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9 Insane Self-Storage Stories That Will Shock You

From meth labs (?!) and mummified remains from the 1950s, to chop shops and cremated body parts, some pretty insane things happen inside self-storage units.

And not fun, find-the-literal-first-copy-of-Superman-that-belongs-to-Nicholas-Cage kind of insane. Like, dangerous and disgusting and life threatening kind of insane.

Here’s a round-up of the craziest self-storage stories we could find. Enjoy. Or read in horror/disbelief.

1. Somewhere in a self-storage unit, a man is wearing a mask from a 90s horror flick and jacking your stuff.

3 people wearing ghostface costumes from the movie scream
Flickr/Miguel Castaneda

Imagine Ghostface from Scream cutting the lock off your self-storage unit and making off with a bag filled with your valuables.

Now stop imagining because this actually happened. The burglar wore a Ghostface mask and used a bolt cutter and a propane torch to break into not one, but three self-storage units in Central Nyack, New York.

And then he fled with a large bag filled with multiple customers’ belongings.

Other than having your furniture damaged, having your stuff stolen is probably the #1 thing you don’t want to happen. You know, because you’re literally paying for the opposite to happen:

For everything to stay in your storage unit, untouched, and in one piece. And to not have nightmares of a masked man stealing your things.

2. Somewhere in a self-storage unit, one aspiring entrepreneur is running a chop shop.

Ever wonder what it’d be like to pull up to a self-storage unit in Hartford, South Dakota on a Saturday afternoon and ask its renter, “Hey buddy, can I get a small 2003 Civic coupe with a side of Murcielago doors please?”

Yeah, us neither.

3. Somewhere in a self-storage unit, two aspiring entrepreneurs are running a meth lab.

Unless you’re Walter White, “I’m going to run a meth lab … out of a self-storage unit,” probably isn’t your answer when your coworkers ask what you’re doing this weekend. But that’s exactly what two people were running out of a self-storage unit in Freehold, New Jersey.

Not that we’re a full-service storage company or anything, but we can safely say that trying to store 15 grams of crystal and a fully-functional meth lab breaks one of the most obvious storage rules:

Don’t store anything illegal.

4. Somewhere in a self-storage unit, a dude is trying to peddle illegal fireworks.

Watching fireworks is fun. Watching your stuff blow up because the guy who rents the storage unit next to yours is storing $75,000 worth of fireworks? Not so much.

Let’s leave the firework peddling to the professionals: the guys who set up stands on the side of the road past the city limits and definitely don’t have a license.

5. Somewhere in a self-storage unit, a lady’s furniture is vanishing into thin air.

moldy furniture inside an abandoned place in gary, indiana
Flickr/Lindspetrol

When you’re searching for a storage unit, temperature control is an important feature to consider. If you’re paying money to keep your items stored somewhere, you expect them to be safe and free from water, mildew, and mold.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case for one woman who, after returning home from Army basic training, found several thousands of dollars worth of damaged furniture in her self-storage unit in New Berlin, Wisconsin.

We don’t mean “a chipped coffee table leg” and “ripped sofa cushions” damaged. We mean “I literally picked up a book case and it disintegrated in my hands” and “It was absolutely covered in mold” damaged.

Not only did she pay for her things not to be stolen by a man wearing a Ghostface mask, but she also paid for them to, you know, be there, and not be a pile of mush when she came back.

6. Somewhere in a self-storage unit, a man is shoving his ex-girlfriend’s cat into a storage bin.

Arguing with your ex over who gets to keep the pet you bought together is normal. But one brute took things way too far. As in he trapped his ex-girlfriend’s cat in a storage bin. Without air holes. Or food. Or water. And stored the poor thing in a self-storage unit in Chicago.

Not only is that an extremely unchill way to deal with a relationship problem, but it’s also animal cruelty.

Next time, we’re calling PETA.

7. Somewhere in a self-storage unit, there’s a mummified baby from the 1950s.

 

We wish it weren’t, but it’s true. A woman found a mummified baby wrapped in newspaper from the 1950s in her deceased parents’ Florida self-storage unit. :*(

Things you hope to find when cracking into your parents’ long-abandoned storage unit:

  • 3,000 bucks, so you can put the majority of it towards your rent, and the change towards your pint-sized NES Classic Edition Fund
  • Incredibly valuable car parts or vintage cameras, so you can pawn them just in case you don’t find said 3,000 bucks
  • A painting by Picasso or some other art bro

But a mummified baby? Not at the top of the list.

8. Somewhere in a self-storage unit, a 20-something is growing magic mushrooms.

mario kart 8 triple mushrooms
Super Mario Wiki

In Twin Falls, Idaho, a young man who wasn’t Luigi from Mario Bros. thought it was a good idea to grow psychedelic mushrooms inside his self-storage unit. Surprise: bad idea.

After the suspect was narc’d on by a former classmate for selling weed paraphernalia, police obtained a warrant to search the suspect’s storage unit. And that’s where they found several containers filled with shrooms and mushroom spores.

We don’t know about you, but any place that’s damp and musty enough to sustain mind-altering mushrooms must be pretty nasty. We’ll take the storage unit that’s the farthest away from that dude’s.

9. Somewhere in a self-storage unit, a bunch of body parts are being stored in Gucci Mane’s container of choice.

styrofoam cup of jamaica agua fresca
Flickr/Lisa

Alright, picture this: You roll up on a self-storage unit auction in Pensacola, Florida. You bid $900 in the hopes of scoring something sweet.

But instead, you score a police investigation. Plus an outrageous amount of body parts (we’re talking lungs, brains, and a heart) stored in … styrofoam cups. And in specimen cups, plastic containers, and trash bags.

Police believe the remains are from autopsies performed by a former associate medical examiner.

We believe the remains are from a psychopath of Hannibal Lecter proportions.

Bottom line: Use MakeSpace, and Never Visit A Storage Unit Again®.

 

No one should ever have to worry about theft, chop shops, animal cruelty, meth labs, mummified babies, or a slew of other horrible things that happen at self-storage facilities. And you won’t have to, if you use MakeSpace.

Not only are our storage facilities closed to the public and temperature-controlled, but they’re also protected with 24/7 security, motion-sensing cameras, and alarms to ensure the safety of your stuff at all times.

We also include a $2,000 MakeSpace Guarantee with every storage plan at no extra charge because hey, we’re not taking any chances.

The best part: We’ll pick up, store, and deliver your stuff back so you never have to visit a storage unit in the first place.

No muss, no fuss. Only shlep-and-worry-free storage at the push of a button. So schedule a MakeSpace pickup today, and Never Visit A Storage Unit Again®.

This article was written by Hannah Van Arsdale, a freelance writer and dog person based in Portland, OR

The Only Recording Of Super Bowl 1 Is Sitting Inside A Storage Unit

This Sunday, you and more than 100 million people are going to watch the Denver Broncos battle the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. But what teams played in the First AFL-NFL World Championship Game AKA Superbowl 1? And what team won?

If you don’t know the answer, you’re probably going to google “who won super bowl 1?” or “super bowl 1 winner.” Or ask your grandfather because surely he has a recording of the first Super Bowl somewhere in his tape collection, right?

Nope.

Unless your grandfather is Troy Haupt, a 47-year-old nurse anesthetist from North Carolina, your grandfather doesn’t have it on tape. Because there’s only one known recording of Super Bowl 1, and Troy Haupt has it … collecting dust … in a storage unit.

Yes, a storage unit. A storage unit that’s in a former mine somewhere in upstate New York according to an interview Troy did with the New York Times.

And no, NBC nor CBS saved copies. Not like it was a milestone in American football history or anything.

So how did Troy Haupt, who was born in 1968, a year after Super Bowl I happened, get his hands on the first big game’s only recording?

Troy’s late father, Martin Haupt, taped Super Bowl I while he was at work, but didn’t tell Troy or his mother. They only found out eight years later when Martin was battling cancer and handed Troy’s mom the two tapes. The two tapes that were previously stored in metal cases labeled “Super Bowl I.” In a box. In Martin’s mom’s attic. In Shamokin, Pennsylvania.

The tapes’ worth: $1 million according to an estimate from Sports Illustrated in 2005.

Troy Haupt and his lawyers tried to sell the Super Bowl I recording to the NFL for their full value. To which the NFL unsuccessfully counter-offered $30,000. Along with a threat to sue Troy if he sold the tapes to anyone else.

So unless the NFL strikes a deal with Troy, which doesn’t look like will happen any time soon, the Super Bowl 1 recording will remain in an undisclosed self-storage unit in upstate NY like a buried treasure.

Guess we’ll just have to settle for this Super Bowl 1 video:

We Asked 5 People What Thing In Their Apartment They’d Let Go Of First

Everyone has that one thing in their apartment that just needs to go. Every day you look at it, it looks back at you, daring you to finally deal with it.

Maybe it’s your new bicycle in the hallway that your roommates reluctantly let you bring inside one rainy weekend, and has since sat there, hooking onto the jackets of everyone who comes and goes.

Maybe it’s the air conditioner hanging on by a thread out of your window, greeting the freezing wind it lets into your room.

Maybe it’s the pile of sweaters in your closet that you only wear when Grandma is around because she always gets them for you for the holidays and you don’t want to hurt her feelings.

Or maybe we’re wrong, and it’s none of those things. So, we asked some of our friends:

What’s that one thing in your apartment that should really be paying you rent? The one thing that you wish could just go away with a tap of a button, and come back only when you need it again? Take a photo of it, and include a brief description.

We wanted to come out of this feeling like genies, granting that very wish. Some of our friends got a little more creative than we expected though, and wanted to store things that we don’t allow. Take #1 for example.

1. Sarah Jean Alexander

Sarah Jean Alexander wants to store herself in a MakeSpace storage bin.

“I would pack me up. Rent is too high. Take me Away.”

While she may be compact enough in this state to fit in one of our bins, and we would love to have her around all the time, we don’t, and never will, store people. Sorry, Sarah.

Then there was #2, a case where the storage dream didn’t consist of a person, exactly …

2. Alex Frank

Alex Frank wants to put his facial hair in MakeSpace storage.

“I had a beard in college and then, when I moved to New York after graduating, I started shaving every day of my life while hustling at different jobs at magazines and trying to look mature and cleaned up enough for the city. When I went freelance in 2015, though, I actually threw my razor away and let my full beard grow. Now, I wish I could put my facial hair in storage.”

We can store outfits from different periods of your life. In fact, we can store all your outfits because we’re an infinite closet. But unfortunately we’re still bound by the laws of physics, so we can’t store the way you currently look for future use. Again, sorry,  Alex.

Luckily we had a couple of people who wished to store tangible inanimate objects, which truth be told, is our specialty.

3. Dan Blondell

Alex Frank wants to put his electronic keyboard in MakeSpace storage.

“Maybe the only difference between you and Beethoven is he owned a piano. So you buy a keyboard, then you play it, then you don’t. Then you have that much less closet space.”

This, ladies and gentlemen, is exactly what we’re talking about. An instrument you never learned, a French-language book you never picked up, a box of painting supplies you never opened. The kind of thing whose very presence serves to mock you. Who can’t relate to that?

One day you will get to it though. We believe in you. We’ll hold onto that keyboard for you Dan, whenever you’re ready.

Feeling great that we’ve granted someone’s wish, we tried our luck again with #4.

4. Laura Mayer

Laura Mayer wants to put her HoMedics Shiatsu + Air Foot Massager in MakeSpace storage.

“Sometimes you end up in Macy’s with a gift card burning a hole in your pocket and you get a top of the line electronic foot massager. Then you realize it doesn’t fit under your couch and it is the most unsightly thing in your living room.”

A little less relatable, perhaps, but a perfect problem for MakeSpace to solve. It is a confusing looking object though isn’t it? Like do you slip each foot in under the brown hood, on either side of that switch?

Or is it wrapped up in a sort of carrier case right now, which Laura didn’t want to deal with unwrapping? Either way, we’d be happy to store this for you Laura. Until you and your feet need it again.

By this point we were getting a bit of a big head from granting wishes left and right. So, we tapped one last person for #5.

Keep in mind folks that all dogs used to be wolves. Strong, fierce, independent wolves.

5. Mira Gonzalez

Mira Gonzalez wants to put her corgi, Taco The Dog, in MakeSpace storage.

“It %*!&s on the rug every time we go out & barks at anything that sounds even vaguely like a doorbell.”

Yes, that is a corgi in socks. And yes, it is the cutest, saddest thing we’ve ever seen. So sad in fact that Mira started an Instagram dedicated to documenting its existence, called @SaddestDogInAmerica.

Woe is me

A photo posted by Taco The Dog (@saddestdoginamerica) on

Even though Corgis are so oddly shaped that their owners may find it easier to store them away than to keep them around, we still can’t store them. Sorry, Mira. You’re just going to have to continue to love that long, low-to-the-ground, tragic-but-adorable attempt at being a dog.

So while we can’t store all the problems in your life, we can store some of them. With the tap of a button, we can make it go away. And with another tap of a slightly different button, we can make it come back. Like a genie.

An empty MakeSpace storage bin that reads "Pack me."

This 21-Story Skyscraper Will Be The Tallest Self-Storage Facility In Chicago

Look up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … 21-story skyscraper full of self-storage units?

Yep. The aptly-named U-Stor-It is opening the tallest self-storage facility in all of Chicago at 615 S. Wabash Ave. in South Loop on January 31st of next year.

If that address sounds familiar, it’s because the 243-foot concrete and brick building was once the historic Harrison Hotel Electric Garage. It was designed by Chicago architect Alfred S. Alschuler and built in 1930 for guests of the Harrison Hotel (now a Travelodge) to park their car inside.

So now instead of driving your car to the building once and leaving it parked inside, you’ll be able to pack your stuff, fit some of it in your car, drive your car to the building, store your stuff in one of the building’s 1,000+ self-storage units, and not leave your car parked inside. Because you still have to drive back home and repeat the process. Multiple times. Hopefully with the help of some friends and a truck because your sofa, dining table, and chairs don’t fit in your car. And that’s just half of the self-storage equation.

The historic building at 615 S. Wabash Ave. could have housed the following:

Oh well. At least the self-storage unit skyscraper will have an elevator to help offset the arduousness. And a mural by a famous artist on the building’s western façade as an added cultural bonus.

This Man Built A Giant Periscope So He Could See The Eiffel Tower While Lying In Bed (And You Can Too)

This is the gorgeous view from lucky French Redditor Lurluberlu’s bedroom window:

A nighttime view of the Eiffel Tower from a bedroom window in Paris, France thanks to French Redditor Lurluberlu’s giant periscope.
imgur/Lurluberlu

Jealous?

So are we. Who wouldn’t want to fall asleep and wake up to a breathtaking view of France’s magnificent Eiffel Tower every single day?

But here’s the thing, this is Lurluberlu’s actual view from his bedroom window:

A daytime view from French Redditor Lurluberlu’s bedroom window in Paris, France shows apartments, not the Eiffel Towel.
imgur/Lurluberlu

That’s right, mesdames and messieurs. There’s no Eiffel Tower!

So what happened? Was the Eiffel Tower just a window decal?

Nope.

Did Lurluberlu use Photoshop to trick us all?

Nope.

So how did Lurluberlu, whose real name is Lucas Berbesson, pull off this mind-boggling optical illusion?

He built a giant periscope that uses two angled mirrors to reflect light and with it, the Eiffel Tower, into his bedroom window.

Want to learn how to build a giant periscope like Lurluberlu’s?

Luckily for us, he shared the entire process with Reddit’s DIY community. Because he knew we’d love to see the Statue of Liberty, Willis Tower, or the Washington Monument from our beds while watching Jessica Jones.

Lurluberlu began the process like any DIY master would: He planned the positions of the periscope’s mirrors.

A diagram of French Redditor Lurluberlu's bed, two giant periscope mirrors, and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France.
imgur/Lurluberlu

Next, he figured out how to build mirrors big enough to capture and reflect a glorious view of the elegant Eiffel Tower.

The installation scheme of French Redditor Lurluberlu's giant periscope that he used to view the Eiffel Tower from his bed in Paris, France.
imgur/Lurluberlu

Then, Lurluberlu brought the giant periscope to life. Watch, learn, and don’t be surprised if your results vary:

 

P.S. Lurluberlu also shows you how to make a $10 Christmas tree,  a deer antler-resembling bike rack, a bubble-making machine, and a whole lot more on his YouTube channel, La Fabrique DIY. He’s basically a DIY demigod.

Bummer, The Williamsburg Dumpster Apartment Is Not For Rent

Remember the Craigslist ad for the Williamsburg dumpster apartment? If you don’t, here’s what the (now expired) ad read:

$1200 hipster type needed for dumpster apt (Williamsburg)

This art deco hipster retro mini apt from a converted dumpster is green friendly and sustainable. .and trendy…1200 month. Or 200 per night.

You might be thinking, $1,200 a month to live in a dumpster? That’s freaking insane. Who does the poster think I am, Oscar the Grouch? 

But then again, this is NYC. A place where the apartments are as small as they are expensive. A place where a tiny apartment with a shower in the kitchen asks for $1,795 a month, a windowless 100-square-foot apartment with barely any standing room rents for $1,100 a month, and a 90-square-foot apartment without a bathroom rents for $775 a month.

At $1,200 a month, the dumpster apartment is actually a steal. Not only does it cost $300 less per month than the cheapest studio on the market in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as of November 20th, it’s also tricked out with everything you need to survive in the concrete jungle.

It has running water, insulation, electricity, lighting, a sink with drawers and a cooler, a toaster oven, a single burner, a toilet, and benches with storage that also serve as a sofa and a bed. And that’s just on the inside.

Take a look:

Gregory Kloehn's Williamsburg dumpster apartment in Brooklyn NYC has its door open.

The interior of Gregory Kloehn's Williamsburg dumpster apartment in Brooklyn NYC.

On the dumpster apartment’s outside, there’s a shower (yes, with a curtain), barbecue grill, mini-bar, deck, and retractable roof with windows. More than what most NYC apartments can boast.

The front exterior of Gregory Kloehn's Williamsburg dumpster apartment in Brooklyn NYC.

The back exterior of Gregory Kloehn's Williamsburg dumpster apartment in Brooklyn NYC.

All of this wierd, albeit wonderful, compact magic for only $1,200 a month sounds too insane to be true, doesn’t it?

We tracked down and contacted the Williamsburg dumpster apartment’s builder and owner, Gregory Kloehn, just to make sure. That’s when things got interesting.

“I’m not renting my dumpster home out at this time,” said Gregory, an artist whose Homeless Homes Project builds mobile shelters for homeless people.

So if the dumpster apartment isn’t for rent, then who posted the fake Craigslist ad for what’s basically the real-life version of Deke’s dumpster house on 2 Broke Girls?

We don’t know. And neither does Gregory.

“The posting on Craigslist was a hoax by someone I don’t know,” he said.

Gregory, who actually lives on the West Coast, also told us that the Williamsburg dumpster apartment “serves as my summer home” and “I’ll be back in New York next summer, you can see it then.”

We’ll be waiting, Gregory, with our tiny apartment envy in tow. Until then, we’ll just have to settle for HGTV’s video tour of the dumpster apartment back in 2013.

10 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Easily Make At Home

The wonderful part about Halloween is that it lets you get away with impersonating someone or some thing, without being carted off to an insane asylum.

The wonderful part about storage containers is that they can technically be any object, any day of the year, in which you can store stuff.

So in celebration of our love for all things Halloween and storage related, we bring you these 10 storage-centric DIY Halloween costumes that you can easily make at home. Just in case you still don’t have a costume for tonight.

1. Vintage CHANEL Handbag

Keep it classy this Halloween and channel CHANEL.

2. Fish Tank

A DIY Halloween costume fish tank with storage space for your baby.
Sisteroo

Fish are friends. Friends who need a place to store themselves.

(Some assembly required. Baby not included.)

3. Piggy Bank

A piggy bank dog homemade Halloween costume that has storage for your coins.
LaidiKarma

Your dog pays you in love. Pay him back in nickels and dimes, without having to be nickeled and dimed.

4. Garage Sale Chair And Dresser

A garage sale storage dresser and chair homemade Halloween costume.
SpiderWomanKnits

Everything about these homemade Halloween costumes scream bargain. A bargain that stores plenty of clothes. You know, just in case you fall asleep at your friend’s Halloween party and stay there for a week.

5. Matryoshka Doll

This creative Halloween costume is a matryoshka doll.
Popsugar

When it comes to matryoshka dolls AKA babushka dolls AKA Russian nesting dolls, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. And counts. And then counts some more. Until you realize that you just spent hours playing a classic storage game that’s way more satisfying than Candy Crush. And easy to make since DIY extraordinaire Evelina Barry shows you how:

 

6. Laundry Basket

A man wearing a laundry basket DIY Halloween costume.
Kirsten Captures

This handmade Halloween costume will make you look like a basket case. But at least you’ll be an Original Scented basket case that’s perfect for all of your dirty clothes storage desires.

7. Music Box

This homemade Halloween costume is a music box with song storage.
Crystal Marie

Music boxes are the old Spotify. The old Spotify that only has enough storage space for one song that scares the candy corn out of every unsuspecting bystander.

8. LEGO Movie Character

A family of LEGO movie characters wearing DIY Halloween costumes.
Coolest Homemade Costumes

LEGOs store endless possibilities that are up to you to unleash. If you want a castle and furniture with storage space to go along with your creative Halloween costume, then EverBlocks are the life-sized LEGO bricks that you need.

9. Sriracha Bottle

A homemade Sriracha bottle Halloween costume.
Coolest Homemade Costumes

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the hottest of them all?

The Halloween costume that stores the most addicting flavor on Earth.

10. Puploader

A dog AKA Puploader wearing a green MakeSpace Air box used for on-demand storage.
Sports Illustrated

What would a storage-centric DIY Halloween costume roundup be without a MakeSpace Puploader?

A regular, not-as-cute DIY Halloween costume roundup. And who wants to be regular on All Hallows’ Eve?

EverBlocks Are The Giant LEGOs You’ve Always Wanted

LEGO lovers of the world, just when you thought your most favorite toy/least favorite thing to step on couldn’t get any better, NYC-based entrepreneur Arnon Rosan goes and invents EverBlocks — the giant LEGOs you’ve always wanted, but couldn’t have, until now.

“[My kids] said, ‘Dad, you like to build things and if you are going to build another business, it should be something you can touch and feel,'” Arnon told TODAY. “I thought ‘Hey, what’s more fun than building with blocks?’ and my kids agreed. All three of my boys are avid Lego users, block builders, and Minecraft users.”

EverBlock Systems Founder and CEO Arnon Rosan is standing with his three sons in front of a white wall made of EverBlocks.
EverBlock Systems Founder and CEO Arnon Rosan and his three sons.

EverBlocks, which resemble LEGOs on steroids, come in four sizes. Four sizes that are thankfully big enough to not accidentally step on, yet light enough to not send you to the ER should you drop one of these plastic pieces of playful perfection on your shin. And in case you didn’t notice, each EverBlock wears an invisible t-shirt with “Instant furniture. Just add pressure.” printed in invisible ink on the front.

Seriously. Just like you do with your LEGOs, stack EverBlocks to convert your petite apartment into your private LEGOLAND. Your private LEGOLAND with magnificent attractions like these LEGO-esque structures:

EverBlock Furniture

This piece of giant LEGO furniture is a dining table made of EverBlocks.

A TV stand with storage made of EverBlocks that resemble big LEGOs.

This chair is made of EverBlocks, which look and behave like life-size LEGOs.

A coffee table made of EverBlocks, which are basically big LEGO bricks.

A giant brown LEGO table made from EverBlocks.

A blue giant LEGO desk built out of EverBlocks.

EverBlock Shelves

A LEGO bookcase made of brown EverBlocks.

These orange EverBlocks, which look like big LEGOs, make cheap shelves with toy storage.

EverBlock walls

A living room with multicolored LEGO walls made of EverBlocks.

A white divider wall made of staggered EverBlocks, which are basically life-size LEGOs.

An accent wall made of brown, orange, and white EverBlocks, which look like big LEGO bricks.

A Piet Mondrian wall made of white, black, blue, red, and yellow EverBlocks.

An EverBlock bar

A home bar made of white and brown EverBlocks that resemble giant LEGOs.

An EverBlock yoga studio

A man doing a handstand in a homa yoga studio made of big LEGO-resembling EverBlocks.

An EverBlock fortress

A woman sitting in giant LEGO furniture made of EverBlocks.

And of course, EverBlock statues

A giant Mario statue made of EverBlocks that look like life-size LEGO bricks.

A giant gold Oscar award built with EverBlocks that look like big LEGOs.

The best part about EverBlocks is the fact that you can easily build and remix all of the above masterpieces and more using any combination of 15 colors.

A multicolor wall and cube made of EverBlocks that resemble big LEGOs.

The 15 colors also happen to include a translucent white that makes introducing your friends to an illuminated DJ table in your apartment all the more possible. And trippy.

 

When you’re ready to disassemble EverBlocks, all you have to do is, you guessed it, unstack them. So in the event you prefer to sit on your EverBlock table for a change, simply pull off some of the table surface’s flat pieces and stack blocks in their places to form a sofa. A sofa that begs you to say, “I know I’m indoors sitting down, but I’m still outstanding.”

A woman and man sitting on a white sofa made of EverBlocks, which look like big LEGOs.

And when your outstanding self wants to take the LEGO party outside, you can. Without a care in the world. Because EverBlocks are made of hi-impact polypropylene co-polymer with UV inhibitors. Which make EverBlocks durable, immune to fading in the sun, water- and chemical-resistant, pressure-washable, and cleanable with standard cleaning solutions.

Ready to build a life-sized LEGO-like structure, but not sure how many EverBlocks you’ll need?

Build it online first using the EverBlock Virtual 3D builder. It lets you add a human for scale, and tells you how many EverBlocks and in what colors you need for your project.

Scoop up EverBlocks at everblocksystems.com, and finally build the life-sized LEGO castle of your dreams.

A giant LEGO castle made of white, red, and brown EverBlocks.
Arnon Rosan told The Independent that he imagines a day when houses and emergency shelters will be made of EverBlocks.

Who’s The Packing Genius Behind This NYC Subway Moving Hack?

When most people commute by train in NYC they usually store their personal items inside their handbag, messenger bag, tote bag, backpack, or pockets. Well, most people except for one packing genius.

You see, this one packing genius wasn’t commuting. He/she was moving. An entire apartment’s worth of stuff. On the uptown 2 train.

Location: Near 14th street.
Destination: Your guess is as good as ours.
Owner: Unknown.
Witness: Kathleen Fox.

What makes this unknown packing genius a packing genius?

Five reasons:

1. The unknown packing genius saved a ton of money.

What’s better than paying hundreds of dollars for professional movers and a moving truck?

Paying for neither and sparing only $2.75 for one train ride.

2. The unknown packing genius organized everything like a world-renowned professional organizer.

Flowers go with flowers, umbrellas go with umbrellas, binders go with binders, shoes go with shoes, toiletries go with toiletries, and so on. Guess who won’t have any trouble finding and unpacking his/her stuff in his/her new apartment in Guiness World Book-record time?

The unknown packing genius. Because he/she chose to organize everything by category, just like the great Marie Kondo would.

3. The unknown packing genius used protection.

You can’t tell from the photo, but we have a sneaking suspicion that those umbrellas and other items in clear wrapping are smiling. Because they’re cozy (the 2 train gets pretty cold) from being wrapped in protective padding. Padding that’ll prevent them from breaking and bruising other items that are carpooling with them in the same storage container.

4. The unknown packing genius packed mostly everything inside storage containers.

Traditional cardboard boxes aren’t the strongest. Yet many people use them to move their stuff. Many people except for the unknown packing genius. He/she neatly packed mostly everything inside durable plastic storage containers. Storage containers with closed lids that stop its contents from ejecting and slamming their heads against the 2 train’s unforgiving roof.

5. The unknown packing genius secured everything on a trolley.

Who agrees that the most physically exhausting aspect of moving is walking to and from a moving truck and carrying everything inside your new apartment, multiple times?

All of us agree except for the unknown packing genius. He/she is immune to that pain. Because he/she stacked the storage containers on a trolley. And then secured them with DIY moving and lifting straps. After attaching a cardboard bumper. A cardboard bumper that’s way more pleasant to crash into than a fellow commuter’s elbow, lap, or bulky backpack.

Who is this unknown packing genius?

Does he/she even exist?

Or is he/she a mythical being whose moving hack masterpiece will be crowned The Official 8th Wonder of the World (sorry Grand Canyon)?

What was inside the unsuspicious duffle bag that’s sitting on top of the moving hack masterpiece? Spare clothes? Gold Coins? Lucky Charms?

And where was this unknown packing genius when Kathleen Fox took the picture?

We can only assume the unknown packing genius was standing on the platform of the 2 train subway station that’s closest to his/her new apartment. Patiently waiting for the train to arrive so he/she could effortlessly roll his/her moving hack masterpiece straight out of the train’s doorway.

Or, more realistically, the unknown packing genius was at his/her new apartment lying in bed, not glued to Narcos or Jessica Jones, but planning his/her next sublime lifehack. Until he/she had to get up and open the front door for the TaskRabbit Tasker who was hired to roll the moving hack masterpiece and unpack the storage containers. Because that, ladies and gentlemen, is how an unknown packing genius probably (maybe?) operates.

h/t gothamist

Ringo Starr Stored Beatles Memorabilia Inside Self-Storage Units

Out of over 350,000 species of beetles on Earth, only one Beatle stored millions of dollars worth of rare Beatles memorabilia inside self-storage units: Ringo Starr. And if you have tons of money to spare, you too can own a piece of Beatlemania history.

How?

By bidding on over 800 relics from Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara at the Property from The Collection of Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach auction from December 4th to 5th in Beverly Hills, California.

“It started with me looking at storage units we have all around the world it seems. … We found we had so much stuff,” Ringo told the Associated Press over the phone from his apartment in London.

That stuff happens to include a guitar from John Lennon that’s estimated to fetch up to $800,000. There’s also Ringo Starr’s first 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit that he not only played in over 200 performances between 1963 and 1964, but also used to record some of The Beatles biggest hits such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “All My Loving,” “She Loves You,” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

“A lot of it we haven’t seen in 20 to 30 years,” Ringo told the AP. In fact, while working on his book Photograph, which Rolling Stone says “features charming shots of the Beatles lounging and goofing off,” Ringo unearthed boxes of negatives dating back to the 1960s.

“We thought, ‘What are we going to do with all this stuff?’” Ringo told the AP. “We’re fed up with having the stuff in storage when it could be put to some good use and also give a lot of people joy.”

That’s when Ringo and Barbara turned to Julien’s Auctions.

 

Gems of the historic rock and roll auction also include a 2000 Mercedes coupe that was first owned by George Harrison, some of Ringo’s stage-used drumsticks, a custom drum set that’s one of five to ever exist, and some of Ringo’s other percussion instruments like tambourines, bongos, and a hand drum signed by Harry Nilsson.

“It’s really a once in a lifetime opportunity. Ringo will never do this again. They are the only items he’s letting go,” said auctioneer Darren Julien. Which begs the question, what other treasures would Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach discover and auction if they Kondoed their self-storage units? The world may never know.

Anna Kendrick Live-Tweeted Organizing Her Closet, It Was Pitch Perfect

We’ve all been there. Deep in the darkest nooks and crannies of our closets, shocked, and sometimes horrified, about what we discover. To our delight, Anna Kendrick has been there too.

How do we know?

Because Anna Kendrick spent the night of August 28th, which should be dubbed International #OrganizingDay, live-tweeting her entire pitch perfect, closet decluttering experience. Which further proves to us all that not only is she just like the rest of us, but that cleaning out your closet isn’t rocket science.

Even the trolls came out to play that night.


If this doesn’t inspire you to roll up your sleeves with your besties/drinking buddies and show your closet who’s boss, we don’t know what will.

Well, maybe we do. MakeSpace will store all of the stuff you don’t need right now (think: seasonal clothes and blue pixie-cut wig) and deliver them back to you when you need them.

This gives you more space for the things you need, like a shoe organizer that stores your small items, or DIY storage that hangs six shirts at once (on H&M hangers of course).

After you’re done cleaning out your closet, follow Anna’s lead and celebrate the special occasion:

What Anna Kendrick will live-tweet next is up in the air.

Maybe she’ll feng shui her home.

Or pack everything and move into a new house.

Either way, you can bet there’s more than a 50/50 chance that she’ll make it look like a piece of cake.

Seems Insane! These NYC Storage Units Cost More Than An Apartment

In today’s coverage of costly NYC luxury apartment amenities, we bring you this Bloomberg video of not-cheap Manhattan storage:

93Worth (pictured above) is home to 85 gorgeous condos, seven grand penthouses (one of which is on sale for $9.9 million according to StreetEasy), and something that reflects not only the soaring prices of NYC real estate, but also just how much some of New York’s wealthiest are willing to spend on a small space to store their prized possessions:

Storage units that cost more than an apartment.

Eldad Blaustein, CEO of IGI-USA, told Bloomberg that he recently sold a 4-foot-by-8-foot steel storage cage in 93Worth for $65,000.

That’s $2,031.25 per square foot, higher than the price per square foot that people have paid for some of the building’s apartments. It’s also $668.25 higher than the $1,363 average cost per square foot of a Manhattan apartment.

“Once they move in, they figure out they need more space. So we charge them more,” said Blaustein.

Insane? Yes. But a drop in the bucket for the tenants who pay sky-high prices to live in the 17-story 93Worth building that gives you panoramic views of Tribeca’s vibrant neighborhood.

If any 93Worth residents are reading this, you could shell out $65,000 to carry heavy boxes to and from your storage unit. Or spare $29/month for your own personal valet storage AKA MakeSpace. We’ll pick up, store, and deliver your stuff straight to your door while you funnel the tens of thousands of dollars in change into your other wise investments.