Nisei Week 2015

2015 Nisei Week

 

Japanese culture, history, entertainment and food are celebrated every year during Nisei Week in the Little Tokyo area of Los Angeles.   This year, the festivities for Nisei Week start August 15th and continue to August 23rd.  Nisei Week was first celebrated in 1934. World War II stopped the celebrations for a few years, but they started up again and the festival is celebrating its “diamond jubilee” or 75th anniversary this year. The theme of this year’s Nisei Week is “Let the Good Times Roll”, celebrating the rich history of the Nikkei and Issei cultures in Southern California. The events are sponsored and put on by the Nisei Week Foundation, a nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers, whose mission is to promote Japanese and Japanese American heritage and traditions through arts and cultural education.

The festival kicks off Friday, August 14th with the opening ceremonies of the Tanabata (Star) Festival. The actual Tanabata Festival starts Saturday, August 15th at 11am. The festival includes a parade of beautifully colored handmade Tanabata Kazari (paper ornament streamers) made by over 3,000 Japanese and Japanese American community members. This is all part of the Nisei Week Japanese Festival that takes place August 15th, 16th and 22nd and 23rd at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) building. The festivities include free outdoor entertainment, taiko drums, Japanese dancers, martial arts, musical performances, children’s activities, cultural exhibits, food and much more. To find out more information about the events during the eight-day festival, check out the website.

One of the highlights of Nisei Week is the Grand Parade. The parade takes place August 16th in Little Tokyo at 5:30pm. The parade is led by the 2015 Grand Marshal, Roy Yamaguchi of Roy’s Restaurants and Parade Marshal Kenny Endo, legendary taiko master. The parade will feature Japanese ondo dancing, taiko drum performers, local community groups, elected officials and the newly crowned Nisei Week Queen and her court. A rare treat for this year’s parade is the specially designed Nebuta float made of wood, special colored paper and hundreds of LED lights. These types of floats are typically a part of the annual Aomori, Japan Nebuta Festival, one of the largest and most popular parades in Japan. Look for this float towards the end of the parade.

One of the main events during Nisei Week is the Nikkei Games.   The competitions and events for the Nikkei games started July 19th and will run through August 30th. The Nikkei Games originated in 1928 as the Junior Olympics sponsored by the Japanese Athletic Union. After World War II, the games changed their name to the Relays with larger track events and participation of the Japanese communities. The Relays lasted until 1992 and were revitalized in 1994 into the Nikkei Games.  The games include track and field events, a karate tournament, martial arts demonstrations, basketball, softball, volleyball and golf tournaments and Taiko group demonstrations. The events are held at California State University, Long Beach and other venues throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.

There are so many events during Nisei Week 2015 that shine a spotlight on Japanese American culture and the historic Little Tokyo area. The JACCC Building will be the focus for displays of traditional Japanese and Japanese American arts during Nisei Week.  Other events will also be taking place at the Japanese American National Museum, and the Centenary United Methodist Church. The exhibitions include Ikebana, traditional Japanese flower arrangements, Japanese tea ceremony, Kimekomi Japanese hand-crafted dolls, Sashiko Japanese Needlecraft and much more.

Magellan Storage is proud to have our downtown facility at 801 Commercial Street  close to Little Tokyo! See you at the Nisei Week events!

Garage Sale 101

Garage Sale 101

 

Garage Sales are popular in the Los Angeles area throughout the year. But, traditionally these sales happen in the spring and summer, especially when a homeowner is getting ready to move or just went through a spring cleaning and organizing project.  If you had stored the items that you want to sell temporarily in a storage unit until you scheduled a garage sale, now is the time to remove the items from storage and get organized for the sale day.

Start doing research to find out if other homes in your neighborhood are doing garage sales at the same time as you are. If other houses on the street are doing one, it could be a good idea to do a combined sale to draw more potential customers. Once you have done your research, decide on the day of the garage sale. Garage sales can be held for multiple days (usually Thursday, Friday and Saturday), but usually Saturdays are the best day of the week to hold them. The items that are sold the most at garage sales are: collectibles, tools and sports equipment.

In order to have a successful garage sale, you need to be prepared and organized. Below are a few tips to make your garage sale is profitable:

Advertise Online and Offline:  Use all available outlets for advertising your garage sale such as social media, local newspapers, craigslist and hanging flyers up in local businesses. If you are selling larger, more expensive items, place their photos, descriptions and cost on craigslist the week before your sale to drum up attention and early potential buyers. Have your family help you make signage for the garage sale to put at the end of the street and at close by intersections.

Setting Up Your Garage Sale For Optimum Sales:  It is important to start prepping as early as possible for your garage sale. Gather materials that you will need for your sale such as poster board, colored price stickers, masking tape, Ziploc bags, markers a money box or aprons, (with pockets for change), for you and your helpers. Save newspapers for wrapping fragile or delicate items. Have plastic bags and boxes on-hand to allow your customers to easily carry away their new items.  On the day of the sale, have plenty of singles, fives and change for your money box. One person should be designated as being in charge of the money box.

Make sure that the items you are putting in your garage sale are clean and not damaged or broken. Try not to put items on the ground, put them in nice displays with like items on a table or a shelf. Put the larger, better looking items towards the street, so people can see them as they drive by. Use nice crates, sturdier boxes & shelving units to display your items. Hang clothing on a rack instead of folding. Use bags to place loose parts of toys, games, and collections together. Have electric outlets available so customers can try plugging in an appliance or lamp. Have batteries available to test out toys or remote-controlled items.

Pricing Your Items: The prices for each of the items should be clearly marked with sticker price tags or with a general sign stating the price. Price the items in round numbers starting with a quarter.  Do not over-price your sale items. Price the items a bit higher for those people who want to haggle, but still low enough to entice buyers. If it is late in the day on the last day of your sale and you still have a lot to sell, then try slashing the prices to 50% off.

Good Customer Service Goes a Long Way: Being friendly with the people who are shopping at your garage or yard sale is the most important component in having a successful garage sale. Greet people when they walk up to the sale and say “Thank You” and “Goodbye” when they leave. If you are selling children’s items, have a table for the kids to color or do crafts while their parent’s shop the sale. If it is a hot day, have cold water on hand to purchase or give out.

What To Do With The Leftovers? Remember that you were having the garage sale to help clear out the clutter in your home! After the sale, donate or throw away any of the items that you did not sell. You do not want to put the items back into your home. If you do still have some items that you have to keep, then consider returning the items to the storage unit or renting a new self storage unit.

If you follow these simple steps, you can have a successful garage sale! Magellan Storage has 6 locations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties to serve any storage need from RV and boat storage to business and personal storage needs.

Take a trip to the 2015 Orange County Fair

Orange County Fair 2015

 

It is county fair time. The Orange County Fair is back at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California.  For 2015, The Orange County Fair is hosting “One Big Party” to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Orange County Fair. The fair runs July 17th to August 16th with events including concerts, extreme motor sports, demolition derbies, agriculture competitions and much more!  The Orange County Fair welcomes over 1.3 million visitors during the 23 days that it is open. The hours of the Orange County Fair are Wednesday to Friday noon to midnight and Saturday and Sunday 10am to midnight.

 

There is entertainment and events at the multiple stages throughout the fair from musical performances to extreme rodeos to even motor home demolition derby! The concerts and special events at the Action Sports Arena, Pacific Amphitheater and The Hangar will have an additional cost.  The Pacific Amphitheater is hosting the Toyota Summer Concert Series during the fair.  You can see everything from classic performers to new bands including Willie Nelson, The Band Perry and Steve Miller Band. The Hangar Theater will feature rock, pop and R&B tribute bands. There is also free entertainment at various stages throughout the fairgrounds.

There are many exhibits and activities at the Orange County Fair. There are carnival rides and games for the entire family. You can buy tickets for the rides at booths throughout the fair. The Centennial Farm, a 4 acre year-round agriculture educational exhibit, is dedicated to agricultural education and showcasing California’s rich agricultural history. There are milking demonstrations, beekeepers, exotic fruit growers, as well as information on how to have a water-wise garden. There are many exhibition buildings for garden, floral, livestock, visual arts, culinary arts, handcrafts, hobbies and wine competition. There will be a Junior Livestock Auction on July 25th by the 4-H and Future Farmers of American clubs. The animals that will be auctioned off include turkeys, market swine, calves, goats, beef and rabbits.

There are many special events for the 125th anniversary year. There will be a Cattle Drive on August 8th. Cowboys and cowgirls will escort over 100 head of cattle through the streets of Costa Mesa to the Orange County Fair! To cool down during the summer heat, visit “Fairenheit 32 Degrees” for an ice skating rink, ice sculptures, and more. Check out the daily schedule of events on the website, so you can plan your trip to the fair. Each weekend, learn about wine at the Courtyard Wine Seminars.

Many vendors from great fair food to home improvement organizations will be represented at the fair. Every Friday afternoon from noon to 4pm during the fair, you can do $2.00 tastings samples of many of the food vendors.  This is a great way to taste all the great fair food!

Magellan Storage is very proud to be a part of the Costa Mesa community. Stop by our Costa Mesa location as well as our other Los Angeles and Orange County locations for all of your storage needs.

Unpacking Tips for Moving Day

Moving Day Tips

Moving days are always stressful; however, if you are organized and have created a strategy for your packing and your actual moving day, things will run more smoothly. The major decisions of renting a moving truck and having friends and family or Movers help you move has been made. The packing process is well under way and you are prepared for the big moving day.  Once moving day has arrived, it is crucial to pack the truck correctly to utilize every space and to protect your belongings during transit.

Once you have arrived at your new home, it is just as important to be organized when unloading your moving truck and starting the unpacking process.  While it can be done with two people, the more people helping, the quicker the move will be completed. As the homeowner, you should be the moving day coordinator. Let the people moving the items know what rooms furniture goes in as well as keep a running inventory of the items that are going into your new home compared against the items that were put on the moving truck.

A key point to remember is that the unpacking process does not have to be done in one day. The essentials should be unpacked first and then take your time with the other items in each room. Remember, it isn’t a race to get things set up. It might seem like a daunting task, but if you take breaks and give yourself time, you will be fully moved into your new home before you know it. Below are tips for unloading the moving truck and unpacking on your moving day.

  1. Make sure that doorways and hallways are big enough to allow you to move your items into the home or into room. Clear any obstructions or debris that will get in the way of movers in order to create a safe pathway from the truck to the house.
  2. When you are packing for your move, it is important to label boxes with their contents and the rooms where they belong. On moving day, place these boxes into their proper rooms.
  3. Take inventory of your items as they are being unloaded from the truck to make sure that nothing has been broken or lost. If using a moving company for your move, keep a detailed list of the damaged items to give to the moving company for insurance purposes.
  4. Have a plan for where you want to place large furniture and appliances in rooms before unloading the moving truck. Place the larger furniture in the room first, then put together beds and tables.
  5. Open the “open first” boxes to get to the items that you will need for unpacking and starting to set up your new home. This will include extension cords, tools, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning equipment, and garbage bags.
  6. Install and check appliances.  If the appliances are gas-powered, then have a professional do the installation.
  7. After the furniture has been loaded into the home, then it is time to start unpacking by room. First, start unpacking the kitchen. Have a plan set on where you want to put the items that you use every day. These should be easily within reach. The items that are not used daily can wait to be unpacked.
  8. The second room that needs to be unpacked is the bathroom. Set up the bathroom including hanging shower curtains, unpacking toiletries and putting toilet paper and soap into place.
  9. The living room and bedrooms should be unpacked next. Set up the closet organization first and then the rest of the room. Have children help unpack their bedrooms and decide where they want to place certain items.
  10. Make sure to designate boxes and items that will need to be moved to a self storage unit. These can be transferred from the moving truck before it has to be returned. Self storage is a great storage solution for items that you need to keep, but no longer have room for in your new home.

 

By following simple moving and packing steps, you can fit everything that you need to in your moving truck and make the moving and unpacking experience much easier. Select Magellan Storage facilities offers a free move-in moving truck  to move your items from your home to your Magellan Storage storage unit. The moving truck is air-conditioned and has automatic transmission to help make your moving experience much easier. Good Luck with your move!

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!