Micro Apartments are on the Rise! And Self Storages are right behind!

Micro Apartments are on the Rise! And Self Storages are right behind!

Major cities across the nation have begun noticing the rising popularity of micro-apartments. They’re on the rise due to the lack of housing available in the downtown areas of these cities. A typical micro apartment can range anywhere between 200 – 400 square feet, which is considerately small in comparison to the average 500 – 800 square feet apartment. So this sort of begs the question, why would anyone choose to live in such a small living quarter? And what is causing micro apartments to be in huge demand? And how does the rise in micro apartments influence self-storage? Let’s find out.

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Let’s begin from the top. How can micro apartments become a viable solution to combat the housing crisis in major cities as well as alleviate some of the monthly rental cost? Well for starters, a typical apartment in or near the downtown area of a major city may range anywhere between $2,000 to $4,000 dollars per month. That’s an insane amount of money just to put a roof over your head. According to financial surveys, more than 70% of Americans spent close to half or one-third of their paycheck into their housing cost. The rest of the paycheck goes into necessities such as food but also in technology. With the advancement of technology, it’s enabled us to access our e-books, data, and information via a computer, tablet or phone. In other words, we don’t need the extra square feet for bookshelves and other remnants of the past necessities within the living quarters. With the reduced square feet in the living quarters, surely the cost of rent will also be reduced. So as a solution to not only save space and reduce the cost of living, micro-apartments have become viable and sought after solution. Times are definitely changing and millennials are at the forefront of this change and they’re looking to pave a new direction.

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On the psychological side of this micro-apartment movement, we have to understand that people have a really strong desire for wanting a place of their own. It’s a huge signifier that you’ve reached a certain stage in life and it also gives you an opportunity for privacy. Micro-apartments are becoming the next alternative to owning a property of their own. Especially since the average cost of a home is well beyond most typical American’s budget range, let alone a regular sized apartment or loft. Micro-apartments ring true to the phrase, “less is more”.

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Micro-apartments are typically built in or close to the downtown areas of major cities so everything is in close proximity. Although your living quarters are reduced significantly, it’s made up in other aspects such as shorter distance to and from work, groceries, and if you’re a green environmentalist that’s a huge bonus. Most micro-apartments are also built with a communal layout in mind. In other words, there are designated communal workspaces and lounging areas. These communal areas are usually themed with a coffee setting atmosphere and ambiance to help improve social interaction and ultimately build a community. Think of these communal spaces as your unofficial living room with the added bonus of making new friends.

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With the size of micro-apartments ranging only a couple hundred square feet, there are bound to be some major items and belongings we simply can’t store. As a possible solution, self-storage will become their next best friend. It just makes more sense to spend a hundred dollars on a storage unit to store your belongings than to spend a couple extra thousand on a slightly bigger apartment to hold your belongings. With health and fitness becoming increasingly popular among newer generations, it’s to no surprise why walking to and from work is no big deal. That’s just the direction we’re headed, so if you need something from your storage unit, just remember it’ll only be a quick stroll away.

QuikStor Self Storage | 6615 Valjean Ave Van Nuys, California 91406 United States
QuikStor Self Storage | 6615 Valjean Ave Van Nuys, California 91406 United States

So if you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, QuikStor Self Storage has got you covered. Secure your belongings at QuikStor Self Storage, we offer a wide range of storage units to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://quikstorselfstorage.com/.

 

 

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Top 4 Reasons for Using a Self-Storage Unit

Top 4 Reasons for Using a Self-Storage Unit

According to the Self-Storage Association, there are approximately 50,000 self-storage facilities throughout the United States. There are also several reasons for using a self-storage unit. Here are the top 4 reasons why!

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De-Cluttering

We all have feelings, some of course more than others. So when it comes to sentimental items whether it’s an old crumpled note or a giant patched up teddy bear we as people can’t help but feel an emotional attachment. So after a full house cleaning, we tend to find a lot of things that we would likely toss away. However, there might be a few incidences that we find sentimental items that we don’t want to toss away but also would prefer not to have around the house. If this is the case, a self-storage unit can be a great solution. This way, you can have a clean clutter-free home all the while keeping your sentimental valuables. It’s a win-win in my book!

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Moving Home

You know that saying “A home isn’t a Home unless you’re there?”, or at least something along the lines of that. Well, this rings true when we’re moving to a new home. Often times when we make a move, we’d like to go by the saying “out with the old and in with the new.” But sometimes that crusty old couch or chipped dining table holds sentimental memories of your family and without them, it just wouldn’t feel the same. That’s where a self-storage unit comes in! A storage unit is perfect for the in-between phase during a move. For example, there may be times where we might have to leave our current home for a particular reason while the new home is not yet in a position for a move in. Many of us during this in between moving phase may live with relatives, friends or in a temporary living space. However, moving all your furniture and bulkier belongings with you may prove to be difficult or near impossible. Which is why a self-storage unit would be a great solution to this sort of predicament.

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Hobby Equipment

Hobbies are an intricate part of life for a lot of people. Whether it’s painting, playing an instrument or playing sports, hobbies are an important building block for our identity. That’s precisely why it’s important to have our equipment properly secured and stored when it comes time to indulge ourselves in our craft. Especially if you’ve got gallons of paint lying around the house or snowboards and skis taking up half of the garage. A climate controlled storage unit would be the most ideal unit for storing your most precious equipment.

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More Space

Everyone has their specific interests, likes and dislikes. So when you amplify these likes and interests you’re generally left with what society calls “a hoarder.” Whether you’re hoarding as a hobby or for something that peaks your happiness, collecting and surrounding yourself with things that make you happy is a good thing. If collecting decorative socks or bottle caps bring you happiness all the more power to you. Though you may be labeled as a hoarder I think the happiness you receive from your decorative sock collection can easily outweigh the stigma associated with the term “hoarder”. So now you have shelves and shelves of mint-condition socks all around your house and you’re slowly running out of space to shelve them. So do you do now? Well, one solution is a storage unit. Declutter and free up some space around the house to make more room for shelves! Who doesn’t like to have shelves of socks all around their house!? Word of advice, if you’re hoarding collection is around the house I think it may be a sign to store them at a storage facility. Not only will it look more organized and securely kept in the storage unit, but nobody will know that you’re a hoarder!

QuikStor Self Storage | 6615 Valjean Ave Van Nuys, California 91406 United States
QuikStor Self Storage | 6615 Valjean Ave Van Nuys, California 91406 United States

If you’re looking for a storage facility to store your precious belongings, QuikStor Self Storage has got you covered. Securely store your belongings! Here at QuikStor Self Storage, we offer a wide range of unit selections to accommodate your every need. To learn more about our self-storage facility, please check out our website at https://quikstorselfstorage.com/.

 

 

 

10 Fun Facts about the Holidays

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The holiday season is here and that means spending quality time with family and friends in celebration. Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanakkuh or Kwanzaa, here are 10 fun facts about the Holidays to get you in the festive mood.

1. The most popular Christmas song is Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is you.”

2. On average, a person spends around $700 during the holidays for presents.

3. The Christmas tree was made popular in the 1850s as a result of Prince Albert introducing Queen Victoria to the German tradition. The two royal sweethearts even had a portrait of themselves done next to a Christmas tree and this prompted Christmas tree fever in England before moving across the Pond into the United States.

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4. Santa Claus has many names, including St. Nicholas, Sinter Klaas, Kris Kringle, and Father Christmas, just to name a few.

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5. Before Rudolph gained his famous name, he was considered to be named either Rollo or Reginald. Rudolph was decided in the end after much deliberation.

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6.  This year, over 17 million oily doughnuts (sufganiyot) will be eaten in Israel during Hanakkuh, celebrating the miracle of oil.

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7. Unlike Christmas and Hannakuh which are religious celebrations, Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration celebrated between December 26 through January 1, commemorating the first harvest of the year and centers on 7 principles: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

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8. For Hannakuh, the candles are placed in the Menorah from right to left but when they are lit they are approached from left to right.

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9. The world record for largest Christmas Stocking is held by Children’s Society in London as of December 2007 with the stocking being 106 feet long and 49 feet wide. It held nearly 1,000 presents and was created for a promotion to help poor children receive presents during Christmas.

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10. President Coolidge started the White House lighting ceremony in 1923 and this tradition has continued every year since!

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For the best self storage in Van Nuys, QuikStor Self Storage is the perfect location to store all your belongings in self storage. Quikstor Self Storage offers all important amenities needed for safe and secure storage. For more information, call 818-478-2828 or visit the website at (http://quikstorselfstorage.com/).

Happy Holidays from all of us here at QuikStor Self Storage!

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8 Fun Facts about Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a reflective holiday spent with family and friends to give thanks for the gifts of one’s life. Families celebrate with the conventional Turkey dinners, gathering around the dinner table and enjoying one another’s company on the fourth Thursday in November. For Thanksgiving we would like to provide 8 Fun Facts about the Holiday in celebration.

1. 90th  annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – Not only will this year mark the 90th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, but an estimated 3.5 million people will line the streets of Manhattan to witness it live!

2. The first Thanksgiving was held in 1621 – 395 Years later we are celebrating in commemoration of that day when 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians gathered to feast with one another.

3. Thanksgiving was made a national Holiday in 1863— President Abraham Lincoln was convinced by Sarah Joseph Hale who campaigned on behalf of the tradition for 17 years to make Thanksgiving a national Holiday. Hale wrote the song “Mary had a Little Lamb.”

4.  Presidential Tradition: Pardoning the Turkey— Ever since President Truman began the tradition in 1947, the president each year pardons a turkey from being eaten during Thanksgiving. Last year, President Obama pardoned a turkey named Courage.

5. The Football Tradition started 96 years ago—In 1920 the NFL started the Thanksgiving classic games and the tradition has carried on until today. For decades there were only 2 football games but beginning ten years ago, a third game was added to the roster.

6. The heaviest Turkey ever recorded was 86 pounds!

7.  Turkeys were not consumed at the First Thanksgiving – According to historians, it was likely that deer, ducks, lobsters, and fish were consumed at the feast.

8. Benjamin Franklin wanted Turkey to be the national bird—If Benjamin Franklin had it his way, the Turkey would have been the national bird instead of the bald eagle! Food for thought!

For the best self storage in Van Nuys, QuikStor Self Storage is the perfect location to store all your belongings in self storage. Quikstor Self Storage offers all important amenities needed for safe and secure storage. For more information, call 818-478-2828 or visit the website at (http://quikstorselfstorage.com/).

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13 Wicked Fun Facts about Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner! Candy corn, pumpkin spice, and talk of witches and black cats fill the air. Families are putting finishing touches of their Halloween decorations and children are hanging their costumes, ready for the fun-filled night coming this October 31. To add to the celebrations, here are 13 Wicked Halloween Fun Facts about the Holiday.

1.  The largest pumpkin ever recorded weighed at 836 pounds! It was grown by Norm Craven who broke the previously held world record in 1993.

2. The mask used by the character Michael Meyers in John Carpenter’s 1978 Halloween film is a Captain Kirk mask that was sold in the 70s. The film crew was on a strict budget and purchased the mask as it was the most economically feasible option for them at the time. They manipulated the mask to make it appear as spooky as possible and to separate its likeness from Kirk.

3. Halloween was also once known as All Hallows’ Eve, Samhain, Witches Night, Lamswool, and Summer’s End.

4. Trick-or-Treating is based on the Celtic holiday Samhain where food and sweets would be put outside to feed the spirits who came out on that night. This would be the last day of the Celtic calendar year.

5.  Harry Houdini, the world renowned magician, died on October 31, 1926.

6.  Salem, Massachusetts, is the Halloween capital of the world having history in the Salem Witch trials.

7.  The record for most Jack O’Lanterns lit at one moment (over 30,000!) is held by Boston, Massachusetts.

8. The Salem Witch Trials took place in colonial Massachusetts between 1692 and 1693 and more than 200 “witches” and “wizards” were accused of practicing magic.

9. The most well-known Halloween song is the “Monster Mash” which was sung by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and released in 1962, featuring lyrics on all the famous monsters like Frankenstein and Dracula.

10. Jack-O-Lanterns were originally created from turnips, beets, and potatoes years ago.

11. A survey revealed that 50% of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy when trick-or-treating during Halloween, 24% prefer non-chocolate candy, and 10% prefer gum.

12. In accordance with Scottish traditions, if someone wears their clothes inside and out and walks backwards on Halloween, they will see a witch at midnight! “

13. Americans will buy 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween.

For the best self storage in Van Nuys, QuikStor Self Storage is the perfect location to store all your belongings in self storage. Quikstor Self Storage offers all important amenities needed for safe and secure storage. For more information, call 818-478-2828 or visit the website at (http://quikstorselfstorage.com/).

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Five Frightfully Fun Facts about Self Storage

October is the month to celebrate the spooky, mysterious, and frightfully fun elements of Halloween. This is the month to watch all your favorite horror films and indulge in candy corn, attend costume parties, or get lost in a corn maze at your local pumpkin patch. To celebrate this Halloween, here are five frightfully fun facts about self-storage.

1. Self Storage was first used in Ancient civilizations. In Ancient China and Ancient Egypt, clay pots were used to store items that needed preservation and protection, including salted meats and jewelry. Many of these clay pots were stored inside or in the ground.  There was even storage quarters or caves for the public to store their pots, with each family receiving a designated spot. Guards would stand in front protecting the stored items. This was a practice commonly used in Ancient China and Ancient Egypt.

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2. The most famous private storage units, and also one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, are the Ancient Pyramids of Giza. Enclosed inside the pyramids are the coffins and remains of the Pharaohs and their heirlooms that they believed carried with them to the afterlife. The most famous discovery of a private Pharaoh’s treasure was done by Archaeologist Howard Carter when he discovered the treasures of King Tutankhamen. It is said Howard Carter suffered from the curse of the Pharaohs when he entered King Tut’s tomb and moved the mummy from its resting place.

3. Pirates Booty was found in a self storage unit! A foreclosed locker was auctioned off and inside was a treasure chest of gold and silver coins. The entire value of the chest and its contents was half a million dollars! The mystery remains of where the booty came from.

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4. Rare Amelia Earhart Photographs taken right before her doomed flight were found in a self storage unit in California. The images were gifts given by Amelia Earhart herself and stored away in self storage, passed on from generation to generation, until they were found recently. The photos appraise for about $1,000 each!

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5. A storage unit was filled with brains! A former medical examiner had used a self storage unit to fill up his work, including housing human tissue and organs in containers filled with formaldehyde. When his unit was opened up because of the strong odor, the containers of brains and other body parts were discovered.

DISCLAIMER: It is illegal to house human remains in self storage.

For the best self storage in Van Nuys, QuikStor Self Storage is the perfect location to store all your belongings in self storage. Quikstor Self Storage offers all important amenities needed for safe and secure storage. For more information, call 818-478-2828 or visit the website at (http://quikstorselfstorage.com/).

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10 UNIQUE FACTS ABOUT INDEPENDENCE DAY

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On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress, declaring the United States as an independent nation, free from British Rule. Every year since, Americans have celebrated our independence with festivities, parades, and patriotic camaraderie. Recent traditions on this day include picnic BBQs with hotdogs and hamburgers in the daytime and fireworks in the evenings. Here are 10 unique facts about Independence Day that you may not have known!

1.  The United States is turning 240 years old this July 4, 2016.

2.  John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, two original signers of the Declaration of Independence who also later served as President of the United States, both died on July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

3. In 1870, Congress declared Independence Day as an official holiday and later in 1938, Congress declared the day as a paid federal holiday. Before 1938, it was an unpaid holiday for federal employees.

4. The tune “Yankee Doodle” is now known as an American patriotic song but the tune’s origins prior to the Revolution and was sung by British military officers who were mocking the colonist “Yankees” who they believed were unorganized and unsophisticated.

5. President Calvin Coolidge is the only American president to have been born on Independence Day, having been born July 4, 1872, and would become the 30th president of the United States.

6. The White House had its first Independence Day celebration party on July 4, 1801, when Thomas Jefferson was President and Aaron Burr was vice president.

7. The famous Macy’s fireworks display is held in New York City and has been televised on NBC since 1976, making its 40 year anniversary this year.

8. There will be an estimated 150 million hot dogs consumed this 4th of July across America.

9. The fourth of July parade in Bristol, Rhode Island, is the oldest continuous Independence Day Parade that continues on through today, originating all the way back to 1785.

10. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence on a writing desk that is placed on a person’s lap, known back then as a “laptop.”

For the best self storage in Van Nuys, QuikStor Self Storage is the perfect location to store all your belongings in self storage. Quikstor Self Storage offers all important amenities needed for safe and secure storage. For more information, call 818-478-2828 or visit the website at (http://quikstorselfstorage.com/).

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