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Martin Luther King Monument in DC

Since 1968, just days after his assassination, we have honored Martin Luther King, Jr. every third Monday in January. On this day, American’s are urged to view it as “a day on, not a day off” and help to improve the lives of others. Dr. King left behind a legacy of nonviolent activism that is still honored today. There are many events taking place throughout Washington D.C. and Baltimore to honor the late Martin Luther King Jr. Whether you are looking to honor Dr. King through walking in a parade, participating in a community discussion or listening to a choir sing, these events are sure to have something to interest you.

Martin Luther King Day and Weekend in Washington, D.C.

From Friday January 12th through Monday January 15th, events will be taking place throughout Washington, D.C. in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. These events will include speeches, parades, concerts and other various events.

Saturday, January 13th

The Martin Luther King, Jr celebration weekend will kick off January 13th at 8:00 pm with the KanKouran West African Dance Company. The KanKouran West African Dance Company was founded in 1983 and preforms annually at the Martin Luther King celebration. Tickets for this event will cost between 15 and 30 dollars.

Sunday, January 14th

At 2:00 pm, William Rhoden, an author and former New York Times sports journalist, will discuss how professional athletes and those in the sports world are helping to fight social injustice. Tickets will cost between 10 and 20 dollars. At 6:00 pm, the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University will be preforming a musical celebration honoring the life of Dr. King. This event will be called Let Freedom Sing and take place at the Bowie Center for the Preforming Arts. Tickets will cost between 5 and 15 dollars.

Monday, January 15th

At 6:00 pm, the Grammy® and Tony® nominated songstress, Vanessa Williams and the Let Freedom Ring choir will be preforming a musical tribute to Martin Luther King. This event is free. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis up to 2 per person in line.

At 10:00 am, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk will commence. This event is coordinated annually by the Coalition for Peace. The two-mile long walk will start at 2500 MLK Ave SE and end at the Barry Farm Recreation Center.

At noon, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade will take place. This event will begin at Good Hope Road near the Anacostia Park entrance and continue along MLK Avenue to the Barry Farm Recreation Center. The Martin Luther King, Jr. parade is a symbol of continuing Dr. King’s work.

Martin Luther King Day in Baltimore, MD

On Martin Luther King Day from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum will be hosting a MLK Day Celebration. This celebration will include live performances, films, crafts, and a community discussion. The event will also have a musical concert, “Man of Peace: The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.”, that includes texts from Martin Luther King, Jr. The event will cost 5 dollars.

ezStorage has Storage Units in Baltimore and D.C.

ezStorage strives to support the events surrounding our local storage facilities. This Martin Luther King Day, honor Dr. King by attending one of these events throughout Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

A woman thinks about her home organization goals

It isn’t uncommon to make New Year’s Resolutions this time of year. While it is easy to make a New Year’s Resolution, it can be much more difficult to keep one. As the weeks drag on, motivation can run dry. Try out these tips to help you keep your home organization resolutions this year!

Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Make Your Goal SMART: We’ve all heard of SMART goals. SMART stands for specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. Using the SMART method of goal setting can help provide structure to goals and make progress easier to track. Instead of setting a goal to organize your house, break the project down into specific goals for each room. In one month, aim to have your living room fully organized. Take before and after pictures to keep you motivated and ensure that what needed to be organized was organized.
  2. One Item In, One Item Out: During the holiday season, it is easy to acquire a lot of stuff. Set a goal for your family. For every item you received during the holiday season, give one item away. This is a good way to keep your home less cluttered.
  3. Organize 10-30 Minutes a Day: It can be difficult to find a day or multiple days to devote to organizing your home. Instead, schedule 10-30 minutes of organization into your daily schedulable. This can result in 70 to 210 minutes of home organization accomplished every week.
  4. Get Your Whole Family in on the Fun: By yourself, it can be hard to stay motivated to achieve a goal. When you have a support system behind you also looking to achieve the goal, it can be much easier to stay motivated. Tell your family that once your kitchen, living room or playroom is organized, you can go see that popular movie or try out the new restaurant down the street.
  5. Get Rid of Unneeded Items: Be honest with yourself. If you didn’t use the item last year, you most likely will not use it this year. Items that are no longer needed can be donated to a charity, given to a friend, sold online or if they are broken or unusable, thrown out.

Free Up Space in Your Home with a Storage Unit Rental

Sometimes we just need a little more space. If you have discovered that organizing your home isn’t going as expected and you just simply need more room, consider utilizing a storage unit. A storage unit is a smart way to keep your home organized while getting seasonal decorations, clothes and other items that aren’t currently needed out of the way.

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A storage unit rental doesn’t have to break the bank. With ezStorage, we now offer select first month free storage unit rentals. This makes a storage unit rental with ezStorage even more affordable. Are you interested in learning more about a storage unit rental or our other self-storage specials? Contact one of our storage facilities today!

A young woman untangling Christmas lights before storing her holiday decorationsIn the blink of an eye, the holiday season will soon be gone. If you decked the halls with your holiday season best, you may be wondering how to store all of your festive items. Strands and strands of Christmas lights, holiday figurines, bulbs and a Christmas tree can be a lot to fit inside your house. Try out these holiday decoration storage tips for a more organized household!

How to Store Holiday Decorations After the Season

  1. Store Bulbs in Egg Cartons: Tree bulbs can be very fragile. The months leading up to Christmas, save your egg cartons to store any breakable Christmas ornaments.
  2. Store Ornaments in Original Containers: Special ornaments that came in unique packaging or containers should be stored inside of that container. This will be the best protect your ornaments from danger later on.
  3. Use Clear Storage Containers: Using storage clear containers will not only help to keep your items organized, it will also allow you to see what is stored inside.
  4. Wrap Lights Around Wrapping Paper Rolls: There’s nothing more frustrating than a tangled strand of lights. When you’re wrapping presents this year, save the empty rolls to be used to store lights. Secure the strand on the wrapping paper roll by connecting the strands together with their plugs.
  5. Use Shrink Wrap on Your Tree: If you’re short on storage space, consider shrink wrapping your Christmas tree. This will not only conserve storage space, it will also keep your tree free from damage caused by bugs or moisture. When the holiday season comes around again, you can easily cut the tree free.
  6. Wash All Linens: Your tree skirt, towels and any other holiday linens should be washed before storage. Think about it, after you use these items for the holiday season, they are not touched again until the next season. Over time, wax from the tree left on the skirt will set in and be impossible to get out.
  7. Wrap Glass Items in Socks: Any glass items, like figurines or candles, should be wrapped in socks before storage. This will help to protect them against scratches and keep them in the best shape for next holiday season.
  8. Avoid the Attic or Basement: Although it can be tempting to tuck your holiday items away in the basement or attic, these locations can be susceptible to moisture or fluctuations in temperature, making them not an ideal storage location. Your best storage option will be one that is moisture-free and maintains a steady range of temperature.

Are You Looking for a Location to Store Your Holiday Decorations?

If you are in need of a storage location for your holiday decorations, consider utilizing a storage unit. In order to avoid having to store items in the basement or attic, many people reluctantly make room in one of their closets. Think about it, you are taking up vital storage space for items that are only needed seasonally. Instead of wasting space in your house, consider utilizing a 5X5 storage unit or storage locker. A storage unit will keep unneeded or seasonal items from cluttering your house, and in a safe and secure location right down the road from you. Are you interested in learning more about a storage unit rental? Contact us today!

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