November 21, 2014

1-800-PACK-RAT Gives Back: The Center

1-800-PACK-RAT donation to the center of central florida

1-800-PACK-RAT is pleased to donate portable storage to the staff of The Center in central Florida while the building undergoes a renovation project. Thanks to a grant from the city of Orlando, The Center is renovating the building to increase space and get a much-needed face-lift.

Opening in 1978, The Center is the oldest, continuously operated GLBT Center in Florida. More than 1,700 people visit the Center each month for meetings, special events, HIV testing, counseling or other services. In 2013 The Center hosted over 900 group meetings for its varying groups from our senior social to the Metropolitan Business Association, Orlando’s leading GLBT business network. By providing portable storage for The Center’s three-month renovation project, 1-800-PACK-RAT is ensuring that more money can be devoted to programming and serving the greater metropolitan area of Orlando.

Our secure, weatherproof containers are perfect for on-site storage during renovation projects. Whether you need a place to protect furniture and other belongings from dust and debris, or your contractor needs a place to secure tools overnight, our storage units will work for you.

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November 21, 2014

Don't Let Your Move Ruin Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Getting ready to move at Thanksgiving? We know that packing and moving at Thanksgiving can be tough. It takes time to unpack everything you need, and maybe you are farther from friends and family than you would like. But your Thanksgiving doesn't have to be put on the back burner (pun intended). You can still have a great Thanksgiving holiday with these handy tips:

  1. Go simple: Your family will forgive you if you put down the Martha Stewart cookbooks this year and go simple. There is nothing wrong with store-bought pies or canned vegetables if it will make your dinner easier. Leave the corn shucking for next year!

  2. Ask for help: If you have people coming to your home for dinner, don't be afraid to ask them to bring something that you don't have time to prepare. It’s traditional for guests to bring a dish, so go ahead and scratch a few items off your to-do list.

  3. Know who to call: Preparing Thanksgiving on the fly is hard enough, but if problems arise in the kitchen, it can be downright disastrous. The USDA's Meat and Poultry Hot Line (1-888-674-6854) will be available to help with turkey trouble and food safety questions from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. 

  4. Treat yourself:  And if you really don’t feel like digging out your pots and pans or playing hostess, treat your family to a meal out. Many fine-dining establishments open on Thanksgiving with special holiday menus. Check online to see what’s open near you!

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November 18, 2014

Are You Ready for Holiday Guests?

Fall decorations for holiday guests 

It's that time of year! 2014 is flying by, and once again the holiday season has arrived in full force. With the holiday shopping, meal planning and home decorating, preparing your home for holiday guests can easily fall to the bottom of a very long, holiday to-do list. The holiday season can become stressful when we start running out of time to get everything ready, but with the right planning, your holidays can be full of fun, family, food and fellowship. Take a look at a few of our tips to get ready for holiday guests.  

  1. Store it: If you have guests staying for an extended period of time, you may need to clear out some of your things to create more room. Consider a portable storage unit to safely store your belongings during the holiday season.
  2. Rearrange your living space: If you have a large group visiting your home, some rearranging might be necessary. If your floor plan allows, and it is needed, add more chairs and seating for your guests. Don't forget to leave enough space for your guests to comfortably walk through, especially if they will be carrying plates of food.
  3. Decorate: We love fall and holiday decorations because they can create a warm and inviting atmosphere for gatherings at the home. Just be sure not to over-do it and leave little room for your guests to maneuver through the home or set their drinks down. Stop by our Pinterest page for inspiration.
  4. Prepare guest rooms: As your overnight guests are arriving is a terrible time to remember you forgot to wash the extra linens. Make a checklist ahead of time of everything you need to do for your guests so nothing is forgotten. Martha Stewart offers some wonderful tips on the subject that you can find here.

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