Packing and Moving – Jiffy Self-Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com Sun, 11 Nov 2018 15:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 10 Must-know Packing Tips For Moving https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/10-must-know-packing-tips-for-moving/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/10-must-know-packing-tips-for-moving/#respond Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:00:44 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186762 Looking forward to a new home is an incredible feeling. You’re probably planning the layout of your new living room and browsing through all the multiple shades of neutral paints for the bedroom. Moving to new a home is an exciting experience, a real milestone in life to be remembered. On the contrary, packing up
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Looking forward to a new home is an incredible feeling. You’re probably planning the layout of your new living room and browsing through all the multiple shades of neutral paints for the bedroom. Moving to new a home is an exciting experience, a real milestone in life to be remembered.

On the contrary, packing up and moving all your belongings from one home to another is the not-so-fun part about moving. Looking around your home and deciding where to begin packing can feel like a daunting task, and it’s normal to feel overwhelmed by the amount of work ahead of you. There are a few things you can do to minimize stress and make your move go a little more seamlessly.

Here are 10 must know packing tips for moving:

  1. Plan ahead and give yourself enough time

    Many of us underestimate the time it takes to pack up an entire house before the actual moving date, which leaves us scrambling to get things done last minute and leaving important tasks unfinished. Not having enough time to wrap fragile items in paper and having things break during transport is an example of how things can go wrong by not giving yourself enough time to pack.

  2. Pack room by room

    In order to keep things as organized as possible, organize your packing room by room. This way, you’re not scrambling about wondering what has been done and what still needs to be done. Keep your efforts focused on one room at a time.

  3. Label and number every box

    While you’re packing each room one at a time, label the boxes and include the number of boxes that have been packed for each room. For example, “Living Room 1, Living Room 2,” and “Master Bedroom 1, Master Bedroom 2,” and so on. Keep an inventory sheet for how many boxes were packed in each room. This way, once you arrive at the new home, you can clearly see whether each box has made it to its appropriate location in your new home.

  4. Consider weight distribution in each box

    Remember, you won’t have a forklift to lift and carry each box out of the house. People will need to carry these boxes out, so consider distributing the weight of items evenly between boxes. With that being said, try keeping the weight of each box under 50 lbs. Larger boxes will take a lot more material to fill and the weight of this can add up quickly, so move heavier items to smaller boxes and fill larger boxes with lighter materials.

  5. Check and secure the bottom of boxes

    Unless you want your belongings sprawled out along the sidewalk outside, you’ll want to double check that the bottom of your boxes are secured well with packing tape. Proper packing supplies can be purchased at a storage facility or home hardware stores near you.

  6. Declutter and donate

    Let’s face it; if you haven’t used it in over a year, do you really need it? Don’t take clutter and junk over to your new house. Get rid of as much junk as you can so you’re not filling boxes with things that you no longer need. Donate things that are in good condition and that other people might be able to put to better use in their home.

  7. Consider hiring a professional moving company

    Nothing makes moving easier than not having to do it yourself. If you’re unable to reserve help from family or friends, it might be worth hiring help. Always check online reviews for moving companies and get your quotes in writing before hiring anyone; especially if you’re moving long distances and are being charged for time and distance. Map out the best route beforehand and have the moving company agree on the travel plan and distance.

  8. Pack electronics properly

    The best way to pack electronics is to pack them in the original box that they came in. If you still have the original box, that’s a huge bonus! If not, you’ll want to get moving blankets, quilted blankets, or bubble wrap to properly cushion your electronics during the move. Disconnect all cords, roll them, and keep them taped to the electronic device they belong to so that when the time comes to assemble your entertainment system at your new home, you’re not rummaging through a box of tangled cords. A little bit of effort and organization can save you a lot of hassle in the end.

  9. Call in favours early

    Remember that time you helped your cousin move stuff to his new condo? Or that time you helped your friend set up his entertainment system? Now would be a good time to call in favours to your friends, but be sure to call them in early. People have busy schedules nowadays, but if you give them enough time, they might just have an opening to help you on your move date.

  10. Pack decorative stuff first

    You don’t need hanging photos and pretty vases to live over the next few weeks before you move. You can get those out of the way and save the essentials for closer to the move date.

    If you’re downsizing to smaller living quarters and don’t want to part with a lot of your beloved things, you might benefit from getting a storage unit in the meantime. Storage units are an inexpensive and convenient way to store your belongings. If you have more great moving tips to share or you’d like more information on storage units near you, we’d love to hear from you!

    For more information, call Jiffy Self-Storage at (416) 745-4339 or contact us here.

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6 Ways to Save Money on Packing and Moving Supplies when Moving House https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/6-ways-to-save-money-on-packing-and-moving-supplies-when-moving-house/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/6-ways-to-save-money-on-packing-and-moving-supplies-when-moving-house/#respond Mon, 11 Jun 2018 14:30:22 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186731 The growth of the moving industry in Canada is closely linked to the macroeconomic recovery, evident through increased disposable incomes, corporate relocation and sustained activity in the commercial real estate sector. The entire packing and moving process can prove unyielding and expensive if you are working on a strict budget and have a lot of
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The growth of the moving industry in Canada is closely linked to the macroeconomic recovery, evident through increased disposable incomes, corporate relocation and sustained activity in the commercial real estate sector. The entire packing and moving process can prove unyielding and expensive if you are working on a strict budget and have a lot of stuff to pack and move. Planning your move will ensure your belongings are protected during the transfer. Your packing supplies list should include boxes of varying sizes, tapes, stickers and markers for labeling.

Other helpful supplies include bubble wrap, clipboards and packing paper for wrapping delicate items like glasses. Packing supplies can be bought from a moving or storage company depot, mail service center and/or office supplies outlet. During packing, the boxes with heavy items should be clearly marked and placed at the bottom to prevent damage and to help movers direct the boxes to the right place for unpacking. You can make the tracking process quick and easier by writing down all the items inside the boxes in a notebook.

Here are 6 packing and moving tips that will help you save money and time on packing and moving supplies when moving.

  1. Rent or buy storage containers
    If you have a lot of items to move, think about renting or buying plastic containers. There are several discount chains that sell or offer plastic containers for rent. You can also borrow moving containers from family members or friends to save money. The containers should be labeled appropriately to ease the packing and unpacking worries.

  2. Use garbage bags and used boxes to carry items
    Cost-efficient garbage bags can act as storage for clothing and bedding. If you want to clearly see what you are carrying inside the bags, it is best to go with transparent bags. Items like towels and linens can also be improvised as wrappers for delicate items. If you have sturdy, used boxes lying around the home, use them to pack some additional items. When taping the boxes, make sure the top and bottom areas are properly sealed to prevent any fallout. If you are using the services of a mover, let the carrier help you carry the large items. The boxes with delicate, small items can be safely tucked inside a private car.

  3. Pack efficiently to save space and avoid costly damages
    You can start by establishing a packing station at home. Items from various rooms should be packed together with appropriate labeling. Fragile items like breakable dishes are best packed in bundles of about 5, each with a wrapping paper covering. The bundles should then be safely stored inside a box in a sideways direction to ease breakout stress. The dish holder can also be used for this purpose.

    Items like picture frames should be packed tightly using clothes, cardboard, wrapping sheets and bubble wrap. Electronic objects like TV’s can be tucked safely in the original purchase box, specially woven plastic crates or wrapped in quilted furniture pads. The other option is to secure your TV using a double box. Care should also be taken when packing expensive pieces of art. For instance, oil paintings should never be wrapped or packed using print publications.

  4. Choose the best time to move
    The rates charged by movers usually vary depending on factors like time and season. Movers may offer discounts to clients who make early bookings or those that choose to move during off-peak seasons. Always try to avoid scheduling your moves at the end of the month, during weekends and public holidays.

  5. Shop around for the most competitive rates
    One of the best, money saving moving tips for your upcoming move is shopping for competitive rates. Whether you are considering a short or long distance move, you are strongly advised to do a little bit of research by going online to check and compare quotes from various movers. When making your decision, you need to consider the mover’s reputation and the benefits you can get from additional services.

  6. Sell unwanted items
    You can actually make money by selling the stuff you do not need when moving homes. If the move is planned ahead of time, you can organize a yard sale around your compound to sell the items you do not need. Unwanted stuff can also be sold online through sites like Craigslist and eBay. This will help reduce the box load. The extra infusion of cash can also help fund part of the moving budget.

Jiffy Self Storage: All Your Moving Needs
When you are out looking for the perfect storage for moving stuff, home office self-storage or business storage, Jiffy Self Storage is always here to help. For over 2 decades, Jiffy Self Storage has been ranked the best storage company in Toronto. The company was named the best storage company in Toronto by Toronto Life Magazine and won the Consumer Choice Award several times. Jiffy also holds a Better Business Bureau rating of A+. The state-of-the-art Jiffy Storage compartments are fitted with the following amenities to enhance service efficiency:

  • Large and mini storage units
  • Temperature controlled storage systems
  • Furniture storage compartments
  • Indoor and outdoor storage sheds
  • Moving storage solutions

The full storage facility caters for both short and long term storage needs. The company also prides itself in providing high levels of security and service convenience at competitive prices. Customers also enjoy unbeatable incentives such as low-priced personal storage for a day, seasonal pricing and storage discounts. A friendly team of staff is always at hand to help you with all your storage needs.

To get in touch with Jiffy Self Storage experts, give us a call at (416) 74-JIFFY(54339) or contact us here.

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Genius Packing Tips When You’re Moving https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/genius-packing-tips-when-youre-moving/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/genius-packing-tips-when-youre-moving/#respond Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:00:01 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186578 Moving is not an easy task and can be stressful for anyone which is why most people try to minimize the number of times they have to do it throughout their lives. While it can be exciting to move into a new home, a new city, a new country, or even just down the street,
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Moving is not an easy task and can be stressful for anyone which is why most people try to minimize the number of times they have to do it throughout their lives. While it can be exciting to move into a new home, a new city, a new country, or even just down the street, the amount of effort and coordination that goes into moving all of your furniture and belongings from one location to another is not something most people would find enjoyable. If you are in the midst of a move or are planning a move shortly, you’ll want to consider this handy list of genius packing tips to help you get through it more efficiently.

Be selective

A big mistake that many people make when moving is trying to take absolutely everything. Many people think that just because something was in location A, it automatically needs to be transported to location B. That’s not the case! Weed out the belongings that are no longer useful to you by deciding whether or not you’ve put it to use recently or if it’s ancient history. Unless the object is likely to increase in value over time or has sentimental value to you, it’s probably not worth keeping.

Organize things based on category

This is one packing tip you can’t do without. The best way to keep things manageable and to not get overwhelmed by the amount of organization it takes to pack up an entire household is to categorize your belongings based on use or location in the home. Some examples of categories are kitchen appliances, clothing, movies, and books, etc. Start by packing each category at a time instead of spreading yourself across the entire house. If that category happens to be clothing, gather all of the clothing from each closet and begin packing, rather than doing it one closet at a time and trying to sort through all the different categories.

Label everything

When in doubt, always label things during a move. Better to go overboard on the labels than not know what you are putting into the truck or what box you are opening up once you get to the new place.

Spreadsheets

Perhaps the overarching message of all the other packing tips on this list is: Stay organized. The best way to stay organized is to keep track of what you have done and what you plan to do. Create a spreadsheet you can access to make sure you know exactly where you stand at all times.

Be a smart packer

The bottom line is, smart packers have successful moves. This means doing things like packing heavier items in small boxes and light items in even smaller boxes.

Economize on space

Instead of having an individual box for everything, look for ways to utilize larger items such as suitcases and baskets to store smaller items. This will help to maximize the amount of floor and vertical space you have at your disposal.

Wrap things well

Use paper and bubble wrap for anything fragile and make sure any liquids are stored in a tightly sealed container. You don’t want the unpleasant surprise of opening a box only to find out the shampoo or the cologne has spilled all over your clothing or cookware.

Utilize original boxes

If you are moving electronics, the best and most protective boxes are the original boxes the items were purchased in.

Make an essentials box

Similar to having a carry-on when you board a plane. You are going to need certain things once you get to the new place and you don’t want to have to sift through all your boxes just to find your essentials like a toothbrush, an extra set of clothes, mobile phone charger, laptop, and medications. Pack these in your essentials box and set it aside from all the other boxes.

Packing tips for big moves will not only save you space and time; but they will also save you hassle and headache once you get to the new place and need to start the unpacking process. Keep these helpful tips in mind, and you should find that packing and moving will never have felt as straightforward.

If you need additional storage space for your belongings while you coordinate your move, contact Jiffy Self Storage at (416) 745-4339. Our professional staff will be happy to help you with all of your moving and storage needs!

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How To Sort Through A Deceased Loved-One’s Belongings https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/sort-deceased-loved-ones-belongings/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/sort-deceased-loved-ones-belongings/#respond Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:00:44 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186472 It can be both painful and joyous sorting through a deceased loved-one’s belongings. Years of memories , family heirlooms, photos, decorations etc. Can be tough to deal with, but can also be incredibly heartwarming. If you are given the difficult task of sorting through a deceased loved one’s belongings and want to make the process
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It can be both painful and joyous sorting through a deceased loved-one’s belongings. Years of memories , family heirlooms, photos, decorations etc. Can be tough to deal with, but can also be incredibly heartwarming. If you are given the difficult task of sorting through a deceased loved one’s belongings and want to make the process as pleasant and stress-free as possible, below are some tips to help make your life easier.

Storage Facilities

Many people find sorting through these sorts of belongings inherently unpleasant because there is always a looking fear that you are going to get rid of something that should have been kept and spend the rest of your life regretting it. This is where storage facilities come in handy. You might not be in the frame of mind to make the most objective decisions about what stays and what goes, especially if it is soon after the person has passed, so a self storage unit is a great way to allow you to take some time and make the right decision.

Drive Up Storage

If some of the belongings include furniture and heavier items and you have opted to place it in storage while you decide what to do with it, drive up storage is a great feature that allows you to pull your vehicle right up to the doors of your unit. This makes unloading and eventually re-loading furniture and bulky items so much easier.

Make An Inventory

Whether you think what you are sorting through is junk or valuable, it is always a good idea to make an inventory of exactly what you have. You might find yourself sorting through things that you aren’t sure about (whether you are going to keep it, what it’s monetary/sentimental value is). If you have a document you can access in the future telling you precisely what you have you can do better research into what those things are and sit down when you are collected and ready to make hard decisions and really go through things in an itemized fashion.

Ask For Help

If you find it emotionally too heavy to go through your deceased loved-one’s belongings alone, ask a trusted friend or family member for help. Having someone there for emotional support can make the task of sorting much easier and less distressing.

Sorting through a loved-one’s belongings can be tough, but with the right approach, preserving their memories and legacy takes no time or effort at all. Keep the above organizational and sorting tips in mind and make an emotional process as practical as possible.

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Avoid Common Packing Mistakes https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/avoid-common-packing-mistakes/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/avoid-common-packing-mistakes/#respond Sat, 15 Oct 2016 15:22:31 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185786 Regardless of how seasoned a traveller, or mover you are, it is often not possible, amidst the chaos of a picking up and leaving somewhere, to be 100% effective when gathering your belongings, or putting them in storage. The overwhelming stress of the macro details – flights, rentals, money etc. – can cloud your judgment
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Regardless of how seasoned a traveller, or mover you are, it is often not possible, amidst the chaos of a picking up and leaving somewhere, to be 100% effective when gathering your belongings, or putting them in storage. The overwhelming stress of the macro details – flights, rentals, money etc. – can cloud your judgment when it comes to the smaller minutiae. Below is a list of some of the most common packing mistakes and how to ensure that you avoid them.

How To Avoid Packing Mistakes

Over-packing

Over-packing is probably the most common problem people face when deciding what to bring with them or what to store. Space is finite and a good way to protect yourself against packers remorse is to lay out everything that you think you want to pack and then pack half of it. Chances are you will remove a bunch of items that are non-essential.

Leak hazards

If you are storing anything that has the potential to break open and leak out onto the surrounding items, the best way to ensure that this doesn’t happen is to open any container and release a bit of air inside before putting it away. This will allow for any changes in pressure which will likely occur over time to happen without forcing any liquid out of the container and into the rest of the items you have packed with them.

Not leaving a path

Many people who are inexperienced with self-storage units tend to haphazardly throw everything they are storing into the unit without considering how they are going to go about retrieving things when they need them. Pack back to front and make sure to leave a pathway in and out of the storage unit so that you can access your belongings easily.

Not labelling

This is especially problematic if you are packing a many and/or varied items. There is a tendency to want to get in and out of a self-storage unit as quickly as possible and that means packing or boxing up as many items as you possibly can, as fast as you possibly can, and shoving them into an empty storage unit. In order to be able to efficiently locate your belongings when you need to take them out, categorize and label boxes for easy access.

Improper stacking

It is always wise to have a pre laid-out plan before you place anything in self-storage. Draw a quick sketch of how you think you would like the storage unit to look and make sure to stack heavy items on the bottom and delicate items on top. Removing items from your unit should not be like a game of Jenga.

Packing is a hassle, but items improperly packed are even more so when it comes time to unpack. Follow the above tips to avoid common packing mistakes and make your self-storage experience a pleasant one.

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Budget-Friendly Tips For Packing And Moving https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/budget-friendly-tips-packing-moving/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/budget-friendly-tips-packing-moving/#respond Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:36:48 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185569 Moving comes with a lot of work and a lot of expenses. Unfortunately for most of us, it’s a necessary evil. Whether you’re planning a one-time move or your job requires frequent moves, it’s important to learn some money-saving tips. Planning ahead, comparing costs and thinking strategically can help you save precious dollars during a
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Moving comes with a lot of work and a lot of expenses. Unfortunately for most of us, it’s a necessary evil. Whether you’re planning a one-time move or your job requires frequent moves, it’s important to learn some money-saving tips. Planning ahead, comparing costs and thinking strategically can help you save precious dollars during a move.

Budget-Friendly Tips For Moving

Here are some tips for those who are moving on a budget:

Consider hiring professionals.

When you think of budgeting, the first thing that comes to mind is often that it will be cost-effective to have family and friends help you move, rather than hiring professional movers. However, there are many benefits of hiring professionals and they can end up saving you a lot of time and stress.

Movers are trained to move your furniture and other belongings as quickly, efficiently and safely as possible. Good movers will show up on schedule, with a truck and all necessary tools, and move your belongings as efficiently as possible.

When it comes to necessary costs, factor in the time you’ll save by hiring movers. While it’s a nice idea to have family and friends help you move, it can end up taking far longer, and things may even end up getting broken or improperly packed.

When choosing a moving company, word of mouth is a great way to go; you can also search online for reputable companies. Remember to start early so you can research reviews and compare costs.

Pack smart.

Packing for a move can quickly make it evident that you have too many material possessions! For all moves, but especially if you are moving cross-country or overseas and have to ship items, packing as efficiently as possible will help you save money and time.

Packing is a great time to evaluate which items you actually need. You may find yourself with a bunch of things you don’t even want to take with you. Decluttering can reduce a lot of the stress of packing. If you plan ahead, you could even hold a garage sale in order to raise some funds for your move. Otherwise, you can donate items.

You may come across things you don’t have room for in your new home, or don’t want to ship yet, but aren’t ready to say goodbye to. In this case, a storage unit is a great way to store these items affordably and safely, both for the short and long-term.

Plan ahead.

When it comes to hiring movers, renting a truck or storage unit, or anything else moving-related, remember to start planning early. Giving yourself time means you can compare prices and choose companies with the best cost-to-reputation relation. Leaving things until the last minute often leaves you with unnecessary expenses!

By taking these steps, and planning the most efficient move, you can take some of the cost and stress out of your big move!

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7 Tips For Moving In With A Spouse For The First Time https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/7-tips-for-moving-in-with-a-spouse-for-the-first-time/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/7-tips-for-moving-in-with-a-spouse-for-the-first-time/#respond Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:30:23 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=185249 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
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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.

Tips For Moving In With A Spouse

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 time if you have the space for certain pieces in your new home.
  • Rent a Storage Unit.
    Often times, moving in with a spouse will entail making decisions about unnecessary furniture and other items. Renting a storage unit ahead of time will force you to make decisions about furniture before you move, which will reduce clutter before you enter your new home together. Perhaps one of the biggest advantages is it can reduce the conflict between couples that arises when one person is unwilling to part with certain items that the other deems undesirable.
  • Tackle Tense Conversations As Soon as Possible.
    Moving in with a significant other for the first time can open the floodgates to a lot of tension-filled conversations, including a partner’s inability to part with certain items that the other might not be fond of, finances, how expenses will be shared or even prenuptial agreements. Discuss these topics as soon as possible and resolve any issues so that moving into a new home is a happy time and not a stressful one.
  • Set Boundaries Before Moving In.
    Conversations like who is responsible for which household tasks will make the transition much easier.
  • Trial Run.
    Spending a week or more at your significant other’s house beforehand can not only help you decide if moving in together is right for you, but it will also help bring certain problems to light and cause you to address them. A healthy solution involves never forcing your partner to change.

You can make your experience of moving in with your spouse a happy time by simply taking a few precautions.

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How To Avoid Damaging Clothes During Long-Term Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/how-to-avoid-damaging-clothes-during-long-term-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/how-to-avoid-damaging-clothes-during-long-term-storage/#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:38:14 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178619 A lot of us go through our clothes before each season and store away anything that won’t be useful for the next few months. For instance, during the warmer weather months, we have no use for our winter clothes, and during winter, we have no use for tank tops and shorts. It only makes sense
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A lot of us go through our clothes before each season and store away anything that won’t be useful for the next few months. For instance, during the warmer weather months, we have no use for our winter clothes, and during winter, we have no use for tank tops and shorts. It only makes sense to store these clothes until they are needed again. This will surely free up closet space.

Avoid Damage With Long Term Storage

If you do not store away your clothes properly, they could end up ruined from pests, weather, mildew, or mold. After any of that happens to clothes, they are ruined and can never be worn again, therefore it is crucial that you store the clothes away so that nothing can get to them.

Advice for Proper Storage

  • Make sure all clothes are washed or dry cleaned prior to storing them away. All winter clothes will need to be thoroughly cleaned as to rid of the salt that might be on them from the winter. The salt will ruin the clothes and eat away at them as they are stored until next season.
  • Use an airtight storage container that is capable of keeping the clothes dry. The best type of container would be a plastic one with a sealing lid.
  • Store the clothes with a fresh scent in order to keep them from smelling bad when they are pulled out of storage. Many people choose to use potpourri sachets.
  • Toss mothballs around the unit to keep away any pests.
  • Make sure you keep the containers off of the storage unit’s floor to prevent moisture from getting to them. This will also protect it further from pests.
  • Keep the storage unit as clean and organized as possible. Store the clothes somewhere where you can easily get to them when you need to.
  • Climate controlled units are best for storing clothes. It will keep them in their current condition

If your clothes are something you take great pride in, then packing them appropriately is important. Clothes are fragile and will easily suffer when stored improperly. Make sure they are neatly folded and put into plastic containers in a temperature controlled environment. The cleanliness of the clothes and the unit is also a very big deal in proper storage. As long as you pay mind to all of that, your clothes will come out of storage the same condition they were stored in.

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Your Ultimate Moving Checklist https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/your-ultimate-moving-checklist/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/your-ultimate-moving-checklist/#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2015 17:21:56 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=178616 What makes this checklist ultimate? Well, other than having everything you need to do, it’s arranged in the order you need to do it! Start ticking items off right away, and you will have a smooth and fun move. First purge: This is just to start. If any furniture or other large items won’t need
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What makes this checklist ultimate? Well, other than having everything you need to do, it’s arranged in the order you need to do it! Start ticking items off right away, and you will have a smooth and fun move.

Checklist-for-Moving

  • First purge: This is just to start. If any furniture or other large items won’t need to make the move, then junk it. While you’re at it, take a good look through your belongings, and get rid of anything you don’t need. Purge your closet of old clothes, go through old papers, and have a good look at any piles of junk.
  • Start Eating Freezer Bags: Frozen food is hard to move, especially over long distances. Enjoy it now and avoid some difficulties later on.
  • Price Compare: Get at least three quotes from moving companies and decide which one works best for you.
  • Arrange for Storage: If there are any items that you won’t need at your new home for awhile, consider putting them into storage.
  • Find a New Doctor: If you’re moving to a new city or town, look early to get accepted by a new family doctor.
  • Transfer School Records: School records take forever to transfer, so save yourself and your kids some grief by applying to move them early in the process.
  • Read the Moving Insurance Policy: This will affect which items you need to declare.
  • Identify and Declare Any Valuables Specified by Insurance: Typically, an item worth more than $250/lb, even non divisible items like laptops, will be included in this.
  • Pack Non-Essential Items: These can include kitchen gadgets, fancy clothes, and sporting goods
  • Switch your Utilities: Get power, water, and internet all lined up in your new home.
  • Handle Change of Address Paperwork, Subscriptions, Etc.: Make sure everything is headed towards your new home.
  • Outdoors Clean: Pick up everything from your lawn and perform enough maintenance to satisfy your buyers or landlord.

  • Transfer Medical Records: Doctors’ offices are much more on top of things than schools, so you don’t need months of warning to make sure the records get moved. Try to give them a week, though.
  • Check Medications: Make sure you have enough for a few weeks after the move. It could be difficult to get refills at a new pharmacy.
  • Move Valuables to a Safe Box: You’ll want to keep this box with you during the move.
  • Tune up Your Car: You will be driving back and forth a lot on your moving day, and a breakdown will completely mess up your day. Do what you can to make sure your car holds up.
  • Transfer Banks: This is a much easier step than it used to be, thanks to computerized branch banking. All you need to do is notify your bank of the move and, if you have a safety deposit box, transfer its contents.
  • Confirm with the Moving Company: You should reconfirm your date about two weeks before the move
  • Pack Suitcases: Pack anything that you will need in the first few days before you can get settled.
  • Defrost Freezers: This will take at least 24 hours.
  • Work out a Payment Option: Most movers will not take a personal cheque, so get a money order, free up space on your credit card, or take out a whole lot of cash.
  • Take Inventory: Make a list of every box and item.
  • Final Clean: Clean as much as you can before the move, to avoid having to come back to fix the place up.

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8 Things To Do Before Moving Into A New House https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/8-things-to-do-before-moving-into-a-new-house/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/8-things-to-do-before-moving-into-a-new-house/#respond Fri, 10 Jul 2015 11:05:29 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=177674 Moving into a new house is really, really hard work. Here are some things you can do in advance to make it just a little bit easier on yourself. Decrease Your Belongings Analyze all your belongings and categorize them to keep, donate, trash, or store. It may be difficult getting rid of things you’ve had
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Moving into a new house is really, really hard work. Here are some things you can do in advance to make it just a little bit easier on yourself.

Things To Do When Moving Homes

  1. Decrease Your Belongings

    Analyze all your belongings and categorize them to keep, donate, trash, or store. It may be difficult getting rid of things you’ve had for a while, but don’t be afraid to be harsh. Anything that you don’t think you will use for a few months at your new place should be in the store pile. Anything that you’re not sure that you’ll ever use regularly should be marked for donation, or be tossed directly into the trash. There is no point going through the work and expense of moving something if you’re only a little sure that you’ll ever use it again.

  2. Clean Your Home

    This won’t save you work, but it will move some work out of the hectic post-move period of time. Do any cleaning that you can before the movers come. This could include yard maintenance, wall washing, and cleaning the oven and toilets. After that, you only have to worry about a few minor cleaning tasks at your old place and unpacking things in your new place.

  3. Rent Plastic Boxes

    Rent plastic boxes instead of cardboard ones. Plastic boxes are sturdier, more re-usable, better for the environment, and often cheaper. They also keep their shape and protect fragile items, saving your things from the hands of rougher movers.

  4. Arrange For Wardrobe Boxes

    Wardrobe boxes are big standing boxes that let you transport your clothes without standing them up. Moving companies can bring them on the day of your move and pack them then and there. This will save you some time both in folding and in ironing your clothes.

  5. Put Together A Bag Of Necessaries

    Moving companies sometimes hit hiccups. Make plans for what you will do if your belongings arrive a few days late. Put together a bag with additional clothing, sleeping bags, medications, toothbrushes, and other necessities in case something goes wrong.

  6. Change The Locks On Your New House.

    Your new house will need new locks to ensure your family’s security. Even if you trust the previous owners, they may have lent out the key at some point and forgotten about it. Changing the locks before you move in saves time afterwards.

  7. Have The Furnace And Hot Water Tank Serviced

    Servicing the furnace and hot water tanks, instead of having them filled with your family is easier in an empty house. It will also slightly decrease your risk of fire in the first few days.

  8. Imagine Your New Life

    Keep an exciting image in mind! Although moving is hard, remember how wonderful your new life will be.

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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Moving With Kids https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/the-dos-and-donts-of-moving-with-kids/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/the-dos-and-donts-of-moving-with-kids/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2015 13:00:02 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/?p=4536 When it comes to your kids, you only want the best for them. You’ve given up the loft apartment in favour of a four-bedroom house with a sprawling backyard where your children can play while you sit and relax on the deck. Moving into a new home when you have kids, especially young ones can
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When it comes to your kids, you only want the best for them. You’ve given up the loft apartment in favour of a four-bedroom house with a sprawling backyard where your children can play while you sit and relax on the deck. Moving into a new home when you have kids, especially young ones can be a very stressful experience. However, these Do’s and Don’ts will get your through it!

How To Move With Kids

Do: Visit your new home with the kids in tow before you move.

Show them the house and explain that they’ll be getting more space and be able to make new friends with the neighbour’s kids. If you are moving out of province and can’t visit the home in person, show the kids where they’ll be living through Google Street View.

Don’t: Wait too long to tell your children you’re moving.

Let your children become accustomed to the idea of living somewhere else. If you spring it upon them only the month before your big move, their adjustment process will be anything but smooth. Unless your kids are in their teens, they may have trouble adjusting to something so drastic as a new home if they’re not informed beforehand. Give them extended time to say goodbye to their current home and, if you’re moving far, their in-town friends.

Do: Let them help with packing.

When it comes to packing up their rooms, let them give you a hand. In doing so they can tell you which toys and clothes they’ve outgrown and which ones they absolutely need to have unpacked as soon as you arrive at the new place. If you’re moving to a smaller space, consider storing their (and your) seasonal items in a storage unit. This will prevent valuable storage space in your house from going to waste on items that are not often used.

Don’t: Leave them to pack up their stuff all alone.

This goes for younger children. Teens can probably be left unsupervised to pack up their rooms and make sure their stuff doesn’t get smashed when it goes into a box. For young kids, they may throw valuables into the box willy-nilly leaving it susceptible to damage.

Do: Turn moving day into a game.

Your kids may be too young to lift anything themselves, but give them a fun title like “Moving Day Hero” or “Princess of Moving” so they feel involved. Give them entertaining tasks like counting boxes as they’re loaded onto the truck and reward them with prizes.

Don’t: Leave them up to their own devices on moving day.

When you turn moving day into a game, you’ll always know where your children are. It is dangerous to leave your kids alone when there are heavy items being lifted. They could become trapped and/or hurt.

Ensure that children always have supervision, remain out of the way of movers and people transporting heavy items, are well prepared for the move in advance and you’ll have no problem getting to your new home savely!

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Eliminating Moving Day Stress https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/eliminating-moving-day-stress/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/packing-and-moving/eliminating-moving-day-stress/#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2015 13:00:09 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/?p=4512 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
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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.

Eliminating Moving Day Stress

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 enough zzz’s to have you feeling refreshed the day of your move, that’s one of the best and easiest ways to remain stress free on a hectic day.
  • Don’t leave anything until the last minute. If you have to spend your last night in your old place packing, you won’t be able to get ample sleep and will exhausted by the time the morning hits. Try and get everything packed and coordinated at least two days before you move.
  • Do check with your vet before leaving to make sure your dog or cat has the required shots for travel. Some countries, especially those in Europe, require a pet to be quarantined for a long period of time before they are even allowed to entre the country.
  • Pack a small bag as if you’re going away for the weekend. When you get to your new house, you’ll want toiletries and a change of clothes to be easily accessible. Instead of tearing open boxes trying to find your pajamas, keep everything handy in an overnight bag.
  • Stretch first. If you haven’t hired movers to take care of the heavy lifting, you’re likely going to be overusing your muscles while moving your furniture. If movers aren’t in the budget, get as many strong friends and family members as you can to help you out. Stretch before doing any heavy lifting and keep the Tylenol handy just in case you overextend your muscles.
  • Be frank with the movers. When working with a moving company be as direct with them as possible. Tell them that they need to be careful with your boxes even if they’re not labeled “fragile”. Most movers are good people and will be gentle with your stuff but there are a few bad apples who just want to get the job done and go home.
  • After the packing and loading is completed, tour your home one last night. Make sure everything is gone and that you haven’t left important stuff behind.
  • Follow the truck. If you’re not the one driving the moving truck, follow it closely behind in your car. If something goes wrong, the truck hits a pothole or the driver gets a speeding ticket, you’ll want to be there.

Most importantly, decide what isn’t a necessity in your new home and rent a storage unit for those belongings! There’s no use cluttering up your new home while you have so much painting, organizing and decorating to do. Give yourself ample space by storing your non-essentials to retrieve at a later date.

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