October 20, 2014

Decorate Your Doorstep for Fall


Pumpkins decorating a front porch


Autumn is a wonderful time of year--leaves are changing color, the summer heat is slowly leaving us, and holiday décor is all around. And let's not forget how everything from lattes to candles are "pumpkin-spiced" for the next few months!


Whether you have a long walkway to your front door or a small stoop, outdoor fall decorations are an easy way to celebrate the season. After checking out magazines and Pinterest for autumn decorations, we have found 4 of our favorite fall porch decorating ideas.  


  1. Pumpkins: For a simple seasonal look, display pumpkins of varying sizes and shapes around your door and stairs. Don't forget to add some odd-shaped gourds for more character. Paint on messages or initials for a personalized twist of decorating with pumpkins.

  2. Flowers: Seasonal flowers are always a great way to decorate your entryway. One fun idea is to cover plastic pumpkin containers with chalkboard paint so you can add whatever welcome message you'd like to display and then fill the containers with your favorite flowers.

  3. Wreaths: Seasonal and year-round wreaths are one of the biggest trends this year and one of the easier fall door decorations. You can create a wreath with practically anything--leaves, gourds, burlap, wheatgrass, nuts, berries and more. If stored properly, you can use your new wreath for years to come.

  4. Nature: Cornstalks in planters, garlands of dried corn, painted pine cones and acorns--these are just a few ways you can use natural elements in your entryway display. We bet if you look in your backyard, you may just find everything you need to create a unique, fall look.

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October 13, 2014

In the Community: Rivera Family Renovation

Lee Rivera and a 1-800-PACK-RAT storage container

The Rivera family’s story is one of pure strength.

After 5 years of being foster parents to brothers Lee and Sal, Margarita and her husband, Jaime, adopted the boys into their family this year. While Margarita and Jaime were thrilled to welcome Lee into their home permanently, their home needed some help in order to properly welcome Lee. 

Nine-year-old Lee has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disorder characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness. As Lee’s condition has progressed, he has needed more and more assistance in getting around and performing physical tasks.

An expensive addition to the home would be needed in order to keep Lee safe and comfortable in his home.  These include a wheelchair-accessible first-floor bedroom and bathroom and a lift from his bed to his wheelchair. Margarita quit her teaching job in order to focus on the kids and to raise funds through For the Love of Lee.

1-800-PACK-RAT was thrilled to be able to provide a weatherproof PACK-RAT container to store construction supplies and equipment as the renovation project gets underway. Other members of their Berwyn, Ill., community have donated architectural, electrical and plumbing services.

More funds are needed to complete the renovation project. Learn more about the For the Love of Lee fundraiser and how you can help on their Facebook page.

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October 9, 2014

College Fanatic Fans Contest Winner

College Football Fanatic Fans Contest Winner

We’d like to thank everyone for their participation in our very first College Football Fanatics giveaway. We received a lot of spectacular entries and it was great seeing everyone’s team spirit over the past month. We are pleased to announce the winner of our contest is Debbie Ritenour with a grand total of 159 votes for her WVU entry. Debbie has won a super cool gift basket filled with fun goodies and a $100 gift card. You can stop by Facebook and congratulate Debbie on her win here.

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For more information about 1-800-PACK-RAT, or to receive a free, no-obligation quote for your upcoming move—give us a call at 1-800-PACK-RAT or contact us online. We are standing by to help with all your moving and storage needs!

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