Back to School Organization – Tips from your Self Storage Deals Experts

At Hollywood Storage Center in Thousand Oaks, it feels like Summer just started and yet store aisles that were once full of sunscreen and swimming gear are now stocked with pencils, notebooks, and folders.

Getting a new school year off to a fresh start may include new supplies but keeping materials clean and organized may not be a child’s favorite routine! Our Self Storage Deals Experts found some easy-to-implement solutions that are bound to help kids thrive throughout the school year and in life!

6 Ideas to Get You Started:

  1. Backpacks – It’s helpful for everyone if these are the right size, cleaned out regularly, and easy to locate. Try creating a specific spot, so it’s easy to grab (or drop) and go. Hint: coat racks or wall hangers work well and can look great too!
  2. Labels – Beginning the year with everything labeled helps minimize confusion among friends in class. Using distinctive colors, fonts, and other personalized designs will make it easy for kids to spot their items, and it’s fun too!
  3. Homework Space – Take a look at your student’s homework area and set it up for success. For example, consider going vertical! Peg boards are perfect for keeping needed items just a short reach away. For smaller spaces, consider a moveable cart that can turn any area into a schoolwork zone. Don’t forget to get the kids involved too! Let their personal sense of style shine!

4. Family Calendar – Regular check-ins to update the calendar will help you and the littles avoid schedule conflicts.  Apps are easy to share and are mobile, but a chalkboard, whiteboard, or even a homemade calendar hanging in the house may work just as well and grab everyone’s attention.

5. Storage SystemIt seems like each year more and more important papers and projects make their way home from school. Get your little van Gogh or Einstein involved to help sort and categorize, then decide where each type of item goes. Be creative! A large pizza box could be the perfect place to keep art projects, or you might even want to store some of these treasures digitally! We love this idea from the Keepy app. Bonus: You can always hold onto the originals in a secure climate-controlled storage unit right here at Hollywood Storage!  

6. Pinterest – There are so many great ways to help kids establish positive organizational habits. Pinterest boards are perfect for inspiration. Here’s one we found from The Modern Nest that’s filled with tips on everything from lockers to lunch.

When it comes to starting a new grade, small organizational solutions support a positive school year for children. And when you’re starting fresh with a remodel or reorganization of your home, our Thousand Oaks self-storage deals experts are here to help. With 50+ storage unit sizes, we’ve got a Place for the Things You Love at the Lowest Price-Guaranteed.

Meet the 2021 Scholarship Winners – Hollywood Storage Thousand Oaks

It’s a very exciting time of year as we prepare to send our children back to see old friends, to new schools, or to travel away to college. Here at Hollywood Storage in Thousand Oaks, we’re proud to celebrate this special transition by announcing the recipients of our 6th annual community scholarships.

Each year, we award a scholarship to a graduating senior from Newbury Park High School and Thousand Oaks High School.

2021 Hollywood Storage Center Scholarship Winners

Environmental Scientist Scholarship – NPHS

The recipient of the Hollywood Storage Environmental Scientist Scholarship is Aidan Purcell. This $2,000 award, which is funded with the proceeds from our Free Electronics Recycling program, goes to a student who is pursuing a career in Environmental Science and has also shown a commitment to an environmental project or cause. Aidan’s passion for animals and life on this planet is what drives him. He’s been volunteering as a counselor in training (CIT) for the day camp at the Moorpark College Zoo for five years. He has focused his studies on dinosaurs, hoping to lead the forefront of biological and paleontological research. He will be majoring in Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley this fall.

Entrepreneur Scholarship – TOHS

The Hollywood Storage Center Entrepreneurship Scholarship of $2,500 was awarded to Aiden Saint. Aiden completed both the Business Majors Program at TOHS and a Worldwide Technology Internship. He also held leadership roles in clubs (VP of Model U.N.), athletics (basketball and volleyball), and ASB, as well as volunteering with Casa Pacifica and Coastal Cleanup. Aiden will be attending Baylor University, majoring in business management/marketing, with the eventual goal of starting his own business in the Conejo Valley. He said he has come to realize the great value that small businesses bring to the table, and he hopes to build a company that will help support our local economy.

As a locally owned and operated business, we are pleased to be able to support these fine young men as they head into their college careers. And of course, we’re always proud to serve our entire community with the Lowest Price – Guaranteed on self storage units in Thousand Oaks.

To learn more information about the annual scholarships given by Hollywood Storage Center in Newbury Park, email

The “Cloffice” Make Small Spaces More Productive in 6 Easy Steps — From Your Self-Storage Deals Experts

Over the last crazy year, home and work have become the same place for many more of us. But, it’s been tough for some to create an ideal space to be productive. Here at Hollywood Storage Center of Thousand Oaks, our self-storage deals experts have seen many creative Guests repurpose closets or unused spaces under the stairs into their own high-powered headquarters. Turns out, this is a trend that might just stick around for a while!


Using small spaces in your home (or even the backyard – think about the shed!) for multiple functions is definitely popular these days and can give you just the sanctuary you need to tackle your work, homework, or other projects. Try searching the term #cloffice on Pinterest or Instagram, and a world will open up to you! No two are exactly alike and that is OK!

Old Nook, New Look in 6 Easy Steps:

  1. Claim your zone. Choose your space and make it your own. If possible, add a door or screen both for privacy and to be able to close it when you wrap up your day.
  2. Keep things handy. Gather the essential items you’ll need to use in your space. Mix and match different sorts of containers and/or shelving that will help you keep it easy to find within reach. Vertical space can be managed well with peg boards or hooks.
  3. Personalize it! Use a favorite paint color and post an inspirational quote. Or keep a framed photo or a plant in sight.
  4. Find a good chair. Especially if you will be working here, make sure you have proper support.
  5. Let there be light! Keeping it bright is good for your eyes and your spirit. Consider updating an existing ceiling light or adding lamps or fixtures.
  6. Do more. The cloffice isn’t just for working or paying the bills. It can also double as a fun spot for crafting, kids’ projects, etc. By all means, if it fits, go for it!

Finding space for your cloffice might mean moving out items that you don’t want to toss. Visit Hollywood Storage Center and we’ll help you handle it in stride with a storage unit at the Lowest Price-Guaranteed. With more than 50 sizes to choose from, we’re happy to help find the right size for you to keep all the Things You Love!


Fresh & Healthy Food for Summer Cookouts in the Conejo Valley – From Your Self-Storage Deals Experts

Some of our neighbors started gearing up for Summer over Memorial Day Weekend, but we’re excited for the official start of the season coming up on June 20. Produce will be perfect for the picking, and we love picking up the fresh local kind at Farmer’s Markets (and farms!) throughout the Conejo Valley and nearby. Our Thousand Oaks Storage team has come up with some suggestions for you to try this month to make your backyard barbecues sizzle.


Every day of the week, there’s a place to stock up on locally grown produce. Check out some of our favorites!

Please note that these markets may mandate mask and social distancing guidelines, so please check their websites before heading out.

CAMARILLO:  Saturdays 8 am to noon, 2220 Ventura Blvd. Proceeds benefit Camarillo Hospice. Call (805) 386-3584.

THOUSAND OAKS: Thursdays noon to 5 pm, The Oaks Mall, 350 W. Hillcrest Dr. east parking lot. Produce, flowers, food and more!

WESTLAKE VILLAGE: Sundays 10 am to 2 pm, 2797 Agoura Rd. (Village Glen). Call (818) 591-8161.

MOORPARK: Open daily 9 am to 6 pm, 3370 Sunset Valley Rd. Year-round produce selection at Underwood Family Farms. Plus, honey, nuts, juices, farm fresh eggs, fresh cut flowers and more! Call (805) 529-3690.

OJAI: Sundays 9 am to 1 pm, 300 E. Matilija St. Ojai Certified Farmers Market has locally grown, fresh fruits & vegetables harvested daily. Bonus! Jams, honey, bees wax candles, breads, and gourmet desserts!


Having great ways to prepare those yummy Farmer’s Market finds for your backyard soirees is a bit more challenging than shopping for them. Not to worry! We have a few ideas to help you make delicious, nutritious meals on the barbie.


Did you know that there’s a Weber Grills YouTube channel? The experts on grilling have produced short videos, so you can discover what’s possible in your own backyard. We love this one for sangria where you grill the fruit. Explore all sorts of ideas to make you a pro with produce!


The SimplyRecipes website is a great resource for all skill levels. You can search by type of food, like vegetables, or holidays (such as Fathers’ Day) or type of cooking.  Each recipe clearly shows the estimated prep time and has helpful suggestions (for example: if you need to modify it to be Gluten Free).


There’s nothing like dressing up that fresh fruit for a tasty dessert in the open air. Try the New York Times Cooking YouTube channel for fun tutorials and tips to make recipes like this lovely strawberry and cream layered sponge cake from Claire Safitz and lots more delicious dishes.

As you’re preparing for summer cookouts, it might also be the right time to store some of the things you love so you can dress your backyard to impress. If so, we’ll be happy to help you choose the right size storage unit at the Lowest Price-Guaranteed. Give us a call or visit Hollywood Storage Center seven days a week from 8:30 am to 6 pm. We’d love to hear about your favorite summer foodie finds too! Thanks!