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Spring Cleaning 101

The arrival of spring means a chance for a fresh start. Flowers are blooming everywhere, the sun is shining a little warmer, and we look forward to opening up our homes to let in some of that pleasant, clean air.

Back in the days before central heat and air conditioning, people were forced to keep their windows and doors tightly shut throughout the winter. Without proper ventilation, this made it somewhat difficult to clean; not to mention the fact that the days are shorter in the winter, which meant there was less daylight to see things by. This is how the term “spring cleaning” came about. While these days we are able to deep clean our homes at any point throughout the year, spring cleaning has become somewhat of an annual tradition for many people.

Spring Cleaning Tips to Get You Started

If you haven’t started your annual spring cleaning yet and feel somewhat overwhelmed about everything that needs to get done, you aren’t alone! It’s easy for our home storage spaces to get crammed full of our belongings throughout the year and for us to put off a lot of those deep cleaning tasks. However, studies actually show that a cluttered, dirty home can lead to more stress in our lives, and no one needs any more of that.

If you don’t know where to begin, here are a few spring cleaning tips to have you on your way to a tidy, organized home this season:

  • Define your goals. First, decide what you’d really like to accomplish with your spring cleaning this year. Maybe you need to tackle the closet in the master bedroom or clear out the basement. Perhaps the bathroom needs a deep cleaning, all the way down to the grout. Go room by room in your home and make lists of the goals you’re hoping to achieve before you even get started.
  • Set timeframes for tasks. If your entire home needs to be de-cluttered and thoroughly cleaned, it’s probably not very likely you’ll accomplish all of that in just one day. Instead, set some timeframes for when you’d like to get everything done and stick to that schedule. Maybe one weekend is spent cleaning the kitchen, including the refrigerator and pantry, and the next week is spent purging items from the attic.
  • Assign chores to family members. Get the family involved in spring cleaning as much as you can. Chores split amongst a team will get completed much faster! You can even create a special spring cleaning checklist just for the kids and reward them for getting tasks done, like with some ice cream or other treat.
  • Clear out clutter first. Before you can start deep cleaning projects, all that clutter needs to be dealt with. Put everything back in its proper place and make some decisions about what to keep, toss or donate. If you find you’re running out of storage in the home, renting a self-storage unit is a perfect option for getting some of that clutter out of the way, especially for those items you don’t need or use on a daily basis.
  • Pay attention to the details. Spring cleaning means completing those chores you don’t usually do on a normal household cleaning day. For instance, wash all your bedding, including the comforters and pillows. Take everything off the shelves and dust. Wipe down ceiling fan blades, crown molding and baseboards. Tackle those detailed tasks that only need to get done every once in a while for a thorough, deep cleaning.
  • Create a calendar of chores. Once you’ve finished spring cleaning this season, keep your home tidy and organized year round by scheduling some monthly deep cleaning tasks. Minimal maintenance done all year long will make for an easier spring cleaning session next year!

Visit any of Magellan Storage’s convenient, upscale self storage locations in California for all your household storage needs. Contact us for more information today.

Baseball returns!

Welcome Back to the Boys of Summer: Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to Begin 2016 MLB Season

The 2016 Major League Baseball season is set to begin for both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Led by the elite starting pitching of Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers are hoping to improve on a season that ended at the hands of the New York Mets in the NL Divisional Series in 2015. For the Angels, they hope to rally around the great Mike Trout and make a surprise run to the postseason this year themselves. Below are some additional details on Dodgers Opening Day, Angels Opening Day, and thoughts on the season ahead to get you ready for baseball in L.A.

Los Angeles Dodgers 2016 Preview

Dodgers Opening Day: Tuesday, April 12 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Dodgers Opening Day Lineup: Carl Crawford (CF), Chase Utley (2B), Justin Turner (3B), Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Yasiel Puig (RF), Corey Seager (SS), Yasmani Grandal (C), Joc Pederson (LF), Clayton Kershaw (P)

Dodgers 2016 Season Preview via Ben Reiter of Sports Illustrated
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“The Dodgers came a one-run Game 5 loss away from beating the ace-loaded Mets and advancing to last year’s NLCS despite the fact that their lineup—the NL’s fourth-most prolific during the regular season—had by October sustained more arrow strikes than St. Sebastian. Yasmani Grandal, the catcher who batted .282 with 13 homers and 36 RBIs before the All-Star break, was virtually debilitated by a shoulder injury that ruined his second half and on which he had surgery over the winter. Howie Kendrick was enduring the lingering effects of a badly strained hamstring. Yasiel Puig, also with an injured hamstring, had one hit after Aug. 27. Even Justin Turner, the third baseman who nearly single-handedly kept the Dodgers in the series by batting .526, was playing with a bum left knee that would shortly thereafter require a microfracture procedure. In 2016, though, Los Angeles’ offense should return mostly intact, both in health and composition.”

Los Angeles Angels 2016 Preview

Angels Opening Day: Tuesday, April 4 vs. Chicago Cubs
Angels Opening Day Lineup: Yunel Escobar (3B), Daniel Nava (CF), Mike Trout (RF), Albert Pujols (DH), Kole Calhoun (LF), C.J. Cron (1B), Andrelton Simmons (SS), Carlos Perez (C), Garrett Richards (P)

Angels 2016 Season Preview via Erin Flynn of Sports Illustrated:

“Any team that has Mike Trout is bound to stumble upon some degree of success, but the presence of one phenom on a roster is never enough to carry an entire team (see: the 2015 Nationals). The four-time All Star has put in MVP-caliber work every year since his first full season with the Angels in 2012—including his lone win in ’14—but postseason success in that period has been sparse to nonexistent. In 2014, Los Angeles finished with baseball’s best record but was swept out of the ALDS by the Royals—its only trip to October so far with Trout. Last year, the Angels finished with the best record of teams that didn’t make the playoffs, and a wild-card berth dangled just out of their grasp until the season’s final days. Trout, catcher Carlos Perez and then-third baseman David Freese all did their part by hitting over .300 in the season’s final month, but the rest of the starting lineup hit a collective .233, and the Halos missed the second wild-card spot by just one game. The theme of Trout receiving little backup at the plate was present throughout the Angels’ entire season, and that will be the crux of whether Los Angeles can max out its present potential in 2016.”

Magellan Storage wishes good luck to both of the Los Angeles area baseball teams for the 2016 MLB season! You can get tickets for a great game of baseball for both teams on their websites, www.angels.com and www.dodgers.com! Throughout the season, be sure to also check out MagellanStorage.com for all of your storage needs.

2016 Easter Events in the Los Angeles Area

Easter Events in Los AngelesEaster is this Sunday, March 27th. Spring has arrived in the Los Angeles area after an unusually warm winter. 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 Easter events this weekend in the Los Angeles to celebrate the traditions of Easter.

Family Friendly Easter Events

There are many family oriented Easter celebrations in the Los Angeles area including egg hunts, meeting the Easter Bunny and more.  Below are just a few of the Easter events taking place this weekend in the Los Angeles area.

Big Bunny’s Spring Fling

The LA Zoo hosts “Big Bunny’s Spring Fling” at the Zoo and Botanical Gardens March 25th through 27th from 10 am to 4 pm. There will be crafts, face painting, live performances, an egg hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny (for an additional cost) and petting really live bunnies.  The event is free with paid admission to the zoo.

Blessing of the Animals

The Annual “Blessing of the Animals” will take place on Olvera Street at El Pueblo Historic Park on Saturday, March 26th with events starting at 12 pm. This centuries old tradition will include a parade of animals and a blessing from the Archbishop of Los Angeles. There is also a petting zoo and free pony rides for children.

Egg-ceptional Celebration

Kids of all ages will enjoy the “Egg-ceptional Celebration and Egg-spection Egg Hunt” at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Acadia, California. The special Easter event is March 26th from 9 am to noon. There will be egg hunts, make and take activities, refreshments and prizes.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Irvine Park Railroad Park in Orange, California finishes up with their month long spring festival, “Easter Eggstravaganza”on March 26th. There are Easter egg hunts for children ages two to twelve years old throughout the day. The eggs are filled with candy, stickers, free train tickets and more! Also, meet with the Easter Bunny (there is an additional fee), take a hay ride, play carnival games, and enjoy food and entertainment for the entire family.

Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park

New City Church sponsors the Los Angeles Downtown Easter Fest at Grand Hope Park from 2 pm to 5 pm on Easter Sunday. The family festival has arts and crafts, face painting, races and games, egg hunts, food and drink and more!  A portion of the proceeds will help ministries helping homeless families and children.

Easter Services

Easter is celebrated with church services and family gatherings across the city. There are also some larger services and celebrations throughout the area.

Easter at the Bowl and Forum

The “Easter Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl” is on Sunday, March 27th starting at 11 am. Easter services at the Hollywood Bowl were first held in 1919 and today over 15,000 people are expected to attend. There will be a band, orchestra, 200 member choir and inspirational messages.  The Forum will be holding its first community wide public event since it has been renovated. The non-denominational service starts at 10 am followed by an hour long gospel concert.

Easter Brunches in Los Angeles Area

Many restaurants in the Los Angeles area will be offering Easter Brunch and Dinner reservations. Find out what restaurants are open via Open Table. Easter brunch is very popular with families in the Los Angeles area, so make your reservations now!

Easter Brunch aboard the Queen Mary and Battleship Iowa

You can have your Easter brunch on two 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 9 am on Sunday, March 27th. Have Easter brunch aboard the Battleship Iowa in San Pedro, which is having an outdoor family Easter brunch with egg hunts, a petting zoo, and ship tours from 10am to 1pm on Easter Sunday. You can also attend the Easter sunrise service aboard the boat that overlooks the Los Angeles Waterfront. The non-denominational service will begin at 6 am.

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

Self-Storage Building Conversions

Storage unit dolliesThe demand for self-storage units by consumers and businesses continues to increase allowing for the continuous growth of the self-storage industry. In fact, according to Statistic Brain with information from Self Storage Association in November 2015, there currently are 58,000 self-storage facilities in United States with a total storage space of 2.3 billion square feet. Nearly ten percent (8.96%) of American households rent a self-storage unit with occupancy rates for most facilities at 87.4%.  Self-storage operators and REITs (Real Estate Investment Trust) are always looking for ways to expand their business to meet the growing demand for storage.

Building Self-Storage Facilities

There are two options when developing new self-storage facilities: Build from new or convert an existing business.  Urban markets and larger cities, with more population and potential customers, have limited space available for development. Therefore, many facility owners are choosing to convert existing buildings, such as empty warehouses, into self-storage locations. There are more and more “alternative spaces” such as vacant retail stores, bowling alleys and old office complexes that are being redeveloped into self-storage facilities.  Today, city planning commissions are more willing to consider self-storage companies transforming buildings that have been vacant for years in order to get the space occupied.

There are many examples of self-storage conversions across the United States. Some are just beginning the process and others have seen their facilities thrive in areas where there were once vacant buildings and lots. The city of North Aurora, Illinois recently voted to approve the development of a vacant bowling alley into Next Door Self Storage. Developers plan to convert the abandoned building by spending $4 million on the property with $2.5 million to go towards remodeling costs. Lock Up Self Storage in Milford Connecticut was recently approved to convert the vacant Liberty Rock Motel into a self-storage building. Compass Self Storage converted a former car dealership in Shaker Heights, Ohio in 2015 to a 500 storage unit facility and Stadium Self Storage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin converted a World War II era factory space to a 1,000 storage unit building. These are just a few examples of this popular building process.

Converting Versus Building Self-Storage Facilities Costs

Converting buildings allows self-storage companies to be more centrally located where their customers are located as well as access to denser urban markets where they could not have been previously built. In some circumstances, depending on the building site, it could be cheaper to convert a building then start from scratch.  Vacant retail stores have large parking spots, which will also be good for future development for operators.  Existing utilities such as electrical, plumbing and mechanical are already in place in the warehouses, office buildings, old factories or retail shops, which helps to lower the conversion cost. Some self-storage operators state that building costs are cut by one third with conversion projects. The deserted “big box” or retail stores have large interiors which are warehouse-like in their design, which can easily be converted to self-storage units.

However, there can be negatives as well as the positives for converting an existing building to a self-storage facility these could include zoning issues, special building permits and unknown surprises that could pop-up in the in empty buildings. But, most developers feel that these issues are minor when they can reach a larger market.  Each conversion opportunity needs to be considered on a case-by-case basis-taking into mind traffic, rebuilding costs, including hidden problems and does it make good business sense?

Magellan Storage is very proud to be part of the thriving self-storage industry in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Stop in to any of our 5 locations to see how our storage professionals can help with any of your storage needs.

2016 St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Events in Los Angeles Area

St. Patrick's Day Events in Los Angeles AreaHistory of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is Thursday, March 17th. The day was dedicated as a Saint’s Day to recognize the anniversary of the death of the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick. The Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday with solemn trips to church since the 9th or 10th century, as the day lands in the middle of Lenten season. After the Irish began immigrating to the United States, they organized parades and other events on March 17th as a means of celebrating their Irish Heritage. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in New York in the 1760s. Today, St. Patrick’s Day is an international festival with parades, dancing, food and music.

There are more than 100 St. Patrick’s Day parades held in cities around the world. The largest and most popular of these parades are hosted by cities in the United States:  New York City, Boston, Chicago and Savannah.  Unlike the large cities of the east coast, the Los Angeles area is not known for having a big Irish American community. There is no major parade in the city of Los Angeles, but there are many festivals and events in the Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles Area St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations for the Entire Family

South Bay St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The city of Hermosa Beach hosts the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 12th.  Thousands of people line the parade route to see over 100 participants including community groups, floats, bands, dancers and bagpipers.

Long Beach Irish Heritage Parade and Festival

Long Beach celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with the Irish Heritage Parade and Festival on March 12th in downtown Long Beach. The parade, featuring over 50 entries including firefighter displays, marching bands, dancing troops, civic organizations and marching bands, starts at 2pm at Pine Ave and 6th Street and ends at Promenade Park. The Irish Heritage Festival takes place in the park with Irish music, food, vendors and much more!

Hollywood St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Hollywood, California celebrates St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 13th with a parade and festival. The parade, which kicks off at 1pm will feature floats, marching bands, pipe and drum corps, dancers and community groups. After the parade, join in the fun at Anniversary Park for food, entertainment and family fun including an area for children’s games and crafts.

St. Patrick’s Day Parties for the Older Crowds

For the older St. Patrick’s Day celebrants, there are many parties and celebrations throughout the entire weekend.

Rock and Reilly’s St. Paddy’s Day Block Party

Rocky And Reilly’s Irish Pub is once again hosting a St. Paddy’s Day Block Party  on Saturday, March 12th. There will be food trucks, multiple beer stations and entertainment throughout the day. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit Pencils of Promise Foundation.

Casey’s St. Patrick Day Street Festival

Casey’s 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Festival  will take place on St. Patrick’s Day starting at 6am. Two city blocks in downtown Los Angeles are closed down for the celebrations which include great music, food, games, giveaways and drinks to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The admission is free before 3:30 pm and $10 after.

Shamrock N Roll on the Queen Mary

The Queen Mary is hosting Shamrock N Roll on Friday, March 18th from 6 pm to 1 am. This is a 21 and over event. There will be Celtic Rock, Irish music, beverages, food, Irish dancers and much more taking place on the different decks and two stages on the ship.

Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and fun time at St. Patrick’s Day festivals and celebrations in the next week.

Self Storage for Apartment Renters

Interior Storage Units at Magellan StorageApartment and condo living continues to be popular and more so depending on the city that you live in. According to the National Multifamily Housing Council  37% of U.S. households rent either a house, apartment or a condo. The majority of renters are under 30 years old (51%) with 30-44 year olds at 23%, 45-64 year olds at 18% and 65 years or older at 8%. The top cities for apartment renters are New York City (51%), Washington, D.C. (42%) and Los Angeles (41%). The micro-apartment trend is also still growing in popularity in major metropolitan areas. These apartments, some less than 400 square feet, allow for very little storage space. Apartment living has many perks, but one of the downfalls is very little storage.

There are many reasons that people rent apartments from starting out after college graduation through senior citizens downsizing their home. As we go along in our life we accumulate a lot of “stuff”. These belongings will need to be stored somewhere until we need them or can properly assess them for future use. A great storage solution for apartment dwellers is to rent a self-storage unit that is close to their apartment buildings.

Self-Storage for Apartment Renters

Self-storage is a perfect place to store items that you no longer have room to store in the limited storage space in an apartment. Seasonal clothing, including winter coats, can be easily stored in a storage unit and then rotated out every season. Seasonal decorations, such as Christmas trees, holiday décor and ornaments are perfect candidates for storing in a storage unit as they can take up a lot of space in a home. Renting a self-storage unit is also ideal for collectibles, photo albums, books, and other keepsakes that you have to keep, but no longer have the space for.

There are many security features that are offered by self-storage facilities that will give customers peace-of-mind that their belongings are safe while in storage. Magellan Storage’s five Los Angeles and Orange County storage facilities have state-of-the-art security systems, digital keypad gate and building entry, motion sensor lighting, individual storage unit alarms and 24-7 digital video recording. We also have easily accessible storage units and month-to-month rentals.

Magellan Storage offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 in both climate and non-climate controlled, for any household storage need.  A 5×5 storage unit size is similar to a regular-sized closet, which would be perfect for an apartment renter to store additional linens, clothing, kitchen accessories and boxes. A 5×10 storage unit is like a walk-in closet and can hold some furniture, mattresses, boxes and chairs. Our larger storage units, 10×20 and 10×30, can hold the contents of a three to five bedroom home. This is a good option for families that are in transition or in the process of moving to a different city and they need to rent an apartment for a short amount of time.

Another great storage amenity that Magellan Storage offers is a free move-in truck at the time of rental. Ask about the availability of the truck when you need to move your additional apartment items into your new storage unit. Stop into one of our locations today to ask our storage professionals about our many storage options for apartment renters.

Los Angeles Area Amusement Parks

Disney California Adventure. Photo courtesy of undercovertourist.comThe Los Angeles area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States Trip Advisor has it at #23 in its Top U.S. Destinations. There are so many places to go, wonders to see and adventures to be had in the Los Angeles area! Most tourist to the area visit the Pacific Ocean beaches, visit one of the many parks, including Griffith Observatory, tour Hollywood attractions and studios and visit at least one of the amusement parks in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. There are five main designated amusement parks in this area: Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain and Pacific Park. If you are new to the area, check out the list of parks and their attractions.

Universal Studios-Hollywood

Universal Studios-Hollywood is located in Universal City, California. The park is the first movie-themed amusement park located on the grounds of an active film and television studio. There is movie and television theme rides and attractions, stunt shows, entertainment and the famous Tram Tour that takes you through the backlot and sound stages of Universal Studios production studios. Popular attractions include the Simpsons Ride, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem ride and the Transformers: The Ride-3D. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be opening April 6th at Universal Studios Hollywood recreating the world imagined in the Harry Potter movies with thrill rides, recreations of movie sets and establishments.

Next to Universal Studios is the Universal CityWalk Hollywood, a three block entertainment, dining and shopping area. There are more than 30 places to eat, five nightclubs, a movie theater and more than 30 unique shops. 5 Towers on Universal CityWalk, a state-of-the-art concert venue with over 5,000 LED lights and extreme sound system, is located on the grounds.

Disneyland

Disneyland is the number one theme park in Southern California with over 16 million visitors each year. Disneyland opened its gates for the first time, 60 years ago as a way for Walt Disney to share the enjoyment of his popular cartoon character, Mickey Mouse and his friends. The park is located in Anaheim in Orange County. Disneyland is a family amusement park with rides, parades, character interaction, night-time lighted parades, entertainment and fireworks. The park is split into different areas: Adventureland, Critter Country, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Main Street, Mickey’s Toontown, New Orleans Square and Tomorrowland. Each of the areas has special attractions and rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Thunder Railroad, Star Tours, Splash Mountain and the Haunted Mansion. The Disneyland Monorail zooms you around the park and to the Disneyland Resort Hotels.  The park is continually expanding and upgrading their rides and attractions.

Disney California Adventure

Disney California Adventure shares a common plaza with Disneyland, but is a separate park with more thrill rides restaurants and interactive experiences themed around California landmarks. The park contains seven lands: Hollywood Land, Pacific Wharf, Paradise Pier, A Bug’s Land, Cars Land, and Grizzly Peak. There is fun for the entire family including games, daily parades and fireworks.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm is located in Buena Park, California. The park offers rides for the entire family from young to older guests seeking thrills on roller coasters and other high adrenaline rides. There 10 roller coasters from the traditional wooden roller coaster to metal rides the take you upside down and backward. Knott’s Berry Farm shines the spotlight on Snoopy and his gang of friends in entertainment and theme rides. The park also has games and arcades, restaurants and shopping.

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Six Flags Magic Mountain is located in Valencia. It is the Los Angeles area’s most extreme amusement park with the highest concentration of thrill rides in the region. Currently, it is only open on the weekends, but will reopen daily in May. For 2016, the park is debuting, the upgraded roller coaster, The New Revolution. The park’s theme focuses on Warner Bros. Studio characters and DC Comics including Batman: The Ride, Green Lantern: First Flight, Daffy’s Adventure Tours, Road Runner Express and Superman: Escape from Krypton. There is also Warner Bros. themed entertainment shows, meet and greet with characters and restaurants.

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier

The smallest amusement park also has the best view. Pacific Park is a collection of kid-friendly carnival rides located on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica. There is no admission fee to walk the pier, but you can purchase a wrist band for rides. There are games of skill, delicious food and great entertainment. The Pacific Wheel is the only solar-powered Ferris wheel giving a panoramic view of the Southern California coastline.  The Santa Monica Pier is also home to a trapeze school, aquarium, food court and restaurants.

Magellan Storage is proud to have five storage facilities in the Los Angeles and Orange County area! We know that the area offers many things for locals and tourist to do! Enjoy your time at the amusement parks!

Plumbing and Electrical Equipment Self Storage Solutions

Self Storage for Electrical EquipmentSelf storage is a great storage solution for many types of businesses from retail shops to restaurants. But, where do plumbers and electrical contractors store their tools and every day equipment? They can store it at their local self storage facility.

Most contractors, plumbers and electricians do not have “brick and mortar” locations to store their equipment. They usually work out of their vans, trucks or their homes. The cost of renting a storage unit is much lower than paying for rent, utilities and other expenses that are all parts of leasing a warehouse, office or storefront space. Storing plumbing and electrical equipment at a self storage facility is a cost-effective solution for plumbing and electrical contractors to keep their budget in-check, store their tools, equipment, and piping all in one place and allow their vans or trucks to be less cluttered.

Storing Plumbing & Electrical Equipment in Self Storage

Most self storage facilities have 24/7 computerized gate access hours allowing contractors, electricians and plumbers to access their tools before they need to be on the job site as well as after the work day has ended. Self storage facilities have drive-up storage units, which allows for easy access for contractors to load and unload their equipment.  Safety and security measures such as well-lit facilities, 24-7 video recording, digital keypad entry for gates and buildings, motion sensors and individual door alarms, give tradespeople peace-of-mind that their equipment will be safe while in storage. Self storage units come in a variety of sizes in both giving the contractor a range of storage solutions.

Self Storage Solutions for Plumbers

Plumbers are trained to do a variety of jobs including de-clogging a drain or toilet, installing or fixing home heating systems and hot water tanks, fitting bathrooms and kitchens and making emergency calls for the many issues that could arise. Plumbers have to use a many types of tools in their day-to-day repairing or installing projects. They need to have pipes, Teflon tape, plungers and augers of all sizes on-hand for their work. Because of the increase in the cost of building and plumbing supplies, plumbers will purchase building materials in bulk to keep their overall costs down.  Having a place store these items, such as a self storage unit, is a great and low-cost storage solution.

Self Storage for Electrical Equipment

Electricians are tradesman who design, install, maintain and troubleshoot electrical wiring systems in homes, commercial buildings and large pieces of industrial equipment. They also install new electrical systems, repair power outages for homes and businesses as well as troubleshoot and repair electrical issues. Electricians use a variety of tools during the course of the day including wires, tape, power drills and saws, and smaller tools such as pliers, screwdrivers and wire strippers.  They also will have a supply of lighting fixtures, fuses and other electrical needs.  A self storage unit is a convenient place for electricians to store their electrical tools and equipment in one place

Magellan Storage makes it easy for contractors, electricians, and plumbers to store their equipment with our contractor storage solutions. We offer many storage solutions from climate to non-climate controlled storage units. We also have a business center at all of our locations which has free use of copiers, fax machine, conference rooms and free internet access. Ask about our shipment acceptance policy, which will allow deliveries to be made for your business at our storage locations. Stop by our 5 Los Angeles and Orange Counties locations to see how we can help with your plumbing and electrician contracting storage needs.

How to Prepare and Move a Formal Dining Room or Kitchen Table

Moving a Dining Room or Kitchen TableIn today’s busy world, the kitchen has taken over as the dining or gathering area in a home.  Most people don’t use their formal dining room except for special occasions or holiday gatherings. The kitchen has taken over as the dining or gathering area in a home. The kitchen table is used every day for many purposes, so it is very important to take the extra time to properly prepare and protect it from damage and costly repairs.

 

Packing a Dining Room or Kitchen Table

The dining room and kitchen table and chairs are treasured pieces of furniture and can be quite expensive, so it is worth the time to pack it correctly for moving. Before starting to pack the dining room, it is recommended to take a picture of the dining room table from all angles. This documents the item and any existing damage and provides proof if there is damage made during the move. Below are tips for preparing a dining room or a kitchen table for moving. Make sure that you have moving and packing supplies such as cardboard, bubble wrap or clean newsprint.

Clean and dust the furniture before preparing for storage.

  • To make the transport of the table easier, unbolt and unscrew the legs from the table. Tape the hardware in a resealable bag and attach it to the bottom of the table or on one of the legs. Label the bag with its contents.
  • If you cannot remove the table legs, wrap them in bubble wrap for protection on moving day.
  • Wrap each detached leg with bubble wrap for protection.
  • Remove the table leaf (if applicable), then put the sides down on a drop-down side tables and wrap the entire tabletop with a moving blanket. Wrap the table leaf separately. Secure the blanket to the bottom of each piece with packing tape, so the blanket will not move. Do not use tape on the surface of the table as it could leave a residue or peel the paint or wood surfacing.
  • For individual table tops, wrap with as many blankets as is needed in order to cover the surface and then tape the blankets for additional protection.
  • Glass dining room table tops should first be wrapped in several layers of bubble wrap, a layer of cardboard and then wrapped with at least two moving blankets.
  • Wrap dining room or kitchen chairs in a moving blanket and secure with tape.

Moving a Dining Room or Kitchen Table and Chairs

Once you have the table wrapped and ready to go, you must make sure it gets transported into a moving truck in the correct manner. Below are tips for moving a dining room or kitchen table to get the most optimum room in the moving truck:

  • Move chairs by picking them up from the bottom of the seat. Do not move chairs by lifting up from their backs or by dragging them across the floor as this could cause damage the chair and/or the floor.
  • Stack chairs in groups of two in the moving truck and secure them together with a bungee cord or rope. Place the second chair upside down on top of the cushion on the first chair.
  • When moving the table, lift the table by the apron, so it is vertical to the floor. This will allow for easier movement through doors and up/down stairs.
  • Moving a table is a two person job; have one person lift from one end and another from the other end.
  • Load the table top against the wall of a moving van and secure with rope or bungee cords. Another option is to lay it flat on the floor of the moving truck. Place the separated legs in a secure position on the moving truck, where they won’t roll and damage other items.
  • If the legs remain on the table, be very careful how you load the table into the moving truck. Tables can also shift during transit. If the table is being moved in a standing position, you can load items below it, but it might not be able to support a large amount of weight on top. It might be a better idea to place the table on its side in the moving van and make sure to keep the legs protected as much as possible.

Protecting a Dining Room Table in Self Storage

It is very important to protect the investment for your furniture, especially cherished dining room tables, so you will be able to use the items for many years to come. Self storage is a great personal storage solution to keep these items protected until you need them again. Some furniture might require storage in a climate controlled storage unit to keep the wood in good condition and protect it from possible warping or drying out from extreme temperatures and humidity levels.  Once you place the dining room tables in storage, make sure to keep them covered with furniture tarps.  Store the tables in the same manner as you would move them. Tables that are taken apart can be leaned against the storage unit wall with the legs nearby. Depending on the amount of room in the storage unit, place the assembled table standing upright or on its side making sure that legs are wrapped and protected.

Magellan Storage has a variety of storage units available in both climate and non-climate controlled to keep your dining room and kitchen table protected while in storage. Our storage professionals can help you with any of your personal storage needs.

Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday Celebrations in the Los Angeles Area

Mardi Gras in Los AngelesIt is time to celebrate Mardi Gras around the world. There are parades, festivals, and lots of great food at Carnival celebrations in Venice, Italy, Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans!  All of the celebrations will accumulate with Fat Tuesday events on Tuesday, February 9th. Mardi Gras celebrations and traditions can be traced back to pagan spring rites and rituals. Today, Mardi Gras is celebrated around the world with lots of music, food, and floats.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

The city of New Orleans is famous for their Mardi Gras celebrations, which usually start at the beginning of January and run to Ash Wednesday, which is 40 days before Easter. Modern Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans can be dated back to the 1830’s with masked and costumed parade participants dancing through the streets. The first New Orleans Mardi Gras Krewe, an organized group of Mardi Gras celebrants, was formed in the 1850’s. Costumed parade participants have been throwing out beads and other small gifts in the Mardi Gras parades since 1871. Today, there are over 50 krewes who sponsor Mardi Gras parades, masked balls and parties. There are over 70 free parades in the city that are put on by different krewes with the first parade starting at 8am to and the last one kicking off at sundown. The larger parades can have hundreds of floats, marching bands and participants that wind through the streets of the French Quarter.

Mardi Gras Events in Los Angeles Area

Mardi Gras is celebrated in different countries around the world. Venice Italy and Rio de Janeiro will be celebrating Carnival in the next few days! Cities across the United States also have Mardi Gras celebrations and Fat Tuesday feasts. Los Angeles hosts a few very popular Mardi Gras events every year.

Mardi Gras at the Farmer’s Market                                  

The biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the Los Angeles area is at the Original Farmers Market on W. 3rd St. in Los Angeles for two days on Saturday, February 6th and Fat Tuesday, February 9th.  The celebration includes parades bands, Cajun and Zydeco music, New Orleans food and children activities.

Long Beach Mardi Gras Parade

Long Beach and Shoreline Village  will be celebrating Mardi Gras with a parade, entertainment and festivities on Saturday, February 6th starting at 3pm. The parade kicks off at 3pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific with celebrations to continue afterward at restaurants in the area.

Mardi Gras on Olvera Street

Olvera Street in Los Angeles is celebrating Mardi Gras with Children’s Workshops including Brazilian singing and dancing, a parade and mask making for children.

Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade

The 15th Annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras Parade will take place on Saturday, February 6th. The parade starts at 11am at the North City Parking Lot. Everyone can join in the fun of the free parade. There will be festivities taking place at Danny’s Venice with music and more after the parade.

If you can’t make it to The “Big Easy” to celebrate Mardi Gras, head out to one of the many events and activities this weekend in the Los Angeles Area. Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and fun Mardi Gras celebration!