“miniStorage’s Night At The Movies” Music Podcast

Featuring our favorite songs from an array of movie soundtracks, spanning various decades and genres; this carefully curated playlist is sure to give your ears the full ‘red carpet’ cinematic experience. Lights, camera, action!


Tracklist:

(0:00) HBO ‘Feature Presentation’ Intro (circa ’83)
(1:23) It Must Have Been Love – Roxette
(5:39) When Doves Cry – Prince
(11:31) Eye Of The Tiger – Survivor
(16:21) What A Feeling – Irena Cara
(20:15) Arrested By You – Rupert Hine
(25:20) Robot Rock – Daft Punk
(30:12) Take My Breathe Away – Berlin
(37:26) Decode – Paramore
(30:53) Dreams – The Cranberries
(46:54) Cry Little Sister – Gerard McMahon
(51:38) Sunflower – Post Malone & Swae Lee
(54:22) If You Leave – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
(58:51) Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
(1:02:25) For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
(1:05:52) If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elliman
(1:08:48) Making Plans For Nigel – XTC
(1:13:00) Pray For Me – The Weekend & Kendrick Lamar
(1:16:38) Boogie Shoes – KC & The Sunshine Band
(1:18:48) Let The River Run – Carly Simon
(1:22:17) Grease – Frankie Valli
(1:26:02) Lovefool – The Cardigans
(1:29:18) Goodbye Horses – Q Lazzarus
(1:33:33) Supersonic – JJ Fad
(1:37:34) Think – Kaleida
(1:41:30) Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears For Fears
(1:45:40) 9 To 5 – Dolly Parton
(1:48:37) My Favorite Things – Julie Andrews
(1:51:10) (Everything I Do) I Do It For You – Bryan Adams
(1:55:17) (I’ve Had) the Time Of My Life – Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes

5 Tips For Successful Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity for you to start afresh. If you’re ready to get an early start on your yearly clean-out, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered our five top tips to help you tackle your spring cleaning head on.

1. Replace Toothbrushes

Many of us know that about every three months, we should toss our old toothbrushes and buy new ones. But this isn’t only because bristles become worn down and lose their effectiveness. Toothbrushes harbor a lot of germs due to their surrounding environment. To make matters worse, almost everyone gets sick around this time of year. Luckily, there are a few quick steps you can take to remedy this.

Take your current toothbrushes and set them aside. Sanitize your sink and toothbrush holder thoroughly—an equal mixture of water and vinegar works wonders. Then, if it’s been a few months, or if someone in your household is sick, purchase replacements. After every use, rinse and dry your toothbrush. Remember, never share them with other people.

2. Wipe Down Furniture

What products you use depend on the materials that make up your furniture. Detergent diluted with water can effectively clean wood. Upholstery requires various cleaning solutions based on a code you can find underneath the cushions. Swipe a mixture of water and vinegar across leather items.

Each fabric is different—consider that beforehand, so you don’t cause any damage.

3. Dust Each Nook and Cranny

How often do you sweep off your baseboards? or the tops of your window panes? These areas are a struggle to reach, which is why they don’t get any love. Take an afternoon this winter to tackle these pre-allergy season. All you need is a damp rag and a stepladder. Wipe down each smoke detector, light fixture and shelf.

Pro-tip: Once you clean your ceiling fans, reverse them to spin clockwise. Doing so will push warm air down, so it doesn’t escape through your roof.

4. Get Rid of Old Items

Go through your dressers and closets. You’ll likely find a lot of clothes, books and decorative items you barely use. Now is the perfect time to purge your house of these goods and donate them to your local thrift store. In this case, a good rule of thumb is to think back about a year. What shirts, pants or dresses haven’t seen the light of day since then?

Place each unwanted item in a labeled garbage bag or box. Some services will come to pick these up. A deep declutter is the best way to enter a new season.

5. Seal Doors and Windows

Save energy with insulated doors and windows. Take a paper towel, along with a window and wood cleaner. Clean each surface thoroughly. Once finished, feel around for cracks and gaps. You can then caulk or weatherstrip the edges of your windows. Insert door stoppers underneath each door. These techniques will keep you toasty, all while saving you cash.

Start Your Spring Off Right

These tips will keep you organized and get a head-start on prime-cleaning season. So while others might procrastinate spring cleaning, you’ll be almost done by the time the season starts.

“miniStorage’s L.O.V.E.” Music Podcast

Featuring house/electronic/dance hits of old & new, allow our ‘high-spirited’ playlist to activate your energies and get your body moving! L.O.V.E. will set you free!


Tracklist:

(0:00) L.O.V.E. (intro)
(0:50) Pump It Up – Endor
(3:20) Nobody Else – Axwell
(6:56) The Answer – Chris Lake & Armand Van Helden
(10:18) Lady (Hear Me Tonight) – Black Caviar
(14:29) Like This Like That – MOTi
(16:47) Energy – Devone
(22:15) I Think I Like It – Fake Blood
(27:46) Cutting Shapes – Don Diablo
(30:53) Grapevine – Tiësto
(33:20) Push It! – Lotus, SPYZR & Salt-N-Pepa
(36:15) This Groove – Oliver Heldens & Lenno
(39:19) One Thing – Mr. Belt & Wezol & Jack Wins
(42:12) Move Your Body – Marshall Jefferson x Solardo
(48:21) How Does It Feel – M-22
(51:05) Lose Control – Meduza, Becky Hill, Goodboys
(53:48) Body – Loud Luxury
(56:30) Know U Well – Cassian
(1:01:29) Don’t Start Now – Dua Lipa
(1:04:26) Feel The Rush – EDX
(1:07:40) I Feel It – Leftwing & Kody
(1:10:19) Turn Me On – Riton x Oliver Heldens ft. Vula
(1:13:40) All Around The World (La La La) – R3HAB x A Touch Of Class
(1:16:14) Ride It (Jonas Blue Remix) – Regard
(1:19:11) Together – SIDEPIECE
(1:22:12) Free Your Body – Chris Lake & Solardo
(1:26:41) Tunnel Vision (Don Diablo Edit) – Zonderling
(1:30:06) ILYSM – Steve Aoki & AutoErotique
(1:33:19) Like I Do – David Guetta, Martin Garrix & Brooks
(1:36:44) On the Beach (Original Mix) – Nora En Pure
(1:41:43) Your Body – Tom Novy
(1:45:53) ENERGY – Disclosure
(1:50:27) Make Me Feel – Steff Da Campo & Siks
(1:54:06) One More Time – Daft Punk

Organize With Mindfulness

“And this mess is so big, and so deep and so tall, we cannot pick it up. There is no way at all!” ~ Dr. Seuss

Mindfully organizing your home is a powerful way to bring more ease and joy into your physical and mental space. Instead of forcing yourself to adhere to some external criteria of how your home “should” look or how your closets “should” be organized, mindful organizing helps you to create your own criteria for how you want your space to look and feel, and ultimately be organized.

One compelling reason to make time for organizing is to create space for what is truly important in your life. Most agree that the most important things in life are not your stuff! But stuff can get in the way of living a life of fulfillment and ease. Many of the folks we work with feel they cannot go out and engage fully in life with so much STUFF hanging over their heads.

Have you ever gone on an organizing blitz and noticed how good it feels to know where things are? The mental-physical connection between you and your stuff explains why organizing makes you feel so good. Releasing physical objects and activities that no long bring you joy eliminates not only physical clutter but “mind clutter” too.

If you’ve ever had a sinking or heavy feeling when entering a disorganized room, you have experienced the effects of “mind clutter.” Even stuff that can’t be seen takes up space in your mind. If you have been unhappy for some time about disorganization in your life, you may feel that you don’t even “see” the problems any longer and that they have no effect on your mental state. But even if you’re not aware of it, it takes mental and psychological energy to pretend disorganization and clutter don’t matter.

Experts agree that physical clutter can take a toll on your happiness and create “mind clutter.” In her book “5 Reasons To Clear The Clutter Out of Your Life”, psychology professor Susan K. Whitbourne cites the following reasons to eliminate clutter:

  1. Low subjective well-being
  2. Unhealthier eating
  3. Poorer mental health
  4. Less efficient visual processing
  5. Less efficient thinking

Whitbourne writes: “… cutting through the clutter can benefit your physical health and cognitive abilities. Start getting out that trash bag, whether virtual or physical, and you’ll soon feel better able to enjoy your surroundings while you think more efficiently and cleanly.”


Why Organize, Mindfully or Otherwise?

There are many more reasons why organizing is worth your time and energy. When your home and office are organized, there is less chance that you will:

  • Make duplicate purchases
  • Waste time looking for things
  • Miss payments
  • Need emergency repairs
  • Miss opportunities

Instead, you will:

  • Be able to consolidate trips
  • Have no need for off-site storage units
  • Be available to spend time with those you love
  • Be prepared for projects and events
  • Have less missed opportunities
  • Experience less anxiety
  • Get more sleep!

Being organized can save significant time too, which allows you to make more conscious choices about where your energy goes.

There’s a connection between living in disorganized, cluttered spaces and feeling unfocused, claustrophobic and overwhelmed. Thankfully, it is possible to approach organizing as sacred work and learn how to address the challenges that arise when you assign meaning to the things that you own.

Once you are clear on your reasons for taking time to organize, what are the benefits of organizing with mindfulness? Isn’t organizing hard enough without adding this extra layer? Not at all! Mindful organizing, though it requires more presence and awareness at first, will actually make your organizing efforts more effective and offer more lasting results. You will learn much more about simple and practical ways to apply mindfulness to your organizing efforts as we go along, so keep reading!

The first step towards making any kind of change is to actively notice people and objects in your life. Social psychologist Ellen Langer has done fascinating studies on the power of our beliefs to shape our biology. Ellen states that the “practice of actively noticing new things is mindfulness.” She suggests the simple mindfulness practice of sitting at the dinner table with someone you have known for years and observing them as if for the first time.

You can apply a principle called the beginner’s mind to your organizing challenges and see obstacles as stepping stones to a deeper understanding of yourself and your things.

Shunryū Suzuki, a Zen monk who helped to make Zen Buddhism popular in the United States, offers us this perspective:

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s, there are few.”