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A Successful St. Patrick’s Day with Self-Storage

There’s a bit of a lull after the holidays. Once new year celebrations fade into the distance, it’s back to the monotony of dark and dreary winter. However, once March comes around, there’s hope on the horizon. Days are getting longer, temperatures are slowly beginning to turn in the right direction, and people are starting to come out from hibernation.

What’s more, the first official opportunity marked on the calendar to get together with friends and family is practically here – St. Patrick’s Day. What might be the perfect kick-off to the year’s festive times, St. Paddy’s Day strikes a great balance between fun and informality – allowing you to enjoy time spent with loved ones without all the expected decorum of the larger holidays.

If you plan to host a St. Patrick’s Day themed party at your home, there are a few things you’ll want to do to ensure the festivities go off without a hitch. You certainly don’t want to bank on the luck of the Irish when it comes to pulling off a memorable occasion for everyone involved.

Outlined below are some of the actions you may want to consider taking when getting yourself (and your home) ready for your St. Paddy’s Day bash – as well as the advantages you will gain when drawing on a self-storage facility during the process.

Storing Valuables & Making Space

Once the invitations have been sent and the RSVPs have been submitted, you’ll have a good idea for the size of the crowd you’ll need to accommodate for. You’ll begin imagining the events of the night and attempt to envision what space will be needed where. St. Patrick’s Day parties usually consist of eating, drinking, dancing and playing party games. This combination of activities calls for a very specific setup. You need to have areas where you can station the food and drink, but also have space for the more animated and lively goings-on. Accomplishing the setup that will allow for this unique mishmash of activities will require some rearranging and maybe removal of furniture. The large dining room table and sprawling chaise just don’t serve any utility for the type of party you’re looking to throw and it’s not like they can be tucked out of the way elsewhere. It just makes more sense to avail yourself of any furniture that will only get in the way of a good time. Store larger pieces of furniture in your self-storage unit to open up your space, so your guests can move around more freely. Other items you may want to consider placing in your storage space are your valuables and breakables. Whether it’s an expensive vase, ornamental bowl, or decorative family heirloom – it’s a great idea to prevent a costly or tragic loss of your more fragile items by simply removing them from your home entirely and placing them in the safety and security of your self-storage unit. Whatever items you think you need to store to make your party the success you want it to be, your storage facility can certainly accommodate.

Preventing & Preparing

As with every holiday, there’s never a shortage of food and drink during St. Patrick’s Day. With your fridge and pantry already stocked to the hilt, it can be difficult to figure out where to store your party provisions, ahead of the event. What’s more, your commitment to your healthy new year’s resolution can be easily threatened by idle snacks waiting to be consumed before the day of your party. You plan to partake in some treats during the festivities, but you don’t want to double-up by eating them before and during. A great way to solve your dwindling shelf-space and prevent yourself from indulging more than you’d like to is to temporarily store any non-perishable, sealed snacks and beverages in your self-storage unit. You can place your party provisions in an easy to access place in your unit, so you can gather it all up the day before the get-together. If you opted for a climate-controlled unit, your storage space will be perfect for storing sealed beverages. An added advantage of this approach is that you can avoid the large grocery store crowds that will almost certainly amass right before St. Patrick’s Day – at the last minute.

Decorating

Much like any other celebration, St. Patrick’s Day usually calls for some festive décor. Cardboard leprechaun hats, shamrock sunglasses, green and white streamers, and honeycomb pots of gold are just a few of the St. Paddy’s Day decorations you may have in your inventory. With the use of a self-storage unit, you can neatly tuck away all of your holiday decorations, and even separate out the different sets for each holiday so they are easy to access when the time comes for their use. The last thing you want is for your festive decorations to clutter up your limited home storage spaces or closets. You want to be able to enjoy your decorations during the time when they are needed, and then be able to quickly and easily stow them away until another year goes by. Your self-storage space is ideal for accommodating this need. With the ability to access your decorations quickly, your home will be festive and fun for your guests. And, once the party is over, placing those decorations back in storage is as simple as can be.

Spring Shift

St. Patrick’s Day is nearly the end of winter and the beginning of spring. A couple of days after the dust settles on your party, you will be able to officially bid farewell to winter and breathe a sigh of relief. Congratulations, you’ve survived another cold, dark and harsh season. Now, there’s so much to look forward to. You can really start thinking about shifting your winter gear into storage and your warmer weather gear out. This is the single greatest thing about having a self-storage unit – the ability to customize your at-home inventory based on the season. Once winter is over, you don’t want to be made to look at your snow-blower over and over again when you enter your garage or shed. Our climate forces you to be well-acquainted with your winter equipment more than enough – no need to spend more time with it than absolutely necessary. With the snow slowly melting away and the temperatures on the rise, you can start thinking about spending more time outside with your warm weather gear. With drive-up access to your storage unit, rotating equipment in and out is a breeze.

St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect way to welcome spring with friends and family. Don’t waste any time stressing about how you’re going to prepare your home for the festivities. Draw on your self-storage unit, so your space can be open and accommodating to guests. Then, rotate your winter equipment into your storage unit and your warm weather gear out, and enjoy a clutter-free home as the temperatures continue to rise over the next few months.

Burlington Storage Barn is prepared to provide you with a self-storage unit that will match your needs, whatever they may be. Whether you’re storing holiday decorations, valuables, furniture or seasonal equipment, we have a unit that will accommodate. If you’d like to learn more about how we’re the perfect storage facility for you, please click here.

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How Self-Storage Can Support Your Valentine’s Day Plans

Sure, Valentine’s Day is overly commercialized – but, you only live once so why not show the ones you love the affection they deserve. You might ask, how will making use of a self-storage unit help me in achieving my desired Valentine’s Day? Certainly a great question and although it may not seem apparent from the outset, having a storage space to draw on can really empower your efforts in showing the one you love how much you appreciate them.

So, how does it do this? How does having a self-storage unit at your disposal make things easier on Valentine’s Day? Well, depending on what your plans are for your significant other, a storage space can help in a variety of ways. Below, we have provided just a handful of ideas where self-storage can support a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day.

Taking the Next Step

Some couples decide that Valentine’s Day is as good a time as any to take their relationship to the next level – moving in together. Taking that leap can cause some stress on a growing relationship. However, it doesn’t have to. If you take the proper approach, deciding to cohabitate can be the best decision you ever made and can be a jumping off point for becoming more committed to each other. Should the move-in go well, every Valentine’s Day following that one will be all the more special, as it will be additionally marked as the day your relationship took on new meaning. So, how does self-storage help out when you decide to merge your home-life with someone else? Well, much like a relationship, an effective approach for living with a significant other is all about identifying a healthy balance between give and take. While you may have much common ground with your partner, no two people are the same. Each of you will have different tastes, here and there, and they will reflect in your preferences for décor. When merging two living arrangements into one, you’ll need to work together to decide what pieces should stay, and which ones should go. Whether you’re moving into an apartment or a house, you want the way it is decorated to be an equal representation of both your tastes. However, just because you’re both going to need to compromise on certain prized possessions, doesn’t mean they all need to end up in the garbage. This is where the storage unit comes in. Sure, discard the things you’re fine parting with – but don’t toss things that are important to you just because they don’t mesh with the new cohabitation situation. Maybe, down the road, the two of you mutually decide to try a new look. Some of those items that are near and dear to you personally may work within the new motif. Or, maybe, after a couple of years of bliss together, you decide to scale up into a larger living arrangement. With more space now available to you, there may be an opportunity to make use of those special things you’ve stored. Whatever the case may be, a self-storage unit accommodates overflow, which you’ll definitely have when opting to share your living situation with your partner. A storage space alleviates any potential stress that could be caused by having to part with something you may not want to, and allows each person in the relationship to show they intend to respect the other by ensuring the new place is a shared space that represents both parties equally.

Hide Away

Just like for Christmas and birthdays, it is customary to buy your significant other a gift on Valentine’s Day. Sometimes, you just nail it with a gift. You know, without a shadow of a doubt that your partner is going to love whatever it is that you got them. The most anti-climatic scenario in this situation is for the intended to “happen upon it” in your ill-conceived hiding place at home, spoiling your opportunity to spring it on them with great pomp and circumstance. It takes the wind right out of your sails and despite the fact that they still might love the present, its significance could be lost. After all, presentation is everything. You want to give them the present on the day you planned, in the way you intended – it matters. So, to avoid this unfortunate scenario, just don’t bring the present home. As soon as you buy it (or make it), wrap it and place it in your storage space. This way, snoopers can snoop until they don’t have any snooping left in them, and they’ll come up empty-handed because there will be nothing to find. A bonus by-product of this is if your significant other is a habitual snooper and they pride themselves on typically finding what it is they’re looking for, they’ll grow frustrated and may even start to believe that you forgot to get them something to mark the occasion. This built-up frustration will be hilarious to watch and will make the reveal all the more satisfying. Prevent the premature discovery of gifts by stowing them away in your self-storage unit, until the time is right to surprise your Valentine.

Uncovered Treasure

This is a fun one. To create a special surprise, you can do a short-term rental of a self-storage space and stage it with boxes filled only with packing materials, except for one strategically placed container that has in it a special gift for your loved one. Then, a couple of weeks before Valentine’s Day, you can start mentioning an article you read about storage space bidding, and how someone recently purchased a lot for $800 and the contents were worth much, much more. Hint about how you might go bid on a sealed storage space to see if you get find the same fortune. With any luck, your significant other will shoot the idea down and try to convince you that it’s not a good idea. Then, let it go. As Valentine’s Day approaches, book a reservation at your significant other’s favourite restaurant. Whatever time you book the dinner for, tell your loved one that it’s an hour earlier than it actually is. On the way to dinner, tell your Valentine that you need to stop somewhere before you both carry on to the restaurant. Pull into the storage facility and drive up to your unit. They may recall the mention you made a couple of weeks earlier about how you were thinking of bidding on an abandoned unit. If not, remind them and say you went through with it. They will most likely get a little angry at this point, since you went ahead and did something without coming to a decision together. That’s fine – it will just make the reveal better. Apologize and say you know you should have consulted them before pulling the trigger but it was just too exciting of a concept to pass up. Promise that if nothing good comes out of this storage space, you’ll never do it again. Hopefully, by then, they will have calmed down enough to start exploring the unit. Start rifling through the boxes and ask your partner to help. Feign frustration when all you’re finding from one box to the next is packing material. Go deeper into the pile – almost out of sight, obscured by the boxes. Then, go quiet for a moment, then say, “I think I’ve found something!”. In a perfect world, your significant other will say something like, “what is it?”, or “really, what did you find?”. From behind the boxes, say, “I’m not sure, come and see”. As they come around to meet you, you can be standing there with a wrapped gift in your hand, presenting it to them. Maybe its that watch they’ve been eyeing, or that necklace they said they liked but couldn’t afford. Maybe it’s tickets and accommodations for that Paris trip they’ve dreamt of going on. Maybe it’s something even more significant, like an engagement ring. Whatever it is, it will always be remembered as special, because the way you revealed it made it significant. Sometimes, the way you give a gift and the thought you put into making it special is more meaningful than the gift itself.

Oversized Storage

Sometimes, it’s fun to buy your Valentine a gag-gift. One of the more typical joke gifts you can give is the gigantic stuffed teddy bear. It’s funny and will get a laugh, but then it becomes more of a nuisance since there’s really nowhere to put something so large and tacky (unless you live in a palace). Once the hilarity has worn off, move the monstrous stuffed animal into your self-storage unit until the opportunity arises where you can re-gift it.

Restage Your Home

Many couples like to do it up big for Valentine’s Day. That means chocolates, flowers, jewellery and other expensive gifts, and a pricey dinner at a ritzy restaurant. There’s nothing wrong with any of that, and some years you may opt for those things. However, other years, you may want to do something a little different, a little less costly, and a lot more mellow. Here’s an idea – why not plan a dinner date at home? It doesn’t sound very romantic on the face of it, but hear me out. What if you staged part of your house like a restaurant for the night? By storing some of your larger pieces of furniture in your storage unit and moving a smaller, more intimate table near a window – your living space will start to look more like a trattoria than an old familiar room. Adding a simple table cloth and strategically repositioning some of your existing flowers and decorative pieces will add to the restaurant vibe. Once you and your Valentine cook your favourite meal together, you can put some soft music on, dim the lights, light some candles, pour some wine, and sit down at your very own ristorante, in the comfort of your own home. Only a self-storage unit gives you the ability to transform your home in this way.

Plan a Get Away

If you plan to give your Valentine the gift of travel, the last thing you want to be worrying about is the security of your most prized possessions, left at your home as you explore a new and exciting destination. After you reveal the trip itinerary to your loved one on Valentine’s Day, move any items that are near and dear to you into your self-storage unit, so you can be completely at ease while you’re abroad.

Whether it’s a complex surprise or plans to take your relationship to new heights, your self-storage unit can support your efforts and make everything much more enjoyable. Valentine’s Day is supposed to be fun, so cut out the hassles and focus on the most important thing – the time you spend with your loved one.

Burlington Storage Barn would like to extend to you a happy Valentine’s Day. We hope the day finds you in the company of someone you love. If you’d like to learn more about how we can help the people of Burlington and surrounding areas lighten their load this Valentine’s Day, please click here.

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Give Those New Year Resolutions a Boost with Self-Storage

It’s fair to say that many of us set goals for ourselves each new year. For the most part, it’s also fair to assume that many of us fall short in realizing these goals. What’s unfortunate about this phenomenon is that, more and more, people are becoming cynical about establishing resolutions. It’s too bad since failing at something doesn’t preclude you from succeeding in the future. Accomplishing your goal may take several attempts. What’s more, each time you fail to rise to the occasion, you learn something about how you failed. Thus, making it more advantageous to succeed in following efforts.

Whatever your resolution(s) may be, it’s important to set yourself up for success. For each goal, there may be several preparatory steps that will better equip you in executing on your efforts. One of these preparatory steps is ensuring you are providing yourself with a healthy environment to nurture your resolutions within. Drawing on a self-storage unit will support your ability to sustain an organized and structured environment to accommodate the meaningful application of your efforts and the realization of your resolutions.

Provided below are some of the ways a self-storage unit can help you see your resolutions through.

Free Yourself of the Holiday Clutter

The first thing on your list should be wiping the slate clean at home. Remove the holiday clutter that is taking up space in your living room and mind. Festive decorations are great and can bring happiness. However, the longer they linger after the holiday season, the more they weigh on you and stand as a constant reminder that merry times have passed you by for another year. Avail yourself of the clutter so you can move forward into the new year instead of clinging to what has already gone by. Carefully box up your heirloom ornaments and disassemble the tree so they can be securely stowed in your self-storage unit until next holiday season. With your home back to normal, you’ll have room to breathe and will be able to hone your focus in on those things you intend to accomplish in the coming weeks and months.

Reduce Your Anxiety

There’s nothing more calming than having things in order. A cluttered home has the potential to cause a cluttered mind. And, it goes without saying that you’ll be put at a disadvantage (when striving for improvement) if your thoughts are tied up in the disorganization of your living spaces. The more control you exercise over your life, the more at peace you’ll feel. When someone allows too many aspects of their life to fall into disarray, the lack of control or direction can cause severe compounded anxiety. Then, instead of focusing on accomplishing your resolutions, you’ll need to figure out how to deal with the toll being taken on your mental health. Fortunately, there’s no need to let clutter build-up and negatively impact your mental well-being. Keeping things tidy at home and organizing any excess or seasonally unnecessary items in your self-storage unit will allow you to interpret your living spaces the way you should – a comfortable place that allows you to rest and rejuvenate when recovering from striving after your resolutions.

Empower Your Health

Stacked up and unused clutter can eventually gather dust. This particulate can get kicked up and negatively impact the air quality in your home. Flared up allergies or dust-related respiratory illnesses are not going to put you in a position to successfully accomplish your desired outcomes. Whatever your resolution is, you need to empower your health. Staying at the top of your game will give you the best chance at realizing your goals. By moving your excess clutter into a self-storage unit, you’ll eliminate the potential for compromised air quality and will prevent yourself from becoming unnecessarily ill.

Respect Your Time

When you’ve got a bunch of clutter stacked here and there throughout your home, it can be very easy to misplace items you need to use every day – such as car keys, cell phones and other small items that can become obscured. We’ve all annoyingly misplaced out keys within our home before. You know they aren’t completely lost but for whatever reason, you can’t track them down. What’s more, this always seems to happen at the most inconvenient time – when you are trying to get out the door and are in a rush. Trying to find items that should be readily available is a frustrating waste of time and is totally unnecessary. Save yourself from hiding items on yourself by ridding your house of unused clutter that only serves to conceal the things you use on a day-to-day basis. Placing unused items in a self-storage space will keep your home clutter-free and allow you to find what you are looking for much easier.

Improve Recuperation

When striving to accomplish a new year’s resolution, getting a good night’s sleep allows you to recover from your day’s efforts and get right back at it the next morning. However, many find it a struggle to fall asleep since they have so much on their mind. A great start to calming your mind, so you may achieve better sleep, is to eliminate any unnecessary concerns. One of these unnecessary concerns may be the state of your home. If you’ve let your living spaces become cluttered, disorganized or in disarray, this is just another thing that will nag at you when trying to let go of the day’s stresses. The less you can have on your mind when you place your head to the pillow, the better chance you will have of getting the restful and recovering sleep you need to replenish your determination and drive to attack your efforts throughout the week. Draw on your self-storage unit and unclutter your home to prevent from having a cluttered mind when the lights go out.

Stimulate Productivity

Accomplishing new year’s resolutions typically involves inflicting some unsatisfying activity upon yourself to improve over time. The old adage, “no pain, no gain” definitely applies at this time of year for many of us. However, to create a sustainable change in your behaviour for the better, you need to become obsessed with productivity. Not just with your resolutions, but also with the activities you find appealing. When your home is disorganized and messy, it wears on you. This causes your will to devote time to advancing your resolutions or conducting activities you enjoy to dwindle extensively. When making a change in your life, you need every advantage in stimulating the get-up-and-go necessary to do the work. Store any unused items, overflow or clutter within your self-storage unit so you can be comfortable at home and have a one-track focus on accomplishing your goals.

Realize Your Fitness Goals

Manipulating your day’s schedule to accommodate a new fitness routine can be one of the frustrations you run into when establishing a new year’s resolution involving the improvement of your health. The best approach for ensuring continued dedication to the new fitness plan is to remove as many barriers getting in the way of your exercise as you can (both figuratively and literally). You may decide that something as fickle as having to get in your car and drive to a gym will be enough to discourage your initiative – and, that’s alright. Knowing that about yourself is half the battle. So, you may decide that your exercise regiment (to be successful and sustainable) must occur at home. Fortunately, with all of the resources and equipment available now, that’s very easy to accomplish. All you’ll need is a dedicated exercise room or space. However, it’s important that you don’t workout in between or amongst packing boxes or stacked clutter – for two reasons. One, because it’s not safe. And, two, because if you don’t take pride in your exercise area, you won’t take pride in your exercise. Designate your area and move any excess clutter into your self-storage unit, so you may use the space to benefit your efforts in the greatest way possible.

Explore a New Hobby

Too often, we go through life not exploring things that interest us. If your new year’s resolution is to take up a hobby you’ve been dreaming of for the last few years, a self-storage unit is a great help in supporting that new pastime. Whether it’s a hobby that requires you to make room in your house or one that requires space to store associated equipment from time to time, a self-storage space is the optimal support system for accommodating your amusement.

Get Out There and Spend Less Time Idle

Many people’s new year resolutions revolve around travelling more and staying at home less. If you plan to be footloose in the coming year (as much as possible), you don’t want to be worrying about the security of your most prized possessions while exploring new places. By placing those things you plan to leave behind in a self-storage unit, you can truly enjoy your travels. And, since self-storage units are so simple to access, as soon as you return from seeing the world, you can repatriate your stored items back in your home (until the next trip, that is).

New year’s resolutions usually involve big life changes. Big life changes tend to require some purging, moving and shifting around of your things to accommodate your efforts in achieving your resolution. By drawing on a self-storage unit, you are taking one of the necessary steps in ensuring you are setup for success. There’s no need to fight with clutter and disorganization when attempting to improve yourself or try something new – so don’t.

Burlington Storage Barn is conveniently located, easy to access and will support your efforts in making your new year’s resolutions a reality. Please contact one of our representatives now so we can help you get the storage space that will accommodate your needs.

From the Burlington Storage Barn team, we would like to extend a happy and healthy new year.

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