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May 10, 2016

Often, though not always, vintage homes are found in incredibly desirable locations near the city center. Ever since there's been civilization, social status has been conferred by living in the middle of the action. Thus, depending on the current condition and maintenance schedule, historic homes can be a money pit or a savvy real estate investment. It's simple supply-and-demand. There are only...

May 09, 2016

1. Storage Solutions for Smaller Homes: The fundamental problem, for many, is simply that they own more stuff than they have space for. As a side effect of the Great Recession, the first half of the decade saw a decrease in the average square footage of new homes in the Portland area. But no matter what the housing trends were last year or next, it doesn't change the fact that the city has 15...

May 04, 2016

A lot of people own multiple homes in their lifetime, but how do you make it work when you decide the time has come to upgrade by buying a new home? If you thought the mortgage loan process was cumbersome and stressful as a first-time home buyer, wait till you try to buy your second or third home. There are a number of strategies that can enable you to take on an extra home mortgage without...

April 28, 2016

Only in America, as many comedians have observed, will homeowners leave a $25,000 car exposed in the driveway, and keep tons of worthless junk safe in the garage. It's funny at first, but when you realize your garage is full of stuff you just don't have any room for in the other parts of your house, you might start to feel like the butt of the joke. Fortunately, you can get the last laugh if you...

April 27, 2016

1. Roasting and Espresso Equipment: Seattle is known, first and foremost, for its coffee. Our climate-controlled storage units provide continuously moderate temperatures and well-maintained storage space for stowing any extra coffee roasting and espresso-making equipment you may have. That said, to maintain a cost-effective storage facility, we had to forgo refrigeration and strict humidity...

April 26, 2016

1. Alpine Storage: A lot of people know Denver, Colorado as an entry point for Colorado's world-class ski terrains and mountain resorts. It's one thing to rent or travel with your ski equipment when visiting from out-of-town. Local residents, however, tend to accumulate a good amount of ski gear that they don't use during the offseason. It's not just downhill, cross-country, and snowboarding,...

April 25, 2016

A lot of people own multiple homes in their lifetime, but how do you make it work when you decide the time has come to upgrade by buying a new home? If you thought the mortgage loan process was cumbersome and stressful as a first-time home buyer, wait till you try to take on a second mortgage. There are a number of strategies that can enable you to take on a second mortgage—temporarily or long-...

April 21, 2016

If you are a college student who has been living in the dorms, you might be thinking about going home to see your parents -- well, let's face it, your friends and your parents. Chances are good that you won't have the same dorm when you return, either, regardless of whether you are planning on spending another year in the dorms or if you are looking to move into an off-campus...

April 20, 2016

There is a reason we feel good with simplicity. When you visit a website that is not cluttered with ads, images, and bizarre a-symmetrical texts, it is much more enjoyable to read, correct? This is because simplicity brings humans happiness. Whether it is a website you visit, your daily routine, or the space you are living, getting rid of clutter and bringing more simplicity into your life is...

April 20, 2016

A lot of charming, older homes have one thing that give pause to both current residents and potential home-buyers: the bathrooms are too small. In appealing downtown areas, wealthier homebuyers with smaller families are all too ready to sacrifice bedroom space for a more reasonably-sized bathroom. If you're lucky, the home design allows for a relatively simple expansion of the existing bathroom...

April 14, 2016

When spring arrives, spring cleaning takes over in many households. You want to get rid of clutter, scrub all those nooks and crannies you haven't seen all winter, and make your house shine like new. Tackling spring cleaning all at once can feel like an overwhelming proposition, but by breaking it into smaller tasks, you can have your home looking neat and clean in no time. ...

April 14, 2016

Disaster preparation encompasses a wide range of resources and precautions. The most basic recommendations suggest food and water storage plus emergency cash, while more specialized preparation strategies tend to discuss things like the 16 uses of pine sap for wilderness survival. You can also get a sense for where you fall along this spectrum of preparedness by taking this quiz from National...

April 12, 2016

Underestimate the size of your summer camp supplies at your own peril. If this is your first year sending your kid away to summer camp, you may feel overwhelmed with the supply shopping list. Moreover, buying all the relevant gear and getting it to camp is only part of the equation. Check out the size of these summer camp storage trunks, for example. Now, these trunks may be perfect for all your...

April 11, 2016

One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make during their kitchen renovation is to underestimate how long the renovation will take. Only after sitting down and having a serious conversation with their kitchen remodeler do homeowners begin to appreciate how long their kitchen space is going to be out of commission. And that's assuming that the contractor gives it to you straight: 3-4...

April 08, 2016

Looking to take on a major home organization project? A commonly deployed strategy is the use of pre-designated sorting piles. One problem we've noticed, however, is that even the longer lists fail to mention storage for de-cluttering your home as a viable resource. This is why Closetbox is known by savvy folks as the secret 5th pile for home organization.  Our convenient and reliable...

April 07, 2016

Look outside and you will see that spring is here! The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and flowers are blooming. It's time to pull out the short sleeves, shorts, and cute skirts, and put away the all that winter gear like coats, hats, and gloves. You could stash your winter clothes in your full-to-the-brim garage, or you could leave the storing to the professionals and hand them over...

April 06, 2016

Moving into a freshman dorm in a few weeks? Have a kid who's preparing to leave for college? When you sit down as a family to discuss what's going to happen with the old bedroom, here are 3 different college storage solutions that can make the transition easier and more positive for everyone involved.   1. Putting Something in Your Empty Nest A lot of parents help take the bite out of...

April 05, 2016

The very idea of a basement is something that can divide people into two camps. These cool, dark spaces can be great for sleeping at any time of the day, for creating a first-class home theater space, and for general storage. For other people and other homes, these spaces are creepy, moldy, and unfit for most residential purposes. That said, in many areas across the country, there are no...

April 04, 2016

Often, each individual attic presents a different set of storage opportunities and challenges. For many people, the attic is the go-to for their home storage needs. At the same time, attic storage is often vulnerable to mold and water damage, fire and heat damage, and all manner of pests. There is typically low-ceiling clearance. Not to mention inadequate floor support.   Practical Limits...

April 01, 2016

1. Film, Tech, and Music Storage: When it comes it film, tech, and music storage, it starts with South by Southwest and any number of venues, acts, and vendors that have supplies which are only used a handful of times a year. It starts with South by, but it certainly doesn't end there. Maybe you're a contractor or media hardware company that is part of the city's large film industry. Maybe you're...

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