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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”.

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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. In this three-part series, we will look at self-storage during three different life events. In the coming months, we will examine ways “Self-storage solutions can help make your home office or business better”. We will follow with “how self-storage can assist during life’s unexpected events”.

However, for this month we will take a look at benefits of self-storage during selling, moving and renovating your home. Each can be a large undertaking – with many moving parts – which can put a damper on anyone’s life. However, our suggestions below will have you ready to take the next steps – no matter what challenge you are facing.

Storage benefits during selling your home

Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Selling - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Moving - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Renovating - StorageVille, Winnipeg, ManitobaYou’ve decided to list your home on the market. You’ve gone through the process of finding a suitable realtor you’d like to handle the sale for you. They come to your home to analyze and prepare the listing information. While they are reviewing the property, they mention the clutter of the space. They even go as far to suggest enlisting the services of a home staging company – but where are all your prized possessions going?

The impact of a cluttered home

Hearing about the clutter in your home can be a difficult pill to swallow but, as the professionals, they are right (and have sales data to back up their claims) – cluttered homes can sell for less value. It’s important to know there is a difference between a home’s appraisal value – versus the marketability, which is what a cluttered home could impact; see article: http://www.cbtownandcountry.com/home-sales-and-the-ubiquitous-clutter-effect/

To make sure you receive the maximum return on your home during its sale – put infrequently used items into storage. Renting a storage unit from us during the sales process will be a fraction of the cost when compared to the lost equity due to the sale of a cluttered home.

Along with the retention of the money you’ve invested into your home, using a self-storage unit can benefit the sales process in the following ways:

  • Having less clutter usually means your home will be easier to clean in between showings.
  • Applying a fresh coat of paint (and other minor repairs) will be less strenuous with less to move.
  • You won’t need to rely on space in other areas of your home – i.e., an outdoor shed or garage is subject to weather. Instead, use our temperature controlled storage units. As well, security on external buildings found on your property won’t match features our secure self-storage facilities offer.
  • Garages often have the worst clutter in a home. To some buyers that conveys a negative impression on your home. They also can’t envision their belongings in the area that is overly cluttered.

On top of all this – you can arrange your storage unit and provide a vacating notice once your home is sold from the comfort of your own home 24/7 through our website.

Don’t forget to book our 16-foot enclosed cube van that is available FREE for up to 4 hours to make your move in easier.

Self-storage benefits for moving

Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Selling - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Moving - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Renovating - StorageVille, Winnipeg, ManitobaThere is no doubt you’ll encounter similar issues with “too much stuff” listed within our tips for selling as there is some overlap between these life events… But moving comes with its own set of logistics and if not properly planned for can transform into a nightmare.

If you took the advice listed within our “selling your home” portion of this article, you’ll already have some of your possessions in a self-storage unit. Why not leave them there until you receive the keys to your new home? Your home remains uncluttered while you pack the rest of your belongings. And this puts you one step ahead with your relocation process.

When the day comes where you can access your new home, we recommend completing your unpacking process in two tiers. The first few days you’ll be busy with the essentials you kept out of storage. Get these belongings in place before starting the second half. Once you have your belongings tucked away, proceed with your items in self-storage.

On top of this all – take full advantage our FREE cube vans for up to four hours for the transit of stored items and our moving supplies. We can become your one-stop shop for all things required for a successful transition between homes, including moving supplies and moving boxes. If you need the cube van to move out, be sure to ask about the 50% discount!

Self-storage benefits when renovating

Self-Storage Winnipeg - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Selling - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Moving - Winnipeg Self-Storage for Renovating - StorageVille, Winnipeg, ManitobaFor most, a renovation is an investment in their single most valuable asset. You want it done right, on time and budget. But just like other items mentioned, any renovation project needs planning and calculation of resources available while your home is under construction.

Like the realtor, the home renovation specialist you hire is a professional in their industry. If the space you’re renovating is excessively cluttered, you will only slow them down. Due to this, your project may end up more expensive.

Besides the expense factor, having clutter can increase the chances an injury on the job site. While any renovator will take precautions while they work – accidents can happen. Also, before hiring a contractor, make sure they provide you with a Workers Compensation Certificate indicating that they are covered. If not and someone gets hurt, you could be liable.

In addition to accidents resulting in injury, the more valuables you have cluttering the space – the more likely something can be damaged or broken. Instead of risking your possessions, store them in our clean and secure, temperature controlled self-storage units during your project.

We are here to help!

We are here to solve your storage needs! Our goal for our potential clients or repeat customers is to enjoy their life – even in times that can appear stressful. When you contact us for self-storage, know you are contacting Winnipeg’s leading storage facilities. Besides our value propositions of accessible, convenient, clean and secure storage our team is friendly and invested in your best interested.

Even if you don’t need storage now but think you might in the future, give us a call and drop by for tour.

While many of others in the storage business are from out of town, we are locally owned; committed to Winnipeg. We have a vested interest in being Winnipeg’s top choice for self-storage.

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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.

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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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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