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Summer Staycations and Self Storage

With summer well and truly here it’s time that many of us want to start planning a little getaway. This year getting away is going to be a little bit different, as it’s likely the best advice will be against leaving the province.

How Self Storage Can Help You Plan A Summer Staycation

Fortunately, Ontario is packed with natural beauty and an abundance of places and activities to enjoy. These provide a great opportunity for some getaway time while being able to socially distance. So, this summer think about taking a staycation instead of a vacation! We’ve put together a few suggestions to inspire you to plan a summer staycation in the province, along with some tips on how self storage can help you.

Take Your Family On A Camping Getaway

If you’ve been curious about getting away from the city and taking a camping trip, there are simply hundreds of places you can go in Ontario. Whether it’s a short drive from Burlington to one of the many local campsites, or a longer drive toward cottage country and some stunning national parks, there are so many options! Here are a few recommendations from us:

A short 45 minute drive from Burlington is the beautiful Chippawa Creek Conservation area. This amazing conservation area is ideal for hiking, exploring and camping, with campsites available at 50% capacity.

A little further afield:
A two and a half hour drive from Burlington is the Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area which is offering limited camping facilities so you can stay and enjoy the spectacular trails, and winding beauty of the Saugeen River.

A long distance adventure:
If you want to go further for an adventure then three and a half hours away from Burlington is Grundy Lake Provincial Park. Here you can enjoy beaches, hiking trails, kayaking, canoes and more. With reduced camping now available, it makes a great option for a family adventure without leaving Ontario.

How Self Storage Can Help

Camping is a great option for a staycation, especially when staying socially distanced is something to keep in mind. There is, however, one thing to consider if you decide that camping trips are for you; where do you store camping equipment when you don’t need it? It can get quite bulky quite quickly when you put it all together. Tents, sleeping bags, coolers, cookware and more all need to be stored somewhere and can take up a lot of space at your home. With a self storage unit you can avoid this problem by having a safe space to keep your camping gear when you don’t need it. Having a storage unit is a great way to keep clutter away from your home and keep seasonal items safely tucked away when you don’t need them.

Cycling Trips

Ontario is lucky to have some incredible cycling trails that are easy to access and enjoy. Taking a few days, weekend, or even just a day trip from Burlington is easy to do and can be a great mini getaway. Taking a trip with your bike is easy to do and it’s a healthy way to explore the country.

Close to Burlington there are some great trips for a fun day out, like heading over to Hamilton to cycle around and see the waterfalls, heading along the lakeshore to check out the lakefront parks, or exploring a little bit of wine country in Niagara by bike.

A little further away the Bruce Peninsula and Algonquin Provincial Park have stunning bike trails which can make the perfect destination for a longer cycling staycation. Both Bruce Peninsula and Algonquin Park have a mix of camping and cottages so that you can enjoy some time away while staying suitably socially distanced.

How Can Self Storage Help Your Cycle Adventure?

Owning a bike is great for exploring stunning trails, and a healthy way to get around. Keeping it safe over the winter, however, can be a challenge. The cold weather can do a lot of damage to a bicycle over time when it is kept outdoors. The best place for it is inside so it is protected from the elements. Finding that space can be tough as bikes tend to take up a bit of room. This is where self storage can be a great help! With a storage unit to keep your bike over the winter, you’ll be able to keep your bike safe and secure over the winter without taking up valuable space in your home.

Take a Kayak Adventure

Ontario is a pretty paddle mad province, and looking at the number of lakes and waterways here it’s easy to see why. Near Burlington there are dozens, if not hundreds of amazing spots to have a kayak adventure. A day trip could take you along the Humber River which winds its way through Toronto’s West End, or to the Scarborough Bluffs where you can paddle around the stunning cliffs on the waters of Lake Ontario.

If you’re looking for a more active adventure that lets you enjoy the water for a few days or longer there are just as many possibilities. A two hour drive from Burlington will take you to the stunning Georgian Bay, which with seemingly endless shores to explore, is known as a kayakers paradise. If you want to take your adventure even further, a three and a half hour drive will take you to the world famous 1,000 islands where you can get lost in the endless opportunities to explore on offer.

How Self Storage Can Help Your Kayak Staycation

Owning a kayak is great, you know you’ll always be able to get out on the water whenever and wherever you want to. It means you can plan trips without having to worry about equipment rental, and ultimately enjoy more time on the water. However, when the season ends, you’ll need somewhere to store it safe from the elements. Self storage is the perfect solution for kayak storage. You can safely keep your kayak in a secure, climate controlled storage unit during the winter months, and take it out as soon as you want to start paddling again. Our guide to safe kayak storage can guide you through everything you need to know about using self storage for your kayak.

These are just a few ideas to help you start planning. No matter what adventure you choose for your summer staycation, Burlington Storage Barn has options for keeping your bike, kayak or camping equipment safe when you’re not using it, our unit size guides can help you to see exactly how much you can fit in a unit, and how much space you might need for; kayak storage, bike storage, or camping equipment storage. Self storage is the ideal option if you’re short on space but want to be able to enjoy as many outdoor activities and adventures as you like this summer. Reserve a unit today and you can plan the rest of your summer staycation knowing you’ll never need to worry about finding space to store your adventure equipment!

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Declutter Your Home With Self Storage

After what’s been an unexpectedly long time spent staying at home, most of us are probably thinking it’s time for a clear out, but what’s the best way to declutter your house? Well, at Burlington Storage Barn we’re pretty good at organizing and saving space, so we have some great tips!

Our Guide To Decluttering Your Home With Self Storage!

Even though it may seem tempting to try to do everything in a day, it’s usually a much better idea to take things room by room. This way you’ll be able to keep track of what you are clearing, and give yourself a tidy room to escape to if you need a break! A good tip is to completely finish one room before you move on to the next. When you’re decluttering we’d recommend sorting everything into five categories:

  1. Keep:Clean and put aside everything you’ll want to be keeping in a safe space so that it doesn’t get mixed up with items you might be getting rid of.
  2. Throw Away:Designate a clear place for anything you want to go straight to the trash or recycling so that it doesn’t get mixed up with the rest of your things.
  3. Fix/Repair:Set aside a box of things that you need to give a bit of attention to, like a coat you love but need to stitch some buttons on to.
  4. Donate:If you have any household items you no longer need but someone else could really use, put together a donation box ready to take to a local charity.
  5. Store:Any items you don’t want to get rid of, but don’t have space to keep are perfect candidates for storage. This could be anything from furniture you don’t want to part with but don’t have space for, seasonal leisure equipment like kayaks and camping gear, winter clothes, or generally any items you want to keep but don’t have the room for.

Now you’re ready with a plan, here’s our room by room guide to decluttering and clearing out your home in time for summer!


The kitchen is always a great place to start as it can be quite difficult to keep free of mess and clutter. Start by emptying out larger storage areas like your pantry and any cabinets you tend not to use as much. Then move on to the more used cabinets and then your worktops. Sort everything into one of the five categories we’ve mentioned above. Are there food items that are still good but you’re not going to use? Donate them to a foodbank. Out of date produce sitting at the back of your pantry? You’ll want to get rid of that! Is there any china, cookware or tableware you never use, but can’t bear to give away? Items like these are the perfect candidate for self storage, make sure you safely wrap them up and set aside before you put everything back.

Living Room

As it is generally the focal point of all activity in the house, the living room can be a real challenge to keep tidy! This is why it’s a great idea to tackle it early, plus, you’ll be needing a nice relaxing space to chill out after a hard day's work! Start with any surfaces around the edge of the room and move inwards. When you empty your bookcases, clear your coffee table and any cabinets you have, think; am I using this? If the answer is no, then make sure you sort it into one of the five categories we mentioned earlier. Remember, the key to successfully decluttering is being as honest and practical about what you want in your home as you can be.


It’s so easy to forget exactly what you’ve got in your bathroom! Start by emptying any bathroom cabinets and get rid of any out of date makeup or medicine. Then do the same with items around your bath/shower, under the sink and on any shelves. Put the items you’re most likely to use at the front of any cabinets, preferably at eye level. It shouldn't take too long to sort items in your bathroom into the five categories, and you can clean up everything else and put it back in a suitable spot.


The easiest way to start clearing your bedroom is by tidying any laundry you have out of the way and into a laundry basket, then make your bed. Now that you don’t have any dirty clothes around the room or an unmade bed to look at you’ll be able to concentrate on getting to that clutter. Start with anywhere random items are likely to build up like bedside cabinets or the top of chests of drawers. Tidy away any books you’re finished reading, look for anything you no longer use that is just gathering dust and decide if you’re going to; keep, throw away, recycle, fix, donate, or store. Go through your drawers and find any clothing you might want to donate. A good rule for this is: if you’ve not worn it in over six months, you’re probably not going to miss it.


There are so many ways to organize and declutter a closet, and it can seem like a daunting task. The key is to keep things simple, start by pulling out anything that shouldn’t be there. At this time of year, it’s probably a good idea to take out any winter coats and boots that are taking up space on your rail or shoe rack and pack them away for the season. The same applies for any seasonal items that are taking up space, whether it’s that Christmas sweater or Halloween accessory that’ll be sitting there without being used for a while. Next, find anything that is in need of cleaning or repair and set it aside. Now you should be able to work through everything else in your closet bit by bit. Do this by grouping things together so you’re sorting all your jeans or shirts or sweaters at the same time. This will make it far easier to spot anything you don’t want to be hanging on to!

Safely Storing Your Things

Once you’ve finished all of your rooms it’s time to relax and probably enjoy a well earned rest! Then, you’ll want to start thinking about places to donate your unwanted things, and where to get any of your broken or damaged items repaired. You’re also going to need to think about what you’re going to do with all of that stuff you want to keep but don’t have any space for! This is where a storage unit comes in handy. You can safely store any of your household items in a secure, climate controlled unit. At Burlington Storage Barn we have storage units to fit every kind of need, we can even help you out with boxes, bubble wrap and other moving supplies that are great for storage if you have delicate items. Take a look at our storage unit size guide for an idea of what you can fit in a particular unit. Ready to take the step and pack away that clutter from your home? Reserve your storage unit right now online.

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Safe Kayak Storage With Self Storage
Safe Kayak Storage With Self Storage | Burlington Storage Barn

Summers in Ontario are spectacular and offer an almost endless range of activities. With a seemingly endless number of lakes and rivers in the province, kayaking is high on the list of popular activities to enjoy in the season. Any paddle enthusiast will tell you that this can take up a fair amount of space, especially when you need to put it away for winter. Don’t let this put you off if you are considering purchasing a kayak, because there are plenty of options to easily store it away for the winter!

Kayak Storage, A Problem Solved With Self Storage!

Using a climate controlled self storage unit to store your kayak is the best way to keep it protected and in the best possible shape over the winter. As possibly one of the largest items to store for the winter, a kayak needs to be stored carefully. It is preferable to store them indoors, otherwise there is a risk of the fibreglass cracking with repeated freezing and thawing. Doing this also avoids any other problems that can be associated with outdoor storage such as theft, UV damage, unwanted animal visitors, and more.

Picking the right unit:

Self storage units come in all shapes and sizes, which is fortunate because kayaks and canoes also come in a variety of sizes. For smaller models like river kayaks you won’t need the largest storage unit. Something a little bigger like a canoe or sea kayak will need a larger unit, a 10x10 or larger in this case would be the best option. If you’re looking to stow away an inflatable kayak for the winter and don’t quite have enough space at home you’ll only need the smallest unit. If you’re looking for an extra touch of convenience you could consider a drive up unit. This means you’ll always be able to drive right up to your unit to load and unload without having to worry about stairs or elevators. Learn about the different unit sizes you can make use of at Burlington Storage Barn here.

Preparing your kayak or canoe for storage:

Follow some simple steps to make sure that your kayak or canoe is in the best condition for storage;

  1. Hand wash your kayak or canoe with warm soapy water.
  2. Rinse it off with a hose to clean off any excess soap.
  3. Make sure it is completely dry.

Safe Kayak or Canoe Storage:

Once you’ve picked out your unit and are ready to store your craft, you need to think about how you’re planning to store it in the unit. It’s never recommended to leave a canoe or kayak on the flat on the floor as it will damage the bottom over time. Instead, try one of these storage unit friendly methods for keeping it safe:

  1. Use a freestanding storage rack:There are a number of racks available that will safely store your kayak which don’t require any installation, this means they’ll easily work with your storage unit.
  2. Make One Yourself:Use a couple of wooden planks up against a wall of the unit to securely lean your kayak at an angle. Using this method you’ll need to turn it every month or so to keep the weight evenly distributed.
  3. Adapt your car rack:As you probably already have a car rack for transporting your kayak, you can make the most of it by adapting it for longer term storage. Most can be placed on the ground to be used for winter kayak storage.

Storage units at Burlington Storage Barn come in a variety of shapes and sizes, meaning that there’s plenty of space no matter the type of kayak you’re looking to store. You can choose a drive up unit for easier loading and unloading, and best of all you don’t have to sign a long term contract meaning you can enjoy safe kayak storage for as long or short a time as you like. Find our unit rates here.

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