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Jiffy Storage’ Ultimate Moving Checklist https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/moving/jiffy-storage-ultimate-moving-checklist/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/moving/jiffy-storage-ultimate-moving-checklist/#respond Thu, 29 Mar 2018 15:00:51 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186589 Whether we like it or not, moving is something we all must undertake at least a couple of times throughout our lives. For many people, it is incredibly stressful and unnerving. Just the thought of picking up and moving an entire life with often decades worth of belongings, memories and more is enough to induce
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Whether we like it or not, moving is something we all must undertake at least a couple of times throughout our lives. For many people, it is incredibly stressful and unnerving. Just the thought of picking up and moving an entire life with often decades worth of belongings, memories and more is enough to induce a panic attack in some people. If you are about to move or are in the process of moving and would like help bearing the burden, below is Jiffy Storage’ Ultimate Moving Checklist.

Moving van

One of the biggest mistakes people make when moving is leaving their moving van rental to the last minute. This can end up costing money, and we’ve even seen it throw off an entire move when vans just aren’t available. If you require the help of a moving company, make sure you secure their services well in advance so that you are not left scrambling at the last minute.

Self-storage unit

Many people don’t realize it, but one of the best things you can do for your peace of mind while moving is rent a self-storage unit. People often undertake moves and assume that they are going to be taking absolutely everything they own with them. They soon realize, especially during a downsize, that not everything is going to fit. This leaves people having to decide to donate, sell or give things away and they end up regretting it in the future. Place anything whose future you are uncertain of in a self-storage unit while you move and then decide afterward when you’ve had some time to adjust and relax.

Label maker

One of the most important things you can do during a move is to label. A label maker allows you to quickly and efficiently mark everything you are taking with you. Many people merely box and move and tell themselves they’ll sort it out once they get to the new place. This is easy to say pre-move, but once you’re settled into the new place, you’ll wish you’d had a label maker.

Address change

With a never-ending to-do list during a move, some people simply forget to change their address before they leave. This means that your mail will continue to be sent to your old location and the new owners/tenants will either have to forward it to you or worse it simply gets thrown into the trash/recycling. Change your address pre-move so that all of your important mail is forwarded directly to you at your new location.

The physical task of moving is challenging and tiring enough as it is. Make your life easier my keeping in mind the above moving checklist and ensure that you don’t forget some of the highly important, but often neglected steps during your next move.

For more information on self-storage spaces available in your area, contact Jiffy Self Storage at (416) 745-4339. Our professional staff will be happy to help you with all of your storage needs!

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How To Organize Your Home To Maximize Space https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/home-storage/how-to-organize-your-home-to-maximize-space/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/home-storage/how-to-organize-your-home-to-maximize-space/#respond Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:00:30 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186585 One of the realities of 21st-century living is that people are being forced to cope with minimalist spaces. This is especially true of people who are living and working in major cities like Toronto. Trying to get the most out of the space around our homes means knowing having superior organization skills. If you are
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One of the realities of 21st-century living is that people are being forced to cope with minimalist spaces. This is especially true of people who are living and working in major cities like Toronto. Trying to get the most out of the space around our homes means knowing having superior organization skills. If you are trying to squeeze every last square inch of space out of your home and are working on the best approach to doing so, the following organization tips should help.

Cut out duplicates

One of the best ways to go about maximizing space around your home is to get rid of items you have multiples of, especially when you’re hardly using one of them to begin with. Duplicates are most often found in the kitchen and include things like cooking utensils and other kitchen appliances. If you’ve already got an espresso maker sitting on the counter and another one sitting in the attic, it’s probably time to consider selling it, donating it, or putting it into self-storage.

Vertical space

If you are limited to the amount of storage space around your home, you can maximize your vertical storage space be investing in hanging racks and shelving units for your closet. The goal is to take things like boxes and shoes off the ground so that you have more floor space for the things that matter.

Self-storage

While you work to maximizing space, you may come to the realization that your home just doesn’t have space to spare. At this point, it might be beneficial for you to look into a self storage option. Self storage units are great for storing seasonal clothing and equipment that are only used during certain times of the year, or seasonal decorations that just end up sitting in boxes and taking up space during the other 11 months of the year. Self-storage units are an affordable option if you want an off-site option for personal storage.

Go digital

Over time, most families will accumulate boxes full of paper. Whether it is for taxes, business, or other important government and legal documentation, a good way to go about maximizing space around your home is to make as much of your important paper as you can digital. Scanning can be laborious, but the freed up space could end up saving you a bunch of hassle and help you declutter.

These tasks may not seem like they are completing revolutionizing your home’s storage, but each one individually and as a whole can end up creating a tremendous amount of space. Utilize these simply organizational strategies and find space around your home you never knew you had.

For more information on self-storage spaces available in your area, contact Jiffy Self Storage at (416) 745-4339. Our professional staff will be happy to help you with all of your storage needs!

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5 Home Office Storage Ideas https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/5-home-office-storage-ideas/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-ideas/5-home-office-storage-ideas/#respond Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:00:31 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186581 Many people will rely on a home office as part of their livelihood simply out of convenience or necessity. Whether you work from home a couple of days a week and the home office space helps you maintain your focus better or if you run your entire business out of a home office, you may
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Many people will rely on a home office as part of their livelihood simply out of convenience or necessity. Whether you work from home a couple of days a week and the home office space helps you maintain your focus better or if you run your entire business out of a home office, you may find these five home office storage ideas quite helpful. These ideas are meant to provide a more organized and productive workspace.

Utilize open shelving units to free up floor space

Floor space in your home office is the most important and therefore, a most expensive real estate in town. You want to make sure that your floor space is being used for the more crucial elements of an office such as your desk, filing cabinets, even some greenery like potted plants to help make the place more lively. Proper shelving can also help to optimize floor space by storing your boxes, files, folders and office supplies. Open wall-mounted shelves are a great option and are highly modern right now.

Built-in storage

In a home office, it is essential that your furniture pieces serve multiple functions. For example, your desk shouldn’t just be a desk, it should double as a storage space, with room for all of your computer components. The walls shouldn’t just be for hanging decorative mirrors and photos; they should also be utilized for hanging shelves or mounting bookcases. The copier, printer, and scanner should all be contained in the same device.

Store the cords

A very important home office storage idea is to make sure your cords are always out of the way. If you have a litany of cords coming out of all corners of your workspace, it is going to start to feel cluttered, and you may even start to interfere with your ability to navigate around your office with ease.

Go digital

One of the best things you can do to save on space in your home office is to make as much of your documentation digital as possible. If you are currently getting invoices sent via snail mail or have vendors sending you things that could easily be sent via email, request that they start sending it to you this way. These important documents can now be stored safely on an online drive.

Self-storage unit

If you have utilized all the available space you have and have made as much of your paper digital as you possibly could and still find yourself in need of space, perhaps a self-storage unit located near you may be needed.

Working from a home office can be incredibly convenient and comfortable, but you need to know how to get the most out of the space. This handy tips may help to keep your home office running as efficiently as possible.

For more information on self-storage spaces available in your area for your home office, contact Jiffy Self Storage at (416) 745-4339. Our professional staff will be happy to help you with all of your storage needs!

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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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Amazon’s Underwater Storage Facility Is The Future Of Warehouses https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/news-media/amazons-underwater-storage-facility-is-the-future-of-warehouses/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/news-media/amazons-underwater-storage-facility-is-the-future-of-warehouses/#respond Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:00:51 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186574 Amazon is one of the world’s largest, most innovative and successful companies who consistently redefines what it means to operate a warehouse based on the online sale of goods and merchandise. As of last year, Amazon had plans (in the form of a patent) to use either man-made pools or existing bodies of water to
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Amazon is one of the world’s largest, most innovative and successful companies who consistently redefines what it means to operate a warehouse based on the online sale of goods and merchandise. As of last year, Amazon had plans (in the form of a patent) to use either man-made pools or existing bodies of water to store consumer goods while they wait to fulfill orders. It is indicative of the explosion of e-commerce and the dire need for storage that go along with it. The more businesses that are out there serving consumer markets, the more space that is required to fulfill those potential orders.

The proposed plan for the Amazon underwater storage facility is quite startling. Each item would be stored in a water-tight container with a balloon attached to it that would allow the item to be moved up and down. As the balloon expands and contracts, the product will either sink further down or will move up closer to the surface to be retrieved. One of the main business advantages of the underwater storage facility is that in the ideal setting, most of the need for handling is removed from the equation. If Amazon requires more space, there is no need to build more walls, they could simply add more water to one of the pools or if it is close to a big city (many of which are close to large bodies of water), the storage is already readily available. More importantly, it is near the customers with the ability to continue to provide speedy delivery times.

The driving force behind much of the modern warehouse trends is efficiency, for which Amazon is certainly well known for through their Prime shipping option. By having water as the medium in which items are stored, the Amazon underwater storage facility would essentially eliminate the need for aisles, as well as any additional space that both humans and robots would require for basic functionality. This means that the warehouse dream of maximum and complete space utilization comes closer to a reality than ever before with technological advances like Amazon’s underwater storage facility.

Amazon has dedicated itself to pursuing any and every innovative idea and options available to ensure its warehouse logistics as efficient as possible, automating processes wherever possible and eliminating wasted space and time by any means possible.

At this stage, the Amazon underwater storage facility is merely a patent, but it is part of a broader warehouse trend which, in the world of hyper-competitive e-commerce, seeks to establish a competitive edge by making the shipping and handling process as cost-effective and as streamlined as possible, making up space wherever they can.

If you are operating your online businesses and are also seeking efficient storage options for inventory and other business products or documents, contact Jiffy Self Storage at (416) 745-4339. Our professional staff will be happy to help you with all of your storage needs!

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How To Prevent Flood Damage Before It’s Too Late https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/how-to-prevent-flood-damage-before-its-too-late/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/how-to-prevent-flood-damage-before-its-too-late/#respond Mon, 12 Mar 2018 15:00:39 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186570 One of the biggest worries for people who put their belongings into self-storage is potential flood damage. Some people go to extreme lengths to prevent flood damage while others are, unfortunately, unaware of what can be done to prevent flood damage before it’s too late. If you are thinking about investing in a self-storage unit,
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One of the biggest worries for people who put their belongings into self-storage is potential flood damage. Some people go to extreme lengths to prevent flood damage while others are, unfortunately, unaware of what can be done to prevent flood damage before it’s too late. If you are thinking about investing in a self-storage unit, or if you currently have items in a self-storage unit and you want to make sure you aren’t exposed to flood damage. Below are some tips to help you prevent flood damage before it’s too late.

Choose packing materials wisely

If you live in a region of the country that is prone to water damage and flooding, one of the best precautionary measures you can take when setting up your self-storage unit, or even making changes to your current one, is to invest in plastic storage bins with a lid that can be sealed. Many people simply go with the inexpensive, more practical choice of cardboard boxes when storing their belongings into storage. While cardboard boxes are great for so many purposes, they don’t provide the best protection against potential water damage from flooding. If you want to give your precious belongings the best protection against water damage, invest in clear plastic storage bins. They also have an organization advantage with the fact that you’re able to see the contents of the bins without having to open everything up.

Shelving

Another great way to prevent flood damage is to utilize shelving to store your belongings at a relatively good height off the ground, above a level where flooding is likely to accumulate to. There are many great options out there when it comes to shelving for your storage unit such as rack and wall-mounted shelving, standing shelving, as well as hanging shelving are all options. Shelving is also great because it helps economize on space by utilizing the often underutilized vertical space in a unit.

Pallets

In addition to providing air circulation for the bigger items in your storage unit, pallets are another great way to get things up off the floor in the event of a flood. Pallets are the more economically sound choice for small businesses utilizing storage spaces for inventory or important documents because they are inexpensive, effective, and are highly durable.

Insurance

Sometimes the strength of a natural disaster is such that no amount of precautionary measures can truly protect everything you have in a self-storage unit. Think of some of the dangerous weather events which have hit the southern United States and the Caribbean over the last couple of years. Mother Nature can be so unpredictable. If you live in an area of the country where natural disasters are almost a guarantee, you might want to consider getting flood insurance for all of your important items in self-storage.

Preventing flood damage before it happens starts with understanding these easy storage tips. Essentially, the goal is to store your items up off the ground and provide a barrier between the stored items and the water. It also means coming to grips with the fact that sometimes flooding is inevitable and having the necessary insurance policies will be the best protection against these unforeseen circumstances.

For more information on self-storage spaces available in your area or to get help with flood protection in your storage space, contact Jiffy Self Storage at (416) 745-4339. Our professional staff will be happy to help you with all of your storage needs!

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How To Pack Electronics For Long-Term Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storing-electronics/how-to-pack-electronics-for-long-term-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storing-electronics/how-to-pack-electronics-for-long-term-storage/#respond Thu, 08 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186565 One of the most commonly found items in self-storage units is electronics. Whether it’s an old TV, or an old computer monitor, a car stereo, or that vintage boom box you can’t bring yourself to part with, long-term storage is a great way to keep your electronics safe and secure while you figure out what
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One of the most commonly found items in self-storage units is electronics. Whether it’s an old TV, or an old computer monitor, a car stereo, or that vintage boom box you can’t bring yourself to part with, long-term storage is a great way to keep your electronics safe and secure while you figure out what to do with them. Storing electronics for the long haul, however, will require you to know how to properly pack electronics. If you are thinking about putting any electronic equipment away into self-storage, below are some packing tips to make sure your electronics don’t become susceptible to rust, cracking, mold and breakage:

Put things in their original boxes

If you haven’t developed the habit of saving the original boxes your electronics were purchased in, it is never too late to start. If you have them handy, it’s the best way to start packing electronics for long-term storage is to place them back into the boxes they came in. The boxes they arrived in were designed to protect them on their long voyage (likely from Asia), and they are the best protection you can give to them once you put them away into long-term storage.

Climate-controlled storage

This is not so much a packing tip as it is a tip on what to look for and shop for when you are choosing your self-storage facility. Electronics are some of the most delicate and sensitive items commonly found in storage units. Quality self-storage facilities will offer units with climate control that allows you to keep humidity and temperature levels constant. This would be highly beneficial if you want to keep your electronics into long-term storage.

Wrap your electronics

When you pack electronics for long-term storage, you want to keep in mind that anything left exposed in a storage unit for a long period is likely to become a home for dust. If you want to avoid dust getting into the nooks and crevices of delicate electronics, it is a good idea to wrap or cover everything you put into storage even if you are putting back into its original packaging. Wrapping them in linen, bubble wrap, or clean paper are the best ways to make sure the inner workings of things like computers and televisions don’t become clogged with dust.

Putting electronics away into storage can make you anxious. Not having absolute control over the fate of things you likely paid a lot of money for and are planning on getting a lot of future use out it can be worrying. Fortunately, if you keep the above electronics packing tips in mind, you should be able to securely store your electronics in a self-storage unit and rest easy with the peace of mind that you’ve done everything you can to protect them.

For more information on climate controlled self-storage spaces available in your area, contact Jiffy Self Storage at (416) 745-4339.

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Why Self Storage Is Booming In Big Cities https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/news-media/why-self-storage-is-booming-in-big-cities/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/news-media/why-self-storage-is-booming-in-big-cities/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:00:23 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186561 Self-storage has always been popular, but lately, it is becoming increasingly more popular in big cities across the country. People are finding self-storage spaces can be used for so many other purposes above the more traditional reasons. Creative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit are helping people utilize self-storage units for a range of purposes. If you
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Self-storage has always been popular, but lately, it is becoming increasingly more popular in big cities across the country. People are finding self-storage spaces can be used for so many other purposes above the more traditional reasons. Creative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit are helping people utilize self-storage units for a range of purposes. If you are wondering why a lot of people you know have mentioned they have a self-storage unit, below are some reasons why self-storage seems to be booming in big cities:

The nature of work

The nature of work in the 21st century is such that people are now, more than ever, moving around in search of economic opportunities. People are outgrowing the norm of growing into adulthood, working full-time, and raising a family in the city where you were raised in. In this modern world, work often encourages people to relocate throughout their career which means building a new home in different places with the growing need to store all of your belongings when it is time for that big promotion on the other side of the country (or world).

Workspace

Many entrepreneurs and small business owners in big cities are also realizing that storage units are incredibly versatile. What was once seen as just a space to keep unwanted seasonal clothing or old family heirlooms that no longer fit in the attic is now also seen a space to keep inventory for an online shop or a place to store important documents.

Less space

One of the defining features of 21st century living in big cities is the conspicuous lack of space. More and more people are moving to the big cities of the world especially in the west, and that often results in paying premium costs for space. Apartment living is becoming more expensive, and as a result, spaces are becoming smaller. Self-storage is booming in cities because people simply don’t have enough space for all of their things in their apartments and the storage locker allotted to them by management. Off-site storage is becoming increasingly popular in big cities, and self-storage facilities are stepping in to pick up the slack.

Adapting to modern living in a big city is almost getting to the point where it is synonymous with having minimal space. A lack of space means space options, which is where self-storage units come in. They provide unique ways for people to maximize the amount of space they have available to them and are even capable of helping people run businesses and store inventory, given the astronomically high costs of commercial and office space in big cities.

For more information on self-storage spaces available in your area, contact Jiffy Self Storage at (416) 745-4339.

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Tips For Storing And Protecting Collectibles To Retain Value https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/tips-for-storing-and-protecting-collectibles-to-retain-value/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/tips-for-storing-and-protecting-collectibles-to-retain-value/#respond Wed, 28 Feb 2018 15:30:21 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186555 Anyone who collects something knows that the name of the game is retaining value. Whether it be stamps, coins, cards or books: a collectible is valued based on the rarity of the item and its condition. You could have the rarest rookie baseball card in the world, but if it’s dog-eared and tattered, or has
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Anyone who collects something knows that the name of the game is retaining value. Whether it be stamps, coins, cards or books: a collectible is valued based on the rarity of the item and its condition. You could have the rarest rookie baseball card in the world, but if it’s dog-eared and tattered, or has water stains all over it, it is likely going to be worth very little financially. If you are putting your valuable collectibles away into self storage, below are some tips to make sure they stay protected and retain their value.

Climate Controlled Storage

Anyone who has ever put valuable collectibles into a self storage unit before knows that climate controlled storage is a must. Climate controlled storage allows you to control the internal temperature in your unit to ensure that the environment is always constant. A reliable, constant environment is key for your peace of mind, and for the integrity of anything where physical condition determines worth.

Acid Free

If you are putting anything valuable into cardboard boxes, know that not all cardboard boxes are created equal. Run-of-the-mill cardboard boxes (the kind that fruit or electronics would come in) have acid in the cardboard that can easily bleed into any unprotected collectibles, and stain or otherwise ruin them. Make sure you are putting things like books and cards in boxes that don’t have acid in the cardboard. Find ones especially designed for storing sensitive and/or valuable items.

Security

Many people who break into self storage units do so because they are hoping they are going to find valuable and resellable collectibles inside. If you are serious about your collectible items, and more importantly, they are sentimental objects which have considerable financial value, you don’t want to skimp on security.

In addition to choosing a facility that takes their clients’ security seriously (by using cameras and security personnel), you are going to need to invest in a robust lock that is hard to cut. Cheap locks with long necks are easy to break, especially for an experienced thief. Buy a lock with a short neck, made from high quality material that is going to be hard to cut with a lock cutter.

Climate controlled storage, proper storage containers, and security for your items from would-be thieves are going to be your top priorities as a collector with valuable collectibles in self storage. Keep those three necessities in mind and rest assured that your precious collectible items are well looked after.

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Best Storage Shelves To Buy https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-shelves/best-storage-shelves-to-buy/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-shelves/best-storage-shelves-to-buy/#respond Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:15:07 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186551 Whenever you put anything into a self storage unit, the two main goals should always be protection and maximizing space. Protection is fairly straightforward: you want to ensure no one can break in, and you want to make sure individual items are properly stored so that they don’t break or degrade. Maximizing space, on the
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Whenever you put anything into a self storage unit, the two main goals should always be protection and maximizing space. Protection is fairly straightforward: you want to ensure no one can break in, and you want to make sure individual items are properly stored so that they don’t break or degrade.

Maximizing space, on the other hand, can be trickier. It takes some strategy, and often takes some compromising and ingenuity. One of the main ways to maximize space in a self storage unit is to take advantage of the unit’s vertical space, which means installing shelving. If you are wondering how to go about selecting shelving for your unit, below are some of the most functional shelves you can use.

Bookshelves

If you are a keeper and lover of books, and you are thinking about putting some of them away into a self storage unit, you are going to want to invest in some bookshelves. You can fit way more books on a shelf, and in a much more organized fashion, that you can in simple cardboard boxes. Bookshelves will save you a considerable amount of space, and free up floor space for things like furniture and mattresses.

Hanging Shelves

Hanging shelves go on the wall, usually by screwing in brackets. Hanging shelves are great for document storage, and storage of smaller items in general. As long as the shelves are securely fastened to the wall, you can place boxes on the shelves that you would otherwise have placed on the ground, taking up valuable floor space.

Filing Cabinets

Filing cabinets can be conceptualized as enclosed shelving units for the purposes of this discussion. Document storage is all about getting the most out of the space you have, and protecting your documents at the same time. This is especially true if you are storing important business records and personal documents, such as tax information. A high quality metal cabinet, perhaps even something that is fire resistant, rather than simply having boxes all over the floor, will save you space and provide you with peace of mind.

Shelving units come in all shapes and designs, and they can fit into virtually any self storage unit. If your shelving requires drilling or screwing into the wall, it is a good idea to check with the facility before you start the installation. If space is at a premium in your self storage unit and you are looking to exploit the unused vertical space, then shelving units are something you should definitely consider.

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What Are The Most Common Items Found In Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/self-storage/what-are-the-most-common-items-found-in-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/self-storage/what-are-the-most-common-items-found-in-storage/#respond Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:15:13 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186547 Millions of people all over North America rely on self storage units to help them clear out and use space they desperately need. Other people utilize self storage units as places for items they aren’t sure what to do with, such as things they’ve inherited, or as places to keep items in transition. Whatever people
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Millions of people all over North America rely on self storage units to help them clear out and use space they desperately need. Other people utilize self storage units as places for items they aren’t sure what to do with, such as things they’ve inherited, or as places to keep items in transition. Whatever people use a self storage unit for, there are some trends and themes one tends to notice if you’ve seen the inside of enough units. Below are some of the most commonly found items in self storage units.

Furniture

Furniture is one of those self storage perennial favourites. People always seem to be acquiring new furniture, but getting rid of old furniture can be difficult. Because furniture is one of the household items which tends to take up the most space, it is a prime candidate for self storage.

Mattresses

Similar to furniture, mattresses are another commonly found item in self storage units. Most people use their mattresses until the end of their useful lives, or very near to the end, and then upgrade to something newer and more comfortable. It is hard to tell when a mattress is no longer usable, so many people put old, but not necessarily useless mattresses into their self storage units to save for a rainy day, or with the intention of one day giving it to someone else.

Clothing

People can find it very difficult to get rid of clothing, especially clothing they have had for a long time and which has a lot of memories attached. This is true even if it is something that never gets worn. Rather than risk throwing something away or donating it, only to later regret the decision, many people simply put their old clothes into boxes or garment bags and place them in self storage.

Collectibles

Collectors’ items are another fan favourite in self storage units. People collect all manner of things, and often those things simply don’t have anywhere to go other than a self storage unit. This is especially true for people who collect antiques, or things like hats, books, etc.

Self storage units hold all manner of items, and when you open one, you never know what you are going to find. You can, however, make some pretty accurate predictions based on what you tend to see over the years. If you are wondering what you should, or what you can, keep in a self storage unit, the above list might give you some indication of what other people use theirs for.

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When Is It Time To Move Your Grown Child’s Bedroom Into Storage? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/bedroom-storage/when-is-it-time-to-move-your-grown-childs-bedroom-into-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/bedroom-storage/when-is-it-time-to-move-your-grown-childs-bedroom-into-storage/#respond Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:10:35 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186542 There comes a time for every parent when their child eventually outgrows the nest and flies away. This is usually a time of mixed emotions. On the one hand, you’re happy you’ve raised a healthy, competent, independent adult. On the other hand, there is always some melancholy when a chapter closes in our lives. If
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There comes a time for every parent when their child eventually outgrows the nest and flies away. This is usually a time of mixed emotions. On the one hand, you’re happy you’ve raised a healthy, competent, independent adult. On the other hand, there is always some melancholy when a chapter closes in our lives. If you are debating what to do with your grown child’s room once they have left the house, and you want to know when it’s a good time to start considering storage, below are some tips to help you decide.

University

If your kid has gone away to university somewhere else in the country or the world, there is a good chance that they are going to be making several trips back and forth during their undergraduate degree. If this is the case, you might want to hold off on moving things like the bed and other furniture until that process is over. You can have them pack up their clothing and anything that could be considered a decoration, and place those items into storage preemptively.

First Apartment

While you will never truly shut the door on your grown children, once they have signed a lease on their first apartment, you can reasonably conclude that this is the beginning of full independence. If they have a full-time job and a place of their own, their stuff is their responsibility, or it’s going into furniture storage. If they don’t want to take their old furniture off your hands when moving out, then it should go into a self storage unit.

You’re Converting the Room into Something Else

Once grown children have moved out, many people start to plan alternate uses for what used to be their bedrooms. Home offices, craft workshops, guest rooms, or extra storage are all reasonable uses for excess bedrooms. The point is that once you know for sure they are out on their own living a completely independent life, you are free to do as you wish with the space that was their bedroom, and all of their furniture should be placed into furniture storage.

Packing up a grown child’s room and putting all of those memories into furniture storage or a self storage unit can take some courage, but it’s not like you’re saying goodbye to your children, just their things. They might want to have those things in storage so that they can decide in the future what is worth keeping and what they want to get rid of or donate, or you might decide that their old furniture can be repurposed, or given to someone else in need.

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Should You Wrap Your Furniture And Mattresses For Storage? https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/furniture-storage/should-you-wrap-your-furniture-and-mattresses-for-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/furniture-storage/should-you-wrap-your-furniture-and-mattresses-for-storage/#respond Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:00:02 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186537 Two of the most commonly stored items in self storage units are furniture and mattresses. We all end up changing or upgrading mattresses and furniture at various points throughout our lives, so it makes sense that these items often end up in storage. They are also, however, two of the most common items to find
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Two of the most commonly stored items in self storage units are furniture and mattresses. We all end up changing or upgrading mattresses and furniture at various points throughout our lives, so it makes sense that these items often end up in storage. They are also, however, two of the most common items to find stored incorrectly. For those planning on putting furniture or a mattress into a storage unit, below are some of the reasons it pays to wrap both of these items before putting them away for any length of time.

Avoid Scratching

When putting your items into furniture storage, you should always wrap them up to avoid damaging the pieces themselves, or any other objects around them. If you decide to put multiple pieces of furniture away into storage, only to decide a couple of months later that something has to come out, do so very carefully. If you are too rough taking it out, you might end up damaging the other pieces in the unit, or breaking the one you are removing.

Mold and Mildew

If you are storing furniture or mattresses in a region of the country where the climate is likely to wreak havoc on the material, then climate controlled storage is your best bet. However, if you are unable to secure a unit with climate control, or you are putting furniture into a unit that you have already rented and paid for, but does not have climate control, your items must go in covered. Mold and mildew can quickly take over any fabric in a unit, and nobody is going to want to use furniture or a mattress that is covered in green.

Termites

Termites love to make their homes within furniture. Termites are always a concern whenever you have wood around, and anyone who has seen the destruction that termites are capable of, knows they are no joke. Make sure you are covering any furniture going into self storage, especially if you know it is in an area where termites abound, to ensure that you are not providing a home for pesky termites.

Mattress and furniture storage requires some planning and some awareness of the risks involved, but, if you keep the above tips in mind, and ensure that you are not putting your mattresses and furniture in any unnecessary peril, you can put them into storage knowing they are well looked after and will be just as useful when you take them out.

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How To Protect Clothing During Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/how-to-protect-clothing-during-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/how-to-protect-clothing-during-storage/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:45:11 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186533 Most of us accumulate a huge amount of clothing throughout the course of our lives, even throughout the course of a single year. It can get to the point where we have so much clothing around the house, especially clothing for different uses and seasons, that it becomes unmanageable, and we can start to feel
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Most of us accumulate a huge amount of clothing throughout the course of our lives, even throughout the course of a single year. It can get to the point where we have so much clothing around the house, especially clothing for different uses and seasons, that it becomes unmanageable, and we can start to feel cluttered. If this applies to you, and you are thinking about putting some of that clothing away into storage, below are some tips for protecting your belongings while they are not in use.

Climate Control

If you are storing clothing, particularly in a region where humidity is an issue, you are going to want to look into climate controlled storage. Climate controlled storage lets you regulate the temperature and the air quality inside your short term storage unit so that you never have to worry about the elements destroying your belongings. This is especially important if you are putting clothing into storage that is made from organic fibres, as it is more susceptible to disintegration and destruction by water.

Wash Beforehand

When putting clothing into storage, it should always go in clean. Wash and dry clothing before putting it into boxes or bags to store, or you might find that when you take it out, any dirt and grime that has been left has either permanently stained the article of clothing, or made it unwearable.

Garment Bags

Ideally, every single article of clothing should have a garment bag, but since this may be impractical, you should make sure any clothing that you want to keep in the absolute best shape possible goes in its own, individual garment bag. Things like wedding dresses or antique gowns, and clothing that may have been passed down or is to be worn on very special occasions should be placed in a garment bag while in storage.

Pack by Season

If you are storing seasonal items like mittens, hats and scarves, label the box they go in so you can easily access them the following season. It may be useful to designate a box or shelf for each season, so that you can always quickly and easily find what you need.

Storing clothing requires that you give it some TLC beforehand and make sure that you are taking the necessary precautions while it is in short term storage (i.e. using climate controlled storage). Many people, ignoring the above tips, have put a lot of clothing into storage, only to find it considerably deteriorated when they went to take it out. Keep the above storage tips in mind and preserve your clothing.

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How To Store Winter Sports Equipment https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/winter-storage/how-to-store-winter-sports-equipment/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/winter-storage/how-to-store-winter-sports-equipment/#respond Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:20:16 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186530 It’s getting to that time of year again when we are starting to think about and plan for the spring. Winter has been fun, but it’s time to start thinking about what we are going to do with all that winter gear and equipment to make way for the spring stuff. If you are someone
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It’s getting to that time of year again when we are starting to think about and plan for the spring. Winter has been fun, but it’s time to start thinking about what we are going to do with all that winter gear and equipment to make way for the spring stuff. If you are someone who enjoys winter sports and has a lot of equipment taking up space around your home, you will probably be interested in the following tips and tricks for storing winter sports equipment, whether it be in your home’s storage areas, or in a short term storage space.

Snowboard and Ski Racks

If you have a snowboard and skis, or multiple snowboards and pairs of skis, you know that, left lying around, they quickly begin to consume a lot of space. Leaving them on the ground, or stacked on top of one another, are good ways to damage or scratch them. If you are putting your skis and snowboards away for the season, it is a good idea to invest in a ski and snowboard rack. You can place it in a short term storage unit, or in an inconspicuous spot in your own home, and it will keep everything safely off the ground.

Let Your Jackets Breathe

Winter sports mean winter clothing that you wear while doing those sports, which inevitably means big winter jackets. If you are putting away a bunch of winter jackets at the same time (maybe you own multiple, or your packing up your whole family’s) you should make sure you are not putting them too close together. Space between each jacket, preferably with them hanging on a rack, is a must. If one becomes wet for some reason and they are stored in close proximity, the others may become wet, and you might find yourself with moldy jackets.

Keep Things off the Floor

It is a good idea to keep as many things off the floor as possible. Whether it’s using a rack, or installing shelving units, utilizing your vertical space in order to avoid keeping expensive winter sporting equipment off the floor is a must.

Your winter sporting equipment is good to you, so make sure you are good to it by following the above winter sporting equipment storage tips. Whether you keep your equipment in a short term storage unit or around your own home, doing so will ensure that you maximize the useful life of all of your belongings and have them around for many seasons to come.

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Tips To Prepare Your Appliances For Storage https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/appliance-storage/tips-to-prepare-your-appliances-for-storage/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/appliance-storage/tips-to-prepare-your-appliances-for-storage/#respond Fri, 02 Feb 2018 14:00:59 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186526 Home appliances are notorious for taking up large amounts of space, and they quickly become burdensome when you’ve decommissioned them and no longer want them around. If you have recently upgraded your kitchen and still have your old appliances, or if you have an old washer and dryer that still work, but you no longer
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Home appliances are notorious for taking up large amounts of space, and they quickly become burdensome when you’ve decommissioned them and no longer want them around. If you have recently upgraded your kitchen and still have your old appliances, or if you have an old washer and dryer that still work, but you no longer need, you can either keep them in storage in your home, or look for a self storage unit.

A self storage unit will allow you to keep unneeded appliances temporarily until you find someone who wants them, or you decide where they are going to go. If you are in the the process of putting your appliances into storage, or you are preparing to do so, here are some tips to help you prepare your appliances for storage.

Run a Wash Cycle

Before you put something like a dishwasher or a washing machine into self storage, it is a good idea to run a wash cycle (with bleach or vinegar instead of detergent) in order to make sure that the appliance is clean before it goes in. If you leave dirt and grime in something like a dishwasher for a long period of time, you might find the dirt and grime hardened and caked on when you go to take the appliance out of storage and donate it, or give it to someone.

Make Sure the Doors Stay Open

Anytime you put an appliance into storage, you should do so with the doors open. If you put something like a dishwasher or washing machine into storage with the doors closed, especially if you have just run a wash cycle prior to putting it away, you are inviting mold and mildew to grow in it, and you don’t want to deal with that when it comes time to take the appliance out again.

Keep Odours from Invading

Anytime you put an appliance into storage you should include a box of baking soda inside it. Baking soda is a well known deodorant, and having a box in your washing machine or dryer will make sure the appliance doesn’t come out of storage smelling like old, dirty water.

Cover Them Up

Always put your appliances into storage with a cover over them. You can cover them with an old sheet or a tarp, just remember that the goal is to make sure they are protected from dust collecting all over them. It will also prevent them from becoming scratched up during the process of loading and unloading. Make sure whatever material you use is breathable, so never use plastic.

Putting appliances away into storage requires a bit of prep work and some common sense. Keep the above tips in mind when putting your appliances into storage or self storage, and ensure that they come out the exact same way they went in.

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Using A Storage Unit To Run Your E-Commerce Business https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/business-storage-2/using-storage-unit-run-e-commerce-business/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/business-storage-2/using-storage-unit-run-e-commerce-business/#respond Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:00:33 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186493 More and more, business owners are turning to self storage facilities to help with the logistics of running a business. They are especially useful for e-commerce businesses, where the need for physical space is limited, but having a dedicated storage space is certainly useful. If you are an e-commerce business person and would like to
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More and more, business owners are turning to self storage facilities to help with the logistics of running a business. They are especially useful for e-commerce businesses, where the need for physical space is limited, but having a dedicated storage space is certainly useful. If you are an e-commerce business person and would like to know how you can use storage facilities to help run your business, below are some things to keep in mind.

Speak To Your Storage Facility Manager

Before using a self storage space in any unconventional way, always speak to the staff at the facility before going ahead with anything. There may be some rules and regulations to keep in mind that you aren’t aware of, as well as some restrictions on the types of things that you can keep in the unit that you are going to want to be cognizant of so as not to inconvenience yourself or the facility in the future.

Insurance

If you are currently stocking a lot of your merchandise inventory at your home, you may be running the risk of over-stretching your contents insurance, or, more importantly, not being covered for running a business from your home. If you store your inventory in a self-storage unit, it is actually easier to get a cheaper deal on insurance. The added security of many facilities also means that premiums tend to drop , which is always nice.

Packing Materials On Site

If you are shipping items across the country, or even around the world, storage facilities offer a convenient way to never have to go out looking for packing materials ever again. Most storage facilities offer on-site packing supplies so streamlining your packing and shipping process is dead easy. It also means you don’t have to stock packing and shipping materials yourself, which makes for a leaner operation.

Free Up Space In Your Home For The Day To Day Operations

If you are running your e-commerce business from your home, storage facilities and self storage units allow you to free up what space you have to spare around your home for business related activities. Instead of cramming documents and inventory into the same space where you take care of operations, you can have a dedicated, clutter-free area in your home that is used solely for running and growing your business. A clutter-free space is a more productive space.

Running your e-business out of a self storage unit, or simply having it as part of your operations, is a great idea for a multitude of different reasons. If you are an e-commerce business person and are looking for ways to make your operations more efficient, keep the above benefits of running part, or all of your e-commerce operations out of your local storage facility.

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Items That Should Never Be Put In A Storage Unit https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/never-be-put-in-a-storage-unit/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-units/never-be-put-in-a-storage-unit/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186489 Self storage units are quickly becoming the solution not just for people’s storage needs, but for businesses and hobby needs as well. The versatility of self storage units make them ideal for keeping items that you either don’t have room for or don’t want around your home or office. There are, however, certain restrictions on
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Self storage units are quickly becoming the solution not just for people’s storage needs, but for businesses and hobby needs as well. The versatility of self storage units make them ideal for keeping items that you either don’t have room for or don’t want around your home or office. There are, however, certain restrictions on what you can and should keep in a self storage unit. Below are some items that should never be put in a storage unit.

Perishable Food Items

One of the biggest concerns for people storing anything is whether or not what they are storing is going to attract pests. While rodents and insects can be attracted to all manner of stored items, you are almost guaranteeing yourself a problem if you start storing perishable food items. Not only will the smell of these items eventually become an issue, but you might open your unit to find it infested and, more importantly, you might end up infesting adjacent units.

Flammable items

Anything flammable (such as fuels, oils etc.) should not be put in self storage units. You want to make sure that you are not putting your unit, or those around you at risk and keeping flammable chemicals, or compounds in a hot, confined space is a recipe for disaster. Ask your storage facility for a list of flammable items that you are not allowed to keep in your unit.

Anything Living

Even if it is only for a short period of time, you should never put anything living in storage unit. This is not only against the rules of most storage facilities, but it is also inhumane. Storage units are confined, dark spaces that likely not breathe well and keeping something living in such a space is not permitted and not right.

Explosive

As with flammable items, anything explosive is also something to be kept out of self storage units. This includes things like fireworks, propane tanks and anything that could explode upon expansion and contraction due to large swings in temperature. You don’t want to risk damaging your own belongings, those in adjacent units or risk harming yourself or anyone else who enters the unit. Don’t keep explosive items in your unit.

Self storage units really have very few restrictions on what you can keep in them, but they do have some. If you are making a list of things to keep in your self storage unit and want to know what you should leave out, keep the above 4 classes of item in mind and make sure you are using your storage space responsibly.

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Self Storage Tips On A Budget https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/self-storage-tips-on-a-budget/ https://www.jiffystorage.com/blog/storage-tips/self-storage-tips-on-a-budget/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:00:06 +0000 https://www.jiffystorage.com/?p=186483 Some people are adept at getting the most bang for their buck no matter what the investment is. With some, it’s an instinct. They know how to research the best pricing, will go to great lengths to pinch a penny and can generally be found anywhere there is a bargain to be had. Self storage
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Some people are adept at getting the most bang for their buck no matter what the investment is. With some, it’s an instinct. They know how to research the best pricing, will go to great lengths to pinch a penny and can generally be found anywhere there is a bargain to be had. Self storage units are generally quite affordable and most people are able to get a lot out of the investment, but there are some self storage tips for people on a budget that are worth knowing regardless.

Storage Pricing

While most self storage facilities provide something for everybody, you would be wise to do some shopping around before deciding on the best facility for your needs. If you live in the downtown core of a big city, it goes without saying that space is at a premium and you will likely find yourself paying a huge premium for storage space your could get much cheaper if you went a little bit outside the city. Storage pricing is dependent on demand for space so try a facility on the outskirts of town if you are finding the one’s in the heart of the city are too pricey.

Organization

If you are looking to get the most out of your storage space on a budget, in addition to storage pricing, utilizing all of the space available to you is a must. This means organizing the unit to fit as much as you can. Stack and hang things vertically as much as possible as the vertical space in a self storage unit is often the most wasted, underused space. Be careful not to stack things too high, and always stack the heaviest, most durable items on the bottom.

Take Measurements

Before putting any money down on a storage unit, know how much space you are going to need. Storage pricing is based on square footage so if you pay for more space than you need, you are wasting money. Take measurements of everything you are going to be putting into the storage unit so you know exactly what to tell the customer service representative and he or she can recommend you the perfect size/price combination for what you have.

Go In On A Unit With Someone

If you think it would be more economical to split a storage unit with a friend or family member, then do that. Often times people end up renting a unit and they don’t have enough items to make it worth their while financially. You can work around this by finding someone who is in a similar situation and split the difference together.

Storage units on a budget require some creativity and planning but they are definitely doable. If you are thinking about investing in self storage space but are worried about the economics of it, keep the above tips and considerations in mind and make your self storage investment one that makes sense.

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