Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Value of an Invisible Holiday Assistant: 3 Easy Tips for a Stress Free Holiday


The Holiday Season is one of the busiest times of the year. Frequently we don't know how we’re going to get everything done in time. Creating a plan and organizational strategy will help ease the stress during this busy season. Let a storage facility like 5A Rent-A-Space be your “Invisible Holiday Assistant.” How can we help during the holidays? Read the tips below to see how we can assist you this winter. For more useful Holiday Storage Unit tips, visit our website (www.5Aspace.com) and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/5aspace/) page for more helpful tips and tricks.



Making Room for House Guests: If relatives are coming to stay with you over the next two months, and you need space for them to sleep, think about taking extra furniture, boxes, clothes and sports equipment to a storage unit. All 5A Rent-A-Space facilities have security systems to protect your valuables. Our knowledgeable staff members will assist you in choosing the correct size unit for the amount of items you are storing.



Making Room for Holiday D├ęcor: If you enjoy decorating for the holidays, you can keep your holiday decorations in storage during the bulk of the year. When the holiday season approaches you can bring your decorations out of storage in move any items such as easy chairs, foot stools, end tables, etc. that might be in the way of a beautiful tree. You can also keep Christmas gifts away from curious eyes (of all ages – even the grown up ones) until the “Big Day.”



Making Room for a Holiday Gatherings: If you are planning any large gatherings during the holiday season and need extra room in your home, think about storing extra furniture temporarily in a storage unit. This will create a larger area for guests to flow during the party. When the festivities are over, you can bring your furniture back into your home undamaged by party goers.




Be The Star You Are - Helping to support a worthy cause in the Bay Area

Helping to support a worthy cause in the Bay Area


Be the Star You Are is a local Bay Area is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to providing library books to young people in need. Be The Star You Are fundraises in many different ways including hosting a Book Bash 5A Rent-A-Space in Moraga. CA. When participants spent $19.99 or more, they received a free book and donated books to local schools, libraries and organizations in need. During the holiday season they are looking to raise funds for their non-profit through the completion of a 2-3 minute survey. If you purchased a Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Television or computer screen between 1995 and 2007, you may be eligible for money obtained from a settlement.  If you would like to donate that money, take the following survey (http://www.donatedirect.net/be-the-star-you-are-crt/) and it will go directly to Be The Star You Are. You will receive a tax receipt following your donation.  Follow the links below to assist an organization promoting literacy to youth in need in the Bay Area.

You may also support Be The Star you are through the following online retailers:

1. AmazonSmile donates .5% of purchases http://smile.amazon.com/ch/94-3333882
4. Use GoodSearch to search the web & buy from your favorite stores,. Choose Be the Star You Are as your charity to support. You can log in with Facebook, too! 
5. Shop at over 1300 stores on IGIVE: http://www.iGive.com/BTSYA
6. BTSYA Logo Store: http://btsya.rylees.net




Cultivating Gratitude

Cultivating Gratitude


During the holiday season it can be easy to get caught up in the busyness of gift buying and parties surrounding Thanksgiving and Christmas. We often let the stress of large crowds in shopping malls and parking lots affect our overall happiness. We lose sight of how this time of year is actually about being grateful for not only what we have but the people in our lives.

In an article written on University of Massachusetts Dartmouth website, they reviewed the relationship that gratitude has on our overall health. New research conducted by Wendy Berry Mendes from the University of California, San Francisco showed that “people with high levels of gratitude show lower resting blood pressure and are less reactive to stressful events.” Another study conducted by Martin Seligman, Robert Emmons, and Michael McCullough showed a link between gratitude to health and mental well-being including higher levels of alertness, determination, energy, sleep quality, and lower levels of depression and stress. All the researches stated that gratitude was something that needed to be cultivated. http://www.umassd.edu/counseling/forparents/reccomendedreadings/theimportanceofgratitude


If you’re looking for simple ways to cultivate gratitude in your life, try our suggestions below.



Keep a gratitude journal. A study conducted by Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., at the University of California Davis and Mike McCullough at the University of Miami showed that after 10 weeks, participants that kept a journal of 5 things they were grateful for felt 25% happier. They also reported fewer health complaints, exercised an average of 1.5 hours more and felt better about their lives as a whole.


Practice Gratitude in your relationships. When you express your appreciation or gratitude to someone for what they’ve done for you, you let that person know their actions don’t go unnoticed. It could be something small like your spouse unloading the dishwasher, your kids giving you a hug or a friend making you dinner. By acknowledging and appreciating our loved ones, we are reinforcing seeing the positive in others as well as ourselves. This reminds us to be grateful for what we have in life.


Pay It Forward. During the holiday season, many people choose to volunteer at a soup kitchen, collect toys for the Toys for Tots program, or donate to their local Food Bank. Paying it forward doesn’t have to be limited to this time of year. Paying it forward can be practiced all year round in a variety of ways. It may mean dropping a handwritten thank you note, bringing a meal to a sick friend, or helping an elderly neighbor with yard work. It’s important to remember that when we practice giving selflessly to others we are helping others and reinforcing gratefulness in our own lives.



For more resources on how to cultivate gratefulness, click on the links below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IjSHUc7TXM
http://the-love-compass.com/2013/11/30/wholehearted-living-guidepost-4-cultivating-gratitude-and-joy/
http://www.dailygood.org/story/578/the-neuroscience-of-why-gratitude-makes-us-healthier-ocean-robbins/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/18/dr-brene-brown-joy-gratitude-oprah_n_2885983.html
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/in-praise-of-gratitude
http://www.forbes.com/sites/elizabethmacbride/2015/10/29/how-the-mit-of-iran-helps-create-silicon-valley-startups/