Cargotecture: Shipping Containers as Living Space

How much useful space can you create and pack into a place where you can set a tiny footprint? The answer to this might amaze you. Here is one small and confined living space that teach big lessons on effective storage – and it uses shipping containers!

 

Cargotecture is one of the most innovative ideas for small living homes which uses shipping containers. Conceptualized and created by the Seattle firm, Hybrid Architecture, every hybrid shipping container house is completely assembled on the site. This cargo house provides a feeling of vastness as there are doors on both sides that open onto the redwood deck, which increases the total living area by almost 400 square feet.

With a Euro-style bathroom with a toilet, sink and shower all installed in one, only spread at a total of 12 square feet, lies just across the two-burner electric stove. Two people can easily sleep in the convertible sofa cum bed tucked up against the wall, and another loft bed for up to two kids, folds down from overhead.

These small cargo houses fit in a typical urban backyard and let the city residents to invest small income properties for their kids or relatives.

Images from Cargotecture.com

How On Demand Storage Makes Living in a Large City Easy

If you are living a large city like Seattle or Portland, you usually have to get used to a small area. This is particularly true if you are living in downtown or in other highly populated neighborhood in the metropolitan area, where you need to pay the area per square foot. In this post we share some tips that will help you with the moving process, either by assisting you to find the perfect place and live easier in large cities using on demand storage.

One of the major problems if you have a limited space in a large metropolitan area is crowded closets and living quarters. Finding the right place to stay is quite difficult. Also, transferring from one place to another is not that easy. But, there is a solution to this problem that will not cost you that much and can give you around 25 square feet of space.

Here are some ways on how on demand storage can help you save some money while living in a big city.

You Don’t Have to Spend a Lot With On Demand Storage

Use on demand storage instead of looking for a bigger house, loft or apartment to expand the space in your home. It can help you save money. Rather than picking a space based on its size, it lets you pick a space based on location.

It’s Like Having Another Closet

On demand storage is like adding another closet onto your house that is easier to use. Accessing everything whenever necessary is now easy with an electronic access gate storage unit everywhere. Worrying about grabbing your things being a chore is not a problem since you can find storage units near your house.

On Demand Storage is Designed to Fit Your Unique Situation

What’s great with this on demand storage is that you can put everything you need no matter how extraordinary it is. Whether it is a big space or small space, there is an ideal storage option ready for you.

There is lots of great entertainment; career opportunities and your lifestyle are secured when you live in a large city. But, you don’t need to live in an uncomfortable area to experience the big city feels. You can increase the livable space you have at home by using on-demand
storage without exceeding your budget.

Rather than using some valuable space in your home for your excess stuff, you can try Livible‘s on demand storage today to help you free some of the spaces. Through this, you can take advantage of every square foot that you have.

Ovens: Storage and Handling Tips

In order to keep your oven in good working condition even if you will not use them for the moment, you should know how to store them properly. Here are some quick oven storage and handling tips.

Firstly, you want to make sure that your oven is cleaned properly before you move it. To prevent the formation of mold and mildew from accumulating in your appliance, you need to get rid of any stuck mess. Check if the oven has a self-cleaning setting. It normally takes an hour to complete the cleaning process, from which the oven reaches its highest temperature to burn off the caked-on spills. As soon as it starts to cool down, remove any burnt residues.

There are instances that this setting does not work as expected, so you need to apply some elbow grease before you can store your oven. There are some commercial products that you can find on the market that will help you get rid of the hard to remove stains, but it is best to use a natural substitute. First, remove the racks and put them aside. Then make a paste by combining baking soda and water and rub it in the interior surfaces of your oven. After making sure that you have applied the mixture in every cranny and nook, allow it to stay on it overnight. After 12 hours, remove the mixture using a damp cloth and put some vinegar to any remaining mixture.

Do you need more storage space for your oven and other household items? Livible is easier, more convenient and costs 15% less than self-storage. Check out at www.livible.com.

Save and Store More with Automatic Savings Plans

Finally, with our automatic savings plans you get lower rates the more your store.

Save more with Automatic Savings Plans

You have been asking us to give you a price break if you stored more items. Others wanted pricing that compared directly to self-storage. Good news is – we’ve done both! We still offer our item plan for customers needing small amounts of storage but now provide five plans that provide automatic savings. We track all your items (you’ll notice we now show you the typical dimensions and cubic feet of each of your items) and automatically give you savings with each order. And unlike self-storage, we only bill you for what you actually store and give you a comparable price if you are between sizes.

With the new plans we’re also 10-20% less than traditional self-storage:

automatic savings plans

 

So are you still at the edge of your seat on trying out Livible? With our automatic savings plans, you can store and save more! Sign-up online, pack your boxes and we handle the rest.

 

Dealing with Keepsakes: 7 Tips to Preserve Old Photos

Similar to old clothes, toys and books, the boxes of printed photos can also eat up a valuable space in your home. Worse, if you store these photos in a damp basement or in the warm attic, you take the risk of ruining your precious prints and memoirs. You may have already discarded some boxes of photographs, but for the rest that matters, we share below 7 tips to organize and preserve old photos so you can enjoy and share them with family and friends.

Do not store the photos in the basement or in the attic

Photographs should be store in a stable temperature room, dry and cool room. The basement is too damp that will cause the pictures to become moldy and stick to each other. The attic on the other hand is too warm that could cause the pictures to degrade.

Protect the pictures from light

Too much exposure to light causes pictures to fade, so when keeping pictures in frame, it is best to maybe put the high quality copy instead of the original one.

Write who’s who at the back of the picture, but do not use pen

Use either pencil, or maybe use something that you can stick into the pictures, but never write directly into the pictures, with this, you may also invest with photo enclosures so you may write down special memories in them and not in the picture.

Buy picture enclosures to preserve old photos

If you need to keep those pictures somewhere, it is best to keep them either in picture enclosures or photo albums so that they will never stick together or become moldy. If you choose to put all your photos in a photo album, make sure that they lay flat and are not stacked together as it may case the pictures to stick together and cause damage.

Do not use supplies like fasteners, clips and rubber bands to store photos

Clipping pictures, using fasteners or rubber bands to keep them all together is not a bad idea, however, once you forgot about it, it may cause bent and leave markings on the photos which cannot be restored anymore.

Have a safe workspace

When working on with your old photos, it is best not to have any food or drinks near. And when holding photos, do have the option to wear gloves, and if you do not have, then just hold the pictures on the edges to avoid putting oil in the pictures that could cause damage.

For the most precious photographs, digitize them

Pick those precious photos that you want to cherish, scan them and save them either on a flash drive, in your computer, or upload them in photo applications so that you will never lose that moment.

Need more storage to preserve old photos and keepsakes? Now it’s more convenient and affordable if you just need to store some boxes of your old photos and prints through Livible. Feel free to contact us!

Quick Fixes for an Organized Closet

Have you ever wondered why your closet seems to always be disarranged even if you just fixed it the other night? Us too! For some, fixing a closet could be an easy task but for many, it could be a nightmare! But here are a few tips on how you can keep your closets neatly arranged and clean.

Take out your huge obstacles to an organized closet

If your shoes are too space-consuming, you can take them out and buy a
shoe-rack where you can place them all on. You can also buy thinner hangers for you clothes.

Ask you family to get involved

Why don’t you make this boring task a fun bonding for you and your
family. Help each other in folding clothes and hanging dresses. That will bring you closer for sure!

Throw Old Stuff

You can throw whatever it is that you don’t need, like the overgrown
shirts and small pants. Or give it away if it still looks okay. It would save
you a lot of space.

Organize in Sections

You can try buying small boxes for the underwear and hanger where you can hang your bras. You can also arrange your closet according to colors, so it wouldn’t be hard for you to sort thing out.

These are only some of the tweaks but it’s a good start to achieve an organized closet. Or better yet, extend your closet with Livible! Sign-up online, pack your boxes and we handle the rest.

Image by: Shantrice16 via Wikimedia Commons

Are there books you can live without?

Are there books you can live without?

If you feel your books are already eating up your living space, then perhaps it’s time to declutter. Three quick things you can do:

1. Let go of any book you haven’t read yet that has been on your shelves for more than six months.

2. Pick books off your shelves that you’d love to share with someone else, and then send them off.

3. Or better yet, download the Livible app to get started.

Terry Drayton Talks About Self-Storage Disruptive Innovation

Livible CEO and Founder, Terry Drayton Talks About Self-Storage Disruptive Innovation at the Self-Storage Association, Spring Show 2016

Hello, my name is Terry Drayton and I’m the founder & CEO of Livible. This is my 9th startup. I’ve raised over half a billion dollars for them and created a number of successful, world class businesses. All were logistics and technology innovators.

Livible provides on demand storage, also known as valet storage or full service storage. We’re a classic disruptor. Simpler to use via 2 minutes on our app. More convenient as we go right to the customers’ door. Already cheaper for urban customers with smaller needs. And long term we’ll be cheaper for all customers due to warehouse economics.

So are we a threat to self-storage? Absolutely. Some of the smartest people in your industry see us as Netflix and you as Blockbuster. What you may not know is that Blockbuster blew several early opportunities to work with Netflix. At the time Blockbuster was recording record profits and very complacent, actually dismissive, of upstarts. Does that sound familiar? A few years later they were bankrupt and Netflix was worth billions.

A more optimistic analogy is AT&T. They were dominant in fixed line and pay phones but saw mobile coming and moved aggressively to embrace it. Now they are all about mobile with data their newest growth area. And they are still worth
billions.

So we’re a threat but we’re an even bigger opportunity for smart incumbents! Let’s start by asking you one question: Are you in the storage business or in the self-storage business?

If you answer the former then we have a lot to talk about. And, unlike the other on demand players, we respect your businesses and want to partner with you to help you participate in the coming disruption. Our model is very straight forward. First, you start offering both self-storage and on demand storage to all your prospects and customers. Second, we store everything at your facilities. Third, we operate the logistics and provide all the technology. It’s a win-win!

 

On-Demand Storage Versus Traditional Self Storage – Livible Releases Recent Survey Results

Livible Releases Recent Survey Results on On-Demand Storage Versus Traditional Self Storage

With 50,000+ self-storage facilities in the United States it
is pretty clear that Americans love having ample storage space at affordable rates. But before investing, developers may want to review a recent consumer survey conducted by Livible, an on-demand storage company. The nationwide survey asked consumers what they wanted when it came to self-storage.

The survey comes in response to some interesting performance
in the self-storage industry over the last decade. Investors were surprised
with how well the industry performed during the economic downturn. That surprise increased as the industry continued to perform well as the economy improved. Now developers are not just looking to provide consumers with more storage space—they are trying to give consumers exactly what they want.

“The self-storage industry is booming — with record revenues
and a true ‘space race’ to build more facilities to meet the seemingly
insatiable consumer demand,” Terry Drayton, CEO of Livible, said in a recent press release. Thus, the nationwide survey. And, many of the results are not surprising.

According to the survey, there is an ongoing need for more self-storage. Of the respondents. 55 percent of them said they wished they had more storage space in general, and 17 percent said they wished they had a whole lot more.

When asked whether they would prefer traditional self-storage or on-demand storage, the majority responded in favor of on-demand. This is a new trend, as Livible had once before conducted this survey and at the time found 42 percent of respondents preferred on-demand; this time that number was 63 percent.

On-demand storage has changed the self-storage landscape a
bit as it allows for the storage company to pick up the required storage,
rather than for the consumer to deliver it to a personalized, self-storage
unit. Most survey respondents said the convenience of on-demand and time saved was a primary reason (62 percent). Many liked not having to transport what they want stored (42 percent).

“What our latest survey reveals is the rapidly growing preference and need for more convenient on-demand storage alternatives. Millennials and downsizing boomers — who are increasingly living urban lifestyles — are driving this,” Drayton explained.

As convincing as the survey results may be, it may help to
have more details before drawing conclusions. The sample size was 522
respondents over a three-day span in January when the survey was made
available. Livible did have a good cross section of the population represented as the age range was between 18-65 with an equal split between men and women. Most lived in single family houses (56 percent) with the rest calling an apartment home (44 percent). Only three tenths of a percent had ever used on-demand self-storage before.

Respondents were all located in cities that currently have on-demand self-storage available (New York City, Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles).