Refrigerator – Clean it out and live a healthy life

 

So the holidays are already over, news and headlines are now
showing how to lose weight after attending several parties and dining all out. Others are showing how to save a little after spending too much after the holidays. Now that holiday decorations are already stowed in the attic, we are now thinking about starting the year with a healthier and wealthier life. But how do we start? Perhaps, just take a look at the big white box that stores all your food, yes, your fridge.

Did you notice, that refrigerator is holding it all for you, the food, finance, well-being, and organization. Give that one hour of your time, dive in to clean up that refrigerator, and check which foods that can be cooked or foods that needs to be thrown away. We all know how our fridge looks
like after the holidays – plastic containers piling up, bottles of sauces and
spices, and bowls and bowls of food. So to begin, turn off and unplug that
refrigerator, and start from the top. Prepare clean cloths, sink with soapy water to clean, degreaser spray, your garbage can and pen and notepad. Remove all the containers and lay them in the kitchen table, clean the sides and spray the degreaser, and finish all the way down. And now, do not forget about the sides. Put all the shelves in the sink with the soapy water and wash them well and let them dry a little bit before putting it back.

Now, looking at all the containers, left overs, bottles of sauces, and vegetables, first, throw away those leftover, or if you can think of anything out from those leftovers, then you might be able to pull out one
great dinner. Throw all those foods that are in the plastic containers. And
check those bottles of anything, it might be that they have already expired, might as well throw them away. And, did you saw those vegetables and fruits that were not eaten at all, maybe just throw them away. And have you checked that margarine and butter?

Now, check those foods that were not consumed at all, write it in your notepad, so that the next time that you go buying things in the
grocery store, you may cut your expenses by buying less. And have write down those vegetables and fruits that you have thrown away. So the next time that you buy those apples, place it in the basket where you can see it every day. To cut down expenses on soda, just replace it with fruit juices and iced tea. And for those vegetables, maybe you can print a menu planner so you know what to buy and when to cook it.

By having a thorough check and clean-up on your refrigerator, you will be able to cut down expenses, and live a healthier new year ahead.

Moving Tips for Easing the Process


Moving? You’re looking forward to an exciting new home base, yet dreading the process that takes you there. The cleaning, the planning, the packing…there is just TOO MUCH work to do! Don’t stress – we’ve come up with a list of moving tips to help ease the process!

Label, label, label

Make sure your boxes are labeled correctly! You wouldn’t want to end up putting a heavy box in an upstairs bedroom that was really meant for your basement, and have to relocate it. Save your lower back!

Write it down

You should write down the items that are in each and every box. That will help you out if you need something last minute and haven’t had time to unpack the entire house! We recommend using red duct tape to indicate the most important boxes.

Fragile

Worried about your breakables? You can use linens or other soft things that you’re already packing to wrap up and safeguard your fragiles from breaking. We don’t however, recommend using your linens to wrap up your furniture just in case they do get stained during the move.

Wrap it up

Plastic wrap is your BFF! Consider covering the top of cosmetic bottles with plastic wrap and an elastic band to avoid spilling your favourite lotions and potions.

Last but not least

Which room to pack last? Make sure to leave the kitchen to the end. That way you can still enjoy the amenities of a home cooked meal during the crazy packing hours!

When it’s time to get packing, remember that Livible is your friend! If you’ve got limited space in your moving van or car, consider packing some things up with us. We’ll deliver the boxes, you pack up using our clever Livible App to help take pictures and label the contents and we can take them from your old home to your new home.

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Valet Storage: A win-win approach to leverage self-storage

After more than two years of doing business in Seattle learning the ins and outs of the self-storage industry, Storrage valet storage service is now taking a page from apps-makers in the taxi industry like Flywheel who are working with cab companies rather than cutting them out of the process. So instead of competing with traditional self-storage, Storrage is partnering with premier self-storage operators in the Seattle area and beyond.

With the evolution from the standard self-storage to a valet style storage, Storrage is leveraging existing self-storage models by adding pick-up and delivery options for customers.

“After two years of operations, we realize it is more efficient to leverage existing self-storage infrastructures and customer acquisition flows instead of spending heavily to build out a market. Instead of competing we are partnering and everyone wins: customers, self-storage companies and Storrage,” said Terry Drayton, Founder and CEO of Storrage Inc.

The leveraged self-storage model allows Storrage to focus on providing customers with a fundamentally better app and web-based scheduling experience with pickup and delivery while maintaining lower price point for those who may not need an entire storage unit.

“Most of our customers are space challenged, but don’t have enough to fill a typical storage unit,” Drayton explains.

Storrage’s valet storage service fills a void for customers who don’t need large amounts of storage space but have seasonal or infrequently used items that clutter their homes. With just a few clicks through your smartphone, having to haul your stuff to your self-storage unit through Storrage app is just a breeze.

Storrage’s valet storage service has always been focused on providing convenience, particularly for Seattle residents who don’t have adequate home storage. Instead of renting their own individual storage unit and paying for a considerable amount of empty space, Storrage customers only pay for the amount of the space they fill.

Storrage has accomplished a great deal in its two years of operation and now looks to share that learning to help existing storage facilities efficiently fill their space while strategically positioning itself for the long haul. The self-storage facility grow their ratio of rented units, while being able to offer customers a convenient and top-of-the-line experience. It’s a true win-win-win, situation for Seattle storage facilities, Storrage and the customers.

Can’t bear to get rid of your old stuff?

We know the feeling. Old letters, photos of families and friends some of which you no longer speak to and haven’t seen for more than 20 years. Small ornaments and cute little vintage dolls. Clothes you don’t wear and stuff that reminds you of your first crush. Even your old little doll house. Not to mention bundles of birthday, Valentine and Christmas cards. These are only some of the old stuff you simply can’t part with.

But someday you know you will have to, especially if there is already no room in your house to store them all. And deep down you knew it’s time to make tough choices. Identifying real treasures in your 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.

But if you feel you can’t part with your stuff just yet, don’t set it free – store it!

Our gift to you (or your special someone) starts with delivery of one of our empty boxes to your door that’s yours to keep. You fill the box up with keepsakes or other items you don’t need underfoot like seasonal clothes, shoes or decorations. We’ll pick up your full boxes and bulky items like luggage, bikes, or skis and safely store them until you need them back. It only costs $1/box or bulky item for new customers including storage for the first month.

Parting with your old stuff is not easy, we know. Some things we don’t want to leave behind as we move into the new phase of our lives. Perhaps one day they will go where they really belong. But for now store them with Livible. Because entrusting your whole childhood worth of stuff with us means having the peace of mind in knowing that you’ve still got them – only that they’re just stored in another safe and secure location and always available when you needed them.

The wisdom of Mark Twain

The wisdom of Mark Twain

What are you plans this August? Be sure to get outside, after all your life, and your space, is for living.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Customer Story: Meet Spencer, UW Intern and Storrage User!

Meet Spencer, UW Intern and Storrage User!

Spencer is a business major at the University of Washington who lives off-campus in a 7 bedroom house, along with 6 other roommates. Studying business, with a focus on entrepreneurship, has led Spencer to accept a student internship here at Storrage, where he has been an important facilitator in the first ever UW Challenge.

We talked to Spencer about the challenge and his experience with Storrage…

What is the UW Challenge?

“The UW Challenge is a “do good” challenge for the Greek Community that gives fraternities and sororities a chance to win $500 for their chapter.

As the student intern for Storrage I’ve been walking around the Greek community, dropping by information at all of the houses, and talking to students to spread the word. There are a lot of out of state students at UW without a solution as to where to keep their belongings for the summer, so I tried to inform them about our services as well as let them know how they can in turn give back by participating in the challenge.”

How did you find out about Storrage?

“I found out about Storrage through the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program at the UW. I checked out the website and realized that not only was I interested in interning, but that I also could really use this service when I moved out. The price-point is dead on for a college student and takes a huge amount of the hassle out of the moving process.”

In a few sentences, could you describe your experience using the Storrage boxes, the app and the driver?

“The experience has been awesome! The app made it very easy to schedule a delivery date for the original boxes, then once I got them and started packing my stuff, I was able to jot down notes about what was in each box. Storrage employees were very helpful throughout the whole process. They made sure that the boxes I received were correctly scanned into my account and gave me some bubble wrap to make sure my plates were secure and safe.”

What did you put into Storrage?

“I put my home and cooking supplies that I didn’t need while living at home for the summer, including pots & pans, an xbox, lots of power cords, a rug, bedding, plates, and a few other small items from my desk. I also put in some winter boots that I don’t plan on wearing during these warmer months.”

Did this improve your living and studying experience at home?

“At one point during the school year I had all of my shoes sitting in the corner of my room near my dresser. I couldn’t open my bottom drawer without moving at least 3 pairs of shoes out of the way, only to put them right back in the same spot and repeat the process day after day. Putting these things in Storrage made my morning routine so much easier. I didn’t realize how the little things add up until Storrage took the of stress out of my life.”

How did Storrage make your move-out easier?

“I didn’t have to worry about going to the store to buy cardboard boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap or worry about the 10 trips i’d have to make back and forth from my room to the car. I began packing my stuff in the boxes and had the driver come load them onto the truck.”

Would you recommend Storrage to other students?

“Absolutely! Any and all of my friends that are out of state or live a few hours away could really use this service for their study abroad and summer needs. No one wants to rent an entire storage locker only to fill it ¼ full and have to deal with the hassle of driving to and from the site.”

– Do you have a Storrage testimonial? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at storries@storrage.com.

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The Fremont Fair

The Fremont Fair

szelence:😀 by Divine Harvester on Flickr.

The Fremont Fair celebrates its 43rd year this month and we can’t wait to be a part of it! One of Seattle’s most beloved and longstanding festivals, the Fremont Fair is the culmination of three events: (1) the Solstice Fair, (2) the Solstice Parade and (3) the Solstice Concert Series. Adhering to the neighbourhood’s all but official motto, deliberates quirkas, meaning “the freedom to be peculiar”, the weekend is jam packed with music, crafts, tasty food and time spent outdoors!

We’ll be at the fair on June 22, giving away free Storrage containers and showing you how to use our awesome app! Come say hi and get ready to expand your living space.

Here are our top picks for the weekend:

  • Seattle Art Car Blowout: over 75 cars and “cartists” from all over the US and Canada come together to celebrate the wacky, weird and fantastic world of art cars. From cool paint jobs, to serious mods, this portion of the Fair will make you re-think your ride! Look out for a car made from from dentures, aptly titled CrewBaru.
  • Food: no street fest is complete without an endless array of food trucks, stands and vendors serving both traditional fair-food like, curly fries and elephant ears and more interesting eats from venders like, Olympic Farmer’s Market staple, Jawa Gourmet Nut Roasters and Gluten Free Bakery, Nuflours.
  • Tacocat: a mix of 60’s surf rock and 90’s pop-punk, Seattle favourites are taking the stage alongside, The Young Evils, Campfire Ok & Built to Spill. The foursome take the stage on Friday at 6:45pm on the Redhook MainStage.

More info about the Fremont Fair here.

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Urban Gardening in Seattle

Seattle holds claim as one of the top 10 cities in the US for urban gardening. What began as a city sanctioned phenomenon in the 1980’s, has spread a long way. From community shared plots to apartment balconies, Seattle has embraced the movement, bringing people together and veggies closer to home.

modestyshello, november by liza shelestun on Flickr.

Without a backyard or a practiced green thumb, starting your own garden can be quite daunting, so we’ve gathered together some tips on getting started and maximizing what our Northwest climate has to offer.

Seattle’s Top Edibles

  • Snap Peas: if you missed the March plant, you can lay your seeds in early July and count on a tasty Fall harvest. Home-sown peas will generally last longer than store bought.
  • Basil: Fresh herbs are expensive at the local market, so why not grow your own?! In June, as the soil warms up, buy young plants or sow your own seeds. This aromatic herb will soothe the soul and add oomph to pizza, pasta and desert!
  • Greens: Arugula, cabbage, kale and endive are some of the easiest and highest yielding plants to grow in Seattle. Raised beds are best for growing these leafy treats, as pooling water can ruin your plants, so you can feel confident that your balcony or terrace is up to task.
  • Rosemary: This lovely evergreen has many culinary uses ranging from roast chicken to lemonade, and can be grown quite easily in Washington. Purchase nursery born plants and some well draining pots and you can be sure of a bountiful summer. Rosemary also makes for fantastic homegrown incense.

Come winter time, your responsibilities in the garden should dwindle and we can keep you organized and ready for the Spring. Storrage can hold your containers, gardening gloves, small tools, watering cans and more! With the help of our app, you can take photos of all your supplies so you don’t lose track of your things in the off season.

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Customer Story: Meet Storrage User Melissa and Learn About Her Life In Seattle

“Things in the house that didn’t have a “home” before, now have a place to live.“ – Melissa, Storrage Customer

We talked to Melissa from Queen Anne about her experience with Storrage. Read on to learn more!

Describe your experience using the Storrage App.

“Getting started couldn’t have been any easier. I simply downloaded the app, entered my info, hit “request”, selected the number of boxes, picked a time and they were delivered a day later.“

What items did you put into Storrage?

“I put some things I use frequently, but am not currently using. Things like, computer equipment, cables, boxes, DVDs, CDs, books, seasonal items, hats, off-season clothes and crafts. Storing these things helped me to free up almost all of my drawer space, which helps me feel a lot less cluttered. Things in the house that didn’t have a “home” before, now have a place to live. I’m more relaxed because there’s less clutter and my small, one-bedroom apartment doesn’t feel as cramped.“

What are you favourite Seattle activities in the summer and how has Storrage helped you to enjoy them?

“I love outdoor festivals, shopping, dinner and drinks on patios and being out on the water. In the city, i spend Sunday mornings at Pike Place Market soaking in the lovely smells and buying groceries, and then over to Fremont Market to shop for antiques! One of the things I’ve noticed, is that coming home from a trip is easier. I have a place for my suitcase, and more room in my closet for any new clothes or shoes I’ve bought. At the end of the day, I just feel more relaxed knowing things are in order.”

Would you recommend Storrage to your friends and family?

“I would definitely recommend Storrage to my friends and family – and i already have! It really makes sense for people who live in the city, have a small car or no car, and want the convenience of not having to lug everything into a storage unit. It’s cheaper and easier. I’m definitely more of a minimalist and any type of clutter annoys me in my day-to-day living. It’s so great to be able to open a drawer and have things organized, or look under the bed and finally not see those things that shouldn’t be there.

I love that I don’t feel tied to my home. I don’t feel the need to “clean out” things, or de-clutter as much as before – everything has a place.”

– Do you have a Storrage testimonial? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at storries@storrage.com.

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Bring on The Bikes!

Life is better with bikes, which is why offering affordable and secure bike storage has been part of our company since the start. Now that it’s warmer, and the streets are cleaner, we’re here to deliver your bikes back to your doorstep and get you moving on two wheels once again! Don’t move too fast though, you’ve got to first treat your ride with a little well deserved T.L.C. Here are some awesome ways to get your bike back in shape and ready for summer.

Bikes collect a ton of dust, dirt and debris over the winter months, whether stored indoors or outdoors, and it’s important to give your baby a good spring cleaning before you take it on a ride. While many methods, brands and systems exist for bike cleaning, almost all will agree that the first course of action is a good hosing. A simple spray from a garden hose or carwash (just a few bucks will do), should eliminate the bulk of your scrubbing and get you ready for tough to reach spots.

Next, find a towel, a toothbrush and a bike cleaner like Fenwicks or Simple Green and get scrubbing! Brake pads, chain, seat, frame, pedals and any other spot you can get into will make your ride safer and keep it on the road for years to come.

For the ultimate treatment, throw a coat of car wax on your frame to add lustre to your paint job and keep the sticky stuff (think bugs, road tar and tree droppings) from building up.

Now that your bike is in tip-top shape, invest in some indoor storage! Based out of Kingston, NY, this new product acts as a bike shelf that protects your apartment or office floor and keeps your paint job from wearing and your cables from kinking. As a bonus, the shelf acts as a cute spot to keep your helmet!

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