New Year, New Organization!
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For many, New Year’s follows the joyous celebrations of Christmas, ‘tis the season of giving, after all. And with the New Year we take the time to reflect on our future, past and present resolutions and not surprisingly a common theme keeps appearing -- organization! Particularly organization regarding material items that come with the holiday season.

Whether you need to make room in the mancave for your new dream pool table, extra space to roll out your new yoga mat, or are simply hoping to declutter your home of less frequently used items, a new self storage unit can help you towards your goals.

Listed below are a few suggestions to start the new year off with a well-organized bang!

  • Inventory the items in your home and reflect on how often they were used in 2018. If you find they are taking up space but rarely being utilized, consider sorting them into sections such as donate, sell or place in self storage.

  • Depending on how involved you are over the holidays consider packing up and placing your ornaments, lights and festive themed decorations safely in storage until next year.

  • If you happened to receive a large gift but are unsure where to place it in your home in an organized spacious fashion, consider decluttering the space by moving items into storage.

These few suggestions will not only help with your organizational goals but by bringing clarity to your space it will improve your ability to focus on tackling your other resolutions. Out of sight, out of mind as the old adage goes.

Storage Centre wishes you a Happy and Prosperous 2019!

Self Storage Benefits over the Holidays
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The holiday season is best when filled with joyous festivities shared amongst family and friends. All of this joy, however, can come at the cost of juggling multiple family get-togethers, navigating busy shopping malls, putting up lights, decorating trees or merely living a hectic schedule. During these times a little stress reduction can go a long way. Here are a few benefits a self storage unit at Storage Centre can help over the holidays.

Making Space For Family Visits

Having the maximum amount of space can make your event much more comfortable when you are clutter free. If you happen to be throwing a dinner or holiday get-together consider making space by placing some items in storage, especially summer gear which you won’t be using until the coming seasons. And that extra space will come in handy especially if uncle Bill consumes too much eggnog and needs a place to stay for the night.

Organizing & Decluttering Your Holiday Decorations

Whether you’ve already put up your decorations or are simply planning ahead to when you’ll take them down the amount of space needed for such items is usually much more significant than we think. Storing these items away at Storage Centre in an organized fashion will bring you peace of mind and simplicity moving into the New Year.

Hiding Presents From Your Children

Another great benefit of renting a self storage unit around this time of year is having a place to hide your child’s presents. No matter how good you think you are at hiding presents nothing can stop the sheer will and determination of a child on the hunt for their dream dollhouse or triainset. Having their gifts safely stowed away inside a self storage unit will guarantee that they’ll be impossible find.

Our list of available storage units can be found here at https://storage-centre.ca/reserve/ or better yet, give us a call at 416-679-1000 and we will be pleased to assist you.

Happy Holidays!


Self Storage for your Winter Tires
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For many drivers in Ontario the transition from fall to winter means it’s time to switch to seasonal tires. Unlike the province of Quebec, the use of winter tires isn’t mandated, but the data is clear. A study conducted by the ministère du Québec showed a 5% reduction in winter collisions after the law was passed, with 574 fewer people injured. Additionally, many insurers will reward drivers for making the switch by lowering their monthly rates, so make sure to check in with your provider to see if you’re eligible.

One major drawback to swapping to safer tires is finding the space to store them. In this case a self storage unit could be the best solution for you. Storage Centre has the perfect option in a 5’x5’ unit that will fit 4 (or more) tires and additional items if you so choose. Our latest promotions can be found here, or better yet, give us a call at (416) 679-1000 and we will happy to assist you. Stay safe out there!

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.