24 Jun 2016

Five Summer Storage Tips

Warm weather is here and it’s a great time to declutter and reassess what should go in and out of storage! Here are some helpful storage tips to keep your home and storage unit organized as we get into the warmer months. What’s in and what’s out? Take stock of what you’re currently storing at home and what you have in your storage unit. For instance, holiday decorations and toboggans can head to the storage unit over the summer, while it’s definitely time to break out the patio furniture and the camping equipment! Make lists of items to go into storage and items to take out of storage to keep yourself organized and avoid clutter. Make sure when packing and unpacking your storage unit you are keeping it organized by stacking things strategically and neatly and labelling everything clearly. Store in plastic, not cardboard. While many may be tempted to reuse old cardboard boxes for storage, plastic will keep your…

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17 Jun 2016

For those who are moving, going away for long periods of time, or simply trying to declutter, renting a storage unit is a great idea! It’s easy to accumulate too many material possessions throughout our lives and while donating, selling and giving away items are good ways to declutter, a storage unit allows you to keep valuable items without having them take up space in your home. If you’re considering renting a storage unit, here are some tips to take into consideration beforehand: Be organized. When packing for your storage unit, you may not be able to foresee the day you’ll need to go in there and retrieve items. However, that day will come and a little bit or organization…

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10 Jun 2016

When it comes to protecting a valuable car during the harsh winter months, or if you are going away for a long period of time, long-term car storage is a great way to keep your vehicle safe and secure. Many people use long-term (which generally means a month or longer) car storage to keep classic and collectible cars safe over the winter months, protecting them from elements such as snow, sleet and salt. Long-term car storage is also a great option for those who go away for long periods of time and have no need to bring their car. And for those who own multiple cars, you may just have run out of storage at home! Whether you’re storing your…

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3 Jun 2016

A new addition to the family can mean a lot of extra clutter! Toys, clothes, strollers…there are so many items that come with parenthood and as your baby grows out of them, the clutter can begin to pile up. While donating or giving away baby gear is a great option for decluttering, you may not want to get rid of everything so soon. If you’re planning to have another baby—or even leaving the option open—holding onto baby clothes, toys and supplies is a great idea. Additionally, some things may have sentimental value or you may be waiting to hand them down to the right person. Just because you don’t want to let go of your things yet doesn’t mean they…

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25 Apr 2016

Storage auctions present golden opportunities to acquire valuable goods that have been abandoned by their previous owner. Although it might sound like a simple process, you need to do some preparation before going into the auction. Failure to do this could result in not getting what you want or paying too much for an item that you succeed in getting. source:fortressstoragesantamaria.com Here are a few suggestions to make sure you get the most out of a storage auction. Choose Your Auction There are many auctions you can choose from. The one you eventually pick should be the one that is most convenient for you to attend and benefit the most from. Be familiar with the rules of that auction. For…

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22 Apr 2016

Your storage unit is meant to keep your items safe, but over time a lot of unwanted things can find themselves there: dust, mould and rodents. The last one is the trickiest to deal with, but with some precautions and a little work you should be able to keep your items not only secure but rodent free. Here are a few things you can do: Go with a trusted company The small choice of choosing a respected and reputable company will make a big difference in the cleanliness of your company. For example, you can read dozens of reviews online about Jiffy storage units being pest free, but you may not find the same glowing reviews for other companies. Rodent-proof…

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15 Apr 2016

When moving your belongings whether valuable or otherwise, it’s important to utilize proper packing materials to ensure nothing gets damaged when going into storage or while moving into a new home. However, not everyone chooses to go the traditional route when packing up their home. For those who don’t have proper packing materials, we’re taking a look at alternative packing supplies you can find right at home. Newspaper Before you throw them into recycling, you can use newspaper for wrapping and stuffing. It will come in especially handy for fragile items like glass or ceramic. Magazine Paper Magazines work just like newspapers and you can crumple them to use as separators for your fragile items. Old Clothing If you’ve got…

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11 Apr 2016

You found an old guitar in your attic or basement and you’re wondering what it might be worth. A guitar’s value depends on a number of factors such as age, condition, rarity and the prominence of its users. Even if a guitar is in good condition, that doesn’t mean it has a lot of value. Manufacturers might design guitars to give them a vintage look, but that doesn’t mean it’s the real thing! There are a few steps you can take to properly assess whether your guitar is something worth selling or simply a family keep: Evaluate the guitar’s features Unless you’ve got a trained eye, you won’t be able to tell the difference between a vintage model guitar and…

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8 Apr 2016

Now that spring is here, you can take off the heavy winter jackets and boots. But what do you do with them? It’s important to be methodical in how you store your winter clothing as it can take up a lot of unnecessary space and become damaged or smelly. They are also more susceptible to insects that are present in warmer weather. Here are a few tips to make sure that your winter clothing is in top shape when the winter season comes again: Consider donating If you buy new clothes regularly to keep up with the trend, then there might be no point in keeping your old jacket. Consider donating your winter clothing to charity or give them away…

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15 Feb 2016

Regardless of the size of your home, it is always ideal to maximize the current space that you do have, opening it up and allowing it to feel more spacious. This becomes ever-important in small spaces, and there are a variety of ways in which to achieve this, which are listed below. Front hallway: Open it Up. Add a small bench or shoe cabinet into your entryway to get shoes off of the floor, which create additional clutter in your home. Shoe hooks are an even better option. Install wall mounted hooks for jackets and backpacks, items which are typically left at the front door. Add a second rod into your closet to get double the amount of space. Use…

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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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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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21 Aug 2015

There are many ways of storing a vehicle that is only used seasonally that many people aren’t usually aware of. Of course, you could just park the vehicle in the garage over the winter months and hope it runs as well by the time summer hits, but this isn’t the most efficient way to store any vehicle you care about. There are 6 things you can do to assure the health of your vehicle stays the same as it is stored away. Store the vehicle in a cool and dry environment. Do not leave the vehicle outside and open to all of the elements. In most instances, a garage is the perfect place. Temperature controlled storage units for vehicles are…

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17 Aug 2015

At some point as a home or business owner, you will more than likely run into a time where renovations are necessary. During this time, you will need to find a way to store your belongings until the remodeling is complete. You will need the clean room and extra space just to get the job done right. So, when you don’t have any extra room at the home to store the items, you rent a self-storage unit. A self-storage unit is a relatively low-cost way to store any of your property. It can be rented on a month to month basis and doesn’t typically cost all that much. These self-storage units can be temperature controlled too if you are concerned…

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10 Aug 2015

Everyone in the world has the habit of storing belongings away, whether they store them in their own attic, shed, garage, or even a rented self-storage unit. However, when items aren’t stored properly, they run the risk of becoming damaged and not repairable. To prevent this from happening, it is wise to practice proper storing methods, especially to keep away the pests. The infiltration of pests can damage your belongings worse than anything else. When your items are stored within containers and kept in a closed in area, weather will more than likely not play any type of factor. Pests, however, will find their way into nearly any nook and cranny they can find to make homes in your property.…

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7 Aug 2015

As a boat owner, you want the very best for your watercraft. The thing with boats is that unless you live in an area that is warm all year round, it will need to be stored away seasonally. While this is common for most boat owners to have to do, it is important that they store away the boat properly or it could easily become damaged and ruined while it sits out of the water. When you go to store a boat, you may notice that properly storing it can be quite detailed. However, when you are used to properly preparing the boat for storage every year, it eventually becomes easier and easier. A lot of things must be addressed…

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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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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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