12 Feb 2016

2 Tips For Choosing The Right Packing Supplies

Having a pre-prepared list of all of the packing supplies you will need to move your belongings into a storage unit or a new home will make the move much less stressful. For the best moving experience possible, follow our below tips: Prepare a List of All of Your Supplies Moving Boxes. Ensure that your boxes are brand-new and sturdy and that you have a variety of sizes to choose from. Using used boxes is generally not advised as they can be flimsy and are susceptible to breaking. Specialized Boxes. Specialized boxes, such as ones for dishes, allow you to pack dishes quickly and efficiently, while providing additional protection. Similarly, there are also specialized boxes for clothing, which allow you to hang up your wardrobe, saving both time and money on dry cleaning. Tape. Add extra tape to the bottom of each box to provide additional support, especially if the items in the box are particularly heavy. Bubble Wrap and…

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8 Feb 2016

There is no question that you want to keep your vinyl collection in the best possible condition, considering all of the time and money put into curating your collection. Sometimes it becomes necessary to store the vinyl record collection in a storage unit, especially if you are short on home storage – vinyl takes up a lot of space! However, your collection can quickly become damaged due to heat and moisture if proper precautions are not put into place. Here are some things you need to do to ensure that your vinyl records stay protected and in their best condition while in storage: Store Them in Airtight Containers. This will offer maximum protection of your records while they are in…

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5 Feb 2016

Jewelry is an investment, which is why it is important to take care of it by keeping it organized and in a safe place. This will make your life a lot easier when you go to find a specific piece to complete an outfit and will also contribute to a clutter-free home. Here are some tips to organize your current collection, which will suit any style of home with any amount of space. Even better, a lot of these storage ideas use materials that most will already have in their homes, without having to spend a dime! Short on Space: Use a Pegboard. This is an inexpensive way to store jewelry that doesn’t take up a lot of space. Simply…

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1 Feb 2016

Moving in with a spouse for the first time is certainly an exciting time in any relationship. However, it can present its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to blending accumulated belongings from two different lives into one. You can make the transition much easier and minimize your stress levels by following these tips: Downsize Belongings First. Taking an inventory of each person’s belongings beforehand is essential to ensuring that you both haven’t brought two toasters (and a lot of unnecessary clutter) into your new home. Before you move, decide what items will be sold, donated or thrown away. Measure Remaining Furniture. This will save you a lot of stress on moving day if you know ahead of…

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29 Jan 2016

Sometimes, there is just no more room, and all of the ingenious space-saving techniques in the world are not going to conjure it out of thin air. Sometimes, you need to look to outside help. Hiring a rental storage unit is often the solution. They are reliable, secure and hassle free. There are, however, some tips you can utilize to get the most out of your rented storage space. Here are 5 things you need to know. Invest in pallets. Keeping most items off the floor is essential. There is no way to predict when and where rain and bad weather will strike, or when the neighboring tenant’s waterbed will split open, spilling its contents out into the corridor and…

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25 Jan 2016

The world’s population is growing and space is finite. It’s inevitable. Every day, more and more people compete to live in the limited number of safe, happy, desirable places on this planet and that invariably means, to accommodate all of those people, places not only go up in price, but get smaller. If you live in a major city, and increasingly in smaller cities across North America, you may be trying to figure out how to get by with limited or even non-existent storage space. Here are 5 storage ideas that can help you make the most of a little space. Don’t let your walls go to waste. Bikes, umbrellas, even shoes can all be suspended from the wall. Floor…

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21 Jan 2016

If we made an inventory of everything we keep in our homes, most of us would be amazed at the amount of stuff we accumulate. Clothing, decorations, kitchen utensils and appliances, scrap albums, shoes, the list is endless. When you’ve been somewhere long enough, the clutter builds at such a gradual pace that it can be tricky to notice it happening until it’s swallowed up most of your free space. Here are 5 easy storage solutions for a more organized, harmonious home. Shoe racks. Shoe racks are almost a necessity. Nobody owns just one pair of shoes, and whether we are talking about the closet, or the mudroom, or even the mat in front of the door, scattered shoes with…

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18 Jan 2016

Having seasonal items in and around your home, whether it be holiday decorations, patio furniture, or lawn and garden ornaments are a great way to add warmth and feeling all year round. The only problem with switching up your decor as the seasons change is having a place to store the items you are cycling out of rotation. For most families, storage space is at a premium and new and inventive ways to stuff this and that into any available nook and cranny are always being sought. Fortunately, there are storage options that can make remove stress from the situation. Here are the 3 best options for seasonal storage. Self-storage units. A self-storage unit can be a budget friendly and…

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15 Jan 2016

It might not seem immediately obvious, but how you utilize your office space can have a direct and observable impact on your business’ revenue. Make sure that you are maximizing your office space and keep everything on site you really need to run and grow your business – this may really save you money. And as for what you don’t need readily on-hand, there are a variety of storage options to suit all your needs. Here are five ways that renting storage space can help your business’ revenue and cut costs. Remove the clutter. Most offices are filled with an array of desks, cabinets and paperwork supplies that are just not needed. Anything that doesn’t need to be on site:…

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11 Jan 2016

Most of us haven’t attained the cushy corner office yet, complete with sitting area, bar and L-shaped executive desk so we have to make do with less space. This means that the decisions we make with what we do have need to be a bit more strategized and well executed. If you are planning on setting up a small office space, here are five tips to consider that will help you get a lot out of a little. Reduce your reliance on paper. Any office, but especially a smaller one, will become more agile the less it relies on paper. Going digital will reduce the need for bulky office furniture such as filing cabinets, which will take up the majority…

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8 Jan 2016

Decorating for the holidays is fun. The rush of nostalgia and memories attached to each individual ornament, wreath, garland and advent calendar makes putting everything up a real joy. Taking it all down is another matter. The problem with Christmas decorations is that accumulating them seems to be a lifelong project, which means every year there is more stuff and therefore less space than the previous winter. If you’re having trouble deciding what to do with all those Santas and strings of lights at the end of the yuletide season, here are five clever storage ideas that can help you. Archival boxes for your antiques. Many people have Christmas decorations that are family heirlooms and have been passed down, sometimes…

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4 Jan 2016

The amount of things we accumulate over the course of our lives is staggering. Sometimes after moving or renovating, when we’ve been forced to reorganize or rethink the space we have in our homes, it’s truly mind blowing just how many things we cram into this nook and that cranny. Often, such realizations force us to look for third party storage options and we inevitably end up renting a storage unit to house items we no longer want in the house. But storage units can become cluttered and mismanaged. Here are the 5 best way to utilize your self-storage space. Invest in Pallets. Pallets not only allow you to organize things using a convenient and efficient grid system, but they…

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1 Jan 2016

It’s all too easy to gather up unwanted toys, relocate them to the far flung reaches of a deep, dark closet and forget that they ever existed. Toys, especially after we stop playing with them, tend to be treated with very little respect, and let’s face it, they are not necessities. However, some of these trinkets and gadgets are actually worth quite a substantial amount of money these days and you might have a treasure chest collecting dust back there. Here are five toys that have considerable monetary value in 2015. Furby. Most of us who came of age in the 90s remember the familiar sayings and recitations of the cute and cuddly “Furby” from Hasbro. Furbies, like many other…

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29 Dec 2015

Your self-storage unit is only as useful as your ability to utilize the available space. You need to be able to efficiently arrange and store all of your personal belongings while still ensuring that things are stored safely and are easily accessible. Here are 5 tips to consider when packing your storage space. Arrange the items around a path. For the sake of accessibility, you will not be able to fill a storage unit to 100% capacity. You will need a walkway through the middle of the unit. Even if this means having to place items all the way at the back of a unit, reserving some of the space for a pathway will make your life that much easier…

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22 Dec 2015

It goes without saying that items with greater sentimental and monetary value should receive a considerable amount of extra care and attention when going into storage. Having an accurate overall idea of what the total value of your storage unit is worth on paper, both for insurance and personal purposes, is peace of mind. If you watch shows like “Storage Wars,” it is always amazing to see some of the items people encounter in abandoned storage units. Heirlooms that have been in families for generations with tremendous market, not to mention, sentimental value, one-of-a-kind antiques that previous owners may not have even known where there or just how special they were, collector items that had been passing off a junk…

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17 Dec 2015

Storing business related documents, especially if the documents contain sensitive client details like bank accounts and tax related information, is something into which you are going to want to put careful consideration. The potential financial and even legal implications to losing or damaging records and operational information are not ones to take lightly. Here are some recommendations when you run out of office space and need a self-storage unit in which to keep business files. Make sure you choose a company with a reputation for secure storage and one which is close to your business’ location. Ease of access is very important when it comes to storing business documents. A unit with camera surveillance, keypad entry, electronic gate access and…

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15 Dec 2015

Sometimes life events bring with them the need or desire to opt for a smaller living space. Unfortunately – though not always – this entails either getting rid or moving into storage some of your possessions. The thought of having to unload or say goodbye to belongings that have been with you for a long time, some of which may hold a great deal of sentimental value for you, can be an unpleasant one. Here are 5 tips that can help you make your downsize simple and stress free. Create a list of your “must haves.” Knowing what you need and can’t live without can give you a much clearer idea of what is ultimately important to you. People tend…

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13 Dec 2015

A self-storage unit is a convenient and secure way to store items that you either don’t have the space for, or currently do not have a use for. That being said, there are certain items that you should not store, and may even be prohibited from storing in your storage space. Here are 5 categories of items you should not keep in self-storage. Source: stor-age.co.za Hazardous materials. For obvious safety reasons, there are just some things that cannot be stored safely in most self-storage units. Toxic or flammable substances such as gasoline or crude, explosives such as fireworks, bio-hazards, weapons and ammunition need to be stored safely and in accordance with provincial and federal laws. Organic matter and perishable food…

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10 Dec 2015

Moving can be an enormous undertaking. You spend so many years in one place building a life and accumulating the things that help you live it, that it is often hard to nail down the logistics of it all, particularly forecasting the costs involved. Here are some tips to help you plan for a budget friendly move. Choose your moving company wisely. As with most endeavors, one of, if not the largest costs involved is the labor. If you don’t have access to a large vehicle or people able to help you move, paying a moving company and its employees to move your belongings from point A to point B is likely to comprise the largest part of your moving…

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