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What products and services would you like to have at Hollywood Storage Center? Let us know for a chance to win a 50″ LG Smart TV (valued at $500)! The drawing will be held on January 2, 2016.

Just come by the Hollywood Storage Center on any day of the week between 8:30 am and 6 pm and fill out one of our Suggestion Forms.

We are constantly looking for ways to improve our storage services, e-recycling program, post office, and VIP Services like package acceptance and free box delivery, and we’re always open to ideas for new policies, services, and programs. For example, the Hollywood Storage Center is now a Smoke-Free facility.

We’re looking forward to bringing you more of what you want!

HSC Expert Tips: Holiday Cleaning Made Easy!

Newbury Park Storage Holiday Cleaning

What’s up, y’all? Hollywood Storage Center Clean Team member Dion, here. Can you believe it’s November? Seems like only yesterday when some of my Newbury Park storage facility colleagues and I were going to the beach and having cook-outs in my backyard. (Wait, who am I kidding? Here in the Conejo Valley, we do that any time of year!) The weather may still be warm, but the coming of Holiday season offers its own share of cleaning challenges. And, most of us haven’t done a super thorough cleaning of the house since Spring.

Hey, I get it; we’re all busy, and if we spot-clean the dirtiest areas every week or so, it never gets too bad. But there are definitely a few places around the house that need some serious help as we look towards Winter. Bonus: It gets your girlfriend off your back when you’re getting the house ready for guests. Or is that just me?

Anyway, I put together a checklist of my best five Holiday Cleaning Tips, and figured I’d “share the wealth” by offering it to you, our great Hollywood Storage Center customers and friends!

+ Get rid of all the dust that’s settled in your couch (and other assorted chairs/loungers/etc.) by vacuuming all the surfaces of the upholstery — including both sides of the cushions, the back, sides, arms, and even the platform underneath. It’s probably real, real dusty down there.

+ Take a good look at your food cupboard. (Guys, this goes for you too. I bet there’s Holllywood Storage Center Food Pantrystuff in there you can’t even remember buying.) Remove everything from the shelves, then vacuum up any dust and crumbs with the attachment brush on your vacuum. If you don’t want to remove the canned goods, you could just dust around them … but I kinda think that’s cheating. The most important part: check out all the dates on your food, and toss out anything that seems suspect.

+ Even if you replace your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries on Daylight Saving Time Day, take a sec to test and clean those detectors too. Dust can make them not perform too well. Using that same brush attachment on your vacuum works great for this. And if any of your units are more than 10 years old, replace them entirely.

+ Speaking of: When you turn your clocks back, turn your mattress over. Flip it over, but also rotate it 180 degrees to prevent body impressions from becoming permanent.

Hollywood Storage Center Carpet Cleaning Tip+ Finally — and your partner or spouse will probably really like this — give your carpet a good shampooing (if your home has carpet, of course). Pro tip: Vacuum it first; you’d be surprised how many people don’t. You could either have it professionally cleaned; rent a carpet shampooer from the local grocery store (most have ’em); or invest in your own carpet cleaner.

Here’s hoping these Holiday cleaning tips will help keep your home in great shape for the next few months! And by the way — if you’ll be having house guests for the holidays, clearing some space by storing furniture and other items in our low-cost self-storage units is a great way to keep everyone in good spirits!

Dion-Coleman-Hollywood Storage CenterThis was a guest post from Dion, a Storage Consultant here at Hollywood Storage Center. Dion is an cleaning expert and prides himself on learning all the best home cleaning tips for both indoors and outdoors. Readers: Post your own favorite seasonal cleaning ideas below, or on Facebook!

HSC Around Town: A Conejo Valley Halloween

Happy Halloween, everyone! It’s one of my favorite holidays, and it’s only a few weeks away … guess that means I should finalize my costume, right? I have big plans this year, and most of it’s done; just odds and ends left. And no, I’m not gonna tell you about it, in case you see me around town — or right here at Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks during the week. I want it to be a surprise!

The Conejo Valley is known for its amazing Halloween and fall-themed activities, so I’ve compiled a list of some of my favorites — I just know you’ll enjoy them too:

+ You’ve probably seen it mentioned on celebrity gossip blogs: Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark is a haven for celebs and their kids who want to celebrate Halloween at one of the largest pumpkin patches around! They’ve got great activities all month long as part of their Fall Harvest Fest, running through October 31st. Corn mazes, hay rides, live entertainment — all for a nominal fee! Amazing for both kids and adults.

Halloween 2014 Around the Conejo Valley+ Over at the Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks is the Annual “Reign of Terror” Haunted House, running now through end of October. I’ve been to this thing before, and it is pretty scary! It’s actually ranked as one of the Top 10 Haunted Houses in the COUNTRY! Right in our own backyard … cool, huh? They’ll also be presenting an “illuminated,” less-scary experience for younger children during the day on two Saturdays, October 24th & 31st, from 1pm to 4pm. Regular admission is $17 per person ($25 for an “express” pass), but the daytime experience is $5 per child (with free admission for the accompanying parent).

+ Now the Triunfo YMCA’s Goblin Gallop on Saturday, October 17th in Westlake Villiage is a lot of fun with a 5K/10K Run and 1 Mile Trick or Treat Fun Run/Walk.  Not surprisingly, there will be “13” different age groups for runners in this Halloween-themed twilight run with medals awarded for the top male and female runners.  The kids in the Fun Run/Walk can collect treats at stops along the way and are encouraged to wear costumes and bring trick or treat bags.  Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes seen along the course.  What will you wear?

+ There are lots of trick-or-treat activities happening on Halloween day itself all over the county both during the day and night. First, there’s “Spokes in the Oaks” Open Street Festival is a new City of Thousand Oaks-sponsored event from 10 am to 3 pm where you can walk, bike, run, and skate along a 1.7-mile route that is closed to motorized traffic.  Next, is the ‘Shh’ or Treat Halloween Party at the Camarillo Public Library which runs from 11 am to 2 pm, where kids can come in their Halloween costumes and participate in many activities including making their own trick or treat bag in one of the coolest kids reading rooms around.  For the evening, starting at 5:30 pm, there is the 5th Annual Youth Carnival in Simi Valley featuring a trick or treat village, carnival games, hayrides and many other activities. With all of these events, you can certainly find a fun-filled Halloween activity.

Here’s hoping you and your family have a FUN and SAFE All Hallows’ Eve this year, no matter where you go around the Conejo Valley or Ventura County! And don’t forget to visit us here at Hollywood Storage Center (on Old Conejo Road in Newbury Park) for FREE candy all month long! Plus, at HSC, our low-cost self-storage units are all “treats” … and that’s no trick!


PHOTO_HSCTO_Lindsay-Cochran-1612_2015-01-29This was a guest post from Lindsay, one of Hollywood Storage Center’s storage consultants! She’s a friendly face you might see when you first stop by to find out about our fantastic storage units. She always knows what’s going on around the Conejo Valley! Thanks for the rundown, Lindsay; we’re big fans of Halloween too — and all these events amazing! Readers: What are you going as for Halloween this year? Did you make your own costume, or buy from a store? Post about it all on Facebook, or in the comments below.

HSC Tips: Stash Your Summer Stuff!

Happy Family Of Four Camping TogetherHey folks! Jeremy here, coming to you once again from the best self storage facility this side of the Conejo Grade, Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks! Well, the summer is winding down (although it seems we always have heat advisories here in Newbury Park this time of year). But, with school starting, that still means it’s time, once again, to think about stashing all that “summer stuff” you have lying around the house … Do you find yourself tripping over beach balls or boogie boards in your garage? Is your spare closet a mess with camping gear and sleeping bags jumbled together with suitcases and souvenirs? We here at HSC have a fantastic solution to all that clutter — store those things here in one of our self-storage units!

What kind of things could you put into storage, you may ask? Here’s a handy list we’ve put together to make that job a lot easier:

+ Camping and outdoor vacation gear such as tents, backpacks, sleeping bags, hiking boots, and even your canoe, kayak, paddle board, and scuba equipment

+ Water sports stuff like Boogie boards, surf boards, wake boards, and water skiing equipment

+ Beach items like beach chairs, umbrellas, beach balls and the sand toys for the kids

+ Water toys such as sprinklers, slip and slide, rafts, and pool toys

The first thing we recommend is that you clean and dry out everything.  Use water with a little mild soap to clean off all those outdoor items, along with cleaning camp gear like utensils and food storage containers.  We especially advise you to use fresh water to clean those pool items, as you don’t want the smell of chlorine when you retrieve them later.

Next, if you’re like me and spend your free time over summer doing lots of different things, then it would be best to organize your stuff into different groups like pool toys, beach items and water sports.  Marking boxes and storage bins with these different group names will make it easier to get what you need when the fun days of summer return.

Wardrobe Box for Clothing StorageSince tents, sleeping bags and other outdoor fabric items are often subject to dirt, food, charcoal and oils like sunblock or bug spray, it’s a great idea to make sure they’re clean before being stored. Tents can be spot cleaned and folded away. Sleeping bags can also be spot cleaned or washed in large washing machines (hint: I go to the laundry mats where they have over-sized machines). It’s then easy to store sleeping bags and other camping clothes (like your cleaned and aired out hiking boots) in storage boxes. You can find a complete selection of storage boxes here at Hollywood Storage Center to help you with your storage needs.

See? It’s not that hard to get rid of your summer clutter! And everything will be in great condition when you come back to take it all back home for some “fun in the sun”!

We know all kinds of storage tips and tricks here at Hollywood Storage Center … stop in and see us soon! We’re located at right off the 101 Freeway at the Wendy Exit (3425 Old Conejo Road), near Newbury Park High School, and we appreciate helping all our customers from Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, and beyond…

PHOTO_HSCTO_Jeremy-Evans-1627_2015-01-29This was a guest post from Jeremy, a longtime Storage Consultant here at Hollywood Storage Center. You might’ve met him the last time you checked out one of our lowest price-guaranteed self-storage units. Thanks, Jeremy! We’re always happy to pass along your great tips to our customers. Readers: Do you have any other tips for storing your summer stuff during the rest of the year? Share ’em below!