Are you Valentine-Ready?

Are you Valentine-Ready? Proven experiment can help you foster romance in as little as one hour

If you are still stalking through your Facebook friends or trolling your Twitter crush to approach to see a Valentine concert in Bellevue or don’t have someone to take you to a candlelit dinner this February, then don’t fret. You still have time! If you are still on the lookout for a date this upcoming V day, we thought we’d share this quick and easy social experiment you can try to win yourself a potential partner not only to spend Valentine’s with but also a likely companion for life. (Side note: why not give your special someone a Garage/Closet Makeover for Valentines? See details here.)

Of course, we just don’t choose anyone. We choose someone – someone we might have some commonalities with and spark off mutual intimacy and trust. If so, how do we choose that someone?

The answer lies in science – a series of 36 increasingly personal questions which you answer with a potential partner to be followed with a 4-minute staring session, without making any sound. Does it work, you asked? Read New York Times writer, Mandy Len Catron’s story here.

The love experiment was derived from a 1997 study by psychologist Arthur Aron. In his study, a group of men and women, who didn’t even know each other, were paired up and asked each other a list of 36 questions (which you can find below). Then they were asked to silently stare at each other’s eyes for four minutes. And that’s it, that’s all it takes to create that special bond, intimacy and trust with someone you’ve just barely met. The results: all couples significantly grew closer after the session, and one pair even got married six months after.

  1. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
  2. Would you like to be famous? In what way?
  3. Before making a phone call, do you ever rehearse what you’re going to say? Why?
  4. What would constitute a perfect day for you?
  5. When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
  6. If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you choose?
  7. Do you have a secret hunch about how you will die?
  8. Name three things you and your partner appear to have in common.
  9. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
  10. If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
  11. Take four minutes and tell your partner your life story in as much detail as possible.
  12. If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one quality or ability, what would it be?
  13. If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?
  14. Is there something that you’ve dreamt of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
  15. What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
  16. What do you value most in a friendship?
  17. What is your most treasured memory?
  18. What is your most terrible memory?
  19. If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about the way you are now living? Why?
  20. What does friendship mean to you?
  21. What roles do love and affection play in your life?
  22. Alternate sharing something you consider a positive characteristic of your partner. Share a total of five items.
  23. How close and warm is your family? Do you feel your childhood was happier than most other people’s?
  24. How do you feel about your relationship with your mother?
  25. Make three true “we” statements each. For instance, “we are both in this room feeling…”
  26. Complete this sentence “I wish I had someone with whom I could share…”
  27. If you were going to become a close friend with your partner, please share what would be important for him or her to know.
  28. Tell your partner what you like about them: Be honest this time, saying things that you might not say to someone you’ve just met.
  29. Share with your partner an embarrassing moment in your life.
  30. When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?
  31. Tell your partner something that you like about them already.
  32. What, if anything, is too serious to be joked about?
  33. If you were to die this evening with no opportunity to communicate with anyone, what would you most regret not having told someone? Why haven’t you told them yet?
  34. Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones and pets, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item. What would it be? Why?
  35. Of all the people in your family, whose death would you find most disturbing? Why?
  36. Share a personal problem and ask your partner’s advice on how he or she might handle it. Also, ask your partner to reflect back to you how you seem to be feeling about the problem you have chosen.

It might not be entirely possible to conveniently attract romance just for the sake of Valentines. This test will help you lay the foundations of your intimate bond but it’s still up to you both whether to nurture it. After all, fostering romance is still a choice both of you need to make.

3 Simple Rules for Small-Space Dweller

Are you a small-space dweller? What do you like best about small spaces and urban living?

We answer, everything! We love how small living make every part of our urban life becomes personalize and intentional – even for Seattle metro renters. How many things you can keep, where is everything placed and the entire flow of your day is greatly affected by your limited space. That’s why here at Storrage, we are on fire to make this year the year Seattleites breathe and live better urban living. After all, we can still create a heavenly haven in Seattle metro and live comfortably and contentedly in 400 square feet – or less.

So to make a quick turn so we can start this year with new rules to live by, here are three to consider.

Rule #1. Identify your real treasures and figure out what’s important to you.

Limited space is every urban-dweller’s foe. Given a small space, you knew you were in to make tough choices – what are the things you’d like to keep and what are the things that should be tossed out. Imagine how much space you allot to less important things. If you allow everything that eats up much of your living space, de-cluttering can be a real pain. Pinpoint the things that you really use every day or the ones that contribute to your daily routine. There may be also some things that you do not regularly use but you really love or enjoy – like books or wall art. Identifying real treasures in your small home will help you create more space for more important things, appreciate the beauty in less, and even make smarter choices when buying stuff in the future.

Rule #2. Let go.

We all own things. But these are just things. While some of them are essential part of your city life, most of them are just stuff which you can eventually boxed out and finally let go.
Of course, this is easier said than done. At some point we all cling to every stuff in our home. But learning the habit of letting go means that we are allowing for stuff that matters – our real treasures (see Rule#1).

After finally deciding which piece you don’t want to keep, you have three options on where to take them – sell, donate, or trash. If you are still unsure whether to let go or keep an item but don’t have a space for it in your home, box it up and send it to Storrage. If for 60 days you don’t miss or need it, then it’s time these items go.

Rule#3. Learn how much is enough.

Our worldly society demands us to crave for more. More shoes, more clothes, more gadgets, more stuff. We are so engrossed at acquiring material possessions that we fail to realize that the stuff we buy are slowly weighing us down. When will you have enough?

We’ve all been there. It’s a fleeting reward that we give ourselves and before we know it, we keep buying more – even we don’t have enough space to fill it in our homes. Figure out how much is enough and learn to limit your buying habits. Buying less means less stuff, less clutter and more space, time and money for purposeful things. Isn’t it liberating?

We feel this quote just says it all:

There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.

Small living does not necessarily mean getting rid of stuff to free space or try to become Martha Stewart or something. It’s about discovering a new way of living urban life – creating meaningful experiences, making smart choices and finding contentment in less. After all, we only have a limited time (and space!) to live. Make each day of this new year a little better than yesterday.

Only 2 more days of Un-Deck the Halls

2 more days to go and it’s Un-deck the Halls!

We’re down to the last two days of our Un-Deck the Halls promo!
Holiday decorations are the usual item that you should keep in storage in your home for most of the year and ensure that they are still in mint condition next Christmas.

What ends up happening though is that we forget about some festive ornaments and other holiday decorations because we have no idea where we put them, or they’re not something we actually like anymore and don’t want to use again.

That’s how we end up with holiday clutter.

Good thing, if you are still on the last stretch of organizing your Christmas embellishments – and still wondering where you are going to put your tree – you can still Un-Deck the Halls till Jan 31st!

Holiday items you may want to declutter include the following:

  • Christmas ornaments
  • Christmas lights
  • Wreaths and garland
  • Outdoor Christmas decorations
  • Miscellaneous indoor Christmas decorations
  • Wrapping supplies, including paper, bows, ribbon, etc.
  • Gift bags and boxes
  • Artificial Christmas tree (yes, we’ll take your tree, too!)

Ready to Un-Deck the Halls? Here’s a quick video on how on place your first order – in less than 2 minutes!

Filling Storrage Boxes Made A Lot Easier!

Hustle no more, filling Storrage boxes is a lot easier than loading a truck up a ramp or loading a self-storage space. Now you can easily and inexpensively store the items you don’t have room for or don’t use very often all without leaving your home!

Here’s how it works. We deliver empty boxes to your home. Each has a unique ID Code for flawless tracking. They hold up to 40 pounds and are perfect for items like decorations, clothes and shoes, documents, keepsakes, tools, household extras, camping and sports gear. You fill your boxes taking pictures and describing the contents to make them easy to identify. When you’re ready, you schedule pickup and we’ll take them to our secure warehouse until you want them back. We’ll also keep bulky items like your luggage, bikes, golf clubs, skis, snowboards – even kayaks up to 14 feet. It’s all done on our free mobile app with service usually the next day including weekends.

Quick video below shows how to do it – in less than a minute!

What kinds of items can I store?

You can store almost anything that you want out of your home and that fits in our box. A few examples are listed below. We also store your bicycles, golf clubs, skis, snow boards, display booths, mini-fridges, microwaves, and other bulky items.

  • Seasonal Clothing (winter coats, bulky sweaters, ski wear or summer dresses)
  • Decorations (for holidays from Christmas to Halloween)
  • Sporting goods (camping equipment, boots, balls)
  • Household items (extra kitchen items, linens, for students away at college)
  • Keepsakes (children’s art, family heirlooms, photographs)
  • Tools and equipment
  • Personal and business records (tax records, correspondence, accounting files)
  • Excess clutter and possessions (junk drawer contents, duplicate housewares, possessions stuffed under the bed, items to re-gift, and other things that you just can’t part with)

How much fits into a Storrage box?

You’ll be surprised how much you can fit into a Storrage box. Here are a few examples:

  • 10 shirts, 5 pants, 3 sweaters, 2 pairs of shoes, 1 raincoat and 1 overcoat.
  • Ski boots, helmet, gloves, two pants, two jackets, vest, underwear and winter boots.
  • Two banker boxes filled with documents.
  • 27 pairs of shoes.
  • Four person tent and two sleeping bags.
  • 8 pairs of shoes, 6 shorts, 10 T-shirts, 4 bathing suits, 2 sundresses, 2 hats.
  • Circular Saw, reciprocal saw, reversible drill, ratchet set, various saw blades, and drill bits.
  • DB Cooper’s knapsack (just checking to see if you’re reading these).
  • Children’s mementos including clothes, pictures, school work, art and other keepsakes.

Just download the Storrage app to get started. You’ll be surprised how much you can fit in a container!

We have made it easier for you to fill Storrage boxes and easily manage your stored items through your phones. Now that’s one smart move to freeing up more space for things that matter most.

When Your New Year Resolution Is About To Fail

Here’s a fact: Most New Year’s resolution are broken even before we hit February.

At Livible we know how hard it is to stay on track with our New Year resolutions and we hear that from many of our customers. The thing is, most of us tend to fall off the resolution wagon so fast because of vague, unrealistic goals. When people feel demotivated, usually after the third week of January, the tendency is to throw in the towel – for good.

The week your New Year resolution dies, according to Facebook

Facebook has recently shared a very interesting report on how people stick to their exercise resolutions, WSJ wrote. To gauge the number of people working out, Facebook tracked check-ins made to places with ‘gym’ or ‘fitness’ in the name in the US, and the results are eye-opening.

As shown above, Facebook’s two-year data shows check-ins to facilities with “gym” or “fitness” in the name drop by 10% in February. The dip starts as early as third week in January, coming from a significant surge of people checking in after resolving exercise sessions by Jan 1st. Of course, the study is limited only to fitness centers and clubs with “gym” or “fitness” in their names. It also does not include exercising at home, walking or running, the WSJ post added further.

So what does this tells us about our ability to stay resolved and change ourselves for the better?

We all have noble intentions to work out this year. And if you feel you are starting to waver in this week on your resolutions, you’d probably in a dire need of collecting yourself again and reimagine your goals for this year.

Can we give ourselves another shot?

Will this be the year you start donating the wardrobe junks hiding in your suitcase? Or probably start to cook dinner more often? Actually pull your feet to visit the gym every Tuesday? We all love seeing ourselves in new angles, thus we resolve of doing new things (or maybe updating our old ones) every Jan 1st. We need to create goals that are tangible, actionable and more importantly, possible. The key is to start now, before your enthusiasm dies in February. Here’s how we do it:

Recreate this table and paste it on your wall. Make sure it is visible to get your attention. Review it each week and add a new set of weekly actions, whenever possible.

Giving up on your New Year resolution is nearly as easy as making them in the first place. This year, resolved to make yours stick.

Have ideas for making your New Year resolution real? We’d love to hear it in the comments!

Is Storrage really everything you say it’s going to be?

Just wanted to share an email we got at Storrage today:

Hi! I’ve heard a lot about Storrage and like what it promises. I’m one of those people who is in dire need of more space in my apartment. I downloaded your free app but am hesitant to get going. I’m worried it’s going to be super techy and complicated and don’t want to spend hours figuring it out. And for only $1, is it really everything you say it’s going to be?

Sue – Bellevue

We’re happy someone stopped thinking about the Hawks – for a minute – and asked the question. Why? Because many of our Storragee customers shared exactly the same reluctance – and then were blown away by how easy it was saying “if only I’d known how easy it was”. So we prepared this new video to show you that can place an order in less than 2 minutes!

And then scheduling delivery or pickup after that is just as easy, see it for yourself.

And yes, it is only $1 to try us out. There is no commitment so you can cancel at any time. We’re that confident you’ll love our service and stay with us.

What do you say?

Seattle renters spend $7.8 billion

Seattle renters in the metro collectively paid a whopping $7.8 billion in 2014, Zillow reports.

Rents in the metro has grown steadily over the past years, a burden every Seattle renters have to carry, especially those who are still struggling to finance a house of their own.

Zillow says rents shelled out by Seattle renters were up by $617 million, or almost 9 percent, from 2013. The average renter paid about $71 more a month last year.

“Cumulatively, U.S. renters paid $441 billion in rent in 2014 compared to $420 billion last year, an increase of nearly five percent (4.9 percent), as both the number of renting households and the average rent rose nationally.” according to the Zillow press release.

Total Rent Paid By The Largest 25 Metros Covered by Zillow*

Metro

Cumulative 2013 Rent

Cumulative 2014 Rent

Percent Change

2013-2014

Monthly Payment Change 2013-2014iii

United States

$420.4 billion

$441 billion

4.9%

$26

New York-Northern New Jersey

$48.2 billion

$50 billion

3.6%

$20

Los Angeles

$32.5 billion

$34.2 billion

5.3%

$42

Chicago

$13.4 billion

$14.3 billion

7.4%

$50

Dallas-Fort Worth

$9.4 billion

$10 billion

6.2%

$35

Philadelphia

$7.8 billion

$8.1 billion

4.4%

$23

Houston

$8.2 billion

$8.8 billion

7.2%

$43

Washington, DC

$13.1 billion

$13.4 billion

2.1%

$2

Miami-Fort Lauderdale

$9.7 billion

$10.5 billion

7.7%

$59

Atlanta

$6.8 billion

$7.2 billion

5.7%

$30

Boston

$9.2 billion

$9.8 billion

6.9%

$58

San Francisco

$12.8 billion

$14.6 billion

13.5%

$163

Detroit

$4.3 billion

$4.5 billion

4.6%

$20

Riverside, Calif.

$5.9 billion

$6.2 billion

4.4%

$26

Phoenix

$5.9 billion

$6.2 billion

6.0%

$34

Seattle

$7.1 billion

$7.8 billion

8.6%

$71

Minneapolis-St Paul

$4.3 billion

$4.5 billion

4.8%

$25

San Diego

$7.9 billion

$8.3 billion

6.1%

$55

St. Louis

$2.7 billion

$2.8 billion

3.3%

$10

Tampa, Fla.

$4.1 billion

$4.3 billion

4.9%

$24

Baltimore

$4.2 billion

$4.3 billion

3.0%

$9

Denver

$4.4 billion

$4.9 billion

10.8%

$86

Pittsburgh

$2.2 billion

$2.4 billion

10.6%

$56

Portland, Ore.

$3.9 billion

$4.1 billion

7.1%

$46

Sacramento, Calif.

$3.8 billion

$4.0 billion

5.2%

$33

San Antonio

$2.6 billion

$2.8 billion

5.5%

$25

“Over the past fourteen years, rents have grown at twice the pace of income due to weak income growth, burgeoning rental demand, and insufficient growth in the supply of rental housing. This has created real opportunities for rental housing owners and investors, but has also been a bitter pill to swallow for tenants, particularly those on an entry-level salary and those would-be buyers struggling to save for a down payment on a home of their own,” said Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries. “Next year, we expect rents to rise even faster than home values, meaning that another increase in total rent paid similar to that seen this year isn’t out of the question. In fact, it’s probable.”

As Seattle renters continue to expect a rise in rent, do you think it’s about time to consider financing your own home? What are your considerations? We love to hear your feedback in the comments.

Un-Deck your Halls extended until Jan 31st, 2015!

EXTENDED: You can still Un-Deck your Halls until Jan 31st, 2015!

Due to overwhelming customer requests, our Un-Deck your Halls promotion is now extended for the entire month of January!

So if you are still toying with the idea of using the Storrage to increase your living space you’ve still got time. Act now to take advantage of this great promotion that costs only $1 for new customers.

That $1 includes delivery of one of our empty plastic boxes with a free ornament tray, picking it up after you fill it, then storing it until the end of February! Ongoing storage is only $4/month per box. Pickup or delivery is only $7. What’s so special about this offer is that you also get to keep our awesome box (a $19 value).

Simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play, tap on the Un-deck The Halls button and follow the step-by-step instructions! It’s super easy and takes only a minute or two!

Storrage boxes are perfect for other items you don’t have room for or don’t use very often such as clothes and shoes, documents, keepsakes, tools, household extras, camping or sports gear. We also safely store bulky items like your bike, golf clubs, skis, snowboards – even kayaks!

So don’t delay! This is our last offer for you to put away and safely store all your holiday decorations until the next Christmas season. Un-deck your halls today!

Visit Un-Deck the Halls to learn more.

New App Makes it Easy to Store Holiday Decorations, Q13 Fox News reports

Storrage’s newest offering, Un-Deck The Halls, has been covered in Q13 Fox News, featuring a new app that makes it easy to store holiday decorations.

Storrage offers digital solution for taking holiday decorations, drops-off containers and then picks-up and stores them ‘til next holiday season, Q13 FOX News reports.

In addition to holiday decorations, Storrage also helps you free up more space by storing seasonal and bulky items away like bikes, skis, boards, golf clubs, surfboards, and kayaks.

 

Buddy the Elf vs. The Grinch vs. Modern Family: Who un-decks the halls better?

Tidying tips to help you manage post-holiday mess

The holidays may be winding down, but the work isn’t over. As the newly-opened gifts and Christmas decorations begin to crowd your living space, it’s time to figure out what to do with your holiday embellishments, especially your tree!

Buddy the Elf, The Grinch and Modern Family give us some tips.

The Smackdown by Buddy the Elf

See how our lovable elf, Buddy, take down a tree in one smackdown hit! Caution: be sure to wear an elf hat specially-designed to prevent potential head injuries.

Suck-it-up by The Grinch

Steal this tip from The Grinch! If you need help with the mess, this grumpy, anti-Christmas icon is more than willing to help. Make sure you tell him to suck it all up – except the presents!

The Drag by Phil of Modern Family

Okay, this may require some strength (and probably some naughty little ones!) to pull up, but nothing could stop a frustrated Phil to take down a tree single-handedly. Really effective, we must say, but make sure to have someone do The Drag instead if you have a taller, bigger trees. Or maybe just give the Grinch a call.

So which one is your favorite? If you are still unsure and would want to have your trees and decorations in mint condition till next Christmas, let us know and we might be of help.

Make Christmas clean-up easier with Storrage

Post-holiday mess isn’t fun. Let Storrage help! Simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play, tap on the Un-deck The Halls button and follow the step-by-step instructions! We’re also offering a limited time offer for only $1 for new customers including storage to the end of January!

From all of your friends at Storrage, here’s wishing you a safe and happy holidays. Or not!