Be Safe this Fourth of July

Fireworks Safety TipsFourth of July will be a long weekend of picnics with friends and family, parades, fireworks and trips to the beach. The holiday is always a lot of fun, but it can also be very dangerous due to mishandling and misuse of fireworks, improper grilling techniques and unsafe beach practices. There are many Fourth of July celebrations in the Los Angeles area from parades, festivals and fireworks displays.  Magellan Storage wants to keep your family safe this holiday weekend by sharing a few fireworks, grilling  and beach safety tips to keep your family and home safe!

Beach Safety Tips

Many families will be heading to the many great beaches on the Pacific Ocean during the long holiday weekend.  There are a few simple tips to remember when you spend large amounts of time at the beach that even the avid beach goer should remember.

  • Only swim in a lifeguarded beach within a designated swimming area. These areas are roped off for safety reasons.
  • Keep alert for local weather conditions. Storms can move in off shore very quickly.
  • Always swim with a buddy.
  • Young children should always wear a coast guard approved life jacket.
  • Limit exposure to direct sunlight between 10am and 4pm. If you are outside during these times, always wear sunscreen starting at SPF 15, if you are fairer skinned, then go with higher SPFs.
  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid caffeine and alcohol when outside in hot weather.

 

Fireworks Safety Tips

The Consumer Product Safety Commission conducted a study during the weeks surrounding July 4th to measure the extent of injuries caused by fireworks. The study found that 230 people on average go to the emergency room during that time with fireworks related injuries with over 50% of these injuries listed as burns. 74% of those injured were men and 23% were women! The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) put out a report stating that more fires were reported on Independence Day than any other day of the year! Fireworks accidents account for 2 out of 5 of these reported fires. In 2011, fireworks caused an estimated 17,800 reported fires causing over $32 million in damage. It is recommended to attend public fireworks shows put on by professionals.  If you do plan on setting off fireworks, there are important fireworks safety tips that need to be followed.

  • Obey all local laws pertaining to fireworks and displaying fireworks.
  • Keep children and pets at least 500 feet away from where fireworks are being shot off.
  • Keep pets indoors if you are setting off fireworks. They could become agitated with the sights, sounds, and smells of fireworks.
  • Only use fireworks outside. Point fireworks away from homes. Keep fireworks away from trees and brush as these materials are extremely flammable.
  • Have a hose, a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher on hand for emergency situations. Soak all of the fireworks after use in a bucket of water before throwing them in a metal thrash can.
  • Light one firework at a time. Never relight a dud firework. Make sure to properly dispose of the dud firework in water before depositing in a metal container.
  • If you are using sparklers, it is important to hold on tight to the sparklers when in use. Do not use sparklers while sitting down and never throw them when they are lit.

Grilling Safety Tips

According to another report by the National Fire Protection Association between 2007 and 2011, there was an average of 8,800 home and outside fires.  It is very important to be prepared and safe when using both propane and charcoal grills.

  • Propane and charcoal barbeque grills should only be used outdoors. The grill should be placed away from the home, deck railings and overhanging branches. Clear away flammable debris that is near the area where the grill is placed. Make sure that the grill is placed in a well-ventilated area and is firmly in place and cannot be tipped over.
  • Never leave a grill unattended when it is in use.
  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the grill at all times.
  • If you have to start a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid to enhance or start the fire. Do not add any other flammable fluids to the fire. When you are finished using the charcoal grill, let the coals completely cool before deposing them in a metal container.
  • For propane tank grills use, check the tank and hoses for leaks before using the grill for the first time of the season. If you smell gas while cooking on the grill, immediately get away from the grill and call the fire department. Do not move the grill!
  • Use long-handled utensils when cooking on a grill to avoid burns and splatters.
  • Do not wear loose fitting clothing near the open flame of a grill. Use flame –retardant mitts when adjusting hot vents and grills.

 

Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July!

Fourth of July 2015 Celebrations in Los Angeles Area

Fourth of July in LA

 

This year, the Fourth of July falls on a Saturday! Our country’s “birthday” is celebrated with picnics, festivals, family and of course, fireworks! Independence Day is considered one of our country’s most important national holidays and a symbol of our nation’s patriotism.  The day celebrates the 2nd Continental Congress of Philadelphia agreeing on the principles of the Declaration of Independence. Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, but the document wasn’t officially signed by all of the delegates until August 2, 1776.   Celebrating the 4th of July goes back to 1776 and continues to this day. During the early years of our nation, the day was commemorated with community events, fireworks, and the reading of the Declaration of Independence.    In 1870, Congress made July 4th a federal holiday, but it didn’t become an official paid holiday until 1941!

There are many great events, festivals and firework displays to celebrate 4th of July in the Los Angeles area:

Grand Park 4th of July Block Party

The City of Los Angeles is hosting the Grand Park Fourth of July Block Party on July 4th starting at 3pm. The festivities will take up a 4 block area around Grand Park. There will be food vendors on-site, but you can bring in a picnic. Entertainment will be provided on two stages with roaming DJs and other entertainment. The fireworks with special effects will be launched from the civic center skyline.

4th of July Americafest at the Rose Bowl

One of the largest fireworks displays in Southern California takes place at the Rose Bowl Americanfest  The parking lot gates open at 2pm for the Fanfest with food vendors, entertainment, crafts, exhibits and inflatable rides for children. There will be musical performances by the Beatle’s tribute band, Liverpool Legends, as well as a tribute to Elvis Presley. The fireworks show will start at 9pm. Active Military will get in free tickets (up to 4 per family) to the event with a valid ID.

Hollywood Bowl July 4th Fireworks Spectacular

The Hollywood Bowl is hosting 3 days of great American music and fireworks with the legendary Smokey Robinson and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Marina del Rey 4th of July Celebration

Marina del Rey  hosts a very popular free fireworks spectacular over the main channel of the Marina. The fireworks show is synchronized to music from KXLU 88.9FM. The fireworks can be seen from Fisherman’s Village, Burton Chace Park or Mother’s Beach and is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches & Harbors. The fireworks start at 9pm.

Long Beach Kid’s July 4th Bike Parade

The annual bike parade on Granada Avenue along the bike path in Long Beach is a popular event for children of all ages. More than 500 children participate in the event!  Children and adults are encouraged to decorate their bikes to celebrate the country’s birthday. There is also a children’s patriotic speech contest, watermelon seed spitting contest and a 4th of July costume contest. The parade starts at 10am.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 4th of July Community Festival

KJLH Radio is presenting a free community concert and fireworks display at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park. There are two stages for performances, food, games and carnival rides. The fireworks show will start at 9pm and can be seen from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Queen Mary-All American 4th of July

The Queen Mary  is hosting the All American 4th of July event, a music and food extravaganza for the 4th of July. Step back in time as the Queen Mary celebrates music and entertainment from 1920’s and 30’s to current music on all decks of the boat with bands, swing bands and DJ’s. There will also be strolling entertainers, a children’s play area and a fantastic fireworks display. There is special admission ticket for this event.

Culver City Fourth of July Fireworks

The city of Culver City, County of Los Angeles and West Los Angeles College hosts the Fourth of July Fireworks Show on the college grounds. The gates for the event opens at 4pm with fireworks starting at dusk.  There will be food trucks, kid’s entertainment and much more. Entertainment for the event starts at 6pm and there will also be a raffle for great prizes.

Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and fun 4th of July!

Tips for Cleaning and Reorganizing the Bathroom

Tips for Organizing a Bathroom

 

Bathrooms are usually the most daunting rooms to clean and organize even though they are usually the smallest rooms in the house! Bathrooms can easily get cluttered with dirty clothes, towels, old make-up, skin care products and a variety of new and old cleaning supplies. Bathroom counters usually end up covered with a lot of “stuff” making it hard to find the items that you actually need on a daily basis.

Before the bathroom becomes too messy, it is a good time to start your bathroom organization project. If you haven’t finished your spring cleaning tasks, what are you waiting for? Turn those spring cleaning projects into summer projects and try to get everything completed! As you are organizing, it is also the time to do a thorough cleaning of the bathroom. Everything in the bathroom, from floor to ceiling, should be cleaned first before starting on an organization project.

Bathroom Cleaning and Organization Tips

Cleaning the bathroom shouldn’t take too long as long as you put your mind to the task at hand! Below are some tips to de-clutter the bathroom and keep it organized going forward:

Before you start organizing, remove all items from the cabinets and then wipe down the insides and outsides of the medicine and linen cabinets. Sort the items that you removed from the medicine and linen cabinets, throw away expired cosmetics, lotions and medicine or anything that looks or smells funny. Keep only medicine or first aid items in the medicine cabinet. Keep the medicines that you need most often on the bottom shelf, within easy reach. Replace empty or expired items in your first aid kit. Put the make-up items that you use the most on a small decorative tray on the sink countertop, so you can just use what you need and not have to dig through a bag or a drawer. If you have drawer space, consider using a kitchen drawer organizer for make-up products instead of just throwing them in the drawer. Repurpose clear jars or storage containers on the countertop with items that you need to use daily such as cotton balls or Q-tips. Gather all hair products into a plastic bin and place this in the linen closet or under the sink.

After you clean out the medicine cabinet it is time to clean everything else in the bathroom. Wash and shake out bathroom rugs, sweep and mop the floor, and wipe down the baseboards.  Take down draperies, curtains and blinds to be washed and cleaned. Scrub the bathtub. Pay attention to crevices, handles and fixtures. Change the shower curtain liner and shower curtain. Replace the shower caddy as these can get moldy and rusted over time.  Sort through the products that you have in the caddy and throw away expired items or items that you no longer use. A great DIY shower caddy/shower storage idea is a multi-level fruit/vegetable wire basket. This can be hung from the ceiling in the tub/shower to give added storage space. Remove cleaning products and other stored items from under the sink. As a general rule, if you haven’t used a product in 3-6 months, throw it away.

Now that you have cleaned through everything, it is time to reorganize! Utilize bathroom storage options, such as over-the-toilet shelving to put items that do not fit under the sink or in the medicine cabinet but that you need to access more frequently. Use bins to store hair products, lotions and other items under your sink. Put away things that don’t normally belong in the bathroom. Put dirty towels and clothes in the hamper to be washed as soon as possible. Get the entire family involved in putting things away such as hanging up used towels, keeping the counters clear, and keeping the bathroom organized. To finish up the organization project, reset the bathroom by hanging fresh linens, curtains and placing the clean rugs back on the floor.

If there are items that you have stored in your bathroom that you do not have room for, then self-storage is a great option! Stop by one of the 6 Magellan Storage locations to see how we can help with your storage needs!

 

Tips for Moving With Pets

Tips for Moving with Pets

 

 

Moving Day is usually a stress filled day for humans, but it can also be extremely stressful for the family pet. If you are moving pets across town or across the city, you need to plan ahead. Planning ahead for your moving day means creating a moving checklist, hiring a moving company or renting a moving truck, packing and switching utilities.  Part of your moving checklist should include a plan for moving your pets to your new home!

Professional Pet Movers

There are companies that you can hire that can move your pet to your new destination, especially if it over a long distance. Animal transport services come in handy if you are moving across the country and might not be able to transport the animal yourself. These services will treat your pet just as their own with regular rest stops and food breaks. There are a few things that will need to be taken care of so your pet is ready for transport including: making sure that they have all of their shots, their medical records are up-to-date, their claws are trimmed and they are crate-trained. Make sure to pack a bag for your pet including the following: food, favorite toys, bedding, special blanket, leash, ID tags, health records and any special care instructions. The animal transport groups are a great option for stressed out movers!

Tips for Moving with a Pet                                                 

  1. If you are moving to a new city, inform your vet so you can take your pet’s records and a list of medication with you. Ask the vet if they can recommend a vet in your new city.
  2. Check with your new state or city for any specific regulations that require you to get a pet license or provide pet health records. If you have exotic pets, some states have laws on how to properly house these types of animals.
  3. If the pet isn’t used to a crate or carrier, start acclimating them to the crate as soon as possible. Moving day will be simpler if you don’t have to fight with your pet to go in a carrier.
  4. On the actual moving day, it is best to leave the pet with a friend or at a kennel. If that isn’t possible, then put the pet in a quiet room away from the major moving action, such as in a crate or carrier in an empty bedroom, or garage.
  5. Transport the pet to your new home in your own vehicle. This will allow the pet to feel a sense of comfort in a vehicle that they already are familiar with. Move the pet in a crate or carrier big enough for the animal to move around and lie down during the journey. This is especially important for long trips.
  6. Before you travel for your move, do not feed or water your pet for a few hours before you leave.
  7. Once you are on the road, only feed the pet once a day, but make frequent stops for walking and water. If possible, bring extra water from home, as different water could upset the pet’s stomach.
  8. While traveling in the car, do not let the pet hang out the window. Bugs and dirt can get in the pet’s eyes causing infections. Keep the windows locked to prevent pets from lowering the windows and jumping out. Be very careful when you arrive to your new home and let your pet out. Make sure you open the crate or carrier in an enclosed place when the pet can’t take off running.
  9. Set up your new home before you move in your pet. Limit the number of rooms that you allow the pet in and then gradually increase their freedom to the entire house.
  10. Give your pets their food in their favorite dish and have their favorite toys, blanket and bedding nearby to make them feel safe at the new home. The familiar smells with help them adjust easier and quicker to their new location.

There are always stresses that go along moving day. Being prepared with moving and packing supplies, a moving inventory list, and a moving day plan for the family and the family pet can help elevate some of the stress. Good Luck with your move!

 

Tips for Correctly Packing Glassware

Tips for packing glassware

Summer is the busiest season for the moving and self storage industries. There are many things to think about when preparing to move such as properly moving appliances, washers and dryers, electronics, and packing your kitchen items, especially breakable items such as glasses, plates and bowls. As people prepare to move, they have to make sure to protect their items while on the moving truck or in storage.

Making sure you properly pack your breakables for moving or storage is very important. The first and most important part to your packing process it to have sturdy, cardboard boxes for your kitchen items. It is not recommended to use very large boxes to hold glassware. Large boxes could get very heavy and easily break when stacked with other boxes in a moving truck or in a storage unit.  The best idea is to get smaller boxes or boxes specifically designed with dividers for glassware. Magellan Storage has a variety of sturdy boxes, packing supplies such as newsprint or bubble wrap as well as packaging tape for packing breakable items.

How to Pack your Glassware

Once you have gathered your packing supplies, then follow the steps below to make sure that your everyday and special occasion glassware is properly packed for moving or storage.

  1. Use newsprint or bubble wrap to pack your glasses. Use bubble wrap to wrap crystal glasses. Do not use regular newspaper to wrap glassware. The ink could stain the glassware over long-term storage. Once you get to your new home, wash the glasses by hand or through the dishwasher before putting them in their perspective cabinets.
  2. There are specially made packing boxes with cardboard dividers that are excellent for packing glasses.
  3. Before you start packing, prepare the box to protect the glasses. Start with a layer of packing paper, newsprint, bubble wrap, or towels to use as a cushion at the bottom of the box.
  4. The heaviest glasses, such as coffee mugs or pint glasses, should be on the bottom of the box and then build up in layers of heavier to lighter items. Add packing material in between each layer for padding.
  5. Each glass or mug should be wrapped separated before placing in their boxes.
  6. To wrap glasses for the ultimate protection start with the newsprint or bubble wrap on a flat surface. Roll the glass diagonally on the paper. After rolling twice, tuck the ends of the paper into the roll to make it a tight package.
  7. Place these wrapped glassware in the box on their side and add packing material for the first layer. Repeat this process until the box is full, leaving a good inch away from the top of the box.
  8. For delicate glasses, do not wrap the item too tightly as they could break when you remove the wrapping. Wrap delicate glasses such as wine or champagne glasses in bubble wrap for extra protection.
  9. When storing or placing the boxes in a moving truck, place boxes with glasses on the top of heavier boxes to prevent breakage.
  10. Make sure to label each box with the contents and create an overall inventory list, so you know where to look for the items if you need them.

If you are moving your items to a storage unit, Magellan Storage offers a free move-in truck at select Magellan locations. Ask about the truck when you are at one of our 6  Los Angeles or Orange County locations.

 

 

 

 

 

Summertime in Los Angeles

Summer in Los AngelesThere are so many things to do throughout the year in the Los Angeles area. It is a tourist destination for millions of people each year. The great weather, the beaches and the proximity to the movie and television industry makes it a great place to visit. It is also a great place to live.  There is always something to do in the Los Angeles area. You can go to a Los Angeles Dodgers or California Angels baseball game,  you can explore the great beaches such as Long Beach, Hermosa Beach and Venice Beach or be a tourist for the day and explore the sights and sounds of Hollywood.  You can go to a concert at the Levitt Pavilion at MacArthur Park or take the family to Disneyworld or just attend one of the great food festivals that take place this summer!

 

Cultural Festivals

Los Angeles is the most diverse county in the United States and is home to a variety of cultures and ethnicities.  These groups have created their own communities, which are one of the reasons that Los Angeles is so great. The many communities hold cultural celebrations throughout the year to share their heritage and culture. The festivals allow you to explore new foods, music and entertainment and learn about new cultures.

Greek Festivals

Nearly every Greek Orthodox Church in the Los Angeles area holds a festival during the spring and summer months to help raise money for their churches.  Each festival has great Greek food, folk dancing, music and much more. To find out where the Greek Festival is in your area, see this list.  Here is a list of just a few of the Greek festivals. St. George Greek Festival in Downey is held June 6th and 7th. St. Paul’s Greek Festival is June 26th and 27th in Irvine.  The South Bay Greek Festival in Redondo Beach is July 10th to 11th.

Irish Festivals

There are many great Irish celebrations throughout the year in the Los Angeles area. The Big Irish Fair and Music Fest  is June 20th and 21th at Eldorado Park in Long Beach. There will be 15 areas for music and entertainment including bagpipers, Irish dancers, Irish storytellers and much more.

Japanese Festival

The Japanese culture is celebrated every year during Nisei Week.  This year’s festival is August 15th to 23rd with parades, films, stage performances, demonstrations, music, food, sporting events and family activities. The festival takes place in venues around Little Tokyo, near downtown Los Angeles.

Food, Film and Other Festivals

LA Film Fest

The Los Angeles Film Fest is June 10th to 18th at the Regal Cinemas LA Live Stadium. This 10 day film festival features over 200 feature, short and music independent films.

 

Los Angeles Beer Week

The Los Angeles Beer Week  celebrates all types of beer from traditional to craft at venues throughout the Los Angeles Area. The event runs June 20th to 28th. The week spotlights local breweries with many tasting events at local restaurants.

 

Independence Day Celebrations

There are many Independence Day celebrations held throughout the Los Angeles area from the Hollywood Bowl to the Rose Bowl from the beaches to downtown Los Angeles. There are parades, festivals and fireworks to celebrate the birth of America.

LA Street Food Fest

Taste your way through Los Angeles at the LA Street Food Fest at the Rose Bowl on July 11th.  The Food Fest brings award-winning chefs together with famous food trucks, street stands and local vendors for a great food tasting event. There will be over 100 different vendors to choose from at the event!

 

No matter what you do this summer, get out and explore all the great events and places that the Los Angeles area has to offer! Magellan Storage  is proud a part of the great melting pot that is Los Angeles!

 

Hollywood-Tourist Mecca

Places to visit in Hollywood, California

 

 

There are so many great places to visit when you are visiting the Los Angeles area. There are beaches, amusement parks, world-class shopping, great food, sports teams and people watching. However, the one place that millions of people visit each year is Hollywood, California. Hollywood is a 3.51 square mile neighborhood in the central region of the city of Los Angeles.  It is known as the home of the entertainment industry. People flock from all over the world to see the many attractions, theaters and studios that are located in the city of Hollywood. And of course the tourists hope to run into a movie or television star!

History of Hollywood

The area that is now Hollywood was originally called Cahuenga Valley after a pass in the Santa Monica Mountains. In 1870, it was a small farming community. The area was officially named Hollywood in 1887. Hollywood was incorporated in 1903 and merged with Los Angeles in 1910 in order to share municipal services. By 1912, major film companies had set up offices and studios in and around Hollywood. D.W. Griffith was the first director to make a movie in Hollywood in 1910. The Nestor Motion Picture Company was the first of the Hollywood studios to shoot a film at their studios in October, 1911. Since the early days, the movie industry has grown to facilities outside of Hollywood, but visitors still apply the name to film and television productions that are located within the Greater Los Angeles area.

Hollywood has gone through a resurgence in the last 15 years. After a few decades of decline in visitors and tourists, the city has come back stronger than ever. There are over 80,000 residents according the latest census. The community is ethnically diverse including people with Latino, Asian and other backgrounds.

The community is surrounded by the Hollywood Hills to the north and other Los Angeles neighborhoods. You can see the famous Hollywood sign, which is technically not in Hollywood, from many different vantage points in Los Angeles.

Things to Do and See in Hollywood

If you are a fan of pop culture, movies and television, then visiting the landmarks in Hollywood is the thing for you! Listed below are just a few of the great things to see and do when visit Hollywood:

  • Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue is the center of activities in Hollywood. A stop at the Chinese Theatre  is a must for any movie fan. Measure your hand and footprints against your favorite celebrity or get a tour of the famous theater.
  • Take a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard to see the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame was started in 1958 as a tribute to artists and contributors to the entertainment industry. Over the years hundreds of people in all walks of the industry from music to film to television have been honored with a star.
  • Visit one of the many tourist attractions along Hollywood Boulevard including Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, the Guinness World of Records Museum, and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium.
  • If you are visiting during the late summer, fall or winter, try to get tickets to a taping of a game show, talk show or television production.
  • Learn about the movie industry from silent films to present at the Hollywood Museum  at the Max Factor Building. The museum has the best collection of movie memorabilia through the past one hundred years.
  • Visit or see a concert at the Hollywood Bowl.  The Hollywood Bowl is the largest natural amphitheater in the United States. The venue has housed thousands of concerts from classical to rock and roll.
  • Take a tour of the Paramount Studios.  This is the only movie studio in Hollywood that you can tour. The trademark pink and white archway entrance has been standing for decades welcoming movie veterans and visitors alike.
  • Take a walking tour or bus tour around Hollywood to find out the places that famous people lived, played and worked. There are many celebrity and movie star home tours that start off in the Hollywood area.
  • Don’t miss the fun and excitement at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal City Walk. You can visit the theme park at Universal Studios as well as get a behind-the-scenes studio tour.

 

There are so many great things to see and do during a visit to Hollywood! Enjoy your visit!

 

 

Preparing a House for a New Baby

Preparing a House for a New Baby

 

We experience a variety of pivotal and important events in our life such from starting a family, empty nesting and eventually downsizing our homes.  One of life’s major events, starting a family, requires planning and preparation from purchasing clothes and diapers to designing a nursery. The arrival of a new baby is a time of great excitement and great change for a family. Months before the baby is born, future parents must decide where they will create a nursery and where they will store of the items that come along with having a baby. Rooms will have to be re-purposed, cleaned, painted, and current furniture will have to be moved and stored.  All of the rearranging will need to happen before the new baby comes home.  When repurposing the room, think about placing the extra furniture that is not needed, but might in the future, in a storage unit. Move these items to the storage facility as soon as possible to eliminate additional clutter in your home.

How to Get Organized for a New Baby

It is very important to be prepared for a new baby in the home. In order to be very organized, create a checklist for the new baby and all of the things that will need to be done in order to get ready for the new arrival. The list should include tasks such as building the crib and setting up the nursery to what to what everyday items such as clothing, diapers and bottles will be needed.

  • Once the room that will be turned into a nursery has been decided, the next decision is to figure out the best way to maximize the storage that is currently in the home to accommodate all of the baby’s things from clothing to diapers to toys to swings that will be needed on an everyday basis.
  • Clean the new baby’s room from top to bottom before you begin re-decorating. According to Healthy Children.org and The American Academy of Pediatricians, rely on common sense when preparing and maintaining a baby’s room. There is no need to over-sterilize the baby’s room to eliminate dust and germs before it comes home, because you will not be able to keep up with that level of clean after the baby is home. Creating a regular cleaning schedule for the room is more important.
  • Don’t “overload” the baby’s room with furniture. A crib, dresser, changing table and a rocking chair are all that is needed in the newborn’s nursery. Having furniture with built-in storage will also be a big help for organizational purposes.
  • As you gather more baby items and accessories, set up an organized storage system so you know where everything is located. This is extremely crucial for those middle of the night feedings and changing!
  • Create “stations” in the room for diapering, dressing and feeding. Also, set-up similar stations in other parts of the home. This is especially important if there are multi-levels to the home. The most important thing to consider is that the room needs to be arranged so it is convenient for the new parent.

Preparing for the Future

It is a good idea to start toddler/baby proofing the baby’s room as you are setting it up. Make sure that the furniture is sturdy and can be secured to the walls, so toddlers, as they are pulling themselves up and holding on to furniture, can’t pull it over. Add latches to the lower dresser drawers. Purchase baby gates for the top and bottom of staircases as well as to block off rooms that toddlers should not be exploring. Put plastic safety plugs into electrical outlets. Place non-stick pads below rugs in the baby’s room to prevent the toddler from slipping when they are just learning to walk. Starting these prep steps will save time and money in the future as the infant starts to walk and explore.

Stop by one of the 6 Los Angeles or Orange County Magellan Storage locations to see how our storage professionals can assist in the storage requirements for life’s many major events.  We have a variety of climate controlled and non-climate controlled storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 to fit every storage need.

Once you have everything set up and your home is prepared for a new baby, it is time to enjoy the time with your new family! Congratulations on your new arrival!

Storage Tips for College Students

Packing Tips for College StudentsThe end of the college year can be stressful for students when taking final exams, setting up internships and summer jobs, packing up a dorm room to head home and of course graduating. At the end of each college year, students have to pack up their personal items, electronics, furniture and all other memorabilia that they acquired over the school year and transport it back home to store for the summer, just to repack it all again when school is back in session. A better solution is to rent a self storage unit to store these items during the summer months.

When choosing a self storage facility, make sure that it is near your college or university, so you will have easier access to your items when you move back to college for the fall semester. Most self storage facilities offer month-to-month rentals, which is perfect for college student’s short term needs as well as budgetary constraints. When choosing a self storage unit, start with the smallest size, a 5×5, that will fit your books, linens, winter clothes and kitchen items. If you need to store furniture or larger items, then choose a larger size storage unit. Sharing the storage space with friends is also a great way to lower the cost of storage rental and getting the storage size that you need.  Magellan Storage has storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 that serve any student’s storage needs. The state-of-the-art security at Magellan Storage will also give students peace-of-mind that their belongings are safe and secure when they are in storage.

Packing Tips for College Students

There are certain items that college should place in self storage versus what they should take with them during a summer break. Personal items such as spring/summer clothing, jewelry, accessories and toiletries should be taken home.  Take home computers, printers, electronics, TVs and other higher-end items that the student will be using during the summer months. Self storage is great for storing everything else not listed above including books, furniture, mattresses, comforters, linens, kitchenware including plates, pans and glassware, mini refrigerator and other kitchen appliances including a blender, toaster or microwave.

Stored items should be properly packed for moving and storage as well! Below are a few hints for the college student in order to properly pack their items for storage or moving home:

  • Books should be packed horizontally in a sturdy smaller box. Storing books vertically can damage the spines of the books.
  • Clothing should be packed in clear plastic boxes or new cardboard boxes. Do not use grocery store boxes as these can contain food and other residue that can ruin the clothes. Wash all clothing before packing them for storage.
  • Hang winter coats, heavier quilts and blankets in wardrobe boxes.
  • Pack glasses, plates and dishes in bubble wrap or plain newsprint. Do NOT use regular newspapers as they can leave a residue on the items. Place heavier items at the bottom of the box and lighter objects at the top of the box. Place filler material between the pieces and layers of items for additional protection.  Once the boxes are full, completely seal the boxes with packing tape before storing.
  • Clean out all appliances before placing in a storage unit. Leave the door to a mini-refrigerator open while in storage.
  • Label each box with the contents of the box on all four sides and the top of the box. Create an inventory list of the items that you have stored.
  • Utilize all storage space by storing items vertically and in stacks whenever possible.

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Does Your Home Have Great Curb Appeal?

Tips for Great Curb Appeal

We are now approaching the busy home buying & selling season. A home seller needs to accentuate the strengths of their home and downplay the weaknesses in order to attract the most number of potential buyers.  Many realtors encourage their clients to “stage” their home for sale. Staging companies as well as realtors rent self storage units to place their client’s excess items in when they are doing a home staging project. This is a great solution to temporarily remove additional items from the home as well as help the homeowner to start the de-cluttering process before moving. Magellan Storage has 6 Los Angeles and Orange County area locations  that have a variety of storage unit sizes to fit your storage needs during a staging project.

The first impression of a home that is up for sale is one of the most important components of staging a home.    According to a National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of Home Staging Report, over 95% of “Buyer’s Agents” say that home staging has at least some effect on the buyer’s view of the home. Home Staging Resource released a study in 2014 that also agrees with how important home staging has become. It found that 12% of real estate agents believe that staging “increases the dollar value of the home” by at least 11-20% or more!

Next to decluttering and cleaning the interior of the home, the most important home staging tip is to make sure that the home has great curb appeal.  Over 80% of home buyers start their home buying experience searching online. Great photos of a home are critical to getting a homebuyer’s attention.  According to the same National Association of Realtors 2015 Profile of Home Staging Report listed above, 46% of homebuyers will drop by a home that they have viewed online before they actually get an appointment to view the inside. The buyers will see the exterior, front yard, front porches, garages, driveways and sidewalks.  If the buyer likes what they see from the exterior, then they will make arrangements for a walk-thru with a realtor or homeowner.

Tips for Improving Your Home’s Curb Appeal

  1. Take great photos of your home to place online. The photos should showcase all of the great aspects of the home. The best time to take interior and exterior home photos is during daylight hours on an overcast day. This will prevent sun glare fading the colors of the room or exterior of the house.
  2. Walk around the outside of the home with a critical eye. Take notes for what needs to be repaired, replaced or cleaned. Then, have another person do the walk through after you do. This person could give a good critical eye to items that you, as the homeowner, might have missed. Repairs for items that you have spotted during the “walk around” should be taken care of before the house is put up for sale.
  3. Take a look up and inspect the roof. Is it in good condition? Do you see any missing shingles or dirty or streaked tiles? Make these needed repairs before placing the home on sale.
  4. The house number needs to be easily viewed from the street. Replace any dirty or broken numbers or get a whole new set of numbers for a different look.
  5. Pressure wash the home siding, the deck, front porch, oil stained driveways (and inside garages), and faded walkways.
  6. Update the landscaping in the front of the home. Clean up front porch flower containers, window boxes and front yard flower beds with colorful flowers. Never plant artificial flowers.
  7. Keep the entire home a neutral color, but paint the front door, trim, shutters, and garage door with an accent color. This is a relatively inexpensive way to instantly brighten up the outside of the home.
  8. Replace light bulbs in lighting fixtures around the home. Use solar light fixtures along walking paths to the front door. These lights can help highlight the best features of the home.
  9. Change or repair the mailbox. Make sure that you stay within any local mailbox ordinances for size and placement.
  10. For finishing touches, update the hardware on your front door and add a welcome mat in front of the front door.

These simple steps will help your home stand out amongst the others to potential buyers. Just putting a little bit of money to update and improve your home when selling can actually bring back a huge return of investment.