Self Storage For Your Bicycle
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Cycling is enjoyed by thousands of Canadians living in the GTA. Toronto alone ranks as one of the most bikeable cities in Canada according to the CBC, in fact some of the toughest Torontonians will even bike all year round! However, if you’re amongst the majority of seasonal cyclists in the city you may be wondering where the best place to store your bike is until the sunny skies and warm weather return. We have listed few options below.

Installing Hooks

If you have some wood beams in your home or apartment one option is to buy some hooks from a department store and install them in your place. As long as you don’t mind drilling holes in your home and provided you have high enough ceilings this is a relatively simple technique that tends to work with all bike types as they typically hang from the wheels.

Using a Tarp

One outdoor option is to lock up your bike and cover it with a tarp. This option is relatively simple and easy to execute as long as you have somewhere outside to keep it. Drawbacks include less security and your bicycle being exposed to various degrees of freezing temperatures and potential rust if the tarp isn’t fully secure.

Using a Stand

If you have enough space indoors and don’t wish to install hooks in your ceiling or perhaps would struggle with getting the bike up there in the first place, a good option would be using a bike stand. A bike stand is small, simple, portable and can be folded away when not in use.

Self Storage Rental Unit

We’ve covered a couple indoor options and one outdoor, each having their own set of pros and cons. Utilizing self storage benefits include:

  • Maximizing space and functionality at home

  • Having the highest level of 24-hour security

  • Heated, secure units ensure your bike will not be damaged or rusted by the elements

The best option for you will depend on your own individual circumstance and scenario. If you’re interested in looking at self storage unit rentals we have many options available that won’t break the bank. Make sure to take a look at our units listing for our latest prices and promotions.


5 Signs You Could Benefit From a Self Storage Unit Rental
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Incurring an additional household expense of any sort can be a difficult decision. Ultimately, one must figure out whether that expense brings more overall value to the household than not, which seems simple enough. However, in the case of self-storage unit rentals the decision may not be obvious as many people don’t realize the signs or immediate benefits a rental unit can provide. If you’re on the fence about getting a rental we’ve compiled a handy list of 5 signs you could benefit from a self-storage unit.

When cleaning your house, you move a lot of stuff around

Rather than being able to wipe down surfaces easily, mop or vacuum floors you find yourself having to move many objects to do so. For example, if to clean the entrance of your home you need to move 8 pairs of shoes/boots, temporarily displace your coat rack all the while knocking over a picture frame and tripping over a floor mat you might just benefit from some additional space. In other words, if the process of cleaning your home means moving your belongings from one corner to the next and then back again, some extra space could go a long way in adding peace of mind and simplicity to your life.

When purchasing new furnishings for your home, your number one concern is where to put them

If you’ve ever come across a piece of furniture that works perfectly with your aesthetic and brings you happiness but have no idea where you would put it, this can be an indicator you need some extra space in your house. A home is typically the largest, single-purchase a person will make in their lifetime and because of this, we want it to be unique and tailored to our preferences. If you happen to find the perfect dining set that you know your guests would love but need to dramatically redecorate and reorganize your interior just to make it barely work a self-storage rental unit may be right for you.

Your car no longer fits in your garage

For those amongst us who are lucky enough to have a garage, losing garage space is a common scenario. Losing space is a slow-moving coup that sneaks up until it’s too late. It starts off innocent enough with putting the odd piece here and there, which then expands to building roof racks and side shelves until eventually every time you try to get out of your car, you can barely nudge the door 10’ inches and can no longer squeeze yourself out. At this point, your garage has been overthrown, and it’s too late.

You are tripping over objects in your home

If you find yourself getting tripped up over items or furnishings on a regular occasion it may be time for a well-needed self-storage unit and by we don’t just mean the odd chew toy left on the floor from Lola the Golden Retriever, either. We’re talking about narrow passages due to clutter, tables that stick out, shrinking rooms and overflowing closets.

Seasonal items and hobbies

Canadian living offers the best of the four seasons; however, this wonderful fact also means that we require additional space for seasonal items. Winter fans may need space to store their skis and hockey equipment over the summer while summer fans may need a space to place their bike and softball gear over the winter. All of this, of course, is in addition to the various styles of seasonal clothing needed to live comfortably. The best way to decide whether you require additional space or not is to do an assessment during either the winter or summer months and note the items not in use. If these items take up a large percentage of your space that could be used for other belongings creating a more peaceful, stress-free living experience, then you could benefit from renting a self-storage unit.

How to Organize Your Self Storage Unit
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Having a self storage unit can be helpful by providing extra space when moving, decluttering, renovating or assisting you and your business needs by storing excess goods and products. However, if you don’t use the space optimally you will reduce the amount of help your unit provides. With the right strategy and some advanced planning you can maximize the space, getting the most value and efficiency out of your unit.

Create an Inventory List

Having an inventory list with clearly labelled boxes will help you organize your unit both immediately and down the road. Once the list is complete, you can easily plan to place similar items next to each other, positioning heavy boxes at the bottom of each stack for stability or figure out which items need to be accessed more frequently than the others. Most of your organizational ideas will stem from this list which is why it should be performed first.

Choose the Unit Size That Best Suits Your Needs

Use your master list to start planning what type of unit you will need and for what function it will have for you. If you don’t think you’ll be visiting the space often then it may be the most efficient to go for the smallest unit that accommodates all your items safely. However, if you think you’ll be in and out of it several times or use it for business then it might be worth your while to get a larger unit. Having enough space to make pathways, easily read boxes and, room to move within the unit will greatly improve your ability to become and stay organized. For additional information on how to select your unit size visit this blog entry for advice.

Place a Map of Your Belongings Inside the Unit

Since you have an inventory and properly labeled boxes there won’t be any need to map out items that are visible, but you should list anything that gets buried. This will come in especially handy if you have a compact unit. You won’t have to paint a Picasso, just a quick sketch that will give you a basic idea of your setup. Once this is complete it’s best to keep it in your unit up on the wall or wherever it is easily visible.

 

A self storage unit should make your life easier and more organized, not the opposite. By following the proper organizational steps above you will get the most out of your storage unit. For any additional information please contact info@storage-centre.ca.

Safe Moving Tips
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Moving is an emotionally draining experience but it can take a toll on you physically as well. By creating a safe moving environment and following certain guidelines not only will you help prevent injuries but you will protect your belongings as well. Even if you hire professional movers, safety-proofing should be prioritized.

Wrapping Breakables

If you have dishes, ceramics or glass belongings it’s best to wrap them carefully in bubble wrap before packing them away. Bubble wrap will help prevent your items from breaking into shards which could cause cuts and sharp particles from covering the floor of your home, truck or storage unit. Utilize moving blankets to wrap furniture and or Televisions- Storage Centre has bubble wrap and moving blankets as well as other moving and packing supplies available.

Packing Boxes

Be conscious of the weight and size of each box. If it’s difficult to lift or awkward to grab ahold of it may be best to place your items into a smaller box. 50 lbs is generally a good max weight to aim for but it’s ultimately up to you. Keep in mind that you may be carrying these boxes up and down stairs and in tight areas so make sure to consider this when figuring out your max weight. A good rule to remember is “the heavier the item, the smaller the box”.

Lifting Techniques

It’s important to squat down and let your lower body do the lifting because your back is not nearly as strong as your quad and gluteal muscles. Backs are also more prone to injury by becoming twisted or pulled. Keeping your back straight while lifting will make sure the vertebrae in your spine are properly aligned taking less pressure off of your disks and improving overall safety.

Using Dollies

If your items don’t require being lifted switch them over to a dollie (also available to rent at Storage Centre). This will allow you to conserve energy by transferring multiple items at once as well as giving your back a break. Keeping your goods close to the ground will also decrease the likeliness of items being damaged or dropping on your toes if they were to fall off the cart.

Proper Lighting

Trying to organize your storage in the dark is both annoying and dangerous. Make sure each room is brightly lit with each box clearly labelled. Have a flashlight or cellphone handy just in case you find it dark in your house or truck. Things tend to get messy during a move so by having each room well lit you will be able to see any tripping hazards such as shrink wrap or loose cords.

Driving Safely

Moving often requires renting Large Trucks or Vans, and these often are vehicles that you may not be familiar with. Important things to remember:

  1. Drive slowly, these vehicles tend to be heavier than you’re used to and may require more breaking time.

  2. Pack your items in the truck snuggly so that they do not move around while you’re driving.

  3. When packing a small truck or van (or your own vehicle) do not obscure your line of sight.

What Not to Keep in a Self Storage Unit
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Storage units are the best solution for your storage needs. When you don't have enough room around the house or personal business to store your items, you'll want to have a secure place to store your belongings. There are, however, certain things that must not be placed in a storage unit and as a guideline, we have listed many of them below for you.

Illegal or Stolen Items

Anything illegal or stolen must not be placed in a storage facility. As well, you must own what you are placing into storage and cannot place anything that is titled to somebody else without permission to do so.

Perishable Food

Perishable food can attract a number of different pests including insects and rodents. Additionally, as the food starts to rot the smell will become overpowering and affect the other items in storage.

Animals

We hope this one is obvious but animals should never be placed in a storage unit even for a small amount of time as it is both cruel and illegal. The unit is dark when not in use, confined and not suitable for any living creature. Plants as well should not be brought in since they can attract pests and are sure to die within a short amount of time.

Flammable Property and Explosive Items

Flammable liquids like oils and fuels or explosive items such as propane tanks, fireworks, firearms and ammunition should never be placed inside the unit. This can lead to a very dangerous situation that puts you, your belongings and other people at risk.

Hazardous Materials

Additionally, you must be cautious of storing products that contain warning labels on them. Not all household or garage items should be automatically assumed as safe to store in self storage. Anything with a corrosive, poisonous, reactive or environmental hazard label cannot be stored. Examples include:

  • Ammonia/bleach
  • Pesticides
  • Insecticides
  • Roofing Tar
  • Paint, paint thinner, paint removers

At Storage Centre we are here to help keep your valuable belongings protected with our self storage solutions in the Etobicoke and Toronto area. If you have any items not listed above that you have questions about storing, please contact us or take a look at our website at storage-centre.ca. Be safe out there!