Three reasons to rent a summer storage unit in Winnipeg - Storage Winnipeg - StorageVille

Clean the garage to fit your car - Three reasons to rent a summer storage unit in Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage - StorageVilleA summer storage unit in Winnipeg is a great investment. With a storage unit, you can declutter your space, and ensure all of your valuables stay safe, secure, and intact. Wondering why you should invest in a summer storage unit in Winnipeg? Here are three good reasons.

Free up space in your garage for your car

If you’ve got a two-car garage in Winnipeg, the chances are that most of your space is taken up by items like bikes, rafting supplies, canoes, fishing gear, hockey equipment, winter tires and other recreational equipment and athletic gear.

Bulky seasonal equipment and items - Three reasons to rent a summer storage unit in Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage - StorageVilleIf you get an inexpensive, non-temperature-controlled storage unit, you can move the gear that you infrequently use to a nearby storage facility, and fit another car in your garage!

Extra space in your garage has numerous benefits. First, your cars will stay cool in the shade all summer long. Storing in a garage will prevent UV damage and keep the vehicle’s interior comfortable. You will have reduced clutter, and still, have easy access to all of the gear you use less frequently!

Store and protect valuable items in Winnipeg

Whether you’re living in a home, apartment, or condo in Winnipeg, you probably have a few valuable items that you want to protect from the Winnipeg summer weather. With high humidity, heat, rain and occasionally hail, there are many ways the weather could damage your belongings.

For example, if you have a non-air-conditioned basement or a non-temperature controlled storage locker at your condo, you may be harming your valuable items by storing them there. High heat and humidity in Winnipeg can damage books, records, furniture, keepsakes and hand-me-downs, and antiques.

With a temperature controlled storage unit in Winnipeg, you’ll be able to de-clutter the interior of your home, and still keep your valuables in great shape.

Enjoy enhanced safety and security

Private pass code protected gate access - Three reasons to rent a summer storage unit in Winnipeg - Winnipeg Storage - StorageVilleWith a StorageVille storage unit, another benefit is your belongings will be protected with increased security measures. We have 24-hour security cameras and 6-foot tall perimeter fencing. Additionally, we have private pass code protected gate access and individually alarmed storage units to keep your items safe.

Typically, this level of security is not the case if you are using an on-site storage facility at your condo or apartment. Often, apartment storage lockers are small and non-temperature controlled. As well, they are also usually not alarmed. Also, they’re usually only secured by a padlock or a combination lock, which is easy to cut with bolt-cutters. Burglary at apartment storage lockers is quite common in Winnipeg.

If you choose to rent a secure storage unit at StorageVille, you can rest easy knowing that multiple levels of security protect your valuables. That, alone, is well worth the investment!

Interested in a summer storage unit in Winnipeg? Come to StorageVille today!

At StorageVille, we offer both temperature controlled storage units and non-temperature controlled storage units. All our storage units are highly secure, and our two Winnipeg locations are convenient. Talk to a member of our team and receive a quote for a storage unit that fits your needs and budget today!

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!

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.

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.