8 May 2015

13 Large Winter Items You Should Store for the Summer

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 of the above items take up an immense amount of space. Some people have a shed that they can store away these items in, while others find themselves tripping over them while making their way through the garage. It can…

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4 May 2015

Children’s rooms are often the smaller rooms in the house, yet children tend to have the most clutter. Their toys and clothes alone take up an immense amount of space. With a lack of cleanliness and organization, the room quickly becomes a cluttered filled mess. Children aren’t usually the best cleaners and even when they are told to do so, you may find that everything is hidden in a heap underneath the bed or in the closet. Luckily for parents, there are some unique ways to avoid these occurrences! Tips for Decluttering Your Child’s Room Label plastic storage containers so that your child knows where to store items accordingly. Legos, Barbies, blocks, small toys, action figures, and more can all…

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1 May 2015

Creating storage under your stairs is a great way to minimize clutter and to add more storage to the home. There are several ways in which a staircase can be transformed into added storage space, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that it is easy! Some homes already come with storage closets under the stairs. This is a great way to hide away the holiday decorations or other items that you tend to use every once in a while. But those who don’t already have that space built in, there are other ways to create the storage you desire. Steps with Storage You can turn each step into a covered little storage unit. If your stairs are hollow, you can utilize…

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30 Apr 2015

You pass the room every morning, and every time you do, it screams the words, “Do something with me!” While it’s always nice to have extra storage space and living space, an empty room is akin to wastefulness if it’s not being used. Perhaps you had plans for it when moving in that never surfaced, or your kids graduated and finally moved away from home. Whatever the case may be, the point now is you are now working with a blank space. From No Space to Workspace One of the best uses for an unoccupied spare room is to turn it into a home office. Many homeowners long for a dedicated work area, so take this as a golden opportunity…

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27 Apr 2015

Congratulations! You have successfully completed your most recent online sale, and are getting ready to send the buyer their newfound purchase. Since, as the seller, you’re responsible for delivering the goods in the as agreed upon condition, taking the proper precautionary measures beforehand can prevent an unneeded dispute. The art of Shipping: Packing Must-Dos Shipping items always carries some risk, but fortunately there are ways you can effectively reduce the chances of the party on the other end responding in a negative fashion. This is especially true if you have an account with EBay, Amazon, Etsy, or other company that necessitates having an upstanding reputation. There is simply too much at stake not to take the time to pack your…

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23 Apr 2015

Expanding your commercial building space is never a bad thing; if you find your existing office is too small, than that naturally means your business is doing quite well! The hiring of additional employees and purchase of new equipment can get rid of spare square footage very quickly, and one of the key ways to maintain streamlined, efficient operations, is to have plenty of room for growth (both physically and metaphorically). Relocating your Commercial Space the Right Way If you haven’t already, take a moment to congratulate how far your company has come! Trust us, you are going to need all of the motivation you can get when it comes time to relocate. Although hiring a professional moving company and…

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21 Apr 2015

It’s a bittersweet experience. You recently came across a box full of old memories. Maybe it was intentional, maybe happenstance. Nevertheless, few words can describe the nostalgia associated with looking at one’s childhood heirlooms. What may seem like ordinary, mundane items to someone else often have the incredible power to take us back to a time when life was much simpler and different. A Cluttered Childhood: Cleaning out Old Belongings Many of us cherish personal belongings for their intrinsic value, the kind of thing you cannot set a worldly price on. Understandably so, it can be extremely challenging to part with things from the past, particularly if that entails choosing between a storage box and a trash bag on a…

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17 Apr 2015

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…

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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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