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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You're welcome!

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

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

BEDROOMS

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

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!

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

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

Grandma's remains.

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

Old Space Equipment.

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

Grenade

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

Criminals

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

Old Shoes

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

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

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