Are You a Hoarder or Just Sentimental?

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one super messy desk in a messy libraryIt’s a fine line, let’s be honest: It’s a fine, but definite, line.

You know when you’ve walked into the house of a hoarder. You see all the stuff everywhere and you think to yourself, “Thank God I don’t live like this. I mean, I like to save stuff, sure, but, I’m definitely not this bad…. Then again, this woman probably doesn’t even know how bad she is… In fact, it probably all started with a simple collection of small items that she loved and then BAM: Hoarder… Oh no… is this my future???”  Continue reading

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Game of Thrones: Self-Storage Edition

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There’s one thing everyone can use, and that’s a little less clutter. But while we’re worrying about how to safely store our tchotchkes, Westeros’ most star-studded residents are fighting their own battle against mess (and White Walkers, but the Wall has stood for thousands of years). Here’s a look at how those wily characters are coping with clutter through storage and a little self-searching.

(Spoilers below the fold!) Continue reading

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Can You Match These 5 Dictators To The Contents Of Their Storage Units?

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Mao & Stalin by andydoro, on Flickr

Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License   by  andydoro 


You can tell a lot about people from their belongings — from the details of how they decorate to what you find on their bookshelves or in their junk drawers. But perhaps even more telling is what they keep in a storage unit. No matter the appearance, this is no haphazard pile of crap: these are items carefully chosen for long-term safekeeping.

So, if you were given the chance, whose unit would you like to see? Of which complex mind would you hope to glimpse the inner-workings? What’s that you say? The world’s five most bloodthirsty dictators? It just so happens we have access to the very personal and completely factual list of items belonging to the Fearsome Five. Let’s see if you can match the former dictator to the contents of his storage unit. Continue reading

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How to pack for the big move (and how we ACTUALLY do it)

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Lisa Newlin is BSO’s newest author. Her work is reguarly featured at NickMom and in the hot-selling book, “YouHave Lipstick on Your Teeth: And Other Things You’ll Only Hear from Your Friends In The Powder Room.” If you want to read more by Lisa, and we can’t think of any good reason why you wouldn’t, check her out at, or of course, come back here soon.
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Welcome to BSO!

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And I guess that's why they call it the beard.

And I guess that’s why they call it the beard.

When I was offered an opportunity to write for BookStorageOnline, my initial question was what the hell I’m supposed to be writing about. I’m a history teacher, and a new dad, and writing about storage is not my natural tendency. Plus, just look at that picture of me. Is that a face that you’d want to store away? Don’t answer that…

But then, I thought to myself, let’s give it a shot.

I mean, what’s the worst that can happen?

Also, don’t answer that. I’m perfectly happy leaving it as is.

So, what’s my plan? Well, I’m going to try to blend storage tips with state and local storage information with miscellaneous nonsense. I know that I can cover the last one, and I’m planning some great blog posts about the others. Here are some upcoming blog topics you can expect to see in the future:

  • Why climate controlled storage might be the right solution for you
  • How to choose a storage unit
  • An infographic about how to store the Kardashians
  • Historical moments when a storage unit would have come in handy
  • Silly things my daughter does

I know that the last one isn’t storage related, but it’s my column and I love that kid, so you’re getting silly things my daughter does. Plus, my wife likes to read about my daughter, and you know what they say: happy wife, happy life. So, you’re getting silly things my daughter does.

Along the way, I’ll try to keep you up to date about what’s going on in your neck of the storage world. Not to mention filling you in on tips and tricks about how to best utilize your storage space and how to organize things in a way that works best for you. As my wife, friends and coworkers will tell you, I’m not great at organizing things in my own world, but I’m booksmart on lots of things. In other words, do what I say, not what I do.

In addition, since we here at BSO like to focus on different types of storage, I’ll try to get lots of advice for you regarding climate controlled storage, vehicle storage, and more. In addition, I can try to answer any storage, moving, organization or other questions that you might have. I can’t guarantee you success, but I can guarantee that I’ll do my best to get you an answer as soon as I possibly can.

Finally, if you have any ideas for columns or posts that you’d like to see, please let me know in the comments below, or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. If there’s someplace you think we should be, and we aren’t there, let me know.

Please welcome me by liking, following, or sharing my first post on the site of your choice! Thank you!

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