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.

Stop in to Magellan Storage’s 6 Los Angeles and Orange County locations  to see how we can help students with their storage needs!

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.

 

 

Contractors and Self Storage

Contractors use self storage

A self storage unit is a great place to store overstock inventory, pharmaceutical samples, business documents, office equipment and tools for construction companies.  We all know that self storage is an option to store business files and office equipment, but it is also an ideal place for construction workers, contractors, plumbers, electricians, and painters to store their tools and equipment during a project.

Many contractors, plumbers and painters actually work out of their vans, trucks or out of their homes and do not have “brick and mortar” locations or buildings to store their equipment.  The cost of renting a storage unit is much, much lower than paying for rent and utilities for a storefront or a warehouse. By storing building materials and tools in a storage unit, contractors can keep their overhead low and their budget in check. Another way for contractors to keep overall costs down is to buy materials, supplies and tools in bulk and store them in a storage unit until these products are needed on a work site.

Construction workers and contractors have to take their equipment to and from their work site every day. Having a self storage unit in a centralized place, closer to their project location, makes it much easier for the contractor to transport equipment. Keeping the tools and equipment in a self storage unit will also help to protect them from damage from rain, temperature extremes or even vandalized if kept on a construction site. Placing smaller tools and construction equipment in plastic storage bins on shelving in a storage unit is the best way for contractors to keep their tools organized while in storage. The bins should be labeled and put on an inventory list, so contractors can easily find the equipment that they need when they need them.

Most self storage facilities have drive-up storage units, which allow easy access for contractors to load and unload their equipment. Convenient computerized gate access hours allow contractors, painters and plumbers to access their tools before they need to be on the job site. Magellan Storage facilities  allow access to their facilities starting at 5am or 6am, depending on the facility. Deliveries of building supplies and materials can be accepted at some storage facilities, which allow the contractors to continue with their work and not have to wait around for that special tool, equipment or supplies. Larger storage units can also store trucks and larger equipment. Security measures  such as video surveillance, individual storage unit alarms and gated gate and building entry gives the contractor peace-of-mind that their equipment will be safe while in storage.

Magellan Storage offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30  for every type of storage need from tools to larger equipment storage.   Stop in to any of our 6 storage facilities in Los Angeles and Orange County to find out more about how Magellan Storage can help construction companies, contractors, painters and plumbers keep an eye on their bottom line by storing their equipment in a self storage unit.

Wine Home Storage Tips

Home Wine Storage Solutions

Wine collecting has grown in popularity in the past decade. More people are enjoying learning about the different types of wines, which regions offer the best wine, and how you properly store and serve wines.  There are certain wines that can be served right away, while others need to be stored in order to “age” properly. If you live in a smaller home or just don’t have the room to create your own personal wine cellar, what do you do to store a growing wine collection?

The most optimum place to store your wine collection would be in a wine cellar, but most people do not have that option. Regular and even most climate-controlled storage units are not the proper place to store wine. The extreme temperatures will instantly damage the wine.  Some self storage facilities are building special wine storage cellars to help with the demand for wine storage space. Specially built storage lockers are separated into wine storage units that are climate and humidity controlled and is electronically monitored for the correct temperature and humidity levels. Magellan Storage  offers wine storage at our Costa Mesa location Magellan Cellars is specially built with light gauge steel lockers that can hold a few to 450 cases of wine. The lockers are in a special climate and humidity controlled cellar that is electronically monitored. Magellan Cellars even has a wine tasting room for when the finely aged wine is opened and ready to be shared with family and friends!

Tips for Storing Wine at Home

If you are planning on creating a wine storage solution at home, there are a few things that you should keep in mind when storing your wine.

  • Wine needs to be stored at a certain temperature. The optimum temperature for storing red wines is 55 degrees. White wines can be stored a slightly lower temperature. If the heat is too high, it can rapidly increase the aging process and damage the wine.
  • Wines should also be stored at the higher humidity level of 55 to 85 percent. Higher humidity settings prevent the cork from drying out. The cork blocks oxygen from entering the bottle. If the cork dries out, oxygen can get into the wine causing oxidation, which in turn ruins the wine.
  • Wine bottles should be stored on their sides to keep the corks moist and the sediment inside the bottle at a good mixture. Wine storage racks should be deep enough to allow for this type of storage.
  • Wines should be stored in the dark. Too much natural light or even fluorescent light can affect the quality of the wine. That is why most wine cellars are below ground and away from direct sunlight. Most wine bottles have light protected bottles, but the glass protection only goes so far in protecting from the sun’s damaging rays.
  • Too much vibration or shaking of wine bottles can cause sediment in the wine to redistribute incorrectly affecting the taste of the wine.

When wine is stored under the right conditions, it will be more favorable and enjoyable. Wine collectors are very particular about their wines! They want to make sure that their investment is protected. Choosing the right wine storage solution is key to keeping your wine collection protected. It will allow your wine to age properly and be enjoyable to share in the future. Specially designed wine storage units are a great storage option for wine collectors. These units offer security, climate and humidity control, and complete darkness! If you are in the Costa Mesa, California area, then Magellan Cellars  is the wine storage solution for you!

 

Tips for Organizing the Kitchen Pantry

Kitchen Pantry organization tipsOne of the biggest and sometimes daunting spring cleaning projects is cleaning and reorganizing the kitchen.  The kitchen is where everyone gathers for meals, conversations with family and friends, homework and other get-togethers. It is very important that a kitchen is clean and organized. The kitchen can easily get cluttered with everyday items like backpacks, purses, books, papers, and not to mention, kitchen accessories, food items and cooking utensils that all need to fit and be stored in the small confines of the kitchen.    One of the first things that you do in a kitchen organization project is clean and organize your kitchen pantry. The pantry is one of the most visited areas in a house!  To make cooking and baking easier, it is crucial to have an organized kitchen pantry.

How to Organize a Kitchen Pantry

The first step in a kitchen pantry organization project is to de-clutter and clean. To start your kitchen pantry organization project, remove all of the items that are currently on the shelves. Throw out any expired food. Spices should not be kept more than a year. If there are unexpired items in the pantry that you know you won’t use, donate them to the local food pantry. After you have taken all the items out of the pantry, wipe down the shelves, change any shelving paper and sweep, and then vacuum or mop the floors of the pantry.

Once you have cleaned the pantry thoroughly, it is time to sort the items that you will be returning to the pantry that into categories. Keep like items together. Sort the items as follows:

  • Dry goods: Sugar, flour or other baking goods
  • Canned Goods
  • Dried Food: pastas, dried beans, rice
  • Boxed Items: Cereal, Crackers, Mixes
  • Spices
  • Beverages
  • Root Vegetables such as potatoes and onions
  • Pet food and treats

Create specific zones in the pantry for each food category. This will make it easier for you to find the items that you need when you need them!  Place the bulkier and heavy items, such as pet food on the bottom shelves of the pantry. Put lighter items on higher shelves and place cans and jars on mid-to-lower level shelves. Have the items that you access the most within easy reach.

The best way to keep your kitchen pantry organized is by investing in containers and bins. Glass or plastic containers with locking lids are perfect for cereals, rice, pasta, sugar, flour and children’s treats.  A great tip is to label the containers with the item’s expiration date so you won’t waste the food. Putting the items in containers will also allow for easy categorization and keeps your pantry looking organized. Store root vegetables, such as potatoes and onions, in a bin or basket without a lid. Bagged items such as nuts, chips or dried beans can also be stored in storage bins. Keep spices in air tight jars or tins either on your kitchen counter or in the pantry.

Create an inventory list for your kitchen pantry items. This will help you with tracking what you need, so you will not over buy and end up wasting the food. The list can then be used as a grocery list when you need to replenish the supplies.  When putting away food, place newer food behind older food on the shelf, so you will use the older food first before it expires. This is very helpful for canned goods and pasta sauces.

Keep your pantry organized by only using it for food stuff and not for storing other items such as kitchen accessories, plates, pot and pans and other supplies.  A self storage unit is a great option for additional household storage for items such as little used kitchen appliances, excess pots and pans and other kitchen accessories.  Magellan Storage  has a wide variety of storage units from climate controlled to traditional for all of your household storage needs.

 

2015 Los Angeles Area Easter Events

Easter Events in Los Angeles

 

 

According to the calendar, spring officially returned to Los Angeles in mid-March, even though the temperature would say that it is more like mid to late summer! The flowers are in bloom and it is time for Easter baskets, egg hunts, family brunches and dinners, and other holiday activities. There are quite a few different Easter events in Los Angeles to celebrate the traditions of Easter over the upcoming weekend.

Celebrate Easter with the Animals

The LA Zoo  hosts “Big Bunny’s Spring Fling” at the Zoo and Botanical Gardens April 3rd and 4th. There will be crafts, face painting, photos with the Easter Bunny (for an additional cost) and petting really live bunnies.  Saturday, April 4th from noon to 5pm is the “Blessing of the Animals” on Olvera Street at El Pueblo Historic Park. The merchants of Olvera Street lead a cow decorated with flowers in a procession of animals past a priest to get a blessing. There is also a petting zoo and free pony rides for children.

Family Friendly Events

There are many family oriented Easter celebrations in the Los Angeles area. The Orange County Marketplace host the annual Easter Festival  on Saturday, 4th from 9:30am to 2:30pm. There is a treasure hunt, puppet show, face painting and free photos with the Easter Bunny. There will be special “Easter Food Truck Brunch” from popular food trucks. Kids of all ages will enjoy the “Egg-centional Celebration and Egg-spection Egg Hunt” at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Acadia, California. The special Easter event is April 4th from 9am to noon. Irvine Park Railroad Park in Orange, California finishes up with their “Easter Eggstravaganza” Spring festival on April 4th. There are Easter egg hunts throughout the day, meet with the Easter Bunny (there is an additional fee), hay rides, carnival games, face painting, food and entertainment for the entire family.

Easter Services and Festivals

Easter is celebrated with church services across the city. There are also some larger services and celebrations throughout the area. The “Easter Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl” is on Sunday, April 5th starting at 9am. Easter services at the Hollywood Bowl were first held in 1919 and have been getting grander every year. There will be a band, orchestra, choir and inspirational messages.  New City Church sponsors the Los Angeles Downtown Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park  from 2pm to 5pm on Easter Sunday. The free festival has arts and crafts, face painting, races and games, egg hunts and food and drink and more!

Many restaurants in the Los Angeles area will be offering Easter Brunch and Dinner reservations. Find out what restaurants are open via Open Table. You can have your Easter brunch on famous ships in Los Angeles. The Queen Mary will have an Easter Brunch with an Egg Hunt and animal petting zoo for the younger family members starting at 10am.  and the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro is having an outdoor family Easter brunch with egg hunts and ship tours from 10am to 1pm on Easter Sunday.

No matter how you celebrate the holiday, Magellan Storage  wishes you a very Happy Easter!

 

Tips for Preparing a Couch for Moving and Storage

Tips for moving and storing a couchBuying any type of furniture, such as couches, mattresses or even dining room sets, can be considered an investment in your home’s future. Therefore, it is very important to keep your furniture protected when you are moving or putting furniture in a storage unit.  Before you move, check with the manufacturer information for instructions on cleaning, moving or how to store your furniture. Knowing the specifics about moving a couch and storing leather furniture is important in order to keep these pieces of furniture in good use for years to come.

A leather couch requires a bit more diligence when moving or storing compared to a fabric couch. Moving a couch is not a one person job. There should always be two or more people needed to properly move a couch. Also, make sure that the path from the room to the moving truck or to the storage unit is clear, so you will not trip. Below are a few tips to help you keep an upholstered or leather couch in great condition during moving or storage:

Tips for Moving a Leather Couch

  • Clean a leather couch professionally, if possible, before you move or place in storage. If you can’t get the couch cleaned professionally, then you can clean it on your own by using a leather cleaner and conditioner.  These products can be purchased at most hardware stores.
  • For storing a leather couch, it is recommended to rent a climate-controlled storage unit to protect the leather from cracking or peeling due to extreme temperatures and humidity levels that can occur with storage in a regular storage unit.
  • Do not wrap a leather couch in plastic covering when moving or storing. Plastic can trap moisture develop mold and mildew on your couch.
  • Store a couch horizontally in a storage unit if space permits. Storing couches vertically over a long period of time can cause damage to the springs and coils inside the couch.
  • Never place boxes or other items on top of your leather sofa while it is in storage. This is especially true for sharp items. The weight can leave permanent indentations in the cushions.

 

Tips for Moving a Fabric Couch

  • If you have to remove the legs of a couch in order to fit the sofa through a hallway, a door or down a stairwell, do not drag the couch across the floor. Make sure it is lifted and carried. Dragging can cause the bottom of the sofa to get scuffed, scratched and dirty and it can also leave scratches and dents in your wood or tiled floors.
  • Clean the fabric on the couch with an antimicrobial cleaner and dry completely. Clean wood furniture with furniture polish.
  • Use old sheets, quilts or blankets to cover the couch during the move. This will help protect the furniture from dirt, scratching and other dings that could occur when moving it.
  • Place plastic or cloth tarp on the ground of the storage unit before you place any type of furniture in storage. This will protect the furniture from cold or moisture damage that can seep up through the concrete floor.
  • Place a couch or any type of large furniture a few inches away from the walls of the storage unit to allow the item to “breathe”. Also, leave enough space in-between larger furniture or appliances to allow for easier access. This will allow you to easily move the larger items when you are moving out of your storage unit.
  • Just like a leather couch, place the couch horizontally while it is in storage. If you do not have the space in the storage unit and the couch is very sturdy then you can store the couch vertically.
  • Do not stack heavy items on top of any type of furniture, but especially fabric couches cushions. This can cause damage to upholstery, especially if the items are sharp and very heavy.

Well-made furniture is an investment.  Good furniture can last a long time (and even be handed down to future generations) if they are properly taken care of during a moving process. If you are moving to a different city or across town and do not have room for all of your furniture in your new home, then think about placing the items in a self storage unit.  Self storage is a great home storage solution to keep these items protected until you need them again. Magellan Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes in conventional and climate-controlled that can fit all of your storage needs. Stop by one of our 6 locations in Los Angeles or Orange Counties to find out how our storage solutions can help when you need storage.