When Is It The Right Time To Downsize Your Home? - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units | StorageVille

When Is It The Right Time To Downsize Your Home? - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units | StorageVilleWhile a spacious home is great when you have a large family, there may come a time in your life when it’s time to downsize. You can save money on cleaning and maintenance, and reduce your monthly bills by quite a bit if you downsize your home. Think about the additional freedom which can come from downsizing your home – you can put the money towards travelling or other passions. As well, you may upgrade to a newer, more modern home during your move – increasing your comfort level.

But is downsizing right for you? Here are a few questions to ask yourself, to see if it’s the right time to downsize your home.

Downsize Your Home: Does Your House Have Too Many Bedrooms?

When Is It The Right Time To Downsize Your Home? - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units | StorageVilleIf you bought a four-bedroom house because you had three kids, and they have all moved out, chances are those bedrooms are going unused. However, if you’re expecting to have frequent visitors, or you think one or more of your kids may move back home, you may still need those bedrooms.

If not, you may be paying too much for your current home. Besides the cost of the home itself, factor in utilities and property taxes on the additional space you have, that isn’t used.

Downsize Your Home: Are Taxes And Maintenance Too Expensive?

Larger homes are expensive to maintain. There are more things that can go wrong with furnaces and HVAC systems, and repairing a larger home is usually more costly than a smaller home. In addition, property taxes are based on the value of your home. Usually, the larger your home, the more you’ll pay each year in taxes.

If you’re having trouble affording the costs of taxes and maintenance, or if you just want extra money to use elsewhere, you may want to move into a smaller home.

Downsize Your Home: Is Your House Simply Too Big?

Do you have rooms in your home that you haven’t used for weeks? If so, you may just have too much space – and it may be time to downsize.

Downsize Your Home: Does Your House Have Sentimental Value?

When Is It The Right Time To Downsize Your Home? - Winnipeg Storage Units - Temperature Controlled Storage Units | StorageVilleIf your home has been passed down to you through generations, it may have sentimental value. You may want to pass it down to your kids. As well, if your house is where you raised your children, you may feel like your betraying your memories by moving. If this is the case, it may be worth staying in the home, despite it being a bit more expensive.

If there is no sentimental value and no plan for you children to live in the house after you, you may be better off moving to a smaller home. In fact, going through the process of selling and moving can remove some of the burden on your loved ones in the future.

Downsize Your Home: Is Your House Still Functional For Your Needs?

If your home has a lot of staircases or cramped and hard-to-access areas, it may not be right for you as you age. If you are not comfortable enough to get around your home as you age, it may be time to move to another house that is going to be more safe and convenient.

You can always renovate your home to be more accessible, but this too, comes at a great cost. Weigh your options – downsizing versus renovating and figure out what will work best for your situation.

Downsize Your Home: Do You Have A Plan For Moving Out?

Do you plan on renting a home for the next several years? Traveling the world? Buying a smaller home? Unless you have a plan for moving out, you probably shouldn’t downsize your home. Stay in your current house until you’ve figured out what you want to do next.

You should also have a plan about what to do with your extra stuff, once you move out. Chances are that you can sell a lot of it using websites like Craigslist, or a garage sale – but you may need to store quite a few things if you move to a much smaller home.

Using Winnipeg storage units can help when you downsize your home

Downsizing your home is not always the right move. But if it’s right for you, you can save a lot of time and money – and get a house that’s more adequate for your needs. And with temperature controlled, secure-access storage from StorageVille, you can store everything that you need from your old home during the transition of moving, or more permanently for years. Contact us today for your free storage unit quote!

The Ultimate Guide on how to Choose a Storage Unit - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVille

The Ultimate Guide on how to Choose a Storage Unit - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleChances are everyone will have a different reason for needing a storage unit at some point in their life. We’ve covered this in detail on our following blog posts; “How can self storage assist during life’s unexpected events?”, “Using a self storage unit can help make your business better”, and “Benefits of self storage during selling, moving, and renovating your home”. Sometimes having more space for a temporary period of time will help. Whatever the case may be, there may come a time when you need to choose a storage unit – and doing so can be quite intimidating. That’s why at StorageVille we have put together this guide on how to choose a storage unit. Take a look and then know you’ll pick the self storage unit that’s the best for your particular needs.

How to choose a storage unit: Get a storage unit tour at StorageVille

The first thing you should do is come to StorageVille for a tour. We warn you now – if shop around, you will notice we set the bar high. At StorageVille, we are the top provider of self-storage units in Winnipeg. Our trained staff can show you around our facility, and give you a top-to-bottom, inside and outside tour of what we have to offer.

We offer safe, clean, and accessible storage units in two convenient locations in Winnipeg. On your tour, you’ll be able to get inside information on everything that we have to offer.

How to choose a storage unit: We can probably help with the move-in

We offer a completely FREE 16 foot enclosed cube truck rental for up to 4 hours for new customers who are moving their things in. Additionally we offer another 50% discount when you move items out of our storage units!

How to choose a storage unit: Understand costs, billing, and more

Understand Costs, Billing and more - The Ultimate Guide on how to Choose a Storage Unit - Winnipeg Storage Units - StorageVilleIt’s a good idea to take the time to sit down and understand what you’re paying for exactly, when renting a storage unit. Make sure that you understand how much a storage unit costs per month, when payments are due, whether or not you can pre-pay. It’s important to know this information and other specifics – such as whether cash, checks, or cards are preferred – before signing for a storage unit.

How to choose a storage unit: Take a look at online reviews

Online reviews are a great way to get an understanding of the quality of a storage unit, and the professionalism and responsiveness of staff at the facility. StorageVille has fantastic online testimonials from past customers. We welcome our customers to learn more about our facility by visiting websites like Facebook, Google and other review websites.

How to choose a storage unit: Discuss operational basics

During your tour at StorageVille, you’ll want to make sure that you understand the basics about our facility, such as:

  • Hours of gate operation
  • What commercial packages/deliveries can be sent to our facility
  • How storage units are locked and secured, and alarmed, since each locker is monitored by AAA Alarms

If you have any other questions, you can always contact us later, and we’d be happy to discuss our services with you in further detail.

How to choose a storage unit: Consider your storage needs – and what size unit you’ll want

Clean Winnipeg Storage Units - The Ultimate Guide on how to Choose a Storage Unit - StorageVilleAs a rule, we always recommend choosing a storage unit that’s larger than you think you’ll need. This is because, as time goes on, you will tend to store more and more items in your unit.  Once you’re storage unit is full, it can be a hassle to move units and it’s typically cheaper to get a larger unit than it is to rent another unit.

A larger storage unit also helps you move around your items more effectively, which is ideal if you’re only storing your items for the short-term. Since your unit won’t be as full, it’s easier to get through and move large items, which makes things much more convenient for you.

This may sound like a sales pitch but there is nothing worse than loading a locker three quarters full and finding you need a larger unit. Now you have to move everything out you just put in – assuming you want it all in one locker.

We can help estimate your storage unit size

Not sure how much space you’ll need, or if you should get a larger storage unit? Our online Size Estimator is a great tool! Simply follow our guide to enter information about the boxes, furniture, and other items that will be stored, and you’ll get a personalized recommendation about what type of storage unit you should look into!

Along with our long form guide, if you’re looking for ballpark estimates for an ideal storage unit size – use our handy storage unit sizes comparison tool. If all else fails – just ask our friendly, knowledgeable staff – they will be glad to help you out!

How to choose a storage unit: Check out your options for temperature controlled storage units

Temperature controlled storage is often a great choice. Non-temperature controlled units can get extremely hot in the summer, and freezing cold in the winter. In turn, this can cause damage to items like:

  • Wood and metal furniture
  • Musical instruments
  • Electronics
  • Textiles
  • Music collections (vinyl, tapes, etc.)
  • Books and comic books
  • Artwork
  • Clothing
  • Important personal/business documents

As a rule, only the hardiest objects should be left in a non-temperature controlled storage unit. Ask yourself this – would you leave the item outside, or in your garage during the winter or summer? If not, you should probably store it in a temperature controlled storage unit.

How to choose a storage unit: Ask about security precautions and safety

the-ultimate-guide-on-how-to-choose-a-storage-unit-4Naturally, you want your belongings to be safe when you choose a storage unit. At StorageVille, we offer one of the best security programs in the business. We offer fully staffed security, as well as a fenced-in property, 24-hour cameras and video surveillance. Each customer will receive an personalized gate code, you choose so we know who is on the property and when. As well, all customers use our high security disc lock special locks to prevent unauthorized entry. The locks are new in the package, never used before and yours to keep when you leave.

So when you choose a storage facility, make sure you understand how your possessions are protected – and what you’ll need to do to access them.

Contact us today to get started with your storage unit in Winnipeg!

Sure, you could choose the other guys. But at StorageVille, we know that we offer the best service – at the best rates – in all of Winnipeg. So stop searching for the perfect self storage company. You’ve already found it.

Contact us now to learn more about availability and rates, and to schedule your tour today. We can’t wait to help you. And trust us, we will show you why we’re the #1 storage unit company in Winnipeg!

Classic car storage – spring tune-up tips after winter storage - Storage Winnipeg - StorageVille

Classic car storage – spring tune-up tips after winter storage - Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleAt StorageVille, we offer classic car storage two ways and at two locations; indoor storage units or outdoor storage for many of our customers. With spring fast arriving, maybe you’ve just removed your car from the protection of one our storage units after taking advantage of our winter car promotion – what should happen next? After a long Winnipeg winter, it’s time to tune up your classic car, and go for a drive!

While you can’t perform maintenance on the StorageVille lot or inside of the storage unit, we compiled tips on how to get your car into great shape once you bring it out of storage. Our first suggestion is to take it to your garage or a service centre to perform the maintenance. Read on, and learn our top tips!

After classic car storage – check your car’s fluids

You’ll want to check and top up all of your car’s fluids, including:

  • Windshield wiper fluid
  • Coolant
  • Power steering fluid
  • Brake fluid
  • Engine oil

If any of your fluids are low, consider topping them up. And, if they are more than a year or two old, consider having fluid lines flushed and the fluid replaced to ensure proper vehicle operation.

After classic car storage – check under the hood and engine compartment

After you check the fluids, complete a comprehensive check under the hood and engine compartment. Make sure that nothing looks out of place. Check for oil spots or any other fluids that may be leaking throughout the engine compartment.

After classic car storage – check oil, filters, and battery

Your oil should be checked again, as should your oil filter. Usually, if you have kept your classic car in storage for more than several months, your oil and filter should both be changed before you start driving again.

Classic car storage – spring tune-up tips after winter storage - Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleAlso, check the engine filter to see if it’s clean and check the cabin air filter. Finally, you should examine the battery and look for corrosion. If it’s an older-style lead-acid battery that is not sealed, you may need to add some water to the battery.

After classic car storage – check hoses, belts, and blades

You’ll want to examine the car’s hoses and belts. Check them for any signs of excessive wear and breakage. Especially in older cars, after an extended period of non-use, the rubber can deteriorate and become brittle. You may see small cracks or “runs” in the rubber. If you do, these belts need to be replaced.

In addition to the belts and hoses, you should check all fan blades to make sure they are clean, in good condition, and unobstructed.

After classic car storage – check the tires

After classic car storage, your tires will likely need to be inflated. Most gas stations have an air station, so you can pump the tires up yourself. Bring along a pressure gauge and check them to ensure they are inflated to the correct PSI.

If you don’t check and fill your tires, you could reduce your gas mileage or increase your risk of a tire blowout.

Also, you should complete a visual check of your tires for wear. If the tread seems worn out, or if you see cracks in the rubber, you will need to replace them.

After classic car storage – clean the interior and exterior

Classic car storage – spring tune-up tips after winter storage - Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleNow you’re nearly ready to ride. Inspect the interior to get rid of any trash or debris that may have been left inside from the previous season. Then, wipe the interior surfaces with a high-quality interior cleaner, and wash any rubber mats that may be in the car. Then, lay on the interior polish to ensure your car shines. You can do this yourself, or take your car to a car wash for detailing.

Then, proceed with giving your car’s exterior a well-deserved bath. Scrub all parts of the vehicle to ensure any grime and dust is removed from the outside. Ensure you’re using high-quality materials when washing your classic car, so the paint doesn’t scratch. Finally, as your car dries in the warm spring air, polish the wheels and shine the tires – which will further give your classic car the “wow” factor, as you drive past people while you’re cruising.

Follow these tips – and enjoy your classic car this summer!

That’s it! Once you’ve completed this basic checklist, your classic car should be good to go! Enjoy the warm weather, and have fun with your classic car – summer is only here for a few short months.

Remember to contact us early for next season’s storage. Typically, bookings of our storage units for the purpose of storing classic cars can start as early as September. Our larger storage units, either 10×20 or 10×30 are in limited supply! As well, check back often or Like us on Facebook to learn about promotions we have in the fall.

When (and why) you should use temperature controlled storage units - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVille

Temperature controlled storage units for cold temperatures - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVilleIf you’re thinking about investing in a storage unit from StorageVille, you may be wondering if you should choose a temperature controlled storage unit, or a more traditional storage unit. Some items will be just fine to store in non-temperature controlled storage units.  Since a non-temperature controlled unit is usually less expensive, many people automatically choose a unit without temperature control.

What are the benefits of temperature controlled storage units?

Air conditioning in the summer; heating in the winter. If you choose to rent a temperature controlled storage unit, you will enjoy many benefits.

  • Protection from extreme temperatures

    This is important in areas where you get extremely hot summers and cold winters. In Winnipeg, for example, summer temperatures can skyrocket to 30+ degrees Celsius. In the winter, the weather brings windy, -20C weather.

  • Better air quality

    Since the temperature is controlled, within the self-contained building, the air quality is better as opposed to the non-temperature controlled units which is similar to storing in a garage with overhead door exposed to the outside.

    However, that’s not to say non-temperature controlled don’t have their place. Generally, anything you might have to store such as bikes, tires, BBQ’s or other garage or shed items are best suited for this type of storage unit.

  • Less exposure to dust and debris

    Filtration systems are available for temperature controlled units.  You don’t have to worry about your valuables being exposed to dust, dirt, and other debris.

  • Humidity control

    For valuable collections such as records, CDs, furniture, and other heirlooms such as photographs from the past, humidity control is critical. Variations in humidity can lead to cracking and damage to valuable items. While we don’t claim to control the humidity, controlling the temperature will help the humidex levels in the storage unit. Air conditioned storage buildings by their very nature do draw out significant amounts of humidity.

  • Better security

    Just like our non-temperature controlled units, the temperature controlled storage units are all alarmed and monitored and the entrance doors are passcode protected.

What items should I store in a temperature controlled storage unit?Temperature controlled storage units for household belongings - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVille

As a general rule, if it is coming from the interior of your home, its best if it is stored in a temperature controlled storage unit. This type of storage unit will offer better storage performance for all items. However, there are a few kinds of items that benefit particularly from being in a heat and humidity-controlled environment.

Here is what we recommend for you to store in a temperature controlled storage unit.

  • Valuable furniture

    Wood and leather furniture vulnerable to temperature and humidity fluctuations. Storing these items in non-temperature controlled storage units can lead to cracking, staining, and damage.

  • Heirlooms and special collections

    We highly recommend any collection with special value or heirlooms you may have should be stored in a temperature controlled storage unit.

  • Electronics and appliances

    Electronics like game consoles, televisions, computers, and stereo equipment can be damaged by condensation, high heat or freezing cold should be stored in a temperature controlled environment. The same is true of larger appliances like washers, dryers, refrigerators, and ovens/ranges, etc.

  • Musical instruments

    From brass to strings, woodwinds, or percussion instruments – every type of musical instrument benefits from temperature controlled storage. This reduces the risk of corrosion, wood splitting, or warping.

  • Books, comics, magazines

    Valuable book, comic, or magazine collections should be stored in a temperature controlled unit. This is particularly true for first editions or volumes with leather backing, as leather can split and be damaged by changes in moisture. All types of paper are also more likely to be attacked by mildew in a non-temperature controlled environment.

  • Valuable documents

    Storage units are great for older business with large volumes of paper documents or individuals with personal documents. These should be kept in a temperature controlled unit to ensure they remain intact and unaffected by mildew and warping.

  • Clothing

    Clothes made of wool, cotton and other natural fabrics can be attacked by mildew and damaged by fluctuating temperatures. Valuable clothing or clothing with sentimental value should be stored in a temperature controlled storage unit.

There are some items that you don’t necessarily need to store in a temperature controlled storage unit. But if you are planning to store any of your belongings for more than a few months, a temperature controlled storage unit will offer better results than any traditional, non-controlled storage option – no matter what you store or for what length of time.

In winter, you can visit your locker, sort through your belongings and retrieve items in the comfort of a heated environment. And in summer, air conditioned comfort.

At StorageVille we believe temperature controlled storage units are worth the investment

Despite the fact that they cost more than a non-controlled unit, temperature controlled storage units are worth paying a bit extra for, especially if you live in an area prone to temperature fluctuations.

Knowing your most valuable items are safe, secure and stored at an optimal temperature will give you peace of mind. Interested in temperature controlled storage units in Winnipeg? Visit either StorageVille location today to learn more about size options, availability, and pricing!

Top 10 Tips for Effective Self-Storage Unit Organization - self-storage unit organization - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage Unit - StorageVille

If you’re a new StorageVille customer, congratulations! We’re glad you chose us to store your valued possessions, and that you’re enjoying your new storage unit. If you’ve never had a self storage unit before, you may have some questions – especially when it comes to organizing your stored items. Being experts of self storage units, we’ll give you some tips for self storage unit organization which are sure to help when you’re storing your belongings to be effectively as possible. Let’s get started.

1. Choose consistently-sized boxes to stack more effectively

Use the same size of box - self storage unit organization - Self Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage Unit - StorageVilleYou should choose just one or two types of boxes for maximum self storage unit organization. We typically recommend choosing a small or medium, durable corrugated cardboard box. Large boxes hold a lot of items – but they can be crushed at the bottom of stacks, if improperly packed.

If all of your boxes are the same size, you’ll have a much easier time stacking them, and using up all of the vertical storage space in your unit. Not sure where to find many boxes which are all sized the same? Visit our StorageVille locations – each store carries an inventory of useful moving supplies. Need document file boxes for your business or home office – we have those too!

Also, consider plastic or rubber totes, especially if you are storing items for long periods of time. When selecting a tote, look for one’s which are clear, as it will be easy to see what’s inside them.

2. Think about what you may need to access, and plan accordingly

Old family heirlooms or outdated electronics, for example, can be stored further away from the entrance of your storage unit. Things you may need to access in the future, like pieces of furniture or important documents, should be placed near the front. A little planning can go a long way, so you can avoid dismantling your entire storage unit to get the items you need.

Along with specific needs to access, also consider what you will be storing. We strongly recommend for anything coming directly from your temperature controlled home, to be placed into a temperature controlled self storage unit. Not doing so may be detrimental to your belongings, from damage caused by prolonged heat or cold.

3. Label, label, label!

We recommend labeling every side of a box and the top of the box, clearly marking the contents that are within the box. Consistent, legible labeling will help you stay organized and prevent issues of searching without any direction in the future. Labeling on every side of the box is useful in the situation where you have many boxes stacked.

4. Consider investing in shelving

Disassemble furniture Use the same size of box - self storage unit organization - Self Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage Unit - StorageVilleShelving lets you easily access your boxes without unstacking them. Due to this shelving can make your self storage unit organization much simpler. If you have an unused shelving unit, or can spare the budget for one, making use of it in your storage unit is a fantastic idea.

5. Disassemble furniture to save space

If you have older furniture that you’re not using any time soon, dismantle it to save pace. You can unscrew table legs and take apart IKEA and other flat-packed furniture. This tip could also give you quite a bit more room in your self storage unit.

6. Store items within other items!

Don’t take apart all of your furniture! Dressers, file cabinets, and even appliances with compartments like ovens or refrigerators, offer additional storage! Simply use the empty space within these items to store other similar possessions – like a Russian nesting doll. This will help you minimize wasted space.

7. Plan a good layout for your unit with a “path”

Your self storage unit will work best, if you define a “path” throughout your stored belongings. For example, you can put large and bulky items like furniture against the wall that is opposite to your boxes – this way you can access both of them, via a path going through the middle of your unit.

8. Create a “master contents” list

Make a self storage map and plan - self storage unit organization - Self Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage Unit - StorageVilleIf you’ve labeled all of your boxes, you’ve got a good head start on this step. We recommend creating a digital “master contents” list. While packing boxes and totes, note their contents, and write them down. Then, you can create a list that will tell you what items are stored in which tote or box – making it far easier to get an “at-a-glance” view of your self storage unit organization plan.

This may seem like a lot of work, but compared to the hours-long task of sorting through unmarked and unlabeled boxes, it’s a total breeze! And the usefulness of this tip grows exponentially if you rent more than one self storage unit at a time.

9. Make a storage “map”

Using your master storage list, you can also create a storage “map” which shows where each item or box is within your self storage unit. If you are stacking dozens of boxes on top of one another, your storage map could be a lifesaver. Using the map you’ll be able to quickly see where a particular box or item is.

10. Consider a second self storage unit

Typically, it’s not a good idea to completely fill your storage unit – at least, not if you ever want to be able to access its contents!

Because of this, we recommend renting a second self storage unit if your current unit is roughly three quarters full, or you’re having difficulty moving around within your storage unit, due to the sheer volume of items. Besides the self storage unit becoming more useful, there is also less of a chance you could knock something over – causing additional expense or injury.

Make the most of your self storage unit organization with our help!

Don’t be afraid to ask us questions! We have the friendliest, most-helpful team in the industry! And we hope these useful tips will give you some fresh ideas on how to take control of your self storage unit, and ensure you can always get to the stuff you need.

effects of clutter - declutter - Winnipeg Self-Storage - Self-Storage Winnipeg - StorageVille

As humans, we tend to surround ourselves with things that are dear to us. We place great value on the items that we like or those that we use regularly. However, we also tend to keep the things that we don’t need anymore causing clutter. Being early in the year, and often a difficult time for many individuals, we thought to cover some of the ways to dodge the winter blues using self-storage. The purpose of this article is to educate you on the benefits of decluttering and teach you how you can improve your life with self storage.

The effects of clutter and how it negatively affects you

Messy workspace due to clutter - effects of clutter - declutter - Winnipeg Self Storage - Self Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleWhen you live in a cluttered space – be it at home or work – you are under constant exposure to stimuli that can affect how you function. Clutter doesn’t occupy only the physical space, but it can also take over your mind and negatively impact your cognitive functions.

Some quick facts on the impacts of clutter or decluttering (1)

  • 9 in 10 experts say decluttering helps increase the value of property
  • Decluttering can save 15-20% of your annual budget due to better decision-making
  • 32% of individuals admit to keeping a disorganized workspace
  • 28% of employers say they are less likely to promote someone with a disorganized workspace
  • Up to 4.3 hours per week can be spent searching for papers in an cluttered home office

A cluttered space can get in the way of what you wish to accomplish because it’s distracting and suffocating. It’s like being in a crowded museum – you can’t see the beauty of the artwork because of the additional visual noise surrounding you. Someone is wearing a colorful hat, a woman is walking too quickly, art students are loud, and everyone is trying to see that one painting featured in the latest art magazine. Now, imagine that same museum, this time empty with only you walking around. You can take all the beauty in, hear your thoughts, and get inspired. The same goes for your working or living space. If something is too crowded, it loses its essence.

The benefits of decluttering

It’s not only that clutter can have a negative effect on your mind, but it can also slow your life down. Having too many things around can lead to a paradox where the more options you have, the more difficult it is to make a decision. By only keeping essentials, you can think, decide, and act faster. This minimalist approach will allow you to focus your attention on the things you need rather than on the things that only take up space.

With that in mind, here are some the benefits decluttering could bring:

Clean desk after decluttering - effects of clutter - declutter - Winnipeg Self Storage - Self Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleImproved focused

When there aren’t a million distractions, you can finally focus on the task at hand, boosting your productivity. Something as simple as removing the extra papers on your desk can have a significant impact on your ability to focus and process information.

Enhanced creativity

One common misconception is that creative types are also messy. But, studies show that a decluttered environment can improve the creative process. By contrast, a chaotic desk or studio that forces people to divide their attention between stimuli can lead to stress and creative blocks.

Your mood will improve

If you’re feeling particularly moody but can’t quite put your finger on the reason, then clutter may be at fault. That’s because the visual cacophony sends a subtle message to your brain that you don’t have your life together. Decluttering, on the other hand, can not only improve your mood, but your self-esteem too.

How self storage can help the declutter process

Now, it’s not mandatory to throw everything away. You can manage all the things you own with something very simple like self storage. That way, you can keep the objects you want to save – like old photos, your prom dress or gifts you’ve received from loved ones – but you get them out of your way.

Don’t assume that you need to declutter everything at once. Start slow; prioritize everything based on importance, and move at your own pace. If you set unattainable, unrealistic goals, then you will lose your motivation faster than you can say “clutter.”

Using self storage for the declutter process

Moving can cause clutter - effects of clutter - declutter - Winnipeg Self Storage - Self Storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleIt’s wise to think about what you are going to do with the things you sort. Should you skip this step, at the end of the declutter process, you will be left with a pile of stuff, wondering what to do with it. Potential options include:

  • If you choose to donate, look for charities that are close to your home.
  • If you plan to store them, find the best self storage solution before you start decluttering. Not interested in the research? Give StorageVille a call – we will show you our advantages covering accessible, convenient, clean and secure storage solutions.
  • We can also recommend charities to donate items, including our partnership and bins on location, with the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

Self storage can make the entire process easier because you are not giving up on anything. You are simply moving it elsewhere to make some room. You can still access everything – it just won’t suffocate you anymore. That can bring you some peace of mind if you’re feeling anxious about removing items from your home or office.

Recap on the self storage and clutter conversation

You may not realize it, but clutter can have a dramatic impact on your life. All these stimuli can make it hard to focus, increase your stress levels, and affect your ability to think straight. Take the time to declutter your life and get rid of the things that don’t bring you joy anymore. If letting go is too difficult, then self storage might just be the perfect solution for you.

At StorageVille, we are the experts in all aspects of self storage; and this includes decluttering. Reach out to us today with any questions you may have. We have moving boxes, moving supplies and cube van rentals all at your preferred Winnipeg self storage location. Our goal is to make the self storage process simple for you!


  1. http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/02/17/effects-of-clutter_n_9255032.html
Self-Storage Units - Big Business in North America - Winnipeg Self-storage - Self-storage Winnipeg - StorageVille

Being the holiday season, we wanted to create an article that offers many conversational points and also to be on the lighter side. We will examine the numbers behind self storage units in North America, and discuss why self storage is so popular among consumers and real-estate investors alike. Let’s get started.

If you live in North America, the chances are good that you have a self storage unit – or you know someone who does! The self storage industry is up almost 75% from 1995. It’s now estimated that around 1 in 11 households have their own self storage unit. And this number is continuing to grow.

Self storage units in the U.S. versus other countries

Self Storage Units - Big Business in North America - Winnipeg Self storage - Self storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleWhen it comes to sheer numbers, the U.S is at the top of the heap when it comes to self storage facilities.

It’s been estimated that America has over 52,000 self-storage facilities, combining for a whopping 2.3 billion square feet of storage. These facilities aren’t empty, either. The average occupancy rate exceeds 80% in most regions of the country, leading to total revenues of over $25 billion USD per year.

But while America is still the reigning champ, other countries are beginning to feel the effects of the self storage “boom” that’s been taking place in America over the last decade or two.

  • Canada now has over 3,000 storage facilities, according to veterans of the Canadian Self Storage Association. Considering that Canada only has about a tenth of the population of America, these are very impressive numbers, indeed! The overall market cap is now around $648 million CAD , and forecasted to continue climbing!
  • Australia has been experiencing a huge boom in self storage. The industry is expected to reach a market cap of $1.1B AUD, with further growth anticipated in the future.
  • The United Kingdom is estimated to have around 1,400 total self storage units, and the industry is valued at around £540 million – around $720 million USD.

Though the U.S is still far-and-away the largest market for self storage, other countries are doing their best to keep up. And because self storage units are a fantastic real-estate asset, investors all around the world are taking notice.

Self storage units – a great real estate asset (that’s nearly recession-proof)

Despite the fact that it’s not fancy or flashy, self storage units are a top-performing real-estate asset. They have become extremely popular as investments in both the US and Canada.

One of the primary reasons that self storage is a great investment is that it requires a low initial capital outlay. The cost of building a self storage facility is very low, compared to other real estate investments such as malls, offices, and apartments. There is also little upkeep required, beyond simply maintaining the facilities, cleaning regularly, and servicing HVAC systems, for heated/cooled units.

In addition, a self storage facility occupancy turnover does not incur many costs. Storage units don’t have to be repainted (often), have their plumbing redone, or have fixtures repaired or updated. The running costs are so low that Forbes has estimated “break-even” for self storage units at around 45% occupancy. Which is an order of magnitude below other real estate sectors.

Because baby boomers are now retiring – and downsizing from large homes – and millennials are tending to select smaller apartments and homes, it seems that key demographic drivers for self storage units around the world will remain strong for quite a few years to come.

Self storage units are also somewhat recession-proof. While apartments, offices, and homes are often devastated by recessions, self storage units maintain a strong ability to keep customers. Even during the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, rental rates only budged by a few percentage points.

Whether you’re interested in building your own facility in North America, or investing in highly-performing self-storage REITs, there is ample opportunity to benefit from smart investments in the self storage industry.

The economic impact of the self storage unit industry

Self Storage Units - Big Business in North America - Winnipeg Self storage - Self storage Winnipeg - StorageVilleThe self storage unit industry isn’t just a vehicle for profit – it’s responsible for driving quite a bit of economic growth.

In the USA alone, it’s been estimated that around 172,000 employees are employed in the management of self storage units, and in care, maintenance, and security-related tasks related to the industry.

The average facility employs around 3.5 full-time employees. This figure doesn’t including contractors such as security professionals and cleaning/janitorial technicians. And as touched upon in our first section, the self-storage industry has a massive economic impact. It has a market cap of $25 billion in the USA alone.

Self storage units – convenient, simple, and a great investment!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup of the storage industry in North America, and learned a bit more about why self storage is growing so quickly in Canada!

At StorageVille, we’re proud to be part of such a strong, quickly-growing industry. If you need professional self storage facilities in Winnipeg, we’re the best choice for you! With reasonable rates and a secure, temperature controlled storage unit facility, StorageVille offers the best service around. Contact us today to learn more.

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If you’ve just recently rented a self storage unit, or are planning to rent one, you may have some questions. Particularly when it comes to insurance policies for your stored items. That’s why StorageVille has put together this quick article to answer the fundamental questions most people have about self storage unit insurance.

What are self storage unit providers responsible for?

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Self storage companies are responsible for the safety, maintenance and security of the building and individual storage units. However, they are not liable for the loss of contents with a self storage unit.

Think of your self storage unit similar to renting an apartment. The landlord looks after the building insurance. The tenant applies values to his or her belongings to make sure they are covered in the event of a loss. And this is because everyone’s insurance needs are different. The same approach for insurance applies to self storage units.

StorageVille is a modern, secure self storage facility

At StorageVille, we offer various forms of security within our facilities. First of all, it starts with perimeter chain-link fencing.This allows people outside of the fence to see in and allows tenants the ability to be seen. In addition, our electronic gates are secured by personal pass codes.

Moving inside the facilities, we have cameras monitoring individual’s who come and go throughout the day and night. At night our high intensity lighting brightens the facility grounds. This removes shadows and dark spots. Each self storage unit employs sophisticated fire monitoring and temperature detection devices. All self storage units are individually alarmed and monitored by an accredited third party ULC monitoring station.

Do I need self-storage insurance?

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This depends on why you’re renting a storage unit. If you’re moving, and just need a place to keep some furniture and other items for 30 to 90 days, your belongings may or may not be covered by your homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance. Check with your broker and your home or renter’s policy information to make sure that this is the case. Whether you plan on using a self storage unit short or long term, insurance is a good thing.

Also, some self storage unit facilities will not let you rent a unit from them without self storage unit insurance. They may offer an insurance policy of their own, or require you to provide proof of insurance from a third-party private insurer. However, buyers beware – make sure you understand the policy and what it covers to avoid any disappointment should an incident occur.

However, StorageVille still recommend self storage unit insurance to all tenants

Only you can determine your needs for insurance. Often off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all insurance offered by storage companies may not be what you need. Unfortunately, self storage facilities do not need to be licensed to sell insurance. The good news is, your insurance broker or agent is an expert in this field. They are licensed by the province and regulated by the Superintendent of Insurance for each province. Working with your insurance broker will provide you piece of mind while storing your belongings – short or long term.

So, whether you’ve already have a self-storage unit at StorageVille, or you’re interested in renting a new a self storage unit in the future, make sure you’re protected from loss and liability with a self storage unit insurance policy. And as always, if you have any questions about self storage, reach out to your preferred StorageVille location today!

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At StorageVille, we make it our mission to be there for you – when you need storage – for any situation life might throw your way. To wrap up our three-part series of “Augment your life events with self storage” we will take a deeper look at “how self storage can assist during life’s unexpected events“.

Before we get started – in case you missed the first two parts of our series, please find them at the links below:

• Part one: “Benefits of self storage during selling, moving, and renovating
• Part two: “Using a self storage unit can help make your business better

And now, without further ado, we will dive into this month’s topic.

We will start by defining what type of events could fall into the category of “unexpected“. We will examine themes around career, marriage, end of life and beginning of life. While some of the events can be planned for – they often bring a massive change in one’s life – and these changes can sometimes be unexpected.

Relocation for work

Self storage for relocation for work - Self Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVilleWhen your career calls for it – relocation for your job can mean benefits financially, and often is associated with a promotion within the company. However, to this point, you have put down roots in your community and have many material possessions. You want to ensure stability at your new posting, before hauling all your belongings – especially the items you rarely use. As well, the relocation position could also be a temporary move for focused around career growth, with a plan to return to Winnipeg after the job is done.

While selling some can help in this regard – many of your most valued things have substantial sentimental value. What should you do with them?

Turn to self storage for temporary storage solutions

While you’re setting up shop within the city you’ve been transplanted to, store your stuff with us. As you are familiarizing yourself with your new environment, your new position at work – we will keep your belongings safe and secure.

Along with knowing your belongings are safe and secure, having them in storage affords you additional options. You will be able to sell your home faster and for a better price without the clutter. If you’re planning to return, perhaps renting your home an option you might consider. No matter your living situation, apartment or house, using self storage will give you some time during the transition.

Loss of employment

Many individuals feel that a job loss is one of the worst things that can happen to them. But, should this happen to you, take a different angle on it. Look at it as an opportunity and focus on your success at whatever you do next.

How could having a self storage unit in this situation help?

If you’re on the hunt for a job, you may end up looking outside of Winnipeg, to other opportunities. Again, the relocation aspect of proceeding in this manner could come up.

The other way a self-storage unit can help should you decide to use this opportunity to start that business you’ve always dreamed of. To become your own boss and your new focus on entrepreneurship will require some space. To get your start-up off the ground, you might want to use your home as your headquarters. Trust us; you will need space. Utilize the convenience of self storage to clear a space for your home office today. Learn more about how self storage can make your business better from our previous article.

Divorce or separation with your partner

Self storage for divorce or separation - Self Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVilleDivorce and separation is another stressful situation, affecting all members of your family. Whether you and your partner are separating on mutual terms or if your divorce requires intervention from lawyers – self storage can help.

Likely, either you or your spouse will need to leave the primary family home. Often, this results in some nights at a family member’s place, hotel or by renting an apartment. Space in any of these situations will be tight. You still want access to your belongings while the situation is sorted out.

How self storage can make your divorce easier?

Self storage can be a perfect solution for this – your belongings will be safe and secure. Along with that, they will also be accessible, as our gate access is 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM. Finally, our two Winnipeg locations are second to none regarding convenience.

As well, we make it easy to move their belongings to our storage facilities. Ask us about our free cube van – included with any self storage rental.

Death of a family member

When a family member passes, it can truly be an unexpected event. During this time there will be many decisions required if you are the next of kin or the executor of their will. Along with planning of a funeral, there will be added stress to sort through one’s life’s worth of possessions.

Buy yourself time with self storage

We recommend approaching a loved one’s belongings after the funeral has taken place. Using self storage will have given you time to grieve. It will have also reduced the number of decisions required to make. You’ll only have to make one decision with their stuff – put it into a storage unit until you can sort it out.

After the funeral, you can visit our self storage unit facilities as frequently as you need to. Work through the process of sorting out their things. Take the opportunity to do this after the funeral will give you clarity for the decisions to be made on what to keep and what to give away.

Having children or starting a family

Self storage for family planning - Self Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self Storage - StorageVilleWhile this typically isn’t an unexpected life event, starting a family will change your life in unexpected ways. If you need extra space for your first born’s nursery – our self storage solutions are there for you. If your three bedroom home is bursting at the seams and a third child is on the way – our self storage units have your back.

Specific self storage uses for your growing family

Using our self storage units during the transition of adding your family member will allow you to enjoy the experience, as you won’t stress about space. Soak this in and store your stuff in our secure and safe facility.

If this is your first born and you’re setting up a nursery in your home, store your extra furniture with us. Should you already be a seasoned pro, but need the additional space for your new arrival, use our storage lockers to tuck away future hand-me-downs.

Finally, take advantage of our temperature controlled self storage units and stash those keepsakes away for years to come.

Empty nest and downsizing

Self-storage for empty nesting and college or university students - Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage - StorageVilleTo the opposite of welcoming your additions, at your point in life, you might be looking at an emptier nest. Maybe your child is enrolled in a post-secondary institute. They would need a place to store their dorm essentials during the summer months. Don’t clutter your home – our self storage units are the perfect solution for their needs.

Could this be the perfect time to make changes to your living arrangements – either by selling or renovating your home? Be sure to visit our article on “benefits of self storage during selling, moving, and renovating“.

StorageVille helps you through life with self storage units for Winnipeg

No matter what life has in store for you; whether you are selling, moving or renovating your home, starting a small business, or proceeding through one of the many transitions listed in this article – we know you have stuff. At StorageVille, we can give you peace of mind and our self storage solutions are perfect for many applications.

Start reducing your stress and freeing up space within your surroundings – call us today. Choose the location that best suits your needs; for 123 Reenders Drive call, 204.272.4687 or 830 Waverley Street call, 204.272.4533. Each of our two Winnipeg self storage facilities is staffed with friendly, informative self storage experts – ready to answer any questions you have.

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At StorageVille, we make it our mission to be there for you – when you need storage – for any situation life might throw your way. Last month’s topic dove into the benefits of self storage during selling, moving and renovating your home. Entering into part two of our three-part series, we will examine ways self storage solutions can help make your home office or business better. From this article, we hope you take our suggestions and tips and implement them as part of your business self storage strategy; which can help reduce stress and other business-related issues.

Reduce clutter around your home office or business

Cluttered Office Environment - Business Self Storage - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Commercial Storage - StorageVilleIf your home is serving as your business’ headquarters, you will quickly learn the value of reducing clutter. More often than you’ll like to admit relevant documents can end up going missing. Some studies show time spent looking for ‘misplaced items’ can waste close to one week per year. (See reference from an article here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237081). Ever try to find your keys or your wallet in a room cluttered with files, inventory, and equipment needed to run your business? It’s like searching for a needle in a haystack!

Keep important documents archived

Having documentation on file for many years is all part of owning a business. You need to be accountable for the paper trail, files and data your business needs during tax season and other times throughout the year. However, this type of file keeping can take up a lot of space quickly. Know that when you decide to store your business documents at StorageVille, security is our #1 priority.

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) requires that businesses keep records for up to seven years. (See reference from an article here: https://turbotax.intuit.ca/tips/how-long-should-tax-returns-be-kept-in-canada-15). For many business owners, having this volume of paper sitting in their office is not an ideal situation. This only adds to the cluttered-effect.

If you have equipment or files and you don’t need to use on a regular basis but still need them nearby why not put them into storage? Reducing this clutter around your home office or place of business will help keep your focus dialed into what you need to be doing to help your business grow.

Clutter can be a distraction and hinder productivity

Let’s face it – more clutter = more distractions / less clutter = less distractions. (See reference from an article here: https://www.fastcompany.com/3013951/how-clutter-cramps-your-productivity). Do yourself a favor and ensure your time spent working is as productively as can be. And not working under needless clutter.

Is your business growing, but running out of space?

Storage for Inventory & Merchandise - Business Self Storage - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Commercial Storage - StorageVilleMost businesses are focused on growth. If your company has a sudden growth spurt, you existing building may become tight in space. However, moving to a new, larger location can be a risk. Perhaps, your business is seasonal or moving locations will affect your recent success. A self storage unit is a great solution. Like mentioned previously, identify objects you aren’t using on a daily or weekly basis. Then, store them nearby at one of our convenient locations in Winnipeg.

Business self storage for inventory or merchandise

Similar to some of the other issues  in this article, a self storage unit is a fantastic solution to store additional inventory or merchandise for companies. We provide storage which is temperature controlled. So, this means you won’t have to be concerned with your products freezing in the cold or sweltering in the heat.

Product availability is a competitive edge

In addition to the benefit of having more space, additional inventory can improve other aspects of your business. Ever have a customer contact you with a large order but you’re short on product? While gathering stock the customer decides to select a competitor because you didn’t have the product available? Having additional product could give you the edge to make the sale. And you don’t need to worry about accessibility. Our self storage facilities allow for you to access your storage locker anytime between 6:00 AM and 11:00 PM, seven days a week. Go ahead, burn the midnight oil. Know that your storage unit is ready no matter when you are on the hustle. We don’t require long term contracts. Our storage lockers and storage units are on a month-to-month basis.

Accept deliveries, packages and other mail

Signing for Delivery Packages - Business Self Storage - Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Commercial Storage - StorageVilleAlong with the rental of our self storage units, we also understand many small businesses have other needs. One of the areas we’ve identified to help as a value-added service for business self storage, is to sign for delivered packages. There’s no doubt that you’ll be in and out at meetings and might not be at your office on a reliable basis. Wouldn’t you like to save a trip to the post office by simply knowing we will have your package ready to pick up? Save yourself a trip. Have your business deliveries sent to the same location where all of your other items are stored.

Do yourself a favor!

If you haven’t thought about using business self storage to benefit your company previously, we hope you may consider.  Business self storage is an option to quickly solve pain points with space and clutter. If you would like to discuss possible business self storage solutions for your needs – contact your preferred location, either 830 Waverley at 204.272.4533 or 123 Reenders at 204.272.4687, today!

Tune in next month when we wrap up our series “Augment your life events with self storage”. We will cover how self storage can assist during life’s unexpected events.