29 Jan 2016

Hiring A Rental Storage Unit? 5 Things You Need To Know

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 under your door. Pallets are a great way to keep everything a few inches off the concrete, above the cold, sometimes damp ground, and out of harm’s way. Shrink wrap it. You can purchase large rolls of industrial grade plastic…

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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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4 Jan 2016

The amount of things we accumulate over the course of our lives is staggering. Sometimes after moving or renovating, when we’ve been forced to reorganize or rethink the space we have in our homes, it’s truly mind blowing just how many things we cram into this nook and that cranny. Often, such realizations force us to look for third party storage options and we inevitably end up renting a storage unit to house items we no longer want in the house. But storage units can become cluttered and mismanaged. Here are the 5 best way to utilize your self-storage space. Invest in Pallets. Pallets not only allow you to organize things using a convenient and efficient grid system, but they…

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1 Jan 2016

It’s all too easy to gather up unwanted toys, relocate them to the far flung reaches of a deep, dark closet and forget that they ever existed. Toys, especially after we stop playing with them, tend to be treated with very little respect, and let’s face it, they are not necessities. However, some of these trinkets and gadgets are actually worth quite a substantial amount of money these days and you might have a treasure chest collecting dust back there. Here are five toys that have considerable monetary value in 2015. Furby. Most of us who came of age in the 90s remember the familiar sayings and recitations of the cute and cuddly “Furby” from Hasbro. Furbies, like many other…

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29 Dec 2015

Your self-storage unit is only as useful as your ability to utilize the available space. You need to be able to efficiently arrange and store all of your personal belongings while still ensuring that things are stored safely and are easily accessible. Here are 5 tips to consider when packing your storage space. Arrange the items around a path. For the sake of accessibility, you will not be able to fill a storage unit to 100% capacity. You will need a walkway through the middle of the unit. Even if this means having to place items all the way at the back of a unit, reserving some of the space for a pathway will make your life that much easier…

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22 Dec 2015

It goes without saying that items with greater sentimental and monetary value should receive a considerable amount of extra care and attention when going into storage. Having an accurate overall idea of what the total value of your storage unit is worth on paper, both for insurance and personal purposes, is peace of mind. If you watch shows like “Storage Wars,” it is always amazing to see some of the items people encounter in abandoned storage units. Heirlooms that have been in families for generations with tremendous market, not to mention, sentimental value, one-of-a-kind antiques that previous owners may not have even known where there or just how special they were, collector items that had been passing off a junk…

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17 Dec 2015

Storing business related documents, especially if the documents contain sensitive client details like bank accounts and tax related information, is something into which you are going to want to put careful consideration. The potential financial and even legal implications to losing or damaging records and operational information are not ones to take lightly. Here are some recommendations when you run out of office space and need a self-storage unit in which to keep business files. Make sure you choose a company with a reputation for secure storage and one which is close to your business’ location. Ease of access is very important when it comes to storing business documents. A unit with camera surveillance, keypad entry, electronic gate access and…

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15 Dec 2015

Sometimes life events bring with them the need or desire to opt for a smaller living space. Unfortunately – though not always – this entails either getting rid or moving into storage some of your possessions. The thought of having to unload or say goodbye to belongings that have been with you for a long time, some of which may hold a great deal of sentimental value for you, can be an unpleasant one. Here are 5 tips that can help you make your downsize simple and stress free. Create a list of your “must haves.” Knowing what you need and can’t live without can give you a much clearer idea of what is ultimately important to you. People tend…

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13 Dec 2015

A self-storage unit is a convenient and secure way to store items that you either don’t have the space for, or currently do not have a use for. That being said, there are certain items that you should not store, and may even be prohibited from storing in your storage space. Here are 5 categories of items you should not keep in self-storage. Source: stor-age.co.za Hazardous materials. For obvious safety reasons, there are just some things that cannot be stored safely in most self-storage units. Toxic or flammable substances such as gasoline or crude, explosives such as fireworks, bio-hazards, weapons and ammunition need to be stored safely and in accordance with provincial and federal laws. Organic matter and perishable food…

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10 Dec 2015

Moving can be an enormous undertaking. You spend so many years in one place building a life and accumulating the things that help you live it, that it is often hard to nail down the logistics of it all, particularly forecasting the costs involved. Here are some tips to help you plan for a budget friendly move. Choose your moving company wisely. As with most endeavors, one of, if not the largest costs involved is the labor. If you don’t have access to a large vehicle or people able to help you move, paying a moving company and its employees to move your belongings from point A to point B is likely to comprise the largest part of your moving…

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8 Dec 2015

You have decided that you want to move, now what? The accumulation of appliances, gifts, clothes, furniture, kitchen gadgets etc. over the last X number of years can make organizing your life, pre-move, seem unbearably overwhelming. You need to declutter. Here are some simple and effective tips you can use to declutter your house and make your move simple and easy. Don’t procrastinate. Packing and coordinating a move is going to take up the bulk of your time, as it should, so having a head start on sifting through your belongings to see what will make the cut and what will be cut is key. It can be very stressful if you wait until you are actually boxing up items…

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4 Dec 2015

Over the last decade, there has been a boom in storage related television shows. The subculture of buying and selling unclaimed storage space had existed for a long-time before it ever entered mainstream consciousness, but the notion of opening a potential treasure chest of forgotten and abandoned items really resonated with people. The concept has spawned a range of spin-off and related shows, but here are 4 of the best that have been on television in recent years. Source: beingalison.com “Storage Wars”. First aired on A&E in 2010, Storage Wars follows a group of professional buyers and their teams as they square off against one another in locations across the United States, making offers on repossessed storage units in the…

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2 Dec 2015

The arrival of a baby invariably necessitates major changes in not only lifestyle, but the organization and arrangement of your living space as well. Certain things need to be “baby proofed” and made “baby friendly” before the new, helpless family member arrives, especially in the following 3 places. The entryway. Once the baby arrives, you are going to be in and out of the house constantly. Walks, day care, a baby requires 24/7 around the clock supervision and care and you still have a life to live, so anywhere you go, he or she goes. Doing things like organizing the closet by outerwear or travel gear will help you get in and out and on with your day as fast…

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30 Nov 2015

We live in a world dominated by consumerism, so it is not at all surprising that a vast majority of households contain a great deal of clutter. Most people buy many things they do not need, items which tend to collect in the recesses of their basements and garages. The fact that there is a term called “Spring cleaning” says it all! In the spirit of hoarding stuff, we have gathered a few intriguing statistics on clutter. So without further ado, be prepared to be amazed! Facts about Clutter For better or for worse, Americans follow the 80/20 rule – the premise of the Pareto Principle is that 80% of outcomes are the result of 20% of the causes (the…

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27 Nov 2015

Parenthood is truly one of the greatest and most rewarding experiences one can have. If you are having your first child, you and your partner are probably running around in a mix of excitement and anticipation, and rightfully so. Bringing a baby into the picture changes a lot of things on the homefront, especially in terms of safety and space. It would be a good idea now to take the time to get everything in order for your new bundle of joy. To keep from stressing, make a checklist of what you need to buy and do before your due date. Below is a list of must-haves every parent should keep in mind! Household Prep Tips for the Baby on…

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23 Nov 2015

The number of shows centered around the storage auction industry has become increasingly prevalent in the last few years, but like anything on TV, what we see is not always accurate. The Hollywood effect instills plenty of entertainment value, such as suspenseful, intentionally-timed commercial breaks and the like. Nevertheless, there are some myths purported by the media that need to be dispelled. Many savvy, persistent auction attendees can and do make a decent living by profiting on the sale of rare collectibles, but it is important to not be misled by the promise of quick and easy cash! Common Storage Auction Myths Every Unit is a Goldmine Think about it, shows like Storage Wars would not be nearly as popular…

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