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Tip for Storing Rugs and Carpets

When you rent a storage space, it’s important to know the best way to store your belongings so they’ll be in the same condition when you take them out of storage as they were when you put them in. That’s particularly important with rugs and carpets, which can be susceptible to damage from many sources. Because rugs and carpets are made of fabric, they need to be stored with a great deal of care. Exposure to moisture, rodents, or insects can ruin them beyond repair. With that in mind, here’s our quick guide to the proper way to store rugs and carpets. Cleaning Rugs and Carpets The first step to take before storing your rug or carpet is to clean it...

Renting a Storage Unit: Getting the Size Right

When you decide to rent a storage unit, the first question you need to ask is how much storage space you need for your belongings. Even when you know what you need to store, it can be difficult to correctly estimate your storage needs. At Storage West, we have the expertise to help you determine the best storage unit for your belongings. Here’s what you need to know. Why Do You Need a Storage Space? The first question is why you need a storage space. Some people need a space to store everything they own. Others just need a spot to put their seasonal items, such as ski equipment, clothing, and holiday decorations, during the off-season. Businesses sometimes need a...

Holiday Checklists

For most people the next few weeks will be a swirl of activity: shopping, baking, wrapping gifts, attending parties, decorating, entertaining. It all leads up to the big day — whether that is Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s or some other day for your family. One way to stay organized during this busy time is to create holiday checklists. Some experts recommend that you create an entire binder of checklists, but if this is your first time, start with one or two lists and then apply what you’ve learned. You can always invest in a binder for next year. Master Checklist Your master checklist should include the general things that you need to complete for the season. Be sure to put...

Holiday Baking: Getting Ready for the Baking Season

The holiday season is a time of celebration. One of the things that sets this time of year apart is that many of us do the bulk of our annual baking near the holidays. Cookies are a Christmas staple, but so are other favorites, including pies, cakes, and other sweet treats. If you want to get a jump-start on the baking season this year, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together this quick guide to help you shop for supplies and come up with some creative ways to use your kitchen this holiday season. The Baker’s Shopping List Let’s start with the grocery store. We don’t know what special supplies you might need for your cherished holiday recipes,...

Recipe: Fish and Chips

Very few people try fish and chips and do not love them.  It can be difficult to find authentic and tasty fish and chips so why not make your own with this simple recipe.   Chips taste great doused in malt vinegar much nicer and tastier than ketchup.   1 3/4 cup of plain flower 1 teaspoon baking soda Salt Approximately 1 cup of water 2 pounds of fresh cod, preferably the thicker cut.  You can use other white fish, but cod is by far the tastiest in this dish.   Oil for deep fat frying Chips: Two pounds of potatoes peeled and cut in strips.  Soak in salted water while you prepare the fish and get ready to fry.  This will prevent...

Atascocita Self Storage – Take the tour

Welcome to our Atascocita Self Storage Facility.  Take the tour of our facility.  We are currently offering web Specials,  50% off first month and a FREE move in truck.  

Moving in the Fall: The Pros and Cons of Moving During the Autumn Months

Moving is a challenge at any time of year, but is one time of year better than another for transitioning to a new home? There are arguments to be made for any season but moving in the fall has some distinct advantages. With that in mind, here’s our take on the pros and cons of moving in the fall. The Pros of Moving in the Fall Moving in the fall is different from moving at any other time of year. There are some great things about moving in the autumn and they illustrate why we think the fall may be the perfect time for your move. Fall Weather is Temperate The first big pro of moving in the fall is...

Preparing for Black Friday Shopping

Organization is not limited to keeping your stuff in the right place. It also applies to preparing for big events like holidays and parties. In November it can also mean preparing for Black Friday, the biggest shopping event of the year. Here are a few tips to help you get ready and get shopping. Start with the List The list is the core of your Black Friday experience. It begins with all the gifts you plan to buy for family and friends and expands to include any holiday items like decorations and clothing, you need to acquire. Lastly, be sure to add any household and personal items you’ve been needing for yourself or your family that you know are cheaper...

Christmas Decorations on a Tight Budget

It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is almost here again. Thanksgiving will be here before long, and right after that, it will be time to pull out our Christmas decorations and deck the halls! Of course, if you’ve just moved to a new home or you want to decorate without spending too much, you may be on the lookout for Christmas decorations that you can afford on a tight budget. We’re here to help! Here are some suggestions to keep the season bright without breaking the bank. Re-purpose Empty Glass Jars and Bottles One easy way to bring some holiday cheer to your home is to save old glass bottles and jars. Simply soak them to remove the labels....

How to Prepare Your Snow Gear for Ski Season

In some parts of the country, ski season has already begun. If you’re a skiing enthusiast, that means that even if you haven’t taken your first ski trip of the season, you’re eager to prep your gear and hit the slopes. Many of our Storage West clients store their ski equipment with us in the off season. With that in mind, here are some pointers to help you get your snow gear in perfect shape for ski season. Skis Let’s start with the one thing that makes skiing possible: your skis! Here are some tips to help you get them ready for the new season. If you stored your skis with a fresh coat of wax, you should begin by...

Northpointe Self Storage – Take the Tour

Welcome to our Northpointe Self Storage facility virtual tour.  We are currently offering Web Specials, 50% off first two months and yes a FREE move in truck. 

This is No Ordinary Camper

It used to be that campers were strictly utilitarian vehicles, designed to get people from one spot to another and provide them with a sheltered place to sleep. That’s no longer the case. We have some clients at Storage West who store their RV’s and Campers  prior to taking off on their trips.  One thing that we’ve learned is that camper living isn’t what it used to be. The Living Vehicle 2020 is a case in point. What is the Living Vehicle? The Living Vehicle 2020, or LV2020 for short, is something its manufacturer describes like this: Net-Zero vehicle capable of supporting the best possible human life. The best way we can describe it is to say that it’s a...

How to Store Your Summer Furniture for the Winter

Autumn is here and that means that for many of us, it’s time to store our summer furniture. The key, of course, is to clean and store it properly, so that it’s in great condition and ready to use when the warm weather returns. At Storage West, we understand how important it is to protect your summer furniture. Here’s some advice on how to prep and store your outdoor furniture this fall. Storing Outdoor Cushions and Fabric Items A lot of summer furniture has cushions, and you may also have fabric umbrellas and hammocks that help you enjoy the summer heat. Here are some pointers for storing fabric items. Wash all pillow covers and hammocks and dry them thoroughly before...

Texas Pushes to Keep Its Teachers

Educating children is one of the most important responsibilities that adults have. In Texas, Education Commissioner Mike Morath has some ideas about how to improve the state’s educational system. He spoke about them at the State of Public Education Luncheon, which was held on September 30, 2019 in Dallas. According to Morath, the state of Texas spends approximately $63 billion annually on public education. Budgetary increases proposed in 2019 included money to boost pay for public school librarians and teachers, overhaul school financing, and provide property tax relief for schools. Here are some of the key goals that Morath outlined in his speech at the luncheon. Accountability and Monitoring Given the size of Texas and the dollar amounts spent on...

How to Enjoy Halloween at Any Age

It’s the time of the year when green leaves have turned a vibrant red, pumpkin patches are opening up across America, and pumpkin-spice everything is now stocked on store shelves: from popcorn, to coffee, to pancakes. These signs mark the start of the Fall season. While scenic nature and pumpkin spice lattes are the highlight of the autumnal season for many, others anxiously await for Halloween to roll around. Halloween is a holiday which sparks warm childhood memories. People look back fondly at early memories of selecting a Halloween costume with their parents, exchanging costume ideas with their peers at elementary school, and trick-or-treating with friends. While sometimes it can seem as though the magic of Halloween dissipates in adulthood,...

Cinco Ranch self storage – take the tour

Take a tour of our Cinco Ranch Self Storage Facility.  Currently offering move in specials up to 50% off first month and reduced monthly rates on some units.  Free Move In truck.   

Shepherd’s Pie Irish style – Winter comfort foods

Have you ever wondered how to make an authentic Shepherd’s pie?  Now is your chance to delight your family with this heartwarming comfort food.  The secret is in the sauces.  You can freeze leftovers (that is if there are any!).   If you want to make a larger batch and freeze a portion for another day it is best to leave the potato off and freeze the meat sauce by itself then defrost and add the mashed potato on day of cooking.  Ingredients: 1 Large onion chopped 1.5 lbs. of lean ground beef 1 cup peas (Trader Joe’s does English style shelled peas or you can use frozen) 1 cup of diced carrots 1 tsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 2...

Storing Halloween Decorations

Once Halloween is over it’ll be time to take down all your decorations and pack them away with costumes until next fall. While many stores are now offering containers in black and orange for your Halloween needs, successful storage requires more than just buying a few random tubs. You need a plan. Storing Halloween stuff doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out the steps below and set yourself up right for next year! Sort, Sort, Sort The best thing about sorting is that you can start the process while your decorations are still in use. Just walk around and make a list of all Halloween items. Make a note of what you want to keep and, therefore, store, what needs to be...

Oregano’s to Open 3rd location in Scottsdale

Oregano’s, one of Scottsdale’s and Arizona’s most popular Italian restaurants, will be opening a new location in Scottsdale, Arizona. If you are reading this and you live in the area, we’ve probably captured all your attention, just with that one sentence. Now is a time for carb lovers all over Scottsdale to rejoice. Everybody in Scottsdale knows about Oregano’s. Ever since the restaurant was first opened in 1993 over in Old Town Scottsdale, it has become a Scottsdale staple. Within the span of the 25 years Oregano’s has been in business, locations have sprung up all throughout Arizona, from Flagstaff to Tucson. Between the delicious pizzas, wings, cheese-loaded garlic bread, pasta, and most importantly, their pizza cookie, Oregano’s is a...

Katy ISD Removes Its D Letter Grade

Is your child stressed out about school and grades? If so, they’re not alone. According to statistics from the National Institutes of Mental Health, 31.9% of all adolescents in the United States have an anxiety disorder. Even kids who haven’t been diagnosed with anxiety can experience intense stress when dealing with homework, standardized testing, and report cards. As you might expect, parents and educators have been working to devise ways of helping children and teenagers cope with school-related stress. The Katy Independent School District has come up with a unique solution they think will help: eliminating the “D” grade from kids’ report cards. An Update to the Grading System Prior to the recently announced changes, letter grades in the Katy...

H.E.R.O.S. Inc. Moves Its Headquarters to Chandler

It’s always good news for a local economy when a respected company moves into the area. These arrivals nearly always bring new jobs and a boost to other businesses, as well. That’s why Chandler residents are celebrating the relocation of H.E.R.O.S. Inc. headquarters from its original location in California. The opening of its new HQ at the end of 2019 is highly anticipated by everyone involved. About H.E.R.O.S. Inc. H.E.R.O.S. Inc. got its start in Santa Clarita, California in 1988. According to their website, the company provides: One-on-one, customized, quality engine repair and overhaul services for the Model 250 series of engines and accessories. The Model 250 series is a line of helicopter engines manufactured by Rolls Royce. However, H.E.R.O.S....

Fry’s Food Stores to Open New Phoenix Location

Arizona supermarket chain Fry’s Food Stores has recently announced that they will open a new Phoenix location on October 23, 2019. The news is very welcome to Phoenix residents, who have been eager to welcome a new location of the popular store. The new Fry’s location will offer convenience to nearby residents and new job opportunities, as well. Here’s what you need to know. About Fry’s Food Stores Fry’s was founded by Donald Fry in 1954 in Northern California. He operated the business together with his brother, Charles Fry. The chain grew quickly, expanding into the Phoenix area by 1960 and continuing to grow. In 1972, Donald Fry sold the chain to Dillon’s. Charles Fry’s two sons used the money...

Why San Marcos Was Named as One of the Best Suburbs in America

Between the world-famous San Diego Zoo, fresh sea air, and a thriving economy, it’s understandable why millions of people from around the globe have flocked to San Diego. Currently, over 3 million people call San Diego County home. Many purchase homes here looking to invest in real estate, wanting to settle down with a family, or are those just wishing for a change of scenery, and the San Diego area seems to be the perfect place to fulfill those California dreams. While the city of San Diego itself is an exciting place to live, what surrounds the city is a plethora of suburbs. With an extensive list of surrounding towns, it can be overwhelming for one looking to relocate to...

New Data Center Opens in Rancho Cucamonga

It’s common for municipalities to be slow to adopt new technology. After all, they’re using taxpayer money – and must justify spending it on anything new. However, the future of technology is bright in Rancho Cucamonga, where the city has just unveiled its brand new data center. About the New Data Center Rancho Cucamonga’s new data center is part of the city’s recently completed public safety campus, which was built by the fire department. The data center is a state of the art facility that’s designed to help the city in a variety of ways. It is located about three miles from the city’s first data center and will work in conjunction with the existing center to improve conditions for...

Monsoon Season Has Hit the Valley of the Sun After a Late Start

All of those who have grown up in the Phoenix Metro Area can recall memories of fierce monsoons. One moment, the sun is sweltering and the air is dry, and then the next moment, your neighborhood is being covered by harsh rains and the sounds of booming thunder. While monsoons are just a normal part of living in the desert, it seems as though this year, monsoon season is behaving quite differently than it usually does. Monsoon season has come off to a late start this year. The season usually hits the Southwestern United States from July to mid-September, but in 2019, the season has hit Arizona later than it usually does. June 15 through September 30 is considered the...

Houston to Play Key Role in Return to the Moon

It was 50 years ago that astronaut Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon and said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The last time a human being landed on the moon was in 1972. And while there has been a hiatus on lunar exploration, the experts at NASA have long wanted to return. Now, they’ll get that chance, with an expedition planned for 2024. And the Johnson Space Center in Houston will play a key role. Why Return to the Moon? NASA announced its plan to return to the moon with these words:  President Donald Trump has asked NASA to accelerate our plans to return to the Moon and to land humans on...

Summergrass – Live Bluegrass Festival Coming to San Diego Area on August 16

Summer is the perfect time to sit outside and listen to live music. Even in a place that has a mild climate, there is still something special about music, warm weather, and sunshine. Bluegrass fans in the San Diego area can look forward to Summergrass, a live bluegrass festival scheduled on August 16 – 19. What is Summergrass? Summergrass is a summertime bluegrass festival currently in its 17th year. It debuted in the summer of 2003, but the idea for a bluegrass festival had been percolating for a while. The festival came to fruition thanks to the efforts of members of the San Diego Bluegrass Society and The North County Bluegrass and Folk Club. The festival is held at the...

Luxury Housing Development is Coming to Chandler

What’s not to love about Chandler, Arizona? Between the warm weather, plethora of restaurants, and the numerous job opportunities, it comes as no surprise that many are hurriedly relocating to this developing area. Many large technology companies such as Ceiba Technologies, Orbital ATK, and MTI Tech Solutions, have recently sprung up in the Chandler area, providing the city of Chandler with a booming economy. After the market crash of 2008, many Arizona homeowners sadly watched as their property values plummeted. The Arizona real estate market has very much been a buyer’s market throughout the previous decade, but thankfully, recent statistics show that Arizona real estate values are steadily rising. With the market beginning to favor sellers and a swiftly increasing...

How to Safely Store Belongings When Renovating

They say home is where the heart is. It is often our sanctuary after long, stressful days. That is why your living space should be your personal idea of heaven. If your home’s interior aesthetic is becoming outdated, or if you simply dislike the look and feel of your home, you may have thought about home renovation. But remodeling can also get quite messy; entire rooms must be emptied out with their items stowed away. When dealing with remodeling costs, contractors, movers, and more, it can be quite overwhelming dealing with storing belongings. Home renovating can be a time of anticipation, stress, paint, and of course, a lot of dust. You do not want debris ruining your household’s treasured items,...

The State of the Houston, Texas Real Estate Market as of 2019

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and the famous city of Houston is certainly no exception. Houston is a place renowned for it’s larger than life atmosphere and iconic culture that makes Texas, well, Texas. Many wish to relocate to the Lone Star State, but the property and housing market has faced tremendous setbacks in recent years. Luckily, if you are someone who dreaming of moving to Houston, you may not have to postpone your plans much longer. The devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey back in late 2017 saw horrific amounts of property damage. This sadly followed with economic devastation and a property market that unfairly benefitted sellers. The Houston market went into a chaotic state, with demand for...
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