Christmas Ornament Storage: Protect Your Heirlooms

Christmas Ornament Storage: Protect Your Heirlooms

Storing fragile glass Christmas ornaments isn’t complicated. But do it wrong and you could damage your favorite holiday heirlooms so that spots and peeling occur, like in the photos below. Often these days, our instinct is to put anything special in a plastic box before throwing it out of the house. We assume that will keep our stuff safe. But for fragile vintage ornaments and many other items, plastic is not a good idea because it can actually trap small amounts of existing moisture insi...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
January 1, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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Public Storage Float Photos: Behind the Scenes

Public Storage Float Photos: Behind the Scenes

Before the event, we hid the details of our Public Storage Rose Parade float so that it would be a special surprise on New Year's Day. We didn't want people to know that the spaceship would open up and our three "space" aliens would glide out to greet the crowd. Now that the parade is over, however, we can't wait tell you more about our Grand Marshal's Trophy prize winner and how it worked! First, you should know that there was a team of six people on board the float as it moved down the parade...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
December 31, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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How to Wear and Care for Vintage Fashion

How to Wear and Care for Vintage Fashion

Ring in the new year in a vintage gown like a glamorous star of the silver screen, and join celebrities like Julia Roberts and Chloë Sevigny, who are admired for wearing looks from the past on the red carpet. They know no one else will show up in the same thing and that vintage fashion is often made of unique and beautiful materials with quality craftsmanship. Vintage evening wear can often be found for a more affordable price than purchasing new. Guest blogger Jill Morena cares for and exh...
Posted by: Public Storage
December 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM
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How to Adopt a Dog That’s Right for Your Space

How to Adopt a Dog That’s Right for Your Space

There may be no greater gift for your family, or for an animal, than to bring home a pet for the holidays, but you should consider planning ahead to organize your living space before you adopt a dog so that your gift is a success. Also be sure that you’re choosing a pet that fits your household. Of course it is important to consider the size of your space and your lifestyle before you select one. If you know the breed, or consult with a vet, you should be able to tell how large the animal ...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
December 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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Public Storage's Rose Parade Float is a Labor of Love

Public Storage's Rose Parade Float is a Labor of Love

Most people who watch the Rose Parade have no idea of the work that goes into all that New Year's Day fun. There's welded steel holding up millions of pretty flowers, and there are months, sometimes years of planning on the part of a handful of float builders. In just two short weeks, Public Storage will proudly show off three fun−loving “space” aliens on our first float. But the project really began way back in January as all floats do, with a creative idea, a drawing and a lo...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
December 18, 2013 at 5:18 PM
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Storing and Caring for Vintage Cameras and Equipment

Storing and Caring for Vintage Cameras and Equipment

You can tell an old–school camera aficionado by the way he stores his lenses (upright, with the front and rear lens caps on), said Fred Silvers, general manager of Bel Air Camera, an L.A. institution since 1957. Fred has been collecting and caring for vintage cameras for decades and remembers how difficult it was to get a good shot back in the day, before automatic settings, camera phones and portable equipment. "It took knowledge and expertise; It’s an art form," said Fred, who host...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
November 27, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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How to Brine and Carve a Thanksgiving Turkey

How to Brine and Carve a Thanksgiving Turkey

Preparing a turkey is an important Thanksgiving holiday event. You’re facing family, maybe even your in&#8208laws, and you want to impress. Well, we at Public Storage have got you covered, thanks to expert turkey recipe and carving tips from our pal Richard Hanna, a lead chef instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts near Los Angeles. If you’re using a frozen turkey, start thawing it in the fridge now and leave it in for two days, depending on its size. Then brine the...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
November 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM
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Public Storage is Making History with its Rose Parade Float

Public Storage is Making History with its Rose Parade Float

It doesn’t seem like New Year’s Day without watching the Rose Parade in the morning and the Rose Bowl game in the afternoon—at least on television. It will be especially exciting for all of us at Public Storage to see our first company float travel down the Colorado Boulevard parade route in Pasadena on January 1—with three friendly “space“ aliens on board. We also can’t wait to invite two of our Facebook fans to join us with their own tickets to the par...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
November 8, 2013 at 11:34 AM
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Celebrating Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights!

Celebrating Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights!

Like every year at this time, today I’m thinking back to the sweet scent of jasmine and rose petals, the look of vibrant traditional attire, and the sound of friends and family laughing over sweet and savory treats. I’ve worked at Public Storage in California for 24 years, but today I’m reminiscing of my years in Mumbai and the Diwali season that starts today. Everyone celebrates the five-day “festival of lights” with candles and fireworks. It’s just one big b...
Posted by: Seema Kacker
November 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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How to Get Rid of Clutter

How to Get Rid of Clutter

Cory Chalmers has tips that can help you clear clutter from your home. After all, he was involved in creating the TV show Hoarders and was featured in dozens of episodes, talking people out of their extreme messy habits in front of the camera. “A lot of hoarders see use in everything. An old mayonnaise jar is a new storage container,” said Cory, a retired paramedic and fire captain who has been helping hoarders clean up for 18 years through his company Steri-Clean. Often he finds peo...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
October 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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How to Plan the Ultimate Tailgating Party

How to Plan the Ultimate Tailgating Party

People choose self storage when they're going through some sort of change, whether relocating to a smaller house, remodeling or just decluttering. Even a change in seasons can inspire a trip to a storage unit. If it's fall, it must be time to store personal watercraft, pull out the pigskin and start watching football! We're celebrating this connection between storage and sports seasons with help from guest blogger Sydney Fong and her tips on throwing the perfect tailgating party. Sydney (picture...
Posted by: Public Storage
October 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM
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New Public Storage New York City Facility Complete

New Public Storage New York City Facility Complete

Karl Gill is excited to welcome Public Storage customers to the top floor of one of the largest storage facilities in the country for the first time this week. He thinks everyone will appreciate the shiny new storage units, right across the Harlem River from Manhattan. “Competitors, they have all come by to look because it’s pretty impressive,” said Karl, who is an on-site district manager of the facility. He and his 14-member team make sure things run smoothly at a self storag...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
October 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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8 Must-Have Finance Tips For College Students

8 Must-Have Finance Tips For College Students

Organizing and managing finances can be a daunting task for students heading to college for the first time this month and for anyone on the threshold of their careers and adult lives. Check out our financial tips to simplify the process and help lay the foundation for financial success in college and beyond—even if you are a starving student. 1.    Beware of Credit Cards:  Credit cards can be very tempting with free offers attached to them. However always remember that ...
Posted by: Seema Kacker
September 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM
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The Best Mobile Apps for Managing a Busy Lifestyle

The Best Mobile Apps for Managing a Busy Lifestyle

  In this back-to-school season of scheduling and multitasking, we figure busy moms and college students could use a little help staying organized and managing limited time. Our list of the smartest mobile apps for scheduling, banking and organizing can help us all reduce stress and carve out a little more time in our days.  And who couldn’t use that? Check out this list of our 8 favorite mobile apps for organization and multitasking! Evernote:  This app helps you remember a...
Posted by: Seema Kacker
September 17, 2013 at 10:00 AM
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Celebrate National Grandparents Day

Celebrate National Grandparents Day

At Public Storage we like to talk about saving vintage heirlooms to remind ourselves of important family members, whether grandma’s sterling place settings or a favorite uncle’s wide-brimmed fedoras.  Today, however, is not a day to focus on things that bring good memories. It’s about making the effort to engage with the people who helped create those stories, the patriarchs or matriarchs of your family, or even an esteemed neighbor or friend. Today is National Grandparent...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
September 8, 2013 at 7:00 AM
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