• Pop Culture: The Surprising History of Bubble Wrap [INFOGRAPHIC]

    If you’ve ever packed or unpacked a box, chances are you’ve come across plastic sheeting better known as bubble wrap. Bubble wrap is an excellent packing material that protects fragile items during shipment and storage—and it’s also satisfying to pop! You might be surprised to learn that bubble wrap was originally invented not as a packing material, but as a way to create textured wallpaper. When that idea didn’t take off, it was used as greenhouse insulation. Eventually, bubble wrap was used to protect IBM computers during shipment in the late 1950s, and has been the packing and storage material of choice ever since. Take a look at this infographic from Independence Storage, a self-storage facility in Palo Alto , to learn more about the history of bubble wrap, and what makes popping it so entertaining. Please feel free to share these fun facts with your friends and family.

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  • Moving On Up: Tips for a Smooth Move [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Moving can be an overwhelming experience, and it takes a lot of planning to make your move go as smoothly and as stress-free as possible. Whether you’re moving across town or across the country to Mountain View, you’ll need to pack your items securely so that they arrive at your new house in one piece. Put your heaviest items at the bottom of your moving boxes to make them easier to carry, and to keep your lighter items from being squished. As you sort through your belongings, throw out anything you don’t need anymore, and put what you don’t immediately need at your new house in a storage unit in Capitola . Self-storage can help keep you organized during a busy move. Check out this infographic from Independence Storage to find more tips for packing your stuff, and to learn how to make moving day go as smoothly as possible. Feel free to share this infographic with your friends, family, and coworkers!