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December 16, 2016

Canadian Self Storage History: As Varied as Our Land

You need space to live, work and play. As the Canadian population increased, the amount of open space became limited. The self storage industry has grown to fill this void. Learn about the history of the self storage industry: Self Storage History Historians believe that both ancient China and 19th-century England had self storage. When wealthy English individuals planned on taking an extended vacation, they could leave their belongings in a secure British bank crate. The Canadian self storage industry has seen tremendous growth since the 1980s, with more advanced computer security, surveillance cameras and climate-controlled units. As of 2011, there were an estimated 3,000 self storage facilities in Canada. There are about 60,000 self storage units in the entire…

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November 29, 2016

Ways to Keep Your Files Safe and Secure

All businesses eventually run out of room and need more space to house documents and other important paperwork involved in running a company. There are several reasons to store important documents in a storage facility away from the “bricks and mortar” of the business itself. Safe Storage for Business Documents Sometimes companies are required to keep certain paperwork for several years. Those kinds of documents can include past tax documents, legal papers, and past policies and procedures. If there isn’t enough room to store all documents on site, a good choice is to move files into a storage facility. A lot of small business can’t consider changing locations or adding to their building size, but still have to hold on…

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November 24, 2016

Selecting Storage Facilities to Meet Your Needs

Have you shifted to a smaller house or sold your home? Do you just have too much stuff that you do not want to throw away simply because it won’t fit in your house? It’s clear, then: You need a storage facility. How do you choose the best place to store your belongings without breaking the bank? Here are some hints: Choose Your Size It is important to consider the items you intend to store and get an idea the amount of space needed. Larger storage units will cost more per month. However, if you have big items or furniture, you’ll require that larger unit. Also, consider the fact that you not only need a unit that fits all your…

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October 24, 2016

Boot Your Belongings with This Storage Solution

When you need extra space, or your home seems like it’s becoming a cluttered nightmare, consider renting a storage unit. Storage has never been easier or more convenient! With a variety of room sizes and affordable rental rates, you can get peace of mind quickly and stop feeling like you’re living in an episode of “Hoarders.” Packing Part of keeping your items safe and secure lies in how they’re packed. This goes beyond the tape and cardboard boxes. Before loading up the truck, consider these suggestions: Large appliances – Disconnect removable cords to prevent damage during transport Furniture – Disassemble (if possible) and remove hardware Outdoor Goods/Lawn Care – Patio furniture, garden, and landscaping tools should be rinsed and dried…

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October 24, 2016

Surprising Ways to Protect Your Items in Self-Storage

Are you interested in self-storage, but are worried you might make mistakes that could ruin your precious belongings? There are a wide variety of useful hints and tips to keep in mind. Keep your items safe from damage, and make your self-storage experience pleasurable. Charcoal in a Tin Pan If you live in an area with high humidity or are worried about moisture damaging items in your storage center, place a small tin pan in your storage center and fill it up with charcoal. Why? Charcoal will absorb the moisture in the air and keep the room free from excessive humidity. For best results, change the pan at least once a week. Dryer Sheets in the Corners To keep insects…

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September 16, 2016

Storing School Supplies in Innovative Ways

Anyone that teaches school, has a student in school, or supports the educational system knows how many school supplies kids can go through in a month or even a week, much less an entire year. Schools can get big discounts on supplies if they buy in bulk. However, sometimes schools don’t have the storage space available on campus to keep all the supplies they need. Many school officials find themselves in a situation where their supplies are kept several miles from campus, making it difficult for them to get access to items they need when they need them. The Need for School Supplies Obviously, school supplies have to be available to our young people in order for them to get…

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September 15, 2016

Eco-friendly, Green Tips for Moving and Storage

Moving can be a personal disaster. Doing so in a green, environment-friendly way can be even more complicated. For those of us who prioritize the reduction of pollution and other harmful effects to the planet, the carbon footprint we create when moving our belongings from one place to another can be a concern. But there is hope, as more and more companies are “going green.” Here are some tips and tricks to moving and creating as little negative effect to the planet as possible. Packing Let’s start with packing up your items. Instead purchasing the old, standard cardboard box, use boxes made of recycled materials. You can also go for plastic bins or totes, especially ones made out of recycled…

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