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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.

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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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Deck Your Halls with the Support of Self-Storage

How has the year already gone by? Yes, it’s the holiday season again. Some see it as “the most wonderful time of the year”, others – not so much. However, whatever camp you fall into, the reality is that it’s a hectic time and you’re going to need all the help you can get.

Soon (if not already), you’ll be pulling out boxes stuffed with decorations to trim up the tree, welcoming extended family into your home, setting the dining room table with the fine china, wrapping and hiding presents, as well as all the other checklist items you have to take care of through the holidays. With so many moving parts, things can easily get overwhelming and cluttered. It’s for this reason you should draw on a self-storage unit to free up your space for the festive season.

Here are a few of the ways making use of a self-storage unit will allow you to relax and enjoy the holidays.

Accommodating Family Visitors

That spare room you’ve been using as a makeshift storage space – that’s the one Uncle Bernard and Aunt Harriet are going to be using during their visit. And, the way you have things stacked up, there’s no way anyone is going to be able to stay in there comfortably. Don’t play the “how many of these boxes can I shove into closets” game. Before the in-laws arrive, transfer your boxes into your self-storage unit so your relatives don’t have to trek through a maze of storage bins just to go to sleep at night. Showcase all of the spaces in your home by making them accessible and open (and clutter-free).

Organizing Your Decorations

Every so often, you may want to change things up in the decorating department. Maybe you’ve decided to go with coloured string lights instead of plain white this year. Your old set still works great, but there’s nowhere for them to go. Whenever there are decorations that you’ve decided not to use, don’t let them take up precious space in your closets, attic, garage or shed. Place them in your self-storage unit so they are out of your way. You want to “deck your halls with boughs of holly”, not fill your closets with stacks of boxes. Winter is the time of year when we make use of our closet spaces the most – with all the parkas, toques and boots coming back into circulation. The last thing you want when your guests are attempting to hang their coats is for them to have to contend with a storage box avalanche. Eliminate the potential for an ornament landslide by exploiting your storage space’s capacity.

Snooping Prevention

We all have at least one in our family. That sneaky, stealthy type that just doesn’t have the patience to wait for the presents to be placed under the tree to find out what they’ve received. They are known as the snooper. When you put thought and effort into securing the perfect gift for a loved one, the last thing you want is for them to spoil your surprise by uncovering your ill-conceived hiding spot. Even if you fancy yourself somewhat of a present concealment specialist, some snoopers will stop at nothing (searching high and low) to locate your gift treasure trove. Make it so, no matter how hard they search, it will be impossible for them to foil your surprise. Store your gifts in your self-storage space so there’s literally nothing to find in your home. Once you have your holiday stash tucked away in your storage unit, you can sit back and relax by the fire as the snoopers take on the fool’s errand of searching for gifts where there are none to be found. Only with a self-storage unit can you make your home truly snoop-proof.

Decluttering Your Home

With a tree going up, stockings being hung, garland being strung, and various trinkets and decorations being scattered about – there’s going to be less real estate in your living spaces. During the holidays, you don’t want to feel cramped or uncomfortable in your own home. And, if you happen to be hosting get-togethers or providing room and board to relatives – that just adds to the closing in of your spaces. Fortunately, there’s something you can do to open your spaces back up, while accommodating the festive additions. By subtracting an armchair here, an accent table there, a decorative vase here, and an ottoman there – all of a sudden, your space is comfortable and welcoming again. Strategically removing furniture from your cozy spaces and placing them in your self-storage unit will allow you to truly showcase your home in all its festively decorated glory. You don’t need to feel crammed in or barricaded by your furniture. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the season in comfort by using your self-storage space to its fullest potential.

Storing Your Party Inventory

Quite a few people host holiday parties each year – sometimes two. Family, friends and neighbours look forward to that party all year long. It’s part of their tradition. However, all they need to do is bring some finger-food. You’re the host, so the rest falls in your lap. Depending on how large the party is, you’re going to need to add those extra leaves to the dinner table and ensure there’s enough seating for everyone to claim their place. These party additions have a tendency to take up quite a bit of space when not being used for their intended purpose. That being the case, don’t allow them to clutter up your home any longer than needed. Once you’ve hosted a successful party, rotate these pieces of furniture back into your self-storage unit. If you plan to have another get-together, rotate them back into circulation accordingly. When you have a self-storage space at your disposal, transitioning your home from status quo to holiday party mode and back again is as simple as can be.

Your holidays should be as enjoyable as they can be. Ridding yourself of unnecessary clutter plays a large part in making sure that is the case. As the song goes, “there’s no place like home for the holidays”. By drawing on your self-storage unit, your home can truly be a wonderful place to behold through the festive season.

If you’d like to secure a self-storage unit that will help you in making your holiday celebrations run smoothly, contact Burlington Storage Barn and we will ensure you get a space that is perfectly matched to your storage needs.

From all of us at Burlington Storage Barn, we wish you and yours a happy holiday and a wonderful new year.

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