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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). If you're looking to use our cube van during your move, be sure to book the cube van in advance!

2) Downsize your material possessions

  • 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  • If items are in worn, outdated, in bad shape, or you just plain hate them REPLACE them if you can.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.

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.

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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. We have compiled a list of best practices for storing photos. If you're careful and follow the tips below, your photos will be around for your viewing pleasure for years to come!

Make copies of your photos

When storing photos 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 local companies that can digitize your negatives or photographs onto a CD or DVD for you to keep those memories secure. If you're a D.I.Y. type, purchasing an external hard drive and loading your photos onto it, will save space on your computer.

Use temperature-controlled storage

Make sure that you choose a temperature-controlled storage unit to ensure that no harsh weather or extra moisture melts or cracks your photos. Having a unit that does not maintain temperatures, will cause further issues for your belongings. If you're unfamiliar with the term "temperature-controlled storage" we urge you to learn more about it. Alone, this feature can greatly reduce the environmental factors of excessive heating and cooling on your valuables. If you're storing in Winnipeg – this is a must-have for anything in storage.

Packing photos for long-term storage

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

Label containers for easy organization

When labeling photos, use a marker instead of a pen to ensure no marks are made on the photo. If you're storing photos in boxes, label the outside of the box as well. This can save you a lot of time when you go back to look for something. If you are using boxes for storage, placing a piece of paper between your pictures to prevent them from sticking. Like the previous tip, an acid-free 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...

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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.

Lifestyle Tips - Back to School Storage - StorageVille - Winnipeg, ManitobaSET UP A SLEEPING ROUTINE

Sleep 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

Homework 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

The center of your home - the 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!

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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