Do You Need Wine Storage?

Hollywood Storage Center Wine Storage TipsHere at Hollywood Storage Center, we love wine as much as the next guy (or gal), and after the recent Wine & Jazz Festival in Thousand Oaks, we started wondering, what is the difference between a wine drinker and a wine collector?

We’re fortunate to be able to chat with many wine friends and customers who use our temperature and humidity controlled wine storage. The consensus? Once you buy a case of wine that you enjoyed at a tasting, winery tour, or even the restaurant where you dined last night, you’re hooked. You’re a collector.

Of course, people collect wine for different reasons. It might be to save money with multiple bottle discounts. Or, it could be a passion for assembling a collection you can enjoy over time. In any case, the issues of space and proper storage quickly become relevant and are much discussed on wine blogs and boards and even at dinner parties. We know, we’ve been there!

So, how do you decide where your vino collection should reside?

We gathered some advice from wine experts to swirl around:

+  According to Alex Finberg who represents the Louis/Dressner, Rosenthal, and Jose Pastor wine portfolios in Northern California, “The in-home wine cellar is the raided-at-the-end-of-every-dinner-party wine cellar.” Keeping wine at a secure, temperature-controlled off-site facility prevents you from losing too much of your best stash.

+ Erin Sullivan of Acme Fine Wines in St. Helena recommends that you try a bottle early on to determine what you think and how long you’d like to age any other bottles you have and then hide the rest in offsite storage. “Out of sight, out of mind is key for accomplishing this goal, at least for me,” she says.

+ If you get excited when you taste old wines, then cellaring might be for you. “Wine is a living thing—which makes it both fascinating and unpredictable,” says sommelier Courtney Humiston of Charlier Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen in Healdsburg, CA. “The joy of aging wine is discovering how the fruit from a single year can continue to evolve for decades.”

+ The staff at Wine Spectator looks at it this way: How much did you spend last year on your wine habit? If a $1,000 home cooling unit represents less than 25% of your annual wine-buying budget, it’s time to think about professional storage. Might as well protect your investment.

+ Our Hollywood Storage Center customers – who come from all over the ConejoWine Storage in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Valley and Ventura County, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Malibu, Westlake Village, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, and Camarillo — agree that our cost-effective wine storage saves them money (think huge home electric bills) and gives them peace of mind (no hassles!). Plus, they love that we’re open seven days a week and can accept shipments for them.

One other piece of advice from collectors: Whatever number you’re thinking of when it comes to bottle capacity, double it. Once you’ve started accumulating wines to drink later, it’s hard to stop. Cheers!

Readers: Tell us about the best bottle of wine you’ve ever had here or on Facebook!

Summertime Car Kit Ideas from Hollywood Storage Center

cooler of summertime car trip toolsAt Hollywood Storage Center of Newbury Park, we love taking day trips! We also love being organized and prepared (more time for fun, right?) so we put together a list of things you might want to keep in your car for quick beach trips, picnics or garage sale stops you might make this summer. Stock the car with these items and you’ll be prepared to stash anything you score at an estate sale or a snack for the road. Tuck it all away in the cooler when not in use.

  1. A plastic drop cloth underneath a blanket prevents wet grass from putting a damper on picnic plans. Or line the trunk with it when bringing plants home from the store.
  2. With a moving blanket, you’re always ready to wrap up furniture finds — or have a picnic. Secure it with a bungee cord.
  3. Stockpile wipes for hands and sticky accidents. Paper towels are also as indispensable in the car as they are in the kitchen.
  4. Keep newspaper on hand for bundling up breakables.
  5. Stuff grocery bags inside a paper towel roll for carrying produce or trash.
  6. Remove dust or sand from bare feet, shoes, or your car’s interior with a mini broom and dustpan.
  7. Beyond holding road-trip essentials, a cooler can be used to store fragile new treasures while you’re still on the road.

Once you’ve put your items together, you will be ready to go in a flash! And when summer is over, drop the items off at one of our clean storage units and it’ll be ready for you next year!

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Hollywood Storage Center Tips: Storing Your Sofa

Here’s 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 low-cost self-storage units. Let’s see what tips and tricks Jeremy has for us this time …

Hi there! It’s Jeremy again, here with some tips on how to safely store your furniture in a storage unit like the great ones here at Hollywood Storage Center. This topic actually came up pretty recently, when an old friend of my wife’s emailed me for some advice. She and her husband are remodeling the den in their home — but they don’t want to get rid of their current “L-shaped” sofa, since it was custom-made for the room back when they first bought their house. Of course, I was happy to help!

"L-shaped" sofaAs you might imagine, folks come into Hollywood Storage Center and ask me these kinds of questions all the time. Here’s what I suggest:

+ If the sofa came in several pieces, take it apart before storage (it’ll be easier to maneuver that way).

+ Make sure to cover the piece of furniture you’re storing with cotton drop cloths or canvas tarps to keep any dust off but still allow some airflow. To allow circulation all around it, you can grab a wooden pallet from the lumberyard (or maybe Costco) and place it beneath the each piece of furniture.

+ Stand your sofa “on end” to maximize your available space in the storage unit.

+ Finally, don’t store anything near sofas (or mattresses) that could transfer color. Especially true if your sofa is white or cream-colored…

If you’re planning on storing a sofa, c’mon down to Hollywood Storage Center and we’ll hook you up with one of our awesome low-cost self-storage units! And don’t hesitate to contact me — or one of my fellow Storage Consultants — for more ideas … we’re ready and willing to answer your questions. See ya soon …

Thanks, Jeremy! We’re always eager to pass along your awesome tips to our customers and folks who might be looking for Conejo Valley self storage units at the Lowest Price Guaranteed. Readers: Do you have any other tips for storing furniture? Share them below! 

The Fourth of July in the Conejo Valley!

Today we have a guest post from Lindsay, one of Hollywood Storage Center’s storage consultants! She’s a friendly face you might see when you stop by to find out about our fantastic, low-priced storage units. She always knows what’s going on around the Conejo Valley … so let’s check out her latest update!

Happy Summer, guys! One of my favorite holidays is just around the corner: The Fourth of July! There is seriously nothing better than hanging out with your friends and family, enjoying food, watching amazing fireworks … and of course, remembering all the history behind our country’s freedom! (I myself like to watch the movie “1776″ every year; it’s a tradition my parents and I started when I was a kid!)Fourth of July FireworksAnyway, there are a TON of fabulous activities scheduled for the July 4th all over the Conejo Valley! I’ve put together a list of some of the best ones … they’re great for the whole family! And who knows? You might just see me and my friends at one of these events.

+ Moorpark holds their Fourth of July celebration on … July 3rd! (Funny, right?) This year’s event will feature several live performances, all sorts of delicious food, and fun attractions from tons of vendors — including laser tag and a bounce house! And the evening fireworks display is always off-the-charts fantastic! Gates open at 3:45pm. (Plan to arrive early, as over 11,000 people usually attend this event every year.)

+ In Thousand Oaks, the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular — sponsored by the Conejo Recreation and Park District, the City of Thousand Oaks, and other local groups — will be set off skyward from behind the Hillcrest Center for the Arts starting at 9pm! The Oaks Mall is hosting the “official viewing party” for the fireworks, and will feature kids’ activities and some cool food trucks all afternoon and into the evening. And Los Robles Golf Course is hosting a watching party of their own; check out their Facebook for more info. And don’t forget to tune into KCLU 88.3FM for traffic updates, as well as the simulcast for the fireworks’ soundtrack at 9pm!Westlake Village Fourth of July+ Finally, if you’re looking for a parade, check out the 45th Annual Westlake Village Fourth of July Parade and “Party in the Park”! The parade will step off down from the corner of Lakeview Canyon Road and Agoura Road (taking a four-block route down Agoura Road) starting at 9:45am. Wanna actually be IN the parade? You can! Participants are encouraged to decorate their bike, scooter, skateboard, or wagon in patriotic colors and join the City of Westlake Village for this awesome patriotic celebration! (Or, if you’re shy, you can cheer participants on from the side of the parade route.) At the end of the parade route, inside Berniece Bennett Park, there’ll be a U.S. flag retirement ceremony performed by a local Boy Scout Troup, followed by music, a bounce house or two, some fun old-fashioned games, and free popsicles and water. The Rotary will also be on hand selling hot dogs and snacks, with proceeds benefiting local charities. Visit www.wlv.org for more info!

Hope you have a fabulous Fourth of July! Be safe — leave the fireworks to the professionals, and make sure your pets are safely tucked away inside once evening falls and all the fireworks around the area begin. And don’t forget to visit us at Hollywood Storage Center soon! We can’t wait to see ya… and help with any self storage unit you might need!

Thanks, Lindsay! We love the Fourth of July too — and all these events sound really fun! Readers: What plans do you have for the Fourth of July? Do you host a yearly BBQ? Go to the beach? Post about it below.