21 Mar 2016

Utilizing A Storage Unit While Making A Temporary Move Overseas

Whether it’s for work, education, or personal reasons, a temporary move overseas can leave you with the difficult dilemma of what to do with your things. While personal items like clothes, small electronics, and toiletries can be brought with you, what about larger things: furniture, art and home decor, book collections, televisions, bicycles, collectibles, or cars? If you’re only moving temporarily, it just doesn’t make sense to spend all the money to move these large items overseas. Additionally, you may be moving around a lot when you’re abroad, or living somewhere that’s already furnished. On the other hand, since you know your move isn’t permanent, you can’t justify selling or giving away your valuable belongings! You also don’t want to come back home and start from scratch. Luckily, there’s a convenient, secure, and affordable way to store these items while you’re gone–a personal storage unit! Our storage units at Jiffy Self Storage can accommodate anything from personal belongings like books,…

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18 Mar 2016

When moving with our furry friends, there’s a lot more we have to take into consideration. Animals don’t understand change the same way we do, and they can have a harder time travelling and adjusting. We’d do anything to keep our pets comfortable, so here are a few DO’s and DON’T’s when it comes to moving with your pets! DO’s Get your pet used to a carrier: Whether you are moving by car, or by plane, your pet will need to adjust to long hours spent in a small space. Many dogs are already crate-trained, or used to travelling in the car, but this can be particularly difficult with cats. Spend time before the move getting your pet used to…

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14 Mar 2016

From the creepy to the fantastically valuable, all sorts of strange things have been unearthed in storage units. As we can see from shows like Storage Wars, old storage units can be an absolute goldmine. In some of these cases, they were, well in others, maybe less of a goldmine than a horror movie! A Body Unfortunately, this one’s true. After falling on hard times, and perhaps dealing with some personal issues, a woman in Florida failed to bury her mother’s body and instead stored the remains in a storage unit. There are other stories of people keeping cremated remains of family members in storage units, but those can’t really compare to an actual body! Space Equipment This is a…

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11 Mar 2016

The popular website Etsy allows individuals all over the world to run personal stores. Shopkeepers can sell items ranging from arts and crafts, to clothing, to jewelry, to furniture, to books, to decorations, and pretty much anything else you can think of! Etsy allows users to place their items for sale online, shop online, and have items delivered all over the world. If you’re running an Etsy store, you may be faced with the issue of space. Your vintage clothing store may have outgrown your apartment, or all the tools you use to handcraft furniture may be getting in the way. What can you do? An option some Etsy shop owners have turned to renting storage units, an idea we…

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7 Mar 2016

There are many reasons to rent a storage unit. Perhaps you’re moving and can’t take your furniture or other belongings with you, maybe you’ve had to downsize and no longer have storage space at your home. Storage units are useful in many situations, but here are some things you should know, especially if it’s your first time! Climate Control is VERY Important! Climate control may not seem like a big deal to you at first, but for your items to remain in good condition, it’s essential. Climate control means that things like extreme temperature changes will not affect your items. Temperature swings and humidity can ruin items like furniture, upholstery, electronics, metal, clothing…well, pretty much everything! Before you store, make…

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4 Mar 2016

Whether it’s your first time renting a storage unit, or you just want to learn to be more efficient, take note of these tips and tricks to get the most out of your space! Be Super Organized: If you pack your storage unit tight, it can be difficult to find things that you need. Or, maybe you can’t remember if you packed something in your unit, or in your attic. There are many reasons to keep things organized in your storage unit and you will regret it if you don’t! Label everything, and do your best to keep labels visible. In addition, create a list of everything you’re storing. Not only will it help you pack initially, but you can…

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1 Mar 2016

A lack of space in your home often has a lot to do with failing to utilize your current space in an effective manner – it is usually not simply a lack of insufficient space. For example, most closets can generally hold twice the amount that they do, but are just not utilized properly. However, there are some things you can do to rearrange your current space in a more effective manner, opening up much more space for you to take advantage of. If you’ve moved your seasonal or unused items to a storage facility and are still having a hard time making space in your home, follow these 10 tips: Utilize All of your Wall Space. The storage options…

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26 Feb 2016

Placing your wooden furniture in storage can be a great option for those who are looking to free up additional space in their home. However, while a lot of furniture can simply be placed in a storage unit without any additional care, wooden furniture is particularly prone to scratches, warping and rotting and therefore requires a little extra care. There are some simple things you can do to keep your wooden furniture in peak condition while in storage: Choose a Large Enough Storage Unit. Given that will be likely storing other items alongside your wooden furniture, it is important that you give yourself ample room in order to prevent scratches. Always remember to avoid packing items tightly into your unit…

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22 Feb 2016

You may find yourself no longer having the space to store your vintage car at home, or simply wanting additional protection if you don’t have a garage. Given that your vintage car is likely one of your most valuable assets, it is important that it receives the care and protection it needs. Whatever your needs may be, a storage facility is likely to have exactly what you are looking for. Below is a guide to vintage car storage, including the measures you should take while storing it. Types of Car Storage: There are generally three types of car storage that a storage facility will offer, including indoor, covered and outdoor. Indoor Car Storage. This type of storage refers to a…

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19 Feb 2016

Self-storage is a booming industry, which has seen a doubling of numbers in Canada in the past decade due to the condo boom, downsizing, renovations and growing children, to name but a few. To make the most out of your self-storage unit, here are several things to keep in mind: Compare Monthly Fees. It is in your best interest to shop around to find the best offer in terms of monthly fees as prices are often negotiable. Monthly fees can vary depending on the location and the size of the unit. Use the website’s size calculator to determine the size you need so that you don’t rent a bigger unit than necessary, as larger units will generally be rented at…

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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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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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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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