Spooky Self Storage: Be Careful When You Store Your Halloween Decorations

Goblins and witches and werewolves, oh my! It’s that spooky time of year again, and Halloween is only a few weeks away. You’re busy carving pumpkins, decorating your front yard, and buying Halloween treats. Decorations for this scary night have come a long way in the last decade. In the past, a glowing jack-o-lantern was the traditional decoration. If you carved one with unique features, it was a big deal. Now we have everything from strings of purple and orange lights to a 6 foot animated Freddy Kreuger.

Costumes have also evolved through the years, and there is no shortage of ideas. Specialty Halloween stores lure you with a variety of weird costumes and frightening masks, and they’re not inexpensive. You can be anything from a glittering emoji to Demogorgon from Stranger Things. Couples, group and family costumes are available in everything from Scooby Doo to Harry Potter. There are no limits to your Halloween vision.

After a festive night of trick or treating, you’ll want to put those costumes and decorations back into your self storage unit. Deflate your inflatables, pack up those costumes, and bubble wrap the animatronics. But, be warned, there are certain spooky creatures that you may want to avoid storing in your unit. 

If You Store These Spooky Creatures, Be Ready for Trouble

Skeletons

That bag of bones looks harmless enough, but they have some nasty habits. Skeletons love to dress up. They will tear open your bags and boxes to find their idea of a perfect outfit (don’t ask). After they dress up they “party like it’s your birthday.” Their idea of a good time is making a mess (just like your kids). They’ll tear open boxes, overturn shelving and then break down the rolling door so that they can find the nearest graveyard and hang out with the “walking dead.”

Witches

Witches are the mean girls of the netherworld. Their idea of a good time is casting spells on creatures and humans that they don’t like. Remember The Craft? If you put them in your storage unit they’re sure to make trouble with the ghouls and werewolves. Before long they will be fighting with all of the other creatures and lighting fires under the cauldron so they can brew magic potions. Try explaining that to the fire department.

Ghouls

Ghouls drool. There’s no getting around it. They will slobber all over everything in the unit. You’ll have creepy mold and mildew everywhere. And when they slobber into the witch’s cauldron, there will be an argument that will make an eruption at Mt. St. Helens look like the overflow from a shaken can of Coke. The screeching and howling will wake the dead, who will join the party.

Ghosts

Ghosts are quiet. They won’t make much noise, and they’ll walk through boxes and walls without destroying any of your stored items. But you’ll be sorry if you store them in your unit. They are super mischievous. These ghostly troublemakers will fly all over the property trying to scare the staff and prospective customers. If you store paperwork in your unit, they’ll rearrange it and change names and numbers. They’ll put your Christmas ornaments in with your Easter baskets and change the lock on your unit. It’s time to buy some bolt cutters.

Werewolves

Storing a werewolf in your unit is just asking for trouble. Because of their shape-shifting power, you might think you’re storing a cute little lion cub. But, as soon as you close and lock the door, that huge werewolf will break out and start looking for dinner. If he decides to bring his meal back to his new home and eat in the unit, you’ll be overrun with creatures of a different variety.

Vampires

Never store vampires and werewolves in the same unit. Everything you own will be bloodstained and covered in bite marks. There will be some ugly conflicts because they have a strong dislike for each other. Vampires think of themselves as aristocratic, whereas werewolves are more laid back. Think Prince Philip and Larry the Cable Guy. Be sure to visit only during the day, and keep your wooden stake and silver bullets handy. If there’s a confrontation, you don’t want to be in the middle. They clearly don’t like each other. It’s really an issue of superiority complexes: who is the bigger, badder creature? 

Take Away

You all know we’re only kidding. These creatures don’t really exist. You buy them at the Halloween store in the form of animatronics, inflatables, or just plain old decorations, use them for Halloween and then put them in storage. This was all just a crazy Halloween joke. Or was it?

Working From Home: How Self Storage Can Help

Working from home, once considered a luxury, is now an everyday occurrence. Flexibility, cost savings, fewer distractions, and less stress are just a few of the advantages gained when your commute is just a few steps from your bedroom. Being able to do your job from home, however, also comes with some disadvantages.

Many professionals have feelings of isolation being away from bosses and colleagues and have to be more creative to stay engaged and in touch with their co-workers. The distractions at home differ from those in the workplace. Friends, family members, and especially children can be very demanding of your attention when you’re physically present. You have to make it known that when you are working, you cannot be interrupted unless it’s an emergency.

Working from home takes a lot of self-discipline and dedication. It’s not easy to stay motivated over the long run without giving in to the distractions and losing your drive. Nevertheless, you can have the best of both worlds with a little effort and a lot of good advice.

The following work from home tips will keep you motivated and moving forward in your working from home adventure.

Work From Home Tips
Tip 1:  Use Self Storage to Create a Designated Work Space 

This is probably the most important step in your work from home journey. Sitting at the dining room table, standing at the kitchen counter, or hanging out in the family room will not work. Family will see you in the dining room and instantly need something, the TV is in the family room and you’ll decide to take a 10-minute break to watch a morning show, and food is in the kitchen – no explanation needed.

This is where a safe, secure self-storage unit comes in to play. You need a space at home for an office. Whether you choose a spare bedroom or the room originally designated as office space that’s been turned into a playroom, you need a self-storage solution. You don’t want to get rid of the furniture, but your space at home is exhausted. Self storage gives you the cost effective option of being able to keep your belongings and set up your new office. Problem solved.

Tip 2: Outfit Your Office with Comfortable, Functional Furniture

You’ve gone to the trouble of emptying a space for yourself. Now you need to invest in functional office furniture. If you have the space, buy a large desk, a bookcase or bookshelves, and a comfy office chair. A separate table or cabinet to use as a printer stand and supply storage is a good idea. If you’re a person who is sensitive to their surroundings, add wall decor, carpeting, and whatever else you need to make sure this is a place you’ll look forward to being in every day.

Tip 3:  Invest in Quality Technology

Buy whatever you need to comfortably and effectively do your job. You’ll probably have to purchase a desktop, laptop, or tablet, and depending on the nature of your work, you may need to invest in hardware or software. Working from home may require more than chat messages, so you need a router that will keep up. An outdated router may be prone to common network issues. If you have older but not outdated technology that you want to keep, put it in your storage space for now. You can decide what to do with it later.

Tip 4:   Set Real Work Hours

Make a commitment to set specific work hours. In most cases, working from home allows you flexibility in setting your schedule. Whether you need to start after you get the kids started on their school routine, or you want to work the hours when you are most productive, commit to those time constraints. Communicate this schedule to your boss and your team.

Tip 5: Update Your To-Do List Every Day

Without having a boss breathing down your neck, it can be challenging to keep track of your tasks. Set goals and times to complete each task. When you complete a task, cross it off the list. This is a simple, but psychologically fulling technique.

Tip 6:  Develop a Morning Routine

Set an alarm, so that you commit to a regular wake-up time. Shower, eat breakfast, and prepare your lunch, just as you would if you were going to your office. Don’t work in your pajamas. If you get dressed you’re getting yourself in the right mindset for work. You’ll be more alert, focused, and productive.

Tip 7: Maintain Healthy Habits

Build exercise into your day – maybe an early morning trip to the gym or a lunchtime walk. Whatever works for you. Exercise will keep you energized and productive. Eat healthy meals and snacks.

Tip 8: Stay Away From Social Media

Unless you have to engage on approved channels for your job, avoid mindless use of social media. If you aren’t careful, social media can eat into your time and lessen your productivity.

Tip 9: Use Video Chat

Video chat is a great way to stay connected to your team. There are many applications available: Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, Facetime, Google Hangouts, and Cospace. Make it a point to chat with coworkers and clients each day.

Tip 10: Don’t Let Work Invade Your Personal Space

Working from home can creep into your personal life. As mentioned in Tip 4, set specific work hours, and stick to them. At the end of the day, shut down your laptop and shut your office door. Your family and your team will thank you.

Working from home is no longer a novel concept, but it takes more than a high-speed internet connection and video conferencing to work from home effectively. Achieving a work-life balance takes self-discipline. And don’t forget about that self storage unit. If materials and equipment start to consume your space, you have a secure place for the clutter.

For more tips and information check Top 32 Working From Home Tips.  Enjoy your work from home journey!

Self Storage in the Galaxy – May The 4th Be With You

Did you ever wonder about self storage in the galaxy? Would it look anything like the self storage of today? Did they offer security and convenience, provide climate control and give you a problem-free self storage experience? Maybe so, but on this Star Wars Day 2020, let’s imagine for a minute…

Self Storage A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Not surprisingly, the Storage kings of Star Wars are the Jawas, meter tall creatures completely hidden behind their dark, hand-woven robes. Their faces are concealed within their hoods, with the exception of their glowing yellow eyes. They are kind of scary looking for self-storage owners, but standards are different on the desert planet of Tatooine, millions of miles from the center of the galaxy.

Jawas are scavengers by nature. They travel the dunes of Tatooine in search of junk and scrap metal that they can rebuild as the equipment that the moisture farmers of this desert planet so desperately need. Regrettably, it’s not easy to find junk on Tatooine, and it isn’t lucrative, so the Jawas had to devise a more stable side business to finance their meager existence. After long hours of Jawaese jabbering, they decided to launch Sandcrawler Self Storage, using the sandcrawlers that they had originally adapted as their homes. Charges would vary for different sized units, security was already in place due to the Jawas’ cobbled-together weaponry, and just maybe they could negotiate a few extra items for their junk stash.

Because sandcrawlers are immense as well as mobile, they could easily be used as a kind of portable, on demand storage company for the Tatooine population and anyone else in need of self storage. Jawas have no loyalties. Whethver the Empire or the Rebel Alliance, they see everyone as merely another business opportunity. And they were ready and willing to accommodate any paying customer.

When Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca decided that they needed secure vehicle storage for their Millenium Falcon, X-Wing Fighters, and other spacecraft, the Jawas carved out “space ship parking” in the desert fortresses where they lived in their sandcrawlers. When Princess Leia needed secure storage for the data tapes that held the secret plans for the first Death Star, the Jawas built a concealed space under the floor of one of the sandcrawlers. This group from the Rebel Alliance was a good source of referrals for the Jawas, and spread the word about their problem-free storage experience with Sandcrawler Self Storage.

The Jawas’ biggest customers, though, were the specialized Stormtrooper Corps, the Sandtroopers, who had extra equipment and weapons that were large and cumbersome and needed to be stored when they weren’t being used.  When Darth Vader sent them to Tatooine to search for the tapes containing the Death Star Plans, they were equipped with additional armor and helmets augmented with cooling fans, large shoulder pads, and heavy blaster rifles. The items that they weren’t using regularly were secure and well hidden in the Sandcrawler storage units, leaving the Sandtroopers free to spend their days searching the desert for the missing plans. Little did they know that those plans were hidden closer than they ever imagined.

The Jawas enjoyed the profits from their self storage business, and managed to collect some of the overflow from the Sandtrooper equipment for their junk collection. Legend has it that there was a lot of backroom negotiating for those Death Star plans. Some will say that, surprisingly, Sandcrawler Storage was trusted to store some of Darth Vader’s backup light sabers. Quite a coup for the Jawas.

No, they didn’t rent trucks, feature regular specials, or provide digital video monitoring. They didn’t offer climate control or moving and packing supplies. But where else could you find storage in a sandcrawler, managed by a bunch of tiny humanoids with weird-looking weapons to guard your stuff? Who knows? Self storage space stations may be closer than you think.

On this celebrated Star Wars Day, 2020, “May the Force Be With You.”