes with too many truck rental companies. You’ve already got enough on your plate without going 20 rounds at the reservation counter. Fortunately, there’s a better solution. But first, let’s take a minute to point out what makes it so frustrating to rent a moving truck in the first place.   Why...

December 30, 2016

1. Art, Music, Theatre, Parades, and Events: More than just having a cultural district, Philadelphia is deeply entwined with its arts, entertainment and event traditions. From the Art Institute of Philadelphia to The Curtis Institute of Music, there are six highly regarded institutions for higher education in the arts. The Walnut Street theater is the oldest continuously running theater in the...

December 28, 2016

Because we handle such a diverse range of storage projects, a lot of our customers use cardboard boxes and a lot of them use plastic containers. It depends on a range of factors including price, project length, and ongoing use. But when it comes to holiday and Christmas storage space at home, plastic containers tend to be the better option overall. Here’s why.   What Makes Christmas and...

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