17 Apr 2015

How To Use Self Storage When Relocating

Moving is never an easy task. Despite your best efforts to prepare for the big day, there are always those unexpected variables to account for. Factors like the weather are unpredictable, but they should to be taken into consideration nonetheless. The best thing you can do when moving is to always have a viable back-up plan on hand. If in the unfortunate event your day of choice is unfeasible, make sure to have an alternative one set on the calendar. Save Yourself the Headache: Store Items for the Short-Term The reliance on self-storage services is another great option for both home and business owners that are in the transition of relocating, whether that is merely a small trip across town or a longer journey to a different city. Placing your belongings into a short-term rental unit can get rid of a lot of the hassle and stress associated with moving, especially if you are in the middle of selling your…

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14 Apr 2015

Many of us had the pleasure of renting a storage unit at least once. As you may have come to find, however, stowing your personal belongings anywhere can be a pain and hassle if you don’t do it the right way. Adequate preparation and packing/storing know-how are essential for your wallet and peace of mind. Interestingly enough, most people are unaware of how to safely and efficiently pack items, and this is naturally a problem when it comes to keeping stuff in tight-knit spaces. Store Smart and Save Money While you indeed always have the option of upgrading to a larger storage unit, remember to keep two things in mind. First, the chances are highly likely that your existing short…

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9 Apr 2015

For most people, spring cleaning fever is now in full force. And like most homeowners, your house is probably littered with plenty of clutter that’s best served by a trip to the garbage dump or a nearby storage facility. There’s just one small question: How do you know what to discard and what to keep? Differentiating the two can pose quite the dilemma, especially when dealing with items that have not been touched in years. To Toss or Not To Toss While most people are a far cry from being a hoarder, it is not uncommon for people to become attached to their material possessions, at least to a small degree. However, it is important to remain positive and think…

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6 Apr 2015

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and those motorcycle keys are burning a hole in your pocket. You have been waiting patiently all winter for spring to arrive, and now that it’s here, the only thing you want to do is burn rubber on the road. Making sure you take the appropriate steps before doing so is essential, or else you could end up facing a few costly repairs, or worse yet, a bike that refuses to fire up! What to do Before you Ride for the First Time This Year While keeping your motorcycle stowed away in a garage or storage facility during the winter months is one of the best ways to safeguard it from rust…

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2 Apr 2015

What is it about relocating that gets most people worked up? Is it the stress associated with starting life anew in a different city, or having to detach from the place that you called home for so long? Many of us can agree that the experience of moving entails all of this and more. The potential emotional turmoil aside, the physical logistics of transporting all of your earthly belongings from one destination to another can be difficult enough. Are you ready for some good news? It doesn’t have to be this way! With a few pieces of advice, your next move can definitely be pain-free, easygoing, and uplifting. No one said relocating had to be a hassle; you just have…

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31 Mar 2015

Long-term storage can be risky for leather goods and for handbags that need to keep their shape. When you have a leather handbag, the risk is even higher. Here’s a guide to making sure your bag stays in good condition, no matter how long you keep it in storage. Clean it thoroughly Before storing your handbag, clean it with a damp cloth. Be sure to remove all dirt and dust, as both can be magnets for moisture and mildew. In particular, dirt can contain salts and minerals that cause permanent damage to leather. Recondition the leather Leather is an organic material, and is composed of a lot of water. In a dry storage unit, this water can evaporate without being…

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27 Mar 2015

Choose a climate-controlled facility Many facilities use both air conditioning and dehumidifiers, and both help prevent mold and mildew. Mold starts to form at around 60% relative humidity, and forms faster as humidity increases. Similarly, mold and mildew prefer very hot temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius or more. You can see evidence of both in your fridge: vegetables still mold because the humidity is too high, but they do it very slowly because the temperature is low. Climate-controlled facilities are a good idea if you have any of the following mold-attracting goods: Clothes or cloth-covered furniture Leather goods or furniture Paper Soft plastics Use moisture absorbers Moisture absorbers suck the water out of the air, and even a small amount…

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24 Mar 2015

How you store a car is just as important as where you store it. The more work you put into getting it ready for storage now, the less work you will have to put into taking it out of storage later. Whether you’re storing a sports car for the summer or are putting your car away while on extended vacation, your preparation will make a big difference in the how your car runs when you retrieve it. Here are the steps to follow to get a car ready to put away and drive later. Get a Tune-up A tune-up can be expensive, but it will save you both time and money later. If you know your filters and plugs are…

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20 Mar 2015

Your storefront is for one thing: showing products to customers! You want customers to see your available merchandise, and the more store space you have, the more you can show. As a result, any space used primarily for storage is a waste. This is especially true in the Greater Toronto Area, where any storefront comes at a premium. Cost of Storage Space versus Shop Space Storage lockers cost, at most $1 per square foot. Let’s compare that to GTA retail space. A decent price in the suburbs is $4 per square foot. That’s not too bad. But in a downtown high-traffic area like Yonge Street? We’ve seen prices over $22 a square foot. If you have a good location, using…

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17 Mar 2015

42% of all home buyers say they would have made a higher offer had there been less stuff in the property. Let that sink in for a moment. The media likes to talk about how employment, Wall Street, and the oil industry affect house prices, however they rarely talk about the effect that clutter has on the buyer’s decision to purchase. The truth is that nearly half of all home sellers didn’t get a fair price because their home was too cluttered. Clutter has a very real effect on the housing market, and even the economy as a whole. Why Home Buyers Hate Clutter Clutter has a serious and immediate effect on the brain. We can’t help but try to…

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12 Mar 2015

At Jiffy Storage, we try to be paperless where possible. We use file-sharing, online banking, cloud storage, and more. Still, like most companies, we still end up with a mountain of paperwork every single year! Paper is simply just another cost of doing business. Every small business we know has a mountain of paper that they don’t have space to store, can’t afford to throw out, and have no time to digitize. Luckily, storage solutions can help with that! Climate-Control and Document Maintenance It would be great if every office was reliably heated, air conditioned, and humidity-controlled. Sadly, that is nowhere near the case in Toronto. The hot, sticky weather of summer has a tendency to wreck paper documents, encouraging…

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9 Mar 2015

When you’re working on a large collection, it’s easy to see clutter add up as your assortment grows. With an increasing amount of items, does your collection actually translate to a hoarding problem? Despite your concerns, the answer is no- definitely not! No more than all beer drinkers are alcoholics. Hoarding is a specific and defined psychiatric disorder that often co-occurs with anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and addictions. What is Collecting Classified as? The practice and behavior of collecting is as old as humanity. Prehistoric humans collected flowers, rocks, and other nonfunctional objects. Even many higher-intelligence animals, like chimpanzees, also engage in collecting for fun. A collector’s behavior is not a disorder of any kind. In general, it is a…

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6 Mar 2015

Despite the fact they’re given out for free with the purchase of a Happy Meal, the McDonalds toys are known for generating great value over time. If you’re looking at your McDonalds toy collection and are debating whether it’s junk or if they’re valuable collectables, this list should provide some guidance in deciding what to keep! Disney’s Hundred Years of Magic Disney put on A Hundred Years of Magic as an ice show from 1999-2002. During this time, they also released a whopping 100 Happy Meal toys through McDonalds. If you have a full set in good condition, they will sell for about $200. Beanie Babies McDonald’s hitched a ride on the Beanie Baby craze back in the 90s, and…

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3 Mar 2015

Like it or not, advertising defines how we experience products. It’s inescapable: all studies on the subject have shown that the people who think advertising does not influence them are usually the most influenced of all! Advertising can make us think products taste better, can give us an identity, and make consumption give us a feeling of excitement or comfort. As a result, advertisements are a valuable nostalgia item. People don’t just want to drink a Coca-Cola to remind them of the joys of childhood, they want to again experience the ads that made Coca-Cola so fun and exciting in the first place. Tastes and smells are the most nostalgic senses, so when considering the value of collectibles, remember that…

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28 Feb 2015

Photographs are special, whether they’re recent personal family photos, pictures of ancestors, historical artefacts, or art photography prints. They can hold a tremendous amount of sentimental value as well as monetary value in some cases. But they’re also fragile and vulnerable to a number of forms of damage and deterioration. That is why it’s important to make sure your treasured and valuable photographs are stored with care and protected for years to come. Photographic prints from different historical eras were often made with different technologies. As a result, your photos may require different care depending on their type. Family Photos These are the most commonly encountered photo prints. While they might not have as much monetary value, their personal value…

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25 Feb 2015

You may already know that a personal storage unit is a great way to free up some space in your home or apartment. If you have a lot of things taking up space that you seldom use but don’t want to discard, keeping them in a storage unit is the way to go. The same applies if you are moving from a lager living space to a smaller one and need to store excess furniture and other items. But did you know that there lots of other ways to take advantage of self-storage? For storage facilities that allow you to use the space for more than just holding your belongings, the possibilities extend far beyond simply being a place to…

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23 Feb 2015

Whether you’ve started collecting autographs recently or have inherited one from a family member, collecting autographs can be a really enjoyable hobby. And of course, some autographs can be quite valuable! But not all autographs are of value, and often times it’s hard to tell whether or not you’re collecting junk or a treasured item. There are a few crucial things to consider when trying to appraise the value of an autograph: Who signed it The more famous or historically significant a person is, the more interest there will be in their autograph. It’s probably little surprise to learn that movie stars and world leaders have more valuable autographs then the average D-list reality star. Supply and demand Like any…

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20 Feb 2015

As far as collectible items go, concert posters can be some of the most fun and visually striking to look at and display. There’s nothing quite like the bold and brilliant designs of a classic psychedelic rock posters of the 1960s. On top of the stunning visuals, these posters come loaded with nostalgia and atmosphere from the music and movements they represent. Concert posters don’t just carry aesthetic and personal value. Some can be worth several hundred or thousands of dollars! Some of the most valuable concert posters ever sold include: $25,200 for an autographed 1959 poster for Johnny Cash performing at the Division Street Corral $38,821 for a 1968 poster for The Who performing at the Town Hall in…

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17 Feb 2015

Vintage postcards are a great collectable, and for good reason.With so many interesting and attractive designs, and it’s easy to get a collection started. Whether they’ve been passed down to you or you’ve found cards in the attic or a flea market, storing postcards properly is important to keeping them in top shape. Even though paper items can be delicate, many very old postcards remain ingreat condition if they were stored securely when they were new. If you’ve found, purchased, or inherited old postcards that are not well protected, you should see to their proper storage right away. Then, you’ll be able to enjoy your collection for years to come, and more importantly will retain their their value. Simply keeping…

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