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Moving into a new home is far from fun but with some helpful tips you'll be ready in no time...

List of ways to take the stress out of moving:

1) Decide on either moving company or do-it-yourself
If you choose a moving company make sure you do your research first and pick a reputable company and make sure you have replacement insurance either your own or through the mover. If you decide to DIY make sure you have enough help (trucks and helpers).

2) Downsize
Keep only the amount of items that you NEED!
• If items are in worn, outdated, in bad shape, or you just plain hate them REPLACE them if you can.
• Give yourself a no-guilt free-pass to toss broken belongings or items with missing pieces.
• Keep only the small furniture pieces that you LOVE or that you will REPURPOSE.
• Be sure the large furniture you own has a place in your new space. If not, SELL it.
• Keep only decor that you LOVE.

3) Start Early
Simply put don't wait until the last minute to start packing. Begin early and pack up the things you don't need.

4) Label your boxes
Be sure to label fragile boxes FRAGILE. Keep all like items from each room together, this will go a long way in keeping things organized and make unpacking quicker.

5) Separate out a box of necessities
Necessities such as: toilet paper, soap, light bulbs, garbage bags, sheets, towels... and anything else you think you will immediately need.

6) Organize your utilities
Nothing beats unpacking in the cold and dark so be sure to contact the gas, electric, phone, water and cable companies before you move so they are ready and waiting for you.

7) Painting and other repairs
It's a lot easier painting an empty room or to repair flooring. So plan on doing any type of repairs, if needed, prior to move-in date.

8) Re-Key
You never know how many keys are floating around out there. It's a wise idea to do just before move in.

University Storage - StorageVille - Winnipeg, Manitoba
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A lot of University students in the city are breathing a sigh of relief as their exam schedules and school year's are winding down. As the school term comes to an end, many will be returning home to work throughout the ''off season''. For these students the question now becomes what do I do with everything in my apartment or dorm room as I head home for work or for a much needed vacation?

If you plan on heading home after exams it can be a burden having to move books, desks and furniture out of your school space and all the way back home where there may not be adequate room to accommodate these items used while attending classes.

StorageVille has you covered my educated friends!

StorageVille knows you're tired of lugging around books, and bringing them home with you is the last thing on your mind. Skip the hassle, a locker at StorageVille can save you the effort and help you fetch more money for your books should you decide to sell them in the next semester. A lot of students find the start of a new year is the best time to sell used books as it's usually when they're in high demand. Your collection of books will be in tip top shape after being stored, safe and sound, in one of many units available right here in Winnipeg.

Then there are the larger items... the work desks, beds, furniture and appliances that only see use throughout the school year. Not to worry, StorageVille has lockers that can fit nearly anything you need stored during your time away. When you're ready to return to class next semester you can easily retrieve your school gear, which will make moving in to your dorm room or apartment a breeze.

School can be stressful. If you're a first time student, or a parent of a first time University or College student that will be moving away from home to attend classes in the next school year, make it easy on them. The transition will be a smooth one if you gather what you will need for the year and store it ahead of time in a unit at StorageVille. When you've been assigned a dorm room or find the perfect apartment, simply pick your items up from storage and move them right in. This will save you the trouble of extra clutter when preparing for the upcoming year and it will mean traveling a much shorter distance with bulky items like computer desks and office chairs.

Students, it's time to start making the move from University to home and back again an easy process.

Call StorageVille today and make your academic life that much easier as you never have to lock in for more than a month at a time, giving you lots of flexibility.

Properly Storing Cloths - StorageVille - Winnipeg, Manitoba
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One of the top things that are stored is clothing; from snow pants, gloves and hats to summer dresses and shorts. As the seasons change so does the clothes and the only way to separate them is with storing them in an organized fashion.

Cleaning your clothes is the first thing that should be done. Putting away dirty clothes can lead unwanted smell and possibly bugs. It can also cause the dirt to rest and stain your clothing after several months of storage. If you take the time to thoroughly wash your clothing before packing them away it can keep your belongings safe during storage.

Even though it might feel right to hang your sweaters, the months that they are hung up can cause unwanted stretching. Be sure to pack your sweaters and any other clothing away in plastic containers to ensure no moisture crawls into the creases. When folding and packing your clothing make sure to put your heavier items at the bottom followed by lighter items. A good way to keep your clothes fresh and to avoid pests is to use these recommended items:
moth balls, a fabric softener sheet, and small cedar blocks.

Storing your clothes in a cool, dark and dry environment can save your clothes from heat, sunlight, and humidity damage. Also make sure that your clothing receives the right amount of ventilation; unlike other items you can store, clothing quality depends on the air flow and temperature.

Thinking about downsizing and getting rid of those articles of clothing that only collect dust can save you plenty of room. Selling them on E-Bay or giving them to charity is a great way to rid yourself of that out-of-season jacket.

Something to keep in mind is the amount of time you will be storing your clothing. If they are left in storage for over a year mildew could accumulate that’s why it is important to check on your clothing every 8-12 months.

Project Storage - Storageville - Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Summer is on its way and many of us are eager to get started on overdue home renovations or to start new upgrades in our homes and businesses.

Whether you're upgrading a basement, remodelling an office or fixing up a living room to meet your taste, it's important that you're allowing yourself enough space to get the job done comfortably and that you're keeping your existing valuables safe.

Storing your possessions at StorageVille can be an easy way to free up space for a home renovation. Redoing a basement living room? Rather than move heavy and awkward items like furniture, area rugs and boxes repeatedly while trying to get the job done, store them in a safe and secure locker until the job is complete and avoid the hassle of constantly lifting and moving your belongings.

Whether your project is of monumental proportions or just a little touch up, there is potential for a mess to be made. If you're painting, stirring up dust with drywall or taking on another kind of potentially messy renovation, it's a good idea to ensure your prized posessions are protected properly. Maybe it's a collection of old photographs in a box, perhaps a painting you're fond of... if it's important to you, it is a good idea to store it in a unit where it will be safe and can be easily retrieved at a later date.

While storing can help you preserve your precious items and free up space for your projects it can also help you save money on your renovation! Found an item on sale? Store it in a locker while planning your upgrade and bring it out when you're ready!
Storing can make your home or business renovation a lot less stressful and it's easy to do.

1) Store at StorageVille when you want to start your project and don't forget to take advantage of the free moving van.

2) Use your locker on a month to month basis for as long as the project takes.
3) Retrieve your stored items when it's convenient.

Planning to store a few of your possessions while taking on a spring/summer project? Help out a worthy local charity! StorageVille's two locations in the city are also drop off points for the Children's

Hospital Book Market. Drop off your used books and help support the Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

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Winter is coming to an end. We’ll have seen highs around +16(!) this week, and the snow is set to disappear. The ice fishing shacks have moved from the river, and it’s time to pack away the skis and the snowmobile for another year. Manitoba is a wonderful place for winter sports, but because of that we accumulate so much stuff, and it has to go somewhere! If you live in an apartment or a condo, you already feel the pain. Even in a house, the garage or basement may be overflowing. Whether you have a storage locker, or just in apartment storage, it’s tough to find enough room for all the winter sports gear you have. At Storageville we have a solution for you. We have 5x5 storage units, perfectly sized for storing seasonal items during the off-season, and best of all – all of our self-storage units are individually alarmed to keep your valuables secure.

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We'll show you the proper way...

Storing your personal belongings can be a bit of a scary situation, especially when it comes to those precious moments that have been documented on film.

If you're careful and follow the tips below your photos will be around for your viewing pleasure for years to come!

MAKE COPIES: When storing them for an extended period of time make copies. It guarantees you that even if a photo gets ruined you'll still have an extra copy to reminisce. There are also local companies that can digitize your negatives or photographs onto a CD or DVD for you to keep those memories secure.

TEMPERATURE: Make sure that you choose a temperature-controlled unit to ensure that no harsh weather or extra moisture melts or cracks your photos. Having a unit that is not on the main level will further protect your belongings from temperature fluctuations and help prevent dust from collecting in the unit.

PACKING: There are some precautions you must think about before packing away your photos. Peel and stick albums will damage your photos over time and having an acid-free album will further protect your photos. Remove anything that could damage your photo or stain them such as paperclips or rubber bands.

LABEL: Labelling your photos (with a marker to assure no marks are being made with a pen) and your boxes will save you a lot of time when you go back to look for something. Also, try to put a piece of paper between your pictures to prevent them from sticking (archival-quality paper is recommended).

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New Year's Resolutions Solutions - StorageVille - Winnipeg, Manitoba
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As the Holidays end and the resolution lists start to form, organization is definitely a priority for the busy-bodied people who need to push Christmas out of their minds. While the thoughts of resolutions and spring cleaning start to creep into the back of our heads, storing your items in a storage unit is a perfect place to let your light-up reindeer rest.

Here are some items you should definitely avoid storing and some mistakes you should avoid:

Plastic Wrap - StorageVille - Winnipeg, ManitobaTHE SMALL THINGS: Are there still clothes in those drawers? Maybe there are crumbs in the crumb-free toaster! Overlooking these less obvious things can lead to a bug buffet and leave the unit smelling a little funky. Thinking about these small things can help save that spare key in a stowed away jacket or can save electronics that should be put away without their batteries. Little things like this should be stored in bubble wrap or in small boxes.

STORING FOOD: Storing food seems like a good idea! ... boxes of cereal that never expire ... cans of soup... NEVER EVER store food. Storing food could lead to insect infestation very easily.

 

Storage Boxes - StorageVille - Winnipeg, ManitobaCHEMICALS: Toxic and flammable substances are a definite no-no.

PLASTIC WRAP: Plastic is also a trap. Do not wrap your belongings in plastic because it does retain moisture and can lead to the manifesting of mold.

PERSONAL: Even if the unit is weather controlled humidity can still seep in which could destroy those weather-sensitive family photos. The irreplaceable heirlooms or personal documents should also be kept out of a storage unit.

Stay tuned to our next blog where we discuss how to store family photos...

Clear Out The Space For A Man-Cave - StorageVille - Winnipeg, Manitoba
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Becoming more and more popular the "Man Cave", "Man-Space", and "Manctuary" whatever you want to call it...

Why are they creating this space? Men say that they are at the end of their rope from arguing with their partner at least once or twice a week about the space their possessions take up. But it's not all doom and gloom. Men believe that having a place where they can store their possessions and indulge in their pastimes is actually beneficial to their relationship.

Both men and women can benefit from this time apart. Why?

"Because this freedom and space is key to a healthy and balanced relationship."

With a rise in the number of couples co-habiting, space is more precious than ever and men are demanding a private sanctuary to call their own.

Here are some suggested steps to take if you’re in the business of building a "Man Cave":

Step 1: Identify the space
100% yours to own and decorate - Whether it be a garage, basement, den, attic or a study just be sure it's secluded and has a lockable door. Make it your own; decorate it, use it however you chose.

Step 2: Clear it out and outfit it
Clear out all boxes, furniture, everything must go... (*need somewhere to store your items? Call us first!) Take your room and give it a good clean first then locate the focal point of the room. What do you want to put there?

Step 3: Paint it!
A fresh coat of pant does wonders... stick with dark blues, greens, grey, or reds with accents of black and brown.

Clear Out The Space For A Man-Cave  - StorageVille - Winnipeg, ManitobaStep 4: Storage Options
Find storage options that can handle anything from power tools to a 18Volt Battery.

Step 5: Stock it!
Simply put! However you decide.

Step 6: Break it in!
Just like a house you need to invite people over and show off your new digs. Invite some buddies over and watch their amazement... followed by jealousy!

You're welcome!

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As the summer comes to an end, the fall season brings rushed mornings, packed lunches and a house of complete disarray. It's that time of year again...

We suggest starting preparation two weeks in advance. It will give you loads of time to be ready for the new school year and enjoy the rest of the summer holidays.

BEDROOMS - a place of rest and toys should be kept to minimum. If you include some of the following, clutter won’t hit the floor:
• Purchase a clothing organizer or have a customized one put it;
• Toss kids' worn-out clothes, and donate the ones that no longer fit;
• Keep clothing hangers all one colour; and
• Add some large hooks to the backs of bedroom doors for easy hanging of backpacks, hoodies, hats.

Back to School Storage - StorageVille - Winnipeg, ManitobaSET UP A SLEEPING ROUTINE - Obviously times will differ depending on the age of the child, some helpful guidelines below provided by WebMD:
3-6 Years Old: 10-12 hours per day
7-12 Years Old: 10 - 11 hours per day
12-18 Years Old: 8-9 hours per day

BATHROOMS - Can be quite hectic if more than one child needs it. Start by making a schedule for showers/baths. Typically older children like to shower in the morning, so schedule younger children showers before bedtime. Here are some more helpful tips:
• Assign specific colour of towel for each child;
• Install pullout drawers for easy storage;
• Use wall space for shelves; and
• Hooks on the back of the door for towels/housecoats.

HOMEWORK AREA - should be confined to one area in the house where they are able to focus on their homework only. It will help kids stay organized and keep homework confined to one area.
• Start by setting up an area in the kitchen or other space in the home (kids are more gravitated towards the kitchen);
• Stock up on pens, pencils, paper, calculators, etc. and make them easily accessible; and
• Set aside a time (roughly) every day for homework.

KITCHEN - should be organized by removing anything that doesn’t belong there, anything that doesn’t serve a purpose. Take 15 minutes a day at the end of the day to clean and organize and follow these helpful tips:
• Have a week-at-a-glance planner for time management;
• Use decorative bins and baskets;
• Label bins and baskets;
• Make lunches the night before and colour code for each child;
• Keep spare change handy: countless field trips, hot lunches, etc. throughout the year; and
• Use donation bins, garbage and recycling bins for easy disposal.

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Before we begin this month's blog we want to remind you that we are still collecting books for the "Children's Hospital Book Market" http://www.goodbear.mb.ca/about-us/. Please drop off your books at either of our locations all year long. StorageVille would like to thank everyone for their donations. It's been a great success so far!

Did you see our contest for an IPad Mini? Enter today it closes August 21, 2013!

Now on to our blog post... Have you ever wondered what unexpected items you may find in someone's self-storage? I have and I did a little research to find the top weirdest items ever found in storage:

Grandma's remains.

While most of us would never dream of stashing a loved one's ashes in a storage unit, apparently some people do exactly that. There have been several reports of urns full of cremated remains found inside storage units, which seems like a strange way to honor a deceased loved one. In an even stranger case, a Florida family kept their grandmother's body in a blue casket inside a storage unit for 17 years following her death. When the storage unit owner notified the family that the unit would be sold for unpaid rent, they responded that the contents couldn't possibly be put up for auction, since they included a relative’s dead body.

Old Space Equipment.

Some of the weirder storage unit finds deal with a different kind of star. Spike TV's Auction Hunters showed the bidding action at a storage unit auction close to Florida's Cape Canaveral. One of the winners uncovered a NASA rocket and countdown clock in the unit he had purchased. The old equipment had been stored there after the space program that they were part of was discontinued.

Grenade

A man in Muskegon, Michigan got an unpleasant surprise when he purchased an abandoned self-storage unit at auction. The unit contained a handgun case. Inside the case was not a gun, but a live hand grenade. The local bomb squad had to be called into dispose of the grenade, but no one was hurt in the process. If you ever find live ammunition in public storage police should be called immediately.

Criminals

A Missouri burglar was found trapped inside a storage unit only a short time after he tried to rob it. The man slipped inside the open unit, but was accidentally locked in there when a storage facility guard closed the door. The guard eventually called the police to free the burglar and place him under arrest. This story illustrates the importance of making sure that your self-storage stays securely locked when you leave.

Old Shoes

Old shoes may sound like a perfectly normal thing to store in your unit, but the unit in question was packed with them. A man was served a search warrant due to the large number of shoes in his apartment, thought to be evidence of foul play. It turned out he was a collector, and his storage unit was stacked floor-to-ceiling with high-heeled ladies' shoes.

And a few more weird items found in storage...

1. A bucket of moth balls and slabs of gourmet chocolate. Sounds like a very strange fondue party
2. Fingernail clippings were actually found in a few Los Angeles storage units
3. Bags of mud
4. Tea bags strung together like holiday ornaments
5. A pair of glasses with the lenses painted black, mounted inside a bronzed picture frame
6. A toilet filled with dirt, with a plant growing in it
7. Pillows stuffed with kidney beans. What do you do with that? Soak the pillow in water overnight to soften the beans?
8. A mattress with a chalk outline of a body on it
9. An industrial sized toolbox filled with crayons
10. A collection of rat traps with tiny toy dolls pinned on them