18 Jun 2015

How to Keep Sensitive Documents Safe While Moving

There are certain documents that we need to keep safe at all times. From wills to property deeds to life insurance policies to immunization records and other important forms, it is imperative these documents remain safe during a move. Some of these documents are irreplaceable and it would a shame to lose them, while others are essential to your and your family’s overall well being. If you’re unsure how to keep sensitive documents safe while moving here are some important tips: Make replicas. Before you move, make copies of all your valuable documents. Besides paper copies, scan everything and save a version to your computer. When it comes to sensitive documents you can never have too many copies. If you lose the originals during the move at least you will have an electronic version saved to your hard drive as a backup. Protect your documents in plastic. Purchase folders that you can use to safeguard your papers. Plastic folders offer…

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15 Jun 2015

Toys, toys, everywhere toys! Unless you’ve turned your home into Santa’s Workshop, you probably don’t want to deal with your kid’s dolls, figurines and gaming accessories being left around the house where you can easily trip over them and break an ankle. Here’s how to deal with toy clutter to keep your home looking great and your kids from messing it up: The big giveaway: Take an afternoon to sit down with your children to go through everything. Anything that they don’t play with, have outgrown or was an unwanted gift you can get rid off. Put everything into a garbage bag and donate it to a shelter or charity of your choice. Do not give away stuffed animals they…

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11 Jun 2015

You’ve been working hard to create a brand you can call your own, creating home-made items that you want to share with the world. Now, you’re ready for the big time: Your very own Etsy store. Before you set up shop online, there are five steps to starting an Etsy store that you should follow. Rent a storage unit to house your merch. People often forget that what they’re selling takes up space before it goes to the customer. Instead of having piles of merchandise throughout your home ready for you to trip over, get a storage unit. Having a unit as your stockroom is cheaper than renting an office or workspace, and you will be the only one with…

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8 Jun 2015

Where do you put all the ‘stuff’ in your house that doesn’t have a proper home? If you’re looking for space-saving concepts that will turn any room into a work of art – or at least keep your things organized – here are five innovative storage ideas: Convert a wine rack into a towel holder. Take a wall-mounted wine rack out of your cellar and in to your bathroom. Wine racks make the perfect storage compartments because you can roll your towels up neatly inside each slot. If you don’t have a free wall in your bathroom, try a smaller freestanding wine rack instead! If you’re like everyone else on this country, you’ve probably got shoes for every season. From…

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4 Jun 2015

Moving day can be an incredibly stressful experience. There is enough preparation and coordination involved that one small misstep can accidentally send your stuff to Hamilton, Ohio instead of Hamilton, Ontario. There are a lot of ducks to get in a row before you move, but these tips will help keep you organized and relieve any stress the day might bring! When packing, label each box properly so that when you arrive at your new home, you know exactly where to put everything. Don’t spend your first day in your new place going through un-marked boxes trying to figure out where everything goes. Get a good night’s sleep. This is easier said than done but if you can muster up…

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1 Jun 2015

When travelling with a pet, there are many considerations you have to make. Will you be taking a car? Flying? Can your pet handle spending hours cooped up? Before you make arrangements and bring your dog along on your tropical vacation check out the do’s and don’ts of travelling with a pet: If you’re making a temporary move to a long-distance location, bringing all of your pet’s belongings is not only going to take up a lot of room in your car, it’s also going to act as an unwanted distraction to your pet. Even tucked away in the trunk, your pet will smell their familiar toys and treats, which will likely cause them to be restless. Instead of moving…

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29 May 2015

Kitty litter is a necessity when there is a cat in the home, but this shouldn’t be the only reason that you store away litter. There are many uses for kitty litter that people just aren’t aware of. It has many great uses and it should be kept stored away at your home or storage unit whether there is a kitty in the house or not! Reasons to Keep Kitty Litter Around Kitty litter acts as a great odor repellent. When your garbage can begins to smell, deodorize the can by putting a little kitty litter at the bottom of it. This will help mask the smell even when washing the can out fails to work. If you’re keeping it…

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25 May 2015

When it comes to a great bottle of wine, there is an appropriate way to store it, whether that be at home or in your storage unit. Fine wines are usually best kept for long term aging, while cheaper wines should be consumed within the first 24 hours of being opened. If you’re looking to add a little longevity to your grapes, check out our tips for optimal wine storage! Tips to Storing Fine Wine the Right Way Wine must be stored between 52 to 64 degrees F. When stored below 55 degree F, you can expect to keep the wine stored safely for years. Anything above, it should be opened after a year of storage. Wine must be kept…

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22 May 2015

Antique collectors and other types of enthusiasts are often found at auctions. Auctions tend to hold the more valuable and desirable items, such as paintings, jewelry, automobiles, artifacts, and other precious artifacts. The most expensive item ever sold at auction is difficult to pinpoint due to the volume of items sold at auction on a daily basis. Nevertheless, there are some items recorded that sold for outrageous amounts of money. To some people, a value cannot be placed on the works of art or items that they have bid on. Highest Listed Items Sold at Auction Perhaps the most expensive item ever noted for sale at auction on eBay was a gigayacht. The 405ft boat was designed by a naval…

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18 May 2015

Although storage units often come with extra security not found in your own home, some people still prefer to keep their valuables at home. Nonetheless, it is important to keep your valuable possessions hidden for safe keeping. Should your home be burglarized, you don’t want the items to be left out in the open, nor do you want people that enter the home to ever be tempted to take them. So what are the best places to hide valuables in your own home? A wall installed mirror with a storage unit behind it is a safe place to hide valuables. Even though the installation process is more tedious than other storage places throughout the home, it is worth it if…

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15 May 2015

People often store away some of the most unusual items. Whether they don’t want them displayed in their homes or simply don’t have space to store them while moving to a smaller location, odd findings are a normalcy in storage units! When storage units are left unpaid for or forgotten, there is a certain amount of time in which the owner of the unit has before they can open the unit and keep or auction off the contents inside. While this is all according to the law within the area you reside in, many storage unit owners have found some astonishingly weird items being stored away, as often seen on shows like ‘Storage Wars.’ So what are among the strangest…

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11 May 2015

People often get discouraged when it comes to finding new and innovative ways within the home to disguise and hide clutter. There are many simple ways to do so and all of them are easy enough to do on your own. Use toilet paper rolls to hide cords that aren’t being used. This works well for all of those USB cables that are often left lying around the home. Use a photo box and cut out holes in the back of the box to reel cords through. Then take the decorative box and place it on a shelf where most of the electronics are. This is especially good for entertainment stands. You can even hide the power strip inside of…

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8 May 2015

It’s difficult having to prepare for winter and summer in Canada. One requires less clothing and gardening tools, while the other requires heavy clothing and winter apparel, as well as machinery and tools only used in the winter. When summer nears, all of the winter items should be stored away to avoid cluttering the home. There are many winter items that people don’t necessarily consider when they are getting ready for summer until they realize that these items are taking up space at their residence. Winter Items to Store Away over the Warmer Weather Months Snowplows Snow Shovels Sweaters Winter Apparel (Gloves, Hats, Scarves, etc.) Boots Coats Snow Blowers Unused Rock Salt Ice Scrapers Snowmobiles Holiday Décor Skis Snowboards All…

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4 May 2015

Children’s rooms are often the smaller rooms in the house, yet children tend to have the most clutter. Their toys and clothes alone take up an immense amount of space. With a lack of cleanliness and organization, the room quickly becomes a cluttered filled mess. Children aren’t usually the best cleaners and even when they are told to do so, you may find that everything is hidden in a heap underneath the bed or in the closet. Luckily for parents, there are some unique ways to avoid these occurrences! Tips for Decluttering Your Child’s Room Label plastic storage containers so that your child knows where to store items accordingly. Legos, Barbies, blocks, small toys, action figures, and more can all…

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1 May 2015

Creating storage under your stairs is a great way to minimize clutter and to add more storage to the home. There are several ways in which a staircase can be transformed into added storage space, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is easy! Some homes already come with storage closets under the stairs. This is a great way to hide away the holiday decorations or other items that you tend to use every once in a while. But those who don’t already have that space built in, there are other ways to create the storage you desire. Steps with Storage You can turn each step into a covered little storage unit. If your stairs are hollow, you can utilize…

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30 Apr 2015

You pass the room every morning, and every time you do, it screams the words, “Do something with me!” While it’s always nice to have extra storage space and living space, an empty room is akin to wastefulness if it’s not being used. Perhaps you had plans for it when moving in that never surfaced, or your kids graduated and finally moved away from home. Whatever the case may be, the point now is you are now working with a blank space. From No Space to Workspace One of the best uses for an unoccupied spare room is to turn it into a home office. Many homeowners long for a dedicated work area, so take this as a golden opportunity…

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27 Apr 2015

Congratulations! You have successfully completed your most recent online sale, and are getting ready to send the buyer their newfound purchase. Since, as the seller, you’re responsible for delivering the goods in the as agreed upon condition, taking the proper precautionary measures beforehand can prevent an unneeded dispute. The art of Shipping: Packing Must-Dos Shipping items always carries some risk, but fortunately there are ways you can effectively reduce the chances of the party on the other end responding in a negative fashion. This is especially true if you have an account with EBay, Amazon, Etsy, or other company that necessitates having an upstanding reputation. There is simply too much at stake not to take the time to pack your…

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23 Apr 2015

Expanding your commercial building space is never a bad thing; if you find your existing office is too small, than that naturally means your business is doing quite well! The hiring of additional employees and purchase of new equipment can get rid of spare square footage very quickly, and one of the key ways to maintain streamlined, efficient operations, is to have plenty of room for growth (both physically and metaphorically). Relocating your Commercial Space the Right Way If you haven’t already, take a moment to congratulate how far your company has come! Trust us, you are going to need all of the motivation you can get when it comes time to relocate. Although hiring a professional moving company and…

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21 Apr 2015

It’s a bittersweet experience. You recently came across a box full of old memories. Maybe it was intentional, maybe happenstance. Nevertheless, few words can describe the nostalgia associated with looking at one’s childhood heirlooms. What may seem like ordinary, mundane items to someone else often have the incredible power to take us back to a time when life was much simpler and different. A Cluttered Childhood: Cleaning out Old Belongings Many of us cherish personal belongings for their intrinsic value, the kind of thing you cannot set a worldly price on. Understandably so, it can be extremely challenging to part with things from the past, particularly if that entails choosing between a storage box and a trash bag on a…

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